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May 2016


Google's plan to kill passwords


money.cnn.com - Google is moving along quickly with its plans to kill off the traditional password.
Dan Kaufman, the director of Google's (GOOGL, Tech30) Advanced Technology and Projects team, recently announced that the company was working with "several very large financial institutions" to test out new password-replacement technology.
The technology, called "Trust API," uses multiple sensors in your smartphone to determine whether it's you -- or someone else -- who is trying to log in.
Various devices operating on the Google Android operating system already offer Smart Lock, which uses sensors that can scan your face, your voice, your movements and your location to figure out whether the device should unlock without a password.
"On some devices, [sensors] will learn the pattern of your walk. If the accelerometer detects a walk that looks very different, it may lock your phone," the company explained in an online post about Smart Lock.
But the newly unveiled "Trust API" password replacement project is supposed to be even more advanced, secure and easy to use. Reports say the technology will be constantly operating in the background of your smartphone, combining data from multiple sensors to calculate whether to unlock for the owner or block out intruders. The phone would even be able to differentiate your screen swiping style from that of someone else, according to reports.
Google did not respond to CNNMoney's requests for details. But Kaufman, who is leading the project, was visibly excited about the technology when he announced it last week at the annual Google I/O conference.
"Assuming it goes well, this should become available to every Android developer around the world by the end of the year," he said.
Banks and financial institutions have been working to improve their password and log-in technology for months, if not years, to make it easier for customers to check their balances and make payments, while keeping out hackers and thieves.
MasterCard (MA) announced plans in February to launch new mobile technologies allowing customers to authenticate their online purchases using selfies or fingerprints. And HSBC (HSBC) announced plans in the same month to replace passwords with voice-recognition technology for millions of customers.
Apple's iPhone 5S was the first widely popular gadget to incorporate a fingerprint scanner as a security measure in 2013, but it's known to be a bit fickle and unreliable.
CNNMoney contacted a number of large banks to ask whether they were working with Google on its "Trust API" project.
TD Bank (TD) said it was not working with Google. None of the other banks provided a response.


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PayPal drops Amazon, BlackBerry and Windows Phone platforms


mobileworldlive.com - PayPal's app will no longer support Amazon Fire, BlackBerry and Windows Phone devices after 30 June, reflecting their diminished status.
The news was included in a blog by Joanna Lambert, the payment giant's VP of global consumer product & engineering, in which she laid out the timetable for Android and iOS users to upgrade to version 6.0 of the app.
The latest version supports Android devices running OS 4.03 or higher, as well as Apple devices running iOS 8.1 or higher and iPhone 4S or higher, iPad 2 or higher, and iPod Touch 5th generation or higher.
But for PayPal users of less favoured OS' the news is bleak, although Windows Phone users can still access the payments service through a mobile web connection on Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge browsers. And Outlook users can use the PayPal add-in to send money directly from their inbox.
Likewise Amazon Fire and BlackBerry can still log into PayPal on these phones via a mobile web connection. And Blackberry users can also use the BBM app to send peer-to-peer payments via PayPal.
PayPal's decision reflects the relatively insignificant market shares held by the three OS', rather than any lack of ambition from the payments firm which is in an expansionary mode. In addition to revamping its app, which was announced earlier this year, it is eager to have more points of presence, for instance at the point of sale as well as for in-app purchases.
In her blog, Lambert described it as "a difficult decision" to no longer support the PayPal app on the three mobile platforms, although she added: "we believe it's the right thing to ensure we are investing our resources in creating the very best experiences for our customers."


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Google's Chromebooks outsold Apple's Macs in the U.S. for the first time


money.cnn.com - Laptops running Google's Chrome operating system reached a milestone last quarter: For the first time ever, computer makers shipped more Chromebooks than all Apple desktops and laptops combined, according to IDC.
While Apple should be concerned about this stat, Microsoft should worry too.
The popularity of Chromebooks is driven strongly by demand from K-12 schools. Chromebooks start at about $85, and they're designed to run web-based applications.
"Cost is but one reason they are winning there," analyst Linn Huang told CNNMoney. "Google has also done a fantastic job building out a compelling management console that makes these devices easy to deploy and manage in a school setting. I'd argue, that has been the biggest driver of their growth as opposed to the low price."
While Microsoft continues to dominate computer sales in schools outside the U.S., particularly with portable devices, it too has been losing ground to Google (GOOGL, Tech30) inside the U.S. -- which makes up a third of the global education tech market.
Chromebooks made up more than half of portable device shipments to U.S. schools last year, a growth of 12 percentage points over 2014.
That rise has pushed Windows' share down from 25% to 22% and Apple's share of Mac shipments down from 34% to 25%, according to a recent report from Futuresource Consulting.
Apple (AAPL, Tech30) and Microsoft (MSFT, Tech30) have made updates to their products and prices partially in response.
Apple has made it easier for students to share iPads and schools to manage Apple IDs, for example. And Microsoft has worked with HP, Lenovo and Acer to build cheaper devices under $300, according to Mike Fisher, associate director at Futuresource Consulting.
But just this week, Google may have also added another reason for people to like Chromebooks when it announced that the devices will be able to run Android apps.


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Microsoft is selling its cheap phone business to Foxconn


money.cnn.com - Microsoft's big mobile phone ambitions just got a lot smaller.
The company said Wednesday it will sell its entire feature phone business to FIH Mobile (FXCNY), a Foxconn subsidiary, and a Finnish company HMD Global, Oy for $350 million.
The sale is the latest development in a yearlong unwinding of one of Microsoft's most controversial business decisions.
After former CEO Steve Ballmer had already announced his retirement in 2013, he orchestrated the purchase of Nokia's struggling mobile phone business. Nokia was one of the few smartphone brands that had embraced Microsoft's Windows 10 operating system.
At the time, Nokia was also the world's largest feature phone maker, selling basic, inexpensive handsets to customers all over the world. But that business never really meshed with Microsoft's mobile strategy.
Microsoft's current CEO, Satya Nadella, made sweeping cuts in the Nokia division, laying off 18,000 employees in 2014. Last year, he cut another 7,800 jobs in the smartphone hardware business and scaled back Microsoft's emphasis on phones.
FIH Mobile will get all of Microsoft (MSFT, Tech30) feature phone assets, including brands, software, and customer contracts, as well as its factory in Vietnam.
Around 4,500 employees will be transferred from Microsoft to FIH Mobile as part of the deal.
Interestingly, HMD has signed a licensing deal with Nokia (NOK) to put the Nokia brand on its new devices. So in some ways, the Nokia deal with Microsoft has come full circle.
Microsoft said it is going to keep the smartphone business. It will continue to develop Windows 10 Mobile and support Lumia phones, though that business has not been successful. Microsoft has been unable to take significant share of the smartphone market from Apple (AAPL, Tech30), Google (GOOG), and Google's Android partners, such as Samsung.


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Portable Printer Market Growth Forecast 17.32% CAGR to 2020


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The global portable printer market analyst said emerging trend in the global portable printer market is the availability of end-to-end solutions based on vertical expertise. Falling ASPs and increased competition have led vendors to innovate and integrate business models, while manufacturers have developed their expertise over the downstream supply chain. They are coming up with new business solutions where the vendor not only provides the end product offering such as portable printers but also a solution to deliver business intelligence and insights into the customer enterprise and value chain.
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The global printer market has always witnessed change in terms of the technology employed, which has improved over the years. Printing technology is not limited to impact and non-impact printers. Impact printers are classified into dot matrix printer, while non-impact printers are segmented into inkjet, laser, and thermal printers.
Also, firms used printers at a micro level rather than macro level, i.e., in offices and institutions. As the business models of firms have changed, manufacturers are focused on personalizing printers like personal laptops and smartphones. Printer manufacturing firms are now catering to the portable printer market, resulting in the concept of portable printers that can work with a network (office network, a local area network [LAN], or direct Wi-Fi), thus making it possible to provide printouts on-the-go based on the specific needs of different industries.
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Key players in the global portable printer market: Brothers, Honeywell, Seiko Epson, Toshiba Tec, and Zebra Technologies.
Other prominent vendors in the market are: Bixolon, Canon, Citizen Systems Japan, Cognitive TPG, Fujitsu Isotec, HP, Oki Data, Polaroid, Printek, SATO, Star Micronics, and Xprinter Technology.
Further, the report states that growing digitalization and the increased adoption of e-readers are posing a challenge to the portable printers market.


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Apple falls below $90 as iPhone worries fester


reuters.com - Shares of Apple dropped below $90 on Thursday for the first time since 2014 as Wall Street worried about slow demand ahead of the anticipated launch of a new iPhone later this year.
A mainstay of many Wall Street portfolios, Apple fell to as low as $89.47 before recovering slightly to end at $90.34, a 2.35 percent loss.
Component suppliers in Taiwan will receive fewer orders from Apple in the second half of 2016 than in the same period last year, the Nikkei Asia Review reported on Thursday, citing sources. Apple typically launches its high-end phones in September.
"People are getting negative data points about component orders and production forecasts, and the features on the new iPhone do not seem to be a big change from the 6S," said Rosenblatt Securities analyst Jun Zhang.
At its session low, Apple briefly relinquished its position as the world's largest company by market capitalization to Alphabet Inc.
At the close, Apple and Google each had market values of about $495 billion, according to Thomson Reuters data. In the past year, Apple's market capitalization has fallen by more than $200 billion - roughly the size of Verizon Communications or Wal-Mart Stores.
Suppliers of iPhone components also fell, with Skyworks Solutions off 4.54 percent, Broadcom down 1.95 percent and Qorvo declining 1.76 percent.
Confidence in Cupertino, California-based Apple was shaken after it posted its first-ever quarterly decline in iPhone sales and first revenue drop in 13 years in April. Wall Street is worried about demand for Apple's next iPhone.
Faced with lackluster sales of smartphones in the United States, Apple has bet on China as a major new growth engine. But progress there has been disappointing.
Revenue from China slumped 26 percent during the March quarter. Apple faces increasing competition from Chinese manufacturers like Xiaomi and Huawei selling phones priced below $200, Rosenblatt's Zhang said.
Last week, Dialog Semiconductor, which sells chips used in iPhones and other smartphones, cut its revenue outlook due to ongoing softness in the smartphone market.
The recent sell-off has left Apple trading at about 10 times its expected 12-month earnings, cheap compared with its average of 17.5 over the past 10 years. It also has a dividend yield of about 2.46 percent.
"The market is saturated and they have no massive growth drivers outside of the iPhone," said Pacific Crest analyst Andy Hargreaves, who still recommends buying the stock. "Generally speaking, I just think it's a little too cheap."
(Reporting by Noel Randewich, additional reporting by Savio D'Souza and Rodrigo Campos; Editing by Linda Stern and Dan Grebler)


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Samsung Galaxy Note 6: Prices, release - and will there be a Lite?


theweek.co.uk - Samsung's Note series of devices has "successfully carved out a niche of power users", according to Trusted Reviews, and has a large fan base all eagerly expecting the next phablet, given that the Galaxy Note series has become a bellwether for the market.
The firm's current offering, the Galaxy Note 5, still hasn't made it to the UK, despite months of speculation that it would arrive in January. According to Know Your Mobile, the firm opted instead to offer British customers the Galaxy S6 Edge+, a larger version of its Galaxy S6 Edge smartphone.
Now it seems Samsung are planning a complete turnaround for the Galaxy Note 6. While it should be available in the UK, any Edge+ version of the Galaxy S6-replacing S7 will get the cold shoulder.
The next phablet is coming this year and the rumour mill is already in full swing, with whispers of curved displays, new processor chipsets, Samsung Gear accessories and even the possibility of two devices this year.
Here are all the rumours rounded up.
Design
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With no leaked images, there's very little on the ground to suggest what the Note 6 will look like. Nevertheless, the IB Times expects the phablet will merely refine the Note 5's design rather than be a comprehensive overhaul.
It wouldn't be surprising if the leap from the "faux-leather" of the Note 4 to the metallic, Galaxy S6-inspired touch on the Note 5 sticks around, the site expecting the device to resemble an upscaled version of the Galaxy S7, with the inclusion of a stylus.
However, a recent leak suggests that Samsung could shake things up with its next Note - either by introducing two different handsets, or alternatively, basing the sole Note 6 around the same curved OLED display design as the Galaxy S7 Edge.
Rumours floating around a number of tech publications, such as Know Your Mobile, cite a leak claiming that Samsung is currently testing two different versions of the Note 6 - a flatscreened phablet, as well as one with an Edge style display. It's believed that Samsung will only bring one of the devices to market, and many reckon the company will opt for the curved one - it's a signature Samsung design cue now.
The Note 6 should be a pretty tough thing, too. The latest word suggests Samsung will make it water and dustproof, albeit with an IP67 rating compared to the IP68 seen on the Galaxy S7.
Display
While the Note 5 arrived with a 5.7ins display, the Note 6 could grow in size, according to rumours.
A blog post on SamMobile highlights rumours that Samsung will bump the screen size up to 5.8ins, while reverting to the Super AMOLED Plus display last used in the Samsung Galaxy S2.
These screens are technically more advanced than the Super AMOLED displays Samsung has been using these past years, but the firm dropped them after 2011 as they weren't as rugged and tough as normal AMOLED panels.
However, they are thinner and Samsung may us them to open up space for a larger battery.
It is believed the same 2560 x 1440 Quad HD resolution will be used, so Samsung will stick with a 2K display on its phablets. Of course, with the recent form factor rumour fed into the equation, it could equally be a curved display.
A secondary display option could also be on the cards, given that there are now rumours of a Galaxy Note 6 "Lite" doing the rounds.
The cheaper, less powerful variant, packing different specs, is said to use a 5.8ins panel, too, but rather than being an OLED display with 2K resolution, it will be a 080p unit.
Camera
The Note 6 could follow its Galaxy S7 siblings by downgrading to a camera with a smaller megapixel count, says Pocket Lint.
Both the Note 5 and the Galaxy S6 handsets came with a 16-megapixel main camera, but the S7 has only 12 megapixels. They are much larger, though, something Samsung calls "Dual Pixels", and they lock on quickly and accurately for one of the fastest autofocuses on a smartphone.
It would be no surprise if Samsung equips the Note 6 with the same sensor, using an aperture of f/1.7 for vastly improved performance in low lighting conditions and equipped with "Super OIS Plus" stability.
Android Geeks claims to have an inside line on the Galaxy Note 6's camera - it says it has been in contact with a Samsung engineer and that while the 12-megapixel rumours are accurate, Samsung could still shake things up.
According to the source, the firm is testing prototype Note 6 handsets fitted with Galaxy S7 camera hardware plus infrared focus capabilities.
At present, there's no information as to what camera hardware to expect on any Lite version.
Hardware
According to Trusted Reviews, Samsung will make the Note 6 in two hardware configurations - one for the Asian market and another for the west.
In the east, the handset should get a custom-built Exynos 9980 chipset, with western buyers snapping up a version fitted with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820. It's rumoured that the Note 6 could come with as much as 6GB RAM, a decent leap from the 4GB of the Note 5 and "sure to appeal to the power-user niche".
The site expects three storage options: 32GB, 64GB and 128GB - although 256GB isn't completely off the cards if Samsung opts to include its UFS 2.0 memory chips.
TechRadar highlights the potential for even more power, citing rumours from China that the phablet could come with a 2.6GHz Snapdragon 823 - a chip so new it "hasn't been announced yet". The 823 would essentially be a speedier version of the 820, but with support for a massive 8GG RAM.
Pocket Lint says this could be "overkill", however, and that 6GB RAM is more than enough processing power for the Note 6 to offer convincing virtual reality headset support, a feature Samsung could push hard.
As well as this, Forbes picks up a flurry of leaks on issues such as what chipset Samsung will use, its memory configurations, battery and the addition of a new port.
Discussing the Snapdragon 823 chip angle, the site says its addition could be "droolworthy" and could be as much as 18 per cent quicker than the Galaxy S7's already rapid Snapdragon 820. However, questions remain as to whether Qualcomm will have the hardware ready in time.
While not much is known about the supposed watered-down Note 6, it's said to be coming with a Snapdragon 820 chipset mated to 4GB RAM. If true, that does point to the idea that the full-fat phablet will get a newer processor in order to differentiate the two devices.
Were the Lite to come with these specs, it would sit on par with the firm's Galaxy S7 smartphone.
Also seeming to be on the cards is a massive 4,200mAh battery, a big leap up from the 3,000mAh cell slotted in the back of the Galaxy Note 5. Samsung could use internal memory as a way of distancing the phablet from its smaller flagship handsets.
UFS 2.0 memory with 256GB could be coming and could be a "perfect fit" for the launch of the Note 6. It's a big differentiator between the phablet and the Galaxy S7, which only comes in 32GB. MicroSD storage will likely appear, too.
One of the biggest changes is in terms of ports, though. According to SamMobile, Samsung will switch to reversible USB-C, abandoning the MicroUSB used on the Galaxy S7 and beginning a transition to what's fast becoming the new industry standard. A new Gear VR headset to use with the Note 6 is likely, too.
Note 6 is likely to come with Android Marshmallow 6.0, given that it's also in place on Galaxy's latest smartphone. Top of the OS bill on the S7 is the latest version of the TouchWiz interface and it's hard to imagine the Note 6 coming with anything different.
However, some speculate the phablet could come with Android N instead, introducing a new multi window mode, and faster app optimisation. However, with a July release date touted for the Note, the timeframe seems unlikely. Google has only just begun to roll out its Android N developer preview and it's unrealistic to expect a fully fledged launch version by the summer. A third quarter release seems far more plausible.
Release date and price
According to Expert Reviews, Samsung could release the handset in July, possibly in a bid to build up a head of steam before Apple launches the iPhone 7 in September.
Ewan Spence writing for Forbes thinks that Samsung could introduce the next Note a little later though. He expects Samsung to reveal the Note 6 this summer, but only for it to go on sale around August or September. The company has had some successful Q1 2016 numbers, and waiting it out with the Note 6 until autumn could give the firm some good Q3 figures heading into the festive season.
There's no information regarding prices yet and it's tricky to settle on a price tag, given that the Note 5 hasn't gone on sale in the UK. Regardless, Trusted Reviews expects it to be in the region of £625. Samsung dropped the launch price of its Galaxy S7 in comparison to the S6, so there could be a slight cut on the Note 5.
Galaxy Note 6: Secondary 'Lite' device rumoured
Samsung's upcoming phablet is sure to be a device which appeals hugely to power-obsessed users.
The Note 6 is said to be sporting 6GB RAM, but the possibility it could get the upcoming Snapdragon 823 chip isn't completely off the cards.
Previous rumours have indicated that Samsung is testing two versions of the handset, with one said to feature a curved OLED display similar to that on the Galaxy S7 Edge.
Now, though, there's suggestions the company could make two Note 6 devices with two very different hardware configurations.
Know Your Mobile picks up a leak on Chinese social media website Weibo that a watered down Note 6 is on the way this year, featuring lower specifications and a cheaper price point.
Currently being referred to as the Note 6 "Lite", it will be the same as the full fat phablet from a form factor perspective and will also use a 5.8ins display, although the screen is said to be a 1080p unit, while the range-topper is expected to have a 2K resolution panel.
It's tipped to get a Snapdragon 820 chipset mated to 4GB RAM, pegging it on par with the Galaxy S7. If true, the leak reinforces rumours that the Snapdragon 823 will be ready in time for a launch on the normal Note 6 and will be coming on the more expensive version.
There's no word on camera hardware or internal storage, nor a price point for this rumoured cheaper device just yet, while KWM says the "Lite" moniker is likely not the real name.
TechRadar warns it's impossible to judge the reliability of the leak, so it should be taken with a grain of salt.
Samsung Galaxy Note 6: 'New Gear VR is on the way'
Samsung's Galaxy Note 6 could come with a small, easy-to-miss addition that could mean a big change in terms of how the company's smartphones connect to the wider tech world, says a new report.
According to SamMobile, the tablet will be fitted with a USB Type-C port, "reversible connector and all".
The new standard doesn't feature on Samsung's latest flagship devices, the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, which use micro-USB, so its addition on the forthcoming Note is a big move. It would put Samsung in line with rivals LG and Huawei, which introduced handsets with reversible USB-C this year.
Samsung has previously stated its resistance to get onboard the industry uptake of USB-C, claiming the market isn't ready for the technology, says the International Business Times. The company also claim that many of the port's benefits, such as fast charging capabilities, can already be done on its phones via a micro-USB connector.
However, USB Type-C represents "the most important technology to hit the tech space in years", says Forbes, adding that the likes of Apple have already taken it on some of devices and that its benefits cannot be missed.
As well as discussing the new port, SamMobile's report also suggests Samsung may introduce a new Gear VR headset alongside the Note 6.
The current device uses the Galaxy S7's micro-USB port to connect. Should the next Note abandon this connector, a second generation Gear VR would be necessary, especially if Samsung is keen to continue its virtual reality ambitions.
The Verge says it would make sense and that it would be a wasted chance if Samsung didn't upgrade the Gear VR to go with a Note featuring the new port, as this would make for "one hell of a mobile VR setup".


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Changing how you work, shop and play


futurelab.assaabloy.com - The industry will enter its next new chapter of connected identities, employing multi-layered security strategies that also include biometrics in order to bind these identities to their legitimate owners. Secure connected identities will soon fuel innovation in how we work, shop and play.
Tony Ball, President of Identity and Access Management Solution at HID Global.
HID Global is watching five key developing trends that will shape the secure identity landscape during 2016. One of the top developments we are seeing is that security solutions increasingly will be shaped after the everyday habits of the user.
Entering a new chapter
We have previously touched on the industry's increased focus on streamlining security to enhance the overall user experience. This can only be accomplished by ensuring that security is a "given," where people can easily and confidently go about their daily lives.
And, after two decades of advances from simple visual ID badges and smart cards to mobile ID solutions, the industry will now enter its next new chapter that will serve as the "tipping" point for these frictionless user experiences: connected identities that are used on a variety of devices for a growing range of existing and new applications.
Multi-layered security strategies will be critical for protecting these connected identities.
Connect with your digital identity
There will be greater reliance on many digital versions of our identity, used in many different ways across all walks of life.
We will connect our identities to an expanding solution ecosystem for secure access to doors, data and cloud-based services and applications, accelerating the need for unified identity management systems and processes.
The more we use these connected identities to secure so many aspects of our lives, the more it will fuel innovation in everything from the way we bank and purchase items to how our businesses, hospitals, schools, manufacturing plants and other facilities are built and operated. This will also create new business models and monetization opportunities.
Biometrics is the only form of authentication that binds digital identities to the individual
Multi-layered security strategies will be critical for protecting these connected identities.
Biometrics will offer the potential to eliminate digital identity theft while making security even more convenient. This is the only form of authentication that binds digital identities to the individual, determining who is actually using the system while verifying whether he or she is the true, legitimate identity owner for a myriad of new mobile and on-line applications.
Connected identities for a more connected world will also be catalyzed by advances in privacy and trust for applications in the Internet of Things, not to mention best practices for deploying simple yet secure solutions.


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Samsung Galaxy Note 6 Release Date, News and Rumors: Massive Screen and Longer Battery Life Expected


newseveryday.com - As the world awaits for the official unveiling of the Samsung Galaxy Note 6, excitement among fans and tech buffs has been steadily building up to see whether the South Korean tech giant's flagship phablet lives up to expectations.
Recently, Samsung has been gaining a strong foothold in the smart devices industry when the company released Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge. Both variants came with features and specs that seemed to have met tech consumers' demand for superb technological attributes, at least for now, while critics and fans anxiously wait for Apple's official counter-response to Samsung's volley of opening shots in 2016.
Right now, analysts are fixated on Samsung's forthcoming product wondering if it ends up as a failure or success. As sales plummet, the attention would certainly revolve how whether Samsung could pull off its next-big-thing to turn declining fortunes into market success. It's still five months away from the purported release of the Note 6, yet the constant clamor for the device is just getting louder as expectations becoming even more demanding.
But if rumors prove accurate, then we should be expecting a whole array of excellent features that should give rivals a run for the money. Drawing cautiously on roundups churning out the rumor mill, the forthcoming phablet should come with a massive screen display plus a long battery life.
To start off, here is a quick overview of the key features and specs that we can expect with Galaxy Note 6 as per Slash Gear roundup:
1. Two variants of the new device from the Note series are supposedly coming out: a 5.8-inch flat display variant and a 5.9-inch curved model that resembles the Galaxy S7 Edge although other leaked scoops report both variants having 5.8-inch display size.
2. The device will have a generous offering of 6GB of RAM.
3. For a longer battery life, it will be armed with 4,000 mAh battery pack.
4. The memory is expandable with the microSD comeback via a SIM try combo.
As per Yibada report, the phablet also comes with additional slew of impressive specs and features as summarized herein:
1. A much bigger memory offering can be expected in three base storage options: 256GB, 128GB and 64GB.
2. Under the hood are two possible chipsets that can internally added to the device to render a more enhanced processing efficiency: Exynos 8890 as well as Snapdragon 820.
3. For handset durability, the device is rumored to come out with IP68-certified waterproof design and an iris scanner for greater security features.
The camera, however, is reportedly unimpressive with only 12MP for its rear camera which unexpectedly lower than most high-end smartphones currently in the market today. To compensate for the lower MPs, Note 6 is speculated to integrate its Dual Pixel technology plus an incredibly fast autofocus according to Value Walk.
Are these all the Note 6 has to offer?
Apparently, the abovementioned features and specs are not the only surprising treats in store for tech consumers. A recent unearthed and intriguing patent points to a possible addition of a hybrid design for the Note lineup.
"A patent has been unearthed...which showcases how Samsung is considering an interesting hybrid design for future Note devices. The concept has echoes of Asus' Padfone handset, which could be docked with a large-form tablet, which could in-turn be docked with a keyboard to become a laptop - all of the processing power came from the phone, however," wrote Paul Briden of Know Your Mobi


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