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You can go ahead and add “hard as nails” to the Galaxy Note 8 pros list

The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is clearly one of the best smartphones of 2017. It’s packed with premium components, it offers unique and interesting functionality thanks to the inclusion of its S Pen stylus, and it’s also one tough cookie, as a recent JerryRigEverything durability test video has revealed.

The JerryRigEverything YouTube channel is famous for its smartphone stress tests, which puts handsets under a number of different intense circumstances to assess how strong they are. Samsung’s latest premium handset got the treatment yesterday and it stood up well in almost every category.

Particularly noteworthy is the bend test, which has seen many other large screen devices crack under the pressure, but the Galaxy Note 8 gets by unscathed, putting it among the most sturdy handsets to be released this year.

The glass on the front and rear of the Note 8 holds up like most of the competition. It’s protected by Gorilla Glass 5, the most recent and strongest version of Corning’s protective coating, and scratches only at Mohs’ hardness scale Level 6 and above. After taking a knife to its camera sensors (also covered by glass), the Note 8 also showed little signs of harm.

The only aspect of the front and rear of the phone to suffer any real damage under the knife was, somewhat unfortunately, the fingerprint sensor, which has been a sticking point for most critics. This is placed in a difficult-to-reach area at the top right of the rear of the device — as on the Galaxy S8 — so it was already out of favor. Still, the video host says that these scratches didn’t interfere with fingerprint sensor’s normal operation: it still worked as intended.

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Though the Note 8 wasn’t subjected to any water-based challenges, the device has IP68 certification for dust and water resistance, so here again, it’s technically on par with the rest of the modern flagships (this despite it having an additional hole to house the S Pen).

Overall, it’s positive news for Samsung, especially after the Galaxy Note 7‘s overheating issue last year which eventually sunk the device. Samsung needed to produce a Note 8 that was going to stay out of harm’s way, and it seems to have done just that.

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Sony Xperia XA1 pre-orders begin ahead of launch in the US for $300

After its official reveal in late February during the Mobile World Congress 2017 trade show, Sony will finally begin selling the mid-range Xperia XA1 smartphone in the US starting on Monday, May 1. Pre-orders have already started for the phone, which will be sold unlocked for $ 299.99. It’s also gone on sale in other parts of the world, including India.

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The phone has a 5-inch 720p display and will come with Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box. Inside, there is a 64-bit MediaTek Helio P20 octa-core processor running things, along with 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of on-board storage, with a microSD card that can support up to 256 GB of additional storage.

The rear camera is the star feature of the Sony Xperia XA1. It has a 23 MP 1/2.3-inch Exmor RS sensor with excellent low-light performance support, at ISO 6400. It also has a 24 mm wide-angle F2.0 lens. In addition, the phone has an 8 MP front-facing camera, and a 2,300 mAh battery, but lacks a fingerprint sensor.

The Sony Xperia XA1 will be sold on a number of retail websites, including Amazon, Best Buy, B&H Photo, Fry’s Electronics, and others, with color choices of white, black, pink, and gold. It will work with GSM networks like AT&T and T-Mobile, as well. Sony plans to launch the Xperia XA1 Ultra, with a larger 6-inch 1080p display, later this spring, along with its latest flagship device, the Xperia XZ Premium. Pricing for both of these phones have yet to be revealed.

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New Huawei handset images leak ahead of IFA announcement

Evan Blass (@evleaks) is back for one of his now-rare appearances, and this time the leakster is giving us a bit of information on what could be Huawei’s upcoming large-screen smartphone, as well as an image. Let’s take a look at it!


As you can see, this is a large-screen smartphone that looks to be the successor to the Huawei Ascend Mate series. It’s not yet verified if this is the branding the device will be released under, though. In fact, not much is revealed about this mysterious smartphone. All Evan Blass could tell us is that the device will be launching at IFA 2015, on September 2nd.

At first it was believed this smartphone would be a part of the D-series and feature Force Touch, but Blass later confirmed neither bits of information were correct, leaving us in the dark.

What we can capture from the image is that the new Huawei handset will come with a sizable display, a fingerprint reader on the back and what looks to be a full metal body. We had actually seen a leaked video of this phone before, but we couldn’t confirm its validity. I mean, even the branding in the back was off, but now that this image is around we can see a huge resemblance.

Maybe the weird brand in the video is just being kept as a place-holder, something Huawei has been known to do in the past. Just remember all this information is unofficial, so don’t hold your breath on the image, the video or any of this information just yet.

We are sure more leaks and rumors will show up before IFA, so keep it tuned to the Android Authority home page for more details to come. Also, you can be sure we will be in Berlin covering all the goodies, so you will hear from us as soon as this phone goes official (if it does).

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Mad Catz announces the S.U.R.F.R. and L.Y.N.X. 3 game controllers ahead of MWC 2015


Mad Catz, the creators of the M.O.J.O. micro-console, have just announced two new gaming controllers ahead of Mobile World Congress 2015. First up on the list is the S.U.R.F.R., and it’s a bit toned-down from other controllers we’ve seen from the company in the past. Slated as the “ultimate multimedia surfer and gaming controller”, the S.U.R.F.R. aims to make your life easier thanks to its full QWERTY keyboard and mouse pointer input.

It’ll connect to any Android device, including smartphones, Android TV devices, PCs and a handful of others. The controller features dual analog sticks, shoulder buttons, action buttons and a d-pad. If you’re playing a game that’s particularly difficult, the controller even has extendable grips on either side to help you hold on.

Like I said earlier, the S.U.R.F.R. features a more toned-down design than we’re used to seeing from the company. The S.U.R.F.R. seems comfortable and functional, and that’s all we could as for in a controller. It will be available in White, Red and Black for $ 79.99. There’s no exact date for the controller’s release, but the company estimates it will launch sometime around May.

Lynx 3

Next up on the list is the L.Y.N.X. 3 gaming controller, the “L.Y.N.X.9’s lil’ bro.” Remember the crazy, futuristic-looking controller announced by the company back at CES 2015? That was the L.Y.N.X. 9, and the L.Y.N.X. 3 aims to be the more affordable version of that. Just like the other gaming controllers, this one can connect to a slew of different Android-powered devices. It has a fold-out design, two joy sticks, a d-pad, ABXY buttons and two shoulder buttons. But unlike the L.Y.N.X. 9, this new model gets rid of the keyboard and tablet dock in the middle, allowing for a more compact, lighter experience. It will be available for $ 69.99 and will launch in May.

Both of these gaming controllers will be shown off at MWC 2015. Are you interested in either the S.U.R.F.R. or the L.Y.N.X. 3?

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Samsung’s tough year ahead

A fresh new year is already well underway. CES is in the rear view mirror. MWC is on the horizon. Samsung has a tough challenge ahead to arrest its slump in profits and maintain its dominance of the smartphone industry. Can it cope with Chinese competition and falling prices? Can a combination of brand power and innovation help a slimmed down Samsung soar to new heights? One thing’s for sure – there’s a lot at stake this year for Samsung.

A year to forget

It’s tough at the top. The weight of expectation is enormous. The new narrative in town is that Samsung is in trouble. We heard that Samsung sold 40% fewer Galaxy S5s than expected. Mobile sales for Samsung hit a peak in Q3 of 2013 and they’ve been steadily declining since then and so, consequently, have profits.

Samsung Q3 2014 Profit

A couple of major trends have hit Samsung hard. Commoditization is driving the average selling price of smartphones down. Developed markets in Europe, the US, Japan and South Korea are saturated. The growth is in emerging markets like China, India, and Brazil.

Samsung is being significantly undercut by a wave of Chinese manufacturers that includes Xiaomi, Lenovo, and Huawei. Samsung is spending more on marketing and R&D, but charging less for its smartphones. Even Samsung’s South Korean compatriot, LG, is selling its flagship smartphones for less. To sum it up simply, the competition is getting tougher. We took a look at this in Samsung is falling, but who is rising?

How bad are things for Samsung really?

There’s plenty of room for Samsung to arrest the decline and it will maintain its dominant position for quite some time even if the downward trend does continue.

Let’s not get carried away here. Samsung generated $ 4 billion net profit in the third quarter of 2014 and it estimates the fourth quarter will be worth $ 4.5 billion. That doesn’t sound like a company in free fall. It’s more than Google made, and to put it in perspective, the ascendant LG’s net profit for the same period was $ 193 million.

According to Gartner Samsung sold 24.4% of all the smartphones sold worldwide in the third quarter of 2014, down from its all-time high of 32.1% for the same quarter in 2013. Apple was a distant second on 12.7% and then came Huawei (5.3%), Xiaomi (5.2%), and Lenovo (5%).

There’s plenty of room for Samsung to arrest the decline and it will maintain its dominant position for quite some time even if the downward trend does continue. But there’s also a dawning reality that the days of bumper profits from Android smartphones may be over. Everyone is already looking to the next new must-have category and most are betting big on wearables.

Cutting the dead wood

Failing to react to a slump will kill you. If that narrative about Samsung in trouble continues to gather pace it could become a self-fulfilling prophecy. The stock market is a confidence game. A continuous stream of negative articles about any company is going to impact consumers eventually. Just ask RIM and Nokia.

There are signs that Samsung is taking it seriously and addressing major criticisms.

Some of these moves are clearly designed to answer critics. Samsung has long been criticized for its throw-everything-at-the-wall-and-see-what-sticks approach to smartphone lines. The fact it doesn’t use premium materials in its flagships, preferring plastic, has garnered much derision. Complaints about the poor quality and bloated nature of its software and services have followed Samsung around like a bad smell.

Samsung Galaxy S5 Touchwiz 2

These are issues that have loomed large in the tech press, on forums, and in comment sections. If we’re really honest about it, there’s no evidence that the general phone-buying public cares about these things. After all, Samsung just beat Apple for consumer satisfaction according to the American Consumer Satisfaction Index.

Are these the right moves?

It makes sense for Samsung to scale back on software and services. It has failed to gain traction here. Why throw good money after bad? People are not going to buy into a Samsung ecosystem and there’s no way the company can afford to lose Google services that it can’t hope to match.

Tizen is being aimed at the budget market and possibly new device categories, it’s not a competitor for Android, as evidenced by the news it will support some Android apps. Maybe it will in the future, but that’s a distant prospect right now.

If Samsung does scale back TouchWiz and start producing premium metallic designs will it win over critics?

If Samsung does scale back TouchWiz and start producing premium metallic designs will it win over critics? Will people applaud it for scaling back its product lines? We’ll have to wait and see. The Galaxy S6 is obviously going to be key.

For all the criticism Samsung gets about copying, people forget that it significantly outspends the competition on research and development. It may not have created the phablet category, but it certainly popularized it with the Note line. The Galaxy Note Edge was one of the few glimmers of originality in the smartphone market last year.

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If Samsung can come up with a gorgeous premium design, optimize that software, and offer something innovative into the bargain, then it can turn the current perception around. But it’s a big ask to pull off the complete package in the forthcoming S6.

Check out our Galaxy S6 rumor roundup for all the latest speculation.

Is the budget battle worth fighting?

Going toe to toe at the budget end could prove tougher. Should Samsung even try to do it? Does it have to? Samsung exec Robert Yi was recently quoted on Xiaomi saying, “They are a mysterious entity. I don’t know where they create profit.” The truth is Samsung can’t match low prices and continue to spend big on R&D and marketing or the margin will be squeezed and squeezed. There’s a reason that Apple doesn’t compete in the budget market. Maybe Samsung should focus on the premium end of the market and seek out pastures new in wearables instead.

What do you predict for Samsung this year? Would you give it another chance if the S6 impressed you? Are you engaging in schadenfreude over the downward trend, or do you hope the company will return to form?

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