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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.

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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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Huawei Mate 20 Pro Hands-on: Best phone of 2018?

Huawei outdoes itself again

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In an industry where incremental updates are the new norm, Huawei manages to wow us again — barely a year after the release of the P20 Pro. The Chinese company is back with the Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro which might just be the best among the best this year.

In this video, we go over the phones’ new designs, updated cameras, and new memory card format. We also go through the differences between the Huawei Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro.

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Huawei Mate 20 vs Mate 20 Pro: What are the differences?

Price isn’t the only factor

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Huawei has once again launched two flagships phones at the same time; one comes with a Pro moniker, while the other does not. Like before, there are some significant differences between the Mate 20 pair to take note of.

While we wait to get our hands on the Porsche Design Mate 20 RS and Mate 20 X, here are the two phones we already know everything about.

Display

One obvious difference is in their displays. While the Mate 20 Pro goes for a notched 6.39-inch 1440p curved HDR OLED display — certainly a mouthful — the regular Mate 20 has a 6.53-inch 1080p RGBW HDR LCD with a much smaller notch.

The Pro model justifies the larger notch by housing a more complex camera system for secured facial recognition, but if that doesn’t matter to you, the regular variant’s Dew Drop notch may be more appealing — and definitely less intrusive.

In addition, the Mate 20 Pro’s OLED tech allows it to curve the edges and equip an in-display fingerprint scanner. It’s essentially the more modern-looking design of the pair.

Performance

Since both models have Huawei’s Kirin 980 chipset installed, pure performance is virtually identical. The Pro and non-Pro also share the same memory and storage configuration of 6GB and 128GB, respectively, although the plain Mate 20 has a more affordable 4GB memory variant available, too.

Another minor difference: The 4200mAh capacity of the Mate 20 Pro, along with the more energy-efficient OLED, provides it with potentially longer battery life than what the Mate 20’s 4000mAh capacity and LCD panel offer.

A more significant advantage for the Mate 20 Pro is its inclusion of a 40W SuperCharge adapter in the package — noticeably better than the 22.5W output of the Mate 20’s. Plus, the Pro version can charge other phones wirelessly using wireless reverse charging tech.

Cameras

Perhaps, you’ll care most about the difference in camera quality and performance. While it’s too early to make photo and video comparisons, an initial look at specs shows that the Mate 20 Pro may have an edge.

There are three modules in place for the Pro: One is a 40-megapixel main camera, another has 20 megapixels and an ultra-wide lens, and the final unit offers 8 megapixels with 3x optical zoom

As for the Mate 20, its main camera has only 12 megapixels, the ultra-wide shooter settles for 16 megapixels, and the 8-megapixel telephoto camera goes up to only 2x optical zoom.

Despite the larger notch of the Mate 20 Pro, they share the same 24-megapixel selfie camera.

Pricing and colors

This part largely depends on where you reside, but in an ideal setting, all five colors — Emerald Green, Midnight Blue, Twilight, Pink Gold, and Black — should be available for both models.

Pricing is another matter, and it again depends per region. In Europe, the Mate 20’s 4GB+128GB configuration retails for EUR 799 and its 6GB+128GB model goes for EUR 849. The Mate 20 Pro’s sole 6GB+128GB variant costs EUR 1,049, making it more expensive by EUR 250 and EUR 200, respectively.

In Singapore, the Mate 20’s 6GB+128GB setup retails for SG$ 998, while the Mate 20 Pro is at SG$ 1,348 — a difference of SG$ 350.

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Huawei Mate 20 series first to have Nano Memory Card

Could this become a trend?

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Aside from introducing a host of flagship features to the freshly minted Mate 20 series, Huawei also introduced a new memory card standard, simply named Nano Memory Card.

It’s available on both the Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro, and it effectively replaces the microSD slot we’ve become so accustomed to. The question is: What’s so special about it?

The simplest answer is that it has the same size as the nano-SIM card inside any smartphone today. Because of the identical dimensions, the secondary card slot doesn’t have to be designed differently, like what has been done for microSD cards.

In the case of the Mate 20 series, the removable card tray has back-to-back slots: one for the nano-SIM, and the other for either another nano-SIM or separate Nano Memory Card.

As of writing, Huawei will be offering 128GB and 256GB NM Cards, with speeds of up to 90MB/s. They’re hoping it’ll become the new standard, and are producing adapters for additional compatibility.

It’s certainly a more efficient way of adding physical storage to a handset, and allows manufactures like Huawei to use the saved space for other features, like a large battery.

Looking ahead, it seems only logical for other smartphone brands to follow suit, but that would mean consumers would have to buy into a whole new standard and let go of their microSD cards.

The same thing happened with the introduction of the USB-C port, wherein users had to replace their micro-USB cables for the newer, more intuitive system. It’s been a gradual process, but definitely rewarding.

It’ll take a while before we find out if this will become a trend, but for now, we should appreciate Huawei’s courage in taking the first, big step.

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