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Samsung could launch the Galaxy S9 sooner than expected

Anthony Garreffa | Nov 16, 2017 at 11:35 pm CST

Samsung will most likely experience the biggest smartphone launch of all time when it launches its flagship Galaxy S9 smartphone next year, but with the increased threat from Apple with the new iPhone X, the South Korean giant could reveal the new Galaxy S9 in a few months time.

Samsung could launch the Galaxy S9 sooner than expected |

Italian tipsters are now teasing that Samsung will unveil the Galaxy S9 early, but didn't specify when. If we look back at previous Galaxy smartphone reveals, Samsung unveiled the Galaxy S8 in March around a month later than expected; at MWC in February. They delayed it to let the flames die down a little bit surrounding the explosive problems of the Galaxy Note 8 at the time.

India Today reports that Samsung will unveil the Galaxy S9 at MWC 2018 in February, but cites no sources. This is probably all rumor, but it's not going to be unexpected that Samsung launches the Galaxy S9 in March-April, with a reveal 2-4 weeks earlier at either MWC 2018 or its own Samsung Unpacked 2018 event in March.

Qualcomm team up with ZTE and China Mobile for 5G networks

Anthony Garreffa | Nov 16, 2017 at 10:39 pm CST

Qualcomm is blazing towards its 5G dominance in the near future with a team up between ZTE and China Mobile, with the companies testing their systems for 5G networking which will deliver speeds like nothing we've seen before.

Qualcomm team up with ZTE and China Mobile for 5G networks |

The companies have created an end-to-end 5G NR test system that is capable of a data connection based on the 3GPP R15 standard, meaning the companies are testing the quality of data transmissions over 5G networks that will one day replace 4G LTE networks. The upcoming 3GPP standard will be a big part of the global 5G radio rollout, marking the first time that a compliant data connection has been made between multiple vendors.

The demo was completed at China Mobile's 5G Joint Innovation Center and used ZTE's new 5G NR pre-commercial base station alongside a prototype 5G NR sub-6GHz chip from Qualcomm, which uses the 3.5GHz spectrum and supports 100MHz bandwidth.

Cristiano Amon, executive vice president at Qualcomm Technologies explains: "Achieving the world's first end-to-end 5G NR interoperable data connection is true testament to our 5G leadership, driving toward the timely launch of standard-compliant commercial networks. Qualcomm Technologies is committed to the continued success of China's wireless industry and we are excited to collaborate with ZTE and China Mobile to accelerate the path to 5G in China".

Some iPhone X displays have 'nasty green line' problems

Anthony Garreffa | Nov 13, 2017 at 2:44 am CST

Apple isn't having a good time with its new iPhone X smartphones, with a bunch of customers on Apple's forums and Reddit complaining that their new iPhone X has an annoying green line that runs down the side of the screen.

Some iPhone X displays have 'nasty green line' problems |

The green line on the display looks like an entire row of bright pixels, like you would get on a faulty display and in this case an OLED display manufactured and supplied by Samsung. You can simply swap over your new iPhone X with a new one at any Apple Store, but it's still a huge hassle after you might have set it all up and now have to wipe it and do it all over again.

On top of that, we have 'cold weather responsiveness' issues with the iPhone X, and FaceID not working with some users' faces when they're wearing glasses.

Apple rumored to be preparing AR glasses and 'rOS' for 2020

Anthony Garreffa | Nov 10, 2017 at 1:39 am CST

We've heard it before, but Apple is working on augmented reality products with a new report from Bloomberg saying the company would be reading to show off its AR tech in 2019, shipping AR glasses in 2020.

Apple rumored to be preparing AR glasses and 'rOS' for 2020 |

Apple CEO Tim Cook has been into AR for quite a while now, with the first seed being planted in the AR garden with Cook revealing ARKit, allowing iOS devices to run augmented reality apps and experiences. Apple's release of AR glasses would drive this home, but the company needs its own custom chip that can handle the graphics and computational tasks required, which will be in real-time, and something that you wear.

The new AR glasses would be interacted with through head gestures, voice commands that you'd use Siri with, or a touchscreen-based remote. Apple is expected to unveil rOS with its AR glasses, which stands for reality operating system.

Apple wins $120 million in slide-to-unlock war with Samsung

Anthony Garreffa | Nov 7, 2017 at 9:55 pm CST

Apple and Samsung has been in court for what feels like forever, but in their latest high-profile dispute over the slide-to-unlock patent, the Supreme Court has ruled in Apple's favor.

Apple wins $120 million in slide-to-unlock war with Samsung |

The Supreme Court decided not to hear an appeal in the patent infringement case, with Samsung and Apple being at each others wallets since 2014, and have been into higher courts because of it. Apple claims that Samsung infringed on its slide-to-unlock patent, adding that the patent is for turning actionable information like a phone number, into a link.

Apple won the initial ruling, with Samsung forced to pay for infringing on Apple's patents. Samsung appealed this ruling some two years later, and was overturned. The next year, Apple went to a higher court again with an appeal, and it was reinstated. Samsung then went onto the offensive and appealed to the Supreme Court, with the Supreme Court deciding to let Samsung's cries fall on deaf ears, forcing the South Korean giant to cough up $120 million.

Samsung isn't happy with the verdict of course, saying Apple would be able to "unjustly profit" from the slide-to-unlock patent. As TechSpot points out, "the lawsuit has dragged out for so long that nobody even uses slide-to-unlock anymore", and at that point, all you can do is laugh.

Galaxy Note 9 teased, codenamed 'Crown', arrives late 2018

Anthony Garreffa | Nov 6, 2017 at 9:15 pm CST

Samsung has had a stellar year with multiple super-successful smartphone launches in the Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+, and the Galaxy Note 8. We've been hearing rumors of the Galaxy S9 for a couple of weeks, but now it's time for some Galaxy Note 9 love.

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Samsung has reportedly codenamed Galaxy Note 9 as 'Crown', with some next-gen tricks like a virtual fingerprint sensor, up its sleeve. As it stands, the Note 8 has a dual-camera rig on the back, so we should expect the Note 9 to amp up the cameras, battery life, screen resolution, and a new virtual fingerprint sensor, or whatever that is.

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Samsung: iPhone users need to 'grow up' and get a Galaxy

Anthony Garreffa | Nov 5, 2017 at 9:12 pm CST

Samsung has always had anti-Apple marketing, and Apple has always had anti-Samsung marketing, but this new marketing push from Samsung is amazing.

Samsung's latest marketing stunt is a 1-minute commercial you'll want to share with all of your iPhone friends, with Samsung saying "Grow up with an upgrade to Galaxy".

But you know what? Samsung aren't wrong. Look at the things they're talking about: the iPhone wasn't waterproof, the Lightning port and its dongle of doom that provides 3.5mm and charging at the same time. Samsung has been utterly killing it for years now, and this is only going to advance that.

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Broadcom rumored to acquire Qualcomm in $100 billion deal

Anthony Garreffa | Nov 4, 2017 at 8:34 am CDT

Qualcomm is one of the biggest, and most innovative companies in the world, with rumors now circling that Broadcom is interested in acquiring Qualcomm in a deal worth over $100 billion.

Broadcom rumored to acquire Qualcomm in $100 billion deal |

Bloomberg is reporting that Broadcom would purchase Qualcomm at around $70 per share, in a deal that would include both cash and stock options. Broadcom is said to make the offer to Qualcomm in the next few days, but nothing is on paper just yet.

If this deal does come through, it'll send some large shockwaves through the industry as Qualcomm is in legal battles with Apple. Qualcomm has its technology and IP in billions of devices across the world, with a finger in everything cellular (3G, 4G, 5G, etc) and has as huge stranglehold in the mobile market with their Snapdragon line of products, as well as Quick Charge technology.

Razer's new smartphone rocks 120Hz screen, no headphone jack

Anthony Garreffa | Nov 1, 2017 at 8:32 pm CDT

Razer has finally unveiled its first smartphone, simply called Razer Phone, which is built for high-performance games and streaming high resolution TV and movie content.

Inside, the new Razer Phone features a remarkable 120Hz UltraMotion display, and powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 processor. Razer has provided high-end technologies like Dolby ATMOS and THX certified audio, mixing it with 8GB of RAM, 12-megapixel dual cameras, and a 4000mAh battery.

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Razer has taken a leaf out of Apple's book, with Razer Phone not including a 3.5mm headphone jack. Instead, Razer Phone has a USB-C to 3.5mm adapter in the box, but this hasn't been confirmed.

Razer Phone will be released on November 17 for $700, and can be purchased from Razer directly or Amazon.

Razer smartphone rumored to rock next-gen 120Hz display

Anthony Garreffa | Oct 31, 2017 at 7:30 pm CDT

Razer is expected to unveil its first smartphone any minute now, with the Razer Phone said to feature an enthusiast gaming worthy 120Hz display.

Razer smartphone rumored to rock next-gen 120Hz display |

Razer is said to use a 5.7-inch IGZO display with 120Hz, Dolby ATMOS sound with dual front-facing speakers and amplifiers that were certified by THX. Inside, we have 8GB of RAM and a 4000mAh battery, with a dual 12-megapixel camera setup on the back and support for Qualcomm Quick Charge 4.0.

If these rumors are true, Razer could not just surprise with their first smartphone, but they could be pushing for a world's first with 120Hz/Dolby ATMOS in a smartphone. My hype meter just went from 7/10 to 10/10 on the 120Hz display rumor alone. Bring it on, Razer... my wallet is ready.