Samsung will be ramping up to the Galaxy S9 early next year, but that doesn't stop the 24/7 rumor mill from pumping away with Galaxy S9 rumors - with the 3.5mm headphone jack looking like it's around to stay, thankfully. We now have a look at the new logos Samsung could use for the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ smartphones.
The latest rumor about the Galaxy S9 is that it will feature the fingerprint sensor on a small notch, on the front of the phone, versus the absolutely stupid position it is on the Galaxy S8, S8+, and Galaxy Note 8. Samsung will reportedly make the bezel even smaller on the next-gen Galaxy S9 and S9+ by putting higher-end hardware inside, which will leave more room for the battery, and just enough room to throw in a fingerprint sensor on the front.
The way that Samsung can pull this off is by having a small notch that can be 'pressed-in' on the Super AMOLED display on the Galaxy S9, something you'd feel by running your thumb over the screen and 'into' the small 'fingerprint sensor button'. The in-display fingerprint sensor would be a big selling point of the Galaxy S9, something Apple couldn't pull off even with their new iPhone X (which has Face ID instead), and the tech wasn't ready to throw into the Galaxy S8 or Note 8 smartphones.
The Galaxy S9 on the other hand, isn't coming until April 2018 which will give Samsung and its partners enough time to get the in-display fingerprint sensor technology ready.
Qualcomm and Microsoft made a big fuss over the upcoming LTE-capable Surface Pro at Computex 2017 earlier this year, but according to a listing on the Microsoft Store, Surface Pro LTE has been delayed until Spring 2018.
Microsoft's listing for the Surface Pro LTE on their store states: "The new Surface Pro with LTE will be made available for purchase at retail Spring 2018. We're excited to bring you a Surface Pro that is now faster, lighter, quieter, and more connected than ever".
Microsoft's new Surface Pro LTE will rock 4G capabilities, which should cost a decent chunk more than the base model Surface Pro which sells for $799. We should expect more details at CES 2018, where I'm sure we'll find out everything we're meant to know with Qualcomm and Microsoft's upcoming new slate.
Samsung has out innovated Apple for a while now, but the next-gen Galaxy S9 could be an iterative upgrade over the Galaxy S8 and even the newly-released Galaxy Note 8, with the inclusion of a 3.5mm headphone port, and more.
The latest rumors for the Galaxy S9 peg it to have 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, which puts the stock 64GB of storage on the Note 8 to shame. The new rumors tease that Samsung would use Qualcomm's Snapdragon 845 processor in the US and China, while they'll use their in-house Exynos 9 Octa processor - both on 10nm, for the Galaxy S9. Both the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ would feature the same specs, with different screen sizes, just like the current Galaxy S8 and S8+ smartphones.
Qualcomm took the wraps off of its new 5G breakthrough, reaching a huge 1Gbps but they weren't done - the company has just unveiled its new Snapdragon 636 processor, too. The new Snapdragon 636 has support for extra-tall FHD+ resolution screens (2160x1080), too.
Qualcomm's new Snapdragon 636 processor is the successor to the mid-range Snapdragon 630, which is ready for Assertive Display - for increased visibility in not-so-great lighting. Adreno 509 graphics are just 10% faster than the previous-gen chip, while the Kryo 260 CPU is 40% faster.
Inside, we have up to 600Mbps LTE support, while we have Qualcomm's impressive Spectra 160 image signal processor that will provide great photo-taking abilities. Qualcomm will be shipping its new Snapdragon 636 processors out to phone makers in November.
Qualcomm is at the absolute bleeding edge of connectivity technology, with the world's first tests of 5G connections on a mobile device now completed.
The company tested the 5G internet connection on their own X50 5G modem, using the 28GHz millimeter wave frequency band. Qualcomm adds that they reached over 1Gbps with the test, but 5G is capable of much higher speeds of 5Gbps once the 5G deployments are complete.
Qualcomm also unveiled the world's first 5G smartphone reference design, which the company will use to test 5G modems, radios, and networks with smartphone makers over the next 1-2 years, as we get closer to companies releasing 5G-capable smartphones. 5G smartphones are expected in the first half of 2019, while Qualcomm's new 5G reference smartphone rocks an edge-to-edge display, and is just 9mm thick.
Qualcomm is heating up its battle against Apple, with the chipmaker wanting to see the iPhone banned from sale in China.
According to sources close to the matter, Qualcomm has filed lawsuits with a Beijing intellectual property court, with the company claiming patent infringement while seeing injunctive relief. Qualcomm is fighting Apple over power management and touchscreen technology, something Apple calls Force Touch, in their current-gen iPhones.
Qualcomm says that there are even more examples of their technology being used on Apple devices, which Apple is making a mountain of cash from. Qualcomm spokesperson Christine Trimble, said that Apple hasn't paid its supplier to use that tech in its devices. Qualcomm said: "Apple employs technologies invented by Qualcomm without paying for them".
Apple changed everything with its Touch ID home button, a fingerprint sensor that doubled as a home button, but now that Apple has collected enough fingerprints, it's moving onto collecting your face ID.
The company announced their iPhone X, the first iPhone to receive Apple's new facial recognition technology, Face ID. KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said that Apple isn't likely to make a new iPhone with Touch ID in 2018. Kuo issued a note, saying that the biometric touch sensor in Apple's future iPhones is uncertain, saying that the decision to kill Touch ID has already been made by Apple.
Kuo said that 3D sensing is the "key selling point" on all iPhones for 2018 and "[Apple intends to] capitalize on its clear lead in 3D sensing design and production for smartphones", with Apple making a big point about that focus with the announcement of iPhone X. Apple made a very big point about the TrueDepth cameras and plethora of sensors inside of the iPhone X, and is now pushing all-in with Face ID, something Apple can capitalize on since they're one of the first with good facial recognition on a smartphone.
Samsung Electronics CEO and Vice Chairman, Kwon Oh-hyun, has just resigned from the company, where he will step down from his positions on the board, and as CEO of Samsung Display.
Kwon said in a letter to employees: "It is something I had been thinking long and hard about for quite some time. It has not been an easy decision, but I feel I can no longer put it off. As we are confronted with unprecedented crisis inside out, I believe that time has now come for the company start anew, with a new spirit and young leadership to better respond to challenges arising from the rapidly changing IT industry".
The letter to Kwon's employees continued: "There are no words to describe how proud I am that we built together one of the most valuable companies in the world. We have come a long way to create a company that truly changes how people live, work and communicate with each other. But now the company needs a new leader more than ever and it is time for me to move to the next chapter of my life".
Kwon joined the company in 1985, where he eventually led the semiconductor business before he sat in the CEO chair in 2012. Last year, Kwon was named Samsung Display CEO where they have been making large leaps over the competition to become one of the gigantic innovators in the display business.
The hype train for Razer's purported gaming smartphone is heating up, with new rumors teasing that it might rock a desktop worthy 8GB of RAM, as well as a slew of other somewhat impressive specs.
Razer's upcoming gaming smartphone will reportedly be powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 processors, while we'll have a large 5.7-inch display with a native 2560x1440 resolution. Razer is using mostly off the shelf components, without going into the manufacturing of its own... well, anything inside of this phone. The design and look of the phone are expected to be custom, I can't see Razer launching a new gaming smartphone and not wanting to impress.
I'm expecting RGB LEDs of some form, because if Razer doesn't unveil an RGB gaming smartphone, Corsair will be the ones with their own RGB smartphone soon enough.
Razer has been rumored to release its own smartphone for so long now, it almost doesn't feel real... but it is, and it's coming soon. Razer is teasing an event for November 1, with someone holding a phone-sized device.
Razer hasn't provided any details on the event, other than saying it's "biggest unveiling" will take place on November 1, and the hype being one of the largest gaming peripheral companies in the world releasing a gaming-oriented smartphone would be absolutely huge. We have no idea what to expect from a Razer smartphone, but I'd expect a slick as hell smartphone with a black and green look, and I'm sure some RGB LEDs of some sort.