The Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ are here, official, unwrapped, and we go in full hands-on mode. We might be sending off another UNPACKED event preceded by weeks of overwhelming leaks, but we are surely heading towards a new chapter in the smartphone photography. Read all here:
Unlike many of its big-brand competitors, Sony didn’t shy away from major announcements at MWC 2018. In fact, it took the wrappers of a shiny new pair of flagships, that boldly marry new design concepts with incremental hardware updates.In many ways, the XZ2 and XZ2 Compact are a logical and incremental step up over their direct XZ1 and XZ1 Compact predecessors. A beastly Snapdragon 845 chipset powers both, HDR support is added to the new panels and video recording. Everything is now either bigger, louder or with more pixels. Read all here:
Apple’s new US$350 HomePod could make an impact in several ways. In addition to providing listeners with highly praised sound quality, the smart speaker literally could make an impression on some of the wood surfaces it touches — in the form of white rings.
The HomePod, which is compatible only with other Apple products, can stream music to those who have an Apple Music subscription. It has a few other capabilities too — including the dubious ability to mar certain types of wood surfaces. more here
It’s no secret that voice assistants are a Trojan Horse. You “buy” a voice assistant like an Echo Dot or a Google Home, and you plug it in and give it your Wi-Fi password. But you don’t “own” it like you own a computer. The software is controlled entirely by Amazon or Google or some other company. So, I bought a Trojan Horse in December as a little self-gift for Christmas: an Echo Dot.
The renders were tweeted by frequent mobile tipster Evan Blass, who later claimed that the full Galaxy S9 color lineup could include Midnight Black, Lilac Purple, Titanium Gray and Coral Blue. Black and gray are common colors for Samsung’s Galaxy phones, but we’ve seen coral blue before and it’s gorgeous. In many markets, Samsung’s coral blue phones tend to be released as special editions. gs9-invite Enlarge Image Check out that purple 9. Samsung While we’ve seen purple Galaxy phones in the past, the lilac purple shade is a new one, and may be special for the release of the Galaxy S9. It’s worth noting that the official invite for the Galaxy S9 unveiling event on Feb. 25 included the number 9 in a shade of purple. Coincidence? Maybe, maybe not.
So, no more Redmi Notes eh? The Redmi 5 Plus should clearly have been the Note 5, a successor of the Redmi Note 4, but Xiaomi wanted a fresh start. The fifth generation is trying to shake things up and the new look obviously called for a new name. So, Xiaomi retired the Note brand promoting the Plus from a mere qualifier to a proper name. The phablet lives on regardless, and goes all-in with a wide 6″ screen. Read more here:
Raining Coins Nintendo 3DS!
Raining Coins just released in Europe & America Nintendo eShop!
* Super cute graphics & characters.
* 4 worlds & 80 exciting rounds to play.
* Dress Eve up with skirts, costumes and accessories!
* Get help if you need it.
* Stereoscopic 3D supported.
* Graphics change according to weather conditions.
Find it in your 3DS eShop.
Apple and Huawei have already introduced AI-focused chipsets last year, the A11 Bionic and Kirin 970, respectively. Not one to allow itself to be left out of the latest trends in the mobile world, Samsung is reportedly working tirelessly on a Neural Processing Unit (NPU) of its own. For mobile devices, the company is said to have already reached “the technological levels of Apple and Huawei”, or so unnamed sources in Korea claim. Samsung will even “come up with better chips” (than Apple and Huawei) “for sure in the second half of the year”. The race is on, then.
The company only started developing its NPU in the second half of 2017, which is the reason for the delay compared to its competitors. With an NPU, a smartphone can process, analyze and store data without the need of a cloud server. Samsung is likely to showcase some of its NPU’s capabilities at MWC in Barcelona next month, though it’s unclear if that will be an open presentation or a ‘behind closed doors’ type of event. The first handset to come with Samsung’s NPU built-in will be the Galaxy Note9, which is apparently scheduled to launch in September. More here
We know, it’s rather hard to realize that the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ are already six months old – unleashed onto the world on April 21, 2017, these two still look as forward-thinking and futuristic as it gets. Yet, all kings and queens have to relinquish their thrones, which will happen to the Galaxy S8/S8+ in a few months’ time as well. The newcomers? Well, it doesn’t take a genius to know that the Galaxy S9 and S9+ are about to supersede Samsung’s current flagship stock, and given our general impression with Samsung’s current flagships, it’s definitely hard to NOT get excited about next year’s Galaxies.
OnePlus has officially listed a Sandstone White variant of its OnePlus 5T flagship smartphone on the company’s website. This new variant looks similar to the recently launched Star Wars limited edition OnePlus 5T and sports the same ‘sandstone’ textured back as seen on the OnePlus One and OnePlus 2. OnePlus has also posted a video announcing the launch of the smartphone. There is currently no update on when the variant will be launched in India.