Samsung Galaxy F may be exclusive to EE in the UK

With a rumored price of £1,500, there was little danger that the foldable Samsung Galaxy F would be a mass market device. Rumor has it that UK carrier EE is in talks with Samsung for an exclusivity deal, which will help spread out the cost by splitting it into monthly installments.

SIM-free units will be available from EE and also from Samsung stores, the exclusivity is only for phones on contract. However, with no contract you’ll have to pay the full price up front and the top-specced version of the Galaxy F is said to reach £2,000.

Naturally, EE has made no official comments on the potential exclusivity deal while Samsung only reiterated its expectation to build “at least” 1 million units.


Samsung Galaxy S10 to take after Galaxy A8s design

Samsung doesn’t exactly hide the fact that the upcoming Galaxy A8s smartphone will feature company’s first Infinity-O display, but the latest contains clues to the Galaxy S10 design according to latest rumors.

The render shows a full-screen display with a small cutout on the left for the front-facing camera and according to the source, it’s 6.7mm wide while next year’s Galaxy S10 would incorporate similar design but with a much smaller hole – around 2-3mm narrower.

However, the report doesn’t specify which Galaxy S10 version will adopt the Infinity-O design – it could be the budget variant with a flat screen or all three


Polaris Blue Samsung Galaxy S9 will go on sale in time for the holidays

Samsung’s Polaris Blue Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ will make it out of China and South Korea after all. The new color will go on sale in Germany (to start) in early December, priced at €849 and €949, respectively.

The new gradient paint job was originally announced as Ice Blue for China and subsequently South Korea.

Samsung Galaxy S9 in Polaris Blue
Samsung Galaxy S9 in Polaris Blue

The only difference we can see between the Ice Blue models for China and South Korea, and the Polaris Blue models destined for the German market are the storage options. Ice Blue was announced in a configuration with 128GB of memory, while the Germany-bound Polaris Blue are listed as 64GB.

Samsung Galaxy S9 in Polaris Blue Samsung Galaxy S9 in Polaris Blue
Samsung Galaxy S9 in Polaris Blue

Samsung Galaxy Note9 faithfuls will be quick to ask where’s the Note in Polaris Blue. Sadly, there’s no word on such a version so far.


Samsung Galaxy A8s to have LCD Infinity-O display, made by BOE

According to an unconfirmed industry report, Samsung could turn to Chinese display maker BOE to produce the Infinity-O panel for the upcoming Galaxy A8s.

What’s more interesting is that the panel could be of the LCD variety, instead of OLED, as a cost-saving measure.

BOE is currently tasked with making the 6.39-inch OLED display on the Huawei Mate 20 Pro. Speaking of Huawei, we know it will try and beat Samsung to the first smartphone with a hole in the display, so can we guess that its smartphone will also use a BOE-made LCD.

Producing an LCD with a hole is no doubt harder than producing an OLED with one. The camera cutout in the Galaxy A8s’ display will reportedly be 6.7mm and it’s speculated that the Galaxy S10 will have a smaller 2-3mm cutout.

The Samsung Galaxy A8s will house a Snapdragon 710 chipset, 6GB of RAM and a 3,000mAh battery. It’s bound for announcement in January, but some rumors suggest it will be out before the year’s end.


Samsung Galaxy A and M-series details emerge: storage and color options

The upcoming shake up of Samsung’s product lines is slowly being revealed through rumors. The latest is a summary of storage options and colors for the entry level Galaxy A and Galaxy M phones.

Samsung is reportedly seriously thinking about bringing White back as a launch day color option. But it seems that is reserved for the A-series, the cheaper M models will have a more limited palette. It’s not clear if any of these are gradient colors or not.

The naming will change as well, moving to with double-digit numbers – so SM-M205F will be Galaxy M20 not M2.

Interestingly, storage is quite generous, even something like the Samsung Galaxy M30 will come with 64GB as standard and offer a roomier 128GB option. That matches the Galaxy A50, which will be a more premium device.

Device Storage options Colors Additional model numbers
SM-A305F 32/64GB Blue, black, red, white SM-A305FN, SM-A305G, SM-A305GN, SM-A305GT
SM-A505F 64/128GB Blue, pink, black, silver, white SM-A505FN, SM-A505G, SM-A505GN, SM-A505GT
SM-M105F 16/32GB Blue and Dark Grey
SM-M205F 32/64GB Blue and Dark Grey SM-M205FN, SM-M205G
SM-M305F 64/128GB Blue and Dark Grey

It seems that all of these will be dual SIM phones, whether or not this means a hybrid slot (as in, one that also supports a microSD card) remains to be seen.

The Galaxy M-series will reportedly target emerging markets in the Middle East, Africa and Asia while the revamped A-series will be available in Europe. Note that Samsung is yet to start mass production on any of these models, so details may change.


Samsung Galaxy S10+ beats the Mate 20 Pro on AnTuTu

A Samsung Galaxy S10+ version has surfaced on AnTuTu showing a snippet of its main specs and topping the Huawei Mate 20 Pro and its 7nm Kirin 980 chipset.

According to the specs, the SM-G975F – likely to be called Galaxy S10+ – has a 6.4-inch display of 2280x1080px resolution (likely due to the software being set to a lower resolution), runs Android 9, is powered by an 8nm Exynos 9820 chipset with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of on-board storage. It posted an amazing benchmark score of 325,076.

The posted result beats the official AnTuTu score of the Huawei Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro but falls short of the result captured by the Snapdragon 8150 platform.

The Galaxy S10+ reportedly clocked as high as 2.7GHz during its run. The Exynos 9820 packs two Samsung-developed Exynos M4 cores, two Cortex-A75 and two Cortext-A55 cores.

Samsung Galaxy S10+ on AnTuTu
Samsung Galaxy S10+ on AnTuTu

Analysts predict that there’s an even more powerful Galaxy S10 with 12GB of RAM in the making, one with a larger 6.7-inch screen. If we go by the Galaxy Note9, we expect at least one Galaxy S10 model to pack 8GB of RAM or even more.


Samsung Galaxy M10 shows Exynos 7870 and 3GB of RAM on Geekbench

The entry-level smartphone in Samsung’s upcoming new Galaxy M series has made its first public appearance. The Galaxy M10, model number SM-M105F, was briefly spotted (and subsequently removed) on Geekbench.

Touting an Exynos 7870 with 3GB of RAM and running on Android 8.1 Oreo, the Galaxy M10 looks like a decent entry-level package.

Samsung’s Galaxy M series is set to take over from the Galaxy On series. Just yesterday we got our first informative details about the Galaxy M lineup.

The lineup will consist of the Galaxy M10 (SM-M105), the Galaxy M20 (SM-M205) and the Galaxy M30 (SM-M305). The M10 will come in 16GB and 32GB storage configurations, the M20 in 32GB and 64GB and the M30 in 64GB and 128GB – all three will launch in Blue and Dark Gray colors.


Samsung seeds second Android Pie beta update for the Galaxy S9/S9+

Since the official stable version of the Android Pie with Samsung’s brand new One UI on top is coming in January, the company’s developers are working hard on the beta release to squash all the bugs. Today the second update to the Android Pie beta is being pushed to a number of Galaxy S9 and S9+ devices with some improvements to the front shooter.

The changelog says that since the last update, Samsung has been working on improving the front camera experience, especially when it comes to faces in backlit conditions and overall software stability improvements. However, the patch is pretty hefty at around 700MB so we assume there’s more to it than meets the eye. Oh, and Google’s November security patch is in there as well.

Galaxy Note9 owners should expect an open beta program launched pretty soon and rumor has it, the Galaxy S8-series and the Note8 are next on the list.


Samsung Galaxy S9 to support Google’s ARCore for augmented reality apps (Update)

ARCore 1.0 Google Lens

Update – Feb. 25: As part of its Samsung Unpacked press event at MWC 2018, the company confirmed that its newly announced Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus phones will support Google’s ARCore platform. That means those phones will be able to run augmented reality apps developed with the the ARCore SDK. That also means those apps will have an even larger audience.

Original story – Feb. 23: Augmented reality (AR) has some incredibly exciting potential applications and Google is betting big on the prospect of people using their phones to virtually interact with the world around them.

Today, Google announced that ARCore — the Android SDK that lets developers create AR apps — has left the preview stage and jumped into its first public stage, ARCore 1.0. Apps developed on ARCore work on 100 million Android phones, and advanced AR is available on 13 different models for now (the entire Pixel line; the Samsung Galaxy S7, S7 Edge, S8, S8 Plus, and Note 8; the LG V30 and V30 Plus; the ASUS Zenfone AR; and the OnePlus 5). More phones with advanced AR capabilities are coming soon, as Google is working closely with manufacturers to bring AR to everyone.

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As you can imagine, this means plenty of new AR experiences will begin rolling out in the not too distant future. In fact, several major brands have apps based on the ARCore SDK, including Porsche, whose Mission E Concept app puts a virtual Porsche that you can walk around and even look inside in your driveway. Perhaps AR’s most exciting realm is gaming. 2016’s AR game Pokémon GO was a major sensation, and other apps are hoping for that level of adoption. A Ghostbusters-branded game enables you to snare Slimer with your proton pack and is just one example of the kind of experiences we can expect down the pipe.

Google is also pushing its Google Lens platform, a different type of AR experience. While ARCore enables developers to create artificial images in real-world environments, Lens can give users information about real-world environments simply by looking at it. Lens allows for things like taking a photo of a dog you met in a park to find out its breed, or taking a picture of someone’s business card and automatically creating a new contact for that person on your phone.

ARCore and Lens will both have a presence at Mobile World Congress 2018, which officially begins on Monday. We will no doubt have more information as well as some hands-on demos to share with you then!


Fix incoming for Oreo-induced Samsung Galaxy Apps update issue

Down goes another functionality after Oreo hits Galaxy S8 and Note8 units. This problem in question prevents users to upgrade apps through Samsung’s own app store. Yes we are talking about Galaxy Apps here.

Installation failed. Try again later

For past couple of weeks, Galaxy S8, S8+ and Note 8 users have been highlighting (1,2) the issue after flashing Android Oreo – apps fail to update though Galaxy App Store. Instead, an Error 200 is thrown notifying “Installation failed. Try again later“.

The following selection of user comments will give you more clarity on the matter:

I have a Samsung Galaxy S8. I am on Android 8.0 and Galaxy Experience 9.0. When I try to update any of the Galaxy Apps I get an error. Installation failed. Try later. ( : -200). This occurs for any update on Galaxy apps. I am on wi-fi.

I got the oreo update over the weekend, and none of the Galaxy apps will update through the Galaxy Apps store. They download, then give an error try again later -200. I have wiped the cache partition, multiple times, to no effect. All of the items coming through Google Play are updating just fine.

I have a Samsung Galaxy S8. When I try to update any of the preloaded Apps I get an error. Installation failed. Try later. This also happens with a system update.

Same issue here with galaxy s8+. No updates possible (galaxy apps and inside all apps)

Same issue after Oreo update on Note8 with Samsung support remote to try solving this problem. Finally, problem still remaining and Samsung suggest me to send my Note8 to service center for troubleshoot.

Even Samsung Gear users are also reporting the same:

I have been having this same issue since updating to Oreo on S8 through official AT&T update. I have tried everything shy of factory reset. My Gear S3 is basically a paper weight now. I can download the gear app from the Play Store but it won’t connect and initialize

This issue is also happening on the Samsung Galaxy S8 and it is also causing the failure of the Samsung Gear App to update which renders Samsung Gear useless after resets.

Samsung says fix on way

Worry not. The company is not only aware but will be releasing a fix for the same in the next update, going by what the moderators are claiming on the company’s official European help forum. Here’s what they said