With the new Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge, Samsung has announced a new Gear VR headset. The Gear VR Innovator Edition has been altered to be compatible with the company’s two new handsets. The overall size has been reduced by 15% and it includes new head straps providing for more comfortable use.
This version of the Gear VR has mechanical ventilation to prevent overheating and push usage time. Also, to extend usage time, Samsung added the option to power the virtual reality headset with its USB port. The extra horsepower of the Galaxy S 6 and Galaxy S 6 Edge should allow for better graphical performance, too.
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Samsung Expands its Unrivaled Mobile Virtual Reality Experience with Gear VR Innovator Edition for Galaxy S6 and S6 edge
Samsung and Oculus refine Gear VR to provide a better, enhanced overall user experience while delivering a fully immersive content
Barcelona, Spain, March 1, 2015 – Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. continues its leadership in wearable technology and mobile virtual reality with its latest Samsung Gear VR Innovator Edition, fully optimized and compatible with Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 edge, its next generation smartphone.
The Samsung Gear VR Innovator Edition for Galaxy S6, powered by Oculus, gives more users the opportunity to enjoy Samsung’s unrivaled, fully immersive and cinematic virtual reality experience, with improved viewing as well as a more comfortable design.
- Extraordinary Entertainment: Optimized for both the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge, and its 5.1-inch Super AMOLED display, Gear VR Innovator Edition lets users engage with high resolution movies, TV shows, VOD services and photos like never before. With reduced pixilation and a wide field-of-view, users receive a better virtual reality experience with longer lasting usage time.
- Improved Comfort: The 15% reduction in size makes Samsung Gear VR a more comfortable to wear. Ergonomically redesigned straps give better weight balance, while mechanical ventilation supports an extended VR experience.
- High Quality Performance: Greater computing power and improved graphics quality enable users to explore the best virtual reality adventures.
- USB Compatibility: The Gear VR can now be powered with its USB port for extended usage time.
- Robust Ecosystem: Gear VR content is available for download via the Oculus Store. Users have an extensive selection of optimized, localized virtual reality content from top-tier creators including thrilling VR games and 360 degree including a new performance from Cirque du Soleil, Kurios.
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Fresh off the announcement of the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge, T-Mobile is giving us a hands-on look at the new Galaxy S6 Edge via a short unboxing video. In the video you see the new Touchwiz put through its paces on top of a close up of the new hardware. Not only that you’ll see a little bit of the camera in action. We have the video for you after the break and as always, keep it locked here for all your MWC 2015 coverage.
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If a 128GB microSD card just isn’t big enough to put your media collection on your phone, don’t worry — SanDisk is coming to your rescue. It just unveiled a whopping 200GB card (the Ultra microSDXC UHS-I card Premium Edition, to be exact) that makes just about anything else seem puny. You won’t even have to give up performance, as it should still transfer about 90MB per second, or roughly 1,200 photos every minute. The price could easily be a showstopper, though. SanDisk will ask an eye-watering $400 for the 200GB card when it ships in the second quarter, so it may only make sense if you insist on gobs of room for 4K videos or a gigantic music libary.
Mobile World Congress is already well underway in Barcelona, Spain and while it wasn’t entirely expected to happen this early, BlackBerry has made several announcements. The biggest one arguably comes by way of their unveiling of the company’s plans for cross-platform services via what they’re calling the BlackBerry Experience Suite. The suite was noted to be ‘a major company-wide initiative in BlackBerry’s commitment to build out its robust software portfolio’ and that includes bringing some beloved, and thus far BlackBerry 10 only, features to other platforms such as iOS, Android and Windows.
Today’s smartphones typically pack internal storage that ranges anywhere from as little as 4GB on the low-end to as much as 128GB on the highest end of the spectrum. For many folks, 32 to 128GB is probably more than enough for your apps, movies, music and pics. This is especially true for those of us that have learned to lean on cloud storage. But what if you need as much space as you can possibly get?
Perhaps you travel a lot and want tons of movies and music in areas that might not otherwise get reliable cell coverage. No matter what your reason, microSD is a handy way to add a little extra space. And in a somewhat funny twist of fate, the day that the Samsung announces they are ditching microSD with the Galaxy S6, Sandisk has now debuted what they claim to be the largest commercially available microSD card.
The new 200GB SanDisk Ultra microSDXC UHS-I “Premium Edition” is a monster of a card, packed into a tiny package. Up until now, 128GB was about as big as it got, and tends to be the “up to range” quoted for most smartphone manufacturers today. As you might have guessed, this much space comes at a hefty premium. The 200GB microSDXC card will retail for $399.99 when it arrives in Q2 of this year.
For those that are actually entertaining the idea of spending that much, it is important to note that your phone should work with this card as long as your device supports the SDXC standard. Yes, even if your device is listed as supporting “up to 128GB”, any phone that has SDXC support should technically support up to 2TB (as noted with the G Flex 2). What do you think, anyone actually have a need for that much space on a phone? If your answer is yes, how much would you realistically be willing to pay for it?
Samsung and HTC are going head-to-head today, both with devices that shine and fall short in some places.
While both powered by Android 5.0, Samsung puts its TouchWiz software overlay on top, this year with a cleaner and lighter design that they emphasized has “zero lag”. HTC has integrated their Sense 7 into Android with an improved home screen that gives the user much more customization options, such as changing the way icons look, which has only been done by third-party launchers.
In terms of processor used, this is a battle of Samsung’s in-house Exynos chip versus Qualcomm’s widely used Snapdragon series. Both chips are capable of 64-bit processing and include 8 cores inside them.
As of right now, Samsung is offering more storage options than HTC, including a 128 GB option. But they removed the option for expandable storage, while HTC is offering up to 128 GB expandable storage with micro-SD card.
In the camera department, HTC has put their 4 UltraPixel on the front of the device for great low-light performance and wide angles, and opted for a 20.7 MP camera on the back with autofocus and dual-LED flash. Samsung has promised with their new 16 MP camera that it has the best low-light performance of any smartphone, even the iPhone 6.
Samsung has decided to shrink the battery in the S6 to 2,550 mAh compared to their 2,800 battery last year. HTC has improved with a 2,840 mAh battery, that they promise will give the user 21 hours of talk time. Samsung has promised they have made many optimizations to the software, and have included quick charging capabilities that give the S6 four hours of use with only ten minutes of charging time. The One M9 also has QuickCharge 2.0, for 60% of battery charge in 30 minutes.
An honorable mention is the phones’ speakers. Samsung has confirmed the S6 will has 1.5x clearer and louder speakers than their S5, and HTC has improved Boomsound once again to stay king of the speakers department with Dolby 5.1 surround.
So, do either of these two announcements make you want one or the other? Let us know in the comments!
Apple has refreshed its homepage to showcase a gallery of photos taken with iPhone 6 across the world, unsurprisingly coinciding with today’s announcements of the Samsung Galaxy S6 and HTC One M9 at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The gallery shows photos taken by iPhone 6 users in several countries, including the United States, Canada, Japan, Iceland, South Korea, China, Scotland, Indonesia, Thailand and New Zealand.
Some of the photos have been filtered, enhanced or shared with apps such as Instagram, Snapseed, VSCO Cam, Mextures, Filterstorm Neue, Camera+ and Adobe Photoshop Express. “People take incredible photos and videos on iPhone 6 every day,” writes Apple. “And here are some of our favorites. Explore the gallery, learn a few tips, and see what’s possible with the world’s most popular camera.”
This week at mobile-focused technology show Mobile World Congress, SanDisk plans to announce a several updates to its line of iXpand Flash Drives and companion app, mainly focused on expanding storage space and enabling quicker and more secure data decryption with the help of Touch ID.
The iXpand flash drive includes both USB and Lightning connectors to allow users the ability to easily transfer files, photos, and videos from an iOS device to a desktop or notebook with a traditional USB port. Currently available in 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB sizes, the company will be announcing its first addition to the iXpand line with the introduction of a 128GB model for even more file storage.
SanDisk also promises new iOS 8-inspired updates to the iXpand Sync app, notably implementing Touch ID to let users encrypt and decrypt their most sensitive files while transferring data to and from the drive. The company also notes that the update will allow users to interact and open files from the iXpand drive with various other “popular apps”, as well as save content inside of the third-party apps directly onto the drive.
No official pricing has been given for the 128GB drive yet, but seeing as the current highest capacity version of the iXpand flash drive at 64GB retails for $109.99, those interested in the new high-end model can expect to pay a substantial premium over that for double the storage.
The company says the extensive update to the iXpand app will be going live this week during Mobile World Congress, taking place in Barcelona from March 2-5. The SanDisk iXpand Sync app is a free download from the App Store. [Direct Link]
Despite a March 1 announcement, it appears that the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge will be available after a bit, starting April 10. As such, carriers here in the US and abroad have announced that they will be carrying the new Galaxy flagship. Those include, T-Mobile, AT&T and Sprint in the US and Vodafone and Three in the UK. As far as pre-paid is concerned there are a few carriers that will carry the new Galaxy.
Cricket Wireless announced that it will carry the S6 while US Cellular announced that the S6 and S6 Edge will grace its network. Crickett Wireless has mentioned that the S6 will be available for $35 a month after $5 auto-pay credit. There’s no word on other carriers, like Verizon, and if they intend to carry the new Galaxy (we would guess that they will) or when most of these carriers will actually have the phone. Either way, we’ll let you know when they do.
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