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Galaxy S9 tipped release specs: An early look at 2 models

Galaxy S9 tipped release specs: An early look at 2 models

Today we're having a peek at the Galaxy S9, what Samsung phone lovers will likely be considering when it's time to trade in their Galaxy S7 or S8 this Spring. This next smartphone from Samsung will almost certainly come in two sizes, the same sort of release pair that've come from the company over the last few years. The images and specifications you'll be looking at below should not be used as a guide for what to bet on this February, but as guidance for what'll be especially likely.

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Galaxy S9’s answer to iPhone X security gets an upgrade

Galaxy S9’s answer to iPhone X security gets an upgrade

It used to be that you'd see phone manufacturers competing over screen size or screen resolution. Though that still happens to some degree, a lot of the focus on new smartphones has shifted to security features. What started with fingerprint scanners has now moved onto face recognition, like we see in the iPhone X with Face ID.

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Galaxy A8 (2018) might have Samsung’s first dual front cameras

Galaxy A8 (2018) might have Samsung’s first dual front cameras

Despite its prowess in mobile photography, Samsung hasn’t been quick to jump on the dual camera bandwagon. It was only with the Galaxy Note 8 that it really puts is weight on the matter, with relatively positive results. It still hasn’t gone dual on the front, which, admittedly, few of the big OEMs have. But that could be changing with the 2018 Galaxy A8 and A8+, a.k.a. this year’s Galaxy A5 and A7, which could be the first Galaxy to finally get two cameras on its face.

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Galaxy S9 fingerprint sensor location confirmed by Health app

Galaxy S9 fingerprint sensor location confirmed by Health app

Samsung had a nearly perfect 2017 if not for one nitpick. It obstinately placed the rear fingerprint scanner in an inconvenient and odd location. Granted, that flaw wasn’t as bad as exploding phones, but it, unfortunately, marred the Galaxy S8’s and Galaxy Note 8’s image. Samsung has apparently learned its lesson and will be putting the sensor dead center. At least that seems to be the confirmation based on Samsung’s own Health app, which has been updated to show the new backside layout.

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Samsung’s $400 trade-in deal is back: get a Note 8 or Galaxy S8

Samsung’s $400 trade-in deal is back: get a Note 8 or Galaxy S8

Samsung has brought back its $400 trade-in promotion, giving customers a way to get a substantial discount on the Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+, and the Galaxy Note 8 smartphones. This isn't the first time Samsung has offered this deal -- in fact, it was available as recently as Black Friday. A look at Samsung's trade-in website shows that the $400 savings offer is back, you'll just need an acceptable phone to swap in.

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Samsung energy-harvesting clothes could charge your Galaxy S9

Samsung energy-harvesting clothes could charge your Galaxy S9

Samsung has patented smart clothing that is able to harvest energy for powering personal gadgets or embedded sensors. The patent details a shirt that contains this energy-harvesting technology, making it not just a shirt that could charge your gadgets, but one that could actually harvest the energy needed to do it. This is in contrast to previously unveiled "smart clothes," which typically involve a battery that needs to be charged elsewhere.

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Galaxy S9 display set Samsung an incredible challenge

Galaxy S9 display set Samsung an incredible challenge

Nobody accused Samsung's Galaxy S8 of having oversized bezels, but the upcoming Galaxy S9 will trim the borders even further, new reports promise. The Android smartphone is one of the most anticipated handsets of 2018, with speculation around whether Samsung would increase the physical size to accommodate a larger Super AMOLED panel.

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Galaxy S9 release preview “unlikely” at CES 2018

Galaxy S9 release preview “unlikely” at CES 2018

Samsung spoke up this week on the possibility that the Samsung Galaxy S9 would be previewed at CES 2018. "It is unlikely," said Samsung, in a chat with the Korea Herald. Instead, it's significantly likelier that the company will reveal the device's full details at an event just before Mobile World Congress.

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Qualcomm is preparing for war

Qualcomm is preparing for war

As it unveils the Snapdragon 845 and reveals its Windows on ARM plans, Qualcomm is getting all its friends together, and the omissions are conspicuous by their absence. The chipmaker is paving the way for 2018 with two high-profile launches, targeting not only its typical stomping ground of smartphones and tablets, but looking to finally broach a new and potentially lucrative segment too. That sets it on a collision course with some long-time rivals.

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Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 official for 2018

Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 official for 2018

Qualcomm has officially unveiled the Snapdragon 845, its latest mobile chipset. Set to appear in smartphones, tablets, and more come 2018, the new mobile platform will be at the heart of new AR and VR experiences, as well as promising Gigabit LTE connectivity and better power management.

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Galaxy Note 8 gets a built-in VPN in latest update

Galaxy Note 8 gets a built-in VPN in latest update

Samsung hasn’t exactly been the most religious OEM when it comes to rolling out updates, but when it does, sometimes include some unexpected treats. Take, for example, the Galaxy Note 8, which has just gotten an update that adds a new feature to the phablet, new to the Galaxy Note 8, at least. That feature is the Galaxy J’s “Secure Wi-Fi”, which is just a fancy pants name for Samsung’s VPN service that promises secure and private browsing, even and especially on unencrypted Wi-Fi networks.

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Galaxy S9 could use Samsung’s new 512 GB UFS storage

Galaxy S9 could use Samsung’s new 512 GB UFS storage

Samsung is about to make microSD cards in phones redundant. Well, probably after a few years. The company has just announced that it has started the production of the world’s first 512 GB flash memory using the new UFS standard. This behemoth of a storage solution is intended for use in “next generation” mobile devices, which probably means we’ll get to see it when the Galaxy S9 gets announced early next year. Which also means it might not have a microSD card reader as well.

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