The Samsung Dex is a tiny new smartphone dock that wades carefully toward a world in which smartphones serve as our primary computers. It’s about the size of a hockey puck, and when the Galaxy S8, a monitor, and a Bluetooth keyboard and mouse are connected, the Dex turns the phone into a surprisingly functional desktop. The idea is that instead of lugging a laptop around everywhere, you might just take your phone and drop it into a dock at home, the office, and so on.
The concept of docking a smartphone and turning it into a fully functional PC is an ambitious dream that has failed spectacularly many times in the past.
Samsung’s next Galaxy S devices are bow available in the form of the S8 and the S8+. The big question is, how do they compare to their competition?
Here is the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus stacked up against the Pixel and Pixel XL. You can also read our separate features on how they compare to the LG G6, as well as how they compare to their predecessors, the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge.
At Mobile World Congress, Samsung debuted its Galaxy Book, a power tablet running Windows 10 with a snap-on keyboard that looked to improve on Huawei’s Matebook.
Despite promising specs and integration of the device giant’s new S Pen peripheral, it wasn’t clear when the tablet would be released. But with little notice, Samsung announced that the LTE model of the Book will hit Verizon Wireless stores on April 21st, with WiFi versions coming to general retailers on May 21st.
Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus were announced at the end of March, bringing two new fabulous flagships to the smartphone party. How do they compare to their competition though?
We’ve put them up against the LG G6, the Pixels and the iPhone 7 in previous features but here we are looking at how the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus compare to the Apple iPhone 7 Plus.
The screen on at least one version of Apple’s upcoming iPhone will be curved in some way — if you believe a new report that claims Apple has ordered 70 million OLED screens from Samsung.
Nikkei Asian Review, who published the report Tuesday citing sources close to Apple’s supply chain, has no other details about the order, but says the screens will be used in a phone.
Apple is rumored to be launching three new iPhones this fall: Two with a regular, LCD screen, and a “premium” variant that will have a curved OLED screen. Judging by the size of this order, Apple expects this version — which is also rumored to be pricier than usual — to sell well.
We’re less than a month away from getting our first official look at Samsung’s upcoming flagship phone. Evleaks has something for those who can’t wait till then, though: a clear computer render that shows a device that looks like the previous leaked images of the Galaxy S8 and S8+. The phone in the photo has a wraparound display that takes up almost the whole front side and shows March 29th as the current date — the same day Samsung is launching the S8 phones.
Evleaks, who has a good track record when it comes to rumors and leaks, didn’t tweet more details with the image
Moving beyond smartphones, laptops, and accessories, Chinese technology giant Xiaomi made a foray into the processor business, joining companies such as Apple and Samsung that use self-designed processors in their smartphones.
On Tuesday, Xiaomi announced the much-anticipated Surge S1, the first SoC (system-on-chip) it has built with Beijing Pinecone Electronics, a company it owns.
The Surge S1 is a mid-range SoC, which Xiaomi is positioning as a competitor to Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 625, and MediaTek’s P20 and P10. In a slideshow with benchmark data of all the aforementioned chips, Xiaomi claimed that its processor topped performance.
Phone leaker extraordinaire Evan “Evleaks” Blass is back with another doozy. The VentureBeat reporter has published a mostly full spec sheet for Samsung’s Galaxy S8+, an all but inevitable upgrade to last year’s Galaxy S7 Edge. We’re in rumor territory here, so take the following tidbits with a generous grain of salt. (Blass has a stellar track record, however.)
The headline-grabbing component is a 6.2-inch display, which would dwarf even the (now sadly retired) Galaxy Note 7. That enormous, “Quad HD+” Super AMOLED panel should be helped by the phone’s chassis, however, which has been shown to have super-slim bezels in previous leaks.
Samsung will exhibit four new augmented and virtual reality projects out of the C-Lab program at this year’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. C-Lab or Creative Lab is the chaebol’s in-house initiative that gives employees time off to work on their most innovative ideas. For instance, the first of the four exhibits is Relúmĭno — a visual aid app for the Gear VR that can help visually impaired people watch TV and read again “with new levels of clarity.” The app does that by enhancing visuals, repositioning images to get rid of blind spots and correcting images that appear distorted for people with metamorphopsia.
The next exhibit is called Monitorless, which is a pair of ordinary-looking glasses that can replace PC and smartphone monitors that you can see in the image above.
Samsung is expected to announce its new flagship Galaxy S smartphones at the end of March, followed by their purported release around mid-April.
The two devices, which are being called the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus, have been the subject of plenty of leaks over the last couple of months however, so while we still have a few weeks to wait for the official details, we can make a few guesses as to what is likely to appear.
Based on the speculation and rumours, here is how the Galaxy S8 Plus looks like it will compare to the Galaxy S7 edge. You can also read our separate feature on how the Galaxy S8 could compare to the Galaxy S7.