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The best features of the Samsung Galaxy Note8

8 things we’re excited to see from the Samsung Galaxy Note8

31 Aug 2017


amaysim's tech geek

There’s no denying that the Note7 will probably be remembered for all the wrong reasons, but the folks at Samsung are locked and loaded for the comeback of the year with the highly anticipated launch of the Samsung Galaxy Note8.

Samsung’s had a pretty stellar year with the launch of its most recent flagship phones. The Galaxy 8 and 8+ set the scene to take on Apple’s 10-year anniversary iPhone head on, and they’re backing it up with the launch of the Samsung Galaxy Note8 on 22 September this year.

The Note8’s bursting at the seams with amazing features, but we’ll take a look at the eight that’s got us the most excited.

1. Say hi to Samsung's biggest screen yet

Don’t let anyone tell you size doesn’t matter. With 6.3-inch Infinity Display, the Note8 really is in a league of its own – expect crystal clear pictures and a totally immersive mobile experience.

2. Zoom in and stay sharp with the Note8's Dual Camera

What’s a giant phone with not one but two 12-megapixel cameras?

The Dual Camera setup lets you take crystal clear photos and close-ups with lightning fast auto-focus. Different focal length lenses will let you capture photos with some depth, giving you the effect of some larger DSLR cameras.

3. Unlock your phone just by looking at it

The Note8’s updated Iris Scanner technology is a secure and incredibly simple way of unlocking your phone. It'll scan your eye’s unique pattern to unlock, but you can also opt to use the Note8's updated facial recognition and fingerprint scanning technology – because four-digit passwords are so 2016.

4. Never miss a memo with the S Pen

Note-taking’s never been easier, thanks to the S Pen. The pressure-sensitive pen lets you send handwritten notes, messages and even gifs – just draw what comes to mind and the Note8 will animate your drawing on messages with ~special effects~.

5. Even more storage

With 64GB of built-in storage and support for up to 256GB extra space, you can safely save your photos, apps and memes from the chopping block.

6. Built in water and dust resistance

Here some news to make those from the accident-prone to the water babies breathe a sigh of relief – the Note8 is water-resistant to 1.5 metres for up to 30 minutes, so you know it’ll be able to handle real dunks and not just spills or splashes.

It’s also dust resistant, so you can say good-bye to bulky cases and covers.

7. More doing and less waiting with wireless charging

There’s nothing like a flat battery to stop the good times in their tracks. With wireless charging supported on the Note8 though, you’ll be back up and running in no time at all.


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Pixel 5

Google Pixel 5: Everything we know so far

13 Aug 2020

Fresh on the heels of the Pixel 4A being announced, the hype train for the Google Pixel 5 is now well and truly underway.

After months of speculation about whether the Pixel 5 launch would be pushed back, Google put much of this chatter to rest by providing a sneak peak of the Pixel 5 during the recent launch of the Pixel 4A.

Last years flagship device, the Pixel 4, was a phone full of potential. As we've come to expect from the Pixel series, it featured an incredibly powerful camera, however its average battery life, held it back from being a serious contender for phone of the year.

While the Pixel 4 had its flaws, it was still a really good phone overall, and it will interesting to see how this years model, stacks up against other flagship models from 2020 such as the Samsung Galaxy S20 and Apple's highly anticipated iPhone 12.

With all this said, we wouldn't count Google out from delivering something special and with such a positive early response to the Pixel 4A, perhaps 2020 will prove to be the year of the Pixel.

To help bring you up to speed on what Google has in-store with this years flagship Pixel device, here's everything we know so far about the Pixel 5.

at a glance: rumoured Google Pixel 5 features

  • Expected October release
  • 5G connectivity
  • Android 11
  • New camera features; Adjustable Flash, Motion Blur & Audio Zoom
  • 120Hz refresh rate
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G

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    Expect 5G

    It's widely expected the Pixel 5 will include 5Gconnectivity.

    The feature was all but confirmed in early August with the announcement of the Pixel 4A, where Google teased two new 5G devices, the Pixel 5 and a 5G version of the Pixel 4A, both of which are set to be released during the final quarter of 2020.

    Release Date

    Since the phone’s inception back in 2016, Google has remained incredibly consistent with their release schedule for the flagship Pixel series, with all previous launches taking place in October. This trend is set to continue, after a leak surfaced from a Google affiliated website in France, claiming the Pixel 5 will be available for pre-order from October 8.

    Android 11

    This shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise, since a beta version of Android 11 is already available for public download, however it’s expected the Pixel 5 will be the first device to don the latest Android software straight out the box.

    Some of the expected improvements and features of Android 11 include a new media player widget, easier ways to control smart home devices using your phone, a new power button menu and refinements to the messaging system and conversation bubbles.

    Pixel 5 Render
    Image Credit: Google

    Design & Display

    Last year Google teased images of the Pixel 4 in the months leading up to its official launch. This time round, the only confirmed sighting of the Pixel 5 has been the side image (seen above) which Google teased during the launch of the Pixel 4A.

    Outside of this image, there have been a number of different leaks floating about which have helped paint a picture of what this years phone might look like.

    Like the Pixel 4, it's expected the Pixel 5 will feature an OLED panel, with a matte glass finish on the back and full HD/QHD resolution. According to Front Page Tech who gained access to an early Pixel 5 prototype, a forehead bezel on the front side of the device is also expected to remain.

    In terms of refresh rate, last year we got to enjoy a smooth 90Hz experience with the Pixel 4. However with Samsung (and others) already making the jump to 120Hz and Apple reportedly looking to do the same with the iPhone 12, it will be interesting to see if Google sees this as an important feature upgrade and whether they'll look to roll out a 120Hz refresh rate with the Pixel 5.

    A Mighty Fine Camera

    While earlier leaks suggested the Pixel 5 would include a triple-lens camera on the rear of the device, more recent leaks suggest Google will once again opt for a two camera setup on the back.

    The quality of images with the Pixel 4 were outstanding, so it's not as if this should be a concern. For some though, the added flexibility of a third, wide angle lens, would of been the cherry on top, for a camera that many consider one of the top-tier mobile phone cameras.

    With that said, Google doesn't appear to be standing still, instead opting to fine-tune the Pixel's two-camera setup by adding new features.

    Expected new features include an adjustable camera flash, a new motion blur feature and the introduction of audio zoom, which will allow you to zoom in when recording video to help you capture audio more precisely.

    Long story short, it looks like we're in for a treat with this years camera setup.

    Under The Hood

    In the past, Pixel devices have typically featured the best Qualcomm chip available, which this year would be the Snapdragon 865 Plus. With the Pixel 5, this might not be case, with an inside scoop from 9to5Google suggesting the phone may be shipped with a Snapdragon 765G processor.

    The Snapdragon 765 is more of a mid-range chip, unlike the high-end Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 which powers the latest Samsung phones. This would suggest slightly less processing power than some of its competitors. With that said, the 765 is obviously no slouch and will still pack a solid punch in terms of performance.

    In terms of RAM, while it hasn't been a huge strength of the Pixel series in the past, there should be improvements on this front, with the Pixel 5 set to include 8GB of RAM in comparison to last years 6GB.