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Samsung announces the new Note 9

The Note 9 has been announced by Samsung and is their most expensive flagship to date.  The devices will be released on August 24th in two variants, a 128GB model at £899 and a 512GB model at £1,099, making the new Note 9/s more expensive than the Apple iPhone X. The specs and features, however, make up the price tag. The 6.4″ device provides a whopping 4,000mAh battery that offers all-day performance, while one of the variants available allows for over 1TB of memory. Users will be able to insert an expandable 512GB SD card that can take the 512GB model past 1TB of memory, offering a tremendous amount of  storage.  To put this into perspective, the average size photo is 500K so 1TB has the potential to hold around 2 million photos! The only downfall? The external memory may only be used for media such as photos, videos and music files but not applications.
samsung note 9Additional specs include an improved dual camera with a 12MP rear camera set up that has dual-aperture technology. The new features include automatic optimisation of colour settings such as contrast, white balance and exposure, making it nearly impossible to take a bad shot. A further key feature is the S Pen, designed to create a similar sensation as putting pen to paper, allowing you to create your very own electronic notebook, personalise messages and emails with your signature and even create art. Conveniently the S Pen can be used to remotely access the camera, removing the need for self-timers or straining for a selfie, and can be used to command your presentation slideshows. Finally, the stylus can be used to play, pause or switch media from photos in the Gallery to YouTube videos.

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The Note 9 will be available in Ocean Blue, Lavender Purple and Black and Copper colours, however the availability is expected to differ in each region. The monochrome metal frames surround Samsung’s largest Infinity display yet, with a near bezel-less, full-frontal glass, edge-to-edge screen. Each colour variant is available with a matching stylus. Under the hood, the Note 9 features the Snapdragon 845 processor and 6GB of RAM for superior multi-tasking.

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For more information on the new Note 9, please do not hesitate to get in touch with your account manager via email sales@cmmtelecoms.co.uk or phone 01252 854352. Your account manager can provide you with information on pay-monthly or SIM only plans once available.  We are always more than happy to help!

Samsung has revealed the new Galaxy S9

Samsung has revealed the highly anticipated Galaxy S9. The S9 continues the popular trend of bezel-less screens, sporting a 5.8″ full frontal glass, edge-to-edge display, termed by Samsung as an “Infinity Display”. The Infinity displays have been showcased on previous Samsung models including the S8, the S8 Plus and Note 8. For those keen on previous designs, the Galaxy S9 follows closely to the look of S8 and has been released alongside a second, larger version, the Galaxy S9+, which sports a 6.”2 Infinity Display.

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The latest flagship packs a next generation dual-aperture camera, designed to adapt to super low and bright light automatically. In dark or nighttime settings, the S9 camera lens will open to F1.5 mode, providing multi-frame noise reduction so that you can capture nighttime shots with clarity. In the daylight, the lens will shift to F2.4 mode.  For those with a creative spark, the aperture can also be toggled manually to create a mood.

(Left: F1.5 aperture mode, Right: F2.4 aperture mode)

(Left: F1.5 aperture mode, Right: F2.4 aperture mode)

The camera also features new super slow-motion abilities, allowing you to shoot 960 frames per second in 6 second clips. This feature however only supports HD resolution which can drain both your storage (roughly, 100-200MB per minute of HD video) and battery life. However with the option to expand the memory and wireless quick charging, this is less of an issue for S9 users. Finally, the camera is equipped with upgraded optical image stabilisation so you’ll be able to minimise any vibrations from your hands for a steady shot.

The S9 has an improved version of Bixby, the Samsung virtual assistant, that can work alongside the updated camera to provide real-time language translation. Similarly to Google translate, with the S9 you can now point the camera (In Bixby mode) at some foreign text and Bixby will generate translated information overlaid onto the image it’s viewing in real-time, whether you wish to translate a road sign while navigating or decipher the lunch menu.

Further features include the latest version of Android – 8.0 Oreo, a waterproof body and improved stereo speakers, claimed by Samsung to provide 1.4x more powerful sound than any previous Galaxy model.  Security has also been given a boost with a new combination of facial recognition and a iris scan when unlocking your device. This is also useful for identification in low light settings as the two can work together to ensure you can be verified. This means the galaxy flagship now offers six different ways to secure your device, whether you choose the iris scanner, facial recognition technology, fingerprint sensor, a simple password, pattern or pin.

Spec overview

  • 5.8″ Quad HD SuperAMOLED Infinity Display
  • Android 8.0 Oreo
  • 12MP rear camera with OIS
  • 8MP camera
  • 4GB RAM
  • 64GB storage, expandable up to 400GB via microSD
  • Waterproof IP68
  • Wireless charging

Although unveiled, the new devices will be not be released until March 13th 2018.

For more information on the new Samsung devices, please do not hesitate to get in touch with your account manager via email sales@cmmtelecoms.co.uk or phone 01252 854352. Your account manager can also give you information on pay-monthly or SIM only plans once the new devices are available.  We are always more than happy to help!

All Samsung products will be IoT enabled by 2020

All Samsung products will be IoT enabled by 2020

Samsung has announced that all it’s products, from mobile devices to Samsung fridges, will be IoT (Internet of Things) enabled by 2020. IoT allows objects to be connected to the internet, be recognised by other devices and collect and exchange data. Smart Home is arguably the most popular IoT application, with Amazon Echo being a prime example of an IoT enabled device.

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Wearables are another example of IoT in action, from the Apple iWatch to Fitbit. Samsung’s IoT plans will allow them to gather a wide range of data from their users, to provide a deeper understanding of how their products are used and consequently how they can be developed to offer a better user experience. Further benefits of IoT include communication between you and your devices. For example, the Samsung fridge could have the ability to notify you when food will go out of date or when the milk’s running low.

If you’re a business considering upgrading the technology you use, we offer a alternative to IoT, Machine to Machine technology (M2M). M2M is an exchange of data between a connected device and a central system that monitors or controls that device. It allows machines to communicate directly with each other to convey information.

How can M2M help your business?

With M2M you can take advantage of real-time data, remote monitoring and analytics. For example, receive information on:

✓ How a remote asset in your business is performing, even down to the detail of it’s temperature and minimise the need for routine maintenance visits. But better yet, catch problems before they could affect your customers.

“If a machine or device can report back that it has broken down or that it needs refilling, then that saves, for example, a field-force employee driving around checking on these things. Because of the improved visibility, they only need to go where the attention is needed. That has a hard ROI for operations.” – Telsyte senior analyst.

✓ Where something is, allowing you to recover lost assets and prevent thefts.

Overall, M2M can help you increase profitably, launch new products and services, improve your customer relations and allow your business to become more agile and responsive. We offer M2M technology via dedicated sims that will connect over mobile networks. To find out more, please get in touch via sales@cmmtelecoms.co.uk or phone 01252 854352.

Samsung expected to unveil three creative projects at CES 2018

Samsung will unveil three creative projects at CES 2018

Samsung has announced it will unveil three creative projects at CES 2018 in Las Vegas to “explore new business opportunities”. The innovative projects have been in development by it’s Creative Lab programme since December 2012.

“Since launching five years ago, our C-Lab program has gained exciting momentum across Samsung, helping foster an innovation culture, and providing avenue for our creative, talented employees to pursue innovative new projects. We will continuously introduce innovative projects through our C-Lab program.” – Jaiil Lee, Samsung Electronics vice president and head of the creativity and innovation centre.

The three projects include ‘S-Ray’ – also known as Sound Ray, a portable directional speaker made smaller and lighter than conventional directional speakers, that allows you to listen to music without disturbing those around you.

The second project is ‘GoBreath’, a portable device and app that functions as a recovery solution for people who have experienced lung damage and suffer from postoperative pulmonary complications after general anaesthesia.  GoBreath also offers a web and cloud service for doctors to monitor patient recovery progress, as well as provide reminders to practice.

Finally, Relúmĭno is a visual aid app designed to help people with low vision. The name itself originates from the Latin meaning ‘to return back the light’.  The app uses Gear VR to assist visually-impaired people by enhancing their vision to overcome everyday challenges. Building on that concept, Samsung’s Creative Lab built Relúmĭno glasses to utilize the technology more comfortably and discreetly. Samsung’s aim was to offer an affordable option for the visually impaired.

Latest Samsung Galaxy A8 & A8+ announced

Latest Samsung Galaxy A8 & A8+ announced

The Galaxy A8 and A8+ are Samsung’s latest additions to the A range. The new devices will be available from April in four different colours, however this may vary by country and region. As seen on the Galaxy S8, both the A8 and A8+ feature Samsung’s ‘Infinity display’. The Infinity display refers to the physicalities of the phone; by trimming the bezels, you can take advantage of the largest screen possible without the need for a bigger model. In fact, the A8 and A8+ feature the largest display ever seen on a Galaxy A phone, providing a wide horizontal view and 18.5:9 ratio.

“The Galaxy A8 exemplifies our continued dedication to meeting the needs of our consumers by providing them with greater choice and convenience.” Connor Pierce, Samsung UK & Ireland vice president of IT & mobile.

Galaxy A8

Further improvements include improved low-light capability on the 16MP rear camera. Its bright F1.7 lens, larger 1.12㎛ pixels, and bigger 1/2.8” sensor bring in light from the environment to make photos crisp and detailed. Both the A8 and A8+ also feature the 8MP Dual Front camera and water resistance. The A8 and A8+ are rated IP68 which means you’ll be safe to submerse the device in up to 1.5 metres of fresh water for up to 30 minutes. The key differences in the models however are the difference in display size, battery and RAM options. The A8+ packs a 3500mAh battery offering up to 50 hours of MP3 playback compared to the A8 3000mAh battery that offers up to 44 hours of playback. The A8+ offers a 0.4″ increase in screen size and is 19 grams heavier.

Samsung A8

The storage is meatier too with a option of 6GB RAM available, compared to the 4GB RAM featured in the A8. Both models however are available with either 32GB or 64GB of storage. Disappointingly, the new models haven’t been announced with the new version of Android 8.0 Oreo and instead feature Android Nougat (find details here). Despite the older OS, the new Galaxy A additions would make ideal business devices. Featuring Bixby, Samsung’s virtual assistant that personalises your experience by surfacing specific apps and content based on where you are and what time it is. For example, you may see your Health app in the morning or your alarm and step count at night. Bixby also takes voice commands and sets reminders to ensure you make your next meeting. Better yet, the new models feature dual messenger, allowing you to separate your personal and business conversations.

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The A8 and A8+ also feature a Secure Folder, creating a seperate space within the device to store your sensitive and personal data that is only accessible to you. You can also take advantage of Samsung Pay – a contactless payment service that only requires your device. For more information on the new devices, please do not hesitate to contact your account manager on 01252 854352 or email sales@cmmtelecoms.co.uk, we are always more than happy to help!

Samsung Pay now available to American Express cardholders in the UK

Samsung Pay now available to American Express cardholders

As of October 19th 2017, Samsung Pay is now available to American Express cardholders in the UK. This comes as the second addition to Samsung Pay over the past few months, with support for cards issued by the Co-operative Bank added in September. In addition to American Express and Co-op, Samsung Pay supports Visa and Mastercard as well as cards issued by First direct, HSBC, M&S Bank, MBNA, Nationwide and Santander.

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While owners of the new Samsung Galaxy Note 8 (please click here for the full review) or the S8/S8+ can take advantage of iris scanner technology to authorise payments, providing a new level of biometric security. You can also set up a card as a ‘transport card’ to use on TfL services. This option means you don’t even need to wake your phone or verify with a fingerprint, iris scanner or PIN – simply touch the middle section of your phone against the card reader.

It’s rumoured that Samsung is planning to roll out the service to other phones lower down it’s range. This previously might have been problematic, due to the need for a fingerprint or iris scanner to authorise payments, but you can now alternatively use a registered passcode. There are also plans for Samsung Pay Mini app which will work with other Android devices, however the UK release date is yet to be known.