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A few interesting details about the upcoming Galaxy S10 and the Note 9 has recently been revealed and although there's no way to be 100% sure whether these are rumors or facts, they are quite exciting nonetheless.


Bigger Battery


The Galaxy S and Note line-ups are not exactly famous for their battery life and that fact was painfully obvious with the Galaxy Note 8 last year which sported just a 3,300mAh battery, in spite of sporting a huge display. That is probably going to change this year though as a report from famous leakster Ice Universe suggests that the Note 9 might sport a 4,000mAh battery and we really hope that this one's true. Accommodating the bigger battery would be possible because Samsung will apparently shift its camera positions to make room for it.


No More Earphones


One of the biggest issues with removing the bezels of a smartphone completely is the fact that you have to make room for the earphone up top. Of course, the notch is the new iPhone-led path to follow for smartphones, as made evident by almost every Android smartphone manufacturer adopting the technology this year. However, Samsung could be looking to solve this problem in a different way by removing the earphone altogether! Apparently, the Galaxy S10 will let the user hear the person on the other side via the display itself, through bone conduction technology. Whether this will work better than it did on the Xiaomi Mi Mix or not, remains to be seen.


Saikat Kar



The myth of the Samsung foldable smartphone continues as the latest rumors and reports are pointing towards some additional info. Apparently, the Galaxy X, aka Samsung's first foldable smartphone is coming in 2019, but it will be expensive, very expensive! If you though that latest flagship smartphones touching the $1,000 mark was crazy, wait till the Galaxy X hits the market with a price tag close to 2 million won or $1900!


The 7.3-inch (rumored) foldable phone will either carry two or even three separate AMOLED displays which will lock together into one single device on opening, or there will be just one amazing, foldable display. Given the rumored prize tag though, it better be amazing! In any case, the price tag might just put off buyers because shelling out that kind of money for one smartphone is neither feasible nor intelligent for most users, but then again, you may never know! The phone could make an appearance at the CES 2019 first, but it will likely be a private showing and limited to the eyes of the investors and partners only.


Saikat Kar



The Galaxy S8 was a revolutionary device for Samsung in more ways than one, but it was the design that stood out and made it such a commercial success back in 2017. While the current-gen S9 is definitely an improvement over its predecessor, it never really managed to reach the same height because it remained identical to the S8 in design. However, the S10 could be another revolutionary device for Samsung in terms of design, if a report by ETNews is to be believed.


Apparently, Samsung will not be using the iPhone X's notch to house the earphone, front camera and all the sensors, unlike every other Android OEM out there. Instead, they will slim down the bezels of the Galaxy S10 even further by excluding the earphone altogether! The "sound on display" tech which will be used by Samsung and possibly a few other Android manufacturers, will convey sounds directly from the phone's display itself, by using the bones in the human skull. If I remember correctly, this is similar to what we saw with the original Xiaomi Mi Mix, but the sound produced was too low for the technology to be reusable for Xiaomi in the Mi Mix 2. Hopefully, Samsung will be able to correct those flaws and give us an Android phone that doesn't look like a copy of the iPhone X.


Saikat Kar



There was a time when the only real competitor Samsung had was Apple, but those times have changed and they have changed a lot. Make no mistake, Apple is still Samsung's biggest adversary in many ways, but the Cupertino giant is no longer the only concern for Samsung as Chinese manufacturers like Xiaomi, Oppo and Vivo are taking the market by storm by offering high-end hardware at competitive prices. Nevertheless, even amongst so much speculation, Samsung has managed to hold the number one position as the leading smartphone seller at the end of Q1 2018. The stats are not as impressive as they once were and in certain markets, Samsung has clearly lost a lot of business, but even then, the Korean MNC is still the global leader in total smartphone sales across the world. Check out some of the stats below, as presented by the analytics farm Counterpoint.



·         Samsung shipped a total of 78 (22%) million smartphones in this quarter, out of the 360 million total


·         Apple came second with 52.2 million (15%)


·         Huawei holds the third position with 39.6 million shipments (11%)


·         Apple remains the number one seller in North America (38%), with Samsung coming in at second (27%)


·         In Asia, Huawei, Xiaomi and Samsung are tied for the first spot with 13% each, while Apple has slipped into the second position with 12%


·         Samsung is the dominant smartphone seller in Latin America, Middle East & Africa and Europe with 37%, 28$ and 33$ of the market share respectively



We have just entered June and we already have a pretty convincing image of the Galaxy Note 9 to show you that definitely is the clearest and most realistic picture that we have seen of the upcoming smartphone so far. The photos were created by Phone Arena and we must admit that if this is a render, it's a damn realistic one! In any case, there's little doubt that this is how the Note 9 will actually look like, given that the Note 9 tempered glass image, which was leaked by @UniverseIce earlier, matches this render perfectly.



As you can see, just like the Galaxy S9 and S9+, the Note 9 will look quite similar to its predecessor, but will pack in a lot more power under the hood. In fact, it would be quite interesting to see if the recent rumor about the Note 9 sporting 8 GB of RAM and 512 GB of RAM does turn out to be true!



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