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Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus : Our Hands-On Preview!

Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus : Our Hands-On Preview!

Samsung just introduced the Galaxy S21 Plus, a new flagship smartphone with an iconic new design!

Find out if the new Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus is the smartphone you have been waiting for!

 

Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus : Our Hands-On Preview!

With a 6.7-inch display and a large battery, the Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus is designed for marathon gamers and binge-watchers.

Its edge-to-edge Dynamic AMOLED 2X display has a Full HD+ resolution, with an adaptive 120 Hz refresh rate.

 

New Flagship Performance

The Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 in the US, South Korea and China, and the new Samsung Exynos 2100 in other countries.

They are both flagship mobile SoCs, and here is a quick comparison of their key specifications :

Specifications Samsung
Exynos 2100
Qualcomm
Snapdragon 888
Fab Process 5 nm EUV
Processor 1 x Cortex-X1 (2.9 GHz)
3 x Cortex-A78 (2.8 GHz)
4 x Cortex-A55 (2.2 GHz)
1 x Cortex-X1 (2.84 GHz)
3 x Cortex-A78 (2.4 GHz)
4 x Cortex-A55 (1.8 GHz)
GPU Arm Mali-G78 Qualcomm Adreno 660
AI Processor Triple-Core NPU Hexagon 780
Memory Support LPDDR5 LPDDR5
Storage Support UFS 3.1 / UFS 2.1 UFS 3.1
Connectivity 5G (sub-6GHz / mmWave)
4G LTE (1024 QAM)
3G WCDMA
2G GSM / CDMA

Front + Rear Cameras

The Galaxy S21 Plus comes with a 10 MP Dual Pixel front camera, with an f/2.2 aperture. The Dual Pixel capability allows for faster auto-focus.

In the back, it has a triple camera system, that consists of :

  • a 12 MP Dual Pixel main camera, with an f/1.8 aperture
  • a 12 MP ultra-wide camera, with an f/2.2 aperture
  • a 64 MP telephoto camera, with an f/2.0 aperture, 1.1X optical zoom and 3X hybrid optic zoom.

This is basically the the same camera setup as the Galaxy S20, without the DepthVision camera.

Most of the improvements are in its camera software :

  • Improved 8K Snap, that lets you capture clear images from your 8K video footage
  • Super Steady video now supports 60 fps video recording
  • Single Take lets you capture a variety of still and video formats with a single tap.
    It is now enhanced with new pro-style settings like Highlight Video and Dynamic Slow-Mo
  • New Director’s View that lets you see, switch and select the best shot… LIVE!
  • Improved Space Zoom with new Zoom Lock capability

Samsung SmartThings Find

Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus supports the new SmartThings Find capability, which lets you quickly and easily locate compatible Galaxy devices, even when they are offline.

You can also locate non-connected devices using Samsung’s new Galaxy SmartTag Bluetooth locater. Simply attach it to your keys, bag or pet, and use SmartThings Find to locate them!

Protection

The Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus is IP68-rated against dust and water, allowing you to immerse it in up to 1.5 metres of fresh water, for up to 30 minutes.

Its display is protected by Gorilla Glass Victus against scratches in the front.

Battery + Charging

The Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus comes with a large 4,800 mAh lithium-ion polymer battery, and it supports 18 watt wireless charging, as well as 25 watt wired charging.

But here’s the bad news – the Galaxy S21 Plus does NOT come with a charger in the box. It only ships with a USB-C to USB-C cable.

 

Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus : Specifications

Specifications Samsung Galaxy S21+
Model SM-G996
Display Size 6.7-inch Flat
Display Panel Dynamic AMOLED 2X
Display Resolution 1080 x 2400 pixels
Pixel Density 394 ppi
Display Features 48~120 Hz refresh rate
1300 nits
Protection IP68, Corning Gorilla Glass Victus
Operating System One UI 3.1 (Android 11)
Platform Samsung Exynos 2100, or
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888
Memory 8 GB LPDDR5
Storage Options 256 GB
External Storage None
Front Camera 10 MP Dual Pixel (f/2.2)
Rear
Cameras
12 MP Dual Pixel (f/1.8) main camera
12 MP (f/2.2) ultra-wide camera
64 MP (f/2.0) telephoto camera
– 1.1X optical zoom, 3X hybrid zoom
Connectivity 5G / 4G / 3G / 2G
Wi-Fi : WiFi-AC
Bluetooth : BT 5.0
USB : USB 3.2 Type C
GPS Support GPS, AGPS, GLONASS, BeiDou
Ultra Wideband Yes
NFC / MST Yes
S Pen Support No
Fingerprint Sensor In Display
Other Sensors Accelerometer, Barometer, Gyro,
Geomagnetic, Hall sensor,
Proximity, Ambient Light
Audio Dual stereo speakers tuned by AKG
Battery 4,800 mAh
Charging 25 watt wired,
18 watt wireless
Width
Height
Thickness
75.6 mm
161.5 mm
7.8 mm
Weight 200 g

 

Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus : Colour Options

The Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus comes in three colour options – Phantom Silver, Phantom Black and a new signature colour, Phantom Violet.

 

Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus : Launch Price List

The Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus comes in two variants globally, with these prices :

  • 8 GB + 128 GB : US$999.99 / £949 / A$1549
  • 8 GB + 256 GB : US$1049.99 / £999 / A$1649 / S$1498 / RM4299

Here are some online purchase / pre-order options :

 

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HUAWEI Mate 40 Pro Black : A Hands-On Experience!

We had the opportunity to try out the HUAWEI Mate 40 Pro, and here is our hands-on experience of the Black model!

 

HUAWEI Mate 40 Pro Black : A Hands-On Experience!

The HUAWEI Mate 40 Pro is the mainstream model in the HUAWEI Mate 40 series. Its Black colour option has a highly-reflective glass surface.

Built around the new Kirin 9000 mobile platform, our review sample comes with 8 GB of LPDDR5 memory and 256 GB of UFS 3.1 storage.

The HUAWEI Kirin 9000 is the world’s first 5nm 5G SoC, with :

  • a high-speed Arm Cortex-A77 core running at 3.13 GHz,
  • three sustained-performance Arm Cortex-A77 cores running at 2.54 GHz, and
  • four low-power Arm Cortex-A55 cores running at 2.05 GHz
  • two Big-Core NPUs + 1 Tiny-Core NPU
  • integrated HUAWEI Balong 5000 multi-mode 5G modem

 

Its Horizon Display has 88° curved edges on both sides, which supports virtual controls, even though it comes with physical volume control buttons.

This 6.75-inch OLED display boasts a resolution of 1344 x 2772 pixels, a 90 Hz refresh rate and a 240 Hz touch sampling rate.

The display has a pill-shaped punch hole, which conceals its 13 MP front camera (f/2.4 aperture) and a 3D depth sensor. It doesn’t have an LED flash but uses screen flash instead.

Arranged in its Space Ring design at the back, its Leica triple camera system is made up of :

  • a 50 MP main camera, with f/1.9 aperture,
  • a 20 MP ultra-wide camera, with f/1.8 aperture,
  • a 12 MP periscope camera with 5X optical zoom, and
  • a laser autofocus system.

The HUAWEI Mate 40 Pro comes with an IR emitter at the top, with a pair of microphone and speakers.

A second set of microphone and speaker is located at the bottom, next to the USB Type C port and the hybrid SIM tray.

Its double-sided hybrid SIM tray supports either two nano SIM cards, or a single nano SIM card with a HUAWEI NM card. The HUAWEI Mate 40 Pro also supports an eSIM.

The HUAWEI Mate 40 Pro is powered by a 4,400 mAh battery, and supports both 66 watt wired charging and 50 watt wireless charging.

It comes with a 66 watt HUAWEI SuperCharge adaptor in the box, allowing for super-fast charging.

 

HUAWEI Mate 40 Pro : Specification Comparison

We created this table to make it easier for you to compare the Mate 40 Pro against the Mate 40 and Mate 40 Pro+.

Specifications Mate 40 Mate 40 Pro Mate 40 Pro+
Model OCE-AN10 NOH-NX9 NOP0AN00
Display Size 6.5-inch OLED 6.76-inch OLED
Display Resolution 1080 x 2376 pixels 1344 x 2772 pixels
Display Features DCI-P3 colour gamut
90 Hz refresh rate
240 Hz sampling rate
Protection IP53 IP68
Operating System EMUI 11 (based on Android 10)
Platform Kirin 9000E Kirin 9000
Processor 1 x Arm Cortex-A77 (3.13 GHz)
3 x Arm Cortex-A77 (2.54 GHz)
4 x Arm Cortex-A55 (2.05 GHz)
NPU 1 x Big-Core
1 x Tiny-Core
2 x Big-Core
1 x Tiny-Core
GPU Mali-G78 MP22 Mali-G78 MP24
Memory 8 GB LPDDR5 12 GB LPDDR5
Storage Options 128 GB / 256 GB 256 GB
External Storage NM Card (up to 512 GB)
Front Camera 13 MP camera (f/2.4) 13 MP camera (f/2.4)
+ 3D depth sensing camera
Rear Main
Camera
50 MP (f/1.9) 50 MP (f/1.9) 50 MP (f/1.9)
Rear Ultra-Wide
Camera
16 MP (f/2.2) 20 MP (f/1.8) 20 MP (f/2.4)
Rear Periscope
Camera
12 MP, 5X (f/3.4) 8 MP, 10X (f/4.4)
Rear Telephoto
Camera
8 MP, 3X (f/2.4) 12 MP, 3X (f/2.4)
Rear Special
Camera
Laser Autofocus ToF Camera
Connectivity 5G / 4G / 3G / 2G
Wi-Fi : 802.11a/b/g/n/ac/ax (2.4 GHz + 5 GHz)
Bluetooth : BT 5.2
USB : USB 3.1 Gen1Type C
GPS Support GPS, AGPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, NavIC
Fingerprint Sensor In Display
Audio Dual stereo speakers
Battery 4,200 mAh 4,400 mAh
Charging 40 watt wired 66 watt wired
50 watt wireless
Width
Height
Thickness
72.5 mm
158.6 mm
8.8 / 9.2 mm
75.5 mm
162.9 mm
9.1 / 9.5 mm
75.5 mm
162.9 mm
8.8 mm
Weight 184 g / 188 g 212 g 230 g

 

HUAWEI Mate 40 Pro : Price + Availability

The HUAWEI Mate 40 Pro will be available in five colour options (from left to right) – Mystic Silver, White, Black, Green, Yellow.

It has a launch price of €1,199 with 8 GB RAM and 256 GB storage.

 

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HUAWEI Mate 40 Pro Mystic Silver : Hands-On Preview!

We had the opportunity to try out the HUAWEI Mate 40 Pro, and here is our hands-on experience of the Mystic Silver model!

 

HUAWEI Mate 40 Pro Mystic Silver : A Hands-On Experience!

The HUAWEI Mate 40 Pro is the mainstream model in the HUAWEI Mate 40 series, with Mystic Silver as a signature colour.

Mystic Silver has a matte finish, with a colour gradient that changes hue at different angles.

Built around the new Kirin 9000 mobile platform, our review sample comes with 8 GB of LPDDR5 memory and 256 GB of UFS 3.1 storage.

The HUAWEI Kirin 9000 is the world’s first 5nm 5G SoC, with :

  • a high-speed Arm Cortex-A77 core running at 3.13 GHz,
  • three sustained-performance Arm Cortex-A77 cores running at 2.54 GHz, and
  • four low-power Arm Cortex-A55 cores running at 2.05 GHz
  • two Big-Core NPUs + 1 Tiny-Core NPU
  • integrated HUAWEI Balong 5000 multi-mode 5G modem

Its Horizon Display has 88° curved edges on both sides, which supports virtual controls, even though it comes with physical volume control buttons.

This 6.75-inch OLED display boasts a resolution of 1344 x 2772 pixels, a 90 Hz refresh rate and a 240 Hz touch sampling rate.

The display has a pill-shaped punch hole, which conceals its 13 MP front camera (f/2.4 aperture) and a 3D depth sensor. It doesn’t have an LED flash but uses screen flash instead.

Arranged in its Space Ring design at the back, its Leica triple camera system is made up of :

  • a 50 MP main camera, with f/1.9 aperture,
  • a 20 MP ultra-wide camera, with f/1.8 aperture,
  • a 12 MP periscope camera with 5X optical zoom, and
  • a laser autofocus system.

The HUAWEI Mate 40 Pro comes with an IR emitter at the top, with a pair of microphone and speakers.

A second set of microphone and speaker is located at the bottom, next to the USB Type C port and the hybrid SIM tray.

Its double-sided hybrid SIM tray supports either two nano SIM cards, or a single nano SIM card with a HUAWEI NM card. The HUAWEI Mate 40 Pro also supports an eSIM.

The HUAWEI Mate 40 Pro is powered by a 4,400 mAh battery, and supports both 66 watt wired charging and 50 watt wireless charging.

It comes with a 66 watt HUAWEI SuperCharge adaptor in the box, allowing for super-fast charging.

 

HUAWEI Mate 40 Pro : Specification Comparison

We created this table to make it easier for you to compare the Mate 40 Pro against the Mate 40 and Mate 40 Pro+.

Specifications Mate 40 Mate 40 Pro Mate 40 Pro+
Model OCE-AN10 NOH-NX9 NOP0AN00
Display Size 6.5-inch OLED 6.76-inch OLED
Display Resolution 1080 x 2376 pixels 1344 x 2772 pixels
Display Features DCI-P3 colour gamut
90 Hz refresh rate
240 Hz sampling rate
Protection IP53 IP68
Operating System EMUI 11 (based on Android 10)
Platform Kirin 9000E Kirin 9000
Processor 1 x Arm Cortex-A77 (3.13 GHz)
3 x Arm Cortex-A77 (2.54 GHz)
4 x Arm Cortex-A55 (2.05 GHz)
NPU 1 x Big-Core
1 x Tiny-Core
2 x Big-Core
1 x Tiny-Core
GPU Mali-G78 MP22 Mali-G78 MP24
Memory 8 GB LPDDR5 12 GB LPDDR5
Storage Options 128 GB / 256 GB 256 GB
External Storage NM Card (up to 512 GB)
Front Camera 13 MP camera (f/2.4) 13 MP camera (f/2.4)
+ 3D depth sensing camera
Rear Main
Camera
50 MP (f/1.9) 50 MP (f/1.9) 50 MP (f/1.9)
Rear Ultra-Wide
Camera
16 MP (f/2.2) 20 MP (f/1.8) 20 MP (f/2.4)
Rear Periscope
Camera
12 MP, 5X (f/3.4) 8 MP, 10X (f/4.4)
Rear Telephoto
Camera
8 MP, 3X (f/2.4) 12 MP, 3X (f/2.4)
Rear Special
Camera
Laser Autofocus ToF Camera
Connectivity 5G / 4G / 3G / 2G
Wi-Fi : 802.11a/b/g/n/ac/ax (2.4 GHz + 5 GHz)
Bluetooth : BT 5.2
USB : USB 3.1 Gen1Type C
GPS Support GPS, AGPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, NavIC
Fingerprint Sensor In Display
Audio Dual stereo speakers
Battery 4,200 mAh 4,400 mAh
Charging 40 watt wired 66 watt wired
50 watt wireless
Width
Height
Thickness
72.5 mm
158.6 mm
8.8 / 9.2 mm
75.5 mm
162.9 mm
9.1 / 9.5 mm
75.5 mm
162.9 mm
8.8 mm
Weight 184 g / 188 g 212 g 230 g

 

HUAWEI Mate 40 Pro : Price + Availability

The HUAWEI Mate 40 Pro will be available in five colour options (from left to right) – Mystic Silver, White, Black, Green, Yellow.

It has a launch price of €1,199 with 8 GB RAM and 256 GB storage.

 

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Galaxy S20 Fan Edition : Why Samsung Created It

Ever wonder why Samsung would introduce the Galaxy S20 Fan Edition, that is arguably better and cheaper than the original Galaxy S20?

Yoonie Park from Samsung explains why they created the Galaxy S20 Fan Edition!

 

Galaxy S20 Fan Edition : Why Samsung Created It

Everyone had their pet theories why Samsung would introduce the Galaxy S20 Fan Edition, which is arguably better and cheaper than the original Galaxy S20.

In this video, Yoonie Park from Samsung’s Global Brand Marketing Group tells us the reasons why they created the Galaxy S20 Fan Edition.

Why Did They Create The Galaxy S20 Fan Edition?

Due to the tough economic conditions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Samsung team wanted to create a device with the premium features of Galaxy S20 device at a “friendly price”.

How Did They Select What Galaxy S20 Features To Include?

Samsung conducted a survey in the US, UK, Germany, Australia, and South Korea to determine the features users would want in the Galaxy S20 Fan Edition :

  • an amazing camera
  • stunning performance
  • a stunning display

How Did They Select What Colours To Feature?

Samsung conducted a survey in six countries – US, UK, Korea, India, Indonesia and Brazil – to find out what colours fans would prefer, and the top three colours were :

  • Navy : 43%
  • Lavender : 41%
  • Mint : 39%

 

Samsung Galaxy S20 Fan Edition : Specifications Comparison

Here is a specification comparison of Galaxy S20 Fan Edition against the original Galaxy S20 :

Specifications Galaxy S20 FE 5G Galaxy S20
Model SM-G781 SM-G981
Display 6.5-inch Super AMOLED
– 1080 x 2400 pixels
120 Hz refresh
– HDR10 support
6.2-inch Super AMOLED
– 1440 x 3200 pixels
60 Hz refresh
– HDR10 support
IP Rating IP68 dust- and water-resistance
Operating System Android Q with One UI
System Platform Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 Samsung Exynos 990
RAM 8 GB LPDDR5
Storage 128 GB / 256 GB
External Storage microSD (hybrid, up to 1 TB)
Front Camera 32 MP, f/2.2 aperture 10 MP, f/2.2 aperture
Rear Cameras 12 MP main camera
12 MP ultra-wide camera
8 MP telephone camera (3X)
12 MP main camera
12 MP ultra-wide camera
64 MP telephone camera (3X)
Connectivity Wi-Fi : 802.11a/b/g/n/ac/ax (dual-band)
Bluetooth : BT 5.0
USB : USB 2.0 Type C
Fingerprint Sensor In Display Ultrasonic
Audio Dolby Atmos stereo speakers tuned by AKG
Battery 4,500 mAh battery 4,000 mAh battery
Charger 15 W fast charger
Dimensions 74.5 mm wide
159.8 mm tall
8.4 mm thick
69.1 mm wide
151.7 mm tall
7.9 mm thick
Weight 190 g 163 g

 

Samsung Galaxy S20 Fan Edition : Price + Availability

The Samsung Galaxy S20 Fan Edition is available in these six colour options, from left to right : Cloud Mint, Cloud Navy, Cloud Lavender, Cloud Red, Cloud Orange and Cloud White.

Here is the Galaxy S20 Fan Edition’s official price list in various countries :

  • Malaysia : RM3,399 (about US$815 / £640 / A$1159 / S$1122)
  • United States : $699.99
  • United Kingdom : £699
  • Australia : A$999

Here are online purchase options :

 

Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G : Pre-Order Deals

United States

Samsung US is giving $70 instant credit towards accessories with every pre-order.

United Kingdom

Samsung UK is giving 4 months of YouTube Premium with every pre-order, as well as one of these two options :

  • either a Galaxy Games Pack and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate,
  • or a Samsung Galaxy Fit 2 smartwatch

Australia

Samsung Australia is giving  a free pair of Galaxy Buds Live with every pre-order.

Malaysia

Pre-order kicks off from 10 AM on 24 September 2020 until 8 October 2020, with freebies worth RM586 :

  • UV Steriliser with Wireless Charging worth RM299
  • One-Time Screen Crack Protection worth RM168
  • Clear Standing Cover worth RM119

 

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Samsung Galaxy S20 FE : Fan Edition Details Leaked!

Samsung is about to launch the Galaxy S20 FE (Fan Edition) – a refreshed version of the original Galaxy S20 smartphone!

Here is EVERYTHING leaked so far about the upcoming Galaxy S20 FE smartphone!

 

Samsung Galaxy S20 FE : Fan Edition

Scheduled for an official launch on 23 September 2020, the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE (Fan Edition) is an upcoming Lite version of the original Galaxy S20 smartphone.

It’s not just a cheaper mid-range version though, with some improvements over the Galaxy S20, like a large display with 120 Hz refresh rate and a larger battery.

The term Fan Edition, you may recall, was originally introduced for the revamped Galaxy Note 7.

 

Samsung Galaxy S20 FE : What Leaked So Far!

Ahead of its official launch, here is what we know so far about the Galaxy S20 FE :

  • It was originally called the Galaxy S20 Lite.
  • It will be available in 4G (SM-G780) and 5G (SM-G781) models
  • The 5G variant will be powered by the Snapdragon 865, and available in Europe as well as the US, Korea and China.
  • The 4G variant will be powered by the Exynos 990, and available in all the other countries.
  • It will come with a larger 6.5-inch display with 120 Hz refresh rate, but a lower resolution of 1080 x 2400 pixels
  • It will use Gorilla Glass 3 protection to save on costs
  • It will come with 6 GB of RAM, and 128 GB of storage
  • The front camera will be upgraded with a 32 MP sensor
  • The 3X telephoto rear camera will have an 8 MP sensor, instead of 64 MP
  • It will come with a large 4,500 battery – 500 mAh (12.5%) more than Galaxy S20

 

Samsung Galaxy S20 FE : Price + Availability

The Samsung Galaxy S20 FE will be CHEAPER than the Galaxy S20, with reports saying that it will have a starting price of US$750 (about £579 / A$1,026 / S$1019 / RM3099).

Samsung will offer it in six colour options – Navy Blue, Teal, Lavender, Red, White and Orange – which they revealed in their promotional images above. This confirmed Evan Blass’ leaked photo below.

 

Samsung Galaxy S20 FE : 5G vs 4G

Here is a specification comparison of the 5G and 4G variants of the Galaxy S20 FE :

Specifications Galaxy S20 FE 5G Galaxy S20 FE 4G
Model SM-G781 SM-G780
Display 6.5-inch Super AMOLED display
– 1080 x 2400 pixels
– 120 Hz refresh
– HDR10 support
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass 3
IP68 dust- and water-resistance
Operating System Android Q with One UI 2.5
System Platform Snapdragon 865 Exynos 990
Processor 1 x Kryo 585 Gold
3 x Kryo 585 Gold
4 x Kryo 585 Silver
2 x Exynos M5
2 x Cortex-A76
4 x Cortex-A55
GPU Adreno 650 Mali-G77 MP11
RAM 6 GB LPDDR5
Storage 128 GB (UFS 2.1)
External Storage microSD (hybrid, up to 1 TB)
Front Camera 32 MP, f/2.2 aperture
Rear Cameras Main : 12 MP Sony IMX555, f/1.8
Ultra-Wide : 12 MP, f/2.2
3X Telephoto: 8 MP, f/2.4
Connectivity 5G / 4G / 3G / 2G
Wi-Fi : 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (dual-band)
Bluetooth : BT 5.0
USB : USB 2.0 Type C
Fingerprint Sensor In Display Ultrasonic
Audio Dolby Atmos stereo speakers tuned by AKG
Battery 4,500 mAh battery
Charger 15 W fast charger
Dimensions ? mm wide
? mm tall
8.4 mm thick
Weight 190 g

 

Samsung Galaxy S20 FE vs Galaxy S20

Here is a specification comparison of Galaxy S20 FE against the original Galaxy S20 :

Specifications Galaxy S20 FE Galaxy S20
Model SM-G781 SM-G981
Display 6.5-inch Super AMOLED
– 1080 x 2400 pixels
– 120 Hz refresh
– HDR10 support
6.2-inch Super AMOLED
– 1440 x 3200 pixels
– 60 Hz refresh
– HDR10 support
Protection Gorilla Glass 3 Gorilla Glass 6
IP Rating IP68 dust- and water-resistance
Operating System Android Q with One UI
System Platform Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 / Samsung Exynos 990
RAM 6 GB LPDDR5 8 GB LPDDR5
Storage 128 GB (UFS 2.1)
External Storage microSD (hybrid, up to 1 TB)
Front Camera 32 MP, f/2.2 aperture 10 MP, f/2.2 aperture
Rear Cameras 12 MP main camera
12 MP ultra-wide camera
8 MP telephone camera (3X)
12 MP main camera
12 MP ultra-wide camera
64 MP telephone camera (3X)
Connectivity Wi-Fi : 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (dual-band)
Bluetooth : BT 5.0
USB : USB 2.0 Type C
Fingerprint Sensor In Display Ultrasonic
Audio Dolby Atmos stereo speakers tuned by AKG
Battery 4,500 mAh battery 4,000 mAh battery
Charger 15 W fast charger
Dimensions ? mm wide
? mm tall
8.4 mm thick
69.1 mm wide
151.7 mm tall
7.9 mm thick
Weight 190 g 163 g

 

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Samsung Galaxy Note20 | Galaxy Note20 Ultra Video Leaked!

Just before the official launch of the Samsung Galaxy Note20 smartphones, an AT&T video leaked…

Take a look at the leaked video… and check out the key features and specifications of the Note20 and Note20 Ultra smartphones!

 

Samsung Galaxy Note20 | Galaxy Note20 Ultra Video Leaked!

This AT&T video of the Samsung Galaxy Note20 and Galaxy Note20 Ultra smartphones leaked ahead of the official launch, confirming earlier leaked information.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+

The US market will receive the super-fast Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ in their Galaxy Note20 / Note20 Ultra devices.

The Plus version offers a faster Prime core (3.1 GHz, instead of 2.84 GHz), and a 10% faster Adreno 650 GPU.

The Snapdragon 865+ also adds Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.2 capability, although it’s likely that Samsung may lock it at regular Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.1 for “consistency”.

Globally, we expect Samsung to use the Exynos 990 mobile SoC that powers the Galaxy S20 series.

Recommended : Samsung Exynos 990 Performance : How Fast Is It?

50X Space Zoom | 30X Space Zoom

Samsung is not going to use the Galaxy S20 Ultra‘s folded lens design, replacing 100X Space Zoom with :

  • Galaxy Note20 Ultra : 50X Space Zoom
  • Galaxy Note20 : 30X Space Zoom

Different Displays

The two models will come with different displays with different resolutions :

  • Galaxy Note20 Ultra : 6.9-inch Dynamic AMOLED (2K), curved edges
  • Galaxy Note20 : 6.7-inch Super AMOLED+ (FHD+), flat

But both displays will support 120 Hz refresh rates, and HDR10+ colour.

Colour Options

Samsung will offer three colour options per model :

  • Galaxy Note20 Ultra : Mystic Bronze, Mystic Black, Mystic White

  • Galaxy Note20 : Mystic Green, Mystic Gray, Mystic Bronze

Battery Capacities

The video also confirmed earlier leaked information that they will have different battery capacities :

  • Galaxy Note20 Ultra : 4,500 mAh
  • Galaxy Note20 : 4,300 mAh

They will both support wireless charging with reverse charging capability, of course.

 

Samsung Galaxy Note20 | Galaxy Note20 Ultra : Specifications

Specifications Galaxy Note 20 5G Galaxy Note20 Ultra 5G
Display 6.7-inch Infinity-O Display
Super AMOLED + Panel
6.9-inch Infinity-O Display
Dynamic AMOLED (LPTO) Panel
Display Features HDR10+, 120 Hz refresh rate
Display Resolution 1080 x 2400 pixels 1440 x 3040 pixels
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass 7, IP68
Operating System One UI 2.0 (Android Q)
Platform Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ / Samsung Exynos 990
Memory 8 GB LPDDR5 12 GB LPDDR5
Internal Storage 128 GB / 256 GB 256 GB / 512 GB
External Storage Hybrid MicroSD Slot (up to 512 GB)
Front Camera 40 MP camera
Main Cameras 12 MP main camera (f/1.8)
12 MP ultra-wide camera (f/2.2)
64 MP 30X Space Zoom camera (f/2.0)
108 MP main camera (f/1.8)
12 MP ultra-wide camera (f/2.2)
12 MP 50X Space Zoom camera (f/3.0)
Laser focus sensor
Connectivity Bluetooth 5.1
WiFi-AX
USB 2.0 Type C
Fingerprint Sensor 3D Sonic Max
Battery 4,300 mAh 5,000 mAh
Charging 25 W 45 W
Dimensions NA NA
Weight NA NA

 

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HUAWEI P40 Pro Plus : Key Features, Price + Availability!

HUAWEI just launched the P40 Pro Plus / P40 Pro+ smartphone, featuring a 50MP Leica penta-camera system!

Here is a quick overview of the new HUAWEI P40 Pro Plus – its key features, price and availability!

 

HUAWEI P40 Pro Plus : A Quick Primer

The HUAWEI P40 Pro Plus is the big brother of the new P40 family of smartphones. It has a 6.58-inch OLED display, with a resolution of 1200 x 2640 pixels, and a 90 Hz refresh rate.

It comes only in 5G variants, powered by the Kirin 990 5G. HUAWEI will offer it with 8 GB of memory, and storage options of 256 GB and 512 GB.

In front, it has a 32 MP camera, with a depth camera. But its marquee feature is its rear Leica penta-camera system, which consists of :

  • a 50 MP main camera with f/1.9 aperture (OIS support),
  • a 40 MP ultra-wide camera with f/1.8 aperture,
  • an 8 MP 10X SuperZoom camera with f/4.4 aperture (OIS support),
  • an 8 MP 3X telephoto camera with f/2.4 aperture (OIS support), and
  • a 3D depth sensor

Powering all that is a large 4,200 mAh battery, which supports 40 watt HUAWEI SuperCharge wired charging.

 

HUAWEI P40 Pro Plus : Specifications

HUAWEI P40 Pro+ (5G)
Display 6.58-inch OLED display
– 1200 x 2640 pixels, 90Hz refresh
Protection IP68
Operating System EMUI 10.1 (based on Android 10)
System Platform HUAWEI Kirin 990 5G
Processor 2 x Cortex-A76 (2.86 GHz)
2 x Cortex-A76 (2.36 GHz)
4 x Cortex-A55 (1.95 GHz)
NPU 2 x Big Core + Tiny Core
Graphics ARM Mali-G76 MP16
Memory + Storage Options 8 GB RAM + 256 GB storage
8 GB RAM + 512 GB storage
Storage Expansion Yes, 256 GB NM card slot
Front Camera 32 MP selfie camera (f/2.2 aperture)
Depth camera
Rear Camera Leica Penta Camera System
– 50 MP main camera (f/1.9 with OIS)
– 40 MP ultra-wide camera (f/1.8 aperture)
– 8 MP 10X SuperZoom camera (f/4.4 with OIS)
– 8 MP 3X telephoto camera (f/2.4 with OIS)
– 3D depth sensor
Fingerprint Sensor In-Display Fingerprint Sensor
Other Sensors Gesture, Ambient Light, Proximity, Gyroscope,
Compass, Gravity, Hall, Colour Temperature, Laser
NFC Yes
Battery + Charging 4,200 mAh
– supports 40 W HUAWEI SuperCharge (wired)
Dimensions 72.6 mm wide
158.2 mm tall
9.0 mm thick
Weight 226 g

 

HUAWEI P40 Pro Plus : Price + Availability

The HUAWEI P40 Pro Plus is available in selected markets, with a recommended retail price of €1,399 for the 8GB+512GB variant.

HUAWEI will offer just two colour options – Ceramic Black, and Ceramic White.

 

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HUAWEI P40 Pro : Key Features, Price + Availability!

HUAWEI just launched the P40 Pro smartphone, featuring a 50MP Leica quad camera system!

Here is a quick overview of the new HUAWEI P40 Pro – its key features, price and availability!

 

HUAWEI P40 Pro : A Quick Primer

The HUAWEI P40 Pro is the middle brother of the new P40 family of smartphones. It has a 6.58-inch OLED display, with a resolution of 1200 x 2640 pixels, and a 90 Hz refresh rate.

It comes only in 5G variants, powered by the Kirin 990 5G. HUAWEI will offer it with 8 GB of memory, and storage options of 128 GB, 256 GB and 512 GB.

In front, it has a 32 MP camera, with a depth camera. But its marquee feature is its rear Leica quad-camera system, which consists of :

  • a 50 MP main camera with f/1.9 aperture (OIS support),
  • a 40 MP ultra-wide camera with f/1.8 aperture,
  • a 12 MP telephoto camera with f/2.4 aperture (OIS support), and
  • a 3D depth sensor

Powering all that is a large 4,200 mAh battery, which supports 40 watt HUAWEI SuperCharge wired charging.

 

HUAWEI P40 Pro : Specifications

HUAWEI P40 Pro (5G)
Display 6.58-inch OLED display
– 1200 x 2640 pixels, 90Hz refresh
Protection IP68
Operating System EMUI 10.1 (based on Android 10)
System Platform HUAWEI Kirin 990 5G
Processor 2 x Cortex-A76 (2.86 GHz)
2 x Cortex-A76 (2.36 GHz)
4 x Cortex-A55 (1.95 GHz)
NPU 2 x Big Core + Tiny Core
Graphics ARM Mali-G76 MP16
Memory + Storage Options 8 GB RAM + 128 GB storage
8 GB RAM + 256 GB storage
8 GB RAM + 512 GB storage
Storage Expansion Yes, 256 GB NM card slot
Front Camera 32 MP selfie camera (f/2.2 aperture)
Depth camera
Rear Camera Leica Quad Camera System
– 50 MP main camera (f/1.9 with OIS)
– 40 MP ultra-wide camera (f/1.8 aperture)
– 12 MP telephoto camera (f/2.4 with OIS)
– 3D depth sensor
Fingerprint Sensor In-Display Fingerprint Sensor
Other Sensors Gesture, Ambient Light, Proximity, Gyroscope,
Compass, Gravity, Hall, Colour Temperature, Laser
NFC Yes
Battery + Charging 4,200 mAh
– supports 40 W HUAWEI SuperCharge (wired)
Dimensions 72.6 mm wide
158.2 mm tall
8.95 mm thick
Weight 209 g

 

HUAWEI P40 Pro : Price + Availability

The HUAWEI P40 Pro is available in selected markets, with a recommended retail price of €999 for the 8GB+256GB variant.

HUAWEI will offer five colour options – Black, Deep Sea Blue, Ice White, Silver Frost and Blush Gold.

 

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AfterShokz Xtrainerz Bone Conduction Headphones Preview!

The AfterShokz Xtrainerz is a tough pair of waterproof standalone MP3 headphones with bone conduction technology, designed for swimmers!

Let’s take a closer look, and see how the AfterShokz Xtrainerz differs from its Bluetooth brother, the AfterShokz Aeropex!

 

AfterShokz Xtrainerz

AfterShokz Xtrainerz is basically a standalone version of the AfterShokz Aeropex, with a built-in media player and 4 GB of storage.

Join our good friend Adam Lobo for his explanation of the key features of the AfterShokz Xtrainerz, as well as the AfterShokz Aeropex which boasts Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity.

New Bone Conduction Tranducers

The AfterShokz Xtrainerz (US | UK | AU | MY) features bone conduction transducers that are now angled at 30-degrees, for significantly reduced vibration and improved audio quality.

It has also been enhanced with PremiumPitch 2.0+ technology for a dynamic bass and higher volume, with minimal vibration.

8 Hour Battery Life

The AfterShokz Xtrainerz (US | UK | AU | MY) has a long battery life of 8 hours, letting you enjoy a whole day of music without worrying about battery life.

Waterproof Design

Rated at IP68, you can submerge the AfterShokz Xtrainerz (US | UK | AU | MY) under 1.5 meter of fresh or salt water for up to 30 minutes.

On top of that, it is corrosion resistant – the AfterShokz Test Team put it through a 72-hour salt spray test with zero corrosion.

Its magnetic charging port is designed to detect moisture and alert you, while preventing charging to avoid damage.

4 GB Storage

Leave your phone and audio player on the shore, or at home! The AfterShokz Xtrainerz (US | UK | AU | MY) has 4 GB of storage – enough for at least 500 MP3 songs.

In addition to MP3, its built-in audio player also supports WAV, WMA, AAC and FLAC audio formats, so you can enjoy your music from different sources.

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AfterShokz Xtrainerz Specifications

In this table, we compare the AfterShokz Xtrainerz with its Bluetooth brother, the AfterShokz Aeropex :

Specifications AfterShokz Xtrainerz AfterShokz Aeropex
Model AS700 AS800
Protection IP68 IP67
Speaker Type Bone conduction transducers
Frequency Response 20 Hz to 20 kHz
Sensitivity 98 dB ± 3 dB 105 dB ± 3 dB
Impedance 8.50 Ω ± 20%
Microphone None -38 dB ± 3 dB
Storage 4 GB None
Music Formats MP3, WAV, WMA, AAC, FLAC Dependent on music player
Connectivity None Bluetooth 4.2
Range : 10 meters
Battery 183 mAh lithium-polymer battery
– up to 8 hours continuous play
– 2 hours recharging time
– 5.25 V charging voltage
145 mAh lithium-polymer battery
– up to 8 hours continuous play
– up to 10 days standby time
– 2 hours recharging time
– 5 V charging voltage
Weight 30 g 26 g

 

AfterShokz Xtrainerz Price + Availability

The AfterShokz Xtrainerz (US | UK | AU | MY) is available in four colour options – Black Diamond, Ruby Red, Aquamarine and Sapphire Blue.

It is available with immediate effect with a recommended retail price of US$149.95 / £139.95 / A$219RM 699.

Here are online purchase options :

Incidentally, the Xtrainerz comes with a 2-year warranty.

 

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The Samsung IP68 Water-Resistance Technology Guide!

Ever since Samsung unveiled the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge smartphone, their flagship S and Note smartphones have all been IP68-certified to be dust- and water-resistant.

Let’s take a look at the engineering behind the Samsung’s IP68 rating, and clarify its limitations, so you can enjoy your Samsung smartphones for many years to come!

 

Samsung IP68 Engineering

The challenge with making smartphones water-resistant isn’t just ensuring that water won’t get inside. Before the Galaxy S7 edge, a number of devices already did that, like Samsung’s own Galaxy S6 Active smartphone or the Kenxinda Flattop ruggerdised smartphones.

What Samsung introduced in their flagship smartphones from the Galaxy S7 edge onwards was IP68 dust- and water-resistance without prior preparation.

Unlike prior water-resistant smartphones, you don’t need to prepare it in any way before you dunk it into water. There is no need to cap the earphone and USB ports. It is dust- and water-resistant 24/7.

To achieve this feat, Samsung introduced a number of engineering improvements :

  • An unspecified “new type of water resistance technology” was used to seal the unit internally against the ingress of water,
  • An “exclusive type of water protective tape” was added to the back of the front and rear glass, as well as other internal parts,
  • Rubber linings were used on parts like the USB port, the earphone port, and the SIM card tray to prevent the ingress of water

  • Anti-corrosive materials like nickel and platinum and corrosive-resistant coating were used for all external metal parts and connectors like the earphone and USB ports,
  • The USB port has a short circuit sensor to cut-off power when it detects a short circuit due to water contact
  • Portable electronic vents were used to ensure a good flow of air and outflow of water and humidity

As you can see, a lot of engineering went into ensuring that Samsung smartphones are dust- and water-resistant, while remaining ultra-slim.

Teardowns by iFixit also showed considerable use of adhesive in subsequent models, all the way to the latest Samsung Galaxy Note 10+, to maintain this IP68-rated dust and water-resistance.

 

Is The Samsung S Pen IP68 Rated Too?

The S Pen of IP68-rated Galaxy Note devices are also IP68-rated against dust and water. However, the S Pen requires slightly different techniques to achieve such water-resistance :

  • its printed circuit board (PCB) is covered with a special epoxy material
  • rubber seals are used to seal off vulnerable passageways
  • important components like the pen pressure switch are also covered by rubber seals

This allows the pen tip to move as needed, while preventing the ingress of water that will damage the internal components of the S Pen.

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Samsung IP68 Rating Clarified

All Samsung smartphones that are IP68-rated can withstand complete immersion in water up to 1.5 m in depth, for up to 30 minutes.

This means you can take it for jogs in the rain, or reading in the bathtub. However, we must point out that IP68 is a rating for water immersion.

IP68-rated devices are NOT designed to withstand water pressure. We therefore do not recommend you take it into the shower or while you swim.

The IP68 certification is based on a specific set of test conditions :

Temperature Range : 15-35 °C
Pressure Range : 86-106 kPa
Maximum Water Depth : 1.5 metre
Maximum Time of Immersion : 30 minutes

If you exceed those conditions, Samsung’s IP68 measures may not prevent the ingress of water.

In fact, if you check your User Guide, you will see that Samsung warns against exposing their IP68 smartphones to “water moving with force“.

This means you should not place them under running water from a tap or a waterfall. Even ocean waves may exert enough force to drive water into their chassis.

 

Summary : IP68 = Water-Resistance, NOT Waterproofing

The takeaway message is this – Samsung IP68 smartphones are water-resistant, not waterproof. You need to be gentle with them when they are exposed to water.

The biggest problem is water pressure, not depth. You can leave it at the bottom of a swimming pool without worry, but the force of water from a tap can exceed the IP68 pressure rating.

Do NOT do this!!! Never pour water on your device, because it exerts pressure!

Let’s consider a real-world scenario – taking photos and videos while snorkelling.

You won’t reach a depth of 1.5 m when you snorkel. But swinging your device underwater could literally force water into the chassis!

That doesn’t mean you cannot use your device underwater. You can, but you must make sure not to exert too much force. Take it in and out of the water gently, and if you have to move, do so gently.

 

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Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus “Dual Aperture” Smartphone Review

When pictures of the Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus first leaked, pundits criticised how similar it looked to its predecessor – the Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus. But the familiar facade hides a number of important upgrades. Find out why we think the new Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus is the perfected Galaxy S8 Plus!

 

The Samsung Galaxy S9 & Galaxy S9+

Like the Samsung Galaxy S8, there will be two sizes – the Galaxy S9 (SM-960) with a 5.8″ display, and the larger Galaxy S9 Plus (SM-965) with a 6.2″ display. Here is a table comparing their specifications :

SpecificationsSamsung Galaxy S9+Samsung Galaxy S9
ModelSM-965SM-960
Display6.2" Super AMOLED Infinity Display
- 1440 x 2960 pixels (529 ppi)
5.8" Super AMOLED Infinity Display
- 1440 x 2960 pixels (570 ppi)
Operating SystemAndroid 8.0Android 8.0
System PlatformQualcomm Snapdragon 845 (US)
Samsung Exynos 9810 (Worldwide)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 (US)
Samsung Exynos 9810 (Worldwide)
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 845
- 8 x Qualcomm Kyro 385 (2.8 GHz)

Samsung Exynos 9810
- 4 x Custom CPU core (2.9 GHz)
- 4 x ARM Cortex-A55 (1.9 GHz)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
- 8 x Qualcomm Kyro 385 (2.8 GHz)

Samsung Exynos 9810
- 4 x Custom CPU core (2.9 GHz)
- 4 x ARM Cortex-A55 (1.9 GHz)
Graphics ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 845
- Qualcomm Adreno 630

Samsung Exynos 9810
- ARM Mali-G72 MP18
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
- Qualcomm Adreno 630

Samsung Exynos 9810
- ARM Mali-G72 MP18
Memory6 GB LPDDR4x SDRAM4 GB LPDDR4x SDRAM
Storage64 / 128 / 256 GB internal flash storage
microSD card slot (up to 256 GB)
64 GB internal flash storage
microSD card slot (up to 256 GB)
Front Camera8 MP sensor8 MP sensor
Main CameraDual Camera System
- Main Dual Aperture Camera with 12 MP Dual Pixel sensor, OIS lens with f/1.5 and f/2.4 variable apertures
- Telephoto camera with 12 MP Dual Pixel sensor, OIS lens and f/2.4 aperture
- dual-tone LED flash
Dual Aperture Camera
- 12 MP Dual Pixel sensor with 1.4 μm pixels
- OIS lens with f/1.5 and f/2.4 variable apertures
- dual-tone LED flash
Super Slow-moYes, 720p (0.2 seconds)Yes, 720p (0.2 seconds)
Samsung Live FocusYesNo
ConnectivityQualcomm Snapdragon 845
- LTE Cat18 : 1.2Gbps DL / 150 Mbps UL
- WiFi : 802.11ac (2x2)
- USB Type C

Samsung Exynos 9810
- LTE Cat18 : 1.2Gbps DL / 200 Mbps UL
- WiFi : 802.11ac (2x2)
- USB Type C
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
- LTE Cat18 : 1.2Gbps DL / 150 Mbps UL
- WiFi : 802.11ac (2x2)
- USB Type C

Samsung Exynos 9810
- LTE Cat18 : 1.2Gbps DL / 200 Mbps UL
- WiFi : 802.11ac (2x2)
- USB Type C
Iris ScannerYes, with IntelligentScan capabilityYes, with IntelligentScan capability
Fingerprint SensorYes, Rear-MountedYes, Rear-Mounted
Bixby ButtonYesYes
Dust & Water ResistanceIP68IP68
AudioAKG-tuned Stereo Speakers
3.5 mm audio jack
AKG-tuned Stereo Speakers
3.5 mm audio jack
FM RadioYesYes
Battery3,500 mAh lithium-ion battery
15 W Fast Wireless Charging Capability
3,000 mAh lithium-ion battery
15 W Fast Wireless Charging Capability
Dimensions73.8 mm wide
158.1 mm tall
8.5 mm thick
68.7 mm wide
147.7 mm tall
8.5 mm thick
Weight189 g163 g
Available ColoursMidnight Black / Coral Blue / Lilac Purple / Titanium SilverMidnight Black / Coral Blue / Lilac Purple / Titanium Silver

This time around, Samsung made more of an effort to differentiate the two models. The larger Galaxy S9 Plus not only comes with a larger battery, it also has more memory and storage options, as well as a dual camera system.

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The Samsung Galaxy S9 Colour Options

Samsung is making the Galaxy S9 Plus (Price Check) available in four colour options – Midnight Black, Coral Blue, Lilac Purple, and Titanium Silver. However, not all of them will be available worldwide.

In Malaysia, only these three colours are available (at least initially) – Midnight Black, Coral Blue, and Lilac Purple.

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The Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus Up Close

The Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus (Price Check) is very similar to the Samsung Galaxy S8 in design. They both boast the same glass and metal design, with an Infinity Display and IP68 dust- and water-resistance.

In most countries, the Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus (Price Check) is powered by the Samsung Exynos 9810, while in the US, it runs on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845. It comes with 6 GB of LPDDR4x memory, and 64 GB of storage (with a 128 GB option in some countries).

Despite rumours that Samsung would be ditching the dedicated Bixby button and 3.5 mm earphone port, they will both still here.

 

The Front Camera

The Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus (Price Check) retains the Galaxy S8‘s front camera with the 8 MP Samsung S5K3H1 sensor and an f/1.7 lens. It is capable of recording 4K videos at 30 fps, and has great low-light capability.

Its low-light capability will come in handy, as the front camera does not have flash support, not even screen flash. Still, we hope that Samsung will at least throw in screen flash, which costs nothing to add.

 

Dual Aperture Camera

The Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus (Price Check) boasts a new dual aperture camera, that was first used in the rare and expensive Samsung W2018 smartphone (available only in China). This dual aperture camera has a mechanical aperture that lets you switch between an incredibly bright f/1.5 aperture, and the f/2.4 aperture for a deeper depth of field.

The f/1.5 aperture is the widest aperture so far in a smartphone, offering just over ⅓ stop more light than the f/1.7 aperture of the Samsung Galaxy S8‘s camera. This translates into better low-light photography with less noise.

The Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus (Price Check) has an additional telephoto camera that is not available in the Samsung Galaxy S9 (Price Check). This camera has a 12 MP sensor, but lacks the Dual Pixel capability of the main camera, and is coupled to a f/2.4 lens.

This telephoto camera does not just give you a 2X zoom capability, it actually adds Live Focus and Dual Capture capabilities. You can also switch between the two cameras in the midst of recording a video, and because they both have OIS lenses, the video will be stabilised all the way.

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New Samsung ISOCELL Fast Sensor

Samsung used their latest ISOCELL Fast SAK2L3 sensor in the new cameras. This is a 12 MP sensor with large 1.4 µm pixels for excellent low-light performance.

The Fast designation means it comes with its Dual Pixel and Super PD capabilities. It also boasts a 3-stack FRS (Fast Readout Sensor) that allows high-speed captures of Full HD video.

The Dual Pixel technology is an autofocus technology that uses the dual photodiodes in every pixel on the image sensor for phase-detection autofocus. This allows for faster and more accurate focusing, because it uses many more autofocus pixels, instead of just a few dedicated pixels (usually less than 5% of the total).

 

Super Slow-Mo

The Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus (Price Check) supports a new Super Slow-mo feature, which allows you to record 720p video at 960 fps.

The Super Slow-mo videos can be instantly edited, with a random selection from preloaded choices. Or you can use your own music / songs. You can also create a GIF from the recorded video, with three style of looping – reverse, forward or swing.

The new ISOCELL Fast sensor, when paired with the Samsung Exynos 9810, is said to be fast enough to record slow-motion 1080p video at 960 fps / 4K video at 120 fps. However, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 is not fast enough, so Samsung limited Super Slow-mo capability to ensure consistent experience worldwide.

There are other caveats too – Super Slow-mo is limited to 20 shots per video, with approximately 0.2 seconds of recording and 6 seconds of playback for each Super Slow-mo shot.

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Bixby Live Translation

The original Samsung Bixby is capable of live translation, so a more accurate description of this new feature is AR (augmented reality) Translation.

In the original Bixby, the translation appears as a separate card. But in the new Samsung Galaxy S9 Bixby implementation, the translation appears as part of the image. Hence, our opinion that it should be called AR Translation.

In fact, it is smart enough to take note of the font and background of the text being translated, and render the translation as if it was the original text!

This is, without doubt, a truly useful combination of Bixby and augmented reality!

 

AR Emoji

This is arguably one of the coolest software features in the new Samsung Galaxy S9 camera system. You can use either the front or rear camera to take a picture of anyone, to create augmented reality emojis that look like your subject!

The Samsung Galaxy S9 (Price Check) will automatically create an avatar that looks like you, which you can customise to your satisfaction. They will also automatically create 18 stickers showing a range of different emotions for you to use in your instant messages.

But that’s not all – the avatar will imitate your facial expressions. You can even record videos that can be shared with your friends!

 

Intelligent Scan

The Samsung Galaxy S9 (Price Check) has a “new login method” called Intelligent Scan. This is not really a new feature, but a combination of the existing facial recognition and iris scanning capabilities.

In bright conditions, Intelligent Scan uses facial recognition to login. But when it gets too dark, the iris scanner kicks in. This allows for easier and faster logins in low light or super bright conditions.

Intelligent Scan addresses the key problem with the iris scanner – it doesn’t work in bright conditions. However, it is easier to fool than a point cloud facial recognition system like Apple Face ID, and future honor smartphones,

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New Fingerprint Sensor

Samsung moved the fingerprint sensor to a central location right beneath the main camera at the back. This is a much better location, especially if you are left-handed. But that’s not all.

Samsung also used a new swipe fingerprint sensor. It is much easier and faster to register your fingerprint with this new sensor. This addresses a major criticism of the Galaxy S8 and Note8 smartphones.

However, its close proximity to the rear camera, and its swipe functionality means you still have to regularly clean the camera lens to avoid blurry pictures.

 

Hybrid SIM

As it was with the Samsung Galaxy S8, the Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus (Price Check) will be offered with a nano SIM + microSD tray, or a hybrid SIM tray, depending on region. If you want dual SIM, dual standby capability, you will need to get the model with the hybrid SIM tray.

The hybrid SIM tray allows you to either use a second SIM card, or a microSD card, but not both at the same time. The microSD slot officially supports microSD cards of up to 256 GB in size, although it should have no problem supporting larger capacity microSD cards, like the 400GB SanDisk Ultra (Price Check).

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IP68 Dust & Water Resistance

Like the Galaxy S8, the Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus (Price Check) is IP68-rated for dust- and water-resistance. Best of all, you don’t even have to prepare it in any way before you dunk it into water! For more information how how Samsung achieved this feat, take a look at our article, Samsung Galaxy S7 IP68 Engineering Explained.

Officially, the Galaxy S9 Plus can withstand complete immersion in water up to 1.5 m in depth, for up to 30 minutes. That means you can take it for jogs in the rain, reading in the shower or soaking in bath. Heck, you can even take it for a swim!

There are some caveats though. The IP68 rating applies to a specific set of test conditions : 15-35 °C, 86-106 kPa, 1.5 metre, 30 minutes. Even so, water may enter and damage the Galaxy S7 edge if it is exposed to “water moving with force“, like running water from a tap or waterfall, or ocean waves.

In other words, this is not a waterproof phone like the Oukitel K10000 Pro or the Kenxinda ruggerdised smartphones. It is IP68 water-resistant, so you need to be gentle with it. You can read more about this in our article – Samsung Galaxy S7 IP68 Engineering Explained.

 

Ergonomics

The Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus (Price Check) has a 5.8″ bezel-less Infinity Display, so it does not feel like a large smartphone. In fact, it feels smaller than the 5.5″ Samsung Galaxy S7 edge, and even 5.2″ smartphones like HTC 10. This means it will feel more comfortable in smaller hands, and fit better in smaller pockets.

The large Super AMOLED display is beautiful as always. However, the WQHD+ resolution of 1440 x 2960 results in a non-standard 18.5:9 display ratio. Watching movies will result in some pillarboxing – a black bar on each side of the movie.

The Gorilla Glass 5 back looks fabulous… at first. It is easily smudged by oily fingerprints, because it lacks the oleophobic coating of the front Gorilla Glass 5 cover protecting the display.

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Setting Up The Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus

The Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus (Price Check) comes with Android 8.0 Oreo installed. The setup process is the same as the Samsung Galaxy S9 (Price Check), whose setup video can be seen below.

 

Available Memory & Storage

The Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus (Price Check) comes with 6 GB of LPDDR4x memory, of which 3 GB (50%) is available for use. That is a lot of bloat, equal to that of the Galaxy S8. But seriously, 3 GB of memory is more than enough memory to run many applications simultaneously. In fact, it is more memory than what many mid-range smartphones ship with!

The Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus (Price Check) comes with 64 GB of internal flash storage, with 50 GB of free space for you to use. That is enough space to store about 11,000 photos, or 6 hours of 1080p videos, or just over 2 hours of 4K videos. If that’s not enough, you can top it up with a microSD card (up to 256 GB).

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Camera Performance – Photos

The Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus (Price Check) uses the 12 MP Samsung ISOCELL Fast SAK2L3 sensor in the dual aperture camera. It is capable of switching between the f/1.5 aperture, and the f/2.4 aperture.

The maximum 12 MP resolution is attained with the 4:3 aspect ratio, with 4032 x 3024 pixels, and a file size of between 3 MB and 5 MB.

Here are 10 high-resolution samples for you to check out. Click on them to load the full-sized photos, which you can also download to examine.

Telephoto 2X Zoom Capability

Here are two pictures to show you the additional reach the secondary telephoto camera gives you.

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Camera Performance – Video Recording

Like its predecessor, the Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus (Price Check) is capable of recording 4K videos from both front and back cameras. However, Samsung still limits the 4K recording time to just 10 minutes. This was likely done to ensure that the sensor does not overheat the battery.

Video Recording Test #1 : Piano (1080p)

In this video, you can see the amount of detail the sensor captures, even at just 1080p. There is a good control of the highlights – you can see into the Padini Concept Store in the background.

You can also see how well its OIS capability worked, even when we switched between the main camera and the telephoto camera.

 

Video Recording Test #2 : Piano (4K)

The resolution at 4K is incredible. You can even see some of the price tags deep inside the Padini Concept Store. There was some seeking issues with the telephoto camera at 0:17, but they were only present at this particular angle – where there are other subjects behind the pianist, Mr. Yang.

 

Video Recording Test #3 : Japanese Band (1080p)

This was taken with the Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus (Price Check) mounted on a DJI Osmo Mobile gimbal. You can see a lot of wobbling. This sadly appears to be the camera’s OIS trying to compensate for the stabilisation already provided by the gimbal.

The highlights were slightly overblown, but it was still an admirable effort for such bright spotlights in a dim environment.

 

Video Recording Test #4 : Japanese Band (4K)

Again, there was significant wobbling from the OIS, when used with a gimbal. But we can’t help but admire the sharpness and detail captured in this video.

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Video Recording Test #5 : Street Market (1080p)

The combination of OIS and EIS allowed the Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus (Price Check) to deliver really good image stabilisation.

 

Video Recording Test #6 : Street Market (4K)

Its image stabilisation capabilities were not diminished with the higher resolution. Overall – very good OIS and EIS performance.

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Work Performance – PCMark

We tested the Samsung Galaxy S9’s performance using PCMark, which simulates work applications like web browing, playing video, writing text and editing photos.

Work 2.0 Samsung Galaxy S9 Samsung Galaxy S9+ Samsung Galaxy S8 Samsung Galaxy A8 2018
Performance Score
(Average)
5618 5590 5303 5197
Web Browsing 5357 6037 5155 5035
Video Editing 5265 5332 4998 4433
Writing 4673 4713 5158 5607
Photo Editing 7560 6847 7082 7238
Data Manipulation 5616 5253 4458 4183
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The Samsung Exynos 9810 powering the Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus (Price Check) is about 5.5% faster than the Exynos 8895 used in the Samsung Galaxy S8. This is not a high score by any means, being slightly slower than the Snapdragon 625 powering the ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro.

 

Battery Life – PCMark

We then tested the Galaxy S9 Plus’ battery performance using PCMark. It basically ran the PCMark work tests until its battery capacity dropped to 20%.

Work 2.0 Samsung Galaxy A8 2018 Samsung Galaxy S8 Samsung Galaxy S9 Samsung Galaxy S9+
Battery Life 12 hours 19 mins 10 hours 32 mins 9 hours 6 mins 9 hours 5 mins
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The Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus (Price Check) lasted as long as the Samsung Galaxy S9 (Price Check). Despite having a 16.7% larger battery, it was only sufficient in making up for its larger display and memory capacity.

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Battery Recharging Performance

The Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus comes with an adaptive fast charger with a power output of 18 W. Take a look at how fast it recharged its 3,500 mAh battery.

It took the Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus (Price Check) about 95.5 minutes (1 hour 35.5 minutes) to recharge its battery from 20% to 100%. This is just 8.5 minutes longer than it takes the Galaxy S8 to recharge its 3000 mAh battery.

This gives it a rather disappointing battery life : recharging ratio of 5.7 : 1. Its recharging performance is good, but Samsung needs to improve its battery life.

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Gaming Performance – 3DMark

We tested the Galaxy S9 Plus’ gaming performance using 3DMark, using the Ice Storm Unlimited test.

Ice Storm Unlimited Samsung Galaxy S9+ Samsung Galaxy S9 Samsung Galaxy S8 Samsung Galaxy A8 2018
Gaming Score 42489 39588 29509 14684
Graphics 49852 45577 33279 15201
Physics 28009 27116 21130 13121
Graphics Test 1 308.6 fps 267.9 fps 173.1 fps 134.4 fps
Graphics Test 2 167.0 fps 157.2 fps 124.3 fps 43.8 fps
Physics Test 88.9 fps 86.1 fps 67.1 fps 41.7 fps
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What the Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus (Price Check) lacked in work performance, it more than made up in gaming performance. Its ARM Mali-G72 MP18 graphics processor was 44% faster than the ARM Mali-G71 MP20 used in the Galaxy S8.

The Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus’ CPU cores also delivered 32% faster physics processing than those of the Galaxy S8.

 

Our Verdict & Award

The Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus (Price Check) looks almost identical to its predecessor, the Samsung Galaxy S8. While some see it as a “lack of innovation“, others point out that “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!

Whatever we may think of its familiar design, there is no doubt that the Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus is the best Galaxy smartphone ever made.

Samsung basically fixed every major criticism of the Galaxy S8 smartphone. They moved the fingerprint sensor to a better position, and used a much better swipe-type sensor. They buttressed the iris scanner with the facial recognition system, allowing easy login in bright and low-light conditions.

The biggest hardware change was the addition of a dual aperture camera, coupled with a telephoto camera. The dual aperture camera allows you to switch between an incredibly bright f/1.5 aperture and a f/2.4 aperture for greater depth of field. The telephoto camera not only offers 2X optical zoom, it also enables the Live Focus and Dual Capture capabilities.

Samsung also introduced a new Samsung ISOCELL Fast sensor in the main camera. It has large 1.4 µm pixels with Dual Pixel and Super PD capabilities. It also has a 3-stack FRS (Fast Readout Sensor) that enables the new Super Slow-mo mode – the ability to record 720p video at 960 fps.

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The other new Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus (Price Check) features like AR Emoji, Bixby Live Translation and Intelligent Scan are software in nature.

The downside? The Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus comes with the same 3,500 mAh battery, but has a shorter battery life and longer recharging time.

With the exception of the shorter battery life, the Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus is better than the Samsung Galaxy S8+ in every possible way. This is why we think it deserves our Editor’s Choice Award. Congratulations, Samsung!

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The Samsung Galaxy S9 Review : Galaxy S8 Perfected!

When pictures of the Samsung Galaxy S9 first leaked, pundits criticised how similar it looked to its predecessor – the Samsung Galaxy S8. But the familiar facade hides a number of important upgrades. Find out why we think the new Samsung Galaxy S9 is the perfected Galaxy S8!

 

The Samsung Galaxy S9 & Galaxy S9+

Like the Samsung Galaxy S8, there will be two sizes – the Galaxy S9 (SM-960) with a 5.8″ display, and the larger Galaxy S9+ (SM-965) with a 6.2″ display. Here is a table comparing their specifications :

SpecificationsSamsung Galaxy S9+Samsung Galaxy S9
ModelSM-965SM-960
Display6.2" Super AMOLED Infinity Display
- 1440 x 2960 pixels (529 ppi)
5.8" Super AMOLED Infinity Display
- 1440 x 2960 pixels (570 ppi)
Operating SystemAndroid 8.0Android 8.0
System PlatformQualcomm Snapdragon 845 (US)
Samsung Exynos 9810 (Worldwide)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 (US)
Samsung Exynos 9810 (Worldwide)
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 845
- 8 x Qualcomm Kyro 385 (2.8 GHz)

Samsung Exynos 9810
- 4 x Custom CPU core (2.9 GHz)
- 4 x ARM Cortex-A55 (1.9 GHz)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
- 8 x Qualcomm Kyro 385 (2.8 GHz)

Samsung Exynos 9810
- 4 x Custom CPU core (2.9 GHz)
- 4 x ARM Cortex-A55 (1.9 GHz)
Graphics ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 845
- Qualcomm Adreno 630

Samsung Exynos 9810
- ARM Mali-G72 MP18
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
- Qualcomm Adreno 630

Samsung Exynos 9810
- ARM Mali-G72 MP18
Memory6 GB LPDDR4x SDRAM4 GB LPDDR4x SDRAM
Storage64 / 128 / 256 GB internal flash storage
microSD card slot (up to 256 GB)
64 GB internal flash storage
microSD card slot (up to 256 GB)
Front Camera8 MP sensor8 MP sensor
Main CameraDual Camera System
- Main Dual Aperture Camera with 12 MP Dual Pixel sensor, OIS lens with f/1.5 and f/2.4 variable apertures
- Telephoto camera with 12 MP Dual Pixel sensor, OIS lens and f/2.4 aperture
- dual-tone LED flash
Dual Aperture Camera
- 12 MP Dual Pixel sensor with 1.4 μm pixels
- OIS lens with f/1.5 and f/2.4 variable apertures
- dual-tone LED flash
Super Slow-moYes, 720p (0.2 seconds)Yes, 720p (0.2 seconds)
Samsung Live FocusYesNo
ConnectivityQualcomm Snapdragon 845
- LTE Cat18 : 1.2Gbps DL / 150 Mbps UL
- WiFi : 802.11ac (2x2)
- USB Type C

Samsung Exynos 9810
- LTE Cat18 : 1.2Gbps DL / 200 Mbps UL
- WiFi : 802.11ac (2x2)
- USB Type C
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
- LTE Cat18 : 1.2Gbps DL / 150 Mbps UL
- WiFi : 802.11ac (2x2)
- USB Type C

Samsung Exynos 9810
- LTE Cat18 : 1.2Gbps DL / 200 Mbps UL
- WiFi : 802.11ac (2x2)
- USB Type C
Iris ScannerYes, with IntelligentScan capabilityYes, with IntelligentScan capability
Fingerprint SensorYes, Rear-MountedYes, Rear-Mounted
Bixby ButtonYesYes
Dust & Water ResistanceIP68IP68
AudioAKG-tuned Stereo Speakers
3.5 mm audio jack
AKG-tuned Stereo Speakers
3.5 mm audio jack
FM RadioYesYes
Battery3,500 mAh lithium-ion battery
15 W Fast Wireless Charging Capability
3,000 mAh lithium-ion battery
15 W Fast Wireless Charging Capability
Dimensions73.8 mm wide
158.1 mm tall
8.5 mm thick
68.7 mm wide
147.7 mm tall
8.5 mm thick
Weight189 g163 g
Available ColoursMidnight Black / Coral Blue / Lilac Purple / Titanium SilverMidnight Black / Coral Blue / Lilac Purple / Titanium Silver

This time around, Samsung made more of an effort to differentiate the two models. The larger Galaxy S9+ not only comes with a larger battery, it also has more memory and storage options, as well as a dual camera system.

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The Samsung Galaxy S9 Colour Options

Samsung is making the Galaxy S9 (Price Check) available in four colour options – Midnight Black, Coral Blue, Lilac Purple, and Titanium Silver. However, not all of them will be available worldwide.

In Malaysia, only these three colours are available (at least initially) – Midnight Black, Coral Blue, and Lilac Purple.

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The Samsung Galaxy S9 Up Close

The Samsung Galaxy S9 (Price Check) is very similar to the Samsung Galaxy S8 in design. They both boast the same glass and metal design, with an Infinity Display and IP68 dust- and water-resistance.

In most countries, the Samsung Galaxy S9 (Price Check) is powered by the Samsung Exynos 9810, while in the US, it runs on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845. It comes with 4 GB of LPDDR4x memory, and 64 GB of storage (with a 128 GB option in some countries).

Despite rumours that Samsung would be ditching the dedicated Bixby button and 3.5 mm earphone port, they will both still here.

 

The Front Camera

The Samsung Galaxy S9 (Price Check) retains the Galaxy S8‘s front camera with the 8 MP Samsung S5K3H1 sensor and an f/1.7 lens. It is capable of recording 4K videos at 30 fps, and has great low-light capability.

Its low-light capability will come in handy, as the front camera does not have flash support, not even screen flash.

 

Dual Aperture Camera

The Samsung Galaxy S9 (Price Check) boasts a new dual aperture camera, that was first used in the rare and expensive Samsung W2018 smartphone (available only in China).

This dual aperture camera has a mechanical aperture that lets you switch between an incredibly bright f/1.5 aperture, and the f/2.4 aperture for a deeper depth of field.

The f/1.5 aperture is the widest aperture so far in a smartphone, offering just over ⅓ stop more light than the f/1.7 aperture of the Samsung Galaxy S8‘s camera. This translates into better low-light photography with less noise.

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New Samsung ISOCELL Fast Sensor

Samsung also used their latest ISOCELL Fast SAK2L3 sensor in the new cameras. This is a 12 MP sensor with large 1.4 µm pixels for excellent low-light performance.

The Fast designation means it comes with its Dual Pixel and Super PD capabilities. It also boasts a 3-stack FRS (Fast Readout Sensor) that allows high-speed captures of Full HD video.

The Dual Pixel technology is an autofocus technology that uses the dual photodiodes in every pixel on the image sensor for phase-detection autofocus. This allows for faster and more accurate focusing, because it uses many more autofocus pixels, instead of just a few dedicated pixels (usually less than 5% of the total).

 

Super Slow-Mo

The Samsung Galaxy S9 (Price Check) supports a new Super Slow-mo feature, which allows you to record 720p video at 960 fps.

The Super Slow-mo videos can be instantly edited, with a random selection from preloaded choices. Or you can use your own music / songs. You can also create a GIF from the recorded video, with three style of looping – reverse, forward or swing.

The new ISOCELL Fast sensor, when paired with the Samsung Exynos 9810, is said to be fast enough to record slow-motion 1080p video at 960 fps / 4K video at 120 fps. However, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 is not fast enough, so Samsung limited Super Slow-mo capability to ensure consistent experience worldwide.

There are other caveats too – Super Slow-mo is limited to 20 shots per video, with approximately 0.2 seconds of recording and 6 seconds of playback for each Super Slow-mo shot.

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Bixby Live Translation

The original Samsung Bixby is capable of live translation, so a more accurate description of this new feature is AR (augmented reality) Translation.

In the original Bixby, the translation appears as a separate card. But in the new Samsung Galaxy S9 Bixby implementation, the translation appears as part of the image. Hence, our opinion that it should be called AR Translation.

In fact, it is smart enough to take note of the font and background of the text being translated, and render the translation as if it was the original text!

This is, without doubt, a truly useful combination of Bixby and augmented reality!

 

AR Emoji

This is arguably one of the coolest software features in the new Samsung Galaxy S9 camera system. You can use either the front or rear camera to take a picture of anyone, to create augmented reality emojis that look like your subject!

The Samsung Galaxy S9 (Price Check) will automatically create an avatar that looks like you, which you can customise to your satisfaction. They will also automatically create 18 stickers showing a range of different emotions for you to use in your instant messages.

But that’s not all – the avatar will imitate your facial expressions. You can even record videos that can be shared with your friends!

 

Intelligent Scan

The Samsung Galaxy S9 (Price Check) has a “new login method” called Intelligent Scan. This is not really a new feature, but a combination of the existing facial recognition and iris scanning capabilities.

In bright conditions, Intelligent Scan uses facial recognition to login. But when it gets too dark, the iris scanner kicks in. This allows for easier and faster logins in low light or super bright conditions.

Intelligent Scan addresses the key problem with the iris scanner – it doesn’t work in bright conditions. However, it is easier to fool than a point cloud facial recognition system like Apple Face ID, and future honor smartphones,

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New Fingerprint Sensor

Samsung moved the fingerprint sensor to a central location right beneath the main camera at the back. This is a much better location, especially if you are left-handed. But that’s not all.

Samsung also used a new swipe fingerprint sensor. It is much easier and faster to register your fingerprint with this new sensor. This addresses a major criticism of the Galaxy S8 and Note8 smartphones.

However, its close proximity to the rear camera, and its swipe functionality means you will have to regularly clean the camera lens to avoid blurry pictures.

 

Hybrid SIM

As it was with the Samsung Galaxy S8, the Samsung Galaxy S9 (Price Check) will be offered with a nano SIM + microSD tray, or a hybrid SIM tray, depending on region. If you want dual SIM, dual standby capability, you will need to get the model with the hybrid SIM tray.

 

The hybrid SIM tray allows you to either use a second SIM card, or a microSD card, but not both at the same time. The microSD slot officially supports microSD cards of up to 256 GB in size.

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IP68 Dust & Water Resistance

Like the Galaxy S8, the Samsung Galaxy S9 (Price Check) is IP68-rated for dust- and water-resistance. Best of all, you don’t even have to prepare it in any way before you dunk it into water! For more information how how Samsung achieved this feat, take a look at our article, Samsung Galaxy S7 IP68 Engineering Explained.

Officially, the Galaxy S9 can withstand complete immersion in water up to 1.5 m in depth, for up to 30 minutes. That means you can take it for jogs in the rain, reading in the shower or soaking in bath. Heck, you can even take it for a swim!

There are some caveats though. The IP68 rating applies to a specific set of test conditions : 15-35 °C, 86-106 kPa, 1.5 metre, 30 minutes. Even so, water may enter and damage the Galaxy S7 edge if it is exposed to “water moving with force“, like running water from a tap or waterfall, or ocean waves.

In other words, this is not a waterproof phone like the Oukitel K10000 Pro or the Kenxinda ruggerdised smartphones. It is IP68 water-resistant, so you need to be gentle with it. You can read more about this in our article – Samsung Galaxy S7 IP68 Engineering Explained.

 

Ergonomics

The Samsung Galaxy S9 (Price Check) has a 5.8″ bezel-less Infinity Display, so it does not feel like a large smartphone. In fact, it feels smaller than the 5.5″ Samsung Galaxy S7 edge, and even 5.2″ smartphones like HTC 10. This means it will feel more comfortable in smaller hands, and fit better in smaller pockets.

The large Super AMOLED display is beautiful as always. However, the WQHD+ resolution of 1440 x 2960 results in a non-standard 18.5:9 display ratio. Watching movies will result in some pillarboxing – a black bar on each side of the movie.

The Gorilla Glass 5 back looks fabulous… at first. It is easily smudged by oily fingerprints, because it lacks the oleophobic coating of the front Gorilla Glass 5 cover protecting the display.

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Setting Up The Samsung Galaxy S9

The Samsung Galaxy S9 (Price Check) comes with Android 8.0 Oreo installed. Let’s boot it up, and see how easy it is to set-up!

 

Available Memory & Storage

The Samsung Galaxy S9 (Price Check) comes with 4 GB of LPDDR4x memory, of which 1.5 GB (37.5%) is available for use. That is a lot of bloat, equal to that of the Galaxy S8. With that in mind, 1.5 GB of memory is plenty of memory to run several applications simultaneously. In fact, it is more memory than what some low-end smartphones ship with!

The Samsung Galaxy S9 (Price Check) comes with 64 GB of internal flash storage, with 48.8 GB of free space for you to use. That is enough space to store about 11,000 photos, or 6 hours of 1080p videos, or just over 2 hours of 4K videos. If that’s not enough, you can top it up with a microSD card (up to 256 GB).

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Camera Performance – Photos

The Samsung Galaxy S9 (Price Check) uses the 12 MP Samsung ISOCELL Fast SAK2L3 sensor in the dual aperture camera. It is capable of switching between the f/1.5 aperture, and the f/2.4 aperture.

The maximum 12 MP resolution is attained with the 4:3 aspect ratio, with 4032 x 3024 pixels, and a file size of between 3 MB and 5 MB.

Here are 6 high-resolution samples for you to check out. Click on them to load the full-sized photos, which you can also download to examine.

The new camera is just amazing. The detail and colour are top-notch, and the noise level is really low.

A word of caution – the f/1.5 aperture may offer great low-light performance, but it has a very narrow depth of field. If you don’t focus properly on your subject, it will end up blurred.

Too bad there’s no way to switch to the f/2.4 aperture for greater depth of field in the Auto mode. You can only switch apertures in the Pro mode.

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Camera Performance – Video Recording

Like its predecessor, the Samsung Galaxy S9 (Price Check) is capable of recording 4K videos from both front and back cameras. However, Samsung still limits the 4K recording time to just 10 minutes. This was likely done to ensure that the sensor does not overheat the battery.

Below are four video samples, all taken without the use of gimbals.

Video Recording Test #1 : Piano (4K)

The camera’s resolution is really good. You can pick out the tiny signs in the background very clearly. It also demonstrated good control of the highlights – you can see into the Padini Concept Store in the background.

The optical and electronic image stabilisation capabilities also appear to have improved. It was almost as good as mounting the Galaxy S9 on a gimbal!

The recorded audio was clear, but still lacked the wider dynamic range of the HTC 10 (when HiRes Audio is enabled).

Video Recording Test #2 : Piano (1080p)

Even at this lower resolution, the amount of details captured by the Samsung Galaxy S9 is amazing. We also love how well it was able to control the highlights in the bright background. You can see the details that are usually washed out in other smartphones.

Video Recording Test #3 : Street Market (4K)

Look at how stable the recorded video was, even as we walked down this street market and looked around. It may not be as good as mounting the Galaxy S9 on a gimbal, but it comes real close!

Video Recording Test #4 : Street Market (1080p)

The 1080p walk-through appears to be even smoother than the 4K walk-through. So if you want the best-possible image stabilisation for your video, try recording in 1080p.

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Work Performance – PCMark

We tested the Samsung Galaxy S9’s performance using PCMark, which simulates work applications like web browing, playing video, writing text and editing photos.

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5656 5618 5303 5197
Web Browsing 5708 5357 5155 5035
Video Editing 5888 5265 4998 4433
Writing 4509 4673 5158 5607
Photo Editing 10698 7560 7082 7238
Data Manipulation 3570 5616 4458 4183
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When it comes to work applications, the Samsung Exynos 9810 powering the Samsung Galaxy S9 (Price Check) is about 6% faster than the Exynos 8895 used in the Samsung Galaxy S8. This puts it at par with the Snapdragon 625 powering the ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro.

 

Battery Life – PCMark

We then tested the Galaxy S9’s battery performance using PCMark. It basically ran the PCMark work tests until its battery capacity dropped to 20%.

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Battery Life 12 hours 19 mins 10 hours 32 mins 9 hours 6 mins 8 hours 41 mins
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The Samsung Galaxy S9 (Price Check) lasted just over 9 hours in our battery test. That is almost 1.5 hours shorter than the Samsung Galaxy S8, and over 3 hours shorter than the Samsung Galaxy A8 2018. It only managed to beat the ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro by 25 minutes

Note : All four smartphones compared here have a 3,000 mAh battery.

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Battery Recharging Performance

The Samsung Galaxy S9 comes with an adaptive fast charger with a power output of 18 W. Take a look at how fast it recharged its 3,000 mAh battery.

It took the Samsung Galaxy S9 (Price Check) about 108 minutes (1 hour 48 minutes) to recharge its battery from 20% to 100%. This is 21 minutes longer than it takes the Galaxy S8 to recharge the same battery capacity.

This gives it a battery life : recharging ratio of 5 : 1 – a rather disappointing performance.

Note : Our Samsung Galaxy S9 sample did not come with its charger. We used the Samsung Galaxy S8‘s charger instead. We will retest when we receive the official Galaxy S9 charger.

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Gaming Performance – 3DMark

We tested the Galaxy S9’s gaming performance using 3DMark, using the Ice Storm Unlimited test.

Ice Storm Unlimited Samsung Galaxy S9 Samsung Galaxy S8 Samsung Galaxy A8 2018 ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro
Gaming Score 39588 29509 14684 14015
Graphics 45577 33279 15201 13470
Physics 27116 21130 13121 16328
Graphics Test 1 267.9 fps 173.1 fps 134.4 fps 80.7 fps
Graphics Test 2 157.2 fps 124.3 fps 43.8 fps 46.0 fps
Physics Test 86.1 fps 67.1 fps 41.7 fps 51.8 fps
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What the Samsung Galaxy S9 (Price Check) lacks in work performance, it more than makes up in gaming performance. Its ARM Mali-G72 MP18 graphics processor was 37% faster than the ARM Mali-G71 MP20 used in the Galaxy S8.

The Samsung Galaxy S9’s CPU cores also delivered 28% faster physics processing than those of the Galaxy S8.

 

Our Verdict & Award

The Samsung Galaxy S9 (Price Check) looks almost identical to its predecessor, the Samsung Galaxy S8. While some see it as a “lack of innovation“, others point out that “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!

Whatever we may think of its familiar design, there is no doubt that the Samsung Galaxy S9 is the best Galaxy smartphone ever made.

Samsung basically fixed every major criticism of the Galaxy S8 smartphone. They moved the fingerprint sensor to a better position, and used a much better swipe-type sensor. They buttressed the iris scanner with the facial recognition system, allowing easy login in bright and low-light conditions.

The biggest hardware change was the addition of a dual aperture camera. It allows you to switch between an incredibly bright f/1.5 aperture and a f/2.4 aperture for greater depth of field. The dual aperture camera also appears to have improved image stabilisation.

Samsung also introduced a new Samsung ISOCELL Fast sensor in the Galaxy S9. It has large 1.4 µm pixels with Dual Pixel and Super PD capabilities. It has a 3-stack FRS (Fast Readout Sensor) that enables the new Super Slow-mo mode – the ability to record 720p video at 960 fps.

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The other new Samsung Galaxy S9 (Price Check) features like AR Emoji, Bixby Live Translation and Intelligent Scan are software in nature.

The downside? The Samsung Galaxy S9 comes with the same 3,000 mAh battery, but has a shorter battery life and longer recharging time.

With the exception of the shorter battery life, the Samsung Galaxy S9 is better than the Samsung Galaxy S8 in every possible way. The Samsung Galaxy S9 is the Samsung Galaxy S8 perfected, and unreservedly deserves our Editor’s Choice Award. Congratulations, Samsung!

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The Samsung Galaxy A8 2018 (SM-A530F) Smartphone Review

Samsung just announced the Galaxy A8 2018 and Galaxy A8+ 2018 smartphones, bringing the key features of their award-winning Galaxy S8 series to the masses. We had the opportunity to review the new Samsung Galaxy A8 2018 (SM-A530F) smartphone before its official launch. Let’s check it out in depth!

 

The Samsung Galaxy A8 2018 & A8+ 2018 Compared

The Samsung Galaxy A8 2018 (Price Check) and Galaxy A8+ 2018 may look like they differ only in size, but that’s not quite accurate. Let’s take a look at their specifications :

SpecificationsSamsung Galaxy A8Samsung Galaxy A8+
Display5.6" Super AMOLED display
- 1080 x 2220 pixels (440 ppi)
6.0" Super AMOLED display
- 1080 x 2220 pixels (410 ppi)
Operating SystemAndroid 7.1.1Android 7.1.1
PlatformSamsung Exynos 7885Samsung Exynos 7885
Processor2 x ARM Cortex-A73 cores (2.2 GHz)
6 x ARM Cortex-A53 cores (1.6 GHz)
2 x ARM Cortex-A73 cores (2.2 GHz)
6 x ARM Cortex-A53 cores (1.6 GHz)
Graphics ProcessorARM Mali-G71ARM Mali-G71
Memory4 GB LPDDR4 SDRAM6 GB LPDDR4 SDRAM
Storage32 GB internal flash storage
microSD card (up to 256 GB)
64 GB internal flash storage
microSD card (up to 256 GB)
Front CameraMain Camera
- 16 MP Samsung ISOCELL S5K2P6SX sensor with f/1.9 lens

Wide-Angle 85° Camera
- 8 MP Samsung ISOCELL S5K3P8SP sensor with f/1.9 lens
Main Camera
- 16 MP Samsung ISOCELL S5K2P6SX sensor with f/1.9 lens

Wide-Angle 85° Camera
- 8 MP Samsung ISOCELL S5K3P8SP sensor with f/1.9 lens
Rear Camera16 MP camera with f/1.7 lens and single LED flash
- Samsung ISOCELL S5K2P6SX sensor with PDAF technology
16 MP camera with f/1.7 lens and single LED flash
- Samsung ISOCELL S5K2P6SX sensor with PDAF technology
Connectivity4G : LTE Cat11
WiFi : 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (dual band)
Bluetooth v5.0
USB Type C
4G : LTE Cat11
WiFi : 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (dual band)
Bluetooth v5.0
USB Type C
SIM CapabilitySingle SIM Model : Single SIM
Dual SIM Model : Dual SIM, Dual Standby
Single SIM Model : Single SIM
Dual SIM Model : Dual SIM, Dual Standby
NFCYesYes
GPSGPS, GLONASS, BeiDouGPS, GLONASS, BeiDou
Fingerprint SensorYes, Rear-MountedYes, Rear-Mounted
Audio24-bit Ultra High Quality (UHQ) support
- PCM support up to 32-bits
24-bit Ultra High Quality (UHQ) support
- PCM support up to 32-bits
Water ResistanceIP68 ratedIP68 rated
Battery3,000 mAh lithium-ion battery (non-removable)
- fast charging capable
3,500 mAh lithium-ion battery (non-removable)
- fast charging capable
Other SensorsAccelerometer, Barometer, Gyro, Geomagnetic, Hall, Proximity and RGB light sensorsAccelerometer, Barometer, Gyro, Geomagnetic, Hall, Proximity and RGB light sensors
Dimensions70.6 mm wide
149.2 mm tall
8.4 mm thick
75.7 mm wide
159.9 mm tall
8.3 mm thick
Weight172 g191 g
Available ColoursBlack, Orchid Gray, Gold, BlueBlack, Orchid Gray, Gold, Blue

As you can see, the Samsung Galaxy A8+ 2018 is only a little larger than the Galaxy A8 2018 (Price Check). But it not only comes with a larger 3,500 mAh battery, it also has 50% more memory (6 GB) and twice as much storage (64 GB).

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The Samsung Galaxy A8 2018 Up Close

The Samsung Galaxy A8 2018 (Price Check) is very similar to the Samsung Galaxy S8 in design. They both boast the same glass and metal design, with an Infinity Display and IP68 dust- and water-resistance.

Of course, there are some differences. The Samsung Galaxy A8 2018 has two front cameras, instead of one. It also comes with a dedicated microSD card slot, instead of a hybrid SIM slot; and features a centrally-aligned fingerprint sensor.

 

The Samsung Galaxy A8 2018 Price & Availability

The Samsung Galaxy A8 2018 (Price Check) is available from 19 January 2018 onwards. At launch, there will be four colour options – Black, Orchid Gray, Gold and Blue. However, not all colours are available in every country. Here in Malaysia, only the Black, Gold and Orchid Gray colours will be available.

Samsung has only announced the Samsung Galaxy A8 2018 (Price Check) prices for select countries. Let’s take a look at what’s announced, and what we project will be the launch prices in other countries.

Countries Samsung Galaxy A8 2018 Samsung Galaxy A8+ 2018
Russia 34,990 Rubles 37,990 Rubles
Vietnam VND 10,990,000 VND 13,490,000
Malaysia RM 1,799 (~US$ 449) RM 2,499 (~US$ 625)
United States $599 (Estimated) $649 (Estimated)
United Kingdom £449 (Estimated) £559 (Estimated)
Europe €499 €599
India Rs 30,980 (Estimated) Rs 38,040 (Estimated)

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The Cameras

The Samsung Galaxy A8 2018 (Price Check) boasts, not one, but two front cameras like the ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro. It consists of a 16 MP high-definition selfie camera… and an 8 MP wide-angle selfie camera, both with f/1.9 lenses.

Like the dual rear cameras of the Samsung Galaxy Note8, these dual front cameras support Live Focus. This allows you to adjust the bokeh effect before or after you take the picture!

The rear camera is no slouch either. It uses the same 16 MP PDAF sensor from the Samsung Galaxy A7 2017, but upgraded with a faster, brighter f/1.7 lens.

 

SIM & MicroSD Trays

The Samsung Galaxy A8 2018 (Price Check) comes in both single SIM, and dual SIM options. In the dual SIM model, it supports two nano SIM cards with dual standby capability.

In both versions, it comes with a dedicated microSD card tray, which officially supports microSD cards of up to 256 GB in capacity.

 

Fingerprint Sensor

Like the Samsung Galaxy S8 and the Samsung Galaxy Note8, the new Samsung Galaxy A8 2018 (Price Check) has a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor. But this time, Samsung moved it to a central location, just below the rear camera.

This central alignment of the fingerprint sensor makes it easier to use with both hands, addressing a major criticism of the Galaxy S8 and Note8 smartphones.

That said, the fingerprint sensor is still too small and too close to the rear camera, making it easy for you to touch and smear the sensor. The sensor is also not the most accurate of sensors, sometimes requiring several tries to unlock the smartphone.

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IP68 Dust & Water Resistance

Like the Samsung Galaxy S8 and the Samsung Galaxy Note8, the Samsung Galaxy A8 is IP68-rated for dust- and water-resistance. Best of all, you don’t even have to prepare it in any way before you dunk it into water! For more information how how Samsung achieved this feat, take a look at our Samsung Galaxy S7 IP68 Engineering Explained.

Officially, the Samsung Galaxy A8 2018 (Price Check) can withstand complete immersion in water up to 1.5 m in depth, for up to 30 minutes. That means you can take it for jogs in the rain, reading in the shower or soaking in bath. Heck, you can even take it for a swim!

There are some caveats though. The IP68 rating applies to a specific set of test conditions : 15-35 °C, 86-106 kPa, 1.5 metre, 30 minutes. Even so, water may enter and damage the Galaxy S7 edge if it is exposed to “water moving with force“, like running water from a tap or waterfall, or ocean waves.

In other words, this is not a waterproof phone like the Oukitel K10000 Pro or the Kenxinda ruggerdised smartphones. It is IP68 water-resistant, so you need to be gentle with it. You can read more about this in our article – Samsung Galaxy S7 IP68 Engineering Explained.

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Setting Up The Samsung Galaxy A8 2018

The Samsung Galaxy A8 2018 (Price Check) comes with Android 7.1.1 Nougat pre-loaded. Let’s boot it up, and see how easy it is to setup!

 

Ergonomics

The Samsung Galaxy A8 2018 (Price Check) has a 5.6″ bezel-less Infinity Display, so it does not feel like a large smartphone. In fact, it is about the size of a 5″ or 5.2″ smartphone. This means it will feel more comfortable in smaller hands, and fit better in smaller pockets.

The use of an Infinity Display means there is no physical Home button. The virtual Home button on the Galaxy A8 2018 (Price Check) is not pressure-sensitive like that of the Samsung Galaxy S8. You need to double tap it to activate the virtual Home button.

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Available Memory & Storage

The Samsung Galaxy A8 2018 (Price Check) comes with 4 GB of LPDDR4 memory, of which 1.8 GB (45%) is available for use. There is a fair bit of bloat, but slightly better than the 1.5 GB in the Galaxy S8. With that in mind, 1.8 GB of memory is plenty of memory to run several applications simultaneously. In fact, it is more memory than what some low-end smartphones ship with!

The Samsung Galaxy A8 2018 (Price Check) comes with 32 GB of internal flash storage, with 23.2 GB of free space for you to use. That is enough space to store about 4,200 photos, or 3 hours of 1080p videos. If that’s not enough, you can top it up with a microSD card (up to 256 GB).

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Camera Performance – Photos

The Samsung Galaxy A8 2018 (Price Check) uses the 16 MP Samsung ISOCELL S5K2P6SX camera as the main camera, with f/1.9 lens and a single LED flash. The maximum 16 MP resolution is attained with the 4:3 aspect ratio, with 4608 x 3456 pixels, and a file size of between 4.8 MB and 6 MB.

Here are 8 high-resolution samples for you to check out. Click on them to load the full-sized photos, which you can also download to examine.

If you compare them side-by-side with photos from the Samsung Galaxy S8, they will look less vivid. But the resolution is top-notch, and the noise levels are low, thanks to the bright f/1.9 lens.

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Camera Performance – Video Recording

The Samsung Galaxy A8 2018 (Price Check) is restricted to recording up to 1080p videos from both front and rear cameras. There are no time limits when you record videos. However, it is still subject to the 4 GB file size limit.

When you record a long 1080p video, it will be broken up into separate files that are about 32 minutes in length, with a short recording gap in between. Here are three 1080p video samples, all taken without the use of gimbals.

Video Recording Test #1 : Piano

The camera’s resolution is really good. You can pick out the tiny signs in the background very clearly. It also demonstrated good control of the highlights – you can see into the Padini Concept Store in the background.

That said, it has some seeking issues as Mr. Yang sways his body – it seems to confuse the camera’s autofocus. Cameras with Dual Pixel technology (used in the Galaxy S8) are superior in this respect.

Video Recording Test #2 : Street Market

There is no optical image stabilisation (OIS) capability, but its electronic image stabilisation (EIS) did a decent job of smoothing out the harsher shakes during our walk. Note too the seeking issues – they are still evident outdoors, so it’s not a lighting issue.

Video Recording Test #3 : Christmas Showcase

In this walkabout of an indoor Christmas showcase, we can see the incredible detail the camera is capable of capturing. Many cameras can record 1080p videos, but most can’t capture the kind of detail this camera can.

The only downsides – the lack of optical image stabilisation, and the autofocus performance.

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Work Performance – PCMark

We tested the 2018 Samsung Galaxy A8’s performance using PCMark, which simulates work applications like web browing, playing video, writing text and editing photos.

Work 2.0 ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro Samsung Galaxy S8 Samsung Galaxy A8 2018 ASUS ZenFone 4 Max Pro
Performance Score
(Average)
5656 5303 5197 3846
Web Browsing 5708 5155 5035 4371
Video Editing 5888 4998 4433 3716
Writing 4509 5158 5607 2822
Photo Editing 10698 7082 7238 6671
Data Manipulation 3570 4458 4183 2753
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The Samsung Exynos 7885-powered Samsung Galaxy A8 2018 (Price Check) was just 2% slower than the Samsung Galaxy S8, that runs on the faster Samsung Exynos 8895.

 

Battery Life – PCMark

We then tested the 2018 Galaxy A8’s battery performance using PCMark. It basically ran the PCMark work tests until its battery capacity dropped to 20%.

Work 2.0 ASUS ZenFone 4 Max Pro Samsung Galaxy A8 2018 Samsung Galaxy S8 ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro
Battery Life 14 hours 19 mins 12 hours 19 mins 10 hours 32 mins 8 hours 41 mins
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This is amazing performance! The Samsung Galaxy A8 2018 (Price Check) lasted almost 2 hours longer than the Galaxy S8, and 3.5 hours longer than the ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro. Only the ZenFone 4 Max Pro lasted longer – by exactly 2 hours.

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Battery Recharging Performance

The Samsung Galaxy A8 2018 comes with an adaptive fast charger with a power output of 15 W. Take a look at how fast it recharged the 3,000 mAh battery.

It only took the Samsung Galaxy A8 2018 (Price Check) just over 86 minutes (1 hour 26 minutes) to recharge its battery from 17% to 100%. That is a battery life : recharging ratio of 8.6 : 1 – a truly amazing performance.

The Galaxy A8 2018 recharged fastest in the first 85%, taking only 54 minutes. Its recharging speed slowed them for the remaining 15%, taking an additional 32 minutes.

 

Gaming Performance – 3DMark

We tested the 2018 Galaxy A8’s gaming performance using 3DMark, using the Ice Storm Unlimited test.

Ice Storm Unlimited Samsung Galaxy S8 Samsung Galaxy A8 2018 ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro ASUS ZenFone 4 Max Pro
Gaming Score 29509 14684 14015 9751
Graphics 33279 15201 13470 9609
Physics 21130 13121 16328 10285
Graphics Test 1 173.1 fps 134.4 fps 80.7 fps 55.1 fps
Graphics Test 2 124.3 fps 43.8 fps 46.0 fps 33.6 fps
Physics Test 67.1 fps 41.7 fps 51.8 fps 32.7 fps
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The Samsung Galaxy A8 2018 (Price Check) is not a gaming powerhouse like the Galaxy S8, but it has more than decent performance, coming in a little faster than the Snapdragon 625-powered ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro. It was 50% faster than the Snapdragon 430-powered ZenFone 4 Max Pro.

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Overall Performance

AnTuTu is a nice benchmark for testing various performance aspects of Android devices.

AnTuTu Samsung Galaxy S8 Samsung Galaxy A8 2018 ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro ASUS ZenFone 4 Max Pro
TOTAL SCORE 175422 79619 65302 41952
3D SCORE 74336 17381 13431 8282
– 3D (Marooned) 43953 9977 8230 5915
– 3D (Garden) 30383 7404 5201 2367
UX SCORE 52159 24625 24848 14099
– UX Data Secure 7996 7271 6226 4655
– UX Data Process 5866 5758 3404 2328
– UX Strategy Games 11165 4032 4611 1143
– UX Image Process 22716 3743 7291 3585
– UX I/O Performance 4416 3821 3316 2388
CPU SCORE 38513 28827 21357 14940
– CPU Mathematics 10996 8545 4304 2964
– CPU Common Use 10939 7960 7150 5180
– CPU Multi-Core 16578 12322 9903 6796
RAM 10414 8786 5666 4631
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Like all mid-range SoCs, the Samsung Exynos 7885 has a decent, albeit unexceptional, graphics processor – the ARM Mali-G71 in this case. Even so, it is about 29% faster than the Qualcomm Adreno 506 used in the ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro, and twice as fast as the Qualcomm Adreno 505 used in the ZenFone 4 Max Pro.

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Our Verdict & Award

In many ways, the Samsung Galaxy A8 2018 (Price Check) is a lite version of the Samsung Galaxy S8 (Price Check). The Galaxy A8 2018 boasts many of its key features – the same metal and glass design, an Infinity Display, IP68 dust- and water-resistance. and the new, improved battery.

Even with greater scrutiny and safety protocols in place, Samsung managed to squeeze in a plethora of new technologies into the Galaxy S8.

The Infinity Display is almost bezel-less and covers almost all of the front aspect. This also allows Samsung to increase the display size while reducing the size of the device. The Samsung Galaxy A8 2018 (Price Check) has a large 5.6″ display in a form factor that equivalent to a regular 5″ device. It makes for a better fit for smaller hands, and most pockets.

The display also comes with the new 18.5 : 9 aspect ratio, which is useful for viewing two different screens at the same time, but introduces pillarboxing when you watch movies. Samsung allows you to stretch the videos to fit the entire screen, but you will lose the upper and lower parts of the videos. So it’s a trade-off.

The Samsung Galaxy A8 2018 (Price Check) appears to be using a similar rear camera to the Galaxy A7 2017 albeit with a newer 16 MP Samsung ISOCELL sensor. It is paired with a fast f/1.9 lens and a single LED flash. As expected from recent Samsung models, the photographic quality is excellent. The only downside – some autofocus issues while recording video.

The main difference in the photography department though is its new dual camera setup in the front. This makes it a direct competitor of selfie-focused smartphones like the ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro.

In this respect, it offers a very high-resolution 16 MP main selfie camera, with a high-resolution 8 MP wide-angle camera. Its dual selfie camera setup is, arguably, one of the better ones we’ve tried.

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We also love what Samsung did with its battery. The Galaxy A8 2018 (Price Check) comes with a relatively small 3,000 mAh battery, but it lasted more than 12 hours in our stress test! That is 3.5 hours longer than the ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro, which also has a 3,000 mAh battery. Best of all – you can completely recharge it in less than 1.5 hours!

The fingerprint sensor, while now centrally located, is still awkward to use. We recommend that Samsung move the fingerprint sensor lower, and opt for a more accurate sensor, in the next version.

The Samsung Galaxy A8 2018 (Price Check) is Samsung’s answer to Millennial generation’s fascination with selfies. While they’re relatively late to the game, they came literally with both guns blazing. And they paired it with an Infinity Display and IP68 dust- and water-resistance. That’s something no other selfie-focused smartphone can boast.

That’s why we think the Samsung Galaxy A8 2018 deserves our Reviewer’s Choice Award. Job well done, Samsung!

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The Samsung Galaxy A8 | A8+ 2018 Makes A Big Splash!

Barring the impending launch of the Samsung Galaxy S9 next month, the most anticipated Samsung smartphones of Q1 2018 are the Galaxy A8 2018 and the Galaxy A8+ 2018. We had the opportunity to review the Samsung Galaxy A8 2018 earlier, and were so impressed, we gave it out Reviewer’s Choice Award!

Now, we are glad to announce that Samsung has officially launched the Galaxy A8 and Galaxy A8+ smartphones. Join us for the Samsung launch event, and get the full details including their price and availability, as well as a special time-limited offer!

 

The Samsung Galaxy A8 | A8+ 2018 Launch

Samsung Malaysia Electronics President, Mr. Yoonsoo Kim, kicked off the launch with a short speech and a special performance by the Malaysian national synchronised swim team!

Then Samsung Senior Product Manager (IT & Mobile Division), Mr. Go Benn Lee, gave a great presentation on the new features introduced in the Galaxy A8 and Galaxy A8+ smartphones.

 

The Samsung Galaxy A8 | A8+ 2018 Compared

The Samsung Galaxy A8 2018 and Galaxy A8+ 2018 may look like they differ only in size, but that’s not quite accurate. Let’s take a look at their specifications :

SpecificationsSamsung Galaxy A8Samsung Galaxy A8+
Display5.6" Super AMOLED display
- 1080 x 2220 pixels (440 ppi)
6.0" Super AMOLED display
- 1080 x 2220 pixels (410 ppi)
Operating SystemAndroid 7.1.1Android 7.1.1
PlatformSamsung Exynos 7885Samsung Exynos 7885
Processor2 x ARM Cortex-A73 cores (2.2 GHz)
6 x ARM Cortex-A53 cores (1.6 GHz)
2 x ARM Cortex-A73 cores (2.2 GHz)
6 x ARM Cortex-A53 cores (1.6 GHz)
Graphics ProcessorARM Mali-G71ARM Mali-G71
Memory4 GB LPDDR4 SDRAM6 GB LPDDR4 SDRAM
Storage32 GB internal flash storage
microSD card (up to 256 GB)
64 GB internal flash storage
microSD card (up to 256 GB)
Front CameraMain Camera
- 16 MP Samsung ISOCELL S5K2P6SX sensor with f/1.9 lens

Wide-Angle 85° Camera
- 8 MP Samsung ISOCELL S5K3P8SP sensor with f/1.9 lens
Main Camera
- 16 MP Samsung ISOCELL S5K2P6SX sensor with f/1.9 lens

Wide-Angle 85° Camera
- 8 MP Samsung ISOCELL S5K3P8SP sensor with f/1.9 lens
Rear Camera16 MP camera with f/1.7 lens and single LED flash
- Samsung ISOCELL S5K2P6SX sensor with PDAF technology
16 MP camera with f/1.7 lens and single LED flash
- Samsung ISOCELL S5K2P6SX sensor with PDAF technology
Connectivity4G : LTE Cat11
WiFi : 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (dual band)
Bluetooth v5.0
USB Type C
4G : LTE Cat11
WiFi : 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (dual band)
Bluetooth v5.0
USB Type C
SIM CapabilitySingle SIM Model : Single SIM
Dual SIM Model : Dual SIM, Dual Standby
Single SIM Model : Single SIM
Dual SIM Model : Dual SIM, Dual Standby
NFCYesYes
GPSGPS, GLONASS, BeiDouGPS, GLONASS, BeiDou
Fingerprint SensorYes, Rear-MountedYes, Rear-Mounted
Audio24-bit Ultra High Quality (UHQ) support
- PCM support up to 32-bits
24-bit Ultra High Quality (UHQ) support
- PCM support up to 32-bits
Water ResistanceIP68 ratedIP68 rated
Battery3,000 mAh lithium-ion battery (non-removable)
- fast charging capable
3,500 mAh lithium-ion battery (non-removable)
- fast charging capable
Other SensorsAccelerometer, Barometer, Gyro, Geomagnetic, Hall, Proximity and RGB light sensorsAccelerometer, Barometer, Gyro, Geomagnetic, Hall, Proximity and RGB light sensors
Dimensions70.6 mm wide
149.2 mm tall
8.4 mm thick
75.7 mm wide
159.9 mm tall
8.3 mm thick
Weight172 g191 g
Available ColoursBlack, Orchid Gray, Gold, BlueBlack, Orchid Gray, Gold, Blue
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Price & Availability

Both devices will be offered in three colour options here in Malaysia – Black, Gold and Orchid Gray. They will be available for purchase starting 19 January 2018, at the following prices :

  • Samsung Galaxy A8 2018 : RM 1,799 (inclusive of 6% GST) / ~US$ 449
  • Samsung Galaxy A8+ 2018RM 2,499 (inclusive of 6% GST) / ~US$ 625

Samsung Malaysia is offering a special Early Bird Reward worth RM 417 (~US$ 105), for those who purchase either smartphone between 19-21 January 2018 :

  • a 10,000 mAh USB-C Battery Pack (worth RM 228 / ~US$ 57)
  • a 64 GB Samsung EVO Plus microSD card (worth RM 189 / ~US$ 47)

There are limited quantities of the Early Bird Reward, so make sure you get your Samsung Galaxy A8 2018 / A8+ 2018 early!

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The Galaxy Studio KL Is Awesome! Visit It Before It’s Over!

Samsung Malaysia just launched the Galaxy Studio KL at the swank Jalan Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur… and it’s AWESOME! Find out why you should visit the Galaxy Studio KL before it’s over!

 

The Samsung Galaxy Studio KL

Samsung has opened up Galaxy Studios at iconic places around the world, like Westfield Parramatta in Sydney, the Stockholm Central Station, the Dubai Mall and Hong Kong’s Excelsior Plaza. It is finally here in Malaysia, starting with the Galaxy Studio KL located at the heart of the Kuala Lumpur shopping and entertainment district.

At the Samsung Galaxy Studio KL, you will get enjoy special experiences that showcase the latest Samsung mobile devices, like the Galaxy Note8, the Gear VR with Controller and the Gear 360. You can check out some of these highlights in the video, and our description below.

The Samsung Galaxy Note8 Smart Table

Explore the key features of the Samsung Galaxy Note8 by placing it on an interactive smart table. The smart table will automatically recognise the Galaxy Note8, and demonstrate its main features. Be sure to get the Samsung staff to show the unique capabilities of this smart table. You will wish you had one at home too!

IP68 Liquid Canvas Experience

The Liquid Canvas experience is designed to demonstrate the Galaxy Note8‘s IP68 water-resistance capability. Recreate your selfies underwater in ink, oil or liquid dye, as the Galaxy Note8 is moved over the Liquid Canvas!

360 Degree Snow Globe Booth

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The unique 360 degree Snow Globe booth is only available in select Galaxy Studios around the world. Experience the amazing capabilities of the Gear 360, in this cylindrical room, with artificial snow swirling around you!

Galactic Attack 4D VR Experience

The Galaxy Studio KL offers an exclusive Galactic Attack 4D VR experience, similar to the one in the Six Flags theme park in Texas. Don’t miss this unique experience with the Gear VR with Controller in a 4D Sway chair!

Galaxy Fitness Stations

Strap on the Samsung Gear Sport, and play a virtual game of cycling. Find out how fit you are for free at the Galaxy Studio KL. Heck, you can even race a friend to the finish line!

 

Visiting The Samsung Galaxy Studio KL

The Samsung Galaxy Studio KL is located just off the Bukit Bintang LRT station, right outside Lot 10, at the junction between Jalan Bukit Bintang and Jalan Sultan Ismail. It is open from 10 AM to 10 PM daily from now, until 31 January 2017.

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The Samsung Galaxy S8 Review – Leaving Apple In The Dust!

We are one of the fortunate few to receive a pre-launch unit of the Samsung Galaxy S8 (Amazon | Lazada) smartphone. This is the most anticipated smartphone from Samsung since the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge, which was a huge hit. Will the Galaxy S8 live up to expectations? Or did the high bar the Galaxy S7 edge prove too hard to surmount? Read on and find out!

 

The Samsung Galaxy S8 Specifications Compared

Samsung is offering two variants in the Galaxy S8 family. The Samsung Galaxy S8 (Amazon | Lazada) is the smaller model with a 5.8″ display; while the Samsung Galaxy S8+ is a larger model with a 6.2″ display. We compare their specifications against the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge.

SpecificationsSamsung Galaxy S8+Samsung Galaxy S8Samsung Galaxy S7 edge
Display6.2" Super AMOLED dual-edge display
- 1440 x 2960 pixels (529 ppi)
5.8" Super AMOLED dual-edge display
- 1440 x 2960 pixels (570 ppi)
5.5" Super AMOLED dual-edge display
- 1440 x 2560 pixels (534 ppi)
ProtectionCorning Gorilla Glass 5 (front & back panels)Corning Gorilla Glass 5 (front & back panels)Corning Gorilla Glass 4 (front & back panels)
Operating System (At Launch)Android 7.0 NougatAndroid 7.0 NougatAndroid 6.0 Marshmallow
System PlatformSamsung Exynos 8895
or
Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
Samsung Exynos 8895
or
Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
Samsung Exynos 8890 Octa
or
Qualcomm Snapdragon 820
Memory4 GB LPDDR4 SDRAM4 GB LPDDR4 SDRAM4 GB LPDDR4 SDRAM
Storage Options64 GB internal flash storage
One microSD slot (shared with SIM 2) - supports up to 256 GB
64 GB internal flash storage
One microSD slot (shared with SIM 2) - supports up to 256 GB
32 GB / 64 GB internal flash storage
One microSD slot (shared with SIM 2) - supports up to 200 GB
Front Camera8 MP sensor with f/1.7 lens8 MP sensor with f/1.7 lens5 MP sensor with f/1.7 lens
Rear Camera12 MP Sony / Samsung (1.4 µm) sensor with f/1.7 lens, optical image stabilisation (OIS) and LED flash12 MP Sony / Samsung (1.4 µm) sensor with f/1.7 lens, optical image stabilisation (OIS) and LED flash12 MP Sony / Samsung (1.4 µm) sensor with f/1.7 lens, optical image stabilisation (OIS) and LED flash
Dual SIM capabilityHybrid dual SIM (dual active capability)
- SIM 2 + microSD shared slot
Hybrid dual SIM (dual active capability)
- SIM 2 + microSD shared slot
Hybrid dual SIM (dual standby capability)
- SIM 2 + microSD shared slot
ConnectivityNetwork : LTE Cat. 16 (1 Gbps / 150 Mbps)
WiFi : 802.11a/b/g/n/ac/ (2.4 GHz & 5 GHz), MIMO (2 x 2)
Bluetooth : Version 5.0 LE, ANT+
Others : USB 3.1, NFC, GPS
Network : LTE Cat. 16 (1 Gbps / 150 Mbps)
WiFi : 802.11a/b/g/n/ac/ (2.4 GHz & 5 GHz), MIMO (2 x 2)
Bluetooth : Version 5.0 LE, ANT+
Others : USB 3.1, NFC, GPS
Network : LTE Cat. 8 (450 / 50 Mbps)
WiFi : 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (2.4 GHz & 5 GHz), MIMO (2 x 2)
Bluetooth : Version 4.2 LE, ANT+
Others : USB 2.0, NFC, GPS
Fingerprint SensorYes, Rear MountedYes, Rear MountedYes, Home Button
Iris ScannerYesYesNo
Other SensorsAccelerometer, Proximity, RGB Light, Geo-magnetic, Gyro, Barometer, Hall, HRMAccelerometer, Proximity, RGB Light, Geo-magnetic, Gyro, Barometer, Hall, HRMAccelerometer, Proximity, RGB Light, Geo-magnetic, Gyro, Barometer, Hall, HRM
Water & Dust ResistanceIP68IP68IP68
Battery3,500 mAh lithium-ion battery (non-removable)
- fast charging capability (wired & wireless)
- wireless charging (WPC and PMA)
3,000 mAh lithium-ion battery (non-removable)
- fast charging capability (wired & wireless)
- wireless charging (WPC and PMA)
3,600 mAh lithium-ion battery (non-removable)
- fast charging capability (wired & wireless)
- wireless charging (Qi and PMA)
Dimensions159.5 mm tall
73.4 mm wide
8.1 mm thick
148.9 mm tall
68.1 mm wide
8.0 mm thick
150.9 mm tall
72.6 mm wide
7.7 mm thick
Weight173 g152 g157 g
Colour OptionsMidnight Black, Orchid Gray, Arctic Silver, Coral Blue, Maple GoldMidnight Black, Orchid Gray, Arctic Silver, Coral Blue, Maple GoldBlack Onyx, Silver Titanium, Gold Platinum
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The Samsung Galaxy S8 Hands-On Look

The Samsung Galaxy S8 (Amazon | Lazada) has a large 5.8″ Super AMOLED display with a WQHD+ resolution of 1440 x 2960 pixels. But thanks to its Infinity Display design, the Samsung Galaxy S8 is actually narrower than the Galaxy S7 edge! This means it will better fit smaller hands, while offering a larger display.

The new Infinity Display almost covers the entire front aspect of the Galaxy S8 (Amazon | Lazada). Samsung achieved this by removing the physical Home button and making it part of the display. It is pressure-sensitive, and works like a physical button.

Samsung maintained the metal-glass design of the Galaxy S7 edge, but upgrades the glass protection to the latest Gorilla Glass 5. The Samsung Galaxy S8 (Amazon | Lazada) also boasts the same IP68 dust- and water-resistance rating as the Galaxy S7 edge.

What’s really new is the iris scanner that first appeared in the ill-fated Galaxy Note7, and the rear-mounted fingerprint sensor. Samsung also introduced a better front camera. We will look into them in greater detail shortly.

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The Samsung Galaxy S8 Cameras

The Samsung Galaxy S8 (Amazon | Lazada) received a nice boost to its front camera. It now pairs an 8 MP sensor with the f/1.7 lens. It is capable of recording 4K videos at 30 fps, and has great low-light capability.  its low-light capability will come in handy, as the front camera does not have flash support, not even screen flash.

Samsung maintained the same excellent 12 MP sensor from the Galaxy S7 edge, which boasts large 1.4 μm pixels and Dual Pixel autofocus technology. That doesn’t mean the sensor is capable of delivering twice as many pixels of resolution though.

Dual Pixel technology is actually an autofocus technology that uses the dual photodiodes in every pixel on the image sensor for phase-detection autofocus. This allows for faster and more accurate focusing, because it uses many more autofocus pixels, instead of just a few dedicated pixels (usually less than 5% of the total).

The slight camera bump in the Galaxy S7 edge is now eliminated, probably because the entire device is now 0.3 mm thicker. However, the back is not perfectly flat, because of the protective ring around the camera and fingerprint sensor. That is not a bad thing, just something to note.

 

Hybrid SIM & Fingerprint Sensor

This is the European model (SM-G950F), so it does not have a hybrid SIM tray. If you want dual SIM, dual standby capability, you will need to get the South East Asian model (SM-G950FD). This gives you some flexibility – you can choose to use either a second SIM card, or a microSD card, but not both at the same time. The microSD slot supports microSD cards of up to 256 GB in size.

With the removal of the physical Home button, Samsung moved the fingerprint sensor to the back of the Galaxy S8 (Amazon | Lazada). This is not unique as many smartphones have a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor (e.g. Huawei Mate 9, Honor 5C). However, the Galaxy S8 fingerprint sensor is awkwardly placed next to the camera sensor, instead of the more natural position below the camera sensor.

The higher position makes it harder for the user to reach (because the Galaxy S8 is a tall device). Being offset makes it harder for left-handed users to use, and makes it easy for all users to smear the main camera lens with their oily fingerprints. Obviously Samsung is aware of this problem, because the Galaxy S8 will alert you to clean the main camera lens!

Sadly, we did not like this fingerprint sensor. It is harder to use, as our video later will show, although its usability improves with practice. But the good news is – the Samsung Galaxy S8 also supports new alternative login methods like iris scanning and face recognition.

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Iris Scanner & Facial Recognition

These are new abilities for a Samsung Galaxy S series smartphone. They were first introduced in the Galaxy Note7, The iris scanner was surprisingly easy to set up and use, and so, it quickly became our favourite way to log into the Galaxy S8.

The iris scanner works best if you are not using glasses or contact lenses though, and it may not work in bright sunlight. Its accuracy may also be affected by dirt and fingerprint smudges on the iris camera and LED sensor. Finally, the iris scanner takes longer to log in than the fingerprint sensor, but the coolness factor is undeniable.

The facial recognition feature is easier and faster to use because it does not require you to align your eyes with the sensor focus circles. However, it is less secure than the iris scanner or fingerprint scanner.

 

IP68 Dust & Water Resistance

Like the Galaxy S7 edge, the Samsung Galaxy S8 (Amazon | Lazada) is IP68-rated for dust- and water-resistance. Best of all, you don’t even have to prepare it in any way before you dunk it into water! For more information how how Samsung achieved this feat, take a look at our Samsung Galaxy S7 IP68 Engineering Explained.

Officially, the Galaxy S8 can withstand complete immersion in water up to 1.5 m in depth, for up to 30 minutes. That means you can take it for jogs in the rain, reading in the shower or soaking in bath. Heck, you can even take it for a swim!

There are some caveats though. The IP68 rating applies to a specific set of test conditions : 15-35 °C, 86-106 kPa, 1.5 metre, 30 minutes. Even so, water may enter and damage the Galaxy S7 edge if it is exposed to “water moving with force“, like running water from a tap or waterfall, or ocean waves.

In other words, this is not a waterproof phone like the Oukitel K10000 Pro or the Kenxinda ruggerdised smartphones. It is IP68 water-resistant, so you need to be gentle with it. You can read more about this in our article – Samsung Galaxy S7 IP68 Engineering Explained.

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The Samsung Galaxy S8 Setup Process

The Samsung Galaxy S8 (Amazon | Lazada) runs on Android 7.0 Nougat, and is very easy to set-up. If you are setting it up as a new device, it should take you only 5-7 minutes to finish the setup process.

 

The Ergonomics

Looking at the specifications, you would expect the Samsung Galaxy S8 (Amazon | Lazada) to be a large phablet. After all, it has a large 5.8″ display. Yet, it feels smaller than its predecessor, the 5.5″ Samsung Galaxy S7 edge, and even 5.2″ smartphones like HTC 10.

Despite the large display, it is narrower at just over 6.8 mm wide. This makes it a better fit for smaller hands. Because it’s narrower, the Galaxy S8 also fits pockets better. That said, it is longer and will poke out of shallower pockets.

The large Super AMOLED display is beautiful as always. Despite claims of red screen issues, our review unit had no such problems. However, the WQHD+ resolution of 1440 x 2960 results in a non-standard 18.5:9 display ratio. Watching movies will result in some pillarboxing – a black bar on each side of the movie.

The Gorilla Glass 5 back looks fabulous… at first. It is easily smudged by oily fingerprints, because it lacks the oleophobic coating of the front Gorilla Glass 5 cover protecting the display. The smudges are particularly obvious on the Midnight Black version.

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Available Memory & Storage

The Samsung Galaxy S8 (Amazon | Lazada) comes with 4 GB of LPDDR4 memory, of which 1.5 GB (37.5%) is available for use. There is a fair bit of bloat. That said, 1.5 GB of memory is enough to run several applications simultaneously. In fact, it is more memory than what some low-end smartphones ship with!

The Samsung Galaxy S8 (Amazon | Lazada) comes with 64 GB of internal flash storage, with 52.6 GB of free space for you to use. That is enough space to store about 12,000 photos, or 6.5 hours of 1080p videos, or 2.5 hours of 4K videos. If that’s not enough, you can top it up with a microSD card (up to 256 GB).

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Camera Performance – Photos

The Samsung Galaxy S8 (Amazon | Lazada) uses the same excellent 12 MP camera as the Galaxy S7 edge. It will use either the Sony IMX260 sensor, or Samsung’s own ISOCELL S5KL1 sensor. They are both identical in specifications and performance – with Dual Pixel autofocus technology and 1.4 μm pixels.

The maximum 12 MP resolution is attained with the 4:3 aspect ratio. Each picture has a resolution of 4032 x 3024, and a file size of between 3.8 MB and 4.8 MB. Here are 6 high-resolution samples for you to check out. Click on them to load the full-sized photos, which you can also download to examine.

It’s no surprise that the Samsung Galaxy S8 (Amazon | Lazada) performed exactly as its predecessor, the Galaxy S7 edge, in this respect. It still remains one of the best, if not the best, smartphone camera out there today.

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Camera Performance – Video Recording

Like its predecessor, the Galaxy S7 edge, the Samsung Galaxy S8 (Amazon | Lazada) is capable of recording 4K videos from both front and back cameras. However, this time, Samsung has limited the 4K recording time to just 10 minutes. This was likely done to ensure that the sensor does not overheat the battery that lies next to it.

The Samsung Galaxy S7 edge has no such limitations, and is thus, a better smartphone for 4K video recording. However, the Galaxy S7 edge is somewhat limited by the 4 GB file size limit. When you record a long 4K video, it will be broken up into separate files that are about 11 minutes in length, with a short recording gap in between.

Below are six video samples, all taken without the use of gimbals.

 

Test #1 : Blues Band (1080p)

We really liked how the Galaxy S8 captured this rendition of Mongo Santamaría’s 1962 hit Watermelon Man. The audio quality was very good, albeit lacking the wider dynamic range of the HTC 10 (when HiRes Audio is enabled). The noise reduction is decent, although the background noise is still audible, especially at around the 3:20 mark.

 

Test #2 : Blues Band (4K)

In this video, note the incredible amount of detail captured by the Samsung Galaxy S8 (Amazon | Lazada). We are particularly impressed with its ability to capture detail in the darker foreground, while not overblowing the much brighter background. It also demonstrated decent image stabilisation, although it’s far from being the best we have seen.

 

Test #3 : Street Market (1080p)

In this test of the Samsung Galaxy S8’s image stabilisation capability, you will note that it does a rather decent job of smoothing out the jerkiness during our walk. It is not the best we have seen, but it’s still pretty good.

 

Test #4 : Street Market (4K)

The 4K video is noticeably jerky. This is probably because it can only rely on OIS (optical image stabilisation), but there’s no EIS (electronic image stabilisation).

 

Test #5 : Night Dancing (1080p)

The Samsung Galaxy S8 (Amazon | Lazada) exhibited great control of the scene. It captured great detail in the much darker foreground, while doing a very respectable job of controlling the highlights in the much brighter background. There was also no abrupt changes in the exposure when we panned from a brighter scene to a darker one. Very good!

 

Test #6 : Night Dancing (4K)

The resolution in this 4K video is amazing, considering the fact this was taken at night with limited light. The camera’s f/1.7 lens really helped to deliver great low-light performance.

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Work Performance – PCMark

We tested the Samsung Galaxy S8’s performance using PCMark, which simulates work applications like web browing, playing video, writing text and editing photos.

Samsung Galaxy S8 Huawei Mate 9 ASUS ZenFone 3 Ultra HTC 10
Work Performance Score
(Average)
6049 7593 6313 6105
Web Browsing 7261 8717 6257 5782
Video Playback 3799 4987 4287 3321
Writing 6936 7883 7166 7463
Photo Editing 6996 9702 8262 9694

The Samsung Galaxy S8 (Amazon | Lazada) is as fast as the Snapdragon 820-powered HTC 10 in work applications, but slower than the Huawei Mate 9 which is powered by the Kirin 960.

 

Battery Life – PCMark

We then tested the Galaxy S8’s battery performance using PCMark. It basically ran the PCMark work tests until its battery capacity dropped to 20%.

This is amazing. The Samsung Galaxy S8 (Amazon | Lazada) has a relatively small 3,000 mAh battery, but it lasts as long as the Huawei Mate 9 (4,000 mAh) and the ASUS ZenFone 3 Ultra (4,600 mAh). In fact, it lasts more than twice as long as the HTC 10, which has the same battery capacity!

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Battery Recharging Performance

The Samsung Galaxy S8 comes with an adaptive fast charger with a power output of 15 W. Take a look at how fast it recharged the 3,000 mAh battery.

It took the Samsung Galaxy S8 (Amazon | Lazada) just 87 minutes (1 hour 27 minutes) to recharge its battery from 18% to 100%. This is a battery life : recharging ratio of 8.4 : 1 – a truly amazing performance.

The fastest recharging happened up to the 85% level. This took just 57 minutes. Then the recharging speed slowed down, and it took a further 30 minutes to top up the remaining 15%.

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Gaming Performance – 3DMark

We tested the Galaxy S8’s gaming performance using 3DMark, using the Ice Storm Unlimited test.

Samsung Galaxy S8 Huawei Mate 9 ASUS ZenFone 3 Ultra HTC 10
Gaming Score 29509 27853 17719 23171
Graphics 33279 36605 21124 27512
Physics 21130 15164 11328 14925
Graphics Test 1 173.1 fps 202.5 fps 115.2 fps 136.6 fps
Graphics Test 2 124.3 fps 131.1 fps 76.3 fps 106.4 fps
Physics Test 67.1 fps 48.1 fps 36.0 fps 47.4 fps

The Samsung Galaxy S8 (Amazon | Lazada) edged out the Huawei Mate 9 in this test. Its GPU was slightly slower, but its CPU was significantly faster than the competition. It can definitely handle any game you throw at it, and then some!

 

Overall Performance

AnTuTu is a nice benchmark for testing various performance aspects of Android devices.

Samsung Galaxy S8 Huawei Mate 9 ASUS ZenFone 3 Ultra HTC 10
TOTAL SCORE 175422 123167 76096 113813
3D SCORE 74336 40114 18816 50700
– 3D (Marooned) 43953 23313 10861 34778
– 3D (Garden) 30383 16801 7952 15922
UX SCORE 52159 39975 26794 30890
– UX Data Secure 7996 7943 5077 6319
– UX Data Process 5866 6985 4198 3379
– UX Strategy Games 11165 11860 7503 5433
– UX Image Process 22716 5580 6879 9521
– UX I/O Performance 4416 7607 3137 6238
CPU SCORE 38513 31992 23689 21915
– CPU Mathematics 10996 9680 6950 8494
– CPU Common Use 10939 11139 6311 5931
– CPU Multi-Core 16578 11173 10428 7490
RAM 10414 11086 6797 10308

The Samsung Galaxy S8 (Amazon | Lazada) really pulverised the competition in this test. It was 42% faster than the Huawei Mate 9, 54% faster than the HTC 10, and 2.3X faster than the ASUS ZenFone 3 Ultra.

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Our Verdict & Award

The Samsung Galaxy S8 (Amazon | Lazada) is a work of design and engineering marvel. Even with greater scrutiny and safety protocols in place, Samsung managed to squeeze in a plethora of new technologies into the Galaxy S8.

First and foremost is the Infinity Display, which is almost bezel-less and covers almost all of the front aspect. To achieve this, Samsung integrated a pressure-sensitive Home button into the display itself, and moved the fingerprint sensor to the back.

The Infinity Display also allowed Samsung to increase the display size while reducing the width of the device. The Samsung Galaxy S8 (Amazon | Lazada) has a large 5.8″ display in a form factor that equivalent to a regular 5″ device. It makes for a better fit for smaller hands, and most pockets.

The new 18.5 : 9 aspect ratio is useful for viewing two different screens at the same time, but introduces pillarboxing when you watch movies. Samsung allows you to stretch the videos to fit the entire screen, but you will lose the upper and lower parts of the videos. So it’s a trade-off.

As their flagship smartphone, it comes as no surprise that the Samsung Galaxy S8 (Amazon | Lazada) is fast… very fast actually. It also has plenty of memory and Samsung thankfully upgraded the internal storage to 64 GB. This should be more than enough for most users, even if they enjoy recording 4K videos.

The Samsung Galaxy S8 (Amazon | Lazada) retained the same amazing camera used in its predecessor, the Galaxy S7 edge. It takes the same excellent pictures and videos, even in low-light conditions. It only loses out a little in its image stabilisation and audio fidelity capabilities. Even so, this is still one of the best smartphone cameras in the market.

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We also love what Samsung did with its battery. The Galaxy S8 (Amazon | Lazada) comes with a smaller batter than the Galaxy S7 edge, but it actually lasted an hour longer (12 hours) in our stress test! That puts it on par with smartphones with 5,000 mAh batteries. Best of all – you can completely recharge it in less than 1.5 hours!

The offset fingerprint sensor, though, was awkward to use. We highly recommend that Samsung move the fingerprint sensor to the more conventional position below the main camera in their next device. We far prefer the iris scanner, which is really easy (and cool!) to use.

The Samsung Galaxy S8 (Amazon | Lazada) proves that Samsung still has the magical touch. They continue to lead the field in developing new technologies that are not only awe-inspiring, but actually add new practical capabilities. The boys and girls are Cupertino better buck the hell up, because Samsung is leaving them in the dust with the Galaxy S8!

There can be no doubt that the Samsung Galaxy S8 deserves our Editor’s Choice Award. Job well done, Samsung!

 

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