Samsung has finally made its Galaxy Note 9 smartphone official during its annual Unpacked event in New York City, confirming some of the things we already knew, some of the rumors, and a bunch of new exciting things for the Note 9.
First off: let's tackle the Fortnite exclusivity rumors - yes, the Galaxy devices have Fortnite for Android as an exclusive for "a few days" but by the time the Galaxy Note 9 actually hits users hands, that exclusive will be finished. The biggest change with the new Note 9 is that it features a much larger 4000mAh battery (Note 8 rocks a 3300mAh battery) that Samsung promises all-day battery life with, and is the largest battery to be used in a Note smartphone ever.
The display has been upgraded slightly from the Note 8, with the new Note 9 featuring a 6.4-inch Super AMOLED display with a native resolution of 2960x1440. If you pre-order the Note 9 now you'll receive a set of AKG N60 over-ear, noise-canceling headphones that are worth $299. You'll also get a Fortnite Galaxy skin and 15,000 V Bucks ($150 worth of value) - or both that you'll get for $99, a saving of $350 if you purchased them separately.
Samsung has a whole lot of hype around its upcoming Galaxy Note 9 smartphone and for good reason - it's the last flagship smartphone the company will unveil until at least CES 2019 which is when we should begin to see or hear official things about the Galaxy X, the world's first foldable smartphone.
For now, we'll deal with the latest rumor on the Galaxy Note 9 that sees it packing a huge 1TB of storage. Not only that, but Samsung will be pushing a larger battery into the Galaxy Note 9 where 'all-day battery' is being offered. We're expecting a 4000mAh battery inside of the Galaxy Note 9, up from the smaller 3300mAh battery which should provide the 'powerful all-day battery' that Samsung is teasing.
Samsung should offer up a Galaxy Note 9 with 512GB of storage and the option of upgrading to 1TB of internal storage with the expandable microSD card slot taking up to 512GB. There aren't 512GB microSD cards available in all countries, but Samsung will still be able to market the Galaxy Note 9 as having 'up to 1TB' off storage.
We all know Samsung is about to officially announce its bigger and better Galaxy Note 9 smartphone, so it should come as no surprise to see yet another leak that brings us closer to the official announcement.
Evan "evleaks" Blass is at it again, with Samsung itself publishing a pre-order announcemnet for the Galaxy Note 9 on their own website which reads: "Say hello to super power" and that first-in-best-dressed customers can pre-order the Note 9 so they can be "one of the first to experience it".
We know that the Galaxy Note 9 will feature a USB-C charging port, keeps the 3.5mm headphone jack, dual rear-facing cameras and a fingerprint sensor on the back. The newly-styled yellow stylus looks awesome, too.
Motorola held a press event at its HQ in Chicago, where the company announced the new Moto Z3 smartphone that has some world exclusive features and even a huge upgrade path.
The new Moto Z3 smartphone will be an exclusive to Verizon in the United States, with the smartphone itself rocking a 6-inch Super AMOLED display with dual 12-megapixel rear-facing cameras. Inside, Qualcomm takes care of the horsepower with its Snapdragon 835, 4GB of RAM, and 64GB of flash storage.
Motorola has something impressive when it comes to Moto Mods with the new Moto Z3, with the company announcing the new 5G Moto Mod that will be a snap-on accessory for the Z3 that will add 5G connectivity in the future. Motorola didn't discuss price, but it's an impressive thing to see - upgradeable 5G tech on a smartphone really is a next level upgrade.
A report from Sensor Tower has revealed that Fire Emblem Heroes on mobile has reached yet another milestone, coming in with a massive $400 million in revenue since it's release back in February of 2017.
Fire Emblem Heroes released on the 2nd of February last year, and when the title moved passed it's 1 year mark it had already successfully made $300 million in revenue. The recent report from Sensor Tower Store Intelligence has shown that the game has added on another $100 million to that total, which has now brought the title to the level of the most successful Nintendo game released on mobile. Fire Emblem Heroes has beaten other Nintendo mobile titles such as Super Mario Run by six times it's revenue, and Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp by nine and a half times.
According to Sensor Tower, 52% of this spending comes from Google Play and the remaining 48% from Apple's App Store. On a geographical basis, Japan holds most of the games revenue with 56%, looking towards Western markets the United States comes in at only 31%. Since Fire Emblem Heroes' release, the game has made $20 million a month for Nintendo, Sensor Tower reports that players have spent $23 million worldwide in just the month of June. For Further information regarding Fire Emblem Heroes, visit the official website here.
Turing Space Industries has teased its new concept smartphone dubbed the HubblePhone, which if it ever makes it to market would be the most elaborate smartphone ever made. We're talking dual CPUs, quad LCDs, and 5G connectivity... just for starters.
HubblePhone will pack four screens (three screens really, as the "main" display wraps aaround the back of the device) but at the end of the day you can only use two of the displays at once. Inside, there's not one but two Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 chips, a huge 60-megapixel rear-facing camera with 15x optical zoom. Connectivity wise, TSI is promising 5G.
Furthermore, HubblePhone will rock a dual OS with Android 9.9 and Sailfish 3, while there'll be dual batteries keeping everything up and working with a 2800mAh main battery in the upper deck, while the main 3300mAh battery takes care of the rest.
What will this beast of a concept smartphone cost you? Oh, only $2749. Turing wants to have the HubblePhone in US markets by June 2020 with a launch in Europe in August 2020, China in September 2020 and globally by December 2020.
I'm a proud owner of Samsung's larger-than-life Galaxy Note 9 smartphone while my wife recently upgraded herself to the Galaxy S9 and I have to say I'm mad jelly at the camera improvements of the latest Galaxy S9... that is, until I read the rumors on the new Galaxy Note 9 camera.
According to SamsungMobile.News on Twitter, the new Galaxy Note 9 "can shoot 960fps for 0.4 seconds. 0.2 seconds more than the #GalaxyS9" which will be impressive. Samsung will reportedly use a dual 12+12-megapixel rear-facing camera rig on the Galaxy Note 9 while a 9-megapixel front-facing camera takes care of those all-important selfies.
Samsung's new Galaxy Note 9 will have one huge selling point according to the rumors: a larger 4000mAh battery that will pack Quick Charge 4.0 support for super-fast charging of the even larger battery. Inside, we should expect a revised and improved S-Pen that will this time, be Bluetooth-enabled.
Sony announced its new IMX586 sensor during the week, the world's first 48-megapixel camera sensor for smartphones that will be powering unknown smartphones in the future, something that could include a future flagship smartphone from Sony themselves.
Well, according to a screenshot on GFXBench spotted on Weibo, the purported Sony Xperia XZ3 smartphone could rock the new 48MP snapper. In the post the purported Xperia XZ3 is listed with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 and teases a '47 MP' camera (of which the specs are most likely misreporting since the new 48MP sensor is so new).
The massive 48-megapixel sensor would be capable of shooting stills at a resolution of 7932 x 5932, which is just incredible. Of course this rumor should be taken with grain of salt as usual, but in a world where Huawei's flagship P20 Pro smartphone has a triple-camera setup, we shouldn't be surprised if Sony uses its own next-gen sensor inside of a new flagship smartphone.
The next-gen iPhone will have an Intel modem inside of it and we know that because Qualcomm Chief Financial Officer George Davis said during their recent earnings call that Apple plan on using their competitor's modem inside of the new iPhones.
Davis said: "Apple intends to solely use our competitor's modems rather than our modems in its next iPhone release", so while Intel isn't mentioned specifically, they are the only other supplier of modems to Apple for the iPhone. Apple was using 4G modems from Qualcomm through various iPhones since 4G appeared on the market, but it had also used Intel modems - without great success, I might add.
Also remember that Apple and Qualcomm are in a patent infringement and royalty dispute, with the iPhone maker suing Qualcomm in early 2017 over alleged overcharging to use LTE modems. Qualcomm hit Apple back saying the company owed more money to Qualcomm in royalties, and t hat Apple infringed on some of their patents as well as reportedly sharing proprietary information with Intel. Qualcomm went as far as trying to get some models of the iPhone banned from sale in the US, but didn't get that far.
Qualcomm is a company like no other, the US-based technology giant doesn't sleep in its quest for connecting every human being on the planet with teh fastest mobile connectivity possible, and today is no different.
Enter the new world's "first fully-integrated 5G NR mmWave and sub-6GHz RF modules for smartphone and other mobile devices". It's super-small, with the QTM052 mmWave antenna module family and the QPM56xx sub-6GHz RF module that will be joined with the Snapdragon X50 5G modem that will be powering next generation smartphones.
This might not sound like much, but when I talked to Qualcomm about this last week they said that until now, a working mobile mmWave solution was not possible. It hasn't happened, and wasn't close - and somehow, with most likely dark magic and lots of Redbull, they've pulled it off - 5G will become a reality in 2019.