Samsung is going to have the biggest year of all time in 2019, with the company hyping up the release of the world's first foldable smartphone that will act as a tablet in your pocket, but there's also the Galaxy S10, Galaxy Note 10, and their 10-year anniversary of launching the Galaxy range of devices. 2019 is going to be huge.
But now there's new rumors on the larger-than-life next-gen Galaxy Note 10 which will reportedly ship with a huge 6.66-inch panel, with Samsung summoning the devil with its new Super AMOLED display. This is a chunk larger than the 6.4-inch panel on the Galaxy Note 9, and larger than the iPhone XS Max with its 6.5-inch display. There will also be the Galaxy S10 and S10+ to content with.
Samsung's upcoming Galaxy S10+ is said to have a 6.44-inch display, while the normal Galaxy S10 will reportedly have a 5.8-inch panel which is the same as the S9, while the S9+ rocks a 6.2-inch panel.
Samsung is ramping up towards the release of their foldable smartphone, with mobile boss DJ Koh talking with CNET recently saying that the foldable smartphone when unfolded, would provide the abilities of a tablet.
This would include multi-tasking and a huge screen, that when finished with, can be folded into a smartphone and put in your pocket. Koh said: "When we deliver a foldable phone, it has to be really meaningful to our customer. If the user experience is not up to my standard, I don't want to deliver those kind of products".
Koh says that a foldable smartphone will be very niche at first, but the market will grow out and get more popular, where he added that "we do need a foldable phone".
Remember that the 10th anniversary of the very first Galaxy smartphone rolls around next year, which means it's perfect timing for a new Galaxy F smartphone alongside the reveal of the Galaxy S10, all for the 10th anniversary of the first Galaxy. 10 will be a big deal for Samsung next year: Galaxy S10 followed by Galaxy Note 10, while a foldable smartphone is thrown into the mix.
Google debuted its new Google Home Hub last week alongside the new Pixel 3 and Pixel XL 3 smartphones, with Google Home Hub coming in at $149... and yet less than a week later Home Depot has it for $99 with free shipping.
The new Google Home Hub is a small smart display with a 7-inch touchscreen panel that is perfect for videos or social media at the kitchen bench, or in bed. It rocks all of the latest Google Home features, with Home View, the new dashboard from Google that lets you control and manage smart devices in your house.
Buy the new Google Home Hub from Home Depot for $99 right here.
Razer has just made its next-gen Razer Phone 2 smartphone official, a new phone that has a bunch of tweaks and adjustments made to it in the pursuit of making the best gaming smartphone ever.
The new Razer Phone 2 features the same 5.7-inch 2560x1440 120Hz IGZO-based LCD, a beefed up Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor, 8GB of RAM, and it starts with 64GB of storage. Razer Phone 2 also has expandable storage, so you can throw in a large microSD card - or you could wait for the 128GB version which is coming at a later date.
A big change to the new Razer Phone 2 is that the company redesigned the entire camera system from the ground up, using Sony sensors compared to the Samsung sensors in the first-gen Razer Phone. The new 12-megapixel dual-lens camera on the back are massively improved over the first-gen Razer Phone, with optical image stabilization included.
Google has just unveiled its next-gen Pixel 3 and Pixel XL 3 smartphones, as well as their new Chrome OS-based Pixel Slate tablet. The new Pixel Slate competes with the iPad Pro and Surface Pro, with some neat tricks underneath the hood.
The new Pixel Slate can be configured with five different combinations of CPUs, RAM, and storage. Google is making all models of the Pixel Slate with 8th gen Intel CPUs in Celeron, Core m3, Core i5, and Core i7 models.
Pixel Slate rocks 8-megapixels on both the front and back with the front-facing 12MP camera sporting a wide angle lens for video chat/conferences. There's front-firing stereo speakers, and a large 12.3-inch display with a native resolution of 3000x2000.
Google has formally unveiled the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL phones today at their Made By Google event.
The Google Pixel 3 sports a 5.5-inch 2280x1080 OLED display. The Pixel 3 XL is a larger 6.3-inche 2960x1440 OLED display. A Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset with the Adreno 630 GPU power both phones along with 4GB of RAM, and 64GB/128GB storage. The phones will be running Google's Android 9.0 Pie.
The phones have dual speakers and dual cameras (8-megapixel sensor, an f/1.8 lens, auto-focus, one is wide-angle) on the front. A single-lens camera (12.2-megapixel sensor, with f/1.8 lens) and a fingerprint sensor can be found on the back of the devices. Unfortunately, neither model has a 3.5mm headphone jack, but Google includes a pair of USB-C Pixel earphones. The physical composition of of the phone is made from an aluminum body, and glass casing, which will support wireless charging.
ASUS and Razer might have a stranglehold on the gaming smartphone market, but Chinese smartphone giant Huawei is rumored to enter the market with the new Mate 20, Mate 20 Pro, and the huge Mate 20X.
Huawei's purported Mate 20X is expected to be absolutely huge with a 7.21-inch OLED display and a native resolution of 2240x1080. Inside, it should be powered with the Kirin 980 SoC, 8GB of RAM, and Huawei's own GPU Turbo technology.
The company is teasing that it is hosting an event in London on October 16 for the new Mate 20X smartphone with a tease of #HigherIntelligence (so expect AI technology of course) and the #UltimatePerformance. The tweet from the official Huawei page on Twitter shows someone holding the Mate 20X and its in ice.
Apple is making some serious coin with its new iPhone XS Max, with TechInsights breaking down the new smartphone and seeing how much the components inside cost. The estimates come to $443 for the 256GB version of the iPhone XS Max, which is on shelves for $1099.
The previous-gen iPhone X in 64GB cost $395.44 in components, so the larger NAND on the iPhone XS coming in 256GB is costing more, but so are some of the other chips on the phone. The display on the new iPhone XS Max is the most expensive part of the smartphone costing $80.50 while the A12 processor and modems come in at $72 while storage is the third most expensive part of the new iPhone XS Max coming in at $64.
The cameras on the iPhone XS Max cost $44 while the housing and mechanical components cost $55, with all prices for all components being higher than the iPhone X because the iPhone XS Max is a larger phone with a 6.5-inch display.
The foldable smartphone race will begin later this year, with both Samsung and Huawei fighting to be the first to market with the world's first foldable smartphone. Huawei is now back in the news with Huawei deputy chairman Ken Hu confirming that a new foldable smartphone with 5G connectivty will be in consumers' hands in 1H 2019.
During the World Economic Forum panel, Hu said: "In our first [5G] smartphone we're going to introduce a foldable screen".
5G will usher in a new world of connectivity that isn't just blistering speed, but it will be 4K and beyond video streaming, more smartphones used during dense events without speed loses (think concerts, sports matches, etc), cloud-based AI with low latency, streaming 4K and beyond games, 10x increased cloud usage thanks to super-low latency and super-high speeds, and so much more.
Current 4G/LTE technology was created before the rush of the world of apps, so Netflix, YouTube, Facebook, and the like came out after the big leap to 4G technology was created. The world has changed so much and now connectivity will leap to the next generation with 5G, but also foldable smartphones from the likes of Huawei and Samsung. These new smartphones will be the big change between the current iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max and new Galaxy S9 and Galaxy Note 9 smartphones.
The rumor mill is starting early on Samsung's next big thing with the purported Galaxy Note 10 sporting a codename of 'Da Vinci'. Samsung's just-released Galaxy Note 9 was codenamed 'Crown' and is already a feature-packed handset... but Samsung could dial things up to 10 with the new Galaxy Note.
SamMobile ponders whether Samsung will usher in a huge design change with the new Galaxy Note 10, with the site explaining the 'Da Vinci' codename "could also simply be a hint at a major design upgrade for the Galaxy Note 10 (and the Galaxy S10), given how Leonardo da Vinci's most famous work is the painting of the Mona Lisa".
Other than the new codename, we know nothing concrete on the purported Galaxy Note 10. Hell, Samsung might not even name it the Galaxy Note 10. In between now and then we are to expect Samsung to unveil the world's first foldable smartphone in the Galaxy F, which could be unveiled as soon as the next couple of months, if not we should see it unfold at CES 2019 in January.