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Samsung Introduces 1.2μm 50Mp ISOCELL GN1 with Faster Auto-focusing and Brighter Images

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Dual Pixel technology creates 100-million phase-detecting photodiodes for snappy auto-focusing and light information that can be translated up to 100 megapixels.

Tetracell technology enables light-sensitive 2.4μm pixels for ultimate low-light photography.

Samsung Electronics, a world leader in advanced semiconductor technology, today introduced Samsung ISOCELL GN1, a new 50-megapixel (Mp) image sensor with large 1.2μm-sized pixels. The ISOCELL GN1 is Samsung’s first image sensor to offer both Dual Pixel and Tetracell technologies. Thanks to the relatively larger pixel size, the GN1 brings image sensor performance to a new level with a combination of elevated light sensitivity for stellar low-light photos and DSLR-level auto-focus speeds, optimized for more dynamic picture-taking experiences.

“With innovative pixel technologies, Samsung has been at the forefront of offering high-performance image sensors that closely cater to increasingly diversifying market needs. The ISOCELL GN1 is part of that commitment to deliver stunning images to consumers in any environment,” said Yongin Park, executive vice president of sensor business at Samsung Electronics. “We will continue to introduce image sensor solutions at the cutting-edge that will lead the next trends in mobile photography.”

Creating desirable images is an indispensable element for today’s smartphone users who are well accustomed to visually grasping and cherishing special moments, wherever they are. To address various imaging preferences of the users, some smartphone makers put more emphasis on extremely detailed images with ultra-high resolutions, while some choose bigger pixels for bright results in low-light environments. The new Samsung ISOCELL GN1 fulfills these multiple needs at once with Dual Pixel and Tetracell technologies.

The GN1 brings best-in-class auto-focusing with 100 million phase detection auto-focus (PDAF) agents. Samsung’s Dual Pixel technology places two photodiodes side-by-side within a single pixel that can receive light from different angles for phase detection. With all of the sensor’s active pixels working as auto-focusing agents, the GN1 can detect and focus onto a desired still or moving object from every corner in an instant, even in low-light conditions. When capturing images, a single pixel output is created by merging the outputs from the two photodiodes within the pixel. Samsung also provides a software algorithm that takes light information from each photodiode to produce image resolutions comparable to 100Mp.

For ultimate low-light photography, the GN1 adopts Tetracell technology, a pixel-merging technique that improves the pixels’ capacity to capture and process more light. By binning four pixel signals into one, Tetracell doubles the image sensor’s pixel size to 2.4μm and quadruples the light sensitivity to take brighter 12.5Mp photographs. With improved light sensitivity combined with a powerful auto-focusing solution, the GN1 is able to focus on an object quickly even in extreme low-light environment to deliver both brighter and sharper results.

In addition to Dual Pixel and Tetracell technologies, the GN1 comes with Smart-ISO that intelligently selects the optimal ISO, real-time HDR that captures the scene in multiple exposures simultaneously, and gyro-based electronic image stabilization (EIS) that takes sharp images and video even when in motion. For premium video quality, the image sensor supports video recording at up to 8K resolution at 30 frames-per-second (fps).

Samsung ISOCELL GN1 started mass production this month.

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What You Need to Know About VoNR and its Impact on 5G Development

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What is VoNR?

VoNR, or “Voice over 5G New Radio” is a basic call service which fully utilizes the SA architecture of 5G network. Compared to other call services, VoNR provides significantly lower latency and improved sound and picture quality, resulting in an extremely elevated calling experience.

SA architecture is one of the primary architectures being developed upon by global operators for future 5G networks. By advancing the capabilities of VoNR calls under the SA architecture, OPPO will be positioned as the mobile phone partner of choice for operators and communication equipment suppliers building 5G networks around the world.

“As a leading global technology company, OPPO proactively works to accelerate large-scale commercialization of 5G. Our cooperation with Ericsson and MediaTek on VoNR is part of our in-depth collaborations in the 5G era. We aim to become the industry’s ideal partner to deploy 5G around the world and at the same time improve 5G experience for the users.” – Andy Wu VP of OPPO and President of Software Engineering.

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Recent Developments in VoNR + 5G

OPPO has been working alongside leading telecom provider Ericsson and chip developer MediaTek to advance 5G capabilities. A month ago, they achieved a major technological breakthrough – VoNR voice and video calling under 5G SA architecture.

They tested the first SA 5G call in an environment provided by Ericsson at its headquarters in Stockholm, Sweden. The two phones used for testing connected almost instantly and then seamlessly switched to a high-definition video call with the press of a button.

The test was a major success and represents an incredible 5G development, which brings OPPO’s vision of high-quality 5G communication, Smart Cities, and Intelligent Connectivity much closer in view.

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OPPO’s 5G Future

OPPO launched its flagship 5G device – OPPO Find X2 5G – in March, demonstrating OPPO’s determination and commitment to penetrating the high-end market and growing alongside the capabilities of 5G communication.

Each region has different expectations and communication demands – as such, different operators around the world will have different requirements. The OPPO 5G team is making great strides toward further technological breakthroughs to cater to international markets and stay at the forefront of 5G innovation. OPPO’s involvement in the 5G sphere will help enable 5G network services to cover markets worldwide and make high-quality 5G communication available to users everywhere.

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Samsung Globally Launches Odyssey G7 Curved Gaming Monitor

World’s First Gaming Monitor with 1000R Curvature Provides Best-in-Class High Performance Gaming Experience

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Samsung Electronics, the leader in the gaming monitor market*, today announced the global launch of its groundbreaking Odyssey G7 gaming monitor. Unveiled at CES 2020 in Las Vegas, the Odyssey lineup reimagines the gaming experience by combining the deepest, most immersive curved displays with best-in-class performance features.

The G7 monitor is the world’s first 1000R gaming monitor, meaning it boasts a curvature radius of 1,000 millimeters. It also features a powerful combination of various features under the hood, including rapid 1ms response time with 240Hz refresh rate and crystal clear QLED picture quality to satisfy gamers’ need for smooth and captivating gameplay.

The Odyssey portfolio’s premium performance has been certified by TÜV Rheinland, a leading international certification organization, which recognized the monitors with the industry`s best high performance 1000R curved display and ‘Eye Comfort’ certificate.

“Samsung is maintaining its position as the global gaming monitor market leader with continued innovation in creating immersive, next-generation gaming experiences, pushing the boundaries of what is possible,” said Hyesung Ha, Senior Vice President of Visual Display Business at Samsung Electronics. “Samsung Odyssey G7 curved monitor is the ultimate combination of curvature, comfort and competitive edge, giving gamers the advanced performance they need and demand.”

The 27- and 32-inch G7 delivers a rapid, 240Hz refresh rate, 1ms response time and deep 1000R curvature, giving games an edge. Gamers can also benefit from Wide Quad-High Definition (WQHD; 2,560×1,440 resolution), 16:9 aspect ratio, 600 cd/m2 peak brightness and Quantum dot technology for exceptionally accurate color presentation regardless of lighting.

Samsung also incorporated futuristic design elements based on observation of market trends and feedback gathered from consumers. The matte black exterior is paired with a color-changing rear core lighting system that can remain static or dim during gameplay, as well as change colors based on the preferences of the gamer.

Samsung’s latest curved gaming monitor, the G7, also supports NVIDIA G-SYNC® Compatibility and Adaptive Sync on DP1.4, offering players exceptionally dynamic and seamless gameplay during any scenario.

Samsung Odyssey G7 will be available in June globally.

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Experience the Next Level of Mobile Computing with Galaxy Book S

Samsung brings Intel’s hybrid processor to its leading Galaxy Book S, alongside seamless connectivity, mobile design and an expansive ecosystem

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Samsung Electronics announced the availability of Galaxy Book S with Intel processor, the latest addition to its leading computing device family. To ensure consumers have access to a wide range of computing devices to best fit their lifestyle, Samsung introduces the Galaxy Book S powered by the new dynamic Intel® Core™ processor with Intel® Hybrid Technology. Galaxy Book S joins other previously announced premium mobile laptops, designed to offer a seamless and connected experience across devices. Galaxy Book S is built for the next generation of users who are looking for a computing device that provides outstanding productivity, wide-ranging connectivity, enhanced mobility and expansive continuity across devices and operating systems to help them get more done in less time.

“The way we work has shifted and it’s important we have computing devices that can adapt to this new working style. Users utilize multiple devices throughout their day to accomplish tasks, and demand that those devices provide them with enough flexibility to remain on the move and available,” said Woncheol Chai, SVP and Head of Product Planning Team, Mobile Communications Business, Samsung Electronics. “With our new computing devices like the Galaxy Book S, we are providing users with an exciting opportunity to be productive, efficient and connected.”

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Dynamic Performance

To improve performance and efficiency, Galaxy Book S features an impressively designed internal component setup powered by the new Intel® Core™ processor with Intel® Hybrid Technology. Galaxy Book S is the first ever device to offer this unique processor with Intel’s Foveros 3D stacking technology and a hybrid CPU architecture. With this processor, Galaxy Book S efficiently provides an exceptional laptop performance. The processor delivers full Windows 10 application compatibility and intelligently balances multiple high-performing processes during use while conserving battery when not in use, powering your creative, commerce and business programs. Galaxy Book S features a long-lasting battery1 and offers up to 512GB of storage, so you don’t have to waste time worrying about losing power or running out of space.

“The introduction of Samsung Galaxy Book S, the first device to offer the Intel Core processor with Intel Hybrid Technology, builds on our long history with Samsung. Today, we showcase what can be achieved when we bring great engineering talent together to work towards a united vision for new computing experiences of the future,” said Chris Walker, vice president and general manager of Mobile Client Platforms at Intel.

Always Ready Connectivity

With Samsung’s new computing devices, you can enjoy nonstop connectivity. Galaxy Book S features Wi-Fi 6 (Gig+), the next generation of Wi-Fi that empowers efficient, speedy internet without competing for a network connection with other devices, while always-on LTE lets you enjoy gigabit internet access without searching for a network. When you need to access your device immediately, Galaxy Book S’ instant touch-to-wake capability ensures you can reach important files, share videos and respond to texts within seconds.

Design That Works Everywhere

The Galaxy Book S is designed for taking with you and carrying around all day. Lightweight at just 950g and only 11.8mm at its thickest point, the ultra-slim profile means you can slip the Galaxy Book S into a small bag, portfolio or just carry under your arm with ease. A fan-less design allows the Galaxy Book S to be slimmer than traditional laptops and helps it to run noiselessly, even during sustained and intense periods of work. Galaxy Book S features a light clamshell design built with a durable metal body, so you can have the stability you need on a desk or on your lap. If you’re looking to get some fresh air while scrolling, Outdoor Mode on Galaxy Book S will instantly boost brightness to 600 nits using a two-key shortcut. With a bright screen that also supports touch interactions, you will feel more connected to your device than ever and free take advantage of seamless and productive working style.

Uninterrupted Device-to-Device Continuity

The new Galaxy computing devices like the Galaxy Book S unify the computing experience with seamless connectivity between devices. Thanks to our partnership with Microsoft, you can enjoy your favorite Android operating system on your Windows PC for a seamless and continuous device-to-device experience. With Microsoft’s Your Phone feature, you can sync your mobile device to receive notifications, messages, cross-device copy & paste and photo transfer, all on your Galaxy Book S device.

Galaxy Book S is available in two shades, Earthy Gold and Mercury Gray. For more information about Galaxy Book S, visit news.samsung.com/galaxy, www.samsungmobilepress.com.

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