Galaxy Note 5’s S Pen is rumoured to feature Auto-eject function

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Something that sets the Galaxy Note range apart from the Galaxy S series of handsets is the inclusion of the S Pen, Samsung’s take on the stylus. Every time a new Note handset is released, the S Pen receives a whole bunch of new features and functions, and it would seem that the upcoming Note 5 will be no different, with the latest rumour being that the S Pen will sport an Auto Eject ability. This rumour comes about thanks to the publication of a trademark application from Samsung by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

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Galaxy S5 Neo will user a newer Exynos CPU and an upgraded front-facing camera

Samsung_Galaxy_S_5_Back_Bottom_Galaxy_S_5_Logo_TA_02More details have come to light about Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy S5 Neo. Samsung’s Neo devices typically offer a similar package to an older flagship device, albeit with slightly downgraded internals and a budget-friendly price tag. The GS5 Neo will be no exception, although it does look like it’s going to be shipping with a brand new Exynos processor.

The Exynos 7580 CPU is a 64-bit processor with 8 cores, clocked at 1.6 GHz. It’s slower than the beefy Snapdragon 801 (or Exynos 5422, depending on your region) that was found in the regular Galaxy S 5, but it should still offer pretty decent performance, especially for the price. Read more

Samsung and ARM agree to long-term deal for Mali GPUs

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ARM has announced that they have entered into a long-term licensing agreement with Samsung covering current Mali graphics processing units (GPUs) as well as GPUs developed in the future. Mark Dickinson, general manager with ARM, says the agreement “will enable Samsung to deliver rich and exciting user experiences to consumers on any device” while noting “hundreds of millions of consumers have benefitted from the longstanding collaboration between Samsung and ARM.” Read more

Samsung Pay delayed again, will likely launch alongside the Galaxy Note 5

samsung-pay-galaxy-s6-edgeSamsung Pay was hyped up around the announce of the Galaxy S6, and with good reason. The technology should theoretically make adoption of the payment system much faster than what we’ve seen with other mobile wallets, since retailers won’t have to install any special hardware for it.

Unfortunately, Samsung hasn’t given an exact date for when the service will launch. They’ve mentioned some general time tables, and the last we’d heard was that it was all set to go live in the second half of Q2 this year, but it doesn’t look like that’s the case.  Read more

New Samsung Exynos 7850 processor surfaces

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An upcoming device from TCL appeared on benchmark site GFXBench, revealing the presence of an unannounced Samsung Exynos processor. The handset, which is labeled as P650M, features the Exynos 7850 processor. The octa-core processor is clocked at 1.6GHz and paired with 2GB of RAM.

The Samsung Exynos 7850 is expected to compete with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 and MediaTek Mt675x for a place in mid-range handsets. The company has not made any comments regarding the Exynos 7850, but something could be on the horizon.

Hit the break to see the handset’s specifications on GFXBench.

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Large smartphones rule the roost in latest consumer satisfaction survey

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When Samsung first came out with a large smartphone, the Galaxy Note, it was derided by many as being too big and spawned the term “phablet” as consumers tried to describe a device that seemed to land in between a phone and a tablet. A few years later though we see several companies producing smartphones in this category and even Apple is selling one, the iPhone 6 Plus, now. In a recent survey of 20 smartphones, consumers ranked these large smartphones high with the top three firmly coming from the “phablet” camp. Read more

Samsung to Further Confuse Shoppers, Will Launch Galaxy S6 Plus

Everything is better with a Plus. Don’t believe me? Hop in an Audi A8’s rear seat and then try an A8 L. Right? You know you love it. Also, clothes are more fun when larger. I defy you to prove that tight hipstery nonsense is somehow better for my circulation and/or general contentment.

But I digress.

Hot off the heels of a maybe-successfulmaybe-not launch of the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge, Samsung is now allegedly slated to release the S6 Plus, which we are required to tell you is not the Note 5.

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