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LG G5 vs Galaxy S7 – What you need to know before buying

LG G5 vs Galaxy S7 – What you need to know before buying

As fast as MWC 2016 arrived, so did the dust around it settle. Now that we have room for a bit of a breather (thanks to the distractions of virtual and augmented reality), we can stake stock at the spoils of war. You've heard the spiels, you've read the impressions. Now it's time to pass judgment. Which flagship tickles your fancy, enough for you to put down a few hundred bucks to buy one. Usually, smartphones are so similar that it's harder to choose between them. This year, however, Samsung and LG have drawn the line a bit more clearly to make things both a bit easier to some extent.

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Galaxy J5 and J7 photos show metal bodies and similar hardware

Galaxy J5 and J7 photos show metal bodies and similar hardware

Two of Samsung's latest devices have crossed TENAA to get their Chinese certifications and that means a slew of images and some hardware details have been unveiled. The images show the Galaxy J5 (2016) and the Galaxy J7 (2016) smartphones. Both of the phones look like their older versions and are mid-range devices that will use Android 5.1. The J7 has been spied with a fresher version of Android, so the TENAA listing for an older version of Android might not be what the smartphone launches with.

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With Wells Fargo, Samsung Pay now covers 70% of US card market

With Wells Fargo, Samsung Pay now covers 70% of US card market

While Apple Pay still holds majority of the mobile payment market, thanks to the huge clout of Apple's brand, a recent study claims that Samsung Pay is actually gaining ground. This latest news could perhaps help close that gap even more. Samsung has announced that it has closed a deal with Wells Fargo to support Samsung Pay. In effect, Samsung's mobile payment system will be supported by 70 banks and credit card unions across the country, claimed to cover almost three quarters of the US' credit and debit card market.

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Samsung Galaxy S7 leasing program to start in South Korea

Samsung Galaxy S7 leasing program to start in South Korea

Some rather lucky users in Europe as well as those under T-Mobile in the US have already received their Samsung Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7 edge. Technically, however, those aren't scheduled to globally launch until March 11. Those still waiting for their turn, however, might be in for a treat. At least if they're in South Korea. Samsung is reportedly preparing to launch its own smartphone leasing program in its home town when the devices launch. This is the OEMs latest attempt to woo more buyers and practically keep them from jumping ship.

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Samsung gets some Oscars help for the Galaxy S7 edge

Samsung gets some Oscars help for the Galaxy S7 edge

Tis the season for the Oscars and if you still haven't had your fill of celestial bodies in dazzling clothing or tear jerking moments, Samsung might have a video to satiate you, if only for a while. Like a well-written script, Samsung takes another shot at adding Hollywood glamor to its marketing, but with something that involves less stars and more product placements. In a span of less than two minutes, you have the likes of Wesley Snipes, James Harden, Lil Wayne, and William H. Macy practically asking why can't all smartphones be like the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge.

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Samsung cleared of 2014 Apple patent infringement case

Samsung cleared of 2014 Apple patent infringement case

It might be less than a fourth of the hefty sum it had to pay Apple last year, but even a $120 million reprieve is a big break for Samsung. But more than not having to pay that amount, the US Appeals Court ruled that Samsung didn't infringe on one of Apple's patents that Cupertino sued it for nearly 2 years ago. To add insult to injury, at least for Apple, the court also declared that the other two patents in the lawsuit were, in fact, invalid. If that weren't enough, it also said that it was Apple who was infringing on one of Samsung's patents.

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mophie unveils wireless charging juice pack case for Galaxy S7

mophie unveils wireless charging juice pack case for Galaxy S7

Mophie has taken the wraps off its first wireless charging battery case with juice pack for Samsung’s newly unveiled Galaxy S7 smartphone. The case can be used to charge either of Samsung’s new handsets using various wireless charging pads, such as Samsung’s own model. Joining that function is an integrated 3300mAh battery adding several hours of extra run time to phone.

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Tim Sweeney: Trailblazing Galaxy S7 and Vulkan API made simple

Tim Sweeney: Trailblazing Galaxy S7 and Vulkan API made simple

Epic Games' head Tim Sweeney explains in simple terms what Vulkan API is and why the Samsung Galaxy S7 is a gaming trailblazer. This week we've seen some amazing looking graphics coming from Epic Games and Samsung. With the Samsung Galaxy S7, both groups suggest we're entering a new age for gaming on smart mobile devices. It involves Vulkan API, Unreal Engine 4, your CPU, your GPU, and a demo called ProtoStar. But what's that mean to you, the everyday average user?

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Samsung’s 256GB memory chips ready to roll into smartphones

Samsung’s 256GB memory chips ready to roll into smartphones

Many people are wont to say how smartphones these days are nearly as powerful as our computers. Well, Samsung has just added another notch to that checklist. It has just announced that it started the mass production of its newest, fastest, and biggest UFS 2.0 embedded memory, able to reach 256 GB in capacity. The ridiculously biggest size we're seeing on a single chip for a smartphone, the storage also boasts of sequential reading and writing speeds that Samsung claims is twice, even thrice, faster than a SATA-based SSD for PCs.

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Samsung Galaxy S7, LG G5 ditch Android Adoptable Storage

Samsung Galaxy S7, LG G5 ditch Android Adoptable Storage

As far as Google was concerned, Android devices shouldn't really have microSD card slots, as seen in all its Nexus smartphones and tablets. But in Android 6.0 Marshmallow, Google accepted a compromise, officially "adopting" external storage into one unified storage. Ironically, now it seems that two of the biggest Android OEMs, who have mostly been sporting such memory expansions, are saying "no" to this feature, with both the Samsung Galaxy S7 and the LG G5 not allowing users to use microSD card slots for internal storage.

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DisplayMate: Samsung Galaxy S7 is top OLED dog, better brightness

DisplayMate: Samsung Galaxy S7 is top OLED dog, better brightness

Each release of a new flagship smartphone is always a race to get the highest scores on independent benchmarks, whether it be for the camera or, in this case, the display. DisplayMate has been singing Samsung's praises for a few years now, so it is not surprising that the Galaxy S7 is once again at the top of the list. And while, at first glance, the Galaxy S7 might seem to have the same 5.1-inch QHD display as the Galaxy S6 before it, it's the subtle improvements, especially in brightness and contrast, that make all the difference in DisplayMate's world.

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Samsung Galaxy S7 hands-on [How to VR]

Samsung Galaxy S7 hands-on [How to VR]

The Samsung Galaxy S7 is important to the VR-loving public for several reasons. First - it's a device that's made with VR in mind. The first wave is being released with a free Gear VR headset. Second - because it's ushering in a new age in the virtual reality market. An age in which virtual reality isn't just something that's on the horizon. An age when VR isn't only here, ready to experience - VR is here for you to capture and share, as well.

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