Samsung Galaxy On Max Review

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • The Samsung Galaxy On Max is priced at Rs. 16,900
  • Performance of both rear and front cameras stands out in this price band
  • Overall, Gadgets 360 rates the phone 8 out of 10

A good camera is a prerequisite for anyone buying a smartphone today. We keep getting asked by our readers to recommend smartphones at every price point that can take great photos. Phones priced well under Rs. 20,000 such as the Moto G5 Plus (Review), Xiaomi Mi Max 2(Review), and Oppo F3 (Review) can take good photos in daylight but usually can’t match the same level of quality in low light. Samsung claims that the Galaxy On Max is the answer to this common problem.

The smartphone was unveiled in India last month and supports Samsung Pay Mini, the company’s own mobile payments service. A few of its other highlights are the front flash, f/1.7 aperture, and Android Nougat. The Samsung Galaxy On Max has been priced aggressively to take on heavyweights in the sub-Rs. 20,000 price segment. Can Samsung pull off this impressive feat? We find out.

Samsung Galaxy On Max design

Samsung phones have been criticised over the years for sticking to the same design across different price segments. The company has made some conscious changes to the design of its premium models starting with the Samsung Galaxy S6 (Review), through the Samsung Galaxy S7 (Review), and now the dramatically different Samsung Galaxy S8 (Review). Thankfully, the company hasn’t entirely forgotten its mid-range offerings which have also received some minor changes.

The Galaxy On Max looks premium for its price, and will definitely leave a positive first impression. It features a 5.7-inch display but it feels roughly the same size as a 5.5-inch device and much smaller than the 5.5-inch iPhone 7 Plus. The slim borders on the sides of the display make the screen stand out, and the finish feels solid. There’s the signature oval Samsung home button at the front which has a silver lining and an integrated fingerprint scanner, and there are capacitive Back and Overview buttons on either side.

Unfortunately, the capacitive keys are not backlit which means you might have difficulty using them in the dark. The power and volume buttons are positioned well and are easy to use. You get dedicated SIM and microSD card slots, which we appreciate. The rear camera is enclosed in a squarish bump which is now a common design touch across many Samsung phones. The 3.5mm audio jack and Micro-USB port are on the bottom.

The On Max is 8.1mm thick, but feels slim for a phone of this size. It also weighs slightly more than most 5.5-inch phones, at 179g, which becomes evident after long phone calls. You also won’t want to use this device one-handed for very long. The rounded corners make it comfortable, but the metal is quite slippery. During our review period, we nearly dropped the Galaxy On Max while attempting to take photos with it because of the smooth metallic back. Our suggestion would be to use a cover for protection.

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We really like Samsung’s attention to detail with the Galaxy On Max. It might feel a bit too big for some people, and the metal unibody is quite slippery. We would have liked to have a notification LED, but this is missing. Also, we found that the display is a fingerprint magnet and we had to wipe it from time-to-time. Overall, the Samsung Galaxy On Max might not have a dramatic new design, but it does feel premium for its price. It has been launched in gold and black colours – we got the latter for our review.

Inside the retail box of the Samsung Galaxy On Max you get a charger, earphones, Micro-USB cable, SIM ejector tool, and standard documentation, apart from the phone itself.

Samsung Galaxy On Max specifications and software

The Samsung Galaxy On Max features a 5.7-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) screen. It is powered by an octa-core MediaTek Helio P25 (MT6757V) processor with four cores clocked at 2.39GHz and four cores clocked at 1.69GHz, coupled with 4GB of RAM. There’s 32GB of storage on the device, and it supports expansion using a microSD card of up to 256GB.

The most marketed feature of the Galaxy On Max is its camera performance. The phone ships with 13-megapixel sensors and LED flashes on the back as well as the front. The rear camera has an f/1.7 aperture which the company says improves low-light shots, while the one in front gets an f/1.9 aperture. For connectivity, the Galaxy On Max has 4G with VoLTE (Voice over LTE), Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, a 3.5mm audio jack, and a Micro-USB port. It packs a 3300mAh non-removable battery.

You get Android 7.0 with Samsung’s own custom UX which has gradually improved over the last few years. Samsung phones have seen tremendous reductions in bloatware, which feels good. Interestingly, the Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017) and Galaxy A5 (2017) (Review) – both of which cost more than the Galaxy On Max – are still running Android Marshmallow.

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One of the biggest software-related features of this phone is Samsung Pay mini, which launched in India in June with the Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro and Galaxy J7 Max. The Samsung Pay mini app is preloaded on the device. It allows you to make UPI payments and integrates mobile wallets. Unfortunately, the mini version of Samsung Pay excludes NFC and MST tap-to-pay features which require additional hardware. We used Samsung Pay mini with Paytm and Mobikwik wallets and found it functional though we missed the card payments feature which would’ve allowed us to leave our debit and credit cards at home.

As expected, the Galaxy On Max supports all Nougat-specific features such as split-screen multitasking, quick toggles, a new Settings app, and bundled notifications, to name a few. We liked the 3D Touch-like feature which shows contextual options on long-pressing a supported app’s icon.

Those who feel that the 5.7-inch screen is too big can use the One-handed mode that shrinks the display area. You will need to enable the mode from the Settings app, after which a swipe up diagonally from either lower corner of the screen or a triple-click of the Home button will toggle it. There’s also a Dual Messenger feature which automatically shows up for supported apps like WhatsApp, Facebook, Telegram, Instagram, and Gmail among others. It lets users set up two accounts simultaneously on the same device. Other features like Secure Folder have also made it to the Galaxy On Max. The Secure Folder basically blocks unauthorised access to photos, notes, and even apps on the phone.

There are also some neat shortcuts like the ability to double-tap the home button to launch the camera anytime, which came in handy for quick shots. The Ultra Data Saving mode prevents apps from using data in the background unless whitelisted by the user. Samsung has also included face recognition which makes it the only device in its segment to sport such a feature. Our review unit did not support Google Assistant at first, but it was enabled by a software update that we received during the review period.

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Other Samsung-specific apps like S Secure, Samsung Health, Galaxy Apps, Samsung Themes, and Samsung Notes are also present. Our unit also shipped with Opera Max, Google Play Music, Google Home, and a suite of Microsoft apps preinstalled. Overall, we felt that Samsung’s new interface is much more polished than previous iterations. The software enhancements on the Galaxy On Max really add a lot to the user experience.

Samsung Galaxy On Max performance and camera

In day-to-day use, the Galaxy On Max fares well and handles multitasking with ease. Switching from one app to the other works smoothly and there’s around 1.8GB of RAM free out of the 4GB at any given time. We used the Galaxy On Max extensively for GPS navigation, photography and gaming, with 4G data active throughout, but didn’t have much trouble with the phone overheating, which is good.

The only thing that the phone slightly struggled with was playing graphics-heavy games such as Asphalt 8 and Marvel: Contest of Champions. We noticed that the phone would seem to freeze momentarily, but it did recover. The Galaxy On Max scored 61,644 in AnTuTu, 23fps in GFXBench, and 8,220 in 3DMark Ice Storm Extreme. Overall, these are pretty decent benchmark scores for this price segment, but not the best.

The full-HD screen on the Galaxy On Max was a pleasure to use in different conditions. It has good brightness and colours are punchy. The best thing about the display is that it can get really bright and really dim which is great for use at night. We loved watching videos on the Galaxy On Max thanks to the 5.7-inch screen and slim borders. Our sample videos ran smoothly without any problems, and the speaker placed on the right is good enough if you aren’t in a group. There was a lot of distortion at the maximum volume level. We liked the placement of the speaker but we would have liked stereo speakers on this phone. The bundled earphones were good enough in terms of quality but kept falling out of our ears, though your mileage may vary.

The face recognition feature worked great during our review period. We were able to unlock the device in the daytime with no trouble, but performance was much less consistent in dim light. We have to commend Samsung for adding this feature, which should up the ante for other manufacturers. The fingerprint scanner is a good fallback in low-light conditions.

The phone supports VoLTE which means you can make calls using the Jio network. We noticed that the phone easily latched onto 4G networks wherever available. The same goes for Wi-Fi connectivity which worked smoothly even in zones with patchy coverage. Call quality on the handset was good enough.

The 13-megapixel rear camera does a good job in various situations. In broad daylight, the samples showed rich textures with good amounts of detail. Focusing was really quick and worked flawlessly. Colours were vibrant and exposure levels were spot on. Macro and landscape shots captured in daylight also showed good amounts of detail.

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The rear camera has an f/1.7 aperture lens like the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S8, and the company says this should drastically improve low-light results. In real world usage, it didn’t disappoint us. The camera was able to take some decent night shots with good details and controlled noise at the corners. The results were impressive unless the subject was completely in shadow. However, we felt that focusing was somewhat less accurate in low light. Shots had some amount of noise but performance was still better than what other phones at this price level can manage.

The 13-megapixel front camera does a good job of capturing selfies in different situations. The camera app provides options to change skin tone, make faces slimmer, and enlarge eyes – features that some people might find useful. We also found the front flash to be functional in illuminating faces when taking selfies in the dark. The phone supports up to 1080p video recording which works well, and won’t let you down. We would have liked 4K video recording but that seems to be reserved as a flagship feature. Overall, we found that both cameras are great in terms of colour reproduction and performance in low light.

The camera app on the Samsung Galaxy On Max is easy to use, and all options are just a tap away. You can swipe right to show a wide array of options. The Pro mode lets you manually change shutter speed, ISO, exposure compensation, focus, and white balance. There are also Panorama, Continuous Shot Anti Fog, Night, and HDR modes. The smartphone offers real-time camera filters that can be accessed with a swipe to the left. The Social Camera mode offers instant sharing to popular social media platforms including Facebook, WhatsApp, Messenger, and Twitter. It also gives you real-time stickers to use while taking photos, as well as tools to edit shots after you take them.

Samsung Galaxy On Max battery life
The 3300mAh battery on the Samsung Galaxy On Max managed to last for roughly 16 hours of heavy usage and much more with medium to light use. Apps like WhatsApp, the default email app, Facebook, Twitter, Telegram, Slack, and Instagram were running in the background during the entire review period. The Galaxy On Max has multiple power-saving features such as Reserve Battery For Calls which makes sure there’s enough juice left to make a few calls. With these options enabled we were able to use the handset for over a day but with limited app usage.

In our standard HD video loop test, the Galaxy On Max lasted for 10 hours and 7 minutes before the battery died on us, which isn’t impressive considering the size of this battery. Phones with similar battery sizes have done better than the Galaxy On Max. Samsung is not promoting any fast charging tech for the Galaxy On Max but we found that it can charge fully in almost 90 minutes which isn’t bad.


Samsung Galaxy On Max in pictures

Verdict
The Samsung Galaxy On Max is now available to buy on Flipkart for Rs. 16,900. Its performance is good enough and you won’t find it underpowered. It has a large display which is great for entertainment. In our opinion, the Galaxy On Max packs the best camera at this price level. If you want a smartphone that offers a decent set of cameras, then the Galaxy On Max should be high on your list of choices. Samsung has also delivered the Android Nougat experience, and the interface is more polished than ever before. The Galaxy On Max also checks all the boxes when you consider battery performance and design. Apart from gaming performance, you should be satisfied with what you get.

However, the company’s very own Samsung Galaxy J7 Max packs slightly better specs and is only a little more expensive. If you don’t want to spend more, you could also go with the Moto G5 Plus (Review), Xiaomi Mi Max 2 (Review), or Oppo F3 (Review) as alternatives.

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Samsung Galaxy On Max

Samsung Galaxy On Max

  • REVIEW
  • KEY SPECS
  • NEWS
  • Design
  • Display
  • Software
  • Performance
  • Battery life
  • Camera
  • Value for money
  • Good
  • Face recognition
  • Decent cameras
  • Dedicated SIM and microSD slots
  • Neat software enhancements
  • Bad
  • Slippery rear panel
  • No notification LED
  • Average battery life
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Samsung Galaxy S7, S7 Edge Available With Cashback, Exchange Offers Ahead of Independence Day

Samsung Galaxy S7, S7 Edge Available With Cashback, Exchange Offers Ahead of Independence Day

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Samsung Galaxy S7 offers a flat Rs. 4,000 cashback
  • Galaxy S7 Edge offers Rs. 8,000 cashback
  • Exchange offer of up to Rs. 12,000 is also listed

Ahead of Independence Day, Samsung has announced a lucrative cashback and exchange offers on its Galaxy S7 range. The tech giant is offering up to Rs. 8,000 cashback on the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge smartphones in India across its online and offline channels both.

The offers are listed on the Samsung India online store and the same will be offered by offline retailers as well, starting August 1. The Samsung Galaxy S7, priced at Rs. 39,400, is listed with Rs. 4,000 cash back on purchase through debit and credit cards. An additional exchange discount of up to Rs. 12,000 is also listed; however the discount will vary depending on the smartphone you exchange it with. Additionally, Reliance Jio is offering 180GB of additional 4G data, and Bajaj FinServ is offering No Cost EMI options as well.

The Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge 32GB variant, priced at Rs. 42,900, is offering Rs. 8,000 cash back on purchase through debit and credit cards. Furthermore, a discount of Rs. 12,000 is listed on this smartphone as well. Lastly, the 128GB Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge variant, priced at Rs. 48,900, is listedwith the similar amount of cashback and exchange offer as its 32GB counterpart. Samsung has also introduced a 24 months EMI option as part of its Independence Day offer.

The Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge 128GB is available only in the Black Pearl colour variant on the Samsung store, while the 32GB variant and Galaxy S7 are available in varied colour options. Flipkart has not listed any offers on its site, and Amazon India is only offering an exchange discount of up to Rs. 22,055 on both the Galaxy S7 and the Galaxy S7 Edge 32GB variant. The 128GB variant is not listed on either Flipkart or Amazon India for sale.

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Samsung Galaxy S7

Samsung Galaxy S7

Rs. 39,400
Buy
  • REVIEW
  • KEY SPECS
  • NEWS
  • Design
  • Display
  • Software
  • Performance
  • Battery life
  • Camera
  • Value for money
  • Good
  • Easy to hold and handle
  • Unbelievable processing power
  • Phenomenal camera
  • IP68 protection
  • Bad
  • Bloated software
  • Hybrid SIM/microSD slot
BUY AT
  • Samsung Galaxy S7 (Gold Platinum, 32GB)
    Rs. 39,400
  • Samsung Galaxy S7 (Black Onyx, 32GB) – 
    Rs. 42,899
  • Samsung Galaxy S7 (Black, 32GB)
    Rs. 43,400
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge

Rs. 42,900
Buy
  • REVIEW
  • KEY SPECS
  • NEWS
  • Design
  • Display
  • Software
  • Performance
  • Battery life
  • Camera
  • Value for money
  • Good
  • Looks absolutely stunning
  • Record-breaking power
  • Incredible camera
  • IP68 protection
  • Bad
  • Slightly unweildy
  • Hybrid SIM/microSD slot
  • Bloated software
BUY AT
  • Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge (Gold, 32GB)
    Rs. 42,900
  • Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge (Black Onyx, 32GB) – 
    Rs. 50,049

Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime

Galaxy J7 Prime

Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime smartphone was launched in September 2016. The phone comes with a 5.50-inch touchscreen display with a resolution of 1080 pixels by 1920 pixels at a PPI of 401 pixels per inch. Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime price in India starts from Rs. 14,490.

The Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime is powered by 1.6GHz octa-core Exynos 7870 processor and it comes with 3GB of RAM. The phone packs 16GB of internal storage that can be expanded up to 256GB via a microSD card. As far as the cameras are concerned, the Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime packs a 13-megapixel primary camera on the rear and a 8-megapixel front shooter for selfies.

The Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime runs Android 6.0 and is powered by a 3300mAh non removable battery. It measures 151.50 x 74.90 x 8.10 (height x width x thickness) and weigh 167.00 grams.

The Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime is a dual SIM (GSM and GSM) smartphone that accepts Nano-SIM and Nano-SIM. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, USB OTG, FM, 3G and 4G (with support for Band 40 used by some LTE networks in India). Sensors on the phone include Proximity sensor and Accelerometer.

About Samsung

Founded back in 1969 as Samsung Electric Industries, Suwon, South Korea-headquartered Samsung Electronics today makes everything from televisions to semiconductors. It released its first Android smartphone in 2009, and can be credited with the launch of the first Android tablet back in 2010. The company is among the biggest players in the smartphone market in the world. It has recently developed smartphones running Tizen OS, as an alternative to its Android-based smartphones.
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Samsung Strikes Deal With Apple to Manufacture A12 Chips for iPhone: Report

Samsung Strikes Deal With Apple to Manufacture A12 Chips for iPhone: Report

After a five-year hiatus, Samsung Electronics will return to manufacturing chips for Apple’s new iPhonein 2018, according to a report from the Korea Herald.

The South Korea-based electronic company was a primary producer of iPhone chips until 2013, when Apple awarded its rival Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) exclusive production rights. In 2011, Apple sued Samsung over patent infringement, and the company cut down the number of components it got from its competitor from that time.

The Herald, which relied on unnamed sources, reported that Samsung’s chances at producing iPhone chips again picked up in June when Kwon Oh-hyun, one of Samsung’s three co-chief executives who is in charge of chips among other things, visited the Apple headquarters in California last month. Samsung announced in March that it would purchase specialised machines,reportedly in an attempt to produce seven-nanometer processors for the iPhone and regain Apple’s business.

Sources told the Herald that Samsung’s ties to organic light-emitting diodes, an LED used in phones, is what caused Apple to get Samsung back into the mix for processors. Samsung is the world leader in OLED manufacturing, with 95 percent market share, and will probably be the lone OLED supplier for the upcoming iPhone.

TSMC will still play a role in supplying chips for next year’s iPhones, according to the Herald. It also said Samsung will share some iPhone orders next year that “have been monopolized by TSMC.” It plans to complete its tests on the new chip-making machines in the near future before seeking Apple’s approval.

Samsung had one of its most profitable quarters in company history earlier in the year, with $8.7 billion in operating profit, a 48 percent increase from the previous year. Total revenue for the quarter was $44.5 billion, with the majority of business coming in semiconductor and display divisions. At the time of its announcement, the company also said that demand for chips and memory had increased over the course of the quarter.

Apple and Samsung didn’t respond to requests for comment.

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Forget Samsung, Google Pixel XL 2 will also feature Always On display

Forget Samsung, Google Pixel XL 2 will also feature Always On display

While the image hinted towards an almost bezel-less display on Google Pixel XL 2, fresh information has popped up regarding the device. According to a report by XDA Developers, the Google smartphone will arrive with an ‘Always On’ display mode, multiple display profiles, and ability to use squeeze features even when the screen is not active.

The Ambient display feature that will work in the same manner as it does on Samsung’s new smartphones. The highlight of the Always On Display is the ability to have the display enabled but display just a little information to show you the updates. This means it will also display useful information and notifications when the handset is not active. To remind you, this feature was spotted in the code of the Android O Developer Preview 3. So albeit indirectly, it was suggested that the upcoming Pixel smartphones, which will be running Android O, would sport this feature.

On the downside, this feature is believed to incur some extent of battery drain. This feature could have been included at the beginning itself but if Google does not push through, there will be numerous ways to get the same via the third-party apps.

In addition, Google has also been rumored to include sRGB mode into the display settings. Previously, this mode was only accessible through Developer options. Apart from that, there is likely to be an option called “Vivid Colors”.

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Samsung Acquires Innoetics, a Text-to-Speech Tech Startup

Samsung Acquires Innoetics, a Text-to-Speech Tech Startup

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Samsung reportedly acquired Innoetics for less than $43 million
  • Innoetics specialises in advanced synthetic speech tech
  • Samsung may use this tech to leverage Bixby

Samsung has acquired a Greek tech startup called Innoetics. The financial details of the buyout deal were not disclosed, but Samsung reportedly paid under $43 million for the acquisition. Innoetics specialises in developing an advanced text-to-speech and voice-to-speech technology that among other things can mimic a person’s voice just by listening to it – making AI voices more human-like than before.

How Samsung is planning to leverage from this acquisition remains to be seen. Samsung may use this technology to improve Bixby, or integrate it in its rumoured Amazon Echo competitor. The company could also use this unique technology to introduce a completely new product category, as Samsung is not known to shy away from branching out into many fields.

Samsung confirmed the acquisition to TechCrunch. In an emailed statement, the company said, “Samsung has agreed to acquire Innoetics. Samsung is always exploring ways to deepen our relationships with companies like Innoetics whose technologies present an opportunity to strengthen Samsung’s capabilities.”

Innoetics was founded in 2006 and delves in developing character-heavy and expressive synthetic voices that can read aloud audiobooks, act in games, or even narrate fairy tales. According to TechCrunch, the technology by Innoetics is very advanced, so much so that it can “listen to a person speaking, train on what that person is saying, and then read out a piece of completely unrelated text in that same voice.”

Essentially, its tech revolves around making AI speech more human-like in future products. Up until now, Innoetics only worked on B2B services. Samsung has made many acquisitions in the past, and the recent one in the voice-based tech field includes startup Viv Labs. The expertise from this startup was used to design and launch its own assistant Bixby this year.

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Samsung Gear S3 UK release date announced, pre-order now open

After the Samsung Gear S2 won Wearable of the Year at the T3 Awards 2016, we’ve been eagerly waiting for the Samsung Gear S3 to get a concrete release date.

Well, luckily for us, that has just happened, with the new series launching on November 11, 2016. In addition, UK pre-orders for the Samsung Gear S3 are also now live.

Two models are available for pre-order, the Samsung Gear S3 Classic and Samsung Gear S3 Frontier, both of which retail for £349.

With a promised 4-day battery life, 360 x 360 Fullcolor AOD display with Corning® Gorilla® Glass SR+, wireless charging, 4GB of on-board storage, Exynos 7270, 1Ghz dual-core processor and super fast Tizen OS 2.3.2 OS, the Samsung Gear S3 looks like it could become the new king of the smartwatch market.

Naturally, T3.com will have a full review coming shortly, so keep your eyes peeled to the site over the next week or two.

 

 

[Source:- T3]

Dual Camera Maker Corephotonics Receives $15 Million Investment From Samsung, Foxconn, Others

Dual Camera Maker Corephotonics Receives $15 Million Investment From Samsung, Foxconn, Others

Israeli firm Corephotonics, specialised in making dual camera setups for smartphones, has managed to raise a whopping $15 million in a funding round. The biggest investors in the company include Foxconn, Samsung, and MediaTek. The investment is significant as it indicates the importance being placed on dual camera setups, seen in such smartphones as the iPhone 7 Plus and the Huawei Mate 9.

According to Israeli publication Globes, the company says it will use the fresh investment along with current cash to develop next generation smartphone cameras, apart from increasing the penetration of existing products. Th funding will supposedly also help the company make its foray into the automotive, drone, surveillance, and action camera markets.

The company, which currently has 50 employees, will reportedly also recruit “dozens of engineers” for its Tel Aviv headquarters, apart from support and integration engineers in China and South Korea. It will also look to acquire complementary companies that work on the same imaging technologies.

This brings the total funds raised by the company to $50 million. Investors in the company also include, Magma VC, Amiti Ventures, Chinese billionaire Li Ka-shing and Solina Chau’s Horizon Ventures, OurCrowd, SanDisk, Chinese telephony services provider CK Telecom, and other private investors.

Corephotonics was founded in 2012 by electro-optics professor at Tel Aviv University David Mendlovic, imaging expert Gal Shabtay and entrepreneur Eran Kali. The company specialises in dual camera technology, inevitably bringing features that are found on professional cameras, to portable smartphones. Alongside the launch of the iPhone 7 Plus last year – an unveiling by a major manufacturer that truly heralded the birth of dual camera setups – Kali said that Corephotonics is “the inventor of the computational dual camera for smartphones,” a concept derived from its own IPs. It will be interesting to see how this technology is taken forward.

 

 

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Samsung Galaxy S8 Release Date, Specifications, Price, and More: What the Rumours Say

Samsung Galaxy S8 Release Date, Specifications, Price, and More: What the Rumours Say

With the Galaxy Note 7 debacle, Samsung has lost a lot more than just billions of dollars last year. The South Korean giant has spent considerable time and effort in making amends to Galaxy Note 7 buyers, fixing its reputation, as well as identifying the cause behind the smartphone’s explosions. And the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S8 is its first big bet to move past the Galaxy Note 7 fiasco.

Therefore, it is no surprise that all eyes have been on Samsung Galaxy S8 leaks, much more than for other flagship smartphone, as 2017 is expected be the year of redemption for the company. Curious about the Samsung Galaxy S8? Here’s everything we know about the Samsung’s 2017 flagship.

Samsung Galaxy S8 launch date

While Samsung was expected to be on schedule and launch the Galaxy S8 in February, recent reports indicate a delay due to the Note 7 fiasco and major design changes. The smartphone was expected to be unveiled at MWC this year, but Naver reports a further delay. The most recent pegged launch date is at April 18, and Samsung will launch the Galaxy S8 at a dedicated Unpacked event. The Samsung Galaxy S8 release date is not known, nor its release date in India.

Samsung Galaxy S8 price

The price of the Galaxy S8 is still a mystery, but a few reports hint that due to the major changes, the smartphone will be priced a little higher than the Samsung Galaxy S7. Goldman Sachs predicts that the Galaxy S8 will see a rise in prices by up to 15 to 20 percent compared to its predecessor. Of course, for now, what the Samsung Galaxy S8 price in India will be is not known at this point.

Samsung Galaxy S8 display

Samsung Galaxy S8 is pegged to have a dual-edged curved display with almost negligible bezel. There was an early report that pegged the screen-to-body ratio at 90 percent. The recent photo leak shows that the display takes up all the space, and only the top and bottom bezel are seen; a promotional video by Samsung that is said to feature the upcoming Galaxy S8 also shows that the smartphone has thin bezels on the sides, and that the display takes up most of the front panel. The top bezel of Samsung Galaxy Note 7 houses the speaker, front camera, and the sensors, while the bottom bezel only houses the logo. As for specifications, one report indicates that the Samsung Galaxy S8 will feature a 5.5-inch 4K (2160×3840 pixels) Super AMOLED display and will boast of an impressive pixel density of 806ppi.

Samsung Galaxy S8 iris scanner

Samsung Galaxy S8 is expected to feature an iris scanner, which will allow users to unlock the smartphone just by looking at it. The feature made its debut on Samsung devices with the Galaxy Note 7, so it won’t be a stretch to imagine this same functionality on the Galaxy S8 as well.

Samsung Galaxy S8 will come in two variants

However, a separate leak also suggests that the company could launch its next flagship smartphone in two screen size variants – 5.7-inch and 6.2-inch. The larger variant is expected to be called the Galaxy S8 Plus, which is said to have the model number SM-G9550/SM-G9550X; the smaller Galaxy S8 variant, on the other hand, is said to have the model number SM-G9500/SM-G9500X. More recently however, screen sizes of 5-inch and 6-inch were tipped for the same models.

Samsung Galaxy S8 will not have Home button

Samsung is expected to ditch the Home Button, and have an all-display front. The iconic capsule shaped button at the bottom will be ditched, along with the capacitive buttons as well. A recent photo leak testified to this rumour further, but the image strangely didn’t show any on screen buttons either.

Samsung Galaxy S8 fingerprint scanner

Traditionally, all Samsung smartphones have integrated the fingerprint sensor underneath the Home Button, but because the Home Button is being let go, the fingerprint sensor may reside at the back of the phone. Another report notes that the device may sport an optical fingerprint scanner that will enable reading thumb print through the display as well.

Samsung Galaxy S8 virtual assistant

Samsung is widely leveraging its Viv Labs acquisition to introduce “an enhanced artificial-intelligence service” in the Galaxy S8. The developers at Viv previously founded Siri which is now Apple’s digital voice-assistant on mobile devices. Samsung is calling its version Bixby, and will use the new virtual assistant in mostly all the native apps that will come pre-installed in the Galaxy S8. A separate rumour indicates that the male voice of the assistant will be called Bixby, while the female voice will be called Kestra.

Samsung Galaxy S8 processor

The Galaxy S8 flagship smartphone will likely be powered by the recently announced Snapdragon 835 SoC from Qualcomm while an Exynos 8895-based variant is also being rumoured. It will be paired with a 6GB of RAM or an 8GB of RAM.

Samsung Galaxy S8 pressure sensitive display

Following Apple’s lead, Samsung may integrate a pressure-sensitive display technology in its next flagship. Notably, Samsung’s technology is expected to work similarly to Apple’s 3D Touch tech introduced with the iPhone 6s. The technology will be able to distinguish between a light tap and deep press, enabling access to more functions just by pressing harder.

Samsung Galaxy S8 storage

The Galaxy S8 is also rumoured to sport a 256GB storage variant. It is unclear whether this will be the only storage option, or one of the storage variants made available in the market. If Samsung follows tradition, then a separate microSD slot for further expansion of memory will also be offered with Galaxy S8. Just to put things into perspective, the predecessor was offered in 32GB and 64GB storage variants only.

Samsung Galaxy S8 camera

Early leaks point at a dual camera setup at the back – one 16-megapixel lens and another 8-megapixel lens. However, the latest leaks hint that due to the large display in the front, a dual camera setup will be hard to cram in. The camera, however, will see and upgrade and the Samsung Galaxy S8 may finally become the company’s first smartphone to feature autofocus functionality on the front camera.

Samsung Galaxy S8 audio jack

Just like the iPhone 7 rumours, the audio jack leaks of the Galaxy S8 have been aplenty. Reports indicate that Samsung is getting rid of the old 3.5mm audio standard, and will bundle a 3.5mm-headphone-to-USB Type-C adapter, just like Apple. A separate report also hints that Samsung will launch wireless headphones alongside as well.

Samsung Galaxy S8’s Continuum-like feature

Lastly, the Galaxy S8 is also tipped to come with something similar to the popular Continuum feature seen on Windows 10 Mobile devices. This means that you could use your smartphone on your PC by connecting the device to the monitor, and the keyboard and mouse via Bluetooth (presumably). According to the leak, the feature is being called the Samsung Desktop Experience.

 

 

[Source:- gadgets360]

Samsung Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 Edge to Receive Android 7.1.1 Nougat Update in January

Samsung Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 Edge to Receive Android 7.1.1 Nougat Update in January

Samsung last month rolled out its Galaxy Beta Program for Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge users to test Android 7.0 Nougat on their devices. The Korean giant has now announced that the final build of Android 7.1.1 Nougat will begin rolling out for its flagship devices in January.

The South Korean company earlier confirmed in a response to a user query that it will skip the Android 7.0 Nougat update for the devices altogether, and jump directly to Android 7.1.1 Nougat.

Samsung will also pull the plug on its Galaxy Beta Program on Friday, December 30 midnight. This essentially means that there will not be any further beta updates for users under the program. The company will not accept or respond to any feedback received in the “Error Report” or “Suggestions” section, according to Sammobile, which got hold of Samsung’s statement through Weibo. Samsung says it will now manage feedback only via “community.”

The company said it thanks its Galaxy Beta Program members for their feedback and plans to apply as many useful opinions as possible in the final build. The Android 7.1.1 Nougat update, over an above the changes bring adds new emojis that reflect gender equality, GIF support right from the keyboard, and app shortcuts from the home screen.

Earlier this month, it was reported that some Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge users started receiving December security updates. The update started rolling out in select countries including India.

 

 
[Source:- Gadgets360]