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Samsung Gear smartwatches to stay with Tizen OS

Last month Evan Blass tweeted that some Samsung employees were spotted rocking Gear smartwatches with Wear OS, instead of the in-house Tizen OS. Update: turns out these were actually just one-offs made by Google and seeded to some Samsung workers (i.e. keep moving, nothing to see here).— Evan Blass (@evleaks) June 7, 2018 A reasonable guess was that Samsung is preparing a switch or at least an extension of its smart wearable lineup. Yet now new info comes in to that it was a one-off stunt by Google and the Korean manufacturer has not decided to change the wearable OS. This...

Exclusive: Samsung’s round smartwatch to be called Gear A, have 3G and calling support

A perfect smartwatch? There’s no such thing, but Samsung has said that it is working on getting as close as possible with the Orbis, its upcoming round smartwatch. We’ve exclusively broken a lot of details on the Orbis in the last couple of months, and we now have more information on what we believe could be the most premium smartwatch from Samsung yet. (more…)

Sony issues a fix for Xperia Z5 performance issues

Yesterday we told you about some issues with the latest update for the Xperia Z5, Xperia Z3+ and the Xperia Z4 Tablet. Their devices were sluggish, and problems like high temperatures crashes and reboots appeared. Sony acknowledged the problem and has already issued a fix. The official statement from Sony reads: Sony Mobile is committed to providing the highest standard of product quality and customer service for all of our products. A software update (version 4.7.B.1.3) has been released for the Movie Creator application, available in Google Play, which fixes a performance issue...

Upcoming Snapdragon 1000 might have 12 W TDP, take on Intel directly

Qualcomm unveiled the Snapdragon 850 a couple of days ago, its first chip exclusively targeted at laptop-style devices. Sure, it's a slightly overclocked 845, but it's a start. More info is surfacing about the Snapdragon 1000 and it will be more powerful than expected. It will reportedly have a TDP of up to 12 W, nearly double the TDP of the S850 and massive for ARM chip. For comparison, Intel's U-series - e.g. 8250U and 8550U - are rated at 15 W and have four cores with eight threads each. Intel's cores are huge compared to the typical ARM core, but then software isn't great at using...

Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 comes in South Korea through delivering carriers

Xiaomi has launched the Redmi Note 5 phone in South Korea. The smartphone is currently available for buying through bringing local carriers in the country. Xiaomi gadgets have been available in South Korea through online shopping sites or through third-party retailers. However, for the initial period Xiaomi has partnered with local telecom service providers in South Korea to present the Redmi Note 5 in the country. Xiaomi had held a launch event in partnership with G-mobi, a local distributor in Seoul, South Korea on Monday to announce the arrival of Redmi Note 5. The Redmi Note 5 carries a value tag of 299,200 won (~$265). However, the offers provided by SK Telecom and KT may allow consumers to avail it under 100,000 won (~$88). LG Uplus, the third largest mobile operator of South Korea is not selling the Redmi Note 5. The Redmi Note 5 that has came in South Korea is truly the Note 5 Pro telephone that was unveiled in India in February. It is equipped with a 5.99-inch IPS LCD panel that produces Full HD+ resolution of 2160 x 1080 pixels. The Sd 636 SoC and 4 GB are introduce under the hood of the phone. It has a native storage of 64 GB. Xiaomi claims that the top quality autofocus technology enabled 12-megapixel + 5-megapixel dual digital camera option is the USP of the Redmi Note 5. It houses a 4,000mAh battery. The Redmi Note 5 is out there in South Korea in colour attributes these types of as gold and black. Samsung has been dominating the South Korean market because several years. Xiaomi has just entered the country with Redmi Note 5. Probably, it could be prepping up to become a threat for Samsung in its home country. Xiaomi has managed to dethrone Samsung to become the amount smartphone brand in India. According to Counterpoint Research’s survey, Xiaomi held a market share of 31.1 percent in India in Q1 2018. Samsung is in the second spot with a market share of 26.2 percent. OPPO is now holding on to the third spot in India.