Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ are now official

The Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ are finally official. After months of speculation, rumors, and leaks, the Korean tech giant has taken the wraps off of their highly anticipated smartphones at their Unpacked event in Barcelona. Now that everything is official, let's dive in and see what these new phones have to offer. DISPLAY, DIMENSIONS AND PROCESSOR Galaxy S9 - Samsung has confirmed that the Galaxy S9 will sport a Quad HD+ Super AMOLED 5.8-inch infinity display with a whopping 571 ppi (pixels per inch) and a 18.5:9 ratio. The dimensions are as follows: 147.7mm x 68.7mm x 8.5mm and weighs only 163g. Galaxy S9+ - The larger variant will come equipped with a Quad HD+ Super AMOLED 6.2-inch

Watch Samsung's Unpacked 2018 event as they unveil the Galaxy S9/Galaxy S9+

Today is the day. Samsung is set to reveal the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ smartphones to the public at their Unpacked event in Barcelona, a day before MWC (Mobile World Congress) officially kicks off. After weeks of leaks and rumors, we will finally be able to confirm everything we know about the upcoming handsets. It is not expected to be a big upgrade from last year's Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+. Yesterday, Samsung's official Galaxy S9/Galaxy S9+ launch video was leaked, which confirmed many things that we have heard in the last few months. The event will take place at 12PM EST and you can tune in below! Check back later for the full recap and first impressions. #Samsung #SamsungGalaxyS9 #Samsu

Official Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ launch video has leaked out ahead of announcement

We are several hours away from the official Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ announcement and we still have leaks rolling in. The latest, which is from the very reliable Slashleaks, is the actual official launch video from Samsung. The video highlights several features on the upcoming smartphones. It starts out showing off Samsung DeX and then goes on to show the variable aperture. Next up, Bixby's new Live Translation feature is shown. It's what it sounds like -- text in the camera view gets translated. We shift from Bixby, to App Pairing and the phones water-resistant capabilities Samsung then proceeds to show off Knox 3.1 and puts a strong emphasis on security. We even get to see a demo o

Google's trade-in program is an absolute nightmare part 2 (resolved?!)

Towards the end of January, I told you about how awful Google's trade-in program was, showcasing my own horrific experience. That horrendous experience, which begun in early December, has continued well into February with no resolution in sight. To summarize, I purchased a Google Pixel 2 XL in white and traded in an original Pixel XL (128GB model) in black. The promotion: I would receive a promotional trade-in credit of $410 (for trading in my Pixel XL) towards the purchase of a Pixel 2 XL. I received my new device in November and I traded in my old Pixel XL, within 30 days, in early December. I still have not received that credit. A little over a week after I first wrote about my experience

LG's next flagship to be revealed in June and come with a 6.1-inch screen

Earlier today, Evan Blass, of VentureBeat, published a report stating that someone was briefed by LG on the company's plans for their next flagship smartphone. The device, codenamed "Judy," is slated to be unveiled sometime in June with a potential summer release. According to the report, the smartphone will be completely redesigned. It will have a 6.1-inch Full Vision display with a 18:9 aspect ratio. LG will be using a new type of display panel on the device called MLCD+. It is said that the display will be very bright, but consume 35% less energy than your conventional IPS LCD panel. A Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor will be on board coupled with 64GB of internal memory and 4GB of RAM.

Another new Samsung Galaxy S9/S9+ teaser trailer was released and it's all about selfies

Yesterday, Samsung released three teaser trailers that highlighted certain features on their upcoming Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ smartphones. In addition, the tech giant released yet another teaser trailer and this one is all about taking selfies with a strong focus on the camera being "reimagined." SamsungMalaysia, on YouTube, released the 30-second trailer which shows many different scenes and several different camera effects. Throughout the trailer, Samsung touts that they have completely overhauled the camera with the slogan, "The Camera. Reimagined." The hype is on with four trailers released in one day and ten days left until the big announcement. The unveiling will take place on Februar

Samsung shows off enhanced slow-mo, low-light camera, and 3D emoji in 3 teaser trailers

Earlier today, SamsungMobileKorea (YouTube) uploaded three teaser trailers that highlights the features of their upcoming Galaxy S9/Galaxy S9+ smartphones that are expected to be announced on February 25th. In the first trailer, Samsung teases their enhanced slow-mo feature. The video shows several scenes that go by fairly quick, but the last scene gets slowed down to a point where it's almost still. Trailer number two teases about the handset's capabilities in low-light. Several scenes are recorded in low lit areas with the final scene showing a deer in the dark. The deer looks up and is brought to light. The final trailer shows a mans facial expression in several recorded scenes. In each s

Enough with the top "notch" and bring back the top bezel

While some may think it was Apple to have first brought the top "notch" idea to fruition with their iPhone X, it was the Essential Phone that started it all. Andy Rubin's Essential Phone was the first phone to have this idea and while I believe it looks better than the "notch" on the iPhone X, it still looks a bit odd to me. It looks like more manufacturers are going to go the route of a "notch" on top, but do we really need or want it? Just because the iPhone X sold plenty of phones, does that mean people really like the "notch" or is it because some people will just buy anything Apple? To me, the "notch" is horrendous looking and I know I'm not alone on that opinion. I know bezels are beco

120 Second Review: Moto Z2 Force (6 months later)

The Moto Z2 Force, which was released in August of 2017, is officially 6 months old. I have had the Moto Z2 Force as my second smartphone since the release and it still remains one of my favorite smartphones even in 2018. It didn't join the bezel-less revolution, but that's fine. With the inclusion of more Moto Mods, it seems like the Moto Z2 Force just keeps getting better with age. After 6 months, the device remains pretty snappy and battery life is still pretty good. The handset has last year's Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor and is fueled by a 2730 mAh battery. While not on the Pixel 2/Pixel 2 XL's level with the camera, the Moto Z2 Force and it's dual camera takes some solid shots and

Some features of Android P leak

Some details about Google's upcoming software update has emerged thanks to some industry insiders. According to the leak, the primary focus of Android P, whose code name is Pistachio Ice Cream (not the official name), is to lure more iPhone users away from Apple and into the Android ecosystem. Google is anticipating some manufacturers to mimic Apple's "notch" cutout, which is found atop of the iPhone X. With that said, it is expected that Android P will provide support for these types of smartphones, as well as foldable phones. There is currently only one Android smartphone that has a notch-like design and that is Andy Rubin's Essential Phone. The device is all display minus the small area o

Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ color variants revealed in latest leak

Recently, we found out that there will be a Galaxy S9/Galaxy S9+ that will come in a new Lilac Purple color option thanks to a leaked press render. Now, we know what color options to expect when the new smartphones arrive on shelves next month. Serial leaker Evan Blass of VentureBeat (@evleaks on Twitter) has revealed the expected colored options in a new leak. According to the leaker, the color options are as follows: Midnight Black, Lilac Purple, Titanium Gray, and Coral Blue. He also indicates that there will be special/limited edition variants. There is still a few weeks left before the official announcement, but it seems like we know just about everything on Samsung's upcoming flagships

Press renders of a purple Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ leak out

As we inch closer to Samsung's Galaxy S9/S9+ announcement on February 25th at MWC (Mobile World Congress), the leaks and rumors continue to pile in. In late January, the always reliable Evan Blass (@evleaks on Twitter) of VentureBeat leaked out a press render of the upcoming smartphones. Today, the leaker revealed the smartphones in a new and interesting Lilac Purple color. It has been rumored that the two devices will be modest upgrades over their predecessors. The handsets are expected to have 5.8-inch (S9) and 6.2-inch (S9+) displays, be powered by the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset, and have a centralized fingerprint scanner placement. Additionally and unfortunately, it appears Sams

Telegram X - The new Telegram

Telegram, a very popular cloud based messaging service and one that we highly recommend, is moving forward with a new project -- Telegram X. This new app promises more speed and better battery efficiency than the original. It also brings a new design and a slew of new features. Telegram X is introducing a new bubble-free mode. In this mode, chats are cleaner and photos take up the full width of the screen. Furthermore, you can now preview a chat's content just by tapping and holding onto it. In addition, the app also brings swiping actions that allows you to interact with the app in an easier way. For example, switching between 'Chats’ and ‘Calls’ can be done by swiping left and right on the

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