It Has been a few months since Samsung launched its last Galaxy On series phone. It looks like the Smartphone giant is ready with another in the series. The company just recently launched Galaxy On8 which will come with the price tag of Rs 16,990 or roughly $240.
For the price, which is competing with Moto’s own budget G6 and G6 Plus, the phone comes with a 6 inch AMOLED display which the company is calling an ‘Infinity Display’. Apart from the 18:9 aspect ratio HD+ display, the phone also has a dual camera system.
While nowhere near as good as the camera of current flagship Galaxy Note9, the dual camera system has two sensors, one of 16 megapixels and the other being a 5-megapixel secondary sensor. On the front of the phone is another 16-megapixel pixel camera for selfies.
The phone run on Android 8.0 and it is powered by a Snapdragon 450 SoC which is coupled with 4 GB of RAM.
On8’s gimmick this time is its AI features that are backed in inside the camera app. Samsung claims that the phone can automatically use AI to enhance images including Life Focus and Background blur shape. How good are these features actually? looks like we will have to wait some more to find out.
The bug prevented Pixel Phones from fast charging which drastically slowed down the speed at which the phone chargers. This basically makes the included fast charger ineffective.
Google has acknowledged the issue and stated that the company has started to do some research and working on a fix.
The company wrote “We’re aware of an issue where non-Power Delivery (PD) USB-C chargers no longer rapidly charge the 2016 Pixel and Pixel XL after the upgrade to Android 9 Pie. The 18W rapid charger included in-box is a PD charger and does not exhibit this behaviour. We are verifying a fix for non-PD USB-C chargers and will roll it out in the coming weeks.” to Engadget.
Fast charging seems to be working just fine on Pixel and Pixel XL running Android 8.1 Oreo which makes it clear that the issue is not hardware related. Interestingly, originally the issue was reported in DP4 by Google as “Won’t fix”.
Looks like the Google had to do it due to public pressure.
The market has been a bit tough for Moto on the higher end but I had never thought that the company will go to this path for its flagship phone designs.
In a recent event in China, the respected phone manufacturer launched a new phone and called it Moto P30. However, rather than making it stand out like Moto Z Force and Moto G6 have been in past, P30 basically looks like an iPhone X with a bit worse build quality.
Sure, there are only so many ways to design a rectangle with a glass back and a screen on the front, but Essential phone and Samsung Galaxy S9 have proved that you don’t have to copy Apple to make your phone look good.
Alas, Moto P30 is a shameless design copy of the iPhone X with Android 8.0 installed on it. Complete with a wide notch and a dual camera setup on the top left only thing missing is an Apple logo and a lightning port in place of USB-C.
Among available colors, only one is a bit different than the norm these days and that too has been done by Huawei with its last triple camera phone.
The P30 is a mid-range phone which is roughly $300 in China, the SoC is middle of the rod Snapdragon 636 which is paired with 6 GB RAM which is a bit overkill considering it’s a mid-range phone.
Patently Mobile recently reported that the S10 will be coming with an ultrasonic fingerprint scanner which will be -you can guess- located under the display on the front of the phone. This will be the first phone from Samsung to come with an in-display fingerprint sensor.
More interesting is that the report stated that Samsung is planning to add as many as four of these sensors on the phone for more accurate scanning.
“For example, if the user grips the electronic device with one hand, the electronic device may operate in a one-hand mode and suitably adjust the position of the fingerprint sensing area to accommodate the one-handed grip,” Patently Mobile reports.
Despite having a new major version number, Android 9 is more of an evolution than a revolution. The company has focused more on AI and gestures than changing how the OS looks and feels (apart from the new navigation at the bottom).
Android Pie has a new navigation system which gets rid of the multitasking button and adds iPhone X like gestures for switching apps and going to home screen. The Pie adds to it by making it easy to access the Google search bar via just one swipe from the bottom.
Apart from the navigation and AI, Google has also added a new app called Digital Wellbeing. It will help users in monitoring their phone usage and getting rid of phone addiction if they have any.
Well, after countless leaks over the last couple of months, the South Korean Smartphone giant has finally launched the latest Note device in its Galaxy lineup. The phone looks a lot like the last Galaxy Note 8 but has some improvements on the hardware apart from just being a spec bump.
Spec wise, the phone is powered by a Snapdragon 835 SoC, which was the top of the line smartpho0ne silicon last year. This SoC is paired with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage which can be expanded with a microSD card.
The camera on the back is a dual sensor affair with a 12 megap[ixel sensor and a 12-megapixel monochrome sensor which will also provide depth information. On the front of the phone has a single 8-megapixel sensor which also supports face unlock feature.
While the Z3 will be the first phone to support 5G, it will only work with the 5G Moto Mod, without a mod, you will only get LTE speeds. At the time of launch, the company announced that the Z3 will sell for $480 which places the phone to a fairly mid range.
Traditional Android tablets might be dead, but it looks like Samsung is not willing to let Microsoft and Apple take the market of convertible tablets, after months of launching its last Android tablet, the South Korean smartphone giant released Tab S4 today.
The new tablet is aimed to replace a Windows or Mac laptop. It supports a new Samsung Dex which instantly converts the tablet to a surface like laptop. Aside from introducing the Dex, the company has also made some other changes comp0ared to the older Tab S3.
The new S4 will come with an octa-core 2.35 GHz Snapdragon 845 SOC and it is paired with 4Gb of RAM, which is surprisingly lower than its tip tier smartphone, the Galaxy S9 which comes with 6Gb of RAM. The new tablet also comes with 64 GB of internal storage and it has a 10.5-inch screen with a screen resolution of 2560 by 1600 pixels.
Coming to the cameras, the tab S4 has a 13-megapixel rear camera and 8-megapixel front camera.
Apart from the Samsung Dex dock, the company has also launched a new Galaxy S pen to come with the tab S4, the stylus supports over 4000 pressure levels for drawing and has its pen tip of 0.7 mm diameter.
At the time, the Galaxy Tab S4 will sell for $650, which is roughly Rs 44,400 in India for its 64Gb variant.
More interestingly, the phone will have a 7-inch display which will bring it to tablet territory. The reporter Martin also covered that the new phone will have a second display bar on the exterior of the device.
The speculated price of the phone is around $1500 at launch, which is quite higher than the most expensive version of the iPhone X.
The phone, codenamed Winner, won’t probably be a mass appeal phone, but it will be interesting to see if Samsung can make a phone with foldable screen actually practical to use on a day to day basis.
The phone will have a flexible OLED display and Korean conglomerate is believed to be working on curved batteries for the phone.
The new phone updates the design and it also has some performance improvements while keeping its price to a similar level.
The new phone runs on Android 8.0 Oreo out of the box and it has a 5.2-inch HD+ display with a taller aspect ratio. It is powered by MediaTek MT6750N which is paired with 2 or 3 GB of RAM. Storage options are 16 or 32 Gb although it can be expanded using MicroSD cards.
It will be priced at INR 10,499 or roughly $152 in the US. Considering the phone comes with Android One and as such it will get regular updates from Google mothership, it may be a good choice for users looking for cheap phones with clean software.