Tag: Samsung

From: BGR - The Galaxy Note 8’s secret weapon might be…a Bluetooth headset?

Samsung’s second-worst-kept secret of the year will launch on August 23rd, the company has now confirmed. That was a date that was first mentioned in Galaxy Note 8 rumors earlier this year.

However, we already think we know everything about the new flagship, which should be a Galaxy S8 variation featuring a few extra tricks. The Galaxy Note 8 will have a dual camera lens on the back and a built-in stylus, as well as stylus-centric features baked into Android.

A new report indicates there may be one thing that’ll differentiate the Galaxy Note 8 from the Galaxy S8: a new Bixby accessory.

Samsung is working on a Bluetooth headset, ETNews reports, and development may be done in time for the Galaxy Note 8’s launch. The device might be released alongside the Galaxy Note 8 in September, and it may be bundled with the phablet. Samsung, however, hasn’t decided on how to sell it. It’s likely that it’ll be available as a standalone product in the future, regardless of how Samsung commercializes it at launch.

The headset is supposed to help users communicate with Bixby, and features proprietary noise canceling technology, the report notes.

A Samsung representative did confirm the existence of the product, and the fact that it’s made for easier interaction with Bixby, but said the company could not disclose any release date information about the product.

It’s unclear how much it’ll cost, and there are no images of this Bixby headset for the Galaxy Note 8.

From: BGR - This unmissable Samsung deal saves you $300 on an unlocked Galaxy S8 or S8+

It’s hardly a surprise that Samsung’s Galaxy S8 became the company’s fastest-selling smartphone ever. Samsung confirmed earlier this week that global Galaxy S8 sales have thus far outpaced last year’s Galaxy S7 by an impressive 15%, and the S7 had previously been the fastest-selling Samsung phone ever. When you pack as much speed and power into a smartphone with a design as stunning as the Galaxy S8’s, it’s obviously going to sell like hotcakes.

Millions of people have already gotten their hands on a Galaxy S8, and among users it’s one of the most beloved phones to have been released in recent years. If you’ve been waiting for the perfect time to find out for yourself what all the fuss is about, you’ll be happy to learn that the perfect time has arrived.

Samsung has a special new deal on the Galaxy S8, and you’re not going to want to miss it. For a limited time, the company is selling the unlocked Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ smartphones on its website for $150 off. That drops the price so the Galaxy S8 from $724.99 to $574.99, and the price of the unlocked Galaxy S8+ drops from $824.99 to $674.99.

As if that wasn’t good enough, Samsung will also give you another $150 off with a qualifying trade-in. That drops the price of a brand new unlocked Galaxy S8 to just $424.99 and the S8+ sinks to $524.99, which are both completely unheard of. In fact, we’re not sure you’ll ever see a deal this good again from Samsung on the Galaxy S8 or S8+. Of note, the just-released Blue Coral color is included in this promo, so you can score a sleek new color that practically no one else in the US has yet.

In case you need a quick refresher, here’s a rundown of the Galaxy S8’s key specs:

  • Galaxy S8: 5.8″ Quad HD+ Super AMOLED (2960×1440, 570 ppi)
  • Galaxy S8+: 6.2″ Quad HD+ Super AMOLED (2960×1440, 529 ppi)
  • Dual Pixel 12MP AF rear camera with 1.4µm pixels, OIS, F1.7 aperture, and RAW support
  • 8MP AF front camera
  • Octa-core (2.3GHz Quad + 1.7GHz Quad), 64 bit, 10nm processor
  • 4GB RAM (LPDDR4)
  • 64GB of internal storage plus microSDXC support
  • LTE Cat.16
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4/5GHz), VHT80 MU-MIMO, 1024QAM
  • Bluetooth v 5.0 (LE up to 2Mbps)
  • IP68 dust- and water-resistance
  • 3000mAh battery (S8) or 3300mAh battery (S8+)
  • Android 7.0 (Nougat)
  • Bixby personal assistant

All that plus a stunning design with an Infinity Screen that will completely blow your mind, for just $424.99. Visit Samsung’s website for more details or to take advantage of this great limited-time offer.

Here’s the list of eligible trade-in devices from Samsung’s terms and conditions:

  • iPhone 5 and above
  • iPhone SE,
  • Galaxy S5 and above
  • Note 5
  • LG G4 and above
  • Google Pixel
  • Google Pixel XL

Check out all the details right here on Samsung’s website.

From: MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - All Stories - Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8 Expected to Debut at Upcoming August 23 Event

Samsung today sent out invitations announcing an upcoming Unpacked event set to be held on August 23 in New York City.

The South Korean company is widely expected to introduce its next-generation Galaxy Note device at the event, with the new smartphone hinted at through a “Do Bigger Things” slogan and a stylized image of an S Pen next to a smartphone-sized device.

Rumors suggest the upcoming Galaxy Note 8 will feature a design that’s similar to the existing Galaxy S8 with thin bezels, rounded corners, and a 12-megapixel dual-lens camera system. It is expected to feature a larger curved display than the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus, measuring in at 6.3 inches.

Galaxy Note 8 rendering via BGR

Other features may include Bixby integration, 6GB RAM, an upgraded S Pen, iris scanning functionality, and a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner.

Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy Note device will be the first since the ill-fated Galaxy Note 7, which the company was forced to recall after exploding batteries caused problems in both original Note 7 devices and their replacements.

The recall and the exploding Note 7 devices were highly publicized, even leading to an FAA ban that prevented them from being carried on airplanes. The debacle cost Samsung up to $5.4 billion, but Samsung is reportedly intent on continuing to use the Note brand despite the incident.

Save the date! August 23, 2017 #DoBiggerThingshttps://t.co/uSEvuV1QKN pic.twitter.com/9lbxtDtm0l

— Samsung Electronics (@Samsung) July 20, 2017

To avoid future problems and to assuage customer fears, Samsung has implemented an 8-Point Battery Safety Check procedure that involves putting all batteries used in Samsung devices through “extreme testing, inside and out, followed by careful inspection by X-ray and the human eye.”

Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8 will come just a few weeks before Apple is expected to introduce its highly anticipated iPhone 8, which is rumored to feature an edge-to-edge OLED display, a vertical dual-lens rear camera, a faster A11 processor, and a front-facing camera equipped with 3D sensors to enable AR and facial recognition features.

Discuss this article in our forums

From: BGR - The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is officially launching August 23rd in NYC

Samsung just made the worst-kept secret in technology official. It has send out invitations to an Unpacked event in New York City on August 23rd. The invite doesn’t technically say that it’s for the Note 8, but the giant stylus on the invite couldn’t be any more obvious if it was writing WINK WINK.

From what we know so far, the Note 8 will take most of the revolutionary features from the Galaxy S8 and make them bigger. That should mean the same rounded corners, the same lack of bezel around the edges, and yes, the same fingerprint sensor located on the back.

The initial reveal at the end of August confirmed with we already knew, that the Note 8 is going on sale in September. There’s generally a few weeks between the reveal of a phone at the device going on general sale, so the timing makes sense with what we know so far.

BGR exclusively revealed a new set of Note 8 renders earlier today, which show the design we’re expecting to see at this point. Inside, we’re likely to see specs like a 6.3-inch Super AMOLED display with a 18.5:9 aspect ratio, 6GB of RAM, an Exynos 8895 or Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset depending on region, dual 12-megapixel rear cameras, a 3,300 mAh battery, and an updated S Pen stylus.

From: BGR - Exclusive: New renders give us our best look yet at Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8

While there is still a shocking amount of mystery surrounding the upcoming iPhone 8, Samsung’s new flagship Galaxy Note 8 seems like an open book at this point. We know practically everything there is to know about this hotly anticipated Android phablet, from the Note 8’s specs and design to Samsung’s unveiling and release timing. In fact, the company’s mobile boss even went as far as to confirm on record that the Galaxy Note 8 will be released in September. That’s right, Samsung is so excited about its next-generation flagship phone that it confirmed the handset’s release timing even before announcing the phone.

Oddities aside, the Galaxy Note 8 is definitely one of the most eagerly anticipated smartphones of the year. And now, we have exclusive renders of the handset that give us our best look yet at Samsung’s best ever smartphone.

Before we get to the new renders, let’s run through what we know already.

According to earlier leaks and well-sourced rumors, Samsung’s new Galaxy Note 8 will feature all the cutting-edge specs we’ve come to expect in a 2017 flagship phone. Highlights include a 6.3-inch Super AMOLED display with a 18.5:9 aspect ratio, 6GB of RAM, an Exynos 8895 or Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset depending on region, dual 12-megapixel rear cameras, a 3,300 mAh battery, and an updated S Pen stylus.

We’ve also heard that the Note 8 might sport a screen-to-body ration that’s even more impressive than the 83% achieved by the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+. Tiny bezels are the hottest trend in smartphone design in 2017, and so far Samsung is leading the pack among top-tier smartphone vendors. That may change later this summer when Apple finally takes the wraps off the iPhone 8, but for now Samsung is at the head of the pack.

Samsung’s Note 8 is indeed shaping up to be one of the hottest smartphones of 2017, and it’ll have to impress users if Samsung hopes to completely erase the memory of last year’s Galaxy Note 7 debacle. From the looks of things, the Galaxy Note 8 should certainly do the trick.

Following our exclusive leak that provided confirmation of Samsung’s finalized Note 8 design, BGR has obtained renders of Samsung’s upcoming new Galaxy Note 8 smartphone. These renders are not official marketing images created internally at Samsung, but rather mockups that have been created by a third-party case maker. They are based on genuine details and schematics that have leaked from the factory, and they’re believed to be our best look yet at Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy Note 8.

As was the case with earlier renders we exclusively obtained of the Galaxy S8 ahead of that phone’s unveiling, these new renders were also created by smartphone case maker Ghostek. They are by far our clearest look yet at the Note 8, and they seemingly give us a look at the most updated version of Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8 design. Earlier rumors suggested that the edges of the phone’s large Super AMOLED display might be more squared off, but in these renders it appears as though they’re rounded just like the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+, as can be seen above.

Here’s a look at the Galaxy Note 8 from all angles:

And here’s the same set of renders pictured inside an upcoming Ghostek case:

Samsung is expected to unveil its new Galaxy Note 8 smartphone at a press conference in New York City in late July. The phone will then go on sale in initial markets the following month in September, as Samsung confirmed, and will continue to roll out in additional markets throughout the month of October.