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Samsung Galaxy S9 loses to iPhone X in early benchmark tests

Will the release model be the same?

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Following a stellar performance at MWC, Samsung opens 2018 with the promising Galaxy S9 series. However, early benchmarks predict a concerning future for the new flagships.

Known as the best competitor against Apple’s powerhouses, the Samsung Galaxy S series puts out the best of Android’s technology year after year. This year is no different. The Galaxy S9 and S9+ both rock the latest Exynos 9810 processor from Samsung. Alternatively, the S9’s non-Exynos variants come with the fastest Snapdragon 845 chips.

Immediately after the launch, everyone wanted to get their hands on the flagship for a quick benchmark test. True enough, Geekbench 4 results are already available online. While they definitely show improvements over the previous model, the new Exynos chip still falls behind Apple’s A10 and A11 chips.

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The single core test shows a huge leap from the Exynos 8895. It also shows a progressive edge onto Apple’s territory especially with the A10. However, the chip is still a mile away from the A11, which powers the iPhone 8, 8 Plus, and X.

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More task-oriented tests show a slightly different picture. Curiously, previous Samsung and Google Pixel phones outpace the S9 significantly. Meanwhile, the Snapdragon 845 tops the competition, as predicted.

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Graphics-wise, the A10, A11, and Snapdragon 845 clock in higher frames per second than the Exynos 9810. This hints that Samsung might have throttled the Galaxy S9 on display during MWC.

Interviews with Samsung confirm that the S9 on display was carrying special firmware that might have prevented benchmark tests from returning accurate results. With an army of hungry reporters on site, it’s surprising that Samsung altered their display to mess with tests.

At this point, only a release model will reveal the truth about Samsung’s latest flagship. Regardless, its early benchmark results paint an uncertain future for Samsung’s top gun.

Previously, camera benchmarking showed that the phone outpaces the competition handily. With a renewed focus on their cameras (complete with a new “AR Emoji” feature), this isn’t a surprise.

SEE ALSO: Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+: Everything you need to know

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Lenovo Legion Phone Duel price and availability in the Philippines

Gift for yourself this holiday season?

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Legion Phone Duel

Lenovo has joined the mobile gaming fray with the Lenovo Legion Phone Duel. You can now grab this gaming smartphone in the Philippines.

It’s powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragong 865 Plus SoC — the best in the business at the moment. It also comes with up to 16GB LPDRR5 RAM and a 512GB UFS 3.1 internal storage. It has a 6.65-inch AMOLED display with 144Hz refresh rate with a 240Hz sampling rate that should bode well for all your mobile gaming needs.

The Legion Phone Duel supports 90W Turbo Power Charging. This can take you from 0 to 50 percent in just 10 minutes and straight up to 100 percent in only half an hour. You can charge the phone on either USB-C ports. Yes, there are two. One in the usual bottom of the phone, the other on its side — a perfect spot for charging while you’re gaming.

Read our Lenovo Legion Phone Duel review for a more comprehensive look at the phone.

Pricing and availability

The Lenovo Legion Phone Duel comes in only two variants. Color, configuration, and pricing are as follows:

  • Blazing Blue — (12GB+256GB) — PhP 39,995
  • Vengeance Red — (16GB+512GB) — PhP 49,995
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Mate 40 Pro is now the world’s smartest smartphone

Nabs top spot in AI benchmarks

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Besides the inclusion of 5G, another key feature in modern phones is AI compatibility. Smartphone makers are packing in the smartest chipsets inside daily drivers today. Already, the current state of AI powers more improved cameras and assistant features. That said, AI benchmarks are now more important than ever. Now, after a new test, the Huawei Mate 40 Pro is now the world’s smartest smartphone, nabbing the top spot in AI benchmarks.

On AI Benchmark, the Mate 40 Pro scored 216.6 on the rankings. Notably, the second placer — the Xiaomi Redmi K30 Ultra — scores only 135.3 on the same scale. The third placer — the iQOO Z1 — scored a similar 133.0 score. Both second and third place smartphones are considerably lesser than the new winner.

The Redmi K30 Ultra and the iQOO Z1 both sport the MediaTek Dimensity 1000+ chipset. On the other hand, the Mate 30 Pro comes with the new Kirin 9000 processor.

Though the Kirin 9000 is impressive, Huawei has already announced the termination of the Kirin lineup as we know it. Because of ongoing American regulations, the company has no more access to necessary components for the chipset. As a result, they are in a mad dash to either compensate for lost components or find alternative suppliers.

SEE ALSO: Samsung overtakes Huawei as the world’s top phone seller

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Galaxy S21 series will launch in several colors, leak says

Including gray, pink, and violet

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After the first Galaxy S21 leaks recently, more details have suddenly popped out of nowhere. Of course, with the reportedly early launch date, it’s not surprising. The Galaxy S21 will apparently debut earlier than usual this time around. Now, here’s one more detail for the hype train. According to a new leak, the Samsung Galaxy S21 series will launch in several colors.

According to notable leaker Ross Young, the following colors are already “100%” confirmed. The starter Galaxy S21 launches in Gray, Pink, Violet, and White. Meanwhile, the Galaxy S21+ launches in just Black and Silver. Finally, the leading Galaxy S21 Ultra comes in Black, Silver, and Violet.

The color scheme strikes similar to the recently launched iPhone 12 series. Specifically, the starting model will come in more colorful variants. The premium variants, however, ship in more premium colors.

If your favorite color isn’t listed, I wouldn’t lose hope yet. Usually, Samsung releases more colors after the initial launch. For example, the company recently launched BTS variants for the Galaxy S20 series.

Besides the listed colors, the leaker also confirmed the lineup’s production lines in Brazil, Indonesia, and Vietnam. With that data already “confirmed,” it’s likely that Samsung’s schedule is well on its way to completion. If the previous reports are true, the Galaxy S21 series will debut sometime in early January.

SEE ALSO: This is what the Galaxy S21 might look like

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