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Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Preview

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Samsung will unveil its latest phablet the Galaxy Note 4 at its Unpacked Episode 2 launch event in Berlin, Germany on September 3. In this first GadgetMatch video, we preview the Top 4 best features to look forward to in the Note 4.

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Google Pixel 4, Pixel 4 XL still great for photos, now with 90Hz panel

All leaks mostly confirmed

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The Google Pixel 4 and Pixel 4XL are now official confirming most of the leaks that came out leading up to its launch. So what’s different, what improved, and what stayed the same? We’ll go through all of that right now.

No fancy waterfall displays, just thoughtful design

Google appears to be taking plenty of cues from Apple in the design department in the sense that not much has changed. Looking at the device up front, you might mistake it for the Pixel 2XL. That’s because Google is doing away with the notch but it’s keeping the thick bezel for a reason that we’ll get to later on.

On the back, the most notable difference is the square holding its dual camera setup. Yes, just two. One main shooter and another one that’s “roughly 2x telephoto.” Google says, “While wide angle can be fun, telephoto is more important.”

The back is also moving away from the two-toned design we’ve grown to associate with the Pixel. In its place is a solid glass back with only a single color and a frosted matte coating.

The power button is still a different color from the rest of the phone depending on the variant you choose.

Still the best camera on a smartphone?

Plenty of people are eagerly waiting for the Pixel just to see well they will fair in the camera department. Based on the latest numbers by DxOMark, the Huawei Mate 30 Pro currently holds the crown but that might be quickly taken away soon.

The hardware on the Pixel 4 are as follows: 12.2MP main camera with f/1.7 aperture, plus a 16MP f/2.4 telephoto zoom lens that supports hybrid zoom. But the Pixel has always been more than just hardware.

The true crowning glory of the Pixel cameras is Google’s computational photography. And that applies even on the telephoto lens. It combines both the 2x telephoto lens along with Super-Res Zoom to produce high quality, zoomed in images.

There’s now also what Google is calling Live HDR+. It basically means the HDR application happens real-time. Basically, whatever you see right before you take a shot is the photo that you should expect to come it.

That same feature allows Double Exposure — separate slides for highlights and shadows on Pixel 4 before you take your shot.

Computational photography also lends a huge hand in white balancing along with a wider range for portrait mode, and improved night sight.

That front-camera setup

Again, just like on the iPhone, there’s now a lot going on in that thick forehead bezel.

It’s not home to a bunch of new sensors that work together towards a more secure face recognition suite. There’s the selfie camera, a pair of IR cameras, flood illuminators, and DOT projectors.

Google says it’s the first smartphone equipped with a radar. It enables Motion Sense which Google claims is the fastest and most secure face unlock feature on a smartphone. It also allows you to control the Pixel 4 without touching it — similar to the Air Gestures that Samsung first tried a few years back.

Overall equipped with better hardware

Displays with high refresh rate might be a growing trend and the Pixel doesn’t want to be left behind. The phone is equipped with a 90Hz panel, similar to the one on the most recent OnePlus smartphones.

The rest of the device also gets a spec bump. Powering the Pixel 4 is Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 SoC along with 6GB of RAM and either 64GB or 128GB of storage. Nothing to write home about as the numbers pale in comparison to other flagships in 2019. But, again like the iPhone, the Pixel isn’t exactly about the numbers.

You might also be happy to know that both the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL have an IP68 rating.

Pricing and availability 

The Google Pixel 4 starts at US$ 799 and will start shipping on October 24. It will come in three colors: Just Black, Clearly White, and Oh So Orange. It will be available through all major US carriers.

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The iPhone SE 2 might launch for as low as US$ 399

Launch is hopefully in Q1 2020

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Secondly only to the Google Pixel 4, Apple currently has one of the most rumored smartphones today. For months, the rumor mill has speculated on the iPhone SE 2, a sequel to yesteryear’s cheaper iPhone model. Despite an outpouring of rumors, the controversial iPhone has yet to officially launch. Still, the rumors continue. Today, we have more information on the phone, include its much-awaited price.

According to Ming-Chi Kuo, the iPhone SE 2’s most substantial reporter, the iPhone SE 2 will launch sometime in the first quarter of 2020. The new iPhone will launch with the iPhone 11’s A13 processor. It will reportedly have 3GB of RAM. For internal storage, it will contain either 64GB or 128GB. It is available in Space Gray, Silver, and Red. Surprisingly (or not), the iPhone SE 2 will not have 3D Touch.

As for the price, the iPhone SE 2 will reportedly start at US$ 399, a huge drop-off from Apple’s current offerings. If true, the new model is a very tempting upgrade for current iPhone 6 and 6S users, according to Kuo.

From past sources, the model will carry a 4.7-inch LCD screen. It will have a single-lens camera. Given everything, we already have a clear picture of what the iPhone SE 2 will look like. Thankfully, it won’t be long until the new model’s predicted launch.

SEE ALSO: Apple might make your iPhone’s logo light up, patent says

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Huawei to unveil an all-screen phone

It’ll be more than just a prototype

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With Xiaomi and OPPO showing off next-gen “waterfall” displays, Huawei too aims to be at the forefront of innovation. It’s already expected to join the foldable smartphone party with the official launch of the Mate X later this month, but that’s not all, an all-screen phone might be on the horizon.

A tweet from Jeb Su contains a teaser from Huawei showing an illustration of such a phone. The image says that the beleaguered Chinese manufacturer will announce such a device on October 17 in Paris, France.

Some companies have patents on similar tech, while others have even shown what such a concept would look like. If the following tweet is accurate, however, Huawei will actually unveil a commercial product next week.

We wouldn’t be entirely surprised if this latest device it has up its sleeve launched exclusively in China. The teaser image doesn’t give anything away, but we can expect it to house a waterfall display (like the Mate 30 Pro, but without a notch) on the front.

Earlier this year, Huawei rival Oppo demoed a concept, although the Chinese vendor hasn’t committed to an actual launch date.

Huawei’s press event is scheduled for next Thursday in Paris, according to the tweet above, or just two days after Google will launch its highly-anticipated Pixel 4.

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