Samsung Galaxy Note Fan Edition is official, goes on sale in South Korea on July 7

The Note 7 is back. Well, it’s called the Galaxy Note Fan Edition now, but Samsung has finally made the refurbished Note 7 official. The Galaxy Note FE will go on sale in South Korea on July 7 with a price tag of 699,600 won (roughly $610), and color options of gold, silver, blue, and black. Samsung has used leftover Galaxy Note 7 parts and unopened units of the original device to make the Galaxy Note FE. The battery is smaller at 3,200 mAh, but this is the same device that met an unfortunate demise last year as far as hardware specs are concerned.

Samsung says the battery on the Note FE has been made safer through the company’s new 8-point battery safety test, and if the Galaxy S8’s track record is anything to go by, the Note FE should have no issues keeping its cool. Oh, and the Note FE also runs Nougat with all the bells and whistles that are offered on the Galaxy S8. The device also has Bixby, although there seems to be no dedicated hardware button if we go by Samsung’s official pictures, so Bixby will likely be launched through an app shortcut and maybe through the S Pen’s Air Command menu as well. Oh, and there’s a neat change: The Note FE doesn’t have Samsung’s logo at the front, and it comes with a Galaxy Note Fan Edition logo at the back.

For now, Samsung is only aiming to sell 400,000 units of the Note FE in South Korea. The press release says the company hasn’t yet decided if the phone should be sold in other markets, but we should see related information in the near future. It doesn’t make much sense to make the Galaxy Note FE widely available, given the Galaxy Note 8 will soon be upon us, although given the Note 8’s expected pricing, the Note FE could certainly do well as a more affordable option in the Note lineup.

Galaxy C7 (2017) gets its Wi-Fi certification

The Galaxy C7 was launched in June last year so it’s about time that Samsung came out with its successor. We’ve been hearing reports about a Galaxy C7 (2017) that’s in the pipeline. The upcoming handset received its Bluetooth certification two weeks ago and it has now stopped by the Wi-Fi Alliance for yet another certification.

The Galaxy C7 (2017) bearing model number SM-C7100 has been spotted at the Wi-Fi Alliance. It has been granted the requisite Wi-Fi certification which means that it’s now one step closer to launch. As previously mentioned, the handset has already received its Bluetooth certification so that’s out of the way as well.

Not much is known about the specs of this handset. Its predecessor was a bona fide mid-range smartphone with its Snapdragon 625 processor, 4GB RAM, 32/64GB storage and 5.7-inch Super AMOLED display. It also features a 16-megapixel rear and 8-megapixel front camera.

Samsung initially launched this handset in China and that’s what it will probably do with the new handset as well. The possibility exists that Samsung might eventually launch the Galaxy C7 (2017) in other markets across the globe.

Since the month of June has gone by and it has been over a year since the original handset was released, it should only be a matter of time before the Galaxy C7 (2017) is made official.

Confirmed: Refurbished Galaxy Note 7 will launch as the Galaxy Note Fan Edition

While it has been known for a long time that Samsung would be launching a refurbished version of the Galaxy Note 7, what hasn’t been certain is the name that the Note 7’s chance at a second life would carry. At first, it was expected to be dubbed Galaxy Note 7R, and the device even showed up on a benchmark with that title. Then, a report came out saying the refurbished edition would launch as the Galaxy Note FE, with FE said to stand for ‘Fandom Edition’. Well, it turns out that report was almost a hundred percent accurate, only the F in FE will stand for Fan instead of Fandom.

The confirmation of the final name comes from a poster for the device that was spotted in China. Fan Edition is certainly a befitting title. The refurbished Note 7 will allow Samsung to limit the environmental impact of discontinuing its seventh-generation Note flagship, while allowing fans of the Note lineup – at least in some markets –  to get their hands on the Note 7. Well, a Note 7 that won’t double up as a potential fire hazard, although leaks and rumors suggest this will come at the cost of a smaller battery that may or may not get you through an entire workday on a single charge.

The Galaxy Note FE is expected to be launched on July 7, possibly with an ‘R’ engraved on the back of the device to indicate that it is a refurbished unit. It could be delayed by a couple of weeks according to a recent rumor, but we’re guessing Samsung will not be waiting around too long as the Galaxy Note 8 is just over two months away.

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Samsung patents magnetic controller for VR headsets

Samsung is very serious about competing in the mobile virtual reality space. The Gear VR has given it a good footing and the company is now expanding its influence in this space by working hard to bring new and exciting virtual reality content. It’s also working on new VR-focused devices.

The company has been granted a patent for magnetic VR hand controllers. The description provided in the patent suggests that the peripherals will be used for more accurate hand-tracking with the Gear VR headset.

The method explained in the patent is “based on a magnetic field generated by a source, obtaining a coordinate of a user’s hand; and reflecting the obtained coordinate of the user’s hand in a virtual reality environment based on a change of a location of the source due to a movement of the user.”

The actual design itself appears to be similar to the existing Gear VR controller but with a new strap that secures the controller to the back of the hand. This will allow users to move their hands freely without having to worry about holding the controller.

Even though the implementation makes perfect sense, it’s just another patent, and Samsung has a lot of them. Whether or not it’s ever going to bring this product to life is a different matter altogether.

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