From Digital Trends: Samsung Galaxy S8 Active review

No need to worry about dropping the Galaxy S8 Active in a pool or onto concrete. Samsung’s ruggedized flagship can take on the world and come out unscathed. Read our full Samsung Galaxy Active review to find out more.

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From Gizmodo: Samsung’s $3,500 QLED TV Almost Feels Like It’s Worth It

Huge, detailed, brightly colored images flickered across the screen, illuminating the whole room like the lights off one of those laser light disco balls at the skating rink. My brother’s eyes bulged. “It’s too much,� he gasped as I scrambled for the remote just to pause the vivid assault on our eyeballs. He’d just…

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From Gizmodo: Samsung’s $3,500 QLED TV Almost Feels Like It’s Worth It

Huge, detailed, brightly colored images flickered across the screen, illuminating the whole room like the lights off one of those laser light disco balls at the skating rink. My brother’s eyes bulged. “It’s too much,� he gasped as I scrambled for the remote just to pause the vivid assault on our eyeballs. He’d just…

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From BGR: We need this stunning Galaxy S9 concept to be real

Samsung’s new flagship Galaxy Note 8 was officially released this past Friday, and it’s by far the best smartphone Samsung has ever made. You can read our in-depth Galaxy Note 8 review to learn more about it, but it’s pretty much a guaranteed success as long as it doesn’t start spontaneously exploding. From the design and display to the power and performance, the Galaxy Note 8 is as good as it gets for an Android flagship phone. Of course, now that it’s out, our attention is slowly turning to the future.

Samsung’s next flagship phones will be the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+, which rumors suggest are slated to launch a bit earlier next year than the S8 and S8+ did in 2017. That means we might be just five months away from seeing Samsung’s Galaxy S9 become official. It can’t hurt to dream in the meantime, and a new concept we just came across may indeed be the Galaxy S9 of our dreams.

Before we check out the photos and videos of this sleek Galaxy S9 concept, we should point something out even though it will be immediately apparent to most people. The real Galaxy S9 Samsung unveils next year will look nothing like this mockup. Curved sides have become Samsung’s signature design, and that’s not going to change anytime soon. This Galaxy S9 concept, however, is flat on the front and the back.

With all that having been said, we absolutely love this design. For our money, Apple’s iPhone 5s design from 2013 is the best smartphone design we’ve ever seen. It was understated and yet sophisticated, and it we still love it. This new Galaxy S9 concept, which was made by DBS Designing, harkens back to that design, with its flat front and back surrounded by flat metal edges.

You’ll find a few images below along with a video, and you can see the rest on DBS Designing’s Behance page.

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From BGR: The iPhone 8 makes the Galaxy Note 8’s price seem even more absurd

Before Apple unveiled the iPhone 8 and iPhone X last week, Samsung’s $930 price for the Galaxy Note 8 seemed perfectly acceptable. It’s still more expensive than any smartphone to date, but it seemed in line with what’s expected from a 2017 iPhone rival made by Samsung. But now that Apple unveiled the prices for all three 2017 iPhones, the Galaxy Note 8’s price seems like one huge gimmick.

Soon after Samsung introduced the phone, I wrote that the Galaxy Note line should not exist as it is now. Aside from the signature S Pen feature, the only feature that stands out is a dual camera that’s already rumored to hit the Galaxy S line next year. It certainly looks like Samsung is merging the Galaxy S and Galaxy Note lines now that all-screen designs are possible, and the Note line is losing its identity. It’s like having Apple launch the 4.7-inch iPhone early in the year, and then release the 5.5-inch iPhone less than six months later.

Since then, Samsung announced that the Galaxy Note 9 might sport a revolutionary bendable screen, which seems like a step in the right direction, a way of making the Galaxy Note stand out from the Galaxy S crowd again.

But now that the iPhone 8 and iPhone X exist, it’s clear that the Galaxy Note 8 isn’t worthy of the near $1,000 price tag.

The Galaxy Note 8 is not as fast as the iPhone 8 or iPhone X, as the A11 Bionic chip dwarves the Note 8’s chips when it comes to performance. It also doesn’t feature any brand new features like the iPhone X’s Face ID TrueDepth camera, which would warrant the extra cost.

What does the Galaxy Note 8 have that the Galaxy S8 lacks? A bigger OLED display, sure. But screen profits go to the same Samsung parent company. Of note is that the iPhone X’s OLED screen is the most expensive component inside the iPhone X, and Samsung is going to get all that cash too. And we shouldn’t be surprised to hear that the iPhone X screen is more costly than the Galaxy Note 8’s, even if the same company makes them. Apple suggested as much on its iPhone X pages, by saying the phone features “the first OLED screen that rises to the standards of iPhone,” and implying no other screen can match it.

Then there’s a dual camera on the back of the Galaxy Note 8. But is that enough to justify the price hike?  Or is it the new stylus that’s more expensive to make?

I don’t have any inside scoops on the bill of materials for the Galaxy Note 8, but it seems to me that Samsung hiked the entry price of the Note 8 just because it knew that Apple was going to do the same thing with the iPhone X.

Think about it, in a world where the iPhone still sets the bar in the mobile business, launching a phone with an iPhone-like price sends the message that your new phone is on par with the latest iPhone, if not better.

Yes, it’s all about perception here. And Samsung, just like Apple, can choose to price its products however it sees fit. There’s nothing wrong with that.

But the $930 Galaxy Note 8 is not on par with the $999 iPhone X when it comes to hardware, performance or novel features. Not even with the $699 iPhone 8 or $849 iPhone 8 Plus. These two “boring� iPhones are just as powerful as the iPhone X.

This year’s Galaxy Note 8 competes against the iPhone 7/Plus family at best, regardless of what its official price may imply.

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From Tech: Leaked images show a new Google Daydream View headset priced at $99


Google is probably soon releasing an updated version of the Daydream View, its VR headset that is powered by a phone rather than a computer.

According to Droid Life, the new model looks to be made of a nylon-like fabric, better able to withstand sweat than the jersey-like material of its predecessor. The new version will also feature better color options: Charcoal, Fog, and Coral.

Here is the New Google Daydream View, It’ll Cost $99.

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From ExtremeTechExtremeTech: iPhone 8 and 8 Plus Review Roundup: Great Phones No One Thinks You Should Buy

Apple’s new iPhone 8 and 8 Plus have hit the market, but reviewers aren’t as thrilled with these phones as they’ve been in the past. The iPhone X has sucked the air out of the room.
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From BGR: Samsung’s Galaxy S9 might feature a 1,000 frame-per-second camera sensor

The iPhone X leaks may have come to an end last week when Apple officially unveiled the phone on stage at the Steve Jobs Theater, but the Galaxy S9 leaks have only just begun. On Sunday, ETNews published an article citing industry sources claiming that the next flagship phone from Samsung will feature a camera capable of shooting video at 1,000 frames per second, rivaling the cameras on Sony’s latest phones.

According to the source, Samsung will begin mass-producing its brand new sensor on November 17th, which would give the phone maker plenty of time to ready the component for a potential January launch, which recent rumors suggest is when Samsung is trying to get its next phone out to market.

What’s still unclear is how Samsung plans to build its sensor. Sony patented its own stacked triple-layer camera sensor for the Xperia XZ1 and XZ Premium, so Samsung will have to go a different route to avoid getting sued. Presumably, the ETNews article posits, the company will use two stacks instead.

With the iPhone X set to dominate the smartphone world over the holiday season, Samsung will be looking for any advantage it can get over Apple’s new flagship device. The iPhone X will be capable of shooting 1080p video at up to 240 fps, so Samsung’s sensor would blow it out of the water. If the Galaxy S9 isn’t going to have a true edge-to-edge display, it needs some other advantages. Other rumored Galaxy S9 specs and features include a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor, 64GB of storage and a 5.8-inch Super AMOLED Infinity Display.

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From Digital Trends: Enjoy crisp audio with our Samsung Sound Plus soundbar setup and unboxing guide

Samsung’s HW-MS650 fills any room with sound without breaking the bank. Need some help figuring things out? Our Samsung Sound Plus Soundbar setup and unboxing guide will help get you started.
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From BGR: Samsung is finally letting Galaxy S8 owners disable the Bixby button

As impressed as we were with the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ at launch, we couldn’t help but question Samsung’s decision to put a dedicated Bixby button on the side of the phones. Bixby was meant to be Samsung’s answer to Google Assistant, but until recently, Bixby Voice wasn’t even accessible to S8 owners outside of South Korea. But now, just six months after the S8’s launch, Samsung is already walking back its Bixby plans.

On Monday, SamMobile was the first to report that Samsung had quietly begun rolling out an update to allow S8 owners to disable the Bixby button altogether. Once you install the latest Bixby updates on your S8, S8+ or Note 8, you should see a toggle at the top of the Bixby Home screen that will allow you to choose whether or not Bixby launches when you hit the Bixby button. The toggle also appears in the Bixby settings menu.

Bixby Home can still be accessed at any time by swiping left on the home screen, but at the very least, you’ll no longer accidentally go to the Bixby Home screen when you meant to turn down the volume. The fact that this appears to be such a welcome change for so many users probably isn’t a great sign for Bixby.

Interestingly, SamMobile also notes that not all S8, S8+ and Note 8 devices have received the update yet. The rollout seems to be random up to this point, so keep an eye out if you have a phone with a Bixby button.

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