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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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Picked up by the eagled-eyed 9to5Google, today the Google app was updated to version 8.14 and it contains new code which goes a long way to confirming both the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL will add what is arguably the range’s biggest omission: wireless charging.
The giveaway in the updated Google App comes via a string of code referencing a new smart ‘Pixel Stand’. This operates like a smart speaker, gaining access to the Google Assistant by pairing with a Pixel while the phone’s display becomes a contextual, glanceable screen in response to the questions asked.
This functionality requires a Pixel owner to give explicit permission to access this data. As the new Google app code reveals:
<string name=”trusted_dock_action_text”>I Agree</string>
<string name=”trusted_dock_cancel_text”>No thanks</string>
<string name=”trusted_dock_message”>Your Assistant can use your personal info to make suggestions, answer questions, and take actions for you when your phone is locked and on your Pixel Stand</string>
<string name=”trusted_dock_title”>Get personalized help when your phone is on your Pixel Stand</string>
But what about the wireless charging part?
This comes together via a previous version of the Google App which the company launched in June. Code within that version gave away that Google is working on a wireless charging dock codenamed ‘dreamliner’. Given neither the Pixel nor Pixel 2 have wireless charging, their development suggested it must be for the Pixel 3. Now we have the ‘Pixel Stand’.
Adding icing to this cake is the prior leak of a Pixel 3XL prototype which was found to have replaced the metal and glass back of the Pixel and Pixel 2 with gloss and matt glass. Apple made a similar transition from metal to glass last year with the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X and it was specifically to introduce the conductivity required for wireless charging.
Will this addition be enough to compensate for concerns about the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL’s controversial styling and high prices? Well, the Pixel 2XL combined super slick software with great battery life and a jaw-dropping camera to stand out as the best smartphone of 2017, so I have high hopes…
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Apple’s new iPhone has a feature upgrade that’s likely to fly below the radar…
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