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Samsung Galaxy Note 9 Pictured In New Concept Render


A new concept photo of Samsung’s as-yet-unannounced Galaxy Note 9 has now cropped up online in a striking “Burgundy Red” configuration. The render was created and tweeted out on Twitter by concept designers at SamsungMobile.News, who posted the image on June 12. It goes without saying that with Samsung not expected to launch the device until early August and no official ties between the Korean tech giant and the Twitter account, the images are anything but official. That said, the design itself is somewhat understated aside from the red coloration. However, that shouldn’t come as too much of a shock since most of the leaks so far have pointed to a device designed very similarly to the Samsung Galaxy S9 family and the previous Samsung Galaxy Note 8.

Nearly everything pictured in the rendered image seems to be where it would be following the natural progression of Samsung’s design language. From the front of the device, the volume rocker sits just above a power button on the left-hand edge while another button, presumably tied to Bixby, is on the opposing edge. The back shows a rectangular camera array, set into a glass back with a dual-camera, dual LED, and heart rate sensor. Below that is a fingerprint scanner following the same rectangular cues while the company’s branding is a brilliant silver just a bit further down. A thin slot rests along the front at the top, in the only portion of the bezel that really seems to have enough room for the forward-facing earpiece speaker. There are almost no bezels at all along either the left or right of the panel and a similarly tiny bezel lines the bottom.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 isn’t expected to officially be launched until August 2 or August 9. However, there have already been plenty of leaks and rumors associated with the flagship phablet. This latest render, although only a concept, appears to match up very well with the current expectations for the handset with regard to aesthetics. If those turn out to have been accurate, then this representation may signal a shift by the company to redirect assets to internals rather than design.
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Samsung’s Foldable Phone May Have 7.3″ Screen, $1850 Price Tag


Samsung’s first foldable smartphone is predicted to have a 7.3-inch screen and come with a massive price tag which is likely to hover around the $1,850 mark, not accounting for carrier subsidies and promotions, South China Morning Post reports, citing a number of industry analysts and researchers. The South Korean original equipment manufacturer already confirmed it’s working on a bendable handset meant to be released at some point in 2019, with the latest reports on the matter indicating its suppliers will already start shipping the necessary components this November as flow production preparations intensify.

The 7.3-inch display panel of the device that was previously rumored to be called the Galaxy X should have a 4.5-inch diagonal when folded, as per the same source. Shinhan Financial analyst Park Hyung-woo predicts the device will feature two inside screens and one outside one, effectively serving as a major evolution of the flip phone. Mr. Park is convinced the Seoul-based OEM will be showcasing a working prototype of its foldable mobile device at the next iteration of the Consumer Electronics Show set to take place in January in Las Vegas, Nevada. The demo is likely to be held behind closed doors and won’t be the first of its kind, with Samsung reportedly showing off its older prototypes at both Mobile World Congress and CES 2018 earlier this year.
The high price tag of the Galaxy X or however the handset ends up being called should ensure that the product emains a niche offering throughout the next year, although Samsung is still understood to be targeting global availability. The smartphone is widely predicted to launch in the first half of 2019, though the exact timing of its debut remains unclear and presumably still hasn’t been determined by Samsung. Besides the experimental handset, the company’s Galaxy S10 lineup is already rumored for an MWC 2019 announcement in late February. Huawei, OPPO, LG, and Sony have all already been reported as working on foldable phone concepts, though only the foremost OEM is believed to have advanced the concept enough to be close to commercializing it.
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Galaxy Note 9 Concept Appears In Five Color Options


The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 rumors and leaks are popping up like crazy, and to take a break from those, a couple of new concept images popped up. These concept shots come from AllAboutSamsung and are showing off the Galaxy Note 9 in five color variants. The source claims that these images were created based on rumors and leaks, mainly based on recently-leaked CAD images, and that the colors were chosen based on what’s being expected from the Galaxy Note 9, so please don’t consider this to be a leak or anything of the sort.

This concept Galaxy Note 9 comes in Blue, Red, Black, Pink, and Gray color variants, and it actually resembles a concept that popped up yesterday. The phone is made out of metal and glass, though we only get to see its back in the provided renders. This Galaxy Note 9 concept sports a horizontally-aligned dual camera setup, next to which you will notice an LED flash. A fingerprint scanner is placed below the phone’s dual camera setup, and it is actually quite small. Samsung’s logo is included on the back, while the phone’s power / lock key sits on the right. The volume up and down buttons are included on the left, along with a physical Bixby button. Having said that, earlier today a tipster, Ice Universe, claimed that the Galaxy Note 9 will ship with a 4,000mAh battery, and that the orientation of its dual camera setup is still unknown.
The Galaxy Note 9 will become official in August, and if rumors are to be believed, it will arrive in early August. The Galaxy Note 9 will be made out of metal and glass, while it will sport a curved Super AMOLED display up front. The phone will ship with at least 6GB of RAM on the inside, while Android 8.1 Oreo will come pre-installed on it. The Galaxy Note 9 will ship with a display larger than 6.2 inches, and chances are it will include an improved dual camera setup on the back, compared to the Galaxy S9 Plus.










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Galaxy Tab S4 To Include Iris Scanner, DeX Support: Rumor


The rumored Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 will supposedly feature an iris scanner and support for the DeX Pad accessory, according to a new leak from China. The image seen below is the latest among a series of leaks and rumors surrounding the upcoming fourth-generation Galaxy Tab S. While Samsunghas yet to confirm any of those rumors, previous reports seem to indicate that the next flagship tablet from the South Korean tech giant is close to its official launch. For instance, a Samsung Galaxy tablet with the model number SM-T835, which is believed to be referring to the Galaxy Tab S4, was certifiedby Bluetooth SIG last month, a strong indication that a successor to the Galaxy Tab S3 is indeed in the works.

While the Bluetooth certification did not reveal any significant details about the tablet’s hardware components, the document indicates that the device will feature Bluetooth 5.0 support, which in turn suggests that the tablet will likely be powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 chipset, the first silicon from the company to boast that particular feature. The same type of processor was also spotted in an earlier benchmark powering a Samsung-built tablet bearing the model number SM-T835.
The specs mentioned in the benchmark listing indicate that the successor to the Galaxy Tab S3 will come with a number of improvements across the board and sport a 10.5-inch QHD display with a resolution of 2,560 x 1,600 pixels and an aspect ratio of 8:5. The tablet was also certified as having 4GB of RAM and 64GB of flash storage, which is presumably expandable via a microSD card. Its primary camera is supposedly using a 12-megapixel sensor with a flash unit, while the front-facing module uses an 8-megapixel sensor. Most recently, the Galaxy Tab S4 was spotted in the database of an HTML5 benchmark running Android 8.1 Oreo.


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YES: Google is Adding a Dark Theme Toggle!






Guys, Google is going to give us a dark mode toggle! It’s really happening! Your Pixel 2 or Pixel will soon have a manual switch that will flip it from light to dark theme.
According to a Google Issue Tracker thread that was created in March when the first Android P previewed dropped, Google plans to add a setting in Settings>Display>Device Theme that will let you switch over to a dark theme. The change, which was first spotted by Android Police, will replace the current dark theme trigger that only kicks in when you set a dark enough wallpaper on your home screen.
For those not familiar with that action, it works like this. With the Pixel Launcher running, you change your wallpaper to something dark (see above) and the quick settings panel and app drawer switch over to a dark background. If you want them to go back to a lighter theme, you simply switch to a lighter wallpaper. While we’ve appreciated the dark option, some of us might want a light wallpaper and dark quick settings area, which this tweak will give us.


The issue was marked as “Fixed” today. A Googler said to expect it in a “future Android build.” Here’s hoping this wasn’t another mixup like the last time.
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Galaxy Note 9’s Extra Button May Be Used For Screengrabs


The extra physical button on Samsung’s Galaxy Note 9 may be used for screenshots and recording the flagship’s screen, according to a new report out of South Korea. Following last week’s leak of a supposed Galaxy Note 9 case, the upcoming device is expected to ship with five keys in total, with the new one apparently being positioned near the bottom of one of its two edges. While initially speculated to be a camera shutter button, Herald Corp reports Samsung recently filed to trademark a “perfect capture technology” which appears to be more directly related to screengrabs.

All of the company’s devices released in recent times can perform screenshots via a two-button shortcut; since Samsung started launching its own implementations of Android 7.0 Nougat, that shortcut consisted of a volume-down and power key, though the company’s software also supports a gesture-based approach to getting a screengrab, allowing users to do so by swiping the side of their hand across the screen of their handset. The addition of an extra screenshot button is speculated to be related to Bixby 2.0, a radically improved version of Samsung’s artificial intelligence helper which is expected to debut on the Galaxy Note 9 before rolling out to the firm’s older Android handsets. According to recent reports and Samsung’s own hints, Bixby 2.0 will be specifically designed to analyze screenshots, not unlike the solution first introduced with Google Now On Tap.
A dedicated button for screen recording is also a possibility as Samsung already has proprietary screen recording software, though the company has so far only been offering it as part of its Game Launcher service. The Galaxy Note 9 is expected to be officially announced on August 9 and should go on sale by the end of the same month, according to a number of recent reports. Samsung is likely to deliver a refined take on the Galaxy Note 8 formula, much like the Galaxy S9 provided an incremental upgrade over the Galaxy S8 earlier this year.
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New Concept Render Shows Pixel 3 XL In Pixel 2 Colors


Device concept render creator Phone Designer recently released a new concept render of the Google Pixel 3 XL, which are based on the recent set of leaks circulating about the device. The same creator already released concept designs of the Pixel 3 XL late last month, but this time Phone Designer focused on how the Pixel 3 XL would look like if Google decides to make the device available in the current color variants of the Pixel 2 and the Pixel 2 XL, which are Panda, Just Black, and Kinda Blue.

It is interesting to note that the new concept renders show a single rear camera that is placed near the upper left-hand corner of the device’s back panel, while previous renders from the same creator showed the Pixel 3 XL with two rear cameras. This is likely in response to recent leaks which claim that the upcoming flagship offering from the search giant will sport a single rear camera, essentially bucking the trend among flagship devices which now mostly sport dual rear camera setups. Moreover, the concept render also shows that the rear panel will also contain the fingerprint scanner for quickly unlocking the device while both the volume rocker and the power button are located on the right side of the device. The color of the power button differs in each possible color variant of the device, the concept render highlights.
Meanwhile, the concept render also shows that black front panel of the Pixel 3 XL, and it also highlights the notch that will likely be placed above the handset’s display, which matches up with a couple of leaks that appeared recently. The notch contains a dual front-facing camera setup and the earpiece, while the concept render also includes a narrow chin below the display, which contains the forward-facing loudspeaker of the smartphone. The designer also incorporated into the render the gesture-based navigation of Android P. For example, the concept design included a single pill-shaped button located at the bottom of the display, which is used to navigate through the user interface of the device. This single button allows the user to access the recent apps, the home screen, and the Google Assistant.
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Galaxy Note 9 Won’t Include A Screenshot Button: Tipster



Yesterday, a report surfaced claiming that the Samsung Galaxy Note 9’s leaked extra button may be used for screenshots, but it seems like that report was not accurate, at least according to some new info provided by a well-known tipster. According to Ice Universe’s latest Twitter post, the Galaxy Note 9 will not sport a button in the lower portion of its right side at all, as a recently leaked case suggested. Some cases will have two holes included there for the lanyard, however, which makes sense.

Having said that, the source also shared three images of the alleged Galaxy Note 9 case, which lets you see those holes for the lanyard, and the lanyard itself. This case seems to be made out of plastic, and as you can see, there are quite a few cutouts included on the bottom of it. The middle one is there for a Type-C USB port, while a microphone cutout is located next to it, and on the other side, you can see a cutout for the S Pen stylus, which means its dock will be accessible from the bottom yet again. One of the two cutouts on the other side of the phone’s bottom side is for the loudspeaker, while we’re not sure what the remaining one is for, to be quite honest. This case leak also suggests that the device will sport a horizontal dual camera setup, and a fingerprint scanner right below those two cameras. Having said that, the Galaxy Note 9 is expected to ship with your regular setup of physical keys, well, regular for Samsung’s phones, as the Bixby key will be a part of the package yet again, in addition to the power / lock, volume up and volume down keys.
Recent rumors suggested that the Galaxy Note 9 will ship with a 4,000mAh battery, and that the company is planning to release a faster wireless charger along with the Galaxy Note 9. The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is expected to arrive in August, early August if rumors are to be believed, and chances are it will be made out of metal and glass, just like the Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus. The Galaxy Note 9 will sport a dual camera setup on the back, and its fingerprint scanner will also lie on the back as well. The device’s display will be curved, and Android 8.1 Oreo will come pre-installed on the phone, along with Samsung’s custom UI.








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New Galaxy Note 9 leak shows the phone’s refreshed design




Android smartphones are launching left and right these days, but there’s no doubt in anybody’s mind that the Galaxy Note 9 will be one of the two most important phones released in the second half of the year. At the same time, there’s no doubt in anybody’s mind that the Galaxy Note 9 will be just as “boring” as the Galaxy S9 series, even though boring might not be the most accurate way to describe it.
A new leak reveals more details about the Galaxy Note 9’s most important features, proving that the phone isn’t exactly a Note 8 copy after all.




Posted online by a reliable leaker who goes by the name of Ice Universe, the following image shows us a purported screen protector for the upcoming Samsung flagship.


Here’s a better look at that image:
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It certainly looks like a real Galaxy Note accessory, and Ice Universe has a terrific track record. We’ve got top and bottom bezels and curved edges in there. The top bezel also features a bunch of cutouts that are in line with what we expect from a Samsung phone that features a curved Infinity Display.
But the bezels seem to be smaller than the Galaxy Note 8, suggesting that Samsung has kept in place the same design principles it used for the Galaxy S9. The Note 9 should be slightly smaller than its predecessor as a result of its narrower bezels. And with phones this big, every millimeter matters. Here’s the Galaxy Note 8 design again:
Image Source: Samsung
The Note 9 display is rumored to increase from 6.3 inches on the Note 8 to 6.38 inches. A couple of recent reports said that Samsung is aiming for an August 9th press event for the Galaxy Note 9, with the smartphone set to hit store shelves by the end of the month.



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Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 To Have 7300mAh Battery, More Specs Leak


Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S4 will feature a 7,300mAh battery, a significant improvement over the 6,000mAh cell found inside the South Korean company’s Galaxy Tab S3-series slates launched last year, according to a new rumor which emerged on Twitter earlier today. Other newly reported specs of the device include a 10.5-inch display panel with a WQXGA resolution of 2,560 by 1,600 pixels amounting to a rectangular aspect ratio of 16:10, as well as Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 system-on-chip, an expected choice given how the Galaxy Tab S3 line utilized the Snapdragon 820. The upcoming Android tablet family will also utilize a 13-megapixel rear camera and an 8-megapixel front one, as per the same source.

The newly emerged rumor and a number of other recent reports on the matter indicate that the Seoul-based consumer electronics maker is looking to improve its 2017 tablet series across the board, delivering successors with larger screens, higher-capacity batteries, better processors, and possibly more RAM, as well as an iris scanner meant to both supplement and complement the fingerprint reader embedded into the physical Home button on the front. Support for Samsung Desktop Experience (DeX) Pad may also be part of the package, allowing future Galaxy Tab S4 owners to leverage the device as a large touchpad while having it connected to a monitor and other PC peripherals such as a keyboard. As the Galaxy Tab S4 should also ship with an S Pen stylus, DeX support may allow it to act as a limited replacement for graphics tablets.
The Galaxy Tab S4 will be introduced after the Galaxy Note 9 Android handset launches on August 9, according to the latest report on the matter, though previous rumors suggested the two may be unveiled together. A separate launch scenario is more likely because without the Galaxy Note 9, Samsung will need to put in extra effort to maintain its historically strong presence at IFA, a Berlin, Germany-based consumer electronics trade show taking place in late summer which was traditionally used as the venue for Samsung to announce its new Galaxy Note-series flagships. Besides the Galaxy Tab S4, Samsung may also unveil the Gear S4 smartwatch lineup at the same event.
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Alleged Samsung Galaxy S10 Prototype Leaks With No Bezels


A China-based tipster, Ice Universe, has just shared a rather interesting new photo which may represent the Samsung Galaxy S10 prototype. Having said that, the source did not specifically mention this is the Galaxy S10, but many people seem to think it is, and and considering that the company will probably look to improve upon the Galaxy S9’s design next year, it may as well be. A third physical key on the right is yet another hint that this may be the Galaxy S10, but we’ll talk about that in a minute. The Galaxy S8 and S9 have a really similar design, and as most of you know, Samsung usually does a significant redesign of its flagship Galaxy S line every two years, so the Galaxy S10 is expected to represent a significant step forward.

In any case, if you take a look at the provided image, you will see a phone which has basically no bezel around it, and it sports a curved display on the sides, which represents yet another hint that this may be a prototype of the Galaxy S10. If this phone becomes a reality, it will definitely have the highest screen-to-body ratio out there. The power / lock key is included on the right-hand side of the phone, while the device’s volume up and down buttons are included on the left, along with another physical key below them, and we’re presuming that’s Samsung’s dedicated Bixby key. OPPO actually came up with a rather interesting design, and have released a phone with the highest screen-to-body ratio yesterday, the OPPO Find X. The device that leaked today, however, will have a significantly higher screen-to-body ratio if it ever becomes a reality, and it will also bring forth some interesting, innovative tech, as it needs to utilize a number of sensors, an earpiece and a front-facing camera without adding any bezel to the device.
The Samsung Galaxy S10 is expected to arrive in the first quarter of next year, as Samsung will probably announce it at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2019 in Barcelona, so we still have a long way to go before the phone arrives. The Galaxy S10 is expected to ship with Samsung’s next-gen Exynos SoC which has not been announced yet, and another variant with Qualcomm’s next-gen flagship is also expected, as was the case with the Galaxy S9 lineup. The device will utilize at least 6GB of RAM, and Samsung is once again expected to introduce two different models, the Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus will probably become a reality next year.
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Samsung Patents A Phone With Secondary Display & No ‘Chin’



Samsung’s newest patent is rather interesting, and it may offer us a glimpse as to where Samsung wants to go when it comes to its smartphone design. You will find a number of sketches included in the gallery down below, and they are showing a smartphone with extremely thin bezels, and a secondary display on the back. As you can see, the bottom ‘chin’ is not present here, even though a really thin bezel is placed above the display, in order to house an earpiece and all the necessary sensors.

The most interesting part of this design is on the back, of course. A display which takes approximately one third of the phone’s back side is present here, and above it, you will notice the phone’s main camera. All the usual physical keys are included on the right-hand side of this phone, while a Type-C USB port sits on the bottom, along with a loudspeaker. It is worth noting that this is just a new design patent that Samsung came up with, and it may never become a reality, but we’ll see what the future holds, as far as we know, Samsung may implement something like this in the coming months, or next year, we’ll see. Samsung is well-known for experimenting when it comes to smartphone designs, so instead of implementing something like this in its existing flagship series (Galaxy S and Note series), the company may opt to release a whole new Galaxy lineup in order to test it out.
The Galaxy Note 9 is Samsung’s upcoming flagship, though that device will almost certainly look quite similar to the Galaxy S9, and expecting a secondary display on the back is a reach. The Galaxy S10 may incorporate pieces of this design, though Samsung will probably not include a secondary display on that phone either, even though you can expect to see a redesign in the Galaxy S10’s case, at least when you compare it to the Galaxy S8 and S9, as Samsung tends to change the design more drastically every two years. It is worth noting that the alleged Galaxy S10 prototype surfaced quite recently, though it remains to be seen if that leak is legit or not, as it seems to good to be true.







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This Galaxy S10 Concept Comes With Three Rear Cameras: Video


A YouTube channel called ‘Science and Knowledge’ has released a new concept design in form of a video, of course, and this time around we’re looking at the Samsung Galaxy S10 concept. The Galaxy S10 rumors have started popping up recently, along with some leaks, and now we can take a look at the imaginary design of the company’s upcoming flagship. Needless to say, this design has nothing to do with the real product, it’s not a leak or anything of the sort, just a third-party design.

This concept design does sport bezels above and below the display, though those bezels are rather thin. The display is curved on this handset, and the phone’s frame is made out of metal. The device includes an in-display fingerprint scanner, while you will notice its power / lock, volume up and volume down buttons on the right. The device features three cameras on the back, and two cameras on the front, while a Type-C USB port is located on the bottom of the device. The phone’s loudspeaker is included on the bottom, and the display of this phone sports rounded corners. The back side of the phone is also curved, while the phone itself is made out of metal and glass. Samsung’s logo is included on the back of the phone, and the source also released some imaginary specs for the device.
This imaginary Galaxy S10 handset is IP68 certified, while Corning’s Gorilla Glass 6 protection is included on the phone’s display, and on the device’s back. The phone features a 5.9-inch (2960 x 1440) Super AMOLED display, while Android 8.2.1 Oreo comes pre-installed. Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845 fuels the device, while the phone also has a pressure sensitive display. This imaginary Galaxy S10 handset also includes 6GB / 8GB of RAM and 128GB / 256GB of expandable storage. 24, 12, and 8-megapixel cameras are placed on the back of the device, while you’ll find two 20-megapixel cameras on the phone’s front side. A 3.5mm headphone jack is a part of the offering, and so is facial scanning. A 4,000mAh non-removable battery is included in the package as well, and so is Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 4+ fast charging. If you’d like to check out the video itself, it’s embedded down below.

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Samsung Has No Plans To Embrace Phone Display Notches: Insider


Samsung has no plans to embrace smartphone display notches in the future, according to a known industry insider from China close to some of the South Korean company’s suppliers. The firm also isn’t seriously looking at any complex “mechanical structure” in the context of its long-term mobile plans, the same source said, suggesting pop-up front cameras like the ones implemented into the OPPO Find X and Vivo NEX aren’t something any Galaxy-series device will feature moving forward. The claim is in line with recent reports about Samsung’s R&D efforts related to the Galaxy S10 series, particularly its rumored 3D camera setup. While the company is said to be working on a depth-sensing solution akin to the one found inside Apple’s iPhone X, its front-facing module will be incorporated without a display notch being required, sources claimed earlier this year, adding that Samsung partnered with Israeli startup Mantis Vision in order to achieve that goal.

In the near-term, the company’s upcoming Galaxy Note 9 won’t debut any radical redesign and will be similar to its direct predecessor, according to the same China-based insider, who added that the OEM’s ultimate goal is to deliver a handset with a 100-percent screen-to-body ratio. With recent advancements in in-display fingerprint readers and under-screen cameras, Samsung may come closer to fulfilling that ambition several years from now, especially as several Chinese phone makers already managed to commercialize devices with screen-to-body ratios hovering around the 95-percent mark.
While Samsung traditionally unveils new Galaxy Note-series handsets at IFA, the Galaxy Note 9 is said to be launching earlier this year, with its announcement being rumored to arrive on August 9 at another “Unpacked” event taking place in New York City. The Berlin, Germany-based trade show starting some three weeks later may instead see the launch of Samsung’s Gear S4 smartwatch lineup and the Galaxy Tab S4 series of Android tablets.
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Samsung Patents Bezel-Less Smartphone With Magnetic Sides



Following Samsung’s smartphone patent with a secondary display which surfaced yesterday, another one of the company’s smartphone patents has just appeared. This new patent shows a bezel-less phone which comes with magnetic sides. All sides of the phone are magnetic, and it seems like various components can be attached to them, using those magnets, at least that’s what we think those sides are for. U-shaped coupling is also attached to the magnetic frame, which makes the whole connection even stronger.

This is a rather interesting patent, and it has been approved by the WIPO (World Intellectual Property Office). LetsGoDigital notes that the name of this patent is ‘Display device and frame member’, and that the patent is applicable to smartphones, TVs, monitors, and other electronic devices which come with a display. It is still unclear whether Samsung will utilize this patent on smartphones, of course, but it would be interesting to see a phone like this hit the market, same goes for the company’s smartphone patent with a second display on the back, of course. Chances are we will not see this technology head to the company’s Galaxy S or Galaxy Note lineups anytime soon, though, Samsung likes to test such tech with a completely new line of smartphones before it pushes it to its main smartphone lineups, remember the Galaxy Round, or the Galaxy Note Edge? Well, chances are Samsung will do something similar with these new patents as well.
The Galaxy Note 9 is the company’s upcoming flagship which will be announced in August, and chances are it will look quite similar to the Galaxy S9, so don’t expect anything crazy in terms of the design. The Galaxy S10 is expected to be a bit different than the Galaxy S8 and S9, as Samsung tends to change up its design every two years, but don’t expect something completely out of the box to make its way to the Galaxy S10, thought the phone will probably ship with considerably thinner bezels all around. The alleged Galaxy S10 prototype leaked quite recently, actually, but chances are the real deal will not look like that, as the design seems to good to be true.





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Samsung Ditching Iris Scanner With Galaxy S10 Line: Report



Samsung will be ditching its mobile iris scanner with the Galaxy S10 lineup, some two and a half years after first introducing it on the discontinued Galaxy Note 7, South Korean outlet The Bell reports, citing people close to the world’s largest smartphone manufacturer. The main implication of the move is that Samsung found a superior biometric authentication solution for its first 2019 flagship series, most likely a 3D camera of sorts that has already been commercialized inside Apple’s iPhone X and the more recently released Xiaomi Mi 8. The Seoul-based handset maker was previously reported to be developing such a solution in partnership with Israeli startup Mantis Vision, having allegedly placed a large focus on aesthetics, i.e. delivering a depth-sensing system that doesn’t require a notch present on the two aforementioned devices.

Should Samsung be successful in its efforts to implement a notch-less 3D camera into the Galaxy S10, it would have little reason to also equip the upcoming devices with iris scanner, even though doing so likely wouldn’t be a technical challenge, nor would it significantly increase the manufacturing costs of the two phones. A depth-sensing system would be both faster and more accurate — i.e. secure — than Samsung’s Intelligent Scan service, rendering the latter unnecessary. The same source reiterated previous reports about two Galaxy S10 models being in the works and featuring similar display sizes as their predecessors, with the smaller one being a 5.8-inch affair and the larger unit sporting a 6.3-inch screen, though both figures might have been rounded and the two panels could end up having an identical physical footprint to their Galaxy S9 counterparts.
Samsung is expected to continue increasing its screen-to-body ratio formula and additionally shrink the bezels of the Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10 Plus, whereas the handsets themselves are likely to be introduced in early 2019. As most previous additions to the high-end Android lineup debuted at Mobile World Congress, the annual Barcelona-based trade show is also the likely launch venue for the upcoming devices. The Galaxy S10 lineup is also rumored to feature an in-display fingerprint reader and support the world’s first 5G networks, with Samsung supposedly also considering following Huawei’s lead and equipping the larger Android phablet with a triple-camera setup, industry sources claimed this spring.
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Samsung Galaxy Note 9 S Pen To Have “Remote Features:” Rumor





The S Pen shipping with Samsung’s Galaxy Note 9 will have some “remote features” and possibly mark the biggest generational jump in the history of the company’s mobile styluses, according to a number of new rumors that emerged on Twitter in the last 24 hours. The same source that already hinted at significant S Pen improvements over the weekend more recently asserted the gadget will have “a soul” and be a major selling point of the upcoming Android phablet. A similar sentiment was expressed by another industry insider on Twitter earlier today, alongside the claim that the Galaxy Note 9’s S Pen may be capable of functioning like a remote controller in certain scenarios.
Samsung has been improving every new generation of its stylus series ever since introducing the Galaxy Note lineup in late 2011 but was usually more focused on software upgrades which most recently came in the form of features such as Live Messages and real-time translations. The pressure sensitivity of the S Pen lineup hasn’t changed since the ill-fated Galaxy Note 7, though the upcoming gadget may finally make the jump to 8,192 pressure levels. The rumored remote features could function in a manner similar to how Microsoft’s Surface Pen operates with its Windows devices, i.e. depend on app developer support instead of operating as a universal wireless controller for any particular activity.
The Galaxy Note 9 is expected to be visually similar to its predecessor and feature internals that are largely identical to the Galaxy S9 series, though its most premium variant is rumored to debut with as much as 8GB of RAM and 512GB of flash memory expandable via a microSD card slot by up to 2TB. That high-end model likely won’t be sold globally and may only be introduced in Samsung’s home country and China, as suggested by the firm’s recently adopted product practices. Latest reports are indicative of an August 9 announcement at a New York City-based “Unpacked” event which is expected to be followed by a short pre-order period and a late August release. Samsung isn’t likely to equip the Galaxy Note 9 with an in-screen fingerprint reader or a front-facing 3D camera as it’s supposedly saving both of those novelties for the Galaxy S10 family.
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Report Claims Galaxy S10 Will Have In-Display Fingerprint Reader





In late 2016, it was believed that the Galaxy S8 could feature an in-display fingerprint reader. As we now know, that didn’t happen. Since then, it seems that every flagship device Samsung intends to launch is reported to have an in-display fingerprint reader, with none of them ever having one. The same thing is happening right now for the Galaxy Note 9, and frankly, I’m getting pretty tired of writing up the same thing year after year. Just do it already, Samsung!
This week, a new report from Korea states that the Galaxy S10 will ditch not only a rear-facing fingerprint reader for an in-display one, but Samsung intends to ditch the iris scanner, too. This report stems from Samsung no longer requesting iris scanners from its suppliers.
With Samsung reported to ditch iris scanning, it’s noted that we can expect a beefed up facial recognition feature, but again, an in-display fingerprint reader as well. If this does indeed happen in 2019, I’m pretty excited for it.
We had a brief opportunity to play with Synaptics’ Clear ID tech at CES this year and it worked just as we expected it to, but it’s currently unknown whose fingerprint tech Samsung will opt to use in the Galaxy S10, if any at all. Currently, Synaptics and Qualcomm both have FOD (fingerprint on display) tech working, so it will be interesting to see if we get a leak from one of them in future earnings reports that might allude to who scores the contract.
Maybe this will actually happen now, Samsung?
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Samsung’s Galaxy Note 9 Just Hit the FCC





There’s been a lot of talk recently about Samsung possibly announcing the Galaxy Note 9 a month earlier than they usually do. To back that idea up, we thought we should point out that the device just hit the FCC, about a month earlier than the Galaxy Note 8 did.
This new Samsung product that arrived at the FCC is not necessarily labeled as “Galaxy Note 9,” but Samsung does use model numbers in their FCC IDs. And the FCC ID of the device we believe is the Note 9 is A3LSMN960F. The SMN960F is the part we care about, as that is the model number. Samsung, when they sell this device, will refer to it as SM-N960F. That gives it away because the Galaxy Note 8 was SM-N950, the Note 7 was SM-N930, and the Note 5 was SM-N920.
We’re still diving into the documents, but so far we’re seeing plenty of LTE bands, which one would expect. Just keep in mind that these “F” model numbers of Samsung phones are often international variants, so if you aren’t seeing all bands, that’s OK. We often see international units hit the FCC before the US models do. The US model we’ll want to keep an eye out for is likely to be SM-N960U rather than SM-N960F.
Of course, Bluetooth, NFC, and MST are all on board too. MST is for Samsung Pay, in case you were wondering.
To recap the Galaxy Note 9, current rumors suggest that it’ll arrive on August 9 at an event in NYC before shipping toward the end of the month. It probably looks just like this. It may have faster fast charging too.
We’ll continue to update this post if we find more info.
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Samsung To Release A 5-Inch Galaxy S10 Next Year: Rumor


A recent report suggested that Samsung is planning to release three variants of the Galaxy S10, but only two of them were mentioned, the Galaxy S10, and S10 Plus… well, the third variant has just surfaced in a new report, along with display sizes of the other two models. A new report surfaced in Korea, and according to the provided info, Samsung may release a small Galaxy S10 handset, to which will be inferior to both the Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus.

According to The Bell, the most powerful Galaxy S10 variant, the Galaxy S10 Plus, will ship with a 6.44-inch display, while the entry-level model may sport a 5-inch panel. The middle-of-the-road model, the Galaxy S10, will probably sport a 5.8-inch panel, just like its predecessor. The Galaxy S10 Plus is said to sport three cameras on its back, while the small Galaxy S10 variant will stick to one rear-facing camera. It remains to be seen if the regular S10 variant will include two or three cameras, though. The Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus are rumored to ship with curved displays, just like their predecessors, while the smaller Galaxy S10 model will include a flat display, similar to the Galaxy S6 and S7. That’s more or less all the info that was shared, and if it’s true, it remains to be seen how thin will bezels be on the smaller Galaxy S10, as they will almost certainly be noticeably thicker than on the Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus, mainly due to its flat display, but we’ll see.
In any case, the smaller Galaxy S10 variant will be extremely compact, a 5-inch display is quite compact on its own in this day and age, and if Samsung manages to trim down those bezels to an extent, the small Galaxy S10 variant will be a real competitor in the compact market. The source did not mention anything about the specs, so it remains to be seen if this smaller Galaxy S10 unit will ship with a flagship SoC, like its siblings, or will Samsung opt to include a mid-range processor on the inside. In any case, we’re still over half a year away from the Galaxy S10 launch, so do expect a ton of such rumors to appear in the coming months.
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Google’s Pixel 3 series of Android flagships leaked in two dozen high-resolution renders earlier today, having been authored by known industry insider Steve Hemmerstoffer, better known by his online handle “@OnLeaks.” The images and 360-degree videos that can be seen below are said to be an accurate representation of Google’s upcoming handsets which are expected to be officially announced in early October. Much like previous leaks suggested, the new renders indicate that Google is still partially resisting the dual-camera trend and will once again be equipping its Android smartphones with a single rear sensor.

One two-lens imaging system will still be part of the package, with the new images and previous reports pointing to the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL having a dual-camera setup on the front. The sensors will be embedded into a display notch that appears to be relatively large compared to most other screen cutouts that can currently be seen on the market, save for the ones on the Apple iPhone X and Xiaomi Mi 8, though both of those handsets have depth-sensing 3D camera systems on the front, something that the Pixel 3 series isn’t expected to feature. The same source claims the Pixel 3 will sport a 5.4-inch display, whereas its larger counterpart will take advantage of a 6.2-inch panel. The smaller device is said to be approximately 145.6 x 68.2 x 7.9mm in size, while the Pixel 3 XL should measure in at around 158 x 76.6 x 7.9mm.

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Front-facing stereo speakers still appear to be part of the package and the 3.5mm headphone jack doesn’t seem to be making a return this year, according to the same renders, as well as previous reports about Google’s next Android flagships. The Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL will most likely be powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845 chip and while their base 4GB/64GB memory configurations may remain the same, at least one variant of the larger device could sport 6GB of RAM and at least 128GB of storage space. With the last two generations of the Pixel-series devices being announced on October 4, Google may opt to unveil its upcoming handsets on that same date this year.

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Samsung announces Galaxy Note 9 event for August 9th


The Note 9 is coming

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Samsung has sent out invitations for an event on August 9th for a new Galaxy device — and while it doesn’t call out the Note 9 by name, the picture of a Note stylus plus the timing means it’s almost certain we’ll see the launch of the company’s next flagship device.

The August 9th date was rumored by Bloomberg earlier in the month, and the Note 9 itself recently cleared the FCC, so a launch event was likely to happen sooner or later. As for the Note 9, rumors indicate that it’ll be a similar upgrade to the Note 8 as the Galaxy S9 was to last year’s S8, with a focus on an improved camera rather than a completely overhauled design. The invitation also seems to hint at a new yellow color for the device.

Given that Samsung also tends to use the Note line as a platform for bigger hardware experiments, though, it’s likely we could see some other additions — like say the long-rumored in-display fingerprint scanner. Whatever the case, we’ll find out in just a few weeks when Samsung’s event rolls around (or, if past history is any indication, when the leaks start to come out).
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Pixel 3 factory CAD renders give 360-degree look at what might be Google's next phones



MySmartPrice has an extensive gallery of 33 images and two 360-degree videos for you to peruse, and the overall look and details fit with what we think we know about the pair of phones so far. Screen size is pegged at 5.4" for the smaller (presumably non-XL) model, and 6.2" for the larger notched model. Aspect ratios for the two are also supposed to be different, with 18:9 for the small one and 19:9 for the XL.
Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL. Images from MySmartPrice.
From small to large, measurements run 145.6 x 68.2 x 7.9mm and 158 x 76.6 x 7.9mm. Interestingly, they believe the rear panel will be similar to the existing Pixels, with a metal back and a glass window, though the previous photos we saw seemed to imply a fully glass back. The SIM tray has been relocated to the bottom of the phone next to the USB-C port (where we all wish a headphone jack could be).
I'd recommend everyone take these renders with a grain of salt. Although @OnLeaks has a very good track record, until we see more concrete proof, it's impossible to determine how accurate these images might be. Even so, in Corbin's words, "The small Pixel looks ."
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Samsung Galaxy Note 9 Detailed In Biggest Alleged Leak To Date


A wide variety of Galaxy Note 9’s specifications leaked online earlier this week, shortly after Samsung confirmed its next Android flagship is set to be announced in early August. The newly emerged information comes from established Russian mobile reporter Eldar Murtazin who claims to have gotten hands-on time with a Galaxy Note 9 prototype during a recent trip to the United States. While the unit in question still lacked numerous functionalities meant to be offered to consumers, including Bixby 2.0, it was largely representative of the final product in terms of hardware, according to the insider.

Giving more credence to recent rumors, the source claims Samsung’s new high-end phablet will feature a 4,000mAh battery capable of lasting through up to two days of regular use, as well as an Infinity Display-centered design reminiscent of the Galaxy Note 8. As was the case with its predecessor, the base model of the Galaxy Note 9 will sport 64GB of storage space and 6GB of RAM, with a 128GB memory variant also being in the works. The insider claims Samsung is working on 8GB RAM models with 256GB and 512GB of flash memory as well, though it’s unlikely either will ever be officially sold in the United States or Europe. Previous claims about a significantly improved S Pen are reiterated by the latest report which indicates most of the stylus’s new functionalities will be catering to enterprise users. The S Pen will supposedly support Bluetooth and offer some sort of remote control features.
The Super AMOLED display panel of the Galaxy Note 9 will be yet another curved module that’s even brighter than the one found on the previous member of the product family. The source claims Samsung is presently working on a significantly improved version of its Always-On Display, adding that the technology likely won’t be ready for commercialization before the Galaxy S10 lineup launches in early 2019. Android 8.1 Oreo-based Samsung Experience 9.5 also features smoother animations than the ones supported by the previous iteration of the company’s OS implementation, according to the same report.

On the imaging front, Samsung is said to have improved its optical image stabilization and camera algorithms, though it’s still unclear whether the Galaxy Note 9 will feature a variable-aperture lens akin to the one found on the Galaxy S9-series handsets. AR Emoji will also be making a return in an improved form, though details on the matter remain vague, the insider claims. Samsung already stopped supplying its partners with Galaxy Note 8 units and is presently looking to clear stock, which isn’t its usual M.O given how the majority of the company’s premium devices are usually in production for well over a year and can be purchased through numerous retailers for at least two, as per the same source. If true, the development may signal that the remaining Galaxy Note 8 units won’t be receiving a major price cut after the Galaxy Note 9 is announced on August 9.
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Someone just published a hands-on Galaxy Note 9 review a month before it’s even announced





Samsung just confirmed that the Galaxy Note 9 will be unveiled on August 9th in New York, just as recent reports suggested. The phone will probably be one of the top three Android handsets you’ll be able to buy this year, but it won’t bring an exciting redesign or novel new features. In many ways, the Galaxy Note 9 will be similar to its predecessor, just like the Galaxy S9 is almost identical to the Galaxy S8.
The Galaxy Note 9 will bring a few improvements when it comes to hardware though, and a Samsung insider already knows everything there is to know about it because he’s spent time with the phone.




The Galaxy Note 9 will have almost the same design as its predecessor, Eldar Murtazin from Mobile-Review says. The Russian blogger has a long history of getting his hands on Samsung phones long before they’re released, which makes him a highly reliable source when it comes to upcoming Samsung devices.
The Super AMOLED screen should be even brighter than before and deliver an upgraded AlwaysOn Display functionality. The Note 9 will also come in two versions when it comes to processor options. Just like every other flagship, US-bound model will have a Qualcomm processor while international model will get Samsung’s own Exynos chip.
The base model will get a bump in storage to 128GB, and it’ll ship with the expected 6GB of RAM inside. Samsung is expected to sell 8GB/256GB and 8GB/512GB versions as well. All models will have microSD support as well. The Note 9 should have a similar price to its predecessor when it comes to the basic version. That’s at least 70,000 rubles in Russia, according to the report. Samsung sold the entry-level Galaxy Note 8 for $950 in the US last year. But expect to pay a lot more for the Note 9 if you want extra RAM and storage.
The cameras are going to deliver similar experiences to the Galaxy S9+, complete with a lens with variable aperture, improved low-light photography, and better optical image stabilization (OIS). The two lenses are placed horizontally, however, with the fingerprint sensor being positioned below them, just as rumors suggested. 
The AR Emoji feature is also supposedly getting an upgrade, according to the report, but we’re not getting our hopes up considering how bad it is right now.
The battery is also getting a welcomed bump. We’re looking at a 4,000 mAh battery ready to deliver more than two days of battery life and up to 25 hours of video playback at maximum brightness. Finally, the Galaxy Note 9 is getting a brand new S Pen stylus that will support Bluetooth connectivity, and it’ll also offer a new way to unlock the phone.
In other words, everything Murtazin had to say about the Note 9 sounds very familiar because the Galaxy Note 9’s specs and features have been widely covered in leaks this year, leaving virtually no surprises for the Samsung press conference in August. Murtazin does not mention any of the phone’s new software tricks, which means the only way Samsung can surprise the audience is with software features.



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