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Galaxy C7 Pro with 5.7-inch screen, 4 GB of RAM, and SD 626 finally announced

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Samsung recently took the wraps of the Galaxy C7 Pro smartphone. As rumored, the device comes with a 5.7-inch Super AMOLED Full HD screen and is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 626 chipset. It has 4 GB of RAM and comes equipped with two 16 MP cameras with an f/1.9 aperture — front and rear.

The Galaxy C7 Pro features 64 GB of expandable storage — up to 256 GB — and can be yours in the Arctic Blue, Maple Leaf Gold, or Rose Pink color option. It sports a 3,300 mAh battery and a fingerprint scanner on the front, below the screen, that will keep your data safe. The device runs Android 6.0.1. Marshmallow with Samsung’s TouchWiz user interface on top.

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The successor to the Galaxy C7, which was announced back in May 2016, should be available for pre-order later today. But only in China. Unfortunately, we do not know when or if the device will come to other markets around the world, as Samsung hasn’t issued a statement regarding this topic yet.

Although the Galaxy C7 Pro is already listed on Samsung’s website, we still don’t know how much it will retail for. Some rumors suggest that the company will sell the device for 2,799 yuan, which is around $400, but this hasn’t been confirmed. We’ll know more once the device officially goes on sale.

Confirmed: Samsung to announce Note 7 investigation results on January 23

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A couple of weeks ago, we reported that Samsung concluded its Galaxy Note 7 investigation. It was rumored that the company identified the issue that caused Note 7 devices to explode and will reveal all details to the public in January. Samsung has now confirmed that it will announce the results of the investigation on January 23.

According to a recent report from Reuters, the South Korean giant has concluded that the Note 7 fiasco was caused by the battery. This is apparently what Samsung plans on announcing next Monday in hopes of calming down both investors and consumers. The report also states that Samsung replicated the fires during the investigation and was, therefore, able to figure out that the battery, not the phone’s hardware or software, was to blame for the issue.

See also:

US airlines can finally stop warning about the Note 7 on every flight

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It is very important for Samsung to pinpoint exactly what caused the devices to explode in order to make sure that something like that doesn’t happen again. But it is strange to hear that the battery is to blame, especially because after the initial recall of the devices in September, Samsung restarted the Note 7 sales with batteries from a different supplier. That, obviously, did not fix the problem.

Samsung has not yet confirmed the report from Reuters that claims the battery is the main reason behind the Note 7 explosions. We’ll have to wait for the official announcement Samsung will make on Monday in order to find out whether it’s real or not.

Samsung leader facing arrest in South Korean President bribery case

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Jay Y. Lee, the Samsung Global vice chairman and acting head, is reportedly facing arrest for attempting to bribe the President of South Korea. The news arrives via the New York Times and comes soon after the impeachment of President Park Geun-hye in December, following reports of corruption.

Allegedly, Ms Park’s aide, Choi Soon-sil, has used her position to seek funds from several business conglomerates to two foundations she controls. Mr Lee stands accused of ordering Samsung subsidiaries to make multimillion-dollar donations to those foundations, and others ran by Ms Choi and her family, in return for political favors.

Specifically, the donations are said to be linked to a decision by the National Pension Service — a government-controlled body — to support a disputed merger between two Samsung affiliates in 2015. The backing of the National Pension Service is believed to have been crucial to that merger, which in turn may have helped Mr Lee assume control of Samsung after his father, Samsung chairman Lee Kun-hee, was incapacitated following a heart attack in 2014.

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“If Mr Lee is arrested, it will be a landmark in South Korea’s efforts to fight corruption in the country’s powerful family-controlled conglomerates,” wrote The New York Times, “And could disrupt his efforts to inherit management control of Samsung.”

Mr Lee senior has been previously convicted of bribery and tax evasion, though in each case his sentence was suspended. His criminal records were also later erased in presidential pardons.

President Park and Ms Choi have denied any wrongdoing, while Mr Lee claims Samsung’s donations were involuntary, suggesting the company was extorted.

The New York Times says an arrest warrant for Mr Lee has been called for but that it could take a few days for the Seoul court to decide whether to issue it.

Best T-Mobile Android phones (January 2017)

T-Mobile is the carrier everyone else is watching out for. They’re currently the third biggest mobile service provider in the United States, and they’re growing very quickly. Thanks to T-Mobile’s “Un-carrier” plan of action, they’ve been changing industry standards for the better over the recent years. On top of all of the changes they’re making, they have one of the widest varieties of smartphones available on any carrier. We’ve already taken a look at the best phones you can buy on Verizon, AT&T and Sprint, and now it’s T-Mobile’s turn.

Related: Best prepaid phones for T-Mobile

Since T-Mobile has done away with two-year contracts, you’ll notice the phones listed here are at full retail price. In some cases it’s cheaper to buy them from Amazon, so we’ve done our best to find you the best deals available. Also, if you don’t want to purchase your phone for full price, T-Mobile will let you pay in monthly installments. You can find out more info by visiting T-Mobile.com. Without anymore delay, let’s get started!

Editor’s note – We will be updating this list as more devices hit the market.


Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge

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Samsung did a killer job with their 2015 flagship smartphones, the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge. Design-wise, many would say those two phones were close to perfect. The company forwent a plastic design and instead included glass front and back panels with an aluminum frame. They weren’t without their flaws, though. The S6 and S6 Edge didn’t offer expandable storage or removable batteries — two features Samsung has been known to include in all its smartphones for years.

Now the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge have made their way to the masses, and they fix many of the problems the S6 line introduced last year. While they don’t offer removable batteries, Samsung included expandable storage on both handsets in case the 32GB of on-board storage isn’t enough. Samsung mostly stuck to the same design this time around, though they did shrink down the camera bumps on the back and made the devices a little thicker to make room for larger batteries.

In terms of specs, these are top-of-the-line smartphones. They come with Quad HD Super AMOLED displays, Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processors, 4GB of RAM, great 12MP rear-facing cameras and run the latest version of Android. Instead of featuring the same screen sizes this time around though, Samsung kept the S7 at a smaller 5.1 inches, while the S7 Edge has been bumped up to a larger 5.5-inch panel.

Seriously, these are some incredible smartphones. They are a little pricey, but all in all, we think the high asking price is worth it.

Specs

Samsung Galaxy S7

  • 5.1-inch Super AMOLED display with 2560 x 1440 resolution, 577ppi
  • Quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor
  • 4GB of RAM
  • 32GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 200GB
  • 12MP rear camera, 5MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3000mAh battery
  • Android 7.0 Nougat
  • 142.4 x 69.6 x 7.9mm, 152g

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge

  • 5.5-inch Super AMOLED display with 2560 x 1440 resolution, 534ppi
  • Quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor
  • 4GB of RAM
  • 32GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 200GB
  • 12MP rear camera, 5MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3600mAh battery
  • Android 7.0 Nougat
  • 150.9 x 72.6 x 7.7mm, 157g

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LG V20

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The V20 is basically the phone for power users. It has a a big Quad HD display, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 processor, plenty of RAM and on-board storage, dual 16MP rear-facing cameras, and a removable 3,200mAh battery. Of course, the unique Second Screen makes a return this year, along with the addition of Quad DAC, military standard durability, and it’s already running Android 7.0 Nougat.

If top-of-the-line specs and an impressive feature set is what you’re looking for, you can’t go wrong with the V20.

Specs

  • 5.7-inch IPS LCD display with 2560 x 1440 resolution, 513ppi
    • Secondary display: 2.1-inch IPS LCD display with 160 x 1040 resolution, 513 ppi
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor
  • 4GB of RAM
  • 32/64GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 256GB
  • Dual 16 and 8MP rear cameras, 5MP front camera
  • Removable 3,200mAh battery
  • Android 7.0 Nougat
  • 159.7 x 78.1 x 7.6mm, 174g

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LG G5

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While the Galaxy S7 series is a minor refresh in terms of design, the LG G5 sees a massive departure from the design language used in the G series, ditching the rear volume/power setup that first debuted with the LG G2. The G5 also adopts a unibody metallic design that has a removable cap for access to the removable battery and a port for modules that allow users to expand the phone’s capabilities by adding a camera grip and other special accessories.

The distinctly different design of the LG G5 may not be for everyone, but there’s little denying that LG has went out of its way to try and innovate in a market where big changes like this aren’t all that common.

Spec wise, we’re looking at a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 with 4GB RAM, a 5.3-inch display, and 32GB storage with microSD for expansion. The specs here are certainly impressive all across the board. It’s also worth mentioning that LG has revamped its software, making it faster and less bloated. One controversial move with the software, however, is the removal of the app drawer in favor of what LG says is a “simplified experience.”

Specs

  • 5.3-inch IPS LCD display with 2560 x 1440 resolution, 554ppi
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor
  • 4GB of RAM
  • 32GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 200GB
  • 16 and 8MP dual rear cameras, 8MP front camera
  • Removable 2800mAh battery
  • Android 7.0 Nougat
  • 149.4 x 73.9 x 7.7mm, 159g

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If you don’t mind buying your next smartphone through another retailer, you should absolutely go for Google’s new Pixel or Pixel XL. When you buy one of these phones through the Google Store, you’ll be able to activate it on T-Mobile’s network. Plus, if you don’t feel like spending $650+ outright, Google also has some decent financing options.

Google Pixel and Pixel XL

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Google’s Pixel and Pixel XL are here, and they truly are some amazing smartphones.

Not only are they the first phones to ship with the Google Assistant on board, they also come with plenty of exclusive software features and some of the best smartphone cameras in existence.

Under the hood, they sport some killer specs, too. Both devices have an AMOLED display, a Snapdragon 821 processor, 4GB of RAM, plenty of on-board storage and long-lasting batteries. The overall design of these phones may not be the most unique, but they do feel like premium phones through and through.

There are a few things about these phones that will turn some people away, though. For starters, they only sport an IP53 rating for dust and water resistance, meaning they’re not nearly as waterproof as the Galaxy S7 or S7 Edge. There are ways around that, but none that will make the devices truly waterproof. Plus, these phones don’t have the most durable build ever, so you may want to buy a case if you’re prone to dropping phones. 

If you’re in the market for a new flagship Android phone and don’t mind spending over $650, you should buy the Pixel or Pixel XL… these are two of the best Android phones out there.

Specs

Google Pixel

  • 5.0-inch AMOLED display with 1920 x 1080 resolution, 441ppi
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor
  • 4GB of RAM
  • 32/128GB of on-board storage, no microSD expansion
  • 12.3MP rear camera, 8MP front camera
  • Non-removable 2,770mAh battery
  • Android 7.1 Nougat
  • 143.8 x 69.5 x 8.6mm, 143g

Google Pixel XL

  • 5.5-inch AMOLED display with 2560 x 1440 resolution, 534ppi
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor
  • 4GB of RAM
  • 32/128GB of on-board storage, no microSD expansion
  • 12.3MP rear camera, 8MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3,450mAh battery
  • Android 7.1 Nougat
  • 154.7 x 75.7 x 8.6mm, 168g

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How did you like our list? Do you have any other suggestions? If so, feel free to voice your opinion in the comments below! And if you’re looking for a great T-Mobile phone that’s a little cheaper, be sure to check out our list of the best cheap Android phones.

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We may not see Harman audio in 2018 Galaxy devices after all

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A group of shareholders from Harman International have filed a class suit against the deal. Now the question is, “Will there be Harman audio in Galaxy devices next year?”

Back in November, Samsung announced it would be acquiring Harman in a whopping $8 billion all-cash deal. Harman is an American consumer electronics and automotive company, perhaps more known for its popular JBL audio products. This acquisition was particularly exciting because it confirmed – just like other major electronics companies – that Samsung would be widening its focus to include automotive technologies. Driverless cars are shaping up to be the next big thing, and Samsung wants to dive into auto software and component arena.

But also, following the announcement, a Samsung executive hinted that Harman’s famous audio technology could make its appearance in 2018 Galaxy devices. Jonghwan Park, executive vice president and head of Samsung’s car components division, said that if the company were to employ Harman’s high-end audio technology in its smartphones, the first model could come in 2018.

In fact, this isn’t the first time that Harman’s audio technology made an appearance in portable gadgets. HTC and Huawei are among many companies who have collaborated with Harman to bring Harman/Kardon sound to smartphones and tablets.

If Samsung were to employ Harman’s high-end audio technology in its smartphones, the first model could come in 2018.

Well, the bad news is that some Harman shareholders aren’t too happy about the acquisition. According to them, the terms and conditions of the contract are inadequate and unfair:

These provisions, particularly when considered collectively with the board’s inherent conflicts, substantially and improperly limit the board’s ability to act with respect to investigation and pursuing superior proposals and alternatives, including a sale of all or part of Harman.

And they have filed a class suit against the deal in the US, claiming that they will exercise their right to vote against the deal. Although the $112-per-share offer by Samsung was a 28 percent premium over Harman’s closing price on the 11th of November, the group states this is a clear devaluation of the company.

While Samsung’s original plan was to finalize the deal by November of 2017 according to The Korea Times, the lawsuit may have a negative impact on the company’s roadmap. Harman is expected to hold a meeting with its shareholders in the first quarter of this year to decide on the deal, but if it goes sour, it could mean that we won’t be seeing Harman audio inside Galaxy S and Note devices in 2018 after all.

Does audio quality in your smartphone matter to you? Would you want to see Harman’s audio technology in your Galaxy device next year? Let us know in the comments below!

Samsung Galaxy C7 Pro confirmed for China, packing 16MP front and rear cams

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A few days ago, images leaked out to the Internet showing alleged photos of the Samsung Galaxy C7 Pro. Now the company has confirmed that it will indeed sell the smartphone, starting in China.

The biggest feature for the Galaxy C7 Pro is that it has 16MP camera on both the front and back of the smartphone, which certainly will make it very attractive for people who like to take a lot of photos and selfies. Aside from that feature, the hardware specs for this phone are not quite as impressive.

See also: Samsung estimates highest Q4 profit in 3 years despite Note 7 cancellation

The C7 Pro does have a 5.7-inch HD Super AMOLED display, and it does have 4GB of RAM. However, the processor inside is a mid-range Qualcomm Snapdragon 626 chip, and it will also have  Android 6.0 Marshmallow installed out of the box, instead of the current Android Nougat release. It will also have 64 GB of onboard storage storage, and a 3,300mAh battery. As for pricing? The phone is rumored to be priced at 2,800 Yuan (about $405) when it actually goes on sale.

The Samsung Galaxy C7 Pro will come in gold and pink gold colors, along with  Arctic Blue. Sales of the phone are expected to begin sometime next week. There’s no word when or if Samsung will begin selling this mid-range phone to other parts of the world.

This render is a good summary of all the credible Galaxy S8 design rumors

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It’s that time of the year. Between CES in early January and MWC in late February, rumors of flagships phones are running wild. It’s a great time to be a tech fan, for sure – everyone loves leaks – but let’s face it, a lot of the noise around major phone launches is just that: noise.

Full roundup: Galaxy S8 – everything we know so far

Two categories of stories that we usually classify as noise here at Android Authority are stories based on “leaked” case designs and fan renders. We tend to skip them because they are hardly ever indicative of what manufacturers are actually doing with the phones in question. At best, they are educated guesses. At worst, they are just junk.

We’re making an exception with the render below (which is based on this alleged Galaxy S8 case) because we think it’s a good depiction of what Samsung is likely to be doing with the newest Galaxy S.

The render was supplied to SamMobile by a reader called Chris. There’s no pretense here that it’s representing the real product, but it’s a good way to visualize what various reports have been saying about the Galaxy S8.

Let’s break down the elements of the render:

  • Overall design Samsung is likely to keep the very successful design language it launched with the Galaxy S6. It wouldn’t make a lot of sense to come up with a completely new design when the existing one is well-known, relatively new, and closely associated to Samsung. We think Samsung will only make small tweaks to the recipe, like changing the location and styling of the flash module.
  • No physical home button This one seems well established already. Multiple reports out of Korea say that Samsung will finally abandon the physical home button in favor of on-screen keys.
  • High screen-t0-body ratio “Bezel-less” phones are all the rage and Samsung will likely capitalize on this trend, helped by the removal of the home button.
  • More curves – Another safe bet is that Samsung will make the Galaxy S8 even “edgier.” The Edge design has been immensely successful, even spawning imitators, so expect Samsung to double down on it. According to Korean reports, the S8 will feature curved sides on the top and bottom, in addition to the sides.
  • No visible fingerprint sensor – Rumor has it Samsung will somehow integrate the fingerprint sensor functionality in the screen, allowing for a much cleaner design.

A few questionable details:

  • The camera There have been some rumors that Samsung would use a dual camera on the Galaxy S8.
  • The color Gold is still popular, but rich colors are becoming increasingly trendy in phone design. Expect the Galaxy S8 to come in some vibrant color options.
  • The Samsung logo The Samsung logo on the bottom front of the device looks out of place.
  • The flash/heart rate sensor There’s something off about the placement of the flash/heart rate monitor on this render.

What do you think? Would you buy the Galaxy S8 if it looked close to this render?

Nougat is now rolling out to Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge!

Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge owners, you might want to check your phone for updates.

Reports are coming in that Samsung is rolling out Android 7.0 Nougat to unlocked Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge units. This is not exclusive to those who signed up for the beta program – the Nougat beta program closed in late December and now the update is coming to phones running the stable OS.

For phones that were previously enrolled in the beta, the update weighs in at 214MB. Users on the stable channel should expect a larger package. According to the official changelog, version number NDRD90M.G935FXXU1DPLT brings Android 7.0 Nougat (not 7.1.1, the latest available version from Google), as well as changes to Samsung’s proprietary features, including:

  • new UX and various performance modes
  • improved usability of the Notification feature and Quick Settings button
  • improved usability of the Multi window feature
  • improved settings and features for Always-on Display
  • improvements in storage usage, app installation speed, and system update speeds.

The January security patches are bundled with this update. You can have a closer look at what Nougat looks like on the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge in our hands-on post here.

It looks like beta users are getting priority in the update cue, but regular users should be able to join in the fun over the next days. As always, the update is likely to hit unlocked phones first – carrier devices usually come with additional apps and software features that require more time to test and bring up to date.

Anyone here who got the update?

US airlines can finally stop warning about the Note 7 on every flight

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Because of the whole “exploding in your hands” issue, the Samsung Galaxy Note 7, which was recalled by the company, was banned from all US flights back in October. Prior to a flight, airlines had to notify passengers that they were not allowed to bring the device onto the aircraft.

According to Samsung’s latest press release, the U.S. Department of Transportation has now removed the required pre-flight announcements regarding the Galaxy Note 7 for airlines. The reason behind the decision is that over 96 percent of Note 7 smartphones have already been returned.

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Samsung estimates highest Q4 profit in 3 years despite Note 7 cancellation

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The South Korean giant has been working hard to convince Galaxy Note 7 users to return their smartphones for safety reasons. Despite its efforts, some have decided to take the risk and keep using the phablet. That is why the company, together with carriers, killed off the remaining devices in use across the US with an update that prevents them from charging and turns them into expensive paperweights.

Look like the strategy, which the company used in other markets as well, worked. Not all of the Note 7 devices have been returned yet, but as most of them can’t be turned on, they don’t really pose a safety threat anymore.

Samsung reportedly prepping folding smartphone/tablet hybrid for Q3 launch

Samsung will announce a folding smartphone in Q3 2017, according to a report from The Korea Herald. Sources familiar with the matter told the Korean news site that Samsung is preparing 100,000 units of the device, which would also fold out to be used as a 7-inch tablet.

Samsung has been working on foldable smartphone displays for a number of years, with another foldable display patent coming to light as recently as last week. Unlike many previous Samsung foldable phone concepts, however, this device’s display would appear on the outside (as seen in the Lenovo unit above) rather than the inside of the body.

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Samsung is still working on that foldable smartphone

November 9, 2016

This news is also in keeping with a Bloomberg report from last June, in which unnamed sources suggested that Samsung was preparing two folding devices for 2017. One device would fold inwards while the other, Bloomberg says, “will have a 5-inch screen when used as a handset, that unfurls into a display that’s as large as eight inches, similar to a tablet.”

It seems likely at this point that Samsung is developing an outward folding device, though the question of when it will launch hangs in the air. Some analysts suggest that they won’t be market-ready until 2018, while others suggest we’ll see them this year.

Samsung reportedly prepping folding smartphone/tablet hybrid for Q3 launch

The Korea Herald states: “Despite technical completion, Samsung Electronics has not made a final decision about whether they will unveil the device this year because of marketability and profitability issues, multiple sources said.”

Samsung may be keen to be the first major manufacturer to release such a product and beat its Korean rival LG, who is also working on such technology, but doing so would be a significant financial risk for the manufacturer. Perhaps, like its original Galaxy Note Edge, the device will appear alongside another variant in a limited quantity to measure desirability first.

Would you be interested in such a smartphone? Let us know in the comments.