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Is Samsung about to release a Star Wars: The Last Jedi-themed Note 8?

Hollywood’s winter blockbuster season is almost upon us and this year’s slate is dominated by the next installment in a certain sci-fi franchise set in a galaxy far, far away.

As expected, Disney is already lining store shelves with Star Wars: The Last Jedi merchandise in time for the holidays (really though, who could possibly say no to a Porg cuddly toy?), and now it seems like Samsung is also looking to cash-in on the hype with a limited edition Galaxy Note 8 with exclusive Star Wars-themed features.

The rumor stems from an image shared by Chinese leaker “Ice Universe” which shows a standard-looking Note 8 sporting wallpaper featuring the series’ spherical droid, BB-8. Other than that, there’s very little to go on and the alleged device doesn’t appear to carry any other Star Wars-related branding or design quirks.

While we’ll have to wait for an official announcement to be sure, it wouldn’t be that surprising to see Samsung embracing the ways of the force with a special edition phone, as the South Korean giant has worked with Disney on a number of similar projects in recent years.

Most recently, Samsung released a fairly bland Pirates of the Caribbean-themed Galaxy S8 in China, but its partnership with the House of Mouse was at its best in 2015 with the launch of the stunning Iron Man Galaxy S6 Edge.

If there is a Star Wars Note 8 on the horizon I really hope it isn’t as dull as just a regular Note 8 with a bunch of branded wallpapers and ringtones. There’s an S-Pen right there that’s just begging to be turned into a glowing lightsaber. Come on, Samsung.

As the folks at SamMobile note though, the appearance of BB-8 may just have been Samsung’s cheeky way of advertising its new artificial intelligence platform as the logo for Bixby can be spotted alongside the render. Little is know about the system, which appears to be dubbed Galaxy AI UX, early speculation suggests it could make its debut on the Galaxy S9.

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Get a free Gear VR or DeX with a Galaxy S8 or Note 8 purchase from Samsung

As flagship phone prices continue to inch up, manufacturers are trying to find ways to keep customers opening up their wallets. One common way is to offer a bonus when you purchase your phone. That could be a prepaid card that has a few hundred dollars on it, a microSD card or other accessory, or even a free HD TV

Samsung is back with another promotion when you pick up a Samsung Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8 Plus, Galaxy S8 Active, or Galaxy Note 8 you’ll be eligible for a free DeX Station or Gear VR. There’s always some fine print with promotions like this, so let’s go through it.

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You have to order your device from Samsung.com (links below) or the Shop Samsung app to claim your freebie.  The free gifts will automatically be added to your cart and discounted to $ 0. This means you must decide on which gift you want at the time of purchase. The nice thing about this process is that you don’t have to submit any receipts or proof of purchase like other promotions.

If you return your phone, you’ve got to send your free gift back too. If you don’t, Sammy will charge your original form of payment. This deal can’t be combined with any other promotion and you only have until 11/18/17 to take advantage of it.

If this deal isn’t in your wheelhouse but you want to get a Note 8, T-Mobile has dropped the price by $ 130 and Samsung is offering a $ 200 Samsung Pay promotional credit when you pick up the phone at T-Mobile. You can find out more about the promotion here

What do you think? Is a free Dex Station or Gear VR enough to entice you to buy? Let us know down in the comments.  

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Google Pixel 2 XL vs Samsung Galaxy Note 8: The flagship battle

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Google just unwrapped its latest flagship and it’s only natural to wonder how it compares to the other big phones of the year. At $ 849 for the Pixel 2 XL, it’s definitely on the pricey side of the smartphone market and for less than $ 100 more, you can nab yourself Samsung’s latest flagship, the Galaxy Note 8.

Both devices have a lot to offer and appeal largely to different types of customers, but how do they stack up? Which device is the best and most worthy of your money? Let’s find out!

The Pixel 2 XL follows the trend of other ultra-premium flagships in 2017, sporting a taller aspect ratio display with smaller bezels. It’s bezels aren’t nearly as small as those on the Note 8, though. The Pixel 2 XL features a 6-inch pOLED QHD display with a 2880×1440 pixel resolution. It has front facing speakers at the top and bottom, and slight bezels on either side of the screen.

The Galaxy Note 8 brings a 6.3-inch QHD Super AMOLED display. It’s got a slightly lower pixel density, but the curved screen means it has a similarly-sized overall footprint. The Galaxy Note 8 only has a single speaker at the bottom, but also has a 3.5mm headphone jack, which Google left out of the Pixel 2 XL. Google includes a 3.5mm headphone jack to USB-C adapter in the box, so people with older headphones won’t have to spring for a new pair. The big question here is whether you’d rather have native support for a headphone jack, or dual front facing stereo speakers.

Both devices also support Always-On Display technology. The Galaxy Note 8 Always-On Display features shortcuts to apps, icons for your latest notifications, music controls and the ability to pin a screen off memo from the S-Pen. Meanwhile, the Pixel 2 Always-On Display is a little more understated with a fairly standard experience accompanied by the Now playing feature, which allows you to see what song is playing at any given time at a glance.

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As with any flagship smartphone in 2017, the Pixel 2 XL comes with a flagship specs list. This includes being powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor with an Adreno 530 GPU, 4 GB of RAM and either 64 GB or 128 GB of storage. The Galaxy Note 8 has the same processing package but increases the RAM to 6 GB and offers 256 GB of storage instead of 128 GB. Both devices also have IP67 dust and water resistance, but the Galaxy Note 8 also comes with other useful extra likes wireless charging and a microSD card slot for expandable storage.

On the back is where you’ll find one of the biggest differences between the two. The Galaxy Note 8 is Samsung’s first attempt at the dual camera. It incorporates two 12MP sensors with an f/1.7 aperture on the wide-angle lens, and an f/2.4 aperture on the telephoto lens. There’s also OIS in both lenses, which is a first for smartphone cameras. You can use the dual cameras to add bokeh to your shots.

The Pixel 2 XL’s front-facing speakers mean its bezels aren’t nearly as thin as the Galaxy Note 8.

The Pixel 2 XL takes a different approach and with it, Google is signaling to the world that a single camera can do the same job as two. The rear camera is a 12.2MP sensor with f/1.8 aperture and OIS, but the stand out feature is Portrait Mode. While every other smartphone OEM needs two cameras to achieve this, Google is able to achieve this by using one lens, dual pixel cameras, and its powerful machine learning algorithms.

The original Pixel XL had what was arguably the best camera of 2016, and with a record-high DxO Mark score of 98, Google’s new flagships could have the best smartphone cameras ever. Of course, the real proof will come once we put these smartphones head to head so stay tuned for that before the end of the month.

As you might have expected, the Pixel 2 XL runs Android Oreo out of the box, while the Note 8 launched with Nougat and will be updated to Android Marshmallow in the near future. Google’s version of Oreo brings a mostly stock experience, with a redesigned Pixel launcher, notification dots, native picture-in-picture and a whole lot more.

The Pixel 2 XL uses machine learning and dual pixels to achieve bokeh effects with only one lens.

The Pixel 2 is the first Android smartphone with Google Lens, which uses machine learning to give you information about anything you point the camera at. It’s similar to Samsung’s Bixby Vision, but being linked to the world’s largest search engine will probably increase usability. The Pixel 2 XL also comes with the new Active Edge feature that lets you squeeze the edge of the phone, like the HTC U11’s Squeeze feature, as an easy way to launch Google Assistant.

The Galaxy Note 8 comes with Samsung’s software experience on top of Android 7.1.1 Nougat. The standout feature of this phone is the S Pen which can be used to jot down notes, create drawings, translate sentences, and more. The S-Pen brings a few tweaks over last year like being able to save screen off memos that are up to 100 pages long, send gif-like live messages, and more.


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Which smartphone would you choose between the Google Pixel 2 XL and the Samsung Galaxy Note 8? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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Using Samsung DeX as a PC for a week – can you really leave your computer behind?

Maybe I’m a tech masochist with a passion for frustration and struggles, but somehow I always find myself volunteering for these sorts of experiments – the kind you never really expect to work out as advertized. I’ve tried replacing a PC with a Chromebook, an Android tablet and even an iPad. So when Samsung said the Galaxy Note 8, and the S8 before it, can be combined with DeX to “leave your computer behind”, I just had to find out if it’s true.

Thus I found myself packing my powerful gaming laptop away and putting the Samsung DeX through its paces. I spent a week doing all my computer work with it. Every single bit; from emails to photo editing. Now it’s time to tell you whether I am happy to go back to a regular computer or not.

What is Samsung DeX?

Let’s start by getting you caught up with Samsung’s new toy. The DeX Station is an optional $ 149.99 accessory that can harness the power of the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Note 8 to offer a desktop-optimized version of Android. It comes with a couple of USB ports, a LAN port, USB Type-C for charging and an HDMI connection. Slide the top lid back and you will be presented with a USB Type-C male connector for docking your smartphone.

Once you’ve hooked the device to a monitor, keyboard and mouse, it becomes an Android PC. Of sorts. But don’t mistake the experience for an over-sized Android one. The UI offers multi-window support, a PC-like dock, optimized shortcuts and access to every app/file/function within your smartphone. Pretty neat idea, but is it worth it? Let’s find out.

Design & function

The DeX Station is simple and clean. Its minimal circular shape and slide-back lid make it a nice base for showcasing your smartphone, especially considering all cables and ports are hidden away in the back. Take some time setting it up and it will blend into any environment perfectly. This is great, because you don’t need to look at your phone at all when docked; the screen turns off and becomes inoperable.

The downside? This thing is a station, as in stationary. Essentially, it turns your phone into a desktop computer, a device you would “leave behind” anyways. Sure, it might be a good alternative for those who currently carry around full PCs from place to place – but who does that?

And those who use laptops as a daily driver will actually lose portability rather than gain it, as the DeX dock needs to be hooked up to an outlet, monitor, keyboard and mouse to work. How often do you find those lying around in cafes? DeX is really only one small piece of a much larger equipment puzzle, pretty much torpedoing the benefit of its being small and portable. And if it’s only really useful in one place with all its peripherals at hand, why not just use your regular PC?

That point aside, when you are setting DeX up, make sure you get your keyboard and mouse set up before anything else, especially if you will be using Bluetooth for any of your peripherals. Because you will have a hard time connecting these to your Galaxy S8 once the phone is docked, as the screen goes dead.

Now, the story would be completely different if there was a laptop dock, but that is a whole other topic we can’t get into here. As it currently stands, the DeX station will do just that… stand. It is not for the mobile warrior. Hence, the only way I see this working is if the user can survive with only using a phone, but could still benefit from a PC-like experience when in reach of a monitor and PC peripherals (like at home). But we can’t pretend that is going to be the case for many users. Most folks with no real need for a full PC are hardly going to be buying into a smartphone-based PC replacement solution, which begs the question: who is DeX really targeted at?


Assuming you’ve taken the leap of faith DeX requires, the execution isn’t half bad. From processing to files and apps, the whole experience is powered by our Samsung Galaxy S8 or Note 8. This smartphone is the brain and guts, which means you would essentially be running Android 7.0 Nougat, at least until the better peripheral support of Android Oreo arrives. Now, this is not like using an over-sized tablet (that is no way to live, trust me). Instead, Samsung has optimized the UI to look and operate more like a PC would. Seems like no easy feat, right?

General UI

The main desktop looks much like Windows’, automatically making most users feel at home. There are 3 main buttons in the bottom-left corner: All Apps, Recent Apps and Home. Next to them are a series of customizable pinned applications. Settings and notifications can be found in the lower-right corner of the screen.

I mean, throw a search area in there and you pretty much have a Windows taskbar, right? The desktop area doesn’t have to be empty either. You can throw commonly used apps in there (much like pinned programs).

App selection and optimization

If you are to replace a full PC operating system with a mobile one, I would say Android is your best bet. It can be customized to your will. But most importantly, the nearly three million Android applications available from the Google Play Store are at your full disposal.

Now, how well do all these millions of apps function when you have to work with a mouse, no touch screen and a large computer monitor? It’s a very different story to the small screen experience in your pocket, and the truth is it depends. Samsung did partner with some developers to get some applications optimized for DeX, but they are not many. The good news is that the majority of apps you’d want to use with DeX are DeX-optimized though.

The good news? Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint are in there! Those are definitely among the most popular apps and they work amazingly with DeX. You do need an Office 365 subscription to use them, though. I am also a fan of the Skype app, which was made to look much like the desktop version.

It was also great being able to use Photo Editor MG, but I did prefer the regular Adobe Photoshop Lightroom app from the Google Play Store. It already works very well with tablets, which translates well to desktop mode in this case. This is not always the case, though, which takes us to the next topic – app discrepancies.

Discrepancies and inconsistencies

Because most applications are optimized for mobile consumption and touch controls, things can get pretty awkward when trying to use them with DeX.

Dragging and using gestures is very common in Android, but this becomes a very non-intuitive experience when using a large monitor and a mouse. Samsung made an effort to make this fact known; you will often get a notification saying “some functions in apps are not supported by Samsung DeX”. Then there are apps like Amazon Shopping, which straight up won’t open.

Because all apps are made differently, there are plenty of inconsistencies. I hate the fact that in some messaging apps you can press enter to send, while this is impossible with others (e.g. Facebook Messenger). Having to use your mouse every time you send a message is annoying as hell. It may seem like a small thing, but it’s the kind of small thing that’s very noticeable in a desktop-like environment.

There is also the size factor. Some apps could be turned to landscape mode, while others were restrained to portrait. Then you have to deal with the fact that most can’t really be resized or expanded to full-screen mode. I found that it was much more convenient to use Chrome for all these services, which is what you would most likely do in a PC, anyways.

Messing with browser windows and tabs worked great though. I was able to open multiple windows and organize them around my desktop in true multi-tasking manner. But though this was the best route, I can’t exactly say it was a smooth ride either.

The Android Chrome app automatically chooses mobile sites, and there is no way to default to desktop versions. Basically, every time you open a tab you will have to go into the settings and hit “Request desktop site”. From then on, that tab will stick with full websites, but you will have to request a desktop site again for any new tabs. It’s an inconvenience, but until there is an option to always request desktop sites you will pretty much have to deal with it.

I also came across a few glitches. When using WordPress, for example, the whole page would resize when hovering over certain links. Sometimes I would have trouble scrolling (especially within Facebook). There were little things here and there. Not enough to exactly break the deal, but enough to become an annoyance. Again, for a non-PC user, these might be acceptable in a DeX-only world, but if you already have a PC or laptop laying around, you’d be much more likely to just use that.

Gaming and multimedia

Following the launch of the Galaxy Note 8, Samsung has introduced a few new features to the DeX experience. There’s now a full screen option for a bunch more games and a selection of other applications. To activate it, you’ll need to be using Samsung’s Game Launcher software, but once you’re in you’ll find games like Vainglory optimized for a traditional keyboard and mouse setup.

Other multimedia tasks have received some upgrades too. On the app side, Lightroom photo editing software now works in fullscreen. Meeting and video conferencing customers using Zoom, Meeting, or BlueJeans can display an extra display to callers, which can be edited in real time.

Regular phone functions

For all intents and purposes, your phone has officially become your computer with DeX. This leaves people wondering what is going to happen with regular phone functions? You have access to all your apps and services, so this means you get the same notifications and can react to them just as you would when using the actual smartphone.

The one thing that is annoying is answering calls. The screen goes dead when docked, meaning you have to fumble between the phone and the desktop set-up to choose which answering method you prefer. It’s possible to use physical speakers to make the call, or answer and then take the phone out of the dock. You don’t have to wait for the Galaxy S8 to switch from DeX to phone mode; the conversation can start right away, even as the phone is switching. Alternatively, one can set up a headset for calls.

Can you replace a PC with Samsung DeX?

So, can this little hub really take over your laptop or desktop PC tower? It certainly won’t for everyone, but some people could get away with it. I will say one thing – I have tried to replace my PC with multiple mobile devices in the past and so far Samsung DeX has gotten the closest to accomplishing this.

But that is not to say the experience is flawless. Remember: this is powered by a mobile device with software designed for smaller screens and touch displays. Regardless of how much Samsung tries to make the experience seamless, some things will get lost in the translation between mobile and stationary ecosystems. Things might change with Oreo to some degree, but that’s still a ways off for Samsung.

Using Android apps with DeX proved to be very inconsistent most of the time, and reliability is an important factor, but I believe Samsung did its best in this department.

It’s just hard to keep applications working smoothly when they are all made by different developers and for varying purposes. These are smartphone/tablet apps, after all. The few DeX-optimized apps available worked perfectly, though.

My biggest gripe was definitely the lack of portability. You can’t realistically use DeX on-the-go. For starters, it needs to be plugged to a wall socket. Then, you have to factor in the fact that it works with a monitor, keyboard and mouse.

None of that makes me believe you can really “leave your computer behind”. The DeX station is, by design, the thing one would leave behind, not the thing that replaces it. Unless you plan on bringing your whole desktop set-up around. So until Starbucks starts providing DeX areas along with their overpriced coffee, DeX really only has a home or office-based scope.

I could realistically only leave my real PC behind if I settled on using my phone for everything. While I do see some users taking advantage of this, most folks require more power from their desktops. People who use their mobile devices for literally everything could definitely benefit from large-screen desktop browsing and Word editing though. DeX could be great for this, and the fact that all your apps, services and files are in one device makes the transition as convenient as can be. But DeX replaces only a small fraction of what a PC offers.

In short, Samsung DeX is not a PC replacement, it’s a smartphone enhancement. So you better still plan on taking that laptop with you if you require some serious computing power.

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Samsung Galaxy S8 International Giveaway!

Welcome to the Sunday Giveaway, the place where we giveaway a new Android phone each and every Sunday!

A big congratulations to last week’s winner of the OnePlus 5 International Giveaway: Radu N. (Romania).

This week we are giving away a brand new Samsung Galaxy S8 courtesy of the AA App for Android!

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The Samsung Galaxy S8 features a beautiful 18.5:9 Infinity Display, the powerful Snapdragon 835 processor, 4 GB of RAM, a 3,000 mAh battery, as well as a super impressive 12 MP rear-facing camera with an f/1.7 aperture. One of the standout features on the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus this year is Bixby, Samsung’s new AI assistant that even has its own hardware button. As an added bonus, the S8 ships with a solid pair of AKG earbuds.

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Update: Samsung Galaxy S8 Active render gives us a better look at the rugged flagship

Update (7/30): We may already have a pretty big list of leaked Galaxy S8 Active specifications, but now, thanks to a new press render revealed by @evleaks, we’re getting a much better look at the upcoming rugged device.

As you can see in the tweet below, the device looks to feature one of Samsung’s new 18.5:9 aspect ratio displays, complete with rounded corners. What’s notably absent, however, are the curved edges on the left and right sides of the screen. This makes the device’s front panel almost look like an LG G6.

Original post (7/28): Photos of the rumored Samsung Galaxy S8 Active leaked only a few days ago, so we already have some idea of what it will look like. Now, more images have popped up online, potentially revealing the key specs of the device.

What appear to be leaked Samsung slides appeared on Chinese social media website Weibo (via fonearena) earlier today, and they look legit. The S8 Active would sport a 5.8-inch shatter resistant display with 18.5:9 aspect ratio and 2960 x 1440-pixel resolution. It would not, however, be curved on the sides like the one on the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus (as the earlier photos had also indicated).

The images also suggest that the unit would be powered by the Snapdragon 835 chipset and come with 4 GB of RAM. Other details include a 12 MP primary camera, an 8 MP selfie snapper, 64 GB of internal storage, Android Nougat, and the same awkwardly positioned fingerprint scanner as found on the back of the S8 (it’s off-center, next to the camera).

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Of course, there are also a few differences between the Galaxy S8 Active and the standard version of the device. The leak reveals that the Active model will have a bigger battery with 4,000 mAh capacity, a full 1,000 mAh larger than the battery in the Galaxy S8. In addition, the device would be slightly larger and heavier: coming in at 152.14 x 74.9 x 9.9 mm and weighing 207 grams, compared to 148.9 x 68.1 x 8 mm and 155 grams.

True to series tradition, the Galaxy S8 Active is anticipated to be a far more rugged variant of Samsung’s regular flagship as well. The device should be able to take a beating thanks to MIL-STD 810G standard protection and polymer bumpers on all four corners. Just like the other two Galaxy S8 smartphones, it would also sport an IP68 rating, which means it could survive under 1.5 meters of water for a period of 30 minutes. You can check out all the leaked images that show us the specs of the device in the gallery below.

When it comes to colors, the Galaxy S8 Active is said to arriving in Meteor Gray and Titanium Gold. There’s no word on exactly when it will be released, but given how much has already been leaked, a reveal should be just around the corner. Like its predecessors, expect it to be another AT&T exclusive.

What do you think about the Galaxy S8 Active? Would you consider getting it? Let us know in the comments.

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Samsung Galaxy S8 nav bar update to reduce screen burn-in?

Samsung has been rolling out Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus updates recently with Bixby improvements and fixes for SD card related issues. The South Korean manufacturer has also just started to roll out the June security patches in Europe and India, and with these comes an update to the navigation bar settings that might not please everyone.

According to SamMobile, the update removes the RGB scale for the navigation bar color, and replaces it with light color shades only. This not only restricts the breadth of color options available, but also means you can no longer select a pure black navigation bar (though there are reports that you can work around this by using a black theme).

The black navigation bar background is the default on most Android handsets, so it’s often the go-to choice for those who don’t want the nav bar to stand out. It’s not clear why Samsung has changed the options for this, but it’s possibly connected to burn-in fears.

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OLED screens don’t use powered pixels to create the black color on a display; instead, black pixels are simply pixels that are switched off. This means that activated pixels — that is, the non-black pixels on a display — degrade at a faster rate.

In extreme cases, this can lead to certain parts of the screen becoming lighter than the rest of the display — what we typically refer to as burn-in. Samsung’s new change may be intended to avoid this issue on its phones, something we’ve already seen with the constantly-shifting home button. (You can read more about the Galaxy S8 and screen burn-in here.)

Weight is also given to this notion by another part of the update: Samsung now provides users with an option to hide the nav bar completely. This is thanks to a new setting in the nav bar menu, and it means you no longer have to use this workaround to achieve the same thing.

This update should be rolling out in the US within the coming weeks; what are your thoughts on the changes? Let us know in the comments.

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Deal: Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 available for $499.99 ($100-off), keyboard cover also on sale

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S3, which was announced at MWC 2017 back in February, is currently on sale. You can get $ 100 off the tablet or a little bit more depending on where you buy it. Amazon is offering the best deal, as it’s selling it for exactly $ 491.22, but you can also get the device, which normally retails for $ 599.99, from Samsung and Best Buy for $ 499.99.

Additionally, all three retailers are offering a big discount on the keyboard cover for the Galaxy Tab S3. The regular price is $ 129.99, but you can get your hands on it for $ 64.99 during the sale. This means you can get the tablet and the keyboard cover for as low as $ 556.21, which is $ 173.77 off the regular retail price — $ 729.98.

The high-end device can be yours in either the silver or black color option and will be shipped to your address for free. As a refresher, the Galaxy Tab S3 sports a 9.7-inch Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 2,048 x 1,536 pixels. You’ll find the Snapdragon 820 chipset under the hood along with 4 GB of RAM. There’s 32 GB of storage available, which you are able to expand for an additional 256 GB with a microSD card.

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The tablet features a 13 MP primary camera with an f/1.9 aperture, autofocus, and LED flash and is also equipped with a selfie snapper that has a 5 MP sensor. It packs a 6,000 mAh battery, has quad speakers, and runs Android 7.0 Nougat with Samsung’s custom user interface on top. Also, the popular S Pen is included in the retail box. To learn more, check out our review of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S3.

Those of you interested can order the Galaxy Tab S3 via a button below. According to Samsung’s website, it is available until June 17.

And if you’re looking for a high-end tablet that’s a little bit more affordable than the Galaxy Tab S3, Samsung and Best Buy are also offering the Galaxy Tab S2 (9.7-inch model) for $ 399.99, which is $ 100 off its list price.

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Samsung Galaxy J5 (2017) pops up on Amazon, might be announced today

Last week, a German retailer listed the upcoming Samsung Galaxy J5 (2017) on its website. In addition to the specs, the listing also revealed that the smartphone will be released on June 22. Now, Samsung’s upcoming device has been spotted on Amazon France, hinting that it might be officially announced today.

The Amazon listing, which was taken down quite fast for some reason, featured a few images of the Galaxy J5 (you can see one above) that shows the June 5 date on the smartphone’s screen. This just might mean that Samsung will officially take the wraps off the device today, although it hasn’t been confirmed yet. If the listing is legit, the Galaxy J5 will be available in gold or black and will set you back €279.

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When it comes to specs, the smartphone is expected to sport a 5.2-inch HD display and the Exynos 7870 chipset. It will have 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of storage that you’ll likely be able to expand with the help of a microSD card.

Other features of the upcoming device include dual-SIM support, NFC, a 2,600 mAh battery, and Android 7.0 Nougat. In terms of design, the Galaxy J5 will reportedly have a metal body and looks very similar to the majority of other Galaxy devices, which can either be a good or a bad thing depending on who you ask.

What do you think about the Samsung Galaxy J5 (2017) based on the info we have so far? Share your thoughts with us in the comment section below.

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Samsung Gear 360 (2017) priced at $229 for May 25 launch, just $49 with Galaxy S8 purchase

During its press event in late March for the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus, Samsung also showed off the upcoming 2017 edition of its Gear 360 camera. Today, the company finally announced that the price of the camera will be $ 229, and that it will go on sale starting tomorrow, May 25.

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If you buy either the Galaxy S8 or S8 Plus between May 25 and June 19, you can also get the Gear 360 (2017) camera for just $ 49. You can learn more about this promotional offer, and register to get this deal, starting tomorrow at Samsung’s website.

The new version of the 360-degree camera will support video recording at up to 4K resolution, and it will also support live streaming to Facebook, YouTube and other social networks at 2K resolution. In addition, the camera can take still images at up to 15 MP.

As we noted in our brief hands-on look at the Gear 360 (2017) back in March, the camera has been redesigned and is slimmer compared to its predecessor, which should make it easier to hold in one hand. The column below the camera serves as its stand, and it also houses its battery. The camera itself has two 8.4 MP CMOS sensors with fisheye lenses.

Samsung has already launched the companion Gear 360 app in the Google Play Store, which will allow owners to control the camera remotely. The app can also be used to edit and share any videos made with the camera. The app will only work with a select number of Samsung’s smartphones. Besides the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus, the app supports the Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 Edge, Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy S6 Edge Plus, Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 EdgeGalaxy A5 (2017), and Galaxy A7 (2017).

Will you be getting the 2017 edition of the Samsung Gear 360 camera, especially if you plan to buy the Galaxy S8 or S8 Plus? Let us know what you plan to do in the comments!

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