Samsung declares first cell phone chip with AMD ray-tracing GPU

Samsung has declared the Exynos 2200, its new in-house mobile processor for cell phones. It’s the first mobile system on a chip to incorporate a GPU with AMD’s RDNA 2 graphics architecture, enabling features like hardware-accelerated up ray tracing.

The coordinated effort with AMD has been long really taking shape. The two organizations originally reported an authorizing bargain in 2019, then, at that point, AMD affirmed last year that Samsung’s “next flagship mobile SoC” would utilize RDNA 2. Samsung as of late prodded a declaration occasion for the Exynos 2200 that should occur on January eleventh, however it was strangely postponed.

The Exynos 2200 is made on Samsung’s 4nm EUV process. Samsung is marking this GPU as “Xclipse,” and AMD’s SVP of Radeon GPU tech David Wang says in an explanation that it’s “the first result of multiple planned generations of AMD RDNA graphics in Exynos SoCs.”

On the CPU side, the Exynoss 2200 uses Armv9 cores: one powerful Cortex-X2 “flagship core,” three Cortex-A710 cores for balanced performance, and four additional effective Cortex-A510 cores. There’s likewise an updated NPU that Samsung says offers double the performance of its ancestor, and the ISP architecture is intended to help camera sensors of up to 200 megapixels, one of which Samsung reported the year before.

Samsung’s best quality Exynos chips as a rule advance into the organization’s flagship Galaxy S phone series, despite the fact that models sold in the US and certain different markets use Qualcomm’s Snapdragon SoCs. Other phone creators like Vivo infrequently use Exynos chips in their own gadgets, yet we’ll probably need to delay until the presumptive Galaxy S22 is in our hands to see whether AMD’s technology converts into a significant leap forward in mobile GPU performance.


Samsung’s 2022 QLED TVs incorporate the first 144Hz 4K and 8K sets

It wouldn’t be CES without a new round of Samsung TVs, and the 2022 models guarantee their share of quality redesigns — in addition to a few new accommodations. To begin, the standard Neo QLED sets currently incorporate what Samsung says are the first 4K and 8K sets with 144Hz inputs rather than the typical 120Hz. The additional smoothness will not be quickly valuable when even the quickest PCs battle with high-speed 4K and 8K content, yet you will not need to stress over your premium TV becoming outdated any time soon.

The TVs guarantee picture quality enhancements paying little heed to the source. All the 8K and 4K Neo QLED sets have bounced from a 12-cycle backdrop illumination to 14-piece, giving more precise brilliance. They likewise gloat another Shape Adaptive Light Control highlight that hypothetically further develops the small LED sets’ quality, and an AI-driven Object Depth Enhancer can assist with recognizing an picture’s main subject from its background.

Software assumes a significant role also. All the 2022 Samsung TVs have a new home screen that helps total streaming content and offers an ambient display when idle. A Gaming Hub can straightforwardly launch console- and cloud-based games, while a new Game Bar assists you with modifying pertinent picture settings. Watch Together is a SharePlay-style mode that allows you to converse with distant friends while you watch broadcasts and streaming shows. Furthermore since this is 2022, you can even shop for and show NFTs.

Different sets have their own share of upgrades. Samsung’s MicroLED line (displayed at center) is presently bezel-free, so your goliath luxury TV should mix all the more consistently with your style. They additionally promote a 10 percent wider color range, and you can purchase a ‘small’ 89-inch preconfigured set if the 99-and 110-inch variations won’t exactly fit. What’s more on the off chance that the bezels are definitively what you need, 2022 The Frame sets presently have more canvas-like matte displays and a new art store interface.

As is frequently the situation, Samsung hasn’t given accessibility and price ranges as of this writing. The Frame will be accessible in sizes somewhere in the range of 32 and 85 inches, however, and you can assume both 8K screens and MicroLED models will carry stiff premiums. It’s too early to say whether they’ll contend well against rival models from LG, Sony and different brands. So, it’s clear Samsung actually isn’t eager to accept OLED TVs and counter its most popular challengers.


Samsung says the Galaxy Flip 3 spurred a bigger number of individuals to switch than its flagships

The most recent foldable Galaxy gadgets are a hit. Samsung delivered four times more foldables in 2021 than what it did in 2020, the tech monster has uncovered. Further, it required just a single month later they were released for the Galaxy Z Fold 3 and the Galaxy Z Flip 3 to surpass the total accumulative sales of their predecessors last year. The organization additionally said that it saw a “massive increase” in customers who bounced brands specifically for its foldable phones — indeed, more individuals changed to Samsung for the Flip 3 than for its lead gadgets.

While Samsung didn’t run through explicit numbers, it said it saw a 150 percent expansion in customers who exchanged brands for the Flip 3 contrasted with the Galaxy Note 20. It saw a 140 percent increment in individuals exchanging brands for the foldable contrasted with the Galaxy S21, also. The Flip’s form factor is obviously its main draw, alongside its front screen that gives clients a method for using their phone without opening it. With respect to the Fold 3, individuals who reacted to Samsung’s study said they got it for its large screen, multitasking capabilities and S Pen support.

In its post, Samsung said foldables are relied upon to grow tenfold by 2023, and it’s intensely investing in research and development to have the option to stay aware of adversary gadgets that will certainly pop up. One of those competitors is Huawei’s P50 Pocket phone, which is the organization’s first model that folds vertically like the Galaxy Z Flip.


Samsung’s Galaxy S22 launch may be postponed, yet don’t flip out right now

Samsung’s ready to kick off the following year with a bang, getting going with the long-awaited, long-delayed launch of the Galaxy S21 FE prior to getting to the big guns. The S22 series has been supposed for a February release for some time now, with declaration and sales dates having leaked close by authentic pictures of the Ultra. Obviously, we live in a topsy-turvy world, which implies these time spans will not forever be permanently established.

Jon Prosser was the initial source for real-world photographs of the S22 Ultra, alongside follow-up data on when the phones would be uncovered and launched. Today, he took to Twitter to change his calendar, recognizing Samsung had moved its plans marginally following a ongoing supply chain issue influencing organizations around the world. As per Prosser, the S22 uncover will presently happen on February 9th — one day after the fact than anticipated. It’ll be accessible on February 25th, pushed back a week from its original date.

Fortunately, it doesn’t seem like this is a Galaxy S21 FE-style fiasco. It’s odd to see the declaration — probably a Galaxy Unpacked event — slip back by 24 hours, as those supply chain issues shouldn’t bring a web stream any hardship. The week-long delay for its actual launch is additionally surprisingly fast, however it’s dependably conceivable this postponement is the first in an ever-expanding push that brings us into late spring.

Thus, assuming you’ve been gazing at the calendar on your divider invigorated for Samsung’s official disclosing of its next flagships, how about we simply trust you composed it in pencil. Look on the bright side: the whole Galaxy S22 series has seen so many leaks, you don’t have to wait at all to learn about it.


Samsung launches Android 12-powered One UI 4 for Galaxy S21 phones

Samsung is making its One UI 4 programming update accessible for the Galaxy S21, S21 Plus, and S21 Ultra beginning today, the organization has declared. The update depends on this years Android 12, was delivered in open beta in September, and adds new theming choices, console changes, and security settings.

The new features accompanying the most recent variant of Samsung programming should look recognizable to anybody whos been staying aware of Android 12s redesigns. First up is a Material You-style upgrade, including the capacity to change the working frameworks shading plan dependent on your picked backdrop, and there are likewise updated gadgets. New protection centered elements incorporate a Privacy Dashboard that monitors how regularly applications are mentioning touchy data from your phone, and there are additionally new pointers that show when the phone’s camera or amplifier are being used.

Other new features incorporate a changed console that offers a more energized emoticon and stickers.

Albeit the One UI 4 update is right now restricted to the Samsung S21 series, the organization says it’ll be accessible soon on a scope of its different gadgets including more established Galaxy S, Galaxy Note, and Galaxy A gadgets, just as Samsung foldables, and tablets.

In spite of the fact that its public statement doesn’t give an authority time period for the updates discharge on these phones, a notification that showed up in the Samsung Members application in Korea recently gives a superior thought of timings. As per this notification, which was erased soon after being posted, the Z Flip 3, Z Fold 3, S20 series, Note 20 series, Z Fold 2, and Z Flip 5G could accept their One UI 4 updates in December. More established foldables, just as Note 10 and S10 gadgets show up prone to continue in January, while Samsung tablets could begin getting the update from February, beginning with the Tab S7 and S7 Plus.


Samsung’s 49-inch mini LED gaming monitor will sell for $2,500

The organization will begin taking pre-orders for its since quite a while ago prodded Odyssey Neo G9 display on July 29th for $2,500. Indeed, you could purchase a decent PC for less than the cost of this curved, 49-inch beast — in spite of the fact that you may have valid justifications to purchase this over more modest, compliment Odyssey screens.

As you would have speculated, the utilization of mini-LED delivers exceptionally high difference proportions for a LCD monitor. Samsung claims a black level of simply 0.0004. Nonetheless, you’re likewise getting incredibly splendid HDR on account of a peak brightness of 2,000 nits that causes numerous TVs to appear to be faint by examination. Customizable lighting impacts help add to the flash.

You ought to likewise see a similar 5,120 x 1,440 resolution, 240Hz refresh rate and 1ms pixel response time from last year’s Odyssey G9, also connectivity that incorporates two HDMI ports, DisplayPort and a pair of USB 3.0 connections.

You’re unmistakably getting highlights that are difficult to coordinate. Notwithstanding, it’s additionally obvious that Samsung is focusing on a fairly narrow audience — The Neo G9 is intended for all around obeyed gamers who need the most immersive non-VR experience possible. It could without much of a stretch hit the sweet spot in case you’re in that demographic, however creative pros (and anybody on a budget) will likely need to look somewhere else.


Google Messages prepares ‘External Messaging’ permission on the side of Samsung’s Continuity

Google Messages is setting up a new, particular Android permission that will assist you with sending RCS messages from a tablet or smartwatch utilizing Samsung’s “Congruity.”

For a few years now, Samsung has offered a system called “Call and Message Continuity” or “Call & text on other devices” that permits you to place calls and send/receive text messages utilizing your Samsung Galaxy tablet or smartwatch. Last October, we found that Google Messages was attempting to help Samsung’s Call and Message Continuity system, likely getting ready for the way that the Galaxy S21 utilizes Google Messages as its default SMS application outside of the United States.

XDA Developers has shared the next step of this joining among Google Messages and Samsung phones, discovering text alluding to a new permission for an “Android Messages API.” In the application’s code, this new permission is referred to as “External Messaging.”

In short, applications with the new permission will actually want to freely send messages to your contacts through SMS, MMS, and RCS. This is valuable as Google Messages can send RCS messages from almost any Android phone all throughout the world without requiring direct RCS support from a cell carrier.

As shared by XDA’s Mishaal Rahman and affirmed by our APK Insight team, this “External Messaging” permission is just present in the form of Google Messages that has been exceptionally customized for Samsung gadgets. This persuades that the permission is proposed for Samsung’s usage for the time being.

Delving into Samsung’s Call and Message Continuity application, we discover various references to Google Messages’ External Messaging API, straightforwardly linking the two applications. It’s conceivable that Google made this permission for the express motivation behind permitting Samsung’s Continuity service to have the option to send and get SMS/RCS through Google Messages, which has become the default messaging app on Galaxy phones in Europe and different regions.

Delving further into the code for Google Messages’ External Messaging permission, we find that it currently uses an allowlist system, which means it’s not proposed for use by any application that asks for the permission. It’s conceivable that Google could permit more applications to send RCS messages down the road, however for the present, that isn’t the situation.


Samsung guaranteed restored Galaxy S20 phones now accessible

Samsung is currently selling its Galaxy S20 cell phones in revamped condition and per 9to5Google, the ordinary Galaxy Note 20 and the S20 FE will likewise soon be a part of the organization’s affirmed re-newed program.

Samsung has been selling refurbished phones for a long while. They are essentially pre-owned devices that are reestablished to like-new condition by the organization. Everything from the exterior and touch responsiveness to sound quality and wireless functions is checked and the phones get a brand new battery. The handsets accompany a one-year warranty from Samsung.

For customers, particularly the individuals who are environmentally cognizant, refurbished gadgets are an incredible method to redesign without breaking the bank. For this situation, you can get a 128GB Samsung Galaxy S20 for $650 and the cost can go down to as much as $250 on the off chance that you got a phone to trade-in. That is a substantial decrease contrasted with Galaxy S20’s launch cost of $999.99.

Without a trade-in, a re-newed Galaxy S20 Ultra, which initially began at $1,399.99, can be yours for just $950. The S20+, which had a launch cost of $1,199.99, costs $750.

The 256GB Galaxy Note 10+, 128GB Galaxy S10+, 128GB Galaxy S10, 128GB Galaxy S10e, 128GB Galaxy Note 9, and 64GB Galaxy S9 are additionally accessible in refurbished condition.


Samsung’s best tablets are discounted and accompanied by free Galaxy Buds Pro, today only

Samsung pretty much dominates the high-end Android tablet space with its Tab S series, and keeping in mind that they’re not as expensive as, say, an iPad Pro, they’re not actually modest, by the same token. In the event that you’ve been faltering about getting one, here’s an series you’ll be intrigued to catch wind of: today, Samsung is offering $130 off both the Tab S7 and Tab S7+, in addition to a free pair of Galaxy Buds Pro with all things considered.

With a Snapdragon 865+ and six or eight gigs of RAM, these tablets aren’t actually pushing any spec limits in 2021, however they’re still bounty incredible for typical tablet use. They’re likewise fabricated incredibly well. The more modest one does not have some better quality highlights like the S7+’s OLED show, however. The Galaxy Buds Pro are incredible, as well: we gave them our Most Wanted honor.

With this series, groups start at $570 for the more modest S7 and $770 for the bigger S7+. Know that, notwithstanding Samsung’s symbolism, you’re not getting a console or kickstand at these costs (albeit the pointer is incorporated). This offer is acceptable until late around evening time, Eastern time, so get a move on.


Samsung’s new 50-megapixel camera sensor has the littlest pixels yet

Samsung is stretching the boundaries again on pixel sizes with its most recent cell phone camera sensor. The Isocell JN1 fits 50 megapixels into a little 1/2.76-inch format for a pixel size of simply 0.64 micrometers. That is significantly more modest than the 0.7 micrometer pixels found on its 43.7-megapixel Isocell Slim GH1 sensor released back in 2019. “The new Isocell JN1 at 0.64μm will be able to equip tomorrow’s sleekest smartphones with ultra-high resolution mobile photographs,” said Samsung Electronics leader VP Duckhyun Chang.

The tiny sensor size will be helpful for multi-camera setups, letting cell phone designers utilize the sensor for front-facing, ultra-wide, telephoto or standard cameras, contingent upon the setup and resolution required. It will likewise decrease camera module thicknesses by around 10%, Samsung said.

The issue with tiny pixels is that they can’t accumulate as much light as bigger pixels. Thus, for low light shooting, the sensor consolidates four pixels in one, boosting light by four times while lessening the sensor resolution to 12.5 megapixels. What’s more, it utilizes Samsung’s new Isocell 2.0 tech that replaces metal barriers between color filters with a material that decreases light misfortune, boosting sensitivity up to 16 percent.

The new sensor additionally joins Samsung’s “double super PD” (phase detect) autofocus with two times the phase detect pixel density, improving AF performance in low-light circumstances. The new sensor additionally supports 4K video at 60 fps or full HD at 240 fps. Samsung said the JN1 is currently in mass production, so anticipate that it should show up in new cell phones soon.