Samsung Galaxy S9, Galaxy S9+ Reportedly Get Second One UI Beta Update; Galaxy Note 9 Users Now Able to Sign Up


Samsung Galaxy S9, Galaxy S9+ Reportedly Get Second One UI Beta Update; Galaxy Note 9 Users Now Able to Sign Up

Samsung Galaxy S9 One UI second beta has build number G960FXXU2ZRKL and a file size of 700MB

Samsung this month unveiled its latest One UI mobile user interface to succeed the previous Samsung Experience UI on its smartphones starting off with the flagship models. After releasing the first-ever One UI beta update for the Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ about a couple of weeks back, the South Korean manufacturer has now gone ahead and released the second beta that comes with certain bug fixes and improvements. The company is also now allowing some Samsung Galaxy Note 9 users in the US to sign up for One UI beta update.

A report by Sammobile claims that the second beta update for the Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ is rolling out with build number G960FXXU2ZRKL; no countries are specified in the rollout. The update reportedly has a file size of about 700MB and retains the November 2018 security patch from the first beta release. Apart from that, this beta update brings improvement in the selfie camera’s performance and betters overall stability and security of the handset. It is based on top of Android 9.0 Pie. However, some users have allegedly reported issues with mobile data on the second beta.

Another report by the same publication claims that a hotfix has already been released that fixes this connectivity issue and also resolves an issue wherein some users were not able to access certain apps. According to the report, this minor update has a file size of 90MB and comes with build number G960FXXU2ZRKN on the Galaxy S9 and G965FXXU2ZRKN on the Galaxy S9+. The update has reportedly rolled out only in Germany.

Separately, a report by XDA Developers cites certain forum members to say that Samsung is now letting unlocked Galaxy Note 9 users in the US sign up for the One UI beta. This is apparently showing up when you download the latest Samsung+ APK (version 11.2.3.0 beta). Apart from unlocked units, Galaxy Note 9 users on Sprint and Verizon networks are also getting the sign-up page.



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Samsung Galaxy S9, Galaxy S9+ Ice Blue Colour Variants Launched: Price, Availability


Samsung Galaxy S9, Galaxy S9+ Ice Blue Colour Variants Launched: Price, Availability

Samsung Galaxy S9 Ice Blue price starts at CNY 5,499 in China

Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ have received a new Ice Blue colour variant in the Chinese market months after the original launch. This is the first gradient-style colour option for Samsung’s flagship smartphone range. With this release, Ice Blue now sits with other options like Burgundy Red, Coral Blue, Lilac Purple, Midnight Black, Sunrise Gold, and Titanium Gray in the Galaxy S9 lineup. Key highlights of the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ include Snapdragon 845/ Exynos 9810 SoCs, AKG-tuned dual speakers, superb cameras, and AR Emojis.

Samsung Galaxy S9 Ice Blue price, availability

The new Ice Blue colour variant in the Galaxy S9 range is up for pre-orders in China starting Tuesday exclusively in China only in the 128GB storage variants. The Galaxy S9 model is priced at CNY 5,499 (roughly Rs. 57,000), while the Galaxy S9+ model will retail for CNY 6,499 (around Rs. 67,400), both with a free bundled wireless charger. The Ice Blue colour for the Galaxy S9 starts shipping from November 20 while the Galaxy S9+ will be released later on November 26. Global availability is not official yet, but we can expect Samsung to make an announcement soon.

Samsung Galaxy S9, Galaxy S9+ specifications

The Samsung Galaxy S9 sports a 5.8-inch QHD+ Curved Super AMOLED panel with a 18.5:9 aspect ratio, while the Galaxy S9+ has a larger 6.2-inch QHD+ Curved Super AMOLED panel with the same 18.5:9 aspect ratio.

The Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ are both powered by the Exynos 9810 SoC in the Indian market. The Galaxy S9 comes with 4GB of RAM and a 3,000mAh battery. The Galaxy S9+ comes with 6GB of RAM and a 3,500mAh battery. Both have the same rear 12-megapixel primary Dual Pixel sensor with f/1.5-f/2.4 variable aperture and OIS, however the Galaxy S9+ has an additional secondary 12-megapixel wide angle rear sensor. Event their front cameras are the same – an 8-megapixel autofocus sensor with f/1.7 aperture.



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Mahindra Scorpio S9 Variant Launched In India; Priced At Rs. 13.99 Lakh


The new Mahindra Scorpio S9 trim comes with a host of creature comforts with a competitive price, positioned below the range-topping S11 variant.

Mahindra & Mahindra has added a new variant to its long-running Scorpio SUV with the new S9 variant. The Mahindra Scorpio S9 trim is priced at ₹ 13.99 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) and sits below the S11 trim in the line-up. Interestingly, the Scorpio S9 variant was originally available when the current generation of the SUV was introduced in 2014 and is now being re-introduced. Mahindra says the new variant will be available across the company’s dealerships pan India from today and comes with a host of features and creature comfort. The S9 trim is about ₹ 1.4 lakh cheaper than the S11 version, and about ₹ 60,000 more expensive than the S7 trim.

Mahindra Scorpio

Speaking on the introduction of the S9 variant, Mahindra – Chief of Sales and Marketing – Automotive Division, Veejay Ram Nakra said, “Scorpio changed the landscape of the Indian Auto Industry & continues to be a dominant force in the SUV segment. The new Scorpio S9 offers a great feature package at an attractive price point making it a compelling buy for customers looking for a true-blue SUV, while retaining Scorpio’s core DNA of power, driving thrill and adventure.”

The new Mahindra Scorpio S9 is equipped with static bender projector headlamps, LED light guides, ORVMs with turn indicators, fog lamps, hydraulic assisted bonnet, and cushion suspension with anti-roll technology. The SUV also comes with auto climate control, 5.9-inch touchscreen infotainment system with navigation but sadly no Apple CarPlay or Android Auto. There’s also voice assist system, steering mounted audio controls, Intellipark, dual front airbags with ABS, and more.

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The SUV continues to be offered in the seven-seater avatar with the front facing third row, making it a lucrative choice in this space. Power on the Mahindra Scorpio S9 comes from the same 2.2-litre mHawk diesel engine tuned for 140 bhp and 320 Nm of peak torque, while paired with a 6-speed gearbox. The SUV locks horns against the Tata Safari Storme, Hyundai Creta, Renault Duster and also the upcoming Tata Harrier.

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Samsung Galaxy S9+ Gets Burgundy Red Colour Variant in India, Galaxy Note 9 Gets Lavender Purple Variant


Samsung Galaxy S9+ and Galaxy Note 9 have received new colour variants in India, the South Korean consumer electronics giant announced on Thursday. The Samsung Galaxy S9+ gets a new Burgundy Red colour variant, while the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 gets a Lavender Purple colour variant. To recall, the Burgundy Red colour variant was launched globally back in May, for both the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ models. The Galaxy Note 9, on the other hand, had its Lavender Purple colour which was announced at its global launch in August itself, but is only now making its way to India. The company has also announced cashback offers, an additional exchange bonus, and a discount on the Galaxy Watch.

Both new colour variants become available to buy on Thursday itself, via select offline stores, online portals, and the Samsung Shop. The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 had been launched in Metallic Copper, Midnight Black, and Ocean Blue colour variants in India. Thus, the smartphone is now offered in four colour variants in the country.

The Samsung Galaxy S9+, on the other hand, was launched in Coral Blue, Lilac Purple, and Midnight Black colour variants in India back in March, before getting a Sunrise Gold colour variant in June. Including the Burgundy Red, the Galaxy S9+ is now available in five colour variants in the country.

Samsung on Thursday also announced new cashback and upgrade offers for both sets of smartphones. The first offer gives a Rs. 6,000 cashback to buyers who purchase the Galaxy S9+ or Galaxy Note 9 with an HDFC Bank card, or via Paytm Mall. A Samsung Upgrade offer was also detailed, where buyers get an additional exchange bonus of Rs. 6,000. Lastly, Samsung says Galaxy Note 9 buyers can purchase the newly launched Samsung Galaxy Watch worth Rs. 24,990 for just Rs. 9,999.



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Samsung Galaxy Note 9, Galaxy S9, Galaxy Note 8, and More Get Cashback, Exchange Offers for Independence Day


Samsung Galaxy Note 9 pre-orders in India opened up late last week, with the base 6GB RAM/ 128GB storage model priced at Rs. 67,900 and the 8GB RAM/ 512GB storage variant priced at Rs. 84,900. The phone manufacturer had detailed pre-order offers for the smartphone on its online retail portal, and now, it has unveiled certain offers on other smartphones like the Galaxy S9, Galaxy Note 8, and Galaxy S8 on the occasion of India’s 72nd Independence Day. Cashback is applicable on HDFC Bank and ICICI Bank cards, for select smartphones.

Let’s start off with the Galaxy Note 9 pre-orders. A cashback of Rs. 6,000 is valid on payment made using HDFC credit cards. Customers can also avail no-cost EMI plans with major credit cards as well as Bajaj FinServ. Gear Sport can be availed for a price of Rs. 4,999 (original MRP: Rs. 22,900) when buying a Galaxy Note 9.

Apart from the flagship phablet, the Galaxy S9 can be bought with an instant cashback of Rs. 5,000 each, along with the same Rs. 6,000 cashback which is applicable when using HDFC Bank credit cards. With a starting retail price of Rs. 57,900, the Galaxy S9’s 64GB storage variant can be bought for an effective price of Rs. 46,900. Rs. 6,000 instant cashback is applicable on the 128GB and 256GB storage models. An additional exchange value of up to Rs. 6,000 is valid on select smartphones.

Customers interested in buying any of the Galaxy S9+ variants will be eligible for a Rs. 3,000 instant cashback alongside an additional Rs. 6,000 cashback with HDFC credit cards. An additional exchange value of up to Rs. 6,000 is valid on select smartphones, on purchase of the Galaxy S9 or Galaxy S9+.

There seems to be no instant discount on the Galaxy Note 8, however users can avail Rs. 4,000 cashback when paying with an HDFC Bank credit card. There is also an additional Rs. 4,000 discount when exchanging select smartphones.

Last year’s Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ can also be purchased with an additional exchange discount of Rs. 4,000, an instant cashback of Rs. 4,000, and another Rs. 4,000 cashback when using HDFC Bank credit cards to make the payment.

Lastly, both variants of the Galaxy J6 can be bought with an additional cashback of Rs. 1,500 on using ICICI Bank credit cards. An ICICI cashback of Rs. 2,000 can be availed when buying the more premium Galaxy J8. Validity of both the ICICI and HDFC cashback offers is up to August 31. All the cashback deals are applicable on Samsung Shop in India.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 9 vs Samsung Galaxy S9+: Price, Specifications Compared


Samsung has unveiled the Galaxy Note 9 smartphone at its Unpacked event, and the latest flagship brings a host of hardware and software improvements. The Note series’ big USP – the S Pen gets many new features, including Bluetooth support. Because of this, it gets additional capabilities like the ability to become a presentation remote control, be able to control Gallery, YouTube, and other apps, become a camera shutter button, and more. The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 has been launched in a slew of colour options with matching stylus, except for the Blue colour variant which has a yellow coloured S Pen to match. The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 has been launched in two RAM/Storage options – 6GB RAM /128GB storage and 8GB RAM/ 512GB storage options.

We pit Samsung’s new Galaxy Note flagship – Galaxy Note 9 – with the company’s 2018 Galaxy S-series flagship, the Samsung Galaxy S9+, to see which one fares better, at least on paper, apart from the S Pen upgrades that is.

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 vs Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus: Price comparison

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 price in the US starts at $999 (roughly Rs. 68,700) for the 6GB RAM/ 128GB variant, while the 8GB RAM/ 512GB variant is priced at $1,250 (roughly Rs. 85,900). Pre-orders in the US will begin on Friday, August 10, with the phone slated to become available on August 24.

In comparison, the Samsung Galaxy S9+ price in India starts at Rs. 64,900 for the 64GB model, Rs. 68,900 for the 128GB variant, and Rs. 72,900 for the 256GB variant. To put pricing in better perspective, the Galaxy S9+ in the US is currently priced at $839.99 (roughly Rs. 57,800) for the 64GB variant, $889.99 (roughly Rs. 61,200) for the 128GB variant, and $959.99 (roughly Rs. 66,100) for the 256GB variant. In India, the phone is available in Lilac Purple, Coral Blue, and Midnight Black.

 

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 vs Samsung Galaxy S9+: Specifications comparison

The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 supports dual-SIM slots (Nano+Nano) and runs on Android 8.1 Oreo with Samsung Experience UX customisations on top. It sports a 6.4-inch Quad HD+ (1440×2960 pixels) Super AMOLED Infinity Display with 18.5:9 aspect ratio and a 516ppi pixel density. The smartphone is powered by a 10nm 64-bit octa-core processor (Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 in the US, and Exynos 9810 in the rest of the world) and is paired with 6GB or 8GB of RAM. Internal storage options are at 128GB and 512GB with the option to expand further using a microSD card slot (up to 512GB).

Coming to the optics, there is a dual camera setup at the back of the Galaxy Note 9 with one dual-pixel 12-megapixel wide-angle sensor and another 12-megapixel telephoto lens. Both the lenses support OIS, 2x optical zoom, 10x digital zoom, and autofocus as well. At the front there is an 8-megapixel lens with autofocus and f/1.7 aperture. The smartphone packs a 4000mAh battery that is fast charging and wireless charging compatible.

Connectivity options include Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, NFC, GPS, Bluetooth 5.0, USB Type-C port, and MST. Dimensions are at 161.9×76.4×8.8mm, and it weighs 201 grams. The smartphone is IP68 certified which means it can survive in up to 1.5 metres for up to 30 minutes.

Meanwhile, the Samsung Galaxy S9+ packs a 6.2-inch QHD+ Curved Super AMOLED 18.5:9 display, and is powered by the Samsung Exynos 9810 SoC in India. It packs a 6GB of RAM and comes with 64GB and 256GB internal storage options. There is also microSD card slot for further expansion (up to 400GB).

The Samsung Galaxy S9+ sports a dual rear camera setup with dual OIS, specifically a wide-angle lens with Super Speed Dual Pixel 12-megapixel autofocus f/1.5-f/2.4 sensor and a telephoto lens with 12-megapixel autofocus f/2.4 sensor. There is also an 8-megapixel autofocus front camera with f/1.7 aperture. It packs a 3500mAh battery, measures 158.1×73.8×8.5mm and weighs 189 grams. Connectivity options include Gigabit LTE, dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11ac, USB Type-C, Bluetooth 5.0, and, yes, the 3.5mm headphone jack.


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Samsung Galaxy Note 9 vs Samsung Galaxy S9+ comparison

  Samsung Galaxy Note 9 Samsung Galaxy S9+
Ratings
Overall NDTV Rating
Design Rating
Display Rating
Software Rating
Performance Rating
Battery Life Rating
Camera Rating
Value for Money Rating
GENERAL
Release date August 2018 March 2018
Dimensions (mm) 161.90 x 76.40 x 8.80 158.10 x 73.80 x 8.50
Weight (g) 201.00 189.00
Battery capacity (mAh) 4000 3500
Colours Midnight Black, Metallic Copper, Ocean Blue, Lavender Purple Lilac Purple, Midnight Black, Coral Blue
Removable battery No
SAR value 0.21
DISPLAY
Screen size (inches) 6.40 6.20
Resolution 1440×2960 pixels 1440×2960 pixels
Pixels per inch (PPI) 531
HARDWARE
Processor 1.7GHz octa-core 1.7GHz octa-core
Processor make Samsung Exynos 9810 Samsung Exynos 9810
RAM 6GB 6GB
Internal storage 128GB 64GB
Expandable storage Yes Yes
Expandable storage type microSD microSD
Expandable storage up to (GB) 512 400
CAMERA
Rear camera 12-megapixel 12-megapixel
Front camera 8-megapixel 8-megapixel
Rear Flash LED
SOFTWARE
Operating System Android 8.1 Android 8.0
Skin Samsung Experience UX Experience 9
CONNECTIVITY
Wi-Fi standards supported 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth Yes, v 5.00 Yes, v 5.00
NFC Yes Yes
Number of SIMs 2 2
USB OTG Yes
SIM 1
SIM Type Nano-SIM Nano-SIM
4G/ LTE Yes Yes
SIM 2
SIM Type Nano-SIM Nano-SIM
4G/ LTE Yes Yes
SENSORS
Compass/ Magnetometer Yes Yes
Proximity sensor Yes Yes
Accelerometer Yes Yes
Ambient light sensor Yes Yes
Gyroscope Yes Yes
Barometer Yes Yes



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Fortnite Mobile for Android Gameplay on Samsung Galaxy S9+ Shows Off Epic Graphics Quality


Fortnite Mobile for Android may get its big public reveal today. Before this, a video has surfaced detailing what you could expect when Epic Games finally lifts the lid on its battle royale sensation for Google’s OS. Thanks to serial Fortnite Android leaker XDA, it appears that we know Fortnite Mobile for Android will work with Samsung and non-Samsung devices. The game ran at what the site claims to be ‘Epic’ settings, which is, every graphical option maxed out on a Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus. Fitting since its shares internals similar to the soon to be launched Samsung Galaxy Note 9 that may have the game as a rumoured 30-day exclusive. From what we can tell, it looks similar to what you’d expect from the game running on an iPhone 8 Plus or iPhone X, though given the shaky nature of the footage, it warrants further inspection, something we hope to do when Fortnite for Android is finally available.

What’s more is, XDA claims that the game ran on non-Samsung devices as well despite attempts of trying the Fortnite APK on a OnePlus 6 and failing.

“All hope isn’t lost, though. Max’s Essential Phone and Kieron’s Google Pixel 2 XL were both rooted and able to enter a game. I suspect that one or more of the system modifications I made while tinkering with my phone caused the SafetyNet check to fail, so I wasn’t able to fully play a game before being kicked. So while this means devices rooted with Magisk should be able to play the game, you should prepare for a new wave of battles with the SafetyNet API,” writes XDA’s Mishaal Rahman.

 

It would appear that most mid-range and budget Android devices may not be able to play Fortnite. Now, more evidence indicates you’ll need a relatively high-end Android device to play Fortnite Mobile. As per a thorough report from XDA, which has access to a Fortnite Android leaked APK, a majority of SoCs may not be able to play the game at all. The list is restricted to Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 and above, Samsung Exynos 8890 and above, and Kirin HiSilicon 970 and above. If you’re looking to play Fortnite Mobile on Android you might need a OnePlus 3, Samsung Galaxy S7, Honor Play or a higher-specced Android smartphone. On iOS however, Fortnite works on the iPhone SE and above. You can check out the video of the game running on a Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus below.

 

According to the report, Fortnite Android won’t support any MediaTek or Nvidia Tegra SoCs at launch. Furthermore, most Qualcomm, HiSilicon, and Samsung chips such as the Snapdragon 660, Kirin 659, and Exynos 7885 can’t run the game either. What this means is, mid-range smartphones such as the Xiaomi Mi A2, Honor 9N, and Samsung Galaxy A8 may not be able to run Fortnite.

With that in mind, it is quite possible that Epic Games may optimise the game further for greater compatibility across the broad spectrum of Android devices, seeing how the Nintendo Switch can run the game (albeit poorly, we won’t be surprised to see the Fortnite Mobile for Android compatibility list increase over time.


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Samsung Galaxy S9, Galaxy S9+ Receive AR Emoji Update; Get 480fps Super Slow Motion Mode


While the tech world is anticipating the arrival of the Galaxy Note 9, Samsung has brought a couple of updates for the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ to please its existing users. The first update in the new series is the addition of customisation options to the AR Emoji feature that debuted to counter Apple’s Animoji. The South Korean giant has also offered an improved facial tracking to enhance the 3D emoji experience. It has additionally been spotted that users with the latest update containing the July security patch are now able to record super slow-motion videos at 480fps for up to 0.4 seconds. This comes in addition to the default 960fps super slow motion mode that still exists for videos being recorded in the auto mode.

To convince more people to start sharing AR Emoji messages, Samsung has now brought a plethora of customisations in the form of the new My Emoji Editor feature. With the new My Emoji Editor, users will be able to make adjustments to their hair style, skin colour, skin tone, as well as facial features like cheeks, chin, ears, and neck. “With the update, after users snap a selfie to generate their AR Emoji, they’ll be able to easily make detailed adjustments to their AR Emoji’s hair, ears, and facial features. This means that, for instance, when a child creates an AR Emoji, they’ll be able to adjust the shape of their face so that it more closely mirrors their own,” the company said in a statement while announcing the new AR Emoji update.samsung my emoji editor gadgets 360 Samsung AR Emoji update

Alongside customisations, Samsung has improved the face-tracking function of AR Emoji with a 65-percent increase in ‘landmark detector’ points. This new tweak will help your Galaxy S9 or Galaxy S9+ to track features such as your eyes and mouth more precisely. Furthermore, there is a frame rate boost to make the movements of your virtual face smoother and more natural.

 

Samsung hasn’t defined any concrete time on the release of the latest AR Emoji update. This could be a part of your Galaxy S9 handset soon, though. We were able to spot the new My Emoji Editor feature on one of our teammate’s Galaxy S9+, running build number G965FXXU2BRG6/ G965FOXM2BRG4/ G965FXXU2BRG4. The update also software and security improvements, including the July Android security update. While the changelog for this update does mention improvements to the Super Slow Motion feature, we weren’t able to spot it.

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Other users have reported on Reddit they have found a new option for recording slow motion videos. This comes in addition to the previous 960fps recording mode, bringing HD (720p) video recording at an as low frame rate as 480fps for up to 0.4 seconds. The new Super Slow Motion mode is spotted on the devices running the July security update that started rolling out last week. Moreover, it exists only for videos being recorded in the manual mode. This means you won’t be able to see its presence if you’re recording videos in the auto mode.

The arrival of the 480fps super slo-mo mode expands the window of burst shots from the previous 0.2 seconds to 0.4 seconds. This brings an edge to the Galaxy S9 family as models such as Xperia XZ Premium offers slow motion video recording at 960fps for 0.2 seconds. But in case if you don’t want to pick the new mode to dramatise your shots, you still have the original super slow motion when using the auto mode. You can also pick the regular slow motion mode and capture your clips at 240fps.

The new Super Slow Motion mode is rolling out to all Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ users alongside the July Android security patch. It will also soon reach the carrier-locked models. Similarly, we can expect the out-of-the-box arrival of the AR Emoji customisations as well as the new Super Slow Motion mode on Galaxy Note 9 that is set to be premiered on August 9.

 



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Samsung Planning to Merge Galaxy S ‘Plus’ and Galaxy Note 9 Series Over Disappointing Galaxy S9 Sales: Reports


Samsung’s mobile division has been going through a rough patch for the past few months now. Earlier this month, we saw Samsung reporting profits below estimate owing to slumping smartphone sales. With access to the absolute figures, a report claims that Samsung sold 10.2 million units of the Galaxy S9 smartphone in Q1 2018, and only about 9 million units in all of Q2. The company has also reportedly brought forward the Galaxy Note 9 event in order to compensate for this drop. Separately, the South Korean phone maker is said to have plans to merge the Galaxy S ‘Plus’ handset lineup with its Galaxy Note series.

As per a report by Korean publication The Bell, the Galaxy S9 range sold about 9 million units in Q2 2018, compared to 18.7 million units of the Galaxy S8 sold in Q2 2017. This is Samsung’s worst performance in years, as 2015 saw 19.9 million units of the Galaxy S7 being shipped in Q2 and 2016 witnessed 15.6 million shipments of the Galaxy S7 in the same quarter. First quarter performance was, however, on par with the Galaxy S7, launched around the same time, as the Galaxy S9, in 2016.

Overall sales of the Galaxy S9 in the first half of 2018, recorded at 19.2 million, were down 9.4 percent from the 21.2 million units that the Galaxy S8 sold in the first half of 2017. Ever since the launch of the Galaxy S7, H1 sales have continued to drop for the second consecutive year.

In a separate report, The Bell claimed that Samsung’s mobile division has been considering unifying the ‘Plus’ variant in the flagship Galaxy S range with the Galaxy Note lineup. This development is reported to take place soon after the Galaxy S10 launch, making the Galaxy S10+ the last one in the category.

Reasoning for this merger would be the overlapping concepts of both smartphones series in terms of what they offer. Removing the S Pen from the Galaxy Note essentially leaves us with just a similarly-sized Galaxy S Plus smartphone, with more or less the same internals. For instance, the Galaxy S9+, launched earlier this year, bears a 6.22-inch panel while the Galaxy Note 8 has a slightly bigger 6.3-inch display. Following on that, the Galaxy Note 9 is expected to bear a 6.38-inch display, while next year’s Galaxy S10+ might get a 6.4-inch one.



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Oppo Find X vs iPhone 8 vs Samsung Galaxy S9 vs OnePlus 6: Price in India, Specifications Compared


Oppo Find X has been launched as the latest handset from the Chinese manufacturer in India. With the announcement, Oppo appears to be finally taking on the other big players in the 2018 flagship party, including the handsets from Samsung and Apple. What separates the latest flagship is the introduction of a completely new design that gets rid of the display notch. It comes with a motorised slider that contains the smartphone’s cameras, helping reduce the size of the display bezels. The handset also packs several premium features.

The main highlight of the Oppo Find X is its motorised slider that hides the phone’s cameras, much like the Vivo Nex. Apart from that, Oppo has also introduced a new O-Face Recognition technology that uses 3D structured light and 15,000 dot projection for facial scanning, and is claimed to be 20 times safer than fingerprint recognition.

In this article, we take a closer look at the Oppo Find X price and specifications and compare them with its rivals such as Apple iPhone 8, Samsung Galaxy S9, and OnePlus 6, it’s primary competition in India. The OnePlus 6 offers top-end specifications like 8GB of RAM and the Snapdragon 845 SoC, at a more affordable price compared to flagships from Samsung and Sony. Meanwhile, in the Galaxy S9, Samsung had packed features such as Super Slo-Mo videos, dual-aperture in primary camera, motion detection, AR Emoji, and the Bixy Vision. While the iPhone 8 design follows the same design language as their predecessors, it sports a metal and glass bodies and comes in only two storage variants – 64GB and 256GB. Among the highlights of the new phones are wireless charging and glass back, among others.

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To see if the Oppo Find X will be able to compete with its rivals, we compare the price and specifications of the smartphones.

Oppo Find X vs iPhone 8 vs Samsung Galaxy S9 vs OnePlus 6 price in India

Oppo Find X price in India has been set at Rs. 59,990 for the 8GB of RAM and 256GB inbuilt storage variant. The phone will be available in Bordeaux Red and Ice Blue colour variants, with pre-orders starting from July 25, with sales beginning from August 3. A Rs. 3,000 Flipkart voucher will be given to those who pre-order it on Flipkart. It will become available via offline channels soon after.

 

The iPhone 8 price in India is Rs. 64,000 for the 64GB variant and Rs. 77,000 for the one with 256GB storage. However, there are several cashback and Buyback offers via online stores from Airtel and Jio.

When it comes to the Samsung Galaxy S9, the smartphone is available with a price tag of Rs. 57,900 for the 64GB storage variant, Rs. 61,900 for the 128GB variant, and Rs. 65,900 for the 256GB variant. The 64GB and 256GB variants are already available for purchase via various retail outlets, the Samsung Shop, and Flipkart in Lilac Purple, Coral Blue, and Midnight Black colour options.

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Its primary competitor will be 6GB RAM variant of the OnePlus 6, priced in India at Rs. 34,999 and the 8GB RAM/ 128GB inbuilt storage variant comes with a price tag of Rs. 39,999. Recently, OnePlus 6 with 8GB RAM/ 256GB storage in Midnight Black finish became available for purchase in India. The price in India of OnePlus 6 Midnight Black 8GB RAM, 256GB storage is Rs. 43,999.

Oppo Find X vs iPhone 8 vs Samsung Galaxy S9 vs OnePlus 6 specifications

The dual-SIM (Nano) Oppo Find X runs ColorOS 5.1 based on top of Android 8.1 Oreo out-of-the-box. It features a 6.42-inch full-HD+ (1080×2340 pixels) AMOLED panel with a 19.5:9 aspect ratio, a screen-to-body ratio of 93.8 percent, brightness of 430 nits, and pixel density of 401ppi. The handset is powered by the flagship 64-bit, octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC, which comes paired with an Adreno 630 GPU and 8GB of RAM.

The Oppo Find X bears a dual camera setup on the back. The secondary camera has a 20-megapixel sensor and the primary camera has a 16-megapixel sensor, both with f/2.0 aperture, PDAF, and LED flash. On the front, this smartphone gets a 25-megapixel selfie ‘AI 3D’ camera with the same f/2.0 aperture. Both the front and back modules are hidden under the motorised slider that opens and closes whenever the camera app is triggered. There is 256GB of storage on the India variant, not expandable via microSD card. As we mentioned, the India variant has a 3730mAh battery with VOOC fast charging, said to deliver 2 hours of talk time with 5 minutes of charging.

Connectivity options include 4G VoLTE, dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth v5.0 LE, GPS, and USB Type-C. Dimensions of the phone are 156.7×74.2×9.6mm. The weight of the Oppo Find X is about 186 grams.

The iPhone 8 offers incremental improvements over the iPhone 7. It pretty much retained the same form factor and design, but there were a few noticeable changes including new colour options – Gold, Silver, and Space Gray, improved display, 25 percent louder speakers, as well as glass front and back. The iPhone 8 also supports Qi wireless inductive charging, allowing people charge the iPhone without having to plug in a cable again. Notably, the smartphone sports a 4.7-inch display.

Apple’s iPhone 8 is powered by A11 Bionic SoC six-core processor and improved GPU, which is 30 percent more efficient than the GPU in iPhone 7. The iPhone 8 also comes with improved cameras. It has a 12-megapixel camera. Among other new capabilities, both the new iPhone models can shoot 1080p videos in 240 frames per second.

The Samsung Galaxy S9 runs Android 8.0 Oreo and sports a 5.8-inch QHD+ Curved Super AMOLED 18.5:9 display with 1440×2960 resolution. It runs Android 8 Oreo out-of-the-box. The smartphone is powered by a 10nm 64-bit octa-core SoC coupled with 4GB of RAM. In terms of optics, the Galaxy S9 sports a Super Speed Dual Pixel 12-megapixel autofocus f/1.5-f/2.4 sensor with OIS. It comes in 64/ 128/ 256GB storage options, expandable via microSD card (up to 400GB).

In terms of optics, it has a Super Speed Dual Pixel 12-megapixel autofocus f/1.5 – f/2.4 sensor with OIS and an 8-megapixel autofocus front camera f/1.7 sensor. It packs a 3000mAh battery. Connectivity options include Gigabit LTE, dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11ac, USB Type-C, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. It measures 147.7×68.7×8.5mm and weighs 163 grams.

Next up, the OnePlus 6 is also a dual-SIM (Nano) phone that runs OxygenOS 5.1 on top of Android 8.1 Oreo. It also has an Android P Beta build that is available for it now. It sports a 6.28-inch full-HD+ (1080×2280 pixels) Full Optic AMOLED display with a 19:9 aspect ratio. It is powered by a Snapdragon 845 SoC, coupled with either 6GB/ 8GB of LPDDR4X RAM.

The OnePlus 6 bears a dual rear camera setup with a primary 16-megapixel Sony IMX519 sensor and a 20-megapixel Sony IMX376K secondary sensor, complete with Slow Motion video recording (up to 480fps at 720p) dual-LED flash, OIS, EIS, and f/1.7 aperture. On the front, the OnePlus 6 bears a 16-megapixel Sony IMX371 camera with Face Unlock and Portrait Mode. Three inbuilt storage options are available – 64GB/ 128GB/ 256GB.

Connectivity options on the OnePlus 6 include 4G VoLTE, dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth v5.0, NFC, GPS/ A-GPS, a 3.5mm headphone jack, and USB Type-C. Sensors onboard the smartphone include accelerometer, ambient light sensor, compass, gyroscope, fingerprint sensor, and proximity sensor. It is powered by a 3300mAh battery, with Dash Charge support.

Oppo Find X vs OnePlus 6 vs Samsung Galaxy S9 vs Apple iPhone 8 comparison

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Ratings
Overall NDTV Rating
Design Rating
Display Rating
Software Rating
Performance Rating
Battery Life Rating
Camera Rating
Value for Money Rating
GENERAL
Release date June 2018 May 2018 March 2018 September 2017
Dimensions (mm) 156.70 x 74.30 x 9.40 155.70 x 75.40 x 7.75 147.70 x 68.70 x 8.50 138.40 x 67.30 x 7.30
Weight (g) 186.00 177.00 163.00 148.00
Battery capacity (mAh) 3730 3300 3000 1821
Removable battery No No No No
Colours Bordeaux Red, Glacier Blue Mirror Black, Midnight Black, Silk White Lilac Purple, Midnight Black, Coral Blue Silver, Space Gray, Gold
DISPLAY
Screen size (inches) 6.42 6.28 5.80 4.70
Resolution 1080×2340 pixels 1080×2280 pixels 1440×2960 pixels 750×1334 pixels
Pixels per inch (PPI) 568 326
HARDWARE
Processor 2.5GHz octa-core 2.8GHz octa-core 1.7GHz octa-core hexa-core
Processor make Snapdragon 845 SoC Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 Samsung Exynos 9810 Apple A11 Bionic
RAM 8GB 8GB 4GB 2GB
Internal storage 256GB 128GB 64GB 64GB
Expandable storage No Yes No
Expandable storage type microSD
Expandable storage up to (GB) 400
CAMERA
Rear camera 16-megapixel 16-megapixel 12-megapixel 12-megapixel
Rear Flash LED Dual LED LED Dual LED
Front camera 25-megapixel 16-megapixel 8-megapixel 7-megapixel
Front Flash No
SOFTWARE
Operating System Android 8.1 Android 8.1 Oreo Android 8.0 iOS 11
Skin Color OS 5.1 OxygenOS 5.1 Experience 9.0
CONNECTIVITY
Wi-Fi standards supported 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth Yes, v 5.00 Yes, v 5.00 Yes, v 5.00 Yes, v 5.00
Number of SIMs 2 2 2 1
NFC Yes Yes Yes
USB OTG Yes Yes No
SIM 1
SIM Type Nano-SIM Nano-SIM Nano-SIM Nano-SIM
4G/ LTE Yes Yes Yes Yes
SIM 2
SIM Type Nano-SIM Nano-SIM Nano-SIM
4G/ LTE Yes Yes
SENSORS
Compass/ Magnetometer Yes Yes Yes
Proximity sensor Yes Yes Yes
Accelerometer Yes Yes Yes
Ambient light sensor Yes Yes Yes
Gyroscope Yes Yes Yes
Barometer Yes Yes
Temperature sensor No



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