It was only a few weeks ago that Samsung confirmed the ongoing rumors that it would release the ill-fated Galaxy Note 7 on the world once again as a refurbished device. It appears the Korean phone maker is wasting no time, as one of the first refurbished Note 7s has made its public debut, sporting some slightly modified hardware.
It's not entirely clear what is going on with Samsung's camera business, but the writing has been on the wall for over a year. Rumors appeared in early 2016 making various claims about Samsung's dedicated digital camera plans -- mostly that it was abandoning the market -- something further spurred by a tweet that appeared from the Samsung India account. Yet another source has cropped up with information about this, and assuming the source is correct, it seems Samsung has entirely stopped its digital camera production.
OLED displays are coming in hot for Apple's next smartphone and in no place is it more apparent than Samsung Display's factories. At least right here before manufacturing begins in earnest, a report from South Korea-based ET News says that Samsung Display's latest move is to convert an ASA LCD factory to OLED for one reason only. That is making room for the capacity needed to create the iPhone 8 - or iPhone Pro, or whatever you'd like to call it. Just don't call it a comeback - or an iPhone 7s, which will come with an LCD panel, more than likely.
Even with the Galaxy S8 and S8+ undoubtedly the most eagerly-anticipated Android phones of the year, Samsung is leaving nothing to chance. The company has revealed its first TV commercial for the upcoming smartphones, and it's playing up their most obvious change over the Galaxy S7. That's the so-called "Infinity Display", Samsung's curved Super AMOLED screen with tiny, weeny bezels.
You know that Samsung really wants Bixby to be its next big thing when it dedicated a physical button just for it. Pretty much like how older Sony Xperia phones had a physical shutter button to emphasize their photographic bent. Not everyone, however, is going to be a fan of Bixby, which means that's one hardware button wasted. Not unless you use this All in one Gestures app to let you remap that button to launch something else, like, for example, Google Assistant.
The problem with smartphones is that as they become more sophisticated, more "premium", and more expensive, they also start to look more fragile. The transition from polycarbonate plastic to aluminum to glass definitely makes devices look more exquisite, but, at times, they also make them more susceptible to certain kinds of accidents. So when Samsung went with a nearly all glass Galaxy S8, one whose display stretches over almost its entire face, one of the biggest questions that comes to mind how well will it survive the most common accident of all: dropping the phone on pavement. The answer might surprise you.
Samsung has announced the availability of its 2017 MU Series televisions, all of which feature Ultra HD 4K resolutions alongside a host of features, including things like (depending on model) a smart remote control, HDR Extreme, 4K Color Drive Extreme, Triple Black Extreme, and more. The lineup is composed of four series ranging from MU 6 to MU 9, and as expected, the prices are likewise scattered across a somewhat large spectrum. All of the models are available now.
It's difficult to say exactly why it is Samsung and Apple dominate the smartphone market - but this video takes a crack at it. What we're looking at is a spinning iPhone 8 concept - a device that's most likely going to come out next year, but commands search terms in Google this year because "iPhone 7s" is too many characters to be bothered typing. What we see here is style - design finesse - a sense of assuredness in the phone's overall excellence. That's what Apple and Samsung have, or appear to have, that most other phone companies lack.
One of the biggest disappointments with the Galaxy S8 and S8+ was that it didn't seem to fully exploit all the power that it packed. In particular, some of its features, specifically Samsung DeX, would have benefited from more RAM. Instead, Samsung chose to play it safe and stick to conventions that is almost 2 years old by now. There have, indeed, been rumors of a 6 GB RAM model and that might still be true. You might not, however, want to buy one when you hear how much it'll cost.
Another year, another Samsung Galaxy flagship. Which means another chance for DisplayMate to review the Galaxy S8's screen and rank it among others in the market. Given that DisplayMate has consistently crowned Samsung's premium smartphones as the best in OLED class every year, it's hardly surprising to hear it do so again this time. It is, however, interesting to hear just what made DisplayMate think so.
Back in January, we heard rumor that Samsung had plans to change its S Health app to coincide with the Galaxy S8's launch, and that such changes include a doctor-centric feature. It wasn't clear at the time whether the app would be exclusive to the S8 or would be a general update to S Health, but now we have our answer: the app has been updated on the Google Play Store, and it has received a new name.