Published on November 30 2015

Reports are suggesting that the Galaxy S7 will include micro SD provision, and this is likely to be reflected in the Galaxy Note 6 as well. It would make particular sense for Samsung to include the technology that enables storage to be boosted in the Galaxy Note 6, as this handset could be the first from the Korean manufacturer to embrace 4K resolution.

Samsung Galaxy Note 6 To Include Micro SD, 4K Resolution
4K Galaxy Note 6 mooted

Samsung has been linked with this already available screen resolution technology in its mobile range for sometime. And the fact that Sony has released the first mass market 4K smartphone may focus the resolve of the Korean corporation to follow suit. Some analysts even expect 4K capabilities to be included in the Galaxy S7, but regardless of whether or not this is the case, the larger phablet that is the Galaxy Note 6 would be an obvious candidate for this powerful and immersive display technology.

The Galaxy range has been a significant force for Samsung over the last couple of years, as it has received a particularly strong critical reaction. Although the Galaxy S series really remains the flagship for the Korean manufacturer, there is also no doubt that the Galaxy note range has significantly closed the gap in terms of public perception. This means that Samsung is increasingly keen to try out new innovations and specifications with the Galaxy Note range, and it is likely that the Galaxy Note 6 handset will indeed benefit from this trend.

Considering the quality of the Galaxy Note 6, it has become something of a favorite with consumers in the last few iterations. And the latest rumors suggest that the Galaxy Note 6 might arrive slightly earlier than the previous editions of the phablet. With Samsung looking to push the release date of the Galaxy S7 forward to possibly before the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, this suggests that the schedule for the Korean consumer electrons giant will be different in 2016 from previous years.

Q3 release

This points to a Galaxy Note 6 release at some point during the third quarter of 2016, with fans of the device already excited about the newest update and innovations included in the smartphone. One such suggestion is that Samsung could arm the next generation device with a USB Type-C port. This was conspicuous by its absence in the Galaxy Note 5, which was perhaps somewhat surprising considering Apple has already introduced it to the MacBook range of laptops.

Samsung usually tries to get the jump on Apple in terms of packing its devices with high specs and innovations, but it could be that it still has the opportunity to do this with the Galaxy S7. Nonetheless, if this is not the case, the Korean company may indeed release the Galaxy S6 before the iPhone range, and this would enable it to debut USB Type-C before Apple.

New stylus

Another report on the Galaxy Note 6 suggests that the phablet will include a new stylus when it releases in 2016. This has been a notable aspect of the Galaxy Note series, with the S-Pen proving to be particularly well-received. However, it seems that the Galaxy Note 6 will include a new stylus with a sleeker design. Whether Samsung would continue to label this as an S-Pen remains to be seen, and the capabilities of the unit are also not yet known at the time of writing.

It seems a logical move for Samsung to improve its stylus, as Apple has declined the opportunity to make such a device central to the iPhone range, although the company has, of course, just introduced the Apple Pencil. If Samsung is to significantly improve the S-Penthen this could force Apple to include the Pencil as part of an overall iPhone package, rather than marketing it as an added extra.

Although it is extremely early days to predict precisely what will be included in the Galaxy Note 6, some of the specifications being linked with the device are pretty jaw-dropping. One of the most notable is that the phablet is being linked with as much as 8GB of RAM. Samsung’s fast-charging technology is also likely to be included, while the corporation will also fit the handset with a larger battery in order to cope with the potential 4K resolution display.

Reports have also suggested that Samsung could fit a 16-core processor in the Galaxy Note 6 in order to make this the most powerful mobile device on the market. This would be a mouthwatering prospect for fans of the Galaxy Note series, ensuring that its processing reached new levels of speed and efficiency.

Knockout camera

Another area where Samsung is likely to significantly improve the Galaxy Note 6 is with regard to the camera included in the phablet. This is an increasing battleground for the smartphone marketplace, with Apple apparently considering numerous interesting new innovations for the iPhone series. It has been particularly prominently reported that the consumer electronics giant could include either a DSLR standard professional snapper in the iPhone series, or possibly a unique periscope design. It is also reported frequently that Apple will up the megapixel rating of the iPhone series still further when the iPhone 7 becomes available.

Samsung will look to respond to this possibility with the Galaxy Note 6, and it is already suggested that this device could feature a pretty staggering 30-megapixel rear camera. With optical image stabilization, 3D features and autofocus also included, this will be an extremely capable photographic device.

The front-facing camera is potentially even more impressive, with reports suggesting that Samsung will include a 16-megapixel front unit, capable of producing 4K resolution. This would be a pretty incredible inclusion in the Galaxy Note 6 series when one considers that the Apple iPhone series is yet to even reach this megapixel level with its rear-facing snapper.

So the Galaxy Note 6 could be one of the most impressive mobile releases ever when Samsung unveils the handset, in what is likely to be relatively early in Q3 2016.

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Not content with the 3D touch interface that was added to the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus screens, Apple looks set to move to a new screen technology in 2017′s iPhone.

There has been a consistent build up of leaks, rumors, and suggestions from the supply chain that a switch away from the LCD technology currently used by Apple for its iPhone screens is on the cards. Moving to OLED screens would allow for more power efficient displays that have a wider viewing angle, better color reproduction, and a more vibrant display. Apple has been reluctant in the past to make this switch because of worries around the lifespan of OLED screens.

Apple Ready To Gamble On New iPhone Technology

Apple must be confident that these issues are now answered (presumably with technology along the lines of that detailed in its patents using photodiodes and varying the anode pitch in OLED screens). Nikkei Asian Review is reporting that Apple has notified its supply chain of the upcoming switch to OLED for iPhones released in the 2017/2018 smartphone season.

This would point to the adoption of OLED screens for the presumptively tilted iPhone 7S. Going with the 7S as the debut handset makes a certain amount of logistical sense. The external design cues of the iPhone are generally updated in even-numbered years with the cardinal numbered iPhone models, while the internal technology and specifications tend to favour the iPhone ‘S’ models.

That is illustrated in the latest models from Cupertino. The iPhone 6 introduced the new design with the curve edges and taper on the screen, the change in size from 4 inches to 4.7 and 5.5 inches, and the thinner design. The hardware changes that included the addition of 3D Touch, increased memory, and a larger camera sensor, were all seen on the iPhone 6S.

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Samsung has had a rough ride for the past couple of years where profits are concerned, but it’s not easy to continue growing when you’re as big as Samsung‘. Despite the company’s rocky earnings, Samsung consistently puts out products of the highest quality. The company’s TVs are without question among the best in the business, its home appliances are stunning, its tablets are top-notch, and now its smartphones are also sleek and solid thanks to all glass and aluminum construction.

Well guess what: Hundreds of Samsung products across all product categories are on sale at deep discounts thanks to Samsung’s big onlineBlack Friday 2015 sale, which is live right now.

You can argue all you want and you can read all of the in-depth, scientific analyses on the Internet, but let’s get real for a moment: Samsung’s HDTVs are the best on the planet. While Samsung’s smart TV software has its ups and downs, the company’s display panels are unquestionably superior to rival screens — and display quality is of course the most important consideration when it comes to HDTVs.

Well, if you have plans to purchase one of more televisions this holiday season, this is the first sale you should check out.

Samsung’s big Black Friday sale is home to about 450 different deals on all sorts of products, but flat-panel TVs are clearly the star of the show here. You’ll find solid discounts on both 1080p and 4K Ultra HD TVs, and there are models from the low end of Samsung’s TV lineup all the way up to the high end. In other words, there’s definitely something for everyone.

Here’s a taste of what Samsung’s Black Friday 2015 sale has to offer:

  • 4K SUHD JS7000 Series Smart TV – 50″ Class (49.5″ Diag.): $799.99 ($1,699.99 list)
  • 4K SUHD JS7000 Series Smart TV – 55″ Class (54.6″ Diag.): $999.99 ($1,999.99 list)
  • 4K SUHD JS7000 Series Smart TV – 60″ Class (60″ Diag.): $1,299.99 ($2,599.99 list)
  • 4K SUHD JS9000 Series Curved Smart TV – 48″ Class (47.6″ Diag.): $1,599.99 ($3,599.99 list)
  • LED J5200 Series Smart TV – 40″ Class (40″ Diag.): $319.99 ($699.99 list)
  • LED J5200 Series Smart TV – 50″ Class (49.5″ Diag.): $499.99 ($1,199.99 list)
  • 4K UHD JU6500 Series Smart TV – 55″ Class (54.6″ Diag.): $899.99 ( $1,699.99 list)
  • 4K UHD JU6400 Series Smart TV – 60″ Class (60″ Diag.): $899.99 ($2,199.99 list)
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 9.7″ 32GB (Wi-Fi), Black: $399.99 ($499.99 list)
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 8.0″ 32GB (Wi-Fi), Black: $349.99 ($399.99 list)
  • Samsung Galaxy View 18.4″ 32GB (Wi-Fi), Black: $499.99 ($599.99 list)
  • Samsung Gear S2, Dark Gray: $249.99 ($299.99 list)
  • Gear VR Innovator Edition for S6: $99.99 ($199.99 list)
  • HW-J355 Soundbar w/ Subwoofer: $89.99 ($199.99 list)
  • HW-J370 4.1 Ch Surround Soundbar: $199.99 ($379.99 list)

We could go on for hours with all of the great deals Samsung is offering right now. Want to see them all? Head over to the big Black Friday sale page on Samsung’s website. These prices are good through the end of the day on Cyber Monday, November 30th, or while supplies last. Also of note, all orders get free shipping during Samsung’s sale.

Be sure to check out our Black Friday 2015 hub for more details on great deals from top retailers like Best Buy, Amazon, Walmart, Costco and more.

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Did you think Black Friday will be your only chance at some killer deals? Think again: Cyber Monday is coming right after the holiday weekend, and Amazon is ready for action.

Today, Amazon revealed its plans for Cyber Monday, and it's basically Black Friday part 2, including the same great deals on Kindle e-readers (starting at $50). You'll simply find slightly different TVs, computers, headphones and smartwatches to replace the ones that expire on Black Friday.

Update 6 p.m. PT: Amazon says it mistakenly added the $35 Fire tablet deal to its Cyber Monday announcement: that deal will only be available during the Black Friday week.

As with Black Friday, the hard part is knowing when the deals will actually show up on Amazon's site: they'll appear at undisclosed intervals between November 28 and December 5, so you'll have to keep checking the company's website.

If you're a Prime customer, make sure you're signed in, too: we're hearing that some deals will appear for Amazon Prime subscribers before anyone else.

Long story short: As it does year round, Amazon will have seemingly random deals over the next couple of weeks. ( You can even buy some right now.) But that doesn't mean there aren't some solid savings to be had next week. Take a peek at the deals below.

Electronics (also available during Black Friday week)
Electronics (new for Cyber Monday week)

Did you think Black Friday will be your only chance at some killer deals? Think again: Cyber Monday is coming right after the holiday weekend, and Amazon is ready for action.

Today, Amazon revealed its plans for Cyber Monday, and it's basically Black Friday part 2, including the same great deals on Kindle e-readers (starting at $50). You'll simply find slightly different TVs, computers, headphones and smartwatches to replace the ones that expire on Black Friday.

Update 6 p.m. PT: Amazon says it mistakenly added the $35 Fire tablet deal to its Cyber Monday announcement: that deal will only be available during the Black Friday week.

As with Black Friday, the hard part is knowing when the deals will actually show up on Amazon's site: they'll appear at undisclosed intervals between November 28 and December 5, so you'll have to keep checking the company's website.

If you're a Prime customer, make sure you're signed in, too: we're hearing that some deals will appear for Amazon Prime subscribers before anyone else.

Long story short: As it does year round, Amazon will have seemingly random deals over the next couple of weeks. ( You can even buy some right now.) But that doesn't mean there aren't some solid savings to be had next week. Take a peek at the deals below.

Electronics (also available during Black Friday week)
Electronics (new for Cyber Monday week)

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Samsung Galaxy A9 rumors: Recent benchmark reveals possible specs

Samsung may be well known for the Galaxy S, Edge, and Note flagship smartphone series, but it was the Galaxy A series that started Samsung’s new tradition of using premium materials such as metal.

The Galaxy A series isn’t as well known as the other phones, but the Korean giant has released a number of models, including the Galaxy Alpha, Galaxy A3,Galaxy A5, Galaxy A7, and Galaxy A8. Apparently, Samsung believes there is still a market for the A series. The company appears to be readying the Galaxy A9 for sale. Here’s everything we know so far.

Updated on 11-24-2015 by Kyle Wiggers: Added a recent Geekbench upload which corroborates earlier leaked benchmarks.

Mix of mid-range and high-end specs

Samsung traditionally includes mid-range specs on the A series phones, even though they feel as premium as any of the company’s flagship phones. However, the most recent Galaxy A8 model did get a decent mix of higher-end and mid-range specs to satisfy a wide range of consumers. Recent AnTuTu and Geekbench benchmarks indicates that Samsung could be thinking the same with the Galaxy A9.

The phone has a model number of SM-A9000, which is an indication that it will be the Galaxy A9. It reportedly features a 5.5-inch Super AMOLED screen with a resolution of 1080p (1,920 x 1,080 pixels), which is smaller than the Galaxy A8’s 5.7-inch display. According to the benchmark, the phone is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 620 chip, which is a 64-bit octa-core processor consisting of a quad-core Cortex-A72 and a quad-core Cortex-A53. It will also have an Adreno 510 GPU, 3GB of RAM, and 32GB of internal storage.

The benchmarks don’t reveal anything about the cameras on the Galaxy A9, but we suspect that the rear and front cameras will be at least 16-megapixels and 5-megapixels, respectively, since that is what the Galaxy A8 sported.

Bear in mind that although these benchmarks give us a good indication of specs, the devices tested are usually early models, so things can change. For example, this test unit is running Android 5.1.1 Lollipop, which is understandable for now, but the final phone could have Android 6.0 Marshmallow onboard.

Design

Nothing has been revealed yet in terms of the design, but we’re expecting the Galaxy A9 to continue the Galaxy A series tradition of using premium materials such as an aluminum frame. We also won’t be surprised if the Galaxy A9 is super thin, since the Galaxy A8 was only 5.9mm thick. It’s hard to believe that Samsung could go much thinner than that, but each Galaxy A phone has been thinner than its predecessor.

Availability and pricing

The Galaxy A8 was just announced in July, so we are probably a few months away from an official Galaxy A9 launch. In early October, the components of the Galaxy A9 were shipped to India for testing, according to a Zauba manifest. Since it was just the components, it’s clear Samsung isn’t quite ready to release the Galaxy A9 just yet. It will more than likely arrive early next year. Perhaps we will see it at the Consumer Electronics Show in January. Either way, it’s unlikely that the Galaxy A9 will launch with a U.S. carrier.

As to pricing, it may to cost about the same as the Galaxy A8. Currently that phone is selling in India for Rs 32,500, which translates to about $500.

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New Galaxy S7 Leak Will Please Samsung Fans

Is Samsung about to u-turn on expandable memory?

Sources speaking to Italian Samsung Blog HDBlog.it certainly think so. They’re claiming that the Korean tech giant will reintroduce the microSD slot in the upcoming Galaxy S7, having removed it for the S6.

The report obviously has to be taken with a grain of salt, as any rumour does. But it’s not a totally unfathomable idea.

Dropping expandable memory in the S6 was met with a huge backlash from long-time Galaxy users. It created a rare consensus amongst readers, who uniformly agreed that Samsung had dropped the ball in a big way. Commenters lined up one after the other to complain about the decision.

Given the backlash, and Samsung’s rivals who gleefully capitalised on the backlash (LG and HTC proudly trumpeted their SD card credentials in their respective phones), we could be on the cusp of a major u-turn if the rumour proves to be accurate.

Samsung of late has more a pragmatism to it. It’s willing to shun convention in order to secure sales, which it showed by bringing forward the release of the Note 5 and the (rumoured) early release of the S7. It’s likely that Samsung has had serious discussions about a possible return of the microSD slot in its flagship line. Even the notorious leakster, Evan Blass, predicted back in August that that the Korean company could make an about-face for a future Samsung flagship.

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Published on November 24 2015

Mobile payments company Square today announced the launch of its new NFC reader within 100 small businesses around the country, letting stores who previously were unable to accept Apple Pay -- due to the lack of a required contactless reader -- begin supporting the service. The small square-shaped reader will act like all other Apple Pay-accepting terminals, letting users wave an iPhone or Apple Watch near the device to complete a purchase.

Square Launches NFC Reader to Bring Apple Pay to Smaller Businesses

Business owners can buy the Square reader for $49 to begin allowing customers the option to use Apple Pay in their storefronts. With the recent surge in popularity of chip cards, touted as being a safer and more secure physical payment alternative, the reader also has the option to accept chip cards in a small slot located on the side of the device.

Square initially announced incoming support for Apple Pay last November, with no real hint as to what the device would be. The company then announced the Square reader during WWDC earlier this summer, confirming its NFC and chip-reading capabilities would bring the success of Apple Pay to businesses and merchants who as of yet hadn't had the chance to support the service. Merchants interested in adopting Apple Pay can visit Square' sofficial website to reserve their own NFC reader.

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With the Microsoft Lumia 950 smartphone now on sale, reviews of the Windows 10-powered handset are coming in. Microsoft’s Panos Panay is clear in the offering, which he details on the Microsoft Devices Blog:

…we’ve combined the familiar and consistent Windows experience with powerful hardware, stunning displays, innovative experiences like Continuum for Phones and Windows Hello beta for Lumia, and top-of-the-line imaging to deliver our best smartphones yet. These phones were designed to increase your ability to get things done, easier and faster, and are the most productive smartphones on the planet.

Does that promise bear out in reality? Looking over the online reviews, it’s clear what Microsoft was trying to do, but the Redmond-based company has fallen short of the mark in some areas, and that’s enough to make the Lumia 950 a difficult phone to recommend.

Lumia 950 Reviews: Microsoft's Best Isn't Good Enough

Mary Jo Foley looks over the design of the Lumia 950 on ZDNet. Staying with the tougher polycarbonate that Nokia used on the Lumia devices when it was in charge certainly keeps the weight down and the ability to absorb damage a touch more than metal. But it does trade away some status.

It’s not a metal phone; it’s got polycarbonate casing which feels a bit plasticky. Being a Lumia Icon user who was more than willing to trade a metal body for a lighter phone, I am fine with polycarbonate.

The phone feels light, at .33 pounds, or 150g, and well-balanced. The backs (which come in white or black) are replaceable and some nicer-looking cases are already available from third party providers.

Peter Bright looks over the specifications of the Lumia 950 for Ars Technica. The Lumia 950 is Microsoft’s flagship device, and the numbers on offer in the hardware bear that out. What it doesn’t offer is anything above the expected norms of a high-end smartphone. Echoing devices like the Google designed Nexus handsets is not enough:

Adequate? I mean, the specs are perfectly decent. High end, even. The 950/950XL pair in a lot of ways mirror the Nexus 5X and 6P Android flagships. There’s the same screen size split (5.2 and 5.7 inch) and same processor split (808 and 810), though Google adds a RAM differentiation (the smaller phone only gets 2GB) and screen resolution change too (the 5X is only 1920×1080. Only! As if 423 pixels per inch were somehow inadequate). The claim to be flagships is perfectly credible, at least based on the internals.

…The hardware in the Lumia 950 is functionally identical to that of the Nexus 5X, and so its 3D performance should be more or less identical. The phones obviously have different driver stacks; Gfxbench uses Direct3D on the Lumia 950 and OpenGL on the Nexus 5X, but that shouldn’t really cause much in the way of performance differences. It’s possible that the fault lies with Gfxbench somehow, but I’d guess that the Direct3D drivers simply aren’t very good.

Of course a 3D graphics chip is only going to come in useful for applications – primarily games – that would make use of it, and Windows 10 in its mobile form is missing a lot of key titles.

Mike Prospero highlights the screen on the Lumia 950. It’s one of the key selling points of the device. With a high pixel count and good color reproduction only the overall brightness lets it down, but the clear typography still evident in Windows 10 does help.

One way the Lumia 950 keeps up with the smartphone Joneses is with its 5.2-inch quad-HD AMOLED display. The screen’s resolution of 2560 x 1440 (564 ppi) is on a par with the S6 Edge, and sharper than the Nexus 5X’s 1080p panel.

However, the Lumia 950 doesn’t have the brightest display; at 360 nits, it’s well below the average of 430 nits, the Nexus 5X (454 nits) and the S6 Edge (536 nits). But I found it to be readable even in direct sunlight. Still, it can display 115 percent of the sRGB color gamut (anything over 100 percent is great), and the colors it shows are fairly accurate, as evidenced by its Delta-E score of 1.9, where numbers closer to zero are better. It’s also protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3, in the event you drop the device.

Lumia 950 Reviews: Microsoft's Best Isn't Good Enough

For initial thoughts on the camera, lets turn to Windows aficionado Paul Thurrot who takes a closer look at the optics in the handset – optics that have been worked on by a significant number of former Nokia employees:

It’s excellent, and on par with my iPhone 6S Plus for most common, everyday shots. But where the Lumia 950 really excels is in low-light situations, which I’ve been able to test outdoors and in the dimly-lit pubs of Manchester, England this week at night… For now, I can say that Lumia aficionados will be very pleased, and not just that there’s a dedicated camera button.

The big selling point in the Lumia 950 (at least in the initial marketing) is the ability to use the handset as the base of a desktop computer. Okay it’s not as fast or as slick as the top-of-the-line models you can find today, but it is up to the job. The process is called Continuum, and Dan Seifert explains in more detail on The Verge:

What really sets the Lumia 950 and Windows 10 apart from the Androids and iPhones of the world is its Continuum feature, which is an attempt to turn your diminutive phone into a full-fledged PC. To do that, you need Microsoft’s $99 Display Dock (or a Miracast dongle), a mouse and keyboard (Bluetooth or USB), and an external display, such as a monitor or TV. Plug your phone into the dock, plug in or pair your peripherals, and plug in your display, and boom, all of your phone’s content is now on the big screen. And it’s not just a blown up version of your phone’s display: Continuum recognizes that the monitor has a different screen size and resolution from your phone and presents something like a desktop, complete with Start menu and Action Center. It really looks just like Windows 10 on a PC.

Any Windows smartphone is going to have an obvious achilles heel – the lack of third-party software apps It probably doesn’t need any explanation – and it’s one that Techno Buffalo’s Todd Haselton has picked up on. It’s hard to disagree with his points:

One of the major shortcomings of Windows Phone, now known as Windows 10 Mobile, is its severely limited selection of applications. You won’t find popular ones that are widely available on other platforms. Instagram is still in beta, for example. Periscope doesn’t exist at all (at least in any real usable fashion, but you’ll find ripoffs that don’t work properly.) Some are starting to make their way into the platform, though.

Slack has a really great beta available, for example. Microsoft expects developers to see that there are now 1 billion Windows users, and to port their apps to Windows 10 Mobile using new tools. That should help improve the problem over time, but it isn’t solved yet. And, while we’re on the topic of developing apps that span platforms, I find it odd that Microsoft’s own Skype application doesn’t scale to work properly in Continuum. One would think Microsoft would fix this if it expects other developers to do the same.

The Lumia 950 is a curious phone. It has flagship levels of hardware inside a plastic case (albeit a relatively strong plastic case). It has some stand-out functionality such as Continuum, but the lack of a solid third-party app system lets the whole platform down. Joanna Stern sums up the Lumia 950 in the real world rather nicely for the Wall Street Journal:

If phones will one day replace our computers, we’re going to choose the phones with the apps and services we already love. Unfortunately for Microsoft, right now those are iPhones and Android phones, which already work great with Microsoft’s own apps and services.

It feels like the Lumia 950 is a proof of concept that might help Microsoft get momentum for its new strategy. But I can’t recommend buying a $600 proof of concept.

We’ll be taking our own closer look at the Lumia 950 on Forbes in the near future.

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Korean tech giant Samsung Electronics will sell two variants of its next-generation flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S7.

According to leaked reports the world’s largest manufacturer of Android devices will use different chips in two versions of the new smartphone. The first will be powered by an Exynos 8890 chip with custom ‘Mongoose’ cores, manufactured in-house, and the other will use Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 820, writes Kishalaya Kundu for Android Headlines.

Galaxy S7 Model Numbers Revealed In Leaked Screenshot
Qualcomm and in-house chips on different variants of Galaxy S7

Qualcomm recently announced the Snapdragon 820 as its new flagship chip, and recent reports claim that next summer the company will unveil an octa-core avatar to add to the already announced quad-core. Rumors have been swirling for quite some time regarding different variants of the Galaxy S7, but now it appears that the S7 Edge will also be released with two different chips.

The SamMobile blog, which follows everything to do with Samsung, reports that the Galaxy S7 will carry the model number “SM-G930x” while the Galaxy S7 Edge will carry “SM-G935x.” The “x” is a wildcard that will change according to the carrier or region the handset will be shipped to.

Given the fact that each device will come in two variants there will be myriad model numbers. SamMobile published a photo which purportedly shows a screenshot of the exact model numbers, which was posted to a Chinese website.

Leaked screenshot shows model numbers for different countries and carriers

In the U.S. market it appears that the Snapdragon 820 variant of the Galaxy S7 will be identified as G930V on Verizon, while the Galaxy S7 Edge will be G935V. On Sprint the Galaxy S7 will carry G930P and the Galaxy S7 Edge G935P.

According to the screenshot it looks as though two other Snapdragon versions will go to China using G9300 and GG9350 although it is not known which carrier will receive them.

The Exynos variants will carry the following numbers. G930F and G935F will be unlocked versions of the S7 and S7 Edge respectively, while the G930T and SM-G935T will be shipped to T-Mobile. AT&T will receive the G930A and G935A.

Buyers in Canada will receive the G930W8 and the G935W8, while those in South Korea will get three versions each of the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge. The model numbers will be SM-G930 S/K/L and SM-G935 S/K/L.

No confirmation on original report

That said the original report has not been confirmed and it is impossible to say whether these model numbers will be found on the devices when they finally ship. However multiple sources had already reported that different variants would use different chips, so multiple model numbers would be necessary.

Excitement is building in the lead up to the launch of the Galaxy S7, and many rumors have pegged a release date for early February 2016. The company usually waits to announce new Galaxy devices at the Mobile World Congress in February, but rumors are that Samsung will try a new strategy this time around.

Other rumors point to the fact that Samsung may freeze the price of the device, handing it an advantage in the battle with Apple for the flagship smartphone crown. The rumors are sure to continue swirling, with Android and iOS aficionados debating the merits of their chosen operating systems and predicting whether the Galaxy S7 will prove to be a true competitor to the iPhone 6s.

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Enjoying the feel of that sparkly new rose gold iPhone 6S in your hand, and the joy of 3D Touch? Well, we don’t want to spoil that, but Apple’s already working on the iPhone 7, and rumors about it are beginning to spread. Here’s what we think we know about Apple’s next major smartphone release so far.

Updated on 11-20-2015 by Malarie Gokey: Added in rumors that the next iPhone 7 will have more RAM than before and may be waterproof.

It may be made of liquid metal and waterproof

If Apple follows its usual strategy, the next iPhone will look different to the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6S, meaning it may introduce a selection of new features related to the body. TrendForce published a press release asserting that say the iPhone 7 will be waterproof, which would make it the first such device from Apple. An earlier post made to the Chinese social network Weibo, and reported by Macotakara, also said the iPhone 7 will have a waterproof and dustproof body.

While water resistant phones have existed for a while, the popularity with manufacturers ebbs and flows, with Samsung choosing to add it on the Galaxy S5, then abandon it for the Galaxy S6. Sony continues to make water resistance a feature on its Xperia smartphones, though it became less prevalent on the Xperia Z5.

Another Weibo post talks about Apple using a new, but unnamed material to make the iPhone 7 case, and it won’t be metal. Rumors have spread in the past about an all liquid metal iPhone, but have never come true, and this may signal Apple has decided to go in a different direction with the next generation phone.

Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo says the iPhone 7 will be the thinnest yet at between 6 and 6.5mm thick. That is around the same as the iPad Air 2, and a millimeter thinner than the current generation iPhone.

More RAM and other high-end specs

Up until the iPhone 6S, Apple’s phones only sported 1GB of RAM, even though many Android competitors used 3 or 4GB of RAM in their flagship phones. Now, reports hint that the iPhone 7 will get even more RAM than the 6S, with rumors of 3GB of RAM popping up for the iPhone 7 Plus. The claim has been made more than once, and TrendForce is the latest to join the fray.

Analyst Kuo also chimed in on the iPhone 7 with another report, claiming it will run on a new A10 chip built entirely by TSMC, a Taiwanese chip manufacturer that has worked with Apple in the past, and built some of the current A9 processors. He also claims the iPhone 7 Plus will have 3GB of RAM, while the iPhone 7 will only use 2GB. Foxconn will apparently manufacture the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, and it should launch towards the end of next year, says Kuo.

It’s very early days for the iPhone 7, despite what these rumors may make you think. We don’t even know if Apple will continue with adding an increasing number to the iPhone name, or if it’ll come up with something new for this edition. Whatever the case, we’ll keep you updated with all the news and rumors over the months leading up to the next iPhone’s 2016 introduction.

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