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  1. 2018 has been one of the most interesting years for mobile technology, not because we saw mind-boggling flagships with groundbreaking features, but also these features slowly trickled down to the midrange segment. Companies have long focused only on developing markets like the USA and Europe, now it's time for the developing regions. It's no surprise that budget and midrange segments constitute a majority of the sales in markets like India, now that we've seen aggressively priced phones for the last few years, what more can makers do to lure buyers? Add new features, even if they are just a gimmick. The notch is a prime example, but many worthwhile additions like the in-display fingerprint scanner and top-of-the-line processors have made their way to the midrange segment. While we've seen companies like Xiaomi, OPPO, Vivo, and Huawei go all-out in terms of pricing and features offered this year, Samsung has been oddly silent. Not for long though, with the A7 (2018), things are changing, and the behemoth is finally feeling the heat from the competition. The triple camera lens setup on the rear is the A7's forte, and also the most marketed feature. The Huawei P20 Pro also has one, and it has created a storm in the mobile photography world. Is the A7's setup able to actually perform, or just a gimmick? Let's find out: 1. Design and Hardware: © MensXP When you first look at the phone, it has an eerily similar design to we've seen on all other Samsung phones. But, it all changes when you look closely. The back is made of glass and has a mirrored finish, giving it a very premium yet subtle feel. The front has an average chin and top, but the bezels are huge by Samsung standards. For years, Samsung has stressed on its Infinity Display technology, no mention of that here. I wouldn't complain though, in the end, the bezels are tolerable and the 18.5:9 notch-less display is stunning thanks to a 6-inch Super AMOLED panel. While the company did cut corners in the front design, the back makes up for it. The display is class-leading, colours are perfectly saturated, brightness is sufficient, and viewing angles are exemplary as well. © MensXP Ergonomically speaking, the device has a solid feel but is very slippery thanks to the glass back. The power button cum fingerprint scanner has been shifted to the right side and is perfectly located for your thumb to reach quickly. There's a minor indent in the body to help you find the scanner easily and the volume rockers sit just above it. You may end up pressing the volume rockers at the beginning instead of the power button, but you'll have a hang of it soon. Even though the scanner is a lot thinner now, it is fast and accurate. The speaker, a micro-USB port, and the 3.5mm headphone jack sit on the bottom, while the SIM card and microSD card slot are on the left. The triple camera set up on the back is slightly protruded and barely wobbles the phone. 2. Performance: © MensXP The phone is powered by an octa-core Exynos 7885 SoC clocked up to 2.2Ghz. It is accompanied with 4 or 6GB RAM and 64 or 128GB internal storage. In simpler terms, the processor is on-par with Qualcomm's Snapdragon 600 series and supports 4K video recording as well. Honestly, this is where the phone disappoints. Even if we don't consider the POCO F1 and its Snapdragon 845 SoC, the A7 lags and struggles a lot more than the Nokia 7 Plus and its Snapdragon 660 SoC. While it did get regular tasks like browsing, social media, and entertainment pretty well, you open Snapchat and the skirmish begins. Playing games like PUBG is even more disappointing, as the frame drops are frequent and the overall experience is rarely smooth. I'd say the issue isn't just because of the chipset, as the Samsung UI on top of stock Android is also to be partially blamed, although more on that later. © MensXP For a normal joe, the phone is perfectly fine. But if you intend to have above average multi-tasking, keeping multiple browser tabs open, or gaming, you shouldn't consider this phone. The phone has a 3300mAh battery that does a fabulous job of getting you through a full day of heavy usage with data connectivity switch on all the time. While the phone takes almost 2 hours to fully charge, it makes up for the long charge time by heavily optimising background apps and the standby time is insane. 3. Software: © MensXP The phone ships with Samsung Experience 9.0, built on top of Android 8.0 Oreo. It brings a host of new features like gesture navigation, always-on display, smart view, biking mode, multi-window, and Bixby. While I do appreciate the addition of many of these features, the company hasn't been able to make sure that these don't hinder with the day-to-day running of the phone. The UI often stutters and pushing out updates for such a heavily customized skin is going to be a daunting task for the company. To add to this, the phone ships with a list of bloatware apps like Amazon, Microsoft Office apps, and Samsung's own version of all utility apps. Ultimately, the UI is a very subjective thing. Many prefer the clean UX of stock Android, while many do appreciate the add-ons Samsung Experience has to offer. 4. Camera: © MensXP This is the most interesting part of the phone and Samsung has cut no corners. The rear has a 24-megapixel primary camera, an 8-megapixel wide angle lens, and a 5-megapixel depth sensor. They are vertically located and are fully operational via the Samsung Camera app only. The primary lens is able to capture sharp pictures that tend to look slightly oversaturated, but that can be toned down. The white balance is perfect and auto-focus is quick. To capture pictures with a bokeh effect, just switch to the Live Focus mode and you can control the depth of the picture, even after you've clicked it. The phone comes with a plethora of modes like Beauty, Scene Optimiser, Hyperlapse, and Slow Motion. The portrait mode is very well exported when clicking in well-lit conditions, but often lapses when the person is wearing a headgear, or the surrounding isn't easily distinguishable. The Live Focus feature though is just one part of the story. © MensXP © MensXP © MensXP This is the first phone in the price segment to feature a wide-angle lens, and it's too good to be true. The wide-angle lens has a 120 degree field of view and can be toggled with just one click. The pictures captured are sharp, the colours are sublime, and the amount of details it can capture is fascinating. If you travel a lot and are looking for the best way to capture the maximum amount of landscape, this phone can be your best friend. In low-light, the focus tends to be too slow, and the pictures often come out blurry. The LED flash has a slightly warmer tone, giving the images a more natural look. HDR can be set to auto and it does a pretty good job as well. On the front, the phone has a 24-megapixel selfie shooter that works splendidly in daylight but fails miserably in even slightly dim areas. This is definitely not a selfie phone and has been made for the photography enthusiasts out there, who'd like to play around with the fisheye effect of the wide-angle lens. Overall, no, the triple camera setup isn't just a gimmick. It works, and the Ultra Wide pictures are mesmerizing. Even though the Live Focus feature disappoints sometimes, when it works, it's flawless. And for the artists out there, the Pro mode is going to come extremely handy. © MensXP © MensXP © MensXP © MensXP 5. The Final Say: © MensXP For a starting price of Rs 23,990, the A7 is a very well balanced phone. The wide angle lens is something that helps it stand out, while all other features come with a set of their own pros and cons. Compare this phone to the POCO F1, except for the raw processing power, and the A7 excels at all other departments, including design, display, and camera. The phone gets everything right for the normal joe. It has a 3.5mm headphone jack, fast fingerprint scanner, excellent battery life, expandable storage, and dual-SIM setup. The software is something the end user needs to thoroughly think about. Are you actually going to like the Samsung Experience or are you better off with an Android One like Nokia 7 Plus?
  2. Samsung has been slowly losing market share in India this year and even after launching a wide range of products, the company has been unable to recapture the lost share. While the recently launched OnePlus 6, ASUS ZenFone 5Z, and Xiaomi's POCO F1 have been selling like hot cakes, the A7 (2018) is Samsung's answer to the midrange demand. Launched today in India, the phone's unique selling point is its triple camera setup on the rear. We've seen a similar setup previously on the Huawei P20 Pro, but that is a top-tier flagship. While Vivo and OPPO are working around sliding camera mechanism and testing out various notch sizes, Samsung wants to amp up the photography department in midrange phones. © MensXP Starting off with the design, the A7 (2018) follows the same Samsung design language that feels premium, thanks to the glass backing. The first major change you'll notice is the absence of the fingerprint scanner from the back, it has been shifted to the side and integrated with the power button, something we've seen in Sony Xperia phones in the past. The phone has a 6-inch Full HD+ Super AMOLED display that has an aspect ratio of 18.5:9. The phone is powered by an octa-core processor that is clocked at 2.0Ghz along with 4 or 6GB of RAM, depending on variant. The internal storage has a 64GB and 128GB option that is expandable via a microSD card. © Samsung Coming to the cameras, the rear setup consists of a 24-megapixel autofocus f/1.7 sensor, a 5-megapixel f/2.2 depth sensor, and an 8-megapixel wide angle f/2.4 sensor. Samsung says the three in tandem produce some of the best pictures in the segment. The front of the phone has a 24-megapixel sensor for selfies along with a LED flash for low-light pictures. Backing the phone is a 3300mAh battery that charges via a USB-C port. The onboard sensors include an accelerometer, gyroscope, proximity sensor, and an RGB light sensor. The phone is available in Blue, Black, Gold, and Pink colour options and will be sold exclusively online via Flipkart. It is priced at Rs 23,990 for the 64GB variant and Rs 28,990 for the 128GB variant.
  3. Samsung smartphones are known to get leaked well before its official launch and sometimes the leak comes accidentally from the South-Korean company. The next flagship to launch for Samsung is the 10th anniversary Galaxy S10 and some details about the smartphone has surfaced online. © Twitter The upcoming device is expected to have an all-new design, an unconventional triple camera setup and a new 'ultrasonic' in-display reader. It's also rumoured that Samsung is working on a proper Face ID alternative and will probably incorporate it on the Galaxy S10. The leak was spotted by reliable leaker Ice Universe, where he came across a benchmarking test for the Galaxy S10 and it seems like the leak comes straight from Samsung. The test revealed details that give us a clearer picture about the new smartphone. According to the test, the Galaxy S10 has a new 19:9 aspect ratio with a resolution of 3,040 x 1,440 pixels. To put things into perspective, the Galaxy S9 has an 18.5:9 aspect ratio. Reports suggest that Samsung will not be making the phone any bigger than its predecessor but rather make the screen taller by removing top and bottom bezels. © MensXP We know that Samsung tries to hide their Galaxy S model by using different code names. For example, Samsung uses names such as 'SM-G4x5' to hide smartphones from the general public before launch. This particular Galaxy S10 leak had a similar code name and was referenced as 'SM-G405F' in the benchmark tests. There's a good chance that this leak comes directly from Samsung, albeit accidentally. © Twitter Of course, since this is just a leak based on a benchmark test, it should be treated with a grain of salt. Leaks generally turn out to be true especially when they are based on a benchmark test. However, one never knows that this might be a prototype device by Samsung that may never see day of light. We'll know more about the Samsung Galaxy S10 near its official launch and that seems a bit far away as of now. Source: Forbes
  4. The Note 7 debacle has scarred the company forever, and even though they did manage to put it behind them, a recent report has reignited the fear of an exploding battery. Since the Note 7, Samsung has managed to launch spectacularly good four flagships, but even a remote incident is enough to spark rumours and fear mongering. The Galaxy Note 9 of a New Yorker has been reported to have burst into flames in her purse. The lady who goes by Diane Chung, a Long Island resident, and an estate agent, reported that the phone was very hot while she was using it on September 3 in an elevator. © Reddit Chung in her lawsuit claims that her Galaxy Note 9 unit became "extremely hot" while using it and she quickly kept it in her purse. Soon after, she heard "a whistling and screeching sound, and she noticed thick smoke" pouring from her purse, New York Post reports. The phone didn't stop smoking until she was off the elevator and a person nearby grabbed the mobile device with a cloth and dipped it into a bucket of water, the suit alleges. © YouTube Following the incident, Chung has filed a lawsuit in the Queens Supreme Court seeking unspecified damages. She is also seeking a restraining order that will bar Samsung from selling the Galaxy Note 9. This is the first time we are hearing of the Note 9 catching fire. In fact, the last few flagships have all managed to keep themselves away from fire-related incidents. Samsung is currently investigating the incident, and the chances of a restraining order being imposed are slim as this could be an end-user initiated incident as well. © Samsung The Note 9 has a 4000mAh battery, up from the Note 8's 3300mAh. Overall, the phone has received a positive response and the ongoing few months are crucial for sales as the new iPhones have been recently announced and the holiday season is soon to come. Samsung Mobile CEO DJ Koh had earlier stressed that the "battery in the Galaxy Note 9 is safer than ever. Users do not have to worry about the batteries anymore." The company has also said that the Note 9 comes with multi-step 'battery safety check', ensuring that the phone would 'absolutely not' catch fire. Source: The New York Post
  5. Samsung has been talking about a foldable phone for the last few years, and it is eager to be the first one to launch such a phone. The company has been working on foldable phones for years now and we've already seen many patents and leaks, suggesting that the company is close to accomplishment. During an interview on CNBC, DJ Koh, the CEO of the company's mobile division, said that “it's time to deliver” a foldable device. The report further adds, Koh “hinted that more details of the device could be unveiled this year at the Samsung Developer Conference in November in San Francisco,” © YouTube Koh has been pretty vocal about the project since its start and had previously suggested that the technology requires a lot of work and that Samsung doesn't want to push out an unpolished product in the market. "We want to hear that Samsung Electronics made a quality product when we showcase a foldable phone on the market," Koh said in August. CNBC says Koh declined to say whether the foldable phone will be launched this year, but he did say Samsung has "nearly concluded" the "complicated" development process for the phone. © Samsung The South Korean giant is now locked in a battle with Huawei, who is also trying to be the first one to release a foldable phone. Samsung definitely seems to be having an edge because of its self-researched and developed OLED displays and past history of working on bendable displays. "We are focused on bringing innovations favoured by consumers, rather than just becoming the world's first. In terms of the foldable phone, however, we do not want to miss the first spot," Koh stated early this year. © LG's Foldable Display Panel We do not know how the phone may look or what it might be capable of, as we've only seen patent applications for now. The company has successfully managed to keep a tight lid on the development, unlike Google's Pixel 3. © Samsung Samsung released a concept advertisement for a potential foldable phone back in 2014. It featured a device with a bendable display that folded from a more tablet-like size into a small phone. It'll be interesting to see how the actual product works out.
  6. Samsung announced the brand new Galaxy Note 9 a few weeks ago and we got our hands on the smartphone before the official Indian launch. The Indian variant of the smartphone has a few key differences from the international variant even though the end product is almost similar. It offers blistering performance, has a giant battery and has a brand new accessory i.e. the all-new S-Pen. The Galaxy Note 9 retails in India for Rs 67,900 for the 128GB/6GB RAM variant and will be available for customers soon. Before you decide to buy Samsung's latest flagship smartphone, here's our opinion about the phone. Design Language, Display And Other Features © MensXP_Chahat Bhatia The Galaxy Note 9 is essentially a refined version of the Note 8 with a slightly larger screen and a more polished body. Samsung has now moved the fingerprint sensor right below the dual camera sensors which makes it easier for a user to access the biometric unlocking system. It has a beautiful 6.4-inch Super AMOLED display which follows a similar infinity design as its previous iteration. Samsung will make the Note 9 available in three colours in India i.e. Grey, Ocean Blue and Lavender Purple. We got the Ocean Blue variant for our review and is probably our favourite colour from the lot. I also love the new yellow S Pen which looks quite slick and the striking colour sure makes it stand out. Samsung has also included a 3.5mm jack for audiophiles like me which means I can use my wired headsets with ease. Samsung also supports the Gear Icon X if you are looking for a seamless wireless Bluetooth headphone experience. The Gear Icon X connects automatically without any hassle and removes the frustrating task of pairing your devices. Samsung also includes wired AKG earbuds in the retail box which is quite good for moderate listening. © MensXP_Chahat Bhatia Samsung also didn't forget about including a Bixby button on the left side which can be turned off if you don't have any use for it. What sucks is that you cannot map it to Alexa or Google Assistant which can be a bit annoying. The Galaxy Note 9 sports a 6.4-inch Super AMOLED display which has broken all sorts of records, thanks to its quality. The screen is a dream to watch content on and is basically the best Netflix experience we've had on a smartphone. The display has a resolution of 2960x1440-pixels and has a pixel density of 516. The display shows off accurate and vibrant colours when we used it to watch 'Avengers: Infinity War' on the smartphone; albeit, a little over saturated at times. You can always change the colour reproduction according to your preference in the display settings. The All New S Pen © MensXP_Chahat Bhatia The all-new S Pen now has its own Bluetooth radio and compactor which enables it to be used as a remote control for various purposes. The S Pen can now be used to control the camera if you have it installed on a tripod or aren't near your device. You can long hold the button to launch the camera, double tap the button to switch between cameras and tap the button once to take a picture. You can do all these actions without ever having to touch the phone. © MensXP_Chahat Bhatia You can even use the S Pen for controlling music, the picture gallery, certain apps like YouTube and use it to give presentations. The capacitor on board is used to fully charge its stylus in 40 seconds and can last for about 200 clicks or 30 minutes. If your S Pen runs out of battery, the Note 9 will notify you on your screen and will continue to function as a regular S Pen sans the additional features. Performance © MensXP_Chahat Bhatia The Note 9 has Samsung's proprietary Exynos 9810 chipset under the hood and is fast enough to run easy duty games like Fornite, PUBG and others. During our tests, Geekbench gave us a multi-score of 8806 with is a massive upgrade from last year's Note 8. The single-core score was also quite impressive as the Note 9 managed to give us a score of 2190. Our review unit has 6GB of RAM which is good enough for people who like to use the phone for moderate usage. While the smartphone works like a charm without any lag in daily usage, we did notice frequent cases of over-heating while playing Fortnite. In terms of battery performance, Samsung has finally included a massive battery following the Note 7 fiasco two years ago. The company opted to play it safe ever since; however, we now finally have a Note device with a massive battery. At first, the Note 9 battery did perform well and managed to last an entire full day with moderate use. However, we did notice the battery health deplete over time. Fast charging also works as advertised as we managed to charge the phone to 70% in about 60 minutes. Camera Performance © MensXP_Chahat Bhatia If you love photography and want to capture some amazing shots from a smartphone, the Galaxy Note 9 should be on your radar. The cameras on the Galaxy Note 9 takes better photos in low light and also uses AI to improve your photos. The Galaxy Note 9 has a dual 12MP rear camera that uses variable-aperture technology to switch between a f/1.5 aperture for low-light photography and a f/2.4 aperture for normal photos. The secondary lens also supports 2x optical zoom that results in sharp telephoto pictures. Both lenses have optical image stabilisation (OIS) which helps in taking better and stable videos. In terms of picture quality, the Note 9 performed exceptionally well apart from a few noise-filled night shots taken by the telephoto lens. Apart from that, the camera performed well in all our tests including a very accurate portrait mode. Here are a few sample shots: Shots taken using the #GalaxyNote9 A post shared by Akshay Bhalla / Høax (@editorinchief) on Aug 19, 2018 at 11:40pm PDT The Final Say The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 has a few incremental upgrades that may not be impressive for everyone. Sure, the new S Pen is neat and it has a bigger battery, but will it be enough for anyone to upgrade? It performs fairly well aside from a few overheating issues. As of now, I can only see people with an older Samsung Note device upgrading or if you are a hardcore Galaxy Note fan.
  7. Samsung has once again stressed that it's working on making foldable phones ready for mass production and that it intends to be the first company to launch a foldable phone. The company has been working on foldable phones for years now and we've already seen many patents and leaks, suggesting that the company is close to accomplishment. "We are focused on bringing innovations favoured by consumers, rather than just becoming the world's first. In terms of the foldable phone, however, we do not want to miss the first spot," said DJ Koh, president of Samsung's mobile division. At MWC 2018, he said the company was taking its time to polish the form factor and experience, declining to give a release date. © DJ Koh / Reuters Even Chinese phone maker Huawei is gunning for the "world's first" foldable smartphone. A recent report says development is underway and Huawei is hoping to unveil the handset in November. Apple is also said to be playing around with foldable display prototypes. The Samsung prototype, which bears the internal code name "Winner," features a screen that measures about 7-inches diagonally, according to people in the supply chain. "We want to hear that Samsung Electronics made a quality product when we showcase a foldable phone on the market," Koh said, claiming the release is getting closer. © YouTube The road to a consumer-ready foldable phone has been long and challenging from both a design and engineering perspective and it's been years now in the making. Other companies like ZTE have already introduced folding phones, as the Axon M was released in the US and features two, non-flexible displays. Koh also dismissed reports that the company has been considering combining the Galaxy S series and Galaxy Note series. He also added that the S10 won't be the first Samsung phone to sport 5G, but the company doesn't want to miss out on rolling out 5G and hence, will release a separate model. © ZTE "For the immediate future, there won't be a change in launching the S series in the first half and Note series in the second half of the year," he said. In preparation for the 5G era, Samsung is preparing for a shift from smartphones to smart devices, this may include Bixby powered smart speakers and deeper IoT integration. Source: Yonhap News
  8. Even though we've seen everything about the Galaxy Note 9 thanks to a collection of leaks in the past few weeks, Samsung announced their flagship smartphone today. The South Korean company announced the Galaxy Note 9 in New York today and here's what the smartphone is all about. Specifications And Features (c) Samsung The Galaxy Note 9 has a 6.4-inch (16.26 cm) QHD+ Super AMOLED Infinity Display with an 18.5:9 aspect ratio and has a resolution of 1440 x 2960 pixels. Currently, the smartphone runs on Android 8.1 out of the box and will be getting support for Android Pie sometime later in the year. The smartphone is powered by Snapdragon 845 SoC in the United States; however, India will be getting a variant with the Exynos 9820 processor. The processor is clocked at 1.9 GHz and is paired with 6GB or 8GB of RAM. In terms of battery, the smartphone is outfitted with a 4,000 mAh battery and is expected to last longer than its predecessor. The battery can be charged wireless and also supports quick charging. The smartphone is also outfitted with a fingerprint sensor at the back and has the additional feature of IRIS scanning. In terms of internal storage, the smartphone will come in two variants i.e. 128GB (6GB RAM) and 512 GB (8GB RAM). Internal storage can also be expanded to 1TB, thanks to the new microSD slot. Camera (c) Samsung The Galaxy Note 9 has a dual camera setup at the rear, both being 12-megapixel sensors. The primary sensor has a variable aperture of f/1.5-2.4 (1.4µm), optical image stabilisation and has dual pixel phase detection autofocus. The secondary camera has an aperture of f/2.4 and supports 2x optical zoom. The dual camera setup can also take portrait images that give a blur effect behind a subject. The camera is capable of taking videos at different speeds and frame rate, i.e. 2160p@60fps, 1080p@240fps, 720p@960fps, HDR, and also features dual-video recording. The All New S Pen (c) Samsung The Galaxy Note 9 comes with a brand new S Pen that does more than just being a stylus. The new S Pen is powered by Bluetooth and has a button for additional functionality. For example, the S Pen button can be used to play/pause music and can also be used to control the camera. The S Pen will flip the phone's camera with a double tap of the button. It can even take pictures for you without ever touching the phone. The S Pen can also be used to give presentations on Microsoft Powerpoint The S Pen will work for 30 minutes after 40 seconds of charging which is remarkable considering it has Bluetooth support. Additional Features (c) Samsung Samsung has also refined the AR Emoji feature on the smartphone that is now capable of detecting facial expressions with more accuracy. In other features, the Galaxy Note 9 also has better support Samsung DeX, which will transform the smartphone into a full-blown PC when connected via the special dock. Pricing And Other Details (c) Samsung The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 will retail for $1000 (128GB) and $1250 (8GB + 512GB). The smartphone will launch in four colours i.e. blue, brown, black, lavender and grey. The Galaxy Note 9 is expected to launch in India later this month and we will be right there with you to give you the news.
  9. The Galaxy Note 9 launch is right around the corner and it seems like we can finally get a good glimpse of the upcoming smartphone. However, Samsung New Zealand put up the official intro video of the Galaxy Note 9 by accident, and we got to see the smartphone in all its glory. © Twitter The video was put on YouTube by mistake, which reveals the phone and the S Pen. The video shows off the blue variant with the gold/yellow S Pen. The video also tells us that the smartphone will come in a 512GB internal storage variant and can be further expanded by another 512GB via the microSD slot. This will make the smartphone capable of storing 1TB of data. As of now, it is not completely clear whether this variant will have 8GB of RAM, even though it looks likely. The video does not mention Bluetooth connectivity for the S Pen, as the video only shows us the stylus' ability to write on the display even when the phone is locked. © YouTube The Galaxy Note 9 announcement is only six days away and we know almost everything about the smartphone that is about to launch. Of course, this ruins Samsung's plans to surprise us with the new flagship device, however, one can never predict what the company has in store for its fans. The video was obviously taken down by the company, however, you can a look at a re-uploaded video below:
  10. Samsung was known as one of the only two companies that could manufacture OLED panels and the company was the exclusive supplier to Apple for the iPhone X. Now, the company is facing increasing competition from other companies who want to supply to the Cupertino giant. © Apple In order to combat the competition, the South Korean giant is now looking to develop a brand new OLED panel. The company announced today that it is developing a new “unbreakable” OLED smartphone panel. This panel can essentially be used any gadget including “military devices”. That says more than enough on how durable it will actually be. The new panel is said to withstand repeated drops and even extreme temperatures. “The fortified plastic window is especially suitable for portable electronic devices, not only because of its unbreakable characteristics, but also because of its lightweight, transmissivity, and hardness, which are all very similar to glass,” said Ho Jung Kim, general manager of the Communication Team for Samsung Display Company. © YouTube The new OLED was tested by Underwriters Laboratories, the go-t0 testing companies for the U.S. Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). The tests results reported that the new screen is capable of withstanding drops from a distance of nearly four feet and in a total of 26 times in succession. Their test results showed the panel did not sustain any damage from either its front, sides, or edges. It was also dropped from nearly six feet and still managed to survive without any damage. Apparently, that is “significantly higher than the U.S. military standard.” The same test also yielded results in relation to extreme temperatures. The new screen was able to withstand heats up to 71 degrees Fahrenheit and a low temperature of -32 degrees Fahrenheit. © YouTube As of now, there is no word whether these durable OLED panels will be implemented in upcoming smartphones. Samsung also did not make it clear whether the panel is in the development stage or whether it is ready for mass manufacturing. What do you think about the new unbreakable screen by Samsung? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.
  11. The Android vs iOS battle has been raging on for almost a decade now, and it's surely not going to end anytime soon. Every year, fans and users face a common dilemma, either get the latest iPhone running iOS or the latest Android from an OEM like Google and Samsung. While camera, design, processor, display, and unique features are the primary way of comparing these devices, one aspect that is hardly compared is the phone's modem speed. According to a new report from Ookla, the company behind the widely used SpeedTest.net service, you'd be surprised to know that integrated modems in phones also make a lot of difference. Who doesn't want a faster internet connection? Mobile phones have now become the number one tool to access the internet, everything is on the go. © Pexels Ookla has compiled data based on hundreds of thousands of user tests run on the iPhone 8, 8 Plus and X along with the S9 and Pixel 2. Th data shows that the S9 has an average download speed of 38.9 Mbps, Google Pixel 2 has an average speed of 34.4 Mbps while the iPhone X has an average of 29.7 Mbps. Even the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus fare lower than their Android counterparts at 29.4 Mbps and 28.6 Mbps, respectively. © Qualcomm The data further indicated that the iPhone X operated fastest on Verizon's network (USA) with an average of 31.5 Mbps while Sprint (USA) was the slowest at 25.1 Mbps. On the other hand, though, the Huawei Mate 10 Pro recorded the slowest speed with an average of 22 Mbps. The iPhone X sports an Intel XMM 7480 modem while its Android counterparts running on Snapdragon 845 SoC have Qualcomm's X20 modem. Ookla also found that Qualcomm's chipset had 53 percent faster download speeds than the phones running Intel's XMM 7480. © Tom's Hardware Apple uses a mix of components manufactured by both Qualcomm and Intel. The iPhone X sold via Verizon, Sprint and contract-free have Qualcomm's chipset, while the ones sold via AT&T and T-Mobile have Intel chipsets. While the two have differing performances, Apple's uses software to throttle the Qualcomm ones, so that both the variants perform uniformly. Recently, Samsung started rolling out Ads that take a hit on Apple and data speeds are one of the points being raised in the S9 vs iPhone X comparison. Source: Ookla / Bloomberg
  12. Samsung and Apple have a long history of rivalry, something that everyone is familiar with by now. The fight has intensified further in the last few years, as both the companies continue to try to pitch their products as the best. Samsung has gained a lot of ground and is the world's largest smartphone vendor, while Apple rules the premium segment. It is quite normal to see the two giants firing shots at each other, in courts as well as billboards. While the Note 9 is expected to debut soon, Apple's new iPhone lineup is also scheduled to launch in September. Right now, the S9 and the iPhone X are the flag bearers and often a benchmark for the industry. In a series of new video ads, Samsung is targeting the iPhone X and honestly, they've done a pretty good job. © BCCL In the recent 'Upgrade to Galaxy' Ads, the company has compared the iPhone X's LTE download speed with the S9. A shopper is seen asking about the best download speeds on the iPhone X and the 'Genius' store assistant says it is better than the iPhone 8. The shopper then says "The download speeds aren't faster than the Galaxy S9. But I thought it was the “smartphone of the future?" While Apple has a reputation of comparing newer generation iPhones with the older ones, the company is often accused of living in its own bubble. Samsung wants the consumers to look outside of the Apple ecosystem, and see how fast and better things are and can be moving. The second Ad punches Apple for not including the fastest available charger with the iPhone devices. The iPhone X does support fast charging, but a separate adapter needs to be purchased. On the other hand, the S9 ships with a fast charge ready adapter and the user does not need to shell out additional cash. The third Ad emphasizes on the S9+'s higher DxOMark score, 99 vs 97 of the iPhone X. While picture output is an extremely subjective matter, Samsung wants everyone to know that its products are benchmark leading. The fourth Ad is about the Dongle. A user asks if he can listen to music via his wired headphones while charging and the 'Genius' replies that a double dongle will be required. To begin with, the user will have to use a dongle for a 3.5mm jack because the iPhone X only sports a lightning port. Whatever you want to do, the dongle life ain't leaving you! While these jabs at Apple are technically correct, there are a lot of loopholes as well. The faster LTE coverage has been concluded by considering Ookla's SpeedTest, 20,000 tests have been conducted on the S9 while 350,000 tests have been conducted on the iPhone X. The difference in volume is more than enough to understand that the end result isn't very accurate.
  13. While there are already a lot of phones out there sporting 8GB RAM, Samsung is now taking the competition to another level by introducing industry's first 10-nanometer 8GB LPDDR5 DRAM. Samsung's components business has been thriving in the past few years and the company has increased its focus on research and development. Not just RAM, but its Exynos processors have often surpassed Qualcomm's latest chipsets in terms of speed. Last year, the company also started production of high-capacity eUFS enabled 512GB flash storage for mobile phones. © Samsung While DDR5 RAM is now pretty common in high-end laptops and machines, the LP in LPDDR5 stands for low-power and is meant for mobile computing devices like a smartphone that has a very small supply of voltage available. Coming back to the new unveiling, LPDDR5 will have the peak data transfer speed of 6.4 Mb/s, which is 1.5X faster than the speed of existing LPDDR4 that goes into phones like the Galaxy S9 and OnePlus 6. © Samsung The new RAM chip is also more power efficient, Samsung says it has doubled the number of memory subdivisions within a DRAM cell from 8 to 16, churning out faster performance and lower power consumption. "Based on its industry-leading bandwidth and power efficiency, the LPDDR5 will be able to power AI and machine learning applications, and will be UHD-compatible for mobile devices worldwide," a Samsung spokesperson said. © Samsung Samsung is offering the new LPDDR5 in two variants: a version with a 6,400 megabits per second (Mbps) data rate at 1.1 volts, and a 5,500 Mbps version at 1.05 volts. Almost all high-end phones, mobile devices, and even portable PCs these days use LPDDR4X or even just LPDDR4. Samsung has also highlighted the point that LPDDR5 RAM is 1.5 times faster than the current chipsets available out there. © MensXP In fact, Samsung has also developed higher-capacity standard DDR5 chips without low-power features, as well as even faster GDDR6 chips for graphics cards. Currently, the S9 houses 4GB of RAM (LPDDR4) and going by the current trend, we won't be surprised to see the S10 house a humungous 8GB RAM chip along with 5G-ready capabilities. As of now, the RAM modules have been tested at a prototype stage and will be mass produced at its Pyeongtaek factory in South Korea.
  14. Smartphone companies have always been battling amongst each other to innovate or create a product that may sway customers towards them. Some companies rely on offering competitive prices while others try to innovate. Innovation as a word is thrown around by presenters and company representatives, however, only a few are able to achieve that. Apple innovated with the introduction of Face ID while other companies simply copied the concept. © BCCL Having said that, there's a new player in town that is making waves more than any other smartphone company in the world. It could be argued whether this company is innovative or not, however, there is one thing for certain — creative. BBK electronics, the holding company behind companies like Oppo, VIVO, and OnePlus have been selling smartphones like hot cakes in India and China. The company shipped 39 million devices in 2016 alone, and is now looking to disrupt the smartphone market with clever features and creativity. How the in-display sensor works on the #vivox21. Been playing with the phone for a week and I'm surprised to see this new technology already in mass production. The phone is the first of its kind and will be available to buy from 29th May #vivox21 #smartphones #gadgets A post shared by Akshay Bhalla / Høax (@editorinchief) on May 29, 2018 at 1:39am PDT BBK electronics has managed to launch an under the display fingerprint sensor on its VIVO branded smartphones while being creative to solve common smartphone problems. In the age of full view displays, smartphones companies have found it very difficult to launch a product that is truly bezel-less. Apple launched the iPhone X with a notch while others simply copied the concept. © BCCL Oppo and Vivo managed to creatively tackle this issue with a creative idea. Smartphones were unable to achieve a truly bezel-less display, simply because companies could not figure out where to stick the selfie camera. Some tried to place it at the bottom while others just adopted the notch. Both Oppo and Vivo managed to hide the selfie camera in a very creative manner. The concept isn't new, but BBK electronics managed to hide the selfie camera by using mechanical moving parts. © YouTube Both companies i.e. VIVO and OPPO have showcased the 'NEX' and 'Find X' where both smartphones were able to achieve a full view display without any bezels. This was possible because of the selfie camera that would pop-out whenever needed. The Vivo NEX and Oppo 'Find X' both have Full View displays, no visible selfie camera, no notch and a near-non-existent top bezel. That's more than what Samsung and Apple can say about their products. What's impressive is that BBK electronics has managed to mass produce these concepts in no time and is already making its way to the Indian smartphone market. Sure it can be argued that Apple's Face ID is nearly perfect and doesn't require a feature like this on iPhones, however, we can confidently say that the competition is being damn creative.
  15. India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi and South Korea's President Moon Jae-in take a tour inside the Samsung Electronics smartphone manufacturing facility after it's inauguration in Noida, India, July 9, 2018. Photo: Indian government MUMBAI:...
  16. Samsung was first rumoured in June to be working on a 3D facial recognition technology for its next-generation Galaxy flagship phone. The same has now been corroborated by a patent filing that was approved in late Q2 2018 by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). This means, that the Samsung Galaxy S10 is all set to feature a Face ID-type facial recognition technology when it launches next year. According to the filing, the patent was applied in 2014 and covers 3D sensing for facial recognition. The biometric camera integrated into a mobile device will feature iris recognition that will be used to scan a user's iris via the front-facing camera. © Patently Mobile The technology may also support 3D time-of-flight sensor, night-vision camera, proximity sensing, structured light for 3D sensing, eye positioning and gaze tracking camera. Apple released the iPhone X last year that featured an infrared scanner in the notch. This scanner verified the face of the user using thousands of points across the face and acted as a much more secure medium of authentication than a camera-based Face Unlock. © Samsung On the other hand, Samsung has been relying on iris scanning as another method of authentication. Samsung integrated this method first in the Note 7 and since then, all the flagships including Note 8 and S9 have sported the authentication method. OPPO Find X and Xiaomi Mi 8 Explorer Edition are the two smartphones, apart from iPhone X, that come with 3D face recognition technology. The patent says it includes an extended depth of field (EDOF) lens, a bandpass filter to filter out ambient light, and an imaging sensor to convert an object's optical image into an electronic signal for processing. © 3D Facial Sensing on OPPO Find X / OPPO It still remains unclear as to when Samsung plans to introduce the biometric system to a mobile device. Though rumours suggest we will get a first glimpse of the new feature soon with the S10, that is scheduled to come in next year. Keep in mind, companies secure patents on a regular basis and it does not guarantee that the technology will make it to an end product. Samsung has been filing patents for a foldable smartphone for years and we expect the same to materialize soon. Source: Patently Apple
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