Report: Samsung is considering possible splitting

Samsung is simplifying its corporate structure. Investors had previously criticized the fact that the Samsung Group’s stake in the Samsung Group was too complicated.

The smartphone market leader Samsung thinks according to own data about a further simplification of its corporate structure by splitting up. This could include the formation of a roofing company, the South Korean company, who is also the number one in memory chips and televisions. Samsung responded, among other things, to claims by the US investor Elliot Management, which is a shareholder in Samsung Electronics, after a group conversion.

In an open letter, the US hedge fund criticized in October that Samsung’s group of companies – the flagship of the electric manufacturers – is too complicated. Samsung is to split a company that is responsible for the operational business, as well as a holding company.

In recent years, Samsung has taken steps to simplify business operations, “to focus on core capabilities,” the company reported. The search for the “optimal structure” depends, among other things, on strategic, legal and financial considerations. The review, which also involved external consultants, could take at least six months.

Samsung had recently come under pressure because of a worldwide call-back action for its smartphone Galaxy Note 7 because of a fire hazard in the batteries.

Huawei Mate 9 is really big

With its new Phablet flagship, Huawei also wants to win disappointed Samsung fans, in the test, the 5.9-inch device of the Chinese has to prove whether it meets the requirements of everyday life.

Actually, the smartphone market also offers at the upper end of the price and size scale enough choice. But with high-end Phablets missing after the not quite voluntary end of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 a current model. In this gap, Huawei now comes with his Mate 9, which offers a rich 5.9 inch or 14.9 centimeters of screen diagonal. However, Huawei requires 699 euros, but not stingy also with the hardware equipment.

The buyer is not surprised by the design, which is largely based on the predecessor Mate 8. As with this device, the shell, milled from an aluminum piece, which is available here in gray or silver, is first-class processed – Huawei has long since arrived in the top class. At the front, it is noticeable that the large display has no lateral edge and covers almost the entire surface. Thus, a relatively compact design is possible for this device class, because the Mate 9 is practically the same size as an iPhone 7, but has a 0.4 inch smaller display. For this, the Huawei is not waterproof and the high weight of 190 grams is not for everyone.

On the back is a fingerprint sensor, which works very reliably and quickly and allows various functions as well as wiping gestures via different fingers. At the bottom are two speakers and the USB Type C connector. Huawei sells the Mate 9 in a single SIM version with an additional memory card slot and a variant with a hybrid slot that accommodates an additional SIM or a microSD memory card. Probably, the former variant is more for network operators and the dual SIM version for the free trade intended.

Helio X30 vs. Exynos 8895 vs. Snapdragon 830

MediaTek working on Helio P35 processor

MediaTek is introducing the next generation of its flagship 10 core chipset with its Helio X30. The new top chips from Samsung and Qualcomm are also already in the starting holes.

The next generation of smartphone chipsets comes with at least eight processors, with clock rates of up to 4 GHz and support for a maximum of eight GB of memory: Mediatek has now introduced the X30 as the first manufacturer to present its new flagship. But some information has already been released to the public on the upcoming Samsung and Qualcomm models. Reason enough to take a look at the new chipset generation.

Mediatek’s Helio X30 is the successor to the mid-2015 X20 chip, with its ten-core design for attention. The X30 also has ten data cores, made up of three clusters. However, the new chip is produced in a more efficient 10nm process.

Mediateks Helio X30, like its predecessor, is based on a three-cluster concept.

A cortex-A73 dual core is installed for compute-intensive tasks. According to official data, this clock rate is up to 2.8 GHz and is up to 30 percent more powerful and efficient compared to its predecessor generation. The dual core features two quad-core Cortex-A35-based clusters with 2.2 and 2 GHz clocking. The smaller quad cores are designed for medium to light tasks and are designed to help reduce energy requirements. In the graphics unit, Mediatek relies on the Quad Core GPU PowerVR 7XT. The Helio X30 chip supports a maximum of 8 GB of RAM and UFS 2.1 memory. When the market launch of the chip will take place, Mediatek has not yet explained. By 2017, however, the Helio X30 is not likely to hit the market.

Samsung Exynos 8895 Until then, Samsung is also likely to have completed the development of its new chip flagship Exynos 8895. This is to be manufactured for the first time in 10nm construction and has reached in tests clock rates of up to 4 GHz. For comparison, the current Exynos 8890 from the Galaxy Note 7 was still manufactured with 14nm technology and works with a maximum of 2.3 GHz. Its debut is likely to celebrate the Exynos 8895 with the market launch of the Samsung Galaxy S8.

Android Upgrade Boosts a Top-Tier of Samsung Phones

2016 was a bad year for Samsung primarily due to the release of their explosive-prone smartphone that is Note 7. However, prior to that, the company released an impeccable piece of smartphone crafted with the utmost care; one that went on to become the most revered Android phone of 2016, dominating the smartphone charts on various websites and has been continuously compared to the likes of iPhone 7. Indeed, it’s Samsung’s Galaxy S7, a phone which was released in March and currently sells for a price of $500-$600. The phone was bestowed with a blazing fast Qualcomm chip, the Snapdragon 820 and is embedded with an ultra-crisp 12-megapixel camera. The non-removable battery included in the phone has been tested time and again and grants the phone with up to 22 hours of talk-time. This coupled with the water withstanding capabilities of the phone are the primary reasons why it is still celebrated.

This month owners of S7 (both variants) residing in South Korea, the United States and the United Kingdom who qualified for beta testing of Android Nougat 7.0 were finally exposed to the beta version. The operating system is reported to improve the phone’s idle function while bestowing it with split screen capabilities and much more amiable settings menu.

The new update has been received favorably by the critics. A brief summary of what the experts say is given below.

TechRadar: In its review, the website stated that the S7 is iterative perfection. However, it warned the operators of the beta version of Nougat to expect a few errors in functionality.

CNET: In their review, CNET gave the smartphone an outstanding rating of 9 out of 10 and summed its review by stating that the Samsung galaxy S7 is the best all-round phone of this year.

AndroidPit: The experts at AndroidPit gave the opinion that user interface has been eased with the release of Nougat and further stated that the S7 was one of the best smartphones manufactured in 2016. They, however, flogged Samsung on the current software but were optimistic as they closed the review by mentioning that the new Nougat update would do wonders for the device.

From Apple Of China To Apple: Dawn Of The Bezel-Less Smartphones

As technology has progressed, smartphone manufacturers have strived to push the limits of their devices by manufacturing slim and sleek devices. In the same race, many vendors have decided to minimize the on-screen bezel to enhance the visual appeal of the devices. A similar case in point comes from Xiaomi’s (claimed as Apple of China) latest concept phone, Xiaomi Mi Mix which boasts an outstanding 91.3 per cent ratio in screen-to-body.

This concept of edge-to-edge display is not limited to Chinese manufacturers anymore. Instead, big hotshots like Apple and Samsung are also rumored to be working on upgrading their technology to include this feature in their next generation of flagship devices which is set to come out in 2017.

In the following article, we would be reviewing the concepts and rumors associated with various manufacturers pertaining to edge-to-edge displays.

Xiaomi Mi Mix

Xiaomi was one of the first manufacturers to craft an edge-to-edge display and in its effort has crafted one elegant machine that looks straight out of the future. The gorgeous phone sports a 6.4-inch display and is manufactured using a high-grade ceramic body which lacks external adhesives and works by adopting seamless connectors. However, where the phone gets points on style, it definitely scores less on the sturdy build section. This was brought to light when a testing unit got severely damaged by facing a diagonal drop. The phone got a dent while the screen received visible cracks, whereas the ceramic frame simply came off.

Apple iPhone 8

This year, many people were expecting the iPhone to lack the oomph appeal in the visual department that is characteristic of Apple. This was primarily because rumors suggested that Apple is working on creating a major redesign of the iPhone to mark its 10th anniversary. The news comes from Barclays Research analysts who stated that the new game-changing design is expected to be a curved, bezel-free design.

The bezel-free design would apparently expand the screen real-estate while keeping the measurements similar to the existing iPhone 7. It is also being rumored that the next iPhone would be devoid of a home screen button and people would be able to use the capacitive touch for easy access.

Samsung Galaxy S8

The Korean company was already busy experimenting with curved screens. According to leaks made in the Korean news, the company is expected to unveil two versions of the S8 and both of these would
support curved screens. The Principal Engineer at Samsung’s Display Making Unit hinted that Samsung might push a phone having 90 percent Screen-to-body ratio. S8 is also expected to come in two sizes, the bigger of which would be completely bezel-less and would also lack a home-screen button.

MWC 2017 Might Witness Nokia Smartphones

It seems that smartphone enthusiasts and fans of Nokia are finally getting their prayers answered. Earlier last month, the company made a tweet that the President and CEO of Nokia, Rajeev Suri would be addressing the audience present at Mobile World Conference (MWC).

The company has shied off completely from unveiling any mainstream smartphone product which has had the tech fans speculating that the company would make a great comeback and it seems that Nokia has decided the February event of MWC as its spot. This news comes from sources at Android Authority who claim that according to an official slide from the Nokia presentation, next year will see the Nokia brand return to smartphones.

* Who will manufacture Nokia smartphones?

However, the fact that Nokia is making a comeback has got people curious as the company lost all of its production facilities following the acquisition of the company by Microsoft. The Microsoft-Nokia deal stated that Microsoft would hold exclusive rights to Nokia’s feature phones for a 10-year period while Nokia would shut all of its production facilities around the globe. The deal, did, however, give Nokia the liberty to use its brand name for licensing purposes starting October, 2016.

But the question about who will manufacture the next generation of Nokia smartphones is still out there. It must be reminded that Nokia signed a deal in May with a syndicate of companies including Microsoft for manufacturing purposes.

* Which Operating System (OS) would Nokia use in its next smartphone?

In the software arena, undoubtedly the phone would be geared towards Android as a shift from Windows Phone OS is inevitable. While Nokia was away from the action, Android made quantum leaps in terms of both investment and development on its platform.

* How would Nokia fare in a saturated smartphone market?

It wouldn’t be wrong to say that the smartphone market has changed drastically over the past few years. With Apple making significant losses, Samsung losing the pitch with its hard-hitters and Chinese smartphone manufacturers like Huawei and Xiaomi entering the US, it seems that the population has become overly saturated by the traditional manufacturers and want something out of the ordinary. Nokia can learn significantly from Google’s Pixel lineup which has created a lot of buzz this year.

In order to make a significant dent in the market, Nokia would need to rely on their old phone’s core strengths that is extreme durability coupled with a strong battery life. The only complication in this equation would be the erratic Android environment.

Snapdragon 835 – Qualcomm’s Next Generation SoC

Qualcomm, one of the leading manufacturers in terms of mobile processors have unveiled their next iteration of the Snapdragon CPU. The Snapdragon 835 is the flagship CPU unveiled by the company and would undoubtedly be seen in a number of flagship devices coming out next year. The processor is unique in the sense that it utilizes the 10-nanometer FinFET process and would be manufactured by Samsung. Its predecessor Snapdragon 821 (which was also manufactured by Samsung) utilized a 14-nanometer process.

In terms of power, the new chip would be packing around 30 percent of more parts into the same space which would allow it to yield spectacular overhaul in terms of performance (27 percent). The minimization would also aid in cutting down the power consumption by a staggering 40 percent. Additionally, the company has also attempted to improve the existing design which would benefit the battery considerably.

Even though other tech companies are also striving to build on 10-nanometer process chips, however Samsung was the first company to make this breakthrough innovation and is also the first company to start the mass-scale manufacturing process. In a statement, Samsung’s Vice President stated that this venture is a milestone for their foundry business.

This breakthrough is one of the pleasant news that came out of Samsung Electronics this year as the company suffered from explosive phones and home appliances. In a statement Qualcomm has stated that the first devices including the new chip are expected to be available in the first half of 2017 (Samsung’s Galaxy S8, maybe?). Rumors have also stated that a new SoC, Snapdragon 830 is also in the pipeline, however, the company is tight-lipped about that.

Interestingly, the new chip would come with several optimizations, including the Quick Charge 4.0 Technology which would help your phone in charging 20 percent faster than Quick Charge 3.0 (last generation technology). In terms of time, five minutes of charge would allow your phone to run for up to five hours while half the battery would be juiced up in 15 minutes.

Additionally, the phone will also feature a safety valve for USB Type-C charging. Multiple cases came out when the phone fried up due to charging with an incompatible charger. Qualcomm says that the new chip would be implementing a guideline titled INOV (Intelligent Negotiation for Optimum Voltage) and says that this would be compatible with the USB Type-C charging standards made by Google. INOV would provide advanced safety features to benefit both the adapter and the phone by regulating the current in every charge cycle to prevent overcharging while also monitoring the temperature and voltage.

OnePlus 3T vs The Best of Apple, Samsung and Google

OnePlus, a company known primarily for the different and highly effective method of marketing came out with a slightly tweaked but highly energetic flagship killer. The new phone by OnePlus is known as OnePlus 3T and is a continuation of the company’s OnePlus 3. The company stated that it went with the letter T because most companies use the letter S for the premium models that carry the legacy of. It should be noted that the company timed its new device in a peculiar fashion. Most companies wait for a period of at least 12 months before unveiling a new phone cycle. However, OnePlus is unique in the sense that the company unveiled the new flagship 6 months after their last device.

The new device features an upgrade in various aspects of the phone. The processor has been improvised to include the latest iteration of Snapdragon’s SoC 821. The battery capacity has also been enhance and a better front camera has also been included in the setup. The pricing starts at $439 for the 64GB base-version and goes up to $479 for 128GB.

In our blog we will stack the OnePlus 3T against some of the biggest and highly expensive flagship devices.

OnePlus 3T

The phone has received an overhaul in terms of battery getting a 3,400mAh as compared to the previously 3,00mAh Battery. In the front camera department, the device will now feature a 16MP camera. OnePlus 3T launched with Android Marshmallow but will get a flavor of Nougat before the year ends.

Apple iPhone 7 Plus

The new iPhone by Apple has received minor upgrades. The most notable of which are the new A10 quad-core processing chip and a dual camera setup on the iPhone 7 Plus. The camera department is where iPhone gives most phones a run for their money and OnePlus 3T is no exception. In terms of processing power on paper, the A10 Chip is definitely superior; however there would be a negligible difference in real-life.

Samsung Galaxy Note 7

With the Note 7 terminated, the Galaxy S7 is the current true flagship device of the Samsung. This makes the S7, the oldest device put in the comparison. OnePlus 3T definitely has the edge in terms of processing power, however S7 takes the lead when it comes to battery timing and there is the smooth curvy display to root for as well. The camera slightly surpasses the OnePlus 3T; however it would be a tough call to choose the best one and depends highly on user preferences.

Google Pixel XL

Pixel is the first device to carry the official Google logo on its back and holds the edge in terms of Camera prowess as it carries by far, the best camera on any smartphone. OnePlus 3T has the edge due

to its 6GB RAM, however Pixel easily surpasses the difference due to stock android and better optimization of the software. Pixel also leads all Android devices in terms of upgrades and also includes the best of Google (including the Voice Assistant). The Pixel outshines the OnePlus 3T but fails to offer a better value for money as was noticeable in the Nexus lineup.

How To Speed Up A Slow Windows PC?

Many people have this misconception that their Windows PC would slow down over time. However, they don’t understand that the PCs of this generation don’t have to slow down and if something happens, it is due to various factors.

The first remedy for all slow Windows PC issues is to give your machine a reboot. If that doesn’t work out, move on to manually troubleshooting the problem. In the following article, we will be discussing some of the most common causes of slow Windows along with their remedies.

Remove Clutter with CleanMyPC

There is an easy way to cut down your work by using an automated application, CleanMyPC which gets the job done while also scheduling your PC for automatic cleaning. The suite also includes a variety of tools such as Clean Uninstaller which uninstalls the application while also removing the residual files left behind.

Manage the Resource-Hungry Programs

If you want to work without using a third-party program then you need to get to the bottom of the matter by looking up the application that is hogging down your CPU resources. It could be a runaway process or an application might be experiencing a memory leak. You can find the details in your Task manager. Windows 8.1 onwards, the interface has been upgraded and color codes the applications that are using a high amount of resources.

Close Programs hidden in the System Tray

Many applications have a habit of running in the background and are hidden neatly inside your system tray. Click the expand icon on your system tray and close down the applications that have no need of running in the background.

Disable Unnecessary Startup Programs

You can also disable the applications from starting up altogether which would help you save memory when the computer starts up while also allowing a quick boot up of your machine.

Windows 8 on-wards, there is a startup manager option present in the Task Manager which would allow you to select applications that start with your computer.

Reduce Animations or disable them altogether

The Windows Operating System uses a variety of animations that can have a negative impact on your machine’s performance. An example of this could be seen when minimizing or maximizing a window; without animations, the process is almost instantaneous. Disabling these animations would aid your computer in getting a positive bump in terms of performance. In order to do this, press the windows key coupled with x or if you wish you can right click the start button, access the system pane then hover to advanced system settings, then access the settings pane which is right under the header of Performance. After this, choose Adjust for best performance in order to disable all the visual effects. If you want to selectively inhibit certain animations then you can choose them from the custom tab.

Drop the baggage from your Web Browser

There is a fair deal of chance that your web browser is the cause of your machine feeling sluggish. In order to optimize your browser, it is recommended to use fewer browser extensions and add-on as these slow down your browser and use more memory.

In order to remove useless add-ons, you can check the Extensions or Add-ons tab depending on your browser. Apart from this, also consider enabling click-to-play plug-in which would disable flash content from loading up on its own and unnecessarily consuming CPU resources.

Monitor for Malicious Code

A common problem that affects systems all around the globe is the inoculation of malware into the computer. Maybe you have been accessing unsafe websites, downloading unverified files or perhaps it’s through an infected flash drive. Malware and adware can exploit various vulnerabilities in the system. Malware programs work by accessing your system resources in the background whereas adware works by pushing in unnecessary advertisements. In order to ensure the safety of your computer consider performing a scan by a good antivirus program while ensuring that the virus definitions are up to date.  Furthermore, you should also consider a scan with Malware-bytes; this program works by removing unwanted programs that antivirus software tend to overlook.

Clear Disk Space

If your disk has run out of space, then your computer will run noticeably slower. In order to ensure that the system runs efficiently, consider making space on your hard drive. You can do this manually or use the default Disk Cleanup Tool present in Windows.

Defragment Your Drive

With newer versions of Windows, manual disk defragmentation has become unnecessary. However, older systems and more importantly mechanical hard-drives do require defragmentation to keep Windows operating smooth and stutter-free.

Uninstall Useless Programs

It is a rule of thumb to remove unused programs as they occupy unnecessary space and oftentimes are using the resources of your machine in the background. Programs have a tendency to clog the system due to auto start and context menu entries along with enrollment of system services. Deleting such programs would not only aid in achieving a smooth machine but also improve the security of your computer.

Reset Your Machine

Finally, if all things fail, you can consider making a clean install of Windows to fix the problem of a slow machine. In modern versions of Windows, a feature known as Reset your PC exists, which would instantly wipe your installed programs and system settings while saving your files.

Go from Mechanical to Solid

You might also consider bumping your system up from a mechanical drive to a solid-state drive to notice an incremental boost in your computer performance.