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Motorola Moto E4 (unlocked) discounted in US already

Just over a week after launching in the United States, the Motorola Moto E4 is available at discounted rates in the country. Specifically, Republic Wireless has the phone listed on its website for $99, which is $30 less than its launch price. Aside from the carrier, the handset is also being offered by Amazon and Ting, but both are selling it for $129, meaning there's no discount. Verizon, as you might already know, is also selling the phone for much less ($70 currently), but for that, you will need to pick one of carrier's prepaid plans. Source

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HTC U11 was Antutu's best performing smartphone of May 2017

Antutu's top ten best-performing smartphones of May take the average benchmark scores of all the tests run on Antutu's benchmarking app during the entire month of May. This is the first month since the iPhone 7 Plus' release that Apple's fastest iOS device is no longer the fastest smartphone in the world. The HTC U11 has surpassed the iPhone 7 Plus in Antutu's overall performance benchmark. With an average score of 180,079, the U11 is well above the iPhone 7 Plus' average score of 174,299. Trailing behind are the Xiaomi Mi 6 in third at 172.4k points, the Galaxy S8 and S8+ in fourth and...

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Telegram 4.1 brings improved iOS sharing experience and Android Pay support

Telegram has released version 4.1 of the app for iOS and Android with a bunch of new features. On iOS, users will now get an improved experience while sharing from other apps. You can now add a comment while sharing and then share to more than one contact at once. You also get additional options when you 3D touch on the icon, including taking a picture or video and sending it to contacts without opening the app. On Android, you can now use Android Pay to pay for bot payments. The app also shows photos and videos together while sharing them through the app. Other big...

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Samsung Galaxy A3 (2017) update brings May security patches

Samsung's Galaxy A3 (2017) is now receiving its first software update in Europe, almost half a year after it was released. Better late than never? Maybe, though software-wise the A3 (2017) is and has always been anything but up to date. It launched with Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow on board many months after Android 7.0 came out. And now it's getting an update which includes the May security patches... at the end of June. In fact, it's pretty obvious that most A3 (2017) owners will only get this in July, because such rollouts take at least a few days to reach every unit out there. That makes...

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iPhone SE now starts at $119.76 on Sprint, $248.88 on Verizon, $249.90 on AT&T

Best Buy has started a big July 4 sale, and among the many deals that are to be had we found some very interesting price cuts for Apple's iPhone SE. The handset which normally starts at $449.99 at the retailer can now be had for as little as $119.76 if you choose the 16GB model, activate it on Sprint, and use the carrier's installment plan to pay for it. In that case, you will only shell out $4.99 per month for the phone over two years. The 64GB iPhone SE for Sprint goes for $7.08 per month, adding up to a total of $169.92, while for the 128GB version you'll end up paying $349.92. The 32GB...

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Microsoft's canceled Surface Mini from 2014 stars in leaked images

In 2014 Microsoft was rumored to launch a Surface Mini tablet alongside the Surface Pro 3. However, in the end only the latter saw the light of day, and that's because the Surface Mini was canceled just a few weeks before it was supposed to be unveiled. This means Microsoft had very advanced prototypes in hand at that moment, and today one of those has been portrayed in a myriad of leaked images. The Surface Mini would have run Windows RT 8.1, as it was powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 chipset. The tablet had 1GB of RAM, an 8" 1,440x1,080 touchscreen with pen support, 32GB of...

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Rumored LG G6 Mini to actually be sold as the LG Q6

Back in April a report surfaced claiming that LG was working on a G6 Mini smartphone, though it did stress that wasn't a confirmed name. Today famous leakster Evan Blass (a.k.a. @evleaks) has revealed this handset's actual commercial moniker. It will allegedly be called LG Q6 when it launches. Its model number is M700, and it's already hit the FCC certification process. The Q6 will come with a 5.4-inch 18:9 touchscreen, which is smaller than the G6's 5.7-inch panel but keeps the 'tall' aspect ratio. The Q6 will apparently have a screen-to-body ratio of "just under 80%". For reference, the...

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Former Samsung CEO appointed as President of Nokia Technologies in the US

Nokia announces its newest hire: Gregory Lee, (now) former CEO of Samsung Electronics North America. After being 13 years with Samsung, where he most recently led all of Samsung's businesses in North America along with its vast portfolio of mobile and consumer electronics. Nokia has appointed Lee as the head of its US executives team, where Lee will lead Nokia's efforts in consumer products and further push the company's presence in the virtual reality and digital health industries. I am excited by the opportunity to lead Nokia Technologies. The. team has produced innovative products...

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Bezelless Sharp FS8010 and FS8016 to arrive on July 17

Sharp did the whole 'nearly bezelless' thing in the smartphone world way before the Xiaomi Mi Mix made it cool last year. And now the Japanese company is getting ready to take things to the next level, if a new rumor out of China is accurate. An unnamed source has revealed that Sharp will launch two devices that will be very close to the Mi Mix in terms of design, just with a much smaller chin. The FS8010 and FS8016 will be identical in all respects but one - the chipset chosen to power them. While the FS8016 will go with the Snapdragon 660, the FS8010 will settle for the Snapdragon...

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Moto X4 to be the new mid-tier smartphone on Google's Project Fi

Yesterday the official Twitter account for Google's MVNO, Project Fi, said we should expect a mid-tier priced smartphone to be supported by its network "later this year". It didn't provide any hints as to what exact device that would be, only mentioning that it would come from one of Google's partners. Today a new report sheds some light on the particulars of the arrangement, revealing that the Moto X4 is the handset in question. This oft-rumored smartphone still hasn't been announced, and it may still be a while before that happens because it's apparently only scheduled to be released in...

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vivo X9s will come with the Snapdragon 660 on board, benchmark reveals

Chinese smartphone maker vivo will officially unveil the X9s and X9s Plus next week, on July 6 to be precise. So far both models have passed through TENAA, which outed most of their specs, but some mysteries have remained. For example, one had to do with the chipset the devices are using. Now though a Geekbench run performed by a handset going by the model number vivo TD1608 has revealed that information too. We assume this is the smaller X9s, since GFXBench lists the same model as coming with a 5.5-inch 1080p touchscreen, and the X9s Plus was sporting a 5.85" panel at TENAA. Either...

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Facebook now finds Wi-Fi networks nearby

Last year Facebook started testing a new function in its mobile apps that shows you where to find free, public Wi-Fi networks nearby. Today this has been deemed mature enough to roll out to all Facebook users on its Android and iOS apps. Once you get the new functionality baked into your app, you can go to the More tab and then select Find Wi-Fi. After this point you may need to turn it on (only the first time you use it). Once you've done that, you'll see a list or map view of the closest public Wi-Fi hotspots to your location. You can easily switch between the map and list view, by the...

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Sony to unveil flagship smartphone with 6" 18:9 screen at IFA, rumor says

Earlier this month, Japan Display (JDI) announced its first nearly bezelless touchscreen with an 18:9 aspect ratio. It's a 6-inch panel that's called Full Active and has 1,080x2,160 resolution. Today a new rumor posted on Weibo claims Sony will use this exact screen in an upcoming flagship smartphone that it will be making official at IFA in Berlin, where it's holding a press event on August 31. As you may know, 'tall' 18:9 and 18.5:9 touchscreens have been all the rage this year after Samsung and LG used similar panels in their Galaxy S8 and S8+, and G6 respectively. Since the...

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Buy an unlocked Galaxy S8 or S8+, receive a $200 gift card

The unlocked versions of Samsung's Galaxy S8 and S8+ officially went on sale in the US at the end of last month, and ever since they've been priced at $724.99 and $824.99, respectively. Now though, Best Buy has an interesting deal for either device, as long as you're fine with choosing the Midnight Black color version (the offer isn't available for the other hues). While the prices of the handsets haven't gone down, the retailer is throwing in a $200 gift card with your purchase of an S8 or S8+. That means that if you need to buy something else from Best Buy, something (or multiple...

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Sharp X1 is the latest Android One smartphone for Japan, huge battery included

Here's a fun fact: Google's not really that successful Android One initiative still exists. Not only that, but today it's unveiled the latest smartphone in the lineup - the Sharp X1. This will be exclusive to Japan, and it comes around one year after the first ever Android One device to arrive in that country - the Sharp Aquos 507SH. The X1 comes with mid-range specs as you'd expect from Android One. It boasts a 5.3-inch 1080p IGZO LCD touchscreen, a 16.4 MP main camera with LED flash, an 8 MP wide-angle camera for selfies, and a huge (for this size device) 3,900 mAh battery. This is rated...

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Samsung Galaxy Note FE ads start showing up in Korean stores

Many, many months have passed since the Galaxy Note7 was discontinued by Samsung due to those pesky explosions. After careful consideration, the company decided to refurbish its trove of Note7 units, complete with a new (smaller) battery that should not catch fire. Throughout this month various reports claimed that the refurbished devices would be sold under the name Galaxy Note FE (for "Fan Edition") in South Korea starting on July 7 - or later. However, a new development spotted today comes to sort of confirm that July 7 may indeed be the release date for the Note FE. The picture you...

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Watchface Friday: Here are four of this week’s best watchfaces

It’s Friday, which means it’s time for another edition of Watchface Friday! For those unaware, every Friday, we highlight a selection of our favorite watchfaces for the Gear S3 classic and Gear S3 frontier. All of the offerings are available to download through the Galaxy Apps Store, so you can rest assured that you won’t have to search all over the Internet to find something we’ve listed.

Gear S3 classic

Digi Rough by Michael Wickens

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Lion Time: CG 01 by Wearable Tech

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Gear S3 frontier

Proton by Alexander Schlei

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SMZ “Special Balck” by Daehyun Jeon

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SamMobile Daily Recap: June 30, 2017 — Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8 Active and more!

We publish a lot of stories on a daily basis. Unfortunately, the majority of news breaks during our European hours of operation, which makes it difficult for our readers in the US (and other regions) to keep up. However, we think we’ve come up with a fantastic solution — a daily recap.

Here’s what we shared today.


Camera comparison: Galaxy S8 vs the Galaxy S7

Firmware News

First security update now arriving on the Galaxy A3 (2017)

Future Samsung phones may feature explosion-proof batteries

Galaxy S6 edge+ now receiving June security update

June security patch for the Galaxy S7 released in India


Face recognition has trickled down to Samsung’s budget lineup with the Galaxy J7 Max

Galaxy Note 8 to come in 64GB and 128GB variants

Virtual Reality

Samsung patents magnetic controller for VR headsets

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Brazilian Moto X Style gets official Nougat

The Motorola Moto X Style (also known as Moto X Pure Edition) is getting Android 7.0 Nougat in Brazil via an over the air update. And for those that aren't keen on waiting around for the update to arrive there are direct download links available, if you know how to install the update yourself. The Moto X Style got Android 7.0 Nougat in the US back in April but later is better than never in the case of Brazilian owners. Download links are in the source below. Source | Via

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Nokia 3 review: Un-Finnished Business

A Nokia for the masses! And not the 3310. Risen from the ashes, the legendary Finnish brand makes a fresh start. "Connecting people" the Android way. It's a nice sentiment for sure, but one that's mostly fueled by collective nostalgia over the Nokia golden age, back in the 90s.

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StarCraft Remastered is coming on August 14 for $14.99

Battlecruiser Operational. You will soon be able to hear the phrase in reprocessed 44,100 Hz format while playing the StarCraft Remastered - the good old StarCraft game with updated 4K graphics. It will be available on August 14 for $14.99/£12.99. The 1998 game comes with completely revamped graphics of the units, the buildings, and the effects. SC:R looks new while the gameplay still has that classic StarCraft feeling. Blizzard confirmed the developers have no intention of changing the gameplay whatsoever. They only want to "blend classic with modern", said Pete...

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iOS 11 lets you set individual double tap actions for AirPods

iOS 11 has many cool features and (as it turns out) is going to make Apple's AirPods that much better - the new OS brings more action options for double tap and better yet, the left and the right Pod can have separate actions. Until now, a double tap on a Pod could either wake up Siri or Play/Pause the music player. With iOS 11, Next and Previous options have been added and again, you can set the action individually for each Pod. New AirPod settings in iOS 11 If you're running the public beta, you can do this today. Otherwise, you'll have to wait until September when the...

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First Oppo R11 Plus sale is now live at $545

As promised the bigger, 6-inch variety of the Oppo R11 went on sale today on JD.com. Fans who signed up for the sale have been able to pay for a unit in Gold, Rose Gold or Black, since this morning. As previously announced, the asking price is CNY 3699, or about $545. That's a $100 more than the basic Oppo R11. That extra bit of cash gets you a spacious 6-inch, FullHD display. However, you are also trading AMOLED for an IPS panel. There is a bump in RAM as well - 6GB. The specs sheet also includes a Snapdragon 660 chipset, Dual 20 MP (f/2.6, AF) + 16 MP (f/1.7, PDAF) camera setup...

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LG V30 midframe reveals wireless charging on board

The LG G6 is already on the market, so LG is now focused on its V series and the manufacturing of the LG V30. According to a newly leaked image, the device will come with wireless charging and might have a unibody, instead of the removable back panel the LG V20 had. The wireless charging coil in the image is attached to the midframe, so it won't be built into the back panel. This means the V30 will have a glass back to allow the wireless charging to work. According to previous rumors, the LG V30 will come with OLED panel and will have only one display instead of the...

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Play Store update shows changelog in the update screen

Google is rolling out an update for the Play Store that makes it easier to see the changes in an app update. Once the update hits your device, you will see a button next to entries in the updates section. Pressing that will open a drop down with the changelog for that update. This is similar to how the App Store has worked since, well, always and it's good that now this is on Android as well. Of course, the contents of the changelog will still depend upon the developer and as we know, most developers still don't update their changelogs properly, especially big developers like...

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Apple's A10X SoC is a 10 nm Chip built by TSMC

Apple launched its new iPad Pro family with A10X chipset at the beginning of June. Specifics on the chipset weren't confirmed back then, but we now learn it's built on a 10 nm process line by TSMC. The A10X's 10 nm FinFET process by TSMC appears for the first time in a consumer device. Until the WWDC on June 5, Apple's most powerful SoC was the A10, built on the 16 nm FinFET process. This allowed the size of the chipset to be just 96.4 sq.mm - 24% smaller than the A10 SoC and 34% reduction compared with the A9X. In fact, the A10X is the smallest chipset by Apple,...

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Verizon LG G6 now available for $20 per month

Last month, Verizon was running an LG G6 promo where-in it was offering the device for $20 per month, instead of the usual $28/month on-contract price. In case you missed that deal, you'll be glad to know that the offer is back. You'll end up paying a total amount of $480, down from the usual retail price of $672. The model on offer has 32GB storage, and is available in both black and platinum color options. For more information, head to the Source link below. Source | Via

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Daily Deal: Snag yourself an S-View Flip Cover for the Galaxy S8+ for $25

While stock lasts, you can pick up a S-View Flip Cover with Kickstand for the recently-released Galaxy S8+ for just $25, which is an impressive saving of $34.99 (58%).

Here are some of its best selling points:

  • Instant, full screen access to critical information when the cover is closed
  • Press the power key to check the time, weather and other status items like missed calls and texts with cover closed
  • Accept or reject incoming calls with just a swipe
  • Allows you to see the entire front cover

If you the sound of the S-View Flip Cover with Kickstand and want to bag yourself one, press the Buy Now button below.

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Asus Zenfone 2 getting new update

Asus has pushed out a new update to its Zenfone 2 (ZE550ML) smartphone. Arriving as version, the update stabilizes Bluetooth connections and improves ZenMotion sensitivity. Nothing else is included in the update. The update announcement says it usually takes around a week for the roll out to complete, so if the update notification hasn't popped-up on your device yet, be patient. Source | Via

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Samsung patents magnetic controller for VR headsets

Samsung is very serious about competing in the mobile virtual reality space. The Gear VR has given it a good footing and the company is now expanding its influence in this space by working hard to bring new and exciting virtual reality content. It’s also working on new VR-focused devices.

The company has been granted a patent for magnetic VR hand controllers. The description provided in the patent suggests that the peripherals will be used for more accurate hand-tracking with the Gear VR headset.

The method explained in the patent is “based on a magnetic field generated by a source, obtaining a coordinate of a user’s hand; and reflecting the obtained coordinate of the user’s hand in a virtual reality environment based on a change of a location of the source due to a movement of the user.”

The actual design itself appears to be similar to the existing Gear VR controller but with a new strap that secures the controller to the back of the hand. This will allow users to move their hands freely without having to worry about holding the controller.

Even though the implementation makes perfect sense, it’s just another patent, and Samsung has a lot of them. Whether or not it’s ever going to bring this product to life is a different matter altogether.


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Future Samsung phones may feature explosion-proof batteries

Samsung would have saved billions of dollars if the Galaxy Note 7 didn’t have a battery flaw that caused handsets to catch fire. The company has taken a lot of steps since then to ensure that something like that doesn’t happen again. It’s battery-making division, Samsung SDI, is hopeful that it will be able to supply explosion-proof batteries in a few years.

Samsung SDI has said that it will be able to produce solid-state batteries that are safe from explosion for smartphones in a couple of years. Samsung SDI is a major battery supplier for Samsung Electronics, the division that makes the smartphones, so it’s likely going to have dibs on the new battery technology.

It remains to be seen, though, how quick Samsung Electronics is to adapt this new technology. “Our technological level to produce a solid-state battery for smartphones will be mature enough in one to two years. However, it depends on Samsung Electronics whether it will be used for phones,” a Samsung SDI official told The Korea Herald.

Solid-state batteries will replace existing lithium-ion batteries that are widely used in smartphones and other mobile devices today. The next-generation battery technology relies on solid electrolytes instead of liquid and thus has significantly lower risk of combustion or explosion. Lithium-ion batteries normally explode when the liquid inside flows out and comes into contact with air or water.

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Face recognition has trickled down to Samsung’s budget lineup with the Galaxy J7 Max

Out of all the security features that are offered on the Galaxy S8, face recognition is the least secure. Samsung says so itself, and face recognition is meant to be a quick way of unlocking a device compared to fiddling with a fingerprint sensor or entering a PIN or pattern. Face recognition is easy to implement, as it simply uses the front camera on a device, and it might be why Samsung has built the feature into one of its new budget phones.

That phone is the Galaxy J7 Max, which was recently launched in India alongside the Galaxy J7 Pro (which is the Galaxy J7 (2017) rebranded for the Indian market), and unlocking the device seems to be as quick as it is on the Galaxy S8. It’s interesting to see Samsung offering face recognition on the J7 Max but not on the new Galaxy J5 (2017) and Galaxy J7 (2017). It’s possible the J7 Pro might also have the feature in India, although we can’t be sure as we haven’t had the chance to play with the device yet. We do, however, have the Galaxy J7 Max in our possession, and you can look forward to a hands-on in the coming days, followed by a full review.

Face recognition isn’t the only highlight on the Galaxy J7 Max. This phone is also the first Samsung phone to use a MediaTek processor. MediaTek had confirmed last year that it was doing business with Samsung, and there will likely be more Galaxy phones with MediaTek chipsets launching in the future. MediaTek isn’t exactly known to make high-performance mobile processors, though, so here’s hoping the Galaxy J7 Max manages to hold up well in day-to-day usage.

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June security patch for the Galaxy S7 released in India

Galaxy S7 owners in India should keep an eye out for a new firmware update today. They will soon receive an over-the-air update notification if they haven’t already. The update that Samsung is rolling out for the Galaxy S7 in the country today brings the June security patch.

It’s an incremental update for the handset in that it doesn’t bring much in the way of new features for the handset. All it does is update the security patch level on the handset to June 2017.

Samsung detailed the June security patch a couple of weeks back. It brings 96 fixes for Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) in the core Android operating system. The patch also brings fixes for 23 additional vulnerabilities found in Samsung’s own software.

Users shouldn’t expect to find any new features on their handset after they’ve installed the update, then again, the Galaxy S7 is already running on Android 7.0 Nougat so they already have access to all of the latest features.

Those who haven’t already received an over-the-air update notification on their Galaxy S7 in India should head over to the Settings menu and try to manually download the update from the Software Update section. The notification should land on their handset automatically in the near future.

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Motorola Moto Z2 Play already discounted in US

Less than a day after it launched in the US, the Motorola Moto Z2 Play is already available at discounted rates in the country. Best Buy has the device listed on its website for zero-down + $14.91/month for 2 years. That is a discount of $50 over the regular $17/month on contract offer. It's worth mentioning that the freebie offer - JBL SoundBoost 2 MotoMod with each purchase - still holds. For more information, head to the Source link below. Source | Via

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First security update now arriving on the Galaxy A3 (2017)

The Galaxy A3 (2017) is receiving its first security maintenance update in Europe. From what we can tell, the upgrade bundles all of the changes included in May’s release — 54 patches provided by Google and 11 from Samsung — alongside a number of other performance and stability enhancements.

It’s a little disappointing that Samsung wasn’t able to roll out this month’s maintenance update for the Galaxy A3 (2017), but we aren’t going to complain as it’s still nice to see the firm rolling out somewhat timely quarterly upgrades for its mid-range devices, even if they aren’t the latest patches.

Read more: Samsung details contents of May security patch

You can check to see if the OTA is available for your handset by navigating into Settings, hitting Software Update, then tapping Download Updates Manually. If it’s ready, you’ll be prompted to download and install it, but if it isn’t, don’t panic. You’ll receive a push notification when it reaches your unit.

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Camera comparison: Galaxy S8 vs the Galaxy S7

For a long time now, Samsung has been at the top of its game when it comes to smartphone cameras. The Galaxy S7 had the best overall phone camera on the market for quite a long time, and with the Galaxy S8, Samsung has made minor changes to further improve the quality of images captured by the 12-megapixel rear camera. We’ve talked in detail about the Galaxy S8′s camera in our official review, but we haven’t yet talked about how it compares to its predecessor. Well, we’ve decided we’ll just let the pictures do the talking.

The photos you see below were taken in auto mode (with HDR set to auto as well); we didn’t reach for the pro mode for any picture, as we feel most folks simply use their phones as a point-and-shoot camera instead of fiddling around with advanced settings. What we should point out here is the Galaxy S7′s camera still holds its own more than a year later, especially in daylight. Nighttime is where the Galaxy S8 leads the way, doing better with detail and color. The colors in low-light shots aren’t perfect on the S8, either, as they look too white compared to their real-life counterparts. But again, it does better at night compared to the S7, and part of the reason for that is no doubt the new multi-frame processor on the S8.

Well, enough talk. Go ahead and enjoy the pictures below (photos from the S8 are on the left while the S7′s images are on the right), and let us know what you think!


Note: We’re aware that it’s a bit hard to see the differences between two images without being able to see them in a bigger format. We’re working on adjusting our site to fix this, so that our camera comparisons are more useful than they might be right now for some folks. 

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