The Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ are just a few days away from their official announcements, and the leaks are just getting better. The latest one just revealed the key specs of the Samsung flagship confirming it to be the first Snapdragon 845 smartphone that will be sold in the US, while the other markets will get the Exynos 9810-powered device.
If you think you’re seeing the former Galaxy S8 flagship, we can’t blame you. The Galaxy S9 looks just like its predecessor — at least in the front. The new phone will have the same Infinity Display, but the fingerprint scanner and camera now occupy the back in a vertical setup.
The camera of the Galaxy S9 will have the same 12-megapixel sensor as before but it’ll have a “variable aperture” that goes from f/1.5 to f/2.4. With two aperture modes, you can shoot well-lit scenes with the smaller opening and it’ll also do well in low-light conditions with the bigger opening. Super slow-motion video recording up to 960fps is also a feature we can expect.
The Galaxy S9+ is not only a bigger version but it’ll have two rear cameras. Its dual setup will have the same primary sensor as the Galaxy S9 and another 12-megapixel secondary sensor with an f/2.4 aperture. It’s a similar setup to the Galaxy Note 8 which enables artificial bokeh and Live Focus features.
Both phones have optical image stabilization and use a combination of laser and Dual Pixel autofocus. As for selfies, both will have an 8-megapixel camera with an f/1.7 aperture and autofocus which is something we don’t get on every phone.
As for the rest of the specs, the Galaxy S9 will have a 5.8-inch Super AMOLED display with a 2960 x 1440 resolution while the Galaxy S9+ panel will be bigger at 6.2 inches. There will be two memory options with the smaller flagship getting 4GB, while the Plus version will come with 6GB. Both will have 64GB of storage and a microSD slot for expansion.
It’s interesting to know that Samsung will keep the same 3000mAh and 3500mAh batteries for their flagships. With the new chipsets, there should be an improvement in power efficiency and battery life despite the lack of increase in capacity.
What’s gonna be new for both are stereo speakers which are tuned by AKG. AKG-branded earphones will also be bundled in the retail package when the phones go on sale some time in March. Other specs of both phones include IP68 certification for water and dust resistance, fast charging, and an iris scanner.
With all the specs and features leaking on the internet, we wish Samsung still has some surprises during the official announcement. Hopefully, it’s not more expensive price tags.
Samsung Galaxy Note 9 gets a luxury treatment with 1kg pure gold plate
Turn your phone into jewelry
The Galaxy Note 9 is not a cheap smartphone, especially the 512GB variant that will set you back US$ 1,249. It arrived with a Gorilla Glass 5 body, but what if they covered it in gold instead?
Russia-based luxury smartphone company Caviar decided that the Note 9’s glass body is not flashy enough, so they customized one and added 1 kilogram of pure gold.
Mind you, this is actual gold, and not just a simple paint job. Look at the images below:
The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 Fine Gold Edition is still a typical Galaxy Note 9 inside but with Caviar’s custom gold plate on its back.
It starts at RUB 3,870,000 or almost US$ 60,000! You can buy 60 units of the regular Galaxy Note 9 with this money, and that’s just for the 128GB variant. If you wish to get the one with 512GB of storage and 8GB of memory, you’ll have to add another US$ 1,000.
Check out Caviar’s website if you’re interested.
ASUS ROG Zephyrus S is the slimmest gaming laptop available today
The thinnest gaming laptop of them all
Alongside the 17-inch ROG Scar II, ASUS has announced a new ROG device that they claim to be world’s slimmest gaming laptop. The ROG Zephyrus from last year was already thin by gaming laptop standards, but the new ROG Zephyrus S is 12 percent thinner with updated specs.
The ROG Zephyrus S (GX531) still has the look and feel of the original Zephyrus but it’s now only 14.95 to 15.75mm thick. Those numbers might not sound as sexy as other super-slim notebooks, but the Zephyrus S has desktop-grade gaming performance with either an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q or GTX 1060 GPU inside its chassis.
Powering the Zephyrus S is the six-core Intel Core i7-8750H processor with up to 24GB DDR4 memory. Storage options are from 256GB to 1TB M.2 NVMe SSDs.
The laptop’s display is a 15.6-inch 1080p panel with a 144Hz refresh rate, 3ms response time, and 100 percent sRGB coverage. It’s definitely not the sharpest laptop display, but it’s one of the fastest for smooth gameplay. The display has a thin-bezel design as well, so the footprint of the laptop is just a bit bigger than your typical 14-inch notebook.
ASUS uses their Active Aerodynamic System (same as with other Zephyrus laptops) which opens a vent at the bottom of the laptop when the lid is lifted, and the vent stretches across the entire back of the body. This improves airflow by 22 percent over a conventional design as per ASUS.
Another distinct trait of the Zephyrus S is the keyboard. It’s still on the front of the device, which helps with cooling, but it might not be everybody’s cup of tea. The keys have 1.2mm of travel, N-key rollover, and RGB lighting via Aura Sync over four zones.
As for I/O, it has two USB-C ports (Gen1 and Gen2), two USB 2.0 ports, one USB 3.0 port, HDMI 2.0 at the back, and a headphone jack.
The ASUS ROG Zephyrus S (GX531) will become available starting September in the US and in October for the UK and Asia. Pricing starts at US$ 2,099 for the GTX 1060 model, while the higher-end GTX 1070 is priced at US$ 2,199.
ASUS’ new ROG Strix Scar II is world’s most compact 17-inch gaming laptop
Thanks to its super-slim bezels!
After going hands on with the ROG Strix Scar II and reviewing the Hero II in full, we wondered what else could be done to improve this second-generation lineup. Well, it looks like ASUS just gave us the answer.
Discreetly launched today, the new 17.3-inch ROG Strix Scar II (model name GL704) is the most compact gaming laptop of its kind, according to ASUS. It’s basically a supersized variant of the already-available 15.6-inch version but with an even badder screen.
It may be worth the wait, because the color-accurate 17.3-inch 1080p display is able to fit into a chassis designed for 15.7-inch panels, effectively providing it a width of less than 400mm thanks to the slim bezels.
The wide keyboard and Aura Sync RGB lighting make a return, along with the fast 144Hz refresh rate and 3ms response time of the display.
In terms of specs, it can go up to an Intel Core i7-8750H processor with 16GB of memory and an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 graphics chip. A 256GB SSD plus 1TB SSHD combo maintains the speed and fluidity of the system.
It’ll be available by the end of September in official ROG stores. Pricing begins at US$ 1,699.
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