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Samsung's foldable phone to cost $1,770, slated for March 2019 – report

Nov 13, 2018 - 1:10 PM

The device will be called the Galaxy F, according to South Korea's Yonhap News Agency

Samsung folding phone with 'Infinity Flex Display' unveiled

Nov 08, 2018 - 9:08 AM

'The display is the foundation for the smartphone of tomorrow,' says senior vice president of mobile product marketing Justin Denison

All screenshots from Samsung



Samsung hints at foldable phones with folded logo

Nov 07, 2018 - 10:34 AM

The profile pictures of Samsung’s official social pages temporarily change to a folded version of the company logo

Screenshot from Samsung Facebook page


Samsung Electronics posts record in Q3 despite smartphone struggles

Oct 31, 2018 - 10:48 AM

Samsung recovers from a series of setbacks, including a humiliating recall and the jailing of its de facto chief, to post a series of record-breaking numbers

Italy fines Apple, Samsung for slowing down phones

Oct 24, 2018 - 7:28 PM

(UPDATED) Apple and Samsung are fined 10 and 5 million euros, respectively, for the 'planned obsolescence' of their smartphones

IPHONE 6. This file photo taken on July 21, 2015 shows the Apple logo on an iPhone 6 in San Francisco. File photo by Justin Sullivan/AFP


Samsung Electronics flags record Q3 operating profit

Oct 05, 2018 - 10:01 AM

The South Korean firm reports an operating profit of $15.4 billion for the 3rd quarter of 2018

SAMSUNG. The logo of Samsung Electronics is displayed outside a company's building in Seoul on March 24, 2017. Photo by Jung Yeon-Je/AFP


Samsung heir in South Korea's delegation to North Korea

Sep 16, 2018 - 7:13 PM

Lee Jae-yong of Samsung Electronics joins other leaders of South Korean conglomerates to Pyongyang for an inter-Korean summit

Samsung to debut new features in mid-range models first – executive

Sep 07, 2018 - 1:36 PM

The company reportedly wants to boost sales of its mid-range devices as sales of flagships slow down

Photo by Alex dela Cruz/Rappler


1 dead, 2 injured in gas leak at Samsung chip plant

Sep 04, 2018 - 6:20 PM

The 3 victims were employees of one of Samsung's suppliers and were inspecting the factory's gas-related facilities, Samsung says

CLEANROOM. Samsung semiconductors being worked on in a cleanroom. Image from https://news.samsung.com

Samsung is making its own smart speaker, the Galaxy Home

Aug 11, 2018 - 8:45 AM

One hundred sixty Samsung Galaxy Home speakers powered the audio of the Samsung Unpacked presentation, the company says

HOME INVASION. Samsung wants to be a bigger part of the home as it forays into the smart speaker market. Photo from Samsung


First impressions: Samsung Galaxy Note 9

Aug 10, 2018 - 4:43 PM

The new Note tops out at a whopping P75,990 for the 512GB version

'Fortnite' beta now available on Samsung Galaxy S, Note phones

Aug 10, 2018 - 2:30 PM

The much-awaited battle royale title finally steps foot on Android

FORTNITE ANDROID. The hit battle royale game comes to Android. Screenshot from Epic Games


Duterte meets PDP-Laban, Samsung Note 9, sun-skimming spacecraft | Midday wRap

Aug 10, 2018 - 1:26 PM

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Samsung shows off the Galaxy Note 9

Aug 09, 2018 - 11:30 PM

Its S-Pen now has remote control functions

Samsung to invest billions in new tech to drive fresh growth

Aug 08, 2018 - 4:47 PM

The initial $22 billion investment is part of a total of $161 billion the group plans to invest over the next 3 years across its businesses.

SAMSUNG's GROWTH. A Samsung logo is displayed in a mall beneath the company's headquarters in the Gangnam district of Seoul on October 12, 2016. File photo by Ed Jones/AFP

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 promotional video leaks ahead of launch

Aug 06, 2018 - 8:26 PM

Its storage will be expandable up to 1 terabyte, according to the video

NOTE 9. Days before the reveal, the new Samsung flagship leaks in what appears to be a promotional video. Screenshot from Ben Schoon/Twitter


Huawei tops Apple in tightening smartphone market – IDC

Aug 01, 2018 - 11:48 AM

In the second quarter of 2018, Huawei shipped 54.2 million phones worldwide, second only to Samsung's 71.5 million, and ahead of Apple's 41.3 million, IDC reports

NOVA 3. Huawei's flagship devices launched earlier in the year have seen some excellent reviews, owing to their distinctive design, and industry-leading cameras. The recently launched Nova 3 approximates the flagship P20 series, making high-end technologies more accessible in an increasingly competitive market. Photo from Huawei

Samsung Electronics posts $9.9-B Q2 net profit, down 0.1%

Jul 31, 2018 - 11:40 AM

Slower global sales of premium smartphones this year are partly to blame for dip

GALAXY S9. The physical design of the S9 didn't change much from the S8. Screenshot from Rappler video


Samsung heats up 5G race with reveal of 3.5-gigahertz technologies

Jul 16, 2018 - 3:52 PM

The South Korean tech giant claims their equipment is better and safer than that of their rival, China's Huawei Technologies

5G. Network technologies are about to make a big leap as the successor to LTE or 4G networks looms over the horizon. File photo by Josep Lago/AFP


Ex-DLSU star Ben Mbala transfers to South Korea’s Thunder Samsung

Jul 10, 2018 - 6:09 PM

Mbala ends his stint with Chorale Roanna Basket in France to go back to Asia

BACK TO ASIA. Ben Mbala takes up another opportunity outside of his home country. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Samsung opens world's biggest smartphone factory in India

Jul 09, 2018 - 11:05 PM

The decision by Samsung comes at a critical time for the South Korean electronics giant, which is facing a tough battle from Chinese competitors for the control of India's massive smartphone market

THE LARGEST MOBILE FACTORY. South Korea's President Moon Jae-in speacks during the inauguration of the world's largest mobile factory at the Samsung India electronics private limited in Noida on July 9, 2018. Photo by Money Sharma/AFP

Samsung Messages bug randomly sending photos to contacts – reports

Jul 03, 2018 - 1:02 PM

Samsung Galaxy S9, S9+ and Note 8 users have reported that they have encountered the bug

MESSAGING MISHAP. Samsung Messages, the brand's own messaging app, is being affected by a bug that sends out photos from a user's gallery


Apple and Samsung settle lengthy iPhone patent battle

Jun 28, 2018 - 10:39 AM

The 7-year-old legal battle comes to an end with an undisclosed settlement between the world's two biggest smartphone makers

MARATHON BATTLE. Samsung and Apple finally settle legal battles involving now-vintage Apple iPhones and Samsung Galaxy phones. iPhone and Galaxy photos from Apple and Samsung


Samsung Galaxy Note 9 to be revealed August 9

Jun 28, 2018 - 10:02 AM

Samsung has announced the date for its next 'Unpacked' event

STYLUS. Samsung's S-Pen appears in a gold/yellow color in their teaser for the next Note phone. Screenshot from Samsung/Youtube


Samsung releases budget J6 for P13,990

Jun 19, 2018 - 5:52 PM

The J6 comes with a 5.6-inch HD display, a 1.6GHz octa-core processor, and Dolby Atmos sound technology

BLACK AND GOLD. The budget J6 will come in these two colors. Photo from Samsung


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Jun 04, 2018 - 7:30 PM

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Long-soaring smartphone market heading to earth

Jun 03, 2018 - 7:00 PM

'It is for sure not the death of the smartphone; it is the death of the growth of the smartphone market,' says an analyst

Telecom equipment company Huawei CEO Richard Yu presents the new P20 smartphone in Paris on March 27, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / ERIC PIERMONT

Galaxy S10 and future iPhone X to feature 3 rear cameras – report

Jun 03, 2018 - 3:40 PM

No details are revealed as to what the third sensor would do for the rumored phones

THREE-CAMERA PHONES. Samsung and Apple to be said to be working on their iteration of a phone setup with 3 rear cameras. Screen shot from Huawei website.

Jury tells Samsung to pay big for copying iPhone design

May 25, 2018 - 11:52 AM

The award appears to be a bit of a victory for Apple, which had argued in court that design was essential to the iPhone.

Midrange Samsung Galaxy A6 priced at P16,490

May 23, 2018 - 3:35 PM

The larger A6+ will retail for P22,990. Both models arrive in stores on June 18

A6. Samsung's "Infinity Display" comes to its cheaper phones with the release of the A6 and A6+. All photos from Samsung.


Jury still out in 7-year-old Apple-Samsung iPhone patent trial

May 22, 2018 - 2:01 PM

Apple wants $1 billion in damages while Samsung wants to lower the figure to around $28 million

CLASSIC BOUT. Older Apple iPhones and Samsung Galaxy phones are embroiled in the legal battle. iPhone and Galaxy photos from Apple and Samsung


Samsung Galaxy S9 has faster download speeds than the iPhone X – report

May 16, 2018 - 2:02 PM

Samsung is now calling its current flagships the 'fastest phones ever'

SPEED TESTING. A Samsung Galaxy S9 performing an Ookla speed test. Image from Samsung.

Samsung Electronics Q1 net profits up by 52% year-over-year

Apr 26, 2018 - 10:57 AM

Strong demand for memory chips and the Galaxy S9 drive profits

SAMSUNG. A Samsung logo is displayed in a mall beneath the company's headquarters in the Gangnam district of Seoul on October 12, 2016. Photo by Ed Jones/AFP


Samsung Electronics flags record $14.7-B Q1 operating profit

Apr 06, 2018 - 12:51 PM

This marks the fourth straight quarter in which the South Korean tech firm has beaten its record operating profit

NOTE 8. Samsung keeps the momentum with great flagship devices such as this one, complemented by an entire range of entry-level to midrange units. Photo by Nappy Manegdeg/Rappler


What makes the Google Pixel 2 XL better than the Galaxy S9+

Apr 05, 2018 - 10:08 AM

Smarter software presents itself in every corner of the Pixel 2 experience, from its voice assistant to its camera to the way it identifies an incoming call from a number you’ve never seen before

Huawei P20 phones leap over iPhone X, Galaxy S9 in camera rankings

Mar 28, 2018 - 4:35 PM

The P20 Pro scores a 109 on DxOMark, 10 points higher than the previous top-rated phone, the Samsung Galaxy S9+

P20 PRO. The P20 Pro is priced at 899 euros while the standard is priced at 649 euros. Photo by Gelo Gonzales/Rappler


#ThewRap: Videos to watch this week, February 26 - March 4, 2017

Mar 04, 2018 - 11:49 AM

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Feb 26, 2018 - 12:55 PM

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Specs, price: The Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+

Feb 26, 2018 - 3:18 AM

Check here for a listing of the product specifications and features of Samsung's Galaxy S9

SAMSUNG GALAXY S9. Will you be grabbing one? Photo by Franz Lopez/Rappler

Samsung unveils Galaxy S9, announces starting price of P45,990

Feb 26, 2018 - 1:02 AM

Samsung shows off the new Galaxy S9 in the Philippines alongside its global launch at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain

GALAXY S9. While physically identical to the S8, the S9 carries various improvements such as a variable aperture feature and 960 frames-per-second slow-mo video capture ability. Screenshot from Rappler video


LIVE: Galaxy S9 and S9+ unveiling at Samsung Unpacked

Feb 25, 2018 - 11:55 PM

Watch Samsung show the world its new flagship at 1 am, Monday, February 26, Manila time

UNPACKED. Screenshot from Samsung official website


Alleged official Galaxy S9 video accidentally leaks before reveal

Feb 25, 2018 - 9:10 PM

Android tech blog 9to5Google reports that Samsung accidentally uploaded the alleged launch video that touts its next flagship as 'the perfect phone for business'

S9 SILHOUETTE. An alleged official S9 video leaks a day before the official reveal. Screenshot from Slashleaks/YouTube


5 phones we're expecting to see at MWC 2018

Feb 22, 2018 - 1:41 PM

Here are some of the phones we’re expecting to see at the world's biggest mobile communications expo

S9. At the back, you can see the dual cameras fitted on what is supposed to be the new Galaxy S9 from Samsung. Photo from Evan Blass/@evleaks/Twitter


Samsung set to launch new flagship smartphones

Feb 21, 2018 - 7:45 PM

Samsung's launch is on Monday, February 26, PH time

Screenshot from Samsung/Twitter


The Samsung Galaxy S9: Expected specs and features

Feb 21, 2018 - 2:06 PM

Samsung’s latest flagship will reportedly have an F/1.5 camera, with the Plus version sporting dual rear cameras

GALAXY S9. Images of what is supposedly Samsung's newest flagship has been seen on prominent leaker Evan Blass' Twitter page. Photos from Evan Blass/@evleaks/Twitter


Samsung's 30TB solid state drives now in production

Feb 21, 2018 - 11:43 AM

Don't expect it be cheap though. Its 15TB predecessor, released in 2016, cost about $10,000 at launch

A MASSIVE SSD. This 30.72TB solid state drive is said to be faster than Samsung's 2016 iteration. Photo from Samsung.

Samsung Galaxy S9's price to hover at £739, roughly P54,400 – report

Feb 19, 2018 - 4:26 PM

An online report points to a UK launch price that's £50 more expensive than the Galaxy S8's

Photo from Samsung/Twitter


Samsung hunting for OLED panel buyers as Apple slashes iPhone X production

Feb 19, 2018 - 11:00 AM

Samsung, who hoped other smartphone makers would adopt its OLED panels, finds the manufacturers sticking to LCD panels instead

IPHONE X. The new iPhone X is seen in the Apple Store Union Square on November 3, 2017, in San Francisco, California. File photo by Elijah Nouvelage/AFP

More Galaxy S9 details surface as Redditor allegedly gets hands on a unit

Feb 18, 2018 - 2:19 PM

One anonymous Redditor has gotten some hands-on time with the Samsung Galaxy S9 and is spilling the beans

S8. A view of the Samsung Galaxy S8 at its Samsung launch event, March 29, 2017 in New York City. Photo by Drew Angerer/AFP


Leaked images of DeX Pad confirms headphone jack for S9

Feb 10, 2018 - 2:39 PM

Images of the dock accessory that turns the phone to a touchpad shows the Samsung’s soon-to-be released flagship retaining the traditional 3.5mm headphone jack

AUDIO JACK. Leaker Evan Blass' image shows the S9's audio jack. Screenshot from @evleaks/Twitter