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Samsung Galaxy A8 will have dual front cameras and infinity display, according to leaked manual

Samsung’s most recent Galaxy A-series models were released at the start of this year, way back in January, so it’s safe to assume the next generation will make an appearance around the same time early next year. There have been plenty of rumors about the mid-range lineup, and we’re pretty sure the naming convention will be changing, with this year’s A5 and A7 becoming the A8 and A8+.

New information coming from a leaked user manual confirms that the new A-series devices will have dual front-facing cameras and a Galaxy S8-esque ‘Infinity Display’ – or an 18:9 screen with minimal bezels. The two cameras on the front will be used for portrait mode-style selfies, where the background is blurred to emphasize your duck face.



As well as the long screen with its curved corners, the images also point to a few other design aspects. The fingerprint scanner is finally being moved below the camera module, which will be sure to appease fans and reviewers alike. The rear camera module includes just a single lens, unlike what we see round the front. There’s also mention of an ‘earphone jack,’ in case anyone was worried that Samsung was about to do away with it.

The manual doesn’t go into to too much detail about internal specs, although it does point out that the phones will be shipping with Android 7.1.1 Nougat, which is disappointing yet unsurprising considering they are mid-range devices from Samsung. None of this is set in stone, of course, but we should find out soon enough. Expect an announcement from the Korean company in the next month or two. In the meantime, take a look at these leaked images and see if you think they’re the real deal?

After years of copying the iPhone, Samsung’s Galaxy S9 will finally copy Apple’s smartest strategy

Samsung wrote the book on copying Apple… literally. No, seriously — back when the company was still trying to break through in the smartphone market, Samsung actually created a 132-page internal document to help its designers and engineers copy the iPhone pixel by pixel. The South Korean conglomerate isn’t the only company that ripped off as much as it could from Apple and its iPhones, but Samsung was the first and clearly the most successful.

In recent years, Samsung has pumped the brakes a bit. The company’s flagship smartphone designs veered away from Apple’s iPhone lineup when the started to feature curved displays, and Samsung has become a bit more selective instead of ripping off every new iPhone feature and every strategic move Apple makes. There is one part of Apple’s smartphone strategy that Samsung has curiously never copied, but it looks like that will finally change with the upcoming Galaxy S9.

In doing some research for another article, I came across an old scoop from Venturebeat’s Evan Blass, who reported on the Galaxy S9 toward the end of November. Most of the details in the post were merely a reiteration of rumors that had already been swirling for weeks or even months, but confirmation from Blass always helps to firm things up.

There are plenty of interesting tidbits in the article, but one area is of particular interest to me. Here’s the excerpt:

Other than their screen sizes, the Galaxy S8 and S8+ were nearly identical in every way. Not so this time around, according to the briefed individual. Besides a bigger screen, the S9+ will reportedly offer more RAM (6GB versus 4GB) and a second rear camera, similar to the Note8. Both models pack 64GB of internal storage, supplemented by a microSD slot, and both leave the 3.5-millimeter headphone jack intact.

Blass is citing a single source here, which is never a good thing. That said, earlier reports had already made the same claims: Samsung’s Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ will not be the exact same phone in two different sizes. What’s so interesting about that? Well, it just so happens that avoiding feature parity on its iPhones is one of the smartest strategic moves Apple has ever made.

Apple is the most profitable consumer electronics company on the planet thanks to the iPhone. The company pockets billions and billions of dollars each quarter by selling pricey smartphones with sky-high margins. And generally speaking, more expensive iPhone models carry higher margins — do you really think a 256GB flash memory chip costs Apple $150 more than a 64GB chip? Of course it doesn’t.

Apart from the higher margins on models with more storage, Apple is also believed to enjoy higher margins on its “Plus” model iPhones. Apple charges an extra $100 for each Plus model compared to its smaller iPhones, but the difference in cost to Apple is much less. For example, market research firm IHS estimates that each 64GB iPhone 8 carries a BOM of $247.51 for Apple, while the 64GB iPhone 8 Plus costs Apple $288.08 to make. That’s a difference of $40.57, and yet Apple charges $100 more for the Plus model.

From a business standpoint, it’s brilliant. Consumers are clearly willing to pay a premium for the extra size and additional features, and Apple is cashing in. Well, beginning in 2018, it looks like Samsung will finally start to cash in, too.

What are the biggest differences between the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus aside from screen size? Apple includes a dual-lens camera with cool effects in the 8 Plus as opposed to the iPhone 8’s single-lens rear camera, and it includes extra RAM as well to help process all of those cool camera effects. Guess what Samsung will reportedly do in order to add some extra appeal to the Galaxy S9+ next year. Yup, it’s going to add a dual-lens rear camera and extra RAM.

Using unique features as a way to encourage customers to purchase pricier, higher-margin phones is a big part of Apple’s iPhone strategy. Like most other things that Samsung has copied from Apple, I expect this strategy to work wonders for Samsung as well.

Android 8.0 Oreo beta ROM for Galaxy Note8 leaked

Android 8.0 Oreo was released back in August, but most manufacturers are still working on porting it to their phones and tablets. Unfinished ROMs are available for a handful of phones, like the Essential Phone and OnePlus 5. The next device to see Oreo is the Galaxy Note8, as an unfinished test ROM has leaked online.

The beta ROM was posted by Reddit user mweinbach, and clocks in at 1.4GB. Several users have already installed it, but report that it is buggy, fails a SafetyNet check (thus, Android Pay and other functions do not work), and appears as ‘Unverified’ on the Play Store. Generally speaking, if you want a working phone, you should probably wait for a finished Oreo build, or at least a publicly-released beta.

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Image credit: Shadowfalx

Since Samsung modifies much of Android’s interface, there isn’t much in the way of visual changes. Before you get excited, Project Treble is not present in this build. But since all US variants of Samsung phones remain bootloader-locked, there wouldn’t be much of an advantage to end users anyways. Jeff Springer on YouTube created a video walk-through of the new build:

If you want to try it out for yourself, you can find the zips at the source link below.

Samsung’s Game Live Android App Gets Galaxy Note 8 Support

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Galaxy S9 might not copy the iPhone X’s Face ID, but it’ll have a better iris scanner

The Galaxy S9 may not be unveiled in early January, as some reports had suggested, but that doesn’t mean the Galaxy S9 rumors have stopped coming in.

New reports reveal major details about the upcoming Galaxy S9 smartphones, including faster iris scanning, and dual-SIM support.

It doesn’t look like Samsung will be able to replicate the iPhone X’s Face ID feature in time for the Galaxy S9 launch, but the company has been working on making the iris scanner faster.

That’s according to The Korea Herald , which heard it from a source that that the iris scanner is getting a few significant upgrades.

“Galaxy S9’s iris scanner will have an improved camera lens and functions to make it better to recognize the eyes of users,” the source said.

“The iris camera lens will be improved to 3 megapixels from 2 megapixels of Galaxy S8 and Galaxy Note 8 to capture clearer images. The scanner will better recognize users’ irises even when they wear eyeglasses, move their eyeballs or are in a too dark or too light environment.”

The source said the scanner will have an even shorter response time than the current one second.

Meanwhile, Dutch-language site Mobile Kopen found a listing at the Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) that reveals the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ will each come in dual-SIM versions. That’s hardly surprising, considering that previous Samsung flagships had dual-SIM support, and good news to anyone looking to use two SIM cars simultaneously on Samsung’s upcoming flagship.

Samsung Galaxy S8 gets refreshed design as Android 8.0 Oreo update release nears

If we take a look at last year’s Galaxy S7, most users in the UK began receiving the update in March.

This was mainly due to Samsung releasing the update but the networks then taking their time to test it before pushing it out to consumers.

Speaking to Express.co.uk earlier in the year an EE spokesperson revealed: “Like the majority of UK networks, we’re working with Samsung and hope to have an approved nougat O/S file to roll out to our Galaxy S7 customers shortly.” 

The same is likely to happen with Oreo as Samsung will have to complete their checks before it then being made available to the networks.

So, if your an S8 or S8+ owner don’t expect to see an update before the Christmas.

In fact, with the Galaxy S9 expected to be revealed in February, this looks like the most realistic time for Samsung to push out an operating system upgrade to all of its users.

Android Circuit: New Galaxy S9 Hardware Leaks, Microsoft’s Android Ambition, Pixel 2 Secret Feature

Taking a look back at seven days of news and headlines across the world of Android, this week’s Android Circuit includes some new colors for the Galaxy S9, new Qualcomm and Exynos chips for Android, the ambitions of Android Go, Nokia 8 reviewed, Microsoft updates OneDrive on Android, Pixel 2’s secret AI core activated, and power user tips for the Pixel 2 XL.

Android Circuit is here to remind you of a few of the many things that have happened around Android in the last week (and you can find the weekly Apple news digest here).

A Bundle Of Colors

With the Galaxy S9 expected to deliver a number of iterative updates, the ‘fashion’ of Samsung’s flagship handset for 2018 will be one of the key marketing points. That means a splash of new colors will be one of the attractive features when the handset launches. Forbes’ Gordon Kelly reports:

Yes, Samsung is looking to expand the number of finishes for the Galaxy S9 with SamMobile reporting purple, black, gold and blue will all be available for launch (and silver and grey likely to continue). The first of these is the biggest change as the others have all been seen on the Galaxy S or Galaxy Note ranges at some point.

More details here.

Making The Heart Of The S9

Samsung has started production of its next generation system-on-chip products. According to the press release, these will be used in handsets that will reach the market in the first months of 2018. That pretty much guarantees these chips will be destined to feature in the Galaxy S9. I reported on the news earlier this week:

Traditionally Samsung’s Galaxy S handsets have come with two flavours of system-on-chips – Samsung’s in-house Exynos SoC, and Qualcomm’s SnapDragon SoC. Because of the varying frequencies and systems offered by 4G networks around the world, Samsung needs to cover the various options so the Galaxy S handsets can be truly ‘world’ phones. That means mixing up the production with Exynos and Qualcomm.

More here on Forbes.

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DJ Koh, President/Mobile Communications Business speaks at the Samsung Galaxy Unpacked 2017 event (Photo:Don Emmert/AFP/Getty Images)

…But The S9 Has Two Hearts

That takes care of the Exynos-powered Galaxy S9 handsets. What about the SnapDragon side of things? Samsung is expected to receive the lions’ share of Qualcomm’s latest system-on-chip, the SnapDragon 845, which was announced this week. Expect many of next year’s Android smartphones to be running the 845. David Ruddock examines the offering:

Qualcomm detailed its next-generation chipset, the Snapdragon 845, at a press conference in Hawaii this morning. The chip features a ground-up redesign of the company’s Kryo CPU (now the Kryo 385) and Adreno GPU, marking a major evolution of the platform. The changes to the new Adreno 630 GPU will result in 30% faster graphics performance, and Qualcomm anticipates the platform as a whole will be up to 30% more power-efficient than Snapdragon 835, a chip that has already proven to be excellent on battery life.

More analysis at Android Police, and more details from Qualcomm.

No Memory? No Problem

Google continues to push Android towards lower-spec hardware which is far more accessible to many consumers in the world. Android Oreo (Go Edition) is the latest project, which is designed to run effectively on OEM handsets with 1 GB or less of RAM. It’s not available as a direct download. Rom Amadeo looks at the release:

Android Go was announced at Google I/O 2017 as a special configuration of Android 8.1 Oreo for low-end devices. The new configuration is meant for all Android devices with less than 1GB of RAM, and it strips down Android to use less memory, less storage, and run better on cheap phones. The goal with Android Go is capturing the so-called “next billion users.” Only about half of the world’s 7.6 billion people are online, and when these new users first log into the Internet, they’ll be doing it on the cheapest general-purpose computing device available: a smartphone. Google wants to capture this flood of new users, so Android Go and the “Go” Google apps are designed for these ultra-cheap devices with limited connectivity.

More at Ars Technica.

Android Circuit: New Galaxy S9 Leaks, Microsoft’s Android Ambition, Pixel 2’s Secret Feature

Taking a look back at seven days of news and headlines across the world of Android, this week’s Android Circuit includes some new colors for the Galaxy S9, new Qualcomm and Exynos chips, the ambitions of Android Go, Nokia 8 reviewed, Microsoft updates OneDrive on Android, Pixel 2’s secret AI core activated, and power user tips for the Pixel 2 XL.

Android Circuit is here to remind you of a few of the many things that have happened around Android in the last week (and you can find the weekly Apple news digest here).

A Bundle Of Colors

With the Galaxy S9 expected to deliver a number of iterative updates, the ‘fashion’ of Samsung’s flagship handset for 2018 will be one of the key marketing points. That means a splash of new colors will be one of the attractive features when the handset launches. Forbes’ Gordon Kelly reports:

Yes, Samsung is looking to expand the number of finishes for the Galaxy S9 with SamMobile reporting purple, black, gold and blue will all be available for launch (and silver and grey likely to continue). The first of these is the biggest change as the others have all been seen on the Galaxy S or Galaxy Note ranges at some point.

More details here.

Making The Heart Of The S9

Samsung has started production of its next generation system-on-chip products. According to the press release, these will be used in handsets that will reach the market in the first months of 2018. That pretty much guarantees these chips will be destined to feature in the Galaxy S9. I reported on the news earlier this week:

Traditionally Samsung’s Galaxy S handsets have come with two flavours of system-on-chips – Samsung’s in-house Exynos SoC, and Qualcomm’s SnapDragon SoC. Because of the varying frequencies and systems offered by 4G networks around the world, Samsung needs to cover the various options so the Galaxy S handsets can be truly ‘world’ phones. That means mixing up the production with Exynos and Qualcomm.

More here on Forbes.

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DJ Koh, President/Mobile Communications Business speaks at the Samsung Galaxy Unpacked 2017 event (Photo:Don Emmert/AFP/Getty Images)

…But The S9 Has Two Hearts

That takes care of the Exynos-powered Galaxy S9 handsets. What about the SnapDragon side of things? Samsung is expected to receive the lions’ share of Qualcomm’s latest system-on-chip, the SnapDragon 845, which was announced this week. Expect many of next year’s Android smartphones to be running the 845. David Ruddock examines the offering:

Qualcomm detailed its next-generation chipset, the Snapdragon 845, at a press conference in Hawaii this morning. The chip features a ground-up redesign of the company’s Kryo CPU (now the Kryo 385) and Adreno GPU, marking a major evolution of the platform. The changes to the new Adreno 630 GPU will result in 30% faster graphics performance, and Qualcomm anticipates the platform as a whole will be up to 30% more power-efficient than Snapdragon 835, a chip that has already proven to be excellent on battery life.

More analysis at Android Police, and more details from Qualcomm.

No Memory? No Problem

Google continues to push Android towards lower-spec hardware which is far more accessible to many consumers in the world. Android Oreo (Go Edition) is the latest project, which is designed to run effectively on OEM handsets with 1 GB or less of RAM. It’s not available as a direct download. Rom Amadeo looks at the release:

Android Go was announced at Google I/O 2017 as a special configuration of Android 8.1 Oreo for low-end devices. The new configuration is meant for all Android devices with less than 1GB of RAM, and it strips down Android to use less memory, less storage, and run better on cheap phones. The goal with Android Go is capturing the so-called “next billion users.” Only about half of the world’s 7.6 billion people are online, and when these new users first log into the Internet, they’ll be doing it on the cheapest general-purpose computing device available: a smartphone. Google wants to capture this flood of new users, so Android Go and the “Go” Google apps are designed for these ultra-cheap devices with limited connectivity.

More at Ars Technica.

Deal: Galaxy S8 Plus with wireless charger and $100 gift card — $724.99

de9b9_android-authority-samsung-galaxy-s8-plus-sale-3456-840x423 Deal: Galaxy S8 Plus with wireless charger and $100 gift card — $724.99The Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus is one of the best phones we’ve reviewed this year. Though it’s had to take a back seat recently thanks to the release of flagships like the Google Pixel 2s, OnePlus 5T and even Samsung’s own Galaxy Note 8, it remains a high-quality handset.

If you’re still interested in the S8 Plus, now might be the time to get one thanks to a splendid offer over at Amazon.com (via Android Central). The retail giant has rolled out a Galaxy S8 Plus bundle that includes a factory unlocked device, fast Qi wireless charger, and a $100 Amazon gift card for $724.99.

Samsung launches new 512 GB eUFS memory chips for mobile devices

This amounts to a saving of $209.99 compared to if you acquired everything separately on Amazon: the charger is on sale at Amazon right now for $24.99 and the phone costs $809.99. 

The Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus ships with an 18:9, 6.2-inch, Super AMOLED display with QHD+ resolution, Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chip and 4 GB of RAM; eight months after release, it’s still one of the most powerful handsets available.

Check out our Galaxy S8 Plus review for more on the handset, and if you’re interested in the deal, hit the button below. 

Android Oreo Beta Leaked for the Snapdragon Samsung Galaxy Note 8

The Galaxy Note 8 was announced on August 23, and launched internationally on September 15. It still ships with an Android Nougat-based version of TouchWiz, Samsung’s custom skin, but Samsung recently launched an Oreo beta program for the Galaxy S8 and S8+ in select markets. Previously, trying out the beta required enrolling in Samsung’s preview program, but this week, Android Oreo firmware leaked for the Snapdragon variant of the Galaxy Note 8. Redditor mweinbach discovered a link to the update on Samsung’s servers.

The Note 8, for the uninitiated, ships in two configurations: The Qualcomm Snapdragon variant available in the US and China, and the Exynos 8895 variant available in the rest of the world. The leaked firmware is for the former.

In order to flash the leaked Android Oreo beta, mweinbach notes that Snapdragon Note 8 users have to update to Samsung’s official Nougat-based 2BQK2 firmware. Only the Verizon variant of the Note 8 as received it so far, but there’s a workaround — with a bit of elbow grease, you can manually install the update on any US unlocked Snapdragon Galaxy Note 8 units using ODIN.

If you’re planning to give it a go, be forewarned that the Oreo beta’s likely unstable and might cause crashes. You’re prefectly welcome to try the bleeding-edge route, but if you’d rather not put up with bugs, you might want to wait for Samsung to launch the Oreo beta program stateside.


Source: /u/mweinbach

New Triple-lens Camera Leak Details Huawei’s Threat To Galaxy Note 8 And iPhone X

Dual camera setups are redefining our expectations of what’s possible from smartphone photography, but Chinese manufacturer, Huawei, looks set to go one better by introducing a triple rear camera.

According to prolific, and famously accurate, leaker, Evan Blass, Huawei seems to have been considering a 40MP three-lensed camera for a forthcoming smartphone, probably the P11.

Taking to Twitter, Blass writes:

Is the next Huawei P-series going to be an imaging powerhouse? A digital artist at one of the company’s creative agencies added these “PCE Series” ads to their portfolio — claiming 40MP, 3 lens rear (5x hybrid zoom) + 24MP selfie, all Leica-co-developed.”

The “PCE Series” information shown in the leak, which has since been removed from the artist’s portfolio, includes details of a 40MP camera using three lenses to deliver up to 5x zoom, taking its capabilities far beyond currently available smartphone cameras.

Huawei pins a great deal of importance on its smartphone cameras, not only in forming a working relationship with premium camera manufacturer, Leica, but also in terms of the cost of the camera hardware itself.

This latest development, should it turn out to be true, would be a perfect for a company so clearly aiming to make waves in smartphone photography.

Why include three cameras?

The obvious question is whether or not three cameras could actually deliver any tangible benefits to the user over a dual-camera setup. After all, Google’s Pixel 2 currently delivers first glass performance with just a single lens.

In my opinion, there most certainly are advantages to be gained from a third camera and here’s why:

While the benefits of dual cameras can include increased light-gathering capability, optical zoom effects, reduced image noise and some level of 3D depth-perception, the actual benefits received depend on the particular configuration of lenses used.

Simplistically put, you could use a pair of dissimilar lenses as in the iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X and Samsung Galaxy Note 8, to enable telephoto or wide angle shots or, as Huawei has chosen to do with the current Mate 10 flagship, you could use a pair cameras with identical lenses and combine their output for higher image quality.

However, adding a third camera would, therefore, allow the use of both of these approaches at the same time. For example, by combining a pair of similar lenses for great quality with a third telephoto lens to add extra zoom capabilities.

Huawei’s current implementation does offer a 2x ‘lossless zoom’ mode which relies on the higher 20MP pixel resolution of a dedicated monochrome camera to boost the details captured by the 12MP main colour sensor.

However, adding a third zoom lens would allow for the extended 5x zoom range mentioned in the leak. Fitting a 40MP sensor in a smartphone would usually be problematic due to the additional image noise which would likely occur. However, combining the output of three separate sensors could go a long way to mitigating against this.

Also mentioned in the leaked advertisements are a 24MP selfie camera, a ‘Pro Night Mode’ and ‘Pro AI camera assist’. If done well, a three-camera system from Huawei will definitely be one to watch.

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iPhone X is not as good as Galaxy S8, Consumer Reports says

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So much for the iPhone X being the best phone ever. At least according to Consumer Reports.

The influential publication just released its full review of the $1,000 device, and concludes that Samsung’s latest smartphones, and even the cheaper iPhone 8 series, are better options for most people.

“Taken as a complete package, this phone ranked a bit lower than Samsung’s S8, S8+, and Note8, mainly because of their superior battery life,” Consumer Reports said. “But many longtime iPhone users aren’t interested in switching to Android, so the real question for them is whether to save a few bucks — or, actually, a couple hundred — and go with an iPhone 8 or 8 Plus instead.”



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Consumer Reports scores the Samsung Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone 8 highest in its rankings, each with an overall score of 81 out of 100. The Galaxy Note 8, Galaxy S8 Active, Galaxy S7, LG G6 and iPhone X were each given an overall score of 80.

Consumer Reports said the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus were “more resistant to breaking” in its tests than the iPhone X, and added that consumers will appreciate the “familiar Home button.”

The iPhone X received praise for Face ID, which worked well in Consumer Reports’ tests, as well as the advanced cameras and display.

Read the full report from Consumer Reports.



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The iPhone 8 goes up against the Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus

Either would make a great gift to yourself or someone else, but it all depends on what you’re going for. The iPhone 8 looks a little ho-hum in terms of standard old design, but acts zippier because of the new A11 bionic chip, which Apple claims makes it 25% faster.

Alternatively, maybe you love Samsung or are just now open to one because of Apple’s no headphone jack policy. The S8 and S8 Plus have a slick design that our own phone reviewers absolutely love and its display (a dazzling 2,220 x 1,080) compared to Apple’s (a meh 1,334 x 750) really put it at the top of the visual appearance heap.

And then there’s the camera test. While on paper the smartphone’s cameras seem very similar, (Apple with a 7-megapixel front-facing camera, 12-megapixel back; Galaxy S8 Plus with 8-megapixel front-facing camera, 12-megapixel back), in practice, the selfies from the Galaxy S8 Plus seem far superior.

After testing set-up, call quality, video downloading time, playback, visual appearance and cameras on each of the phones, we picked the Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus as the winner of this particular head-to-head challenge. Let us know in the comments what we should test next!

This article was briefly removed from the site to update the video thumbnail and pricing. Prices now reflect MSRP rather than Amazon’s “Buy Now” option in our database.

The iPhone 8 goes up against the Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus

Either would make a great gift to yourself or someone else, but it all depends on what you’re going for. The iPhone 8 looks a little ho-hum in terms of standard old design, but acts zippier because of the new A11 bionic chip, which Apple claims makes it 25% faster.

Alternatively, maybe you love Samsung or are just now open to one because of Apple’s no headphone jack policy. The S8 and S8 Plus have a slick design that our own phone reviewers absolutely love and its display (a dazzling 2,220 x 1,080) compared to Apple’s (a meh 1,334 x 750) really put it at the top of the visual appearance heap.

And then there’s the camera test. While on paper the smartphone’s cameras seem very similar, (Apple with a 7-megapixel front-facing camera, 12-megapixel back; Galaxy S8 Plus with 8-megapixel front-facing camera, 12-megapixel back), in practice, the selfies from the Galaxy S8 Plus seem far superior.

After testing set-up, call quality, video downloading time, playback, visual appearance and cameras on each of the phones, we picked the Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus as the winner of this particular head-to-head challenge. Let us know in the comments what we should test next!

This article was briefly removed from the site to update the video thumbnail and pricing. Prices now reflect MSRP rather than Amazon’s “Buy Now” option in our database.

Super Mario Galaxy, Zelda: Twilight Princess to launch on Android in 1080p

Via Nvidia Shield in China.

Published 05/12/2017

Nintendo will launch a selection of its most popular Wii and GameCube games on Nvidia’s Android-powered Shield tablet in China.

Super Mario Galaxy, The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, New Super Mario Bros. Wii and Punch-out!! will all arrive for the device, remastered with 1080p visuals.

The announcement, reported by industry insider ZhugeX, is the end result of a long-in-the-works deal inked between Nvidia, Nintendo and Chinese distribution company iQiyi.

The Nvidia Shield launches in China with a retail price of 1499 Yen – around 169.30. Nvidia is angling the tablet as a gaming device, and has also signed up Western publishers such as Curve Digital. But it’s the Nintendo connection which is, perhaps, most surprising.

China has always been treated as a very different market to Japan, America or Europe due to the complexities of launching game consoles in the region. There’s no suggestion the deal will extend elsewhere.

Nintendo’s close relationship to Nvidia on this project comes after it partnered with the tech company on Nintendo Switch, which runs on Nvidia’s Tegra chip technology. Last year, Eurogamer heard that Nintendo was prepping GameCube support for Nintendo Switch.

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The Galaxy S9 wants to be an even better desktop computer than its …

When the Galaxy S8 was unveiled earlier this year, Samsung announced a clever accessory that lets you turn the smartphone into an Android desktop. All you need is the DeX Station to make it happen — and a computer monitor, keyboard, and mouse, of course.

The DeX dock is hardly the perfect solution, but Samsung isn’t giving up, and it’ll introduce a different DeX accessory for the Galaxy S9 come next year, according to a new rumor.

Samsung’s new device will be called the DeX Pad, GalaxyClub has learned, and as the name indicates, we’ll be looking at a different kind of dock for Samsung’s flagship handset.

With the help of the DeX Pad, you’ll be able to place your Galaxy S9 or Galaxy S9+ flat on the desk and use the display as a mouse pad or a keyboard. That means you no longer have to carry around keyboards and mice.

That said, it’s unclear how the Galaxy S9 will connect to the DeX Pad. A wired connection via USB-C is probably what Samsung will go with, considering that there’s a lot of data to be moved between the phone and the display. Not to mention the fact that it’d be great if the dock would power the Galaxy S9 while the phone is used.

The report says the DeX Pad will launch simultaneously with the Galaxy S9, although it’s unclear when that will happen. Opinions regarding Samsung’s Galaxy S9 launch event are divided. Some say the phone will be unveiled at CES in January, while others claim the phone is on track for its standard MWC launch in February.

As for backward compatibility, it’s unclear at this time whether the DeX Pad is compatible with this year’s flagships, including the Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy Note 8. We’ll just have to wait and see.

The Samsung Galaxy A8 Plus (2018) looks great in leaked pictures

92cae_Samsung-Galaxy-A8-Plus-leak-header-840x472 The Samsung Galaxy A8 Plus (2018) looks great in leaked pictures

One year after redesigning its Galaxy S lineup, it looks like Samsung will do the same for the Galaxy A lineup. New leaked pictures of the Samsung Galaxy A8 Plus (2018) showed up on Weibo and show that the device will be rocking an Infinity Display like the Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8 Plus, and Galaxy Note 8.

Display specs: the good, the bad, and the completely irrelevant

What’s not readily apparent is the aspect ratio. While the Galaxy S and Note devices released earlier this year use an 18.5:9 display ratio, earlier leaks of the Galaxy A series point to an 18:9 ratio. Regardless, the pictures do show a tall display with curved edges, both characteristics of Infinity Displays.

Samsun Galaxy A devices of the past have had flagship-level design with mid-range internal specs. At this time, we don’t have reliable leaks on what specs we might see inside the Galaxy A8 Plus (2018). But,  based on the leaked pictures, it looks like the design will continue this trend.

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92cae_Samsung-Galaxy-A8-Plus-leak-header-840x472 The Samsung Galaxy A8 Plus (2018) looks great in leaked pictures

One significant change we could see this year is the placement of the fingerprint sensor. According to leaks, the fingerprint sensor will be located more towards the middle of the back of the phone. Since the phone has an Infinity Display, there will be no capacitive buttons. In the Galaxy S lineup, Samsung has pivoted to on-screen buttons and a fingerprint sensor next to the camera sensor. This led to complaints that it is hard to locate accurately and calls for it to be moved down like on the LG V30 and Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. If the leaks are accurate, it looks like Samsung is listening.

See also: Galaxy A5 and A7 (2018) renders reveal bezel-less design and dual front-facing cameras

We shouldn’t have to wait for too long to find out if the rumors are true. The Galaxy A lineup has released in either December or January the last two years.

What do you think of the Samsung Galaxy A8 Plus? Would you be willing to buy a Samsung phone with flagship design and mid-tier internals? Let us know down in the comments.

Samsung includes its VPN service in latest Galaxy Note 8 update

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Samsung might have updated its Galaxy Note 8 with the November security patch, but arguably the more important feature of the update is the company’s inclusion of its Secure Wi-Fi service.

For the uninitiated, Secure Wi-Fi is Samsung’s VPN service that lets you securely browse on public Wi-Fi networks by encrypting your internet traffic and preventing apps and websites from tracking your usage. Secure Wi-Fi has been featured on previous Galaxy J smartphones, but this is the first time it makes its way to the Galaxy Note 8.

There are a few things to keep in mind, the first being the price structure. Those who want to keep their money as close to them as possible can opt to pay nothing and get 250 MB of internet access each month through Secure Wi-Fi. Alternatively, they can pay either €0.99 or €1.99 for 24 hours or one month of unlimited browsing, respectively.

The Samsung Galaxy A8 Plus (2018) looks great in leaked pictures

The other is availability. Secure Wi-Fi is not an app you can go to the Play Store and download — it is baked into the actual software, so the only way to get it is through a software update from Samsung. That’s my subtle way of saying that not every Galaxy Note 8 has Secure Wi-Fi — according to SamMobile, only the international unlocked Galaxy Note 8 has the VPN service baked in, though we’ll see if that changes.

If you meet the criteria, however, make sure to visit Settings, then Connections, then Wi-Fi, and then Advanced. From there, you can enable Secure Wi-Fi and go through the setup process. If you don’t meet the criteria, remember that there are plenty of VPN options through the Play Store, including Express VPN, which we believe is the best all-around VPN service available.

Android Circuit: Galaxy S9 Hardware Leaks, Nokia’s Oreo Upgrade …

Taking a look back at seven days of news and headlines across the world of Android, this week’s Android Circuit includes new screen technology and biometrics from Samsung, leaked Galaxy S9 and Note 9 hardware, Google fixing some Pixel 2 issues, Nokia 8 moving to Oreo as Samsung works on software issues, OnePlus 5T’s Lava Red edition, and Google’s solution to the emoji cheeseburger.

Android Circuit is here to remind you of a few of the many things that have happened around Android in the last week (and you can find the weekly Apple news digest here).

Samsung Turns The Screen Around

If a smartphone is going to be truly bezel-free (as opposed to the marketing speak version of bezel-free) then the screen is going to have to wrap round all of the sides, and reach the back plate of the device. It looks like Samsung has worked out how to achieve this for a future device. Gordon Kelly reports:

Popular Dutch tech site LetsGoDigital has the scoop having uncovered a brand new Samsung WIPO (World International Property Office) patent which details how the company will build a completely bezel-less phone. And this is not ‘bezel-less’ like the meaningless marketing terms being thrown around by smartphone companies today. This is zero bezels, no notch, nothing.

The patent (WO/2017/204483) shows exactly how Samsung will achieve this. The company plans to use “bent areas” on the main display so it can curve 180 degrees around the top, bottom and sides of the smartphone.

More here on Forbes.

Samsung’s Fingerprint Secrets

How will you verify your identity on 2018’s Android devices? There’s more proof that Samsung is working hard on improving the ease of use of its fingerprint sensor, as a patent this week exposed a method of reading a fingerprint that is built into the main display assembly. I’ve taken a closer look at how Samsung could manage this:

The international patent was submitted in April 2017, while the Korean patent was filed during 2016, showing that this is a long-standing goal of Samsung’s design team. With smartphone design trending towards larger screens and smaller bezels (or curved edges that tuck the bezel out of sight) the beloved fingerprint sensor has generally been pushed to the back of the machine. It is a suitable surface from an engineering point of view but ergonomically tricky to get a comfortable fit for every user.

Apple’s solution on the iPhone is to switch to facial recognition. Samsung’s solution appears to be getting a fingerprint sensor that works in the main screen area.

Read more here on Forbes.

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Samsung on August 23, 2017 in New York,unveiled a new model of its Galaxy Note (Photo: Don Emmert/AFP/Getty Images)

But Is This an S9 or Note 9 Fingerprint Sensor?

The question now is when Samsung can roll out the new sensor. Although the ambitious choice would be to push it for the Galaxy S9. Given the reveal at CES is just over a month away the technology should be more widely leaked if it was going to be implemented. Forbes’ Gordon Kelly reckons the Galaxy S9 will miss out:

Given Samsung was long expected to fit the Galaxy S8 with an in-screen fingerprint reader, the news this technology has subsequently run late for both the Galaxy Note 8 and now the Galaxy S9 a year later will be a bitter pill to swallow for many. Especially with patents making it clear Samsung has been hard at work with on this for some time. So fingers crossed for the Galaxy Note 9.

The second announcement ETNews has is less surprising. Its sources confirm Samsung will have no rival to the iPhone X’s Face ID 3D facial recognition system in the Galaxy S9. Instead the report claims Samsung will continue with the combination of an iris sensor and (less accurate and secure) facial recognition using the front camera. Whether this will annoy Samsung fans or see them nonplussed given the fingerprint reader is at least retained, remains to be seen.

More here on Forbes.

Google Prepares Fix For Broken Pixel 2

Following reports of Google’s new Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL handsets suffering from random reboots, Mountain View has been looking for a fix. The issue has been found and an update is expected in the near future that will correct the problem Chaim Gartenberg reports:

Fortunately, Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL users will have one less thing to worry about soon, as Google has announced that it has identified a problem causing the phones to randomly reboot. It will be issuing a fix “in the coming weeks…” That could come either bundled as part of a monthly security update (which sometimes include Pixel fixes) or a future Android software release.

More at The Verge.

Android Circuit: Galaxy S9 Hardware Leaks, Nokia’s Oreo Upgrade …

Taking a look back at seven days of news and headlines across the world of Android, this week’s Android Circuit includes new screen technology and biometrics from Samsung, leaked Galaxy S9 and Note 9 hardware, Google fixing some Pixel 2 issues, Nokia 8 moving to Oreo as Samsung works on software issues, OnePlus 5T’s Lava Red edition, and Google’s solution to the emoji cheeseburger.

Android Circuit is here to remind you of a few of the many things that have happened around Android in the last week (and you can find the weekly Apple news digest here).

Samsung Turns The Screen Around

If a smartphone is going to be truly bezel-free (as opposed to the marketing speak version of bezel-free) then the screen is going to have to wrap round all of the sides, and reach the back plate of the device. It looks like Samsung has worked out how to achieve this for a future device. Gordon Kelly reports:

Popular Dutch tech site LetsGoDigital has the scoop having uncovered a brand new Samsung WIPO (World International Property Office) patent which details how the company will build a completely bezel-less phone. And this is not ‘bezel-less’ like the meaningless marketing terms being thrown around by smartphone companies today. This is zero bezels, no notch, nothing.

The patent (WO/2017/204483) shows exactly how Samsung will achieve this. The company plans to use “bent areas” on the main display so it can curve 180 degrees around the top, bottom and sides of the smartphone.

More here on Forbes.

Samsung’s Fingerprint Secrets

How will you verify your identity on 2018’s Android devices? There’s more proof that Samsung is working hard on improving the ease of use of its fingerprint sensor, as a patent this week exposed a method of reading a fingerprint that is built into the main display assembly. I’ve taken a closer look at how Samsung could manage this:

The international patent was submitted in April 2017, while the Korean patent was filed during 2016, showing that this is a long-standing goal of Samsung’s design team. With smartphone design trending towards larger screens and smaller bezels (or curved edges that tuck the bezel out of sight) the beloved fingerprint sensor has generally been pushed to the back of the machine. It is a suitable surface from an engineering point of view but ergonomically tricky to get a comfortable fit for every user.

Apple’s solution on the iPhone is to switch to facial recognition. Samsung’s solution appears to be getting a fingerprint sensor that works in the main screen area.

Read more here on Forbes.

5c463_960x0 Android Circuit: Galaxy S9 Hardware Leaks, Nokia's Oreo Upgrade ...

Samsung on August 23, 2017 in New York,unveiled a new model of its Galaxy Note (Photo: Don Emmert/AFP/Getty Images)

But Is This an S9 or Note 9 Fingerprint Sensor?

The question now is when Samsung can roll out the new sensor. Although the ambitious choice would be to push it for the Galaxy S9. Given the reveal at CES is just over a month away the technology should be more widely leaked if it was going to be implemented. Forbes’ Gordon Kelly reckons the Galaxy S9 will miss out:

Given Samsung was long expected to fit the Galaxy S8 with an in-screen fingerprint reader, the news this technology has subsequently run late for both the Galaxy Note 8 and now the Galaxy S9 a year later will be a bitter pill to swallow for many. Especially with patents making it clear Samsung has been hard at work with on this for some time. So fingers crossed for the Galaxy Note 9.

The second announcement ETNews has is less surprising. Its sources confirm Samsung will have no rival to the iPhone X’s Face ID 3D facial recognition system in the Galaxy S9. Instead the report claims Samsung will continue with the combination of an iris sensor and (less accurate and secure) facial recognition using the front camera. Whether this will annoy Samsung fans or see them nonplussed given the fingerprint reader is at least retained, remains to be seen.

More here on Forbes.

Google Prepares Fix For Broken Pixel 2

Following reports of Google’s new Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL handsets suffering from random reboots, Mountain View has been looking for a fix. The issue has been found and an update is expected in the near future that will correct the problem Chaim Gartenberg reports:

Fortunately, Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL users will have one less thing to worry about soon, as Google has announced that it has identified a problem causing the phones to randomly reboot. It will be issuing a fix “in the coming weeks…” That could come either bundled as part of a monthly security update (which sometimes include Pixel fixes) or a future Android software release.

More at The Verge.