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iPhone 8 Release Date Updated: Specs, Price, 512 GB Variant “Confirmed”

iPhone 8 Release Date Updated: Specs, Price, 512 GB Variant “Confirmed”

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The new updates involving the upcoming iPhone 8 are becoming more and more real. One thing is for certain, however, the iPhone 8 won’t be a cheap phone, rather, it will be high up there in costs somewhere near the Galaxy Note 8 is. This is because Apple is now going for high end displays and tech components that just costs a lot to manufacture or ship in. The Apple iPhone 8 will be a tenth anniversary for the iPhone series and we are only weeks away from the great unveiling. Due to all the leaks and images floating around on the web many shouldn’t find the unveiling too surprising just like we saw the the Note 8 unveiling a few days ago. We are still looking at Apple for the pricing.

The naming scheme was rumored to be changed to include a “iPhone Edition” moniker or perhaps be called the “iPhone X” in light of the 10th anniversary of the iPhone’s. We are expecting to see wireless charging (finally), a curved 2.5D OLED display that will be near bezel-less, and a vertical dual camera panel which is quite strange to see. If rumors do follow through then expect to see the iPhone X launch beside the iPhone 7S and 7S Plus.

Release Date

The iPhone 8 is expected to be unveiled on September 12.

Some reports have made claims that the premium smartphone will not be available for sale until Q4 of this year and also only a limited quantity will be released then. There has been reports that there were problems with the Touch ID sensor which delayed some of the companies production line.

Others have suggested that the iphone 8 will not actually come out in 2017 but rather, early 2018 next year. A research company has made claims that Apple is currently facing issues in their supply chain and they have “technical challenges”.

All this is yet confused with more reports that Apple is actually on schedule and the iPhone 8 should be delivered to us this year sometime in October.

Price

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We’ve taken notes from Apples new Macbook’s in terms of how the company is pricing their products. Every year the iPhone will become more and more expensive due to the fact that the internal components are becoming closer and closer to laptop performance products. Oh how fast technology is and how fast it learns to suck our wallets dry. The highest-spec iPhone model will cost more than 1000 USD alone. This can translate to somewhere around 1500 CAD in Canada.

A report made by Forbes has provided pricing of between $1100 and $1200 and the iPhone 8 will come in configurations of 128 GB or 256 GB only which limits choices and forces people to pay a premium.

Rumored Specs

  • 5.8 inch 2.5D OLED Bezel-less Display
  • All-Glass construction with a brand new Design
  • Wireless Charging Support
  • 71x143x7.4mm Physical Dimensions
  • New Apple A11 Processor Chip
  • Rear-facing Touch ID sensor
  • iOS 11 with upgraded Siri
  • 3D Face recognition technology
  • Vertical Dual camera (both len’s finally to receive OIS)
  • Support for LTE Cat.16

 

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Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Summary! Here are the Specs and What you need to know

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Summary! Here are the Specs and What you need to know

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Today morning, Samsung finally unveiled the New Samsung Galaxy Note 8 in New York at their Unboxed event. Following their slogan: “Do Bigger Things” they proceeded to present brand new features and functions that is now included in the Note 8. Here is a quick run down of the Official specifications of the Samsung Galax Note 8. The Note 8 goes on sale on sept. 15.

Official Specifications:

  • Display:
    • 6.3 inch Super AMOLED Infinity Display
    • 2960 x 1440 (~521 ppi pixel density) resolution
    • Corning Gorilla Glass 5
    • 18.5:9 Aspect Ratio
  • System:
    • CPU: Exynos 8895 Octa core (International) OR Snapdragon 835 Octa core (North America)
      • Cpu specs:
        • Exynos 8895 Octa Core: (4 cores running @ 2.3 GHz + 4 cores running at 1.7 GHz)
          • GPU: Mali-G71 MP20
        • Snapdragon 835 Octa Core: (4 cores running @ 2.35 GHz Kryo + 4 cores running at 1.9 GHz Kryo)
          • GPU: Adreno 540
    • Memory:
      • 6 GB RAM
      • 64 GB internal storage + microSD support for up to 256 GB
    • Battery:
      • 3,300 mAh battery
  • Camera:
    • Primary: DUAL camera:
      • 1 x 12 MP (f/1.7) 26mm wide angle lens with Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) and Phase Detect AF
      • 1 x 12 MP (f/2.4) 52mm telephoto lens with Optical Image Stabilization (OIS)
    • Secondary (Selfie) Camera:
      • 8 MP (f/1.7) Autofocus lens
        • Can record video (1440p QHD @30 fps)
    • Video:
  • Sound/Music:
    • High end AKG headphones included in box
    • 3.5mm Headphone Jack integrated
    • 32-bit/384kHz audio
  • Networking:
    • Bluetooth 5.0, A2DP, EDR, LE
    • USB: Type-C 1.0 Reversible Connector
  • Available Features:
    • Iris scanner, fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer, heart rate, SpO2
    • Available Colors: Midnight Black, Maple Gold, Orchid Grey, Deep Sea Blue
  • S PEN specs:
    • 4096 pressure levels
    • Fine tip (0.7mm)

What is so special about the Note 8?

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Samsung opened up their presentation with that gorgeous 6.3 inch Infinity Display. It is vibrant as ever and has a cinematic view with HDR support. It is rather cool to see that the Note 8 can retain a 6.3 inch (6.2 inch with curved edges) yet keep a small and slender body that fits comfortably in the hand (compared to the bulkier iPhone 7 Plus). The Note 8 also has an aspect ratio of 18.5:9 which means that it is on the “tall” side with a near bezel-less display. Samsung pitched this big feature as an opportunity for users to “more space to do bigger and greater things”.

Just like last years Note 7 and this years S8 and S8 Plus the Note 8 features a body design that has perfect symmetry. This simply means that the phone curves forward and backwards in such a seem-less fashion that it just feels right in your hands. However, for the Note 8 they made the edges more flatter giving it a different feel from the S8 and S8+ which just keeps rolling around all the way to the other side. Especially after continuous usage you should feel less hand fatigue. The Note series have always been designed with the S Pen in mind. It was the first to create a “phablet” category many years ago and now, following tradition, we are given a beautiful device that is the embodiment of this concept. With more screen real-estate you should find drawing your art, writing down notes and writing a journal entry on the go to be a joy.

The S Pen and Features Improved

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The S Pen is also water proof / dust proof this year so no worries in getting it accidentally wet or cleaning it with a wet cloth on occasion. This year with the Note 8, Samsung has improved upon and included new and useful features for the S pen suite. For example, users can now do more with the “screen-off memo” where you can just immediately write on the screen (even if it is off) when you pull out your S Pen. They’ve changed this so that you can actually keep on writing your ideas, your eureka moment or that address or information on and on (up to 100 pages) without turning on your phone! You can also pin your idea, to-do list, or what ever you’ve jot down onto the AOD (Always On Display) screen.

They’ve also included animated GIF functionality with the S Pen suite. Here, you can use the S Pen to write a message, draw a little doodle on an image or white canvas and send it to your friends via messaging apps to any phone around the world! An important note to make is that some social media and messaging apps may not support certain GIF size / lengths. This is a nice touch by Samsung which enables handwritten messages on photos, custom drawn emoji’s and animated GIF’s to express your feeling in the moment to your friends. A hand drawn and animated “Thank You” looks and feels a lot more better than a boring old typed out “thank you”.

Creating your own GIF’s is also back! Here you can use the S Pen and capture a an area of a video that is currently playing on your screen or what ever you see. This will then save a snippet of that area you’ve just captured and it will save it as a GIF. Pretty cool and we found it super useful and fun to play with back on the Galaxy Note 7. This was particularly useful in situations where websites did not allow for the downloading of their GIF’s or Videos but we really wanted to share it with our friends and family. You modify the size of the shapes when capturing the GIF.

The S Pen has always been used by us in different ways. Some use it to journal in the mornings while sipping on their coffee, some use it to jot down tons of notes around the clock, while others actually create some impressive art pieces with their S Pen’s. It looks like Samsung has included a wide range of brushes, pens, and various coloring tools to help you on this journey. A pretty nifty feature that Samsung has added via “PEN UP” (the companies Galaxy Note S Pen Artists Hub kind of like flickr or deviant art) are coloring pages. These are images designed by artists which you can download and just color in. (This is for you folks who love coloring books no matter the age).

Other features of the S Pen include the ability to hover your pen over text that is in a different language to have it automatically translated for you into English. The feature was further updated so that it can also automatically convert various units and currency into the USD or CAD (however you set it up).

Of course, the S Pen makes it super easy for us to save entire articles from the web for us to use for research or reading material later on. Screen writing, S Pen Glance and Magnify features are also available but these have been available since the Note 4 and 5 days.

The S Pen also has that clicky tip which really feels great when in our fidgety moments.

Some Awesome Note 8 Functions and Design

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The Display is huge, yet the body is somehow so small and sexy. This enables you to view more content on screen which prevents the need to constantly scroll around and zoom around as you would need to on smaller screened (similar sized body) smartphones out there. The Infinity Display also has HDR 10 compliance which provides more details in the shadows and creates a beautiful image in your videos that support this feature. By now, many popular shows should support this such as shows on Netflix.

Samsung also added a cool new way of launching your apps. It is done by linking two apps together and adding it to your home screen. Now whenever you tap that icon the phone launches both apps in multi-window mode (one on top and one on bottom). This is really useful for situations such as when you start driving you can tap it to launch both your Google Maps and your music app simultaneously. Pretty cool. Let us know how you plan to use this feature in the comments below.

The Phone weighs 195 g (or 6.88 oz) and has a physical dimension of 162.5 x 74.8 x 8.6 mm (6.40 x 2.94 x 0.34 in. The back panel is also made of Corning Gorilla Glass 5 and the whole phone (including the S Pen) has an IP68 certification for an awesome dust/water proofing of over 1.5 meters deep and up to 30 minutes long.

This year, the Note 8 uses a smaller battery compared to the Note 7 which is rated at 3,300 mAh capacity. Combined with Samsung’s 8-point battery safety check and their experiences from the past we are rest assured that we will not see another fiery fall of the Note. Thanks to the 10nm processor (Exynos for internationl and Snapdragon for NA) the power efficiency should be high enough to give us a full day of usage, but battery life will need to be further tested when we have our own unit in hand. What was not announced was the fact that Samsung included some new chemistry that enables the battery within the Note 8 to retain 95% of its life even after a years worth of usage. Comparably, all other smartphones out there only retain about 80% battery life after a typical years worth of usage.

The New Dual Camera

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The Note 8 is the first Galaxy phone to come with a dual camera but what differentiates Samsung from other companies is the fact that each sensor contains OIS (optical image stabilization) while other manufacturers could add OIS only to the wide angle lens. This translates to smoother, more stabilized video footage and sharper photos even when using that telephoto optical zoom. Samsung stood on stage and showed a side by side comparison of the Note 8 and the iPhone 7 Plus’ video recording and they did present a rather shaky footage from the iPhone 7 Plus while the Note 8 had a reasonably stable footage. We aren’t sure as to how reliable this comparison is but we should certainly see that the OIS will work for the 52mm telephoto lens.

The cool new feature is that Samsung also included a 2x optical zoom which eliminates the need to digitally zoom in on subjects which destroys quality and you lose so much information. With actual moving lens’ we should see some pretty cool images coming out of the Note 8.

Samsung also created a new function called “Dual Capture” which enables users to take one photo which saves as two different photos: one telephoto and one wide angle. This opens up some pretty cool options such as saving both or if you change your mind and what more of the story in your photos you have this option.

Portrait mode has also been implemented into the Galaxy Note 8 which enables you to blur the background of your subjects in post. This is called “Live Focus” and you can apply this effect via a slider after you take the photo. They presented this pretty well on stage but we will have to test this our selves and compare it to the iPhone 7 Plus.

Both sensors have a 12 MP platform but only the wide angle lens has a wide aperture of f1.7. The telephoto lens has an aperture of f2.4. So in the dark of night it would be wiser to use the wide angle lens to take those amazing photos as we have seen on the likes of the S8 and S7 Edge. The Dual Pixel sensor is also available only on the wide angle sensor which enables smooth and fast focus transitions.

Of course, the Note 8 comes with a suite of modes such as “Food Mode”, “Pro Mode”, “Panorama”, “Time lapse” and “slo mo”.

The Selfie Camera seems to remain unchanged

Not that this is a bad thing because the selfie camera on the S8 was pretty great. This is a 8MP f/1.7 bright selfie lens with the new smart auto focus function included. This is one advanced selfie camera. The selfie camera should serve you well even in low lighting and give you that crisp selfies you need.

Expandable storage and 3.5mm headphone jack is back!

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Not that it went away, but we are happy to see that Samsung is listening to the voice of the people and keeping that 3.5mm headphone jack as well as expandable storage that supports microSD cards for up to 256 GB. Samsung is including their AKG headphones in box so Note 8 users can enjoy some pretty sweet beats with their new smartphone.

Performance Speculation

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The Note 8 is expected to be super fast and smooth thanks to the already tested and well known Exynos 8895 or the Snapdragon 835. The 6 GB RAM should also really bring added improvement to multitasking as well, about time Samsung caught up to other manufacturers in this front. With the Vulkan API also leading the charge and combined with the advanced Graphics enabled in the Note 8 via the MALI-G71 MP20 or the Adreno 540 we are in for some pretty sweet benchmarking alongside faster performance and networking speeds.

The Vulkan API enables console-quality gaming experiences which is leading the charge for developers to create some Triple A quality games for the smartphone arena. Expect to see some graphic-intensive games run very smoothly on your Note 8.

Gigabit LTE support and Gigabit Wi-Fi support is also included (but this really depends on where you live) so you can enjoy streaming, downloading, and just surfing online at up to 1 gigabit per second. Thats insanely fast and probably only available in certain countries such as South Korea and Japan.

Biometric Security and Samsung Knox

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Samsung includes all of their advanced security measures and features for you to utilize. This includes all the functions we know and heard and love such as: the Iris scanner which has already been shown to work lightning fast and is pretty reliable. The Face recognition feature also works well but may be on the lower end of security. Patterns, Pins and passwords are certainly available and of course the finger print sensor.

The fingerprint sensor is found on the same place at the back as we saw on the S8 and S8 Plus. This may cause some disturbance yet again with people but we have seen people adapt to the situation and begin to really use and love their premium smartphones. We aren’t too worried.

All of Samsung’s security measures operate within the secure containers of Samsung Knox which is a military grade security system that is nearly fool proof. Consider your data kept safe.

Samsung Bixby

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Samsung Bixby received some pretty cool updates which should also arrive on the S8 and S8 Plus. Now you can program Bixby to understand key phrases or words and Bixby will perform complicated tasks based on the circumstance you need it. For example, they showed us how you can simply state “Good Night” to Bixby which then proceeded to open the Alarm app, set the alarm to 6 AM, then turn on the Blue light filter. Furthermore, saying “Food Picture” prompted Bixby to open the camera app, change the camera to Foodie Mode, take the photo, open the gallery app, and move the picture of the food to the “Foodie folder”. Now that’s pretty awesome.

It seems like Bixby is growing everyday and being improved upon. We wonder how efficient and powerful Bixby can become into the future.

How Much Will it Be and When is it Out?

The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 will be quite expensive. In Canada it is 1299.99 CAD while in the US it is around 950USD. Expect to pay a big premium for a premium smartphone. The company announced that the Note 8 will go on sale beginning September 15 2017. This is good news as usually Samsung takes months for it to get the devices out.

Your local carrier should be providing a cheaper alternative up front with a 2 year contract term or other.

Will you be buying the Galaxy Note 8? Let us know in the comments below!

 

 

 

The New LG G7: The Rumor Wheel Begins… (Constantly Updated)

The New LG G7: The Rumor Wheel Begins… (Constantly Updated)

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The LG G7 is expected to succeed the latest LG flagship phone: LG G6, but this happening in early 2018. We are only in August 2017 as of this article being written but people have already begun churning the LG G7 rumor wheel. Follow this thread to keep yourself up to date with the LG G7 rumor’s. Not only do we wish to update you on actual leaks but we hope to provide some of our opinions to help get your imagination rolling as well.

Whats happening in 2018?

It is obvious that all major players in the smartphone arena have the tendency to pump out a new flagship and a bunch of smaller budget/medium performance smartphones. So it is not hard to believe that LG will be pushing out the new and improved LG G7 as their next flagship phone. So don’t expect the G7 to launch any time in 2017.

Important Points and Specs:

Expected Specs:

  • CPU: High-End Snapdragon 845 PRO Octa-core Processor
  • GPU: Adreno 550
  • RAM: 6 GB
  • 64 GB / 128 GB internal storage + microSD support
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
  • Dual Camera system with a faster lens (aperture of f/1.7)
  • 6.2 inch OLED Display

When is it coming out?:

Judging on the trend that LG is following, we expect the LG G7 to come out sometime in Spring 2018.

G7 News and Rumors

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As of this moment there aren’t too many rumors to go by, however, there has been reports that LG will begin to implement OLED display panels into their flagship phones. So we expect the LG G7 to also receive an OLED display. We are guessing that due to a bezel-less panel route we are expecting the phone to receive a 6.2 inch OLED display panel as well. Just like the S8 Plus that still manages to be thin and small with an incredibly bezel-less 6.2 inch display. We are certain that LG will try to compete with such a rival. Apple seems to also be taking on a similar route.

The LG G7 is expected to be unveiled during the Mobile World Congress 2018. This is expected to happen sometime late February to March. Look out for MWC 2018. However, like any manufacturer, timings are never perfect. LG can be late to the show (as the company was previously) and have varied greatly beginning with the LG G.

LG G7 Specs

5G Enabled Inside

There is a strange rumor going around, that which we are unsure about, but the G7 is expected to have a 5G connectivity available. This would mean that super high-speed data transfer speeds are possible with the next LG flagship via 5G modems.

5G is the next generation but a work in progress so we are unsure if the technology will be available by the time the G7 is available. 5G is not available in North America yet so we shouldn’t get our expectations up high just yet. The rumor comes from Business Korea who purported that the 5G connectivity will be one of the major selling points for the LG G7. Other phone’s expected to receive this will include the Galaxy S9. The 5G technology was first introduced by Qualcomm Technologies which boasts telecommunication speeds that are five times faster than the current wireless data networks available.

If this follows through then the LG G7 will come with Qualcommm’s Snapdragon X50 5G modem.

Snapdragon 845 PRO and 6 GB of RAM

We are still quite a ways off to be hearing any substantial leaks and rumors directly about the LG G7, but we can certainly get by using information we already know. Qualcomm is already in the works based on a legal dispute between Qualcomm and Apple. The Snapdragon 845 chipset was listed among Qualcomm’s patent list which has not yet been announced. Although the 845 is expected to be unveiled in 2018 with a 7-nanometer process (which provides an increase of 30% in it’s power efficiency and power gain) compared to the already tiny 10-nanometer Snapdragon 835 we have today.

LG G7 AMOLED Display and a Redesign

The AMOLED display is more of a speculation and wish based on some news information we have been seeing. With OLED panels we may be seeing some interesting design language changes with the LG G series. The G7 may come with a bezelless design that rivals that of the S8/Note 8 and the upcoming iPhone 8.

Under the display fingerprint scanning technology does exist, it’s just that it is quite hard to implement with our current available technology. However, things may change in 2018 with the G7 perhaps being the first flagship phone to boast such a feature. This would mean that LG can get rid of the finger print circle from the back found on the G6 and just keep it under the display. This could mean that the G7 could receive a pressure sensitive home button like the Samsung Galaxy S8.

It is safe to assume that the LG G7 will have an all glass front. Still we hope to see that a reshaped display front could happen instead of the strange display shape on the LG G6. LG, however, did begin the trend of bezel-less displays and unique looking phones. Apple is expected to jump on the band wagon finally.

Expected Pricing

The cost for a premium flagship phone is always on the rise. The demands are always there and manufacturers manage to introduce new and more expensive features.

It is expected that the LG G7 will have a USD price tag of 750 and about 900 CAD. While in the UK it is expected to receive a price tag of about £610.

Stay Tuned!

We will keep our post updated for any more LG G7 news as soon as they come available

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LG G7 and LG V30 Expected to Receive OLED Display Panels in 2018

LG G7 and LG V30 Expected to Receive OLED Display Panels in 2018

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LG’s biggest rival; Samsung in South Korea has been using OLED displays for a very long time. Now, even Apple is expected to finally jump on the OLED train with their upcoming iPhone 8. So it is only natural for LG who also produces display panels in the industry to begin pumping on OLED panels for their own flagship phones. OLED displays are colorful with deep blacks and bright vibrant displays compared to LCD panels.

An article produced by theinvestor in Korea talks about this very topic. The company stated that LG is expected to begin investing in OLED displays in the G7 and V30 in the latter half of 2017. The LG V30 is expected to arrive sometime in September and will be a large-display premium flagship. The G7 is expected to follow in Spring 2018.

The LG V30 is the next best from LG to come out so we will see what actually happens. The advantages of OLED panels over LCD panels is not necessarily in how it looks. Yes, the OLED panel will provide deeper blacks and more vibrant colors (and usually brighter), however, the OLED panel have individual pixels that can be turned on or off which means that the screen is capable of providing you a pure black imaging experience. Using a black background, therefore, also saves you battery power because the individual lights are turned off. So if the G7 and the V30 receives the OLED panels we will welcome it with open arms.

It shouldn’t come as a surprise

Rather, we know that LG has been manufacturing OLED displays for quite some time. We see it in their big flat screen smart TV’s and they have been selling their display panels to many other companies around the world. The company has the resources and the infrastructure to implement this technology into their latest and greatest flagship devices.

Not only would OLED panels provide the technical advantages mentioned above, but it would also give LG a bit more of a footing while competing against the likes of SAMSUNG and APPLE. Despite all of the speculation’s and rumors made thus far, we still take all this information with a grain of salt. However, we a pretty certain LG is going to jump on this bandwagon very soon. It is about time.

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Samsung Releases Galaxy Note 8 Details By Accident!

 

Samsung Releases Galaxy Note 8 Details By Accident!

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We only have 2 days left to wait for the official unveiling of the new Samsung Galaxy Note 8. These are exciting times as many folks are already looking at the Note 8 to be the next king of the smartphones. The Samsung Note series have always been power houses that featured larger displays, high end specs, an S-pen, and a premium brand. Everyone began noticing the Note series since the first GALAXY NOTE.

Though there is little time left in terms of our wait for the next best device from Samsung, Best buy and other persons have managed to leak substantial data on the Note 8. By now, everything is pretty much confirmed. This includes the Dual Camera lens with one sensor housed in an f/1.7 bright lens while the other contains a 2x Optical Zoom lens. Portrait mode will also be introduced via the dual camera. The fingerprint sensor found on the back, a 6.3 inch Super AMOLED Infinity Display on the front and an upgraded S-Pen will be nestled at the bottom.

The Note 8 will certainly come with the Exynos 8895 (International) or the Snapdragon 835 (North America) which are the high end silicon chips that power the latest smartphone flagships. A Dust/Water resistance rating of IP68 will also be introduced. Expect to see 64 GB of internal storage (with microSD support), and the return of the 3.5mm headphone jack. The Battery capacity found inside is expected to be 3,000mAh. Of course, the Note 8 will feature the next iteration of Bixby as well as all of the fancy sensor’s such as the IRIS scanner and the face recognition system.

The colors expected to come will be: Midnight Black, Maple Gold, Orchid Grey, and Deep Sea Blue.

Look below at the images to see all of the juicy leaks that is being passed around online about the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 8. The Note 8 will be Unveiled in New York on August 23, 2017, while the Note 8 is expected to go on sale as early as September 15.

 

Samsung Galaxy S8 Long Term Update Review

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As Samsung gears up to unveil the Galaxy Note 8 on August 23 we wanted to take one more look at the amazing Samsung Galaxy S8 again. This is more of a long-term review after much use and we hope this will assist potential buyers who are now looking to buy their own Samsung Galaxy S8 at a lower cost. Generally the cost of smartphones do go down as time also passes by and newer flagships replace the last one. Also those who are looking at the Samsung Galaxy S8 are usually the folks who want all the latest and greatest that Samsung could offer but in a smaller form factor (5.8 inch display vs 6.2 inch on the S8 Plus). Please note that this is not a Galaxy S8 Plus review this is just for the regular S8.

The SAMSUNG Galaxy S8 is a fantastic option and it will be for a long time coming. Many manufacturers are hard pressed to come up with something similar in terms of a bezel-less display. It is absolutely gorgeous.

Here is the quick run down of the Galaxy S8 SPECS:

 

Specifications:

  • Physical Specs:
    • 148.9 x 68.1 x 8 mm (5.86 x 2.68 x 0.31 in)
    • 155 grams
    • Corning Gorilla Glass 5
    • IP68 Water and Dust proof for up to 1.5 meters of water (30 minute limit)
    • 3.5mm headphone jack available
  • Display:
    • Super AMOLED 5.8 inch display (~83.6% screen-to-body ratio)
    • 2960 x 1440 (570 ppi pixel density) resolution
  • System Specs:
    • CPU: Exynos 8895 Octa core (International) vs. Snapdragon 835 Octa core (North America & China)
    • GPU: Mali-G71 MP20 (Exynos Model) vs. Adreno 540 (Qualcomm Snapdragon Models)
    • 64 GB internal storage space
    • 4 GB RAM
    • microSD support
    • Bluetooth 5.0
    • 3000 mAh battery pack
  • Camera Specs:
    • 12 MP, f/1.7, 26mm Phase Detect Autofocus camera
    • 8 MP (Autofocus) Selfie Camera (Also f/1.7)
    • 1/2.5″ sensor size
    • 4K video recording @ 30fps and 1080 FHD recording @ 60 fps available

 

The Long Term Review and Update

After much usage over the months we have found that the Samsung Galaxy S8 still remains to be the best phone we have ever used till this day. It remains to be a quick, snappy experience and the battery life is more than adequate (leaving us with an average of 30% battery charge at the end of the day after heavy usage). We want to address an elephant in the room that involves the positioning of the fingerprint sensor found on the back (up top beside the camera module). In all honesty, it was kind of awkward to use at first but after a day or two we personally got used to it and began a new habit of reaching up to the fingerprint sensor when we are trying to log into a site via Samsung Pass.

Despite the positioning of the fingerprint sensor we are confident that many will find this to be a great purchase.

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Performance Report

After all this time the performance of the S8 has not reduced in the slightest. It remains to be a power house and the latest Exynos or Qualcomm chips simply blast through all the tasks you may throw at it. We are at a point where performance should not be an issue unless you are deeply concerned with benchmark scores that does not necessarily translate to better or worse real world usage. The 4 GB RAM is enough for launching multiple apps and utilizing Samsung’s multi window features as well. Being a gorgeous and premium flagship we found no lag in the device’s UI or tasks.

Gaming is as expected, no issues at all. You can go and throw the most 3D intensive game and you can expect the device to run smoothly. Currently, the best performer is the One Plus 5 due to its light weight operating system. However, it is important to note that at this point all phone’s will have zero problems (especially flagship phones such as the Galaxy S8) dealing with all the CPU/GPU intensive tasks.

Camera Performance

The camera found on the S8 delivers, even in low light circumstances. When compared to the iPhone 7 Plus at a local pub at 10 PM at night the S8 provides brighter more detailed images than the darkened unusable photos that the iPhone 7 Plus’ automatic mode delivers. The only source of light was the pub sign and the street lamps along with some restaurant fire places outdoor. I have consistently received positive remarks from friends and family expressing their surprise at the great performance the S8 provides for a smartphone.

You will be most happy with the 8MP front facing selfie camera as well that which also hosts a wide aperture of f/1.7 as well. This enables brighter selfie images to be taken during low light situations. Just make sure you turn off Samsung’s facial effects and correction options that make you look thinner (artificially). Samsung provided an updated software on top of the camera. This new software takes 3 images whenever you hit that shutter button once and combines the three into a brighter and more detailed image. All of this is happening behind the scenes but we are mostly impressed by how fast the S8 focuses on our subjects and takes bright and usable photos where most other phones will fail.

On normal days, in normal lighting the S8 produces brilliant images (albeit the software seems to over sharpen the images a bit). The colors are rendered vividly and the focusing is fast. Focusing and shooting a close subject yields a shallow depth of field producing a thin background.

Design Comments

The S8 has a large screen of 5.8 inches but do not be intimidated because the phone itself is surprisingly small. This is possible due to the new Infinity Display that enables such a bezel-less design and that enables the company to eliminate any excess bulk. The S8 with a bigger sharper display is still smaller than most phones out there. It is easy to hold and the phone itself is very light so it takes a longer amount of time before you feel any hand fatigue (dependent on user’s hand size as well). The build quality is very high as expected so you have a very nice finish on the glass and edges.

The Infinity Display is like a dreamy landscape that sort of flows off of the phone on both sides only to be stopped by super thin bezels at the top and bottom of the S8. But it is this technology that enables Samsung to give us such a light weight and high quality phone. You are basically looking at a display, not a bulky phone.

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Battery Life Notes

After quite a few months this year the phone went through the daily motions of heavy usage. It doesn’t get too hot and we know Samsung has stated that their batteries have been newly designed to last longer than 2 years. This means that while other phone’s will have their lithium ION battery packs lose their life after a year or two while on the third have it nearly cut to 75% of its total life the Samsung S8 will have a pretty fresh battery even then. The battery life is excellent on the Galaxy S8 lasting us the whole day and still having about 30% left after a heavy usage. With only text, browsing, social media, uploading photos, and taking calls you should be left with about 60 to 70% remaining charge at the end of the day.

How Good is the Iris Scanner and Facial Recognition?

This is where things become a bit more opinionated. To be honest, the only times the Iris Scanner and Facial Recognition does not work its best is during night time and if you have some accessories such as contact lenses on.  To try and replace the finger print scanner (that works in pitch darkness) with the Iris or facial scanner systems is a bit iffy at best. Sure, the features work lightning fast and rather reliably in good lighting and in good conditions but we cannot always be in good conditions 100% of our waking moments. So the features themselves are awesome, fun to use sometimes, and are blazing fast (to the point where you don’t even realize it sometimes) but the features are a long shot to be replacements to that trusty Finger Print sensor.

Conclusion

The Galaxy S8 is an iconic flagship smartphone designed by Samsung. It is the first to come with a high end Infinity Display with a Super AMOLED panel and also many of Samsung’s custom features you can find inside the settings of your S8 are actually quite useful. Samsung included bits and pieces of options where users can tweak and customize battery saving options, screen resolution, app behavior, and much more.

Overall, if you have been on the fence waiting for the price to go down, your patience has paid off. Samsung will begin dropping the cost of the S8 as we witness the launch and unveiling of the new Galaxy Note 8 coming out on August 23 2017 and its global releases in the next few months. It is only natural for Samsung to cut the costs of their previous flagship models to bolster the sales of their new one. The Note 8 is also an important milestone for the company as well to repair the image of the “Note” Branding.

The S8 is the best of the best in terms of what a smartphone can be, despite certain hardware quirks the S8 is a worthy consideration to be your next smartphone.

 

 

 

Samsung Releases New Galaxy Note 8 Teaser Trailer!

Samsung Releases New Galaxy Note 8 Teaser Trailer!

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Samsung recently released a new Samsung Galaxy Note 8 teaser that presents multiple big head lining words that seem to be describing what they believe the Note 8 will embody. The company seems to be guiding the consumers towards a “bigger” future that the Note 8 will probably bring. We know some of the leaks that have been revealed thus far including a  Snapdragon 835 processor, Exynos 8895, potential 6 GB or RAM, 64 or 128 GB of internal storage (with microSD support), a 3.5mm headphone jack, an Infinity Display, 6.3 inch Super AMOLED Display, and an upgraded S Pen feature.

Not only will the specs be crazy good but the price tag is expected to be the highest we have seen thus far with Samsung devices. Let’s remember that the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 will be a crucially important flagship phone that the company will be releasing. Due to the fall of the Note 7 last year the company lost much in terms of revenue and also consumer trust in the “Samsung Note” brand. The Samsung Note brand always had the tradition of bringing the latest and greatest of Samsung’s innovations and current smartphone tech. So all the teasing via the video that they released can certainly be pointing us to a direction where they are planning to provide some massive surprise or perhaps just a massive upgrade from the Galaxy S8/S8+ and the Note 7.

The Note 8 will be the first Samsung phone to feature Samsung’s own Dual Camera set up which features one f1.7 aperture lens and a f2.4 aperture lens that comes with a 2X optical zoom. Optical zooms are preferred over digital zooms as optical zooms yield higher quality images while digital zooms lose a lot of pixel information as the software artificially “zooms” in on the subject (as opposed to physically moving glass). The dual camera’s are expected to be fast, bright (in low light), versatile and will still provide the best picture quality we have all grown accustomed to beginning with the S7’s fantastic low light camera.

Nonetheless, without further ado, check out the simple Samsung Note 8 teaser provided below as the August 23 Unveiling in New York will commence very soon.

Samsung S8 and S8+ Prices Are Slashed in Preparation for the Galaxy Note 8 Launch

Samsung S8 and S8+ Prices Are Slashed in Preparation for the Galaxy Note 8 Launch

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The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is pretty much upon us now. On August 23, Samsung will unveil their new flagship phone while most likely releasing it on Sept. 1.  Samsung will be competing with the upcoming Apple iPhone 8 and the Google Pixel 2. So in preparation to garner all consumers together Samsung is beginning to lower the price point of the Galaxy S8 and S8+ as a final effort to bolster more sales. Now would be a good time to buy your own Galaxy S8 or S8+ if you were on the fence about it. The S8 flagships have the highest possible specs and spacious storage. The Infinity display alone is usually a big reason to get the phone, it is simply beautiful to look at and use.

First off, for a big $150 discount look on Amazon and you should see some Unlocked S8’s and S8+’s. We have seen pricings of $574.99 for the Galaxy S8 and about 674.99 for the S8+. The only option is the midnight black model, however. This is also the US model of the S8 / S8+.

Bestbuy in the USA also hosts some similar deals offering up to $150 off. You may want to visit your local Bestbuy to try and find a good S8 deal. It seems like Bestbuy has not only the Midnight Black option but also the Coral Blue option for the S8/S8+.  Not only is Bestbuy hosting these deals, we are seeing US carriers stepping up to the plate as well including the likes of; AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint. For example, AT&T is hosting a buy-one-get-one deal while Sprint offers you a 400$ discount and Verzion a 300$ discount off the total cost of the phone.

Those who like to purchase their Galaxy phones should just visit Samsung’s online store who are offering discounts but is asking for you to send in your old smartphone.

Let us know in the comments below if you think you would buy the Galaxy S8/S8+ or if you’d rather want to wait for the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 8.

Will the iPhone 8 have bezel-less displays?

iPhone 8 Bezel-less Design Confirmed

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Many are familiar with popular youtuber MKBHD who has been presenting a “dummy” model of the iPhone 8. Reports have been stating that Apple is already in the process of manufacturing the iPhone 8 models in anticipation of it’s release soon in a couple of months. The next-generation iPhone 8 is a cross breed between the LG G6, the Essential Phone, and a bit of the Samsung Galaxy Infinity Display series. Apple purchased a large shipment of OLED displays from Samsung last year and we are expecting it to arrive this year so we expect Apple to include awesome OLED panels into the iPhone 8. The iPhone 8’s then, should produce deeper blacks and more vibrant colors.

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As leaked earlier the new iPhone 8 design features this is the closest rendition we have to what it may look like. Unfortunately, leaks cannot be taken as facts and this dummy iPhone 8 model may be wrong. However, we do know that people are expecting Apple to unveil a special edition of the iPhone 8 during Apple’s event in September which may feature a completely different design.

The design suggests that the home button is removed from the front and is now found on the side (the button doubles as a finger print sensor). The display also reaches all the way to the top of the phone which serves as a “status bar” area but is a continuous display from top to bottom. The display is only interrupted in the top center region due to sensors and the selfie camera.

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The iPhone 8 is reported to have a 2436 x 1125 resolution panel which should yield a sharper display than the 1080p resolution found on the iPhone 7 Plus.

The edge-to-edge display panel also includes a 3D facial recognition system at the top which is Apple’s next implementation that is expected to replace the Touch ID fingerprint sensor.

Further rumors and reports have suggested that the iPhone 8 will now come with a glass back panel instead of aluminium metal backs. This is sort of a throwback to the iPhone 4 / 4S days but in this case we should expect the iPhone 8 to finally support wireless charging.  So will the iPhone 8 finally support wireless charging? We certainly hope so, and another leak showed an x-ray image that showed wireless charging coils undergoing tests.