Samsung http://www.stuff.tv/sg/samsung/news en-SG Samsung Gear VR Innovator Edition http://www.stuff.tv/sg/oculus/samsung-gear-vr-innovator-edition/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Oculus Rift + Galaxy Note 4 = portable VR perfection? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Oculus Rift + Galaxy Note 4 = portable VR perfection?" alt="Samsung Gear VR Innovator Edition review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/samsung-gear-vr-with-phone.jpg?1421981102" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The Samsung Gear VR is one of the first wave of new virtual reality headsets hellbent on changing the way we play games, watch videos and experience all sorts of impressive interactive stuff.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> S$-1.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">6 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Delivers a strong VR experience </div> <div class="field-item even"> Comfortable to wear </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Free apps and videos </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cons"> <div class="field-label">Cons:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Very limited supply of content right now </div> <div class="field-item even"> Expensive when you factor in a Note 4 and gamepad </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Design and build quality </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Gear VR is constructed chiefly of hard white plastic and&nbsp;looks... well, like a virtual reality headset. But it also look like a real, finished product, a fact which instantly sets it apart from many of its current rivals. The headset is lightweight, but feels sufficiently solid to withstand regular use &ndash; there are no ominous creaks when you give it a squeeze.</p> <p>A <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/samsung/samsung-galaxy-note-4/review">Galaxy Note 4</a> phone is a requirement for the Gear VR, and it slots into the front of the headset, connecting directly to a microUSB plug on one side. On the other, a catch locks the phone into place securely. You can then place a transparent plastic cover over the front of the headset, which we suppose serves to give the phone&rsquo;s back a little more protection but mainly seems intended to make the whole thing look a bit more presentable. Which it does.</p> <p>The headset&rsquo;s light weight and padding, both on the eyepieces and the straps that go over and around your head, make it reasonably comfy to wear for extended periods. The straps are adjustable (great news for people with unusually large or small bonces), while a dial above the eyepieces allows you to shift their focus to compensate for short- or longsightedness.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/samsung/samsung-galaxy-note-4/review">Samsung Galaxy Note 4 review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The Gear VR is solidly built and comfy to wear" alt="Samsung Gear VR Innovator Edition review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-gear-vr-front-on.jpg?1421981102" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="The Gear VR is solidly built and comfy to wear" alt="Samsung Gear VR Innovator Edition review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-gear-vr-left.jpg?1421981102" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> User friendliness </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Gear VR comes supplied with a 16GB microSD card carrying a handful of virtual reality demos (you&rsquo;ll be prompted to pop this into your Galaxy Note 4 before use). You&rsquo;ll still need to download and install a few pieces of software, including an Oculus app, but this only takes a few minutes.</p> <p>When you slot the Note 4 into the Gear VR, the phone&rsquo;s screen automatically switches to the correct mode, allowing you to simply don the headset (a proximity sensor lets the Gear VR know when it&rsquo;s being worn) and get straight into the virtual reality fun &ndash; the Oculus Home app opens automatically.</p> <p>The UI is simple: you look around to move a cursor and use a touchpad and back button on the right hand side of the headset to navigate and select options. There&rsquo;s also a volume rocker on the left side. The touchpad can also be used to control many of the apps and games available &ndash; but Samsung also sells a Bluetooth gamepad which should make things less awkward, especially with faster-paced games. We say &ldquo;should&rdquo;, because the gamepad wasn&rsquo;t included with our review sample, and we haven&rsquo;t tried it yet - one is on the way and we&rsquo;ll update this review once we&rsquo;ve tested it.</p> <p>One useful feature is the pass-through camera, which enables you to see the outside world without taking off the headset by feeding the screen a live stream from the Note 4&rsquo;s camera.</p> <p>From within the Gear VR UI you can visit an app store or browse the apps you&rsquo;ve already downloaded. Which brings us nicely to&hellip;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Slotting the Galaxy Note 4 in is easy, and it feels secure once inserted" alt="Samsung Gear VR Innovator Edition review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-gear-vr-front-phone-in.jpg?1421981102" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="The controls are all located on the right side panel" alt="Samsung Gear VR Innovator Edition review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-gear-vr-right.jpg?1421981102" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Apps </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>With no way to (currently) hook the Gear VR up to a PC, all of your virtual reality content has to be downloaded through the Oculus Home app running on the Galaxy Note 4. This divides the content into three broad areas: games, apps and experiences. The former are fairly self-explanatory, while the latter section contains mostly videos and animations designed to inform and/or entertain &ndash; a Cirque du Soleil performance in which you&rsquo;re an audience member, or live footage from a Coldplay gig in which you&rsquo;re, again, an audience member.</p> <p>There isn&rsquo;t a huge selection of content available at the time of writing: we count 20 games, five apps and 10 experiences &ndash; all of them available free of charge, but that is expected to change. Still, given that the Gear VR SDK is in the hands of developers right now, we&rsquo;d expect that number to rise in the coming months.</p> <p>As mentioned above, without the gamepad we&rsquo;ve been a little limited in what we can play. Some of the games don&rsquo;t require manual controls (you just look around to control things), while others &ndash; the interesting VR take on <em>Temple Run</em>, for instance &ndash; allow you to use the touchpad on the side of the headset to perform basic moves. That&rsquo;s a fairly unwieldy solution, though, and we imagine anyone serious about playing games on the Gear VR will invest in the gamepad.</p> <p>The games themselves are fairly casual mobile affairs tailored for 3D and VR and, as demos of what the technology can do, they&rsquo;re impressive. As pure games? Not so much &ndash; and we suspect hardcore gamers will gravitate towards the Oculus Rift and other PC-friendly headsets, rather than the Gear VR, to get their VR fix.</p> <p>The apps and experiences are mostly demonstrations of what the Oculus VR technology is capable of: there are 360-degree videos and photos to gawp at (and we did); a fake VR cinema that you can sit in to watch movie trailers on a virtual big screen; an app that lets you view your phone&rsquo;s videos and photos in a VR gallery; an experience that puts you in a virtual ocean and lets you watch fish, crabs and turtles move around you.</p> <p>If none of the above sounds life-changing, that&rsquo;s probably because it isn&rsquo;t &ndash; but there&rsquo;s definitely a moment of joyful realisation the first time you experience the new generation of VR, and many of these apps are capable of providing it.</p> <p>In terms of real, meaty content to get your teeth into, there&rsquo;s not much here &ndash; but you&rsquo;ll definitely want to show your friends what the headset can do, and the apps, games and experiences let you do just that.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/30-best-free-apps-android/feature">The 35 best free apps for Android</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The Oculus Home app store is your source of all VR content" alt="Samsung Gear VR Innovator Edition review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-gear-vr-app-store.jpg?1421981102" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> VR quality </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A few critics have mentioned that the Oculus Rift headset&rsquo;s image, which comes from a 1920 x 1080 screen split across two eyes (so each each is seeing a 960 x 1080 image), is too pixellated. You might think that the Galaxy Note 4&rsquo;s 5.7in 2560 x 1440 AMOLED screen would provide a pixel-free virtual reality experience, but once that&rsquo;s split in half and magnified by the headset&rsquo;s eyepieces you can still make out the pixel structure of the display.</p> <p>The videos, for example, feel low-res compared to the pristine HD stuff we&rsquo;re used to watching. It&rsquo;s a minor annoyance, really &ndash; and once you start to feel immersed in virtual reality it fades into the background. The headset&rsquo;s built-in sensors work well to track your head movements and there&rsquo;s very little lag &ndash; at least we didn&rsquo;t find it left us feeling uncomfortable or nauseous. Audio comes through the Note 4&rsquo;s speakers, or a pair of earbuds you connect to the phone, and it works quite nicely.</p> <p>The Gear VR affords a 96-degree field-of-view, which is about the same as that of the Oculus Rift. There are headsets that offer wider fields of view out there, but 96 degrees feels absolutely sufficient here with the apps and videos on offer.</p> <p>One thing we should mention is that the Gear VR provides a mobile VR experience &ndash; it doesn&rsquo;t need to plug into anything other than a Galaxy Note 4, and it&rsquo;s small and lightweight. That means you can VR pretty much anywhere you like.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/vr-challengers/feature">10 VR rivals to give Oculus Rift a virtual reality check</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The eyepieces magnify the screen, which means you can see individual pixels" alt="Samsung Gear VR Innovator Edition review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-gear-vr-front-cover-off.jpg?1421981102" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Samsung Gear VR tech specs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Field of view:</strong> 96 degrees</p> <p><strong>Sensors:</strong> Accelerometer, gyroscope, geomagnetic, proximity</p> <p><strong>Display:</strong> 5.7in 2560 x 1440 AMOLED screen (on Galaxy Note 4)</p> <p><strong>Connectivity:</strong> Micro USB</p> <p><strong>Dimensions: </strong>198 x 116 x 90mm</p> <p><strong>Weight:</strong> 379g</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If Samsung wants to be regarded as an innovator, it needs to produce more devices such as the Gear VR. While the lack of content makes it feel a little like a prototype, it&rsquo;s an actual, buyable product that gives the user an impressive glimpse of things to come.</p> <p>We were quite taken aback by some of the apps and videos on offer, but they&rsquo;re all quite short-lived and simple, and we think headsets such as this will live and die on whether or not they get a steady (and improving) supply of new content.</p> <p>The headset itself seems affordable, but it should be remembered that a Galaxy Note 4 is a requirement. And given that the Note 4 is&nbsp;a flagship phone that costs S$1088 SIM-free,&nbsp;you&rsquo;re probably not going to want to shell out for the Gear VR&nbsp;unless you already own the phablet. We certainly don&rsquo;t feel like what&rsquo;s available at present is worth an S$1500 outlay, but for existing Note 4 users who want to see what VR has to offer, it&rsquo;s an upgrade that might well be worth it.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/how-indie-games-conquered-world/feature">How indie games conquered the world</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The Gear VR is impressive, but needs more apps and content" alt="Samsung Gear VR Innovator Edition review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-gear-vr-package.jpg?1421981102" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> build </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> picture </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Performance </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 7 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> apps </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 5 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It&rsquo;ll wow VR newbies, but the lack of content and the overall price make the Gear VR a niche product</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/oculus/samsung-gear-vr-innovator-edition/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/oculus/samsung-gear-vr-innovator-edition/review#comments Oculus Samsung Smartphones Virtual Reality Thu, 22 Jan 2015 17:50:52 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1458289 at http://www.stuff.tv Samsung Galaxy S6 http://www.stuff.tv/sg/samsung-galaxy-s6-review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Update 25/01/15: The S6 might be ditching the Snapdragon 810 while picking up truly wireless charging </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Samsung Galaxy S6: What we’d like to see from Samsung’s next flagship" alt="Samsung Galaxy S6: What we’d like to see from Samsung’s next flagship" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/samsung-g-s5_1.jpg?1421978001" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>We&rsquo;re big fans of Samsung&rsquo;s current flagship phone, the Galaxy S5. We even awarded it a full five stars in our review. But that&rsquo;s not to say it&rsquo;s perfect, and it&rsquo;s certainly not the best smartphone around &ndash; in fact the S5 sits a fair old way down the chart when it comes to <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/smartphones/top-ten">our best-rated mobiles</a>.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> S$-1.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default"> stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Build: Very metal </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The world keeps wondering when Samsung will ditch polycarbonate (that&rsquo;s &ldquo;plastic&rdquo; to you and I) and join the likes of Apple, Sony and HTC in delivering a flagship phone with a slinky metal or glass body &ndash; and yet the company doesn&rsquo;t seem to take the hint.</p> <p>There&rsquo;s nothing wrong with plastic smartphones per se. Nokia&rsquo;s higher-end Lumia Windows Phones are plastic and quite glorious, as are the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/iphone-5c/review">iPhone 5c</a> and new <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/desire-eye/htc-desire-eye/review">HTC Desire Eye</a>, but the Galaxy S range has always fallen a little short of expected standards. That could and should change with the Galaxy S6.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/galaxy-alpha/metal-last-samsung-galaxy-alpha-ditches-plastic/news">Metal at last: Samsung Galaxy Alpha ditches the plastic</a></strong></p> <p>Some sources have hinted at a &ldquo;more premium build&rdquo; for the S6, with Samsung going for an aluminium build, or even using super-advanced material graphene (which the company has <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/samsung/samsung-speeds-production-graphene-wonder-material/news">found a way to manufacture in greater quantities</a> than previously). While the latter would be a bold, memorable move, it&rsquo;d probably push the S6&rsquo;s manufacturing costs a little too high, and to be honest at this point we&rsquo;d be happy with metal rather than another year of uninspiring plastic.</p> <p>We&rsquo;d also expect to see some measure of dust- and waterproofing. The S5 is sealed against the elements, and its successor is sure to follow. It might even kick things up a notch so you can take it even deeper &lsquo;neath the waves: bumping the spec to IP68 from the S5&rsquo;s IP67 rating would mean you could completely immerse the phone for a prolonged period of time without water getting inside. No more desperate bags of rice and crossed fingers if your phone tumbles into the bath or the bog.</p> <p><strong>Update 22/12/14:</strong>&nbsp;French site<a href="http://www.nowhereelse.fr/samsung-galaxy-s6-coque-metallique-103469/" target="_blank">&nbsp;nowhereelse.fr</a>&nbsp;has outed pictures of metal aluminium phone shells that are reportedly for the Galaxy S6. The shells themselves appear to be hewn from a single piece of aluminium, HTC One (M8)-style, suggesting that the S6 will be the first truly premium metal smartphone from the Samsung camp. Assuming the shots are genuine of course.</p> <p><strong>Update 19/01/15:</strong>&nbsp;Uh oh. The latest whispers now point to a Galaxy S6 that isn&#39;t fully metal. But it&#39;s not all bad.</p> <p>According to Korean news site&nbsp;<a href="http://www.ddaily.co.kr/news/article.html?no=126530" target="_blank">DDaily</a>&#39;s &quot;Samsung Electronics official&quot; source, the Galaxy S6 will feature a metal frame with a glass front and back, taking a design cue from the Sony Xperia series.</p> <p>The apparent reason for this decision is to set the Galaxy S6 apart form Samsung&#39;s recently announced all-metal A3, A5 and A7 devices.</p> <p>If true, then the S6 should still feel premium and luxurious, so we&#39;re not too worried about that. We are however concerned how a removable battery will be possible in a device with a glass back. Let&#39;s hope Samsung&#39;s engineers have some design magic up their sleeves, assuming this latest rumour is true of course.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="604" height="453" title="The Galaxy Alpha proves Samsung can do metal phones" alt="The Galaxy Alpha proves Samsung can do metal phones" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-galaxy-alpha-01_2.jpg?1421978005" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="714" height="451" title="Hello metal" alt="Samsung Galaxy S6" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/metal-s6_0.jpg?1421978005" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The render above is a concept created by 3g.co.uk. It&#39;s just one example of what the Galaxy S6 could look like, but for now, we&#39;re limited to speculation and guesswork. Until the rumour mill delivers more, that is.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/1ZDN-qLFV4g" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Screen: time for 2K? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Galaxy S5 has a very solid screen: 5.1in; 1080p resolution; AMOLED technology. We like its lush, vibrant colours a lot &ndash; but we very much doubt Samsung will stick with it for the S6.</p> <p>The company&rsquo;s great Korean rival LG has already launched a phone with a 2K screen (the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/g3/lg-g3/review">G3</a>&rsquo;s display has a grand total of 2560 x 1440 pixels), you see, and Samsung loves to be seen to be outdoing &ndash; or at least matching &ndash; its compatriot. We think the chances of a 2K screen making its way into the S6 are very high indeed, especially as the Note 4&#39;s 2K screen proves that Samsung&#39;s got the capability to churn them out.</p> <p>The screen will probably get a slight size bump too, but maybe not too much. It wouldn&#39;t want to compete with its Note 4 brother, after all.</p> <p>We&rsquo;d personally be more than happy with 2K and 5.2in &ndash; going any bigger risks making the phone too big for the hands of normal folks and going sharper strikes us as pixel overkill on a screen this size, especially as more pixels require more power and put more strain on the battery.</p> <p><strong>Update 05/12/14:&nbsp;</strong>According to&nbsp;<a href="http://www.sammobile.com/2014/12/01/exclusive-next-galaxy-s-flagship-to-be-called-galaxy-s6-galaxy-s6-edge-variant-coming-too/" target="_blank">Sam Mobile</a>&#39;s sources, Samsung will also release a Galaxy S6 Edge variant which will have - you guessed it - a curved screen, fashioned after the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/samsung-galaxy-note-edge/review" target="_blank">Galaxy Note Edge</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p>This wouldn&#39;t be the craziest thing in the world given that Samsung has already shown it can produce such a device, but given the higher price of the<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/samsung-galaxy-note-edge/review" target="_blank">&nbsp;Note Edge</a>, we don&#39;t expect the curved screen variant will be pushed as the main product. If it even exists at all that is.</p> <p><strong>Update 08/12/14:&nbsp;</strong>The Galaxy S6&#39;s specs have leaked online, courtesy of an AnTuTu benchmark spotted by Chinese site cnmo. According to the leak, the S6 will land with a 5.5in, 2560 x 1440 screen. While the resolution was expected, the size bump up to 5.5 inches is rather drastic, given that the current Note 4&#39;s screen is only slightly larger at 5.7 inches.</p> <p>This suggests that the Note 5 could hit the 6in mark, following in the footsteps of devices like the Nexus 6, but we&#39;ll have to wait and see.</p> <p><strong>Update 16/01/15:</strong>&nbsp;A leaked&nbsp;<a href="http://wap.samsungmobile.com/uaprof/SM-G920A.xml" target="_blank">User Agent Profile</a>&nbsp;spotted on&nbsp;<a href="http://www.reddit.com/r/Android/comments/2sl4o8/samsung_leaked_uaprof_directly_confirms_samsung/" target="_blank">reddit</a>&nbsp;shows off specs for a device with a model number which we believe refers to the Galaxy S6. In it, a&nbsp;1440x2560 is mentioned, confirming that the S6 will indeed land with a 2K screen. Assuming the specs are genuine of course.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/g3/lg-g3/review">LG G3 review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Will Samsung match LG with a 2K screen? We hope so" alt="Will Samsung match LG with a 2K screen? We hope so" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-g-s5-screen_0.jpg?1421978005" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="387" height="250" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Screen%20shot%202015-01-16%20at%2012.32.08_0.png?1421978005" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Curved screen? Sure, why not? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/samsung-galaxy-note-edge/review/" target="_blank">Note 4 Edge</a>&nbsp;(pictured above) has a curved screen, with the right of the display bending around past the edge of the device.</p> <p>It&#39;s not that unusual to entertain the possibility of Samsung blessing the Galaxy S6 with a similar screen.</p> <p>The chief Note Edge designer Kim Na-su himself recently stated that &quot;a change in the platform can bring about a variety of new considerations [and] a curved screen is a big solution for overcoming those challenges&quot;.</p> <p>Jerry Kang, a<a href="http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20141106001109" target="_blank">&nbsp;senior analyst at IHD</a>&nbsp;has previously stated that the Galaxy S6 will have a dual-edged screen which curves on both sides.&nbsp;</p> <p>Add all of the above together, and curved screen in the next Samsung flagship could be a real possibility.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/samsung-galaxy-note-edge/review/" target="_blank">Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Edge hands-on review</a></strong></p> <p><strong>Update 14/01/15:</strong>&nbsp;According to Business Insider&#39;s sources, Samsung will reveal two versions of the Galaxy S6 - one with a regular screen, and one with a display that&#39;s curved towards one side, Note Edge-style.</p> <p>If true, it&#39;ll be interesting to see the pricing and availability of the curved variant. The Note Edge comes with limited availability and a premium price tag, and we&#39;re not sure if Samsung&#39;s production costs for curved smartphone displays are yet low enough to enter the regular flagship smartphone pricing bracket. We&#39;ll just have to wait and see.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/samsung/samsung-unveil-two-s6-smartphones-and-round-smartwatch-mwc/news" target="_blank">Samsung could unveil two Galaxy S6 smartphones and a round smartwatch at MWC</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-galaxy-note-edge-02_1_0.jpg?1421978005" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Power: Quad-core, you know the score </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Many are predicting that the Galaxy S6 will come with a new Qualcomm chipset &ndash; either the Snapdragon 808 or 810. Both are quad-core, 64-bit and more powerful on paper than any smartphone processor at the time of writing, and we&rsquo;d be pretty happy to see either of them on the S6 (they seem likely to require more power than the S5&rsquo;s Snapdragon 801, however, which could put extra strain on the battery life &ndash; see below for more on that), especially if they were paired with at least 3GB of RAM.</p> <p>Samsung has form in launching its flagship phones with octo-core Exynos chipsets too, albeit not in the UK. While eight cores might sound twice as powerful as four, in reality it doesn&rsquo;t quite work like that: in benchmarks, the Exynos-equipped S5 only performs marginally better than the Snapdragon 801-equipped S5. We think Samsung can stick to a quad-core Snapdragon 808 or 810 and still offer the performance a phone like the S6 will require.</p> <p>We&rsquo;ll talk about storage here too. If it goes down the removeable backplate design route, Samsung is likely to support expandable storage via microSD, and thus the built-in storage doesn&rsquo;t need to be huge &ndash; let&rsquo;s say 32GB. If, however, the phone is has a metal unibody design and memory isn&rsquo;t user-increasable, we&rsquo;d like to see 64GB and maybe even 128GB as an option, just to keep pace with the Apple iPhone 6. And Samsung does like to be seen to be trying to keep up with Apple.</p> <p><strong>Update 08/12/14:&nbsp;</strong>Leaked AnTuTu benchmarks show off what could be the S6&#39;s final specs. Power-wise, we&#39;re looking at a 64-bit octa-core processor, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of storage and, of course, Android 5.0 Lollipop.</p> <p>Samsung traditionally also launches a variant with a Qualcomm processor, which is expected to be the 64-bit Snapdragon 810.</p> <p><strong>Update 21/01/15:&nbsp;</strong>While the HTC One (M9) and LG G4 are expected to land with the Snapdragon 810 processor, the most recent reports to arrive from the Samsung rumour mill suggest that Samsung might actually skip the 810 chip altogether this time.&nbsp;</p> <p>According to&nbsp;<a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2015-01-20/samsung-said-to-drop-qualcomm-chip-from-next-galaxy-smartphone.html" target="_blank">Bloomberg</a>&#39;s source, the company is &quot;dropping its use of a Qualcomm Inc. chip that overheated during the Korean company&rsquo;s testing&quot;.</p> <p>If true, Samsung is likely to stick to its own Exynos processors across all international varaints of the S6.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="We&#039;d love to see a powerhouse CPU like the Snapdragon 808 or 810" alt="We&#039;d love to see a powerhouse CPU like the Snapdragon 808 or 810" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/qualcomm-snapdragon_0.jpg?1421978005" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="379" height="600" title="Tasty specs" alt="Samsung Galaxy S6" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/galaxy-s6-antutu-benchmark_0.jpg?1421978005" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Battery: Bigger and better </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Galaxy S5 has a 2800mAh battery that matches up to the majority of its Android rivals by lasting around a day in normal use conditions (but not all: the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/sony/sony-xperia-z3/review">Sony Xperia Z3</a> lasts at least half a day longer), and it holds an advantage over most too in that it&rsquo;s user replaceable. If Samsung decides to go with a seamless metal body that could change, and if it does we&rsquo;d like to see better battery life, either owing to a larger battery capacity or increased efficiency.</p> <p>The LG G3 has a 5.5in 2K screen and markedly longer battery life than the 5.1in, 1080p Galaxy S5, so it&rsquo;s certainly possible for Samsung to improve its power efficiency. Much of this will depend on the processor it chooses for the S6, and if that&rsquo;s the Snapdragon 808 or 810, neither seems likely to offer lower energy use than the S5&rsquo;s Snapdragon 805. So it could well be that a larger battery is required.</p> <p>Of course, Samsung may want to retain its user replaceable battery selling point, in which case it&rsquo;ll probably hint that those looking for more battery life could simply buy a second battery to carry around with them.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/sony/sony-xperia-z3/review">Sony Xperia Z3 review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="The S5&#039;s battery is OK, but there&#039;s room for improvement" alt="The S5&#039;s battery is OK, but there&#039;s room for improvement" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-s5-battery_1.jpg?1421978005" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Camera: Better in low light, please </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Were we betting types, we&rsquo;d put a significant wedge on the S6&rsquo;s camera outstripping the S5&rsquo;s when it comes to megapixel count. The S5 has a 16MP sensor, and we&rsquo;d be surprised if the S6 doesn&rsquo;t take things above 20MP.</p> <p>But megapixels alone don&rsquo;t make a good photo, and we&rsquo;d much rather see some measures taken to boost performance in low light conditions: larger megapixels (Apple&rsquo;s favoured method), optical image stabilisation, a wider aperture, or a combination of those. Optical image stabilisation is a distinct possibility, we&rsquo;d say, as Samsung has already used it in the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/samsung/samsung-galaxy-note-4/review">Galaxy Note 4</a>.</p> <p>We&rsquo;re not personally much inclined to take selfies, but we hear a lot of &ldquo;the young people&rdquo; are, and Samsung may well attempt to entice them to the S6 with a higher resolution front-facing camera. The HTC Desire Eye manages to squeeze a 13MP snapper on its front side, and while we wouldn&rsquo;t expect (or want) Samsung to go to those lengths, we wouldn&rsquo;t be surprised to see something in the 7 or 8MP range.</p> <p><strong>Update 08/12/14:&nbsp;</strong>Leaked AnTuTu benchmarks point to a massive 20MP rear-facing camera, bringing the S6 up to the Sony Xperia Z3 and Z3 Compact, in terms of megapixels at least. Higher numbers aren&#39;t the final word when it comes to image quality however, but given the high standard of Samsung&#39;s past smartphone cameras, we&#39;ve got high hopes.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/samsung/samsung-galaxy-note-4/review">Samsung Galaxy Note 4 review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The S5&#039;s camera could perform better in low light conditions" alt="The S5&#039;s camera could perform better in low light conditions" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-s5-camera_0.jpg?1421978005" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Can Touch This </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Update 19/01/15:</strong>&nbsp;<a href="http://www.sammobile.com/2015/01/16/exclusive-samsung-opts-for-a-touch-based-fingerprint-sensor-for-the-galaxy-s6/" target="_blank">SamMobile</a>&#39;s sources believe that the Galaxy S6&#39;s fingerprint-scanning home button will be upgraded to better compete with is Apple counterpart.</p> <p>The current home button on the Galaxy S5 requires users to swipe their fingerprints across it. While it does work well, it&#39;s still fiddlier and less convenient than its iPhone 6 alternative, which requires a simple press.</p> <p>According to the latest source, the home button on the Galaxy S6 will be larger and have a touch-based sensor, allowing full fingerprints to be read without requiring a swipe.</p> <p>We expect the news sensor to support the Galaxy S5&#39;s existing features - namely locking the phone, signing into websites and making payments with PayPal.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-8"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Simpler software </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Update 14/01/15:&nbsp;</strong>One criticism that Samsung has always faced is regarding the complexity, bloat and clutter of its TouchWiz Android software.</p> <p>While the Galaxy Note 4 and S5 have taken welcome steps in the right direction, the current iteration of TouchWiz still feels bloated in comparison to HTC&#39;s Sense 6.0 and the Android experience served up by Motorola and Sony.</p> <p>A recent report from&nbsp;<a href="http://www.businesskorea.co.kr/article/8534/misc-features-going-samsung%E2%80%99s-user-interface-touchwiz-become-less-featured-galaxy-s6" target="_blank">Business Korea</a>&nbsp;states that Samsung has been working hard to optimise TouchWiz, in addition to scrapping unnecessary/little-used features.</p> <p>The UI is also apparently being simplified, building on the pastel colours and flat icons that are currently present.</p> <p>These optimisations are said to be drastic enough to make the S6 run as smooth as stock Android on the Nexus 6, which is the holy grail when it comes to slick Android use.</p> <p>Let&#39;s hope the rumours are true then, eh?</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="4000" height="3000" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN5425_2_1.JPG?1421978005" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-9"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Release date: No hanging about </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>With Mobile World Congress 2015 running from 2nd-5th March, we&rsquo;d expect Samsung to make its big Galaxy S6 reveal around that time (March/April is the period when Samsung traditionally unveils its flagship Galaxy S devices). Price-wise, we&rsquo;d expect it to be on a par with previous Galaxy S models - so don&rsquo;t expect it to be cheap and don&rsquo;t expect it to be vastly pricier than the S$1068 the S5 cost at launch.</p> <p>As is traditional in Android circles, we also expect to see many a leak about the S6 between now and its likely launch date. So keep an eye on Stuff.tv for all the news as we get it.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/smartphones/top-ten">The 10 best smartphones you can buy right now</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Preview </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/galaxy-s6/samsung-galaxy-s6-what-we-d-see-samsung-s-next-flagship </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Samsung Galaxy S6: what we know so far </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Here you go - leaked specs of Sammy&#039;s next flagship smartphone </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-carousel-image-small"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item small image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_carousel_image_small" width="450" height="340" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-g-s5_1_0.jpg?1421978005" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/samsung-galaxy-s6-review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/samsung-galaxy-s6-review#comments Galaxy S6 Samsung Smartphones Wed, 21 Jan 2015 09:18:42 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1450539 at http://www.stuff.tv Samsung might have a 7in tablet in tow in the coming months http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/samsung-might-have-7in-tablet-tow-coming-months/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A slate of that size will soon make its way to India for testing, according to sources </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="567" height="425" title="Samsung might have a 7in tablet in tow in the coming months" alt="Samsung might have a 7in tablet in tow in the coming months" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/samsug.jpg?1421829400" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Rumours of Samsung working on a bunch of tablets have been making their rounds on the Internet over the past few weeks. But there wasn&rsquo;t anything concrete leaked, besides their model numbers, for us to believe they were in the works.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/hafizahosman" title="View user profile.">Hafizah Osman</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/samsung-might-have-7in-tablet-tow-coming-months/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/samsung-might-have-7in-tablet-tow-coming-months/news#comments Android Samsung Tablets Wed, 21 Jan 2015 06:20:31 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1458138 at http://www.stuff.tv Apple iPhone 6 Plus vs Samsung Galaxy Note 4 http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/apple-iphone-6-plus-vs-samsung-galaxy-note-4-weigh/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Two tech giants, two giant phones – but which will we crown king of the phablets? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Apple iPhone 6 Plus vs Samsung Galaxy Note 4" alt="Apple iPhone 6 Plus vs Samsung Galaxy Note 4" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/iphone-6-plus-vs-samsung-galaxy-note-4-01.jpg?1421978218" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>A few years ago, asking somebody what a &ldquo;phablet&rdquo; was would have got you nothing more than a blank stare (and possibly, if you were a nerd at a stereotypical American school, a Chinese burn for asking such a dumb geek question).</p> <p>But right now the world has gone mad for huge phones, so much so that even Apple, a company that once insisted nobody wanted a phone that had a larger than 3.5in screen, has produced a pocket-stretching flagship device with a 5.5in display: the iPhone 6 Plus.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Build and design </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Given the respective companies&rsquo; past form, you might think a design dust-up between Apple and Samsung is always going to end with the former company winning. But looking at the two phones, this is a closer run thing than many might have predicted.</p> <p>The iPhone 6 Plus looks almost identical to its little brother the iPhone 6, except it&rsquo;s obviously much bigger. In fact, we&rsquo;d say it&rsquo;s a touch too big on reflection, considering its screen size: we&rsquo;d have expected miniaturisation specialists Apple to do a better job of keeping the phone as small as possible.</p> <p>With a seamless, curved metal body, it&rsquo;s quite comfortable to hold despite its size, and it&rsquo;s just 7.1mm thin and reasonably light at 172g. But there&rsquo;s something decidedly un-Apple about the feel and look of this phone: it&rsquo;s a little lacking in terms of &ldquo;premium-ness&rdquo; when compared to past iPhones.</p> <p>The Galaxy Note 4 isn&rsquo;t much thicker (8.5mm) or heavier (176g) than the 6 Plus, despite its larger screen dimensions &ndash; Samsung has done a fine job of keeping it as small as possible &ndash; and from the front it&rsquo;s an elegant-looking device. That said, the faux leather back panel shows that Samsung&rsquo;s design department hasn&rsquo;t shed its propensity for naff ideas, and the protruding camera lens and other bumps here and there cut down on the sleekness somewhat.</p> <p>Even so, the sheer unnecessary size of the iPhone 6 Plus has us plumping for the Note 4 in this round.</p> <p><strong>Winner: Samsung Galaxy Note 4</strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/iphone-6-vs-htc-one-m8-weigh/feature">Apple iPhone 6 vs HTC One (M8) - the weigh-in</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="4000" height="3000" title="The iPhone 6 Plus is prettier, but the Samsung Note 4 is better designed" alt="The iPhone 6 Plus is prettier, but the Samsung Note 4 is better designed" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/build%20samsung%20note%204%20iphone%206%20plus.JPG?1421978218" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Screen </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Both these smartphones sit snugly in the phablet category thanks to their generously-proportioned displays. The Apple iPhone 6 Plus has a 5.5in screen while the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 offers a slightly roomier 5.7in screen. It might not sound like much of a jump, that 0.2in, but the Note 4&rsquo;s display does immediately seem a fair bit bigger than its counterpart&rsquo;s.</p> <p>There are differences beyond the size, however. The iPhone 6 Plus uses IPS LCD technology, and boasts a resolution of 1920 x 1080 (that&rsquo;s a pixel density of 401ppi, spec fans). Samsung has shot for the moon with its own screen, which uses AMOLED technology and offers a resolution of 2560 x 1440 (515ppi). That&rsquo;s 2K resolution, baby!</p> <p>Comparing the two screens side-by-side, we find the Galaxy Note 4&rsquo;s to be superior at rendering fine detail (as you&rsquo;d expect) and deep, inky blacks. If your viewing habits tend towards video, photos and games, it won&rsquo;t let you down one bit. It&rsquo;s not without minor issues, and for our money the iPhone 6 Plus offers better contrast (meaning it&rsquo;s better for web pages, ebooks and the like) more realistic colour reproduction, purer whites and wider viewing angles.</p> <p>But overall, the resolution and richness of the Samsung Galaxy Note 4&rsquo;s display put it firmly in first place in this round.</p> <p><strong>Winner: Samsung Galaxy Note 4</strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/samsung-galaxy-note-edge/review">Meet the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge - the 3-sided Note 4</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="If rich colours and oodles of detail are your thing you&#039;ll love the Note 4" alt="If rich colours and oodles of detail are your thing you&#039;ll love the Note 4" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-galaxy-note-4-review-screen_2.jpg?1421978218" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="The iPhone 6 Plus screen is fantastic, but hardly boundary-pushing" alt="The iPhone 6 Plus screen is fantastic, but hardly boundary-pushing" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/6_0_2.jpg?1421978218" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Camera </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If we&rsquo;re going on megapixel counts, the Galaxy Note 4&rsquo;s 16MP rear camera looks mightily more impressive on paper than the iPhone 6 Plus&rsquo;s 8MP snapper. But we know better than that, don&rsquo;t we &ndash; and in reality the two phones offer quite similar photographic performance from the main cameras.</p> <p>In good lighting the results from each camera are pretty much neck-and-neck, and the Note 4 feels quicker to focus. However when the lights dim and the sun goes down, any photographer would much rather have the iPhone 6 Plus in your pocket. Both phones feature optical image stabilisation and dual-LED flashes to aid low-light performance, but the iPhone consistently delivers sharper, punchier pictures with a better tonal range.</p> <p>On the video front, the Galaxy Note 4 has the advantage of being able to shoot 4K footage, while the iPhone 6 Plus is limited to 1080p. However, the iPhone can shoot ultra-smooth slo-mo footage at 120fps or 240fps, which we think will get used a lot more than 4K recording. The Note 4 can do 120fps video, but not 240fps.</p> <p>Front-facing camera-wise, the iPhone 6 Plus sports a 1.2MP camera capable of taking 720p video, while the Note 4 ups the stakes with a wide-angle 3.7MP camera with a f/1.9 aperture &ndash; making it inordinately better for selfies.</p> <p>Overall, we think the iPhone 6 Plus delivers a better camera experience than the Galaxy Note 4, but both phones are strong performers when it comes to snapping photos and capturing video.</p> <p><strong>Winner: Apple iPhone 6 Plus</strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Both phones offer strong photo and video performance" alt="Both phones offer strong photo and video performance" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-note-4-iphone-6-plus-camera.JPG?1421978218" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Power </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Packing the beefy Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 quad-core chip and 3GB of RAM, the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is a real benchmark-killer. When reviewing it in October 2014, we ran popular benchmarking app AnTuTu on it and it garnered a score of 45,111 &ndash; higher than any other flagship Android phone on sale at the time. There&rsquo;s some lag when pressing buttons and the slightest hint of a stutter when navigating the TouchWiz interface &ndash; both standard Samsung traits, but overall the processing power on board is more than sufficient. Heck, it&rsquo;s even powerful enough to run Samsung&rsquo;s Gear VR headset.</p> <p>On the storage front, it comes with 32GB of space, but this is easily (and cheaply) upgradeable by a further 128GB via micro SD card.</p> <p>The iPhone 6 Plus comes in 16GB, 64GB and 128GB capacities (all non-expandable) and, while we can&rsquo;t compare its benchmark scores to the Note 4&rsquo;s, its unspecified amount of RAM and 1.4GHz Apple A8 processor perform to a similar level. Thanks to Apple&rsquo;s tight control of iOS and its apps, everything runs silky smooth and without a hitch.</p> <p>On balance, it&rsquo;s pretty much impossible to call this round. So we&rsquo;re calling it a tie.</p> <p><strong>Winner: Draw</strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="The Note 4 is so powerful it can run Samsung&#039;s Gear VR headset" alt="The Note 4 is so powerful it can run Samsung&#039;s Gear VR headset" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN9939_0.JPG?1421978218" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Features </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The iPhone 6 Plus is essentially just a bigger iPhone 6 &ndash; there aren&rsquo;t really any phablet-centric features to speak of, unless you count the fact that it can display selected apps in a new landscape format (a few months after launch, we still don&#39;t feel like enough apps have been optimised, however). As touched on above, it does have a larger battery than the regular iPhone 6, as well as optical image stabilisation for that camera.</p> <p>In terms of standout features that we haven&rsquo;t mentioned already, we have to give it up for the Touch ID fingerprint sensor, which works brilliantly and adds an extra layer of security to the device while speeding up unlocking. And when Apple Pay finally arrives, it&rsquo;ll be even handier.</p> <p>The Samsung Galaxy Note 4, on the other hand... well, the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 has the S-Pen, and it has Multi Window. The S-Pen is a smart stylus (it slots away in the phone body when not in use), and the version on the Note 4 is the best yet: twice as pressure sensitive as its predecessor, it&rsquo;s brilliant for sketching and making notes on the huge screen; it also works with a range of special Air Command apps. Styluses are nothing new, of course, but the S-Pen manages to feel more natural to use than others, and the way in which it&rsquo;s integrated into the Galaxy Note 4 is brilliant.</p> <p>Multi Window is a &ldquo;proper&rdquo; multitasking mode: hold down the back button on the phone and you&rsquo;ll access a list of apps (mostly from Samsung and Google, but there are also third-party examples) available that can be run side-by-side. You can even move drag and drop text and screenshots between apps.</p> <p>There&rsquo;s nothing quite as slick as the Touch ID scanner on board, but the Note 4 does have a fingerprint scanner that doubles as a heart-rate monitor. The phone&rsquo;s size makes it a little tricky to use for the small-handed lady or gentleman, mind you.</p> <p><strong>Winner: Samsung Galaxy Note 4</strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Stylus in spades: it&#039;s the wonderful S-Pen" alt="Stylus in spades: it&#039;s the wonderful S-Pen" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-note-4-s-pen.JPG?1421978218" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="567" height="425" title="The iPhone 6 Plus now offers a landscape mode" alt="The iPhone 6 Plus now offers a landscape mode" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/iphone-6-plus-landscape.png?1421978218" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Battery life </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A huge 2K screen has to leech the battery like nobody&rsquo;s business, right? Not the case with the Galaxy Note 4, thankfully. The phone&rsquo;s removable 3220mAh battery and its energy-efficient Snapdragon 805 processor help give it the most stamina out of all the 2K phones currently on the market, and we&rsquo;ve found that after a day of normal use will leave you with 10-20 percent battery life left in the tank. In our HD video loop test, it lasted for an impressive 11 hours.</p> <p>The iPhone 6 Plus doesn&rsquo;t have to power the dizzying number of pixels that the Note 4 does, but even so we&rsquo;ve found its battery life to be staggeringly lengthy: you can actually get a good two days&rsquo; use out of the handset without needing to reach for that charging cable. Its size means it has space for a larger capacity battery than the iPhone 6, so it outlasts that model too. Truly remarkable.</p> <p><strong>Winner: Apple iPhone 6 Plus</strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="The Galaxy Note 4 has a removable battery" alt="The Galaxy Note 4 has a removable battery" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-note-4-battery_0.JPG?1421978218" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Operating system </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>This is tough round to call for many reasons, the main one being that many of us have our favourite OS. It&rsquo;s like a comfortable old cardigan: we know it, we love it and we don&rsquo;t feel the same wearing (i.e. using) anything else.</p> <p>If you love iOS, you&rsquo;re going to immediately feel at home with the iPhone 6 Plus. A slick, attractive-looking user interface, it&rsquo;s also easier to pick up and use for a first time user than Samsung&rsquo;s TouchWiz. And iOS still has a better selection of apps than Android, despite Google Play&rsquo;s selection getting better and better all the time.</p> <p>Samsung&rsquo;s TouchWiz interface, which sits on top of Android 4.4 KitKat (an upgrade to Android 5.0 Lollipop is planned), is much improved over past versions. Formerly, the company was guilty of loading up its phones with bloatware and apps that nobody used, but that tendency has been curbed somewhat of late. We&rsquo;ve already talked a bit about the Note 4&rsquo;s Multi Window mode, but overall its UI is solid &ndash; it&rsquo;s just not quite the masterpiece that iOS 7 is.</p> <p><strong>Winner: Apple iPhone 6 Plus</strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="We suspect most people will find iOS the better of the two operating systems" alt="We suspect most people will find iOS the better of the two operating systems" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/8_1_0_0.jpg?1421978218" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> And the winner is... </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>This has been a close-run contest, because each of these smartphones is excellent in its own way, but for our money the better model of the two has to be the Samsung Galaxy Note 4. While the iPhone 6 Plus just feels like a bigger version of the iPhone 6 (and there&rsquo;s nothing inherently wrong with that), the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 makes a real effort at making the most of its screen &ndash; which, it has to be said, is a more impressive screen than Apple&rsquo;s.</p> <p>All hail the Samsung Galaxy Note 4: king of the phablets.</p> <p><strong>Verdict: Galaxy Note 4</strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/smartphones/top-ten">The 10 best smartphones in the world right now</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Look at it: it&#039;s the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, better than the iPhone 6 Plus" alt="Look at it: it&#039;s the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, better than the iPhone 6 Plus" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsunggalaxynote4reviewverdict_0.png?1421978218" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The phablet war is reignited </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/apple-iphone-6-plus-vs-samsung-galaxy-note-4-weigh/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/apple-iphone-6-plus-vs-samsung-galaxy-note-4-weigh/feature#comments Apple Galaxy Note 4 iPhone 6 Plus Phablets Samsung Smartphones Tue, 20 Jan 2015 01:33:00 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1458033 at http://www.stuff.tv Xiaomi unveils its Xiaomi Note and Note Pro smartphones, and all the other news you’ve missed http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/xiaomi-unveils-its-xiaomi-note-and-note-pro-smartphones-and-all-other-news-you-ve-missed/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> What better way to usher in the weekend than a cuppa coffee and our news round-up </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="567" height="425" title="Xiaomi unveils its Xiaomi Note and Note Pro smartphones, and all the other news you’ve missed " alt="Xiaomi unveils its Xiaomi Note and Note Pro smartphones, and all the other news " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/ru2.jpeg?1421456582" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>It&rsquo;s not even the end of January and we&rsquo;ve already seen an influx of new smartphones, wearable devices and what not get revealed. And that wave doesn&rsquo;t seem to be slowing down anytime soon &ndash; here&rsquo;s the top news that made headlines this week.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/hafizahosman" title="View user profile.">Hafizah Osman</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Xiaomi Note and the Note Pro are premium devices </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Gone are the days where Xiaomi was viewed as a company that makes cheap mobile products. With the release of the new Xiaomi Note and the Xiaomi Note pro, the vendor is making its mark in the industry as a player that can also produce higher-end, spec-filled smartphones.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: </strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/xiaomi-s-new-xiaomi-note-aims-beat-iphone-6-plus-form-and-factor/news">Xiaomi&rsquo;s new Xiaomi Note aims to beat the iPhone 6 Plus in form and factor</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Xiaomi unveils its Xiaomi Note and Note Pro smartphones, and all the other news you’ve missed " alt="Xiaomi unveils its Xiaomi Note and Note Pro smartphones, and all the other news " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ru1.jpeg?1421456582" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Oppo reveals its hardy Oppo R1C smartphone </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The rumours of the Oppo R1C smartphone were pretty spot on &ndash; just days ago, the company made official the device, complete with the speculated sapphire crystal glass rear and all (meaning it will be able to withstand some form of torture). It&rsquo;s due in China on 14 January, so if it is coming to our shores, it won&rsquo;t be too long from then.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong> <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/alleged-oppo-r1c-s-rear-sapphire-crystal-glass-will-blind-you-its-beauty/news">The Oppo R1C&rsquo;s sapphire crystal glass rear will blind you with its beauty&nbsp;</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Oppo reveals its hardy Oppo R1C smartphone " alt="Oppo reveals its hardy Oppo R1C smartphone " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ru3_0.jpeg?1421456582" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Samsung might be buying BlackBerry </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Is it or is it not? That&rsquo;s the question that still remains unanswered in the debate of if Samsung&rsquo;s officially taking over BlackBerry. Both companies have refuted rumours by denying the alleged reports but Reuters affirms it&rsquo;s spoken to a &ldquo;source familiar with the process and has seen documents&rdquo; pertaining to it.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong> <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/blackberry/samsung-reportedly-trying-buy-blackberry/news">Samsung reportedly trying to buy BlackBerry for $7.5 billion&nbsp;</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="604" height="453" title="Samsung might be buying BlackBerry " alt="Samsung might be buying BlackBerry " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ru4.png?1421456582" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> There might be a new MacBook Air coming </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Apple might be working overtime on its products; Leaks are pointing towards the launch of a new MacBook Air, all fitted up with a retina display and in a 12in model. And that&rsquo;s not it &ndash; it&rsquo;s also said to house a more efficient Broadwell Core M processor, and strip away most of its ports and connections.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong> <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/retina-display-macbook-air-production-ramps-early-2015-release/news">Retina Display MacBook Air production ramps up for early 2015 release &nbsp;</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="604" height="454" title="There might be a new MacBook Air coming " alt="There might be a new MacBook Air coming " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ru5_0.jpeg?1421456582" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Vertu’s got a new luxury line-up </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>In the world of smartphones, price is never an issue for some (especially of they come fitted with the fanciest of materials). This new diamond collection has three of its smartphones in the range, all (you guessed it) sporting dazzling diamonds, white gold detailing, and alligator skin. Talk about total lavishness. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong> <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/vertu-s-new-diamond-collection-luxurious-every-way/news">Vertu&rsquo;s new diamond collection is luxurious in every way&nbsp;</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Vertu’s got a new luxury line-up " alt="Vertu’s got a new luxury line-up " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ru6_0.jpeg?1421456582" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/xiaomi-unveils-its-xiaomi-note-and-note-pro-smartphones-and-all-other-news-you-ve-missed/news#comments Apple Oppo Round-up Wednesday Samsung Vertu Xiaomi Fri, 16 Jan 2015 07:34:51 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1457799 at http://www.stuff.tv Samsung finally releases a Tizen-powered phone, the Z1 - but only in India http://www.stuff.tv/sg/samsung/samsung-s-z1-first-real-tizen-phone-finally-released-only-india/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Following ample delays, Samsung’s move away from Android bears fruit </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Samsung Z1" alt="Samsung Z1" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/samsung-z1-groupshot.jpg?1421373432" /> </div> </div> </div> <p class="p1">Getting its Tizen operating system onto a consumer smartphone has been a struggle for Samsung, with planned launches of the flagship Z falling apart in both <a href="http://www.cnet.com/news/first-tizen-os-smartphone-canceled-in-japan/">Japan</a> and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/tizen-powered-samsung-z-handset-delayed-no-new-release-date-confirmed/news">Russia</a>. But it&rsquo;s finally happened - with a different phone.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p class="p1">There&rsquo;s a 3.1MP camera on the back, as well as a VGA selfie shooter up front, and the 1500 mAh battery is supported by the Ultra Power Saving Mode option for when the juice runs low. Not the most inspiring specs, but with a price of just INR 5,700 (about S$122), it ought to have appeal for consumers seeking a solidly functional first-time smartphone.</p> <p class="p1">Whether or not the Z1 ultimately leaves India, as well as when Tizen will spread as a smartphone OS, is another story altogether. Considering the botched launch of the Z, we imagine many developers are waiting to see how OS adoption picks up before committing resources to bring top apps to Tizen.</p> <p class="p1">It may be a while before Samsung has a compelling enough case to convince veteran smartphone users away from Android and other top options - but it&rsquo;ll be worth it for Samsung to try and see it through if it means more profits in the end.</p> <p class="p1">[Sources: <a href="http://global.samsungtomorrow.com/samsung-unveils-the-samsung-z1-the-first-tizen-powered-smartphone-for-indian-consumers/">Samsung</a>, <a href="http://www.slashgear.com/samsung-z1-smartphone-powered-by-tizen-destined-for-india-14364428/">SlashGear</a>]</p> <p class="p1"><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/tizen-powered-samsung-z-handset-delayed-no-new-release-date-confirmed/news">Tizen-powered Samsung Z phone delayed with no new release date confirmed</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="674" title="Samsung Z1" alt="Samsung Z1" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-z1-flat.png?1421373432" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/samsung/samsung-s-z1-first-real-tizen-phone-finally-released-only-india/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/samsung/samsung-s-z1-first-real-tizen-phone-finally-released-only-india/news#comments Samsung Smartphones Thu, 15 Jan 2015 15:13:55 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1457772 at http://www.stuff.tv Samsung's Tizen-powered Z1 phone is official in India http://www.stuff.tv/sg/samsung/samsungs-tizen-powered-z1-phone-official-india/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The biggest mystery here is why it insists on calling it the Z1 when there&#039;s already a Sony Xperia Z1 on the market </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="567" height="425" title="Samsung&#039;s Tizen-powered Z1 phone is official in India " alt="Samsung&#039;s Tizen-powered Z1 phone is official in India " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/samsung%20z1.jpg?1421308238" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>It&#39;s here, after a lot of hiccups: a Samsung phone running on its custom OS called Tizen.&nbsp; The official announcement was made on its <a href="http://global.samsungtomorrow.com/samsung-unveils-the-samsung-z1-the-first-tizen-powered-smartphone-for-indian-consumers/" target="_blank">website</a>, though at press time the phone&#39;s only been launched in India so far.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/erna-mahyuni" title="View user profile.">Erna Mahyuni</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> More Tizen to come? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>In a <a href="http://global.samsungtomorrow.com/tizen-in-the-big-picture/" target="_blank">post</a> on Samsung&#39;s site, Samsung called Tizen a &#39;lighter&#39; mobile OS that required less processing power and memory which translates to less energy used. Despite not scheduling (as yet) any Tizen developer events, Samsung noted that more than anything the company relied on developers coming on board to make Tizen a success.</p> <p>We&#39;ll probably have to wait until the reviews come out for the phone, though, before passing judgement but still it doesn&#39;t bode well for Samsung to push out a phone that seems, on paper, much the same as Samsung&#39;s frankly mediocre entry-level smartphones.</p> <p>With Nokia already having a firm footing in the &#39;really cheap smartphones&#39; market in India, you wonder whether it will do Samsung much good trying to diversify into an area that promises volume but on paper might not deliver attractive profit margins.</p> <p>Perhaps they&#39;d be better off trying to stave off the attack of the high-spec super-affordable phones coming from China.</p> <p>The Samsung Z1 is currently going for 5,700 rupees ($123).</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong> <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/shiny-brick-not-slab-gold-it-s-lumia-smartphone/news">Nokia&#39;s golden smartphone</a></p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/01/14/samsung_z1_tizen_launch/" target="_blank">TheRegister</a>]</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Samsung&#039;s Tizen-powered Z1 phone is official in India " alt="Samsung&#039;s Tizen-powered Z1 phone is official in India " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung%20z1_specs.jpg?1421308238" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/samsung/samsungs-tizen-powered-z1-phone-official-india/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/samsung/samsungs-tizen-powered-z1-phone-official-india/news#comments Samsung Smartphones Thu, 15 Jan 2015 07:50:40 +0000 Erna Mahyuni 1457704 at http://www.stuff.tv Samsung reportedly trying to buy BlackBerry for $7.5 billion http://www.stuff.tv/sg/blackberry/samsung-reportedly-trying-buy-blackberry/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> UPDATE: Both parties deny the impending acquisition, but source remains steadfast </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="BlackBerry" alt="BlackBerry" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/blackberry-logo.png?1421291547" /> </div> </div> </div> <p class="p1">UPDATE: Samsung has <a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/01/15/us-blackberry-m-a-samsung-elec-idUSKBN0KO00920150115">denied the reported move</a>, telling Reuters, &quot;Media reports of the acquisition are groundless.&quot; And BlackBerry has done quite the same, denying the original report.</p> <p class="p1">However, Reuters affirms that it spoke to someone familiar with the process and has seen documents pertaining to it, so just because the companies have nothing to confirm today doesn&#39;t mean it was all pulled out of thin air. Stay tuned.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/blackberry/samsung-reportedly-trying-buy-blackberry/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/blackberry/samsung-reportedly-trying-buy-blackberry/news#comments BlackBerry Samsung Smartphones Wed, 14 Jan 2015 21:41:32 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1457679 at http://www.stuff.tv Samsung could reveal a circular smartwatch with a rotating bezel at MWC http://www.stuff.tv/sg/samsung/samsung-could-reveal-circular-smartwatch-rotating-bezel-mwc/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Samsung rumour mill shows no signs of slowing down </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="552" height="416" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/samsung-patent-interface-round-smartwatch1.png?1421286325" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/moto-360/motorola-moto-360/review" target="_blank">Moto 360</a> and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/lg/lg-g-watch-r/review" target="_blank">LG G Watch R</a> could finally have some circular competition from Samsung.</p> <p>SamMobile has already confirmed that the round smartwatch - codenamed Orbis - will be revealed at MWC in Barcelona in March, and now the site has revealed that the device will feature a crown and rotating bezel ring.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/samsung/samsung-could-reveal-circular-smartwatch-rotating-bezel-mwc/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/samsung/samsung-could-reveal-circular-smartwatch-rotating-bezel-mwc/news#comments Samsung Smartwatches Wearable tech Wed, 14 Jan 2015 17:15:02 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1457665 at http://www.stuff.tv The software on Samsung’s next major Galaxy phone might be entirely different http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/software-samsung-s-next-major-galaxy-phone-might-be-entirely-different/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> How different you ask? It will apparently be simpler </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="604" height="453" title="The software on Samsung’s next major Galaxy phone might be entirely different " alt="The software on Samsung’s next major Galaxy phone might be entirely different " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/ss6_0.jpeg?1421225575" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>If you think the Samsung&#39;s customised Android interface is a total mess with too many personalisation options, a new rumour might put your woes to rest. And change the opinion of hardcore iOS fanboys and girls.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/hafizahosman" title="View user profile.">Hafizah Osman</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/software-samsung-s-next-major-galaxy-phone-might-be-entirely-different/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/software-samsung-s-next-major-galaxy-phone-might-be-entirely-different/news#comments Android Galaxy S6 Samsung Smartphones Wed, 14 Jan 2015 08:31:05 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1457584 at http://www.stuff.tv Samsung's A-series phones for the young and selfie-obsessed http://www.stuff.tv/sg/samsung/samsungs-series-phones-young-and-selfie-obsessed/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A throwback to the era of cameraphones, these phones are all about wide-angle selfies </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="567" height="425" title="Samsung&#039;s A-series phones for the young and selfie-obsessed" alt="Samsung&#039;s A-series phones for the young and selfie-obsessed" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/samsung%20A5A3.jpg?1421140107" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Selfies - you can't run from them. While self-portraiture is nothing new, the digital age has made the act of taking a photo of yourself something trendy and thus Samsung attempts to ride that trend with its new A-series phones. </p> <p>The A3, A5, and A7 launched in Singapore are, specs-and-pricewise, rather middling. Both phones come with a 1.2GHz quadcore processor while the A7 packs both 1.5GHz quadcore and 1.0GHz quadcore processors. Both however are optimised for selfies with 5-megapixel frontfacing cameras. So no crappy selfies here.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/erna-mahyuni" title="View user profile.">Erna Mahyuni</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Selfies but not much else </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The A7 is the flagship for the range, with a 5.5-inch super AMOLED display to the A5's 5-inch and A3's 4.5-inch screen. Also bigger on the A5 and A7 is the megapixel count - 13 to the A3's 8.</p> <p>Samsung's 'special sauce' for the A models is its selfie modes: wide selfie, rear-cam selfie and image beautification. The A5 and A7 also have multi-screen capabilities, which is missing from the A3.</p> <p>Another key differentiator is battery size: the A7 and A5's bigger 2600 mAh and 2300 mAh batteries (respectively) will give you more selfie power as compared to the A3's 1,900 mAh.</p> <p>The range is squarely aimed at the youth market and "designed for consumers to have fun", says Samsung. </p> <p>For the non-selfie obsessed, it is hard to recommend the Samsung A5 considering both the Lenovo Vibe X2 and the Honor 6 offer high-end specs for much cheaper.</p> <p>The Samsung Galaxy A5 retails for S$598 while the A3 is going for S$448 and available from 16 January at all Samsung's official distributors and retailers.</p> <p>The Galaxy A7 will make an appearance later this quarter. Pricing to be updated when we get wind of it.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Samsung&#039;s A-series phones for the young and selfie-obsessed" alt="Samsung&#039;s A-series phones for the young and selfie-obsessed" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung%20A5A3_2.jpg?1421140107" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/samsung/samsungs-series-phones-young-and-selfie-obsessed/news#comments Samsung Smartphones Tue, 13 Jan 2015 07:39:37 +0000 Elissa Loi 1457485 at http://www.stuff.tv Samsung adds Galaxy A7 to premium all-metal range http://www.stuff.tv/sg/samsung/samsung-adds-galaxy-a7-premium-all-metal-range/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Galaxy A7 is a svelte slice of metal that will sit at the top of Samsung&#039;s recently announced all-metal range </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Samsung adds Galaxy A7 to premium all-metal range" alt="Samsung adds Galaxy A7 to premium all-metal range" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Samsung_GalaxyA7.jpg?1421113707" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Samsung recently unveiled a new line of premium all-metal Galaxy smartphones - the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/samsung/all-metal-samsung-galaxy-a3-and-a5-look-set-hit-uk/news">A3 and A5</a>&nbsp;- and now&nbsp;it&#39;s added to its roster with the Galaxy A7, which packs in more powerful specs.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/max-langridge" title="View user profile.">Max Langridge</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Galaxy A7 packs a 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon with dual 1.8GHz and 1.3GHz quad-core processors, along with a 5.5in sAMOLED screen, 2GB of RAM, 16GB on onboard storage with microSD support of up to 64GB, and a 2600mAh battery.&nbsp;</p> <p>A 13-megapixel camera adorns the back while a 5MP front-facing camera should take care of sharp selfies. Samsung has also included &#39;Ultra Wide Shot&#39; and &#39;Auto Selfie&#39; modes, the latter of which requres just a voice command or a wave of the hand to take a picture.&nbsp;</p> <p>The usual spate of connectivity options feature as well, including 4G LTE, Bluetooth and NFC.&nbsp;</p> <p>All of this in a body just 6.3mm - and a premium all-metal unibody, come to that. It&#39;s a welcome change to the plastic Galaxy smartphones of old, and points to a promising future for the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/samsung-galaxy-s6-review" target="_blank">Galaxy S6</a> flagship.</p> <p>While it lacks flagship specs like a 2K screen or Snapdragon 810 processor, it&#39;s at the higher end of the mid-range selection.&nbsp;Samsung has yet to confirm pricing and availability, but you can rest assured we&#39;ll update this page as soon as we know.</p> <p>[<a href="http://global.samsungtomorrow.com/samsung-introduces-galaxy-a7-for-a-seamless-social-experience/">Samsung</a>&nbsp;via&nbsp;<a href="http://gizmodo.com/samsung-galaxy-a7-a-thin-sleek-octocore-android-1678927091?utm_medium=referral&amp;utm_source=pulsenews">Gizmodo</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/samsung-galaxy-s6-review" target="_blank">Samsung Galaxy S6 preview</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/samsung/samsung-adds-galaxy-a7-premium-all-metal-range/news#comments Samsung Smartphones Mon, 12 Jan 2015 11:29:00 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1457430 at http://www.stuff.tv Samsung could unveil two Galaxy S6 smartphones and a round smartwatch at MWC http://www.stuff.tv/sg/samsung/samsung-unveil-two-s6-smartphones-and-round-smartwatch-mwc/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Samsung rumour mill is working on overtime, with the latest whispers pointing towards a flurry of MWC launches </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="567" height="425" title="Samsung could unveil two Galaxy S6 smartphones and a round smartwatch at MWC" alt="Samsung could unveil two Galaxy S6 smartphones and a round smartwatch at MWC" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/samsung-galaxy-alpha-01_2.jpg?1421320665" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>CES 2015 has been, gone, and provided us with the t-shirt. And jet lag. The next big event on the tech calendar is Mobile World Congress which takes places in Barcelona in March. And fingers are now pointing towards a double flagship launch from Samsung, along with the introduction of a new round smartwatch.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/max-langridge" title="View user profile.">Max Langridge</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>According to <a href="http://uk.businessinsider.com/samsung-galaxy-s6-details-and-announcement-2015-1">Business Insider</a>, we&#39;ll see two versions of the Samsung Galaxy S6. The first model will be an all-metal version, but it&#39;s unclear whether it will be an all-metal unibody design or just have metal accents. Given the release of the full-metal Galaxy <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/samsung/all-metal-samsung-galaxy-a3-and-a5-look-set-hit-uk/news" target="_blank">A3, A5</a> and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/samsung/samsung-adds-galaxy-a7-premium-all-metal-range/news" target="_blank">A7</a> handsets, coupled with previous leaks of supposedly genuine full-body aluminium shells, we&#39;re keeping out fingers crossed for an all-metal version.</p> <p>The second rumoured Galaxy S6 handset will reportedly have a screen that curves off at the edge, much like the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/samsung-galaxy-note-edge/review">Samsung Galaxy Note Edge.&nbsp;</a></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/samsung-galaxy-s6-review">Samsung Galaxy S6 preview</a></strong></p> <p>Samsung is also reportedly going to unveil a new smartwatch at MWC, with a round face to rival the likes of the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/moto-360/motorola-moto-360/review">Moto 360</a> and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/lg/lg-g-watch-r/review">LG G Watch R.&nbsp;</a>The new Samsung smartwatch will likely run <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/google/android-wear/review">Android Wear</a> as opposed to its own Tizen software.&nbsp;</p> <p>Samsung hasn&#39;t commented on any of these rumours as of yet. With just over a month to go until the show kicks off at the beginning of March, we shouldn&#39;t have too long to wait.</p> <p>We&#39;ll report all the news back from the front lines in Barcelona, so stay tuned.</p> <p>[<a href="http://uk.businessinsider.com/samsung-galaxy-s6-details-and-announcement-2015-1">Business Insider</a>&nbsp;via&nbsp;<a href="http://www.techradar.com/news/phone-and-communications/mobile-phones/samsung-to-launch-two-galaxy-s6-phones-and-moto-360-rival-at-mwc--1279968?src=rss&amp;attr=all">TechRadar</a>]</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/samsung/samsung-unveil-two-s6-smartphones-and-round-smartwatch-mwc/news#comments Samsung Smartphones Smartwatch Mon, 12 Jan 2015 14:10:36 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1457425 at http://www.stuff.tv Samsung's A7 slim phone official in Philippines, briefly glimpsed in Malaysia http://www.stuff.tv/sg/samsung/samsungs-a7-slim-phone-official-philippines-briefly-glimpsed-malaysia/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Only A3 and A5 available in Malaysia with no explanation why </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="567" height="425" title="Samsung&#039;s A7 slim phone official in Philippines but only glimpsed in Malaysia" alt="Samsung&#039;s A7 slim phone official in Philippines but only glimpsed in Malaysia" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/samsung%20a7%20phone%20line_1.jpg?1420792836" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Samsung had quietly &#39;outed&#39; its A7 smartphone at the Malaysian launch of the A3 and A5 selfie phones, mentioning it in a brochure and hiding it in plain sight.</p> <p>But as to why it chose to launch the A3 and A5 smartphones while leaving the A7 is a mystery, considering Samsung launched all three phones in the Philippines.</p> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Is bigger better? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>One of Samsung&#39;s big problems, which it is addressing now, is that it has too many models spread out over too many segments.</p> <p>The main selling point for the A series is the thinness of the phones, but otherwise the middling specs, otherwise uninteresting design and over-much focus on selfies make the phone poor competition for the likes of Xiaomi and Huawei.</p> <p>In Malaysia, Samsung&#39;s strategy is to create brand hype by targetting the A3 and A5 squarely at youth. Specs-wise, however, the A7 has the following upgrades over the A5: a faster processor, a 5.5-inch screen, dual-sim capability and a larger 2,600 mAh battery. Its camera is also 12 megapixels to the A5&#39;s 13 megapixels.</p> <p>Over in the Philippines, the A7 is priced at PHP24,990 ($742).</p> <p>R<strong>EAD MORE:</strong> <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/blackberry/boeing-and-blackberry-collaborate-highly-secure-mobile-phone/news" target="_blank">Boeing and BlackBerry&#39;s high-security phone</a></p> <p>Source: <a href="http://www.yugatech.com/mobile/samsung-galaxy-a3-a5-a7-officially-launched-in-ph/" target="_blank">Yugatech</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Samsung&#039;s A7 slim phone official in Philippines but only glimpsed in Malaysia" alt="Samsung&#039;s A7 slim phone official in Philippines but only glimpsed in Malaysia" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung%20a7%202_1.jpg?1420792836" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/samsung/samsungs-a7-slim-phone-official-philippines-briefly-glimpsed-malaysia/news#comments Samsung Smartphones Fri, 09 Jan 2015 08:40:38 +0000 Erna Mahyuni 1457131 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: Samsung’s amazingly tiny portable SSD, alliance formed to set 4K standards, and Microsoft hasn’t given up on Kinect yet http://www.stuff.tv/sg/kinect/ces-2015/fully-charged-samsung-s-amazingly-tiny-portable-ssd-alliance-formed-set-4k-standards <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Quick-hit news odds and ends from CES 2015 and the rest of the tech world </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Samsung Portable SSD T1" alt="Samsung Portable SSD T1" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/samsung-portable-ssd.jpg?1420536257" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Samsung’s portable SSD drives </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p class="p1">If you&rsquo;ve had good luck with Samsung&rsquo;s internal SSDs and have been waiting and waiting for the company to deliver a portable model, well congratulations - the day has come. Rejoice! Samsung announced its Portable SSD T1 at CES this week, and it&rsquo;s as tiny as it is capable (that is, very).</p> <p class="p1">An honoree for the CES Innovation Awards, the pocket-sized device is smaller than an average business card and only weighs an ounce, but it offers either 250GB, 500GB, or a full 1TB of storage. They&rsquo;ll launch later this month at US$180 (about S$240), US$300 (about S$400), and US$600 (about S$800) respectively, but if you want super-fast storage that you can take anywhere, it looks like a winner.</p> <p class="p1">[Source: <a href="http://www.samsung.com/global/business/semiconductor/news-events/press-releases/detail?cateSearchParam=&amp;searchTextParam=&amp;startYyyyParam=&amp;startMmParam=&amp;endYyyyParam=&amp;endMmParam=&amp;newsId=13881&amp;page=&amp;searchType=&amp;rdoPeriod=A">Samsung</a>]</p> <p class="p1"><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/ces-2015/ces-2015-what-expect-best-gadgets-and-tech/feature">CES 2015: All the latest stories from the biggest tech and gadget show on Earth</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/uXaAdVVNOYo" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> UHD Alliance will set 4K standards </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p class="p1">As 4K Ultra HD resolution becomes more and more commonplace in devices, several of the top manufacturers and content providers want to ensure that consumers know they&rsquo;re getting a quality experience from top to bottom. As such, the UHD Alliance has been formed to set standards for all participating companies to follow.</p> <p class="p1">The Alliance includes members like Samsung, Dolby, Panasonic, Sony, Disney, Netflix, LG, and more, and along with generating standards in the months to come, the group will have some level of branding on devices and content to make the quality assurance clear to consumers.</p> <p class="p1">&ldquo;As the UHD environment continues to evolve, we are strengthening our commitment to high-quality UHD content and devices,&rdquo; said Hyunsuk Kim, president of Samsung&rsquo;s visual display business. &ldquo;The Alliance will encourage the development of high-quality UHD content while distinguishing TVs that provide the most premium UHD viewing experience.&rdquo;</p> <p class="p1"><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/bravia/ces-2015/ces-2015-sony-reveals-absurdly-thin-android-tv-powered-bravia-4k-ultra-hd-tvs/news">CES 2015: Sony reveals absurdly thin, Android TV-powered Bravia 4K Ultra HD TVs</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Sony 4K Bravia" alt="Sony 4K Bravia" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-bravia-4k-hiresaudio_0.jpg?1420536257" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Microsoft still has Kinect ambitions </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p class="p1">When Microsoft dropped the Kinect 2.0 sensor from the entry-level Xbox One console package, it seemed a clear sign that motion gaming would not be a big part of the company&rsquo;s future plans. But that might not be the case, according to a job listing for a team focussed on &ldquo;top-secret&rdquo; work.</p> <p class="p1">Microsoft is looking for a senior software engineer to &ldquo;prototype and build the future of premium Kinect-powered experiences,&rdquo; and says the team &ldquo;will fail, and fail fast, on some projects.&rdquo; But in the good kind of way. We&rsquo;ve love to get some quality use out of the sensor beyond yelling to change the channel, so godspeed potential senior software engineer. Hope you don&rsquo;t fail <em>too</em> much.</p> <p class="p1">[Source: <a href="https://careers.microsoft.com/jobdetails.aspx?ss=&amp;pg=0&amp;so=&amp;rw=1&amp;jid=166642&amp;jlang=en&amp;pp=ss">Microsoft</a> via <a href="http://www.polygon.com/2015/1/5/7497123/microsoft-hiring-for-top-secret-xbox-projects">Polygon</a>]</p> <p class="p1"><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/kinect/e3-2014/kinect-dead-long-live-kinect/feature">Kinect is dead? Long live Kinect!</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Xbox One" alt="Xbox One" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/xboxone-withkinect.jpg?1420536257" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Assassin’s Creed movie coming December 2016 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p class="p1">Movies based on video games are rarely worthwhile, but that doesn&rsquo;t stop us from hoping the next big adaptation will be the one to buck the trend. 20th Century Fox&rsquo;s take on <em>Assassin&rsquo;s Creed</em> is certainly a major one on the horizon, set to star Michael Fassbender, and it has a new release date: 21 December 2016, more than a year after its previously planned launch.</p> <p class="p1">Additionally, Fox has another X-Men spinoff movie coming out next year - <em>Gambit</em>, starring Channing Tatum as Cajun mutant Remy LeBeau, will hit cinemas on 7 October 2016. The character made his big-screen debut in <em>X-Men Origins: Wolverine</em> thanks to actor Taylor Kitsch, but the role has apparently been recast for the standalone flick.</p> <p class="p1">[Source: <a href="http://www.theverge.com/2015/1/5/7497899/assassins-creed-channing-tatum-gambit-x-men">The Verge</a>]</p> <p class="p1"><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/assassins-creed-unity/assassin-s-creed-victory-set-victorian-london-leaks-ahead-expected-2015-releas">Assassin&rsquo;s Creed Victory, set in Victorian London, leaks ahead of expected 2015 release</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Assassin&#039;s Creed Unity" alt="Assassin&#039;s Creed Unity" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/assassins-creed-unity-01_0.jpg?1420536257" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/kinect/ces-2015/fully-charged-samsung-s-amazingly-tiny-portable-ssd-alliance-formed-set-4k-standards#comments 4K CES 2015 Film and TV Gaming Kinect Microsoft Samsung Tue, 06 Jan 2015 07:30:00 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1456840 at http://www.stuff.tv