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Samsung unveils Galaxy C7 Pro

The leak saga about Samsung Galaxy C7 Pro is over – the device was officially unveiled at the Korean manufacturer’s website..
The Galaxy C7 Pro is built around a 5.7″ 1080p Super AMOLED screen and runs Android 6.0.1. Marshmallow on a 14nm Snapdragon 625 chipset. The octa-core Cortex-A53 CPU is running at 2.2 GHz, while available RAM is 4GB.

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Both cameras of the Galaxy C7 Pro have 16 MP sensors and bright f/1.9 apertures. Their video recording maxes out at FullHD@30fps.The internal storage is 64GB, with 50.9 GB of those user-available. Also the second SIM slot supports either a nano-SIM card or a microSD one.
The Galaxy C7 Pro comes with Always-On display and Samsung Pay.

Pre-orders in China will be begin on January 16 but there’s no information for now if Samsung plans to release the device in other markets.

Samsung Galaxy A series goes on sale ahead of schedule

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Samsung kicked off this year’s smartphone announcements by introducing the Galaxy A3 (2017), Galaxy A5 (2017) and Galaxy A7 (2017) earlier this month. Disappointingly, the new A series doesn’t appear as though it’ll reach the United States any time soon, so Stateside fans of the waterproof trio will have to explore other routes to ownership. Slated reach several Asian markets by the end of this month, Sammy also noted that Europe-based consumers would have to wait until February. Ahead of schedule, though, the A series models are already on sale in Russia through several outlets, suggesting that other confirmed sales locations could also receive the handsets sooner than anticipated.

 
Fans of powerful Samsung devices will surely be waiting on the Galaxy S8, which probably won’t rear its head for a couple of months yet. Still the 2017 editions of the A3, A5 and A7 offer much besides their water-and-dust-repelling exteriors, with the larger A7 touting a 5.7-inch full-HD display. Both the A5 and A7, with their Exynos 7880 processors and 3 gigs of RAM each, are a cut above the A3 with its Exynos 7870 and 2 GB RAM combo. Nevertheless, they’re all equipped with fingerprint sensors and expandable storage, with support for microSD cards of up to 256 GB in size.

In Russia, the A3 (2017) costs 22,990 rubles ($387) while the A5 (2017) retails at 27,990 rubles ($471). The A7 (2017), meanwhile, is priced at 32990 rubles, which translates to around $555 at the current exchange. While not overly expensive, those looking at the A7 may instead turn to some of last year’s flagships — many of which are more powerful and unlike the Marshmallow-filled A series, offer the more contemporary Android 7 Nougat.

At this time, the devices are up for pre-order in the United Kingdom but not yet on sale. We’ll keep you posted with any further release happenings, so stay tuned!

Samsung launches iPhone app for Gear smartwatches

Samsung has released the long-awaited iOS apps for its Gear wearable accessories, including the Gear S2 and S3 smartwatches and the Gear Fit 2 fitness tracker. The two new apps let you set up and pair the devices with an iPhone. Prior to this, the Gear devices were only compatible with Android devices.
Samsung says that the Gear S app will let you download and install apps on the smartwatches, push notifications from the phone to the watch, as well as sync health and fitness data with S Health. The Gear Fit app supports notifications from the iPhone to the device and syncing of health data to S Health.
Though the new apps bring full iOS compatibility to Samsung’s wearable devices for the first time, they still don’t support the company’s full range, such as the IconX wireless earbuds.

Samsung Galaxy S8 to Come With Continuum

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The latest rumor has it that the Galaxy S8 could include a feature resembling Microsoft’s Continuum. According to a leaked slide that reportedly originates from a Galaxy S8 presentation – see above – Samsung is working on a so called “Desktop Experience” for the new smartphone. Apparently, you’ll be able to connect your Galaxy S8 to an external monitor, plus wireless keyboards and mice, in order to use the phone like a proper PC – that’s because multi-tasking and many other things simply work better on a large display.

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If this Desktop Experience is indeed a real upcoming feature of the S8, Samsung must have enhanced the phone’s UI in order to provide a meaningful experience once the device is connected to a monitor. Mind you, the handset seen in the Desktop Experience slide is almost certainly not a Galaxy S8.

Samsung Announces Galaxy A 2017 Series

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Samsung officially unveiled its new Galaxy A series smartphones for 2017, the Galaxy A3, Galaxy A5, and Galaxy A7. All three will be available in Russia beginning early January and will be expanded to global markets in the coming weeks.

As far as pricing goes, Samsung hasn’t announced anything related to the cost of these smartphones, but previous reports claim the Galaxy A5 (2017) will be available for $378, while the Galaxy A7 (2017) should hit the shelves for $424.

We can safely assume that the Galaxy A3 (2017) will be much cheaper than the other two phones. Furthermore, it’s worth noting that each of these new smartphones will be available in four color options: Black Sky, Gold Sand, Blue Mist and Peach Cloud.

Moving on to actual specs, the less-featured of the three, the Galaxy A3 (2017) sports a 4.7-inch Super AMOLED display with HD (720p resolution, along with fingerprint sensor and USB Type-C port.

Hardware-wise, the Galaxy A3 (2017) comes equipped with a 1.6GHz octa-core processor, 2GB RAM and 16GB of expandable memory (up to 256GB). The smartphone is powered by a 2,350 mAh battery and packs a 13-megapixel rear camera, as well as a secondary 8-megapixel selfie camera.

Next in line, Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) features a larger 5.2-inch Super AMOLED display that supports full HD (1080p) resolution. There’s also a 16-megapixel camera on the back, along with a no less impressive 16-megapixel camera in the front, both featuring f/1.9 aperture.

 

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The Galaxy A5 (2017) has 1.9GHz octa-core processor at its heart, coupled with 3GB of RAM and 32GB storage (expandable up to 256GB). It’s also powered by a larger 3,000 mAh battery, and, just like the Galaxy A3 (2017) features fingerprint sensor and USB Type-C port.

Last but not least, Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017) is the most powerful of the three, hence the higher price. The phone boasts a large 5.7-inch Super AMOLED display with full HD (1080p) resolution and features the same camera configuration as the Galaxy A5 (16-megapixel rear + 16-megapixel front camera).

It’s got a 1.9GHz octa-core processor, 3GB RAM, 32GB expandable storage (up to 256GB), but a larger 3,600 mAh battery. A fingerprint sensor and USB Type-C port are included as well.

The Galaxy A5 (2017) and Galaxy A7 (2017) benefit from fast charging technology, and all three features IP68 certification for dust and water resistance. They come with premium metal frame and 3D glass back.

Sadly, the Galaxy A (2017) series phones ship with Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow operating system onboard. Hopefully, Samsung will deliver Android Nougat updates to all three handsets in the future.

Samsung to release the results of its Galaxy Note 7 investigation in the middle of this month

More than two weeks ago, there was talk that Samsung had concluded an in-house investigation into the cause of the explosions that derailed the Samsung Galaxy Note 7. Samsung originally attributed the issue to a defective battery, but when it reissued the phone with new batteries inside, the replacement models continued to explode. At that point, the Galaxy Note 7 was pulled off the market following a second recall.

In an effort to find a definitive reason as to why the Galaxy Note 7 had turned into a lethal weapon, Samsung called for an in-house investigation. According to South Korean daily JoongAng Ilbo, the hard work and digging has been completed. Samsung will make an announcement in the middle of this month that will finally answer the many unanswered questions about what happened to the Galaxy Note 7, and hopefully put the matter to rest permanently.

According to those in the know, Samsung will report that it was a combination of factors that led to the explosions. By releasing this information to the public, the manufacturer is hoping to remove the cloud that has been hanging over the Samsung name since the whole affair began last September. Reports indicate that only a few people at the top of the company have been given the results of the investigation.

Another way it hopes to regain the public’s support is with an amazing new flagship phone, the Samsung Galaxy S8. To make sure that there are no issues with its new flagship, Samsung recently pushed back the unveiling of the device from February 26th at MWC in Barcelona, to an April introduction in New York City. There could be a standard 5.2-inch version of the phone, and a 6-inch model called the Galaxy S8 Plus. The latter would take the place of what would have been the Galaxy Note 8 to be released in September of 2017. By doing this, Samsung could deliver a large-screened high end phablet in 2017 without using the Galaxy Note name.

Samsung Galaxy s7 to receive Android 7.0 Nougat in January 2017

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Great news for Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge owners, as Samsung has just confirmed that the long-awaited Android Nougat update for these two devices will be released next month.

After a month of beta testing, the South Korean company announced that it would do its best “to distribute the official version in January as soon as possible.”

 

 

Moreover, Samsung announced that the Android Nougat beta program for both Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge devices will end on January 30, 2016. This means there will be no beta versions released for these smartphones and there will be no individual feedback related to “Error report” and “Suggestion.”

According to Samsung, all feedback received by the time the final version will be released is to be managed via “Community” only.

We expect Samsung to release Android 7.1.1 Nougat for many Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge devices in January, 2017, but many of them will receive Android 7.0 Nougat instead.

Some carriers have confirmed they are now testing Android 7.0 Nougat builds, but that doesn’t meant that Android 7.1.1 won’t arrive for both Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge at a later date. So, there you have it folks, Samsung will finally have two smartphones of it own running Android Nougat by the end of January.

Samsung Galaxy A 2017 series (A7, A5, A3) user manual and pricing details leaks

While Samsung already confirmed that the Galaxy A 2017 series is coming soon, the company has yet to officially announce the smartphones included in this series. However, we know that the new family should be comprised of the Galaxy A7 (2017), Galaxy A5 (2017) and Galaxy A3 (2017). A user manual that can be accessed on Samsung Russia’s website confirms the existence of all three handsets, while also revealing some of their important features.

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The new A7, A5 and A3 are all are IP68-certified for dust and water resistance. According to Samsung, this means they can survive for 30 minutes underwater at depths of up to 1.5 meters (4.9 feet). Moreover, all three models have NFC, support for Samsung Pay, and fingerprint scanners embedded in their home buttons. This means that the Galaxy A3 (2017) will likely become Samsung’s most affordable phone to offer a fingerprint reader.

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Speaking of “affordable”, according to a flyer revealed in Malaysia, the new Galaxy A7 (model number SM-A720) and Galaxy A5 (model number SM-A520) will be sold at accessible prices: about $424 and $378, respectively. Most probably, the smaller and less powerful Galaxy A3 (model number SM-A320) will cost around $300.

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The Galaxy A 2017 user manual mentioned above also suggests that the phones will, unfortunately, run Android 6 Marshmallow at launch, instead of the newer Android 7 Nougat.

For now, we don’t have details regarding the US launch of the Galaxy A7 (2017), Galaxy A5 (2017) and Galaxy A3 (2017). But we’ll find out more about the handsets on January 5, when Samsung is going to officially announce them.

Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) and Galaxy A3 (2017) Pictures Leaks!

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Leaked press renders presenting the fronts and rears of the Galaxy A5 (2017) and Galaxy A3 (2017). Most probably, these are the images that Samsung will be using to promote the new devices.

While they have similar designs, the Galaxy A5 (2017) and Galaxy A3 (2017) come in different sizes, as the A5 (model number SM-A520) sports a 5.2-inch 1080p display, while the A3 (model number SM-A320) has a 4.7-inch 720p screen.

The new Galaxy A5 is expected to be powered by an octa-core Exynox 7880 CPU, further featuring 3 GB of RAM, 32 GB of expandable storage space, and a 3300 mAh battery. The new Galaxy A3 will be a bit more modest, possibly featuring an octa-core Exynos 7870 processor, 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of expandable internal memory, and a 3000 mAh battery.

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Yesterday, Samsung hinted at the fact that the galaxy A series might be water resistant, but it’s not clear if this applies to all models in the new series.

Apparently, the Galaxy A5 (2017) and Galaxy A3 (2017) will be available in four color variants: black, gold, blue, and pink. The phones could go on sale beginning January, though, for now, we don’t know if that’s true for the US market. In any case, we’ll find out more about the Galaxy A 2017 series next week.

Samsung Knows Why The Galaxy Note 7 Was Exploding But Is Not Ready To Tell You

Samsung had recalled the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 twice because of explosions, and eventually pulled the phablet off of the market, the company at first was unable to duplicate the explosions in the lab. But today, a new report says that Samsung has figured out exactly what caused the problems with Galaxy Note 7 battery that cost the company a reported $5 billion in lost revenue and other costs.

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Samsung says that it has shared the results of its internal investigation with UL and the Korea Testing Laboratory. And while the company has promised to release a report detailing the exact cause of the explosions by the end of this year, so far the company is not yet ready to share the results of its investigation with the public.

At the beginning of this month, a report blamed the design of the battery used on the Galaxy Note 7 for causing the explosions and fires. Samsung reportedly wanted a thin battery with as much energy capacity as possible in order to maintain the phablet’s thin design and long battery life.

All Samsung Galaxy S8 Rumours

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Samsung has tumbled  exploding Galaxy Note 7 phones precipitated the company’s fiery fall from grace  but its smartphone legacy isn’t over. More reliable, less fire-prone phones are on the horizon, despite Samsung’s profits plummeting to their lowest in nearly eight years in the wake of recalling and then completely ceasing production on the Note 7. Meanwhile, the company faces lawsuits, as well as exploding appliances that go beyond flammable phones, too.

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And that’s exactly why so much is riding on the Korean manufacturing giant’s next phone, the Samsung Galaxy S8.

A next-generation follow-up to the Galaxy S7 that was released last March, it will be the first phone to help redirect Samsung’s efforts to gain new buyers who don’t already have a Samsung phone. And, to be clear: unlike the Note 7, there have been no known claims of fires or explosions with the Galaxy S7, so at least this line’s reputation is intact.
The Galaxy S8 gives Samsung a chance to lure gunshy buyers back to the brand with exceptional technology or rock-bottom prices. And Samsung has the power to make a truly great phone. After all, reviewers had initially lauded the Note 7 as one of the most impressive phones Samsung had ever made. The question is, will the Galaxy S8 have enough of the goods to refocus shoppers who bolted after the Note 7 debacle? And can Samsung win back buyers’ trust?

The Galaxy S8 is still likely months away from making its debut, but the leaks and rumors have already begun. We bring you the most important of the bunch.

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No early Galaxy S8 launch despite Note 7 drama
At one point, some suggested that the Galaxy S8 would attempt to kickstart Samsung’s rebound earlier than its usual late February/early March cycle that’s tied to the giant Mobile World Congress event in Spain. Given that the Note 7 issues may have in part been caused by a rush job to get the phone out ahead of schedule, speeding full steam ahead probably isn’t the best route, especially if Samsung is still trying to pinpoint what went wrong with two rounds of Note 7 batteries (the initial batch and the replacement phones).

In fact, it could come later than expected
The phone might even be delayed until April, according to another rumor, as Samsung scurries to find and fix for good the error that led to explosions in the first place. Another major blowup could torch what’s left of the brand’s credibility. Either way, another bit of scuttlebutt says the phone’s firmware is already in production.

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All screen, all the time
The face of next year’s Galaxy S8 could be 90 percent screen, according to one report out of South Korea, up from an average ratio of 80 percent screen-to-bezels. That’s supported by another, more recent report that the phone will be all-screen, and a suggestion that the Galaxy S8 could toss out its whole home button including the fingerprint reader and use an optical sensor that lives beneath the display.
Samsung partner Synaptics just released its own optical fingerprint scanner that fits the bill. It’s quite possible that the two are one and the same.
This wouldn’t be the first time we’d see a nearly bezel-less screen. Chinese phone maker Xiaomi just released the latest attempt at this tech unicorn, the ceramic-backed Mi Mix.

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Samsung could emulate the Moto Z and Apple iPhone to ditch its headphone jack.
The Galaxy S8 could lose the headset jack, just like the iPhone
When the Galaxy Note 7 first launched, Samsung told me it was “proud” of its headset jack. That tune might change if the latest rumor is right. SamMobile is saying that the audio jack used to plug in wired headphones will go the way of the iPhone’s nonexistent port.

In its place, phone owners would have to use wireless Bluetooth-connected headsets (like these) or headsets that plug into the phone’s expected USB-C port (either directly or through an adapter dongle).

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Super-high 4K resolution
It’s also expected that Samsung will go ultra-high-def for its next big phone, bumping up the S7’s current resolution (2,560×1,440 pixels) to a 4K resolution of 3,840×2,160 pixels.
Sony beat Samsung to the UHD punch last year with its Xperia X Performance.  with VR headsets that integrate with phones slowly gaining fans (like Samsung’s own Gear VR), there is at least one case for having more pixels on your phone than you might have on your TV.
Or maybe not
A contradictory rumor says this isn’t going to happen, and that we’ll instead have the same 2K screen resolution as the Galaxy S7 (2,560×1,440 pixels), but one that’s made with a new version of the AMOLED display material. The upshot: Screen quality is still expected to improve.

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Unlike the S7 and S7 Edge here, both Samsung’s Galaxy S8 phones could curve.
Galaxy S8 and curved-screen Edge could be one and the same
The Galaxy S8 could have the same curved sides as the S7 Edge, according to another rumor. But that wouldn’t mean Samsung would only sell one phone. Keeping up with a recent tradition, the Galaxy S8 could still come in two sizes.

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Two rear cameras and better selfies on the way
A report out of Korea points to two cameras on the back, just like with the iPhone 7 Plus, LG V20 and Huawei P9.
Samsung’s next front-facing camera could also bring auto-focus to the Galaxy S8 using technology that differs from autofocus in the phone’s main camera. Don’t worry about that camera module sticking out, either. The rumor out of Korea claims this module will remain flush with the phone face.

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The Galaxy S8 might have a pressure-sensitive screen
Yeah, yeah, we’ve heard this rumor before when the Galaxy S7 was supposedly going to have a screen you could press and hold to make submenus pop up (like Apple’s 3D Touch for iPhone). It never happened, but maybe this time, one Korean outlet reported, it will.

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It could have an AI assistant named Bixby
Filing a patent for a digital assistant named Bixby is a pretty good indicator of Samsung’s intentions in this area. The info dovetails nicely with rumors that the Galaxy S8 will include a new digital assistant, and perhaps a dedicated button to launch it. Handily enough, Samsung bought AI startup Viv, which coincidentally spun up Apple’s Siri.

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We’ll update as more rumors and stories surface in the long lead up to the launch.