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Some reports are indicating that the Galaxy Note 9 might be released earlier than expected, but can you guess the proposed reason for that assumption? Well, apparently the Galaxy S9 and S9+ have not been as big a hit as Samsung expected the two of their latest flagship smartphones to be and this decision regarding the Note 9's expected early release has been presumably taken in accordance with the somewhat disappointing sales numbers. The report comes in out of South Korea, so there might be some credence to it, although, we are not totally sure at this moment.


Whether or not this is true is something that cannot be ascertained as of now, but there's no denying that a lot of the S8 owners don't feel the need to upgrade this year and that's understandable, given that the S9 and the S9+ look almost identical to their predecessors from the front. This report is backed up by two facts, with the first being that Samsung is about to start manufacturing the 6.38-inch AMOLED displays for the Note 9 in April, which is two months earlier than when they usually start the display production for their next Note phablet. Secondly, the Note 9's Android Oreo 8.1 powered firmware is also in development, which is also much earlier than their usual schedule. What do you think?


Via: SamMobile


Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)



Before you start getting excited, let us tell you upfront that we don't have any pictures to show you today unfortunately (except concepts). However, what we do have is a spec sheet, courtesy of Geekbench. It's still too early for leaked pictures, but this one is a pretty big leak as well, given that it shows us quite a few details about the upcoming Note 9's internals and performance. Do check out the specs in the above screenshot.


There doesn't seem to be anything that isn't expected though. Some people are still hopeful that the Note 9 will be Samsung's first phone with an in-display fingerprint scanner, but that's doubtful at best. Besides, if you really think about it, is that really a big deal? I mean apart from the gimmick factor, what great advantage will be brought on by the in-display fingerprint scanner after all? What do you think? Let us know in the comments.


Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)



If you thought that tablets are way too flimsy, Samsung has just released the Galaxy Tab Active 2 which can take a hit and then some! Exclusive to the US, the device is internally the same as any other Galaxy Tab 2, but on the outside, it's quite literally a beast. The MIL-STD 810 certification guarantees that the Galaxy Tab Active 2 can survive through high pressure, extreme temperatures (hot or cold), rapid vibrations and even drops from heights that would shatter other lesser tablets. Additionally, it also sports a standard IP68 rating for dust and water resistance.


While we all would like our devices to be a bit sturdier than they generally are, this may seem a bit excessive to many, until they realize that Samsung has a specific crowd in mind for the Galaxy Tab Active 2. Apparently, this is tablet for employees who must work in the harshest of conditions. While targeted primarily at businesses, those that love camping, trekking and mountaineering might have use for the tab Active 2 as well.


Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)



It almost feels like every major Samsung smartphone in recent history has been released with at least one major flaw and just to add to that cliché, new reports from several users on XDA forums are claiming that this time around, Samsung might need to fix the fingerprint scanner even before the phone has begun to sale officially! Apparently, quite a few of the S9 and S9+ units are exhibiting a strange issue where the fingerprint scanner stops responding completely and can only be fixed by rebooting the device. Let's hope that the issue is only software-related and can be easily fixed with an update, because if it isn't, then Samsung is going to have to suffer huge losses.


SamMobile has officially asked Samsung about the issue, but no reply has been provided yet. We will keep you updated about this, so stay tuned and hold off on buying the S9/S9+ for a while.


Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)



At this point, it doesn't even feel like news anymore to report once again that Samsung's next flagship smartphone won't be sporting an under-the-glass fingerprint scanner because this is going on for more than a year now. Renowned KGI analyst and Apple leakster Ming-Chi Kuo has sadly declared this fact, although he had himself said earlier that Samsung would be able to pull it off with the Note 9. Apparently, the OEM can't do that at this moment, but incidentally, Vivo has already done it successfully with the Apex.


It is baffling for many as to why Samsung is unable to do it, especially since the only reasoning offered here by Ming-Chi Kuo was a vague explanation about the current gen sensors being unable to bring what Samsung needed to the table. It might have something to do with the fact that the latest under-the-display sensors being incapable of working with an OLED display properly, but we don't know for sure.


Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)

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