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Galaxy S9 price may have leaked ahead of launch and it's NOT good news

Samsung Galaxy A8+ review: Throwing down the gauntlet

The Galaxy A8+ is Samsung's most ambitious showing in the mid-range segment, but that may not be enough.Samsung is in a tough spot in India. The South Korean manufacturer was virtually unchallenged in the country for the last five years, allowing it to build a commanding lead in the handset segment. The Note 7 was the only blip in an otherwise smooth-sailing ship, but with the device never actually making its debut in the country, Samsung didn't have to deal with a lengthy recall.As a result, Samsung was able dictate the segments it competed in. Even now, the Galaxy S8 and the Note 8 are the only real alternatives to the iPhone for those looking to pick up a high-end phone in India, and devices in the budget Galaxy J series continue to sell in the tens of millions of units.However, there has been a tectonic shift in the Indian handset segment in the last 12 months. The introduction of Jio has fundamentally changed the way Indians consume cellular data, and wide availability of…

Samsung Galaxy S9 May Come with More Reliable Face Recognition

Samsung Galaxy S9 Price Revealed

The Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ will be announced on the 25th of February. At the event, Samsung is expected to unveil the global price of the devices along with the first batch of countries where the two phones will go on sale. While there hasn’t been much said about the price of the two phones, the latest news from South Korea sheds some much-needed light on it.Galaxy S9, S9+ Expected Design In South Korea, Samsung’s native market, the Galaxy S9 will cost KRW950,000, while the S9+ will be KRW990,000. This amounts to about US$ 883 for the S9 and US$ 920 for the Galaxy S9+. It is worth noting that Samsung always prices its smartphones higher in South Korea. This means that the company will launch the two phones at a price similar or same as that of their predecessors.For context, the Galaxy S8 was priced at KRW935,000 (around $875) in South Korea. Its global price was US$ 720.Pre-orders in South Korea will commence on the 2nd of March, five days after the official launch. The phon…

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Samsung Galaxy Note 8: The best smart phone on the market

If you follow my Facebook page, you will know I love taking photos and filming while out and about in Christchurch, capturing and documenting the city’s rebuild.Even when I’m travelling overseas and on holiday, I never miss the opportunity to film, whether it’s the flash hotel or the shopping experience. I take my phone with me everywhere I go, just in case there’s something incredible to film. My Facebook followers are always asking me what camera I use and I get the feeling they’re expecting me to talk about some unobtainable broadcast camera used by television networks.  But no, it’s actually my Samsung Galaxy Note 8 and in my opinion, it’s the best smart phone on the market if you’re serious about producing professional video content. And no, I’m not getting paid to say this! The advancement in mobile imaging for this phone is stunning and if you know how to frame videos correctly, the quality of the video gives any television broadcast camera a run for its money.Its portrait-styl…

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Samsung Pay launched in Mexico

After its successful launch in many parts of the world, Samsung Pay is now coming to Mexico. Although Samsung has officially announced the launch of the Samsung Pay in Mexico today, the service had a ‘soft launch’ back in November itself. Mexico is the second Latin American country, after Brazil in July 2016, to get Samsung Pay. Samsung says the service is now available in 20 global markets with this launch.Samsung Pay is now available in 20 global marketsSamsung has partnered with Mexico’s leading banks and payment providers to launch the service there. Supported banks at launch include Banorte, Banregio, Citibanamex, HSBC, and Santander. American Express, MasterCard, and Visa make up the list of supported payment providers. The service also supports a host of loyalty cards from Avis, Cielito, Comex, Cinépolis, Starbucks, etc. You can find the complete list of the supported cards and services on the Samsung Mexico website and in the Samsung Pay app.As far as the supported devices are…

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'Intelligent Scan' will upgrade face unlock on Samsung's Galaxy S9, '3D Stickers' also arriving

We’re quickly coming up to the launch of Samsung’s first flagship for 2018, the Galaxy S9, and the rumors and leaks are starting to fly. After getting our first good look at the phone and specs last week, a new report today is revealing a couple of features that will arrive on the phone.The best gifts for Android users Discovered in an APK teardown of Samsung’s settings application for Oreo (via VentureBeat), a handful of strings reveal features on the upcoming Galaxy S9. Obviously, the names showing up in an Oreo beta for the Note 8 hints at the possibility that these features could arrive for older phones as well, but we’ll probably see them debut first on the S9 and S9+.The first big feature revealed here is “Intelligent Scan.” Clearly as a means to compete with Apple’s Face ID, this feature uses a combination of Samsung’s iris scanner and its facial recognition technology. It does this to “improve accuracy and security even in low or very bright light.”Lighting is one area Samsung’…

Galaxy S9 features and improvements we’re looking forward to

It won’t be long before Samsung takes the stage to unveil the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+, and like every year, we’ve got a pretty good idea of what to expect from the company’s next flagship(s) thanks to numerous leaks and rumors. Samsung says it is “reimagining” the camera with the S9, but there’s likely to be a lot more the Galaxy S8 successor will bring to the table. Much of the discussion here at SamMobile these days revolves around the Galaxy S9, including talk about the features that we’re hoping to see on the device.In this article, we’ve put together our thoughts on what we’re looking forward to with the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+, and we want you to join in as well! Check out what we think, and get a discussion going in the comments section by telling us what you are hoping to see on the Galaxy S9.Adnan FarooquiGiven what we know about the Galaxy S9 so far, it’s not going to be a significant upgrade compared to the Galaxy S8 as far as the design is concerned. This means that some…

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New renders show Samsung's boring new Galaxy S9 will still be beautiful

It’s extremely rare that a smartphone design holds up for more than a year. That’s one of many reasons why it’s so puzzling that Apple has used almost the exact same iPhone design for four consecutive years. Four years! Apple’s latest-generation iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus were released in 2017 and they look nearly identical to the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus that launched all the way back in 2014. Luckily, Apple also released the iPhone X last year, complete with a design overhaul for Apple fans who couldn’t stomach coughing up cash for yet another iPhone that looks the same.Across the pond in South Korea, Samsung is also preparing to release brand new flagship smartphones that look almost exactly like the flagship smartphones the company launched last year. Luckily, Samsung’s Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ have two things going for them: Samsung’s Galaxy S8 design is only one year old at this point, and it also still happens to be one of the most stunning smartphone designs in the world.Acc…

Leaked Samsung Galaxy S9 Images Offer a Glimpse of Smartphone

Leaked Samsung Galaxy S9 Images Offer a Glimpse of SmartphoneWe've just been given our best look at the Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus to date, with a full-frontal shot of each handset popping up online.The image was tweeted by renowned leaker @evleaks, who posted the message "These are the Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+" alongside the shot.Evan Blass -- the man behind the @evleaks handle -- has an excellent track record with these sort of things, which gives this particular leak a good level of gravitas.However, it's not totally convincing.Incremental's the name, minor updates the gameWhat you'll notice right away is the Galaxy S9 duo look almost identical to the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus devices they're set to replace.The arrangement of cameras and sensors in the bezel above the displays appear to match the layout on the S8, while the expansive 18.5:9 aspect ratio Infinity Displays also feature.On screen there's a new wallpaper, and it's worth maki…