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Galaxy S9

The five most exciting features of the Samsung Galaxy S9

01 Mar 2018


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meet the latest offering from tech giant Samsung, that’s here to take the throne of the Mobile Kingdom.

Samsung had a pretty-stellar 2017, with their flagship Galaxy 8 and 8+ duo being extremely well received by the market, while the Note8 bounced back seamlessly from the PR nightmare surrounding the Note7.

After the iPhone’s 10 year anniversary in 2017, which birthed the iPhone X, the scene was set at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona last week for Samsung to strike back, which we can confidently say they’ve done, with their new flagship duo stacked with a bunch of exciting new features (without spoiling the party, the new camera is no joke).

Although we could ramble on and on about all the cool things the S9 and S9+ have to offer, here are the five features that have us most excited.

dual camera

Samsung first introduced the Dual Pixel camera on the Galaxy S7 in 2016, and it was such a hit that it has remain largely untouched since.

In 2018, however, the company decided it was time for an upgrade, and what an upgrade it is.

The new Super Speed Dual Pixel camera, as Samsung refers to it, is arguably the most impressive camera the world has ever seen on a smartphone.

It’s the first smartphone camera to include dual apertures, with one f/2.4 aperture for wonderfully crisp pictures of well-lit scenes, and a second f/1.5 aperture for extremely clear low-light photos – now just think of all the glorious Instagram content.

intelligent scan

Galaxy S8 devices came with three different forms of biometric security: An iris scanner, a fingerprint sensor, and face recognition software. The Iris scanner and face unlock only seemed to worked well in certain lighting conditions.

With the S9 duo, Samsung has combined both of these features to leverage the strengths of these technologies.

Intelligent Scan uses iris scanning for applications that need higher levels of security such as banking apps or Samsung Pay. For day-to-day tasks and unlocking, the Galaxy S9 offers the convenient experience of Face Unlock.

super slow-mo

Samsung’s Super Slow-mo feature on the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ is a doozy. The camera captures video in 720p HD at a ridiculous 960 fps. And because the quality of Samsung’s new Super Speed Dual Pixel camera is so good, the clarity of well-lit Super Slow-mo videos is flat-out nuts.

When you're shooting in super-slow-mo mode, the S9 camera lens automatically detects when something appears in the frame and slows it down for you, no work required.

A manual mode lets you control the action if you prefer to do that instead. The best part however is what you can after the video is recorded: You can loop the clip, flip it back and forth and also reverse it.

bixby live translation

Galaxy S9
Samsung Galaxy S9

Bixby’s live translation feature is simply awesome. In a nutshell, you can point your camera at a sign or any printed text in one language, and the Galaxy S9 will translate it in real-time and overlay the translated text on whatever you’re looking at.

Yes there are plenty of apps that can already do this. But what makes Bixby’s live translation awesome is the fact it’s built right into the main camera so you don’t have to go hunting around when you need to decipher which restroom you should be using when you’re overseas.

ar emoji

AR Emoji is another feature of Samsung’s new camera, and the companies take on Apple’s Animoji feature that was introduced on the iPhone X.

You can select a character from the Galaxy S9’s stable, that’ll mimic your expressions, head gestures, and movements as you speak.

Once you create your own Emoji, you can record videos or photos using the emoji, while saving the Emoji will automatically create 18 different GIFs in your phone’s gallery and on your phone’s keyboard, that can be shared with your friends across your favourite social platforms

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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.