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SAN FRANCISCO, Sept 15, 2018 (News Wires) - Samsung sent out invitations for an October 11 event to launch a new mobile device under its Galaxy line.

The invitation offered few details but the mention of “4x fun” led to speculation the about a new smartphone with four cameras or possibly a foldable handset.

The South Korean electronics giant, the world’s leading smartphone maker, unveiled its latest flagship Galaxy Note 9 in August.

Samsung and other device makers are looking for ways to boost momentum in a sluggish smartphone market.

Research firm IDC expects worldwide smartphone shipments to decline 0.7 per cent in 2018 to 1.455 billion units, with growth likely to resume as 5G devices become available.

Despite its leadership position, Samsung saw a 22 per cent drop in mobile technology sales in the second quarter.

The news from Samsung comes days after Apple unveiled a new lineup of iPhones focusing on the premium smartphone segment at prices starting between $749 and$1,099 for US customers.

Apple recently slipped to third place in the smartphone market behind Huawei, even though the Chinese firm’s sales in the United States are limited.

 

NEW YORK, Sept 10, 2018 (News Wires) - Expanding its mid-tier offerings for consumers in the US, Samsung launched two mid-range Android devices - the Galaxy "A6" smartphone and a 10.5-inch tablet Galaxy "Tab A".

Single-SIM "Galaxy A6", priced at $359.99 comes with a 5.6-inch super
AMOLED "Infinity Display", 3GBRAM and 32GB internal storage, which
is expandable up to 400GB.

The smartphone runs on Android 8.0 Oreo and is fuelled by a 3000mAh
battery, along with fingerprint as well as facial recognition unlock system.

"The Galaxy 'A6' joins the Galaxy J, S and Note series, while 'Galaxy Tab
A' joins the Galaxy Tab S4 tablet. The strengthened mid-tier gives
consumers more flexibility to choose the phone or tablet that best fits their
needs," the company said in a statement late on Saturday.

The "Galaxy Tab A", costing $329.99, sports a 10.5-inch thin-film-
transistor liquid-crystal (TFT LCD) display, 3GB RAM and 32GB internal
memory, which is expandable up to 400GB.

The tab features an 8MP rear camera with auto focus (AF) and a 5MP front
camera with flash.

Powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 Octa-Core chipset and 7,300mAh
battery, the device runs Android Android 8.1 Oreo OS.

"Consumers are increasingly looking for innovative features and high-
quality hardware in mid-tier mobile devices. Samsung is delivering by
expanding its line-up with excellent devices offered at an exceptional
value," the company added.

NEW YORK, August 11, 2018 (News Wires) - South Korean electronics giant Samsung unveiled the new Galaxy Note 9 smartphone, its latest effort to address flagging sales of the high-functioning gadgets.

Boosting the power and the price, Samsung hopes to win back customers in the competitive market. The consistent leader in the global smartphone market, the company nonetheless suffered a 22 per cent drop in mobile technology sales in the second quarter.

The company blamed the drop in part to disappointing demand for the Galaxy S9, but it also has been pressured by growth in Chinese competitor Huawei.

At a glitzy the launch event in Brooklyn, Samsung unveiled a suite of high tech products, including a smart speaker and watch, and then showed off the new Galaxy Note 9, which will be available for purchase on August 24.

The phone contains a series of improvements but was described by analysts as having no radical new innovations. The latest model boosts memory capacity, and allows customers to play video games such as the popular Fortnite.

Customers will have the option of 128 or 512 gigabytes of memory, and also can insert a micro card to boost capacity beyond a terabyte, a record for a smartphone.

Samsung also enhanced the gadget’s batteries so it can now be used for an entire day without needing to be recharged -- a common headache for cell phone users.

Other improvements include tweaks to the device’s “S Pen” feature, which can be used as a remote control for taking pictures or selfies using Bluetooth technology.

And the new model has enough capacity for video games. Samsung has set up a promotion with the popular Fortnite game that lets users download a special mobile version.

According to some trade media sources, the Galaxy Note 9 version with 512 gigabytes will be the most expensive smartphone geared towards the general public.

The price for that model will be $1,250 in the United States, while the 128 gigabyte version will go for $1,000. Apple’s iPhone X in a 256 gigabyte version sells for about $1,150.

Global smartphone sales fell 1.8 per cent in the second quarter to 342 million amid market saturation and rising prices, according to tech-industry trackers International Data Corporation.

Avi Greengart, analyst at GlobalData, described the upgrades in the latest Samsung as “iterative,” adding “there is nothing radically new here.”

“It’s a really expensive phone and for people who are looking for a premium Android phone, they may well find it quite appealing,” he said. “But it isn’t likely to get people to consider the Note for the very first time.”

By contrast, Apple’s more dramatic overhaul of the iPhone X design and user interface showed there is a “large group of people who are willing to spend whatever it takes” to upgrade, Greengart said.

Samsung also introduced the Galaxy Watch and the Galaxy Home speaker device, a first for the South Korean company in a market that already contains Amazon’s Echo and Alphabet’s Google Home program.

The company also announced a partnership with streaming music service Spotify to allow “streamless listening” across all Samsung devices, including phones, tablets and smart TVs, as well as the Galaxy Home.

 

KUALA LUMPUR, August 11, 2018 (News Wires) - Samsung didn’t just launch a powerful top-of-the-line flagship smartphone Saturday. The South Korean electronics giant also launched a brand new smartwatch and it’s called the Galaxy Watch.

It’s not a Gear S-whatever, it’s simply called the Galaxy Watch and I kinda like that. Of course, that’s not the only thing that’s cool about it.

Despite the name change, the brand new Galaxy Watch looks a lot like Samsung’s Gear S line of smartwatches. It continues the device’s aesthetic so it looks a lot more like a regular watch than a smartwatch.

Samsung also kept the rotating bezel on the Galaxy Watch, which I’ve always thought was one of the best ways to navigate a smartwatch’s interface.

There are two different sizes (42mm and 46mm) and three different colours (Rose Gold, Silver, Midnight Black). There are also a bunch of different straps that you can choose from.

The new Samsung Galaxy Watch is seen displayed during a product launch event in New York August 9, 2018. The new Samsung Galaxy Watch is seen displayed during a product launch event in New York August 9, 2018.

Up front, you’ve got either a 1.3-inch (46mm) or a 1.2-inch (42mm) Super AMOLED display with Corning’s Gorilla DX+ glass along with military grade durability. It’s also water resistant to up to 50m, so it’s swim proof.

Inside, it’s powered by an Exynos 9110 dual-core processor and it runs on Tizen 4.0 software. However, the most interesting thing about the device is that Samsung says you can use this watch for “several days” with a single charge.

The Galaxy Watch also comes in an LTE variant so you can use it without being tethered to your smartphone.

As usual, the device will be able to track health metrics through a built in heartrate monitor, and it will be able to coach you and prompt you to relax if your heart starts racing.

SAN FRANCISCO, July 24, 2018 (News Wires) - Samsung seems to be working on a wireless charging station designed to simultaneously charge both your phone and your ‘Galaxy Watch’.

Images of the possible packaging for the Samsung Wireless Charger Duo were leaked on Twitter by Roland Quandt of WinFuture Friday.

On the front of a box is a picture of the dock, displaying two charging areas. The side of the packaging hosts key facts about the product and although the text isn’t very clear, the icons indicate that the phone supports “dual fast wireless charging” (for either two phones or a phone and a Galaxy Watch) and is compatible with Qi certified products.

Qi certification refers to the standard technology used to allow wireless charging by transferring power through inductive coupling. Samsung’s Wireless Charger Duo will certainly reduce cable clutter in most homes, as almost all newer smartphones are Qi certified.

There have been many rumours of a new Samsung smartwatch, some suggesting it could take the name Gear S4, but this latest leak strongly suggests the Galaxy Watch name and may also point to a launch alongside the Note 9 on August 9.

This would contradict speculations that have suggested an IFA 2018 unveiling (late August or early September) as with previous wearables.

Either date is likely to put the Samsung Wireless Charger Duo in stores sooner than Apple’s long-awaited AirPower charger, a similar dock but for three devices.

Samsung have not yet confirmed the rumour, nor released information on pricing.

LONDON, July 17, 2018 (News Wires) - Action camcorders have long been a must-have accessory for filming outdoor antics and sporting exploits. Some of the latest models now let you capture the action and share your experiences in an even more immersive way, with 360°s photos and videos — best viewed via a virtual reality headset.

The compact and easy-to-use Samsung Gear 360 shoots 360° 4k video as well as photos. It can also be used to broadcast live video footage, for live streaming all kinds of immersive videos to social media sites.

The Gear 360 is no doubt the best value option in this summer selection, even if this camera is only fully compatible with the latest Samsung smartphones (functionality is limited with iPhone and other Android handsets).

The Samsung Gear 360 currently sells for around $100.

GoPro has been a leader in the action-camcorder market for many years. The Fusion — the brand’s first device for filming 360° video — is an impressive piece of kit, filming ultra-high-definition video (up to 5.2K at 30 frames per second or in 3K at 60 frames per second) for a totally immersive experience.

The Fusion is water-resistant to five meters and records 360° audio to match its images. Videos filmed in this mode plunge viewers straight into the action during playback, especially when viewed with a headset.

The GoPro Fusion sells for $699.99.

In a similar style, Garmin’s Virb 360 is a robust camera that’s water-resistant to 10 meters and films video in resolutions up to 5.7K at 30 frames per second. This model also records 360° sound.

The accompanying mobile application can be used to stabilise the image and edit videos before sharing them online. Battery life, as with the GoPro Fusion, works out at just over an hour of video recording in very high resolution.

The Garmin Virb 360 is priced $799.99.

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