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Where do we start? When it comes to the Tech industry, we all love a bit of controversy, however, what do you do when their isn’t any controversy with a certain product with great interest … well, you make it up right?
#Chargegate … more like a minor bug
To debunk a theory, nothing is easier than simply running over what the problem is, and, why it’s not the big massive permanent recall worthy problem as people like Lou from Unbox Therapy would lead you to believe.
On iPhone Xs and Xs Max, something many people have been noticing, mainly as it’s being brought to their attention, is that should you leave your device in an inactive state, then plug a Charger in, it simply doesn’t charge. This has led to a slew of inaccurate Click-bate headlines claiming the new iPhone models simply “don’t charge”, which is quite frankly wrong.
If you plug your Charger in to an iPhone Xs or Xs Max whilst it’s unlocked, you’ll never have a problem, or, if you do have the problem whilst locked, unlocking the device allows it to begin charging. That doesn’t seem good does it? This must be a major hardware issue, this is big, Apple should recall ALL iPhone models affected by this, right? … Well, if they did that, they’d have to recall everything running iOS 12, and that’s where we bring things back to reality.
The reality … plus, the fix
Above is the Face ID + Passcode Settings on an iPhone Xs, could easily be the original X, or Xs Max, in fact it could even be the same Settings menu for Touch ID iPhones found in Touch ID + Passcode! Why? It’s an iOS 12 feature, let’s explain.
Turns out, this actually is a featurein iOS 12 … yes, we hear you Android fanboys, how can it be a feature to stop a Smartphone charging, well, there’s more to it than that.
Above is what the big issue is, hacking tools used to bypass your iPhone Passcode to get in to your Phone, and your Data. This is a serious problem, especially when even government agencies like the US FBI use these tools, the very people you’re meant to be able to trust. Sure, they’ll paint their propaganda that this is only for criminals, but there’s far too much proof that situations like that, just aren’t the full picture and that big brother, really is, watching you.
To prevent these tools from working, in iOS 12, Apple, by default, has a Setting which will not allow any form of data transfer, or power output, to any device plugged in to Lightning, after an hour of inactivity, or, if the device has just been switched on. This is to protect and prevent such activity from being possible. However, this feature is clearly enabling far earlier than an hour, and is causing features such as Charging your device, not to be instantly possible (if locked) in many situations, this is a bug and is fixed in current iOS 12.1 betas, so, won’t be an issue for anyone come that release.
We don’t recommend it, but, you can actually stop this behaviour by enabling “USB Accessories” in that Settings menu, but, naturally, that removes the Security aspect of this feature. But, let’s be completely honest right now, who has actually experienced this issue really, and, those who have will have tapped their phone on, noticed it started and continued with their life anyway.
Reality: Minor bug, fixed very shortly
BeautyGate is a funny one, as this is something we’re not a fan of either, however this is also once again, another example of the opportunistic bull created by Lou from Unbox Therapy once again! Now, don’t get us wrong, this is an issue, and does need fixing, however, just like with Chargegate, this is a software, not a hardware issue!
Look, we get it, the iPhone is the hot thing right now, create a controversial video, get loads of views, make everyone anxious, we get it. The problem is, if you are going to highlight every major, minor, everything in between, with an iPhone, do it with all Smartphones right, but of course they don’t get as many views so people like Unbox Therapy don’t, as they just care about searching for the next #bendgate, yet another non-issue that didn’t affect anyone in reality.
Rant over, let’s have a go through this one;
Should you use the front facing Camera on either the iPhone Xs or Xs Max to take a Selfie, once the Camera seems to detect a face, it most definitely does give you a much more smoothened level on your skin tones. This isn’t isolated like the Charging issue, this is all iPhone Xs models. This is especially notable when caparisons are made between older iPhone models, even last years iPhone X, where the resulting images are much more sharper.
The reality … plus, fix-like tweaks
The reality is, well, this one is actually an issue in our eyes. Whilst many top imaging experts are debunking this as just an improvement in dynamic range and noise cancelling in low light, we have this issue even in bright environments so don’t believe that sentiment.
Despite this, Apple still do seem to be improving this in the recent betas of iOS 12.1, so there’s hope that we will be back to a more natural looking photo from the front Camera.
The problem with todays Journalism
We’re not going to go too in detail about this, but we just want to make this point. It’s becoming very so much more obvious that we live in an opportunistic world, when it comes to Journalism, of any category, but in this case Technology. Every one is searching so hard for that next big News story, reality fades in to oblivion, leading to them getting more money and clicks, whilst the end user is confused as what they’re being told doesn’t line up with reality.
Don’t get us wrong, when a company does wrong, or a bug is apparent, sure, get the news out there, most likely others are having that issue as well, but don’t sensationalise it for your own gain. Plus, if you are going to highlight every problem possible with one company, you just look a fool if you some-how ignore problems with another, that is when you’re taking sides and reveals your true colours as to why you’re actually posting about theses issues.
It may have one of the worst names in history, but, it turns out, Apple’s latest flagship, the iPhone XS, is actually quite the Smartphone. However, how does it stack up in this ever competitive world?
If you’ve seen, or owned, last years iPhone X, you won’t find anything too surprising about the design of the new iPhone XS line of Smartphones, unless you go for the Max model (which we’re not using), in which case it’ll obviously be bigger.
That’s not to say the iPhone XS design isn’t ever-so slightly different. You’ll find two additional antenna lines, one up top right, and another bottom left, obstructing the usual symmetrical grills surrounding the Lightning port. The choice to avoid symmetry is very unusual for Apple, it doesn’t hamper the design too much, but it is rather distracting on the bottom, though, then again, who looks at the bottom of their phone that often. The reason for this, obviously, is the combination of Apple avoiding Qualcomm radios, as well as supporting Gigabit internet connections.
One final, very minor, change to the design is at the back. The already obscenely large Camera bump at the back of the iPhone X, is now bigger on the iPhone XS! Not to the point where it’s a problem, though, if you like your Cases, you might want to check compatibility as the Camera bump does run further down, so some Cases don’t fit.
Other than that, it really is the same exact design of the iPhone X. That’s not a bad thing, the design was very appealing, the same stainless steel borders, around a glass sandwich. The display, which we’ll get to, still supports the infamous notch, but overall a very attractive evolution in Apple’s Smartphone designs.
Feel in the hand
Probably our least favourite feature of the iPhone XS, the feel in the hand. This is quite an ironic thing, as the phone itself is a nice size, the sides feel smooth, the thickness of the phone is actually beneficial to many as it comfortably fits in your hand … however, this is unless you’re sat down, or using your phone whilst lying down!
At first we thought this was something in relation to the XS, but this is true of last years iPhone X as well. The separation between the glass and the stainless steel is far from smooth at the edges of the phone, don’t get us wrong it’s not ready to cut a baguette, but it’s definitely there, and after a while of it resting on your hand, it can get fairly uncomfortable, something we’ve not said about an iPhone, well, ever?! When you’re stood up, it’s perfectly fine, and in that position it actually is more comfortable to hold than the 8, but, far from comfortable in a resting position.
Resolution wise, technology used to create it, all the same as the iPhone X … to is it? Despite the fact the specs sheet indicate it’s the same display, if you squint you’ll miss it, but Apple claim they’ve improved upon the display with better colour accuracy and that the panel is improved upon the previous X.
Honestly? We’ve placed the iPhone XS next to last years iPhone X, couldn’t tell the difference! But, that’s definitely not a bad thing, the iPhone X display is beautiful, vibrant, all you’d expect from an OLED display and more, but it’s the fact that the XS display looks that similar to the iPhone X display, that we were quick to dismiss claims it’s the best display on the market, all of a sudden.
Is the display “better” than the Galaxy Note 9? Look, better is where we enter opinion territory. Is it better in terms of resolution, no, is it better in terms of colour accuracy, hell yeah. Despite the fact that Samsung has dumbed down their display, let’s be nice and call it, tuning, it’s still clear that Samsung displays are calibrated to exaggerate colours, especially the Reds and Greens, to give that pop illusion, which is why a lot of switchers claim the iPhone X, or XS, display looks very muted, whereas actually what is actually happening, you’re seeing the correct colours for the first time in a while on a Smartphone. Personally, we’d rather see the correct colours on a Smartphone, so this is perfect, but when we nail down the which display is better, the answer is neither. They both use the same technology, just tuned differently by software, the iPhone XS beats the Note 9, for us, due to colour accuracy.
Just like its predecessor, the iPhone XS does feature the same design, and, with it comes the infamous “notch” design. One thing we’ve found hilarious surrounding the “notch”, isn’t the fact that it’s a thing, but just how many Android phones have both either copied, or adopted it slightly different, since, which considering how much it’s supposedly hated is crazy to us.
We’ve had the iPhone XS for a week now, receiving our unit on the launch day, and we’ve definitely a number of things to say about that “notch”. For clarification, I, personally, didn’t own the iPhone X from last year, so this is my first experience working within Apple’s “notch” design, coming from an iPhone 8.
Do you still see it? Yeah, it doesn’t just go away, like the fanboys will tell you, but, is it something that’s having a major effect on my use of the phone? No. That’s probably the biggest key factor to the design. It’s a better design than the iPhone 8 (which let’s be fair shares the design followed since the iPhone 6), it looks more modern, and if this is the only thing that comes between having a much better OLED display, I’m there. One of the biggest reasons, I, personally, accept the “notch” on the iPhone, rather than other Android devices, is simple, the iPhone X, and XS, have a “notch” for a reason that’s impossible otherwise, Android devices don’t need to have the “notch”, in comparison, no better example of this than the Pixel 3 XL leaks going around.
Probably the one part of the iPhone XS that’s both incredibly better, and, something to get used to, is of course video. The display on the iPhone XS, like the X, is capable of HDR video quality, which is to say, it looks really good watching video on the iPhone XS, however, if you stretch the video out, you either like and can deal with the “notch” there, or you’re probably best not doing that. Then again, like the 18:9 Android phones out there, you end up with cut outs at the top and bottom of videos anyway, so.
Long story short, the “notch” on the iPhone XS can be a little in your face, but at the same time, it’s far from a big deal to get what is some incredible technology hidden there. Speaking of which…
Coming from iPhone of old, the two biggest noticeable difference when you touch an iPhone X, and now XS, is the display and of course Face ID. Face ID is definitely one of the scariest features of the iPhone XS when purchasing … that may sound really stupid, but there’s a very simple reason why, glasses.
Whilst all Android devices use, what’s termed as “RGB scanners”, which essentially means they simply scan your face as a photo, which is the opposite of Secure, which is why no Android phone facial scanning is acceptable for use in authentication other than unlocking your phone. However, more secure facial recognition like Iris scanning, is slower, but obviously requires a clear view of your eyes, which, trust me, when you wear glasses is very hit or miss. I’m here to tell you right now, with confidence, the iPhone XS is the very first Smartphone, or technology in general, with facial scanning technology that’s worked reliably with glasses, seriously! (Glasses being everyday prescription, shades or tinted glasses obviously will have varying results)
TDLR: Is it better than Touch ID?
“Is it faster than Touch ID” is always the question people ask, but it’s really hard to answer that as you use both technologies completely differently. Just hear us out here, then you can understand why we think it is better, and why most misunderstand, especially those trying side-by-side comparisons.
When you use a Fingerprint scanner, nothing happens when you wake the phone, until you place your Finger on the scanner, meaning it’s a multiple step process. Wake phone, tap Fingerprint scanner, get in to phone. Now, obviously there’s many ways to speed up that process. You could enable, as it is by default, Raise to Wake, so then all you need to do is tap your Fingerprint scanner and get in to your phone, or tap the Fingerprint scanner with a registered Finger and get in to the phone that way.
When you use Face ID, as soon as your phone sees you, without you doing anything, you’re in. This is one of the biggest answers to why Apple have made it so you’ve to swipe up to get to the Home screen. Having your device automatically move you to the Home screen would be terrible, just checking the time and you’re jumped to the Home screen where you now need to check the corner instead, that’s not a good experience. The process to Face ID is actually no different in processes to Touch ID; Wake phone, swipe up from the bottom, get in to phone. See, it’s actually just as easy. Just like with Touch ID, you can make that process quicker with Raise to Wake, then you literally just swipe up from the bottom. Simple.
It’s even better than that. For apps that require Touch ID to open, you open them, then you’ve to tap the Fingerprint before you can continue, with Face ID, you open them, and without doing anything it sees you and you’re in! Obviously, it doesn’t do that for purchases, you must 3 click the side button for that, but it really is that seamless.
Whilst Apple make it seem like the Camera is the single most important feature in a Smartphone, to us, honestly, it’s really not, but that won’t stop us checking out the Cameras on the iPhone XS. As owners of the Pixel 2 XL, widely regarded as one of the best Smartphone Cameras around, it’s clear I knew what I was looking for from the iPhone XS, did it find it, well …
It’s not that didn’t find it in the iPhone XS, it’s just that I didn’t always find it. Even someone as less interested in Smartphone photography as myself, instantly noticed just how incredible shots were on the Pixel 2 XL, on the XS, I just don’t get that. The shots are great, colours are very accurate, sharpness is great, and it definitely is the best iPhone Camera to date, but we kind of already knew that.
Where the iPhone XS really shines is Video. 4K 60fps is still a luxury in Smartphones these days, so to have it is still great, but now finally with Stereo audio recording really perfects what is, without a doubt, the best video recording from a Smartphone, that much can be confidently stated.
Front Camera … a different story
Whether this gets fixed in a software update, we certainly hope so, but it’s as clear as it gets that Apple is applying some kind of smoothening effect to all Selfie pictures. Easy way to prove this, place your hand over the Camera lens, let it focus on your hands, and you’ll see a much sharper version of your face between your fingers, remove your hand, you’ll be able to visually watch your face smoothen, incredibly odd.
Is it a deal breaker? No. Do I look like someone else? No, but I do look like I’ve been applied with some shading or make-up, which for a guy, ain’t a good look. These kind of affects aren’t new on Smartphones, but they’re typically a Setting, not the default that can’t be switched off.
UPDATE: Apple has confirmed they’re “looking in to this”, so a fix in a software update may be possible, as it’s clearly software
If all a Smartphone came down to was how powerful its CPU was in synthetic benchmarks, or the level of graphical improvements over a devices predecessor, the iPhone would be, as it is in these, in a league of its own, sure it’s not massive CPU level improvement but GPU and Neural Engine improvements are massive … but, that’s not what makes performance!
App launch times, boot times, are all what you’d expect, the fastest you can get from an iPhone and it does those operations in a mostly smooth environment, which is, well, what you’d expect right! However, even with iOS 12 and it’s (alleged) improvements, even an iPhone XS experiences a number of UI stutters, lag in areas, which just wasn’t the case back in the good ol’ iOS 6 days, but alas, think we’re just going to have to accept Apple simply either don’t care, or, worse, don’t notice, to fix these things. That’s not to say Android is much better, even the Pixel devices lag, especially after a few months of use, where a factory reset is all you can do to return to out of the box performance.
But, most don’t notice. For the majority, as in the 99.9%, this is the fastest iPhone, this is the smoothest iPhone, and will be for a very long time, which is something you can’t say about every phone. But, that iPhone X from last year ain’t doing too bad with iOS 12, so bare that in mind.
Pros and Cons
The iPhone XS is a great iPhone, and, after 7 straight days of using, plus that eighth day I’m not including where you just set the thing up, I have to say it’s one of the best iPhone models we’ve used.
But, it ain’t perfect, and here’s a few things we like and don’t, that we’ve noticed in this brief period of time;
That screen is beautiful, easily the best feature upgrading from an iPhone 8
The design looks great, whilst we’re no Gold fans, you can’t deny all options look great
The speakers are incredible. Seriously, even compared to the iPhone X, they’re louder, more bass to them, very impressed. Plus, they’re much more centre aligned. Hard to explain, but it’s very noticeable in a fantastic immersive way
Face ID has been fantastic, seriously, as surprised as you might be to read that. Reason why we never got the iPhone X last year was fears of it sucking, and, it just … doesn’t
We didn’t mention it much, but … yeah, we’re an Animoji sucker too, and Memoji is great
App and Game performance is about as good as you can get (ones that have been updated or coded well do anyway, looking at you Pokémon GO)
The Camera hump at the back is unforgivable and the worst feature of this, and last years X without a shadow of a doubt, not to mention it’s even slightly taller on this.
The notch will either bother you to no end, or be something you can accept and put up with, one thing you don’t do is forget it’s there. Everyone who say that are just wrong.
The edges where the stainless-steel frame separates from the glass is pretty sharp, which can make the phone very uncomfortable to hold sometimes.
It’s heavy! Okay, it’s not a literal brick, but this is easily one of the heaviest phones you can buy today, we don’t mind the thickness as it helps to grip in your hand better, but dat weight yo
The front facing Camera needs fixing in a software update, in photos we mean. It’s garish, and very noticeable.
So, what do we think of the iPhone XS after a solid week of using the device as our daily driver? Well, it may look like we’re rather mixed, based on the high number of Cons we listed, but those are kinks we don’t like, could add to the billions of people who complain that there’s no Headphone adapter in a phone starting at £999, but you know that already. The fact is, hardly anyone buys their Smartphones out right, and as I write this it’s cheaper to get the iPhone XS Max on Contracts than the Note 9, but if you do, yeah it’s pricey, but you do get one of the best phones for… a number of things, and that’s good.
Do we recommend the iPhone XS? Well, fall in to any of these categories and absolutely, it’s a fantastic phone, if not, then it’s probably not worth bothering for you, especially if you have last years iPhone X. So, if you have an iPhone 8 or earlier and you’re ready to take the plunge to the Face ID world and want the very best, not happy, or bored, with Android and want the best offered on iOS, this will be a great upgrade, but if the price is a bit much for you, or you want a bit more colour, or both, it might be worth waiting for the iPhone XR in October.
Samsung’s Galaxy Note 9 Smartphone is quite the Smartphone, got the latest innovations from Samsung, be it in a Smartphone that’s more or less the same as the S9 before it, but overall, a positive addition to Samsung’s lineup.
Of course the name “Note” has quite a few alarm bells in terms of recent history with Samsung, but we’re past that, right? The Note 8 was fine, everything’s good, we would NEVER return to the Note 7 debacle right … right?
Samsung Galaxy Note 9 Battery Explodes in Women’s Handbag
Despite Samsung Mobile chief DJ Koh claiming the battery was safe, claiming, “The battery in the Galaxy Note 9 is safer than ever — Users do not have to worry about the batteries anymore”, well, turns out you might still after all.
Samsung’s previous woes were with the companies Note 7 Smartphone, a Smartphone, interestingly, the company conveniently misses out of spec info graphs, as you can see above.
However, it’s important to remember one thing before we get to the story. The Note 7 had A LOT of reports of Smartphone batteries exploding, the Note 9 has ONE. That’s a huge thing of note, as let’s not beat around the bush here, you can find reports of iPhone models, Google’s Pixels, LG, Sonys, you name it, exploding in isolated cases. Obviously, with Samsung’s Note series of devices, they’ve more of a history in this, but we though we’d clear that up.
The women in question, a retail estate agent Diane Chung, was the victim of the report, and, according to NYPost, has already sued Samsung for the incident, which was as follows.
Diane reports, her Note 9 “became extremely hot”, on September 3rd, whilst she was in an elevator. The Smartphone itself was in her bag, however, upon attempting to get the device out, “she heard a whistling and screeching sound and she noticed thick smoke” coming from where the phone was contained.
Naturally, wishing to find out what was going on, she went to get the Smartphone out of her bag, burning her fingers in the process. Baring in mind, she was still in an elevator, Diane claims that she “extremely panicked”, and understandably so. She was smashing buttons on the elevator, as the thick smoke began to fill the elevator making it hard to see.
The phone was kicked out of the elevator, once at the lobby to do so, at which point it was carefully placed in a bucket of water. She claims, the fire left her unable to contact clients, naturally ruining everything else in her bag.
Should sales continue for the Note 9? We say yes, for now
Diane claims that Samsung “should have known” that Note 9 devices were defective, and is ordering that the Smartphones are ceased from sale, but we just want to zoom out and get a reality check for a moment.
Whilst it’s entirely understandable that Diane is traumatised in this situation, as we mentioned earlier, this isn’t just a Samsung thing, and, no single device has EVER been dropped from sale after one single incident.
Naturally, Samsung were quick to get a response to the media, stating they “have not received any reports of similar incidents involving a Galaxy Note9 device and we are investigating the matter”.
But! We stand by what we said, this is an unfortunate situation for all involved, and couldn’t be worse for Samsung, in terms of press, but we wouldn’t stop recommending the Note 9, or expect any ceasing of sale of the devices.
Obviously, just like with the Note 7, if many more reports come through, that will change, but for now, this is just a single case.
As always for an Apple Event, we were never going to be too surprised at what was announced at the Steve Jobs Theatre, and this event was definitely no exception, but they did it anyway, so let’s look at what did get announced!
We’ve a full round-up of all the things announced at the Apple Event below, which you can re-watch above, or read below.
Apple iPhone XS … that’s 10 S
Yes it’s iterative, but you should expect that from an S year, we’re still impressed with the iPhone XS, plus there’s now an all new iPhone XS Max for those who were fans of the prior Plus series of iPhone models.
This is it, the all-new iPhone XS. The name shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise, it does continue Apple’s usual “faster but no design change” naming strategy, but that was before we switched from numbers, to letters that mean numbers, on the name of these things, now it’s just confusing.
But that’s fine, the new iPhone excess, as most will refer to it as, improves upon the iPhone X in pretty much every way it could. It’s faster with the new A12 Bionic, though only sizeably, has better Cameras and has faster Face ID at the front, despite no claims of it being generation 2 of Face ID interestingly.
The problem with the new iPhone XS, despite the fact it is a great Smartphone and we’re on the list of folk to be getting one, is simple. If you have an iPhone X, there’s literally no reason to get an XS. In fact, that’s something that may have been true with all S releases, but, people have very selective memory when it comes to complaints, but we understand that’s mostly targeting the continued £999 base price, however, with Samsung expected to follow this trend with the S10, it’s just something you either go for, or simply don’t.
That’s not to say the iPhone XS doesn’t have improvements over the previous model, oh trust us it does, but naturally they’re likely no improvements worthy of an upgrade. It’s worth the upgrade if you’ve got an iPhone 7 series or earlier, or maybe iPhone 8 series if you’re ready to plunge that new change now.
Here’s all the improvements over the iPhone X, and we’ll let you decide;
Improved ISP on the Cameras
Depth Control, post photo taken
Smart HDR (similar to Pixel 2 models) as aside to Auto
Extended Dynamic Range in Video up to 30fps on Front Camera
Cinematic video stabilisation in 1080p or 720p on Front Camera
STEREO AUDIO RECORDING IN VIDEO (finally!)
Faster Face ID thanks to Neural Engine
More Wireless bands supported, including new Band 7 for T-Mobile LTE and up to a Gigabit speed supported
IP68 Water and Dust Resistance for first time in an iPhone
Even faster Fast Wireless Charging support (expected to be 10W, from 7W on X and 8)
New 512GB option
Dual SIM using eSIM Technology, or physical Dual-SIM in China
Minor improvements to battery life (up to 30 minutes more than iPhone X)
Interesting oddity, the iPhone XS is 4 grams heavier, and doesn’t come with the 3.5mm adapter anymore!
The model most will go with, however, is this, the new iPhone XS Max! That’s right, not Plus, but Max. Whilst the XS maintains the same 5.8 inch display, the Max turns that up to a massive 6.5 inch in a body just about fitting that of the iPhone 8 Plus, and we highly expect a repeat of the iPhone 6 days, where the bigger model, will be the most popular.
One thing we’re very happy about with this release of iPhone models, is the fact that it’s the first time that an iPhone release hasn’t mattered, feature wise, which one you choose. You get an EXACT experience between both. Same Cameras, same PPI with higher resolution naturally on the Max to keep that, but everything is even between the two. Plus, we’re happy that there’s only a £100 difference between all XS and XS Max models.
So, there you go, that’s the new iPhone XS models, and here’s how much they’ll set you back before their Friday release. £999 for the iPhone XS, and £1099 for the iPhone XS Max, with a £150 increment for storage, which is now 64GB base, with 256GB and 512GB available as options.
Apple iPhone XR … that’s 10 R
It may have a stupid name, but this is clearly going to be the iPhone that sells the most, is wanted the most, and, offers a surprising amount of features, including the best battery life out of an iPhone yet! Impressive right, until you realise it’s called the XR, but if you can get past that, let’s have a look.
Is that a 5C I see, no it’s not, but it’s so much better! We just mentioned that we think most will pick up the Max version of the XS, that’s not including the majority of consumers who’ll probably just got for this!
Apple learned a lot from the 5C, and it’s clear to see here, is it slower than the XS? Not really, is the Camera worser than the XS? No, same primary sensor. This is actually a fully fledged flagship with a variety of colours to match, we’re in!
The iPhone XR falls slap bang in the middle of the sizes of the iPhone XS and XS Max with a 6.1 inch display, the display might not be as impressive as the XS series of displays, but it’s gonna be the best LCD displays on the market and maintains the PPI of the iPhone 8 and earlier series at 326PPI.
Most haven’t spoke about this too much, but we think it warrants a quick mention. EVERY Android phone that’s copied the Notch design of the iPhone X, or just had a Notch in general, has always had one thing in common, surprisingly, whether they’ve been OLED or LCD! And that’s that they’ve all had a thick distracting chin as well. The way Apple got around this in the iPhone X was to wrap the bottom panel around inside, so the display controllers could still lay flat, whilst the display itself renders clear to the bottom. This wasn’t possible to do on an LCD, so it’s a big deal that Apple have being able to design and build a Smartphone that offers that experience with a wrap around display with a bezel around the size of the sides at the bottom as well! Yes it’s a thicker outline than the X and XS models, but this is really impressive from an LCD, and not a single Android manufacturer has managed to pull this off!
Design wise, the iPhone XR is like a mash up between last years iPhone 8 models, with the aluminium sides and same glass back design, and the iPhone X. On the back of the iPhone XR, you could fool anyone that it was an iPhone 8, it just looks that similar at the back, but, of course, up front it’s all new, plus you can get this in A LOT more colours!
The iPhone XR also features the True Depth Camera System up front with the same front facing Camera tech as the XS, with Portrait Mode at the back despite the single lens which is impressive to see. As we briefly touched on, the iPhone XR is actually just about as powerful as the XS models as well, it’s got the same A12 Bionic chip, 1GB less of RAM, but if that’s all you’re losing out in performance, you’re still left with quite a beast of performance, and, that’s the same 3GB of RAM that the iPhone X had anyway last year.
You know another area that the iPhone XR champs at, battery life! Seriously! It’s a whole 1 hour and 30 above the previous iPhone battery champ, the iPhone 8 Plus. This is big news, you will get a lot out of this phone!
The iPhone XR will begin shipping a month from now, which is a shame, October 19th to be exact, but will start at quite a nice price of £749. Which, considering the power you’re getting out of this thing, we think, that’s a very decent price, and, with a battery that’s gonna last the longest of any iPhone so far! £50 more will get you a 128GB configuration, and the iPhone XR tops out a £100 less than the iPhone XS at £899 for a 256GB configuration.
Apple Watch Series 4
A day we never thought we’d see finally happened at this Apple Event … well, we gathered it would eventually but the clever analysts never expected this, an Apple Watch stole the show!
Even though this leaked, just like the XS did, it still managed to impress, and that in itself, is impressive. This is the all new Apple Watch Series 4.
For the first time since the original Apple Watch, Apple have changed up the design, and, it’s all about the display. Whilst the Apple Watch physically doesn’t get much bigger, the displays themselves are finally edge-to-edge. This has led to a much more curved UI design, which, admittedly, we’re not a massive fan of in all areas, such as that button curving on the picture shown above, but the overall experience is there!
Performance has been doubled with the S4 chip in the Apple Watch, which, is actually very impressive, as the Series 3 was a big improvement in performance, and, Apple have kept the same Apple Watch battery life, which, by the way, is very good.
The biggest “phew”, we think, all will be feeling, that comes with the Apple Watch Series 4, without a doubt, is that all previous Apple Watch straps will work with the new Series 4, though, admittedly, that will be rather confusing, at first, so we’ll just lay it out for you, we hope this clears things up;
38mm straps work with the 40mm Apple Watch Series 4
42mm straps work with the 44mm Apple Watch Series 4
The big highlight feature of the Apple Watch, wasn’t the twice as loud Speaker … I know, but was the inclusion of a sensor which is just going to continue the Apple Watch benefits medically, an ECG sensor is built right in! This means you can perform an Electrocardiogram right from your wrist, by putting your finger on the crown! This is massive for those with heart conditions, BUT shouldn’t be something you use regularly or on reliance, plus ECG scans are very sensitive so it will be recommended, especially if something is found using the Watch, to consult a Doctor for a second opinion.
The Apple Watch can now detect if you fall, which sounds really stupid, but it’s actually again a useful feature, and depending on the situation, can offer up Emergency contacts, or services, should you not get up after a set amount of time.
That’s about it really, the Apple Watch Series 4 did go up in price, as expected, but this is one year we’ll let that slide, as this is one very impressive Watch, both on a display stand-point, and, potentially, as one of the best fitness devices, leapfrogging everything else in it’s path.
The Series 4 starts at £399 for a GPS only model, and £499 for a GPS+Cellular model. All prices increase by £40 to the larger model. For us UK folk, Vodafone was added to the list of Apple Watch supported Carriers for the Series 4, where EE were previously exclusive.
The biggest disappointment from the “Gather Round” Event!
Seriously! The biggest disappointment from the whole Apple Event, wasn’t even the products that were announced! I mean, we saw welcome and sizeable improvements with the iPhone XS, with a larger model as an option, and, one everyone was waiting for, a brilliant colourful iPhone XR, and, one of the best Watches on the market, but, the way they were presented was unusually terrible for Apple!
The pace in the Event was beyond off, additional presenters for no reason just broke the feel of the presentation every time, and a larger than normal focus on third party app demonstration, just all added up to an incredibly boring keynote. The event was near 2 hours long, and, we guarantee, if it was half that, everyone would be much more happier with the Event!
Don’t get us wrong, it wasn’t Samsung keynote bad, and we’re sure to expect Keynotes from a collection of companies that will be massively worse than this Event, but for Apple, it was noticeable.
Ever since the Nokia brand returned to the masses, thanks in part to HMD Global, a collection of actually very impressive devices have been released since. Whilst today may have been expected to be the big Nokia 9 announcement, Nokia’s next expected flagship, instead we got theses, two new mid-range devices, iterative upgrades to the existing 5 and 6 models, the Nokia 5.1 Plus and 6.1 Plus.
For better or worse, both devices support an, infamous, and, as always, divisive, notch at the top of the screens, but, that does mean that they have a much higher screen-to-body ratio so that’s something. Unfortunately, like all Android “notch devices”, the Nokia devices also contain a big chin at the bottom, something, it seems, only Apple can figure out in this day and age. Nokia have used that space, as all do, to go down the usual two options, hide and try and make the user forget it’s there, or, as Nokia have, add branding.
Nokia 5.1 Plus
We’re kicking things off with the lower end of the two, the new Nokia 5.1 Plus. Unlike the 6.1 Plus, which we’ll get to in a minute, the 5.1 Plus supports a much more iPhone X like notch, with the usual curvature, so look forward to the infamous confusion at first glance. Luckily though, Nokia thought of this, and have included a 3.5mm headphone jack at the top, so you’ll surely instantly know it’s not an Apple product, right?!
The display itself is a 5.86 19:9 IPS LCD panel, with resolution of 1520 x 720, so definitely not too crisp, but, at the same time, not a bad display for the market it’s targeting. However, the display is clearly going to be no match at all to the iPhone X it seems to be inspired from.
Outside the inspired front, the Nokia 5.1 Plus is actually a decent looking Smartphone, and considering this is expected to be under $200USD value, not too bad. Naturally, however, you are getting fairly mid-tier specifications for that. Nokia have gone with a MediaTek Helio P60 Octa-core processor, which may sound good, but in hindsight, it’s the equivalent to a newer Snapdragon 400 series processor. That processor is backed up by 3GB of RAM, has 32GB of internal storage, which, as always, is expandable by microSD.
Camera wise, you do actually have a dual-Camera setup, which is pretty impressive. It’s a shame Nokia don’t add Xeiss Optics to their lower end devices, but we’re sure it’s still decent. You’ve a 13MP main Camera at the back, and a 5MP depth sensor, and up front you’ve a 8MP Camera … yes that notch is only hiding a 8MP Camera and earpiece, nothing else, strictly aesthetic.
The 5.1 Plus also comes with the usual, WiFi AC, Bluetooth 4.2, USB-C port (USB 2 however, no fast charging), dual NANO SIM slots. Battery wise, you’ve a decent 3,060mAh power pack.
Whilst the 5.1 Plus does come with Android 8.1 Oreo, running on the Android One software, knowing Nokia, it will get Pie fairly soon.
Nokia 6.1 Plus
Supporting a more expected notch for Android, and a beefier processor, this is the new Nokia 6.1 Plus. Whilst the Nokia 6.1 Plus is still a mid-tier Smartphone, it is pretty much a step up from the 5.1 Plus in every way. Some things remain the same, such as the 3,060mAh battery, USB-C (USB 2 non-fast charging), WiFi AC and the infamous 3.5mm headphone jack, but everything else is either a moderate, or significant, step up.
Bluetooth is bumped up to Bluetooth 5.0, RAM is increased to 4GB, and you get double the base storage at 64GB, whilst still including support for a microSD card slot. The display is around-about the same size, at 5.8 inch, however now a Full HD+ IPS LCD display at 2280 x 1080, with the inclusion of Gorilla Glass 3 protection.
The biggest difference however is the inclusion of the Snapdragon 636, which is actually quite the performer as far as mid-range processors go, up to 40% faster than the 630, so you’ll definitely get a decent level of performance out of it, whilst continuing to being efficient enough too keep the decent battery life.
The Nokia 6.1 Plus is expected to release with around about a $250USD price tag, which is actually pretty decent for what you’re getting.
Like, the 5.1 Plus, the 6.1 Plus will come with Android 8.1 Oreo running on the Android One platform, HMD and Nokia confirmed however both devices are ready for Android 9.0 Pie, and will have the update by the end of the year.
We reported earlier in the week, of a leaked Motorola device with a striking resemblance to a certain other smartphone, and, whilst many didn’t even believe it as even true, never mind those just shaking their heads at it, let us be the one to inform you, it is indeed both official and it’s real, as you can see on Motorola’s website here! Many will be happy to know this is looking like a Chinese exclusive device, but, who knows, maybe it will cross to English regions, wouldn’t that be something.
Now that the P30 is official, we, naturally, now a much clearer look at the device in it’s full glory, and, as you’d expect, it’s the real deal. It’s a shame that Motorola have been so unoriginal with the P30, but what else can we really say, this is that same iPhone X rip-off we saw from the leaks.
To put it better in perspective, just look at this. On the left you’ve an iPhone X image ripped straight from Apple’s website, and the new Motorola P30! We’ve seen devices with “inspired” design before, but this is truly taking the biscuit. Don’t get us wrong, the iPhone X is a fairly well designed Smartphone, so it’s natural Motorola would want a piece of that action, but some originality would have been nice.
Now the Motorola P30 is official, we can now officially share what the device consists of, namely you’ve a mediocre Snapdragon 636 Processor, so this thing is actually a midrange device for Motorola, backed up by a decent 6GB of RAM. Other specifications include 128GB of storage, a sizeable 3,000mAh battery and dual-Cameras at the back at 5 and 16MP, the display has also being confirmed to be LCD and 6.2 inch.
Despite that fancy notch, Motorola haven’t fitted anything too special inside of it. Front-firing speakers? Nope. Iris scanning of any kind? Nope! The notch literally hides an earpiece, ambient light sensor and the front 12MP Camera.
We’ll end on one press image that doesn’t look exactly like the iPhone X.
The Motorola P30, for now, is exclusive to China at the moment, where it will fit in perfectly with all the other iPhone X clones that are filling the stores of China. Price of the device, as of yet, is unclear, but given a Snapdragon 636, we would expect around the $200 – $300 USD area of pricing. We’ll be very interested to see how the device does, if it does well. We expect many imports from those just interested to see how close that resemblance really is.
If there’s one thing that you can never predict, it’s the relationship between Google and Microsoft. Both companies just don’t know what the other one thinks, though, granted, this is a lot more from Google, than Microsoft. Whilst Microsoft still has a stronghold in the desktop market with Windows, it’s becoming clearer and clearer that Google’s, early dismissed, Chrome OS line is making a very big impact.
Microsoft have made numerous attempts to distract from the Chromebook line, with the introduction of Windows 10 S, now (S-mode), a free version of Windows 10 to inspire lower cost options that uses the Windows Store, and, most recently, the Surface Go, a lower cost Surface option starting at less than £400. Despite their efforts, Chromebooks, at least in the US, are a vastly increasing market, but as much as Google would like to say otherwise, they really are just the Chrome browser wrapped around a basic Linux desktop, and outside of that, are very limited devices, even with the advent of the clunky Android additions.
This has led to something rather surprising from Google, but, when you think about it, something that makes complete sense. Google are expected to soon debut a new feature for Chromebooks called Campfire. The best way to describe Campfire in a sentence, it’s Apple’s Boot Camp for Chrome OS. Apple introduced Boot Camp at the later stages of Mac OS X Tiger (for Intel), and was launched officially in the Mac OS X Leopard release. Whilst Boot Camp has become far less of an important addition to the Mac, not just due to virtual machines improving, it’s a convenience which is there and will now be there for Chromebooks.
However, we highly doubt that Google, even could if they wanted to, would bring Campfire to the lower tier Chrome OS devices, it just wouldn’t work well, and the experience would be incredible limited. This is hinted in the fact that Campfire will require at least 30GB of available storage to even start, an amount of storage that some Chromebooks in the past haven’t come with in their entirety.
It’s unknown whether Campfire will be limited to just Windows 10, or all versions of Windows compatible, maybe even Linux too, or whether, like Boot Camp, with a little trickery, you could realistically install anything that recognises the hardware. We’ll have to see, but it’s sure interesting, and we’re sure Google isn’t too happy they’re having to rely on Microsoft for Chromebooks to work for some.
When Apple announced the iPhone X last year, it was hilarious to see just how many people didn’t like the notch, however, that certainly didn’t deter Android manufactures from further adopting the notch on all their devices. However, most Android devices have previously adopted the notch to include just the front facing Camera and ambient light sensor, which has meant their notch was typically narrower, now in comes the Motorola P30.
Before we get to the majority of the design, can we just say a massive FINALLY, that Motorola has finally used the technique we’ve being asking for years now, of using their M logo in a circular fingerprint scanner! It’s alright Motorola, we won’t sue, but sure took you long enough to notice our suggestion.
To say the P30 resembles the iPhone X is now beyond the usual. At least with devices like the OnePlus 6, or G7 etc, the notch is different and at least the back of the devices has a design uniquely their own, but Motorola just went, forget that, we’re making an iPhone X.
From the notch at the top centre, with the same curvature, to even the wallpaper default, it’s clear that the iPhone X was beyond inspiration. Naturally, like with all Android rip-offs, it comes with an awful chin, which Motorola has used to add their logo to, the only visible cue to anyone that the device isn’t the iPhone X.
Even the back has the same dual-Camera with middle flash module that Apple offers, this is beyond a copy. Where the Apple logo would be expected, Motorola’s signature “M” is placed, which as we mentioned will be a fingerprint scanner. It is not expected the P30 will offer advanced facial recognition like Face ID.
The P30 is part of three devices the company is expected to begin launching as part of their P line of smartphones. Again, we don’t know if Huawei will be too happy about this, considering the companies last flagship was the P20, will be an interesting battle there.
This of course is a leak of the Motorola P30, which was found by Android Pure, who also have reported the full specifications of the device as well. Naturally, with the chin, we’re expecting the P30 to be housing an LCD display, as it’s more difficult to built without a container at the bottom, a challenge everyone is interested to see if Apple can beat with the “lower-cost” iPhone this year.
That similar shaped display is set to be a 6.2 inch display with a 19:9 aspect ratio, taller than most Android manufacturers typical 18:9, likely due to the iPhone esc design chosen. An unknown, at this point, Octa-core processor is expected, backed up by 6GB of RAM and storage options of both 64 and 128GB varieties. The dual-Camera set-up is comprised of a 16MP main shooter and a 5MP shooter with f/1.8 aperture, whilst the front Camera offers a very decent 12MP sensor with the same aperture as the 5MP. The device also comes with a decent 3,000mAh battery with fast charging support with the included 18W charger.
For now, though, that’s all we know about the upcoming Huawei … I mean iPhone … I mean, new Motorola flagship! Are you interested in this incredible unoriginal smartphone, will be interesting to see the reaction if an when it comes out in the next few weeks to month.
Microsoft have announced yet another addition to the Surface family with the new Microsoft Surface Go. Unlike most Surface devices, it seems to bridged the gap upon the land of being affordable, and has a much smaller footprint than prior models, as well as pretty attractive starting price of £379, which begs the obvious question, what gives?!
Well, this is a Surface device, and if you’ve any experience of using a Microsoft Surface product, especially in terms of buying one you’ll already know that £379 starting price doesn’t tell the full story! For a Surface to truly work, it is a must to get a Surface keyboard which will add an additional £124.99 if you want the fancy alcantara finishes, or an extra £99 if you want the standard black cover. So, already the Surface Go is suddenly not starting at around £400, but now £500 for the base model, you get the idea.
Being the price that it is, it’s natural to assume the Surface Go is the rightful successor to the Surface 3, which makes sense, it to was a smaller version of the Surface Pro 3 of the time, and came in at less of a price. Microsoft claim the Surface Go is twice as fast as the Surface 3, which considering the abysmal Intel Atom chip found in the Surface 3, ain’t much of an achievement, but what’s the Surface Go packing;
Whilst many tech followers already squeam at the Intel Atom brand, they’re probably not going to be much less deterred by the sound of an Intel Pentium processor, specifically the Pentium Gold 4415Y. Not only is this a low end chip, but it’s also a last generation chip. To Microsoft’s credit, their hasn’t being a successor announced yet, but that doesn’t help the Surface Go’s mediocre at best internals.
If you opt for the base model, you’ll get 4GB of RAM which is workable, but you’ll get a little nasty surprise in the 64GB of internal storage, in that it’s eMMC storage. Whilst, yes, eMMC is still solid-state, if you like, it is basically an SD Card so don’t expect much performance out of your read and write speeds, which you might think isn’t too important, but trust us, it is!
To add an extra salt to the wound, if you pay £509 for the base Surface Go (this is before keyboard), you’ll not only get double the RAM to 8GB, but 128GB of full and fast SSD storage, leaving the base model as almost a marketing gimmick, and one we’re not too happy about.
The good news is, though, everything else about the Surface Go is actually very good. The design is refined, with some well need curved edges, sure the display has a lot of bezel, but at least the panel is decent and crisp, something which definitely the £379 doesn’t typically grant you. The front firing speakers are decent, and the inclusion of USB-C is also great to see finally on a Surface device … though, naturally if you’re still living in the USB-A world … yeah, donglelife.
Like the Surface 3, the Surface Go also supports Pen input, the latest generation of Microsoft’s Surface Pen is supported, naturally that’s another £99 to shell out if you want it, but the support is there, and the Pen does work very well, as well as it does on other Surface devices in the lineup. It’s worth the additional mention that the left of the Surface Go has a very strong magnet for the Pen, this thing ain’t falling off unless it’s pushed!
So, what’s our final take on the Surface Go. Well, as you saw from our top image, it’s small, in fact, it’s barely larger than the 9.7 inch iPad, but that’s also its charm. This is a portable on the truest sense, the Kick Stand is completely positionable, and it maintains that signature Surface design. Are we going to follow EVERYONE else and say you should only buy the 128GB model, of course we are, it’s got the RAM Windows 10 needs to be future proof, and, the SSD storage versus eMMC is no competition.
The Surface Go launches in the UK, August 23rd, and will retail at either £379 or £509 for the 64GB or 128GB variants.
Was only a matter of time, and, today, it happened, this is Samsung’s Smart Speaker, the Galaxy Home. Powered by Bixby, which probably will put most off instantly, the Galaxy Home seems to have been designed by a few fired employees at IKEA, but we digress. We’re trying not to mock, but look at this thing. Many mocked the HomePod for looking like a stale trash can, but this just looks like an obscure chair.
The Galaxy Home joins a pretty established market in the Smart Speaker space, with Apple barely making an impact whilst Google and especially Amazon rule the space. The problem for Samsung is there’s a reason for why that is, and why we said them in that order, they’re actually good at virtual assistants, Bixby … let’s just say, has a few issues. Now, we’re not talking about the 15 second delay oops at the keynote, but didn’t help, it’s just that Bixby has had a consistent history of promising more and delivering less, at least with Siri you know you’re getting less but you get it fast, as for Bixby versus Google or Amazon, it starts to look pretty bad.
Unlike most Smart Speakers, Samsung gave their Galaxy Home legs, which remind us of those cheap touchscreen stylus you used to see, and a fabric coating around the Speaker, akin to HomePod, with a singular wire to power the AKG powered Speaker array. The speaker also has 8 microphones to allow voice detection from afar, so when you say “Hi Bixby”, it should, in theory, hear you and deliver your command, whether thats for basics such as Weather or from any SmartThings command.
On the audio front, Samsung don’t have a music service, unlike all of the major competitors in this field, so they’ve partnered with Spotify instead to deliver the music and offer seamless integration from the Spotify app to the Galaxy Home. It’s unclear, as of yet, whether that will be exclusive to just Samsung phones, or Android, we don’t know yet.
One thing that’s disappointing coming from the company still touting headphone jacks on their Smartphones, the Galaxy Home does not have aux input, which is quite surprising from Samsung.
As for everything else, that’s all we know. The Galaxy Home was more teased than announced, with an unknown release date, price or anything else, guess we’ll watch this space if you remember it exists when it comes out!
Samsung today announced, alongside the Note 9, an all new Smart Watch, though interestingly, instead of using their traditional Gear branding, Samsung have opted simply to name the watch, the Galaxy Watch. The name is ironic as most people simply refer to Gear watches as a “galaxy watch”, in the same irony of if Apple announced a watch literally called “iwatch”, but is what it is.
The name may have changed, but it’s clear the direction hasn’t, the Galaxy Watch continues to follow the Gear S line-up roadmap with the same “real” watch look, as well as maintaining the same rotational navigation around the sides to operate the Tizen OS, it’s very clear this would be the expected Gear S5. The Galaxy Watch comes in two sizes, but in tradition, the full features are found on the bigger variation. As always with Android watches, the smallest is actually bigger than any Apple Watch with a circular 42mm (though is physically bigger than Apple Watch 42mm), which has a Gold exclusive colour, as well as a larger 46mm.
Samsung are making some very bold battery claims on the Galaxy Watch, claiming 4 days of active use and up to 7 days of normal use from a single charge … we’re not quite sure if we believe that, but it would be an incredible feat if they managed it, and would definitely put the pressure on Apple to sort the battery out on the next Apple Watch.
The Galaxy Watch comes with more Watch faces than you’ll probably ever see, 39 workout types though can automatically detect 6 common activities, and with that battery life, the device is able to track sleep quality.
To charge the Galaxy Watch, as always, its a wireless charging accessory, but Samsung decided to take it a step further and announce the Wireless Charger Duo which allows you to charge both your brand new Galaxy Note 9 and Galaxy Watch right next to each other in a sleek black design. Having such a device available day one will be an obvious dig at Apple’s still unavailable AirPower.
Pricing of the Galaxy Watch is still TBA, but if it falls in line with previous S models, we should be looking around the £400 price for the larger model.
In the Smartphone market these days it’s always tough to stand out, and that’s clearly hitting every brand, this year that seems to include Samsung. With the launch of their new Note 9 Smartphone, we’re left with more than mixed feelings. Its not that the device is bad, it’s most definitely not, but it fails to stand out quite as much as the Note brand used to serve.
Design, for the most part, remains unchanged, as well as the general aesthetics of the device which continue the very identifiable Samsung look. Of course Samsung haven’t just left the Note 9 to a simple spec bump, but let’s just say if you’ve a Galaxy S9 right now, you’ve little to sway you here.
The big improvements, and features that Samsung are touting about the new Galaxy Note 9 focus on battery life and storage … see what we mean;
On the battery life front, Samsung are finally confident enough to begin expanding the battery sizes on their devices again, with a sizeable 4,000mAh unit, up from the 3,500mAh unit from the Note 8, add that to the rather battery efficient Snapdragon 845, or Exynos 9820 for us non-US citizens, and you should realistically be experiencing that old school Galaxy Note battery life.
As far as storage is concerned, the Galaxy Note 9 will be available with a massive 512GB of internal storage, which with Samsung marketing allows them to market the Note 9 as one of the first 1TB devices, thanks to the availability of 512GB microSD cards.
The rest of the Galaxy Note 9 story comes down to general improvements, the S-pen is improved, the Bluetooth and WiFi chips are greater, though some features remain the same such as the same 12MP dual-Cameras from the Note 8.
Rest of the spec book is pretty passey of a 2018 Smartphone, latest SoC, 6 or 8GB of RAM depending on whether you go for the 128GB or 512GB respectively, same 12MP dual Cameras we mentioned, 4,000mAh battery, IP68, the S-pen, and yes in true Samsung fashion the previous version of Android 8.1 Oreo … okay we’ll let them off the last one for now as Pie literally just came out, but still.
“We’re confident this is the best device on the market”, claims Samsung
Whenever companies make claims like that we take them even less seriously, but no, maybe we are being a slight unfair to the Note 9, it is a very impressive Smartphone, it’s just that it is once again a purely iterative release, nothing new, nothing major, just a bit faster and newer.
We’ll have further coverage on the Galaxy Note 9 closer to its release, or after if we get a chance to review it, but, it wasn’t the only thing Samsung announced and we’ll be covering those shortly.
Availability and price
Pre-order today, available August 24th, for either £899 for the 128GB model, or £1,099 for the 512GB version
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