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Samsung Galaxy Note 9 Won’t Charge Faster Than S7: Rumor





Samsung’s Galaxy Note 9 won’t charge any faster than the Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 Edge, or any other mobile device from the South Korean company released after 2015, according to a Chinese product certification that recently emerged on social media network Weibo. The EP-TA200 charger set to be bundled with the Android phablet will have a maximum power output of approximately 10W, hence not being any faster to charge the device than the accessories that shipped with the Galaxy S7, Galaxy Note 7, Galaxy S8, and the Galaxy Note 8 series. While the product certificate lists the charger as supporting 9V and 1.67A which amounts to 15.03W, the practical limitations of Samsung’s solutions will see its power capped at approximately 10W, as was the case with the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus, the source claims.
Like with all of Samsung’s contemporary flagships, the Galaxy Note 9 likely won’t support Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0 or newer technologies as the firm is always targeting feature parity and that solution possibly wouldn’t work with the international variant of the device, i.e. the one that features its own Exynos 9810 chip instead of the Snapdragon 845. Instead, the smartphone should offer Samsung’s proprietary Fast Adaptive Charging which is based on Quick Charge 2.0, a much older and less efficient technology. As most credible industry insiders agree the Galaxy Note 9 will sport a 4,000mAh battery, it’s likely to be slower to fully charge than its predecessor which arrived with a 3,300mAh cell.
The only high-end mobile devices on the market that are slower to charge than Samsung’s modern products are Apple’s iPhones and should the Galaxy Note 9 truly feature a 4,000mAh battery, it will likely take over two hours to go from zero to 100-percent. One recent leak indicated that the handset should still be extremely efficient and last for up to two days of regular use on a single charge. Earlier this week, Samsung confirmed it will be announcing the Galaxy Note 9 on August 9, with the Android flagship being expected to go on sale near the end of the same month.
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Possible Samsung Galaxy Note 9 Flagship Leaks In Case Render





Samsung’s Galaxy Note 9 may have been depicted in a recently emerged protective case render shared by one known industry insider on Twitter. While the image that can be seen above is understood to be of unofficial origin, the source maintains this could be the render that currently comes “the closest” to the actual look of the upcoming Android flagship. Samsung’s high-end smartphones usually start leaking in real-life images and high-resolution renders between eight to ten weeks prior to their official announcement but the South Korean original equipment manufacturer managed to keep the Galaxy Note 9 under wraps for much longer and is still doing so.
Despite the fact that Samsung already attached an early August launch date to its next premium mobile offering, the Galaxy Note 9 has yet to leak online in the form of a highly credible image. Many details about the device still found their way to the World Wide Web, with most industry insiders agreeing that the phablet will be visually similar to its predecessor, with the main difference between the two being the position of their fingerprint readers. While the Galaxy Note 8 had a scanner mounted to the right of its rear-facing dual-camera setup, its successor is expected to feature such a sensor below its main imaging system. A Super AMOLED “Infinity Display” panel with a QHD+ resolution and an 18.5:9 aspect ratio is still expected to be part of the package, together with 6GB of RAM and 64GB of storage space, at least for the base model.
Four memory configurations of the Galaxy Note 9 are said to be in the works, though the two more premium ones with 8GB of RAM and either 256GB or 512GB of flash storage aren’t expected to ever become officially available for purchase in the West. Samsung will be announcing its next premium mobile product at a New York City-based “Unpacked” event scheduled to take place on August 9, starting at 10 AM local time.
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Galaxy Note 9 S Pen To Control Music, Take Selfies: Rumor


The S Pen bundled with the Galaxy Note 9 will be a significant step forward compared to Samsung’s previous stylus and be able to control music, take selfies, and perform a wide variety of other actions, according to one established industry insider from China close to some of the South Korean company’s suppliers. Unlike what has been the case in previous years, the new S Pen will be capable of functioning as a fully standalone Bluetooth controller, as per the same source who previously already teased some major stylus improvements Samsung has in the works for the Galaxy Note 9.

The Seoul-based original equipment manufacturer recently confirmed its next Android flagship will be announced on August 9, having done so via a teaser that shows what appears to be a yellow gold S Pen. While it’s still unclear whether Samsung is actually planning on debuting such a bright gold variant of the actual handset, it appears at least one model will be bundled with that kind of a stylus. Historically, all Galaxy Note-series models featured S Pens of similar or identical colors to their actual bodies. The fingerprint sensor of the Galaxy Note 9 should sit below its dual-camera setup instead of to its right like it does on the Galaxy Note 8, with that same repositioning already taking place across the last two generations of the Galaxy S family.
The base model of the device is expected to offer 6GB of RAM and 64GB of storage and while Samsung is said to be working on a configuration with as much as 512GB of flash memory and 8GB of RAM, that particular model likely won’t be sold outside of South Korea and China. Following its early August launch, the Galaxy Note 9 should be available for pre-orders for several weeks and release globally by the end of the same month, as suggested by Samsung‘s previously employed product strategies.
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Huawei Developing Smartwatches With Built-In Earbuds


Huawei is currently working on a smartwatch that includes built-in Bluetooth earbuds, according to a patent published by the World Intellectual Property Office (WIPO) last month, which details how the smartwatch could possibly store the Bluetooth earbuds. The first method is to keep the earbuds inside containers located on both sides of the watch body. Inside the container, the earbuds are held in place with a closing cap and a release spring mechanism. To retrieve the earbuds from the watch, users only need to click on the cap, which then removes the cover of the container. The patent also mentions that the smartwatch can keep the earbuds in a container located on the underside of its band.

Huawei’s patent states that this design could also reduce the risk of accidents since users no longer need to wear the earbuds all the time, which results in improved awareness of the people’s surroundings. Moreover, the wireless earbuds also offer an active noise cancellation feature. This functionality improves the sound quality of the earbuds by reducing unwanted environmental sounds. The wireless earbuds that will be included with the smartwatch could be waterproof, and users should be able to easily control their call volume.
This is not the first time that the Chinese device maker incorporated Bluetooth earpieces into its wearables. Back in 2015, the company released a fitness tracker called the Huawei Talkband B2. This device also doubled as a Bluetooth earpiece. In order to function as an earpiece, users had to push the small buttons located on both sides of the device, which would detach the audio device from the band of the wearable. As is the case with all product design patents, there are no guarantees that Huawei’s latest concept will ever be commercialized. The company is also yet to announce a follow-up to its critically acclaimed Huawei Watch 2 released in April of 2017.


















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Samsung Galaxy Note 9 Receives 3C Certification In China


It seems like the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 just got certified in China. A Samsung-branded smartphone with an SM-N9608 model number got certified by the 3C authority in China, and it seems like we’re looking at the Chinese version of the Galaxy Note 9 here, at least based on Samsung’s previous model numbers. In addition to the phone itself, the company’s CP-TA200 wireless charging pad got certified as well. The wireless pad’s charging adapter comes with 9V/1.67A, 5V/2A rating, which are considerably lower ratings compared to Samsung’s fast charging adapter, as expected.

Samsung had already scheduled the Galaxy Note 9 press conference, the company will announce its new flagship on August 9, and it will host its press conference at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, starting at 10AM EST. Samsung also teased the yellow-colored S Pen along with that announcement, which suggests that we may get some new colors of the Galaxy Note 9 as well. The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 has been leaking for a while now, and needless to say, it will be the company’s most powerful smartphone to date, though it will be similarly as powerful as the Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus. The Galaxy Note 9 will sport a larger display than both of those phones, some camera improvements are expected as well, though the device will probably ship with the same rear-facing camera sensors as the Galaxy S9 Plus. The Galaxy Note 9 will also arrive with an S Pen stylus, which will differentiate it from both the Galaxy S9 devices, and the rest of its competition, while some new S Pen-related features are expected as well.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 will be made out of metal and glass, and if the leaked renders are to be believed, the phone will sport two horizontally-aligned cameras, compared to a vertically aligned dual camera setup that is available on the Galaxy S9. The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 will arrive in both Snapdragon and Exynos variants, and we’re looking at the Snapdragon 845 and Exynos 9810 chipsets here. The device will include at least 6GB of RAM, and a curved QHD+ Super AMOLED displays is also expected. Android 8.1 Oreo will come pre-installed on the phone, along with Samsung’s custom UI.

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Android P Developer Preview 4 is now available




  • It's showing up a little later than we expected, but the fourth Android P Developer Preview is rolling out today. It's available on the first and second generation Pixel phones as both a system image and an OTA file. However, the Android beta program updates aren't going out quite yet.
You can install the factory images on a Pixel with an unlocked bootloader, and it doesn't matter if you've been on the developer preview previously. The OTA files, meanwhile, will upgrade your DP3-based Pixel to the latest build. The OTA doesn't require an unlocked bootloader. If you're in the Android beta program, you should get an upgrade notification in the not too distant future if you don't mind waiting.
This one is slightly late.
Google's release notes for DP4 (which is also Beta 3) notes that there could be battery and stability issues, but there aren't as many specific warnings as in past previews. As always, installing beta software is done at your own risk.
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Exclusive: Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 Official Render Confirms Design Rumors


The Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 is all display, literally

Here’s a good look at the Samsung Galaxy Tab S4. This is a tablet that has been widely reported on in the last few months and one that’s expected to launch soon enough. Up until now, however, almost no leaked images have come through. To remedy this situation, here’s an official press render which provides a very clean look at the front and back of the new Galaxy Tab S4. The image was provided to AndroidHeadlines by a reliable source.
Previously, it had been suggested the Galaxy Tab S4 will launch in two colors, black and gray. While AndroidHeadlines cannot speak of the latter, this image does confirm black will certainly be one of the main color options when the tablet becomes available. From the back, there seems to be very little difference when comparing the new model to the Galaxy Tab S3 as they both sport the same overall design, and the same rear camera placement. Although the logo on the back of the device has changed somewhat as it has now moved further down. Resulting in the “Tuned by AKG” logo seen on the Tab S3 replaced with “Samsung | Tuned by AKG.” This paints a slightly different picture to the recent FCC image that surfaced which now suggests the one used in the FCC filing was more likely a Tab S3 placeholder image. The power and volume buttons on the side remain in an identical position to the previous model. No change.

The front of the Galaxy Tab S4 is another story altogether. As this is where some very obvious changes can be seen. Firstly, the Galaxy Tab S4 is all about the display as the screen is now far more prominent than on any earlier Galaxy Tab S model. Previous rumors have pointed to a 10.5-inch panel, and if correct, this would mean the display is bigger than that found on the Galaxy Tab S3 (9.7-inches). Again, if correct, then it seems likely this tablet does not feature a traditional aspect ratio as the display-to-overall-size difference does not tally with the Galaxy Tab S3. The knock-on effects of this are equally as important to note, as in addition to the display stretching out to cover more of the front of the device, all of the other front-facing elements (bar the camera) have vanished when compared to the Galaxy Tab S3. This means no “Samsung” logo on the top bezel. One of the reasons for this might be the inclusion of an iris scanner. This is a feature that had previously been rumored for the Galaxy Tab S4, and although this should not be taken as a confirmation – it does very much look like an iris scanner is on show with this latest render – positioned in a similar place to where it’s located on the Galaxy S smartphone line.
More notably, however, is the seemingly complete absence of a home button on the chin. While the Samsung logo may be present when the finished product is unveiled, based on the image provided, the chin does not look sufficiently large enough to comfortably house a home key. So, it seems highly unlikely a physical home button will be on offer with the new model. This would mark a major design departure for the Galaxy Tab S line, and one which immediately raises another question – what about the fingerprint sensor? Previously, it had been expected the Tab S4 would feature a fingerprint sensor embedded in the home button, although without a physical home key, that seems less likely to be the case. Of course, Samsung may opt for an under-display fingerprint sensor, and especially as it seems as though virtual buttons are going to be in use. But if that is the case, then it would be a very big feature for the Galaxy Tab S4 as Samsung has yet to launch a product with an under-display fingerprint sensor. While the Galaxy Note 9 is coming up and expected to launch either with or before the Tab S4, the rumors on the Galaxy Note 9 seem very undecided on whether the new phone will feature the under-display solution or not. Based on this image, however, it would seem clear the Galaxy Tab S4 either does feature an under-display sensor, or it does not have a sensor at all. While a side-mounted fingerprint reader embedded into the tablet’s power button may be possible in theory — given how both Sony and Motorola managed to commercialize this type of solution in the past — it seems less likely here as there seems to be no deviation in the size of the power key compared to the previous model.
At present, there is nothing new to add when it comes to the specs but drawing on the rumors that have come through to date, the Galaxy Tab S4 is expected to feature 4GB RAM, 64GB storage, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC, a 7,300 mAh capacity battery, and Android 8.1 (Oreo). This is in addition to a 13-megapixel rear camera, and an 8-megapixel front-facing camera. While most of these can be considered natural improvements considering what the Galaxy Tab S3 offered, the Galaxy Tab S4 is also slated to come loaded with some additional features, such as Samsung DeX support. In spite of Samsung already having announced an August 9 product launch, most indications point to an IFA 2018 unveiling for the Galaxy Tab S4.
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Samsung Galaxy Note 9 Benchmarked With 6GB RAM, Android 8.1


A Samsung Electronics-made device identified by the model number SM-N960F that’s widely believed to be the upcoming Galaxy Note 9 appeared in the online database of smartphone benchmarking tool Geekbench, having first been spotted by tech media from the Netherlands. The handset in question is believed to be the international variant of the Galaxy Note 9, both due to its model number and the fact that it was listed as featuring Samsung’s own Exynos 9810 system-on-chip. The same silicon also powers the international models of the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus, whereas those sold in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and China ship with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845 and offer slightly better battery life and graphical performance but worse CPU processing capabilities. The same should hold true for the Galaxy Note 9 family and the differences between the two chips aren’t likely to be noticeable in everyday use.

The four conservative cores of the Galaxy Note 9 are running at up to 1.79GHz, with Samsung seemingly opting for the same clock frequency as it did with the Galaxy S9 series. The other quad-core cluster of the Exynos 9810 should be capable of reaching up to 2.9GHz. The Geekbench listing also mentions 6GB of RAM, the expected minimum configuration of the upcoming series. While two models with 8GB of RAM and either 256GB or 512GB of storage space are also rumored to be on the charts, they are likely to only be officially released in South Korea and China. The Galaxy Note 9 model in question was tested while running Android 8.1 Oreo, presumably Samsung’s own implementation of Google’s operating system that’s said to be called Samsung Experience 9.5.
The Seoul-based tech giant already confirmed the Galaxy Note 9 will be officially announced on August 9, with the main implication of that mid-summer launch event being that the Android flagship will become available for purchase by the end of that same month. The handset will be Samsung‘s final high-end mobile offering for 2018 and pave the way for the introduction of the Galaxy S10 lineup expected to debut in the first quarter of 2019.






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Samsung To Offer Five Galaxy Note 9 Colors At Launch: Leak


Samsung will be offering five color variants of the Galaxy Note 9 at launch, Dutch tech blog GalaxyClub reports, citing no specific sources but presumably referring to the storefront of online retailer MyTrendyPhone which recently listed a handful of versions of a stylus carrying the model number EJ-PN960 which is assumed to be the new S Pen set to be bundled with the upcoming Android flagship. The listings that can be seen below don’t come with any images attached but are believed to reveal the official color variants of the Galaxy Note 9 seeing how all previous generations of the stylus-equipped phablets and their S Pens had matching colors.

The storefront indicates the arrival of a Black, Grey, Violet, Blue, and Brown version of the flagship, which is in line with most recent reports about the device. At least three of the new colors likely aren’t new, with industry insiders previously suggesting Samsung’s Midnight Black and Lilac Purple finishes will both be making a return with the Galaxy Note 9, as well as one of Titanium Gray and Orchid Gray. While the Coral Blue color proved to be a popular choice among Samsung’s customers in recent years, the blue variant of the Galaxy Note 9 may be somewhat darker than that particular finish, according to recent rumors. The final version of the handset is said to be called “Teddy Brown,” as one insider claimed this spring.
The only inconsistency between the latest leak and what’s currently known about the Galaxy Note 9 is the fact that Samsung’s own teaser for its August 9 launch event shows what appears to be a yellow gold S Pen. While the South Korean tech giant is no stranger to combining its high-end Android smartphones with gold hues, such an aggressively bright shade of gold never appeared on any of its products and it’s still unclear whether that will actually be the case this time around.






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Android P DP4 trims down the Direct Share targets to 4 instead of 8




This article is part of our Android P Feature Spotlights series.
  • It's no secret that we're not the biggest fans of Android's Share menu. A couple of months ago, I wrote an exposé detailing everything that's wrong with it, including its slowness, inconsistency, and the mess that is Direct Share. With Android P Developer Preview 4, which was released yesterday, Google decided to do one thing about it, but it's not what you think: Direct Share targets have been reduced to four.


Now, when you share something to another app, you will only see four Direct Share targets on top from your different apps, not eight. The targets still take some time to show after the menu has already loaded, so the slowness wasn't improved. They're also just as unpredictable as before, with no way to pin specific targets instead of pinning apps. The only thing that seems better, in my brief testing, is that the menu doesn't bounce just as much, which may result in fewer mistaken taps.
Left: Eight Direct share targets before DP4. Right: Four targets in DP4.
I'm quite sad that this is the only improvement Google thought was worth making to the Share menu. It doesn't change much and there are many other better ways to fix its mess than simply removing a few icons.
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Android P's Accessibility Menu replaces gestures and hardware buttons

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At I/O, Google announced a set of new accessibility features for Android P, one of which was a new Accessibility Menu for motor-impaired users. It makes it easier to perform nine actions that would otherwise require precise gestures or hardware button presses. We looked for the menu in Android P DP2, which rolled out at I/O, but didn't find it then. Now, it's there, but it turns out it was likely implemented in DP3, but we didn't spot it until DP4 showed up yesterday.
To enable the new menu, head over to Settings -> Accessibility -> Accessibility Menu (under Interaction controls). After turning the toggle on, you'll see a new human shape in the bottom right of your navigation bar, whether you're using gesture navigation or not. That icon will stay there in the homescreen, in apps, and in any screen where the navigation bar is visible.
Tapping it reveals the accessibility menu, which was properly designed with large icons and a bottom placement. Nine options are listed, including actions that normally require gestures (Quick Settings, Notifications) and ones that usually need a few hardware presses (Power, Screenshot).
Every little bit helps when you have a physical disability, and this menu does seem like a good step forward. Even without any motor impairment, I could see myself enabling it because it makes a few actions easier to access than reaching up and swiping, or pressing multiple buttons.
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FCC confirms Galaxy Note 9 S Pen will have Bluetooth


Ever since its introduction, the S Pen has been the defining feature of the Galaxy Note series. Some users are so devoted to that stylus they won't even consider buying another phone. The S Pen hasn't changed much over the years, other than no longer getting stuck in the phone. Samsung seems to have something big planned for the Note 9, though. A new FCC report lists the S Pen as a Bluetooth device.

The FCC is tasked with testing consumer electronics to ensure they don't interfere with wireless communication. The Note 9's S Pen (model EJ-PN960) got a full battery of wireless tests because it's a 2.4GHz Bluetooth LE device. Past S Pens have been unpowered inductive styluses that interact with a digitizer in the screen. Adding Bluetooth could unlock a whole range of new features (and a few drawbacks).
Samsung will need to work out a way to keep the S Pen charged. There's not much space for a battery, but it could probably trickle charge the pen whenever it's docked inside the phone via pins or wireless technology. With a Bluetooth connection, the button on your S Pen could work even when it's not near the screen. It could potentially control music playback or open Bixby (please no). We'll have to wait and see what Samsung has cooked up.
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Samsung Galaxy Note 9 Flagship Revealed In More Case Renders





Half a dozen new renders showing what’s believed to be a relatively accurate depiction of Samsung’s Galaxy Note 9 appeared online earlier today as part of protective case listings for the upcoming Android flagship published by accessory retailer MobileFun. The company that has a long history of premature product listings it presumably puts forward as a publicity stunt is now selling Galaxy Note 9 cases starting at $11.49, with its most expensive such offerings going up to $33.49.


The images that can be seen in the gallery below are entirely in line with recent rumors and reports about the Galaxy Note 9, showing yet another device with a horizontal dual-camera setup and a repositioned fingerprint sensor that now resides below the imaging system instead of next to it. All six Olixar case listings show what appears to be a Midnight Black variant of the phablet, with one report from earlier this week suggesting Samsung will be offering five colors in total at launch. The overall look of the device is effectively identical to that of the Galaxy Note 8, with the upcoming smartphone featuring an Infinity Display panel with an elongated 18.5:9 aspect ratio which slightly curves around its long edges and is sandwiched between fairly minimal top and bottom bezels.


The South Korean original equipment manufacturer recently confirmed that the Galaxy Note 9 will be officially announced on August 9 at a new “Unpacked” event in New York City, with the main implication of the happening’s date being that the high-end smartphone will likely become available for purchase by the end of the same month. Much like the Galaxy S9 Plus, the Galaxy Note 9 is expected to be powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845 and Samsung’s Exynos 9810 chip, depending on the region, with its base model sporting 6GB of RAM and 64GB of storage space expandable via a microSD card tray. A 4,000mAh battery is also said to be part of the package, together with Android 8.1 Oreo-based Samsung Experience 9.5.









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Galaxy Note 9 Support Pages Surface In Several Countries


The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 will arrive on August 9, and support pages for the device have surfaced on several official websites. Support pages for the Galaxy Note 9 popped up on Samsung’s official websites in Finland, Denmark, France, and Norway. These support pages have popped up for the SM-N960F/DS model, which is a dual SIM variant of the Galaxy Note 9, it seems.

Now, these support pages are not completely blank, they do answer some questions regarding Quick Charging, how to transfer data from your current daily driver to the Galaxy Note 9, how to get an e-mail address for your new phone, and how to use dual SIM cards. These are only some examples, some additional concept is also included on those support pages. Having said that, the Galaxy Note 9’s S Pen stylus had surfaced on the FCC quite recently, and that listing revealed that the stylus will sport Bluetooth connectivity. A number of Galaxy Note 9 cases have surfaced lately, while the device itself leaked in some renders as well. Based on all that info, the device will be quite similar to its predecessor, the Galaxy Note 8, at least in terms of the design, which was to be expected, as Samsung is not expected to make any significant changes in that regard until the Galaxy Note 10 comes to the stage.
The Galaxy Note 9 will be announced on August 9 in New York, and the phone will sport a horizontally-aligned dual camera setup on the back if those leaks were accurate. A fingerprint scanner will be included below those two cameras, while the device will have bezels above and below the display, though those bezels will be quite thin. The Galaxy Note 9 will be made out of metal and glass, while an S Pen will once again be tucked away inside of the phone. The Galaxy Note 9 will launch in both Snapdragon 845 and Exynos 9810 SoC variants, and Android 8.1 Oreo will come pre-installed on the phone along with Samsung’s custom UI. The device will include at least 6GB of RAM, and its display will be larger than the one on the Galaxy S9 Plus.
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Galaxy S10 To Launch At MWC 2019, After Foldable Phone: Rumor


According to a new rumor that surfaced on Weibo (Chinese social network), the Samsung Galaxy S10 will launch at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2019 in February, while the company’s first foldable smartphone may appear at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in January. This info comes from Ice Universe, a Chinese tipster, and if it’s accurate, Samsung will be extremely busy in the first quarter of next year.

Having said that, rumors have been claiming for the longest time that the Galaxy S10 will arrive early next year, and that it may launch in January, but it seems like that was incorrect, at least according to the source. That is not surprising, however, as we see such rumors regarding the Galaxy S series every year, and every year they end up being false. In any case, previous reports have suggested that Samsung plans to manufacture between 300,000 and 500,000 units of its upcoming foldable smartphone, and that the device may cost almost $2,000, one of those rumors suggested that its price point will be $1,850. That’s not exactly a price regular consumers will be willing to pay, which is probably why Samsung is planning to manufacture a limited amount of its foldable smartphones. Needless to say, Samsung is planning to release a true foldable smartphone, which comes with a foldable display, and the company will probably look to get some feedback from the market before it dives in deeper, and focuses more on foldable smartphones. It remains to be seen if they will ever become a standard, of course, it’s a completely new form factor we’re looking at.
We still do not have all that much info about the Galaxy S10, but the device is rumored to arrive in three variants, compared to the two models that the company released this year. The Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus will arrive, as expected, but in addition to those two phones, a smaller Galaxy S10 is also rumored to become a reality, a phone which will be truly compact. The Galaxy S10 is expected to ship with 6GB or 8GB of RAM, while chances are that Samsung will include 512GB of storage in at least one of the Galaxy S10 variants. One of the Galaxy S10 handsets (or more than one) may also include three rear-facing cameras, according to rumors.
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The Galaxy Note 9 specs and price leak again, and it’s exactly what you’d expect




A few days ago, a Russian blogger who somehow manages to gets his hands on every hot Galaxy phone before it launches shared his Galaxy Note 9 preview with the world. It was an exhaustive look at the upcoming Samsung flagship handset that he penned after spending time with the unreleased phone.
We now have a new record that echoes the early hands-on preview — and pretty much repeats everything we’ve heard from other sources. That’s right, the Galaxy Note 9 won’t bring over any surprises, and that fact shouldn’t be too shocking given that Samsung’s smartphone strategy for 2018 seems to be pretty clear.




The Galaxy Note 9 will be almost a clone of last year’s Note 8 when it comes to design. And, as Dutch blog Techtasticaptly puts it, it’ll be a near-perfect clone of the Galaxy S9 when it comes to specs.
Sources said to be familiar with Samsung’s plans shared the Note 9’s specs with the site, the same specs we’ve seen in previous Note 9 rumors. The phone will have a 6.3-inch OLED screen with 2960 x 1440 resolution (18.5:9 aspect ratio) with a maximum brightness of 1150 nits. The Exynos 9810 will power international versions, while the Snapdragon 845 processor will be reserved for the US and Korean models.
The cheapest Note 9, which will retail for around €1,000 in the Netherlands, will pack 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage — base storage is about to double compared to previous Galaxy flagships. Configurations with 8GB of RAM and 256GB or 512GB of storage are also in the works.
The phone measures 162 x 76.4 x 8.8 mm, which makes it 0.2 mm thicker than the Galaxy Note 8. That’s because the phone houses a 4,000 mAh battery, which is a much higher capacity than last year’s Note phone.
The S Pen will feature Bluetooth connectivity and will pack a battery of its own. It’s unclear how the stylus will be charged, though we would imagine the Note 9 battery will charge it whenever the S Pen is docked.
Finally, two 12-megapixels identical to the ones on the Galaxy S9+’s rear camera will be found on the back of the Note 9. But unlike the Galaxy S9+ which has a vertical dual-lens camera system, the Note 9 will feature a horizontal camera module. New algorithms and better image stabilization should improve the camera experience compared to the Galaxy S9+, the report notes.
The handset will run Android Oreo out of the box, with Samsung’s custom “Samsung Experience” user interface on top. The software is supposed to be similar to the Galaxy S9, although the Note 9 is getting new S Pen features. In case it matters, AR Emoji is also supposed to get several improvements, though we’re pretty skeptical considering how awful this feature is right now.
The Galaxy Note 9 will be unveiled on August 9th in New York, with a worldwide launch likely scheduled a few weeks after that.



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Samsung is making three different versions of the Galaxy S10, and now we know about each one



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You know how we all expected Samsung to launch two Galaxy S10 models next year featuring new designs? Well, you can scratch part of that rumor. It’s not two, but three different Galaxy S10 versions that are coming early next year, and it’s pretty easy to understand why Samsung is doing it. The phones will offer a bunch of novel new features that have never been seen on a Samsung smartphone before, and now we have some new details about all three upcoming Galaxy S10 models.




Korean business news site The Bell has it from multiple unnamed sources that Samsung is developing samples for three Galaxy S10 devices referred to internally as Beyond 0, Beyond 1, and Beyond 2, which are codenames we’ve seen several times before.
Beyond 0 is an entry-level model, so it’s probably a “Mini” variant of Samsung’s upcoming new flagship phone. The handset is expected to feature a fingerprint sensor on the right side, where your thumb would rest. Therefore, the phone will not have a Fingerprint On Display (FOD) fingerprint sensor like its bigger siblings.
The Bell reiterates what many other rumors have claimed in the past, that the Beyond 1 and Beyond 2 — Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10+, respectively — will have FOD screens.
FOD is supposed to be one of the most significant innovations coming to Samsung’s tenth-anniversary Galaxy S phones. The other feature, of course, is the triple-lens camera that will be a Galaxy S10+ exclusive. But with the Beyond 0, Samsung wants to make sure no Galaxy S10 version will have a fingerprint sensor on the back.
The FOD module is more expensive to make. Priced at $15, that’s more than seven times the price of a regular rear-facing fingerprint sensor. Qualcomm will be the supplier of optical fingerprint sensors used in Samsung’s new phones, while Chinese camera module maker O-Film will also supply key components. Samsung Display will then attach the FOD module to the OLED screen.
The specs of the Galaxy S10 have reportedly not been finalized, with the Beyond 0 having been added to the mix only recently. We’re sure that decision has nothing to do with news that Apple plans to launch three new iPhone models later this summer, including a new entry-level model.



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Report: Galaxy S10+ to have five cameras (three rear, two front)




We exclusively reported late last month that the LG V40 would have five cameras in total - three on the rear and two on the front. As strange as it sounds, the V40 may not be the only next-gen flagship with that many sensors. A report coming out of South Korea is claiming that Samsung's Galaxy S10+ will have the same number of cameras on board, and in a similar configuration as well.

In the past, secondary camera sensors have usually consisted of an ultra wide-angle lens, as LG does, or a telephoto lens, like Apple tends to do. According to experts in the parts industry, the Galaxy S10+ will add a 16MP, 120-degree ultra wide-angle lens to the Galaxy S9+'s 12MP wide-angle and 12MP telephoto lenses be equipped with both. That means that there will be one wide-angle lens, one telephoto lens, and one super wide-angle lens.
Up front, Samsung is mixing things up as well. The dual front cameras could be set up similarly to the Galaxy A8, which has a 16MP sensor and an 8MP sensor for bokeh purposes, but we've previously heard that the second sensor may be for 3D sensing. Add all of the cameras up, and you get a whopping five cameras on a single phone. It seems a bit overkill when the Pixel 2 does just fine with two, but wide-angle sensors are nice to have.
As for the rest of the line, the Galaxy S10 (codenamed 'Beyond 1') and an unnamed lower-end variant ('Beyond 0') won't have the same camera setup as the top-of-the-line S10+ ('Beyond 3'). The S10 is said to have the same tri-camera setup on the back, but only one on the front. Meanwhile, 'Beyond 0' will reportedly come with a standard two cameras - one on the front and one on the back. You know, like all of those phones did back in the day.
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It doesn't seem like that long ago, but the Galaxy Tab S3 officially debuted almost one-and-a-half years ago. In other words, it's overdue for a replacement. We'd heard about the Tab S4 passing through the Wi-Fi Alliance and the FCC, but hadn't seen it in photos - that is, until now.

The most striking part of this image is obviously the front. Whereas the Galaxy Tab S3 had a 4:3 screen surrounded by thick bezels all around with physical buttons on the bottom, the Tab S4 looks to have a 16:9 display with much slimmer bezels and no physical home or capacitive buttons. It makes the tablet look a lot more modern, though the fact that there's no fingerprint sensor visible must be mentioned. It's possible that Samsung will include an in-display sensor, though that's unlikely. It does look like there's an iris scanner up top, which might be all we get for biometric security.
Spec-wise, the Galaxy Tab S4 is expected to have a Snapdragon 835, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, a 13MP main camera, an 8MP front-facing camera, and a 7,300mAh battery. Android 8.1 Oreo and DeX support are expected as well. Chances are that we'll be hearing more about the Tab S4 on August 9th, so we've probably got a little over a month to wait.

UPDATE: 2018/07/11 5:58AM PDT
Evan Blass has opened the leak-gates on the Tab S4 with three images of the optional keyboard cover and pen as well as the back of the white variant.



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Huawei Poland Possibly Leaks The Name Of Android P


The Polish division of Huawei possibly leaked the real name of Android P, the next major iteration of Google’s operating system that’s still without an official moniker despite receiving its second-to-lastdeveloper preview earlier this month and being almost ready for launch. As part of a recent correspondence with a customer inquiring about the incoming arrival of Android 8.0 Oreo for their Huawei P9 Lite Mini, a Polish customer support representative referred to Android P as “Android Pistachio,” having opted to provide the user with a comprehensive response regarding the company’s software support plans for the device.

The name itself largely corresponds to the one Bloomberg reported about in February, stating that Google’s engineers are internally referring to the OS version as “Pistachio Ice Cream.” The claim itself clearly pointed to the moniker being a code-name, suggesting the actual name of Android P may end up being changed by the time it’s released. No other rumors regarding the name of the upcoming OS build have emerged since then, with Google itself also being yet to start teasing its moniker, something it traditionally does once it’s close to debuting a major upgrade to its mobile ecosystem.
Android P will introduce mandatory Project Treble support requirement for original equipment manufacturers, limit third-party access to certain APIs, and be natively compatible with display notches, a design cue that has been amassing significant traction in the smartphone industry over the course of the last year. The OS is presently in its fourth developer preview phase (i.e. third beta stage), with its next release also being planned as a stable one. No firm launch dates have yet been provided by Google, though a product roadmap the company shared in early March listed Android P as hitting the stable channel by the end of this summer, i.e. the third quarter of the year. Google’s Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL are likely to be the first smartphones to be updated to Android P, with more being expected to follow soon. The upcoming Pixel 3 lineup of flagships should run Android P out of the box, whereas the OS itself should debut with the version number 9.0.






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Galaxy Note 9 Release Date Leaks, TENAA Listing Appears



The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is easily one of the most anticipated smartphones of 2018, and some more info regarding that handset surfaced online. As most of you know by now, Samsung already confirmed that the device will be announced on August 9 in New York, and now South Korean media suggest that it will become available for purchase two weeks after that, on August 24, at least in Korea. Insiders say that Samsung wants to get a head start on Apple’s 2018 iPhones which will probably arrive in mid-September.

In addition to that, the Galaxy Note 9 has also appeared on TENAA, it seems, China’s equivalent to the FCC. The Galaxy Note 9 version that surfaced on TENAA is actually a dual SIM model, as expected, and it supports TD-LTE, FD/TD-SCDMA/WCDMA/cdma2000/ CDMA 1X/GSM networks. On top of all that, some of the phone’s specs have surfaced as well, and if rumors are to be believed, the Galaxy Note 9 will sport a 6.3-inch QHD+ Super AMOLED Infinity display, while it will arrive in both Exynos and Snapdragon variants. The Exynos 9810 will fuel the phone in Europe and some other regions, while the Snapdragon 845 will be included in a variant for the US and some other parts of the world. It will sport the same dual camera setup as the Galaxy S9 Plus, but its low light shooting will be boosted, rumors say, while the phone will include 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, at least for the base model. On top of all that, a 4,000mAh battery has been mentioned, and an S Pen will be included as well.
That being said, we’ve recently shared an exclusive render of the Galaxy Note 9, which more or less confirms that the phone will sport a similar design to its predecessor, the Galaxy Note 8. The Galaxy Note 9 will sport some bezel above and below the display, but its bezels will not be thick, not at all. The phone’s display will be slightly curved, and the S Pen stylus will once again be holstered on the inside of the device.

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Galaxy Note9 and colorful new S Pen purportedly shown off in print ad leak




Note9 details and leaks have been picking up steam in recent days, and the latest addition to the growing pile of evidence surrounding the new phone comes courtesy of renowned leaker Ice universe. Just earlier today he showed off what is claimed to be a print advertisement showing off "the new super powerful Note," stylus and all.

Most of the details it has revealed line up with what we'd expect, given the leaks that have already occurred and changes made to the Galaxy S9. The fingerprint reader looks to be moved to the center, beneath the camera array.
The S Pen looks almost identical to the previous model, so if there are any changes present there, they aren't immediately visible. The bottom of the handset is also functionally unchanged, with antenna lines, the S Pen receptacle, speaker grille, and mic hole all in almost exactly the same locations.
The only thing that stands out as a bit weird to us is the copy included with the advertisement itself, as "super powerful Note" isn't quite the sort of marketing direction Samsung usually goes in. Ice universe has had a decent record so far, though, and it's a believable change.
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HTC’s most exciting phone in years might cost more than a next-gen iPhone X



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HTC quietly announced a new smartphone initiative in May, a phone like nothing else available on the market. The HTC Exodus, due later this year, is supposed to be HTC’s first crypto handset and the world’s first blockchain phone.
It might also be doomed to fail, much like every phone HTC made to date. That’s not only because of what it proposes but also because it might cost more than the iPhone X versions Apple is about to launch.




The $999 iPhone X proved to be too expensive to meet Apple’s goals, although the phone did very well so far, helping Apple significantly raise the average selling price of the iPhone. Come fall, the three upcoming iPhone X models will be slightly cheaper, with the 2018 5.8-inch iPhone X supposed to cost $899.
The HTC Exodus, meanwhile, will cost around $1,000, according to what Phil Chen told The Verge about it. Well, he did not specify the exact price but did say that the Exodus will cost about as much as a different blockchain phone in town, the Sirin Labs Finney.
The HTC exec happens to be the company’s chief decentralized officer, and that’s not a joke. Instead, it’s a nod to the emerging crypto world, where decentralization is a significant characteristic of the blockchain.
HTC did not reveal many details about the Exodus back in May, other than to say that the blockchain will power it. At the time, that seemed to be a suggestion that the phone won’t run Android. It’s still not clear what operating system we can expect, or what kind of hardware we’re looking at.
But HTC wants to announce the handset — you know, again — at the end of the third quarter, and then launch it by the end of the year.
From the interview, it appears that HTC is dialing back excitement a bit. In May, the company said that “we envision a phone where you hold your own keys, you own your own identity and data, and your phone is the hub.”
It turns out that kind of handset is a little further in the future. The Exodus, meanwhile, will be a phone with a crypto wallet that’s going to be “the most secure hardware wallet out there.” Mhm.
Also, it’ll come with CryptoKitties preinstalled, which is an Ethereum-based game — hey, if you’re not familiar with it, you probably don’t need crypto handsets. On the other hand, crypto games on phones could teach you a thing or two about the blockchain, and that’s probably why CryptoKitties will be available initially on HTC U12.
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HTC does want the Exodus to be able to mine cryptocurrency, to which I say good luck with that. HTC is looking at the matter and might release a white paper this year.
The Exodus does sound exciting, and it’s likely we’ll see crypto phones worth buying down the road. Bitcoin may be a bubble, but the underlying blockchain tech isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.
But HTC doesn’t have a track record that would convince anyone it can pull off a fantastic device that will sell like hotcakes. That’s sad, but true for a company that crafted so many other exciting phones in the past. As a reminder, the company sold a part of its mobile division to Google and fired some 1,500 employees recently. The ones that remained and, for some reason, still want to make phones for HTC, are working on the Exodus.



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Latest Galaxy Note9 leaks reveal all angles of the phone, including rear-mounted fingerprint sensor and new camera setup




We've been hearing some interesting things about the Galaxy Note9 lately, including a potential in-display fingerprint sensor, a Bluetooth-equipped S Pen, and ISOCELL Plus camera tech. We got a quick look at the phone itself a few days ago via a print ad leak, but it wasn't very comprehensive and it was the only source we had. Now, two more Note9 leaks have presented themselves: a live photo, along with a press render supplied by none other than Evan Blass.

So much for "No photo allowed."
The live photo we have on hand is a bit dark, but it's still useful for confirmation. It shows the same exact camera setup and fingerprint sensor layout as the print ad's and the render's, meaning that this is almost certainly the final design. The extreme abundance of fingerprints on the back reveal that it'll be glass, as it has been for years. The screen on this unit is somehow already cracked.

Our render comes courtesy of Evan Blass, who actually posted it as a response to an MKBHD tweet. This render confirms the gold S Pen and blue color we'd seen in the print ad (and in the event invitation), and also reveals a pretty interesting-looking stock wallpaper. We also get a better look at the dual camera and fingerprint sensor setup, which is one of the less attractive ones we've seen in recent years. It actually looks a bit dated, which is ironic for a phone that hasn't even been announced yet.
The Note9 is set to be launched in less than a month, so we won't have to wait too much longer to hear more about the phone. Chances are there'll be more leaks before then, though.

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Google warns Android might not remain free because of EU decision



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Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge The EU’s decision to force Google to unbundle its Chrome and search apps from Androidmay have some implications for the future of Android’s free business model. In a blog post defending Google’s decision to bundle search and Chrome apps on Android, Google CEO Sundar Pichai outlines the company’s response to the EU’s $5 billion fine. Pichai highlights the fact a typical Android user will “install around 50 apps themselves” and can easily remove preinstalled apps. But if Google is prevented from bundling its own apps, that will upset the Android ecosystem.
“If phone makers and mobile network operators couldn’t include our apps on their wide range of devices, it would upset the balance of the Android ecosystem,” explains Pichai, carefully avoiding the fact that phone makers will no longer be forced to bundle these apps but can still choose to do so. Pichai then hints that the free Android business model has relied on this app bundling. “So far, the Android business model has meant that we haven’t had to charge phone makers for our technology, or depend on a tightly controlled distribution model,” says Pichai. “But we are concerned that today’s decision will upset the careful balance that we have struck with Android, and that it sends a troubling signal in favor of proprietary systems over open platforms.”

Pichai’s subtle talk of a “careful balance” of the Android business model will be seen as a warning shot to consumers, phone makers, and the European Commission. The EU has made no suggestions on exactly how Google should solve its app bundling violations. But it’s clear that if phone makers can bundle their own browsers instead of Chrome and point search queries toward rivals, then that could have implications for Google’s mobile ad revenue, which constitutes more than 50 percent of the company’s net digital ad revenue.
Google is warning that its Android business model could now change, and that may mean the company will need to consider licensing Android to phone makers. It’s an unlikely scenario that relies on consumers not seeking out Chrome or Google search on Android after Google’s unbundling. Given Google’s dominance in search and browsers and the popularity of its many web services, Pichai’s warning looks more like a bluff to court popular opinion than a genuine threat that Android will no longer be free.


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