Samsung Galaxy S9: 9 new features to expect

Where there is smoke there is fire, and the fact that nuggets of info about upcoming Galaxy S9 are already trickling out may come as support for the rumor that Samsung may pull its release forward in order to combat the wider market availability of the iPhone X, whose production is expected to ramp up sufficiently no sooner than next quarter. 

While a grandiose change in looks is not expected, given that Samsung just blasted off with the Infinity Display design this year, there will be grand changes under the hood, if the rumor mill and history …


Apple and Samsung to square off in court again to determine damages owed to Apple

If you were a PhoneArena reader back in 2012, seeing the name of Judge Lucy Koh in this story should bring back memories of that epic Samsung v. Apple patent infringement suit. On Sunday, Judge Koh signed an order that requires Samsung and Apple to square off in district court to determine how much Samsung owes its rival for infringing on a trio of patents. This comes after a Supreme Court ruling last year changed the way damages are computed in a patent infringement suit.

In the past, a monetary award in a patent infringement case was computed by looking at the profits earned by the defendant …

Deal: Save up to $250 when you buy a Samsung Galaxy S8/S8+ or Note 8 from Best Buy

Samsung has some of the most popular Android flagships available on the market. The Galaxy S8 and S8+ are selling much better than the previous models, while the Galaxy Note 8 is likely to be off to a good start as well.

If the price was the main obstacle that prevented you to purchase either of the three smartphones, you’ll be pleased to know Best Buy is now running a promotional offer that allows customers to save up to $250 when they buy the Galaxy Note 8, Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S8+.

The only caveat for some might be the fact that the deal requires them to …

Deal: Samsung Active InEar headphones are on sale for only $12 (60% off) on Amazon

Samsung’s Active InEar headphones for smartphones are getting cheaper with each passing month. Three weeks ago, the earphones went on sale at Amazon for just $14.50, but if you missed that deal or decided that it’s still a little bit too much to pay for them, you’re in luck.

Amazon is running another sale on the Samsung Active InEar headphones, but this time the retailer has slashed 60% off the MSRP. Basically, you’ll be paying just $12 for the earphones, which usually cost around $30.

There’s a catch though: only the Black Sapphire variant is discounted …

Consumer Reports recommends the Samsung Galaxy S7 over the Apple iPhone 8

Non-profit magazine Consumer Reports provides readers with unbiased recommendations. In its latest look at the smartphone industry, CR recommended that its readers purchase the 2016 Samsung Galaxy S7 over the brand spanking new Apple iPhone 8. Yes folks, that is not a typo. And not only did last year’s Galaxy model top the iPhone 8, so did this year’s Samsung Galaxy S8 and Samsung Galaxy S8+.

Consumer Reports gave the Samsung Galaxy S8 and the Samsung Galaxy S8+ each a score of 81. The Apple iPhone 8 and the Galaxy S7 both tied with scores of 80. Despite the tie, the magazine recommended …

The Samsung Galaxy S8 Active will be Sammy's first phone to support T-Mobile's new 600MHz Band?

Back in April, T-Mobile spent nearly $8 billion to win 31MHz of 600MHz low-frequency spectrum that was part of an FCC auction. Also known as Band 71, the low frequency airwaves travel farther and penetrate buildings better than higher frequency spectrum. Only one handset, the LG V30, currently is available with support for Band 71. Now, FCC documents reveal which handset will be the first from Samsung to work with the 600MHz spectrum.

A new version of the Samsung Galaxy S8 Active (SM-G892U) has been certified by the FCC. This is the rugged version of the Samsung Galaxy S8, better able to …

Rugged Samsung Galaxy Tab Active 2 is now official; tablet will launch later this month

Just a few days ago, we passed along some images of the Samsung Galaxy Tab Active 2. Today, the tablet has been officially introduced by Samsung. With the Active name attached to the slate, you can expect the device to survive “excessive pressure, temperatures, environments, vibration and drops.” The Galaxy Tab Active 2 is certified to meet military specifications. And with an IP certification rating of IP68, the tablet can be submerged in up to nearly 5-feet of water for up to 30-minutes and escape unscathed. The display will even work with wet fingers.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab Active 2 features …

LG, Samsung, Apple or Essential: who did 'all-screen' best? (poll results)

We asked you recently whose approach to a “bezel-less,” “all-screen” or whatchamacallit panel with minimum amount of side, top and bottom bezels can be named. Nearly all major manufacturers went that route with at least one handset, and some with whole lineups, so it’s a growing trend that is likely to become the norm next year, and even go to the midrangers, so it’s important to judge whose approach may stick with users better. 
Almost half of our 4413 respondents chose Samsung’s thin strips and curved edges as the best solution to the all-screen …

Samsung to take on the Apple Store concept with an opulent London beachhead

With more than $13 billion profit forecast for the last quarter, Samsung is no longer a runner up in that regard, and wants to be perceived as the start that it is right now. People in the know share that its first order of business might be to open flagship stores like the ones Apple has on key locations in major cities, and one of the beachheads will be in London’s upcoming Coal Drops Yard mall, which has been designed by Thomas Heatherwick with a curved roof, and some amazing architectural solutions. 

Samsung has reportedly already leased 20,000 square …

Samsung adopting Google's ARCore, coming to Galaxy S8 and Note 8

Samsung has partnered with Google to adopt ARCore, Google’s augmented reality platform, and it will bring the experience to its Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+ and the Galaxy Note 8.
Google announced ARCore earlier this year and it is a rival technology to the already available ARKit on Apple devices. The iPhone 6s and newer iPhones all support the feature and there are already quite a few interesting apps that make use of AI on the iOS platform.
With Samsung joining the Google ARCore camp, developers will now be able to write …