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When it comes to the headphone jack, a majority of users prefer to have it on their smartphones, while almost every one of the major manufacturers has gotten rid of it.


Up until now, Samsung was one of the last manufacturers that had supported the headphone jack even in its flagship smartphones, however, according to information published on Android Police, the Galaxy Note 10 will finally be that device which will mark Samsung's move to the Dark Side!


If the report is to be believed, then not only will the Galaxy Note 10 lack a smartphone jack, it will remove all physical buttons on the device altogether, including the volume buttons and even the Bixby button. They will apparently be replaced by capacitive touch buttons, but it's likely just an imaginative rumor.


I am not sure about whether they will remove the physical buttons, but at this point, it's almost a guaranteed fact that the Note 10 won't have a 3.5mm port, since Samsung has already started to launch smartphones and tablets without the headphone jack in 2019. The galaxy A80, the Galaxy Fold and the Galaxy Tab S5e being prime examples.


While everyone keeps saying that ditching the headphone jack allows for bigger batteries and slimmer devices, I will never understand people's obsession with slimmer devices!


It's not like I prefer a fat, ugly smartphone over a slim and beautiful one, but at this point, you have to ask how much slim is too slim? I mean if a bigger battery and a headphone jack can be incorporated in a device that's slightly thicker than what it would be without the headphone jack, does it really matter? Is our superficial nature leading us to sacrifice common sense and practicality over irrelevant "slimness?"


It is understandable when Apple users support it, because they don't know better to be honest, and there is no competition that you can switch over to. if you are already invested in the iOS ecosystem. In case of Android users and manufacturers though, it is something to think about for sure. Let us know in the comments what you think!


Saikat Kar


 


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When it comes to tablets, there is just no competition between what Apple has to offer and what Google and all its partners have on the market at the moment. Sure, the Galaxy Tab S series has always been a premium one and they are all excellent, but they do not compare to what the iPad Airs, iPad Minis and iPad Pros have to offer.


However, if we skipped the iOS comparison and looked solely at the Galaxy Tab S5e as a just released mid-end Android tablet (that has been released before the flagship Tab S5 for some reason), it's good, bt not great. The Tab S5e falls short due to one continuing inherited flaw that we will discuss later on.


While you can easily look up reviews on Google, let's make the decision easy for you by pointing out the most important factors which will matter to most users.


·        Qualcomm SD 670 SoC with Adreno 615: Dated chip with decent performance


·        10.5", 1600 x 2560, Super AMOLED, 16:10 display with slim bezels


·        4GB RAM and 64GBinternal storage/6GB RAM and 128GB internal storage


·     A more improved version of Dex and a keyboard cover makes it a decent laptop look-alike (NOT a replacement)


·        Expandable storage up to 1TB


·        Quad Stereo Speakers


·        7,040mAh battery with 18W quick charger


           Costs about $400 for the 4GB/64GB variant


If you are looking for an Android tablet with an excellent display and great sound for watching content on the go, you just can't go wrong with the Tab S5E.


Unfortunately, Samsung's insistence on using dated chips in their tablets continue and the SD 670 is a deal breaker for me at least. Don't get me wrong, it can play games, run movies and most apps just fine, but it makes no sense to buy the Tab S5e with that underpowered chip for $400+, when you can buy the iPad Mini at just $399.


The Mini has one of the most powerful chips in the market at the moment, a great display (although the OLED display on the S5e is better) and a plethora of apps that has been exclusively redesigned for the iPads. Even the iPad Air starts at $499, which is in my opinion a better deal than the S5e, even if you have to pay the extra $100 for it, to not lose out on the screen real estate.


If you must buy an Android tablet from Samsung, just wait it out till they release the Tab S5, which will in all likelihood, be a premium device with another dated chip from last year, but significantly more powerful compared to the S5e.


Saikat Kar


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It looks like a very select number of upcoming smartphones from Samsung may have a brand new camera module in 2019 itself. It is now official, because Samsung Electro-Mechanics has just confirmed and publicly announced that a new camera module with up to 5x optical zoom is currently in mass manufacturing.


This is really great news for Samsung fans because in the last two years, they have been left behind by the competition significantly in terms of both camera performance, as well as camera features. The Galaxy S10+ might have capable cameras, but they pale in front of the Huawei P30 Pro and even the single lens performance of the aging Google Pixel 3.


The real question is though, will it be the Note 10 that will see this ultra-thin 5mm camera module being adopted like we are all expecting, or will Samsung implement it in a brand new series, as hinted by leakster @UniverseIce on twitter?

Apparently, the leakster has inside info that has led him to believe, Samsung is going to unveil something even more innovative than the Galaxy Fold, later in the year!


Via: SamMobile


Saikat Kar


 


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Samsung has always been enthusiastic about the Olympics, given their partnership with the largest athletic event on the planet. Although the upcoming 2020 Olympic Games are more than a year away at this point, the smartphone giant has already released a Galaxy S10+ Olympic Games Edition in Japan.


Personally, I never understood the gimmicks here, especially since the "Olympic Editions" by Samsung never has had anything too special about them unfortunately. On top of that, the early release makes no real sense, given that by the time the Olympics actually begin in Tokyo, the S11+ (or whatever they choose to call it) will already be out and about.


Well, if you fancy having a logo of the Olympics imprinted on the back of your smartphone for an even more premium price than what the regular S10+ costs, we are sure Samsung will also release it in the US at some point.


Saikat Kar


 


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After a short stint on the throne, OnePlus has now been dethroned by Samsung again, as the Korean giant managed to regain their number one status in the world's second largest smartphone market.


Now, Samsung never really lost its position as the supreme smartphone manufacturer as far as over all sales was concerned, but it did temporarily lose the throne to OnePlus, as far in the premium sector of the Indian smartphone market.


For the last three-quarters (Q2, 2018 - Q4, 2018) OnePlus led the smartphone sales figures in the premium segment, but according to a study by Counterpoint, Samsung is now back on top again.


This isn't exactly bad news for OnePlus mind you, but it is good news for Samsung nonetheless. The thing is, while this does again put Samsung on top of the market in the premium segment, we have to keep in mind that OnePlus has not released any new phones in 2019, while Samsung has launched the Galaxy S10 series with three separate phones this time around!


Once the OnePlus 7 and OnePlus 7 Pro is released though, the tables could turn again by the end of Q2, 2019. We will just have to wait and see about that one, but for now, Samsung is back on top in India.


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Source: Counterpoint


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