Samsung: The grocery store that changed the tech world

No one in South Korea or Lee Byung-Chul himself had ever thought that his small grocery store will one day become a multi-billion-dollar company. A company that will change the history of innovation in the world. This little venture, now as we know as Samsung, has reshaped the world with its incredible innovation and technology.

The beginning

Samsung: The grocery store that changed the tech world

Since November 1, 1938, the beginning of the company; Samsung has expanded into various businesses including construction, insurance, retail business, and shipbuilding.

After 32 years of its inception, the company produced its first-ever electronic product – 12-inch black and white television.

Driven by the simple but profound goal of creating meaningful innovation, Samsung has pushed the limits of mobile technology and set the standard for what the smartphone can and should be. Right from the beginning, the company saw the potential of turning the mobile phone into a multi-functional device. The release of TV phone in 1999 brought entertainment to the palm of our hands, while the built-in 10-megapixel camera on the Samsung B600 brought high-quality photography and the mobile phone together.

The Galaxy series

Samsung: The grocery store that changed the tech world

In 2002, Samsung launched the True Color Phone, introducing the world to the active matrix LCD display, and paving the way for the innovations in mobile display technology that are synonymous with the Galaxy series. Over the years the Galaxy series continued to break new ground, improving and expanding the smartphone experience with each new device. With its Galaxy Note series, Samsung introduced a new category of smartphones – the phablet – which has been widely copied by competitors. Currently, Samsung is the world’s largest manufacturer of mobile phones.

Ever since the original black and white TV, Samsung has been introducing cutting-edge technologies across its consumer electronics, home appliances, and mobile businesses. The company’s innovation process began with research conducted by multidisciplinary teams of designers, engineers, marketers, ethnographers, musicians, and writers, who searched for users’ unmet need and identify the cultural, technological, and economic trend.

Style and substance

Samsung: The grocery store that changed the tech world

Samsung has built an impressive record on design, garnering more awards than any other company in recent years. The bold design of its televisions often defies conventional style. Samsung has been the world’s number one TV manufacturer for 13 consecutive years now. The company’s market-leading journey began in 2006 when Samsung unveiled the Bordeaux TV with an LCD display.

Inspired by the round-shaped glasses, the Bordeaux laid the foundation for a new era of TV design. A couple of years later, Samsung launched the world’s first edge-lit TV, before introducing LED TVs in 2009, followed by a groundbreaking development of Smart TVs on 2011, where they enabled internet access on television. From then onwards, Samsung brought many other pioneering developments starting from first curved OLED to the latest QLED 8k TVs.

Other ventures

Let’s not forget, Samsung has also developed various home and kitchen appliances. The company’s ground-breaking and consumer-focused products have challenged the routines and stereotypes, by leading the market into delivering true innovations and convenience to its valued consumers. Samsung will maintain the market leadership position with premium, innovative products like the FamilyHub refrigerator featuring advanced voice recognition technology that is guaranteed to improve family communication, the FlexWash washing machine which can support two simultaneous or separate washes of different clothing capacities and fabric types, and the WindFree air conditioner for staying cool without direct wind.

Samsung Electronics rapid rise and technical achievements put the company in the spotlight in the semiconductor industry. Its 4-megabit chip, in fact, had made the company the leading global producer of DRAM (dynamic random-access memory) chips by early 1995. Currently, Samsung is the largest memory chip manufacturer in the world.

Changing the world with innovation

The innovation that Samsung has brought for the last 50 years has opened up the world to endless possibilities for consumers everywhere. The next chapter of electronics industry story will soon begin, and one thing can be said for sure: Samsung will continue to develop meaningful breakthrough designs to help you do more of what you love.

Experience the formidable screen of Galaxy Note 10+

One of the key elements for a great smartphone has always been a truly innovative and top-performing display. It is the display performance that determines how good and how beautiful everything on the smartphone looks, including the camera photos, visuals of all of our Apps, and also how readable and how usable the screen is in high ambient lighting. The display is the crown jewel of the smartphone!

The Galaxy Note 10+ is Samsung’s newest flagship smartphone received the DisplayMate Best Smartphone Award earning DisplayMate’s highest ever Display Performance Grade of A+. The latest Samsung innovation comes with a large 6.8-inch State-of-Art curved Dynamic AMOLED display that fills almost the entire front face of the phone from edge-to-edge.

The aspect ratio of the display is 19% larger than most smartphones and widescreen televisions. It is taller in Portrait mode and wider in Landscape mode, which provides extra space for notifications and for displaying multiple Apps and content simultaneously on-screen. The main screen has rounded corners and is curved along both the left and right edges, which provides two additional user configuration edge screen areas that can be viewed from both the front or the sides, and even when the phone is placed face down. This will help the user to check the messages, notifications, memos, an Edge Clock, and a Night Clock in the Always-on Display mode.

Furthermore, the Galaxy Note 10+ has a very small circular O-hole at the very top center of the screen for the front-facing selfie camera and sensors. The Front Camera O-hole is just 4.7mm in diameter, and it takes up only a tiny 0.15% of the total display area and is implemented as a clear opening within the OLED display.

As a result of its larger display size and larger aspect ratio, the Galaxy Note 10+ has a 3K Higher Resolution Quad HD+ display with 3040×1440 pixels and 498 pixels per inch, with 4.4 Mega Pixels, which is more than double the number of pixels in our HDTV. It can display more than four complete HD 1280×720 images at once.

On top of it, this marvel is the most color-accurate display with record-setting absolute color accuracy of 0.4 JNCD (Just Noticeable Color Difference), which is visually indistinguishable from perfect, and almost certainly considerably better than most existing smartphones, HDTV, tablet, laptop, and computer monitor.

The Galaxy Note 10+ can also play 4K High Dynamic Range content made for 4K UHD television.

Most smartphones and tablets generally provide only one to up to several Color Gamut. The Galaxy Note 10+ has automatic color management that spontaneously switches to the proper Color Gamut for any displayed image content that has an ICC Profile that falls within the OLED Wide Color Space. For this reason, the images will automatically appear with the correct colors, which is neither over-saturated or under-saturated.

Moreover, mobile displays are often used under relatively bright ambient lighting, which washes out the image color saturation and contrast, reducing picture quality and making it harder to view or read the screen. To be usable in high ambient light, a display needs a dual combination of high screen Brightness and low screen Reflectance. The Galaxy Note 10+ has both these features. This is extremely important for screen readability, picture quality, and color accuracy in ambient light.

These are only the tip of the iceberg of what Galaxy Note 10+ display can do. Now imagine playing your favorite video game with Galaxy Note 10+ or watching your favorite movie in 4K resolution. It is going to be a completely different experience.

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With every new phone, Samsung innovates some significant enhancements and improvements that make its first appearance on their devices, and this time, it seems like Galaxy Note 10+ has again raised the bar significantly higher.

Camera overkill—Samsung Galaxy A9 review

Let’s mention the elephant in the room before we start. The Samsung Galaxy A9 has 5 cameras in total. It’s still the only phone in the world with 4 cameras on the back. That raises the question: can you have too many cameras on a phone? We all want to know whether having so many cameras is simply a marketing gimmick or not.

Specs:

The A9 has a dual nano sim slot. It comes with Snapdragon 660, which is eons better than the chipsets that Samsung has traditionally used for mid-range cellphones. The Adreno 512 GPU is also better than the GPUs most mid-range Samsung phones are equipped with. Samsung still uses Android 8.0 Oreo, which has been outdated for a while now. As a result, the phone does not have gesture controls. This is somewhat a deal-breaker for a phone that costs almost 50 thousand Taka. I’m still using my Lenovo Z5 from last year, and it has gesture controls. A saving grace, thankfully, comes in the great memory capabilities of the phone. The internal storage capacity is 128 GB. The RAM, depending on the model you get, is either 6 or 8 GB. It even has a dedicated micro-SD slot capable of up to 512 GB extra storage. That doesn’t make up for the fact that the A9 still uses outdated three button controls instead of gestures.

Screen:

Can a phone have too many cameras? Samsung A9 review 4

One of the biggest selling points for most Samsung phones is the display. Most come with AMOLED displays, and the Samsung Galaxy A9 is no exception. The 6.3 inch display looks gorgeous, even with rather pronounced bezels on all sides. Thankfully, the phone does not have a notch, which is definitely just a marketing gimmick.

Camera(s):

Now for the main event. The A9 has 5 cameras in total. 4 of them are situated on the back. The solitary selfie camera is 24 megapixels and has excellent focus and even HDR. It’s certainly one of the better cameras in recent times.

The back is a whole different ballgame. With 4 cameras, the phone is the only quad-back camera phone in the world right now. The cameras are of 24, 10, 8 and 5 megapixels respectively. Each camera comes with a different function, such as the 5 megapixel one having a depth sensor, the 10 megapixel one having 2x optical zoom and so on. This works very well, as all the cameras combine to create truly good looking shots. In portrait mode, the rear cameras take photos that are way ahead of the Gaussian Blur filled shots that Chinese rivals take. Take a look and judge for yourself at your nearest Samsung dealer.

Verdict:

The Samsung Galaxy A9 is a cool looking phone, and is something a casual photographer would love to have.

However, that doesn’t change the fact that you can find phones with better specs at a lower price. You can find phones with gesture controls, at the very least. Samsung needs to step up their game, as Chinese companies such as Huawei and Xiaomi are starting to become a real threat to their business. We are going to give it a 7 out of 10 due to its great camera performance, but it could have scored much lower due to a lack of gesture controls and pricing.

The Samsung Galaxy A9 is available through Samsung stores for a price of TK 49,900/-.