There have been a number of good Samsung Galaxy S6 deals available for US customers recently and now Canadians are receiving a bargain of their own. Google and Samsung have teamed up to offer six months of access to Google Play Music for free when you buy a new Galaxy S6 in Canada.
The offer is also partially extended to other Samsung handsets in the country. Customers will be gifted three months of access to Google’s music service subscription for free with the purchase of any new Samsung smartphone. With over 30 million tracks to listen to, it’s a rather good deal for the music lovers out there.
To help spread the word about the offer, Samsung is dispatching teams to music festivals taking place around Canada, who will be providing Play Music demos.
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Google has also recently launched an ad-supported version of Play Music in the US, which aims to compete with other free ad-based music streaming services, such as the popular Spotify platform. This ad-supported version won’t be arriving in Canada for a little while yet, but a free subscription might help to tide you over.
Google recently announced a free, ad-supported version of their Play Music service. It is a great, cheap way to enjoy music, but it is currently non-existent in Canada.
Thankfully, Samsung has a deal that is sure to excite users there. For a limited time, new Galaxy S6 buyers will get to use Google Play Music free for six months. A subscription to Google Play Music gives you access their 30 million song library, radio stations, playlists for any time of the day, and the option to add up to 50,000 of your own songs to your library.
If you would rather purchase a different Samsung phone, the company has extended the deal to their other phones but has dropped the free period from six months down to three months. This means that users from Canada can pickup a new Samsung phone and enjoy at least a few months of Google Play Music.
The ad-supported stations are supposed to become available in Canada before too long, but you can start enjoying your tunes now. For those in the market for a new phone, this new offering from Samsung is sure to sway some buyers towards the company’s newest flagship.
Unfortunately, this offer is only for our friends in Canada, but we have to let them have somethings, eh?
Will you be taking part in this deal and grabbing up a new Samsung phone? Tell us in the comments!
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It previously seemed like Samsung was making a return to prominence with its release of the widely acclaimed Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge smartphones. However, a report today paints a very different picture for the Korean manufacturer, saying that while Samsung Galaxy S6 sales have spearheaded an estimated 22% increase in profit quarter on quarter, the year on year figure has actually dropped 24% – when you consider that one year ago was in the Galaxy S5’s heyday, that becomes extremely surprising.
As a result of this, the report says that Samsung is now banking on the Galaxy Note 5, expected to be announced at IFA 2015 in September, to do most of the heavy financial lifting in the latter part of the year. Samsung is also expected to be launching the Galaxy S6 Edge Plus, a larger, phablet-sized version of the Galaxy S6 Edge sometime in the coming weeks. The report also depicts a similar story for LG and its recently launched LG G4, which, more than anything, depicts a smartphone market that is incredibly hard to predict these days no matter how good the devices are.
What do you think about Samsung Galaxy S6 sales? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.
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We’ve heard rumours for a couple of months now that Samsung were in the process of readying its Galaxy A8 smartphone for launch, and this is surely the clearest hint yet. A quick start video has been released of the handset being manhandled by China’s TENAA (China’s version of the FCC), showing off its various features and specifications.
We have the video below, but first, let’s have a look at the Galaxy A8’s specifications:
- Android 5.1.1 Lollipop
- 5.7-Inch Full HD Super-AMOLED display (386ppi)
- Snapdragon 615 Quad-core processor
- 2GB RAM
- 16GB Internal Storage
- MicroSD card support
- 16MP Rear camera
- 5MP Front camera
- Home button with fingerprint sensor
- Battery: 3,050mAh
- Dimensions: 157.7 x 76.7 x 5.9mm
Besides having a thickness of just 5.9mm, the Galaxy A8 also continues the A Series trend of having a metal frame. No details are known about the Galaxy A8’s pricing and availability just yet, although it’s thought that Samsung won’t be waiting too long to make a formal announcement in the next few weeks. Don’t forget to have a look at the video below, the Galaxy A8 is a handsome enough smartphone with some very handy specs.
Come comment on this article: Samsung’s Galaxy A8 gets manhandled in Quick Start video prior to its release
Samsung plans to expand its line up of Tizen smartphones later this year thanks to the success of its launch in India. The success of the Z1, Samsung’s first Tizen smartphone, shows a promising future within certain markets and maybe even globally. Sales have been booming in India, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka as well, even becoming number the one smartphone sold in Bangladesh during the first quarter of 2015.
Samsung plans on releasing several Tizen phones of different prices most likely to suit different budgets and needs. Which demonstrates some sort of success. This leak is directly sourced from inside Samsung so its credibility seems to be high. If all goes well, we should be seeing more Tizen phones in the future and maybe even in your pocket.
Come comment on this article: Samsung sees bright future with Tizen
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If there’s one smartphone technology that has stagnated over the last few years, it’s batteries. That’s not to say that there haven’t been amazing improvements to batteries recently – fast charging batteries are very cool – but battery capacity in particular has barely improved. In fact, battery capacities in general over only increased (on average) by about 500-600mAh, which is tiny when you consider that most devices increase battery size with each yearly revision anyway. So it’s fallen on a new Samsung battery technology to possibly revitalize this research area.
Their research is currently being undertaken at Samsung’s Advanced Institute of Technology and Energy Material Lab in Korea and according to a paper published just last week, might have discovered a way to almost double current smartphone battery capacities by increasing energy density. In scientific terms, what Samsung’s team has managed to do is use a silicon coating which allows for graphene growth on the silicon nanoparticles of the battery without the presence of silicon carbide which would otherwise hinder the efficiency of the battery – if you want to read the full paper, you can check it out here.
If you’re sceptical as to whether this is actually going to become a thing, know that Samsung is in the process of patenting this technology, which makes it seems pretty genuine. Whether or not you understand the technical mumbo-jumbo, we can still be excited that Samsung is forging ahead with research that we could be seeing in our devices in the near future, whether it be bigger battery capacities or even thinner devices.
What do you think of Samsung’s new battery technology? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.
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It’s tempting to think of Tizen as an also-ran in the smartphone world next to powerhouses like Android and iOS, but that’s not entirely true when Samsung has sold 1 million Z1 phones in India since January. In fact, there are now signs that the Korean firm is doubling down on its partly in-house platform: Reuters sources hear that Samsung is planning to release “several” more Tizen phones later this year at a range of prices. While there aren’t more details yet, the move suggests that Samsung is confident that it can expand Tizen’s audience relatively quickly.
There’s certainly a lot of pressure to do that. Samsung has been on less-than-friendly terms with Google because of its sometimes aggressive attempts to build an ecosystem on top of Android. The more Tizen phones Samsung sells, the more it reduces its dependence on someone else’s platform for success — it can promote its own services and stand out in a market where almost everyone else is relying on Google software. You probably won’t be buying a flagship-class Tizen phone any time soon, but it’s evident that Samsung is determined to avoid Bada’s slow fade into obscurity.
Samsung is said to be making a “Plus” version of their S6 and S6 edge known as “Project Zero 2″. There are a lot of similarities between the regular and Plus models, but most notable changes are larger screen size and a different processor. We are not sure yet if the phones will indeed be named “S6 Plus” and “S6 edge Plus” or exactly when they will be announced, but we would imagine it will be in the coming weeks (possibly before the iPhone 6s launch?).
The Plus variants are expected to feature a 5.4-inch or 5.7-inch Super AMOLED dual-edge curved display, a hexa-core Snapdragon 808 processor, 32GB internal storage space, a 16-megapixel primary camera with OIS and 4K video recording, and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera.
However we now have more leaked information about the two new models.
It is around 151 mm tall and around 73 mm wide, which makes it 9 mm taller and 3 mm wider than the Galaxy S6 edge. This means that it will most probably feature a display larger than 5.1 inches (as mentioned in previous reports), and necessary space for a larger battery that will accommodate for the larger display. According to the insider information that we’ve received, the device will house a 3,000 mAh battery.
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Samsung’s Galaxy S6 flagship has been topping the performance benchmarks since its release, thanks to the company’s in house Exynos 7420 system-on-a-chip. The chip is built on the industry’s smallest 14nm manufacturing process, allowing for greater processing performance in a more energy efficient package.
The clever folks over at AnandTech have put together a comprehensive deep-dive into the inner workings of Samsung’s cutting edge 14nm processor. Be sure to check out the full article for a major geeky breakdown of the ins-and-outs, we are going to take a closer look at perhaps the most important aspect for us consumers – the power savings.
For a quick recap, Samsung built the Exynos 7420 SoC on its latest 14nm FinFET fabrication process, besting TSMC’s 28nm and 20nm processes used for Qualcomm and MediaTek chips. Essentially, smaller manufacturing process helps to reduce silicon area, and improve performance and energy efficiency due to the smaller distances between components.
In terms of space savings against the similarly specced Samsung Exynos 5433, Samsung’s 14nm process has seen a huge area reduction of 70 percent for the clusters of Cortex-A57 and A53 CPU cores. The GPU cluster saw its size shrink by an impressive 41 percent also, but remember that the 14nm Exynos 7420 uses eight shader cores in its designed, compared with six for the 20nm Exynos 5433.
On a per core basis, Samsung looks to have made a similar 76 percent size reduction in the GPU department. The total die size for the Exynos 7420 comes in at just 78mm2, compared with 133mm2 for the last generation Exynos 5433, a total shrink of around 44 percent.
Samsung had produced a healthy power saving in both big.LITTLE clusters, approaching 50 percent when the A57 is clocked at higher frequencies
Samsung has been able to make major savings on area and this translates into a direct power saving in the CPU and GPU core clusters. Overall, the Exynos 7420 caps out at around 1W when fully loading up 4 threads in the Cortex-A53 cluster. Maximum power consumption of the A57 cores comes in at a much higher 5.49W, but this is improved over the Exynos 5433’s 7.39W peak draw. We certainly don’t expect all four A57 cores to be running at such high speeds for very long, and our real world Global Task Scheduling (GTS) tests showed this to be the case.
The improvements can be best seen by directly comparing the average per core power consumption of the Exynos 5433 with the 7420, minus any non-CPU consumption such as cluster, interconnect and memory overheads.
We can clearly see a healthy power saving in both the big and LITTLE clusters, with a particularly noticeable cap approaching 50 percent when the Cortex-A57 is clocked at higher frequencies. The A53s see a roughly 30 to 40 percent power reduction between 20nm and 14nm. Overall, this will result in low power consumption for the same workloads.
Also, note the drastic difference in power consumption between the A57 and A53 cores for the same clock frequency. We’re looking at around a quarter of power consumption of a 1 GHz A57 with a similarly clocked A53, which is an important point to appreciate with the big.LITTLE architecture.
There’s more to CPU efficiency than just raw power consumption though, Samsung has been working on improving GTS with its latest Exynos chip. As we have already seen from our look at the Galaxy S6’s big.LITTLE workloads, the handset’s power management system appears better than previous generation Exynos processors. By power mangagement and GTS we mean dynamic allocation of loads between the low power A53 and high performance A57 CPU cores.
Looking at the way the Exynos 5433 and 7420 are setup, it’s clear that Samsung now has a much better handle on how to eke out better efficiency from its new design. Ideally, the cores should switch over at near identical performance per Watt points. This would allow for a full ramp up through performance levels with a mostly consistent increase in power consumption.
Testing found a notable gap with the 5433 implementation, which results in a big jump in performance and power consumption between the big and LITTLE clusters. Samsung has managed to get much closer to the ideal implementation with the 7420 and the move to 14nm has certainly helped with this.
Things are quite a bit simpler on the GPU side, with the power saving from the move to 14nm being put towards an additional 2 shader cores. Heavy GPU loads push power consumption up to around 4.9W in Samsung’s latest chip, which is lower than the higher peak power draw of 5.8W for the Snapdragon 810’s Adreno 430 GPU and 6.1W for the Exynos 5433’s Mali-T760 MP6 configuration.
Heavy GPU loads push power consumption up to around 4.9W in Samsung’s latest chip.
However, AnandTech noted that throttling eventually takes place to keep the chip in a more reasonable 3-4W range, which limits the GPU to 350-420MHz states, rather than its peak at 772MHz. This isn’t a phenomenon limited to Samsung’s design, most SoC designers are pushing the limits of GPU TDP for mobile, possibly to ensure healthy looking scores in short term benchmark tests.
All of the above said, there’s a lot more going on in a handset than just the SoC and the display still remains one of the largest power hungry components. The Galaxy S6 draws 358mW with minimal draw from the display, which is less than the Note 4’s 452mW and the Huawei P8’s 500mW. However, it falls behind the 258mW power consumption of the Galaxy S5, most likely because of the increased power demands of a QHD display.
Samsung’s latest SoC is clearly a major step forwards for power efficiency. But in the end, the company opted to push for more performance and energy hungry display components, rather than setting these saving aside for a major boost in battery life. The Exynos 7420 is going to be the target to beat when Qualcomm rolls out its next generation mobile SoCs built on an equivalent manufacturing process.
The Tizen OS powered Samsung Z1 smartphone seems to be out performing expectations, as it passes another sales milestone this month. According to Samsung, the smartphone has sold more than 1 million units in various markets since its launch less than six months ago. Not at all bad for a first-generation device.
Earlier in June the Z1 smartphone had sold around 500,000 units in India alone, and had moved 100,000 units in total back in February. The low-cost handset appears to have gained traction in price sensitive markets, leaving Samsung vindicated when it cancelled the launch in Russia to target the handset at India and Bangladesh. The smartphone arrived in India with a very aggressive price tag of just Rs 5,700 ($95), which seems to have won out over the handset’s low-end specifications.
In celebration of reaching the one million sales mark, Samsung is preparing to launch a gold color model of the Z1 in the near future. A specific release date has not been given. Although the hardware will remain otherwise unchanged, Samsung is also said to be throwing in some additional free games and messaging apps by default, which may or may not suit customers.
Samsung has also confirmed that newer Tizen models are in the works, suggesting that a successor to the Z1 could be on the way. In a bid to continue its momentum in emerging markets, Samsung is hosting a Developer Conference in Shenzhen, China in September and a Tizen Developer Summit India 2015 in Bangalore, India next month. It’s possible that a new smartphone model could be unveiled at the Indian conference.
It looks like the Tizen powered Samsung Z1 is off to a pretty good start for a new platform, although it is mainly the highly competitive price point that has opened the door to India’s market. We will be eagerly watching to see what Samsung has planned for its next Tizen release.