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[Interview] How Samsung is Ushering in the HDR10+ Era

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Samsung Electronics’ recent introduction of HDR10+, an open standard for high dynamic range (HDR) video that optimizes brightness levels from scene to scene and allows for greater contrast and true-to-life colors, signals the beginning of a new era in home entertainment. An era that will allows consumers to enjoy the best possible viewing experience by making immersive and lifelike visuals the new normal.Samsung Newsroom sat down with the Vice President of Samsung Research America’s Digital Media Solutions Lab, Bill Mandel, to discuss the ins and outs of the open-source platform, as well as Samsung’s efforts to accelerate its adoption.Q. In a nutshell, how does HDR10+ help Samsung’s QLED TVs create immersive viewing experiences?HDR10+ processes images dynamically, allowing for scene by scene, and at times frame by frame picture enhancement. QLED TV’s advanced image technologies make the displays fully capable of portraying these optimized visuals.This dynamic approach to image optimiz…

HDR10+ Sets a New Standard for Picture Quality at IFA 2017

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In today’s era of Ultra HD (UHD) TVs, the ultimate goal for those who innovate TV technologies is to achieve lifelike visuals that they seem to pop out of the display. Samsung Electronics’ IFA 2017 booth will feature exhibits that show a part of its efforts to reach this goal, demonstrating how HDR10+, the latest advancement in high dynamic range (HDR) technology, is setting a new standard for picture quality.The royalty-free HDR10+ standard promotes vibrant and vivid visuals that bring us closer than ever to true-to-life images. Samsung’s recent announcement of partnerships with Panasonic and 20th Century Fox will expand the platform’s ecosystem of compatible technologies, eventually making such immersive visuals standard fare.But how exactly does HDR10+ establish this new standard, and what will the technology’s advancement mean for content creators, device manufacturers, and the future of home entertainment? To answer those questions, let’s take a closer look at how Samsung optimiz…

SamMobile Daily Recap: August 31, 2017 — Galaxy Note 8, Gear Sport and more!

We publish a lot of stories on a daily basis. Unfortunately, the majority of news breaks during our European hours of operation, which makes it difficult for our readers in the US (and other regions) to keep up. However, we think we’ve come up with a fantastic solution — a daily recap.Here’s what we covered today.DealsDaily Deal: Save 65% on a pair of Level U Pro headphonesFirmware NewsGalaxy J5 Prime Nougat update could arrive soon as the device gets Wi-Fi certificationPhonesSamsung’s aiming to sell 700,000 units of the Galaxy Note 8 in one monthT-Mobile to launch Galaxy Note 8 BOGO deal tomorrowTVSamsung launches a new 43-inch version of The Frame TVWatchesGear S3 frontier vs Gear Sport: Specs comparisonSamsung’s switched to a two-year refresh cycle for standard Gear S modelsThe post SamMobile Daily Recap: August 31, 2017 — Galaxy Note 8, Gear Sport and more! appeared first on SamMobile.

Samsung’s aiming to sell 700,000 units of the Galaxy Note 8 in one month

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Samsung is aiming to sell a total of 700,000 units—60 percent of the 64GB variant and the remaining 40 percent of the 256GB model—of the Galaxy Note 8 in South Korea during the first month of availability, according to a new report.More specifically, the firm is expecting 40 percent of all 64GB units it sells to be anodized in the new Deepsea Blue hue, while the rest should be made up evenly of the standard Midnight Black and Orchid Gray colors that debuted on the Galaxy S8.As for the 256GB version… Well, Deepsea Blue is tipped to account for 60 percent of all sales; the remainder will be Midnight Black. Although, that’s a bit too optimistic, if you ask me (I’d actually switch the figures the other way around).Related: Samsung expects to sell more than 11 million Galaxy Note 8 unitsNotably missing from the list is the 128GB model and the stunning Maple Gold color variant—and that’s because they aren’t tipped to hit the shelves during the first month. They should, instead, debut in the…

Daily Deal: Save 65% on a pair of Level U Pro headphones

Amazon has slashed the price of Samsung’s Level U Pro Bluetooth headphones by 65%, meaning you can currently snag yourself a pair for $34.99, which is a fantastic price to pay for a set of earphones that are sweat resistant (and sound great).If you like the sound of the Level U Pro headphones and want to take advantage of this promotion, simply hit the Buy Now button below. You’ll need to hurry though, as Amazon has only set aside a limited amount of inventory for this deal.The post Daily Deal: Save 65% on a pair of Level U Pro headphones appeared first on SamMobile.

Galaxy J5 Prime Nougat update could arrive soon as the device gets Wi-Fi certification

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The Galaxy J5 Prime could soon receive the Nougat update, as the device was recently certified by the Wi-Fi Alliance running the not-the-latest-anymore version of the operating system. Samsung began updating non-flagship phones to Nougat a few weeks ago, starting with the Galaxy A series devices from last year, and it was only two days ago that the update started rolling out to the Galaxy J7 (2016).The Galaxy J5 Prime Nougat update shouldn’t be too different from the update that has been released for other devices. You can count on a new user interface (though not the one seen on the Galaxy S8 and other 2017 devices launched with Nougat), improved battery life and performance, a tweaked Multi Window mode, the option to reply to notifications from the notification shade, new emoji, and more. The Galaxy J7 Prime, which was seen running Nougat two months ago, is likely to get the update at the same time as the J5 Prime, although there’s never a guarantee given how software updates work.A…

Samsung Electronics Expands Premium TV Lineup at IFA 2017

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Samsung Electronics announced today that it will introduce new flat screen 55- and 65-inch QLED TV models, the Q8F, and a 43-inch version of The Frame at IFA 2017. Samsung will also host the QLED and HDR10 (High Dynamic Range) Summit at IFA on September 1 at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in Berlin, Germany to offer insights into the advancement of quantum dot (QLED) displays as well as developing the full potential of the HDR10/HDR10+ ecosystem.The Q8F is the flat screen counterpart to the previously launched curved screen lineup Q8C. Samsung is expanding its QLED TV line-up in Europe as it seeks to solidify its leading position in the global premium TV market. The new 43-inch version of The Frame combines both technology and art to provide consumers with design value that enables them to personalize and elevate smaller living spaces.“We are proud to introduce a flat version of the Q8 in response to demand from European consumers seeking premium, flat and mid-size TVs,” said Sang-ho Cho, …

Samsung’s switched to a two-year refresh cycle for standard Gear S models

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On Wednesday, Samsung took to the stage in Berlin to unveil the Gear Fit2 Pro and Gear Sport. To most viewers, they were the highlight of the event, but we think there’s something more important to take away from it: the firm has switched to a two-year refresh cycle for standard Gear S models.Related: Samsung launches the Gear Fit2 Pro fitness band once againEver since Samsung uncovered the Gear S3 back in August 2016, the internet has been filled with reports claiming it would take the wraps off the Gear S4 at IFA, because it matched up with its record. It’s only when both the Gear Fit2 Pro and Gear Sport were spotted at the FCC did we assume that wouldn’t be the case.Related: Samsung’s new Gear Sport smartwatch combines minimalistic design with military durabilityIt’s unclear why the firm has altered the refresh cycle, but one thing’s for sure: the Gear S4 will be its best smartwatch to date, powered by its most innovative technology. We’re also expecting it to be the priciest weara…

T-Mobile to launch Galaxy Note 8 BOGO deal tomorrow

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T-Mobile has offered Buy One Get One Free deal on the Galaxy S8 multiple times over the past few months. Deals like this give customers an incentive to purchase the new flagship smartphone from the carrier. It may soon offer a similar deal for the Galaxy Note 8.According to a new report, T-Mobile is going to launch its Buy One Get One Free deal for the Galaxy Note 8 starting tomorrow, September 1st. The deal will only be available for a limited time. Customers on its T-Mobile One and Simple Choice Unlimited plans will be able to take advantage of this deal.The deal will enable customers to buy a Galaxy Note 8 on T-Mobile’s equipment installment plan and add a line with a second Galaxy Note 8, Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S8+ on EIP.Once both phones have been bought, customers need to visit T-Mobile’s Promotions Center and enter a promo code. They will then receive a prepaid Mastercard which covers the cost of their second device.The report mentions that this deal is retroactive for pre-orders.…

Samsung launches a new 43-inch version of The Frame TV

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Samsung unveiled The Frame TV concept at CES 2017 earlier this year. The idea behind this product is to make it blend into the background and display artwork. To some, it might look like an actual photo frame at first glance than a TV.Samsung announced three months ago that it’s releasing The Frame TV globally. It held a launch event at a museum or gallery in each launch market to highlight The Frame TV’s design and features.Available in 55-inch and 65-inch models, the TV offers UHD picture quality. Customers can get it with various frame options that range from Walnut, Oak, and White. The TV’s Art Mode feature enables it to show exclusive works of art like paintings.Samsung announced the launch of a new 43-inch version of The Frame TV at its IFA 2017 press event yesterday. It has also partnered with leading art galleries and museums to enhance it further as an art-centric device.The company has also announced a new partnership with the Prado museum. It plans to acquire almost 1,000 p…

Gear S3 frontier vs Gear Sport: Specs comparison

Samsung unveiled a new smartwatch at its IFA 2017 press event yesterday. It’s not an entirely new smartwatch but rather an improved version of its existing smartwatch. The Gear Sport’s design is quite similar to the Gear S3 frontier and the specs are similar as well.The Gear S3 frontier vs Gear Sport specs comparison should help you decide which smartwatch you should purchase. Go for the former if 4G LTE connectivity is important to you. Opt for the new Gear Sport if you want to take it swimming with you.If you want more, then wait until next year because it’s unlikely that the Gear S4 will be launched before then.Gear S3 frontierGear SportDisplay1.3-inch 360 x 360 full color, Gorilla Glass SR+1.2-inch 360 x 360, full color, Gorilla Glass 3Dimensions46 x 49 x 12.9 mm42.9 x 44.6 x 11.6 mmProcessorDual-core 1.0 GHzDual-core 1.0GHzRAM768 MB768 MBStorage4GB4GBSoftwareTizenTizenBattery380mAh300mAhOther featuresWi-Fi, NFC, MST, IP68, speaker, GPS, 4G LTEWi-Fi, 5 ATM water resistance, swim t…

Wallpaper Wednesday: Oreo

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Welcome to the latest edition of Wallpaper Wednesday. This week, we’re highlighting a total of four Android Oreo-inspired backgrounds. All of the images are available in a suitable resolution for the Galaxy S8Galaxy S8+ and just about any other smartphone on the market.If any of the following images float your boat and you want to download and set one as your wallpaper, simply tap on the photo to maximise it, then click and hold to save it. Once the picture is stored locally, open up Settings, locate and select Wallpaper, then just press the image to set it as your background.CircledCookie HeroCookie MonsterNerdDownloadThe post Wallpaper Wednesday: Oreo appeared first on SamMobile.

Samsung Gear: Go Beyond Fitness

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Samsung's new Gear devices help you keep track of your movements whenever you move, eat, drink, or sleep so that fitness becomes part of your daily routine. Go beyond fitness. Samsung Gear Sport Samsung Gear Fit2 Pro Samsung Gear IconX For more product information, please visit: http://www.samsung.com/global/galaxy/ From: Samsung Mobile

Samsung Electronics Shapes Life’s New Normal at IFA 2017

[Video] POWERful Performance: See Samsung’s POWERstick PRO™ Cordless Vacuum in Action

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Samsung Electronics’ POWERstick PRO™ sets a new paradigm for cordless vacuum cleaners by combining industry-leading suction power, an ergonomic design that twists and turns for easy maneuvering, and innovations that provide the ultimate cleaning solution.The vacuum’s Digital Inverter Motor boasts 150W of power – guaranteeing a thorough clean on all floor types and eliminating, with a single sweep, dust, dirt and anything else that gets in its way.The patented Flex Handle folds up to 50 degrees at the click of a button, making it easy to slide the vacuum under lower furniture, and features a design that minimizes strain on users’ wrists, muscles and back. The POWERstick PRO™ has also be optimized with a total of five additional cleaning tools that simplify everything from grabbing dirt and hair buried in carpets, to removing dust and allergens from bed sheets and furniture, and cleaning hard-to-reach places like deep crevices in sofas, the top of the fridge, and ceiling corners.Lastly,…

Samsung’s New, Enhanced Wearables – Gear Sport, Gear Fit2 Pro, Gear Icon X – Combine the Best in Smart Living, Fitness and Health

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Samsung Electronics today introduced three new devices to its industry-leading wearable portfolio: Gear Sport, a sleek and versatile fitness-focused smartwatch that is water resistant; Gear Fit2 Pro, an upgraded GPS sports band with smart features; and Gear IconX, a second generation of the company’s groundbreaking cord-free earbuds. Samsung’s new Gear devices were designed to help consumers get the most out of their day, and help them live a healthy and well-balanced life.The new Gear devices assist with a range of activities – from robust fitness tracking to nutrition and sleep monitoring, as well as motivational coaching as a lifestyle companion. By introducing new smart capabilities and easy-to-use features, and by partnering with leading names in tech and fitness, Samsung is helping consumers go beyond fitness and accomplish big things.“At Samsung, we celebrate the everyday athlete – whether you’re going for a light jog, or training for your next triathlon. We have a long history…

Speedo and Samsung Make Waves with Partnership to Bring Industry-Leading Swim Tracking Capabilities to Gear Fit2 Pro and Gear Sport

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Samsung Electronics and Speedo International are helping swimmers across the globe track their activity with access to Speedo’s best-in-class swimming platform, Speedo On. The Speedo On swim tracking app will be featured on Samsung’s new Gear Sport and Gear Fit2 Pro. Both devices are 5 ATM certified for water resistance in up to 50-meters of water. With instant access to Speedo On, the Gear Sport and Gear Fit2 Pro become the ideal companion for any swim.The Speedo On tracking app measures key swim metrics including lap count, lap time and stroke type to easily track and incorporate swim achievements into personal fitness goals. Paired with the two new devices, consumers have options for what works best to complement their activity needs in the water; Gear Sport is a sleek and stylish smartwatch with premium features while the Gear Fit2 Pro is an all-new ergonomic fitness band with continuous heart rate monitoring and GPS tracking. The data from Speedo On is also compatible with Samsun…

Speedo On for Gear Sport and Gear Fit2 Pro provides enhanced swim tracking features

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Speedo is bringing its Speedo On swimming platform to Samsung’s wearable devices. The Speedo On app will be available on Samsung’s Gear Sport smartwatch and Gear Fit2 Pro wearable fitness tracker. Both wearable devices have been announced by Samsung today at its IFA 2017 press conference.The Speed On app is capable of measuring key swim metrics such as lap count, lap time and the type of stroke. It helps users incorporate their swim workouts in their personal fitness goals.All of the data that’s collected by Speedo On is compatible with Samsung’s S Health platform. It provides users with a broader picture of their overall health and wellness goals.The app provides users with an analysis of their swims and tracks their progress against their fitness goals. It also provides training programs, tips and advice tailored to the user. Speedo On adds a social dimension to swimming.It enables users to follow other swimmers, take part in challenges and share their achievements. The app enables …

New Gear IconX earbuds are more comfortable, can launch Bixby

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Samsung launched its Gear IconX activity tracking wireless earbuds last year. Samsung claimed that these cord-free lightweight earbuds provide a perfect fit with three different sizes of eartips and wingtips. We mentioned in our Gear IconX review that we love how they fit and feel in the ears, even though they weren’t fully ready for prime time.Samsung today announced its new Gear IconX cord-free earbuds. Not much has changed. The design has been slightly updated to make the earbuds more ergonomic and lightweight. Samsung says that they’re more secure and comfortable to use.The new Gear IconX measures 18.9 x 21.8 x 22.8 mm and weigh just 8 grams per earbud. There’s 4GB of internal storage. They connect via Bluetooth v4.2. The 82mAh battery promises a talk time of up to 4 hours and music playback time of up to 7 hours, quite a lot higher than the original IconX.The bundled charging case has a 340mAh battery and it provides one extra charge on the go. The Gear IconX is compatible with a…

Samsung launches the Gear Fit2 Pro fitness band once again

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It has been consistently rumored over the past couple of months that Samsung will launch a new fitness tracking band soon. The company actually published the official product page of the Gear Fit2 Pro ahead of schedule last week. The product page revealed all of the details about this device before it was eventually taken down.Samsung officially launched the Gear Fit2 Pro fitness band at its IFA 2017 press conference today. It’s an upgraded version of the Gear Fit 2 from last year with new smart features.The Gear Fit2 Pro measures 51mm x 25mm and weighs just 34 grams. It has a 1.5-inch AMOLED 216×432 pixel resolution touchscreen display. There’s a dual-core 1.0GHz processor under the hood with 512MB of RAM and 4GB of storage. It’s built to the MID-STD-810G durability standard and has a 200mAh battery.Swim tracking is the Gear Fit2 Pro’s biggest new feature. It’s water resistant up to 50 meters and provides swim tracking features courtesy of Speedo’s new app.The Gear Fit2 Pro is also c…

Samsung’s new Gear Sport smartwatch combines minimalistic design with military durability

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Samsung has unveiled a new smartwatch today at IFA 2017 in Berlin. The Gear Sport has a stylish and minimalistic circular design with a 1.2-inch Super AMOLED 360×360 display. The user interface has been improved so that it’s easier for users to view information on the go.The Gear Sport has been built to the MIL-STD-810G standard so it’s quite durable. This means that it can survive in extreme environments. It’s powered by a 1.0GHz dual-core processor coupled with 768MB of RAM and 4GB of internal storage.Samsung says that the Gear Sport is an ideal companion for swimmers. It’s certified for 5 ATM water resistance which means it can be submerged in up to 50 meters of water. Speedo’s new swimming training app called Speedo On is onboard to enable users to track key swim metrics such as lap time, lap count, stroke type and more.Samsung has also improved the heart rate monitoring functionality to provide real-time readings. The Gear Sport has automatic activity detection built-in. It can a…

Samsung's New, Enhanced Wearables – Gear Sport, Gear Fit2 Pro, Gear Icon X – Combine the Best in Smart Living, Fitness and Health

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BERLIN – August 30, 2017 – Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. today introduced three new devices to its industry leading wearable portfolio: Gear Sport, a sleek and versatile fitness-focused smartwatch that is water resistant; Gear Fit2 Pro, an upgraded GPS sports band with smart features; and Gear IconX, a second generation of the company’s groundbreaking cord-free earbuds. Samsung’s new Gear devices were designed to help consumers get the most out of their day, and help them live a healthy and well-balanced life.The new Gear devices assist with a range of activities – from robust fitness tracking to nutrition and sleep monitoring, as well as motivational coaching as a lifestyle companion. By introducing new smart capabilities and easy-to-use features, and by partnering with leading names in tech and fitness, Samsung is helping consumers go beyond fitness and accomplish big things.“At Samsung, we celebrate the everyday athlete – whether you’re going for a light jog, or training for your n…

Speedo and Samsung Make Waves with Partnership to Bring Industry-Leading Swim Tracking Capabilities to Gear Fit2 Pro and Gear Sport

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Partnership brings new level of swim tracking to consumers while strengthening Samsung’s innovations with WearablesBERLIN – August 30, 2017 –Samsung Electornics Co., Ltd. and Speedo International Ltd. are helping swimmers across the globe track their activity with access to Speedo’s best-in-class swimming platform, Speedo On. The Speedo On swim tracking app will be featured on Samsung’s new Gear Sport and Gear Fit2 Pro. Both devices are 5 ATM certified for water resistance in up to 50-meters of water. With instant access to Speedo On, the Gear Sport and Gear Fit2 Pro become the ideal companion for any swim.Samsung Gear Fit2 Pro in partnership with SpeedoThe Speedo On tracking app measures key swim metrics including lap count, lap time and stroke type to easily track and incorporate swim achievements into personal fitness goals. Paired with the two new devices, consumers have options for what works best to complement their activity needs in the water; Gear Sport is a sleek and stylish …

Samsung’s new Galaxy Tab A is going to be one for the kids

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We know that Samsung has a successor to the Galaxy Tab A 8.0 in the pipeline. The tablet was recently spotted at TENAA which means that it will also be launched in China. It’s going to be an entry-level tablet that will be geared towards kids.The Galaxy Tab A (2017) is going to be powered by a 1.4GHz Snapdragon 427 processor coupled with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage. External expansion via microSD will be possible. It will also feature an 8-megapixel rear and 5-megapixel front camera.It’s going to run Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box with Samsung’s new UX on top. The user manual of this tablet appeared online recently. It revealed that the Galaxy Tab A 8.0 (2017) is going to have Bixby Home. The user manual also revealed that the tablet is going to have 4G support.The demo material that we’ve seen for this tablet reveals that it’s going to be geared towards kids. The demo material details the tablet’s Kids Mode and the various games that it will come with.Samsung is yet to confirm …

Minor Samsung Gear S3 frontier update rolling out

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Samsung is rolling out a new software update to the Gear S3 frontier, with the update having a single new feature that should nevertheless be useful for a lot of users. The smartwatch now supports vibration notifications for third-party messaging apps, which means notifications in apps like WhatsApp should be even easier to notice. The latest Gear S3 frontier update (a small 7 MB download) is rolling out in the US and should be making its way to other regions in the near future.The Gear S3 frontier has seen regular support from Samsung, although the Korean giant did take its time fixing an S Voice issue that had been introduced to the smartwatch with a prior update. The latest update comes just as Samsung is gearing up to launch the Gear Sport at IFA, something the company had confirmed at the launch of the Galaxy Note 8. Hopefully, this support will continue even after the Gear S3’s successor goes on sale.The post Minor Samsung Gear S3 frontier update rolling out appeared first on Sa…

Galaxy Note 8 China launch expected on September 13

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Samsung’s market share in China has been decreasing over the past few quarters. It’s having to deal with intense competition from local manufacturers. The company will certainly be hoping to gain more ground with its new flagship smartphone.Samsung is yet to confirm when the Galaxy Note 8 China launch is going to take place. It will certainly launch its latest and greatest phablet in the world’s most lucrative smartphone market. Precisely when it does that remains to be seen.According to a new report, the Galaxy Note 8 China launch is going to take place on September 13. There’s no word on the pricing as yet. It’s likely going to cost the equivalent of almost $1,000 as it does in other markets.There have been rumors recently that Samsung might launch a cheaper version of the Galaxy Note 8 in China. The only major difference will be that it will have 4GB of RAM. This variant was spotted at China’s TENAA certification agency recently.The Galaxy Note 8 with 4GB of RAM is expected to cost…