Everything We Know About The Upcoming Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S3

It has been a long time since a high-end android tablet like Pixel C was released. As smartphones get bigger and more powerful tablets, that were once a hit with the public, have now become less common and preferred. Most of the new tablets released in the recent past have been aimed at budget buyers or children. However now as Samsung’s Galaxy S8 has been postponed till spring it is pretty clear that Samsung will be bringing a high-end tablet to the market at the MWC 2017.

It will be a huge upgrade from Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 that has been in the market since 2015. Samsung has had a lot of time to work on its flagship tablet.

The Tab S2 had come in two sizes 8 inches and 9.7 inches. However, according to a report from South Korea-based Naver News, the Galaxy Tab S3 will come in just one bigger size 9.6 inches with 2048×1536 display. A recent leak on German-based WinFuture.de, the flagship product will be identical in design to its predecessor, with a pill-shaped home button/fingerprint scanner with a pair of standard navigation buttons on the sides. It will, however, be thinner that the Galaxy S2.

Credit: WinFuture

The Galaxy Tab S3 may look similar to its predecessor but it will come with many upgrades. It will be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, an upgrade from the earlier Exynos chip. It will get a 4 GB RAM (there was 3GB in Galaxy S2) and it will be equipped with a 12 MP rear and 5 MP front camera ( 8MP and 2 MP in Galaxy S2). The Galaxy S2 will run on Android Nougat, though it is yet to be seen if Samsung will add some additional features to it for the larger screen size.

The best inclusion in the Galaxy S3 will be the S Pen. While it isn’t the first Samsung tablet to come with a stylus, it will be the first in the Galaxy Tab S line to sport it. Sammobile has reported that the tablet won’t come with a slot for the stylus, and the S Pen will come in the box with the product.

Samsung has announced that the new device will be revealed at MWC on Feb. 26 at 7:00 pm CET (1 p.m. EST) at the Palau de Congressos de Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain. The Naver report stated that the Galaxy Tab S3 will be priced a bit more than the S2 ($500) at somewhere around $600.

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This is The Real Samsung Galaxy S8, Launching in March

The first real images of upcoming Galaxy S8 just leaked, and the phone looks as slick as possible.

Evan Bliss from Venture Beat, who is one of the most reliable leakers on the internet, just gave the world a first glance of the most anticipated phone of 2017. The photo proves many rumors about the phone, and the phone looks a lot like its predecessors.

The new phone will ditch the fingerprint sensor from the front and put it on the back side adjacent to the camera. Samsung’s Galaxy S8 will have an iris camera, just like the dreaded Note 7 on the front of the phone. It is also clear that Samsung will no longer sell flat screened version of the phone -there will be edges on all models. Surprisingly enough, the phone will come in two display sizes: 5.8 inches and 6.2 inches.

Samsung Galaxy S8 | Credit Venture Beat

The screen size is larger than Note 7 even for the small 5.8-inch Display version of S8, but the phone should not be too large as it will have an 18.5:9 aspect ratio to minimize the screen bezals.

And there is something to mock Apple too: a headphone jack at the bottom.

Both devices will come with Snapdragon 835 or Samsung Exynos SoC which are almost 11 percent faster than current processors. The new SoC will also be nearly 23 percent more powerful in graphics processing, and it will consume 20 percent less battery which will be good as Samsung won’t put a larger battery inside the phones.

The smaller 5.8-inch variant will come with 3,000 mAh battery, and the larger one will come with 3,500 mAh battery.

There is some information about the camera too, the rear shooter will stay as the same 12 megapixels, but the front camera will get a bump to 8 megapixels from 5 megapixels in current flagship, the Galaxy S7.

Release date of Galaxy S8

Evan also has information about the release date of the phone. The company won’t launch the new phone at Mobile World Congress. Instead, the phone will be launched on March 29. The company should start selling the phone on April 21.

The Galaxy Note 7 was a terrific phone, well… until it exploded. Samsung has definitely had seen better reputation for itself in the past. Galaxy S8 is one of the most anticipated phones of all time, and this is probabbly why Samsung is trying to be as careful as possible.

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Galaxy S7 And S7 Edge Are Finally Getting Android 7.0 Nougat Update

After testing the beta version of the update for weeks, Samsung is ready to ship the latest version of Google Android to its users, well, at least for S7 and S7 Edge users.

Users have reported that the update began last week, but Samsung only today acknowledged the news and the company also stated that some other phones would also get the update in the upcoming months.

Galaxy A5
Galaxy A5

Apart from The Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, Samsung will update S6, S6 Edge, and S6 Edge+. Apart from S series, Note 5, Galaxy A3 and A8 will also receive the update. While there is no release date, we can expect it to begin within the first two-quarters of the year.

The Android 7.0 already includes some new and refined features to the mobile operating system. After receiving the OS from Google, OEMs like Samsung, HTC, etc.featues, add and modify features as per their liking. The Smartphonen giant has done some major UI changes  that include a new quick panel and notifications, better multi-window support, a performace mode and Samsung Pass.

In past Samsung phones had multi-window support, but it was limited to very little amount of apps, with the Nougat Update, multi window will support a lot more apps than the past. The notification tray has been improved with inline replies and some other tweaks to minimize the taps required to complete a task.

The update adds some modes into the devices, the first one being a game mode that includes a game launcher and some other gaming related tweaks. Second, There is an entertainment mode that tries to enhance audio, and display quality and the last one will be a performance mode to increase phone’s speed.

In the past, mobile phone manufacturers have been crappy when it came to providing Android updates; it is good to see Samsung taking current steps.

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Samsung Just Launched Galaxy C9 Pro With 6GB RAM in India

OnePlus 3T is no longer the only phone with 6GB of (overkill?) RAM in a phone. Samsung just launched its most powerful Galaxy C phone in Indian markets, and it will go on sale from the last two weeks of next month.

As NDTV reports, the company will start selling the C9 Pro online as well as offline for a price around 37,000 Rupees. Similar to the C7 Pro we talked about yesterday, the phone will be available in two colors: Black and Gold.

For the price, the phone will come with an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon SoC, a 6″ Full HD AMOLED display and 6GB of onboard RAM. In the processor, 4 of its cores are clocked at 1.9 GHz for faster processing and the remaining four cores will run at 1.4 GHz to conserve battery power when possible.

Apart from the above, the phone will come with a 16-megapixel rear camera which will have dual LED flash and an aperture of f/1.9 to help with low-light situations. There is a front camera too, and it will have a flash this time. C9 Pro’s internal storage is 64 GB, and it can be expanded up to 256 GB with a standard microSD card.

Galaxy C9 Pro has a 4000mAh battery which supports fast charging, and the phone has a fingerprint sensor backed in its physical home button. Apart from 4G LTE, the phone will have NFC, Bluetooth 4.2 and a USB type-C port.

C9 is very similar to its lower prices brother, the C7 Pro which was launched recently. Considering it is the only phone from Samsung to come with 6GB of RAM, it will be interesting to see how the phone does in the Indian market.

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This is Samsung Galaxy C7 Pro With a 5.7 inch AMOLED Display

The smartphone giant’s new large phone, the Samsung Galaxy C7 Pro is finally official. Now that Samsung has already launched Galaxy C9 Pro and Galaxy A series, the company recently unveiled the C7 Pro on its Chinese website.

The phone is powered by a Snapdragon 625 SoC that is clocked at 2.2 GHz and is coupled with 4 GB of RAM. C7 Pro has a Full HD (1920×1080) Super AMOLED display and a 16-megapixel rear autofocus camera that can record videos at full HD resolution at 30 frames per second. Regarding storage, Samsung ships the C7 Pro with 64 GB of internal storage that can be upgraded up to 256 GB using a microSD card.

Samsung Galaxy C7 Pro
Samsung Galaxy C7 Pro

While the company has started shipping Android 7.1 on its Galaxy S7 devices, it is clear that Samsung will still ship C7 Pro with Android 6.0 Marshmallow, and there is no word yet if there will be an update to 7.1.

Apart from these raw specs, the phone is water resistant, and it supports Samsung Pay using the built-in fingerprint reader. All this hardware is powered by a 3300mAh battery that is not user removable.

While the site currently does not mention the pricing, we can expect it to cost around $200 (almost Rs 13,600) in China. The pre-orders will begin from today, and the phone will be available in Rose Pink, Arctic Blue and Maple Leaf Gold colors.

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Samsung Just Launched Galaxy J2 Ace With 4G VoLTE Support

Just a few days ago, Samsung launched one one of its most affordable 4G phones, the J1 in India. Today, the company launched another low-end phone to the public. The company has named the phone J2 Ace, and it is priced at Rs 8490 and it the company will start selling the phone starting January 16.

The phone will come in 3 colors: Gold, Silver and black and all phones will come with Android 6.0 Marshmellow pre-installed.

Samsung galaxy j2 ace
Samsung Galaxy J2 ace

Galaxy J2 Ace is a stripped down version of previously released J2 which was priced around 9 thousand Indian Rupees. The company has said that the phone is a part of Samsung’s support of ‘Make in India’ movement, and it will support an Ultra Data Saving mode specially made for Indian users that will save up to 50% of data usage with data compression.

The phone has a 5-inch qHD display, and it is powered by a 1.4 GHz quad-core processor that is coupled with 1.5 GB of RAM. J2 Ace has an eight-megapixel rear camera and a 5-megapixel front camera both camera have f/2.2 aperture and LED flash. Apart from these, the phone will come with 8 GB of internal storage which can be expanded up to 256 GB using an external microSD card slot.

Regarding connectivity, the phone has 4G VoLTE support, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 3G and Bluetooth 4.2 and all that is powered using a 2600 mAh battery.

While specifications are not very competitive with similarly priced phones on the market, Samsung is proud of its software features on the phone that includes a power saver, Samsung’s Turbo Speed Technology to improve app launch times and an S Secure Mode that can be used to lock folders and apps.

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Samsung Gear S3 Smartwatch Launched in India

Samsung just launched its flagship smartwatch in India, and it will be available for sale starting from January 18.

The Gear S3 smartwatch is available in two versions: Classic and Frontier and they run on Samsung’s own Tizen operating system. The smartwatches cost Rs 28,500, and they can be ordered from retail stores or the official websites.

Samsung Gear S3
Samsung Gear S3

The Gear S3 has a 1.3 inch circular Super AMOLED display, a 1GHz Processor and 4 GB of Internal Storage. The company adds 768 Megabytes of RAM to run the operating system, and it is IP68 Certified for water and dust resistance.

While most specs are same for both versions of Gear 3 Smartwatch, there are some differences too. The first one being the availability of 3G and LTE only on the Frontier version and there are some different in their aesthetics too.

Being equipped with LTE, the Frontier version of the watch can be used as a standalone device, and you will be able to make calls on it using the built-in microphone. On the Classic version, you will have to pair it to a Smartphone in order to use all features.

Samsung has added a few important sensors to take on with Apple Watch. The Gear S3 has a GPS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.2 and heart-rate monitor to cover the needs of a fitness tracking. Apart from that, the watch will support Samsung Pay and NFC.

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Samsung Just Launched a 4G Enabled Galaxy J1 in India

After the Note 7 trouble, Samsung is doing everything to bring the company back on track, after refreshing mid-tier Galaxy A lineup with water resistance and upgraded cameras, the company has launched a budget Android smartphone in India.

The phone is not a new phone, it has been selling in Russia since March last year, however, it is one of the cheapest offerings from the company in India. Galaxy J1 costs Rs 6890 online, and it will soon be available from physical retailers.

The phone comes with a 4.5″ QVGA  Super AMOLED Display, and it is powered by a 1.3GHz quad-core processor and 1GB of RAM. The phone runs on Android 5.1, and it has a dual SIM setup available.

In the camera department, the phone has a 5 Megapixel autofocus rear camera with a LED flash, and it also has a 2-megapixel camera on the front for selfies. The phone also comes with 8 GB of internal storage, and it can accept microSD expansion up to 128 GB.

The phone has decent connectivity options including 4G LET with VoLTE support. Wi-Fi 802.11, Bluetooth 4.1, GPS and 3G.

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This is The First Samsung Chromebook That Supports Stylus and Android Apps

Apple and Microsoft are no longer the only companies betting on stylus operated convertibles; Samsung just jumped into the game with its two new Chromebooks.

chromebook plus

The smartphone giant just introduced two new Chromebooks named Chromebook Plus and Chromebook Pro. Despite the difference in their naming scheme both laptop are almost identical except for their processors. The Chromebook Plus runs on a custom ARM SoC, and the Pro uses a Core m3. Apart from these the following specifications apply to both devices:

  • 12.3″ touch screen display.
  • A pressure-sensitive stylus support.
  • 32 GB eMMC storage
  • 720p camera
  • 4 GB RAM
  • 2.4lb metal chassis

The company claims that these Chromebooks will have up to 8 hours of battery life. Both devices have a 360-degree hinge that provides them a tablet and a tent operation mode.

The Chromebooks come with a stylus

The company says that it collaborated with Google to build the device. It comes with two USB-C ports which can output 4K video and can also charge the device. Very much like the Note lineup of Smartphones, the Chromebooks with come with a stylus that can be stored inside a slot in the device and it looks almost identical as Note 5’s stylus.

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Both models will run apps built for Android. Google Play is supported and much like any other Android tablet or Phone, most apps should work with the device. Android has some great apps to make use of a stylus and considering Chrome OS had no specific apps to utilize a tablet, having the ability to run Android note-taking and drawing apps is great.

The Chromebook Plus costs $450 and it will start shipping in February of this year. The price for Core m3 powered Chromebook Pro has not been disclosed.

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Samsung Just Launched Galaxy A With 16 MP Camera and Waterproofing

After some leaks about the new series, Samsung finally introduced its 3 new mid-tier smartphone models. The phones are not as crazy as the upcoming Galaxy S8 (which may come with 8 GB RAM) but offer some great features for the asking price.

There are 3 phones, first one is Galaxy A7 which has a 5.7″ Display, the second one is Galaxy A5 with a 5.2″ Display and the last one is Galaxy A3 that sports a 4.7″ Display. All phones in the series are IP68 water resistant which is a feature that Samsung used to only add on flagship phones such as Galaxy S7.

The company has also added USB-C ports replacing the older, slower Micro USB ports and Galaxy A7 and A5 come with autofocus-equipped 16-megapixel rear cameras. All phones have octa-core processors and come with Android 6.0 Marshmellow. The Galaxy A3 cuts some corners in terms of processing power and camera as it has a 1.6 GHz processor and 13 MP camera compared to 1.9 GHz and 16 MP respectively for Galaxy A5 and A7.

IP68 waterproofing can withstand being submerged in 1.5 meters of water for 30 Minutes and the USB-C port supports fast charging. There was a possibility of Samsung following Apple and removing the headphone jack, but it didn’t happen this time.

The Galaxy A phones look a lot like the previous phones in terms of aesthetics, but with some improvements. The back is a bit more curved than the 2015 series and the speaker grill is now moved to the right-hand side of the device.

Galaxy A5
Galaxy A5

The smartphone giant will be launching the phones in Russia in January and for the rest word shortly after. The pricing is uncleared as of now, but we can expect it to be inline with last year phones. There are four available color options: Black Sky, Gold Sand, Blue Mist and Peach Cloud.

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