Researchers at the Samsung’s AI Center in Moscow have managed to use Deepfake technology to create “living portraits” from as few as just a single photograph. The paper, titled “Few-Shot Adversarial Learning of Realistic Neural Talking Head Models,” was published on the preprint server arXiv on Monday. Simply put, the AI can be trained using just one image to create a realistic-looking, animated portrait, and by adding a few more shots (up to 32 photographs) the realism improves. Read more for a video and additional information.
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Samsung Electronics has just introduced two new 0.8-micrometer (μm) pixel image sensors – the 64-megapixel (MP) Samsung ISOCELL Bright GW1 and 48MP ISOCELL Bright GM2. Thanks to pixel-merging Tetracell technology and remosaic algorithm, the GW1 can produce bright 16Mp images in low-light environments and detailed 64MP shots in brighter settings. To take pictures resembling the way the human eye perceives its surroundings in a mixed light environment, GW1 supports real-time high dynamic range (HDR) of up to 100-decibels (dB) that provides richer hues. The dynamic range of a conventional image sensor is at around 60dB, while that of the human eye is typically considered to be around 120dB. Read more for another picture and additional information.
Samsung’s 512GB EVO Select MicroSD wants to ensure that you don’t need to swap in cards after heavy use, and it’s being offered for just $99.99 shipped, today only, originally $199.99. Featuring super-fast read & write speeds of up to 100MB/s & 60MB/s and backed by 4-proof protection, which keeps your data safe against water, extreme temperatures, and other harsh conditions. Product page. Read more for another hands-on video and additional information.
Smartphones catching fire by themselves either during charging or just spontaneously, is nothing new, but it’s rare to hear about a brand new Galaxy S10 5G bursting into flames. That’s exactly what happened to one person in South Korea. “My phone was on the table when it started smelling burnt and smoke soon engulfed the phone. I had to drop it to the ground when I touched it because it was so hot…everything inside [the phone] was burnt,’ said the S10 5G owner, who asked to be identified by his last name, Lee, to AFP. Read more for a video and additional information.
Unlike other TVs, the Samsung Sero Vertical TV aims to be a giant smartphone display, but it can actually pivot between vertical and horizontal viewing. This 43-inch OLED 4K UltraHD display offers NFC-compatibility so you can mirror content from your mobile device straight to the screen. Or, you can use it as a digital photo frame for your Instagram shots or even a music visualizer. Other features include: 4.1 channel sound, 60W audio, and Samsung Bixby voice assistant. It’ll set you back a cool $1,623 when it launches in Korea at the end of May. Read more for a video and additional information.
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Samsung recently had a patent that was filed with the USPTO (United States Patent and Trademark Office) for an ‘electronic device having multiple of displays and method for controlling the same’ approved. This mobile device with a ‘multi-plane display’ is essentially a smartphone boasting a display on both the front and back that can be used simultaneously. The entire front is all-screen and the display surface extends up top and to about 3/4 of the back. Since the screen is placed in a bracket, it retains its fixed shape, therefore making it a double-sided phone. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
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Samsung recently filed a trademark with the USPTO (United States Patent and Trademark Office) for PlayGalaxy Link, and many are speculating that this is the name for their new cloud gaming service. The company partnered with Finnish company Hatch, a subsidiary of Rovio Entertainment, and launched a new 5G cloud gaming service in Korea. If this does become a reality, it would take on Apple Arcade and Google Stadia. Read more to see the patent and for additional information.
Samsung’s Galaxy View 2 follows up on its predecessor (video above), but there are a few differences, most notably the missing handle, while retaining a kickstand that is adjustable up to 30°. Its display has been reduced down to 17.5 inches from 18.4 inches, and there appears to be an AT&T logo on the tablet’s back. The official model number is SM-T927A, which features an Exynos 7885 SoC and 3GB of RAM. Read more for two additional pictures and information.
One Weibo user has managed to get their hands on a Samsung Galaxy Fold pre-production unit and disassembled it to see what’s really inside this folding smartphone. As you might’ve guessed, the inside is quite complex to say the least, with many parts crammed together in a manner that would make it very difficult to repair / replace, or at least by yourself. The hinge features three-point reinforcement and two ribbon cables that connect the phone’s two batteries as well as sending power to the secondary 4.6-inch display. Read more for additional pictures and information.
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Before pre-ordering a Samsung Galaxy Fold, you might want to check out a few pictures and videos of people who accidentally removed a protective layer on the main display that is required for proper function. At first glance, this may appear to be a screen protector of sorts, but as many early reviewers found out, it’s actually some type of protective layer that keeps the folding display functional. Read more for additional videos and pictures.