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  1. We're all accustomed to tech companies taking a dig at each other and the most popular of all rivalries is the one between Samsung and Apple. Samsung has constantly mocked the Cupertino Giant ever since Apple decided to remove the headphone jack from the iPhone 7. © Samsung Samsung introduced its latest smartphone i.e. the Galaxy A8s where it has an Infinity-O display, a near edge-to-edge display and a small hole for the front-facing camera. Samsung also quietly removed the headphone jack, directly contradicting the South Korean company's mocking stand over Apple. © Samsung At the Galaxy Note 7 launch, Samsung mocked Apple live at the event as Samsung executive Justin Denison pointed out "Want to know what else it comes with?" he asked. "An audio jack. I'm just saying," he answered, smirking as the audience laughed. Samsung also mocked Apple in its latest advertisements for the Galaxy S9/S9+ which you can see below: It seems like Samsung has gone the Apple way now with the Galaxy A8s, where users have to use a dongle to use their own wired headphones. Users will be forced to use a USB-C to 3.5mm jack adapter just like how one would on an iPhone X/XS/8 and 7. © Twitter Having said that, rumours say that the Galaxy S10 will still continue to sport a headphone jack and will probably be the last device by the company to do so. According to the Korean website ETNews, Samsung is considering removing the headphone jack from the Galaxy Note 10 and all other future phones. Other companies like Google and Huawei who have also poked fun at Apple for the same reasons, have now followed suit with the Pixel 2/2XL and Mate 20 Pro respectively. Oh well, it seems like Apple followed the trend way sooner than any of its competitors and it seems like more companies will be doing the same in the near future. *Main image for representation purposes only. Source: Macrumors
  2. It seems like Samsung is going all out with its upcoming Galaxy S10 with features that would outshine quite a few flagship smartphones. The Galaxy S9 looked like a small upgrade from its predecessor however it seems like Samsung is turning up the heat with the S10 this time. © Twitter According to Wall Street Journal, Samsung is preparing to launch four different models of the Galaxy S10, out of which one will have a massive 6.7-inch screen, have support for 5G and also pack six cameras. The six cameras will include a quad setup at the back and two selfie sensors in the front. Samsung has already launched the Samsung A9 in India yesterday that has a similar setup however the Galaxy S10 is reported to have even better sensors. © Twitter The other three smartphones from the lineup are expected to be smaller and have a screen size ranging from 5.8 inches to 6.4 inches. These models will also have different camera setups as some are expected to have three to five cameras in total. It is also being reported that the new Galaxy S10 device will incorporate reverse wireless charging similar to Huawei's Mate 20 Pro. In previous rumours we've covered that Samsung may not have a notch and instead have something entirely different. The Galaxy S10 is also expected to have chips dedicated for AI functionality and high-resolution cameras. Samsung is trying to experiment and push the envelope with their new smartphones especially since the Galaxy S9 and Note 9 are considered to have incremental upgrades. 5G support on smartphones is the next big step in communication and Qualcomm's new 8150 chipsets will be all about the new capabilities. The Snapdragon 8150 chipset will have the X50 5G modem with is already being utilised by companies such as OnePlus, Xiaomi and LG for 2019 smartphones. Source: Wall Street Journal
  3. Last month, Samsung launched the Galaxy A7 in India and it brought in a triple rear camera setup to the midrange. Not only can it click portrait pictures, but it also sports a wide angle lens for ultrawide pictures. The phone was placed in the midrange segment, which has been extremely aggressively lately. Now, the company is back with the launch of the Galaxy A9. This phone brings in four camera sensors on the back, has a glass-metal build, and Samsung's flagship display. The phone was launched last month internationally and has finally made its way to India. © Samsung To start with, it has a 6.3-inch Full HD+ Super AMOLED Infinity display with a resolution of 1080×2220 pixels. This gives it an aspect ratio of 18.5:9 and a pixel density of about 392ppi. Powering the phone is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 chipset paired with Adreno 512 GPU and 6GB RAM in the base variant. The second option has 8GB RAM while the internal storage remains the same for the two at 128GB. It also has expandable memory support via a microSD card. © Samsung Coming to the optics, the four rear sensors are: a 24-megapixel lens with f/1.7 aperture, a 10-megapixel telephoto lens with f/2.4 aperture and 2X optical zoom, an 8-megapixel 120-degree ultra wide lens with f/2.4 aperture and finally a 5-megapixel depth sensor with f/2.2 aperture. Similar to the A7 design, the four lenses are housed in a vertical casing, but the fingerprint scanner is located on the back. The front has a 24-megapixel selfie shooter that supports facial recognition. Obviously, the phone ships with Bixby and Samsung Pay out of the box runs Android Oreo 8.0 with Samsung's own “Samsung Experience” UI running atop. © Samsung Backing these internals is a 3800mAh battery that charges via a USB-C port. The company has incorporated adaptive charging that charges the phone slightly faster. The phone will be competing against the recently launched OnePlus 6T that has been leading this price segment. The phone will be available exclusively online via Flipkart starting 28th November. The 6GB variant costs Rs 36,990 while the 8GB variant is priced at Rs 39,990
  4. The Galaxy Note 7 will always be remembered as the phone that nearly brought down Samsung's mobile dominance, the company did suffer in the short run but came out stronger than ever within a few months. The brand has always been known for making quality products and with the fiasco, the company further ramped up its quality testing as well as reliability statistics. The Galaxy S9 and Note9 are undoubtedly some of the best phones out there today. A brand is built on the trust and recognition it gets in the longer run, and Samsung intends to remain among the top. The company has revealed today how it tests out new smartphones before they are released. © Samsung Firstly, the phone goes through the Image Quality Lab where quantitative and qualitative evaluations are done to verify their performance. The camera lens is the most sensitive module onboard the phone and the test confirms the brightness, color clarity, and image noise of the output. A number of real-life scenarios are enacted to ensure up-to-mark performance in well lit as well as low-light surroundings. © Samsung Then comes the Acoustics Lab where external speakers and call ringers are tested. This is followed by the Heat Lab where the phone is put through performance intensive tasks like gaming and heavy usage to measure the heat generated as well as the dissipation. Nobody likes to hold a warm smartphone, and with increasing, heat comes reducing battery life. Hence, a balance needs to be maintained. © Samsung Now comes the Drop Test lab where the phone is dropped from different heights, at different angles onto different types of surfaces to test the sturdiness of the phone is measured. After the drop tests, the phone goes to the Durability Lab where the phone undergoes simulated conditions of regular usage. These scenarios include tumbling down a flight of stairs, the repeated clicking of buttons or ejection of the SIM card tray. © Samsung A few phones also come with Ingress Protection (IP rating) that describes how much a phone can resist water and dust. The Note9 has an IP68 rating, meaning it can withstand water up to 1.5 metres for at least 30 minutes. In the lab, the phone is put through simulated water jets and submersions to ensure they don't fail. © Samsung Lastly, the phone is sent to the Environmental Test Lab where it is confirmed the phone can survive in different natural habitats. As in, the phone must be able to survive in the Middle East's hot summers as well as Russia's cold winters.
  5. Samsung's next flagship smartphone is expected to launch in a few months however that does not keep details from leaking. According to a report from Korea, the Galaxy S10 is expected to have a design that every manufacturer will strive to achieve. © Twitter/VenyaGeskin1 The Galaxy S10 is expected to have one of the most beautiful screens on a smartphone ever as Samsung has already teased the Infinity-O Display. It's basically a screen that will zero bezels and a tiny dot/hole at the top centre that will house the selfie camera. Korean website, TheElec claims that the screen will have a zero-bezel OLED panel and will have two holes that will have the camera and an infrared sensor. Other sensors, that are generally in the notch or top bezels, will be under the screen to give the smartphone a uniform look. The report adds that Samsung is using diode-pumped solid-state (DPSS) lasers to drill holes in displays. Samsung is also busy creating a new user interface that would accommodate these holes. UI tweaks will include displaying information on the left and right side of the hole such as single strength, carrier name, battery percentage and more. © Twitter The report also adds that Apple may adopt a similar screen for future iPhones as Samsung manufactures OLED panels for the Cupertino giant. It's not confirmed whether Apple would drop the notch design as the company uses Face ID and 3D facial recognition for unlocking the smartphone and use other features like Animoji. It's unlikely that Apple will opt for a screen design similar to the Galaxy S10 as the notch have an array of components essential for Facial recognition. Source: TheElec
  6. Samsung recently announced its foldable smartphone, however, the South-Korean giant did not specify the pricing of the upcoming smartphone. The smartphone was shown off at last week's Developer Conference where the phone was concealed with a strong silhouette — only showing the Infinity Flex display. © YouTube The foldable smartphone will basically be a tablet that can be folded into a phone or the other way around. It as a 4.6-inch Super AMOLED “cover display” that can turn into a 7.3-inch Super AMOLED “main display” © Youtube Analysts suggest that components for the new phone will start shipping from suppliers to Samsung early November. Samsung will be able to manufacture the device in time and make it available for consumer next year. Having said that, some analysts have reported that the price of the foldable smartphone will not be in the same price range as the company's other flagships. The foldable smartphone is expected to retail for 2 million won which roughly translates to $1,765. That's very expensive as compared to other foldable devices. Samsung is expected to officially unveil the final smartphone at 2019 CES and wants to grab the title of the “world's first” before its main competitor, Huawei, delivers a similar phone before them. Source: Pocketnow
  7. It seems like history is repeating itself thanks to a leak discovered in an over the air Android Pie update for the Galaxy Note 9. Previously, the Galaxy S7's Nougat update showed the design of the S8 and S9's design was shown in S8's Oreo update. It seems like the leak the design of the Galaxy S10 may have been hinted once again. © Twitter The image shows that Samsung may have removed the iris scanner completely in favour of an in-display fingerprint scanner and may have embedded the selfie camera under the screen. The leak shows that Samsung has also carried forward the same design ethos of having minimal bezels. © Twitter The image was spotted by Twitter user MWeinbackXDA and Ice Universe and it seems like the leak may just be the final calling of the smartphone. There is a good chance that this will be the final design of the Galaxy S10 or the Galaxy S10 Plus. It looks like this particular design will feature a flat display, no notch and a hefty price tag. What makes this leak quite credible is that the artwork used in the Android Pie update does not resemble any smartphone by Samsung right now. The placeholder image looks like Samsung's next-gen smartphones. Of course, this leak should be taken with a grain of salt as Samsung is expected to launch the phone at MWC 2019. There's still quite some time for the official unveil and we will know more about Samsung's next flagship around that time. Source: SlashGear
  8. Every few months, we see a brand ambassador messing up, and the most common blunder is seeing a person market a phone from Company XYZ while actually using an iPhone. Just recently, we saw Gal Gadot tweet about the Mate 10 Pro, from her iPhone. This particular failure has been periodically popping up since years, and the brands have a hard time dealing with it. Back in the days, BlackBerry had gotten Alicia Keys onboard as their brand ambassador and caught her tweeting from an iPhone, while endorsing BlackBerry. © The Mirror Samsung has had its fair share of similar disasters as well. At the Note 10.1 launch in 2012, Kate Upton showed up with her iPhone and actually posed with it for the press. Now, Russian TV personality Ksenia Sobchak is being sued by Samsung for violating a brand ambassadorship contract that specifies she must use the company's phones exclusively. According to The Mirror, Sobchak was spotted using an iPhone X during a television interview, and she was attempting to hide the competing brand's phone under a piece of paper. Obviously, the cameras were rolling and everyone saw the debacle unfold. She was even seen using the iPhone X at social events in Moscow. © The Mirror Samsung isn't happy and wants celebrities to take the contract and the Ambassadorship seriously. Sobchak is now being sued for 108 million Russian rubles (US$ 1.6 million) for the breach of contract. The South-Korean giant has previously paid celebrities like musician Adam Levine and tennis star David Ferrer to use Samsung smartphones, unfortunately even these two were caught red-handed with iPhones in the public. © Huawei Sobchak has been often called the "Russian Paris Hilton," and is reported to be the goddaughter to President Vladimir Putin. Her father, Anatoly Sobchak, is considered to be Putin's mentor. Her representatives are yet to give official statements and the social media is buzzing. It'll be interesting to see how things unfold in Russia, given Sobchak's close political ties. The bigger question remains, why are celebrities so addicted to their iPhones that they can't keep it aside even after being paid loads of money? Source: The Mirror
  9. It has been discussed for years how smartphone makers purposely slow down phones, so that you end up buying a new one. This has been frequently discussed for iOS updates on the iPhones and TouchWiz UI on Samsung phones. This year, the ugly truth finally came out when Apple accepted that it throttles the phone's performance based on battery wear. Italy's anti-trust watchdog has now found both companies guilty and ordered a fine of US$ 5.7 million each. The iPhone maker has been fined another US$ 5.7 million for not making iPhone battery replacement easy or transparent. © Reuters The investigation was launched in January following accusations worldwide, that both companies encourage system updates that slow down older phones. Apple had immediately given a statement last year when the issue came to light, admitting that software released over the year makes your iPhone operate slower to offset problems due to its raging lithium-ion battery. "The two companies have induced consumers to install software updates that are not adequately supported by their devices, without adequately informing them, nor providing them with an effective way to recover the full functionality of their devices," anti-trust authority AGCM said. © YouTube Apple justified the issue by saying that batteries tend to lose life as they get older and can face even worse problems if the charge is too low or the phone is in a cold environment. This would translate to your phone having trouble performing at the optimum speed. To quickly cover up the issue, the company apologized and announced price cuts on battery replacement for older iPhones. The price was reduced from US$ 79 to US$ 29 for a limited period of time. The battery replacement program was applicable to iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone SE, iPhone 7, and iPhone 7 Plus users. © Reuters On the other hand, Samsung has been in denial of the charge. In a statement to Mashable, the company said that it does not agree with the Italian agency's findings and shall take legal recourse to refute the charges. In a statement, the company said, “Samsung did not issue any software update that reduced the Galaxy Note 4's performance. In contrast, Samsung has always released software updates enabling our customers to have the best experience possible.” Source: Reuters
  10. Batteries and Samsung have become a long-running joke due to the Note 7 debacle. While the iPhone price and kidney jokes get more and more relevant each year, the Note 7 explosion joke has become lame now. And it's because the brand has consistently managed to prove that Note 7 was a one-off incident, and it has learned its lesson. Just within two years of the Note 7, Samsung released a beefier Note 9 with 4000mAh battery and made it clear that the past is no longer relevant to judge the company and its products. Now, the brand intends to take another step forward and venture into graphene batteries. © iFixit According to a report by Sammobile, Samsung has completed its research and development of graphene batteries and is now gearing up to introduce the new technology next year. Rumours speculate that the Galaxy S10 could be the first phone to boast of graphene batteries. Though, Samsung Mobile head DJ Koh has promised “very significant” changes to the phone's design. However, SamMobile suggests that the company might bring graphene batteries first to mid-range smartphones. © PhoneArena Reports claim that the company's Advanced Institute of Technology completed the development of its first-generation graphene batteries and will start mass-producing them next year. The same institute had confirmed last year that 'graphene ball material' will be able to increase 45 per cent of charge as compared to the lithium-ion batteries. The material is also able to provide much better health retention and charges five times faster than a standard battery. These also take up lesser space, giving the OEM more room for additional features. © Wikimedia Graphene is a single layer of carbon atoms and is the thinnest compound ever known to man. It is also the best conductor of heat and electricity at room temperature. Even though it has a multitude of applications in every industry, the material hasn't really picked up because of the expensive and complex production process. Conventional Li-ion batteries can also be enhanced by the introduction of graphene to the battery's anode and capitalizing on the material's conductivity. Rumours are circulating that Tesla is working on a car graphene battery as well, drastically improving the efficiency of electric vehicles. Source: SamMobile
  11. Samsung has been working on flexible display technology for years and has been teasing a flexible phone for quite some time. The company has now confirmed that a foldable display laptop is being developed, at the launch event of Samsung Notebook Flash. Lee Min-cheol, Samsung's vice president of marketing for PCs, said yesterday that the company is developing this new form factor for laptops. He added that the company is working with third-party manufacturers — most probably LG — to use large flexible AMOLED displays for its future laptops. © YouTube With the new foldable laptop design, Samsung could really bring some innovation to the saturated laptop industry. Samsung is collaborating with display makers to develop laptops with foldable displays, that will not just simply fold in and out, but create new value and user experience, amid the changing market trends for laptops On the other hand, Samsung is also gearing up to launch a foldable mobile phone. In August, Samsung again stressed that it's working on making foldable phones mass production ready and that it intends to be the first company to launch a foldable phone. © YouTube Even Lenovo and Microsoft are rumoured to be working on laptops with a flexible display. While this would be useful in many cases, we'll just have to wait and watch how companies are able to make full use of a folding display. "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. © Reuters Samsung had announced that it is aiming to have a foldable phone — the Galaxy X, unofficially, depending on the rumour — out next year, and has recently been awarded a number of patents towards that end. 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. Source: PocketNow
  12. This year, we've seen many phone makers launch a "gaming phone". For years there have been phones that concentrated on the camera, the display or speed. With mobile gaming picking a rapid pace, it's time to bring in gaming phones. Razer is known for making gaming-centric laptops and has launched the Razer Phone, Xiaomi has unveiled BlackShark, ASUS came up with ROG Phone, and Huawei has tried bringing a gaming phone to the midrange with the Honor Play. In the middle of these big names is Samsung, who also wants a piece of the cake now. © Razer According to a report from PhoneArena, Samsung is working on a gaming phone that will be powered by a Snapdragon 845 SoC, incorporate 8GB RAM, and high internal storage. The phone is said to be branded in the current "A" series lineup and feature the same generic design of the A7 and A9. While other phone makers have tried to make design a priority in gaming phones, Samsung intends to keep it basic. It does make sense though, Samsung may be trying to portray the A-lineup as a niche series. The A7 stands out thanks to its wide angle lens, the A9 has four camera sensors on the rear, and the new gaming phone would dictate performance. © MensXP Just like all other gaming phones out there, this phone is expected to have a dedicated cooling system. Samsung has already boasted about the Note9 with a small liquid cooling sink, bringing in a similar setup shouldn't be very difficult. The South Korean giant also has an edge as far as the display is concerned, thanks to its expertise in AMOLED panels. The phone is expected to sport a beefier 4000mAh battery, another element we've previously seen on the Note9. © CNBC Samsung tried its best to market the Note9 as a capable gaming phone by partnering with Fortnite's Android debut. The current Exynos 9810 chipset is extremely fast, according to many benchmarks it is faster than Snapdragon 845. A solid launch date isn't available yet, but the holiday season is around the corner and we expect the company to go official in late-November or beginning of December. Source: PhoneArena
  13. 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?
  14. 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.
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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
  20. 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.
  21. 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:
  22. 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.
  23. 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
  24. 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.
  25. 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.
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