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Everything we know about Samsung’s Galaxy Note 9

Will the Galaxy Note 9 cost $1,000 like the Note 8 (pictured)?
Will the Galaxy Note 9 cost $1,000 like the Note 8 (pictured)?

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Samsung is expected to announce the Galaxy Note 9 on August 9 in Brooklyn, New York, and guess what? The phone is probably going to look a lot like the Galaxy Note 8.

Newly leaked images suggest Samsung’s next flagship Android phone won’t come with a design refresh this year. That’s disappointing, but at least it looks like the Note 9 won’t have a “notch” at the top of the screen.

AndroidHeadlines has obtained what it claims is an official rendering of the upcoming Galaxy Note 9. There’s not much to extract from the image — the phone looks like it’ll have bezels above and below the screen, same as on the Note 8.

The front-facing camera, IR sensor, and proximity sensor holes on the top bezel all appear to be in the same position as the Note 8 as well. Ditto for the placement of the buttons: power switch on the right side, volume rocker on the left and a dedicated Bixby button below it.

It’s possible the Note 9’s bezels could be marginally thinner and the display’s corners rounded ever so slightly — similar to the minor cosmetic tweaks Samsung made on the Galaxy S9 — but it’s impossible to tell from the leaked image.

A separate leak from GizmoChina is a little juicier and suggests the fingerprint reader on the back could move from next to the dual cameras to below them:

Is this the back of the Note 9?

Is this the back of the Note 9?

A fingerprint reader on the back seems the most logical, but there’s also rumors Samsung might embed the fingerprint reader underneath the screen. This seems less likely, given how slow they are on Chinese phones like the Vivo Nex S.

Though the Note 9’s exterior might look virtually identical to the Note 8, Samsung’s own Unpacked invitation suggests we could see some kind of major change made to the S Pen stylus. 

A recent FCC filing might have revealed the S Pen’s new secret: Bluetooth connectivity. Leaker “Ice Universe” claims to have knowledge on what to expect from the Bluetooth-equipped S Pen:

Design and new S Pen aside, the Note 9’s insides should be on-par with what we’ve seen from the Galaxy S9 and other 2018 flagship Android phones. 

Rumors point to a powerful phone powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845 chip (or Samsung’s own Exynos 9180 chip), 6GB or 8GB of RAM, and up to 512GB of storage. Samsung might also bump up the battery to 4,000 mAh, a significant increase from the Note 8’s conservative 3,300 mAh. 

Camera-wise, the Note 9’s expected to have the same dual camera setup on the S9. That means dual 12-megapixel shooters, with the main camera sporting a “variable aperture” that can switch between f/1.5 and f/2.4, and the secondary camera offering 2x optical zoom.

The rest of Samsung’s Galaxy phone pillars should also remain intact on the Note 9. We’re talking about features like fast wireless charging, headphone jack, and expandable storage. 

More leaks are sure to slip out over the next few weeks in the lead up to the Note 9’s official debut. For now, all rumors with a grain of salt. 

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Amazon, Walmart, and Target have sweet deals on smart TVs this week: Save on Samsung, Vizio, LG, and more

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Psst: This TV has Chromecast built in and is $600 off.
Psst: This TV has Chromecast built in and is $600 off.

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“Oh look, another week of excruciatingly hot weather,” we complain, knowing damn well we’ll be begging for 80 degree temperatures in January. *Shrug*

If your AC has been your best friend for the past month, we’d suggest that you up that twosome to a trio by snagging a new 4K smart TV to make lazy days on the couch even lazier.

(The old Jurassic Park movies, Her, Season Six of Orange Is The New Black, and all of the other new stuff hitting Netflix this month will look great on that TV, too.)

There are a ton of options of every size up for grabs. A few of our favorite deals include: Over $1,000 off this 75-inch TV from Samsung, $600 off this 80-inch TV from VIZIO with Chromecast built in, or $800 off this 55-inch TV from LG. You’ll also get free 2-day shipping at Amazon, Walmart, and Target.

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Samsung’s new India phone factory is ‘world’s largest’

This week Samsung is opening what it’s calling the world’s largest mobile phone factory in the the world’s second largest smartphone market. Expansion, which will be fully complete in 2020, is expected to nearly double Noida (New Okhla Industrial Development Authority), India’s current phone producing capabilities from 68- to 120 million phones per year.

The electronics giant has been producing phones in the country for well over a decade (while the original factory dates back to 1996), while much of the competition has mostly been dabbling. Earlier this year, for instance, Apple started a manufacturing trial run of the iPhone 6S, after having previous done a small batch of the iPhone SE.

Along with bringing jobs, such localized manufacturing could also go a ways toward helping bring the cost of devices down. India’s government, naturally, is excitedly embracing the announcement as art of its “Make in India” initiative. As such, Prime Minister Narendra Modi was on-hand for the opening ceremony, along with South Korean president Moon Jae-in, repping his home country’s largest company.

“Our Noida factory, the world’s largest mobile factory, is a symbol of Samsung’s strong commitment to India, and a shining example of the success of the Government’s ‘Make in India’ program,” Samsung India CEO HC Hong said in a release tied to the news. “Samsung is a long-term partner of India. We ‘Make in India’, ‘Make for India’ and now, we will ‘Make for the World’. We are aligned with Government policies and will continue to seek their support to achieve our dream of making India a global export hub for mobile phones.”

India represents a massive — and growing — smartphone market. Last year the country passed the U.S., becoming the number two market after China. A commitment to local manufacturing will no doubt go a long way for Samsung, which currently ranks as the number two smartphone maker in the country, behind Xiaomi.

Walmart, Target, and Amazon have great deals on 4K smart TVs this weekend

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Take advantage of summer weather (and summer deals) while they're here.
Take advantage of summer weather (and summer deals) while they’re here.

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The weekend after the Fourth of July is always kind of depressing — because once that peak summer holiday is over, time flies, baby. While winter seems to drag, you can blink once in summer and suddenly, it’s September. 

No need to mope around, though: There are a ton of great smart 4K TV deals this weekend that are sure to cheer you up (and give you something to look forward to when the weather starts to get cold again). 

Let us just start off by saying that a 75-inch TV from Samsung is more than $1,000 off its regular price. Can you imagine coming home to that puppy every night?

Or perhaps you’re trying to go even bigger — so we’ll also mention that some of the VIZIO TVs that are on sale (like this 80-inch one that’s $600 off) also come with Chromecast built in.

And then, as if you needed any more convincing, you’ll also get free 2-day shipping at Amazon, Walmart, and Target. We’re not drooling, you’re drooling.

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Galaxy S9 sales may be low, but don’t worry, Samsung isn’t doomed

The Samsung Galaxy S9 may not a be hit after all, despite being the company’s most polished and capable smartphone to date.

Analysts are estimating Samsung shipped only 31 million Galaxy S9 smartphones since it launched in March, making it the company’s lowest-selling phone since the Galaxy S III.

By comparison, the Galaxy S7 was Samsung’s best-selling smartphone ever. It launched in 2016 and shipped about 50 million units. The Galaxy S7 was also the first phone in company history Samsung released with two different display sizes — similar to the the strategy Apple used in 2014 with the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.

If the Galaxy S9 is so great — and we think it is — then why aren’t more people buying them?

The answer shouldn’t surprise you: People are holding onto their existing phones longer as they wait for more compelling features to push them to upgrade to a new one.

This trend isn’t exclusive to Samsung, either. Even Apple is feeling the squeeze. Though perhaps not as extreme, Apple is seeing declining iPhone sales too, which is, frankly, to be expected. 

There’s an over-saturation in the smartphone market right now. Phones have become so damn good with increasingly more premium materials and features there’s little reason to upgrade every year or even every few years. Plus, people are spending more on their phones — so they’d better last longer.

Take the Galaxy S9 and compare it to its predecessor, the Galaxy S8. The differences aren’t exactly a huge leap. The S9 has a slightly better camera, a better-positioned fingerprint reader, more responsive face and iris unlocking features, stereo speakers, and, err, AR Emoji.

All of these features improve on the S8, but the rest of the phone experience is virtually identical. The design is mostly the same. The Android software is largely the same. And all of the pillars of a Galaxy S phone — wireless charging, memory card slot, headphone jack — are all present. So what incentive does an S8 owner have to fork over $700+ for a new phone? Very little, unless you can afford to have the latest and greatest.

Is this the beginning of the end of Samsung’s mobile reign as the world’s largest smartphone maker?

Poor sales from the Galaxy S9 will reportedly eat into the Samsung’s quarterly profits big time, according to the Financial Times. Samsung’s expected to post its first profit decline — down 5.4 percent from the last quarter — in seven quarters, with the blame to be pinned largely on the S9’s weak sales. However, profits are expected to be up by 5.2 percent year-over-year.

Is this the beginning of the end of Samsung’s mobile reign as the world’s largest smartphone maker? Will China’s fast-climbing Huawei overtake it with innovations like a triple camera setup and new color-shifting gradient glass?

We wouldn’t bet against Samsung just yet. Sure, quarterly profit and unit sales might have taken a taken a dip, but Samsung likely has other aces up its sleeves. The company has bounced back many times over the years.

After the Galaxy S5 smartphone was ridiculed for its cheap plastic design, Samsung followed it up with the glass-and-metal sandwich S6 and S6 Edge the next year, kickstarting its ascent back to the top.

The disastrous Galaxy Note 7 was another case where everyone said the company would never recover. And, look how well that turned out. Samsung came clean on what exactly caused devices to explode, released the S8 and then followed it up with the fantastic Note 8.

Samsung has a chance to really impress with the Galaxy Note 9, which will be announced on Aug. 9. And if that doesn’t help the company improve sales, there’s always the S10 or its rumored foldable phone

So you see? Samsung’s not doomed. Not even close. The company would need to screw up on such an epic scale — multiple times in a row — for it to get knocked off its pedestal.

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