Samsung Galaxy S9 Preview

Everything we know about Samsung’s 2018 flagship



Samsung Galaxy S9 Renders by Concept Creator for GadgetMatch

With official invites in hand, our focus now shifts to the first, big, flagship of 2018, the Samsung Galaxy S9. Early this year, GadgetMatch spoke with multiple sources familiar with the phone, and based on these accounts, here’s everything we know about the Samsung Galaxy S9.

LAUNCH: Launch date is February 25th in Barcelona, a day before the start of Mobile World Congress 2018. US availability is slated for early March.

DESIGN: Give or take a few millimeters, the Galaxy S9 will look just like the S8. Design-wise, this year’s update will be mainly iterative, improving on the S8’s quirks. Most importantly, Samsung fixes the awful positioning of the fingerprint sensor; on the S9, it will be underneath the camera and not beside it. The new placement makes it easier to reach and avoids accidental smudges. Its front panel will have the same curved Infinity Display that tapers off on both sides.

TWO MODELS: Just like on the S8, Samsung’s new flagship will be available in two sizes — 5.8 and 6.2 inches — dubbed the S9 and S9 Plus, respectively. The larger model will have more RAM and a bigger battery. Also, only the S9 Plus will rock a dual camera setup, so you’ll have to go big if you want two cameras just like on Apple’s iPhone 8 Plus.

SPECS: The S9 will run on either Samsung’s Exynos 9810 chip or Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845. The S9 will come with 4GB of RAM while the S9 Plus will come with 6GB. We know that at least the S9 will come with a 64GB base storage. Battery capacities will be 3000mAh and 3500mAh, respectively. Both processor variants are also expected to deliver power efficiency for longer battery life.

CAMERA: If it isn’t obvious from Samsung’s S9 launch teaser, camera improvements are going to be the new phone’s headline feature. The S9 will sport a faster 12-megapixel f/1.5 lens with optical image stabilization, but will come with a feature called Dual Aperture which will adjust the aperture of a photo to f/2.8 when plenty of light is available, giving your daytime photos more details. The S9 will also now be able to shoot super slow-mo videos at an impressive 960 frames per second, something first seen on the Sony Xperia XZ Premium.

SAM-EMOJI: A combination of software and hardware will enable AR style / Animoji-like features. Sources tell GadgetMatch that Samsung’s take also involves face tracking, but will be multi-platform, meaning it will work across a variety of chat apps, and will come with branded partnerships that will provide a steady stream of characters (versus Apple’s pre-defined set of 12, 16 if you consider the four new ones coming in iOS 11.3).     

PREMIUM PRICING: Like the Galaxy Note 8 that came before, the S9 and S9 Plus will be priced higher than last year’s models. Expect pricing to hover around US$ 900 for the S9, and about US$ 1,100 for the S9 Plus.   

Shoutout to Concept Creator for these renders. Follow this awesomely talented dude on YouTube.

CES 2021

GadgetMatch Awards: Best of CES 2021

Flying cars, rolling phones, and Ice Cream right at home



CES has always been the place for dreaming about the future of tech and this year, despite the annual convention being held virtually instead of in Las Vegas like usual, is no different.

We saw plenty of exciting innovations ranging from stuff that we can purchase soon, something for the new normal, and an effin flying car. Yes. If that doesn’t get your gears running we don’t know what will.

So here are our favorites from the tech show.

Best Gaming Laptop: ROG Flow X13 

ROG Flow X13

Gaming laptops have been getting slimmer and slimmer over the years but this one — it’s a gaming laptop the size of an Ultrabook. ASUS managed to pack gaming power — AMD Ryzen 9/Cezanne-HS mobile processor, RTX 3080 — in a 15mm thin and 1.35kg body.

To heighten the gaming experience further, you can pair it with the ROG XG Mobile GPU that gives the Flow X13 the power of a full-sized gaming rig. That’s bonkers.

Best Auto Concept: GM flying Cadillac Taxi

The idea of flying cars has long intrigued the human race. You need not look far than the prevalence of such a vehicle in sci-fi pop culture to see how much we long for it.

General Motors’ flying Cadillac taxi concept is a vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) vehicle, eliminating the need for any runway. It’ll run on a 90kWh battery with 56mph top speed. New flying regulations will have to come but we can’t wait for this to take to the skies.

Best New Smartphone Form Factor: LG Rollable

Smartphones are going through a period of change. What once was just a rectangular piece of slab has seen itself fold, flip, and now… roll.

We’ve seen LG showcase a rollable concept before but the LG Rollable could be the closest thing that might actually… roll out to the market. Details are scarce for now but expect plenty of news and rumors to build up as it gets closer to launch.

Best Laptop: ASUS ZenBook Duo 

The ZenBook Duo, first showcased at Computex 2019, sort of took a gap year in 2020. What we saw instead was a gaming version with the Zephyrus Duo. It makes a comeback now more refined and with internals fit for the new year.

The new ASUS ZenBook Duo is a refinement of this new laptop form factor in every way imaginable — one that, theoretically, should be much more useful than its predecessor.

Best Chromebook: Samsung Galaxy Chromebook 2

The Samsung Galaxy Chromebook 2 has all the bells and whistles of the first generation but it now comes with a QLED panel. Yep, Samsung’s TV display tech has made its way to a notebook. This could just be the beginning.

Best Audio Wearable: Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro
Galaxy Buds Pro

Buds, Plus, Live, and now Pro — not exactly the progression that makes the most sense name-wise but Samsung may now finally have the TWS that can go toe-to-toe against the AirPods Pro and Freebuds Pro.

The Galaxy Buds Pro promises intelligent ANC that adjusts according to your environment and a playtime that’s par for the course for the other buds it’s going up against.

Best Wearable: MaskFone

Ever since the pandemic hit, face masks have come in all shapes, sizes and features — the MaskFone is no exception.

The MaskFone has a mic in the facepiece and two earbuds hanging on wires by the earloops. The mask is made of a water-resistant, breathable, and washable material and includes a pocket for PM2.5 filters. As far as tech goes, this one’s pretty in your face.

Best Kitchen Appliance: ColdSnap

What’s better than getting sweet, icy treats on a dreary day? It’s making those sweet, icy treats at your own home with ColdSnap.

It works like coffee pod machines but instead of coffee, it serves ice cream and other frozen treats from recyclable aluminium pods. Now, you can Ice Cream and chill at your leisure.

Best Smart TV: Samsung NEO QLED 

Samsung’s QLED was already pretty good but turning things up to eleven is their Neo QLED. With this new display tech, Samsung promises improved picture quality — dark areas are darker, bright areas brighter, and so on. Of course, we’ll have to see it for ourselves but it already sounds promising.

Best Wellness Device: Lora DiCarlo Drift, Tilt, Sway

If you can get past snickering like a tween, you’ll realize this offers many… benefits. Inspired by human warmth, the new model mimics the heat we experience from our partners’ bodies. Lora DiCarlo used a nylon-based thermally conductive polymer and its WarmSense Technology, simulating body temperature.

I’m sure we can all use some warmth in these cold nights.

Best Cleaning Device: Samsung JetBot 90 AI+

Keeping your place squeaky clean doesn’t get any smarter than this. The JetBot 90 AI+ is a vacuum cleaner that uses object recognition technology to identify and classify objects to decide the best cleaning path. LiDAR and 3D sensors allow JetBot 90 AI+ to avoid cables and small objects, while still cleaning hard-to-reach corners in your home.

Best Camera/Drone: Airpeak

Professional videographers who’s weapon of choice are Sony Alphas are probably dying to have their hands on Airpeak. It’s a drone that can be equipped with Sony’s professional grade, mirrorless cameras. This opens up new possibilities in terms of aerial footage.

Best Monitor: Dell UltraSharp 40 Curved WUHD

It appears we’re facing a future that’ll have us sitting in front of monitors for longer than we realize. That’s why having one that’s easy on the eyes could be extra beneficial. The ComfortView Plus on the Dell UltraSharp 40 Curved WUHD monitor can help with that. Not to mention, it is color accurate and should aid you nicely in your work-from-home setup.

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Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro Review: Better than AirPods Pro?

Finally, real Active Noise Cancellation out of the box



Samsung has unveiled the newest Galaxy Buds Pro alongside the announcement of the latest Galaxy S21 series.

Other than the new design, better sound quality, and surround sound setup, there’s now a real and intelligent Active Noise Cancellation.

But do these earbuds live up to its ‘Pro’ branding? Watch our Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro review by clicking the video link right here.

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Samsung Galaxy S21 Series Hands-on

Most of the leaks were true after all



Samsung started 2021 early with their newest Galaxy S21 series.

Unlike last year where the S20 models were announced last February, these new S21 units were unveiled as early as January 2021. Although we’ve covered most of the leaks and rumors about Samsung’s latest flagship trio, we still need to confirm them.

Head over to our latest hands-on video to find out more.

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