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Samsung is about to come out with two new flagship handsets next month, namely the Galaxy S9 and S9+, but it's going to be a while before we see the Galaxy Note 9. As of now, the Note 8 is the king of Samsung smartphones and therefore, it is only fitting that we take a look at how good the smartphone really is when it comes to playing games. We will be judging the Note 8 on three gaming categories; performance, display and battery life.


Performance



Both the Exynos 8895 chip powering the international variant and the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC powering the US and Chinese versions are two of the most powerful Android chips of 2017; which means that you are not going to have to compromise on performance, irrespective of the variant you have in your country. Supported by 6 gigs of RAM, the Note 8's CPU and GPU runs through even the most demanding of Android games like hot knife through butter.


Display



The 6.3-inch, QHD+, Super AMOLED, HDR display in its 18.5:9 borderless form factor is without a shadow of doubt, the most beautiful smartphone display in existence at the moment and it is quite possibly the best when it comes to gaming as well. In fact, we found the 521 ppi screen density, alongside the reliable battery life and serious horsepower under the hood to be excellent for long sessions of playing live casino games, as well as the most demanding 3D games available on the Play Store. The bottom-line is, the Galaxy Note 8's display is unmatched in every possible way when it comes to gaming or watching high-quality content.


Battery Life


Now, the battery inside the Note 8 is actually smaller than that of the S8+ (3,500mAh) at only 3,300mAh, but that doesn't affect battery life too much to be honest. Sure, we could have used a larger battery, but unless you are looking to compare it with a Xiaomi device that's sporting a smaller display and a bigger battery at the same time, the Note 8 will not leave you high and dry in the middle of gaming. Even if you start to run out of juice by the end of a busy day, the ridiculously fast charging tech will recharge your smartphone from 0 - 100% in roughly 100-minutes!


As you have probably realized by now, the Galaxy Note 8 is the perfect gaming machine on the go and the in-built Samsung Game Launcher basically turns it into a portable console. So yes, the Galaxy Note 8 is as good as it gets when it comes to gaming or any other form of mobile entertainment for that matter.



The Galaxy S9 and S9+ will be launched in roughly a month, but are you ready for it? Well, aside from oodles of cash which the phones will surely demand, here is everything you need to know to about the S9 and S9+.


• It will be launched during the last week of February, at the Mobile World Congress 2018 in Barcelona
• There will be a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 variant and a Exynos 980 variant, just like always
• Both versions will sport 4GB of RAM as well
• The 18.5:9 form factor will be retained at the same 5.8-inch and 6.2-inch sizes as the S8 and S8+ respectively
• The displays won't be 4K as Samsung will stick to the beautiful HD+ AMOLED displays
• The fingerprint scanner will remain at the S9's back, but it will be moved to a more comfortable position in the middle and below the camera
• Basic storage will begin at 64GB
• Dual camera setup is expected on both the devices (contrary to previous rumors)
• One of the two cameras will sport a revolutionary f/1.5 aperture size for incredible lowlight photography
• Improved face scanning with a 3D lens is rumored
• Better battery life is expected, but Samsung may not give these handsets a bigger battery.


This, in a nutshell is what we know about the Galaxy S9 and S9+ till now, but feel free to fill in the gaps as you see fit.


Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)



While the Galaxy S9 and S9+ are still more than a month away from being revealed at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona next month, it must be admitted that by this time last year, we were already seeing a lot of leaked S8/S8+ images. Nevertheless, we have the second best thing for you and that's... err... a leaked image of the official Galaxy S9 box. It may sound a little disappointing at first, but the image does reveal some interesting and exciting new details.


Aside from confirming some of the previously rumored details, the highlight of this leak are the camera details, which are as follows.


Super Speed Dual Pixel 12MP OIS (F1.5/F2.4)

Super Slow-mo

8MP AF Selfie Cam

Stereo Speaker Tuned by AKG

IP68 Water and Dust Resistant

64GB Memory/4GB RAM

Wireless Charging

Earphones Tuned by AKG


Personally, I really hope this leak is true because of a different reason; if this is indeed an authentic image of the upcoming Galaxy S9's box, then it means that Samsung has not taken the Apple route and both the S9 and the S9+ will have the same set of dual cameras.


Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)



Most average consumers have no idea about what companies do to make them spend more money and deactivating the FM chip in the US and many other nations was one of the dirtiest of those tricks that never got the attention that it deserved. Fortunately, that is about to change now as the FCC Chairman Ajit Pal and sections of the government have taken it up with the manufacturers.


 In light of the recent natural disasters that ravaged many sections of the United States, the FM radio has been identified as a necessary public safety measure to get emergency information across to everyone when cellphone towers and net connections are not reliable options for that. Samsung will now join LG, Motorola, and Alcatel in activating FM chips in compatible smartphones. If you are wondering why they were deactivated in the first place, it was quite simply a move to help carriers make more money by making the user spend expensive data to listen to online radio, instead of listening to FM stations for free.


Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)



Although it's not really anything new because all rumors and leaksters had been saying the same thing for a long time now, but it's still worth mentioning because this is the first time that this has become official; The Galaxy S9 and S9+ will be unveiled at the Mobile World Congress 2018 in Barcelona next month. As this plan was revealed by the head of Samsung Mobile, DJ Koh himself at the CES 2018 earlier, it can be considered as authentic news without a doubt.


While we are yet to see any convincingly real live images of the device, you should not expect the S9 or S9+ to sport any radical changes in terms of the design language. They may look quite similar to the S8 and S8+ in fact, with perhaps the exception of the rear mounted fingerprint scanner that will in all likelihood be moved to the center of the back. Also, Samsung might copy Apple (that it has so often been blamed for doing) and reserve the dual camera setup only for the bigger and more expensive S9+. We will find out more soon so stay tuned.


Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)

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