Remember when we covered Samsung launching a cheaper version of Galaxy S8? well, it looks like the phone is real and will launch soon. The phone is reportedly set to for a launch in China this month and the phone and a model number of SM-G8750. At the moment, the company has not revealed the final name for the phone but we can assume it will be called Galaxy S8 Lite or Galaxy S9 Lite.
The phone was recently leaked on Chinese certification website and according to the listing, the phone will have an AMOLED display with 1080 x 2220 pixel resolution and it will have the SoC clocked at 2.2 GHz. The processor will be paired with 4GB of low-powered RAM and 64 GB of internal storage. The listing also revealed that the phone will comes with Android Oreo pre-installed.
In the camera department, the phone will come with a 16-megapixel sensor on the back and an 8-megapixel sensor on the front.
Some images of the upcoming phone were also shared on Twitter by handly @MMDDJ showing a single camera on the back and a fingerprint sensor located next to it. Just like the recently launched red version of Galaxy S9, the phone will come with black and a red variant.
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Remember when the South Korean smartphone giant launched a pink version of its Galaxy S8 that no one could buy in India or USA? Well, it looks like we now have a new great looking Galaxy phone that we won’t get.
Just recently, the company revealed a new variant of the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus on its Chinese website. The new phone variant comes in a Red color with the same glass back and it admittedly looks rather cool.
The phone will cost the same as other variants of the phone but Samsung has not talked about any plans of the phone being launched on countries outside of China.
Interestingly enough, the phone ships with a matching red Yves Saint Laurent lipstick, probably to attract women looking for a Luxury phone.
I will keep an eye on it and let you know if the phone ever comes to US and India but judging from past experience, it probably won’t happen.
Samsung announced that the company’s sales figures have been poor in China and launching exclusive phone variants and marketing then via celebrities looks to be a way to increase sales, only time will tell if it works out in Samsung’s favor.
NEXT STORY: Samsung Just Launched Galaxy J7 Duo With Dual Cameras And Selfie Flash
In order to compete with Xiaomi and Motorola’s upcoming Moto G6, the South Korean Smartphone giant today launched a new phone called Galaxy J7 Duo while not as flashy as its top-tier family members, the Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus, the new phone has some upgrades and a price tag that is much more attractive.
The phone has a 5.5 inch 780p AMOLED display and it runs on an Exynos 7 series octa-core SoC which is clocked at 1.6 GHz, the phone comes with 4 GB of RAM and 32 GB of ROM.
Aside from that, the back of the phone contains a dual camera system much like the flagships one of which is a 13-megapixel sensor and the other one is a 5-megapixel sensor with f/1.9 aperture. The back camera supports autofocus, flash and FHD video recording. On the front of the phone, Samsung has added an 8-megapixel secondary camera with a f/1.9 aperture and an LED flash.
Apart from the above, the phone supports Face unlock, Selfie focus and beauty mode features. Connectivity wise, the phone supports LTE, 802.11 Wifi, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS and Glonass. The power pack of the phone is an average 3000 mAh and the phone weights 174 grams.
The phone will cost roughly 260 USD which is fairly competitive for the specs. However, Only time will tell if the phone manages to beath Xiaomi, Oppo, and Moto in the market.
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Samsung phones are hardly doing great when it comes to battery performance these days, the latest Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus have an average performance and the Note 8 has had some battery related issues as well. Aside from that the Note 7 caught fire because of faulty battery and had to be recalled two times.
It looks like the company is finally working on improving battery performance on its new phone, Leaks suggest that Galaxy Note 9 will come with a bigger 4000 mAh battery which would be the largest on any Samsung Note phone yet.
The information came from a popular tipster on Twitter. It is worth noting that Note 8 came with a 3300 mAh battery which barely lasted a day with high to moderated use.
Aside from the battery, the phone is supposed to come with a 6.4-inch display and it will come running on Android 8.1 Oreo. The Note 9 will probably be powered by a Snapdragon 845 SoC and 6 GB of RAM.
It will be interesting to see how the phone performance in the market.
NEXT STORY: Samsung Just Launched Galaxy J2 Prime 2 To Compete With Motorola and Xiaomi
While Samsung’s new Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus are doing great in the market, it looks like the South Korean smartphone giant has not forgotten about the budget Android phone segment.
Just recently, the company launched an updated version of its J2 Prime in the county with some spec improvement and newer software. The phone has a 5.5-inch full high definition display and the subtle design changes make it easy to hold the phone in one hand.
Aside from that, the phone runs on a 1.6 GHz Exynos octa-core processor. The SoC is paired with 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of internal storage which can be expanded with a microSD card like most Samsung made phones in the market. The phone has a metal unibody design and the front of the phone contains a fingerprint sensor alongside with 2.5D glass.
In the shooter department, the phone has a 13-megapixel camera on both front and rear. These cameras have f/1.9 aperture and the back camera supports Full HD video recording. Probably unique feature of the phone is Samsung’s Pay Mini which is designed for cashless payments in the country for entry-level smartphones.
The phone will sell for Rs 13,999 which is roughly $214. Considering the Moto G5 also got a price cut just a week ago, it will be interesting to see how J2 Prime 2 does in the market.
NEXT STORY: The Upcoming Galaxy Note 9 Has Leaked, And it Looks Good
If you are in the smartphone industry, leaks are inevitable. Right after Samsung was done launching the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus. Corners of the internet have started talking about the Galaxy Note 9 which should be months away from now.
As ibtimes covered in its report. Samsung’s next Note device should be launching within this years third quarter. The phone will likely come with a 6.3-inch display and will probably be curved on the sides just like the current Note flagship. Apart from that, the phone is also expected to come with an in-display fingerprint sensor.
It will be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 which is also the SoC used on current Samsung flagships. Apart from that, the company will ship the phone with 6 GB of RAM and 256 GB of Internal storage.
One of the more interesting spec bumps will be in the battery department as the phone will come with 4000 mAh which is plenty more than current Galaxy lineup phones.
In the camera, you can expect the company to stick with Galaxy S9’s dual aperture system as it has been doing well in tests.
The phone launch will likely be happening in the August of 2018 and considering Samsung’s pricing tactics, the phone should cost anywhere around $900 to $1000.
NEXT STORY: Galaxy S9 Users Are Reporting Serious Touchscreen Issues
While Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus started performing good in the market after their launch in the MWC 2018. It looks like all is not going well for Samsung. As some users reported, some Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus handsets have a display defect that means touches are not detected.
As many users reported, it looks like the problem does not affect the entire display, instead, there are some affected portions of the display called “Dead Zones” which are affected. In these areas, taps and swipes are not registered which simply means any button or link underneath the area is inaccessible.
Obviously, if the dead zone is in an often used area such as the back button or notification tray, it may get really annoying for the users.
While increasing display sensitivity may be helpful in reducing the issue in some phones, it is definitely an issue Samsung may want to fix as soon as possible. In case you have faced a similar problem with your unit, you should probably contact Samsung’s customer support for a device replacement or a repair instead of waiting for a fix because it looks like the problem may not be fixable with a software update.
Considering Galaxy Note 8 had users reporting about its battery performance, Samsung definitely won’t want this problem to increase.
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Samsung’s latest Galaxy phones, the Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus are already dust and water resistant up to a degree. But that doesn’t stop YouTubers from torturing the phone with knife tests, drop tests and even from exposing the phone to fire. And, it looks like Samsung has done a fairly good job of making the phone stronger.
Stress test from a popular YouTuber JerryRigEverything shows that the phone is actually tougher than Galaxy S8 and while there were some scratches on the phone’s outer shell, the camera was quite tough showing no scratches at all.
Apart from that. phone’s super AMOLED screen responded very well to fire. Returning to its original state ones the heat was taken away and while there were some marks on the screen, it fared better than many other flagships.
Having a stronger phone for Samsung is definitely a win, considering last year’s Pixel 2 did poorly in the same stress tests.
Here is the complete video:
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Upon their launch, Apple’s iPhone X and Google Pixel 2 were the best phones in terms of camera performance. Google Pixel 2 in particular, scored the highest DxOMark scores which are a test to measure a camera performance.
While Pixel 2 did keep its crown for a few month, the recently launched Galaxy S9 has taken its place as the highest scoring DxOMark camera phone ever.
The phone scored 99 on DxO’s test which is one point higher compared to the Google Pixel 2 and 2 points higher compared to the iPhone X. More interesting is phone’s record-setting score of 104 in the stills department, it was the video tests where the phone scored only 91 which hampered its overall score a bit. Still, Samsung can now boast that the company makes the best smartphone camera in the world.
The test result stated that the phone takes great photos in sun lights and bright environments. There is a good amount of noise reduction and the dynamic range is great too. But just like other phones, the camera suffers in low light situations.
On the video front, the S9 has great video production capabilities and autofocus is stronger too. However, the camera has underwhelming texture production in the vide results.
“The Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus is a smartphone without any real weaknesses in the camera department. In both still and video modes, it performs well across the board, delivering consistently good photo and video image quality in all light and shooting situations, thus earning itself our highest DxOMark Mobile score to date,” said DxOMark concluding in the review of the Galaxy S9+’s camera.
NEXT STORY: Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus Are Finally Here: Easily The Best At The Moment
Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus were definitely a step in the right direction from Samsung. Not only did the phones look refined from the hardware point of view, the company did some cool things with software which resulted in the best premium flagship phones on the Android side.
Now, after almost countless leaks and rumors, the company recently announced the successor to S8 and S8 Plus in the form of Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus. While the hardare design of the new phone is very similar to the previous flagships, some new features are definitely worth noticing.
The phones will come with the same display only the brightness will be getting a 15% bump. Apart from that, the S9 has 4 GB RAM and S9 Plus will come with 6 GB RAM.
The biggest changes are on the camera front. The S9 Plus now has a dual camera system which will be very similar to the Galaxy Note 8. Apart from that, primary cameras on both phones now have a varabel aperture which is actually first on any phone. The phone can switch between f/1.4 and f/2.4 at any moment required.
One big refinement with the phone is in the fingerprint sensor. It’s still there, but the company has moved it to where it should belong -below the camera- instead of putting it next to the camera like it did last year.
There is no doubt that Galaxy S and S9 Plus are the biggest competitors of the iPhone X, only time will tell how the phones do in the market.
And, both phones still come with a 3.5 mm Audio Jack. Bravo Samsung.
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