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Samsung is set to cancel the Galaxy Note range, and the asking price of the Galaxy Note 9 means it is unlikely to ride to the rescue. That said, if the Galaxy Note 9 is to go out in a blaze of glory, then the good news is it will definitely sign-off by setting a record for the range’s most famous feature…
The Galaxy Note 9 will have a massive 4,000mAh battery. For sure. 100%. How do we know? Because a filing Samsung made with Brazil’s National Telecommunications Agency ‘ANATEL’ and spotted by SamMobile states it explicitly. And this has spectacular consequences.
The big news is it confirms the details of a claimed hands-on review by popular Russian tech reporter Eldar Murtazin. At the time Murtazin claimed his leaked unit had a 4,000mAh battery and it delivered real-world battery life of up to two days and could playback 25 hours of non-stop video at maximum brightness on a single charge. That’s astonishing.
Furthermore, the ANATEL filing means Murtazin’s other intriguing Galaxy Note 9 claims must now be taken very seriously.
On the flip side, while this major battery upgrade will excite Galaxy Note fans (the Galaxy Note 8 had just a 3300mAh battery), the problem remains Samsung’s asking price. Earlier this week rock solid WinFuture tipster Roland Quandt said Galaxy Note 9 prices will start at €1050 ($ 1230) rising to €1250 ($ 1460) in Europe. And remember, European prices are not that different from the US as they include sales tax.
All of which means Samsung’s Galaxy Note 9 is at least going to out in a way that’s representative of the whole range: beloved and essential to fans, but a step too far for most users.
As we know, Samsung is unlikely to weep long for the Galaxy Note range given all the surprises it has lined up in its 10th anniversary Galaxy S10. But it is the even more costly, but potentially show-stealing, $ 2,000 game-changer in early 2019 which Note fans should look out for…
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While the upcoming Galaxy Note9 phablet is not expected to be anything more than an iterative update on the existing hardware, the real leap forward according to all reports is going to come with the Galaxy S10. The latest reports out of South Korea suggest one of the advanced technologies is now finally ready for widespread consumer adoption.
That technology is the oft-discussed under-the-screen fingerprint reader. While a number of small-run handsets have demonstrated this biometric ability, Samsung has been seen to shy away from putting it in its handsets which have much larger production runs and demand far higher yield rates at scale. As SamMobile reports, the go/no-go point has been reached, and all the indications are that the South Korean company has decided to make the call:
The impression we get from recent reports is that the company has made a final decision on the matter.
The latest report claims that Samsung has “confirmed” to its industry partners that it has decided to adopt the in-display fingerprint sensor for the Galaxy S10. The display panel will be supplied by Samsung Display whereas Qualcomm is said to be supplying the ultrasonic fingerprint sensor.
The inclusion of the technology in the tenth major Galaxy S handset would be a strong statement of intent that the Galaxy brand is still one that can have an impact in the smartphone world. The Galaxy S9 (and arguably the S8 family before it) have been iterative builds, improving the specifications and techniques used in previous flagships without breaking any genuine new ground.
While Chinese manufacturer Vivo might scoff, Samsung would be seen as the first to bring this to the mainstream. And there;s every chance that the launch of the Galaxy S10 will be one of the big smartphone firsts of 2019 if Samsung brings the reveal forwards to CES in January. The early display of the S10 would see the company anointed as one of change, and leave Mobile World Congress open for the foldable Galaxy X to confirm that role.
Eager to put the Galaxy Note 7 disaster in the rearview, Samsung used 2017 to double down on impressive, feature-packed smartphones. Last year’s Note 8 and S8 handsets both impressed in a big way, bringing edge-to-edge, AMOLED-powered displays into the mainstream long before Apple was able to get the iPhone X to market. Naturally, as the smartphone expo of Mobile World Congress gets going today in Barcelona, Spain, it’s time to welcome the Samsung Galaxy S9.
The new S9 looks almost like last year’s S8, and that’s completely intentional. Both the S9 and S9+ refine the Galaxy’s already mature design. Perhaps the biggest physical change here (besides the addition of a badass Lilac Purple color option) is around the back of the phone, where the fingerprint scanner has been moved to sit just below the camera. This addresses one of the biggest gripes users had with the S8, since it was stupidly easy to smudge up the camera’s glass cover when feeling around for the tiny fingerprint pad.
Two versions of the flagship Sammy phone will be available: a 5.8-inch S9 and a whopping 6.2-inch S9+. All the standard Samsung features have been branded this generation as “Galaxy Foundation,” and no, that’s not a new non-profit charity. This term sums up all the things that make a Galaxy a Galaxy—stuff like IP68 water and dust protection, fast wireless charging, and microSD memory expansion. New in the S9 and S9+ is an enhanced biometric security setting that combines the slower, more secure iris scanner with facial recognition. There’s even a headphone jack, which seems like such a luxury in 2018.
Sure sounds like a Samsung phone, doesn’t it?
The thing Samsung hyped the most when debuting S9’s is its new-and-improved camera. The marquee ability of the S9’s upgraded imaging hardware is a variable-aperture camera. The 12-megapixel, optically-stabilized main cameras of both the S9 and S9+ have two aperture settings thanks to an aperture plate on both phones that slides in place whenever it’s needed. Wide open, the camera gathers more light in dim situations at a fast f/1.5 aperture. When stopped down, it shoots in f/2.4, which is better for brighter environments. The camera’s other major trick is a super slow-motion setting, which leverages an on-sensor data buffer to shoot up to 960 frames per second.
Jumping into the animated, facial-mapped emoji craze, Samsung is introducing AR Emoji. Competing with the iPhone X’s Animoji, AR Emoji gives users a cartoon version of themselves they can use to express a range of emotions and reactions. The animations can be sent via SMS, and you can export a custom animation as a GIF, though Samsung’s take on this is more Nintendo Mii than anything.
Additionally, Samsung has added improvements to DeX, the app that lets you connect the phone to a keyboard and monitor for desktop-like experience. The new phones also get stereo Dolby Atmos-powered speakers, ever-so-slightly narrower bezels, the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chip, and some new Bixby abilities for good measure.
Preorders for the S9 and S9+ begin Friday, March 2. Retail stores will start carrying the new models on March 16. The S9 will start at $ 719 unlocked, while its larger Plus-sized sibling will go for $ 839.
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What’s really the most important function of a phone? Ask most millennials and the answer will resoundingly be the camera.
Being part of the “selfie generation” means taking photos obsessively. Before purchasing a new phone, we need to know just how good the camera quality is.
So when we heard the newest phone from Samsung, the Galaxy S7 Edge, touted arguably the market’s best camera, we had to test it out.
The camera has 12 megapixels with optical image stabilization, and 5 megapixels on the front. It also has an f/1.7 aperture lens, which means you can create a dewy bokeh effect, a.k.a. your photos will look DSLR quality. Read more…