Samsung and AT are poised to release their ruggedized version of the flagship Galaxy S7 smartphone, the Galaxy S7 Active.As usual, the specifications for this water- and dust-resistant handset closely match those of its mainstream linemate, according to an official spec sheet shown to VentureBeat.The design of the S7 Active pictured above, in black and gold has not changed much from last year s Active model.However, its measurements are slightly larger across all three dimensions, including an increased thickness of 9.9 millimeters — over a millimeter thicker than the 8.6-millimeter Galaxy S6 Active.There s also been a 15-gram weight gain, from 170 grams to 185 grams.That increase is likely due to the S7 Active s significantly larger battery, whose 4000mAh capacity is almost 15 percent greater than the prior model s 3500mAh pack.However, the bigger dimensions do not house a larger screen, as has been rumored previously about this device; instead, its 5.1-inch, 1440 x 2560-pixel Super AMOLED display is the same as both the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S6 Active.Besides the addition of a microSD slot, most of the S7 Active s changes occur under the hood.It s powered by a Snapdragon 820 system-on-chip from Qualcomm, and features 4GB of RAM 1GB more than last year and 32GB of internal storage.Once again, the front-facing selfie cam offers a five megapixel resolution.Finally, like last year s Galaxy S6 Active, the S7 Active will be exclusive to AT when it launches in June — likely on June 10, as the date on the renders screens suggests.
The S7 and S7 Edge are Samsung's flagship phones, and both are now waterproof.
Has Apple zigged when the rest of the world has zagged, and come up with the direction everyone has been clamoring for, making a powerful-yet-palmable phone?Gaming was a similar experience, with the power of the iPhone SE easily taking on any title that needed a bit of raw grunt to run smoothly.It's fortunate that Apple's upgraded its default keyboard in recent years, as the older version was just terrible.Despite that, Apple has managed to shrink down some of the components inside to plop a slightly larger power unit inside the SE, up from 1560mAh to 1624mAh and that's more impressive when you consider the iPhone 5 had a 1440mAh power pack .I'm not saying that this will be the sort of thing many people like, but I kept feeling like the pictures I was getting off the iPhone SE were a little muted in comparison to something like the Samsung Galaxy S7.But in this instance I think it's worth pointing to the larger phones as a superior photographic experience - in terms of holding the phone if you're thinking of sticking with the iPhone, or just checking out the brilliant snapping ability of the Galaxy S7.
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge dealsThe Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge is a phone I'd hate to have had to make.But Samsung believes we unlock our phones over 150 times a day, and by stopping us doing that the device is no longer waking up, starting the CPU and connecting to reams of data services, which in turn saves battery.But it's really limited: it takes from sources that you can't define, and while I spent time trying to tell it what I did and didn't like it wasn't as good as other services, or dedicated apps that do the same thing.The Galaxy S7 Edge lost 10% battery overnight, which is a little high, but I did have the always-on display enabled though – a repeat test with it turned off and do not disturb mode enabled saw the battery drop just 2%, demonstrating that the S7 Edge is pretty good at not drawing too much power when it's asleep.The Galaxy S7 Edge now has a very similar 'screen flash' method of illuminating faces in the front-facing camera to the iPhone – it's hard not to note the similarity when this feature wasn't present in the S6 duo and has popped up since Apple introduced it last year.And when it comes to gaming, given the amount of power being offered by Samsung's Exynos chip or the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 choice in the US and the gruntiest GPUs alongside, there's a lot to be excited about.
Japanese mobile operator NTT Docomo has said it can track smartphones on its network using remotely activated GPS, without the owner s knowledge or consent.Without the need to get permission, Docomo developed software that could discreetly track phones, while leaving the owner unaware.The network will introduce five smartphones over the next months with the functionality installed.Information like this is valuable to companies and advertisers.Keeping data stored on smartphones secure, and our privacy in general, has been under the spotlight for some time.Most recently, Apple s very public spat with the FBI over breaking the encryption on an iPhone highlighted the issue, but Docomo s stance isn t quite so pro-consumer.
GIFFirst revealed earlier in the year at CES, Speck s ultra-thin folding Pocket-VR viewer is finally available for those who want to dabble in virtual reality and are looking for a cost-effective solution that falls somewhere between Google s cheap Cardboard and Samsung s pricey Gear VR.What your $70 alternative to Oculus Rift gets you is a VR viewer made of durable plastic—not cardboard—that cleverly folds flat so it s slim enough to stash in a pocket.Designed for either the iPhone 6/6s or the Samsung Galaxy S7, the Pocket-VR won t actually work with other smartphones since it requires them to be wrapped in an included case for the viewer to properly and securely assemble.The Pocket-VR s open design gives full access to the touchscreen and buttons on whichever smartphone you re using it with, which solves a an annoyance with Google s Cardboard viewer.You re definitely paying a premium for that convenience here, but also its well though-out design that you can quickly whip out and use anywhere.
It matches the earlier leaked photos see below top to bottom aside from colour scheme, which is... a bit odd.Blass identifies it as gold but opts to call it "desert camo" instead, and we'd say it's more beige than we usually like in a gadget.Still no word on a release date or pricing for the likely AT exclusive in the States.If these photos leaked out of Vietnam are any indication, Samsung wants the Galaxy S7 Active to look more comfortable in a battlefield than a fashion show - unlike the standard Galaxy S7.Water and dust resistance were collectively one of the big enhancements for the Galaxy S7 this year, and that that same IP68 rating is reportedly maintained on the Active model, unsurprisingly.Leaks suggest the Galaxy S7 Active will have much the same specs as the Galaxy S7 in the States, including the Snapdragon 820 processor and 4GB RAM, plus the Quad HD display.
The phablet will be in the form of the Xperia XA Ultra, a mid-range device with one big headline feature.Overall, the way the device looks – apart from being larger – is the same.Despite being a big 6ins device, the battery is rather small.It's a 2,700mAh cell which Sony claims will give you two days of battery life.To put it into perspective, the iSight camera used on the iPhone 6S – the device's main camera – is a 12 megapixel sensor, likewise the new though highly optimised camera hardware found on the Samsung Galaxy S7.No prices have been revealed yet and neither have the markets the XA Ultra will be available in.
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