Earlier this month we saw some images of the Galaxy A7 and its little sibling the Galaxy A5 leak. Those images gave us a look at the metal design of both smartphones. This week the second generation Galaxy A7 has cleared TENAA in China and has the certifications it needs to hit the market.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 5 smartphone has landed in a new color just in time for holiday shopping. The device is now offered in gold platinum, in addition to the white and black colors that were available before. The new color is available via AT&T and Verizon, 2 weeks after T-Mobile.
The Galaxy S7 might have a microSD card slot - it's a real possibility. Rumor has it, and the crowd goes wild. But do you need it? If you're one of the many users of the Samsung Galaxy S6 or the Samsung Galaxy S5 - or even the S4 before that - what say you? Have you run out of space on the regular? Is it an absolute necessity that you expand your storage space beyond the basic 16GB you paid for in the first place? Or did you buy a bigger storage size model at the start?
Samsung only released the original Galaxy J1, a budget-friendly model far from its typical flagship phones, earlier this year, but it appears the Korean company is working on a new "Mini" variant. Several leaks popping up in different databases have indicated that a SM-J105F model is on the way from Samsung, a model number that is very close the original Galaxy J1's SM-J100F.
About two weeks ago, Samsung unveiled its next generation system-on-chip or SoC, the Exynos 8 Octa. Now it is revealing what will be the first member of that new family, the Exynos 8 Octa 8890. This processor brings together all the latest in the silicon industry, including a 14 nm FinFET process as well as combining both application processor and a powerful new cellular LTE modem in a single chip. This new flagship processor is expected to power the Korean OEM's Galaxy S7 smartphone, due to be revealed by February next year.
Over the past couple of years, we've asked every major maker of virtual reality headsets and content what their stance is on children in the VR realm. The answer is (almost) always the same: no comment. Off the record, we've found VR headset manufacturers to simply suggest that parents watch their children closely - that they make sure kids aren't using virtual reality headsets for extended periods of time. As far as this goes with the Samsung Gear VR (the next VR headset coming to stores), it seems that a "monitor children closely" warning is out just the same.
We're inching closer and closer to a time where we won't even need to pull out our wallet to pay for items. It started with the ability to order things online, and now thanks to smartphones, we can just tap our phones for some purchases. Starting today, those with Samsung phones will have more options for paying for transactions with nothing more than their phone.
The next set of Galaxy smartphones may well be the best of both worlds - the design finesse of the Galaxy S6 and the expandable storage of the Galaxy S5. This next-generation Samsung Galaxy S7 - not to mention the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, will once again be employing the extra bit of freedom that comes with a slot for a microSD card, for expandable storage galore. As such, we can safely assume the same microSD slot will be coming to the Galaxy Note 6 and Galaxy S7 Edge Plus, as well.
A few tidbits about the Samsung Galaxy A9 smartphone have leaked out over the last several months. New hard evidence of the device has now turned up in the form of some benchmarks captured on GeekBench. The A9 that put down the benchmarks carries model number SM-A9000.
This week will see the launch of what could be the most affordable, ready to use (that is, not DIY) virtual reality headset in the market and Samsung isn't going to pass up the opportunity to remind people of that. Of course, it is pretty much stating the obvious when saying that the Gear VR is not a phone, but it's yet another jab at Apple's "if it's not an iPhone" ads. It is, of course, a completely different experience, one that tries to commoditize virtual reality even more beyond what Oculus itself is doing.
This week Samsung releases the consumer edition of the Gear VR, a virtual reality headset that works with Galaxy smartphones. At $99, the purchase should come as a fairly obvious consideration for most owners of the Samsung Galaxy S6, Edge, Edge Plus, and Galaxy Note 5. It costs a fraction of the full cost of the device these smartphone users already have, and the door that's opened as a result is well and above worth the cash they'll drop on the headset. It's difficult to understate the ratio of cost to enjoyment in the latter's favor here, really.