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According to a report by The Wall Street Journal, Vice-Chairman Lee Jae-yong of Samsung has mentioned that the S8 will feature an "improved camera" as well as a "slick design." While this certainly doesn't say anything significant about the device to be honest, it just goes to show that Samsung is now trying to center media attention towards the Galaxy S8 and away from the Note 7.


As Lee Jae-yong specifically mentioned the camera of the upcoming Galaxy S8, it could indicate that Samsung might really be opting for a dual camera setup this time around. If the rumors are true, then one 16-megapixel sensor and one 8-megapixel sensor will be embedded in a single rear mounted module.


The slick design mentioned by the soon to be Chairman of Samsung on the other hand, could point to the "full-screen" display that we have only heard about via rumors so far. However, it's worth mentioning that Xiaomi has already beaten Samsung to it with the beautiful Mi Mix, when it comes to the all-screen display. Let's see if Samsung can top that at the MWC, 2017 next year in February.


Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)



The CES 2018 is already on its way and it is quite likely that Samsung will be launching a teaser at the show. However, before that happens, we have a treat for you, in case you are one of the millions of fans waiting for the Korean OEM to release their next flagship handset. According to the latest leak, the single camera on the Galaxy S9 will sport an aperture of f/1.5, while the dual camera module will likely feature at least one camera with an f/1.4 aperture.



Given that the f/1.7 aperture single lens cameras of the Galaxy S8 and S8+ produce beautiful images in lowlight, one can only imagine what Samsung would be able to do with such huge apertures! In case you are not aware, the lower the number is, the better the photos turn out to be in lowlight situations. Currently, there is no other smartphone in the market that can boast of such excellent apertures and if this does turn out to be true, the Galaxy S9 and S9+ cameras could be setting new benchmarks for the next gen smartphone cameras in 2018.


Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)


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Even at the risk of being ostracized by the huge list of fans who love their Nintendo Switch, I must say that the Switch Lite is a big letdown. Before you reach for your pitchforks, at least go through what I have to say. At the end of reading this article, some of you might actually agree with me.


Why the Lite Version Makes NO Sense

 

The Switch is already powered by hardware that's aging for even mobile gaming, since the current gen SD 855, Kirin 980 and the Exynos 9820 found inside the flagship handsets are multiple times more powerful than the Tegra X1 chip powering the Switch. As far as fully fledged consoles such as the Xbox One X or PS4 Pro are concerned, the comparison is not even fair.


However, all of that that wasn't a problem because of Nintendo's exclusive and an absolutely fascinating game collection. Aside from that, I personally, always considered the Switch to be a handheld gaming console, rather than something you would connect to the big screen.


Unfortunately, there comes a time, when the developers have to downgrade everything within a game, just to make it run on outdated hardware. Whether that time has come for the Switch or not, is a debatable affair, but with the release of a new iteration, one would think that Nintendo would upgrade the hardware.


Instead of taking that logical and happily anticipated step, Nintendo has downgraded everything about the external hardware and has even put in the same, old and outdated chip to power it all.


The Pros and Cons List

 

If you have any doubts about my conclusion, just check the pros and cons list, then verify it on the web.


Pros

 

·        It's about $100 cheaper (officially)


·        Slightly better battery life


Cons

 

·        Smaller screen size (5.5")


·        Negligible weight difference, unless a .27lbs/.12kg difference matters to you!


·        The Switch Lite isn't compatible with all games


·        You can't use a dock to connect it to the TV


·        The controllers are non-detachable and therefore, harder to replace or repair, if not impossible


·        No IR motion camera, HD Rumble or even the kickstand!


·        Uses the same outdated chip, slow USB-C charger and port, 720p resolution LCD and 32GB internal storage with micro-SD slot


·        Bluetooth connectivity is also not added to the "new" console


The question is, are you willing to sacrifice so much to save $100? Especially when discounted options are often there for the full sized console, which will easily shave off at least $25 from the original price.


Stay away from the Nintendo Switch Lite if you already have a Switch and if you don't have one yet, just spend the extra $70 - $90 and get the original! The Switch Lite is cash grab and we expect better from Nintendo.


Saikat


 



A 403MB update has started to make its way onto the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 smartphones in Europe. The OTA update comes straight from Samsung and brings the March security patch with it as expected. Although Samsung continues to support the Note 4 with security updates, any hopes you may have of the old Note getting updated to Android Nougat is unfortunately, false hope! Samsung will never update the Note 4 to Nougat and it will continue to function on Android Marshmallow 6.0.1 for as long as it can.


The firmware version on the handset is N910FXXS1DQC3 and is currently only live in Europe. Also, no carrier specific versions have started receiving it as of now. The March SMR contains fixes for 73 issues specific to the Android OS and about twelve of Samsung's own fixes for internal vulnerabilities exclusive to Samsung smartphones. Apart from the security patch, the update also brings improvements in battery life and better performance on a daily basis with it.


Head over to our firmware section to find all the latest available updates for your Samsung smartphones.


Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)



If you happen to own a Galaxy S7 or S7 Edge on AT&T, you will be receiving a huge security update pretty soon. The size of the update is not really that big, but the 135MB OTA update is big in the sense that it's an important one which addressees multiple issues and vulnerabilities on the two handsets. In fact, one might even be tempted to say that the update came a bit later than expected, given that it's almost the end of October!


Aside from the September and October security updates, the package also contains the necessary BlueBorne patch which had threatened millions of Android, iOS and Windows devices last month. In case you don't know how it affects you, know that your security would be compromised as soon as you turn on your Bluetooth, irrespective of whether or not it is in discoverable mode. The good news is, you don't need to worry about any of that after you download and install this patch, so hurry up!


Head over to our firmware section to find all the latest available updates for your Samsung smartphones and tablets.


Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)


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