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Samsung Galaxy Note 9: Release Date, Specs


Normally when we do roundups like this ahead of a new smartphone launch, we include something along the lines of “everything we think we know” in the title. In the case of Samsung’s Galaxy Note 9, however, we know practically everything there is to know… to a certainty. It would take 10 hands to count all of the times information has leaked from reliable sources with great track records. On top of that, Samsung itself has accidentally leaked a ton of information about the upcoming Galaxy Note 9. In fact, the company even went as far as to mistakenly publish the Note 9’s introduction video on YouTube. In doing so, Samsung confirmed just about all of the leaks we’ve seen so far.

So no, this article is not a roundup of everything we think we know about the Samsung Galaxy Note 9. It’s a roundup of everything we know about the Samsung Galaxy Note 9.

First and foremost let’s discuss the one important detail we don’t know, and that’s the new flagship phablet’s price in the United States. We’ve seen a ton of pricing leaks for other markets, but nothing specifically for the US. Thanks to a leak from just yesterday, however, we can say with quite a bit of confidence that we have a good idea of how much the phone will cost in the US. Last year, the Galaxy Note 8 launched at £869 in the UK and $950 in the US. This year, we now know that the model Note 9 with 128GB of storage will cost £899 in the UK when it’s released later this month. With that in mind, we can expect the Galaxy Note 9 with 128GB to cost just under $1,000 if it’s released here in the US, though Samsung might decide to only offer the 64GB model and the high-end 512GB model here. How much will the 512GB version cost? Well, it’s going to cost a whopping £1,099 in the UK, so let’s not even go there.

Now, let’s talk about what we do know.

Like Samsung’s Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ from earlier this year, the Galaxy Note 9 will essentially be an “S” upgrade. Remember how Apple used to release brand new iPhone models every other year, and in between we would get “S” models with the same design and upgraded specs? Yup, the Galaxy Note 9 is basically a Galaxy Note 8s. Here’s a look at the design:

Image Source: Roland Quandt, Twitter

As you can plainly see, the Galaxy Note 9 looks almost exactly like the Galaxy Note 8. We showed the back of the phone here because the two models are practically indistinguishable from the front. On the back, at least you can see that the fingerprint sensor has been moved from next to the camera on the Note 8 to beneath the camera on the Note 9.

Where specs are concerned, we’re basically looking at a Galaxy S9+ in a slightly different housing that’s still IP68 dust and water-resistant. The Galaxy Note 9 will feature a beautiful 6.4-inch Super AMOLED display with 1440 x 2960 resolution. The version for the US and China will be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset while the rest of the world gets Samsung’s Exynos 9810 processor. Leaked benchmarks suggest that Samsung has made additional optimizations since it released the Galaxy S9, and the Note 9 is actually a bit more powerful despite having the same chips and the same 6GB of RAM.

Dual 12-megapixel cameras will be found on the back of the Galaxy Note 9, just like the S9+. Well-known leaker Ice Universe says that Samsung has made software upgrades that will further improve image quality on the Note 9 compared to the S9+. Around front, the Note 9 will also have the same 8-megapixel selfie camera we saw on the Galaxy S9 and S9+.

Apart from the new color options — Black, Silver, Lilac Purple, Brown, and Coral Blue, though it’s unclear which colors will be available in the US — there are two main areas where the Galaxy Note 9 is actually a big upgrade from the Note 8. The first isn’t exactly sexy, but it is a huge deal: the Galaxy Note 9 will have a massive 4,000 mAh battery. That’s right — despite being about the same overall size and thickness of the Galaxy Note 8, which has a 3,300 mAh battery, the Note 9 gets an extra 700 mAh. Coupled with more efficient chips, the Galaxy Note 9 should handily outlast last year’s Note flagship.

The other big upgrade on the Galaxy Note 9 is the new S Pen. 2018 marks the first year that Samsung’s S Pen stylus will have built-in Bluetooth, which opens up a whole new world of possibilities. Here are just a few of the capabilities that xda-developers found hidden in the firmware from Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S4 tablet that was just launched:

Control music with the S Pen. This will probably allow you to control music like you can with earbuds by pressing the play/pause button. The S Pen button will probably let you play and pause music while also allowing you to skip music tracks.

Use the S Pen as a remote camera shutter. This could be useful in situations where you want to take a picture of yourself and prop up your phone.

You will be able to remotely unlock your phone if the S Pen was removed from the phone and then the phone locks.

You will be able to press the S Pen button to do more in a range of apps. We don’t know about what other integrations with apps the S Pen will have, though, as the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 hasn’t launched.

Press and hold the Pen button to open any app or S Pen feature.

Set up single and double press Pen actions.

Bluetooth connectivity obviously means that the Galaxy Note 9’s S Pen has a battery, so what will battery life be like? Don’t worry, a leak from a source with a proven track record revealed all the little secret details surrounding the Galaxy Note 9, so we now know that docking the S Pen stylus for just 40 seconds will charge it enough for 30 minutes of use. Ahh, the beauty of Bluetooth Low Energy technology.

Beyond that, you can expect all the same bells and whistles we’ve seen on the Galaxy Note 8 and Galaxy S9 to be present and accounted for on the new Galaxy Note 9. That of course includes things like an iris scanner, Samsung DeX support (though you won’t need a dock anymore), fast battery charging, Bixby, Samsung Knox security features, and so on.

Samsung’s Galaxy Note 9 will be officially announced on Thursday, August 9th, during an Unpacked press conference in New York City. Preorders are expected to open soon after the event, and the Note 9 will be released on Friday, August 24th.


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Samsung Galaxy S7 Vulnerable to Hacking


Samsung's Galaxy S7 smartphones contain a microchip security flaw, uncovered earlier this year, that put tens of millions of devices at risk to hackers looking to spy on their users, researchers told Reuters.

The Galaxy S7 and other smartphones made by Samsung Electronics were previously thought to be immune to a security vulnerability known as Meltdown, which researchers said affected most of the world's PCs, smartphones and other computing devices.

Researchers from Austria's Graz Technical University told Reuters they have figured out a way to exploit the Meltdown vulnerability to attack Galaxy S7 handsets.

The team plans to release their findings on Wednesday at the Black Hat security conference in Las Vegas. They are looking into Meltdown's impact on other makes and models of smartphones and expect to uncover more vulnerable devices in the near future, researcher Michael Schwarz told Reuters.

"There are potentially even more phones affected that we don't know about yet," he said. "There are potentially hundreds of million of phones out there that are affected by Meltdown and may not be patched because the vendors themselves do not know."

Samsung said it created a patch to protect Galaxy S7 handsets against Meltdown that it began pushing out to affected users last month.

"Samsung takes security very seriously and our products and services are designed with security as a priority," the company said in a statement.

A Samsung spokeswoman declined to say how many Galaxy S7s were vulnerable to Meltdown attacks.

She said there were no reported cases where Meltdown had been exploited to attack an S7 handset and that no other Samsung phones were known to be vulnerable.

Meltdown, and a second vulnerability known as Spectre, can be exploited to reveal the contents of a computer device's central processing unit - designed to be a secure inner sanctum. Hackers can exploit those vulnerabilities by either bypassing hardware barriers or tricking applications into giving up secret information such as passwords or banking details.

There are no known cases of hackers exploiting either vulnerability in a real-world attack, but disclosure of the widespread hardware flaws has rocked the computer industry, forcing chipmakers and device manufacturers to scramble to contain the fallout.

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Nokia 6.1 (2018) hand on review


The Nokia 6.1 is part of the second wave of the new Nokia smartphones, and it's time for the resurgent brand to prove that it can offer more than just a single-hit of nostalgia.

The original Nokia 6 got a strong 4-star review with some caveats - notably the slow charging and average hardware. When the Nokia 6.1 was announced, there was a lot of excitement among Android purists about the updated design, upgraded chipset and addition of fast charging. The price has had a little bump too.

Before we get into whether it’s worth the extra spend, it’s worth mentioning that there’s some confusion around the name of this phone. The company itself calls it ‘the new Nokia 6’ in some places, and ‘Nokia 6.1’ in others, including on the box.

We’ll be using both in this review, but it’s useful to know because the Nokia 6 (2017) is still out there, and you’ll want to double check you’re buying the newer handset before you pull the trigger.

Nokia 6.1 (2018) price and availability

The new Nokia 6.1 price is $269 (£229, RS 16,999 about AU$420), which is slightly more than the launch price of its predecessor ($229, £200, AU$399).

It's available from retailers in the US, UK and India and will be coming to Australia in more regions soon.

Design and display

In true Nokia style, the Nokia 6.1 is built like a tank. The 148.8 x 75.8 x 8.6mm (including camera bump) unibody is made from 6000-series aluminum with flat diamond-cut sides, rounded corners and a highlight color on the outlines.

Our review model is the Black/Copper colorway, which is an innovative way to make yet another black rectangle look different - and classier - than its competition.

There’s also a gorgeous deep blue option with gold accents, and White/Iron, which is a pale silver with metallic reddish accents rather than the deep grey you might expect from the name - presumably we’re talking about oxidized iron, aka rust.

Between the all-metal body and the thickness of the handset, this is a weighty piece of tech at 172g and feels reassuringly like it could handle modern life without being cosseted in a case.

That said, after a couple of weeks of use and several drops, we have noticed a few small dings in the edges, so you might want to case it up anyway if you’re a perfectionist about that kind of thing.

Speaking of drops, the Gorilla Glass 3-covered screen is also built to last, sustaining no damage from our butter-finger tendencies (note: not a guarantee).

However, with its incredibly glossy, slightly rounded design, it does make the phone liable to fall straight off your desk if you put it face-down. Face-up it’s fine and has plenty of grip, but if you’re one of those people who flips your phone over for meetings, it might be better off in a pocket.

It’ll have to be a big pocket, though: the 5.5-inch screen and relative thickness at 8.6mm means this isn’t one of the sleeker phones on the market.

That means it’s not the comfiest to hold in your hand, either: smaller-pawed humans might well find it uncomfortable for long stretches, and it’s ridiculously easy to entirely muffle the solo downward-firing speaker on the bottom left with the heel of your hand.

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Don't Search High And Low - Learn About Cell Phones Here


If you like talking, then you must know a lot about cell phones. It can be quite difficult to keep abreast of all the new innovations in cell phone technology. Cell phone users have to be kind of tech savvy, given things like touch screens and Wi-Fi connections. The information below will give you a strong grounding in cell phone technology.

Did you know that the battery in your OPPO Find X take apart has some reserved power? If you find that your cell phone battery is dead, and you have no way to charge it, enter the USSD "*3370#". You will see up to a 50% increase in power. This reserve power will charge the next time you charge your phone.

If you must call information via a cell phone, note that you can call without big fees. Just call 800-441-FREE. You'll just have to listen to an ad before you get your answer.

Consider purchasing a used phone if you are looking to upgrade before your contract allows you to. This is often less expensive than buying new, and you will not be locked in to a specific contract period. Just make sure your provider supports the phone you want to buy, and that you can easily add it to your plan.

Consider doing a little negotiation on the cell phone price. Yes, you can negotiate in most cell phone stores. And it sometimes even works! It may not be for cost savings either. You could try and negotiate a free case with the purchase of the new cell phone. You don't know until you try.

When buying a used cell phone, make sure you know who you are buying from. Consider only buying from a reputable company that will back your purchase with some sort of guarantee. This will protect you if the phone is defective. If you buy from an individual, consider trying the phone out before handing over any money.

Do not use the Wi-Fi on your cell phone if you are in a place that has access to a computer. Many people do not realize that this is an easy way to rack up excess bills. You should log onto the computer and save the data usage for the times that you really need it.

Consider cell phone plans that give you a decent amount of data per month. These days, cell phone users use data more than talk minutes. In fact a lot of carriers give away a ton of talk minutes, but charge you a premium on the data you use. Look for the best bang for the buck when it comes to data.

Try getting a cell phone with remote keyless entry. This can come in handy if you lock your keys inside your car. Start by calling a person at home on their cell phone. Then, hold your phone a foot from your car door. They can press and hold the unlock button near their cell phone. The car should unlock.

If you are a newcomer to the world of cell phones, it really does pay to conduct an honest assessment of your needs. Not everyone needs or wants to use their phone as a a mini-computer, and therefore many can get by with a much simpler device. Paying attention to your true requirements can save you lots of money and hassle.

There is reason to believe that the radiation produced by cell phones could cause brain tumors and other health problems. While there is no direct proof that this is true, it is better to be safe than sorry. Whenever you can, put your phone on speaker or plug a headset into it.

If you have a child with a cell phone, teach them responsible use of their phone. Since most cell phones are capable of getting online and texting, using a cell phone can come with many possible problems. Set rules for your children when it comes to cell phone use and monitor how they use it.

Those cell phone zoom lenses are a little misleading. It's different than the zoom on a standard camera. Cell phones usually use digital zooming, which enlarges pixels but lowers image quality. If you want to have a camera that works well for you, you should move closer instead of zooming.

If you are trying to get your phone to stay charged longer, be aware of how often you are using the back light. A cell phone's back light makes the screen easier for you to see. Consider altering its settings so that it turns itself off sooner. You may even want to turn the back light off altogether if you can see the screen without it.

In today's world there is almost an app for everything. This can simplify life and help you do much of your business on the go, even paying bills over your phone. Know the differences between apps available on Google Play for Android phones and those available for Apple iPhone users. Many of these can have universal supplements, but some do not. Browse whichever app store you have on your phone and see what can help simplify the business side of your personal life.

Want to really save some money on your cell phone? Consider prepaid cellular options. These are phones where you buy your data and minutes up front. No contracts and no ongoing bills. You only pay for what you use and that's it. This is an excellent option if you see you've got lots of extra minutes and data every month.

If you are trying to access videos on your cell phone, it would be best to use your Wi-Fi connection instead of your data. Videos are very heavy and will consume your data allowance quickly. Only do this when your data plan is unlimited.

Keeping in communication with everyone means accessing some advanced technology. This article should have introduced you to plenty of helpful tips and tricks. You should now be comfortable shopping for and using a cell phone.


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Top News for New 2018 iPhone


The company plans to introduce three new iPhone models later this year which may include a considerably larger version of the iPhone X -- the iPhone X Plus, perhaps -- as well as a significantly less expensive version. It's worth noting that price hasn't been a major obstacle for the premium flagship so far; though it's the priciest iPhone ever at $999, £999 or AU$1,579, the iPhone X was the best-selling phone for the first three months of 2018, followed by the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus. Of course, a less expensive version would almost certainly broaden its addressable market. Six plus months after the iPhone X's release, however, the phone has lost a bit of its initial sheen.


In addition to refining the designs and adding in some new features, Apple is likely to deliver the annual enhancements we've come to expect -- new build materials and colors, a bump in processing speeds, higher screen resolution and tweaks to extend battery life.

Meanwhile, the Android world continues to react and respond to the iPhone X. At its I/O event in May, Google showed off the new gesture-based interface at the center of its new Android P operating system. (For what it's worth, Google says it started working on the new navigation before the debut of the iPhone X.) And then there's Samsung's AR emoji and Intelligent Scan features -- lesser versions of the iPhone's Animoji, Memoji and Face ID that don't quite measure up to the originals.

OnePlus, Asus, LG, Huawei and others have announced or are rumored to be working on phones that ape the distinctive notch design that Apple popularized (but with which the Essential Phone was first to market). And Huawei has already iterated on the notch concept with its P20, which gives you the option to toggle it on and off.

With the Android world making strides in camera technology and other fronts, Apple can't rest on its laurels. The trillion dollar question is whether the company can keep its amazing winning streak alive even as the overall market for handsets slows.

Though we're likely two months out from seeing the next iPhone (and don't have any proof as to what its features will be), the rumor mill is already creating a compelling picture of what's to come. We'll continue to update this page with news and leaks as we begin our countdown to the 2018 Apple iPhone X, iPhone XS, iPhone X2, iPhone 11 or whatever the next generation may be called.

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OnePlus 6 Red version hand on review


The obnoxiously shiny red phone -- I mean that in the best way -- will only be available in North America and Europe for $579 and £519, with 128GB of storage.

We got our hands on the new red model, and can assure you that it's extremely bright. Its glossy finish also gives it a more luxurious, high-end look.


Other OnePlus 6 colors include two black variants (glossy and matte) and a "silk white" version accented by a rose gold trim. In an interview with CNET, OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei said the OnePlus 6 was the company's "boldest design" yet.

Other than the fresh coat of paint, however, the phone remains the same. It has a 6.28-inch OLED display, dual rear-cameras and a Snapdragon 845 chipset. Like the iPhone X, LG G7 and Essential Phone, the OnePlus 6 also features a black notch on the top of its screen.

For more information about the phone, read CNET's OnePlus 6 review and check out our OnePlus 6 vs. Pixel 2 phone comparison. You can see lots more photos in the gallery below.

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OnePlus 6 hands on review


It boasts an all-glass design, bringing it in line with big-name flagships such as the Samsung Galaxy S9 and iPhone X, a large 6.28-inch display complete with the on-trend notch, dual rear-facing cameras, both fingerprint and face unlock, and up to 256GB of storage.

There are several core improvements over the OnePlus 5T (and OnePlus 5) that it replaces, and while it may not break any new ground in terms of features, the OnePlus 6 brings an attractive package that makes it relevant in 2018.

The OnePlus 6 release date was May 22 for North America, Europe and India, but the handset is now available in a number of additional locations as well.

In the UK the OnePlus 6 is available exclusively on contract from O2, and SIM-free from OnePlus’ own website.

There's still no word yet on when — or even if — it'll ever be made officially available in Australia.

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The OnePlus 6 price starts at $529 (£469, Rs 34,999) for the 6GB of RAM and 64GB of storage configuration, which is more expensive than the OnePlus 5T, which cost $499 (£449) for the same RAM and storage.

Then you have the 8GB/128GB variant at $579 (£519, Rs 39,999), which again is a $20/£20 increase over the 5T.

The 128GB OnePlus 6 is the only variant available in the limited edition red finish, available from July 10.

Finally, there's the new top-end 8GB/256GB model, which officially takes the title of the most expensive OnePlus smartphone ever. This OnePlus 6 price for this configuration is $629 (£569).

That's still cheaper than the likes of the Galaxy S9, iPhone 8, LG G7 ThinQ and Sony Xperia XZ2, but if you're looking for something more affordable you may want to check out the Honor 10.

If you're in India or China, the 8GB/256GB configuration of the OnePlus 6 is actually a limited-edition Marvel Avengers device, available from May 29 for Rs 44,999.

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Things you should know about Unreal Mobile service


Unreal Mobile is a FreedomPop spinoff that hopes to lure customers away from soon-to-merge Sprint and T-Mobile. Is it a carrier worth considering? Let's answer that question by answering some other questions.

How much will it cost?

Unreal Mobile offers contract-free plans starting at $10 per month. That base plan includes unlimited calls, texts and data, with 1GB of high-speed data that can roll over from month to month.

A $15-per-month plan bumps you to 2GB, and for $30 you get 5GB. How does that compare with other budget-minded MVNOs? Mint Mobile, for one, also offers 2GB per month for $15, but you have to prepay for 3 or 12 months at a time.

Tello charges $14 and $19 per month for unlimited service and 1GB and 2GB of high-speed data. And TextNow recently introduced an unlimited single-line plan for $40 per month.

So Unreal's rates are definitely among the lowest around, though some carriers get pretty close.

What else is included?

All plans include ad-blocking, VPN, live online support and rollover data: Any unused high-speed data is added to your overall pot. Unreal also lets you use your number on a tablet or computer in addition to your phone.

That last part is interesting. Although your phone will have a traditional SIM cardand use a traditional mobile network (see below), your phone number will be virtual, and therefore accessible via voice-over-IP on other devices.

If mobile hotspot is either included or available separately, we have no idea: It's not mentioned anywhere, including Unreal's FAQ pages.

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Full-screen phone will launch next year with Sound Emitting


Smartphones featuring thin-bezel display panels are quite common nowadays. They majorly include a notch design that accommodates an earpiece as well as frontal sensors, such as the selfie camera, ambient light, and proximity sensor. But now, Samsung and LG are found to be working on the next level of smartphones that may come with a truly full-screen experience. The technology, which is at the pilot stage, was showcased at the Display Week 2018 late last month. It is already rumoured that the Galaxy S10 flagship will come with a piezoelectric speaker, similar to the newly launched Vivo Nex series and the Xiaomi Mi Mix, to give a more display space than its predecessor.

Samsung Display and LG Display are set to commercialise their full-screen OLED display technology by early next year, reports ETNews, citing people familiar with the development. The new technology is said to eliminate transmitters to deliver a full-screen experience - without requiring a notch to include a dedicated earpiece or sensors.

At the Display Week event in May, Samsung exhibited a full-screen OLED prototype that it formally called "Sound on Display". The prototype, which measures 6.2-inch in size, does not require a separate earpiece and produces the sound by vibrating the panel. This helps to offer an entire edge-to-edge display experience. The transmission bandwidth of the panel is reported to come between the 100 ~ 8000Hz range. Further, the sound is audible only when the users place their ear on the display. This could help to make your conversations as private as they are through a traditional earpiece.

Alongside Samsung, LG showcased its 88-inch 8K OLED display at CES 2018 in January with a Crystal Sound OLED integration. The technology helps to emanate sound directly from the panel. The South Korean company could bring the same experience to small screens and enable sound-emanating smartphones to take on the competition.

Earlier this month, it was reported that the Samsung Galaxy S10 will come with a piezoelectric speaker that will sit under the display panel to produce sound. The advanced speaker will not require an earpiece and will use piezoelectric vibrations to emit sound through the screen.

Notably, Xiaomi brought its Mi Mix with a full-screen panel and the absence of an earpiece back in October 2016. While the Mi maker switched back to a more conventional earpiece on the Mi Mix 2, Vivorecently brought the Nex A and Nex S handsets with a Screen SoundCasting technology that omits the earpiece and generates the sound through a micro-vibration unit. The new Vivo models also include an elevating camera sensor that pops up from the top to let users capture their selfies or make video calls. All this enables a complete bezel-less experience.

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iPhone X OLED display


The Shift from alphanumeric display to OLED Displays

LCDs square measure a good leading edge high performance show technology for Tablets to TVs, except for little hand-held Smartphones, OLED displays give variety of serious blessings over LCDs including: being abundant agent, abundant lighter, while not having a edge providing a rimless edge-to-edge style. they'll be created versatile and into sinuous screens, and they need a awfully quick reaction time, higher viewing angles, associate degreed an always-on show mode. several of the OLED performance blessings result from the actual fact that each single sub-pixel in associate degree OLED show is severally directly electrically high-powered to emit lightweight, thus solely the active image sub-pixels draw power supported their individual brightness levels. OLEDs can even give higher color accuracy, image distinction accuracy, and screen uniformity owing to variations within the Backlights of LCDs.

As the results of their terribly versatile power management capabilities, OLEDs don't seem to be solely a lot of power economical than LCDs for many image content, however they currently deliver abundant higher peak Brightness than LCDs as a result of the most power is delivered to simply the sub-pixels that square measure required for manufacturing the present image. However, for largely all white screen content LCDs square measure doubtless to stay brighter and a lot of power economical for a moment.

OLED displays are factory-made on versatile substrates that may bend, that permits the screens to be sinuous and rounded and provides variety of innovative new screen geometries. the most production and availableness issue for ensuing many years are that the demand for OLED displays can considerably exceed the producing capability as we tend to discuss in Flagship 2017 OLED Smartphones.
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