Samsung breaks ground on the 7nm foundry that will cast the Galaxy S10 and Note 10 chipsets

Samsung just tooled up for mass production of the chipsets that will go into the Galaxy S10 and Note 10, as it is breaking ground on a brand new foundry this week, tasked with making the plunge all the way down to the 7nm production node. The factory costs $5.6 billion, yet Samsung has further expansion plans about it, since the 7nm process will be with us for at least a few years going forward.

The Snapdragon 845 chipset that is about to debut in the Galaxy S9, is packing Qualcomm’s X20 modem, which does 1.2 Gbps, so we’d wager to guess that the 7nm X24 modem …


All Samsung Galaxy Note 8 and S8 models now come with free Gear IconX wireless earphones

Samsung will soon announce a Galaxy S9 and a Galaxy S9+, but that doesn’t mean the company wants customers to stop purchasing its current smartphones. That being said, following a wave of Galaxy-related deals that have been available lately, Samsung now has another offer to buyers of its high-end phones: the company is giving away Gear Icon X (2018) fitness earphones (normally priced at $199.99) for free.
To get yourself a free pair of Gear IconX earbuds, you can buy any of the following Samsung phones (either unlocked, or on a carrier*): …

Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro

The Redmi Note 5 Pro has a 5.99″ Full HD+ display that boasts a resolution of 1080 by 2160 pixels and has the freshest octa-core Snapdragon 636 chipset that is drawing power form a 4,000mAh battery. The phone comes in two memory configurations, with 4/6GB RAM, and both will sport 64GB storage. There is a brand new set of cameras on the back, arranged in a vertical format like you know who. The usual 12MP f/2.2 primary camera that Xiaomi uses lately, is paired with a 5MP f/2.0 depth sensor, while the front-facing camera offers the whopping 20MP resolution, and is aided by a flash.

Note 9 won't have in-display finger scanner, but the Galaxy S10 might

Well, it was too good to be true. The in-display finger scanner of the Galaxy Note 9, that is, as rumors that Samsung won’t be ready to produce those in mass quantities for the S9, but may be for the Note 9, are quickly getting deflated.

Korean media is reporting today that the Note 9 will come with the good ol’ rear-mounted finger scanner, probably just the one you are seeing on the latest Galaxy S9 renders. Yes, it is apparently still working with a variety of suppliers, as well as the technology’s creators from Synaptics, to introduce a fingerprint …

Deal: Buy an unlocked Galaxy Note 8 or S8 and get a free Samsung SmartThings Home Monitoring Kit ($200 value)

Want to hear about yet another deal involving Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8, S8, and S8+? If you do, we’re glad to inform you that the unlocked versions of the three smartphones are now offered by Best Buy alongside a free SmartThings Home Monitoring Kit. 
Normally costing around $200 (more or less, depending on where you’re getting it from), the Samsung SmartThings Home Monitoring Kit enables you to automate, control, and monitor your home via a dedicated SmartThings app. The kit is compatible with a wide range of smart appliances, lights, speakers, locks, cameras, …

Patent sketch shows how the under-display fingerprint scanner of the Note 9 might look

We have been hearing time and again that under-the-glass fingerprint scanners are coming to our beloved smartphones very soon. Well, to be exact, the first handset to have this already exists, but it’s stuck to being exclusive to China — it’s the Vivo X20 Plus UD. We are still waiting for the first mainstream devices to bring the tech about in 2018.

Last year, hopeful leaksters said that we might see under-the-glass fingerprint sensors on the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S9, but further reports said that Samsung is still not ready to put the tech on the production line. …

Deal: Save up to $300 on a Samsung Galaxy Note 8 or S8 (Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile), or get a $350 gift card (Sprint)

Since their release, Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8, Galaxy S8, and Galaxy S8+ have been included in so many deals and promotions that we kind of lost track of them. Still, we have to report about the newest deals involving Samsung’s three phones, as they’re pretty tempting (particularly if you’re interested in a Verizon Note 8), and don’t require trade-ins.  
As of this weekend, Best Buy lets you purchase a Verizon Galaxy Note 8 at $300 off. Verizon was already taking $200 off the Note 8 (reflected in reduced monthly payments), but Best …

US carrier confirms Samsung Galaxy S6, S6 edge, S6 edge+ and Note 5 will get Android Oreo

Samsung sold lots of Galaxy S6 and Note 5 flagships, as well as many of the former’s variations like the S6 edge and S6 edge+. All those people who still use these phones are still waiting for the handset maker to announce whether or not it will release Android Oreo updates for any of them.

Until today, we only had rumors pointing to possible Oreo updates for the Galaxy S6 and its variations, but no these reports haven’t been confirmed by Samsung. While we still don’t know what’s happening in Samsung’s labs, there’s a high chance that these Galaxy and Note models will eventually receive …

Starting tomorrow, take $200 off the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 at Verizon; no trade-in required

Eyeing the Samsung Galaxy Note 8? If you’re looking for a phone to make you more productive, you can’t go wrong with this one. Sporting a large 6.3-inch display and the S-Pen, there is so much you can do on the phone to help you get your work done quickly. The IP68 certification rating means that you won’t have to hide the Galaxy Note 8 in your pocket when it starts to rain, and if an idea hits you in the shower, you can quickly start working on it before you towel yourself dry.

If there is one complaint about the Galaxy Note 8, it is the price. At Verizon, for example, the handset will …

Best clear cases for Samsung Galaxy Note 8

If you own a Samsung Galaxy Note 8, and you haven’t bought a protective case for it yet, you could consider getting a clear / transparent case. Whether they’re fully, or partially transparent, these cases don’t change the aspect of the Galaxy Note 8 too much, so they’re perfect if you want to preserve the phone’s original style. Clear cases also offer at least some basic protection (depending on model), though you should obviously not expect them to be as tough as some heavy duty rugged cases.
All the clear Galaxy Note 8 cases that we’re showcasing here are compatible …