Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Refurbished Units to Start Selling Next Week: Reports

The world’s biggest smartphone maker Samsung will next week start reselling refurbished Galaxy Note 7 devices after a humiliating recall over exploding batteries last year, news reports said Tuesday.

Samsung Electronics declined to comment on the reports.

The recall debacle cost the Korean giant billions of dollars in lost profits and hammered its global credibility.

Around three million Galaxy Note 7 devices were returned to the firm, but campaign groups including Greenpeace expressed concern that discarding them could harm the environment.

Citing industry sources, South Korea’s Yonhap news agency and other news reports said Samsung would start selling refurbished devices with new batteries and updated software under the name Galaxy Note Fandom Edition (FE).

They will be priced below KRW 700,000 ($616 or roughly Rs. 40,000) and sales are slated to start July 7, Yonhap said.

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Refurbished Units to Start Selling Next Week: Reports
The recall was deeply embarrassing for Samsung but it has just launched a new flagship device, the Galaxy S8, to positive reviews and strong orders.

In April it posted its biggest quarterly net profit for more than three years, although it has come under pressure on wider fronts.

Lee Jae-Yong, the Samsung group vice-chairman and heir to its leadership, is on trial for bribery in connection with the sprawling corruption scandal that brought down former South Korean president Park Geun-Hye.

Lee is accused of bribing Park and her secret confidante Choi Soon-Sil with millions of dollars to seek government favours.

He has effectively been at the helm of the group since his father suffered a heart attack in 2014. His indictment in February sent shockwaves through the firm and triggered the announcement of a major reform of its top-down management style.

Samsung to start selling refurbished Galaxy Note 7 from July 7 onwards

According to latest reports, Samsung will start selling refurbished Galaxy Note 7 devices next week. The news comes from Korea through a renowned publication which also claims that the controversial smartphone which seems to have been now fixed will go on sale starting July 7.

Further citing unnamed sources, the publication reports that Samsung will release the smartphone under the name the Galaxy Note Fandom Edition (FE) and with a price tag below 700,000 won (approx $616 or Rs. 39,684).

However, a Samsung spokesperson has stated that the smartphone’s final cost price is yet to be fixed. As of now, they are waiting for the Samsung’s phone and information technology division to officially announce the launch date.

Samsung to start selling refurbished Galaxy Note 7 from July 7 onwards

Reports also suggest that Samsung is currently holding its bi-annual strategic forum in Seoul and the company should fix as well as reveal the launch dates for its products including the Galaxy Note 8.

If you recall Samsung’s flagship handset Galaxy Note 7 has already had a rough start last year and the exploding fiasco did cause the firm operating losses of some 6.1 trillion won ($5 billion). But after months of speculation, Samsung claims that the Galaxy Note 7 issue has been fixed and reports also state that the refurbished Note 7 will come with a completely updated software as well as a lower-capacity battery compared to the original model.

Interestingly, a large number of petitions from environment groups were sent to Samsung asking the company to repair and reuse the 4.3 million Note 7 handsets that were produced. Well, it looks like Samsung is going forward with such move and is recycling and using refurbished phones for sale. Will you purchase the smartphone? Do let us know in the comments.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 render hits the web, price is also out

From the image below, you can see that the screen-to-body ratio of the Galaxy Note 8 is better than that of the flagship smartphones – Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+. We have already come across this information, thanks to a previous leak. Also, the latest leaked render suggests that the Galaxy Note 8 will have a 6.3-inch display that goes in line with the previous rumors. This screen is believed to have a QHD 1440p resolution. But the chances to expect a 4K display are high if Samsung wants to focus on VR. The latest leak suggests that the Galaxy Note 8 might be priced around €999 (approx. Rs. 72,000). At such a premium price point, it is possible for the device to arrive with a 4K display. Another noticeable feature is the rear-mounted fingerprint sensor, which wasn’t seen on the previous leaks. It seems to be positioned under the dual-lens rear camera setup. Samsung is believed to make use of two 12MP camera sensors at the back with OIS. Talking about the other details as tipped by the previous speculations, the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 slated to be unveiled in late August ahead of IFA 2017 is likely to feature Snapdragon 836 SoC. The upcoming chipset is claimed to be paired with either 6GB or 8GB RAM and up to 256GB of default memory capacity. The other aspects include a 3300mAh battery and DeX support as well.

Samsung Galaxy S8 Case Leak Tips Design Overhaul, Dual Camera

Samsung’s next Galaxy S8 has been rumoured to come with design overhaul apart from other major features. A flurry of leaks have offered good amount of detail regarding the upcoming Samsung flagship and a new case leak has surfaced on the Internet offering a slightly better look at the possible design of the handset.

Samsung Galaxy S8 Case Leak Tips Design Overhaul, Dual Camera

The new case leak also shows that Samsung Galaxy S8 will indeed feature the fingerprint scanner at the back corroborating to earlier leaks. There have been leaks pointing that Samsung may finally ditch its physical home button at the front. The new case leaks were obtained by an Italian publication HD Blog and are claimed to be official accessory from Samsung for the upcoming Galaxy S8. While the larger variant was expected to be the only one with a dual camera setup, the latest case leak tips both the smartphone variants will sport dual rear cameras.

Based on preliminary leaks, the Samsung Galaxy S8 is expected to come in two sizes – 5.8 and 6.2 inches. The new case leak also tips at two screen sizes for the Galaxy S8. The company is also said to add a dedicated button for Bixby – Samsung’s new AI assistant which will work with native apps as well. Older leaks tip screen sizes of 5 inches and 6 inches.

For specifications, the Galaxy S8 is expected to be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC with 4GB or 6GB of RAM. The handset will pack 64GB inbuilt storage while will support expandable storage via microSD card (up to 128GB). The Samsung Galaxy S8 and the Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus are said to sport 3250mAh battery and 3750mAh battery respectively. The smartphones are largely expected to go on sale by April 21.

A recent report claimed China prices for the Galaxy S8 – 6GB of RAM with 64GB storage variant is said to be priced at CNY 6,088 (roughly Rs. 59,000) while the 128GB storage variant is said to be available at CNY 6,488 (roughly Rs. 63,000). Evan Blass had previously claimed that Samsung Galaxy S8 will go on sale from April 21 and will cost EUR 100 (roughly Rs. 7,300) more than its predecessor.

Samsung Galaxy Tab Iris launched in India: rate, specifications, more

Samsung on Wednesday released its Make in India tablet inside the us of a, the Samsung Galaxy Tab Iris, priced at Rs. 13,499. The highlight of the pill, which is centered at authorities and corporate personnel, is its biometric authentication feature – it bears an iris scanner this is Aadhar, STQC, and UIDAI certified. No actual launch date has been provided yet.

Samsung Galaxy Tab Iris Launched in India: Price, Specifications, More

released beneath the auspices of the virtual India initiative, the Android Lollipop-primarily based Samsung Galaxy Tab Iris is a 3G-enabled pill through a SIM card slot, and sports a 7-inch WSVGA (1024×600 pixels) show. it’s miles powered by way of a 1.2GHz quad-core SoC, coupled with 1.5GB of LPDDR3 RAM.

The Galaxy Tab Iris bears a 5wireless-megapixel rear autofocus camera, and springs with 8GB of inbuilt storage that’s expandable through microSD card (as much as 200GB). Connectivity alternatives include c084d04ddacadd4b971ae3d98fecfb2a 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth v4.1, and Micro-USB. It weighs in at 327 grams, is powered by means of a 3600mAh battery, and measures 193.4×116.4×9.7mm. The company is asking the onboard iris scanner a ‘dual-eye scanner’.

The South Korean customer electronics giant in a press statement said the Galaxy Tab Iris will help provide “cashless and paperless services in programs which include banking, other than e-governance services inclusive of passport, taxation, healthcare, and education.”

The corporation also introduced it is releasing an wi-fi SDK to software program builders to help construct answers for monetary inclusion, price, and authentication. Samsung said the “usual imparting” will assist enhance the government’s digital India programs along with Jan-Dhan Yojana and E-Citizen offerings.

Samsung reveals details of new Gear S2 and Gear S2 Classic smartwatches

IN a surprise move, Samsung this morning revealed details of its first round smartwatches, days before their official launch at one of the world’s biggest technology trade shows.

The South Korean technology giant not only showed off new photos of its Gear 2 watches — its first smartwatch in a full year — but revealed the two models would offer features that would top its rival and new smartwatch leader Apple on several fronts.

New features in the Samsung Gear S2 and Gear S2 Classic will include a round 1.2-inch (3cm) screen, a battery life of up to three days, NFC technology for use as a mobile payment system, and around-the-clock fitness tracking.

The more advanced smartwatch of the pair, the Gear S2, will even be able to use its own SIM card and operate independently of a smartphone to make calls and send text messages from the wearer’s wrist.

Samsung’s Gear S2 Classic.

It’s all in the wrist action ...

Samsung chief executive officer JK Shin said the new smartwatches represented the company’s “most progressive” wearable technology after two years making smartwatches.

“For the past several years, Samsung has pioneered and advanced the wearables category, bringing brave new concepts to the smart wearables market,” he said.

“It is the perfect complement for any occasion, easily taking you from day to night, from work to workout, and ensuring that you get more out of every moment in your day, by making it smarter and ultimately more personal and fun.”

Samsung Gear S2 and Gear S2 Classic smartwatches will also feature a rotating border, back and home buttons, a dual-core 1GHz chip, the company’s Tizen software, and a Bluetooth connection to deliver notifications to their screens from a connected smartphone.

The smartwatch will be shown off in public for the first time at the IFA trade show in Berlin later this week, as well as the watches’ first apps.

Bring a sense of fun ... JK Shin, President and CEO of Samsung Electronics. Picture: AFP / Don Emmert

Despite being the first major phone maker to release smartwatches, Samsung recently dropped to fifth place in the wearable technology market, with IDC crowning Fitbit the biggest seller in the second quarter of the year, followed by Samsung rival Apple.

But Telsyte managing director Foad Fadaghi said Apple had stolen all the attention with its Apple Watch in the first half of this year, paving the way for a comeback for those with Google Android phones.

“It’s the very early stages of the (smartwatch) marketplace,” he said.

“The market is ripe for innovation that is better than those (Apple) products.”

More smartwatches are expected to be released at IFA in Berlin, including products from Motorola and Huawei.

A Samsung Electronics Australia spokesperson confirmed the Gear S2 smartwatch would “arrive in Australia soon,” though would not reveal a price saying it would be made public “closer to the Australian launch”.

Samsung releases Gear S2 smartwatch to woo Aussies this Christmas

Prasad Gokhale, vice president of IT & mobile for Samsung Electronics Australia, calls the Samsung Gear S2 the “first wearable which actually can be called a watch” because of its circular design which gives it the look of a traditional watch.

While other technology companies have produced round smartwatches before, the Gear S2 is a clear break for Samsung which has previously made smartwatches that have looked like chunky hi-tech gadgetry rather than traditional watches.

“We have culminated the years of experience, customers’ feedback and all the nuances of our great smartphone and tablet heritage and best possible watch — and mark my words `watch’ — for all Australians with this Gear S2,” Mr Gokhale said.

“This is a watch that is powerful on the inside and beautiful on the outside.”

The key to the Samsung Gear S2 is the spinning bezel around the watch face which lets you access apps, notifications and messages.

Mr Gokhale said the Gear S2 had the look and features to appeal to more than the early adopters which had been the first wave to strap on a smartwatch.

“One of the key feedback we got from our customers was `Samsung, build a product that relates to our day to day lives – don’t build one that is only for unique innovators or early adopters’,” he said.

“The whole concept of the watch is so simple. It’s like owning the Swatch watch in the 1980s.”

Samsung was the pioneer in smartwatches but fell behind in the sales race this year when Apple launched the Apple Watch in April and instantly became the market leader.

The Gear S2 is on sale today in Samsung Experience stores in Sydney and Melbourne and online at, with wider availability next month.

It has an IP68 waterproof rating, which means it has been tested to survive a depth of 1.5m for 30 minutes. It has a 1.2-inch screen and a 1.14cm profile, comes with a choice of 21 pre-loaded watch faces, has a heart-rate monitor and an activity-tracking app.

Samsung says the Gear S2 has battery life of up to three days and a quick-charge feature that will give it a complete charge in 140 minutes.

Unlike previous Samsung smartwatches, it is compatible with most modern Google Android phones — not just Samsung models.

The watch comes in two models: the Samsung Gear S2 ($499) and the Gear S2 classic ($599) which has a black leather band. The pricing is similar to the basic Apple Watch Sport, which starts at $499, and significantly below the top-of-the-range $24,000 rose gold Apple Watch Edition.

Samsung launches Gear VR virtual reality headset in Australia, promises 360-degree web browsing

AUSTRALIAN phone users will be able to play virtual reality games, watch 360-degree films, and navigate the web using their eyes as Samsung launches its third virtual reality headset.

The new Samsung Gear VR will be made available in Australian stores for $159 today, though only users of the company’s four most recent flagship phones will be able to use the technology.


Samsung’s headset is one of a growing number of virtual reality gadgets poised to launch in the coming year, with HTC, Oculus, Sony and Microsoft planning to release virtual and augmented reality technology.

Virtually real ... Samsung’s last Gear VR virtual reality headset came out in February.

Samsung’s latest Gear VR will be the third virtual reality headset from the company, with this model accommodating small and large-screen phones, offering a more lightweight body, and greater padding.

Samsung Electronics Australia mobile vice-president Prasad Gokhale said the headset was part of a larger push to drive “forward innovation in our wearable technology offering”.

“We see the Gear VR as a way to open the door of immersive virtual reality for Australians who demand the best mobile experiences,” he said.

The virtual reality headset, created in conjunction with Oculus, will deliver more types of content this time, however.

In addition to interactive games delivered from an app store, the new model will deliver a virtual reality web browsing experience.

Competition coming ... HTC plans to launch its Vive virtual reality headset in April next year.

Called Samsung Internet for Gear VR Beta, the app will make websites appear to surround the user, and will show 360-degree and 3D videos from sites including YouTube.

In addition to navigating with the headset’s touchpad, they will be able to use voice commands and a feature called Gaze mode that lets users “click” on links simply by staring at them.

Internet bookmarks can be imported from Samsung’s web browser.

Only four Samsung phones will be compatible with the headset, however — the Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy S6 Edge+, Galaxy S6, and Galaxy S6 Edge.

Samsung will also receive plenty of competition in the virtual reality space next year.

HTC recently announced plans to launch its Vive headset, developed with Valve, in April, while Oculus Rift is due to launch early next year.

Microsoft will also sell a developer version of its augmented reality HoloLens headset next year, which promises to overlay virtual objects on top of the real-world environment.

Samsung reveals prices of Galaxy A7, Galaxy A5 smartphones

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Samsung has finally revealed the price of Galaxy A series smartphones- Galaxy A7 and Galaxy A5. The two phones along with Galaxy A3 were scheduled to roll out in China in mid-December.

Samsung has listed the prices for both the smartphones on its official China website. While Samsung Galaxy A7 (2016) has been listed for CNY 2,699 (approx Rs 28,000); Galaxy A5 is priced at CNY 2,398 (approx 25,000). The company has not yet announced the price for its Galaxy A3.

Galaxy A series for 2016 combines the new Samsung design style with metal and glass to give the smartphones a premium look. The Galaxy A5 and Galaxy A7 (2016) also support Samsung Pay, Samsung’s mobile payment service and fingerprint verification as well.

Samsung Galaxy A7 has a 5.5-inch FHD (1920×1080) Super AMOLED display, a 1.6GHz octa-core processor, 13mp OIS rear camera and five megapixel OS rear camera. It runs Android 5.1 (Lollipop) and has 3GB RAM and 16GB storage (microSD up to 128GB). Additional features are support for MST technology (Samsung Pay), Samsung KNOX, S-Voice, along with dual-SIM option. Connectivity options are: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth v 4.1, ANT+ (for tracking health data, fitness, etc), USB 2.0, NFC (UICC, eSE) Galaxy A7 (2016) has the following sensors: Accelerometer, proximity, geomagnetic, RGB Light, Hall, fingerprint scanner. It has a 3,300mAh battery with fast-charging support.

Samsung Galaxy A5 has a 5.2-inch FHD (1920×1080) Super AMOLED display, 1.6GHz octa-core processor but comes with 2GB RAM. The storage space is 16GB (microSD up to 128GB) and it also runs Android 5.1 (Lollipop). The camera is the same as the Galaxy A7 and it also supports MST technology(Samsung Pay), Samsung KNOX, S-Voice. This is also a dual-SIM smartphone. The Galaxy A5 (2016) supports Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth v 4.1, ANT+, USB 2.0, NFC (UICC, eSE). Sensor included are Accelerometer, Proximity, geomagnetic, RGB Light, Hall, fingerprint scanner. The battery size is 2,900mAh with fast-charging support.

Samsung Galaxy A3 has a smaller 4.7-inch HD (1280×720) Super AMOLED screen. It runs a 1.5 GHz quad-core processor with 1.5 GB RAM and 16GB storage space (expandable up to 128GB). The camera specs are the same as the A7 and the A5. This does not have support for Samsung Pay or a fingerprint scanner. It supports Samsung KNOX, S-Voice, and comes with dual-SIM option. Connectivity options are: Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth v 4.1, ANT+, USB 2.0, NFC (UICC). Sensors on the Galaxy A3 are Accelerometer, proximity, geomagnetic, RGB Light, Hall. It has a 2,300mAh battery.

Only Samsung can use Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor until April 2016: Report

Not only will Samsung’s next flagship phone — Galaxy S7 — come with Qualcomm’s latest and greatest processor — Snapdragon 820 — but the South Korean giant will also hold exclusivity of the chipset at least until April 2016, suggests a new report coming in from China . This means, no other smartphone manufacturing company can use the Snapdragon 820 in any of their phones at least for the first four months of 2016. The most notable company would be Xiaomi, which has been long rumoured to include Qualcomm’s 2016 flagship processor in its Mi5 smartphone. The Xiaomi Mi5 may ship with MediaTek’s Helio X20 if the rumours turn out to be true.

According to reports, Samsung has been entrusted with manufacturing the Snapdragon 820 using its 14 nm FinFET process. Samsung’s key job would be to keep the soon-to-be-launched processor cooler and making sure it did not overheat like its predecessor, the ill-fated Snapdragon 810. Samsung will apparently have the exclusivity of using the Snapdragon 820 in exchange for all of this, says the report.

This would make the Galaxy S7 the first phone to ship with Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 upon launch. Earlier, the WSJ reported that Samsung will launch the Galaxy S7 as early as March 2016. This coincides with Samsung’s usual release cycle for its Galaxy S series phones. Moreover, the Galaxy S7 is reported to copy one of the headline features of Apple’s new iPhones, aka, 3D Touch. It is said to include a USB Type-C port for lightning quick charging. Meanwhile reports that it would include some sort of iris scanner are also doing the rounds.