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Samsung Accidentally Publishes Galaxy Note 9 Promo Video


Samsung has kicked off Galaxy Note 9 pre-orders yesterday, and the Galaxy Note 9 pre-order video has just been published by Samsung New Zealand on YouTube. Based on the title of that video “SAM0058 YT 1”, and the fact that it was published ahead of time, we’re presuming that it has been published by accident, so if you’re interested in checking it out, it may be wise to do it sooner rather than later, as it may be gone soon. This 30-second promo video is embedded down below, for your convenience.

If you check out the provided video, you will not only get a great look at the phone itself, but also its S Pen stylus. This video basically confirms recent leaks, as the device looks identical to the one we’ve exclusively shared, and those designs that several other sources shared. In the video, the company also teases great battery life, and it confirms that the Galaxy Note 9 will 1TB of storage, while confirming microSD card expansion, which more or less confirms the 512GB Galaxy Note 9 model (512GB of internal storage + 512GB added via a microSD card). The device will be made out of metal and glass, just like its predecessor, while it will sport a 3.5mm headphone jack on the bottom. A Type-C USB port will also be located on the bottom of the phone, as will the device’s loudspeaker. The S Pen stylus will be tucked away in the same place as on the Galaxy Note 8, The power / lock buttons will be located on the right-hand side of the device, while the volume up, volume down, and Bixby buttons will be located on the left.
The back side of the Galaxy Note 9 will be curved, and the phone’s display will also be curved, while the phone will sport minimal bezels, as expected. A horizontally-aligned dual camera setup will be included on the back, while a fingerprint scanner will sit below those two cameras. A heart rate sensor will be included on the back as well, and the same can be said for a dual-LED flash. The Galaxy Note 9 will arrive in both Exynos 9810 and Snapdragon 845 SoC variants, while it will include 6GB of RAM, almost certainly. The device will sport a large QHD+ Super AMOLED Infinity display, while Android 8.1 Oreo will come pre-installed on it, with Samsung’s custom UI.

UPDATE: the video has been removed by Samsung New Zealand, but a third-party source uploaded it to YouTube, so the URL has been changed.


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Samsung Galaxy Note 9 Pre-Order Page Is Live


A full week before Samsung Unpacks the Galaxy Note 9, the pre-order page is already live on its site. While it is not actually functioning, it does confirm quite a few things about the upcoming smartphone. It does confirm the Coral Blue color and the yellow stylus. It also confirms that there is still a headphone jack here, and the redesigned camera module. Unlike the Galaxy S9 Plus, Samsung is opting for a horizontal module here with the fingerprint sensor on the right side of the two cameras. It also appears to show that one camera is a bit smaller than the other, as it has been seen in other renders of the Galaxy Note 9 already.

The pre-order page is live on Samsung’s New Zealand site, but there’s not much else available on that page. It just simply says that “We’ve unpacked our most powerful phone yet. Now you can be one of the first to experience it.” So this is obviously supposed to go live after Unpacked finishes up on August 9. The Pre-Order button on the page takes you to a page that isn’t yet live – as you’d expect – so the pricing, storage and other aspects of the Galaxy Note 9 have not yet been confirmed, but it won’t be long until it is.
Samsung will be unpacking the Galaxy Note 9 at its Unpacked event in Brooklyn, New York next Thursday, August 9. It’s the next-generation Samsung Galaxy Note device, and it’s sure to be a hit. While many of the renders and leaks show that there is very little changed from the Galaxy Note 8 last year, it is still likely going to be a big seller for Samsung, as the Galaxy Note device has recently been a bigger deal than the Galaxy S lineup. Next week, everything will be known about the Galaxy Note 9, and pre-orders will likely start right after Unpacked, as it has in recent years.
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Google Pixel 3 XL Hits Geekbench With 4GB Of RAM, SD845 SoC


One of Google’s upcoming flagship handsets, the Pixel 3 XL (crosshatch), has just surfaced on Geekbench. According to the listing, the Pixel 3 XL will be fueled by the Snapdragon 845 64-bit octa-core processor, while it will include 4GB of RAM. The Geekbench listing also mentions that the device will ship with Android 9.0 aka Android P, which is something we already knew, as it will probably become the first phone to ship with Android 9.0, in addition to its sibling, the Pixel 3.

Now, Geekbench also shared benchmarking scores of the Pixel 3 XL, the device was able to score 2,426 points in the single-core test, while it hit 8,355 points in the multi-core one. The listing dates back to August 1, but it just started making rounds. The Google Pixel 3 XL is expected to arrive in October this year, one year after the Pixel 2 and 2 XL dropped. The Google Pixel 3 XL will launch alongside its sibling, the Pixel 3, which will be smaller than the Pixel 3 XL. The Pixel 3 XL actually surfaced a couple of times thus far, and it seems like it will resemble its predecessor, at least as far as the back side design is concerned. The Pixel 3 XL will sport a display notch, and that was not the case with its predecessor. If leaks are to be believed, the Pixel 3’s bezels will be a bit thicker than Pixel 3 XL’s, but a display notch will not be a part of the package.
Leaks are suggesting that the Pixel 3 XL stick to a single camera on the back, despite the fact most phones switched to at least two at this point. Despite the fact the Pixel 2 XL has a single camera on the back, and was released almost a year ago, it’s still regarded to be one of the best camera smartphones out there, so sticking to a single camera may be the best thing for Google, as the company relies on software more than anything else. The Pixel 3 XL may sport two front-facing cameras, though, while the device is expected to retain stereo speakers as well. The Pixel 3 XL will ship with an AMOLED display, quite probably a P-OLED panel, and its frame will be made out of metal. More Pixel 3 XL rumors and leaks are expected to drop soon, as the phone’s launch is getting closer by the day.





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Android Engineers Talk Android P Battery & Chip Management


The biggest changes enabling the battery saving features embedded in Android P are under-the-hood, according to two Android engineers who recently opened up on the matter. More directly, Benjamin Poiesz and Tim Murray – a group product manager for the Android Framework and senior staff software engineer, respectively – say that chipset management is central to the improvements to be seen in the upcoming firmware update. However, that extends to other issues being solved with the new version of Android such as how the system handles “wake ups and wake locks.” While A.I. is being incorporated to help manage battery life from a user-perspective via the new Adaptive Battery features, those are playing a big role in one of the biggest improvements being delivered with Android P.

To begin with, Android P will be much more power-savvy because so many manufacturers have chosen to utilize asymmetrical chipsets. For example, a standard octa-core SoC now contains four cores that are clocked at a higher rate and four more that are clocked lower and energy-efficient. While not every developer on the platform will take advantage of those cores appropriately, using smaller cores for less intensive or background tasks, Android P will. Prior to Android P system level apps were only relegated to the low-power cores for background processes and apps. The engineers noticed that non-critical Android system-level software was running on the larger process cores despite even when the screen was turned off. With the update, that will be changed, using the differing cores more optimally.
Moreover, the company is changing how its own applications wake up or activate a wake lock on the CPUs. For clarity, those processes happen when the CPU is woken up during a sleep state in order to complete a process. Longer processes are locked on until completion. The engineers say that there is minimal difference in CPU usage for a single application as compared to more than one or two running in terms of battery use. There is, however, a big difference between one application waking up the CPU and the power drain when the component is in a sleep state. So the company is actively working to take advantage of wake ups and wake locks to optimize when that happens for system apps. In short, when critical system applications require operations on the CPU, less critical and other system processes will use the allotted time to perform their own operations. Other operations will be delayed until the user turns on the device and the CPU is awake, where possible.
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Phone Comparisons: OnePlus 6 vs Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus



Introduction

Do we have a good one for you today – the OnePlus 6 takes on the formidable Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus. I can tell you up front that the Galaxy S9 Plus offers a whole lot more than the OnePlus 6, but at a sizable price difference. Many users may not utilize many of the Galaxy S9 Plus features as most people are usually just looking for the best processor, a great display, a great camera, and decent battery life – and they both have these features. While the OnePlus 6 is a sharp-looking smartphone with a notch in its display, the Galaxy S9 Plus takes design and looks to a whole new level.
With such a price difference, one might think these devices would have nothing in common. This could not be further from the truth – they both include an AMOLED display over 6-inches and Gorilla Glass 5. They both use the same SD845 processor, an Adreno 630 processor, 6GB of RAM, a 64GB base of storage, dual cameras, almost the same size battery with fast charge support, and they are even close in their physical dimensions. Many of the usable suspects are available, such as Wi-Fi, NFC, Bluetooth v5.0, USB Type-C port, Google Pay, Hi-Res audio, rear-mounted finger sensor, 3.5 mm headphone jack, facial recognition, and Android 8.0.

Please take a careful look at the detailed specifications comparison chart below and here you will see just how these two high-end Android smartphones stack up against each other. Which one is the better purchase by offering the most technology for the least amount of money? These is the type of question we will attempt to answer. First, we will go through some of the aspects they have in common.
Specifications

OnePlus 6
OnePlus has always provided a quality build, and the OnePlus 6 has that quality in its design, materials, and even the notched AMOLED FHD+ display to go up against the best flagship smartphones on the market. Yes, the price has steadily risen each year, but it is still a bargain in the crowded field of expensive smartphones. You will not find a heart rate monitor or SpO2 sensor, but you will find an Alert Slider making it easier to zoom in and out when using the great dual camera. The OnePlus 6 with its all-glass makeup comes with most necessary items, but nothing too fancy. If we have anything to complain about it would be the lack of memory expansion and for some – the notch in the display.
The OnePlus 6 features a 6.28-inch notched Optic AMOLED display with only a Full HD+ resolution. This gives it 2280 x 1080 pixels, which amounts to 402 pixels-per-inch (PPI). It uses the latest 19:9 aspect ratio that helps give the phone its overall modern look. This taller and narrower display is more suited for watching movies and videos and also makes multitasking easier. As with other Android smartphones that use a notch, you can falsely hide the notch by making it look like there is a small bezel across the top, but it is still there. Gorilla Glass 5 protects the display.
The OnePlus 6 comes with a Snapdragon 845 processor and an Adreno 630 for any intense graphics you can throw its way. The SD845 is an octa-core processor that is clocked at 2.8 GHz and packing 6GB to 8GB of RAM, along with a base of 64GB of non-expandable storage. If you purchase a 128GB or 256GB model, it will come with 8GB of RAM with each additional memory upgrade costing only $50. A 3,300 mAh capacity battery powers the OnePlus 6. Dash Charge is available for quick charging, but even with its all-glass backing, OnePlus offers no wireless charging.
OnePlus uses a dual-camera setup on the 6 with increases in size all around. The main sensor is 20-megapixel with an aperture of f/1.7, and uses both EIS, and OIS for stabilization. The secondary camera is a large 16-megapixel sensor with the same f/1.7 aperture. Both cameras use a PDAF and a dual LED flash. The front-facing camera (FFC) is a large 16-megapixel unit that comes with EIS and Auto HDR that should provide great selfies and video chatting. OnePlus has designed a better interface and you can now use the Alert Slider to zoom in/out on subject matter.
The top selling features of the OnePlus 6 are a modern looking, well-built device, with 6GB of RAM, and a great dual camera setup with and excellent FFC all for a reasonable price. There is a notch on the display and no expandable memory, but for $629, you can get an 8GB/256GB model – still hundreds below the cost of a Galaxy S9 Plus. There is no Samsung Pay, but you do get Google Pay. The user interface, OxygenOS, is a very light application over Android 8.1 Oreo and it runs fast and smooth. The device measures 155.7 x 75.4 x 7.8 mm and weighs in at 177 grams. It comes in Midnight Black, Mirror Black, or Silk White. It will cost you $529 for the 6GB/64GB version, $579 for the 8GB/128GB version, and $629 for the 8GB/256GB version – a bargain for any of the configurations.
Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus
Samsung decided, after their big revamp of the Galaxy S8 last year, to only add minor refinements to the Galaxy S9 and the Galaxy S9 Plus. There were design changes that made it easier to pick up the device and to use it without accidentally opening an app near the edge of the curved display. The two most exciting additions are the long awaited stereo speakers and the dual camera setup – found only on the S9 Plus model. A new feature, called Intelligent Scan, combines the facial recognition and the iris scanner to validate the user to unlock the device. This makes for a faster and more secure way to unlock your device. The fingerprint sensor is smartly relocated below the camera to help avoid smudges. AR Emoji is a new feature – that needs more work – that allows you to make an emoji of yourself.
When it comes to display size, the S9 Plus uses the same sized 6.2-inch Super AMOLED Infinity Display as the S8 Plus. It is sports a QHD+ resolution with 2960 x 1440 pixels with 529 PPI. The S9 Plus uses an Always-On display that helps extend battery life, while allowing the user to quickly glance to determine if they want to read the entire notification then or wait until later. Gorilla Glass 5 protects both the front and back of the device.
Galaxy S9 Plus models sold in the US/China use the more familiar Snapdragon 845 octa-core processor clocked at 2.7 GHz with a powerful Adreno 630 GPU for graphics – the same one used in the OnePlus 6. S9 Plus units going to EMEA countries use an equally powerful Samsung Exynos 9810 octa-core processor clocked at 2.7 GHz and a Mali-G72-MP18 GPU. The base RAM increased from 4GB to 6GB and the base storage to 64GB that is expandable. Samsung also sells models with 128GB or 256GB of storage, but it will depend on your area and carrier whether you can order one.
Critics have waited for a Samsung flagship with a dual camera – the Note 8 was the first, the Galaxy S9 series is the second. The dual camera also sports improved Super Dual Pixels on its 12-megapixel sensors. It packs PDAF, OIS, 2x Optical Zoom, 10x Digital Zoom, and an LED flash, but the most exciting feature is its new adaptive aperture that will change from a large f/1.5 (low-light pictures) to a smaller f/2.4 (for bright situations). The second camera has a fixed f/2.4 aperture and is used for special effects. The FCC uses an 8-megapixel lens with an aperture of f/1.7 that includes auto-HDR and includes its own autofocus.
While we always prefer a larger battery, Samsung decided to use the same 3,500 mAh capacity non-removable battery they used in the previous Galaxy S8 Plus. Because of great battery management, under normal circumstances this battery should last throughout the day. If you need to charge your battery during the day, you have a choice of using Samsung’s Adaptive Charge or quick wireless charging for a fast charge.
Samsung always ‘overloads’ their flagship devices with extras – some of them are useful to all users, such as Samsung Pay, while others are used by a select group, such as the heart monitor, and others will not be used by most users, such as the DeX module. To the right or left of the display, whichever you choose, a convenient side panel will appear for quick access to your most used contacts and apps. The Samsung Health app gives you a workable heart rate monitor, an SpO2 sensor, and a new blood pressure monitor. Samsung’s Bixby personal assistant is available, as is an improved Samsung DeX design that allows you to transform your S9 Plus into a desktop computer. It comes with the new and less invasive Samsung Experience 9.0 (UI) on top of Oreo 8.0. The device measures 158.1 x 73.8 x 8.5 mm and weighs in at 189 grams. It comes in Midnight Black, Coral Blue, Titanium Gray, or Lilac Purple, with Samsung announcing a new Red version in China. Retail pricing ranges from $915 to $930, but there are quite a few promotions available.
…And The Winner Is…

The Final Word
This is so hard for me to declare the OnePlus 6 as the winner of this comparison, as the Galaxy S9 Plus has so many more features. However, performance is the main thing in a smartphone, and in that category, the OnePlus 6 is loaded – for about $400 less than the Galaxy S9 Plus.
The OnePlus 6 packs a large AMOLED 19:9 display, the same processor, the same GPU, the same amount of RAM, the same amount of base memory, larger dual cameras, a larger FFC, a large battery, a 3.5 mm headphone plug, and facial detection. It has a solid build that certain looks like a 2018 flagship smartphone, all for a price of $529.
Certainly, the Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus is a more formidable device with a Super AMOLED QHD+ resolution, an Always-On display, expandable storage, dual aperture, higher res Audio with stereo speakers, wireless charging, an iris scanner, Samsung Pay, IP68 certified, DeX, Heart Rate Monitor, SpO2 Sensor, Samsung Connect, Intelligent Scan, Bixby, and AR Emoji feature. This is a lot of features, but they come at a $900+ price tag. Only you can decide if you want a real buy (with a notch), or the real deal.
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Every Galaxy Note 9 rumor was just confirmed by a big new leak




The last domino appears to have fallen in the endless Galaxy Note 9 leak saga, as a photo of what is purported to be the official retail box for the upcoming phone appeared online this week. Shared by Twitter user Dmitriy Ryabinin, the photo shows off the back of the box, which happens to feature a full list of specifications as well.
According to Ryabinin, the Galaxy Note 9 (which won’t be officially unveiled until Samsung’s Unpacked event in New York City on August 9th) is already in stock at some stores in Russia, which is how he was able to snag a photo of the box early. This might look suspect at first glance, but we’ve actually seen multiple similar leaks from Russia in recent weeks, including a hands-on review in late June and an accessory leak just days ago.



As for the retail box, it pretty much confirms what we thought we knew about the Galaxy Note 9. Samsung’s flagship will feature a 6.4-inch QHD+ sAMOLED display, a dual rear camera with two 12-megapixel lenses, an 8-megapixel front-facing camera, 4,000 mAh battery, IP68 dust and water protection, and an iris scanner.


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А вот и он. Пока корейцы готовятся к мировой презентации в Нью-Йорке, новенький Samsung Galaxy Note9 уже лежит в российских магазинах. Теперь известны все характеристики до анонса
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The retail box for the 128GB model of the Note 9 (translated by SamMobile) also confirms that the S Pen will indeed double as a remote control, as several leaks suggested over the past few weeks. In addition to writing with the S Pen, the tool will also be equipped with Bluetooth functionality, which could potentially allow users to take photos or control media playback without actually having to directly touch their phones.
The Galaxy Note 9 has now been as spoiled as any phone in recent memory, but if there’s anything left to learn, we’ll hear about it at Samsung’s Unpacked event next week, which will be streaming live online.
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Google may have revealed the Pixel 3's announcement date




In a surprising twist, it appears Google may have accidentally let slip the date that the Pixel 3 is set to be formally revealed. Brandon Lee of This is Tech Today—who also makes videos for Android Police—has spotted an ad posted by Google on its own Famebit site that implies the phone is going to be formally revealed on or by October 4th.


For the unfamiliar, Famebit works to connect advertising agencies and marketers with content creators to coordinate promotional material, influencing so-called "influencers" for the purposes of sponsored content. In this case, the posted ad was allegedly created by Google itself to promote the Pixel 3 in Canada, with a description that notes, "The Pixel 3 Phone is launching October 4th, 2018."
That date lines up historically with previous Pixel announcements, which have all been revealed by Google at its now typical "Made by Google" October 4th event. Historically, Google hasn't actually shipped devices at that announcement, and although the listing does state that's when the phone will "launch," the word hasn't always been synonymous with actual availability.
Now, it's possible that this ad may not have been legitimately created by Google. Although we were able to access the listing ourselves, we can't verify if Google is, indeed, the author behind the posting. It's possible this could be an elaborate hoax, but we don't think that's too likely. Google has been consistent with these dates for several years, and the strange specifics in the ad itself add some credibility, implying some poor employee in a Canadian arm of Google's marketing department just didn't pay attention.

Either way, we'll know one way or the other in precisely two months.
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Pixel 3 & Pixel 3 XL Will Facilitate ex-iOS Users Suggests Google’s UX Head



Heading into the year’s second half, we’ve got a handful of flagship smartphones coming up for a launch. The first of these is Samsung’s Galaxy Note 9 which will be unveiled in just two days from now. Following the Note 9, Apple’s 2018 iPhone will be official in September, and exactly a month later, rumors suggest that Google will unveil its Pixel 3 lineup. Now that Android P is official, we’ve got some more details for the Pixel 3 lineup. Take a look below to find out more.
The Google Pixel 3 And Pixel 3 XL Will Remove The Multitasking Button On Interface As Company Will Attempt To Smooth Out User Experience On The Gadgets

If there’s one thing that we can say for sure, it’s that a lot of folks are looking forward to Google’s Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL. Ever since the Mountain View company started to launch flagship smartphones under its own brand of smartphones, it’s also started to take a more focused approach to software. Rear camera performance on the Pixel lineup is well-known throughout the industry and this year, Google just might top it off with something special.

However, before we get into that, there’s some more news on what to expect from the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3XL later this year. Google started to release Android P (Pie) for Pixel users yesterday, and now the update when taken in tandem with some comments from Google’s User Interface manager for Android on Pixel, EK Chung.
If you’ve kept up with the flow of things, Android P makes a small but crucial change to its user interface. Instead of the traditional three ‘buttons’ that users could use, the software update now allows for two, by removing the multitasking feature. Google’s looked at the data and concluded that the multitasking button on Android is redundant. This marks for an interesting change for the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL.



Google Will Enable Gestural Navigation By Default On Upcoming Pixel 3 And Pixel 3 XL As Google Wants New Users To Feel Comfortable With The Feature

As Apple looks to diversify its user base and incentivize folks with older iPhones to make an upgrade with the 6.1″ LCD iPhone 9 (tentatively dubbed as we have no clue as to what Apple will call the smartphone), Google’s also looking to take things directly up Cupertino’s alley. One primary motivation behind Google’s decision to remove the multitasking feature in Android P is that new users didn’t get the feel of it. In comparison, the company’s group studies with Android P suggest that users take up gestural navigation more easily (after having given a tutorial).
Additionally, according to Android Police, gestural navigation on future Pixels and devices that ship with Android Pie out of the box will be enabled by default. This makes sense especially if Google and its partners believe that they can convince enough Apple users to make the jump to Android. However, whether this change will be permanent without the option to revert back to using a multitasking icon isn’t clear. Given Google’s data, the decision to keep it does not make sense.
Finally, moving back to the ‘something special’ mentioned above. There’s a good chance that both the Pixels (especially the Pixel 3 XL), will ship with a feature similar to 3D facial recognition. We’ve seen dual front cameras on both the smartphones in leaked images, and the Pixel 3 XL, in particular, has a pretty distinct notch. It’ll definitely be interesting to see how Google implements this feature, especially as it’s got almost all of the tools in hand software wise.
Thoughts? Let us know what you think in the comments section below and stay tuned. We’ll keep you updated on the latest.
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Latest Galaxy Note 9 price leak finally gives us a good idea of US pricing




With just two days to go until Samsung finally unveils its next-generation flagship smartphone, it seems like we already know everything there is to know about the Galaxy Note 9. We know it’s going to look just like last year’s Galaxy Note 8, but with slightly thinner bezels above and below the phone’s gorgeous Infinity display. We know it’s going to feature upgraded specs compared to the Galaxy Note 8, including just about all of the components found inside Samsung’s Galaxy S9+. We know it’s going to be released on August 24th, and we know that preorders will kick off later this week with a bunch of big launch promotions to help boost sales. We also know that it’s going to feature a nifty new S Pen stylus with Bluetooth connectivity, enabling some nifty new tricks that no other Note device has had in the past. In fact, we even know all of the Note 9’s little secret details thanks to a leak from earlier this week.
Yes, we know all that and more thanks to months and months of leaks, and we can’t wait for the leaks to stop once the phone is finally announced on Thursday morning. But there’s one thing we still don’t know for certain and it’s a pretty important detail: We don’t know how much the Galaxy Note 9 will cost in the United States.



The Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ launched at the highest price points we’ve ever seen for Galaxy S phones when they were released earlier this year. Those sky-high price tags undoubtedly contributed to the poor sales we’ve seen ever since the S9 and S9+ first launched. In fact, both models received unprecedented price cuts at four of the top-five major US wireless carriers within a month of being released. Unfortunately, the damage had already been done and sales didn’t pick up like Samsung had hoped. Now, the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ are expected to be Samsung’s worst-selling Galaxy S phones since all the way back in 2012.
So, the bad news is that just like the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+, it appears as though the Galaxy Note 9 will be Samsung’s most expensive Note phone ever when it’s released later this month. But the good news is that unlike the Galaxy S9 duo, it looks like the Note 9 will have a slew of big launch incentives to help make the price tag more palatable.
But how much is the Galaxy Note 9 going to cost?
We’ve seen a bunch of price leaks from European countries over the past few weeks, but none of those prices have a direct correlation to US pricing. If there’s one country in Europe that does typically have a correlation to US pricing though, it’s the United Kingdom. And now, thanks to a leaker with a great track record, we know exactly how much the Note 9 will cost when it’s released in the UK.
Roland Quandt posted two tweets on Tuesday morning that reveal Samsung’s pricing for its unlocked Galaxy Note 9 in the UK. According to Quandt, who regularly shares accurate details about unreleased smartphones, the 128GB Galaxy Note 9 will cost £899 at launch and the 512GB Note 9 model will sell for £1,099. That’s a lot of money.
As for what that means for Galaxy Note 9 pricing in the US, it’s not good. The Galaxy Note 8 launched at £869 last year in the UK, and that translated to a $950 price tag in the US. In other words, the odds are quite good that the bump up to £899 for the entry-level Galaxy Note 9 will take us to a figure just south of $1,000 in the US. As for the 512GB model… well, we don’t even want to think about how pricey that version might be.
Samsung’s Galaxy Note 9 press conference will take place at 11:00 AM ET on Thursday, and carriers will likely announce their prices for the new phone shortly after the event concludes.



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This is Google's (rather boring) statue for Android 9 Pie




Android 9 Pie was officially released earlier today, but there was one thing missing from the announcement: the statue. You see, Google creates a statue to put on display at its Mountain View campus for each new Android dessert version. Lately, the statues had been getting pretty stale, though the Oreo one showed some improvement. The statue for Android 9 Pie, however, marks the return to boring bugdroids.

The statue, which was unveiled at 3:14pm PT, only consists of the bugdroid waving with a pie to its left and a slice of pie to his right. This follows the same formula that the similarly-uninspired Nougat statue used: a bugdroid with its arms up next to some of the dessert on the ground. On top of that, the pie's insides don't scream "pie"; I thought it was pomegranate at first.
What happened to the legitimately creative statues? The Ice Cream Sandwich statue comes to mind, as does KitKat's. We can only hope that Android Q's (which will be tough to name) will be a bit more creative.
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Android 9 Pie Is Now Official, Google Pixel Update Starts Today


Android Pie is now official after being formally announced by Google today. In addition to confirming that P is now Pie, Google is now referencing Android 9.0 as Android 9 Pie, marking a slight change from previous Android version releases that have typically arrived in the decimal form – such as Android 8.0 Oreo. Google has also confirmed that not only has the name arrived, but so has the final version of Android 9 Pie. This will begin rolling out today to Google Pixel phone owners via an over-the-air update. Android One phones, as well as Android Beta program-enrolled devices — including those from Essential, HMD Global, OnePlus, OPPO, Sony Mobile, Vivo, and Xiaomi — are all expected to receive the update “by the end of this fall.” With Google also explaining it’s “working with a number of other partners” with a view to either launching new devices running Android 9 Pie or upgrading some existing ones before the end of this year. Though Google did not provide specifics on which partners or what devices.

While Android 9 Pie is officially launching today, this is an Android version that has very publicly gone through its beta stages and so there is not a lot left to be known or announced when it comes to features and benefits. Although as part of the main announcement today, Google did confirm that a new feature will be arriving to Pie at a later date, Slices. While Google did not provide too much information on this, the feature builds on the Pie theme by offering Android device owners a Pie Sliceof Android app access when using Google Search. Google expects Slices to start rolling out to phones running on Pie later on in the year.
On a more wider note, Google used today’s announcement to reinforce the AI focus of Android 9 Pie, stating AI is “at the core of the operating system” and drawing on features such as Adaptive Battery, Adaptive Brightness, and App Actions as examples of how smartphones running Pie are not only more user-understanding but also grow in that understanding over time, i.e. as the user engages more with those features. In addition, Google also confirmed new ‘digital wellbeing’ features will also become available to devices running Pie later in the year, starting with the Pixel phones. Technically, the digital wellbeing features will be immediately available to Pixel phone owners after updating to Pie, although the current feature release is one Google considers to be in a beta stage.
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Samsung Galaxy Note 9 Shown In Massive Set Of Case Renders



Samsung’s Galaxy Note 9 leaked yet again earlier today, having been depicted in over two dozen protective case renders attached to accessories sold by MobileFun. The images that can be seen in the gallery below are perfectly in line with numerous previous sightings of the device, revealing an iterative design that’s essentially indistinguishable from the Galaxy Note 8, save for having a repositioned fingerprint reader that’s now sitting below the handset’s dual-camera setup instead of flanking it from the right.

The renders also show a glimpse at the brown variant of the Galaxy Note 9 that’s rumored to be advertised as “Teddy Brown” in addition to re-confirming that a physical Bixby button is still part of the package. Samsung’s next flagship release should debut alongside Bixby 2.0, the first major update to the AI assistant that promises to be more conversational, offer faster response times, and have a wider array of capabilities, with IoT interoperability reportedly being one of the company’s focus points while developing the new iteration of the digital helper. While the Galaxy Note 9 will unsurprisingly launch alongside a wide variety of new first- and third-party cases, including the ones seen here, one industry insider yesterday claimed the overall physical footprint of the device is nearly identical to that of the Galaxy Note 8 to the point that the latter’s cases can be used with the former.
The phablet is still said to feature a slightly larger, 6.4-inch screen with smaller bezels, with other improvements including a 128GB storage space base, newer chips, and AI improvements to the default Camera app, as well as a better S Pen that will have Bluetooth capabilities this time around, allowing users to utilize it as a remote control for music and video playback, presentation, and even select games. The Galaxy Note 9 will be officially announced on Thursday, with Samsung being expected to release it in late August following a short pre-order period running for some two weeks.































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Galaxy Note 9 Value Pack Leaks With AKG Headphones & More


The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 Value Pack has just surfaced online, this seems to be a reviewer’s kit, but we cannot confirm that at this time. This may just be a special edition packaging of the Galaxy Note 9, for early adopters, or something of the sort, we’ll just have to wait and see, but it’s quite packed. In addition to the phone itself, this packaging contains a pair of AKG headphones, a Galaxy Note 9 case, a cable, a car charger, and a mysterious 3M item, that could be a smartphone ring holder, but we’re only guessing. This specific packaging of the phone is for a 128GB storage variant of the device, and it actually says ‘Value Pack’ on the box, as you can see in the provided images.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 will become official on August 9, which is only a couple of days away, and the device has been leaking like crazy over the last couple of weeks. We’ve released some exclusive images of the phone, while other sources leaked some info as well, not to mention that Samsung actually released a Galaxy Note 9 promo video ahead of time, after which it was released. In any case, the Galaxy Note 9 will be made out of metal and glass, and it will resemble its predecessors. Its bezels will be quite thin, while the device will sport a curved display, and a dual camera setup on the back. The Galaxy Note 9 will also pack in an S Pen stylus, a new and improved one, and it will support both wired and wireless fast charging, just like its predecessor.
The device will become available in both Exynos 9810 and Snapdragon 845 SoC variants, while it will include 6GB of RAM. The phone will sport a large QHD+ Super AMOLED display, and a large battery will be included on the inside. The S Pen stylus will be available in a number of different color options, while a 40-second S Pen charging will give you 30 minutes of use, according to rumors. NFC will be included, of course, while the device will probably ship with Android 8.1 Oreo out of the box, with Samsung’s custom UI on top of it.

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Android 9 Pie: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly


Google has finally released the first stable version of Android P, in addition to giving it an official name and version number. The new edition of the world’s most popular OS is called Android 9 Pie, and there’s a lot to like about this new iteration of Android, but also plenty to dislike about it. We’ve hence broken down this release of Android, showcasing the good, the bad, and the ugly side of Android 9 Pie.

The Good


Adaptive Battery is likely going to be one of the more popular features in Android 9 Pie, and that’s because everyone wants their smartphone’s battery to last longer. Thankfully, with Adaptive Battery, that should be possible here. Adaptive Battery uses machine learning and artificial intelligence to help make the battery inside your smartphone last longer. This is done by giving less juice to apps that you use infrequently. So if you have an app that you only use once a month or even less, there’s no real need to give it a ton of juice on a daily basis, and it can really help your phone to last even longer.
App Actions are also going to be extremely useful for those that use their phones to do just about everything. This is because the feature learns from your usage, and will show different actions for you to do at certain times. It makes it easier to do different tasks that you do every single day, at about the same time. For instance, if you usually check Google News when you wake up in the morning, an App Action will appear for you to open up Google News to the list of stories that were curated for you. Making it easier to get your dose of news in the morning. There are many other App Actions available as well, which you’ll find out the more you use Android 9 Pie.
Google has also made multitasking a bit easier and faster. But that’s not the whole story in Android P, there is also the new and improved Quick Text Selection available. So in the multitasking screen, you can select some text and copy it, then paste it into another app. This is very useful when searching for an address, or copying a phone number, or even Google-ing something. It’s also easier than ever to jump between apps in the Recents menu, as well as opening the menu itself.
The Bad

The many design changes are likely going to bring up plenty of complaints from users when Android 9 Pie does finally roll out to everyone. This isn’t because the design changes are bad, but many dislike any changes at all. But one of the issues with the new design is the fact that Google moved the Settings button in the notification shade. It placed it at the bottom, meaning you can’t just bring down the notification shade and hit the Settings icon to jump into the settings. Instead, you need to swipe down and open the Quick Settings panel, then tap on the Settings icon. Essentially adding in another step to the whole process. And if that’s the way you jump into settings several times throughout the day, that can add a bit of time to your Android smartphone usage, and there will be a learning curve involved as well.
Google’s gesture-based controls that debuted in Android 9 Pie aren’t that great. For one, the gestures are exactly the same as the iPhone X gestures that Apple introduced last year. But on top of that, the gestures don’t give you more screen real estate, as you still have buttons and icons at the bottom of your phone, including a back button. And if you’re a heavy Android user, the gestures aren’t going to make it quicker to navigate through your smartphone. If anything, they’re going to make it slower. The gesture-based controls just seem to be a bit half-baked and need to sit in the oven a bit more. Maybe with Android 10 we’ll have better gesture-based controls for stock Android.
The Ugly

The ugly part of Android 9 Pie is the fact that the redesigns found here won’t ever be seen by most Android users. And this is due to the smartphone manufacturers using their own skins on their smartphones, instead of using AOSP and adding some features on top of it, like Motorola does. Additionally, many of these functionalities won’t make it into other smartphones running on Android 9 Pie, and that’s due to the fact that these skins do have a number of these features already, or smartphone makers believe they have better alternatives to things like Adaptive Battery and Adaptive Brightness.
Secondly, it’s going to be months before a good chunk of Android users even see Android 9 Pie. This is something that happens with every version of Android, and it likely won’t be changing anytime soon. So, Android 9 Pie will be rolling out to Pixels and Android One devices first, while newer smartphones like the LG G7 ThinQ or the Samsung Galaxy S9 won’t be seeing this update for many months, if not longer. As of just a few weeks ago, Android Oreo only hit around 12.1-percent of all active Android devices (10.1-percent on Android 8.0 and 2-percent on Android 8.1), which is still a very small portion of Android devices out there, and that’s after Oreo has been available for almost a year. So if you don’t have a Pixel or an Android One smartphone, you likely won’t be seeing this version of Android until next year.
Conclusion
Android 9 Pie might not be the best version of Android ever, but it does include a good number of features here that are going to make your phone even better. Sure, many Android users won’t even see the update for many months from now – though that happens with every release – but those that do have a Pixel or Android One smartphone will get the update shortly and probably love many of the features that Google has been working hard on for the past year or so. As is the case with any update, there are some changes that many people probably aren’t going to like. Including the new gesture-based navigation mechanisms and the seemingly needless repositioning of the settings shortcut. But there’s much more to love here than not.
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How Adaptive Battery Works In Android 9 Pie





With Android 9 Pie, Google has rolled out a number of new features, which includes Adaptive Battery. This feature is here thanks to the partnership between Android and Deepmind (which is Alphabet’s AI-centric arm). This feature is essentially the next step for Google, in attempting to conserve battery in Android, allowing a single charge to last even longer. Google has been working for quite a few years now at improving battery life on Android, and it has come a long way. Essentially, Adaptive Battery is going to learn your habits and make adjustments behind-the-scenes to improve your battery life.


Google is using AI to learn how you use your smartphone each day, and will use what it learns to extend your battery life. Whether that’s putting your phone into deep sleep during parts of the day that you don’t use the phone much, or purging apps from its memory that you don’t use often, it’ll do what it can to make that battery last even longer. How it works is pretty simple. For example, if you wake up everyday around 7AM and check your email, Twitter, Facebook and so forth, but don’t touch your phone again until around lunch time. Then Android knows that it can close those apps and keep them from refreshing every few minutes – which saves battery. Android knows this because it essentially tracks everything you do on your phone, and that’s not a new thing. It has been doing that since the beginning. Your phone is going to take some time to learn your habits of your smartphone usage. But if you do use your phone the same way each day, you can really save quite a bit of juice with Adaptive Battery.


There’s another advantage here, in optimizing apps that you don’t use all day long, means that the apps that you do use constantly will be ready to go as soon as you pick up your phone and unlock it. Instead of needing to wait for it to open and load all of the data back up again. This is because it is kept in memory, and while many may believe that this slows down their smartphone or uses more battery, it makes it quicker to jump into these apps and do what you want to do, without having to wait. Adaptive Battery is basically doing just that. Figuring out which apps you use frequently and keeping those apps in memory, while those you don’t use often are purged once you’re finished with them.


Adaptive Battery isn’t the best way to conserve battery on Android right now, but it is getting there. It’s the next step for Google, after releasing Doze and refining it in the past few years. And it only makes sense that Google uses AI for Adaptive Battery, since it is infusing just about every other product under its umbrella with AI. If you just installed Android 9 Pie onto your smartphone this week, then Adaptive Battery likely won’t be much of an improvement and that’s because it needs to learn your habits first. Which could take a week or even longer. But once it does start to learn your habits, it will save some juice, and it will also improve over time. It’s hard to say how much of an improvement you might see (in fact, Google doesn’t even mention how much of an improvement you’ll see), and that’s because it’s going to differ for everyone. If you use your phone quite a bit during the day, you’ll see less of an improvement then those that only use their phone before and after work.


Android Pie is full of plenty of other great features, and Adaptive Battery is just one of many in this new version of Android. However, it is likely going to be one of the more popular features, and that’s because battery-saving features are always pretty popular. That’s due to the fact that many people don’t like having to plug in their phone that much, so the longer they can go without plugging it in, the better.
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Samsung Galaxy Note 9 With Bluetooth S Pen Announced


The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is here with more display, more battery, and just more in general.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is now official after being announced today in New York. This is the latest addition to the Galaxy Note line and the smartphone Samsung hopes will turn the tide on the less-than-ideal sales of the Galaxy 9 and Galaxy S9 Plus, even by Samsung’s own measurements. In spite of Samsung’s 2018 hopes now being pinned on this device, the Galaxy Note 9 represents more of a refinement exercise than a revolutionary one. Due to a very similar design and build quality to the last year’s Galaxy Note 8. This is not to say there are no differences, however, as in addition to the number of spec improvements and upgrades normally associated with a device’s natural successor, the Galaxy Note 9 is making a big push to offer a heightened software experience. So while it might look the same, the Galaxy Note 9 is not the same. This is a device designed to do more than any smartphone has been able to do before, which is a pleasure that buyers will pay a premium for. Here’s what we now know about the Samsung Galaxy Note 9.
Samsung Galaxy Note 9 Specs

The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 comes in two SoC variants, just like the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus, as it is fueled by either the Exynos 9810 or the Snapdragon 845, depending on where it’s purchased. Both of those processors are 64-bit octa-core units from Samsung and Qualcomm, respectively. The Galaxy Note 9 features a 6.4-inch QHD+ (2960 x 1440) Super AMOLED Infinity Display. Not only is this an HDR10-compliant panel but also a display that is larger than the one included on the Galaxy S9 Plus, and one protected by Corning’s Gorilla Glass 5 – the same can be said for the rear panel as well. The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 sports 6GB and 8GB of RAM, depending on the model, and is set to arrive in 128GB and 512GB storage flavors, while a microSD storage expansion is also available, supporting up to 2TB of extra flash memory, or up to 512GB in practice seeing how no higher-capacity microSD options are presently available for purchase. A dual-SIM version of the Galaxy Note 9 will be available in select markets.
Two 12-megapixel cameras can be found on the back of the Galaxy Note 9, one with a variable aperture (f/1.5-f/2.4), 1.4um pixel size, PDAF and OIS, and a telephoto unit with a sensor size of 1um and OIS. An 8-megapixel camera (f/1.7 aperture, 1.22um sensor size) is included on the front, while Android 8.1 (Oreo) comes pre-installed on the device, serving as the basis for Samsung Experience 9.5. A 4,000 mAh capacity non-removable battery is also a part of the package and supports fast charging (Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 2.0, i.e. Samsung’s Fast Adaptive Charging), and wireless charging (Qi and PMA standards). Adding to the hardware lineup is a heart rate monitor, an iris scanner, and a rear-positioned fingerprint scanner, as well as AKG-tuned dual stereo speakers. Bluetooth 5.0 is included with the Galaxy Note 9, as is an IP68 certification for water and dust resistance and Samsung’s improved S Pen. The stylus now supports Bluetooth Low Energy and can be used for controlling the camera shutter, presentation slides, music and video playbacks, and even some games. The basic S Pen features supported by previous devices don’t require any charging, whereas third-party apps will be able to integrate S Pen support later this year. The Galaxy Note 9 is 161.9 x 76.4 x 8.8mm in size and weighs 201g.
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With the Galaxy Note 9 being a largely iterative upgrade on the Galaxy Note 8, it’s no surprise that the two handsets look nearly identical, with the biggest difference between the new colors that Samsung made available this year. The screen-to-body ratio of the device is still hovering around the 85-percent mark, with the highlight of its appearance being the 6.4-inch Infinity Display, a tall Super AMOLED panel with an 18.5:9 aspect ratio which curves around the long edges of the phablet in a subtle manner.
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Even though the vast majority of top smartphone makers are now equipping their high-end devices with notches, Samsung is firmly resisting that trend to the point of airing ads mocking Apple for the screen cutout on the iPhone X, with the Galaxy Note 9 being meant to be yet another illustration of how a largely bezel-less mobile design is still possible with a fully symmetrical display. The glass sandwich aesthetic of the newly announced Android flagship allows for wireless charging and IP68-rated resistance to dust particles and water, with the overall package being both elegant and highly functional, suitable for single-handed use and capable of standing out from today’s contemporary flagships, at least non-Samsung ones.
Samsung has continued with the “don’t fix what isn’t broken” mantra with the one exception being the composition of the Galaxy Note 9’s rear elements. As was the case with the Galaxy S9 series, the Galaxy Note 9 features a fingerprint reader that’s situated below its camera setup instead of sitting to its right, resulting in a sensor that is now easier to reach. As a direct result of this design decision, the chances of the back cameras accidentally being smudged should also be significantly reduced. Overall, while differentiating between the Galaxy Note 9 and its predecessor based on appearances alone is a difficult task, this is still arguably one of the best-looking devices on the market, and one of the rare few 2018 flagships that lack a polarizing display notch. As for the main drawbacks of the Galaxy Note 9’s aesthetic, the device still appears to be somewhat slippery and relatively fragile, though the same applies to virtually every one of its rivals.
Samsung Galaxy Note 9 Cameras
Contrary to a number of previous rumors, the camera setup found on the back of the Galaxy Note 9 is essentially identical to the one used by the Galaxy S9 Plus, at least in terms of hardware. Therefore, the tech giant has once again opted for a two-sensor setup using a pair of 12-megapixel sensors, with the secondary one being mounted behind an f/2.4 lens. The primary camera uses a variable-aperture lens capable of switching between f/1.5 and f/2.4, with the change itself being automatic in all shooting modes apart from the Pro (manual) one. In practice, a brighter aperture should allow you to make the most of low-light shots while still being able to sacrifice it in better lighting conditions in favor of a sharper image.
Super slow-motion is still part of the package, delivering 720p recordings at 960 frames per second. Compared to the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus, the Galaxy Note 9 can capture such clips for up to 0.4 seconds, or twice as long. The actual slow-mo trigger is still motion-based and hence fully automatic, though a single video can contain multiple 960fps segments. AR Emoji also made a return and are advertised as being somewhat more capable at tracking your facial gestures, though the 8-megapixel (f/1.7) camera of the Galaxy Note 9 remains largely underwhelming in the context of such a functionality, especially given how Xiaomi’s Mi 8 and Apple’s iPhone X already demonstrated how capable an actual 3D imaging setup can be at applying augmented reality masks to one’s face. In terms of selfies, the Galaxy Note 9 is as good as the Galaxy S9 series is, with portrait mode support and a wide variety of beautification effects being on board. Portrait mode — or “Live Focus,” as Samsung calls it — is also supported by the rear camera of the device, as is a hyperlapse feature and a dedicated shooting method for food.
Bixby is still deeply integrated into the default Camera app of Samsung’s newest Android flagship and as the Galaxy Note 9 comes with a significantly more capable (2.0) version of the artificial intelligence assistant, its ability to identify images of various objects using computer vision should be much better as well. A number of algorithm changes powered by artificial intelligence solutions are also promising to improve certain aspects of the Galaxy Note 9’s imaging capabilities compared to those of the Galaxy S9 line, primarily by improving its ability to recognize subjects and adjust its camera parameters accordingly, though it’s still unclear whether that older series will also receive the new software improvements in the future.
All in all, while the Galaxy Note 9 introduces little significant novelties and improvements in the imaging department compared to the Galaxy S9 Plus, the latter still features one of the best mobile cameras ever created. So, if taking stellar shots of a broad range of subjects is something you’d like your smartphone to do, the newly unveiled Android handset will surely take your mobile photography game to the next level, even though a small number of 2018 devices outperform it in certain camera aspects, with Huawei’s P20 Pro being the obvious example of one extremely capable rival. Possibly the most obvious shortcoming of the Galaxy Note 9’s camera solutions is the lack of support for HDR capture that nearly every other Snapdragon 845 smartphone offers, likely because the Exynos 9820 chip powering the international variants of the handset doesn’t have the ability to record HDR videos and Samsung’s premium product strategy always placed a large focus on feature parity across same-generation models.
Samsung Galaxy Note 9 Battery
In simple terms, the Galaxy Note 9 comes equipped with a 4,000 mAh capacity battery that should be plenty enough to get through an average day’s worth of usage. While 4,000 is high compared to the battery capacities of other smartphones in the same tier, they are not directly comparable on the mAh account due to the highly demanding nature of the Galaxy Note 9 with heightened processing capabilities, a larger display than on most other phones, and a high-quality display to boot. So the capacity in itself, while sufficient, is relative to the rest of the phone and will likely result in massively varying levels of daily battery life depending on how an individual uses the phone. That said, the 4,000 mAh figure is comparable to the Galaxy Note 8 and on that basis marks a significant improvement — one of the most notable ones when comparing the changes between the two — considering the Galaxy Note 8 is powered by a 3,300 mAh capacity battery. A capacity that is understood to have been lowered following the battery fiasco that surrounded the Galaxy Note 7. So, while there are other improvements compared to the Galaxy Note 8 which will further impact battery life, the upping of the capacity from 3,300 to 4,000 mAh is likely to result in a fairly significant upping in the number of screen-on hours. Those who liked the daily battery life offered with the battery of the Galaxy Note 8 will likely love the daily battery life on the newly announced flagship. This is all without even taking into account the various software tweaks that are included and designed to further customize the experience with a view to optimizing daily battery usage. Such as the Always-On display settings, and the various Power Saving Modes that can be selected within the battery settings menu.
Irrespective of daily battery life, Samsung has always been a company that offers as many charging options as possible and the Galaxy Note 9 is no exception. The Galaxy Note 9 hence supports fast wired and wireless charging, though the former is still only rated on par with Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 2.0 tech. On the subject of wireless charging, along with announcing the Galaxy Note 9, Samsung also announced a new charging accessory (sold separately), the Duo Wireless Charger. As the name suggests, this charger will not only wirelessly charge the Galaxy Note 9, but also another device as well due to its inclusion of two Qi-supported charging pads.
Samsung Galaxy Note 9 Security & Software
The Galaxy Note 9 brings some of the security features found on the Galaxy Note 8, including a fingerprint sensor and an iris scanner. With the fingerprint sensor, you’ll be able to not only keep your device locked, but also authenticate yourself in apps. While the iris scanner can allow you to unlock your device by simply looking at it, it won’t work with many apps for authentication. The iris scanner also works in conjunction with face unlock (which Samsung calls Intelligent Scan), so it’ll be more secure than most other Android smartphones, but still not as secure as using a fingerprint sensor.
Samsung has included its Knox platform on the Galaxy Note 9, as you’d expect. With Knox, companies will be able to deploy Galaxy Note 9 units to their employees and be able to push updates to them when needed. This makes it easier to manage a fleet of smartphones, which many companies do these days. Knox is also what keeps the Galaxy Note 9 from getting malware and viruses, keeping users safe. The DeX functionality Samsung introduced with the Galaxy S8 series is still part of the package but is now built-in and doesn’t require any accessories other than an HDMI cable to connect the Galaxy Note 9 to a monitor and have it turn into a full-fledged PC, as is the case with the Galaxy Tab S4 which was unveiled last week.
Samsung Galaxy Note 9 Variants
Samsung introduced the Exynos 9810 and Snapdragon 845 Galaxy Note 9 variants of the Galaxy Note 9, although both won’t be available in all regions. The Snapdragon 845-powered models are heading to North America and China, while the Exynos 9810 versions are on their way to Europe, India, and the rest of the world. In addition to the two different SoC versions, Samsung also announced several different storage variants of the Galaxy Note 9. Buyers will have the option of choosing between 128GB and 512GB storage flavors, with the latter offering 8GB of RAM as opposed to 6GB, though not all of them will be available in all markets. As is usually the case with Samsung phones, the Galaxy Note 9 will also be available in a number of different color options: Midnight Black, Lavander Purple, Ocean Blue, and Metallic Copper.
Samsung Galaxy Note 9 Availability
Samsung Galaxy Note 9 will be available for pre-orders within the next 24 hours, depending on the market, and will start shipping on August 24, with both models being available globally. In the U.S., you’ll have the option of getting a pair of wireless AKG noise-canceling headphones which normally cost $299, or a Fortnite gaming package valued at $149 (Fortnite is launching on Android as a Samsung exclusive today). Alternatively, you can choose to get both for an additional $99 on top of the Galaxy Note 9’s price, thus still saving $350 in the process. Wireless carriers will also be offering their own promotions for the Galaxy Note 9, including “Buy One, Get One Free” deals for those looking to score more than one device at the same time. Samsung’s online storefront will be offering Galaxy Note 9 pre-orders as well.
The Galaxy Note 9 will be sold stateside in Ocean Blue and Lavender Purple, starting at $999 for the 128GB model and $1,249 for the 512GB option. Pre-orders in the U.S. are starting on August 10. at 12:01 AM EDT. Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular, Sprint, and Samsung itself will be releasing the device on August 24. Amazon, Walmart, Best Buy, Costco, Sam’s Club, Straight Talk Wireless, and Target will also be carrying the Galaxy Note 9, though the 512GB model will apparently only be available unlocked. The Galaxy Note 9 is also already available for pre-orders in the United Kingdom, starting at £899, whereas the 512GB model is priced at £1,099.
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Upcoming Android 9 Pie Update Likely To Fix Back Button Issue


An upcoming Android 9 Pie update is likely to fix an issue many users have been experiencing since the developer preview stages of Android P. The severity and frequency of the issue will likely be dependent on how often an individual device owner uses the back button, and especially when viewing the ‘recents’ (overview) screen.

With Android 9 Pie, came a clear change in the way in which the recents screen looks and functions. This is even more apparent when the user switches to the new gesture-fueled interface, as in this interface the bottom navigation bar simply shows two icons – the gesture-based “pill” and the back button. With the recents button removed in favor of the user swiping up on the gesture pill to access the recents screen. Besides gesture support, the pill also effectively works at the home button allowing the user at any point to tap the pill and return back to the home screen. This includes when viewing the recents screen. As to be expected, when the back button is used it sends the user back to a previous point. However, when the back button is pressed when viewing the recents screen, it too also results in the device returning to the home screen. In short, when viewing the recents screen, the pill and the back button currently both do the same thing.
It’s this this specific issue that is expected to be fixed in an upcoming Android 9 Pie update. As the issue was raised on the Google Issue Tracker in July and since then had been escalated to the point where this week it has been listed as “fixed,” and that the fixed version “will be available soon.” Although whether this means it will be available in the very next Android 9 Pie update or a future one, remains to be seen. In either case, once the fix is reflected at the user level, device owners can expect the pill to continue to send the user to the home screen when pressed, and the back button to send the user back to where they were before. Which in the case of the recents screen would mean the most recently accessed app.
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Galaxy Note 9, More Phones Receive Netflix HDR Certification


Samsung’s newly announced Galaxy Note 9 and a number of other Android devices received Netflix HDR certificates earlier this week, with one of the world’s most popular on-demand streaming services expanding its mobile HDR portfolio by five new names in total. Besides Samsung’s latest Android flagship, the company’s list of HDR-certified devices now also includes the Galaxy Tab S4 tablet, Honor 10, and this year’s high-end smartphones from LG – the G7 ThinQ and V35 ThinQ.

As was the case before, only a portion of the Netflix library actually supports HDR playback, with shows and movies that do being designated with a prominent HDR badge attached to their thumbnails. Likewise, you’ll still need a Netflix Ultra HD subscription in order to actually stream HDR video on your mobile device of choice. Netflix has been gradually adding HDR support to its original content in recent times, with its high-dynamic-range ecosystem now including the likes of Stranger Things, The Do Over, Marvel’s Daredevil, MindHunter, War Machine, Samurai Gourmet, Death Note, and The OA. The on-demand video platform also expanded its list of HD-certified devices, having awarded approvals to Huawei’s MediaPad M5 10 Lite and T5 10 lineups, and Nova 3, in addition to the five aforementioned Android devices.
While the majority of Samsung’s recent flagships are fully compatible with HDR content on Netflix, the Galaxy S8 lineup isn’t among them and the reasons for that remain unclear to this date. The upcoming Galaxy S10 series is widely expected to be the first Samsung-made smartphone family to offer HDR recording capabilities in addition to playback. While most 2018 flagships equipped with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845 can already do HDR capture, Samsung‘s Exynos 9810 used in the international variants of the Galaxy S9, Galaxy S9 Plus, and the Galaxy Note 9 can’t, which presumably prompted the company to disable the functionality on the U.S. models as well for the sake of feature parity.
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Video: Hands On With Samsung Galaxy Note 9


Samsung’s Galaxy Note 9 is probably one of the worst-kept secrets in the industry, with Samsung itself even leaking out its own marketing video just last week. As such, there aren’t too many surprises in today’s announcement, but there are definitely enough new things to take notice of over last year’s Galaxy Note 8. First up, the S Pen, which is seeing the first major upgrade in years. While Samsung has added sensitivity levels and made some cosmetic adjustments over the years, this year it’s adding Bluetooth Low Energy support, including remote control from far away by using the buttons on the S Pen. Samsung is launching this functionality with apps like Microsoft Powerpoint to move back and forth through slides, Instagram to take pictures, and a handful of other partners, with the SDK opening up to others in the near future.

Since it has Bluetooth support, the S Pen now has a battery for the first time ever. While active pens tend to be a pain to deal with because you typically have to stop using them for a while, change out batteries, or plug them in in a very awkward way, Samsung has engineered the S Pen to charge wirelessly while it’s in the Galaxy Note 9’s chassis. This is sheer brilliance, as it will always stay charged when it’s hanging out in the phone, with a full charge being delivered in under a minute if it somehow ends up dying on you. The best part is that it doesn’t require battery life to function as the S Pen always has, thanks to the active Wacom digitizer under the screen, rather you’ll just lose the extra Bluetooth functions if that happens.
Specs have gotten an expected boost with the two main models: 128GB of storage and 6GB of RAM, or 512GB of storage and 8GB of RAM. We’ll also see the usual split between Snapdragon 845-powered versions for the U.S, Mexico, Canada, and China, and Samsung Exynos powered versions for the rest of the world. A microSD card with support for up to 512GB of extra memory is also part of the package, so built-in storage isn’t necessarily super important. The battery has seen a significant increase in capacity as well, coming in at 4,000mAh, while last year’s phone only featured a 3,300mAh cell, and Samsung is citing all-day battery no matter how you use it. Check out our hands-on Galaxy Note 9 video below and don’t forget to subscribe to our tech channel on YouTube!



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Samsung Galaxy Note 9 Features A Massive Heat Pipe


Samsung’s Galaxy Note 9 features massive heat dissipation improvements compared to last year’s Galaxy Note 8, with its heat pipes being approximately three times larger, as revealed by a recent breakdown of the newly announced device. The image that can be seen above largely confirms previous reports about Samsung committing more resources toward ensuring the Galaxy Note 9 runs cooler than the Galaxy S9-series devices whose heat sinks are more akin those found inside the Galaxy Note 8.

A more efficient cooling mechanism should not only allow the newly launched Android phablet to maintain its peak performance levels for longer but should also improve the longevity of its battery that will be exposed to less heat from the system-on-chip inside the handset. In practice, that should allow for better frame rates in games, a device that will take longer than average to start showing signs of battery degradation, and one that will be easier to be held in hand even under heavy strain as it will be less likely to suffer from thermal bottlenecks and hence be too hot for comfortable use. It’s still unclear whether the South Korean original equipment manufacturer truly ended up using carbon-fiber heat pipes for the Galaxy Note 9 but the specifics of its heat dissipation solution are likely to be revealed shortly once more in-depth teardowns of the device end up being posted online.
The Galaxy Note 9 debuted on Thursday as Samsung’s most powerful Android smartphone to date, with its base model featuring 128GB of storage and 6GB of RAM. A Bluetooth-enabled S Pen is another major selling point of the handset, as are AKG-tuned dual stereo speakers and a 6.4-inch Super AMOLED display panel with a QHD+ resolution and curved edges. Samsung‘s Galaxy Note 9 is presently available for pre-orders around the world and will be released globally on August 24, starting at approximately $999, depending on the market.
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Hands On With Samsung Galaxy Note 9 Android Flagship


Samsung announced the Galaxy Note 9 today at its Unpacked event in Brooklyn, New York. The Galaxy Note 9, for the most part, lives up to the many leaks that surfaced ahead of the official announcement. But it is still shaping up to be a pretty impressive device from many aspects. Particularly the S Pen. This year, Samsung made more changes to the S Pen then it has ever before. Not only has it changed up the paint job on the S Pen, but it has made it, essentially, a remote control for the Galaxy Note 9. We’ve spent some time – albeit brief – with the Galaxy Note 9, and have some thoughts, so let’s talk about Samsung’s latest Big Thing.

The Galaxy Note 9 does look a whole lot like the Galaxy Note 8, and that’s not a surprise at all. Samsung, like the majority of the smartphone world, doesn’t change up its smartphone design every single year. So seeing the similarities here is not a surprise. But you do get a slightly larger display here, at 6.4-inches. Though the overall size of the Galaxy Note 9 is the same as the Galaxy Note 8. That means that the bezels are just a tad bit thinner this year. Under-the-hood, you’re getting all of the hardware you’d expect in a phone that costs $999. And that includes the Snapdragon 845 chipset, 6GB of RAM and comes with 128GB of storage as the base model. That’s definitely a good look for 2018, and shows that this is going to be a future-proof smartphone for a few years. Samsung also packed in a 4000mAh capacity battery, so it’ll last you all-day and then some. At least that is what Samsung is hoping here.


Samsung has brought out some new colors for the Galaxy Note 9 this year, and it’s a pretty bold color palette. In the US, there’s the Ocean Blue and Lavender Purple, while internationally, the Midnight Black and Metallic Copper are also available. The Lavender Purple is a really good color here, while the Ocean Blue is a bit darker than the “blue” colors that Samsung has used on other smartphones. The Ocean Blue also gets a Yellow S Pen while the others match the phone’s color. The rest of the design here is not too flashy, but it gets the job done – and yes Samsung kept the headphone jack.
The biggest change, as already mentioned, is actually in the S Pen. On the surface, it’s the same S Pen as before, but Samsung has included Bluetooth connectivity this time around. This allows you to use the S Pen as a remote and do different things throughout the OS. One of the biggest features that Samsung is showing off is the fact that you can long-press the button on the S Pen to open the camera, and then press it to take a photo. You can switch from the back to the front camera (and vice versa) by double-clicking the button as well. This means that you can get selfies without holding your phone nearby, giving you a really great shot. Now the S Pen is able to do this in other apps too. Like the gallery. You can press once to go forward, or double-tap to go back.

Speaking of pictures, the Galaxy Note 9’s camera is supposedly “all-new” this year. Now we did check out the camera on the Galaxy Note 9 here in Brooklyn, but this was in a controlled environment – and likely on unfinished software. So we’ll have to take that with a grain of salt, but it did a really great job. The camera can also adjust the aperture automatically, depending on the situation, which is a step above the variable aperture that Samsung showed off on the Galaxy S9 Plus earlier this year. This is going to allow those that aren’t professional photographers to get some great shots as well.

Finally, the software. It’s still Samsung Experience and unsurprisingly, it is running on Android Oreo. This isn’t surprising, given the fact that Android Pie only went stable on Monday, so most new smartphones are still going to be sporting Android Oreo for the next few months. But the software has all of the great Samsung apps you’d expect, including the Screen-Off Memo, which now uses the same color as your phone. So if you have the Ocean Blue Galaxy Note 9, it’ll be shown in “Ocean Blue” on your Galaxy Note 9. It’s a small thing, but it looks really nice.
Samsung announced that pre-orders start tonight at midnight EDT, and the Galaxy Note 9 will go on sale on August 24. The Galaxy Note 9 will start out with 128GB of storage at $999, and for those that need more storage, there is a 512GB model available for $1249. In the UK, the prices are similar, at £899 and £1199 respectively.
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Mophie Unveils Galaxy Note 9 Juice Pack, Available This Fall


The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 was introduced yesterday with a 4,000mAh non-removable battery, and that’s not exactly a small battery pack, but the Galaxy Note 9 has a large display, and just in case you need more juice, Mophie has just announced a juice pack for Samsung’s new flagship handset. Mophie has introduced a juice pack which packs in a 2,525mAh battery on the inside, and despite that, it manages to remain rather thin.

Mophie says that the Galaxy Note 9 juice pack provides ‘high-impact protection with internal rubberized support pads’, so you should not worry about dropping the Galaxy Note 9, as long as you don’t drop it from too far up. Interestingly enough, this juice pack is also Qi-compatible, it’s actually optimized for fast wireless charging with all Qi wireless charging systems, says the company. Mophie’s Galaxy Note 9 juice pack utilizes Charge Vault Technology, which enables the company’s battery pack to hold its charge for an extended period of time, claims Mophie. This extended battery does include a Type-C USB port, and it will not stay in the way if you want to use a cable to charge the Galaxy Note 9, or if you want to use the phone’s 3.5mm headphone jack.
The Mophie Galaxy Note 9 juice pack also comes with Priority+ charging, the phone will charge first, and then the juice pack charges. On top of everything, you’ll also get a standby / status button on Mophie’s juice pack, which will allow you to turn the battery on or off, or press to display battery levels and charge status. This accessory is still not available for the Galaxy Note 9, though, it will become available this fall over at Mophie’s official website, and via a number of retailers worldwide. In case you’re interested in getting it, you should know that it will cost $99.95 once it crops. Mophie did release one image of the upcoming Galaxy Note 9 juice pack, though, and it’s included above this article.
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LifeProof NËXT Case For The Galaxy Note 9 Is Official


LifeProof has just announced its very first case for Samsung’s Galaxy Note series of devices, and this particular case is made for the all-new Galaxy Note 9. The name of the company’s case is LifeProof NËXT, and the case itself is not available just yet, but it will be soon, says the company. LifeProof also said that the case is made to ‘stand up to the rigors of an active lifestyle’.

LifeProof has been making cases for Samsung’s Galaxy devices for years now, but never for a single Galaxy Note device. The LifeProof NËXT case for the Galaxy Note 9 offers six layers of protection, says the company, and the case is quite slim. This case has a two-piece outer shell, and it will protect the Galaxy Note 9 from drops and snow, while the inner lining seals the case from dirt. Audio-transparent mesh covers on this case keep the speakers free of debris, says the company, and LifeProof also claims that the NËXT case will protect the Galaxy Note 9 from drops up to 6.6 feet (2 meters), while the case itself is IP-5X-certified for blocking dirt and dust, and also keeping the snow out.
LifeProof’s cases are quite interesting, as we’ve seen similar cases for some other Galaxy smartphones, and if you’re worried about snow, water, dust, or dropping your phone, getting this case may be a solution for you. The LifeProof NËXT case for the Galaxy Note 9 will cost $79.99 once it becomes available, and it will arrive in two color options, Black and Cactus Rose, the company announced. LifeProof did not give us a prediction as to when this case will become available, but the company did say that it’s ‘coming soon’, so it will hopefully become available in the US in the coming weeks. The Galaxy Note 9 was introduced yesterday in New York, and if you’d like to know more about the device, click here.

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New Google Pixel 3 XL Video Leak Hints At Three Front Cameras


A video depicting what’s said to be a pre-production unit of the Google Pixel 3 XL appeared online earlier today, having been shared by Ukranian blogger Канал Лучкова, with the most curious takeaway from the new development being the suggestion that the upcoming Android flagship could feature three front cameras. The author of the clip is also the source of a recently emerged unboxing video alleged to be starring the same device, though the new leak is focused on the smartphone itself instead of the contents of its retail box.

The possibility of a triple-camera setup being embedded into the display notch of the Pixel 3 XL is raised by AnTutu, a Chinese benchmark the source ran on their prototype. The testing tool listed all three units as having 8.1-megapixel sensors, though the video itself doesn’t provide a clear look at the screen cutout of the device and previous sightings indicated its notch will feature a more conventional dual-camera setup on the front. Other specs listed by the benchmark include a 6.7-inch display panel with a resolution of 2,960 by 1,440 pixels and a 19:9 aspect ratio, a 12.2-megapixel rear camera, and Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845 system-on-chip. A 3,430mAh battery has also been referenced, together with 4GB of RAM, 64GB of flash memory, and a seemingly stock version of Android 9 Pie.
The Active Edge feature will apparently be making a return with the Pixel 3 lineup later this year, as per the same source, with the main implication of that claim being that HTC will once again be manufacturing at least one member of Google’s high-end lineup. While the newly recorded benchmark is the first indication that the Pixel 3 XL may have three front cameras, such a setup might help explain the size of its notch that appears to be larger than every other such cutout on the market, save for the ones found on devices that use actual 3D camera setups – Xiaomi’s Mi 8 and Apple’s iPhone X. The Pixel 3 line is expected to be announced on October 4 and start retailing by the end of the same month, together with the Pixelbook 2, second-generation Pixel Buds, and a new series of Pixel-brandedsmartwatches.

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