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Samsung Galaxy A52 Unboxing + Hands-On Preview!

Samsung Galaxy A52 Unboxing + Hands-On Preview!

The Samsung Galaxy A52 promises to offer an incredible package of features and performance!

Let’s unbox the Galaxy A52, and get a closer look at it!

 

Samsung Galaxy A52 : Awesome Is For Everyone!

Designed for the new normal, the Samsung Galaxy A52 promises to offer an incredible package of features and performance!

As Samsung’s official advertisement for the 2021 Galaxy A series says, Awesome Is For Everyone!

 

Samsung Galaxy A52 : Specifications

In this table, we compare the specifications of the Galaxy A52 against the Galaxy A72 :

Specifications Galaxy A72 Galaxy A52
Display Type Super AMOLED
Display Size 6.7-inch 6.5-inch
Display Resolution 1080 x 2400 pixels
Display Refresh Up to 90 Hz
Display Brightness 800 nits maximum
Protection NA
IP Rating IP67
Operating System Android 11
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G
CPU 2 x Kryo 570 Gold cores (2.3 GHz)
6 x Kryo 570 Silver cores (1.8 GHz)
GPU Qualcomm Adreno 619
Memory + Storage 8 GB + 256 GB
Storage Expansion microSD card : up to 1 TB
Front Camera 32 MP camera (f/2.2)
Main Camera 64 MP (f/1.8)
Ultra Wide Camera 12 MP (f/2.2)
Telephoto Camera 8 MP (f/2.4)
Macro Camera 5 MP (f/2.4)
Depth Sensor 5 MP (f/2.4)
Connectivity Network : 4G LTE, 3G
Wi-Fi : Wi-Fi 5 (2.4 / 5 GHz)
Bluetooth : BT5.0
USB : USB Type C 2.0
Fingerprint Sensor Yes, In Display
NFC Yes
Other Sensors Accelerometer, Gyro, Geomagnetic,
Hall sensor, Light sensor, Proximity
Audio AKG stereo speakers
Battery 5,000 mAh 4,500 mAh
Charging 25 W fast charging
Dimensions 77.4 mm wide
165.0 mm tall
8
.4 mm thick
75.1 mm wide
159.9 mm tall
8.4 mm thick
Weight 203 g 189 g

 

Samsung Galaxy A52 : Colour Options

The Samsung Galaxy A52 will come in four colour options – Awesome Violet, Awesome White, Awesome Black and Awesome Blue.

 

Samsung Galaxy A52 : Price + Availability

The Samsung Galaxy A52 has a launch price of RM1,499 (approx. US$362 / £262 / A$474 / S$487) with 8 GB RAM and 256 GB storage.

Here in Malaysia, it will come with a FREE clear standing cover worth RM109.

Here are some online purchase options :

 

Samsung Galaxy A52 : What’s Inside The Box?

We got our hands on the Samsung Galaxy A52, and unboxed it in this video :

Once you fully unbox it, this is what you will find inside :

  • Samsung Galaxy A52 smartphone
  • Set of Samsung Galaxy A52 documents
  • Samsung EP-TA200 15-watt USB fast charger
  • USB Type A to USB Type C data and power cable
  • SIM tray pin

Even though Samsung bundled it with a charger, they did not include a free bumper case.

 

Samsung Galaxy A52 : Hands-On Experience!

Now, let’s take a closer look at the Samsung Galaxy A52 smartphone…

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Samsung Galaxy A52 : Key Features

6.5-inch Super AMOLED Display

The Samsung Galaxy A52 comes with a large 6.5-inch Super AMOLED display, with a Full HD+ resolution of 1080 x 2400 pixels.

You may be delighted to learn that it not only supports a higher 90 Hz refresh rate, it also has 800 nits of maximum brightness!

The display is also Eye Care-certified, and automatically adjusts its colour temperature to reduce eye fatigue – what Samsung calls Eye Comfort Shield.

1 + 4 Cameras!

The Samsung Galaxy A52 boasts a 32 MP front camera, with a wide f/2.2 aperture.

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

  • 64 MP main camera, with f/1.8 aperture
  • 12 MP ultra-wide camera, with f/2.2 aperture
  • 5 MP macro camera, with f/2.4 aperture
  • 5 MP depth camera, with f/2.4 aperture

We should point out that the depth camera doesn’t take any photos.. It just obtains depth data to allow for more accurate software bokeh effects.

Samsung Galaxy Ecosystem

The Samsung Galaxy A52 will allow you to be part of the Samsung ecosystem through these features :

  • SmartThings lets you connect to, and control, smart devices including wearables, tablets, PCs and TVs.
  • SmartThings Find lets you easily locate paired Galaxy devices, or using the Galaxy SmartTag.
  • Music Share lets you sync your phone with a friend’s device to share music, without speaker pairing.
  • Buds Together lets you pair your phone with two sets of Galaxy Buds, to listen together!
  • Quick Share lets you easily and quickly send pictures and videos of any size to nearby Galaxy devices.
  • Private Share lets you revoke photos and videos you shared with just a tap!

Security + Protection

The Samsung Galaxy A52 has Samsung Knox built-in, providing you with a defence-grade enclave to store your sensitive information and data.

is IP67-rated against dust- and water-resistance. This protects it against accidental water splashes, and immersion in up to 1 metre of fresh water, for up to 30 minutes.

We should point out that Samsung warns against immersing it in seawater, the swimming pool or in soapy water.

 

Samsung Galaxy A52 : Where To Buy?

It has a launch price of RM1,499 (approx. US$362 / £262 / A$474 / S$487) with 8 GB RAM and 256 GB storage.

Here in Malaysia, it will come with a FREE clear standing cover worth RM109.

Here are some online purchase options :

 

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Samsung Galaxy A52 : What You Need To Know!

The Samsung Galaxy A52 is designed for the new normal, offering an incredible package of features and performance!

Here is everything you need to know about the new Samsung Galaxy A52 smartphone!

 

Samsung Galaxy A52 : What You Need To Know!

Designed for the new normal, the Samsung Galaxy A52 offers an incredible package of features and performance!

As Samsung’s official advertisement for the 2021 Galaxy A series says, Awesome Is For Everyone!

6.5-inch Super AMOLED Display

The Samsung Galaxy A52 comes with a large 6.5-inch Super AMOLED display, with a Full HD+ resolution of 1080 x 2400 pixels.

You may be delighted to learn that it not only supports a higher 90 Hz refresh rate, it also has 800 nits of maximum brightness!

The display is also Eye Care-certified, and automatically adjusts its colour temperature to reduce eye fatigue – what Samsung calls Eye Comfort Shield.

1 + 4 Cameras!

The Samsung Galaxy A52 boasts a 32 MP front camera, with a wide f/2.2 aperture.

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

  • 64 MP main camera, with f/1.8 aperture
  • 12 MP ultra-wide camera, with f/2.2 aperture
  • 5 MP macro camera, with f/2.4 aperture
  • 5 MP depth camera, with f/2.4 aperture

We should point out that the depth camera doesn’t take any photos.. It just obtains depth data to allow for more accurate software bokeh effects.

Samsung Galaxy Ecosystem

The Samsung Galaxy A52 will allow you to be part of the Samsung ecosystem through these features :

  • SmartThings lets you connect to, and control, smart devices including wearables, tablets, PCs and TVs.
  • SmartThings Find lets you easily locate paired Galaxy devices, or using the Galaxy SmartTag.
  • Music Share lets you sync your phone with a friend’s device to share music, without speaker pairing.
  • Buds Together lets you pair your phone with two sets of Galaxy Buds, to listen together!
  • Quick Share lets you easily and quickly send pictures and videos of any size to nearby Galaxy devices.
  • Private Share lets you revoke photos and videos you shared with just a tap!

Security + Protection

The Samsung Galaxy A52 has Samsung Knox built-in, providing you with a defence-grade enclave to store your sensitive information and data.

is IP67-rated against dust- and water-resistance. This protects it against accidental water splashes, and immersion in up to 1 metre of fresh water, for up to 30 minutes.

We should point out that Samsung warns against immersing it in seawater, the swimming pool or in soapy water.

 

Samsung Galaxy A52 : Specifications

In this table, we compare the specifications of the Galaxy A52 against the Galaxy A72 :

Specifications Galaxy A72 Galaxy A52
Display Type Super AMOLED
Display Size 6.7-inch 6.5-inch
Display Resolution 1080 x 2400 pixels
Display Refresh Up to 90 Hz
Display Brightness 800 nits maximum
Protection NA
IP Rating IP67
Operating System Android 11
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G
CPU 2 x Kryo 570 Gold cores (2.3 GHz)
6 x Kryo 570 Silver cores (1.8 GHz)
GPU Qualcomm Adreno 619
Memory + Storage 8 GB + 256 GB
Storage Expansion microSD card : up to 1 TB
Front Camera 32 MP camera (f/2.2)
Main Camera 64 MP (f/1.8)
Ultra Wide Camera 12 MP (f/2.2)
Telephoto Camera 8 MP (f/2.4)
Macro Camera 5 MP (f/2.4)
Depth Sensor 5 MP (f/2.4)
Connectivity Network : 4G LTE, 3G
Wi-Fi : Wi-Fi 5 (2.4 / 5 GHz)
Bluetooth : BT5.0
USB : USB Type C 2.0
Fingerprint Sensor Yes, In Display
NFC Yes
Other Sensors Accelerometer, Gyro, Geomagnetic,
Hall sensor, Light sensor, Proximity
Audio AKG stereo speakers
Battery 5,000 mAh 4,500 mAh
Charging 25 W fast charging
Dimensions 77.4 mm wide
165.0 mm tall
8
.4 mm thick
75.1 mm wide
159.9 mm tall
8.4 mm thick
Weight 203 g 189 g

 

Samsung Galaxy A52 : Colour Options

The Samsung Galaxy A52 will come in four colour options – Awesome Violet, Awesome White, Awesome Black and Awesome Blue.

 

Samsung Galaxy A52 : Price + Availability

The Samsung Galaxy A52 has a launch price of RM1,499 (approx. US$362 / £262 / A$474 / S$487) with 8 GB RAM and 256 GB storage.

Here in Malaysia, it will come with a FREE clear standing cover worth RM109.

Here are some online purchase options :

 

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Samsung Galaxy A42 : Affordable 5G Smartphone!

Samsung just unveiled the Galaxy A42 – an affordable 5G smartphone for the new normal.

Take a look at what the Samsung Galaxy A42 offers, and find out if this is the 5G smartphone for you!

 

Samsung Galaxy A42 : Affordable 5G Smartphone!

The Samsung Galaxy A42 is a new mid-range 5G smartphone, with a large 6.6-inch Super AMOLED display, and a quad camera system.

Built around the Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G platform, it promises to offer smooth gaming and speedy 5G connectivity (when it becomes available in your area).

Large Display

The Samsung Galaxy A42 has a large 6.6-inch Super AMOLED display, with a HD+ resolution of 720 x 1600 pixels.

Performance

Its Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G platform offers two high-speed Kryo 570 Gold cores running at 2.2 GHz, and six sustained-performance Kryo 570 Silver cores running at 1.8 GHz.

It also has an Adreno 619 GPU, 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of internal flash storage. But if you need additional storage, you can add a microSD card for up to 1 TB of external storage.

Cameras

Concealed in the front display notch is a 20 MP selfie camera, with f/2.2 aperture.

At the back, it has a quad camera system that consists of :

  • a 48 MP main camera, with f/1.8 aperture
  • an 8 MP ultra-wide camera, with f/2.2 aperture
  • a 5 MP macro camera, with f/2.4 aperture
  • a 5 MP depth sensor, with f/2.4 aperture

Security

In addition to an in-display fingerprint sensor, the Galaxy A42 also comes with Samsung Knox built-in.

Large Battery

To keep the Samsung Galaxy A42 running all day, it has a large 5,000 mAh lithium ion battery, that supports 15 watt fast charging.

 

Samsung Galaxy A42 : Specifications

Specifications Samsung Galaxy A42 5G
Display Size 6.6-inch Super AMOLED
Display Resolution 720 x 1600 pixels, 266 ppi
Protection None
Operating System One UI 2.5 (based on Android 10)
Platform Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G (SM7225)
Processor 2 x Qualcomm Kryo 570 Gold (2.2 GHz)
6 x Qualcomm Kryo 570 Silver (1.8 GHz)
GPU Qualcomm Adreno 619
Memory 8 GB RAM
Storage Options 128 GB
External Storage microSD (Up to 1 TB)
Front Camera 20 MP camera (f/2.2)
Rear
Cameras
48 MP wide (f/1.8)
8 MP ultra-wide (f/2.2)
5 MP macro (f/2.4)
5 MP depth sensor (f/2.4)
Connectivity 5G / 4G / 3G / 2G
Wi-Fi : 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (2.4 + 5 GHz)
Bluetooth : BT 5.0
USB : USB 2.0 Type C
GPS Support GPS, AGPS, GLONASS, BeiDou
NFC Yes
Fingerprint Sensor In Display
Other Sensors Accelerometer, Gyro, Geomagnetic
Light, Proximity
Audio Dual stereo speakers
3.5 mm audio jack
Battery 5,000 mAh
Charging 15 watt wired
Width
Height
Thickness
75.9 mm
164.4 mm
8.6 mm
Weight 193 g

 

Samsung Galaxy A42 : Price + Deals

The Samsung Galaxy A42 5G has an official launch price here of RM 1,599 here in Malaysia, which is roughly US$395 / £292 / A$520 / S$525.

From now until 3 January 2021, every purchase will entitle you to a FREE Samsung Fast Car Charger.

Here are some online purchase options.

 

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Xiaomi Mi 11 Will Ship Without Charger : Good Or Bad?

Xiaomi CEO just announced that the Mi 11 will NOT come with a charger. Instead, he hints at something better.

Is that a good decision, or a bad one for Xiaomi? What do YOU think?

 

Confirmed : Xiaomi Mi 11 Will Ship Without In-Box Charger

Not everything Apple does should be copied, but Xiaomi appears to be following their lead in dropping the in-box charger.

The upcoming Mi 11 smartphone will be the first Xiaomi smartphone to ship without a charger in the box. As the picture below shows, the Mi 11 box is very thin.

Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun announced this, citing “environmental protection”, and saying that they are well aware that this decision may not be popular with their customers.

The picture of the box also gives sharp-eyed Xiaomi fans a preview of the Mi 11’s key features :

  • 108 MP AI Super Camera
  • Super AMOLED Display with HDR10+ support
  • Sound by Harman / Kardon

 

Xiaomi Mi 11 : Good Or Bad To Ship Without Charger?

Echoing Apple’s words, he said that everyone has a lot of idle charges which is both a hassle for users to keep track of, and a burden to the environment.

Apple may be correct in that assessment since they have been using the same, piddling slow 5 watt charger for umpteen years until they introduced the 18 watt fast charger for the iPhone 11.

So iPhone users can use their old chargers from years ago without any change in charging experience.

But Android smartphones, including those from Xiaomi, have long provided much faster charging :

All those fast charging capabilities require new in-box chargers that support their higher charging speeds.

While you can use the old 5 watt or 10 watt chargers from years ago, they will not deliver the charging performance Xiaomi is quoting for their smartphones.

 

Xiaomi Mi 11 : A Better Solution Than In-Box Charger?

Lei Jun cryptically suggested that there may be a better solution for both the industry and the environment, which he will reveal at the Mi 11 press conference on 28 December 2020.

This is quite possibly some form of fast wireless charging technology, of which Xiaomi recently demonstrated an 80 watt prototype.

But it will doubtless be offered as a separate upgrade, although it is possible that Xiaomi may bundle a fast wireless charger with the Mi 11 as a sweetener during these difficult times.

If Xiaomi ends up doing that, the talk won’t be about how they screwed their fans out of an in-box charger, but how they generously ushered in a new world of wireless charging.

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Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G : Hands-On Preview!

The Samsung Galaxy S20 FE – the Fan Edition – offers the leading features of the Galaxy S20 at a more affordable price point.

Take a look at our hands-on preview, and find out if this is the Galaxy smartphone for you!

 

Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G : What’s Different?

The Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G comes with the best features from the Galaxy S20 smartphone, in a streamlined premium design.

The Galaxy S20 FE 5G comes with a slightly larger 6.5-inch Super AMOLED display, and a much faster 120 Hz refresh rate.

It is now powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 mobile platform with 8 GB of LPDDR5 memory, and up to 256 GB of storage capacity.

It now comes with a higher-resolution 32 MP front camera, but trades the 64 MP telephoto camera for an 8 MP telephoto camera. This telephoto camera has a 3X optical zoom, with 30X Space Zoom capability.

The Galaxy S20 FE 5G is slightly thicker and heavier than the Galaxy S20, but comes with a larger 4,500 mAh battery with 12.5% longer battery life.

 

Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G : Specifications

Here is a specification comparison of Galaxy S20 FE 5G against the original Galaxy S20 :

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

 

Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G : Price + Availability

The Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G is available in these six colour options, from left to right : Cloud Mint, Cloud Navy, Cloud Lavender, Cloud Red, Cloud Orange and Cloud White.

Here are the Galaxy S20 FE’s official price list in various countries :

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

Here are online purchase options :

 

Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G : Unboxing

Let’s unbox. the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G, and see what we find inside!

Here is what you will find inside the box :

  • One Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G smartphone
  • One 15 watt Samsung fast travel charger
  • One USB Type A to USB Type C data and power cable
  • One set of Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G documents
  • One SIM tray pin

The Samsung Galaxy S20 FE does not come with a free bumper case, or earphones.

Next Page > Samsung Galaxy S20 FE Hands-On, Where To Buy?

 

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Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G : A Hands-On Experience!

The Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G comes with a slightly larger 6.5-inch Super AMOLED display.

This display has a lower resolution of 1080 x 2400 pixels, but a much faster 120 Hz refresh rate.

It is built around the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 mobile platform with 8 GB of LPDDR5 memory, and up to 256 GB of storage capacity.

The Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G is slightly thicker and heavier than the Galaxy S20, but comes with a larger 4,500 mAh battery with 12.5% longer battery life.

In the front, it has a higher-resolution 32 MP front camera, with an f/2.2 aperture.

At the back, it has a single LED flash and a triple camera system, which consists of :

  • 12 MP main camera
  • 12 MP ultra-wide camera
  • 8 MP telephone camera, with 3X optical zoom and 30X Space Zoom capability.

The only physical buttons you will find are the Power and Volume control buttons on the right side. The left side is completely clean.

Its hybrid SIM tray is located at the top, together with a second microphone (for noise cancellation).

Its hybrid SIM tray allows you to either use two nano SIM cards, or one nano SIM card and a microSD card (for up to 1 TB of additional storage).

The Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G does not have a 3.5 mm audio port. All you will find at the bottom is the USB Type C port, flanked by a speaker port and a microphone port.

 

Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G : Where To Buy?

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Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 : Malaysia Price + Pre-Order Deal!

The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 is coming to Malaysia, and here are its official price and pre-order deal!

 

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 : A Quick Primer!

The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 is the successor to the Galaxy Fold – the first Samsung foldable smartphone.

They both have the same inward folding design, but the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 features a bevy of improvements inside and outside :

  • Much larger 6.2-inch Cover Screen
  • Slightly larger 7.6-inch Main Screen with Ultra Thin Glass protection
  • Replacement of the large display notch, with a tiny punch hole for the front camera
  • 120 Hz Dynamic Refresh Rate mode
  • New Hideaway Hinge with Sweeper technology
  • Cover Camera : 10 MP, f/2.2 aperture
  • Front Camera : 10 MP, f/2.2 aperture
  • Rear Camera (Main) : 12 MP Dual Pixel, f/1.8 aperture
  • Rear Camera (Ultra-Wide) : 12 MP, f/2.2
  • Rear Camera (Telephoto) : 12 MP, f/2.4
  • Multi-Active Window lets you open multiple files from the same app and view them side-by-side
  • Multi-Window Tray lets you open multiple apps at the same time, with drag and drop capabilities.
  • Split Screen Capture lets you capture the screen of one app, and transfer it into a different app.

 

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 : Malaysia Colour Options

The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2 will be available in two colour options – Mystic Black (left) and Mystic Bronze in Malaysia.

 

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 : Malaysia Price + Pre-Order Deal!

Here in Malaysia, the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 has a recommended retail price of RM 7,999 (about US$1,918 / £1,476 / A$2,636 / S$2,622).

It will be available for retail purchase starting 25 September 2020, with pre-orders beginning on 11 September 2020 at :

Every pre-order of the Galaxy Z Fold 2, from now until 24 September 2020, will come with these freebies :

  • one FREE pair of Galaxy Buds Live (worth RM699)
  • one FREE Montblanc Card Holder (worth RM655)

In addition, every Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 comes with Galaxy Z Concierge, which gives you :

  • 24/7 one-on-one assistance from Samsung experts
  • One-time Inner Screen Crack Protection against accidental damage within one year of purchase.
    Note : The protection does not include the exterior screen.

 

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 : Specifications In Malaysia

Specifications Galaxy Z Fold 2
Main Display 7.6-inch Infinity Flex Display
Dynamic AMOLED 2X panel
1768 x 2208 pixels (373 ppi)
120 Hz refresh rate max.
Cover Display 6.2-inch Super AMOLED Display
HD+ (816 x 2260 pixels)
Operating System Android Q
System Platform Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+
Processor 1 x Kryo 585 Gold (3.1 GHz)
3 x Kryo 585 Gold (2.4 GHz)
4 x Kryo 585 Silver (1.8 GHz)
GPU Qualcomm Adreno 650
RAM + Storage 12 GB + 256 GB (UFS 3.1)
External Storage NA
Front Camera 10 MP, f/2.2 aperture
Cover Camera 10 MP, f/2.2 aperture
Rear Cameras Main : 12 MP, f/1.8, Dual Pixel
Ultra-Wide : 12 MP, f/2.2
Telephoto : 12 MP, f/2.4
Connectivity 5G : Sub6 / mmWave
4G : LTE
Wi-Fi : 802.11a/b/g/n/ac/ax (dual-band)
Ultra Wide Band (UWB)
Bluetooth : BT 5.0
USB : USB 2.0 Type C
Fingerprint Sensor Side Sensor
Other Sensors Accelerometer, Barometer, Gyro,
Geomagnetic, Hall sensor,
Proximity sensor, Light sensor
Audio High dynamic dual speakers
Dolby Atmost support
Battery 4,500 mAh battery
Charger NA
Dimensions
(Folded)
68.0 mm wide
159.2 mm tall
16.8 mm thick
Dimensions
(Unfolded)
128.2 mm wide
159.2 mm tall
6.9 mm thick
Weight 282 g

 

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Samsung Galaxy Note20 | Note20 Ultra : Colour Comparison!

We had the exclusive opportunity to get our hands on all colour options for the Galaxy Note20 and Galaxy Note20 Ultra smartphones!

Take a look at the three Galaxy Note20 colour options, and the three Galaxy Note20 Ultra colour options!

 

Samsung Galaxy Note20 | Note20 Ultra : A Quick Primer!

The Samsung Galaxy Note20 and Galaxy Note20 Ultra are the next-generation phablets featuring the S Pen.

They are both powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ in the United States, and the Samsung Exynos 990 globally.

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Samsung Galaxy Note20

The Samsung Galaxy Note20 has a 6.7-inch Super AMOLED+ display, with a Full HD+ resolution.

It will come with 8 GB of RAM, up to 256 GB of storage, and a 4,300 mAh battery. Its triple camera system will support 8K video recording :

  • a 12 MP main camera,
  • a 12 MP ultra-wide camera, and
  • a 64 MP telephoto camera with 30X Space Zoom

Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra

The Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra has a 6.9-inch Dynamic AMOLED display, with a 2K+ resolution.

It will come with 12 GB of RAM, up to 512 GB of storage, and a 4,500 mAh battery. Its triple camera system will come with laser focusing and support 8K video recording :

  • a 108 MP main camera,
  • a 12 MP ultra-wide camera, and
  • a 12 MP telephoto camera with 50X Space Zoom

 

Samsung Galaxy Note20 | Note20 Ultra : Colour Comparison

We had the exclusive opportunity to get our hands on all colour options for the Galaxy Note20 and Galaxy Note20 Ultra smartphones!

Check out the colour options for all six Note20 models in this video, and tell us – which colour do you prefer?

 

Samsung Galaxy Note20 | Note20 Ultra : Colour Options

Samsung will offer the Galaxy Note20 in three colour options – Mystic Green, Mystic Gray and Mystic Bronze.

Samsung will offer the Galaxy Note20 Ultra in three colour options – Mystic Bronze, Mystic Black and Mystic White.

 

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Samsung Galaxy Note20 | Galaxy Note20 Ultra Video Leaked!

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

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

 

Samsung Galaxy Note20 | Galaxy Note20 Ultra Video Leaked!

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

Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+

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

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

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

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

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

50X Space Zoom | 30X Space Zoom

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

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

Different Displays

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

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

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

Colour Options

Samsung will offer three colour options per model :

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

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

Battery Capacities

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

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

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

 

Samsung Galaxy Note20 | Galaxy Note20 Ultra : Specifications

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

 

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realme X2 Pro : Cheapest 90Hz Gaming Smartphone?

realme today launched the realme X2 Pro with a 64 MP camera, and the Snapdragon 855 Plus processor!

Here is EVERYTHING you need to know about the realme X2 Pro smartphone. Find out if this is the smartphone for you!

 

realme X2 Pro : Everything But The Kitchen Sink

The new realme X2 Pro (MY) seems designed to be realme’s highlight of the year, with everything thrown but the kitchen sink.

In fact, it has all of the hallmarks of a gaming smartphone – large display, high-performance and a long battery life!

90 Hz Super AMOLED Display

The realme X2 Pro (MY) has a large 6.5-inch Super AMOLED display, with a Full HD+ resolution of 1080 x 2400 pixels.

In addition, it features a 90 Hz refresh rate, which promises silky-smooth graphics at the expense of battery life.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+

The realme X2 Pro (MY) is built around the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+, which is just a speed-binned version of the regular Snapdragon 855. They are otherwise identical.

This is the same mobile platform used in the ASUS ROG Phone 2 and the Black Shark 2 Pro gaming smartphones.

The only differences are the clock speeds of two parts in the Snapdragon 855 Plus :

  • its single high-performance Kryo 485 Gold core is clocked at 2.96 GHz, instead of 2.84 GHz.
  • its Adreno 640 GPU is clocked at 672 MHz, instead of 585 MHz.

In other words, its advantage in mobile gaming is a 4% increase in the short boost performance of the CPU, and a 14.9% increase in peak GPU performance.

Recommended : The Snapdragon 855+ vs Snapdragon 855 Comparison!

Cameras Galore!

In the front, the realme X2 Pro (MY) has a 16 MP selfie camera with f/2.0 aperture, while at the back, it has four cameras :

  • a 64 MP main camera with 20X hybrid zoom (f/1.72 aperture)
  • a 8 MP wide-angle camera
  • a 13 MP telephoto camera
  • a 2 MP portrait camera

Large RAM + Storage + Battery!

The realme X2 Pro (MY) comes with a whopping 12 GB of LPDDR4X memory, and 256 GB of fast UFS 3.0 storage.

To power it all, it has a large 4,000 mAh battery, which supports 50W SuperVOOC Flash Charge – letting you go from 0% to 100% in just 35 minutes!

Recommended : realme X2 Pro Master Edition : The Full Details + Preview!

 

realme X2 Pro Specifications

Specifications Realme X2 Pro
Display 6.5-inch Super AMOLED display
– 1080 x 2400 pixels (~402 ppi), 90 Hz refresh rate
– 1000 nits max brightness, 100% DCI-P3
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Operating System Android P with ColorOS 6.1
System Platform Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+
CPU 1 x Qualcomm Kryo 485 Gold core (2.96 GHz)
3 x Qualcomm Kryo 485 Gold core (2.42 GHz)
4 x Qualcomm Kryo 485 Silver cores (1.8 GHz)
GPU Qualcomm Adreno 640 (672 MHz)
RAM 12 GB LPDDR4x
Storage 256 GB UFS 3.0 storage
Front Camera 16 MP camera with f/2.0 lens
Rear Cameras 64 MP Samsung ISOCELL Bright GW1 main camera (f/1.72)
8 MP wide-angle camera (f/2.2)
13 MP telephoto camera (f/2.5)
2 MP portrait camera (f/2.4)
Connectivity 4G : LTE
Wi-Fi : 802.11a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth : BT5.0
USB : USB 2.0 Type C
Fingerprint Sensor Yes, In-Display
Other Sensors Light, Proximity, Magnetic induction, Gyro-meter, Acceleration
Battery 4,000 mAh
50 W SuperVOOC
flash charging
Dimensions 75.7 mm wide
161.0 mm tall
8.7 mm thick
Weight 199 g
Colour Options Neptune Blue / Lunar White

 

realme X2 Pro : Price + Deals In Malaysia!

The realme X2 Pro (MY) is available in two colour options – Neptune Blue and Polar White.

It will be offered in a single variant, with 12 GB RAM and 256 GB storage, with a recommended retail price of RM 2,399 / ~US$574 / ~£445 / ~A$846 / ~S$786.

Here is the official online pre-order / sale page in Malaysia :

  • Realme X2 Pro (12GB + 256GB) : RM 2,399

Chup Dulu Lazada Deal

If you pre-order the Realme X2 Pro at 12 AM on 5 December 2019, you will receive these freebies :

  • realme Buds wireless earphones
  • realme Power Bank
  • realme Backpack

DirectD is also organising a special midnight sale at 12 AM on 7 December 2019 at their PJ Mega Store, with these freebies :

  • 2 x realme Buds wireless earphones
  • realme Power Bank
  • realme Backpack

Finally, the online sale will kick off at 12 AM on 12 December 2019, but there’s no word on what freebies realme Malaysia will throw in.

 

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 – Everything You Need To Know!

Samsung just unveiled the Galaxy Tab S6a new premium 10.5-inch tablet with a redesigned Bluetooth S Pen!

Here is everything you need to know about the new Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 – its key features, specifications, colour options, and more!

 

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 (SM-T860) Tablet

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 is a new premium tablet with a brilliant 10.5-inch Super AMOLED display, and a redesigned Bluetooth S Pen that now attaches magnetically to its back.

Despite packing in flagship-class performance and capabilities, Samsung actually made it thinner at just 5.7 mm, and lighter at just 420 grams!

Samsung is also introducing a Book Cover case, a Book Cover Keyboard, and a POGO Charging Dock as optional accessories for the Galaxy Tab S6.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Performance

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8150 mobile SoC, which is almost the performance equal of the Snapdragon 855 used in their Galaxy S10 flagship smartphones!

It also comes with either 6 GB or 8 GB of LPDDR4x memory, which makes it a breeze to use multiple apps at the same time.

Storage is also plentiful. The 6 GB model comes with 128 GB of storage, while the 8 GB model comes with 256 GB of storage.

If that’s not enough, there is a microSD card slot that supports up to 1 TB of additional storage!

Complete Redesigned S Pen!

Its S Pen has been completely redesigned. Like the Galaxy Note9‘s groundbreaking S Pen, it offers remote control functionality, and wireless charging capability.

It now magnetically locks to the back of the Tab S6, and  has a built-in battery that delivers 10 hours of battery life with just ten minutes of charging.

Improved Samsung DeX Capability

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 comes with a new, improved version of Samsung DeX, which creates a desktop-like work experience.

The optional Book Cover Keyboard even comes with a DeX function key, so you can launch and close DeX with a tap of the key.

 

Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 (SM-T860) Specifications

SpecificationsSamsung Galaxy Tab S6
Operating SystemAndroid Pie 9
Display10.5-inch Super AMOLED display
- WQXGA resolution (1600 x 2560 pixels, 287 ppi)
System PlatformQualcomm Snapdragon 8150
Processor1 x Qualcomm Kryo 485 Gold core (2.8 GHz)
3 x Qualcomm Kryo 485 Gold cores (2.4 GHz)
4 x Qualcomm Kryo 485 Silver cores (1.7 GHz)
Graphics ProcessorQualcomm Adreno 640 GPU (600 MHz)
Memory6 GB / 8 GB LPDDR4x
Storage128 GB / 256 GB internal flash storage
MicroSD card slot (up to 1 TB)
Front Camera8 MP sensor with f/2.0 aperture
Rear CamerasMain Camera
- 13 MP sensor with f/2.0 aperture

Ultra-Wide Camera
- 5 MP sensor with f/2.2 aperture
S PenYes, 4,096 pressure levels
0.35 mAh battery capacity
Last up to 10 hours
ConnectivityLTE : Cat.20 (DL up to 2.0 Gbps, UL up to 150 Mbps)
WiFi : 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (dual-band)
Bluetooth : BT 5.0
USB : USB Type C
GPSGPS + GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo
AudioQuad speakers
- optimised by AKG
- supports Dolby Atmos
Dual microphones
SensorsPressure, Gyroscope, RGB light, Geomagnetic, Hall
Fingerprint SensorYes, In-Display Optical Sensor
Battery7,040 mAh lithium-ion
Dimensions159.5 mm wide
244.5 mm tall
5.7 mm thick
Weight420 g
Colour OptionsCloud Blue / Rose Blush / Mountain Grey

 

Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Colour Options

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 is available in three colour options – Cloud Blue, Rose Blush and Mountain Grey.

 

Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Price + Availability

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 is available right now at these recommended retail prices :

Wi-Fi Only

4G + Wi-Fi

Book Cover Keyboard

 

Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Deals

Here in Malaysia, Samsung is offering a RM 499 discount on the Book Cover Keyboard, if you purchase a unit by 31 October 2019.

 

In the United States, Samsung is offering 50% off the Book Cover Keyboard, plus a free 4-month subscription to YouTube Premium.

In the United Kingdom and Australia, Samsung is only offering free delivery nationwide and 0% financing for up to 24 months.

 

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The 4X Camera Samsung Galaxy A7 2018 (SM-A750) Review!

Samsung recently launched the Galaxy A7 2018 smartphone, with triple rear cameras at the incredible Galaxy UNPACKED KL 2018, and we received one of the first units! Read our in-depth review and find out if this is the smartphone for you!

Updated @ 2018-11-02 : Upgraded to a full review, with four new pages, five videos and many new photos.

Updated @ 2018-10-16 : Upgraded to a preview of the Samsung Galaxy A7 2018, with three videos.

Updated @ 2018-10-15 : Added the CPU and GPU specifications of the Samsung Galaxy A7 2018!

Updated @ 2018-10-12 : Added the official Samsung Galaxy A7 2018 (and Galaxy A9 2018) presentation, as well as its price and pre-order offer!

Originally posted @ 2018-09-21

 

The Samsung Galaxy A7 2018 Smartphone Revealed!

Samsung revealed the Galaxy A7 2018 and Galaxy A9 2018 smartphones in a glamorous Galaxy UNPACKED event that was held for the first time in Malaysia, with Korean celebrities like Yook Sung-jae, AOA (Ace of Angels) and DJ Soda, headlining the event.

As their designer, Sang Il Park, recently revealed, the Samsung Galaxy A7 2018 (MY | US | UK) is targeted at Millennials with a new minimalistic yet expressive design language.

 

Samsung Galaxy A7 2018 Colour Options

Samsung is offering the Samsung Galaxy A7 2018 (MY | US | UK) in four colour options – Black, Blue, Gold and Pink. Here is a video comparing the four colour options:

In many countries, only three of those four colour options will be available for sale, at least initially. Here in Malaysia, it will only be available in Black, Blue and Gold colours.

 

Samsung Galaxy A7 2018 Price + Availability

The Samsung Galaxy A7 2018 (MY | US | UK) officially launched on 11 October 2018 at the Galaxy UNPACKED 2018 event in Kuala Lumpur, and is currently available for purchase.

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It has a recommended retail price of RM 1,299 / ~US$ 325 / ~£236.

Here is the cheapest price we found online (as of 1 November 2018) in Malaysia :

And here are the direct purchase links in the US and UK :

  • Samsung Galaxy A7 2018 (International Version) : $329.99
  • Samsung Galaxy A7 2018 (UK Version) : £309.99

 

Unboxing The Samsung Galaxy A7 2018

The Samsung Galaxy A7 2018 is not available for sale, but we managed to get our hands on one of the first retail unit, albeit one meant for the German market. Let’s unbox it, and see what we find inside!

Once you fully unbox the Samsung Galaxy A7 2018, you will find the following items :

  • One Samsung Galaxy A7 2018 smartphone
  • One set of Samsung Galaxy A7 2018 documents
  • One 7.75 W Samsung travel adaptor
  • One micro-USB 2.0 cable
  • One pair of white Samsung earphones
  • One SIM tray extractor pin

Next Page > The Samsung Galaxy A7 2018 Up Close + Specifications

 

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The Samsung Galaxy A7 2018 Up Close!

The Samsung Galaxy A7 2018 (MY | US | UK) has a large 6.0-inch Super AMOLED display with a Full HD+ resolution of 1080 x 2220 pixels. This is an Infinity Display, which means it has very thin bezels, delivering a more immersive viewing experience. Especially with its support for Dolby Atmos.

The Samsung Galaxy A7 2018 (MY | US | UK) runs on Samsung Exynos 7885 octa-core processor with 4 GB of RAM and 128 GB of internal flash storage. The Exynos 7885 is a mid-range SoC, which pairs two high-performance ARM Cortex-A73 cores with six low-power ARM Cortex-A53 cores.

All that is powered by a 3,300 mAh battery, ensconced in a chassis that is only 7.5 mm thick, and weighs less than 170 grams.

Surprisingly, Samsung reverted to a micro-USB 2.0 port, even though the previous-generation Galaxy A7 2017 was their first model to feature a USB-C port. They also ditched the IP68 dust- and water-resistance that was a key feature of the Galaxy A7 2017.

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Samsung Galaxy A7 2018 Specifications

SpecificationsSamsung Galaxy A7 (2018)
Display6.0-inch Super AMOLED display
- Full HD+ resolution (1080 x 2220 pixels)
- Corning Gorilla Glass protection
Operating SystemAndroid 8.1 Oreo
PlatformSamsung Exynos 7 octa (Samsung Exynos 7885)
Processor2 x ARM Cortex-A73 (2.2 GHz)
6 x ARM Cortex-A53 (1.6 GHz)
Graphics ProcessorARM Mali-G71 MP2 (1100 MHz)
RAM4 GB RAM
Storage64 GB or 128 GB internal flash storage
microSD slot (up to 512 GB)
Front Camera24 MP sensor with f/2.0 lens
Rear CameraTriple Camera System
- Main 24 MP PDAF camera with f/1.7 lens
- Wide-Angle 8 MP camera with f/2.4 lens
- 5 MP depth sensor with f/2.2 lens
Network4G : LTE Cat12, 3CA
ConnectivityWiFi : 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (2.4 / 5 GHz)
Bluetooth v5.0
micro-USB 2.0
GPS SupportGPS, GLONASS, BeiDou
Fingerprint SensorYes, Side-Mounted
Other SensorsAccelerometer, Gyro, Geomagnetic, Hall sensor, Proximity, RGB light sensor
NFCYes
Water ResistanceNo
Battery3.300 mAh lithium-ion battery
Dimensions76.8 mm wide
159.8 mm tall
7.5 mm thick
Weight168 g
Available ColoursBlack, Blue, Gold

For details and specifications of the Samsung Galaxy A9 2018, please click here!

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Four Cameras, 4X The Fun?

The key selling points of the Samsung Galaxy A7 2018 (MY | US | UK) are its front and rear cameras.

It has a single front camera, built around the incredibly high-resolution 24 MP Sony IMX576 sensor and f/2.0 lens. In dark conditions, its front camera can combine four pixels into one for even better low-light performance.

Despite its high resolution though, Samsung opted to limit to recording just 1080p videos.

In the back, it features a triple camera system, which is made up of :

  • a main 24 MP camera with f/1.7 lens,
  • 120° wide angle 8 MP camera with f/2.4 lens, and
  • a 5 MP depth sensor with f/2.2 lens.

Even though there are three cameras, only two of them actually take pictures or videos. The depth sensor is not an imaging camera, and is only used for better depth perception, and subject separation (from the background).

The 24 MP main camera uses the same high-resolution Sony IMX576 sensor, with very bright and fast f/1.7 lensThe depth sensor is slaved to the main camera, allowing to deliver Live Focus and more accurate software bokeh capabilities.

The wide angle camera, on the other hand, boasts the same 120° viewing angle as the human eye. Here are some photos to show you just how useful the ultra-wide angle camera can be :

Both imaging cameras feature a new Scene Optimizer technology that uses AI algorithms to identify the subject and automatically adjust its colour, contrast and brightness for the best possible image quality.

However, just like with the front camera, Samsung limits both rear cameras to 1080p video recording.

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Side Fingerprint Sensor

For the first time, Samsung is deploying a side fingerprint sensor, that doubles as a power button. It allows for smaller bezels, while allowing the fingerprint sensor to be used even when the Galaxy A7 2018 (MY | US | UK) is attached to a car mount.

The side fingerprint sensor takes some getting used to, because there is less tactile guidance. It is harder to determine (by feeling) where the sensor is. But the good news is muscle memory will kick in eventually.

For ease of use, we would recommend registering the third finger of your left hand, and/or the thumb of your right hand.

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Triple Card Tray

The Samsung Galaxy A7 2018 (MY | US | UK) has Dual SIM, Dual Standby capability, with support for LTE Cat12 connectivity. The good news is – it comes with a triple card tray. In addition to the two nano SIM cards, it has a dedicated slot for a microSD card.

Now, it comes with 64 GB of internal storage, which should be plenty for most users. The microSD card slot allows you to add more storage – up to 512 GB.

The microSD card is also useful for another reason. The Samsung Galaxy A7 2018 (MY | US | UK) is not water-resistant, so storing your recorded photos and videos on the microSD card protects them, in case you accidentally drop your phone into water… or let a car run over it.

 

A Step Backwards

Last year’s Galaxy A7 2017 was the first Samsung Galaxy A series smartphone to boast IP68 dust- and water-resistance. That means it was capable of withstanding complete immersion in water up to 1.5 m in depth, for up to 30 minutes.

Unfortunately, Samsung dropped this capability in the Samsung Galaxy A7 2018 (MY | US | UK). This is a real shame, because the IP68 rating is a major KSP (key selling point) for Samsung. It is one of the few ways they are able to differentiate their A series smartphones from the competition.

The Samsung Galaxy A7 2017 was also the first Galaxy A series smartphone to use the USB Type C port, with 15 watt fast charging capability. The Samsung Galaxy A7 2018 (MY | US | UK), however, reverted to the old micro-USB 2.0 port, and slower 7.75 watt charging.

Samsung also trimmed its battery capacity to 3,300 mAh, down from 3,600 mAh in the Galaxy A7 2017.

 

The Ergonomics

The Samsung Galaxy A7 2018 (MY | US | UK) has a large 6.0-inch display, but feels more like a 5.5-inch smartphone, thanks to its Infinity Display. Basically it has thin bezels, allowing Samsung to fit the large screen into a smaller body.

While it fits comfortably in our hands, this is definitely a two-handed device. If you prefer to use only one hand, you can turn on the One-handed mode option (Settings > Advanced Features).

The Super AMOLED display is beautiful as always. However, the FHD+ resolution of 1080 x 2220 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.

Even though it lacks the gradated colour scheme of the Samsung Galaxy A9 2018, it has a very shiny, albeit easy-to-smudge, glass back panel with a 2.5D curved edge all around. Very classy. Just watch out for those fingerprints!

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Setting Up The Samsung Galaxy A7 2018

The Samsung Galaxy A7 2018 (MY | US | UK) runs on Android 8.0 Oreo out of the box, and is very easy to set-up… although you may get stuck a bit registering your fingerprints! If you are setting it up as a new device, it should take you only 5-7 minutes to finish the setup process.

 

Available Memory & Storage

The Samsung Galaxy A7 2018 (MY | US | UK) comes with 4 GB of LPDDR4 memory. There is relatively little bloat, with 2 GB (50%) of memory available for use. This is plenty enough to run several apps simultaneously, even memory-guzzling games.

The Samsung Galaxy A7 2018 (MY | US | UK) comes with 64 GB of internal flash storage, with 51 GB of free space for you to use. That is enough space to store about 10,000 photos, or 6 hours of 1080p 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 A7 2018 Camera Performance – Photos

The Samsung Galaxy A7 2018 (MY | US | UK) uses the superb 24 MP Sony IMX576 in its primary camera, with a really bright and fast f/1.7 aperture. It is supported by an 5 MP depth sensor with f/2.2 aperture.

The maximum 24 MP resolution is attained with the 4:3 aspect ratio, with 5664 x 4248 pixels, and a file size of between 4 MB and 6 MB.

Here are six 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 A7 2018’s photos are incredible. You can see the intricate detail of the flower petals, the individual buds of the broccoli florets, and the texture of the star anise.

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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/1.7 aperture naturally creates a very narrow depth of field, with a nicer bokeh effect. But you have to be more careful in framing the shot, because the subject may end up out-of-focus.

The Samsung Galaxy A7 2018 (MY | US | UK) has a Live Focus feature, but it’s not the same as the Live Focus capability in Samsung Galaxy Note9, because it lacks the telephoto camera. Instead, it uses the depth sensor to separate the subject from the background, before applying a software bokeh effect to the background.

 

Samsung Galaxy A7 2018 Camera Performance – Video Recording

Despite its highly-capable sensor and powerful SoC, Samsung limited the Samsung Galaxy A7 2018 (MY | US | UK) to 1080p video recording from both front and rear cameras. Fortunately, they maintained the ability to switch between the two rear cameras, while recording a video – a very useful feature!

Video Recording Test #1 : Piano Performance (1080p)

In this video, you can see the amount of detail the sensor captures, even at just 1080p. Its cameras do not support OIS (optical image stabilisation), but its electronic image stabilisation capability works great.

Its auto-focus capability was also excellent – you don’t see the camera losing focus and seeking – a very irritating problem in some cameras.

Noise cancellation was decent, but the audio was too bright and lacks bass. With Samsung excelling in image quality, we think it’s time they look into improving the audio quality instead.

Video Recording Test #2 : Street Market (1080p)

The Samsung Galaxy A7 2018 (MY | US | UK) has very good electronic image stabilisation, thanks to a combination of its high resolution sensor and the 1080p video recording limit.

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Work Performance – PCMark

We tested the Samsung Galaxy A7 2018’s performance using PCMark, which simulates work applications like web browsing, playing video, writing text and editing photos.

Work 2.0 Honor Play Honor 10 Samsung
Galaxy S9
Samsung
Galaxy A7 2018
Performance Score
(Average)
7361 7106 5618 5379
Web Browsing 7695 7295 5357 5278
Video Editing 5499 5159 5265 4413
Writing 6649 6752 4673 5056
Photo Editing 13326 12910 7560 7427
Data Manipulation 5764 5524 5616 5147
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Samsung Exynos SoCs have never been particularly strong in work applications, and the Samsung Exynos 7885 is no exception. After all, it only has two high-performance ARM Cortex-A73 cores.

 

Gaming Performance – 3DMark

We tested the Galaxy A7 2018’s gaming performance using 3DMark, using the Ice Storm Unlimited test.

Ice Storm Unlimited Samsung
Galaxy S9
Honor Play Honor 10 Samsung
Galaxy A7 2018
Gaming Score 39588 31622 30560 15354
Graphics 45577 37351 34801 15788
Physics 27116 20576 21423 14005
Graphics Test 1 267.9 fps 208.9 fps 206.2 fps 136.5 fps
Graphics Test 2 157.2 fps 132.8 fps 119.5 fps 45.8 fps
Physics Test 86.1 fps 65.3 fps 68.0 fps 44.5 fps
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The Samsung Galaxy A7 2018 (MY | US | UK) has modest gaming performance. Unlike the Honor Play and Honor 10, which boast a 12-core GPU, or the Galaxy S9 with its 18-core GPU, the Galaxy A7 2018 only has a dual-core GPU.

 

Battery Life – PCMark

We then tested the Galaxy A7 2018’s battery performance using PCMark. It basically ran the PCMark work tests until its battery capacity dropped to 20%.

Work 2.0 Samsung
Galaxy A7 2018
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Now that is really amazing battery life – just short of 11.5 hours! This is not just screen-on time. It’s running the Work 2.0 benchmark over, and over again, for over 11 hours!

It lasted 1.,5 hours longer than the Honor Play, 2 hours longer than the Samsung Galaxy S9, and an astounding 2.5 hours longer than the Honor 10!

Of course, it was still not as good as last year’s Galaxy A7 2017, which lasted 12 hours on its larger 3,600 mAh battery.

 

Battery Recharging Performance

The Samsung Galaxy A7 2018 (MY | US | UK) comes with an adaptive fast charger with a power output of 7.75 W. Take a look at how fast it recharged the 3,300 mAh battery.

It took the Samsung Galaxy A7 2018 (MY | US | UK) just 115 minutes (1 hour 55 minutes) to recharge its battery from 20% to 100%. Pretty good performance, considering it’s just using a 7.75 watt charger.

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 90% level. This took just 87.5 minutes. Then the recharging speed slowed down, and it took a further 27.5 minutes to top up the remaining 10%.

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Our Verdict

Last year, the Samsung Galaxy A7 2017 really impressed us with a great combination of features and performance. It was also the first Galaxy A series smartphone to feature IP68 dust- and water-resistance, as well as the USB Type C port.

This year’s Samsung Galaxy A7 2018 (MY | US | UK) followed through, introducing a new 24 MP front camera, as well as a new triple rear camera system. Together with the Galaxy A9 2019, it is also the first Galaxy A series smartphone to feature the Infinity Display, with ultra-thin bezels.

If that’s not enough, it is the first Samsung smartphone to feature a side fingerprint sensor, allowing you to unlock it with your fingerprint even when it’s mounted to your car’s dashboard.

However, the Samsung Galaxy A7 2018 (MY | US | UK) also took a step backwards in some areas, to better differentiate it from the higher-end Galaxy A9 2019.

It lost its IP68 dust- and water-resistance rating, and reverted to the old micro-USB 2.0 port. Its fast charging capability was also cut from 15 watts to just 7.75 watts. It also came with a slightly smaller battery (3,300 mAh, instead of 3,600 mAh), with a slightly shorter battery life.

That does not mean it’s a better idea to just get last year’s Galaxy A7 2017. The new Galaxy A7 2018 (MY | US | UK) has a faster processor, more memory and double the storage. On top of that, it has a larger 6.0-inch display in a narrower, slimmer and lighter body!

More importantly, Samsung made the Galaxy A7 2018 MUCH CHEAPER. The Galaxy A7 2017 had a launch price of RM 1,899 (~US$ 475). The new Galaxy A7 2018 has a launch price of just RM 1,299 (~US$325) – a whopping 32% price reduction!

Ultimately, the Samsung Galaxy A7 2018 (MY | US | UK) offers great value for your money, if you don’t mind the lack of IP68 water-resistance, and the micro-USB 2.0 port.

 

Where To Buy The Samsung Galaxy A7 2018?

The Samsung Galaxy A7 2018 (MY | US | UK) officially launched on 11 October 2018 at the Galaxy UNPACKED 2018 event in Kuala Lumpur, and is currently available for purchase in four colour options – Black, Blue, Gold and Pink. Here is a video comparing the four colour options:

In many countries, only three of those four colour options will be available for sale, at least initially. Here in Malaysia, it will only be available in Black, Blue and Gold colours.

It has a recommended retail price of RM 1,299 / ~US$ 325 / ~£236.

Here is the cheapest price we found online (as of 1 November 2018) in Malaysia :

And here are the direct purchase links in the US and UK :

  • Samsung Galaxy A7 2018 (International Version) : $329.99
  • Samsung Galaxy A7 2018 (UK Version) : £309.99

 

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The Samsung Galaxy Note8 Kicks Off With Song Ji-hyo!

Korean superstar Song Ji-hyo is here for a special occasion – the official launch of the Samsung Galaxy Note8 in Malaysia! Join us for the full coverage of the Samsung Galaxy Note8 launch event with Song Ji-hyo!

 

 

Introducing The Samsung Galaxy Note8!

In these two videos, Lim Kian Meng (Head of IT and Mobile Business, Samsung Malaysia) and Julian Thean (Head of Product Marketing, Samsung Malaysia) introduce the new Samsung Galaxy Note8 phablet and its key features.

Enjoy & Do More With The Infinity Display

The Galaxy Note8 has the biggest screen ever on a Note device, yet its narrow body makes it comfortable to hold in one hand. The 6.3-inch Quad HD+ Super AMOLED Infinity Display lets you see more and scroll less.

The new App Pair feature lets you create a custom pair of apps on the Edge Panel and simultaneously launch two apps with ease. You can now watch a video while messaging your friends or dial into a conference call with the number and agenda in front of you.

A New Way To Communicate With The S-Pen

With the Galaxy Note8, the enhanced S Pen unlocks entirely new ways to write, draw, and interact with the phone and communicate with friends.

It has a finer tip, improved pressure sensitivity, and features that enable users to express themselves in ways that no other stylus or smartphone ever has.

You can also share animated texts or drawings across platforms that support animated GIFs.

For overseas travels or when you come across a website in a foreign language, the improved S Pen Translate feature lets you hover over text to quickly translate not only individual words, but entire sentences in up to 71 languages, and instantly convert units and foreign currencies.

Take Better Pictures With Best-in-Class Camera

The Samsung Galaxy Note8 is the first smartphone with two 12 MP rear cameras with Dual Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS) on both the wide-angle and telephoto lenses. It also has an industry-leading 8 MP Smart Auto Focus front-facing camera for sharp selfies and video chats.

For more advanced photo-taking, the Galaxy Note8’s Live Focus feature lets you control the depth of field by allowing you to adjust the bokeh effect in preview mode and after you take the photo. In Dual Capture mode, both rear cameras take two pictures simultaneously and allow you to save both images; one close-up shot from the telephoto lens and one wide-angle shot that shows the entire background.

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Song Ji-hyo Loves Her Samsung Galaxy Note8

Song Ji-hyo was one of the Korean celebrities to get an advanced unit of the Samsung Galaxy Note8, and she tells us what she loves most about her Galaxy Note8 phablet.

She even demonstrated how to use her favourite feature in the Galaxy Note8 – Live Message!

 

Samsung Galaxy Note8 Price & Availability

The Samsung Galaxy Note8 is available in Malaysia starting 21 September 2017, with a recommended retail price of RM 3,999 / ~US$ 949 (inclusive of 6% GST). It is available in three colour options – Midnight Black, Orchid Gray and Maple Gold.

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The Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 (SM-T825) Tablet Review

Samsung has finally introduced a new tablet – the Samsung Galaxy Tab S3! Their last tablet, the Galaxy Tab S2 debuted in September 2015 and ran on Android 5.0.2 Lollipop. Now, find out what’s new in the Galaxy Tab S3, and what it offers over its predecessor!

Updated @ 2017-09-06 : Updated various parts of the review with additional information and some corrections.

Originally posted @ 2017-07-03

 

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 Specification Comparison

Unlike the Galaxy Tab S2 (which comes in 8″ and 9.7″ models), the Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 (Amazon | Lazada) only comes in the 9.7″ form factor. Here, we compare the specifications of the new Galaxy Tab S3 (SM-T820) against the 9.7″ model of its predecessor, the Galaxy Tab S2 (SM-T819).

SpecificationsSamsung Galaxy Tab S3Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 (9.7")
Display9.7" Super AMOLED display
- 1536 x 2048 pixels (~264 ppi)
9.7" Super AMOLED display
- 1536 x 2048 pixels (~264 ppi)
Operating SystemAndroid 7.0 NougatAndroid 5.0.2 Lollipop
System PlatformQualcomm Snapdragon 820Samsung Exynos 7 Octa (5433)
Processor2 x Qualcomm Kyro cores (2.15 GHz)
2 x Qualcomm Kyro cores (1.6 GHz)
4 x ARM Cortex-A57 cores (1.9 GHz)
4 x ARM Cortex-A53 cores (1.3 GHz)
Graphics ProcessorQualcomm Adreno 530 GPUARM Mali-T760
Memory4 GB LPDDR4 SDRAM (933 MHz)3 GB LPDDR3 SDRAM (800 MHz)
Storage32 GB internal flash storage
microSD slot (up to 256 GB)
32 GB internal flash storage
microSD slot (up to 128 GB)
Front Camera5 MP sensor with f/2.2 lens2.1 MP sensor with f/2.2 lens
Rear Camera13 MP sensor with f/1.9 lens
- Up to 4K video recording
8 MP sensor with f/1.9 lens
- Up to 1440p video recording
Audio4 AKG-tuned speakersTwo speakers
Connectivity4G LTE (LTE-enabled model only)
WiFi : 802.11 a/b/g/b/ac
Bluetooth 4.1
USB : USB 3.1 Type C
4G LTE (LTE-enabled model only)
WiFi : 802.11 a/b/g/b/ac
Bluetooth 4.1
USB : USB 2.0
S PenIncluded
Pen tip : 0.7 mm
Pressure levels : 4,096
None
Battery6,000 mAh lithium ion (non-removable)5,870 mAh lithium ion (non-removable)
Dimensions169.0 mm wide
237.3 mm tall
6.0 mm thick
169.0 mm wide
237.3 mm tall
5.6 mm thick
WeightWiFi only : 429 g
LTE-enabled : 434 g
WiFi only : 389 g
LTE-enabled : 392 g
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The Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 Book Cover

Our review sample came unboxed, with the optional Book Cover, so there’s no unboxing video. However, you will get to check out how it works with the Book Cover.

As you can see, the Book Cover works just like the Apple iPad Smart Cover. It locks magnetically to the Galaxy Tab S3 (Amazon | Lazada), protecting the front and back glass covers against damage. Flipping it open automatically turns on the Tab S3. It also serves as a stand with three viewing angles.

The Book Cover offers much needed protection for the Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 (Amazon | Lazada). In fact, anyone who gets the Galaxy Tab S3 should at least The only downside is that, like other similar covers, you need to let the flip cover hang loose to use the rear camera. It also does not come with a stylus holder. If a stylus holder is a must, then you need to consider the Keyboard Cover option.

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The Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 Up Close

Superficially, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 (Amazon | Lazada) looks like its predecessor, the 9.7″ Galaxy Tab S2. If you are hoping for a “bezel-less” display like the Infinity Display of the Galaxy S8 smartphone, you’re out of luck. It doesn’t come with the iris scanner either, just the same fingerprint sensor embedded into the Home button.

Like its predecessor, the Galaxy Tab S3 (Amazon | Lazada) comes in two variants – a WiFi-only model (SM-T820), and an LTE-enabled model (SM-T825). Our review sample is the SM-T825 LTE-enabled model, so it comes with a tray for a nano SIM card as well as a microSD card. The microSD card support, incidentally, has been doubled to 256 GB.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 also retained the front fingerprint sensor embedded into the Home button, as well as the dedicated capacitive touch buttons.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S3’s biggest improvements are “hidden” from sight. It boasts the quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 SoC, which offers 18% better CPU performance and 3X better graphics performance. It also has a longer battery life of up to 12 hours, partly due to its slightly larger battery and a more power-efficient design.

In addition, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 (Amazon | Lazada) now boasts a quad-speaker setup, which works great in the horizontal mode, when used with the optional Book Cover or Keyboard Cover. The four speakers have also been tuned by AKG.

 

The Cameras

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 (Amazon | Lazada) also offers upgraded cameras. The puny 2.1 MP front camera of its predecessor was replaced by a 5 MP Samsung S5K4E6 ISOCELL sensor with f/2.2 lens. This is the same sensor used in the Samsung Galaxy S6 edge and the more recent HTC 10. The upgraded camera allows you to also record 1080p videos, and support Full HD video chats.

The main camera at the back was upgraded with a 13 MP Sony IMX260 sensor, up from the 8 MP shooter. This is the same excellent sensor used in top-of-the-line smartphones like the Samsung Galaxy S8 and the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge. It can record videos at up to 4K resolution, but does not support optical or electronic image stabilisation. We will share with you photo and video samples from this camera later in this review.

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The S Pen Stylus

New to the Samsung Galaxy Tab S series is the S Pen stylus. This is a redesigned S Pen with a thinner nib (0.7 mm) and 4,096 pressure levels. The S Pen is electromagnetically-powered by close proximity to the Galaxy Tab S3 (Amazon | Lazada), so there is no need to worry about batteries – which is just awesome.

It is thin at just 9.4 mm, and has a rectangular profile for a better grip. The metal clip at the end locks on to the magnets along the left side of the Galaxy Tab S3.

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Setting Up The Samsung Galaxy Tab S3

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 (Amazon | Lazada) runs on the latest Android 7.0 Nougat operating system, and is very easy to set-up. If you are setting it up as a new device, it should take you only about 5 minutes to finish the setup process.

 

The Ergonomics

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 (Amazon | Lazada) is now clad in glass, which gives it a more premium look and feel. However, the glass covers are very susceptible to fingerprint smears, and add about 10% more weight. The Galaxy Tab S3 with the Book Cover weighs just under 500 g, which is a significant amount of heft.

The glass covers are a little slippery to handle too, especially if you have oily or wet fingers. So it is recommended that you use it with the Book Cover, or the Keyboard Cover, for better grip.

 

Available Memory & Storage

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 (Amazon | Lazada) comes with 4 GB of LPDDR4 memory, of which just 1.7 GB (42.5%) is free to use. This is far less free memory than other 4 GB devices we reviewed recently :[adrotate group=”2″]

That said, 1.7 GB of free memory is still more than what 3 GB devices have, so you don’t need to worry about running out of memory. Even so, we hope Samsung will seriously reduce the amount of bloat with their upcoming Android Oreo update.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 (Amazon | Lazada) comes with just 32 GB of internal flash storage, of which 22.8 GB (71%) is free to use. For a 2017 tablet at this price point, we feel that Samsung should have given it at least 64 GB of storage. Of course, you can always top it up with a microSD card (up to 256 GB).

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Camera Performance – Photos

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 (Amazon | Lazada) uses the Sony IMX260 sensor for its main camera, paired with an f/1.9 lens. However, it lacks any optical or electronic image stabilisation. The full 12.8 MP resolution (usually quoted as 13 MP) is attained with the 4:3 aspect ratio. Each picture has a resolution of 4128 × 3096, with a file size between 2.8 MB and 4 MB.

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

This is the same sensor used in the Samsung Galaxy S8 and the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge, so there’s no surprise that the pictures are excellent. The f/1.9 lens also allowed for very good low-light performance.

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Camera Performance – Video Recording

Thanks to the Sony IMX260 sensor upgrade, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 (Amazon | Lazada) can now record videos at up to 2160p (4K) at 30 fps. Officially, it does not support any form of optical or electronic image stabilisation. However, our tests show that it actually performs some electronic image stabilisation at 1080p or lower resolutions. Take a look…

Test #1 : Piano (1080p)

The image quality is excellent, with great control of the bright background. The recorded audio was also quite clear. Surprisingly, the amount of handshaking was minimal.

Test #2 : Piano (4K)

When we recorded this clip in the 4K resolution, we noticed that there was significantly more handshaking. From this, we can surmise that the Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 actually performs some electronic image stabilisation at lower resolutions.

Test #3 : Street Market (1080p)

Even though this test involved walking down a street market, the video was surprisingly smooth. That is quite unexpected for a camera that officially does not support any form of image stabilisation.

Test #4 : Street Market (4K)

The jerkiness of the 4K video is readily apparent. The image quality is excellent, but the complete lack of image stabilisation (for real this time!) is nausea-inducing!

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Work Performance – PCMark

We tested the Samsung Galaxy Tab S3’s performance using PCMark, which simulates work applications like web browing, playing video, writing text and editing photos.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 Huawei Mate 9 ASUS ZenFone 3 Ultra HTC 10
Work Performance Score
(Average)
6434 7593 6313 6105
Web Browsing 6294 8717 6257 5782
Video Playback 3903 4987 4287 3321
Writing 6584 7883 7166 7463
Photo Editing 10599 9702 8262 9694

Not surprisingly, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 (Amazon | Lazada) performed well, matching top-0f-the-line smartphones like the ASUS ZenFone 3 Ultra and HTC 10.

 

Battery Life – PCMark

We then tested the Samsung Galaxy Tab S3’s battery performance using PCMark. It basically ran the PCMark work tests until its battery capacity dropped to 20%.

Samsung claims that the Galaxy Tab S3 has a battery life of between 8 hours (Internet use time) to 12 hours (video play time). This battery test shows that the Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 (Amazon | Lazada) will last about 8.5 hours of non-stop work – web browing, playing video, writing text and editing photos.

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Battery Recharging Performance

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 comes with a 10 W fast charger and a USB Type C cable. Take a look at how fast it recharged the 6,000 mAh battery.

It took the Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 (Amazon | Lazada) about 114 minutes (1 hour 54 minutes) to recharge its battery from 17% to 100%. Overall, it has a battery life : recharging ratio of about 4.4 : 1, which is rather low. Samsung should have packaged it with an 18 W fast charger.

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Gaming Performance – 3DMark

We tested the Galaxy Tab S3’s gaming performance using 3DMark, using the Ice Storm Unlimited test.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 Huawei Mate 9 ASUS ZenFone 3 Ultra HTC 10
Gaming Score 17878 27853 17719 23171
Graphics 18515 36605 21124 27512
Physics 15958 15164 11328 14925
Graphics Test 1 88.8 fps 202.5 fps 115.2 fps 136.6 fps
Graphics Test 2 73.6 fps 131.1 fps 76.3 fps 106.4 fps
Physics Test 50.7 fps 48.1 fps 36.0 fps 47.4 fps

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 (Amazon | Lazada) is not the fastest gaming tablet, but it has good gaming performance.

 

Overall Performance

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

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 Huawei Mate 9 ASUS ZenFone 3 Ultra HTC 10
TOTAL SCORE 131430 123167 76096 113813
3D SCORE 57553 40114 18816 50700
– 3D (Marooned) 36690 23313 10861 34778
– 3D (Garden) 20863 16801 7952 15922
UX SCORE 43151 39975 26794 30890
– UX Data Secure 6524 7943 5077 6319
– UX Data Process 3534 6985 4198 3379
– UX Strategy Games 9054 11860 7503 5433
– UX Image Process 21022 5580 6879 9521
– UX I/O Performance 3017 7607 3137 6238
CPU SCORE 24024 31992 23689 21915
– CPU Mathematics 8532 9680 6950 8494
– CPU Common Use 6041 11139 6311 5931
– CPU Multi-Core 9451 11173 10428 7490
RAM 6702 11086 6797 10308

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 (Amazon | Lazada) did well in AnTuTu, coming in top actually. It bested even top-of-the-line smartphones like the Huawei Mate 9 and HTC 10.

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Our Verdict

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 (Amazon | Lazada) is a long-awaited upgrade to the Galaxy Tab S2. If you are hoping for revolutionary changes that have been the hallmark of the Samsung Galaxy S smartphones, you will be sorely disappointed. The Samsung Galaxy Tab S team retained the same familiar design.

So there is no Infinity Display or iris scanner, as some of us have hoped for. Instead, they clad the Galaxy Tab S3 (Amazon | Lazada) in glass, and focused on internal improvements. It now boasts a faster processor, a much faster graphics processor, more and faster DDR4 memory, and a quad-speaker system tuned by AKG.

Also upgraded were the cameras. The puny 2.1 MP front camera was replaced with the 5 MP camera used in the Samsung Galaxy S6 edge and the more recent HTC 10. The main camera also saw an upgrade to the excellent Sony IMX260 sensor used in the Samsung Galaxy S8 and the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge.

Other less obvious upgrades include the display and battery. The Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 (Amazon | Lazada) used the same excellent Super AMOLED display, but it is now capable of displaying HDR images and videos. The battery also saw a slight increase in capacity, allowing the Galaxy Tab S3 to achieve a rated battery life of 8 to 12 hours. Needless to say, the  battery has also undergone the new Samsung 8-point battery safety check.

Arguably the biggest upgrade the Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 introduces is the improved S Pen. This is the first time a Samsung Galaxy Tab S tablet comes with the S Pen. The new S Pen is still powered electromagnetically, but now has a thinner nib and 4,096 pressure levels.

The only issues we have with the Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 (Amazon | Lazada) are the memory bloat and its rather limited internal storage. At its launch price of RM 2,999 (US$ 599 in the US), we would have expected at least 64 GB of internal storage, or a Book Cover (RM 199 / ~US$ 47) thrown in.

If you find the Galaxy Tab S3 too pricey, you will be glad to note that the older Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 is now on sale at almost half the price! Now that’s a really great deal!

 

Availability & Lowest Prices

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 (Amazon | Lazada) is now available in Black and Silver colour options. The Pogo Keyboard Cover comes in Gray colour and retails at RM499 / ~US$119.

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The Book Cover is available in Black, White and Green colours, and retails at RM199 / ~US$47. Check out the latest offers below :

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The All-New Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 Tablet Is Here!

30 May 2017 – Samsung Malaysia Electronics today announces the availability of Galaxy Tab S3, a stylishly designed tablet with advanced computing technology offering a premium mobile experience. Equipped with an S Pen designed to feel and write like your favourite ball pen, the Galaxy Tab S3 delivers versatile usage as a productivity tool, without needing to recharge.

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The Samsung Galaxy Tab S3

Building upon a signature design, the Galaxy Tab S3’s minimal and refined design was achieved by affixing glossy, reinforced glass panels to an aluminum frame, resulting in a seamless aesthetic. The Galaxy Tab S3 provides premium Galaxy technology including:

  • Refined S Pen: With an enhanced S Pen, the Galaxy Tab S3 allows users to be more productive, creative, and do multiple things at once. For a natural writing experience, the S Pen has a smaller 0.7mm tip and increased pressure sensitivity. The S Pen also includes convenient features such as Screen Off Memo to quickly jot down notes, PDF Annotation for easy editing and professional-level drawing with Advanced Drawing Tools.
  • Powerful Quad Stereo Sound Speakers Tuned by AKG: The Galaxy Tab S3 is the first Samsung tablet to boast such a design, which places powerful quad-stereo speakers crafted by AKG by Harman in each corner of the device. The speakers’ ‘Auto Rotate Stereo’ function allows the tablet to redirect sound based on its orientation, creating a more accurate and consistent listening experience.

  • Brighter and Better Display: Boasting a superb 9.7-inch Super AMOLED display with HDR (High Dynamic Range) video content support, the Galaxy Tab S3 displays stunningly vivid images with true-to-life colours.

Unveiled at Mobile World Congress this year, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 delivers on Samsung’s legacy of innovative Galaxy technology including a 13-megapixel rear camera with auto focus and a 5-megapixel front camera for high-quality photos. The tablet also includes expandable storage[1] and more power efficiency with fast-charge capabilities, supporting up to 12 hours of video playback on the Galaxy Tab S3. With fast charging technology and longer battery life, the Galaxy Tab S3 is designed to keep users always connected.

Mobile Entertainment

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The Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 takes mobile entertainment to the next level providing a cinema-like experience with 4K video playback and a stunning Super AMOLED display. Highly optimised for gaming, the Galaxy Tab S3 also comes equipped with Vulkan API for superior graphics and the new Game Launcher for an enhanced user interface and personalised gaming experience, as well as modes like ‘Do Not Disturb’ for uninterrupted gameplay.

Safe & Secure Login

For a safe and secure login, Samsung Flow uses biometric authentication to log-in and can wirelessly tether compatible devices to transfer documents from a mobile device to a tablet. It also syncs message notifications so users will never miss an important text message, whether they are using a smartphone or their tablet – making working on the go seamless.

Keyboard & Case Options

For power users always on-the-go, the Galaxy Tab S3 also supports Pogo keyboards as no charging or pairing is required. The tablet’s dedicated Pogo pin-connected keyboard locks into place securely so users can get to work quickly, and features a streamlined layout that optimizes key spacing to promote accurate typing. USB Type-C compatibility, meanwhile, provides more convenient cable connections as well as much faster data transfers. The Pogo Keyboard Cover comes in Gray colour and retails at RM499 / ~US$ 119.

A new selection of Galaxy Tab S3 covers will give stylish users the option to pair their tablet with soft-coloured Book Covers that feature powdery matte finishing and lightweight design to complete the device’s stylish look. Its dual usage mode – Viewing Mode or Touch Mode – makes it perfect for propping the tablet up to touch with ease or standing it up to watch movies comfortably. The Book Covers are also designed to magnetically attach the S Pen for quick access. Available in Black, White and Green colours, the Book Covers retail at RM199 / ~US$ 47.

 

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 Availability

The Galaxy Tab S3 is available in Malaysia at Samsung Experience Stores nationwide, including e-commerce partners Lazada and 11street, as well as authorised dealers starting 1st June 2017. Offered in understated Black and Silver colours to suit the refined tastes of modern millennials, the powerful tablet retails at an attractive recommended retail price of RM2,999 / ~US$ 719 inclusive of 6% GST.

[1] Expandable storage units sold separately from the device.

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

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

 

The Samsung Galaxy S8 Specifications Compared

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

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

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

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

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

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

Next Page > The Samsung Galaxy S8 Key Features

 

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The Samsung Galaxy S8 Cameras

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

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

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

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

 

Hybrid SIM & Fingerprint Sensor

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

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

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

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

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Iris Scanner & Facial Recognition

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

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

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

 

IP68 Dust & Water Resistance

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

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

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

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

Next Page > The Setup Process, Ergonomics, Available Memory & Storage

 

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The Samsung Galaxy S8 Setup Process

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

 

The Ergonomics

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

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

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

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

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Available Memory & Storage

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

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

Next Page > Camera Performance – Photos & Videos

 

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Camera Performance – Photos

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

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

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

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Camera Performance – Video Recording

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

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

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

 

Test #1 : Blues Band (1080p)

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

 

Test #2 : Blues Band (4K)

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

 

Test #3 : Street Market (1080p)

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

 

Test #4 : Street Market (4K)

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

 

Test #5 : Night Dancing (1080p)

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

 

Test #6 : Night Dancing (4K)

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

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Work Performance – PCMark

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

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

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

 

Battery Life – PCMark

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

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

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Battery Recharging Performance

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

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

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

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Gaming Performance – 3DMark

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

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

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

 

Overall Performance

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

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

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

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Our Verdict & Award

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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The Samsung Galaxy S8 Red Screen Defect Debunked!

You might have heard of the Samsung Galaxy S8 Red Screen issue. Many are now claiming that it is a defect that requires a recall, like that of the Galaxy Note7. But we will show you why this is just a software issue, not a hardware defect.

 

The Galaxy S8 Red Screen Defect?

While most of the world eagerly await their pre-ordered Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ smartphones, they have already shipped to Samsung fans in the United States and South Korea. However, some early users in South Korea claim that their Galaxy S8 and S8+ (Amazon | Lazada) smartphones have a very noticeable reddish tint.

They posted photos of their Galaxy S8 and S8+ (Amazon | Lazada) smartphones in forums and social media. The search term “Galaxy S8 Red Screen” trended at the top of Naver, South Korea’s top search engine.

 

Samsung’s Response

Samsung pinpointed the problem as a software issue, one that can be easily fixed with manual colour calibration by the user, or at Samsung service centers. However, they soon decided to roll out an update to fix the problem directly, while increasing their colour range.

“The Galaxy S8 and S8+ are equipped with Super AMOLED displays to provide rich, expressive colors and optimal color range, saturation and sharpness depending on the environment.

In the past, we have received feedback that consumers wanted the ability to customize the color setting of their Galaxy devices due to natural variations in displays, and we provided the option to do so in previous software updates.

While the Galaxy S8 and S8+ have the ability for the user to modify the color of the display, Samsung has listened to feedback and has decided to release a software update as early as next week which will provide customers with a further enhanced ability to adjust the color setting to their preference.”

But this has not allayed the concerns of some users, including people who are waiting for their pre-ordered Galaxy S8 and S8+ smartphones to arrive. More so when some media publications are fanning the story for more page views and clicks.

 

Super AMOLED Isn’t New Technology

Introduced in 2011, the Super AMOLED display technology has been around for about 6 years now. It has been improved since then, of course. But the current version has been around since 2014, and used without issues in the Galaxy S7 edge and even the Galaxy S6 edge.

The Super AMOLED display used in the new Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ (Amazon | Lazada) is hardly a new technology that is susceptible to glitches and poor manufacturing quality. That makes a software issue more plausible than a hardware or quality issue.

 

Debunking The Galaxy S8 Red Screen Defect

But we are not here to speculate, so we took a look at what might possibly cause the Samsung Galaxy S8 red screen effect.. As it so happens, we have a Samsung Galaxy S8 (Amazon | Lazada) and a Samsung Galaxy S7 edge. Let us show you why this is just a software problem, and what might be the real causes.

As our video demonstration shows, turning on the Blue light filter in the Galaxy S8+ (Amazon | Lazada) instantly gives the display a very noticeable reddish tint. Switching from the default screen mode of Adaptive display to AMOLED Cinema, AMOLED photo or even Basic also made the display turn a little pinkish.

So what can we conclude from this demonstration?

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  1. The Blue light filter option in the Samsung Galaxy S8 (Amazon | Lazada) produces an unnaturally reddish hue.
  2. The AMOLED Cinema, AMOLED photo and Basic screen modes in the Samsung Galaxy S8 produces a slightly pinkish hue.
  3. Changing the brightness level does not prevent the reddish / pinkish hue from occurring.
  4. The reddish / pinkish hues disappear when we turn off the Blue light filter and/or switch back to the Adaptive display screen mode in the in the Samsung Galaxy S8.
  5. The reddish / pinkish hues are not seen in the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge, even when we turned on the Blue light filter, or switched to a different screen mode.

You can replicate this phenomenon in any Samsung Galaxy S8 (Amazon | Lazada) smartphone. This shows that the display software that controls the screen modes and blue light filter are improperly introducing a reddish tint. The upcoming software update is likely to fix this problem.

 

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The Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro (SM-C900F) Phablet Review

The Samsung Galaxy A9 Pro was the sleeper hit of 2016. It was a large 6″ phablet that saw limited release and lacked a stylus, but proved to be highly popular. Samsung now attempts to replicate that success with the new Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro (SM-C900F) phablet. Let’s see how well they did!

 

The Galaxy C9 Pro vs. Galaxy A9 Pro Comparison

The Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro (Amazon | Lazada) appears to be a direct evolution of the Galaxy A9 Pro phablet. Here is a specification comparison of those two phablets.

SpecificationsSamsung Galaxy C9 ProSamsung Galaxy A9 Pro
ModelSM-C900FSM-A910F
Display6.0" Super AMOLED
- 1080 x 1920 pixels (369 ppi)
6.0" Super AMOLED
- 1080 x 1920 pixels (367 ppi)
ProtectionGorilla Glass with 2.5D edgeGorilla Glass 4
Operating SystemAndroid 6.0.1 MarshmallowAndroid 6.0.1 Marshmallow
PlatformQualcomm Snapdragon 652 (MSM8976)Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 (MSM8976)
Processor4 x ARM Cortex-A72 cores (1.95 GHz)
4 x ARM Cortex-A53 cores (1.4 GHz)
4 x ARM Cortex-A72 cores (1.8 GHz)
4 x ARM Cortex-A53 cores (1.4 GHz)
Graphics ProcessorQualcomm Adreno 510 (621 MHz)Qualcomm Adreno 510 (621 MHz)
Memory6 GB LPDDR3 (933 MHz)4 GB LPDDR3 (933 MHz)
Storage64 GB internal flash storage
microSD slot (up to 256 GB)
32 GB internal flash storage
microSD slot (up to 256 GB)
Front Camera16 MP Samsung S5K4H5YC sensor with f/1.9 lens8 MP Samsung S5K4H5YC sensor with f/1.9 lens
Main Camera16 MP Samsung S5K3L2 sensor with f/1.9 lens, dual LED flash and PDAF capability16 MP Samsung S5K3L2 sensor with f/1.9 lens and single LED flash
Connectivity4G : LTE Cat6
WiFi : 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (2.4 GHz and 5.0 GHz)
Bluetooth : 4.2
WiFi : 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (2.4 GHz and 5.0 GHz)
Bluetooth : 4.2
SIM CapabilityDual SIM, Dual StandbyDual SIM, Dual Standby
GPS SupportGPS, GLONASS, BeidouGPS, GLONASS, Beidou
Fingerprint SensorYes, integrated with Home buttonYes, integrated with Home button
Other SensorsAccelerometer, Proximity, Geomagnetic, Light, GyroAccelerometer, Proximity, Geomagnetic, Light, Gyro
Battery4,000 mAh lithium ion battery (non-removable)
- Supports fast charging
5,000 mAh lithium ion battery (non-removable)
- Supports fast charging
USB PortUSB Type C (USB 2.0)micro USB 2.0
Dimensions80.7 mm wide
162.9 mm tall
6.9 mm thick
80.9 mm wide
161.7 mm tall
7.9 mm thick
Weight188 g210 g

 

Unboxing The Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro

The Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro (Amazon | Lazada) comes in the usual white cardboard box that Samsung uses for their mid-range devices. The only difference is the size – it’s quite a bit larger. Let’s take a look inside!

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Inside the box, you will find the following items :

  • One Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro (Amazon | Lazada) phablet
  • One set of Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro documents
  • One 15 W Samsung adaptive fast charger
  • One USB Type C cable
  • One micro USB to USB Type C adaptor
  • One pair of Samsung earphones
  • One SIM card tray ejector pin

Next Page > The Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro, Card Trays & Fingerprint Sensor, Front & Rear Cameras

 

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The Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro Phablet

The Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro (Amazon | Lazada) is a 6″ phablet with Samsung’s signature Super AMOLED display. It is protected by Corning’s Gorilla Glass (unspecified version) with a 2.5D edge, and a full metal unibody chassis.

The Galaxy C9 Pro (Amazon | Lazada) runs on the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 SoC as the Galaxy A9 Pro. But the Cortex-A72 CPU cluster has a small clock speed boost from 1.8 GHz to 1.95 GHz. Samsung also gave the Galaxy C9 Pro 50% more memory and twice the internal storage.

The Galaxy C9 Pro (Amazon | Lazada) maintains the standard Samsung button placement of the Power button on the right, and the Volume buttons on the left. The separate SIM and microSD card trays are located on the right side, just under the Power button.

Like many thin devices,  the audio port on the Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro (Amazon | Lazada) is located at the bottom, next to the bidirectional Type C USB port. The package includes a micro USB to USB Type C adaptor, so you can reuse your old cables and OTG drives. But note that it is still using USB 2.0 standard, not the latest USB 3.1 standard.

 

Card Trays & Fingerprint Sensor

The Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro (Amazon | Lazada) has dual SIM, dual standby capability. It has a dedicated tray for two nano SIM cards, and a separate tray for the microSD card (up to 256 GB). Both card trays are located on the right side, just under the Power button.

The Galaxy C9 Pro (Amazon | Lazada) has an all-aspect fingerprint sensor that is integrated into the Home button. Our tests showed that it requires about 20 finger presses to register a fingerprint. However, it is very fast and accurate in recognising the registered fingerprint.

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Front & Rear Cameras

The Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro (Amazon | Lazada) boasts a 8 MP front camera that uses Samsung’s own S5K4H5YC BSI sensor. It is capable of recording 1080p videos at 30 fps. Thanks to its f/1.9 lens, it will have great low-light capability equivalent to that of the Samsung Galaxy S6 edge (Amazon) smartphone. It will come in handy since the front camera does not have flash support, not even screen flash.

The main camera uses the same 16 MP Samsung S5K3L2 sensor from the Galaxy A9 Pro, paired this time with a dual-tone LED flash. It boasts the same fast f/1.9 lens, which allows for better low-light performance. We will take a look at sample pictures and videos later in the review.

Next Page > The Initial Setup, Ergonomics, Memory & Storage

 

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Setting Up The Galaxy C9 Pro

The Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro (Amazon | Lazada) runs on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow, and is very easy to set-up. If you are setting it up as a new device, it should take you only 5 minutes to finish the setup process.

 

The Ergonomics

The Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro (Amazon | Lazada) is a large 6″ phablet that is just over 8 cm wide, so this is definitely a two-handed device. The Super AMOLED display is excellent as always, and the large screen with its full HD resolution is just perfect for watching movies.

The anodised aluminium chassis is smooth to the touch, with a nice satin finish that imparts a nice shine and yet is resistant to fingerprint smears. It actually feels easier to grip than the Galaxy A9 Pro, probably because it’s thinner and lighter.

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Available Memory & Storage

The Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro (Amazon | Lazada) comes with a whopping 6 GB of LPDDR3 memory, of which 3.8 GB (63.3%) is available for use. That is more memory than many smartphones actually ship with! Needless to say – you will never run out of memory with the Galaxy C9 Pro.

The Galaxy C9 Pro (Amazon | Lazada) also has 64 GB of internal flash storage. Of that, 51.9 GB is available to use, which is just awesome. If that’s not enough, you can top it up with a microSD card (up to 256 GB).

Next Page > Camera Performance – Photos & Videos

 

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Camera Performance – Photos

The Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro (Amazon | Lazada) uses the same excellent Samsung ISOCELL camera as the Galaxy A9 Pro, just upgraded with a dual-tone LED flash. The full 16 MP resolution is attained with the 4:3 aspect ratio. Each picture has a resolution of 4608 x 3456 and a file size of between 4.5 to 5.5 MB.

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

As the pictures show, the Galaxy C9 Pro’s main camera performs best in natural light. It occasionally has white balance problems (see the Dala horse sample) under artificial lighting. The camera isn’t the sharpest we have seen, but the noise level is low, even in low light conditions. With suitable distance, you can even get a pretty nice bokeh (see the flower sample).

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Camera Performance – Video Recording

Despite sporting a 16 MP sensor, the Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro (Amazon | Lazada) is only capable of recording videos of up to 1080p in resolution. This is likely Samsung’s way of differentiating the Galaxy C9 Pro from their more premium models like the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge. Let’s take a look at some sample videos.

 

Test #1 : Piano Recital

The first thing you will notice is how jerky the video appears. It is readily apparent that the Galaxy C9 Pro’s camera lacks both optical image stabilisation (OIS) and electronic image stabilisation (EIS). Noise cancellation was also sub-par. However, it showed pretty good control of the highlights in the background.

 

Test #2 : Food Trucks

We did this short take of some food trucks to test out the image stabilisation capability. Obviously, the Galaxy C9 Pro (Amazon | Lazada) didn’t do well in this test, because it lacks OIS or even EIS capability.

 

Test #3 : Night Dancing

The Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro (Amazon | Lazada) performed well in this test of its low-light capability. Its wide f/1.9 lens had no problem handling the low-light situation. It continued to exhibit good control of the highlights – the much brighter background was not completely washed out, as we have seen in many other smartphones.

Next Page > Work Performance, Battery Life & Recharging Speed

 

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Work Performance – PCMark

We tested the Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro’s performance using PCMark, which simulates work applications like web browing, playing video, writing text and editing photos.

Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro ASUS ZenFone 3 Ultra Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017) OPPO F1s
Work Performance Score
(Average)
5180 6313 4954 3884
Web Browsing 4539 6257 5143 3688
Video Playback 3989 4287 4515 3789
Writing 5689 7166 4948 4141
Photo Editing 6991 8262 5243 3933

The Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro (Amazon | Lazada) did well in this test, coming in just ahead of the Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017).

 

Battery Life – PCMark

We then tested the Galaxy C9 Pro’s battery performance using PCMark. It basically ran the PCMark work tests until its battery capacity dropped to 20%.

One of the Samsung Galaxy A9 Pro‘s main attraction was its large 5,000 mAh battery. To make the Galaxy C9 Pro (Amazon | Lazada) thinner though, Samsung reduced the battery capacity to 4,000 mAh. However, we are glad to note that it only reduced the battery life by 11.5% to 11.5 hours.

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Battery Recharging Performance

The Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro (Amazon | Lazada) 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 Galaxy C9 Pro (Amazon | Lazada) just 74.5 minutes (1 hour 14.5 minutes) to recharge its battery from 19% to 100%. That is 80% faster recharging than the Galaxy A9 Pro, and a battery life : recharging ratio of about 9.4 : 1 – a truly amazing performance.

Next Page > Gaming & Overall Performance, Our Verdict & Award

 

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Gaming Performance – 3DMark

We tested the Galaxy C9 Pro’s gaming performance using 3DMark, using the Ice Storm Unlimited test.

Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro ASUS ZenFone 3 Ultra Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017) OPPO F1s
Gaming Score 17587 17719 13540 7666
Graphics 22940 21124 13548 7511
Physics 9680 11328 13510 8265
Graphics Test 1 127.4 fps 115.2 fps 81.1 fps 49.4 fps
Graphics Test 2 81.9 fps 76.3 fps 46.2 fps 24.4 fps
Physics Test 30.7 fps 36.0 fps 42.9 fps 26.2 fps

The Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro (Amazon | Lazada) did well in this test, matching the ASUS ZenFone 3 Ultra in performance, and beating even the Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017).

 

Overall Performance

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

Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro ASUS ZenFone 3 Ultra Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017) OPPO F1s
TOTAL SCORE 84892 76096 56431 41486
3D SCORE 20812 18816 15458 4868
– 3D (Marooned) 12069 10861 10511 3188
– 3D (Garden) 8743 7952 4947 1679
UX SCORE 33130 26794 18496 17640
– UX Data Secure 6684 5077 5295 4885
– UX Data Process 4290 4198 2612 2542
– UX Strategy Games 8163 7503 3671 2829
– UX Image Process 9626 6879 3373 3885
– UX I/O Performance 4367 3137 3545 3499
CPU SCORE 23253 23689 16459 14336
– CPU Mathematics 8083 6950 3132 3142
– CPU Common Use 6787 6311 5199 4805
– CPU Multi-Core 8383 10428 8128 6389
RAM 7697 6797 6018 4643

The Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro (Amazon | Lazada) did well in this test, beating the ASUS ZenFone 3 Ultra by 11.6%, and the Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017) by a full 50%!

 

Our Verdict & Award

If you liked the Samsung Galaxy A9 Pro, you will love the Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro (Amazon | Lazada). It is literally an improved Galaxy A9 Pro, with a faster processor and a lot more RAM and storage. Samsung also upgraded the front camera with a 16 MP sensor, and gave the main 16 MP camera a dual-tone LED flash.

The Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro (Amazon | Lazada) also features a thinner, curvier design that fits better in the hand. The only downside – it has a 20% smaller battery, with a 11.5% shorter battery life. The good news – it takes just under 1 hour 15 minutes to fully recharge the Galaxy C9 Pro!

The Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro’s cameras lack stabilisation, so if you are taking videos, it’s best to use a tripod or a gimbal. But both front and back cameras have great resolution and low-light capability, thanks to their wide f/1.9 lenses.

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If you wish to use two SIM cards and a microSD card simultaneously, you will be glad to know that the Galaxy C9 Pro (Amazon | Lazada) has dedicated trays for two nano SIM cards and a microSD card.

Arguably, the main attractions are its large beautiful Super AMOLED display, coupled with its performance and large memory and storage capacities. They make the Galaxy C9 Pro a truly excellent entertainment / gaming device. Whether you like to watch movies or play 3D games, the Galaxy C9 Pro is well-suited to the task.

The Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro (Amazon | Lazada) is a great option for those who want a large phablet, and do not need a stylus. We like it so much, we think it deserves no less than our Reviewer’s Choice Award. Congratulations, Samsung!

 

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The Meizu Pro 6 Plus Smartphone Revealed!

Meizu just revealed their top-of-the-line smartphone – the Meizu Pro 6 Plus (Amazon | Lazada). Our first impression when we first saw it was how similar it was to the Samsung Galaxy S7 (Amazon | Lazada). Check out their presentation and our hands-on preview, and see for yourself just how similar it is to the Samsung flagship smartphone!

 

The Meizu Pro 6 Plus Key Features

In this video, the Meizu Director for Asia Pacific Region, Mr. Gary Xu, revealed the key features of the Meizu Pro 6 Plus (Amazon | Lazada). He also touched on the Meizu M5 Note (Amazon | Lazada), which they also launched at the same time.

After the launch event, we had some time to try out the Meizu Pro 6 Plus (Amazon | Lazada). Here is our hands-on preview!

Here is a summary of the Pro 6 Plus’ key features :

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Full Metal Unibody – Touted as “Stronger Than Ever”, its metal unibody has a micro-arc design that takes 30 steps and 150 hours of precise craftsmanship.

High Performance – The Meizu Pro 6 Plus boasts the same Samsung Exynos 8890 SoC that powers the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge (Amazon | Lazada). It also comes with 4 GB of LPDDR4 memory and 64 GB of storage!

Large Beautiful Display – The Meizu Pro 6 Plus boasts the same beautiful Super AMOLED display used by the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge (Amazon | Lazada). It’s just bigger at 5.7″!

Sony IMX386 Camera – Meizu equipped the Pro 6 Plus with the 12 MP Sony IMX386 sensor, which supports PDAF. It is paired with a f/2.0 lens that supports 4-axis image stabilisation, and a 10-LED circular flash.

USB 3.1 Type C – The Pro 6 Plus not only uses the latest bidirectional USB Type C port, it supports the USB 3.1 standard, allowing for much faster transfers.

24 W Fast Charging – The Pro 6 Plus has a 3,400 mAh battery with 24 W fast charging capability. A 30 minute charge is enough to recharge it to 60%!

The Meizu Pro 6 Plus (Amazon | Lazada) is available right now in three colour options – Gray, Silver and Gold. It is priced at RM 1,999 / ~US$ 439.

 

The Meizu Pro 6 Plus Specifications

SpecificationsMeizu Pro 6 Plus
Display5.7" Super AMOLED display
- 1440 x 2560 pixels (518 ppi)
ProtectionAircraft-grade aluminium alloy unibody, with 2.5D glass
Operating SystemAndroid 6.0 Marshmallow with Flyme 5
System PlatformSamsung Exynos 8890
Processor4 x Samsung Mongoose cores (2.0 GHz)
4 x ARM Cortex-A53 cores (1.5 GHz)
Graphics ProcessorARM Mali-T880 MP10
Memory4 GB LPDDR4 SDRAM
Storage64 GB internal flash storage
Front Camera5 MP sensor with f/2.0 lens
Main Camera12 MP Sony IMX386 sensor with f/2.0 lens
- 4-axis OIS, PDAF, laser AF, 10-LED ring flash
Connectivity4G : LTE Cat8
WiFi : 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (2.4 & 5 GHz)
Bluetooth : v4.2
USB : USB 3.1 Type C
SIM CapabilityDual nano SIM, Dual standby
GPSGPS / AGPS / GLONASS
Fingerprint SensorYes, built into Home button
Other SensorsHeart rate, gravity, ambient light, IR proximity, gyroscope
AudioESS ES9018K2M decoder + ADI AD45275
Battery3,400 mAh lithium-ion battery (non-removable)
- supports 24 W fast charging

 

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The 2017 Samsung Galaxy A7 (SM-A720F) Review

We covered the 2017 Samsung Galaxy A7 quite extensively after its launch, with a look at its new IP68 capability and the 7 upgrades since the 2016 model. But there is nothing like a full review, and that’s what we are proud to share with you today – our comprehensive review of the 2017 Samsung Galaxy A7 (SM-A720F) smartphone!

 

The 2017 Samsung Galaxy A7 Specifications

Here are the 2017 Samsung Galaxy A7 specifications, compared against the 2016 model.

SpecificationsSamsung Galaxy A7 (2017)Samsung Galaxy A7 (2016)
ProtectionCorning Gorilla Glass 4Corning Gorilla Glass 4
Dust- And Water-ResistanceIP68-rated
- water submersion up to 1.5 m for up to 30 minutes
Not water-resistant
Display5.7" Super AMOLED (1080 x 1920 pixels)
- Always On Display
- Corning Gorilla Glass 4
5.5" Super AMOLED (1080 x 1920 pixels)
- Corning Gorilla Glass 4
System PlatformSamsung Exynos 7880 OctaSamsung Exynos 7580 Octa
Processor8 x ARM Cortex-A53 cores (1.9 GHz)8 x ARM Cortex-A53 cores (1.6 GHz)
Graphics ProcessorARM Mali-T830MP2ARM Mali-T720MP2
Memory3 GB RAM LPDDR3 (1066 MHz)3 GB RAM LPDDR3 (933 MHz)
Storage32 GB internal flash memory
microSD slot (up to 256 GB)
16 GB internal flash memory
microSD slot (up to 128 GB)
Front Camera16 MP fixed focus camera with f/1.9 lens5 MP fixed focus camera with f/1.9 lens
Rear Camera16 MP PDAF sensor with f/1.9 lens13 MP sensor with f/1.9 lens
Connectivity4G : LTE Cat.6
WiFi : 802.11a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth 4.2, NFC
4G : LTE Cat.6
WiFi : 802.11a/b/g/n
Bluetooth 4.2, NFC
Fingerprint SensorYesYes
USB PortUSB Type Cmicro USB 2.0
Battery3,600 mAh lithium-ion (non-removable)
- supports Fast Charging
3,300 mAh lithium-ion (non-removable)
Wireless Charging SupportNoNo
Samsung Pay SupportYesYes
Dimensions77.6 mm (wide) x 156.8 mm (tall) x 7.9 mm (thick)74.1 mm (wide) x 151.5 mm (tall) x 7.3 mm (thick)
Weight186 g172 g
Launch PriceRM 1,899 / ~US$ 419RM 1,899 / ~US$ 499
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Unboxing The Samsung Galaxy A7

The 2017 Samsung Galaxy A7 comes in the ubiquitous white Samsung cardboard box. Not as fancy as the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge‘s classy black box, but hey, it’s a completely different segment. Watch us unbox the 2017 Samsung Galaxy A7 in this video, and look at what we found inside!

Inside, you will find the following items :

  • One 2017 Samsung Galaxy A7 smartphone
  • One Samsung 15 W adaptive fast charging travel charger
  • One USB 2.0 to Type C USB cable
  • One pair of Samsung earphones
  • One SIM card tray extractor
  • One set of  Quick Start Guides and Warranty Cards and a Region Lock Guide

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The 2017 Samsung Galaxy A7 Quick Tour

Before we go into the details of the 2017 Samsung Galaxy A7, let’s take a quick 2-minute tour of its key features.

The 2017 Samsung Galaxy A7 has a large 5.7″ display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080. It also uses a Super AMOLED panel, which gives very rich and vivid colours and true black. Perfect for watching full HD videos.

It is also notable as being the first Samsung Galaxy A series smartphone to boast IP68 dust- and water-resistance. That means it is rated to withstand complete immersion in water up to 1.5 m in depth, for up to 30 minutes.

On the left side of the 2017 Samsung Galaxy A7, you will find two Volume buttons and the SIM1 tray. On the right side are a Power button and curiously, the speaker ports.