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Anyone who isn't familiar with the business relationship that the two companies actually share will probably assume that Apple and Samsung are the worst of enemies. Although that statement wouldn't really be off by much, the truth is that the two giants have had multiple business relationships for years now, in spite of all the controversies and lawsuits in-between them. For example, the rigid OLED panel used in making the innovative touch bar for the new range of Apple MacBook Pros is a product supplied from the A2 line of Samsung Displays.


The reason as to why Apple chose OLED over LCD for making the touch bar lies in the fact that OLED panels are considerably slimmer than LCD panels (three times approximately). Another report indicates that even the Driver IC used to bond the touch bar to the MacBook was supplied by System LSI division of the Korean tech giant. There is no doubt that OLED is the next step in terms of display evolution as they consume less power, produce better colors and have a lower response time than LCD. In fact, most smartphones have been predicted to switch over to OLED panels by 2018. Once you consider that Samsung is the largest OLED panel manufacturer in the world, the future does seem bright for them.


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Vivo is no longer just another Chinese manufacturer trying to copy Apple; as a matter of fact, it has not only risen as a global smartphone OEM to reckon with, one can go as far as saying that the Chinese company has managed to beat both Samsung and Apple when it comes to introducing true innovation. If you are wondering why anyone would think so, then you probably don't know that Vivo has already showcased the in-display, under the screen fingerprint scanner with its Vivo X20 Plus UD smartphone, that both Apple and Samsung have failed to do, even after repeated attempts by the latter in the last year or so. As if that was not impressive enough, take a look at the leaked shots of this smartphone from Vivo, which will likely be coming in with the in-screen fingerprint scanner and this gorgeous, truly bezel-less display.



Sources are unsure whether this is the Vivo Xplay 7 or not, but it could very well be. It would be really interesting to see if Vivo also packs in a 4K resolution in that beautiful display, just like the rumors had been predicting. If they do, that would make Vivo the only company apart from Sony to have a smartphone with a 4K display. It is quite possible that the upcoming Snapdragon 845 SoC will be powering the device as well, alongside an internal storage capacity of 256GB/512GB. Would you buy this beauty if it became available in your country?


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It would be a lie to state that the Galaxy Note 9 is almost the same as the Note 8, but as far as looks are concerned, they do look almost identical! Nevertheless, it features every innovation that the last leak suggested, but at an eye-watering price of $999.99 and $1249.50 for the 128GB/6GB and 512GB/8GB versions respectively. Primary highlight of the unveiling was the new Bluetooth powered S-Pen's capabilities, which comes with its own battery now. In addition to the stylus finctionalities, the S-Pen can also be used as a remote control for controlling the Note 9. AI powered scene detection, a bigger battery and early adopter goodies for Fortnite players were the other highlights of the show. Do check out the full spec list below.


Display: 6.4-inch, 18.5:9, Super AMOLED display at 2,960 x 1,440 resolution (516 ppi)


SoC: Global: 10 nm, 64-bit, octa-core Samsung Exynos 9810 (2.8 GHz quad + 1.7 GHz quad); U.S.: 10nm, 64-bit, octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 845


GPU: ARM Mali-G72 MP18 (Exynos); Adreno 630 (Snapdragon)


RAM: 6GB or 8GB LPDDR4 RAM


Storage: 128GB or 512GB with microSD expansion up to 512GB


Rear Cameras: Dual camera with dual OIS, Wide-angle: Super Speed Dual Pixel 12 MP AF sensor with OIS, f/1.5 and f/2.4 apertures; Telephoto: 12 MP AF sensor, f/2.4 aperture, 2x zoom


Front: 8 MP AF sensor, f/1.7 aperture


Audio: Stereo speakers tuned by AKG, surround sound with Dolby Atmos technology


Audio formats: MP3, M4A, 3GA, AAC, OGG, OGA, WAV, WMA, AMR, AWB, FLAC, MID, MIDI, XMF, MXMF, IMY, RTTTL, RTX, OTA, DSF, DFF, APE


Video: MP4, M4V, 3GP, 3G2, WMV, ASF, AVI, FLV, MKV, WEBM


Battery: 4,000mAh battery

Fast Wired Charging compatible with QC 2.0

Fast Wireless Charging compatible with WPC and PMA


IP rating: IP68


Sensors: Iris, pressure, accelerometer, barometer, fingerprint, gyro, geomagnetic, hall, HR, proximity, RGB Light


Network: Enhanced 4X4 MIMO/CA, LAA, LTE Cat. 18


Wi-Fi: 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4/5 GHz), VHT80 MU-MIMO, 1024QAM


Bluetooth: v5.0 (LE up to 2 Mbps)


ANT+


USB Type-C


NFC


Location: GPS, Galileo, Glonass, BeiDou


SIM: Single nano-SIM


Authentication  Lock type: Pattern, PIN, password


Biometric lock type: iris scanner, fingerprint scanner, face recognition, Intelligent Scan


Software: Android 8.1 with Samsung Experience


Dimensions and weight: 161.9 x 76.4 x 8.8mm, 201g


Colors: Lavender Purple, Ocean Blue, Midnight Black, Metallic Copper



***All pictures were obtained from Android Authority


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