A month ago it seemed like Samsung was going to launch the Note 9, codenamed the Crown, ahead of time this year, but that doesn’t seem to be the case anymore. Samsung’s Vice Chairman, Lee Jae-Yong, has recently demanded the reduction of the display’s thickness by 0.5mm. That does raise one concern, will a thinner display be easier to crack? The reason this change was requested was that Lee Jae-Yong was touring the distribution centers of Oppo and Vivo, and preferred the feel of holding and using their thinner displays. This delay means that the Note 9 launch date will be pushed back to August.
If you own an Android tablet then you probably know how neglected it is, receiving very few software updates throughout the year, while many apps not being optimized to run correctly on the tablet. Well, we can now with all confidence, officially say goodbye to Android tablets. Google has recently updated the Android website and removed the tablet tab entirely. The website can now be used to learn about Android on various devices, but not tablets.
Google’s focus has long ago shifted towards Chromebooks, but it’s unclear if we’ll be seeing any Chrome OS tablets anytime soon.
One lawsuit after the other, it seems like Apple can’t have a break! Recently Apple was sued over butterfly defective keyboards used in 2015 MacBooks and their 2016-2017 MacBook Pro while knowing that the keyboard was defective before launch. The main defect with the new butterfly mechanism is that keys stop working once enough dust builds up under the keys. As a result, customers were made to pay between 400 to 500 dollars in repairs in cases where the laptop was no longer under Apple warranty. A second lawsuit has been recently filed, with this one claiming that Apple has breached several new laws some of which is due to the company not honoring the warranty.
Apple’s nightmare doesn’t end here, court documents revealed that the company new that the iPhone 6 would bend (remember bendgate?) before releasing the phone. Honestly, of course, they knew… smartphones undergo many durability tests before launching, but here it is a new PR nightmare. Apple, get your shit together. Oh, and my MacBook Pro’s keyboard better not stop working.
Unlike last year, this time OnePlus made sure to adopt the new trending design of the year right from the start. Unfortunately, this trending design is none other than the notorious Notch design. On the other hand, the phone’s specifications and pricing are nothing short than troubling for all competing brands.
The S9 and S9 Plus have been in the market for a couple of months now and they have been receiving very good reviews. Two features that are continuously highlighted when discussing the two phones are the Super-Slow-Mo and the mechanical variable aperture. My initial impression when looking at the two new phones was that Samsung should have provided more to win the market this year, but it seems that the phones excelled at what was provided that it still manages to grab attention among fierce competition.
Samsung has been teaming up with Gavin Free and Daniel Gruchy, the two guys behind the famous YouTube Channel also known as “The Slow Mo Guys”, since the release of the two devices to provide users with a better understanding of the Super Slow-mo feature.
Xiaomi, one of the world’s largest smartphone manufacturers, has been known to release flagship devices at a more affordable price than the competition. But the company isn’t only known for their smartphones as their products include TVs, smartwatches, action cameras and much more. Most recently, the company announced their newest flagship, the Mi Mix 2S, an updated version of last year’s Mi Mix 2. Below is a full review of the device provided by Android Central.
Written by Harish Jonnalagadda, Android Central
Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S review: A great alternative to the notch
The Mi Mix 2S runs the fastest chip available today and offers a new powerful new dual camera setup.
Xiaomi unveiled its first bezel-less phone back in 2016 with the Mi Mix, introducing a radical design that saw the front camera module moved to the bottom bar, with three sides of the display featuring ultra-thin bezels. The Chinese manufacturer refined that design with last year’s Mi Mix 2, sticking to a similar design aesthetic but decreasing the screen size to a more manageable 5.99 inches (from 6.44 inches).Xiaomi also got rid of the piezoelectric driver that was used in the first-gen Mi Mix, instead rolling out a regular earpiece that doubled up as a secondary speaker.
Usually I leave my impressions and opinions of the devices until the end of my posts, but not today. The Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus are really great phones and they do bring a lot to the table, but if you own a Galaxy S8 or a Note 8, then it isn’t much of an upgrade. Let’s get started…