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Samsung Galaxy S8 secrets revealed

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Inside secret conference rooms at Samsung’s Suwon Headquarters in South Korea, their next flagship, the Samsung Galaxy S8 is being passed around.

Following the fiery disaster that was the Note 7, the team of engineers working on the Galaxy S8 are hard at work to ensure the phone becomes a runaway success, nothing less is demanded.

Initially slated for a February 26 launch in Barcelona, the Galaxy S8 launch is said to have been pushed back to sometime in late March – giving the company two extra months to dot all their I’s and cross all their T’s.

If you are a fan of the Note 7’s design, good news, we expect the S8 to take Samsung’s curved form factor even further.

READ MORE: Samsung Galaxy S8 shows up with specs, pricing, and launch date

TWO SIZES

Industry sources tell GadgetMatch, the next Samsung phone will come in two sizes. One that’s as big as this year’s S7 and the other as large as the S7 Edge. This means that while you’re not getting bigger phones both S8 models will have larger displays.

The display on the Galaxy S8 will be 5.8-inches, the larger model the Galaxy S8 Plus will have a 6.2-inch display (instead of 5.1 and 5.5 on the S7 and S7 Edge).

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How? Like many 2017 flagships are expected to deliver, the Galaxy S8 will be completely bezel-less with a display that hugs the edges of the phone on all sides.

ALL DISPLAY

The front of the phone will be all display, with just a tiny shin on both its top and bottom. Our source tells us the top bezel will house a selfie camera, headpiece, and an iris scanner for added security.

The bottom chin has room for a logo but in the current version that is being passed around, the logo is not present.

GadgetMatch worked together with Plethora Creatives to imagine the Galaxy S8. Below is our artist’s 3D rendering of how it might look like. These 3D models are based on the descriptions of our source.

Samsung Galaxy S8 renders based on our source’s descriptions. Image © GadgetMatch.com 2016

There is no physical home button that doubles as a fingerprint sensor. All buttons will be on screen. We’re told the fingerprint sensor will be underneath the display, possibly using the just announced optical fingerprint sensor by Synaptics that can read fingerprints under a 1mm glass display.

NOTE 7 REBORN

The S8 will share the same front and back dual edge curves of the Note 7. In fact, apart from its size differences. The S8 looks almost identical to the Note 7 from behind.

While it was initially a planned feature on the larger model, Samsung is reported to have made a last minute decision to ship the S8 with only one main camera, not two. The model being passed around only has one.

The Samsung Galaxy S8 will have dual edge displays like on the Note 7 with hardly any bezel. Image © GadgetMatch.com 2016

Samsung retains its choice of materials – Gorilla Glass and high strength aluminum. The S8 will come in an assortment of colors Black, Grey, Rose Gold and Blue. Our renders imagines a blue and black model. The phone will mostly likely still have a headphone jack and will still be water resistant.

PERSONAL ASSISTANT

Software-wise the S8 may take a page from Google’s playbook with a virtual assistant of its own, making it the smartest Galaxy phone ever. If it materializes the company will use technology from its acquisition of Artificial Intelligence firm Viv.

Samsung’s decision to give itself more time is both good and bad news.

Two extra months gives them more time to change their mind about certain features, which given their track record wouldn’t come as a surprise. But inside Samsung, there is greater pressure to get it right and that means finishing early and spending the extra time testing for and ironing out kinks.

A lot is at stake, how the Samsung Galaxy S8 is received will greatly affect the future of Samsung’s smartphone business. Here’s to hoping they succeed.

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Update: This post was updated on January 27th to reflect the new launch date (from April to late March)

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Kovol 65W 4-port charging station Hands-On

Small in size, big on power

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Kovol 4-port

Nearly everyone I know carries around two to three devices. It’s some combination of a laptop, smartphone/s, and tablet/s. Imagine having to lug around these devices along with their power bricks. That’s a significant weight added to your bag. Enter the Kovol 65W 4-port charging station. This thing, as the company says, is small in size but big on power. 

Personally, I’m a member of this multi-device tribe. I almost always carry with me a laptop and two smartphones. That’s excluding any other smartphones or laptops I may be reviewing at the time. 

This is part of the reason why I’m in the ‘USB-C Everything’ camp. It would make our lives as tech reviewers just that much better. But since that reality may not be happening anytime soon, multiport GaN chargers like this are the next best thing. 

Regulated power 

Just because it has 65W written on it, doesn’t mean that it’s the only power output available. It can smartly allocate power to each device based on its needs. The 65W ranges from 65W, 45W, 30W, 25W, 20W, and 18W. So, whichever fast charging output your device supports, that’s what it’s getting. 

There’s also a 120W version of the charger and it can output at 87W aside from others that have already been mentioned. 

Kovol also claims it has low-heat and safe-charging. This means there will be no risk of overheating and overcharging your device. During my time using the charger, I can say I never felt any sort of unusual heating from it. 

How fast is it, really? 

But of course, the real question is how fast it actually is in real world use. Fret not, I have you covered. I’ll list the charging times of the three devices I primarily use. 

Before we start though, I would like to describe my normal usage. I’m totally not the type who lets the devices reach red levels of the battery indicator. Small beads of sweat immediately form around my head as soon as my devices’ battery indicator shows anywhere between 40% to 50%. 

Go ahead. Laugh all you want. But I’ve been in waaaay too many situations when I forgot to juice up only to need to charge but without any power outlet nearby. It’s a sticky situation I would like to avoid as much as I can. 

With that said, here are the charging numbers I recorded. Duration in minutes (mins) is how long it took to reach 100%.  

iPhone 11 Pro 

  • At 30% – 40 mins 
  • At 40% – 32 mins 
  • At 50% – 23 mins 
  • At 65% – 16 mins 

OPPO Find X3 Pro

  • At 10% – 59 mins
  • At 30% – 46 mins 
  • At 40% – 37 mins 
  • At 50% – 25 mins 
  • At 65% – 18 mins 

13” M1 MacBook Pro 

  • At 35% – 1 hour, 41 mins
  • At 40% – 1 hour, 26 mins
  • At 50% – 1 hour, 10 mins
  • At 65% – 40 mins

Naturally, these numbers will vary depending on your devices and the kind of wired fast charging they support. But what’s evident is that these are more than decent charging speeds. These are especially useful if you only have a limited time access to a power outlet when you’re out and about. 

Small for its power

 

The charging speeds are impressive but what really takes the cake is how small the Kovol 65W 4-port charging station is. It’s a little chunky, but it’s short enough that it’ll easily slide into your bag without taking up much space. 

Personally, I carried it in this tiny-gadgets-and-cables pouch I normally bring around whenever I step out. 

Its small size is also helpful when you have limited table space. It can sit just right next to your devices without taking away any wiggle room you might need. 

Price and availability

Some manufacturers are following Apple’s lead in taking away the power bricks from brand new devices. It’s a good reason to invest in a multiport GaN charger other than the ones already mentioned. 

The Kovol 4-port charging station comes in two variants. Pricing are as follows: 

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5 reasons why you should consider the OPPO Enco W11

Transition easily to the wireless lifestyle!

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Anyone can hesitate to step on a wireless journey if everything you see is all godd*mn expensive. Unbeknownst to many, there are pairs of wireless earbuds that are affordable and perform exceptionally at the same time.

One example is the OPPO Enco W11. If you’re considering switching to the wireless side, here are five reasons why the Enco W11 would make the perfect fit. In your ears and life, probably.

20-hour battery life

The Enco W11 lets you enjoy up to five hours of playback time on a single charge. Use the charging case and you can extend that to 20 hours.

Moreover, the charging case can recharge your pair of wireless earbuds for only 15 minutes, and you immediately get one hour of playback time.

Fits snugly

Depending on the form factor, some wireless earbuds can be a tad uncomfortable. Thankfully, the Enco W11 comes with an exquisite design that goes along with the shape of the ear. Plus, there are three sizes of soft silicone ear tips to choose from.

It also weighs 4.4g so you won’t feel the weight in your ears, allowing you to listen comfortably while you’re on the go.

Dust and water resistance

Get that extra peace of mind knowing that your pair of wireless earbuds have an IP55 dust and water resistance. It means that you can bring it to the gym, sweat it out, or even run through the rain — and you don’t have to worry about your device. It can stand splashes of water and dirt if you accidentally drop them.

Stable connection, lower latency

Most people are hesitant to switch to wireless earbuds because of the latency issues. With the right technology, the connection can be stable. Such is the case for the Enco W11 which receives signals on both sides to reduce latency. Unlike ordinary true wireless earbuds that receive signals on one side before sending them to the other.

The Enco W11 also uses a built-in Bluetooth 5.0 chip to help you enjoy uninterrupted audio. It’s perfect for those virtual meetings or just tuning out to your favorite playlists or podcasts.

Easy controls

Lastly, the Enco W11 doesn’t require a lot of brainpower to use. It pairs easily and resumes connection instantaneously within 10 meters.

Further, it comes with touch controls that are easy to navigate. You can play or pause your music with a single tap, or move to the next song by double-tapping.

The voice assistant can be activated by triple-tapping, and you can adjust the volume when you touch and hold the wireless earbuds.

Should you buy the OPPO Enco W11?

The OPPO Enco W11 makes it easy for users to transition to the wireless lifestyle, albeit at a cost that won’t hurt their pockets. It’s lightweight, comfortable, and intelligent enough to make navigating the controls smoothly. It has an SRP of PhP 1,690.

On January 27, 2022, Shopee is offering an exclusive deal — a bundle of the OPPO A55 smartphone and the Enco W11 wireless earbuds for only PhP 10,988.

The supply is limited so if you won’t be able to snag the deal, you can still get the OPPO Enco W11. Shop here.

For more exclusive deals, check out Shopee’s Brands Spotlight Festival.

SEE ALSO: OPPO A55 review: Just the basics

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Vacuum Wars: Shark AI VacMop vs Self-Empty XL!

Which vacuum is your GadgetMatch?

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Like it or not, dusts and other particles accumulate on our floors over time. When you barely got time to mop and vacuum, why not invest on a smart home device that can do both for you?

Shark, known for their home cleaning devices, offers not just one but two of their latest smart vacuum cleaners. But which is the most suitable for your living space?

Hop on to our two-way Shark vacuum hands-on video to know which smart vacuum is your GadgetMatch!

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