Here are this week’s top stories on GadgetMatch.
1. Pixel 3 launches along with two other devices
Google’s worst-kept secret of 2018 is finally out. The Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL are here and the phones are mostly what we saw from the leaks. While the design is mostly the same as the Pixel 2, Google didn’t hold back on new camera features like Top Shot, Super Res Zoom, and Night Sight!
Despite the single-camera setup, Google is confident the Pixel 3 is still the best smartphone camera thanks to a combination of AI, software, and hardware.
They also announced the Pixel Slate. It’s the company’s first tablet that runs entirely on Chrome OS. Lastly, there’s the Google Home Hub. It’s the same Google Assistant for your home but now with a display!
2. Razer Phone 2 is an improvement
Razer surprised us with a smartphone for gamers last year. In 2018, they took that same phone and made it even better.
The Razer Phone 2 is made of glass for faster connectivity and wireless charging. The cameras, which were a pain point in last year’s model, have been improved. The dual-camera setup has 2x optical zoom and the main sensor has optical image stabilization. The 8-megapixel front-facing camera even has beauty mode.
The usual gaming features are still here like the 120Hz display refresh rate, loud front-facing speakers, plus all the power required for playing your favorite games!
3. ASUS ROG Phone availability date
Speaking of gaming phones, we finally know when the ASUS ROG Phone is coming.
First unveiled at Computex 2018, The ROG Phone got a lot of people excited. Through a tweet, ASUS revealed that their gaming phone is coming to the US on October 18. The phone is also coming to the Philippines on October 28.
4. Samsung’s new Galaxies
In yet another phone launch, Samsung unveiled this week the Samsung Galaxy A7 and A9!
The A7 is Samsung’s first phone with a triple-camera setup. The main 24MP camera does most of the heavy lifting. The second lens is an 8MP wide-angle shooter, while the third one is a 5MP depth sensor.
With the Galaxy A9, they upped the number of rear cameras to four! There’s the 24MP main shooter, a 10MP telephoto lens, an 8MP ultra-wide camera, and a 5MP depth sensor. That’s a lot of cameras!
5. You can change your PSN Online ID soon
You’ll soon be able to retire your DarkWarrior1214 PlayStation ID.
In a blog post, Sony PlayStation said they will soon begin testing the PSN Online ID change feature. Beta testers will be able to change their names as many times as they want, but once the feature rolls out to everyone, the first change will be free while the next one will cost US$ 9.99. For PS Plus users, that cost will be US$ 4.99. The full rollout is planned for early 2019.
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Samsung Galaxy S10 vs Galaxy S10+ vs Galaxy S10E: What are the differences?
A decade of Galaxies
Samsung has launched three new flagship phones: the Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10+, and Galaxy S10E. With three new models to choose from, it might be difficult to choose which Galaxy S10 is the one for you.
To help with this, we took the liberty to show you the differences between the three. Which of the Galaxy S10 models will be your GadgetMatch?
Starting with the screen, the three Galaxy S10 models sport Super AMOLED displays in different sizes. The Galaxy S10E is the smallest among the bunch with a 5.8-inch display. It’s followed by the regular Galaxy S10 with its 6.1-inch display and, of course, the Galaxy S10+ with its large 6.4-inch panel.
It’s also worth noting that the Galaxy S10E has a completely flat display, while the other two Galaxy S10 variants have the curved panels we’ve come to expect from Samsung.
All three models don’t sport a notch, but they do have holes on the upper-right corner for their front cameras. The Galaxy S10E and Galaxy S10 have a perfectly rounded hole-punch camera, while Galaxy S10+ has a pill-shaped cutout since it has two front-facing cameras.
Despite the size differences of the phones, all models are powered by a flagship processor. Depending on where you are, the Galaxy S10 family will sport either a Snapdragon 855 or an Exynos 9820.
Memory and storage configuration will also vary depending on the region. The lowest possible memory available is 6GB and it can go as high 12GB. As for storage, it starts at 128GB and will reach up to 1TB. The 12GB+1TB combo will be exclusively available for the Galaxy S10+.
Another significant difference between the Galaxy S10 phones is battery capacity. The Galaxy S10E has a modest 3100mAh battery, the Galaxy S10 owns a pretty standard 3400mAh battery, and the Galaxy S10+, being the biggest of the three, comes with a huge 4100mAh battery.
All three variants support fast charging using wired or wireless chargers. They can also do reverse wireless charging (which Samsung calls Wireless PowerShare) to charge other devices using the Qi wireless standard.
Lastly, both the Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10+ feature the new ultrasonic in-display fingerprint reader, which is definitely faster than any of the in-display fingerprint readers we’ve tried before. The Galaxy S10E has a more conventional side-mounted fingerprint reader that’s still accurate and fast, but not as advanced.
The Galaxy S10 and the Galaxy S10+ are the first among the Galaxy S lineup to have triple rear cameras. The setup is composed of a main 12-megapixel Dual Pixel and Dual Aperture camera, a 16-megapixel ultra wide-angle, and a 12-megapixel telephoto with 2x optical zoom.
Since the Galaxy S10E is priced lower, it only has two of the three rear cameras of its more expensive siblings: the main Dual Pixel camera and the ultra wide-angle shooter.
The situation in the front is quite different, though. Both the Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10E have a single selfie camera, while the Galaxy S10+ gets an extra depth sensor for a more precise bokeh effect or Live Focus.
Pricing and colors
The cheapest model is the Galaxy S10E which starts at US$ 750. The regular Galaxy S10 will set you back US$ 900, while the bigger Galaxy S10+ is priced at US$ 1,000.
All three models will come in Prism White, Prism Black, Prism Green, and Prism Blue. In addition, the Galaxy S10E will be available in Canary Yellow, as well. The Galaxy S10+ also has premium Ceramic Black and Ceramic White variants, but these are only available for the high-tier configurations.
Colors option may vary per region, so not all colors will be available in all markets.
Get to know more about the latest Galaxy S10 series by watching our hands-on video:
Instagram photo challenge with the Samsung Galaxy S10
Hands-on with all three versions!
Samsung’s newest Galaxy S devices have just been announced and we’re blessed with three versions: The Samsung Galaxy S10e (small), the Galaxy S10 (big), and the Galaxy S10+ (big big!).
Each phone is equipped with a number of cameras so you know what that means: IG photo test!
In our Her GadgetMatch video, we check out what’s so cool about the new Samsung phones and test what the cameras can do. Spoiler: They do a lot!
Samsung Galaxy S10 Hands-On
Does it live up to the hype?
Infinity-O Display, five cameras, in-display fingerprint reader, next-generation wireless charging: these four features define Samsung’s new Galaxy S10.
When you take its features apart like this, it makes it seem like what we have is yet another underwhelming phone with no new groundbreaking feature. But to look at the S10 that way does the phone an injustice. It’s one that needs to be taken as a whole, not a sum of its parts.
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