Samsung’s latest Galaxy Note 9 has a nifty new feature: for the first time, the S Pen stylus has Bluetooth and can be charged instantly using a supercapacitor. Sticking the S Pen into the phone for 40 seconds gives it enough juice for 30 minutes of use, so battery life should no longer be a worry. But how exactly does this technology work? And what else could we use supercapacitors for? Supercapacitors (or ultracapacitors) store energy and, in some ways, are the opposite of batteries. Batteries can hold a decent amount of energy but take a long time to charge, explains Thomas Miller, a materials scientist with the Electrochemical Innovation Lab at University College London. Supercapacitors charge so fast it seems instantaneous, taking just seconds or minutes versus hours. But they hold only a tiny amount of energy. Imagine getting shocked by static electricity — it happens very fast, but there’s only a little bit of shock. Supercapacitors work like normal capacitors … [Read more...] about Supercapacitors power the Note 9 stylus — but are they ready to replace batteries?
Samsung could be working on an updated version of its Odyssey Windows Mixed Reality headset, according to a recent FCC filing. The upgraded headset, rumoured to be called the Odyssey+, looks similar to its predecessor save for a few differences that likely aim to make the headset more comfortable to wear for long periods of time The headset’s display still measures in at 3.5-inches with a 1440 x 1600 pixel resolution per eye and also continues to feature Windows Mixed Reality’s inside-out room-scale like positional tracking. That said, Samsung has expanded the area that the display sits in to prevent fogging. The FCC filing’s specs also reveal an acronym that I haven’t encountered before, ‘ AMOLED+SFS.’ It’s currently unclear what this actually means, but it could be some sort of VR specific display technology Samsung is working on. While Samsung’s Odyssey Windows Mixed Reality Headset and Motion Controllers received relatively positive … [Read more...] about Samsung is working on a new Odyssey+ Windows Mixed Reality headset: report
Samsung Brazil A Twitter user discovered Samsung Brazil was using stock photos when promoting the Galaxy A8’s selfie credentials. Samsung Brazil has admitted to making the decision but claimed a strange justification for the move. The Samsung Galaxy A8 has a 16MP and 8MP selfie camera combination, which makes the use of stock photos more perplexing. Smartphone cameras have improved in leaps and bounds over the past few years, but it seems like Samsung Brazil didn’t feel confident enough in the Galaxy A8‘s front camera setup.Twitter user @feliperas (h/t: Android Police) noticed that Samsung’s Brazilian division was using two stock photos when posting tweets about the Galaxy A8’s selfie prowess. Quer enganar quem, @SamsungBrasil? pic.twitter.com/Xy7b2dsRcz — Fᴇʟɪᴘᴇʀᴀs (@feliperas) August 16, 2018 Essa, inclusive, não foi a única vez. pic.twitter.com/biJpKw6Oke — … [Read more...] about Samsung Brazil tried to pass off stock photos as Galaxy A8 samples
While the improvements to the Galaxy Note 9 over its predecessor weren’t nearly as flashy as some Samsung fans might have hoped they would be, there’s no denying that the Note 9 is a bonafide upgrade. More storage, faster CPU, smarter S Pen, and perhaps most importantly of all, a bigger battery. Any time consumers are polled about their most wanted features for an upcoming smartphone, better battery life is always near the top. As our own Zach Epstein pointed out in his review, the Note 9 has the best battery life of any Android flagship phone he’s ever tested. In case you thought he might be exaggerating, we’ve rounded up a couple of comprehensive battery life tests which showcase just how impressive the Note 9’s 4,000 mAh battery really is. Don't Miss: I might never use my AirPods again if it wasn’t for this $9 accessory First up, we have Phone Arena’s proprietary battery life test, which stacks the Note 9 up against seven other phones, … [Read more...] about The Galaxy Note 9’s battery life is even more impressive than we thought
Samsung has officially unveiled the first soundbars created in collaboration with Harman Kardon: the HW-N950 and HW-N850. Both feature Dolby Atmos and DTS:X to provide users with a top of the line 3D audio experiences. The speakers are targeted at the high-end market. The HW-N850 model costs €999 (roughly $1,495 CAD), while the HW-N950 is even more expensive, coming in at €1499 Euros (roughly $2,250 CAD). The HW-N950 comes with full 7.1.4 surround sound capabilities. The South Korean electronics giant bought Harman in 2017 for $8 billion USD. Harman has projects in a variety of spaces, but is most well-known for its line of premium speakers and audio equipment. The speakers go on sale on August 20th, 2018 and they’ll be the first product to feature both Samsung’s and Harman’s logos together. Source: Samsung Via: SamMobile … [Read more...] about Samsung’s new high-end Harman Kardon soundbars launch August 20th, 2018
South Korean electronics giant Samsung has announced the development of a 5G modem capable of supporting legacy radiocommunications systems all on a single chip. Dubbed the ‘Exynos Modem 5100,’ Samsung describes its new 10 nanometer chip as the industry’s first 5G modem that’s also compliant with the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) latest Release 15 standard. The 3GPP is a group of telecommunications partners conceived in 1998 to come up with a standard for a third-generation of mobile phone. Since then, the 3GPP has continued to work towards advancing telecom standards, and is working to ensure that global operators are able to conform to a mutually agreed upon 5G standard. “Samsung’s leadership in communication technologies and market-proven knowledge allowed us to develop the industry’s first 5G modem, the Exynos Modem 5100, which fully complies with the latest 3GPP standards,” said Dr. Inyup Kang, president and head of … [Read more...] about Samsung’s new 5G modem supports legacy radiocommunications systems
Today’s Weekly Plan Spotlight is all about the hotly-anticipated Samsung Galaxy Note 9. It’s a pricey piece of kit for sure, but the big carriers want your business, so there are some good incentives out there. The Note 9 is available on 24 August, with both Sprint and Verizon offering tempting pre-order deals in an attempt to to turn your head. Let’s take a look. Two-for-one with Verizon If you’ve got a family member, buddy, or even piano teacher who’s just as excited about this premium flagship as you are, then Verizon might well be your best bet.Here’s the offer: If you buy a 128MB Samsung Galaxy Note 9 — the ‘cheaper’ model at a mere $999 — then you get another one free. If you prefer, the free handset can be a Samsung Galaxy S9 or S9 Plus instead. It’s a great offer, but note that the ‘free’ handset involves buying it at full price, then receiving your money back as monthly bill credits over 24 months. … [Read more...] about Weekly Plan Spotlight: Samsung Galaxy Note 9 BOGO or 50% off on Flex Lease
A Samsung patent filed back in February 2017 has surfaced online. The patent, published by the World Intellectual Property Organization, reveals that Samsung is working on a self-healing oleophobic coating that the company could possibly apply to the glass featured in its mobile devices at some point in the future. For context, phone makers use oleophobic coatings on smartphone displays in order to try and keep fingerprints off the device’s glass panel. While fingerprint smudges can still get on the display even with the coating, they’d be much worse without it, outlines the patent. The patent also describes the self-healing oleophobic coating as a ‘film’ or ‘laminate.’ With a self-healing oleophobic coating, however, you can’t expect the display to heal itself after cracks or dents. The purpose of the coating is to heal the oleophobic layer over time, so that the display can withstand fingerprints for even longer. The technology might … [Read more...] about Samsung patent reveals self-healing oleophobic display coating
Samsung’s recently announced Galaxy Note 9 is already receiving high praise for its display. DisplayMate, a leader in display evaluation, tested the device, which hasn’t even hit store shelves yet. The firm awarded the Note 9 an A+ grade, saying it’s “the most innovative and high performance smartphone display that we have ever lab tested.” The Note 9 features a 6.4-inch 2960 x 1440 pixel Quad HD+ Super AMOLED display. According to DisplayMate, that display is record breaking. It’s brighter, more colour accurate and power efficient. For one, the Note 9’s screen is incredibly bright. Not only is the Note 9 27 percent brighter than last year’s Note 8, it also has 32 percent higher contrast under high ambient light. DisplayMate completed this test by having the phone display an all-white screen. This is a fairly challenging test image for an OLED display as it requires all the pixels to shine at full power. Very colour accurate Furthermore, … [Read more...] about Galaxy Note 9 display is ‘visually indistinguishable from perfect’ says DisplayMate
This week on the SyrupCast, MobileSyrup features editor Igor Bonifacic, managing editor Patrick O’Rourke, staff writer Jon Lamont and telecom reporter Sameer Chhabra, catch up on the last three week’s worth of mobile news. The Galaxy Note 9 has the team talking smart phone pricing expectations and what Samsung’s latest smartphone means for the future of iterative smartphone updates. The Note 9, starting at an expensive $1299 CAD, has the team questioning how expensive smartphone prices will get in the coming years. An added feature to this iteration of the Note series is the S Pen’s Bluetooth-enabled photo snapping functionality. You can now use the Note 9’s S Pen as a shutter button, which the team argues is not enough of a draw to spend $1299 on a phone. That said, the Note 9 also features significant hardware updates, including a Snapdragon 845 Processor and 8GB of RAM in the new 512GB version of the smartphone. Tune in to hear the … [Read more...] about SyrupCast Podcast Ep. 176: Is Samsung’s Galaxy Note 9 a worthy upgrade?