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Samsung Exynos 9

Samsung unveils next-generation 8nm Exynos silicon

Samsung has unveiled the next-gen chips that will power its smartphones and tablets (and crypto-miners). And it hopes others will use them too. The Exynos 9 has been built on Samsung's own 8nm fabrication processes, and the first two chips in the series are the 9810 and 9820. The latter has a 2x4 core, with two fast (Cortex A …
Andrew Orlowski, 14 Nov 2018
Samsung One UI

One UI to end gropes: Samsung facelift crowns your thumb the king

Samsung has embarked on a tasteful overhaul of how its phones look and work. Only three years ago Samsung's UI looked like a gaudy car boot sale, which felt out of place as Samsung's own futuristic AMOLED curved panels were rolling into mass production. The redesign modernised the notorious TouchWiz skin, but this makeover may …
Foldable Thing - Samsung Infinity Flex display

Samsung 'reveals' what looks like a tablet that folds into a phone, but otherwise we're quite literally left in the dark

New products are traditionally developed in darkness – but rarely launched in darkness too. Samsung yesterday turned the auditorium lights way down before "revealing" its first Foldable Thing. This Foldable Thing was brandished in a Samsung executive's hand – some distance from spectators. And you couldn't get any nearer. That …

Solid state of fear: Euro boffins bust open SSD, Bitlocker encryption (it's really, really dumb)

Fundamental flaws in the encryption system used by popular solid-state drives (SSDs) can be exploited by miscreants to easily decrypt data, once they've got their hands on the equipment. A paper [PDF] drawn up by researchers Carlo Meijer and Bernard van Gastel at Radboud University in the Netherlands, and made public today, …
Shaun Nichols, 5 Nov 2018

What the PUC: SK Hynix next to join big boys in 96-layer 3D NAND land

SK Hynix has finished work on a 512 Gbit, 96-layer, 3D NAND chip with 1Tbit, and 3bits/cell (TLC) and 4bits/cell (QLC) coming later. Currently SK Hynix is shipping 72-layer 3D NAND chips. The 96-layer chip uses charge trap flash (CTF) tech, as opposed to floating gate, and its logic circuitry is placed underneath the flash …
Chris Mellor, 5 Nov 2018
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Slabs, huh, what are they are good for? Er, not quite absolutely nothing

Fewer and fewer people want to fondle a new slab these days with just 36.4 million units shipped worldwide during Q3. This equated to 3.5 million fewer tablet devices sold versus the year-ago quarter, a drop of 8.7 per cent: traditional slates fell almost 8 per cent to 31.6 million and detachables were down 13.1 per cent to 4. …
Paul Kunert, 5 Nov 2018
crying business man washed up on beach talks into phone

Smartphone industry is in 'recession'! Could it be possible we have *gasp* reached 'peak tech'?

The smartphone biz is now in a slump, according to two number-crunching outfits. After estimating that year-on-year sales worldwide fell 8 per cent in Q3 this year, Strategy Analytics has declared that the handset segment is "effectively in a recession". Sales in Q3 were 360 million worldwide, the analyst said. UK economists …

Finally, someone takes a stand against Apple, Samsung for slowing people's phones. Just a few million dollars, tho

Apple and Samsung have been fined a relatively sod-all amount – just a few million dollars – by Italy's antitrust watchdog for purposefully slowing down old phones. Still, it's the thought that counts, eh? In a statement on Wednesday, the Italian competition authority, the Autorità Garante della Concorrenza e del Mercato ( …
Kieren McCarthy, 24 Oct 2018
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Samsung's graphene batteries promise to charge five times faster – without exploding

Samsung Mobile (or at least a fan blog) has claimed development of its graphene battery technology is, er, all wrapped up, raising hopes of finding them in products soon. SamsungMobile.News helpfully tweeted yesterday: Samsung has completed the developing of it's Graphene Batteries👌🏼 — SamsungMobile …
Andrew Orlowski, 23 Oct 2018

Samsung claims key-value Z-SSD will be fastest flash ever

Among a blizzard of news from Samsung's Tech Data, El Reg has spotted smaller processor nodes, FPGAs added to SSDs, stacked and cubed memory, quad-level cell flash and object-storing SSDs on the way. 7LPP Sammy has started fabbing 7LPP – 7nm extreme ultra-violet (EUV) low power plus lithography – wafers at its S3 Fab in …
Chris Mellor, 19 Oct 2018
Samsung Gear 2 smartwatch

All through the house, not a creature was stirring... especially Samsung smartwatches: Batteries empty at 3AM

Samsung Gear smartwatch owners are complaining the batteries in their strap-on gizmos are mysteriously and rapidly draining overnight – and it's only just started happening. Multiple Gear Sport owners have taken to the manufacturer's support forums to voice their frustration over a problem that appears to be related to an …
Shaun Nichols, 18 Oct 2018
Samsung Patent

Samsung’s flexible phone: Expect an expensive, half-bendy clamshell

Samsung has applied for a US patent (PDF) for a foldable mobile device, giving important clues as to how it’s approaching the market with the new technology. The Korean firm's display division already leads the market in several notable areas, and the chaebol has done little to quell speculation that a device with a flexible …
Andrew Orlowski, 15 Oct 2018
Man and woman enlightened

Samsung: Swanky hardware alone won't save a phone maker

Interview Samsung has responded to a saturated market – and the mortal threat of Huawei – by ramping up its mid-range phones and promising much more rapid repairs. In response to a hyper-competitive market and margin squeeze, device makers have cut back on support. But that's a false economy, Samsung executive Kate Beaumont told us. …
Andrew Orlowski, 12 Oct 2018
Galaxy A9

Samsung Galaxy A9: Mid-range bruiser that takes the fight to Huawei

Hands On Samsung has launched the Galaxy A9 – its most comprehensive offensive against the twin threats of SIM-only subscribers and Chinese giant Huawei. The fightback involves a stronger mid-range, trade-ins, and promises better turnaround for faults and repairs. Mid-range smartphone sales grew 46 per cent in the UK last year, to 21 …
Andrew Orlowski, 11 Oct 2018
Foot stuck in chewing gum

By gum: Supermicro's Samsung storage ruler server uses secret SSD

Analysis Supermicro's latest Samsung ruler-based thin storage server can cough up 10 million IOPS, has a 20GB/sec throughput and 576TB capacity, which is all very well, but its Intel ruler one can provide 13 million IOPS, 52GB/sec and a whole petabyte. The new Sammy ruler-based product, the SSG-1029P-NMR36L, has 36 x 18TB NF1 format …
Chris Mellor, 11 Sep 2018
man opening gift box

Guys, geez... finally 5Gs: AT&T grows super-fast mobile net city rollout

AT&T has promised real-world rollouts of 5G super-fast mobile internet in five more US cities before the end of the year, taking the total to 12, with another seven due next year. "5G is finally here," said AT&T's chief technology officer Andre Fuetsch opening up its Spark conference in San Francisco this morning – with a …
Kieren McCarthy, 10 Sep 2018

Samsung's sleek 'n' sporty X5 SSD pledges blazing transfer speeds

Samsung has teased its X5 2TB portable SSD, which can transfer data at 40Gbit/s, four times faster than USB 3.1's 10Gbit/s. The drive is an update on the Korean firm's T5 SATA portable SSD, which also has a 2TB capacity. It connects to its host with a cable plugged into a Thunderbolt 3 port, and only a Thunderbolt 3 port. …
Chris Mellor, 30 Aug 2018
Person eating an apple

Huawei elbows aside Apple to claim number-two phone maker spot

Huawei overtook Apple in Q2 as the world's number-two phone maker, according to fresh stats from Gartner. Some analysts had recorded months in 2017 where Huawei took the silver, but for Gartner, April to June was the first full quarter in which the Shenzhen upstart outsold Apple globally. The analyst house also confirmed that …
Andrew Orlowski, 28 Aug 2018

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