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Alleged Samsung Galaxy S9 case render shows up online

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With the new year already upon us, we can’t help but get nosy about the next flagship smartphones. Case maker Ghostek might have just given away enough info about Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy S9.

We are yet to see leaks of the Galaxy S9 in the flesh, but the 3D render of Ghostek’s rugged case courtesy of BGR gives us a glimpse.

The first thing you’ll notice about the render is the major change to the position of the rear fingerprint reader, which is one of the complaints of Galaxy S8 users — including us. It’s now placed in a more reachable spot just like with other phones and their rear fingerprint readers.

Also, the Galaxy S series now get dual rear cameras, but unlike on the Galaxy Note 8, these have a vertical alignment. There’s no info yet if it’s going have a zoom, monochrome, or wide secondary shooter.

The front looks the same as its predecessor with a curved edge-to-edge display and a number of sensors on top. Samsung is sticking to its clean front design that doesn’t have a notch.

Thankfully, the Galaxy S9 appears to still have a 3.5mm audio port. Rejoice!

According to a few sources, the renders hold to true to the final unit, but let’s take this with a grain of salt — at least for now.

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Samsung will re-evaluate fake Supreme partnership after criticism

They incited the ire of the hypebeasts

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Recently, Samsung China committed a public relations boo-boo. After launching the Galaxy A8s, the Chinese branch announced a future partnership with Supreme, the popular lifestyle brand. Unfortunately, the partnership was not with the original Supreme brand. Rather, the partnered party is Supreme Italia, a knock-off brand based in Italy. At the time, Supreme NYC (the original) and Samsung China knew about Supreme Italia’s status. Regardless, Samsung China still went for the deal.

Now, the company is re-evaluating the partnership once again. According to Samsung leaker Ice Universe, Samsung China issued a statement about the partnership. Translated from the original Mandarin, Samsung said: “Recently, Samsung Electronics announced at the Galaxy A8s conference that it will cooperate with Supreme Italia in the Chinese market. We are currently re-evaluating this cooperation, and we deeply regret the inconvenience caused.”

Based on the original Weibo post, Samsung China received a significant amount of criticism for the snappy decision. Further, it didn’t help that Leo Lau, Samsung China’s digital marketing manager, defended the controversial decision.

Despite not having rights in the country, Supreme maintains a healthy following in China. However, because of the lack of selling rights, Chinese Supreme fans resorted to off-brands like Supreme Italia.

However, it doesn’t excuse Samsung China. With the decision, the Chinese branch has been assaulted by criticisms from both Supreme fans and Samsung’s higher brass. Regardless, the company has a lot of brand equity to lose by being associated with a knock-off brand. With a re-evaluation, the brand is working to restoring some lost credibility.

SEE ALSO: Samsung Galaxy Flex might cost more than $2,500

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Huawei midrange phones will soon have 20W SuperCharge

Another flagship feature for midrange phones

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Smartphones nowadays are not just about displays, performance, or cameras. Ultra-premium phones already have the capability to quickly fill up their batteries in just 30 minutes, just like the OPPO Find X Lamborghini Edition.

Huawei‘s new Mate 20 Pro with SuperCharge 2.0 technology also has incredible fast charging speeds (70 percent in 30 minutes) using its own 40W charger. But, what about midrange phones?

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If this leaked document is real, it appears Huawei is already working on putting SuperCharge technology on its upcoming midrange phones.

According to the leaked information, the fast charger uses a charging protocol that produces half of the Mate 20 Pro charger’s power. So, instead of charging at 10V/4A with a 40W charger, the upcoming standard applies 10V/2A with a 20W charger. Also, it’ll have the reversible USB-C as its interface.

Huawei is expected to announce its new charging technology in 2019, but there’s no exact timeframe for now. There are rumors about plans to introduce it along with the P30 series, which should go official as early as the first quarter.

The charging tech could also be used by Huawei’s sub-brand Honor, so there’s a chance that it’ll be available on more affordable phones, as well.

Source: ChargerLab

SEE ALSO: Huawei pledges $2 billion to secure cybersecurity of hardware

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Samsung to supply Apple with cheaper OLED panels in 2019 — report

Will Apple lower their price as well?

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It’s no secret that despite the war fans are raging, Samsung and Apple are good business buddies. There’s a piece of Samsung in your iPhone X, XS, or XS Max — the display. The Korean company is the sole supplier of OLED panels for the current iPhones and they have a solution to keep the cost down.

The gorgeous displays of OLED-touting iPhones take a good chunk of the overall production cost and they drive the product’s price high. To address this, Samsung is reportedly offering a more affordable option by incorporating the so-called Y-Octa panels with in-cell touch technology.

Cheaper doesn’t mean worse, because this technology is used by Samsung on the Galaxy Note 9 and Galaxy S9 phones which have one of the best mobile displays in the market today. It’ll allow Apple to design a thinner, lighter, and hopefully cheaper iPhones in 2019.

According to inside sources, the Y-Octa panels were already offered by Samsung for the production of this year’s iPhones, although Apple wasn’t quite happy about it, yet.

Could this mean iPhone prices will drop next year? It’s a long shot, but we do hope so.

SEE ALSO: Galaxy Note 10’s screen is larger than iPhone XS Max’s, leaks say

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