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Samsung patents a phone with a camera notch

Has Samsung given up?

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To the many who hate the emerging trend, Samsung remained a stalwart defender against the camera notch. Sadly, the notch-less phone brand is possibly numbering its days without the controversial design.

Spotted by Dutch blog Mobielkopen, a recent filing from China’s State Intellectual Property Office shows a potential Samsung phone with the notch design. Like most notched phones, the patented phone’s bezel is minimized to a sliver, thereby eliminating the home button entirely.

The lack of a home button (and a fingerprint scanner) shouldn’t come as a surprise. A few months ago, Samsung already filed a patent for an under-screen fingerprint sensor.

At its front, it carries the conventional front camera and sensor combo. Conversely, the back panel holds a dual-camera setup with an LED flash.

The patent rips Samsung’s tried-and-tested design philosophy apart. (If it’s any consolation, the design still retains the dying 3.5mm audio port.)

Thankfully, Samsung has filed another patent to go along with the curiously notched phone. The second patent offers a more conventional look at a Samsung phone.

Image source: Mobielkopen

The second phone doesn’t have a notch. However, it does completely eradicate any sign of a bezel. Hence, it doesn’t have a home button, front cameras, or any outward form of a sensor.

The back and sides don’t share much difference from Samsung’s usual design philosophy. Although, it does carry one key difference — no dedicated audio ports.

Both patents have their own fair share of departures from the designs that Samsung has always trusted. Despite their obvious differences, these patents are still only patents. Without a tangible product, these are just some of Samsung’s potential plans for the future.

Regardless, a notched Samsung phone will create shockwaves throughout the smartphone industry.

SEE ALSO: Samsung Galaxy S9 Review

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Qualcomm’s newest Snapdragon 675 chip is based on 11nm process

A gaming-based chipset

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Qualcomm introduced a new member of its Snapdragon family. After having the Snapdragon 670 chipset, there’s now the Snapdragon 675. The improvement is little because the predecessor is still fresh, but the new one comes with better CPU cores and slightly updated features.

The Snapdragon 675 is a midrange chipset with eight cores: two performance-focused cores clocked at 2.0 GHz and six efficient cores running at 1.78 GHz.

The most prominent update for the Snapdragon 675 is its two Kyro 460 cores. They’re built around ARM’s Cortex-A76 cores, which are originally designed for flagship devices. Actually, the first major chipset to feature this is Huawei’s Kirin 980.

Apart from the new cores, the Snapdragon 675 remains similar to its predecessor with the same Spectra 250 ISP and Adreno 612 GPU. But, that doesn’t mean there are no further improvements.

The chipset’s Adreno 612 GPU comes with gaming optimizations for Unity, Unreal, Messiah, and NeoX. It also supports popular tools and APIs such as Vulkan, OpenGL 3.2, OpenCL, and Snapdragon profiler. Basically, it’s got enhancement similar to GPU Turbo.

Of course, the camera capabilities have been updated as well to support triple cameras up to 16 megapixels, or 25 megapixels if there’s only one sensor. It has a new multi-core AI Engine which promises an improvement of up to 50 percent.

Quick Charge 4+ is also available on the Snapdragon 675 if the phone manufacturer decides to implement the latest fast charging technology from Qualcomm.

The chipset is manufactured on Samsung’s new 11LPP manufacturing node, which is a mix of 14nm and 10nm nodes as a cost-effective solution.

The Snapdragon 675 is expected to be available in consumer devices by early 2019.

Source: Qualcomm
Via: AnandTech

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Samsung patents the world’s first all-screen fingerprint sensor

Features a waterdrop-notched phone

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Within the past year, the tech industry has successfully developed a working in-screen fingerprint sensor. However, like conventional fingerprint readers, the technology works only in select areas. For example, Vivo’s fingerprint sensor lies cozily on the bottom-center portion of the screen.

Despite all the hype, the current technology is still a far cry from 100 percent screen integration. This can drastically change within the near future.

Following supporting rumors, Samsung has confirmed progressive steps towards the technology’s development. Last week, the Korean company patented two versions of the in-screen fingerprint sensor.

Image source: LetsGoDigital

In the first one, the sensor remains largely similar to today’s current sensors. It works only on one portion of the screen. In this case, it lies front and center, a bit above the usual. As far as differences go, the technology uses Samsung’s old smartphone design — thick bezels like the Galaxy S4. Potentially, this conventional form will be an exclusive for the company’s midrange phones.

On the other hand, the second patent includes a more advanced version of the feature. Unlike the previous one, this version uses the entire screen. Further, it utilizes a separate processor to increase accuracy and convenience. The patented sensor scans fingerprints thrice and increases screen brightness after access.

Another surprising aspect of the second patent lies in the portrayed device. Instead of a traditional Galaxy smartphone, the patent uses a bezel-less smartphone with a small waterdrop notch. At the least, this points to a future release within the next few years.

Curiously, the second patent runs slightly counter to Samsung’s latest plans. Recently, the company revealed full-screen sensor integration for the future. Among other things, they promised to eliminate the notch going forward. The new patent, instead, points to a notched phone.

If anything, both reports indicate a new form factor coming in the next few months. We’ll just have to wait and see.

SEE ALSO: Samsung Galaxy A7 hands-on review: Beyond the cameras

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Vivo Y81i arrives in Philippines with price

One of Vivo’s budget-friendly offers

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After a quiet debut in Malaysia, the Vivo Y81i has made its way — in a subtle fashion, too — to the Philippines with an affordable price.

Retailing for PhP 7,999, Y81i enters the market as one of Vivo’s more budget-friendly smartphones. For comparison, the older Y81 is priced at PhP 9,999.

This is close to the Malaysian pricing, making it competitive in both Southeast Asian countries.

Again, it’s similar to the Y81, but is equipped with less-desirable specifications to keep the price down, such as the MediaTek MT6761 processor, 2GB of memory, and 16GB of storage for the Y81i.

On the bright side, it still comes with a notched 6.22-inch 720p display, 13- and 5-megapixel rear and front cameras, and 3260mAh battery.

The only serious exclusion is the fingerprint scanner, but there’s facial recognition to make up for it.

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