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Huawei-made Honor 8 now available in the U.S.

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The Huawei P9 and P9 Plus are great phones in their own right; the dual-cam setup, in particular, makes a strong case for fitting two sensors instead of one into the back of the devices. But while they’re not exactly expensive like the iPhone and other Android flagships, they’re not what we would call wallet-friendly either.

Enter the newest product from Huawei’s global subsidiary, Honor. The Honor 8 is a $400 smartphone that, like the iPhone SE, the OnePlus 3, and the Xiaomi Mi 5, among many others, walks the line between midrange and high-end models. In other words, you’re looking at Honor’s take on an affordable flagship, and it may be as good as it gets for the brand in 2016.

Announced back in August, the Honor 8 is already available all across Europe. Now it’s making its way to the U.S. in a bid to conquer more of the (wild) West. You can purchase it from the official Honor website or from the usual suspects of U.S. retailers, which include Best Buy, Amazon, and Newegg, though your choice between paint jobs appears to be limited for now.

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The Honor 8 features a refractive-glass-and-metal exterior, fronted by a 5.2-inch display at full resolution on the front; Huawei’s latest octa-core chipset alongside 4GB of RAM and 32GB of expandable storage; a 3,000mAh battery that can be recharged at a faster rate than others; and a skinned version of Android 6.0 Marshmallow similar to that of existing Honor models.

But the highlight of the Honor 8 is definitely its pair of 12-megapixel rear cameras that utilize a monochrome and color sensor (likely the same hardware found in the P9 and P9 Plus minus the Leica branding) to capture superior photos.

In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Huawei’s consumer business group CEO Richard Yu said his company — currently the third largest smartphone vendor with 8.9 percent of the market — is aiming to unseat Samsung and Apple at the top by 2018. With the release of the Honor 8, Huawei hopes to stake a bigger claim in the U.S. as it works towards becoming a global household name.

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Source: Android Authority

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Samsung announces new generation of wearables

These include a tracker, watch, and wireless buds

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Aside from the numerous Samsung flagships announced at Unpacked in San Francisco, there were also a number of wearables announced: The Galaxy Watch Active, Galaxy Fit, Galaxy Fit e, and the Galaxy Buds.

The Galaxy Watch Active is the sporty version of Samsung’s Galaxy Watch although without the iconic spinning bezel. It’s equipped with stress, fitness, and sleep tracking, GPS, NFC, WiFi, and Bluetooth capabilities. Of course, it also has Bixby built in. The watches will also have wireless charging capabilities which will work well with the power-share capable S10’s. It runs on an Exynos 9110 processor and a 230mAh battery. They’ll come in 4 pretty colors: rose gold, sea green, black, and silver. Available in the market on March 8 in the US for US$ 200.

The Galaxy Fit and Fit e are slim fitness wearables that will automatically track your activities. Equipped with a heart rate monitor and a .95-inch AMOLED display, this water-resistant baby is perfect for those who want something less obtrusive. They’ll be available in the second quarter of 2019.

Last but not least: The Samsung Buds. Powered by AKG, you’re ensured a great listening experience. It boasts 6 hours of battery life for streaming and 5 hours on calls, with an additional 7 hours with its charging case. That same case gives 1.7 hours of power on a 15-minute charge. Of course, it also has wireless charging. These Buds are available starting March 8 and they’ll retail for US$129. It comes in three colors: black, white, and a fun yellow.

 

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The Samsung Galaxy Fold is official!

Take a look at the future!

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After months of endless rumors, Samsung has finally unveiled its first foldable phone, the Galaxy Fold. Revealed at today’s Unpacked event, the foldable phone promises the next generation of smartphone technology.

Though missing a few specs, the Galaxy Fold touts performance, flexibility, and bravado in one package.

First of all, the phone sports a foldable 7.3-inch Infinity Flex Display. Revealed months ago, the display can freely transform between an expansive 7.3-inch tablet mode and a smaller 4.6-inch phone mode. Unfolded, the phone is a QXGA+ resolution powerhouse. Folded, the phone carries a workable HD+ display.

Though obscured, the Galaxy Fold introduces a new folding hinge mechanism built with multiple interlocking gears.

Under the hood, the Galaxy Fold boasts a Qualcomm 7nm octa-core processor, 12GB of RAM, 512GB of internal storage. Outside, the phone carries a triple rear camera setup — 16-megapixel ultrawide camera + 12-megapixel wide-angle camera + a telephoto lens. In front, it has a 16-megapixel selfie shooter when folded.

For power, the Galaxy Fold comes with two batteries for both folded and unfolded modes. In total, the battery rounds out to a sizable 4380mAh.

Currently, Samsung is planning four colors for the initial release. It will come in LTE and 5G variants. The Galaxy Fold will launch on April 26 for USD 1,980.

Besides the revolutionary smartphone, Samsung has also launched the current-gen Galaxy S10 series and several new wearables.

SEE ALSO: Samsung Galaxy S10 Hands-On

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Samsung’s Galaxy S10 series brings high-end specs and Infinity-O together

Making the tenth anniversary truly special

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Can you believe we’re already on our tenth Galaxy S smartphone? Year by year, each model brought something new to the table, offering greater refinement and the latest tech from Samsung’s labs.

For 2019, we’re looking at the Galaxy S10 lineup, consisting of three models: the base Galaxy S10, a more affordable Galaxy S10e, and the all-out Galaxy S10+ with its overwhelming specs.

They all share the same high-end Exynos 9820 chipset (or the Snapdragon 855 for certain markets) and gorgeous Dynamic AMOLED Infinity-O display, with minor differences here and there to deliver varying price points.

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The standard Galaxy S10 maintains a tall yet pocketable 6.1-inch 19:9 screen that’s notch-free and largely bezel-less thanks to the punch-hole front camera located on the upper-right. It shoots high-resolution 4K videos without taking away too much space from the top-bar icons.

On the back, you’ll find three cameras with versatile focal lengths: 16-megapixel ultra-wide, 12-megapixel dual-aperture, and 12-megapixel with 2x optical zoom. They offer automatic recognition for up to 30 scenes so you have fewer settings to tinker with while shooting.

What you’ll really want, however, are the new features Samsung is integrating. One is an ultrasonic fingerprint scanner that’s faster and more accurate than the optical implementation of every other under-display setup in the market.

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Another is Wireless PowerShare, which allows you to wirelessly charge accessories on the phone’s back panel. Samsung specifically has the Galaxy Watch and Galaxy Buds in mind for this, so you don’t have to bring an extra charger when you already have your Galaxy S10 on hand.

Exact configurations depend on where you reside, but we can confirm that the Galaxy S10 has a standard 8GB of memory, 128GB of storage, and a 3400mAh battery.

The Galaxy S10+, on the other hand, does a little more by increasing the screen size to 6.4 inches, boosting the battery to 4100mAh, and offering a mind-blowing 12GB memory option with 1TB of built-in storage — wow!

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It looks a little different too with an additional depth sensor beside the selfie camera, turning the Infinity-O into an oval. The extra space taken up seems to be worth it though, thanks to the artistic Live Focus effects it produces.

As for the Galaxy S10e, it’s able to lower the price with a smaller 5.8-inch display (still with the Infinity-O aesthetic), less generous 3100mAh battery, and removal of the 2x optical zoom camera on the rear and ultrasonic fingerprint scanner in front (in favor of a side-mounted unit on the power button). Its base memory is 6GB for now.

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Four colors will be sold initially — Prism White, Prism Black, Prism Green, and Ceramic Black (exclusive to the 1TB S10+) — but only the Galaxy S10+ will own all four at launch.

Pre-ordering begins on February 22 and ends on March 3. As usual, pricing varies per region. We’ll update this space as we learn more.

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