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Latest leak appears to confirm Samsung’s new Galaxy S9 design


With Apple’s hotly anticipated iPhone X release now behind us, tech fans are moving on to the next big smartphone launch set to take place. Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ are expected to be unveiled just over two months from now, and they should be solid upgrades from 2017’s Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ — at least, in terms of performance.
As far as hardware design goes, Samsung unfortunately had to cancel the Galaxy S9 with the exciting new all-screen design everyone was looking forward to so much. In its place, we’ll get a Galaxy S9 model that looks almost identical to this year’s S8. Almost, yes, but there are a few key design differences, and now a new leak appears to confirm at least one important change.



If all the leaks, rumors, and information from our own trusted sources is to be believed, Samsung’s Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ will essentially be “S” upgrades. As Apple had done every other year with its iPhone lineup until recently, the new Galaxy flagships will feature upgraded internal components in a hardware design that looks almost identical to the previous-generation model.
In this case, Samsung is said to have been working on an exciting new Galaxy S9 design that featured an even better screen-to-body ratio than seen on the already-impressive Galaxy S8. Unfortunately, the design was cancelled for reasons unknown, and we’re left with a rehash of the current-gen Galaxy S8’s design. To be fair, however, the Galaxy S8 already has one of the best smartphone designs the world has ever seen, so it might not be such a bad thing to have it stick around for another year.
The front of the Galaxy S9 is expected to be just about identical to the Galaxy S8’s face. Around back, however, rumors have suggested that Samsung finally plans to move its awful off-center fingerprint sensor so that it’s centered beneath the camera. Now, a new leak from an anonymous user on Chinese microblogging service Weibo appears to have posted a photo that confirms the new placement of the Galaxy S9’s fingerprint scanner.

The photo shows the inside and outside of what is believed to be an authentic rear cover from the upcoming Galaxy S9. Galaxy S8 users will instantly recognize that there is no opening for the off-center fingerprint reader from the back of this year’s flagship phones. Instead, spaces for the LED flash and heart rate monitor can be seen next to a single large opening when the camera lens and fingerprint sensor should be located.
Samsung isn’t expected to unveil the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ until late February, so we’ll see plenty of leaks before then that should offer further confirmation of this new design.
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Galaxy S9 Plus Pops Up On Geekbench With SD845, 6GB Of RAM




Alleged Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus has just popped up on Geekbench. The Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus have been leaking like crazy lately, and those leaks will only get more intensive as the launch date for the two phones approaches. Having said that, if you take a look at the image down below, you’ll get to see a listing from Geekbench which allegedly shows off one of the company’s upcoming flagships, the larger, ‘Plus’ model.


As you can see, this phone is listed on Geekbench with a model number SM-G965U1, and the listing reveals that this phone is fueled by the Snapdragon 845, the newest SoC from Qualcomm, which suggests that we’re looking at a US model of the phone here, as the European variant will almost certainly ship with Samsung’s new Exynos-branded flagship SoC. That being said, Geekbench reveals that the phone comes with Android 8.0 Oreo, and that it will ship with 6GB of RAM on the inside, even though it says ‘4954MB’ on Geekbench. This listing also reveals that the phone managed to score 2,422 points in the single-core benchmark, while it hit 8,351 points in the multi-core benchmark. Now, if recent rumors and leaks are to be believed, the Galaxy S9 will ship with a single camera on the back, while the Galaxy S9 Plus will come with a dual camera setup. The fingerprint scanner will be placed right below the Galaxy S9 Plus’ dual cameras, it seems, and the device will resemble its predecessor quite a bit, as it will sport really thin bezels, curved back, and a curved display.


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The Galaxy S9 Plus is rumored to sport a 6.1 or 6.2-inch display, which means we’ll get a display of a similar size to its predecessor, the Galaxy S8 Plus. On top of Android 8.0 Oreo Samsung will include its own skin, as per usual, and the device will ship with a battery larger than 3,000mAh, that’s for sure. The Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus are expected to arrive in H1 2018, they will either launch during MWC in Barcelona, or in a separate event after the tradeshow, in any case, stay tuned.


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Just received my Essential PH-1. So far, I love it. It has been operating very smoothly and the hardware is absolutely top notch. It feels very solidly build and looks great. It sounds like there were a decent amount of issues when it was first released (especially in the Camera department) but as far as my experience goes, it has been ironed out. It is operating like a flagship phone ought to.

I am opting into the Oreo beta so I can get back onto 8.0.

Pretty interested in the attachments they're planning on releasing for it (though I may not purchase any... just depends on what they have and whether it's worth it or gimmicky).
Just upgraded to Oreo beta a few days ago... Runs very smooth. Batt life is great. (regular use all day, 7am-10pm, at ~25-30% after that).

Seriously, this has to be one of the most underrated Android phones on the market.
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The Galaxy S9’s ‘boring’ design will let it keep the headphone jack







The Galaxy S9 will be nearly identical to its predecessor except for the rear shell, as Samsung seems to be interested in copying Apple’s longtime iPhone strategy. The Galaxy S9 is going to be the equivalent of an iPhone ‘S’ model in terms of design. Furthermore, the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ will not be identical phones. The bigger model, like the iPhone Plus that debuted last year, will get a dual-lens camera.
There’s absolutely nothing wrong about that. But a new leak seems to explain the Galaxy S9’s “boring” design.




A few weeks ago we thought the Galaxy S9 will bring over a few welcome design changes, including a bigger screen-to-body ratio. Samsung, the reports said, wanted to keep in place the same Infinity Display used in the Galaxy S8 models, but reduce the top and bottom bezels to give the Galaxy S9 an even better all-screen design. Those plans were killed, more recent stories claimed, as Samsung kept the top and bottom bezels in place for one more year.
The following image, posted online on SlashLeaks, features the USB-C flex cable that goes into the Galaxy S9.
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As you can see in the image, there’s a cutout in there for the headphone jack port. Existing Galaxy S9 rumors and renders did say Samsung will not kill the 3.5mm port next year.
The presence of the headphone jack at the bottom or top of a device is what would prevent a smartphone maker from extending the phone’s screen all the way to the top or bottom edges. Google made it clear earlier this year that the Pixel 2 doesn’t have a headphone jack because Google is setting up the stage for the future all-screen Pixel 3 phones that will have all-screen designs.
A year before the iPhone X launched, a report explained the iPhone 7 lost the headphone jack as Apple was looking to make more room inside the handset to extend the screen. By keeping the 3.5mm headphone jack inside the Galaxy S9, Samsung may not be able to decrease the phone’s lower bezel, without reducing the battery size. Of course, this is just my theory based on a leak that’s yet to be proven accurate.
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Basically the only issue I had with the hardware on the S8 I had for a week was the stupid fingerprint sensor placement. Having it below the camera should work out way better. Good for them, recognizing that flaw.
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Samsung Galaxy S9’s Front Panel Leaks Yet Again




Samsung’s Galaxy S9 is already a contender for the title of the most widely leaked 2018 smartphone, having been spotted on dozens of occasions in recent months, both in renders and real-life images. Yet another photograph of the handset’s front panel now emerged on the Internet and is in line with previous reports about the upcoming flagship which Samsung appears to be positioning as an incremental upgrade over the Galaxy S8 lineup. While initial rumors suggested the South Korean tech giant may be looking to break the 90 percent mark with the screen-to-body ratio of the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus, later depictions of the handsets indicated the opposite, having shown devices that are largely identical to their predecessors in terms of aesthetics.


The newly uncovered front panel that’s said to belong to the smaller Galaxy S9 adds more credence to those reports, suggesting that consumers can expect a screen-to-body ratio of approximately 85 percent. The bottom bezel of the handset may be marginally smaller but not to the point that one would be likely to see the difference unless the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S9 are compared side by side. The latest leak also suggests Samsung’s Infinity Display will be making a return together with its 18.5:9 aspect ratio that’s still the tallest in the industry. The Galaxy S9 should sport a 5.8-inch Super AMOLED display with a QHD+ resolution that’s identical to the one featured by the 2017 flagship, with the screen itself wrapping around the long edges of the phone’s case which has been a hallmark of Samsung’s premium devices for nearly three years now.






By most accounts, the Galaxy S9 will miss out on most upgrades Samsung is planning to introduce to its most popular lineup, though it’s still set to ship with a more powerful chip in the form of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845 and Samsung’s own Exynos 9810, depending on the market. Unlike the Galaxy S9 Plus, the smaller device is expected to retain the single-lens camera setup and 4GB of RAM, though it’s still unclear whether such an incremental upgrade will also make its price lower compared to the one attached to the Galaxy S8 last spring. The Android flagship duo is expected to launch at MWC 2018 in late February and start retailing by March.
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Samsung & LG Say They Aren’t Slowing Down Old Android Phones




Samsung and LG denied slowing down their older Android smartphones with weakening batteries, Phone Arena reported Friday, citing official communications from the South Korean companies. The two tech giants were asked whether they’re employing such practices after Apple admitted to doing so earlier this month, creating a major controversy that already resulted in a number of lawsuits seeking class-action status. Samsung said it doesn’t resort to intentional CPU throttling because of its focus on “product quality,” stating that its hardware design seeks to provide consumers with long-living batteries without resorting to negatively affecting the end user experience. LG made a similar claim and categorically stated it never employed such practices in the past nor will it in the future. “We care what our customers think,” a company spokesperson said.


HTC and Motorola already made similar statements on Thursday and more original equipment manufacturers are likely to do the same in the coming weeks. Apple was caught throttling the iPhone 6 and iPhone 7 lineups by a number of users who made extensive efforts to document the declining performance of the CPUs powering their handsets. While the Cupertino, California-based phone maker already apologized for the move, it said throttling the performance of its chips was necessary for devices with rapidly degrading batteries. Once an aging battery falls beneath a certain output threshold, the voltage it’s able to provide isn’t enough to power a chip looking to operate at a maximum frequency, which in turn causes the handset to shut down.






Apple said slowing down its chips by reducing its potential prevents such scenarios and improves the longevity of its handsets, in addition to categorically dismissing claims of planned obsolescence practices. Replacing a heavily degraded battery with a new one removes the clock limitations and while doing so usually costs $79, Apple discounted the repair to $29 for the time being due to the backlash from the general public. The statements from the aforementioned Android OEMs suggest throttling processors of older devices isn’t a standard industry practice and even if it was somewhat common so far, Apple’s fallout with the public is likely to put an end to it. Many contemporary smartphones feature batteries whose capacities are much slower to decline than those of cells powering their predecessors but manufacturers still aren’t committing significant resources to combating peak output voltage degradation that’s at the center of the latest electronics industry controversy.
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Another Pair Of Samsung Galaxy S9’s Screen Protectors Leaks




Yet another pair of screen protectors said to be intended for the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus leaked online, having been shared by an industry insider from China. The accessories seen above indicate that Samsung will once again deliver a duo of Infinity Display-equipped flagships boasting an 18.5:9 aspect ratio and panels that curve around their long edges. The size difference of the two newly spotted screen protectors also gives more credence to recent rumors claiming the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus will succeed the 5.8-inch and 6.2-inch displays found on their predecessors.


The two handsets are still said to differ from each other much more than the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus did. The Galaxy S9 is expected to retain the single-lens camera setup found on its direct predecessor, whereas the Galaxy S9 Plus should become Samsung’s second flagship with a dual-camera system after the Galaxy Note 8. Unlike the 2017 phablet, the two lenses found on the back of the Galaxy S9 Plus are arranged in a vertical manner, according to a wide variety of reports and leaks which emerged online in recent months. Both flagships should be powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845 and Samsung’s own Exynos 9810, depending on the region, though only the Galaxy S9 Plus is said to offer 6GB of RAM, whereas its smaller counterpart should still ship with 4GB. 64GB of internal flash memory should once again be the base for Samsung’s next flagships, though the Galaxy S9 Plus may also be offered with as much as 512GB of memory given how Samsung already confirmed it’s planning to commercialize that storage configuration over the course of this year.






The South Korean tech giant is expected to officially announce the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus at MWC 2018 beginning in late February and should begin retailing the two handsets by mid-March. Both are expected to run Android 8.0 Oreo-based Samsung Experience 9.0 out of the box and have price tags comparable to those attached to the Galaxy S8 lineup, i.e. start at around $700. Samsung‘s Galaxy S9 series is likely to continue the tradition of the company’s previous high-end offerings and become the commercially most successful Android product family in 2018.
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LG Rebranding Its G Lineup, G7 To Be Called Differently




LG Electronics is currently in the process of rebranding its G lineup of Android flagships and the upcoming LG G7 is hence set to be marketed under a different name, according to Wednesday media reports from South Korea. The new naming scheme still hasn’t been decided but a partial rebranding that would retain the letter “G” and only start accompanying it with double-digit instead of single-digit numbers is one of the options that’s presently being discussed, sources said. Should the company opt for such a move, it would likely do so in an attempt to either match or exceed the numbers attached to the latest flagships from Samsung, Huawei, Apple, and other phone makers in the world based on a possible consumer misconception that associates higher model numbers with newer devices and better performance. That particular reasoning was also applied when Samsung decided to skip the Galaxy Note 6 and move straight to the Galaxy Note 7 in 2016, with one LG official recently cited by The Investor specifically mentioning Samsung as an example of a major OEM that doesn’t shy away from rebranding its mobile flagships, suggesting LG is prepared to do the same.


Alternatively, the Seoul-based original equipment manufacturer may also ditch the entirety of the existing brand’s name and introduce a new product lineup. Given the relatively large amount of radical redesigns the G series went through in the last three years, a full rebranding may allow the South Korean firm to introduce some stability to its flagship family and do a better job of defining it, consequently facilitating its promotional endeavors. Following the LG G4 that released in the spring of 2015, the company rebooted the lineup with a modular LG G5 that failed to achieve any notable level of commercial success, then revamped the series for the second time in 12 months by debuting the bezel-free LG G6.






Even though the all-screen aesthetic proved to be one of the major mobile industry trends over the course of 2017, the G6 didn’t end up being a success LG has been trying to recreate since the G3. While another visual overhaul now seems unlikely as the firm appears to have settled on its FullVision display, attaching such a design to a new name may help it establish a new series that’s unburdened by the lack of consistency exhibited by the G lineup in recent years. The successor to the LG G7 is expected to mimic the availability patterns of its predecessors and debut at the next iteration of Barcelona-based Mobile World Congress set to start in late February before going on sale in mid-spring.
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Samsung Galaxy S9 To Retain Wireless Charging, Leak Suggests




The Galaxy S9 will retain the wireless charging capabilities of Samsung’s recent Android flagships, as suggested by a new leak depicting what’s said to be the smartphone’s middle frame. The image that can be seen above clearly shows a cutout meant for a wireless charging coil, giving more credence to numerous reports claiming the wire-free charging-enabled all-glass design of the Galaxy S8 lineup will be making a return with the Galaxy S9 series. Samsung’s premium devices have allowed for both Qi and PMA wireless charging for several years now, with the company being one of the largest supporters of such solutions, at least in the consumer electronics segment.


It’s currently unclear whether Samsung is planning on revising its portfolio of wireless chargers with the release of the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus but even if it isn’t, most insiders agree the company will implement that functionality into its second-generation Desktop Experience (DeX) platform. Unlike the original Samsung DeX which was designed as a traditional station meant to house the Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8 Plus, and the Galaxy Note 8 in a straight-up position, with the phones themselves sitting on a male USB Type-C connector, Samsung’s new take on a phone-to-PC solution is said to be marketed as the DeX Pad and designed in accordance with that moniker. If consumers would be required to fiddle with an additional wire to compensate for the fact their phones are meant to rest on the DeX Pad, Samsung would deliver a solution that’s slightly less intuitive to use than the original DeX station, which isn’t a likely possibility. Instead, some insiders claim the DeX Pad will boast wireless charging capabilities and exchange data with a compatible Samsung flagship via Bluetooth, whereas other accessories like monitors, keyboards, and mouses will still be able to physically connect to the accessory.




Additionally, the horizontal orientation of a supported device laid down on the DeX Pad will reportedly allow consumers to use their smartphones as touchpads or trackpads while operating them in the DeX mode. The Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus are both expected to be officially unveiled in the run-up to MWC 2018 in late February before being released on a global level in March.
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Samsung on Thursday unveiled its next-gen Exynos chip, the processor that will equip its flagships this year, including the Galaxy S9 and the Galaxy Note 9.
We’ve known for a while about the Exynos 9810 processor, as Samsung mentioned it in early November when it announced that its CES 2018 innovation awards. Samsung didn’t really reveal what the new Exynos 9810 will have to offer back in November, but now we know it’s equipped with the tools that will allow Samsung to copy the iPhone X.






The octa-core Exynos 9810 will be speedier than its predecessor, with top speeds going all the way up to 2.9GHz. Samsung says single-performance will double, while multi-core performance is increased by around 40% compared to the Galaxy S8 chip. The chip is also supposed to be more energy efficient than last year’s processor, as it’s built on Samsung’s second-gen 10nm FinFET process.
Other features include “ultra-fast LTE” speeds, thanks to a 1.2Gbps LTE modem that’s embedded in the chip, as well as 6x carrier aggregation.
So how will the Exynos 9810 allow Samsung to copy the iPhone X? Samsung highlights several features the chip will make possible on future devices, including neural network-based deep learning and stronger security:
This cutting-edge technology allows the processor to accurately recognize people or items in photos for fast image searching or categorization, or through depth sensing, scan a user’s face in 3D for hybrid face detection. By utilizing both hardware and software, hybrid face detection enables realistic face-tracking filters as well as stronger security when unlocking a device with one’s face. For added security, the processor has a separate security processing unit to safeguard vital personal data such as facial, iris and fingerprint information.
In other words, Samsung is working on Face ID-like technology, but a true Face ID competitor won’t be ready for the Galaxy S9.
Apple’s Face ID is the most sophisticated facial recognition system available to date, especially on mobile devices. It can’t be hacked with photos, and it can authenticate mobile payments. Samsung’s 2017 flagships support 2D facial recognition support, which isn’t as secure.
The iPhone X’s TrueDepth camera is what enables 3D facial recognition system, but also Animoji support and other apps that make use of face tracking. The same sort of apps may be coming to future Samsung phones. At least that’s what the “realistic face-tracking filters” mention seems to imply.
The Exynos 9810 will also have a dedicated image processing and upgraded multi-format (MFC) codec, which will support “faster and more energy-efficient image and visual processing. The Galaxy S9 will probably get “advanced stabilization for images and video of up to UHD resolution, real-time out-of-focus photography in high resolution and brighter pictures in low light with reduced noise and motion blur.”
Finally, the MFC codec will render some 1,024 different tones for each primary color, or 1.07 billion possibilities of colors, a significant upgrade compared to the previous 8-bit color format’s 16.7 million colors. In other words, the Galaxy S9 should deliver an even better display performance than last year’s phones, iPhone X included.
All that sounds great on paper. But let’s remember that Samsung will also use the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 for the Galaxy S9 and Note 9 this year, which means that it’ll have to find a way to offer a consistent experience across devices, regardless of processor type.
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Leak: Galaxy S9 Plus’ Front Panel Shows Thinner Bottom Bezel



The Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus’ front panel has just leaked, or at least it seems that way. If you take a look at the provided image above, you’ll get to see the Galaxy S9 Plus’ front panel, next to the Galaxy S8 Plus’ front panel, which allows us to compare the two. These two seem to be quite similar, though the Galaxy S9 Plus’ front panel seems to be wider, and the bottom bezel is noticeably thinner.


Now, one could wonder why is the Galaxy S9 Plus’ front panel noticeably wider than the Galaxy S8 Plus’, well, the Galaxy S9 Plus’ display will probably be larger, if this leak is accurate. You will notice that these two front panels are more or less the same height, despite the fact that the Galaxy S9 Plus’ bottom bezel is thinner, which suggests that the S9 Plus’ display is bigger in general, though it will almost certainly retain an 18:9 aspect ratio. The display on the Galaxy S8 Plus measure 6.2-inches, which could indicate that the Galaxy S9 Plus’ display will be around 6.3 or 6.4-inches, at least that’s our guess based on the provided image. This front panel also reveals that the Galaxy S9 Plus will sport Samsung’s Infinity display which comes with curved sides, though that was pretty much expected. It is worth noting that this image comes from a ‘third-party market’, according to the source, so take the provided info with a grain of salt.


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The Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus is expected to launch side-by-side with its sibling, the Galaxy S9, at the end of February, if the company decides to launch those two devices during MWC in Barcelona. It’s worth noting that Samsung may opt to host a separate event in March or April instead, though, as the company did last year, so we’ll just have to wait and see. Those two smartphones will arrive in two SoC variants, US consumers will be able to get the Snapdragon 845-powered variant of the Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus, while consumers in Europe will get the Exynos 9810-powered models. Both devices will ship with Android Oreo out of the box, while Samsung’s custom UI will be installed on top of Google’s offering. The Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus will be made out of metal, and they will both sport a 3.5mm headphone jack if a recent leak is accurate.
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‘Google Pay’ Now Replaces Android Pay & Google Wallet




Google had today announced the introduction of ‘Google Pay.’ While this may sound like the launch of a new form of payment by Google, it is not and instead marks the realignment of Google’s existing payments options into one all-inclusive brand – Google Pay.


Android device owners, and Google users in general, will likely be familiar with Google’s already existing payment options such as Android Pay and Google Wallet. Since the release of Android Pay it has become the more dominant of the two payment options, at least when it comes to paying for goods using an Android phone. While Google Wallet has become more of a service designed to send payments from one user to another. Of course, having two different payment solutions could become confusing for some and this is likely why Google has opted to now unify both payment options under the new single Google Pay brand. With a change like this, users of either service should expect a more visual change of branding to take effect soon enough. Which is also what Google has announced today, with Google explaining that “over the coming weeks” users of Android Pay and Google Wallet will see the use of ‘Google Pay’ branding (shown above and below) when shopping online and in store, as well as when speeding through apps using any of Google’s related payment options.






In fact, Google has also confirmed that users of select apps and website – including the likes of Airbnb, Dice, Fandango, HungryHouse, and Instacart – will likely see this change having already taken effect. In either case, going forward and regardless of whether using Android Pay, auto-fill through Google Chrome, or shopping through the Google Play Store, Google Pay will be the new way to pay with Google. To try and make the transition a little easier Google has launched a few promotions to help its users get started. These include $10 off a B&H order over $50, $5 off the first ticket purchased through Fandango, and $10 off any Instacart order totaling $35 or more. For more details on the introduction of Google Pay – including how developers can implement the new payment branding – as well as more details on the new launch discounts, head through the link below.


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LG Confirms That LG G7 Is On Its Way With Quick Charge 4.0




LG has more or less confirmed that its upcoming flagship will be called the LG G7. A recent rumor said that the company may ditch the ‘LG G’ branding altogether, but the company’s official website just confirmed that something like that will not happen. The LG G7 is listed as the company’s upcoming smartphone which will ship with support for Quick Charge 4.0, which is Qualcomm’s fast charging standard, and that is basically an official confirmation that the device will be arriving soon.



LG states that Quick Charge 3.0, which the LG G6 is equipped with, can charge up its battery from 0 to 100 percent in 1 hour and 45 minutes, well, Quick Charge 4.0 is 20 percent faster and 30 percent more efficient than Quick Charge 3.0, as per Qualcomm, so you can expect to see even faster charge times once the LG G7 drops. The LG G7 will almost certainly arrive in the first quarter of this year, as the phone is expected to launch at this year’s Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona, which means that it will probably arrive at the end of next month. Nothing has been confirmed just yet, though, so it is possible that the phone will be announced at a separate event, after the Mobile World Congress ends, in March or April, as a recent rumor suggested. In any case, if the company is planning to launch the phone at MWC 2018, we will probably start seeing first teasers in the coming weeks, so stay tuned for that.






Now, not many info leaked regarding the LG G7, and the same can be said for rumors, but the phone is expected to ship with Qualcomm’s latest processor, the Snapdragon 845. The Snapdragon 845 was announced by the company a while back, and not a single phone out there ships with this SoC just yet. The LG G6 launched with the Snapdragon 821, instead of the Snapdragon 835, last year, and that is something that may have affected its sales, but the LG G7 is expected to come with Qualcomm’s latest and greatest chip. The phone will ship with Android 8.0 Oreo out of the box, while LG’s skin will be applied on top of Google’s OS. The device will probably be made out of metal and glass, and it will ship with an OLED display, while a dual camera setup is expected to be included on its back.
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Alleged Galaxy S9 box reveals 'Super Speed' camera with variable apertures, 'Super Slow-mo,' and AKG-tuned stereo speakers


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With Samsung slated to unveil the Galaxy S9-series of phones next month, it's actually a bit surprising how few leaks there have been. That might be about to change, though, with a photo of an alleged retail box for the Galaxy S9 having been posted on reddit. It reveals a decent amount of information, including a 'Super Speed' camera with an aperture of f/1.5, 'Super Slow-mo,' and stereo speakers that have been tuned by AKG.

According to this image, the Galaxy S9 will sport a 5.8" 1440p AMOLED display with rounded corners similar to 2017's Galaxy S8. In fact, it looks like there will be quite a few similarities; a 12MP 'Dual Pixel' camera with OIS on the back, an 8MP camera up front, IP68 water and dust resistance, an iris scanner, 64GB of storage, 4GB of RAM, wireless charging, and included AKG-tuned earphones.
However, the box does note some new features, such as the camera being of the 'Super Speed' variety. Interestingly, two apertures are mentioned: an industry-leading f/1.5, as well as a more tame-sounding f/2.4. This camera sounds eerily similar to the one on the W2018 flip phone, which switches to the f/2.4 aperture when lighting is ideal, possibly adding increased sharpness and contrast. The W2018's camera is also of the OIS-equipped 12MP Dual Pixel variety. This was speculated to be on the Galaxy S9, and it sounds like that rumor may be coming true.
Also mentioned is 'Super Slow-mo,' which likely refers to something similar to Sony's 960fps slow-motion capabilities. We don't know for sure what frames-per-second the S9's camera will be able to achieve, but we wouldn't be surprised to see the same figure as the one attributed to Sony's cameras. Lastly, stereo speakers tuned by AKG are also mentioned, though it's unclear if Samsung will go for a traditional Pixel 2 XL-style set of speakers up front or a combination between an earpiece and a standard speaker, à la the newer iPhones.
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Galaxy S8 and S8+ boxes for reference. Image credit: All About Samsung.
As for the veracity of the picture, we can't find any glaring flaws between it and, say, a Galaxy S8+ box. The wording is the same, the markings on the bottom are very similar, and the gloved picture-taker appears to be in some sort of a factory environment. It's entirely possible that all of this was staged, but as far as we can tell, it looks like it could be fresh off the assembly line.
If this box is to be trusted, it shows that the Galaxy S9 will be more of an evolution than a revolution. But with how good last year's S8 and S8+ were, that's okay. That being said, only time will tell if this leak is legitimate.
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Alleged LG G7 Render Appears Online, Sports Thin Bezels

January 12, 2018 - Written By Kristijan Lucic


The LG G7 will probably be announced at this year’s Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona next month, even though a recent rumor suggested that it will drop in March, and the alleged LG G7 render has just surfaced online. If you take a look at the provided image, you will see the phone itself, while the source claims that this is an official render of the device. As you can see, the device sports extremely thin bezels, just like the LG V30, and its display sports curved corners. It seems like two cameras are included on the phone’s front side, as you can see in the top left corner of its front side, and the phone seems to sports a frame made out of metal.



On the left-hand side of this smartphone, it is rather easy to sport volume up and volume down keys, while we, unfortunately, did not get an image of the device’s back side, but the phone will probably ship with a glass back, just like its predecessor, and the LG V30. We cannot confirm that this is an official render, of course, but it is possible, it is similar enough to the LG V30 to be real, but on the other hand, it’s also quite possible that this is just a really solid render made by a third-party source. The LG G7 will almost certainly sport an 18:9 display aspect ratio, and a fingerprint scanner will probably be placed on its back, where a dual camera setup will be located as well. The LG G7 is, just like its predecessors, expected to sport with one regular RGB rear-racing camera, and one ultra wide-angle snapper. The phone is expected to ship with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845 64-bit octa-core processor, even though a recent rumor claimed that LG will utilize the Snapdragon 835 instead.






LG will probably include 6GB of RAM on the inside of this phone, and the device will ship with at least 64GB of internal storage. The LG G7 is also expected to sport wireless charging (Qi standard), while Android 8.0 Oreo will come pre-installed on the phone, along with LG’s custom UI. Now, the company had already confirmed that the phone will be called the LG G7, and that it will sport Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 4.0 fast charging standard.
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It's a slow roll-out, I'm sure you'll have yours by the weekend.

It's funny to me getting as antsy as I was waiting for it, then remembering the updates I dealt with on the late Moto X line, etc. Once I thought about that I chilled out a little.
Bro I still don't have 8.1 and am on Nov security patches. Wtffffffff
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LG has reportedly scrapped the in-development G7, working on a new design


Despite the G6 and V30 being fairly good phones, LG's mobile division has continued to report losses year after year. Last week at CES, LG announced that it would no longer release smartphones on a yearly schedule, instead opting to launch new models "when it is needed." According to a new report from The Investor, LG CEO and Vice Chairman Jo Seong-jin told the company to start over on the upcoming G7 flagship.
"Right after the vice chairman made the announcement at the Consumer Electronics Show last week, a direct order was sent down to the working-level officials to start over," an anonymous LG official told The Korea Herald. The source also said the company couldn't find a strong selling point for the G7.
Almost nothing was known about the now-scrapped G7, except that it would have shipped with LG Pay (presumably, that's still the plan). It was originally expected to be announced next month at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, and ship to customers the following month. Now the announcement is expected to take place in April, with no release date known at this time.
Considering LG engineers only have a few months to redesign the phone, some components from the previous G7 (like the board and software) will likely be kept. Only time will tell if the new G7 will finally turn around LG's mobile division.
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GOOGLE VERSION 9.0 "Internally known as Pi"


Even though the Alphabet-owned company has yet to confirm the next revision of its ubiquitous OS will debut with the version number 9.0, previously discovered AOSP commits are indicative of that possibility, as are Google’s Android update practices in recent years. The first developer preview of Android P is expected to launch in the coming months, with its predecessor being introduced in late March 2017. The mobile OS is likely to go through numerous revisions before being officially launched in the second half of the year, which is when its official name should be revealed. The next iteration of the Google I/O developer conference is likely to be at least partially focused on Android P which should already be available in an experimental form by then. Not much is known about the OS itself, with recent reports and previously discovered commits only suggesting the software will put a larger emphasis on its secondary applications such as Android Go and Android Things. Google has been expanding the Android ecosystem beyond the realm of smartphones for years now and none of the company’s recent moves suggested that strategy is going to change over the course of this year.






Mishaal Rahman of XDA Developers who discovered the commits referring to “Pi” also noted that the code suggests support for Google’s Project Treble will only be fully integrated into the next major iteration of the OS. While the development of the platform is still ongoing, the current version of the service implemented into Android 8.0 Oreo is already capable of achieving its main purpose – facilitating the process of creating firmware updates for custom versions of Android.
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Google designer Ivy Ross shows off prototypes of Pixel 2, Pixelbook, Home Mini, and more





Prototypes are always cool to see, but us consumers don't often get to do so. It's nice to take a look at how the designs of products evolve from the drawing board all the way to our homes, pockets, and backpacks. An interview with Google hardware designer Ivy Ross recently went up on The Keyword, and embedded within are photos of several Google products' prototypes.




Ross gave this interview as part of The She Word, a series in which "powerful, dynamic, and creative" women at Google are put front and center. Her job is to "lead a team that creates how a Google product... looks, feels and acts when you hold it in your hand," and she believes that the most important design principle for Google's hardware is "human," or "friendly, emotionally-appealing and easy to fit into your life and your home." Ross is particularly proud of the method that fabric was used on the Home Mini, which "required special construction to accomplish the simplicity of the form with great acoustics."
In the pictures above, we can see the different shapes and colors considered for the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, and the design of the Pixelbook's glass back and hinge. We also get to see the different fabrics considered for the Home Mini and the Pixel 2 Fabric Case (which you can read our review of here). Lastly, there are some sketches of the Daydream included on a whiteboard. You can check out the full interview in the source link below. If you're into design, it's worth a read.
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Samsung just revealed some of the Galaxy S9’s remaining secrets







This year’s Galaxy S release will not impress those buyers looking for a brand new smartphone design from Samsung. The Galaxy S9 will be a mildly refreshed Galaxy S8 when it comes to design. But the phone will pack brand new hardware complete with some exciting features.
The Galaxy S9’s main trick seems to be the camera, various reports have suggested, and Samsung is expected to turn the camera experience into a major selling point, considering a recently revealed trademark application.




The camera specs haven’t been fully leaked ahead of Samsung’s Galaxy S9 presser, but the company just published a page on its website that reveals more details about its camera innovations.
Samsung relies on its own Isocell-branded cameras for the Galaxy S9 and various other products, and the company just published a new page on its semiconductor titled “Mobile imaging just got stunning with Isocell.”
Discovered initially be GalaxyClub, the page probably describes camera technology that will be found inside the Galaxy S9.
The page details three distinct Isocell sensors, including Bright, Fast, and Slim, It’s unclear which sensor will be used inside the Galaxy S9. The Isocell Fast model seems like a likely candidate. Samsung’s Isocell Dual sensor, also mentioned on the page, will likely equip the Galaxy S9+.
Isocell Bright features Tetracell technology that’s supposed to improve low-light photography, by merging four neighboring pixels to work as one big pixel.
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Isocell Fast delivers fast autofocus even for objects on the move, and even in low light. Samsung talks about a new 3-stack Fast Readout Sensor (FRS) that enables high-speed captures at Full HD resolution. Samsung offers an example that shows video recording in Full HD at 480 fps.
Recent rumors did say the Galaxy S9 will have a new super slow-mo video recording mode, identifying the camera as a “super speed dual pixel 12-megapixel” camera with optical image stabilization and flexible aperture.
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Isocell Slim, meanwhile, is a sensor that allows manufacturers to create slimmer cameras and smartphones. Samsung also sells its Isocell camera technology to other device makers, which explains the variety of sensors presented on Samsung’s page.
Finally, Isocell Dual will provide users with “DSLR-like photo experiences such as greater light sensitivity, depth effects and sharper brightness in all conditions,” according to Samsung.
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Samsung sends out press invite for Galaxy S9 unveil at MWC, boasts about 'reimagined' camera





As it does with every major flagship and smartwatch release, Samsung has just sent out a press invite for the Galaxy S9's unveiling. You'll note that the invitation doesn't explicitly mention the S9, but given the gigantic purple "9," it's safe to say we know what Samsung will be taking the wraps off of.

The event is scheduled for February 25th, a little over a month away. "The Camera. Reimagined." is the slogan that the company has chosen to go with, and from that, it's not difficult to tell that Samsung is incorporating some sort of new camera technology into the S9 series. From a leak of the phone's packaging earlier this month, we're fairly certain the S9 will feature a 'Super Speed' camera with variable apertures, as well as a 'Super Slow-mo' feature. Samsung hasn't made any significant strides in the camera department for a few iterations, but it looks like that's about to change.
As usual, you'll be able to tune into all the fun at samsung.com. We can hope that there won't be any significant interruptions in the stream, but that's proven difficult in the past.
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Everything there is to know about the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ just leaked





Samsung confirmed during CES that its next-generation Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ flagship smartphones would be announced in February. Then, earlier this week, Samsung confirmed the exact date of the flagship phone duo’s unveiling when it sent out invitations to its upcoming Samsung Unpacked event at the Mobile World Congress trade show set to take place in Barcelona, Spain late next month. Of course, a steady stream of leaks has already revealed just about everything there is to know about the phones, so there isn’t much left for Samsung to surprise us with at next month’s press conference.
Now, just in case you weren’t clear on what to expect from the Galaxy S9 and S9+, a new leak from a well-known and reliable source paints a complete picture of Samsung’s upcoming new smartphones.



In a post over at VentureBeat, smartphone leaker Evan Blass has issued yet another installment in his ongoing coverage of the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+. As has been the case throughout the Galaxy S9 rumor cycle, Blass’s new report reiterates information that has already been floating around for quite some time. Considering the blogger’s track record, however, it never hurts to get confirmation from such a reliable source.
In his latest post, Blass runs through all of the key Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ specs we can look forward to when the phones are announced next month. Highlights include 5.8-inch and 6.2-inch Super AMOLED displays, new processors (Snapdragon 845 in the US and China, Exynos 9810 elsewhere), and upgraded cameras. The report also reiterates the differences between the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+, apart from size: As expected the Galaxy S9 will have 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, and a single-lens rear camera while the larger Galaxy S9+ features 6GB of RAM, 128GB of internal storage, and a dual-lens rear camera.
Blass also says the new Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ won’t feature much in the way of design updates, which is exactly what we’ve been expecting. Samsung was reportedly working on an exciting new design with an even more impressive screen-to-body ratio, but those versions of the S9 and S9+ supposedly had to be cancelled for reasons unknown.

In addition to the above details, Blass posted marketing renders of the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ that appear to be official. Notably, the date March 16th appears on both phones’ displays, and that just so happens to be the rumored release date for Samsung’s upcoming new Galaxy S flagship duo.
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Google’s acquisition of HTC’s design team is all about making the Pixel more like the iPhone







Google’s parent company Alphabet has closed the HTC purchase. Technically, Alphabet only bought most of HTC’s mobile division, some 2,000 engineers that have helped Google create three of the four handsets released under the Pixel brand. HTC will continue to make smartphones of its own and compete against Google’s Pixel handsets.

But Google’s deal is all about making the Pixel more like the iPhone than any other Android phone.






The obvious advantage the Pixel phones have over any other Android device is that they’re always running Google’s latest Android version. And Google is in control of releasing the updates. That’s what Apple has been doing with the iPhone since its first model.

Down the road, the Pixel will be more like the iPhone when it comes to one critical phone feature. Google plans to build its own smartphone chips, just like Apple does. Google’s hardware chief Rick Osterloh confirmed as much in an interview with Bloomberg.
The former Motorola exec brought in HTC engineers to help Google go after Apple in the premium smartphone business. The Pixels won’t be affordable phones like the Nexus models that preceded them, as Google seems committed to manufacturing only high-end devices.
Osterloh said that other Android manufacturers, who aren’t necessarily thrilled about Google’s Pixel push, “know why we’re doing this,” Osterloh said. “Quite honestly, Apple is doing really well in developed markets.”
To make better iPhone rivals, Google needs to replicate Apple’s hardware and software integration. And that means it’ll have to ditch mobile chips in favor of custom creations. Osterloh said that Google will keep working with Qualcomm for the foreseeable future, suggesting that the Pixel 3 may pack a Snapdragon 845 chip rather than custom Google-made silicon. The exec did not mention this year’s new Pixel phones during the interview.
So far, Google did create a custom camera chip, which is found inside the Pixel 2 phones. But it doesn’t have a system-on-a-chip that could take the A-series platform that Apple created for the iPhone and iPad.
In an announcement on the company’s blog, Osterloh teased that Google’s hardware division is working “on even better and more innovative products in the years to come,” and welcomed the more than 2,000 former HTC engineers that have just joined Google.
“As our hardware business enters its third year, we remain committed to building and investing for the long run,” the Google exec said. “Today, we start digging in with our new teammates, guided by the mission to create radically helpful experiences for people around the world, by combining the best of Google’s AI, software, and hardware.”
The HTC engineers will remain in Taipei, turning Taiwan into Google’s most significant engineering hub in the Asia-Pacific region.
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