Here are this week’s top stories on GadgetMatch.
1. Donald Trump is trying to save the dying ZTE
ZTE’s woes started when they were caught trading with Iran despite a clear ban, and the US government sanctioned ZTE. However, the company failed to comply with the sanctions as well so the US had no choice but to impose heavier punishments including a nationwide ban on business to and from ZTE. Now, the collapsing brand is getting a deus ex machina save from the unlikeliest of sources — US President Donald Trump himself. Read the full story here.
2. Porsche Design finds the notch disturbing
Ever wondered why the premium Huawei Mate RS doesn’t look like the rest of the P20 family? Well, Porsche Design’s Christian Schwamkrug said in an interview with Digital Trends, “when I saw the notch for the first time, I nearly couldn’t believe it. It’s disturbing, from a design philosophy.” Read the full story here.
3. Honor 10 launches for the global market
Huawei’s sub-brand is making a name for itself with the launch of its flagship phone to the world. After the initial introduction in China, the Honor 10 makes its way to the global market, including Southeast Asia and India. The phone is pretty similar to the higher-end Huawei P20, but with a cheaper price tag. Read everything about the phone here.
4. OnePlus 6 is a complete Android flagship phone
OnePlus 6 is another sleek, high-spec phone from OnePlus, but the infamous notch found its way to the newest flagship. The phone has improved cameras for both photos and videos, the back is now made of glass, and it’s also water-resistant. There’s even a special Avengers Edition launched in India that comes with an Iron Man case. Read everything about the phone here.
5. Nokia X6 is officially the company’s first notched phone
The new Nokia handset is now official and it’ll be called the Nokia X6. Like with most smartphones to come out lately, it has a notch, glass back, midrange processor, dual rear camera setup, and pricing that starts at only CNY 1,299 (US$ 200). Read everything about the phone here.
6. OPPO Realme 1 launches in India
Realme is a new sub-brand of OPPO that aims to capture the tightly contested midrange segment in India. The first phone under the brand, the Realme 1 is powered by a MediaTek Helio P60, the same processor found on the more expensive OPPO F7. It aims to take on the Redmi Note 5 Pro which has been outselling the competition since launch, although Xiaomi hasn’t been able to keep up with the demand. ASUS also saw the same opportunity and launched the ZenFone Max Pro M1 to fill the vacuum. Read everything about the phone here.
Weekend Rewind is our roundup of top news and features you might have missed for the week. We know the world of technology can be overwhelming and not everyone has the time to get up to speed with everything — and that includes us. So sit back, relax, and enjoy the rewind.
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!
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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.
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