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Samsung Galaxy S9 camera reimagined

A detailed look into the Galaxy S9’s biggest feature

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If there’s one thing that sets a great smartphone apart from the rest of the field, it’s how well its camera performs.

So much research and development has gone into mastering the art of smartphone photography that by the end of last year, four top smartphones were virtually neck and neck in terms of camera performance.


From the looks of it, that trajectory will continue into 2018.

Next month, when the Samsung Galaxy S9 becomes official, its camera will be its standout feature. In its pre-launch teaser, Samsung promises, a “camera reimagined,” but what exactly does that mean?   

Earlier this year, GadgetMatch spoke with multiple sources familiar with handset, giving us a better picture of the camera improvements coming to both the S9 and S9 Plus.

DUAL CAMERA. The S9 will be available in two sizes. Only the larger model, the S9 Plus will have two rear cameras, both with optical image stabilization built in. The second camera on the S9 Plus is an optical 2x zoom lens, and will work just like the second camera on the Galaxy Note 8 with features like Live Focus that let you adjust background blur during or after taking a photo.

PIXEL FUSION. Our source talked about new technology that involves merging adjacent pixels to produce an image with better detail and dynamic range.

The same technology is briefly mentioned on the website for Samsung Semiconductor’s ISOCELL image sensor. The feature enables Wide Dynamic Range (WDR) and it involves merging four different pixels to work as one big pixel. The idea is for you to worry less about shooting at night, and for low-light photos to look as great as those taken during the day.

DUAL APERTURE. The Galaxy S9 will have the fastest camera we’ve seen on a smartphone to date, with an aperture of f/1.5.

It will also be able to shift to f/2.8 when there is plenty of available light, allowing more clarity and detail. The feature, we’re told, will be called Dual Aperture with the camera being smart enough to detect lighting conditions and adjust its aperture accordingly.

FASTER AUTOFOCUS. Focusing on fast-moving subjects is challenge photographers constantly deal with. Samsung will deliver even faster autofocus speeds on the S9 thanks to its new triple-stacked sensor and improved phase detection autofocus.

With its new sensor technology, the camera on the S9 will be better equipped to calculate the distance of moving subjects, even in low-light situations.

SUPER SLOW MO. Pushing its super slow mo video capture even further, the S9 will let users shoot at 960 frames per second at 720p or 480 frames per second at 1080p.

This is a step up from the 240 frames per second at 720p abilities found on the S8 and Note 8. It’s worth pointing out that this feature was available on the Sony Xperia XZ Premium, but it will be interesting to see what the software side of things will look like on the S9.

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Unboxing a CUSTOM Apple Watch Series 5

Titanium is a new option

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This is our Apple Watch Series 5 Unboxing and Hands-On.

For the first time, you can customize Apple Watch Studio, pick your case, and your dream band before you check-out. Apart from the usual aluminum and stainless steel, this year ceramic is back, and titanium is a new option.


In this video, we unboxed a custom Apple Watch. I chose a 44mm Apple Watch with a stainless steel with a Milanese loop. Go over the new features in Series 5 and WatchOS 6.

More from Apple: iPhone 11 | iPhone 11 Pro | Apple Watch Series 5 | iPad 7th Gen

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iPhone 11 Unboxing: Purple, Midnight Green or Space Gray?

Fresh new iPhones!

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This is our iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max Unboxing.

Not sure which color to get? We help you out in this video by unboxing the Purple iPhone 11, and both the Space Grey and Midnight Green iPhone 11 Pros.


More from Apple: iPhone 11 | iPhone 11 Pro | Apple Watch Series 5 | iPad 7th Gen

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OPPO A9 2020 Hands-On: Massive and Playful

For every kind of junkie

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OPPO recently streamlined its smartphone lineup. From Find and Reno, OPPO introduces us to the newest A series. On paper, it seems the A-series is a combination of the F-series and former A-series. Sitting in a sweet spot between an affordable price range and incredible performance, the OPPO A9 2020 is shaping up to be a contender in a sea of smartphones fighting for the crown in the midrange category.

With Xiaomi and Huawei firmly in the lead, can OPPO put up a fight just like it did with its F series? Let’s find out in this Hands-On!


Starting with looks, the OPPO A9 2020 gives in to a premium-like design

It has a dedicated fingerprint scanner and a quad-camera setup on its rear

You can find the power button here…

…While the left side houses the volume keys and sim card slot

Its top is clear, but its bottom shows-off its speakers, a 3.5mm headphone jack, and a USB-C port

It has a 6.5″ IPS LCD screen with a waterdrop notch for the front camera

The OPPO A9 2020 prides itself with its new design that took inspiration from its R-series. In addition, OPPO focused on the phone’s display, reinforcing its IPS LCD screen with a Toughened Corning Gorilla Glass 3+.

Moreover, its screen has new features such as the Sunlight Screen which allows you to adjust the contrast so you can read the screen, even under strong direct light. It also has a Blue Shield which filters out blue light, relieving your eyes from fatigue and strain and protecting your eyesight.

Going big and definitely not going home

Sporting a Snapdragon 665 chipset along with an 8GB RAM, 128GB storage (which you can expand up to 256GB of external memory), the A9 2020 really joined the battle of offering power to midrange devices. OPPO decides to make everything flashy and… big.

For instance, it boasts a humongous 5000mAh battery that can last you throughout the day. Furthermore, it’s capable of reverse wireless charging (through OTG) so your friends can rely on you when their phones run out of battery.

Gamers will find delight with the A9 2020. Thanks to Game Boost 2.0, OPPO’s accelerator technology aims to resolve latency, reduce touchscreen lag, and optimizing energy consumption to avoid overheating.

OPPO decided to up their game for entertainment junkies, too! Packed with Dual Stereo Speakers and Dolby Atmos sound effects, expect a superb, immersive audio experience.

Smarter, smoother

The A9 2020 runs on ColorOS 6 based on Android 9.0. Now, its interface is cleaner and smoother. Icons look cute with their subtle gradient tones.

It also comes with smart functions like Smart Assistant, Riding Mode — which lets you remain uninterrupted by notifications and incoming calls — and a Music party app which lets multiple phones connect in the same LAN through a Wi-Fi hotspot for synchronized listening.

Navigating the phone is now easier with a single hand, too. Through Gesture Navigation, you can return to the home screen, check out recent tasks, switch pages and applications by just swiping up, left, and right.

Cameras for all angles and scenarios

The OPPO A9 2020 shows off its highly versatile camera setup. It has a 48-megapixel main camera, an 8-megapixel ultra-wide-angle lens, a 2-megapixel portrait lens, and a 2-megapixel mono lens on its rear.

On its front is a 16-megapixel camera with AI Beautification technology which automatically identifies your skin tone, age, gender, and skin color for customized beautification, giving you a pretty yet make-up free look.

More features include artistic portrait styles, ultra night mode, and 4K video shooting. More sample photos here:

Is the OPPO A9 2020 your GadgetMatch?

If you’re into massive and chunky smartphones with a solid build, the OPPO A9 2020 might be a good match. It offers power and performance for gamers and entertainment junkies, and its smartphone has a versatile camera setup to appease your needs. While there may be Xiaomi and Huawei leading the midrange category, OPPO definitely cooked up a powerful yet affordable phone that can go toe-to-toe with its rivals.

The OPPO A9 2020 is available in two colors: Space Purple and Marine Green. Its retail price is PhP 15,990 and will be available for pre-order starting September 20 until September 27 in Lazada, and through OPPO stores, authorized dealers, and e-commerce partner sites like Shopee, Akulaku, and Argomall on September 28.

For those who want to avail through Home Credit, customers can pre-order the A9 2020 starting September 20 with flexible payment terms of six and nine months with a guaranteed zero percent interest.

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