Here are this week’s top stories on GadgetMatch.
1. Xiaomi Mi 8 is official
After months of speculation and rumors, Xiaomi’s flagship smartphone is now official and it looks a lot like the iPhone X. The Mi 8 has a notched display, dual cameras in vertical orientation, a Snapdragon 845 processor, and 6GB of memory. There will also be a special variant called the Mi 8 Explorer Edition, but instead of ceramic, it uses a back panel that shows the internal components of the phone. The Mi 8 SE, meanwhile, is a smaller version and is the first to get the Snapdragon 710, a flagship-grade chip for midrange devices at a much cheaper price point.
2. LG quietly unveils the V35 ThinQ
Less than a month since the G7 ThinQ was launched, LG already has a new and better smartphone. If you’re familiar with LG’s recent releases, the V35 ThinQ is pretty much a V30S ThinQ with the internals of the G7 ThinQ. That means we have the best of both: a 6-inch P-OLED panel, 6GB of memory, and a high-end Snapdragon 845 chipset. Confused? Read more about the phone here.
3. Lenovo’s borderless smartphone gets a launch date
It looks like Lenovo wants to steal Vivo’s thunder by launching its first borderless smartphone a week earlier on June 5. Named the Z5, the phone will sport a high 95 percent screen-to-body ratio. Based on teasers posted the last few weeks, the phone will have very minimal bezels on the top and sides, but will still have a small chin and what seems like a camera on it, most likely for face unlock. Read the full story here.
4. Three cameras and a crack
Now on to Apple news. According to multiple posts on Reddit and Apple support forums, cracks are suddenly appearing on the iPhone X’s camera lens, despite its sapphire glass coating. More interestingly, some cracks seem to appear underneath the glass — raising uncertainty on whether or not external contact caused it. The Cupertino-based company is also rumored to be working on a triple-camera setup for a 2019 iPhone. Besides the obvious benefits for shooting, the triple-camera system might jumpstart Apple CEO Tim Cook’s plans to expand their augmented reality division.
5. Nissan Terra arrives in Southeast Asia
Cars are getting better and smarter these days, much like the devices we hold in our hands. So when we’re not reviewing the latest smartphones, cameras, or laptops, we go for long drives. And that’s exactly what we did earlier this week as the Nissan Terra was officially launched in Southeast Asia.
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
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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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