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The HTC U12+ Smartphone with Edge Sense 2 Revealed!

The HTC U12+ Smartphone with Edge Sense 2 Revealed!

On 23 May, 2018, HTC unveiled the HTC U12+ smartphone, which boasts a 6” widescreen display with 18:9 aspect ratio, and Edge Sense 2 for intuitive one-handed interactions. Let’s look at the key features of the new HTC U12+!

 

HTC U12+ Smartphone with Edge Sense 2

HTC calls the HTC U12+ their biggest and boldest flagship smartphone ever. Let’s take a look at its key features, and see if it lives up to that claim!

Edge Sense 2

The new Edge Sense 2 knows which hand you are using, giving you one-handed freedom to double tap to navigate the device, hold to lock the screen orientation, or squeeze the sides for taking photos and videos, zooming in on maps, and virtually any interaction.

Dual Camera On Both Sides

The HTC U12+ features two cameras on the front and back, with a slew of features to help you deliver beautiful photos with DSLR-like bokeh.

UltraSpeed Autofocus 2 uses full sensor phase detection autofocus (PDAF) and new laser autofocus to ensure you never miss your shot, while HDR Boost 2 lets you take photos in any lighting condition.

The main camera’s 2X optical zoom and 10X digital zoom for photos means you are always ready for a close-up, while video with Sonic Zoom lets you “zoom in” on a sound or voice so you are truly the director of the scene.

And with one-touch auto zoom, it’s almost like you have Hollywood in your pocket. It’s so good, the U12+ received a DxOMark score of 103 – the highest rated camera in the industry for a dual camera smartphone.

High-Fidelity Audio

The HTC U12+ features louder BoomSound speakers and USonic earbuds featuring Active Noise Cancellation to keep out unwanted distractions. It also supports Qualcomm aptX HD for high resolution 24-bit Bluetooth audio.

Liquid Surface Design

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The HTC U12+ features thin screen borders and new pressure-sensitive buttons encased in vibrant colours. The Translucent Blue colour lets you admire its beauty both inside and out, while Ceramic Black offers a sophisticated look and Flame Red offers colour-shifting hues.

Flagship Power + Performance

The HTC U12+ is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 Mobile Platform, with 6 GB of LPDDR4x memory, and up to 128 GB of storage. The U12+ is also VR-ready for the Vive Focus (coming soon) with phone call and notification sync, plus mirror mode to turn your smartphone into your own personal VR theater.

 

HTC U12+ Specifications

SpecificationsHTC U12+
Display6" Super LCD 6 display
- 1440 x 2880 pixels (537 ppi, 18:9 aspect ratio)
- Corning Gorilla Glass protection
Operating SystemAndroid Oren 8.0 with HTC Sense
System PlatformQualcomm Snapdragon 845
Processor4 x Kyro 385 cores (2.8 GHz)
4 x Kyro 385 cores (1.8 GHz)
Graphics ProcessorQualcomm Adreno 630
Memory6 GB LPDDR4x memory (1866 MHz)
Storage64 GB / 128 GB internal flash storage (UFS 2.1)
microSD card slot (up to 2 TB)
Front CameraDual 8 MP cameras with f/2.0 lens
- 1080p video recording
Rear CameraDual Camera System
- 12 MP wide-angle camera with f/1.75 lens
- 16 MP telephoto camera with f/2.6 lens
- optical image stabilisation (OIS) with electronic image stabilisation (EIS)
- 4K @ 60 fps video recording
Network2G : GSM / GPRS / EDGE
3G : HSDPA 42, HSUPA 5.76
4G : LTE Cat18 (1.2 Gbps DL, 150 Mbps UL)
WiFi : 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (2.4 & 5 GHz)
Bluetooth 5.0
USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type C
SIM CapabilityDual SIM, Dual LTE
GPS SupportGPS, AGPS, GLONASS, Galileo, BeiDou
NFC SupportYes
Fingerprint SensorYes, Rear Mounted
Edge SensorYes
Other SensorsAmbient Light, Proximity, Motion, Compass, Gyro, Magnetic, Sensor Hub
Dust & Water ResistanceIP68
Audio SupportHTC USonic with Active Noise Cancellation
HTC BoomSound Hi-Fi Edition
Hi-Res Audio Certified
Qualcomm aptX HD
Battery3,500 mAh lithium-ion battery
- fast charging support
Dimensions73.9 mm wide
156.6 mm tall
9.7 mm thick
Weight188 g
Available ColoursTranslucent Blue / Ceramic Black / Flame Red

 

HTC U12+ Price + Availability

The U12+ will be available in Translucent Blue from end of June onwards in Malaysia. Those in the US can purchase the U12+ with immediate effect at these links.

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The Samsung Galaxy S9 – Everything You Need To Know!

Samsung just revealed the Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ at the 2018 Mobile World Congress! Here are their key features, prices, specifications, pictures, price and availability!

Article Update History

Check out what was updated recently!

Updated @ 2018-02-26 : Updated details of its dual aperture camera, ISOCELL Fast sensor, price and availability. Also added a new section on the Enterprise Edition.

Updated @ 2018-02-20 : Updated the specifications and features of the Galaxy S9/S9+. Added new sections on the colour options, and the Samsung DeX Pad.

Updated @ 2018-01-31 : Updated details on their Variable Aperture camera. Added new sections on IntelligentScan and their new ISOCELL Fast sensor. Also posted their launch prices.

Updated @ 2018-01-20 : Added a video, as well as details on their launch details, model numbers and battery capacities.

Updated @ 2018-01-15 : Added details of the new variable aperture camera, and the Super Slow-mo feature. Also updated their specifications.

Originally posted @ 2018-01-12

 

The Samsung Galaxy S9 / S9+ Revealed!

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.

The US and Chinese models will be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC, while the rest of the world will receive the Samsung Exynos 9810 SoC instead.

This year though, Samsung will increase the feature differentiation between the two sizes. Let’s take a look…

Memory & Storage

The Samsung Galaxy S9+ will come with 6 GB of LPDDR4x memory, with 64 GB, 128 GB and 256 GB storage options, as well as a possible 512 GB model for “select markets” on a “temporary” basis.

The Samsung Galaxy S9 will only come with 4 GB of LPDDR4x memory, and either 64 GB or 128 GB of storage.

New Dual Aperture Camera Updated!

Both models will feature a new, unique dual aperture camera. It was first used in the rare and expensive Samsung W2018 smartphone (available only in China). The 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.

For the first time as well, Samsung will also differentiate the two sizes by offering a dual camera setup like the Galaxy Note8 only in the Galaxy S9+. The second 12 MP camera (with a fixed f/2.4 aperture) adds Live Focus and Dual Capture capability to the Plus model, as well as the ability to switch lenses on-the-fly while recording videos.

The smaller Galaxy S9 will not support the Live Focus and Dual Capture capability we love so much in the Galaxy Note8. This would make the Galaxy S9+ a more enticing model for mobile photography enthusiasts.

New Samsung ISOCELL Fast Sensor Updated!

Samsung will also introduce their latest ISOCELL Fast S5K2L7/9 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.

Super Slow-Mo Updated!

Both smartphones will come with a new Super Slow-mo feature. It allows you to record slow-motion 1080p video at 960 fps / 4K video at 120 fps. However, this feature is apparently limited to models using the Samsung Exynos 9810 SoC.

IntelligentScan

Instead of using a point cloud facial recognition system like Apple Face ID, and future honor smartphones, the Samsung Galaxy S9 will feature IntelligentScan. It combines the existing facial recognition and iris scanning capabilities to improve accuracy and security, even in low light or super bright conditions.

Fingerprint Sensor

The position of the fingerprint sensor was, finally, brought into central alignment. This makes it easier to use, especially in the Galaxy S9+ because the dual camera setup means the fingerprint sensor is positioned even lower.

The fingerprint sensor’s close proximity to the main camera though means you are still very likely to smudge the lens with your oily fingers.

Bixby & Earphone Port

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Despite rumours that Samsung will be ditching the dedicated Bixby button and 3.5 mm earphone port, they will definitely be part of both devices.

Same Batteries

Both devices will come with the same battery capacities of their predecessors – 3000 mAh for the Samsung Galaxy S9, and 3,500 mAh for the larger Galaxy S9+.

However, they should have a longer battery life, thanks to their more efficient processors. They will also support the new 15 W fast wireless charging capability.

AKG-Tuned Stereo Speakers

The two new Samsung flagship smartphones will feature stereo speakers tuned by AKG.

Don’t forget to click to the next page to check out the specifications and launch details of the Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+!

 

Enterprise Edition New!

Samsung will also be offering an Enterprise Edition of both devices. These are basically specially-configured Galaxy S9 or Galaxy S9+ smartphones for corporate clients.

You can read more about the Enterprise Edition devices in our article – The Samsung Galaxy S9 Enterprise Edition Details Leaked!

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Samsung DeX Pad

Samsung will be introducing a new DeX docking station called the Samsung DeX Pad. It will have a flat design, which allows the display to be used as a touch pad. It also lets you make use of the Galaxy S9’s earphone port.

You can read more about the new DeX Pad in our article – Details of the Samsung DeX Pad Leaked!

 

The Samsung Galaxy S9 Colour Options

The Samsung Galaxy S9 / S9+ will be available with four colour options – Midnight Black, Lilac Purple, Coral Blue, Titanium Silver. Here are three of them, as provided by Evan Blass.

 

Samsung Galaxy S9 / S9+ Specifications

Here are the specifications of the Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ smartphones that we managed to obtain.

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

 

Samsung Galaxy S9 / S9+ Price & Availability Updated!

Here is the timeline for the launch and availability of these new Samsung flagship smartphones :

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Samsung Galaxy S9 Unpacked launch event : Sunday, 25 February 2018
Pre-Order
begins : Friday, 2 March 2018
Delivery
begins : Friday, 16 March 2018

Here are the reported launch prices :

Samsung Galaxy S9 : KRW 950,000 / US$ 719.99 / £ 739
Samsung Galaxy S9+ : KRW 990,000 / US$ 839.99 / £ 869

Don’t forget to click to the next page to check out the many leaked pictures of the Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+!

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The Most Credible Leaked Pictures

There are many “leaked pictures” on the Internet, but these are the most credible photos we found. They all tie in with what we know so far about the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ smartphones. Check them out!

The Olixar Cases

These cases were leaked by Olixar. The clear case designs, in particular, offer the clearest look at the two Samsung smartphones.

Pictures Leaked From China

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Box Sleeve Leaked From Vietnam

This picture of the outer sleeve for the Samsung Galaxy S9‘s box, which was purportedly leaked from Vietnam. It seems to be genuine, with the specifications matching what we know so far. Notably, it confirms the variable aperture camera, and the Super Slow-mo feature.

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