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The Vivo NEX Dual Display Edition Smartphone Revealed!

The Vivo NEX Dual Display Edition Smartphone Revealed!

Vivo just revealed the Vivo NEX Dual Display Edition smartphone with 3X rear cameras! Find out what else the NEX Dual Display Edition offers!

 

The Vivo NEX Dual Display Edition Revealed!

The Vivo NEX Dual Display Edition is the industry-first dual-display smartphone with a triple rear camera setup. In addition to its dual-screen display, it has an astounding 10 GB of RAM!

Dual Display Design

The 6.39-inch Ultra Full View Display in the front has a Super AMOLED panel, and an improved screen-to-body ratio of 91.63%, without a display notch!

The additional 5.49-inch Super AMOLED at the back allows greater flexibility in using the rear cameras. Snapping high-quality selfies is now easier as users can use the main cameras along with the rear screen to get the perfect angles.

The rear display also features a Lunar Ring that creates a glowing band of colours to signify notifications. It can even pulse in tune with your music!

Triple Camera Setup

The Vivo NEX Dual Display Edition’s triple camera setup consists of a 12 MP Dual Pixel main camera (featuring a Sony IMX363 sensor and 4-axis OIS), a specialised Night Video Camera and an innovative Time of Flight (TOF) 3D Camera.

The Night Video Camera helps users film clear and stable footage in motion and low-light environments, while the TOF 3D Camera lets users to see the world with an added dimension.

Its 3D sensing capabilities not only enables point-to-point distance measuring but also supports 3D Modeling of the user’s face for enhanced facial recognition, protection and personalized beautification.

Different Camera Modes

Vivo has created more innovative camera modes for NEX Dual Display Edition such as Mirror Mode and Pose Director.

Mirror Mode allows users to see themselves in the rear display while being photographed or filmed while Pose Director can show a posed image or video in the rear display as reference for imitation.

Coupled with other camera modes such as AI Scene Recognition, AI Filters and AI Portrait Framing with the diffusion lighting from the Selfie Softlight as part of the Lunar Ring, it is now easier to capture the perfect shot.

Flagship Performance

The Vivo NEX Dual Display Edition runs on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 octa-core processor and comes with 10 GB of RAM and 128 GB of internal storage.

It also boasts In-Display Fingerprint Scanning Technology, TOF 3D Camera and 3D sensing technology for enhanced facial recognition protection, allowing the NEX Dual Display Edition to provide faster and more secure ways to unlock the two displays.

 

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The Official HUAWEI Kirin 980 Tech Briefing + Demos!

We were recently invited to an exclusive HUAWEI Kirin 980 tech briefing session.

Here is everything you need to know about the HUAWEI Kirin 980, with videos of the demos and its development board.

Now you can pretty much guess how the upcoming HUAWEI Mate 20 will perform before its official launch on 16 October 2018!

 

The HUAWEI Kirin 980

Although Apple was the first to launch smartphones with a 7nm mobile SoC, the HUAWEI Kirin 980 is technically the first 7nm mobile SoC in the world.

Take a look at the development board, and how small the Kirin 980 really is.

The HUAWEI Kirin 980 is also the first to feature the ARM Cortex-A76 processor core, and Mali-G76 GPU, as well as the first to come with two NPUs, a Cat.21 modem and support for faster LPDDR4X-2133 memory.

It took HUAWEI and TSMC 36 months of joint research and co-engineering to develop this mobile SoC.

The process, which started in 2015, involved over 1000 semiconductor design and process experts.

Thanks to their efforts, the 7 nm process technology delivered a 20% speed improvement, with a 40% boost in power efficiency, and a 60% greater transistor density. This allowed HUAWEI to cram 6.9 billion transistors into the Kirin 980.

Now, let’s take a closer look at what’s new in the HUAWEI Kirin 980!

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The Kirin 980 CPU Architecture

The HUAWEI Kirin 980 pairs four new ARM Cortex-A76 high-performance cores, with four ARM Cortex-A55 cores.

However, instead of the traditional big.LITTLE 4+4 clusters, HUAWEI uses a 2+2+4 cluster architecture.

The four ARM Cortex-A55 cores, running at 1.8 GHz, are used for low loads and background tasks, while two ARM Cortex-A76 cores, running at 1.92 GHz, will be used for most loads, together with some of the A55 cores.

But when you really need a big boost in performance, the last two Cortex-A76 cores kick in.

With a higher clock speed of 2.6 GHz, they offer a big boost in performance. But to conserve battery life, they are meant to be used in short bursts.

Here is a table that illustrates the kinds of loads that will trigger each cluster :

 

New Mali-G76 GPU

The HUAWEI Kirin 980 is the world’s first mobile SoC to deploy the ARM Mali-G76 GPU.

HUAWEI did not reveal how many cores it has, but they say that it offers 46% better performance than the Mali-G72 GPU used in the Kirin 970, with 178% better power efficiency.

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Kirin 980 Has Dual NPUs

The HUAWEI Kirin 980 retains the same NPU that was first introduced in the Kirin 970.

However, HUAWEI double its AI performance by using two of them, instead of just one.

The boost in AI performance allows HUAWEI to introduce new AI-related technologies like :

  • the HUAWEI AI Loading Prediction technology, and
  • the Real-Time Multi-Person Gesture Recognition technology.

We will take a closer look at these two technologies below.

 

HUAWEI AI Loading Prediction Technology

The HUAWEI Kirin 980 manages its CPU and GPU performance using an AI Loading Prediction Technology.

It basically predicts when a game will require more power, or less; and pre-emptively boosts or reduces the CPU and GPU clock speeds accordingly. It also determines when the CPU’s turbo cluster (of two Cortex-A76 cores running at 2.6 GHz) should be activated for a boost in performance.

The combination of much faster CPU and GPU cores, with AI Loading Prediction Technology, allows the Kirin 980 to hit and sustain 60 fps even with strenuous games.

Note that while it can go beyond 60 fps in this demo of NBA 2K18, the AI Loading Prediction Technology caps its frame rate to reduce power consumption and extend battery life.

 

Real-Time Multi-Person Gesture Recognition

Thanks to its greater AI processing capabilities, the HUAWEI Kirin 980 can perform real-time multi-person gesture recognition.

It can also determine their distance using a single camera, allowing it to know when someone has gone in front of, or behind, someone else.

Most impressively, it accomplished this using a single camera. Imagine how much more accurate it can be using two cameras which would offer much better depth perception.

 

Kirin 980 Has Dual ISPs

It has two image signal processors which offer a 46% boost in performance, a 33% reduction in recording latency, and 23% better power efficiency.

The boost in performance greatly expands its ability to “massage” the raw images to produce better photos.

Although HUAWEI did not detail how they did it, their sample photos above appear to be using HDR to bring out details in the shadows while correcting for overblown highlights.

For sharp images, it will needs to be paired with a fast image sensor that can take multiple photos with different exposures in quick succession.

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Kirin 980 Has Faster LTE + WiFi Speeds

The HUAWEI Kirin 980 boasts a new LTE Cat.21 modem, which allows it to deliver download speeds of up to 1.4 Gbps! Upload speed remains at 200 Mbps.

When paired with the HUAWEI Hi1103 chip, it can offer WiFi transfer rates of up to 1.7 Gbps.

 

Kirin 980 Introduces Dual-Frequency GPS

This is arguably its most underrated feature – support for dual-frequency GPS.

By using both L1 and L5 frequencies, it can deliver 10X better positioning accuracy. You won’t ever have to worry taking the wrong turn!

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How Fast Is The HUAWEI Kirin 980?

These HUAWEI performance comparisons show the performance differences between the Kirin 980 and its predecessor, the Kirin 970 and the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845.

CPU : 75% Better Performance, 58% Better Power Efficiency Than Kirin 970

CPU : 37% Better Performance, 32% Better Power Efficiency Than Snapdragon 845

Memory : 20% More Bandwidth, 22% Lower Latency Than Snapdragon 845

GPU : 46% Better Performance, 178% Better Power Efficiency Than Kirin 970

Image Recognition : 89% Faster Than Snapdragon 845, 3X Faster Than Apple A11

App Launch Time : 6% to 23% Faster Than Snapdragon 845

Game Performance : 22% Better Performance, 32% Lower Power Consumption Than Snapdragon 845

AI Performance : 2X Better Performance, 87% Better Power Efficiency Than Snapdragon 845

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Kirin 980 vs Kirin 970 Summarised

Here is a HUAWEI comparison of the Kirin 980 against the Kirin 970.

 

Kirin 980 vs Snapdragon 845 Summarised

And this is a HUAWEI table summarising the differences between the Kirin 980 and the Snapdragon 845.

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The Complete HUAWEI Kirin 980 Keynote Slides

Here is the complete set of the official HUAWEI keynote slides for your perusal :

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Use Samsung Super Slow-mo To Add Drama To Any Video!

One of the key features that the Samsung Galaxy Note9 brings to the table is Super Slow-mo. It automatically adds drama to even the most mundane activity, and brings out the action when it matters the most!

In this article, we will explain how the Samsung Super Slow-mo mode works, and show you some examples of how Super Slow-mo makes our videos better!

 

Samsung Super Slow-mo

Super Slow-mo is a new video recording capability first introduced in the Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+. It allows you to record 720p video at an astounding 960 frames per second!

Here is a short video we created to showcase how easy it is to use Super Slow-mo to create really interesting and fun videos to share with your family and friends!

If that is not enough, you can check out the Super Slow-mo video we created using the Samsung Galaxy S9+ (Price Check).

These 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.

There are some caveats though – Super Slow-mo is limited to 0.4 seconds of recording and 12 seconds of playback for single Super Slow-mo shots. If you opt for the multi-shot mode, each Super Slow-mo segment in that video is limited to 0.2 seconds of recording and 6 seconds of playback.

If you are interested to know how they accomplished this, read on further…

 

How Is Samsung Super Slow-mo Possible?

Super Slow-mo is only made possible by a new Samsung ISOCELL image sensor, and the very fast Samsung Exynos 9810 (or Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 in the US) SoC. Hence, it is currently only available in the Samsung Galaxy Note9 (US | MY Web | MY App), the Samsung Galaxy S9 and the Samsung Galaxy S9+.

Samsung ISOCELL Fast Image Sensor

Samsung used the new ISOCELL Fast SAK2L3 image sensor in the Galaxy Note9 (US | MY Web | MY App). First introduced in the Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+, it is a 12 MP sensor with large 1.4 µm pixels for excellent low-light performance.

The Fast designation means it comes with Dual Pixel and Super PD capabilities. It also boasts a 3-stack FRS (Fast Readout Sensor) that allows high-speed capture 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 the entire image sensor for autofocus, instead of just a few dedicated pixels (usually less than 5% of the total).

Flagship-Class Processor

When paired with the Samsung Exynos 9810, the new ISOCELL Fast image sensor 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 the Super Slow-mo capability to ensure a consistent experience worldwide.

So now you know why you are limited to 720p videos at 960 fps, and only for up to 0.4 seconds. Even so, the Super Slow-mo capability adds a new creative tool that was not available in many other flagship smartphones.

 

Where To Buy The Galaxy Note9

Here are some direct links to purchase the Samsung Galaxy Note9 in Malaysia.

  • Samsung Galaxy Note9 with 128 GB storage : RM 3,699 (Web | App)
  • Samsung Galaxy Note9 with 512 GB storage : RM 4,599 (Web | App)

Here are some direct links to purchase the Samsung Galaxy Note9 in the US.

  • Samsung Galaxy Note9 (128 GB, International Unlocked) : $849
  • Samsung Galaxy Note9 (128 GB, US Unlocked) : $999.99
  • Samsung Galaxy Note9 (512 GB, International Unlocked) : $1,214
  • Samsung Galaxy Note9 (512 GB, US Unlocked) : $999.99

For more details, read our in-depth Samsung Galaxy Note9 review!

 

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Samsung Galaxy Note9 Review – Quietly Revolutionary!

We know just how eager everyone is to read about the new Samsung Galaxy Note9 smartphone. Is it the best Note Samsung ever made? Is it much better than the already impressive Galaxy Note8? Is it worth buying?

Here is our comprehensive review of the Samsung Galaxy Note9 smartphone. Let’s see if it’s an evolutionary upgrade, or a revolutionary device… and find out why it won our Editor’s Choice Award!

Updated @ 2018-09-10 : A major update of the review with many new photos and videos added. We also updated many aspects of the review, adding new details about the Galaxy Note9.

Originally posted @ 2018-08-24

 

Samsung Galaxy Note9 Colour Options

The Samsung Galaxy Note9 (US | MY Web | MY App) will come in FOUR colour options, but the Lavender Purple colour will be limited to certain countries, at least initially. The other colours are, from left to right : Midnight Black, Ocean Blue and Metallic Copper.

The Ocean Blue colour is the most interesting because it features an S Pen in a contrasting yellow colour.

 

Where To Buy The Galaxy Note9

Here are some direct links to purchase the Samsung Galaxy Note9 in Malaysia.

  • Samsung Galaxy Note9 with 128 GB storage : RM 3,699 (Web | App)
  • Samsung Galaxy Note9 with 512 GB storage : RM 4,599 (Web | App)

Here are some direct links to purchase the Samsung Galaxy Note9 in the US.

  • Samsung Galaxy Note9 (128 GB, International Unlocked) : $849
  • Samsung Galaxy Note9 (128 GB, US Unlocked) : $999.99
  • Samsung Galaxy Note9 (512 GB, International Unlocked) : $1,214
  • Samsung Galaxy Note9 (512 GB, US Unlocked) : $999.99

 

Unboxing The Samsung Galaxy Note9

The Samsung Galaxy Note9 (US | MY Web | MY App) comes in a premium black box, which is virtually the same used for the Galaxy Note8 (Price Check).

Once you fully unbox it, you will find the following items :

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  • One Samsung Galaxy Note9 smartphone
  • One clear TPU bumper case
  • One set of Samsung Galaxy Note9 documents
  • One 15 W Samsung adaptive quick charger
  • One USB Type A to USB Type C data and power cable
  • One micro-USB to USB-C adaptor
  • One USB Type A to USB T Type C adaptor
  • One pair of AKG earphones with spare earbuds
  • One S Pen nib extractor with spare nibs
  • One SIM tray extractor pin

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Samsung Galaxy Note9 Up Close!

The Samsung Galaxy Note9 (US | MY Web | MY App) has the largest Infinity Display ever – a 6.4-inch Super AMOLED display. It is slightly wider, thicker and heavier than the Galaxy Note8 (Price Check), and comes with the dual camera system from the Galaxy S9+ (Price Check), albeit in a horizontal arrangement.

Just like in the Galaxy S9+ (Price Check), they shifted the fingerprint sensor into a central position. Otherwise, the new Galaxy Note9 looks deceptively similar to its predecessor, the Samsung Galaxy Note8 (Price Check).

That has led quite a few pundits to call it a minor or evolutionary upgrade, rather than a distinctive device in its own right. Are they right? Let’s find out!

 

New Bluetooth S Pen

The new Bluetooth S Pen looks deceptively like the S Pen from before. In fact, it features the same basic design with a 0.7 mm tip and 4,096 pressure levels as the S Pen from the Galaxy Note8 (Price Check) and the Samsung Galaxy Note FE (Price Check). But that’s where all similarity ends.

The new S Pen is a Bluetooth Low Energy device that lets you use the shutter button to remotely perform a variety of tasks. For example :

  • Hold the shutter button to open any app you wish. By default, it launches the Camera app.
  • When the camera is activated, press the shutter button once to take a picture, or twice to switch between the front and main cameras.
  • Press the shutter button once to go forward in an app or browser, or twice to go backwards.

Its Bluetooth capability also allows the Galaxy Note9 to sense when you forget your S Pen and warn you. This will greatly reduce, if not eliminate, the chance of losing your S Pen.

Samsung also introduced a new S Pen Signature Colour for the Galaxy Note9 (US | MY Web | MY App). Every S Pen will now write in its signature colour when you are using the Screen Off Memo mode.

The only problem with the Signature Colour feature? Samsung has not updated its Samsung Notes app to include the ability to change its background to black – the colour of the Screen Off Memo mode. So currently, whatever you write in the Signature Colour will be quite hard to read in Samsung Notes. Samsung needs to address this quickly!

You don’t need to worry about powering it. Hidden inside is a tiny Seiko K8373 supercapacitor. The expensive supercapacitor is not only highly durable and withstands extreme temperatures, it recharges in a flash – just 40 seconds of charging will give you 30 minutes of use!

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It is also simple to recharge – the new S Pen recharges automatically when it is docked. You can even check the power level, but you really don’t need to worry about running out because :

a) the supercapacitor only powers the remote control feature, and

b) the stylus itself is still powered electromagnetically by the Galaxy Note9, and will never run out of power!

For more secret features of the new Galaxy Note9 S Pen, read The 7 Secret Galaxy Note9 S Pen Features You Never Knew!

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4,000 mAh Battery

The Samsung Galaxy Note9 (US | MY Web | MY App) comes with a 4,000 mAh battery – 21% larger than the 3,300 mAh battery of the Galaxy Note8 (Price Check. Yet the Galaxy Note9 is just 0.2 mm thicker and 6 grams heavier.

The Samsung Galaxy Note9 (US | MY Web | MY App) naturally supports fast charging in both wired and wireless (WPC and PMA) modes. It continues to use the standard 15 watt Samsung fast adaptive charger, so expect a longer charging time for its beefier battery.

Later in this review, we will examine its battery life, and battery recharging speed…

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Samsung Galaxy Note9 Cameras

The Samsung Galaxy Note9 (US | MY Web | MY App) retains the same 8 MP front camera with the Samsung S5K3H1 sensor, and f/1.7 lens from the Samsung Galaxy Note8 (Price Check). It is capable of recording 4K videos at 30 fps, and has great low-light capability. It doesn’t come with an LED flash but uses screen flash for more even lighting.

At the back, the Samsung Galaxy Note9 (US | MY Web | MY App) inherits the awesome dual camera system from the Samsung Galaxy S9+ (Price Check) smartphone. It consists of a dual aperture camera, and a telephoto camera.

Unlike other dual camera systems, it works like two separate cameras that captures images simultaneously! This allows it to create pictures with amazing adjustable bokeh through its Live Focus feature, while giving you the Dual Capture option to capture photos from both cameras simultaneously!

The dual aperture camera uses the superb Samsung ISOCELL SAK2L3 image sensor, and has a large mechanical aperture that automatically switches between :

  • a large f/1.5 aperture, for incredible low-light performance and bokeh, or
  • the f/2.4 aperture for a greater 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 and twice that of most flagship smartphone cameras. This translates into better low-light photography with less noise.

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The secondary camera has a smaller 12 MP sensor (without Dual Pixel capability) paired with a telephoto f/2.4 lens. This telephoto camera does not just give you a 2X optical zoom capability, it delivers the Samsung’s signature Live Focus and Dual Capture capabilities.

Best of all, you can switch between the two cameras in the midst of recording a video! This is an incredibly useful feature that is only available in two other smartphones – the Samsung Galaxy Note8 and  the Samsung Galaxy S9+.

And because both the wide and telephone cameras have OIS lenses, the video will be stabilised irrespective of which camera you choose to use at any time. This is why the

 

Samsung ISOCELL Fast Sensor

Samsung used the same ISOCELL Fast SAK2L3 sensor that was used in the Samsung Galaxy S9+ (Price Check). This is a 12 MP sensor with large 1.4 µm pixels for excellent low-light performance.

The Fast designation means it comes with 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

Like the Samsung Galaxy S9+ (Price Check), the Samsung Galaxy Note9 supports the 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 the Super Slow-mo capability to ensure a consistent experience worldwide.

There are other caveats too – Super Slow-mo is limited to 0.4 seconds of recording and 12 seconds of playback for single Super Slow-mo shots. If you opt for the multi-shot mode, each Super Slow-mo segment in that video is limited to 0.2 seconds of recording and 6 seconds of playback.

 

Built-In DeX Capability

Samsung DeX is a promising effort to deliver a desktop working experience using a smartphone. The Samsung Galaxy Note9 takes that one step further with its built-in DeX capability!

The Samsung Galaxy Note9 (US | MY Web | MY App) does not require a separate DeX Station or DeX Pad accessory. All it requires is a simple USB-C to HDMI adaptor or cable! It does not even require a Samsung-branded adaptor (looking at you and your MFi bullshit, Apple!) – ANY USB-C to HDMI adaptor or cable will do.

After you use the USB-C to HDMI adaptor or cable to connect the Galaxy Note9 to a TV or monitor, you just need to link a Bluetooth keyboard and mouse to use it like a PC. Best of all – you can continue to use your Galaxy Note9 while Samsung DeX is running!

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More Powerful Processor

The Samsung Galaxy Note9 (US | MY Web | MY App) will come with a faster processor – the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 in the US, and their own Exynos 9810 SoC worldwide. They are both the fastest SoCs in the world, so you should feel a noticeable bump in performance.

 

More Memory + Storage!

Samsung first introduced 6 GB of RAM in the Samsung Galaxy Note8 (Price Check). The Samsung Galaxy Note9 comes with that as the minimum, and offers 8 GB of LPDDR4 memory for higher capacity models. They also doubled the internal storage! Samsung offers the Galaxy Note9 in three variants :

  • 6 GB RAM + 128 GB storage
  • 8 GB RAM + 256 GB storage
  • 8 GB RAM + 512 GB storage

 

Hybrid SIM + 512 GB microSD Card Tray

The Samsung Galaxy Note9 (Price Check) has Dual SIM, Dual Standby capability, and comes with a hybrid SIM tray. 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 512 GB in size, allowing you to obtain up to 1 TB of storage! Samsung will be announcing a new 512 GB microSD card to pair with the Galaxy Note9, but you can immediately purchase and use the following high-capacity microSD cards :

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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 touch 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.

The location of the fingerprint sensor under the horizontal layout of the dual-camera system means the bumper case has a T-shaped cut-out that helps to guide your finger to the fingerprint sensor. However, its close proximity to the rear camera means you will still have to regularly clean the camera lens to avoid blurry pictures.

 

Intelligent Scan

The Samsung Galaxy Note9 (US | MY Web | MY App) 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,

Intelligent Scan is a great convenience, especially if you need to log into the Galaxy Note9 while it’s attached to a car mount. But security-conscious users should stick to a password if possible, or rely on the iris scanner and fingerprint sensor.

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IP68 Dust & Water Resistance

Like the Galaxy Note8, the Samsung Galaxy Note9 is IP68-rated for dust- and water-resistance. Best of all, you don’t 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 The Samsung IP68 Engineering Explained.

Officially, the Samsung Galaxy Note9 (US | MY Web | MY App) 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, or reading in the bathtub. 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. Water may enter and damage the Galaxy Note9 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 – The Samsung IP68 Engineering Explained.

 

The Ergonomics

You would expect the Samsung Galaxy Note9 (US | MY Web | MY App) to be a large phablet. After all, it has a large 6.4-inch display. Yet, it is about the same size as a 5.7-inch smartphone like the Samsung Galaxy Note FE (Price Check).

That said, this is still a two-handed device, because of its height. If you prefer to use only one hand, you can turn on the One-handed mode option.

The 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. The smudges are particularly obvious on the Ocean Blue and Midnight Black models. Perhaps that’s why Samsung threw in a clear TPU bumper case – it protects the Galaxy Note9 while keeping the shiny back smear-free.

 

Setting Up The Samsung Galaxy Note9

The Samsung Galaxy Note9 (US | MY Web | MY App) runs on Android 8.1 Oreo out of the box, 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.

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Available Memory & Storage

The Samsung Galaxy Note9 (US | MY Web | MY App) base model comes with 6 GB of LPDDR4 memory. Those who hated the bloat in the Galaxy Note8 (Price Check) will be glad to know that the Note9 has far less bloat.

Out of the box, the Samsung Galaxy Note9 has 3.3 GB (55%) of memory available for use – significantly more than the 2.8 GB (37.5%) free memory of the Galaxy Note8.

The Samsung Galaxy Note9 (Price Check) base model comes with 128 GB of internal flash storage, with 108.8 GB of free space for you to use. That is enough space to store about 24,500 photos, or 13.25 hours of 1080p videos, or 5.25 hours of 4K videos.

If that’s not enough, you can top it up with a microSD card (up to 512 GB), for a total storage capacity of 1 TB!

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Samsung Galaxy Note9 Camera Performance – Photos

The Samsung Galaxy Note9 (US | MY Web | MY App) uses the superb 12 MP Samsung ISOCELL Fast SAK2L3 sensor in the dual aperture camera. It is capable of automatically or manually 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 14 high-resolution unedited samples for you to check out. Click on them to load the full-sized photos, which you can also download to examine.

The resolution and detail in the Samsung Galaxy Note9’s photos are incredible. You can see the intricate detail of the pepper seeds, the flower pollen, even the individual buds of the broccoli florets.

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It also did a great job of bringing out the colour of the subject matter. Every colour is accurately rendered and automatically “amped up” by AI algorithms. If you do not like the increased vividness though, you can turn off the Scene Optimiser feature.

The f/1.5 aperture naturally creates a very narrow depth of field, with a nicer bokeh effect. But if that’s not enough, you can use its Live Focus feature which allows you to create really awesome bokeh for the background.

No doubt, the Live Focus bokeh is artificially created, but the dual camera design allow for precise separation of the subject from the background. Live Focus also allows you to adjust the amount of bokeh for the background.

 

Awesome Samsung Galaxy Note9 Photo Samples From Taipei

One of the first things we did with the Samsung Galaxy Note9 (US | MY Web | MY App) was to take it on a photo trip.

This time, we took it to Taipei, where we got a bunch of awesome Samsung Galaxy Note9 photo samples. Check it out!

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Samsung Galaxy Note9 Camera Performance – Video Recording

Like its predecessor, the Samsung Galaxy Note9 (US | MY Web | MY App) 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. You can also see how well its OIS capability worked, even when we switched between the main camera and the telephoto camera.

The audio quality is still a bit bright and lacks bass, but it’s still one of the better non-Hi-Res Audio recordings we have heard.

Video Recording Test #2 : Piano (4K)

The resolution at 4K is incredible. You can clearly read the small text on the sign under the piano! Samsung also solved the seeking issue we noted when we reviewed the Samsung Galaxy S9+ (Price Check), which uses the same camera.

Video Recording Test #3 : Street Market (1080p)

The combination of OIS and EIS allowed the Samsung Galaxy Note9 (US | MY Web | MY App) to deliver really good image stabilisation.

Video Recording Test #4 : 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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Video Recording Test #5 : Night Dancing (1080p)

The singers on the platform are well-lit, but the dancers are not. Watch how well the Samsung Galaxy Note9 adapts to the changing lighting conditions. You wouldn’t think that this was a low-light condition.

Video Recording Test #6 : Night Dancing (4K)

The resolution is just amazing… and so was its control of the highlights. You can see right into the restaurant in the background even though it’s much brighter than the dancers in the foreground!

 

Samsung Galaxy Note9 Camera Performance – Low Light

We created a separate article looking at the Samsung Galaxy Note9’s camera performance in low-light conditions. Check it out!

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Work Performance – PCMark

We tested the Samsung Galaxy Note9’s performance using PCMark, which simulates work applications like web browing, playing video, writing text and editing photos.

Work 2.0 Honor 10 Samsung Galaxy Note8 Samsung Galaxy S9+ Samsung Galaxy Note9
Performance Score
(Average)
7106 5617 5590 5557
Web Browsing 7295 5433 6037 5763
Video Editing 5159 4872 5332 5410
Writing 6732 5696 4713 5421
Photo Editing 12910 8563 6847 5898
Data Manipulation 5524 4329 5253 5316
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This Samsung Galaxy Note9 (US | MY Web | MY App) is powered by the same Exynos 9810 SoC used in the Samsung Galaxy S9+ (Price Check), so Its performance in work application was no different.

 

Gaming Performance – 3DMark

We tested the Galaxy Note9’s gaming performance using 3DMark, using the Ice Storm Unlimited test.

Ice Storm Unlimited Samsung Galaxy Note9 Samsung Galaxy S9+ Samsung Galaxy Note8 Honor 10
Gaming Score 42598 42489 32584 30560
Graphics 51199 49852 36927 34801
Physics 26825 28009 23083 21423
Graphics Test 1 330.2 fps 308.6 fps 185.5 fps 206.2 fps
Graphics Test 2 167.9 fps 167.0 fps 141.5 fps 119.5 fps
Physics Test 85.2 fps 88.9 fps 73.3 fps 68.0 fps
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What the Samsung Galaxy Note9 (US | MY Web | MY App) 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 Note8 (Price Check).

The Samsung Galaxy Note9’s CPU cores also delivered 39% faster physics processing than those of the Galaxy Note8 (Price Check).

 

Battery Life – PCMark

We then tested the Galaxy Note9’s battery performance using PCMark. It basically ran the PCMark work tests until its battery capacity dropped to 20%.

Work 2.0 Samsung Galaxy Note9 Samsung Galaxy S9+ Honor 10 Samsung Galaxy Note8
Battery Life 10 hours 15 mins 9 hours 5 mins 8 hours 56 mins 8 hours 50 mins
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Will you look at that! The Samsung Galaxy Note9 (US | MY Web | MY App) delivered a battery life of over 10 hours. This is not just screen-on time. It’s running the Work 2.0 benchmark over, and over again, for over 10 hours!

The Galaxy Note9 lasted 70 minutes longer than the Samsung Galaxy S9+ (Price Check), and 85 minutes longer than the Samsung Galaxy Note8 (Price Check)!

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Battery Recharging Performance

The Samsung Galaxy Note9 comes with an adaptive fast charger with a power output of 15 W. Take a look at how fast it recharged the 4,000 mAh battery.

It took the Samsung Galaxy Note9 (US | MY Web | MY App) just under 107 minutes (1 hour 47 minutes) to recharge its battery from 20% to 100%. That is a battery life : recharging ratio of 5.8 : 1 – a good ratio. A rule of thumb – for one hour of battery life, charge it for 10.5 minutes.

The fastest recharging happened up to the 85% level. This took just 72 minutes. Then the recharging speed slowed down, and it took a further 35 minutes to top up the remaining 15%.

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Our Verdict & Award

In our review of the Samsung Galaxy Note8 (Price Check), we pointed out that it was in a class of its own. This remains true with the new Samsung Galaxy Note9. Nothing else in the world comes close to it.

So the question really isn’t whether the Samsung Galaxy Note9 (US | MY Web | MY App) is the best Note ever, but whether it is an evolutionary upgrade, or a revolutionary device in its own right. The answer – it is both. Let us summarise why.

Evolutionary Improvements

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  • Faster CPU and GPU
  • Doubling of storage capacity
  • Improved fingerprint sensor
  • Larger battery capacity

Revolutionary Features

  • Dual Aperture Camera
  • Bluetooth S Pen with remote control
  • Supercapacitor in the S Pen
  • Built-in Samsung DeX capability

Many pundits predicted an evolutionary device. Yet Samsung continued to push the envelope, delivering several revolutionary features. Perhaps there is much to be said for their strategy of focusing on making their core features better, Instead of resorting to gimmicks like display notches and pop-up cameras,

The Samsung Galaxy Note9 (US | MY Web | MY App) is, without doubt, a magnificent piece of smartphone technology. It’s unbelievable how much technology Samsung packed into such a compact device. We would like to congratulate Samsung for a work well done, and award the Galaxy Note9 our Editor’s Choice Award!

 

Samsung Galaxy Note9 Price + Availability

Here are the Samsung Galaxy Note9 (US | MY Web | MY App) prices in the UK and Malaysia. Note that the UK price includes the VAT of 20%.

  • 6 GB + 128 GB : £899 / $999.99 / RM 3,699
  • 8 GB + 256 GB : £999
  • 8 GB + 512 GB : £1,099 / $1,249.99 / RM 4,599

The Galaxy Note9 is available worldwide starting 24 August 2018. In Malaysia, it will only be offered in Midnight Black and Metallic Copper with a matching S Pen, and Ocean Blue with a Yellow S Pen.

 

Where To Buy The Galaxy Note9

Here are some direct links to purchase the Samsung Galaxy Note9 in Malaysia.

  • Samsung Galaxy Note9 with 128 GB storage : RM 3,699 (Web | App)
  • Samsung Galaxy Note9 with 512 GB storage : RM 4,599 (Web | App)

Here are some direct links to purchase the Samsung Galaxy Note9 in the US.

  • Samsung Galaxy Note9 (128 GB, International Unlocked) : $849
  • Samsung Galaxy Note9 (128 GB, US Unlocked) : $999.99
  • Samsung Galaxy Note9 (512 GB, International Unlocked) : $1,214
  • Samsung Galaxy Note9 (512 GB, US Unlocked) : $999.99

 

Samsung Galaxy Note9 Specifications Compared

In this table, we compared to the Samsung Galaxy Note9 to its predecessor, the Samsung Galaxy Note8 and the Samsung Galaxy Note FE.

SpecificationsSamsung Galaxy Note9Samsung Galaxy Note8Samsung Galaxy Note FE
Display6.4" Super AMOLED dual-edge display
- 1440 x 2960 pixels (516 ppi)
6.3" Super AMOLED dual-edge display
- 1440 x 2960 pixels (521 ppi)
5.7" Super AMOLED dual-edge display
- 1440 x 2560 pixels (577 ppi)
ProtectionCorning Gorilla Glass 5Corning Gorilla Glass 5Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Water & Dust ResistanceIP68IP68IP68
Operating System (At Launch)Android 8.1 OreoAndroid 7.1.1 NougatAndroid 6.0.1 Marshmallow
System PlatformSamsung Exynos 9810
or
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
Samsung Exynos 8895 Octa
or
Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
Samsung Exynos 8890 Octa
Memory6 GB LPDDR4 SDRAM6 GB LPDDR4 SDRAM4 GB LPDDR4 SDRAM
Storage Options128 GB / 256 GB / 512 GB internal storage
One microSD slot (shared with SIM 2) - supports up to 512 GB
64 GB / 128 GB / 256 GB internal storage
One microSD slot (shared with SIM 2) - supports up to 256 GB
64 GB / 128 GB internal 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 CameraDual Lens Camera with Dual OIS and dual-tone LED flash

Dual-Aperture Camera
12 MP (1.4 µm) Dual Pixel sensor with f/1.5 lens, optical image stabilisation (OIS) and f/1.5 or f/2.4 apertures

Telephoto Camera (2X optical zoom)
12 MP (1.0 µm) sensor with f/2.4 lens, and optical image stabilisation (OIS)
Dual Lens Camera with Dual OIS

Wide-Angle Camera
12 MP (1.4 µm) sensor with f/1.7 lens, optical image stabilisation (OIS) and LED flash

Telephoto Camera (2X optical zoom)
12 MP (1.0 µm) sensor with f/2.4 lens, optical image stabilisation (OIS) and LED flash
12 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 standby capability)
- SIM 2 + microSD shared slot
Hybrid dual SIM (dual active capability)
- SIM 2 + microSD shared slot
ConnectivityNetwork : LTE Cat. 18 (1.2 Gbps / 200 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. 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
Fingerprint SensorYes, Rear MountedYes, Rear MountedYes, Home Button
Iris ScannerYesYesYes
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
BixbyYesYesNo
S PenYes, Bluetooth LEYesYes
Battery4,000 mAh lithium-ion battery (non-removable)
- fast charging capability (wired & wireless)
- wireless charging (WPC and PMA)
3,300 mAh lithium-ion battery (non-removable)
- fast charging capability (wired & wireless)
- wireless charging (WPC and PMA)
3,200 mAh lithium-ion battery (non-removable)
- fast charging capability (wired & wireless)
- wireless charging (WPC and PMA)
Dimensions76.4 mm wide
161.9 mm tall
8.8 mm thick
74.8 mm wide
162.5 mm tall
8.6 mm thick
73.9 mm wide
153.5 mm tall
7.9 mm thick
Weight201 g195 g169 g
Colour OptionsOcean Blue, Midnight Black, Metallic Copper, Lavender Purple (limited countries)Midnight Black, Deepsea Blue, Orchid Gray, Maple GoldBlue Coral, Silver Titanium, Gold Platinum, Black Onyx

 

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Xiaomi Unveils The POCOPHONE F1 Smartphone!

POCOPHONE, a new sub-brand from Xiaomi, made its debut today with the launch of the POCOPHONE F1 smartphone! Here are the full details!

 

Xiaomi Unveils The POCOPHONE F1 Smartphone!

Created by a highly-experienced team within Xiaomi, POCOPHONE seeks to redefine the smartphone experience by offering the ultimate performance with no frills.

Its very first smartphone unveiled today is the POCOPHONE F1, which features the flagship Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 platform, a LiquidCool Technology cooling system, up to 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of UFS 2.1 storage and a long-lasting 4000 mAh battery.

The new powerhouse will be available at an irresistible price tag of just RM 1,237 (~US$ 309) here in Malaysia on 30th August.

 

The POCOPHONE F1

POCOPHONE F1 is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC paired with a highly-efficient LiquidCool Technology cooling system, which is 300% more effective than conventional, non-liquid cooling solutions.

The POCOPHONE F1 also features a 4000 mAh battery that can sustain 8 hours of non-stop gaming. Coupled with 6 GB of LPDDR4x memory and up to 128 GB of UFS 2.1 storage, the POCOPHONE F1 easily achieves an AnTuTu score that exceeds 290,000.

AI Dual Camera + 20 MP Front Camera

POCOPHONE F1 boasts an AI Dual Camera built around the 12 MP Sony IMX363 primary sensor with Dual Pixel autofocus. On the front, it deploys a 20 MP sensor featuring Super Pixel technology that combines the information of four pixels into one large 1.8 μm pixel for clearer images with less noise.

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Both the rear and front cameras are supported by AI features for photos, such as AI Portrait, AI Beautify, and AI Scene Detection.

It also comes with an infra-red illuminator and infra-red camera on the front, allowing the AI face unlock feature to securely unlock the device both in pitch-dark conditions as well as in bright daylight.

MIUI for POCOPHONE

MIUI has been deeply customized on POCOPHONE F1 for a lighter, faster, and smoother experience. it also introduces a system optimization feature called “turbocharged engine”, This allows the POCOPHONE F1 to deliver faster app startups, faster gaming performance, as well as a faster swiping experience due to enhancements in the screen response and animation frame rate.

It also features a new POCOPHONE Launcher, with an app drawer that can automatically categorize apps. Based on Android 8.1 Oreo, MIUI for POCOPHONE also prioritizes security with regular patches and updates from Google. It will receive the Android P update in the near future.

 

POCOPHONE F1 Price + Availability + Offers

Starting from 30 August 2018, POCOPHONE F1 will be available in two versions at the following pricing :

  • 6 GB RAM + 64 GB storage : RM 1,237 / ~US$ 309,  available on Lazada
  • 6 GB RAM + 128 GB storage : RM 1,428 / ~US$ 357, available at Authorised Mi Stores and Lazada.

Effective 10 September when the SST kicks in though, they will be repriced at :

  • 6 GB RAM + 64 GB storage : RM 1,299 / ~US$ 325,  available on Lazada
  • 6 GB RAM + 128 GB storage : RM 1,499 / ~US$ 375, available at Authorised Mi Stores and Lazada.

Both versions will come in two colours, Graphite Black and Steel Blue.

To celebrate the release of POCOPHONE F1 in Malaysia, Xiaomi Malaysia will hold a special promotion at the new Mid Valley Authorised Mi Store on 30 August 2018. The first 200 customers to purchase POCOPHONE F1 will receive a free Mi Sports Bluetooth Earphones (RRP: RM 93) and a game holder.

 

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ASUS ZenFone 5Z Price + Availability Leaks CONFIRMED!

The ASUS ZenFone 5Z smartphone is almost here! We had earlier shared the leaked price of the 6GB ZenFone 5Z. We can now confirm the ASUS ZenFone 5Z price and availability of both the 6GB and 8GB models! Check out the full details below!

 

ASUS ZenFone 5Z

The ASUS ZenFone 5Z is a extreme-performance dual-camera smartphone, with a 6.2-inch all-screen display with a 90% screen-to-body ratio.

It is powered by the flagship Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 mobile platform, with the Qualcomm Artificial Intelligence Engine (AIE). Launch with a base price of €479 / $499, it will come with up to 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB of flash storage.

Its dual-camera system is built around the latest flagship Sony IMX363 sensor with large 1.4µm pixels, an f/1.8 wide-aperture lens, 120° wide-angle secondary camera, four-axis optical image stabilization (OIS) and AI-enhanced camera features.

In our exclusive interview with top ASUS officials, we were told that the ASUS ZenFone 5Z was in short supply due to high global demand, and would only launch in Malaysia in early Q3 2018. Well, it’s about time!

 

Thank Lazada For The ASUS ZenFone 5Z Price Leaks!

Even though we have no word when ASUS will officially launch the ASUS ZenFone 5Z, Lazada Malaysia “accidentally” leaked the 6 GB and 8 GB ASUS ZenFone 5Z price list :

  • 8 GB with 256 GB of storage : RM 2,299
  • 6 GB with 128 GB of storage : RM 1,899

As you can see, this page was created by the official ASUS store on Lazada, so the leaked price is completely legit!

The leaked 6GB ZenFone 5Z price of RM 1,899 is RM 50 cheaper than the price in India, while the 8GB ZenFone 5Z price of RM 2,299 is RM 75 cheaper.

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ASUS ZenFone 5Z Availability

We learned from a reputable source that ASUS will officially launch the ZenFone 5Z on 30 July 2018.

Instead of a physical launch event, it will be live streamed. Sale of both models will kick off on the same day. ASUS Malaysia just confirmed this today!

 

ASUS ZenFone 5Z Specifications

Here is a comparison of the ASUS ZenFone 5Z against the ASUS ZenFone 5 (Price Check) and two ZenFone 5 Lite models.

SpecificationsASUS ZenFone 5ZASUS ZenFone 5ASUS ZenFone 5 Lite
(SDM630)
ASUS ZenFone 5 Lite
(SDM430)
ModelZE620KLZE620KLZC600KLZC600KL
Display6.2" Super IPS+ Display
- 1080 x 2246 pixels (18.5 : 9)
- 500 nits brightness
- 95.4% NTSC colour gamut
6.2" Super IPS+ Display
- 1080 x 2246 pixels (18.5 : 9)
- 500 nits brightness
- 95.4% NTSC colour gamut
6.0" IPS Display
- 1050 x 2160 pixels (18 : 9)
6.0" IPS Display
- 1080 x 2160 pixels (18 : 9)
ProtectionCorning Gorilla GlassCorning Gorilla Glass2.5D edge glass panels2.5D edge glass panels
Operating SystemAndroid 8.0 with ASUS ZenUI 5Android 8.0 with ASUS ZenUI 5Android 8.0 with ASUS ZenUI 5Android 8.0 with ASUS ZenUI 5
System PlatformQualcomm Snapdragon 845Qualcomm Snapdragon 636Qualcomm Snapdragon 630Qualcomm Snapdragon 430
Processor4 x Qualcomm Kyro 385 cores (2.8 GHz)
4 x Qualcomm Kyro 385 cores (1.8 GHz)
4 x Qualcomm Kyro 260 cores (1.8 GHz)
4 x Qualcomm Kyro 260 cores (? GHz)
4 x ARM Cortex-A53 cores (2.2 GHz)
4 x ARM Cortex-A53 cores (1.8 GHz)
4 x ARM Cortex-A53 cores (1.4 GHz)
4 x ARM Cortex-A53 cores (? GHz)
Graphics ProcessorQualcomm Adreno 630Qualcomm Adreno 509Qualcomm Adreno 508Qualcomm Adreno 505
MemoryUp to 8 GB LPDDR4X4 GB LPDDR4X4 GB LPDDR43 GB / 4 GB LPDDR3
Storage256 GB (UFS2.1)
microSD card (up to 2 TB)
64 GB (eMCP)
microSD card (up to 2 TB)
32 GB / 64 GB (eMCP)
microSD card (up to 2 TB)
32 GB / 64 GB (eMCP)
microSD card (up to 2 TB)
Main Rear Camera12 MP Sony IMX363 sensor with f/1.8 lens
- Dual Pixel autofocus
- 4-axis, 4-stops optical image stabilisation
- LED flash
12 MP Sony IMX363 sensor with f/1.8 lens
- Dual Pixel autofocus
- 4-axis, 4-stops optical image stabilisation
- LED flash
16 MP sensor with f/2.2 lens
- LED flash
16 MP sensor with f/2.2 lens
- LED flash
Second Rear Camera120° wide-angle 8 MP camera with f/2.2 lens120° wide-angle 8 MP camera with f/2.2 lens120° wide-angle 8 MP camera with f/2.2 lens120° wide-angle 8 MP camera with f/2.2 lens
Main Front Camera8 MP sensor with f/2.0 lens8 MP sensor with f/2.0 lens20 MP Sony IMX376 sensor with f/.1.8 lens
- Softlight LED flash
20 MP Sony IMX376 sensor with f/.1.8 lens
- Softlight LED flash
Second Front CameraNoneNone120° wide-angle camera120° wide-angle camera
AudioDual 5-magnet speakers
- with dual NXP Smart Amp
- Hi-Res Audio support
-DTS Headphone:X 7.1 virtual surround sound
Dual 5-magnet speakers
- with dual NXP Smart Amp
- Hi-Res Audio support
-DTS Headphone:X 7.1 virtual surround sound
Single SpeakerSingle Speaker
FM RadioYesYesYesYes
Network CapabilityLTE Cat18 DL : 1.2 Gbps
LTE Cat12 UL : 100 Mbps
LTE Cat13 DL : 600 Mbps
LTE Cat12 UL : 100 Mbps
LTE Cat13 DL : 400 Mbps
LTE Cat5 UL : 75 Mbps
LTE Cat13 DL : 400 Mbps
LTE Cat5 UL : 75 Mbps
SIM + MicroSD
Hybrid SIM Tray
- SIM1 : 2G/3G/4G nano SIM
- SIM2 : 2G/3G/4G nano SIM or microSD card
Hybrid SIM Tray
- SIM1 : 2G/3G/4G nano SIM
- SIM2 : 2G/3G/4G nano SIM or microSD card
Dual SIM Tray
- SIM1 : 2G/3G/4G nano SIM
- SIM2 : 2G/3G/4G nano SIM
Dedicated microSD tray
Dual SIM Tray
- SIM1 : 2G/3G/4G nano SIM
- SIM2 : 2G/3G/4G nano SIM
Dedicated microSD tray
Wireless Technology802.11a/b/g/n/ac (2.4 GHz + 5 GHz)
Bluetooth 5.0
802.11a/b/g/n/ac (2.4 GHz + 5 GHz)
Bluetooth 5.0
801.11a/b/g/n/ac (2.4 GHz + 5 GHz)
Bluetooth 4.1
801.11a/b/g/n
Bluetooth 4.1
NFCYesYesYesYes
GPS SupportGPS, AGPS, GLONASS, BDSGPS, AGPS, GLONASS, BDSGPS, AGPS, GLONASS, BDSGPS, AGPS, GLONASS, BDS
Fingerprint Sensor0.2 seconds unlock
Supports 5 fingerprints
0.2 seconds unlock
Supports 5 fingerprints
0.3 seconds unlock
Supports 5 fingerprints
0.3 seconds unlock
Supports 5 fingerprints
Face RecognitionYesYesNoNo
Other SensorsAcceleration, E-Compass, Gyroscope, Proximity, Ambient Light, RGBAcceleration, E-Compass, Gyroscope, Proximity, Ambient Light, RGBAcceleration, E-Compass, Gyroscope, Proximity, Ambient LightAcceleration, E-Compass, Gyroscope, Proximity, Ambient Light
Battery3,300 mAh lithium-ion battery
- 18 W fast charging capability
3,300 mAh lithium-ion battery
- 18 W fast charging capability
3,300 mAh lithium-ion battery3,300 mAh lithium-ion battery
Charger18 W charger (9 V @ 2 A)10 W charger (5 V @ 2 A)10 W charger (5 V @ 2 A)10 W charger (5 V @ 2 A)
Dimensions75.65 mm wide
153 mm tall
7.85 mm thick
75.65 mm wide
153 mm tall
7.85 mm thick
76.16 mm wide
160.62 mm tall
7.8 mm thick
76.16 mm wide
160.62 mm tall
7.8 mm thick
Weight165 g165 g168.3 g168.3 g
Available ColoursMeteor Silver, Midnight BlueMeteor Silver, Midnight BlueMidnight Black, Rouge Red, Moonlight WhiteMidnight Black, Rouge Red, Moonlight White

 

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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 Sony Xperia XZ2 + Xperia XZ2 Compact Revealed!

Sony Mobile just unveiled their latest flagship smartphones – the Sony Xperia XZ2 and Xperia XZ2 Compact. Find out what these new Sony Xperia smartphones offer, and check out the amazing pre-order promotion Sony has prepared!

 

The Sony Xperia XZ2 + Xperia XZ2 Compact Revealed!

Launched at the recent Mobile World Congress 2018, these new Sony flagship smartphones come with huge advancements in camera, display and audio technology, as well as a new design to better fit your hand.

 

The Sony Xperia XZ2

The Sony Xperia XZ2 has a 5.7” HDR Full HD+ 18:9 display that up-converts non-HDR content to near High Dynamic Range (HDR). It also introduces a new haptic experience – the new Dynamic Vibration System analyses audio data and lets you feel the action in your hands.

The Xperia XZ2 runs on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 platform, and is powered by a 3,180 mAh battery.

The Sony Motion Eye camera introduces the world’s 1st 4K HDR Movie recording capability. It also supports Super slow motion video recording at 960 fps in Full HD quality.

The new fluid 3D glass is built with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 and a metal frame for extra durability and a premium feel. Certified IP65/IP68, the XZ2 is designed to withstand water splashes and spills.

Sony will offer the Xperia XZ2 in four colour options – Liquid Silver, Liquid Black, Deep Green and Ash Pink.

 

The Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact

The Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact has a 5″ HDR Full HD+ extended display, and front-facing stereo speakers with Hi-Res Audio support. It also runs on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 platform, and is powered by a 2,870 mAh battery.

The Sony Motion Eye camera introduces the world’s 1st 4K HDR Movie recording capability. It also supports Super slow motion video recording at 960 fps in Full HD quality.

it is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5 and anti-scratch polycarbonate. Certified IP65/IP68, the XZ2 Compact is designed to withstand water splashes and spills.

Sony will offer the XZ2 Compact in four colour options with a smooth frosted finish – White Silver, Black, Moss Green and Coral Pink.

 

Price & Availability

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The Sony Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact are available in Malaysia from April 2018 onwards, priced at RM 3,299 (~US$ 845) and RM 2,899 (~US$ 743) respectively.

The pre-order for the XZ2 will open from 23 March until 4 April, with free gifts worth up to RM 1,088. The pre-order bundle includes :

  • a pair of SONY ZX770BN Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones,
  • a Hardshell Premium backpack,
  • Sony Exclusive Touch n Go Card with RM 100 pre-loaded,
  • a phone case, and screen protector.

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The ASUS ZenFone 5 Launch Event @ MWC 2018

At MWC 2018, ASUS CEO Jerry Shen unveiled three new ASUS ZenFone 5 Series smartphones, as well as the ZenFone Max (M1). Get the low-down on these new smartphones, and watch the full ASUS ZenFone 5 launch event!

 

The ASUS ZenFone 5 Launch Event

The ASUS ZenFone 5Z and the ASUS ZenFone 5 are both 6.2-inch dual-camera smartphones, and the first ZenFone models to harness the power of artificial intelligence, and feature all-screen displays with a 90% screen-to-body ratio.

The ASUS ZenFone 5 Lite, on the other hand, is a 6-inch smartphone with a quad camera system!

ASUS ZenFone 5Z

The ASUS ZenFone 5Z is a extreme-performance dual-camera smartphone, with a 6.2-inch all-screen display with a 90% screen-to-body ratio.

It is powered by the flagship Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 mobile platform, with the Qualcomm Artificial Intelligence Engine (AIE). Priced at just €479, it will come with up to 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB of flash storage.

Its dual-camera system is built around the latest flagship Sony IMX363 sensor with large 1.4µm pixels, an f/1.8 wide-aperture lens,120° wide-angle secondary camera, four-axis optical image stabilization (OIS) and AI-enhanced camera features.

ASUS ZenFone 5

The “standard” ASUS ZenFone 5 is the first smartphone in the world to be powered by the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 mobile platform.

Like the ZenFone 5Z, it also has a dual-camera system built around the latest flagship Sony IMX363 sensor with large 1.4µm pixels, an f/1.8 wide-aperture lens,120° wide-angle secondary camera, four-axis optical image stabilization (OIS) and AI-enhanced camera features.

ASUS ZenFone 5 Lite

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The ASUS ZenFone 5 Lite features the world’s first true four-camera system. That quad-camera system consists of a high-resolution camera and a 120° wide-angle camera on both front and rear aspects! Unlike rival systems, each camera works independently.

The 6-inch Full HD+ IPS display has a Full View 18:9 aspect ratio and an ultra-slim bezel, making it as compact as a standard-aspect-ratio 5.5-inch phone. The ZenFone 5 Lite runs on the Snapdragon 630 Mobile Platform, and has a 3300 mAh battery.

ASUS ZenFone Max (M1)

The ASUS ZenFone Max (M1) is the latest model in the new ZenFone Max Series. This is the (slightly) smaller brother of the ZenFone Max Plus M1 smartphone that launched in December 2017.

The ZenFone Max has a 5.5-inch full-view display, yet comes packed with a high-capacity 4000 mAh battery. It also boasts dual rear cameras with 120° wide-angle lens, and fingerprint-based unlocking.

 

The ASUS ZenFone 5 Series Specifications

SpecificationsASUS ZenFone 5ZASUS ZenFone 5ASUS ZenFone 5 Lite
(SDM630)
ASUS ZenFone 5 Lite
(SDM430)
ModelZE620KLZE620KLZC600KLZC600KL
Display6.2" Super IPS+ Display
- 1080 x 2246 pixels (18.5 : 9)
- 500 nits brightness
- 95.4% NTSC colour gamut
6.2" Super IPS+ Display
- 1080 x 2246 pixels (18.5 : 9)
- 500 nits brightness
- 95.4% NTSC colour gamut
6.0" IPS Display
- 1050 x 2160 pixels (18 : 9)
6.0" IPS Display
- 1080 x 2160 pixels (18 : 9)
ProtectionCorning Gorilla GlassCorning Gorilla Glass2.5D edge glass panels2.5D edge glass panels
Operating SystemAndroid 8.0 with ASUS ZenUI 5Android 8.0 with ASUS ZenUI 5Android 8.0 with ASUS ZenUI 5Android 8.0 with ASUS ZenUI 5
System PlatformQualcomm Snapdragon 845Qualcomm Snapdragon 636Qualcomm Snapdragon 630Qualcomm Snapdragon 430
Processor4 x Qualcomm Kyro 385 cores (2.8 GHz)
4 x Qualcomm Kyro 385 cores (1.8 GHz)
4 x Qualcomm Kyro 260 cores (1.8 GHz)
4 x Qualcomm Kyro 260 cores (? GHz)
4 x ARM Cortex-A53 cores (2.2 GHz)
4 x ARM Cortex-A53 cores (1.8 GHz)
4 x ARM Cortex-A53 cores (1.4 GHz)
4 x ARM Cortex-A53 cores (? GHz)
Graphics ProcessorQualcomm Adreno 630Qualcomm Adreno 509Qualcomm Adreno 508Qualcomm Adreno 505
MemoryUp to 8 GB LPDDR4X4 GB LPDDR4X4 GB LPDDR43 GB / 4 GB LPDDR3
Storage256 GB (UFS2.1)
microSD card (up to 2 TB)
64 GB (eMCP)
microSD card (up to 2 TB)
32 GB / 64 GB (eMCP)
microSD card (up to 2 TB)
32 GB / 64 GB (eMCP)
microSD card (up to 2 TB)
Main Rear Camera12 MP Sony IMX363 sensor with f/1.8 lens
- Dual Pixel autofocus
- 4-axis, 4-stops optical image stabilisation
- LED flash
12 MP Sony IMX363 sensor with f/1.8 lens
- Dual Pixel autofocus
- 4-axis, 4-stops optical image stabilisation
- LED flash
16 MP sensor with f/2.2 lens
- LED flash
16 MP sensor with f/2.2 lens
- LED flash
Second Rear Camera120° wide-angle 8 MP camera with f/2.2 lens120° wide-angle 8 MP camera with f/2.2 lens120° wide-angle 8 MP camera with f/2.2 lens120° wide-angle 8 MP camera with f/2.2 lens
Main Front Camera8 MP sensor with f/2.0 lens8 MP sensor with f/2.0 lens20 MP Sony IMX376 sensor with f/.1.8 lens
- Softlight LED flash
20 MP Sony IMX376 sensor with f/.1.8 lens
- Softlight LED flash
Second Front CameraNoneNone120° wide-angle camera120° wide-angle camera
AudioDual 5-magnet speakers
- with dual NXP Smart Amp
- Hi-Res Audio support
-DTS Headphone:X 7.1 virtual surround sound
Dual 5-magnet speakers
- with dual NXP Smart Amp
- Hi-Res Audio support
-DTS Headphone:X 7.1 virtual surround sound
Single SpeakerSingle Speaker
FM RadioYesYesYesYes
Network CapabilityLTE Cat18 DL : 1.2 Gbps
LTE Cat12 UL : 100 Mbps
LTE Cat13 DL : 600 Mbps
LTE Cat12 UL : 100 Mbps
LTE Cat13 DL : 400 Mbps
LTE Cat5 UL : 75 Mbps
LTE Cat13 DL : 400 Mbps
LTE Cat5 UL : 75 Mbps
SIM + MicroSD
Hybrid SIM Tray
- SIM1 : 2G/3G/4G nano SIM
- SIM2 : 2G/3G/4G nano SIM or microSD card
Hybrid SIM Tray
- SIM1 : 2G/3G/4G nano SIM
- SIM2 : 2G/3G/4G nano SIM or microSD card
Dual SIM Tray
- SIM1 : 2G/3G/4G nano SIM
- SIM2 : 2G/3G/4G nano SIM
Dedicated microSD tray
Dual SIM Tray
- SIM1 : 2G/3G/4G nano SIM
- SIM2 : 2G/3G/4G nano SIM
Dedicated microSD tray
Wireless Technology802.11a/b/g/n/ac (2.4 GHz + 5 GHz)
Bluetooth 5.0
802.11a/b/g/n/ac (2.4 GHz + 5 GHz)
Bluetooth 5.0
801.11a/b/g/n/ac (2.4 GHz + 5 GHz)
Bluetooth 4.1
801.11a/b/g/n
Bluetooth 4.1
NFCYesYesYesYes
GPS SupportGPS, AGPS, GLONASS, BDSGPS, AGPS, GLONASS, BDSGPS, AGPS, GLONASS, BDSGPS, AGPS, GLONASS, BDS
Fingerprint Sensor0.2 seconds unlock
Supports 5 fingerprints
0.2 seconds unlock
Supports 5 fingerprints
0.3 seconds unlock
Supports 5 fingerprints
0.3 seconds unlock
Supports 5 fingerprints
Face RecognitionYesYesNoNo
Other SensorsAcceleration, E-Compass, Gyroscope, Proximity, Ambient Light, RGBAcceleration, E-Compass, Gyroscope, Proximity, Ambient Light, RGBAcceleration, E-Compass, Gyroscope, Proximity, Ambient LightAcceleration, E-Compass, Gyroscope, Proximity, Ambient Light
Battery3,300 mAh lithium-ion battery
- 18 W fast charging capability
3,300 mAh lithium-ion battery
- 18 W fast charging capability
3,300 mAh lithium-ion battery3,300 mAh lithium-ion battery
Charger18 W charger (9 V @ 2 A)10 W charger (5 V @ 2 A)10 W charger (5 V @ 2 A)10 W charger (5 V @ 2 A)
Dimensions75.65 mm wide
153 mm tall
7.85 mm thick
75.65 mm wide
153 mm tall
7.85 mm thick
76.16 mm wide
160.62 mm tall
7.8 mm thick
76.16 mm wide
160.62 mm tall
7.8 mm thick
Weight165 g165 g168.3 g168.3 g
Available ColoursMeteor Silver, Midnight BlueMeteor Silver, Midnight BlueMidnight Black, Rouge Red, Moonlight WhiteMidnight Black, Rouge Red, Moonlight White

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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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