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Huawei CEO confirms Android Wear smartwatch for 2015

Huawei CEO

At the moment the smartwatch market is becoming a who’s who of tech firms, with everyone except HTC launching their own wearable devices.

The latest addition being Huawei, which plans to launch its own Android Wear smartwatch in 2015.

Huawei CEO Richard Yu was chatting to Engadget at IFA 2014 and confirmed that a smartwatch is definitely on the cards.

While he was inevitably tight-lipped about what exactly is in the pipeline, the Huawei boss said that the wearable will “innovative and beautful.”

He even went as far to say that the upcoming device will be “more beautiful” than Samsung’s latest smartwatch, the Samsung Gear S.

A bold statement from the CEO as the curvacious Gear S really is a looker, so the folks ovet at Huawei must already have some good ideas being thrown about.

This will be Huawei’s first venture into smartwatches, although the company did recently launch its fitness trackin Talkband B1 smartband in the UK.

Huawei definitely has its work cut out as the Android Wear bandwagon is becoming increasingly full, with the likes of LG, Motorola, ASUS and Sony having already launched devices running Google’s OS.

At the moment there’s no clue when it will arrive in 2015 but we’ll keep you posted.

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Samsung SUHD JS9500

In the cosmic combat for television photograph satisfactory supremacy, it can be the light facet versus the dark part. LED lcd versus OLED. Samsung versus LG. And the darkish part wins this round.

The JS9500 is Samsung’s most powerful Jedi warrior, its most luxurious tv for 2015 and the one with the quality photo. Its important expertise over our favorite television of the year, LG’s EF9500 OLED tv, is mild output: it can get brighter.


Samsung SUHD JS9500

In the meantime considered one of OLED’s big benefits is darkness; it may reap superb blackness on-reveal, leading to better distinction and have an effect on for all photographs, notably at midnight rooms and combat stations the place theater-great images are fine experienced. Its photo can be notably higher from off-perspective seating positions to both aspect of the candy spot instantly in front of the monitor, and i admire the fact that it is flat rather of curved.

At press time, each the Samsung and the LG rate the in regards to the identical at 65 inches — an awfully expensive $5,000, £7,500 within the UK or AU$6,000 in Australia. however even though Samsung have been to slash its rate, OLED’s advantages would commonly make it valued at the additional money for the excessive-end viewers.

however, for truly high-finish customers who need an excellent higher screen, just like the 78- and even 88-inch sizes provided by means of Samsung, OLED without problems isn’t an choice. even supposing you will find LG’s seventy seven-inch OLED tv on the market anyplace, it can be seemingly going to rate a kidney or three.

For an LED liquid crystal display the UNJS9500 is best, and in highly vibrant rooms it probably the great option on the market. however for nearly all over else, all of its excessive-finish elements and image enhancements can’t keep up with OLED. do not underestimate the vigour of the darkish side.

The good

The Samsung UNJS9500 series produces some of the excellent pictures of any LED liquid crystal display now we have confirmed, with best distinction, deep black levels and ideal colour and video processing. it can get brighter than OLED TVs. The redesigned sensible television system and far off are easier than ever to use, its state-of-the-art connectivity and different facets will also be upgraded someday, and its design is smooth and attractive.

The bad
The extremely-high-priced JS9500 costs across the same as OLED TVs that supply total higher image pleasant. unlike OLED, its snapshot suffers when seen from off-angle, and blooming is noticeable in some scenes. it’s handiest to be had with a curved reveal.

The bottom
Line despite being an great instance of lcd tv cutting-edge, Samsung’s high-finish JS9500 loses the photograph nice battle towards OLED TVs.

Samsung UE40H6400

Samsung UE40H6400

Some strong features are slightly undermined by annoying flaws

The UE40H6400 has all the right credentials to become a best-seller for Samsung. Set up right, its crispy Full HD pictures, rich colours, and punchy contrast look great with most types of content. The brand’s Smart Hub proposition remains strong, although some of the latest tweaks are less than compelling.

Casual gaming and social media feel crowbar’d in from the mobile playbook. With Sony stealing the performance high-ground with its W8 series (below), and Panasonic offering arguably the slickest Smart environment with Freetime, this set is up against serious competition. Overall though, it comes recommended with only minor caveats.


Samsung Galaxy A7 (2016) and Galaxy A5 (2016) First Impressions

Samsung, at its Southwest Asia Forum 2016 in Kuala Lumpur, announced details of its new Galaxy A5 and Galaxy A7 2016 edition smartphones for the Indian market. The handsets were first unveiled last year in China, though the company had not disclosed anything about the availability of the two refreshed models outside China at that time.

The Galaxy A series was first launched in late 2014, and now the South Korean giant claims that it has contributed to increase in its worldwide 4G market share, along with the J-series. According to Samsung, its share in 4G devices increased from 25.9 percent in December 2014 to 60.6 percent in December 2015. The company however declined to share exact numbers.

We spent some time with both the new Galaxy A5 and Galaxy A7 2016 edition smartphones at the launch event and here are our first impressions.

At the press briefing in Kuala Lumpur, Samsung stressed that the new generation Galaxy A5 and Galaxy A7 are designed using glass and metal. This was evident when we first held the devices in our hands. Both the Samsung Galaxy A5 (2016) and the Galaxy A7 (2016) take design cues from last year’s flagship, the Galaxy S6. Both phones have metal frames that give them a durable feel, while the rear has an all-glass look. You can see the body colour through the glass.

Similar to the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 series, the rear panels of the Galaxy A5 (2016) and Galaxy A7 (2016) are very shiny, making it hard for us to photograph them without reflections. Despite the use of glass on the rear, we were confident of using both the devices without them slipping from our hands. The phones are comfortable to hold with one hand despite both having screens larger than 5 inches. The front panels on both are mainly dominated by their screens, with the Samsung logo embossed above. The speakers are housed on the bottom and they did sound louder than average, though not really exceptional.

The physical home button, which is a design touch found on the entire range of Samsung Galaxy devices, sits below the display on both phones, with the fingerprint reader embedded into its surface. Fingerprint recognition can be considered one of the biggest additions to the 2016 Galaxy A-series. Oddly, the units showcased at the launch event had their fingerprint scanners disabled for some reason. Samsung executives promised that the feature will be available in commercial units of both the Galaxy A5 (2016) and the Galaxy A7 (2016). On either side of the physical home button are the capacitive Recents and Back buttons which light up only when touched.


Here are the full specifications of the Samsung Galaxy A5 (2016) and Galaxy A7 (2016) smartphones.

For the second-generation Galaxy A series, Samsung has used its in-house Exynos processors. The first-generation Galaxy A3, Galaxy A5, and Galaxy A7 used Qualcomm-based chipsets.

(Also see: Samsung Galaxy A7 (2016) vs. Samsung Galaxy A7)

The Galaxy A5 (2016) is powered by an octa-core Exynos processor clocked at 1.6GHz clubbed with 2GB of RAM and has 16GB of inbuilt storage. The Galaxy A7 (2016) also packs an octa-core Exynos SoC clocked at 1.6GHz and 16GB of storage, but is equipped with 3GB of RAM. For displays, the Galaxy A5 (2016) features a smaller 5.2-inch full-HD (1080×1920-pixel) Super Amoled display while the Galaxy A7 (2016) sports a 5.5-inch full-HD Super Amoled display. Both phones have 13-megapixel rear cameras with LED flashes and optical image stabilisation (OIS), and 5-megapixel front-facing cameras. The rear cameras on both the handsets feature f/1.9 aperture lenses. Much like the first-generation Galaxy A-series, the new Galaxy A5 (2016) and Galaxy A7 (2016) support 4G LTE. Samsung said that the units support LTE Cat. 6 connectivity which allows up to 300Mbps downloads. Other connectivity options include Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.1, ANT+, 3G, GPRS/ EDGE, USB 2.0 and NFC connectivity options. Both phones come with dual-SIM support and Samsung has specified that the microSD card slot is separate from the second Nano-SIM slot, so you aren’t forced to choose one or the other.


(Also see: Samsung Galaxy A5 (2016) vs. Samsung Galaxy A5)

The Galaxy A5 (2016) is backed by a 2900mAh battery while the Galaxy A7 (2016) comes with a 3300mAh battery. Compared to the previous generation, both phones have improved battery capacities. To recall, the Galaxy A5 2015 edition included a 2300mAh battery and the Galaxy A7 came with a 2600mAh battery. Samsung has also added fast charging support to both phones. Ultra Power Saving Mode, which Samsung claims is loved by users in India, has also been added in the Galaxy A5 (2016) and Galaxy A7 (2016) phones.

The software on the Galaxy A5 (2016) and Galaxy A7 (2016) phones looked much the same as on the first-generation Galaxy A series with very minor tweaks and additions. Both phones run the company’s custom UI on top of Android 5.1 Lollipop. Google and Microsoft apps, as also seen on other high-end Galaxy phones, are displayed prominently. We did not come across any major software changes in our limited time with the devices. Samsung said it has no current plans to release a Marshmallow update, when asked about possible timeframes for the new Galaxy A5 (2016) and Galaxy A7 (2016).


In the limited time spent with the handsets, we observed that they handled multitasking and Internet browsing pretty easily without any lags. We will reserve our verdict on Samsung Galaxy A5 (2016) and Galaxy A7 (2016) performance until we get a chance to put them through paces for a detailed review.

In our brief tests of the cameras, we found that images taken with the Galaxy A7 (2016) in normal indoor lighting were vibrant with accurate colours. The images taken with the Galaxy A5 (2016) under the same conditions had minor noise at the edges. Low-light shots on both phones also looked good. The cameras protrude slightly from the bodies, like the ones on other high-end Galaxy smartphones.

The front cameras on both devices also managed to capture some decent selfies. We will have to wait till we can run these phones through our full review process to decide whether the cameras on the second-generation Galaxy A5 and A7 are better than those offered by the competition.

Final Thoughts
The Galaxy A5 (2016) and Galaxy A7 (2016) smartphones have been launched in India with price tags of Rs. 29,400 and Rs. 33,400 respectively. Both phones will go on sale starting February 15 and will be available in physical retail as well online through Snapdeal. To woo customers, Samsung also announced a bundled Airtel data plan which will give users up to 30GB of data free over six months.


At this price point, the biggest competitor to the Galaxy A5 (2016) is the OnePlus 2, which is currently retailing at Rs. 24,999. Motorola’s Moto X Style, priced at Rs. 29,999, is also available at around the same price.

The Galaxy A7 (2016), on the other hand, will have to take on Samsung’s 2015 flagship, the Galaxy S6, which is now retailing for Rs. 33,900 via the company’s official India e-store.

Disclosure: Samsung sponsored the correspondent’s travel and hotel for the event in Kuala Lumpur.

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Samsung Galaxy A5 Metal-Clad Smartphone Price Revealed

Samsung Galaxy A5

Samsung’s metal-clad Galaxy A5, which was recently listed on the company’s China website, has been priced at CNY 2599 (approximately Rs. 26,000).

While Samsung has listed the price of the Galaxy A5 (SM-A5000) on its China website, it does not provide an online purchase option – and instead guides users to retail stores.

Notably, the Samsung Galaxy A5 was listed on the company’s China website last week in its dual-SIM version. Last month, while announcing the smartphone, Samsung had only unveiled the single-SIM variant of the Galaxy A5, alongside the Galaxy A3.

Apart from dual Nano-SIM support, the Galaxy A5 listed on the company’s China website packs the same specifications as the single-SIM Galaxy A5. The website hasn’t listed the Galaxy A3 as yet, but we expect that the company will also offer a dual-SIM variant of the smartphone, just like Galaxy A5.

Samsung is yet to launch the device in regions other than China. Earlier this month, a report had noted that the rollout of the Samsung’s Galaxy A series was delayed due to low production yields for the full metal bodies, but that the smartphone would still hit “select markets” including China in November. It said that both the smartphones were originally planned for Q3 launch, but because of Samsung having difficulties in producing the metal casings for its first full-metal unibody designed smartphones, the company instead announced the smartphones in Q4.

The report had noted that “the casings did not meet the quality requirements Samsung was aiming for, and only around 50 percent of the yield came out right.”
Fighting criticism about its plastic bodied smartphones, Samsung had announced the all-metal Galaxy Alpha (Review | Pictures) in August, before introducing the metal-clad Galaxy A3 and Galaxy A5 in October. Notably, there is still no official word about the anticipated Galaxy A7, which was rumoured to be launched alongside the Galaxy A5 and Galaxy A3.


Samsung Galaxy A5