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You should replace your Samsung Galaxy Note 7 before it’s too late

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As you might have heard, Samsung’s best phone ever is literally exploding around the world. The chances of you owning an unsafe unit are slim – Samsung claims only one in every 42,000 units are affected – but the inconvenience of replacing your Galaxy Note 7 or asking for a refund shouldn’t hold you back. Take the latest incidents as examples.

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In what seems to be the most damaging instance yet, a man’s garage in Horry County, South Carolina caught fire while charging his Galaxy Note 7 two days ago. The scare happened as Wesley Hartzog came back to his home after leaving his Samsung phone charging in the room. The source of damage was found to be near the electric socket used to charge the handset, leading to the speculation. No one was injured, but Hartzog and his family are now forced to live in hotels while repairs are made.

Another similarly scary case also happened two days ago in St. Petersburg, Florida, where another man lost his Jeep Grand Cherokee to a fire. The cause is centered around the Galaxy Note 7 Nathan Dornacher left charging inside the vehicle, as he and his wife were unloading a desk they bought from a yard sale. While you shouldn’t leave a phone charging in a car under the scorching sun, a handset shouldn’t explode strong enough to destroy a large SUV either. Again, luckily, no was harmed.

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The situation has become so bad that the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) sent out a statement advising Galaxy Note 7 users against charging or even turning on their phones while in flight. Despite there being only 35 reported incidents as of September 1 (doesn’t include the two reported here), the FAA is taking no risks, and considers the Samsung phone a possible explosive. To make matters worse, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) urges consumers who own a Samsung Galaxy Note 7 to “power them down and stop charging or using the device.” Samsung is agreeing with the CPSC, and is asking users to exchange their phones right away.

So, what exactly is causing the explosions? Samsung UK explained that it’s an issue with the battery cell, wherein overheating occurs when the anode-to-cathode comes into contact, which is a “very rare manufacturing error.”

We recently explained how to tell if your Galaxy Note 7 is safe or a possible hazard, and we also covered the replacement process for customers in the Philippines. Our advice is to choose the latter option before any more unnecessary accidents arise.

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Sources: WMBF News, Fox 13

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Samsung announces new generation of wearables

These include a tracker, watch, and wireless buds

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Aside from the numerous Samsung flagships announced at Unpacked in San Francisco, there were also a number of wearables announced: The Galaxy Watch Active, Galaxy Fit, Galaxy Fit e, and the Galaxy Buds.

The Galaxy Watch Active is the sporty version of Samsung’s Galaxy Watch although without the iconic spinning bezel. It’s equipped with stress, fitness, and sleep tracking, GPS, NFC, WiFi, and Bluetooth capabilities. Of course, it also has Bixby built in. The watches will also have wireless charging capabilities which will work well with the power-share capable S10’s. It runs on an Exynos 9110 processor and a 230mAh battery. They’ll come in 4 pretty colors: rose gold, sea green, black, and silver. Available in the market on March 8 in the US for US$ 200.

The Galaxy Fit and Fit e are slim fitness wearables that will automatically track your activities. Equipped with a heart rate monitor and a .95-inch AMOLED display, this water-resistant baby is perfect for those who want something less obtrusive. They’ll be available in the second quarter of 2019.

Last but not least: The Samsung Buds. Powered by AKG, you’re ensured a great listening experience. It boasts 6 hours of battery life for streaming and 5 hours on calls, with an additional 7 hours with its charging case. That same case gives 1.7 hours of power on a 15-minute charge. Of course, it also has wireless charging. These Buds are available starting March 8 and they’ll retail for US$129. It comes in three colors: black, white, and a fun yellow.

 

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The Samsung Galaxy Fold is official!

Take a look at the future!

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After months of endless rumors, Samsung has finally unveiled its first foldable phone, the Galaxy Fold. Revealed at today’s Unpacked event, the foldable phone promises the next generation of smartphone technology.

Though missing a few specs, the Galaxy Fold touts performance, flexibility, and bravado in one package.

First of all, the phone sports a foldable 7.3-inch Infinity Flex Display. Revealed months ago, the display can freely transform between an expansive 7.3-inch tablet mode and a smaller 4.6-inch phone mode. Unfolded, the phone is a QXGA+ resolution powerhouse. Folded, the phone carries a workable HD+ display.

Though obscured, the Galaxy Fold introduces a new folding hinge mechanism built with multiple interlocking gears.

Under the hood, the Galaxy Fold boasts a Qualcomm 7nm octa-core processor, 12GB of RAM, 512GB of internal storage. Outside, the phone carries a triple rear camera setup — 16-megapixel ultrawide camera + 12-megapixel wide-angle camera + a telephoto lens. In front, it has a 16-megapixel selfie shooter when folded.

For power, the Galaxy Fold comes with two batteries for both folded and unfolded modes. In total, the battery rounds out to a sizable 4380mAh.

Currently, Samsung is planning four colors for the initial release. It will come in LTE and 5G variants. The Galaxy Fold will launch on April 26 for USD 1,980.

Besides the revolutionary smartphone, Samsung has also launched the current-gen Galaxy S10 series and several new wearables.

SEE ALSO: Samsung Galaxy S10 Hands-On

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Samsung’s Galaxy S10 series brings high-end specs and Infinity-O together

Making the tenth anniversary truly special

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Can you believe we’re already on our tenth Galaxy S smartphone? Year by year, each model brought something new to the table, offering greater refinement and the latest tech from Samsung’s labs.

For 2019, we’re looking at the Galaxy S10 lineup, consisting of three models: the base Galaxy S10, a more affordable Galaxy S10e, and the all-out Galaxy S10+ with its overwhelming specs.

They all share the same high-end Exynos 9820 chipset (or the Snapdragon 855 for certain markets) and gorgeous Dynamic AMOLED Infinity-O display, with minor differences here and there to deliver varying price points.

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The standard Galaxy S10 maintains a tall yet pocketable 6.1-inch 19:9 screen that’s notch-free and largely bezel-less thanks to the punch-hole front camera located on the upper-right. It shoots high-resolution 4K videos without taking away too much space from the top-bar icons.

On the back, you’ll find three cameras with versatile focal lengths: 16-megapixel ultra-wide, 12-megapixel dual-aperture, and 12-megapixel with 2x optical zoom. They offer automatic recognition for up to 30 scenes so you have fewer settings to tinker with while shooting.

What you’ll really want, however, are the new features Samsung is integrating. One is an ultrasonic fingerprint scanner that’s faster and more accurate than the optical implementation of every other under-display setup in the market.

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Another is Wireless PowerShare, which allows you to wirelessly charge accessories on the phone’s back panel. Samsung specifically has the Galaxy Watch and Galaxy Buds in mind for this, so you don’t have to bring an extra charger when you already have your Galaxy S10 on hand.

Exact configurations depend on where you reside, but we can confirm that the Galaxy S10 has a standard 8GB of memory, 128GB of storage, and a 3400mAh battery.

The Galaxy S10+, on the other hand, does a little more by increasing the screen size to 6.4 inches, boosting the battery to 4100mAh, and offering a mind-blowing 12GB memory option with 1TB of built-in storage — wow!

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It looks a little different too with an additional depth sensor beside the selfie camera, turning the Infinity-O into an oval. The extra space taken up seems to be worth it though, thanks to the artistic Live Focus effects it produces.

As for the Galaxy S10e, it’s able to lower the price with a smaller 5.8-inch display (still with the Infinity-O aesthetic), less generous 3100mAh battery, and removal of the 2x optical zoom camera on the rear and ultrasonic fingerprint scanner in front (in favor of a side-mounted unit on the power button). Its base memory is 6GB for now.

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Four colors will be sold initially — Prism White, Prism Black, Prism Green, and Ceramic Black (exclusive to the 1TB S10+) — but only the Galaxy S10+ will own all four at launch.

Pre-ordering begins on February 22 and ends on March 3. As usual, pricing varies per region. We’ll update this space as we learn more.

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