From BGR: This discounted multi-use slow cooker is so good, it’ll make John Legere jealous

T-Mobile CEO John Legere is likely best known for being so outspoken about Verizon and AT&T. In fact, he and T-Mobile are single-handedly responsible for shaking up the US wireless industry over the past few years. What you might not know about Mr. Legere unless you follow him on Twitter, however, is that he’s also a huge slower cooker enthusiast. Legere hosts what he calls “Slow Cooker Sunday” each and every week, where he shows off his latest and greatest recipe.

https://twitter.com/JohnLegere/status/967193090246156289

Want to get in on the action? Don’t tell him we said so, but the COSORI 6 Qt Programmable Multi-Cooker is even better than the model he uses, and it’s on sale right now on Amazon for just $69.99 with free Prime shipping. Grab one now while it’s on sale, and show T-Mobile’s boss who’s really boss.

Here’s some key info from the product page:

  • The latest generation multi-function kitchen appliance can be used as a Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Sauté Pan, Yogurt Maker, Steamer & Warmer. Make meals without the clutter, stress, and cleanup of multiple pots and pans
  • Features 6 smart adjustable pressure levels in a single innovative machine. It’s customizable to use with any recipe and even cooks up to 70% faster to provide the best taste and retain the most nutrients to fuel the entire family, from the oldest to the youngest
  • Unique pressure release button quickly expels pressure to protect you from hot steam. Get to your meal faster! Enjoy a shortcut that doesn’t compromise nutrition
  • 13 Micro Processor-Controlled programs: Rice, Yogurt, Soup, Porridge (Congee), Multigrain, Slow Cook, Bake, Steam, Sauté, Reheat, Poultry, Beans, Meat/Stew, Keep Warm. All the multi-cooking functions you need
  • Dishwasher-safe, food-grade stainless steel (18/8) inner pot, 3-ply stainless steel & aluminum base for strong thermal conductivity; over 40 grooves along the pot bottom ensure even heat distribution
  • ETL, CETL, FCC & FDA-approved; 9 safety mechanisms ensure safe operation for daily use by beginners or professionals;15 Multiple Cooking Modes
  • Comes fully equipped with a glass lid, extra silicone sealing ring, stainless steel steam rack, ladle, rice spoon, and measuring cup
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From BGR: How the Galaxy S9 compares to the iPhone X, Pixel 2, and more

Samsung’s Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ are finally here. The worst-kept secret in tech was made official on stage in Barcelona, which means we can finally work out which smartphone is going to win the hearts, minds, and wallets of America’s consumers this year.

Although we’re going to have to wait at least a few days to put the Galaxy S9 through some real-world comparisons with the iPhone X, for now we can stack up the Galaxy S9’s specs against its most serious competitors this year to see who will win — on paper at least.

The thing that catches my eye first is that on paper, the Galaxy S9 and iPhone X might be the most fairly matched fight between iPhone and Galaxy in years. Both devices have the same screen size, both use OLED panels of some kind with a similar pixel count, have the same base amount of storage, similar RAM, and both have dual-camera 12MP sensors set-ups. Even the battery size is close.

Of course, there’s a lot more too a phone (and especially a camera) than the megapixel count, which is why the real-world testing is going to be more important than ever this year. Our reviewer was “completely blown away” by the Galaxy S9’s camera during the short hands-on earlier this week, so hopefully this is going to be a good battle.

Most of the other differences between the Galaxy S9 and iPhone X come down to a matter of personal preference. The Galaxy S9 keeps that fingerprint sensor on the rear side, while the iPhone X ditched fingerprints in favor of the Face ID system. The Galaxy S9 keeps the microSD port, and oh yeah, it also has a headphone jack.

Full details on the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+’s specs are below:

Samsung Galaxy S9 Specs

  • OS: Android 8 (Oreo)
  • Display: 5.8-inch Quad HD + Curved Super AMOLED, 18.5:9 (529ppi)
  • Body: 147.7mm x 68.7mm x 8.5mm, 163g, IP68
  • Rear Camera: Super Speed Dual Pixel 12MP AF sensor with OIS (F1.5/F2.4)
  • Front Camera: 8MP AF (F1.7)
  • Application Processor: 10nm, 64-bit, Octa-core processor (2.8 GHz Quad + 1.7 GHz Quad)
  • Memory: 4GB RAM / 64GB + Micro SD Slot (up to 400 GB)
  • Battery: 3,000mAh
  • Charging: Fast Wired Charging compatible with QC 2.0 / Fast Wireless Charging compatible with WPC and PMA
  • Network: Enhanced 4X4 MIMO / CA, LAA, LTE Cat.18
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4/5GHz), VHT80 MU-MIMO, 1024QAM, Bluetooth® v 5.0 (LE up to 2Mbps), ANT+, USB type-C, NFC, Location (GPS, Galileo, Glonass, BeiDou)
  • Payment: NFC, MST
  • Sensors: Iris sensor, Pressure sensor, Accelerometer, Barometer, Fingerprint sensor, Gyro sensor, Geomagnetic sensor, Hall sensor, HR sensor, Proximity sensor, RGB Light sensor
  • Authentication: Lock type: pattern, PIN, password
  • Biometric lock type: iris scanner, fingerprint scanner, face recognition
  • Intelligent Scan: biometric authentication with iris scanning and facial recognition
  • Audio: Stereo speakers tuned by AKG, Dolby Atmos enabled surround sound
  • Audio playback format: MP3, M4A, 3GA, AAC, OGG, OGA, WAV, WMA, AMR, AWB, FLAC, MID, MIDI, XMF, MXMF, IMY, RTTTL, RTX, OTA, APE, DSF, DFF
  • Video: MP4, M4V, 3GP, 3G2, WMV, ASF, AVI, FLV, MKV, WEBM
  • Virtual Reality: Gear VR with Controller (SM-R325NZVAXAR), Google Daydream View

Samsung Galaxy S9+ Specs

  • OS: Android 8 (Oreo)
  • Display: 6.2-inch Quad HD + Curved Super AMOLED, 18.5:9 (570ppi)
  • Body: 158.1mm x 73.8mm x 8.5mm, 189g, IP68
  • Rear Camera: Dual Camera with Dual OIS / Wide-angle: Super Speed Dual Pixel 12MP AF sensor (F1.5/F2.4), Telephoto: 12MP AF sensor (F2.4)
  • Front Camera: 8MP AF (F1.7)
  • Application Processor: 10nm, 64-bit, Octa-core processor (2.8 GHz Quad + 1.7 GHz Quad)
  • Memory: 6GB RAM / 64GB + Micro SD Slot (up to 400 GB)
  • Battery: 3,500mAh
  • Charging: Fast Wired Charging compatible with QC 2.0 / Fast Wireless Charging compatible with WPC and PMA
  • Network: Enhanced 4X4 MIMO / CA, LAA, LTE Cat.18
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4/5GHz), VHT80 MU-MIMO, 1024QAM, Bluetooth® v 5.0 (LE up to 2Mbps), ANT+, USB type-C, NFC, Location (GPS, Galileo, Glonass, BeiDou)
  • Payment: NFC, MST
  • Sensors: Iris sensor, Pressure sensor, Accelerometer, Barometer, Fingerprint sensor, Gyro sensor, Geomagnetic sensor, Hall sensor, HR sensor, Proximity sensor, RGB Light sensor
  • Authentication: Lock type: pattern, PIN, password
  • Biometric lock type: iris scanner, fingerprint scanner, face recognition
  • Intelligent Scan: biometric authentication with iris scanning and facial recognition
  • Audio: Stereo speakers tuned by AKG, Dolby Atmos enabled surround sound
  • Audio playback format: MP3, M4A, 3GA, AAC, OGG, OGA, WAV, WMA, AMR, AWB, FLAC, MID, MIDI, XMF, MXMF, IMY, RTTTL, RTX, OTA, APE, DSF, DFF
  • Video: MP4, M4V, 3GP, 3G2, WMV, ASF, AVI, FLV, MKV, WEBM
  • Virtual Reality: Gear VR with Controller (SM-R325NZVAXAR), Google Daydream View
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From BGR: Where to preorder the Galaxy S9: Best pricing and deals

Samsung’s Galaxy S9 is finally official, so now all that remains is to actually buy it. We all knew that the Galaxy S9 was going to be expensive — that was pretty much a given as soon as Apple charged $999 for its new flagship — but the interesting thing about the Galaxy S9 pricing is the spread of prices we’re seeing. Some carriers are charging far more for the Galaxy S9 than competitors, and the number of preorder deals on offer just makes it more complicated to work out where the best value is.

First, you have to decide if you’re going to buy the device up-front or on an installment plan. All four carriers are offering plans that spread the cost of the Galaxy S9 out over two years, making it easier to afford. Unlike a loan or old carrier installment plans, these kind of deals don’t have any early termination fees or interest. You pay the full retail price, spread out over 24 monthly payments; if you leave early, you just have to pay off the balance of the device. The only exception is if you’re taking an advantage of a special promotion that lowers the price via bill credits, since in that case, leaving early normally means forgoing any future bill credits.

Whichever way you decide to go, we’ve got all the details about the pricing and best deals on the Galaxy S9 preorders down below. Just remember: Preorders open on Friday, March 2nd from all these retailers, so you’ve still got time to make your mind up.

Samsung

The most obvious way to buy the Galaxy S9 or Galaxy S9+ is direct from Samsung. The unlocked Galaxy S9 will cost $719.99, or $30 per month for 24 month. The unlocked Galaxy S9+ will cost $839.99, or $35 per month for 24 months. Samsung is clearly trying to cut into the turf of carriers here, as manufacturers aren’t typically the ones to offer installment plans.

Samsung’s headline preorder deal is being offered by virtually everyone who is selling the Galaxy S9, but that doesn’t mean it’s a bad deal. You can get up to $350 off the Galaxy S9 or Galaxy S9+ with an eligible trade-in, and the values that Samsung is offering (especially for older phones) is above the third-party resale value. If you’re going for a straight one-for-one upgrade, particularly from a device that’s two or three years old, the trade-in offer is a no-brainer.

Best Buy

Best Buy’s preorders will open on Friday, March 2nd, and Best Buy has a big headline offer to try and entice customers. Best Buy customers save $100 when preordering on a Verizon, AT&T or Sprint plan, on top of saving up to $350 when trading in a qualified smartphone. That’s total savings of $450, although as we note below, Verizon and AT&T are charging significantly more than Samsung for the device, so assuming Best Buy is using Verizon and AT&T’s pricing, the savings compared to buying from Samsung are not as great as it might seem.

Best Buy will also be selling the unlocked Galaxy S9 on launch day, and we assume that the pricing will match Samsung: $719.99 for the Galaxy S9, and $839.99 for the Galaxy S9+.

T-Mobile

T-Mobile’s pricing matches Samsung’s: $719.99 for the Galaxy S9, and $839.99 for the Galaxy S9+. The Galaxy S9 is available from T-Mobile in Midnight Black, Lilac Purple or Coral Blue for $30 per month on the T-Mobile Equipment Installment Plan, with the larger Galaxy S9+ also available for preorder in the same colors for the same $30 per month. The only difference is that Galaxy S9+ customers will pay a $120 down payment on the device, which covers the difference in retail pricing between the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+.

The network is also bettering Samsung’s trade-in offer. Customers can get $360 or $200 off the Galaxy S9 or Galaxy S9+ when they trade in a qualifying device, with the payout depending on how new or expensive your phone is:

$360 off:

  • GS8
  • GS8+
  • GS8 Active
  • GS7
  • GS7 edge
  • GS7 Active
  • Note 8
  • iPhone 8
  • iPhone 8+
  • iPhone 7
  • iPhone 7+
  • iPhone 6s
  • iPhone 6s+
  • LG V30
  • LG V30+

$200 off:

  • GS4
  • GS5
  • GS6
  • GS6 edge
  • GS6 edge+
  • GS6 active
  • Note 4
  • Note 5
  • iPhone 5s
  • iPhone SE
  • iPhone 6
  • iPhone 6+
  • LG V20
  • LG G6
  • LG G5

T-Mobile is also offering the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ on its Jump On Demand lease program. Under the terms of that arrangement, you lease the device for 18 months, but you can upgrade or change devices once every 30 days. Unlike an Equipment Installment Program, you just lease the device from T-Mobile, rather than buying it. If T-Mobile customers want to lease the Galaxy S9 or S9+ on Jump! On Demand, they’ll pay the $20 Upgrade Support Charge. For the Galaxy S9, the down payment for well-qualified customers would be $0 and then $30 each month. For the Galaxy S9+, the down payment for well-qualified customers would be $120 and then $30 each month.

AT&T

Just like T-Mobile, AT&T is offering the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ on an installment plan, although its plan (called AT&T Next) spreads the cost over 30 months. The monthly cost is lower than T-Mobile or Samsung’s installment plans ( Galaxy S9 for $26.34 per month, or the Galaxy S9+ for $30.50 per month), but the total cost ends up being significantly higher than Samsung’s retail price, or what T-Mobile is charging.

For the Galaxy S9, the total cost works out to $790, while the Galaxy S9+ works out to $915. Compared to the standard retail prices of $720 or $840, that’s a big difference.

Verizon

Verizon is also inflating the price compared to Samsung or T-Mobile, but it’s doing so over 24 months, rather than 30 months like AT&T. The Galaxy S9 is $33.33 per month for 24 months ($799.99 retail price; 0% APR) and the Galaxy S9+ is $38.74 per month for 24 months ($929.99 retail price; 0% APR).

Verizon is also matching Samsung’s $350 trade-in offer, although the list of eligible smartphones looks a tiny bit different to T-Mobile:

$350 credit – Apple: iPhone X, 8, 8 Plus; Samsung: GS8, GS8+, Note8

$300 credit – Apple: iPhone 7, 7 Plus, 6S, 6S Plus; Google: Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL; LG: G6, V30; Motorola: Z2 Force, Z Force; Samsung: GS7, GS7 Edge, GS7 Active

$200 credit – Apple: iPhone 6, 6 Plus; HTC: 10; LG: G5, V20; Motorola: Z Droid, Z2 Play; Samsung: GS6, GS6 edge, GS6 edge+, GS6 Active, Note 5

$100 credit – Apple: iPhone SE; HTC: M9, M9+; LG: G4, V10; Motorola: Z Play, Turbo 2; Samsung: GS5, Note 4, Note Edge

Xfinity Mobile

Comcast’s wireless division will have its own deal on the Galaxy S9, with a mix between a new line bonus and a trade-in bonus. You get a $250 prepaid card for every new line activated with a Samsung device, plus $200 for any qualified trade-in. There are no details on which trade-ins qualify yet.

US Cellular

US Cellular’s deal looks good from the headlines: $350 off with a trade-in, just like Samsung, but $250 off the Galaxy S9 or Galaxy S9+ even without a trade-in. However, there’s a bunch of small print attached. The device has to be paid over 30 months on an installment plan, you need to be on US Cellular’s Total Plan with unlimited data, and you need to either activate a new line, or be eligible for an upgrade. ON top of all that, you also have to get US Cellular’s Device Protection+ program.

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From BGR: Galaxy S9 specs: Full specifications for Samsung’s Galaxy S9 and S9+

It won’t exactly come as much of a surprise to any technology enthusiasts who have been paying attention for the past few months, but Samsung on Sunday finally announced its hot new Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ flagship phones. Long story short, they’re exactly what we were expecting, but nothing like what we expected.

Confused? Here’s what we mean: images, specs, pricing, and everything else there is to know about the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ has leaked extensively over the past few months, so none of this came as a surprise. We even knew that Samsung’s new cameras on the Galaxy S9 and S9+ were going to be among the best we’ve ever seen. But now that the phones are official and we’ve spent some time with them, we can state conclusively that the complete package is far more impressive than what we were expecting from all the leaks. The S9 and S9+ might look like their predecessors from afar, but they’re nothing like the S8 and S8+ once you actually use them.

We gave you all of the high-level Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ details in our main announcement post covering the new phones, and then we went hands-on with both new phones to give you a deeper dive. Of course, not everyone is happy with simply glancing over the phones’ key specs, as we did in those earlier articles. So with that in mind, we’ve put together the ultimate post containing every last specification you could possibly want to know.

Samsung Galaxy S9 Specs

  • OS: Android 8 (Oreo)
  • Display: 5.8-inch Quad HD + Curved Super AMOLED, 18.5:9 (529ppi)
  • Body: 147.7mm x 68.7mm x 8.5mm, 163g, IP68
  • Rear Camera: Super Speed Dual Pixel 12MP AF sensor with OIS (F1.5/F2.4)
  • Front Camera: 8MP AF (F1.7)
  • Application Processor: 10nm, 64-bit, Octa-core processor (2.8 GHz Quad + 1.7 GHz Quad)
  • Memory: 4GB RAM / 64GB + Micro SD Slot (up to 400 GB)
  • Battery: 3,000mAh
  • Charging: Fast Wired Charging compatible with QC 2.0 / Fast Wireless Charging compatible with WPC and PMA
  • Network: Enhanced 4X4 MIMO / CA, LAA, LTE Cat.18
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4/5GHz), VHT80 MU-MIMO, 1024QAM, Bluetooth® v 5.0 (LE up to 2Mbps), ANT+, USB type-C, NFC, Location (GPS, Galileo, Glonass, BeiDou)
  • Payment: NFC, MST
  • Sensors: Iris sensor, Pressure sensor, Accelerometer, Barometer, Fingerprint sensor, Gyro sensor, Geomagnetic sensor, Hall sensor, HR sensor, Proximity sensor, RGB Light sensor
  • Authentication: Lock type: pattern, PIN, password
  • Biometric lock type: iris scanner, fingerprint scanner, face recognition
  • Intelligent Scan: biometric authentication with iris scanning and facial recognition
  • Audio: Stereo speakers tuned by AKG, Dolby Atmos enabled surround sound
  • Audio playback format: MP3, M4A, 3GA, AAC, OGG, OGA, WAV, WMA, AMR, AWB, FLAC, MID, MIDI, XMF, MXMF, IMY, RTTTL, RTX, OTA, APE, DSF, DFF
  • Video: MP4, M4V, 3GP, 3G2, WMV, ASF, AVI, FLV, MKV, WEBM
  • Virtual Reality: Gear VR with Controller (SM-R325NZVAXAR), Google Daydream View

Samsung Galaxy S9+ Specs

  • OS: Android 8 (Oreo)
  • Display: 6.2-inch Quad HD + Curved Super AMOLED, 18.5:9 (570ppi)
  • Body: 158.1mm x 73.8mm x 8.5mm, 189g, IP68
  • Rear Camera: Dual Camera with Dual OIS / Wide-angle: Super Speed Dual Pixel 12MP AF sensor (F1.5/F2.4), Telephoto: 12MP AF sensor (F2.4)
  • Front Camera: 8MP AF (F1.7)
  • Application Processor: 10nm, 64-bit, Octa-core processor (2.8 GHz Quad + 1.7 GHz Quad)
  • Memory: 6GB RAM / 64GB + Micro SD Slot (up to 400 GB)
  • Battery: 3,500mAh
  • Charging: Fast Wired Charging compatible with QC 2.0 / Fast Wireless Charging compatible with WPC and PMA
  • Network: Enhanced 4X4 MIMO / CA, LAA, LTE Cat.18
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4/5GHz), VHT80 MU-MIMO, 1024QAM, Bluetooth® v 5.0 (LE up to 2Mbps), ANT+, USB type-C, NFC, Location (GPS, Galileo, Glonass, BeiDou)
  • Payment: NFC, MST
  • Sensors: Iris sensor, Pressure sensor, Accelerometer, Barometer, Fingerprint sensor, Gyro sensor, Geomagnetic sensor, Hall sensor, HR sensor, Proximity sensor, RGB Light sensor
  • Authentication: Lock type: pattern, PIN, password
  • Biometric lock type: iris scanner, fingerprint scanner, face recognition
  • Intelligent Scan: biometric authentication with iris scanning and facial recognition
  • Audio: Stereo speakers tuned by AKG, Dolby Atmos enabled surround sound
  • Audio playback format: MP3, M4A, 3GA, AAC, OGG, OGA, WAV, WMA, AMR, AWB, FLAC, MID, MIDI, XMF, MXMF, IMY, RTTTL, RTX, OTA, APE, DSF, DFF
  • Video: MP4, M4V, 3GP, 3G2, WMV, ASF, AVI, FLV, MKV, WEBM
  • Virtual Reality: Gear VR with Controller (SM-R325NZVAXAR), Google Daydream View
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From BGR: Hands-on: Every last detail leaked, but Samsung’s Galaxy S9 still blew me away

Samsung on Sunday finally took the wraps off of its next-generation flagship smartphones, the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+. Of course, the release date, specs, and even pricing of these hotly anticipated new Android handsets were already common knowledge among smartphone enthusiasts. In fact, we can’t think of any other Android phones that have ever leaked more extensively, with every last detail having been revealed well ahead of Samsung’s Unpacked press conference on Sunday.

MWC 2018 is just getting underway and there are plenty of big announcements that will be made over the course of the next few days. BGR is on the ground in Barcelona to cover them all, but truth be told, the stars of the show this year are now behind us. No upcoming announcements have managed to garner even a small fraction of the buzz that Samsung’s new Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ have surrounding their unveiling. And while we don’t yet know everything planned for this year’s MWC, we can still safely say that nothing set to debut at the show will be anywhere near as impressive as what Samsung has managed to put together with its new Galaxy S flagship phones.

Though the phones are just now being made official, I got to spend some time with Samsung’s Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ last week. Forget everything you thought you knew based on all the rumors and leaks, because they never paint a truly complete picture. These new flagship phones are going to blow your mind.

First things first: The Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ are not “S” upgrades, as had been rumored. This of course refers to Apple’s practice of releasing iPhones with nearly identical designs in successive years. This has changed a bit in recent history since Apple decided to use its iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus designs for four consecutive years, but you get the idea.

Samsung’s new Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ are unmistakably similar in design, but they are not identical, as had been reported. In fact, the differences are quite pronounced. This year’s flagship Galaxy S phones sport a design that is clearly iterative, but there are a number of key differences. The bezels around the gorgeous Super AMOLED displays have been made smaller, the new 7000 series aluminum is stronger, and the glass is 20% thicker to increase durability. The phones are also not the same sizes as last year’s models — both the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ are slightly shorter and narrower than the models they replace, but also slightly thicker.

The end result is two phones that are far more sleek and refined than their predecessors. If you’ve ever held a Galaxy S8 or a Galaxy S8+ in your hand, you know that’s saying a lot.

Inside, Samsung has upgraded nearly everything that can be upgraded. In the United States, the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ are powered by an octa-core Snapdragon 845 chipset. This 10nm chip includes a 2.8GHz quad-core processor for heavy lifting as well as a 1.7GHz quad-core processor for lower power consumption during normal operation. The industry-leading Super AMOLED displays have been upgraded as well. The sizes are the same — 5.8 inches for the Galaxy S9 and 6.2 inches for the Galaxy S9+ — but the screens are significantly brighter than they were on last year’s models.

Both phones come in 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB sizes with microSDXC support, but they have different amounts of RAM and different rear cameras. The smaller Galaxy S9 comes with 4GB of RAM and a single-lens camera, while the larger Galaxy S9+ has 6GB of RAM and a dual-lens rear camera.

Let’s take about those cameras for a moment, shall we? Wow. Just, wow.

There has been plenty of chatter about the camera upgrades Samsung made to its new flagship phones, but nothing can prepare fully prepare you from what Samsung has achieved with its Galaxy S9 camera. It’s incredible. I only spent a few hours with the S9 and S9+ so I’ll reserve most of my thoughts for BGR’s full review. In that short amount of time, however, I was completely blown away by what I saw.

Samsung calls its new camera a “Super Speed Dual Pixel” camera and as the name suggests, it’s much faster than the Dual Pixel camera Samsung introduced on the Galaxy S7 and then reused on the Note 7, S8, S8+, and Note 8. The new Super Speed version is better in literally every possible way, but it also introduces some impressive new technology.

First, the camera on Samsung’s Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ has dual apertures, which is a first in the smartphone industry. When shooting a scene with ample lighting, the camera uses an f/2.4 aperture. In low light, however, it switches to a wide f/1.5 aperture to let in as much light as possible (the user can also manually select which aperture size to use in the camera’s Pro mode). Beyond that, Samsung’s new Super Speed Dual Pixel camera has a dedicated DRAM chip, which means image data is processed right at the sensor rather than by the phone’s main RAM.

All that is well and good, but what does it mean for you, the user? It means dramatic quality improvements for low-light photography thanks to the wider aperture, and crisper photos with far less noise in any lighting situation. Of note, the Galaxy S9+ includes a second 12-megapixel telephoto lens in addition to the main 12-megapixel wide-angle lens, adding two features that the smaller S9 doesn’t have: Optical zoom and a “bokeh” background blurring effect.

Samsung’s Super Speed Dual Pixel camera also brings dramatic improvements to videos as well, and the star of the show is the Galaxy S9’s new “Super Slow-mo” camera feature. According to Samsung, slow mo was the most used camera mode on its Galaxy S8 phones aside from the standard camera mode, so it spent a ton of time enhancing slow motion on the Galaxy S9 and S9+.

Super Slow-mo on the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ can be captured with frame rates as high as 960 fps in 720p HD resolution, and it looks absolutely incredible. Don’t worry, we’ll have samples in our full review. Beyond the clarity of slow mo and the smoothness when shooting at such a high frame rate, there’s also a cool mode that automatically switches from standard video capture to Super Slow-mo when motion is detected within an outlined area in the frame. This way you can capture normal footage so you don’t miss anything, and you’ll automatically get great slow mo footage when the action starts.

Finally, these new phones offer Samsung’s twist on Apple’s Animoji from the iPhone X, as had been rumored. The feature is called AR Emoji on the Galaxy S9 and S9+, and there are a number of different characters you can select that will mimic your mouth and facial expressions as you talk.

Samsung has also added Snapchat-like filters to its new camera app, as well as a nifty feature that had been rumored for the iPhone X before it launched. Instead of only selecting different AR Emoji from Samsung’s stable of characters, you can scan your face and have the phone turn you into an emoji. Then you can record animations with your own emoji, or there are dozens of graphics that are created automatically, similar to Bitmoji but with little animations.

I’ll dive much, much deeper into Samsung’s new Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ once I get my hands on review units. In the meantime, both new phones will be made available for preorder beginning March 2nd, and every major carrier in the US will sell them. Preorders will ship on Friday, March 16th, which is also when the phones will be released in stores.

Pricing varies by carrier, but Samsung will sell unlocked models directly to users, with financing options available. The unlocked Galaxy S9 will cost $719.99 or $30 per month for 24 months if financed, and the unlocked Galaxy S9+ will be available for $839.99 or $35 per month for 24 months.

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From BGR: The wait is finally over: Samsung unveils its Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ flagship phones

MWC 2018 doesn’t officially begin until tomorrow, but the biggest announcement from this year’s show is already behind us. Samsung on Sunday finally announced its hotly anticipated new flagship smartphones, the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ during a press conference at the show in Barcelona, Spain. Samsung’s new flagship handsets are by far the most impressive smartphones the company has ever created. In fact in several ways, the Galaxy S9 and S9+ are the most impressive smartphones the world has ever seen.

Leaks and rumors in the months leading up to Sunday’s announcement left precious little to the imagination. But now that the phones are official, it’s time to check out exactly what Samsung has in store for high-end smartphone shoppers in the first half of 2018.

As has been the case for several years in a row now, just about everything that leaked ahead of Samsung’s big announcement turned out to be accurate. The broad theme surrounding the phones was way off base, though. Leading up to today’s big unveiling, most people believed that this year’s Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ would be practically identical to last year’s Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+. As it turns out, that isn’t the case at all.

The Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ might not be ground-up redesigns, but they’re also not at all an “S” update like the iPhones Apple releases every other year. The S9 and S9+ are new phones with updated designs and updated materials in addition to the new components contained within them. The glass on the front and back of the S9 and S9+ is 20% thicker to increase durability, the midframe is now stronger 7000 series aluminum, and the phones are both shorter, narrower, and slightly thicker than the 2017 models they replace.

In the United States, Samsung’s Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ are powered by a 10nm Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset that includes a 2.8GHz quad-core processor and a 1.7GHz quad-core processor. The smaller Galaxy S9 features a 5.8-inch Super AMOLED display, 4GB of RAM, and a 3,000 mAh battery while the larger Galaxy S9+ sports a 6.2-inch Super AMOLED screen, 6GB of RAM, and a 3,500 mAh battery. Other than size, the only other difference between the two phones is the dual-lens camera on the phablet model. Both phones feature a wide-angle 12-megapixel Super Speed Dual Pixel rear sensor with OIS and dual apertures, but the Galaxy S9+ adds a telephoto 12-megapixel sensor as well that facilitates optical zoom and background blurring effects.

The cameras on Samsung’s new Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ completely steal the show.

“The way we use our smartphones has changed as communication and self-expression has evolved,” said Samsung Electronics mobile boss DJ Koh in a statement. “With the Galaxy S9 and S9+, we have reimagined the smartphone camera. Not only does the Galaxy S9 and S9+ enable consumers to shoot the best photos and videos anywhere, it’s a smartphone that’s designed to help them connect to others and express themselves in a way that’s unique and personal to them.”

On paper, Samsung’s new Super Speed Dual Pixel camera is completely unmatched among rival smartphones. This marks the first major camera upgrade on Samsung’s flagship phones since the company introduced the Dual Pixel camera on its Galaxy S7 in 2016. The same camera was then used on the Galaxy Note 7, the Galaxy S8, the Galaxy S8+, and the Galaxy Note 8.

The new Super Speed Dual Pixel camera is the first smartphone camera ever two feature dual apertures. One is an f/2.4 aperture for shooting well-lit scenes, and the second is a wider f/1.7 aperture for dramatically improved low-light photography. The Super Speed Dual Pixel also has a DRAM chip right on the sensor, so photo data can be processed instantly without having to be sent to the phone’s main RAM.

Samsung has introduced several new camera features on the Galaxy S9 and S9+, but there are two that are of particular interest. The first is Super Slow-mo, which allows users to capture incredible slow motion video at 960 fps. There’s also an associated Motion Detection feature that detects movement in a predefined area within the frame and automatically begins shooting in Super Slow-mo. Background music is also automatically added to slow motion footage, though users can manually change the background music if they desire; Samsung includes 35 different songs, or the user can select music from his or her library.

The second big new camera feature is AR Emoji, which is Samsung’s answer to Animoji on Apple’s iPhone X. Samsung describes AR Emoji as follows:

Samsung lets users create an emoji that looks, sounds and acts just like them. AR Emoji uses a data-based machine learning algorithm, which analyzes a 2D image of the user and maps out more than 100 facial features to create a 3D model that reflects and imitates expressions, like winks and nods, for true personalization. AR Emoji uses a standard AGIF file format, so users can share their emojis across most third-party messaging platforms.

In addition to a selection of 3D characters, a user can also scan his or her face to create a personalized animated 3D emoji that can then be used to create talking GIFs. The phone also automatically generates 18 different scenes reminiscent of Bitmojis, but with animations.

Samsung’s new Galaxy S9 and S9+ are packed full of additional new features, such as Cat. 18 LTE support up to 1.2 Gbps, Bluetooth 5.0, iris scanners, 2D facial recognition, rear-mounted fingerprint sensors, IP68 dust- and water-resistance, 8-megapixel front-facing selfie cameras, Android 8.0 Oreo, enhanced Desktop Experience features to go along with Samsung’s new DeX Pad accessory that lets the phone double as a trackpad so you don’t need a separate mouse, and more.

The Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ will be available for preorder beginning March 2nd on every major US carrier, and there will be three available colors: Lilac Purple, Midnight Black, and Coral Blue. Pricing from carriers will vary, with announcements expected from all major carriers later on Sunday. Those who preorder either model will be eligible to save up to $350 when they trade in a qualifying smartphone. More information is available on Samsung’s website.

Samsung will then release the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ on Friday, March 16th. Pricing will vary depending on which carrier you buy it from, or Samsung will sell unlocked versions of both models directly. The unlocked Galaxy S9 will cost $719.99, or $30 per month for 24 month. The unlocked Galaxy S9+ will cost $839.99, or $35 per month for 24 months.

Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ Specs

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From BGR: LIVE COVERAGE: Watch right here as Samsung unveils the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+

The most important press conference of MWC 2018 is about to start, and we all know what Samsung is planning to unveil: The “boring� but still very exciting Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ smartphones.

The Galaxy S line returns to MWC after a year of absence, although we don’t expect any surprises from Samsung at Mobile World Congress here In Barcelona, Spain. Every little Galaxy S9 detail has already leaked over the past few months. The best leaks then came in the weeks preceding Samsung’s Galaxy S9 keynote, leading right up to yesterday’s huge leak that showed the Galaxy S9 and S9+ being used in the wild in more than half a dozen photos.

In what’s about to follow, Samsung will likely confirm most or even all of these rumors, though we sort of hope that Samsung still managed to hold a few surprises back for the actual show.

Shoppers who always want something new from smartphone makers might not be happy with the Galaxy S9 — hence the “boring” comment. The phone is basically the “Sâ€� generation of the Galaxy S8. In my book, however, that’s not a bad thing. iPhone “Sâ€� generations always to improve the overall experience offered by the previous year’s models, and I’d always choose the iPhone S over its predecessor.

The Galaxy S9 should be better than the Galaxy S8 in almost every conceivable way. We’re looking at the same great all-screen design, better hardware, and a new camera experience. In fact, the camera might be the main selling point of the phone, according to reports. Oh, and the fingerprint situation has been fixed and the sensor has been centered on the back of both phones.

One of the annoying things about the Galaxy S9 is that it won’t have a dual-lens camera like the larger Galaxy S9+. Of course, we all saw this movie when it premiered two years ago. Apple’s iPhone 7 Plus featured dual cameras on the back while the iPhone 7 did not. This trick helped Apple make more money by encouraging users to buy more expensive phones with better margins, and Samsung wants in on that action.

Will Samsung announce anything else at the show? Yes, that’s certainly a possibility. Not that we really care about anything other than the Galaxy S9 right now. Watch the entire event in the video live-stream below, and you can follow along with our live blog beneath the video.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8GdA4z9G4Qg

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From BGR: ZTE just announced three new smartphones, including its first Android Go device

Chinese smartphone manufacturer ZTE just announced a trio of new budget-minded smartphones at MWC 2018. The company revealed the all-new Blade V9, Blade V9 Vita, and Tempo Go, with price points of € 269, € 179, and $79.99, respectively. The new smartphones are more or less in line with the incremental upgrades that ZTE has been rolling out to its smartphone lineup in recent years, but let’s take a closer look.

The ZTE Blade V9, pictured above, is the most capable of the devices being revealed today, sporting a 5.7 inch display powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 450, a 16MP+5MP dual lens rear camera, and two memory/storage configuration options. The model with 3GB of RAM comes with 32GB of built-in storage, while the 4GB version has 64GB. There’s also support for a MicroSD card for further expansion, and the phone comes with Android 8.1 Oreo pre-installed.

The Blade V9 Vita is a slightly smaller version of the V9, with similar but more modest specs. It’s built on the Snapdragon 435 platform and features a 5.45 inch display, 13MP+2MP dual lens camera, and memory/storage options of 2GB/16GM and 3GB/32GB. Like its bigger brother, it also comes with Android 8.1 by default. Both the Blade 9 and Blade 9 Vita will come in a variety of colors, and both are being launched in Spain, Germany, Russia, Mexico, and China.

The $79.99 ZTE Tempo Go lands on the more extreme end of the budget spectrum, and its specs match its price. With a 1.1 GHz processor, 5.0 inch display at a resolution of 480 by 854, and a 5MP rear camera, it’s not exactly a powerhouse. It comes with 1GB of RAM and 8GB of storage, with support for MicroSD. It comes with Android Go, which is Google’s new mobile OS spin-off for entry-level smartphones. However, unlike the Blade V9 phones, the Tempo Go will be available in the US and abroad, unlocked.

It goes without saying, but none of these devices are flagships, nor are they designed to be. Like many of the newer Chinese smartphone makers, ZTE has made a name for itself with solid, if underwhelming, hardware at incredibly low prices, and all three of these new devices follow that trend closely.

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From BGR: Nokia just released four brand-new Android phones, here’s everything you need to know

Although the big Android smartphone news from MWC is expected to be you-know-what from you-know-who, Nokia isn’t going to let Samsung enjoy all the free publicity unchallenged. HMD Global, the Finnish company that now produces Android smartphones under the Nokia name, has announced four new Android phones, and they’re all actually worth a look.

The Nokia 9, Nokia 8 Pro, Nokia 7 Plus and Nokia 4 probably aren’t going to set any Android sales records, but it’s also good to see HMD Global sticking with the best parts about Nokia’s design, rather than just build yet another series of identikit phones.

Nokia 8110 4G

Last year, HMD Global had a surprise win at MWC when it revealed the Nokai 3310 4G, a reimagined version of Nokia’s classic candybar featurephone that worked with modern cell networks.

This year, the company is doubling down on nostalgia with the Nokia 8110 4G, a more up-to-date version of Nokia’s classic banana phone. It has a curved design that “matches your face,” according to HMD’s execs, and comes in yellow or black. There’s a 2MP camera on the back, 4GB of storage inside, and a Snake game in case you get bored. It will cost around $80 when it launches in May.

Nokia 8 Sirocco

While the rest of Nokia’s new lineup goes with a milled aluminium approach, the Nokia 8 Sirocco goes a very different way for its construction. It has a milled stainless steel core down the middle, sandwiched on both sides by curved Gorilla Glass. That makes it 7mm thick at the chunkiest point, slimming down to 2mm around the edges. The design is also IP67 water-resistant, like most other flagship phones at this point.

Inside, you’re looking at 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, but all that will cost you dearly: 749 Euros, which should translate to around $900 when the phone is released in April.

Nokia 7 Plus

The Nokia 7 Plus also shows off HMD Global’s very different approach to design. It’s a unibody aluminium design, but it eschews the normal bare metal feel, as the back is coated with a ceramic paint that gives a smoother texture that should be more comfortable to hold. The sides of the device are anodized aluminum, which gives a contrasting two-tone look to the design.

On the front, there’s a 6-inch screen with an 18:9 ratio that should be good for photography, although not the best for watching movies. Camera-wise, the Nokia 7 Plus has two cameras on the back (one regular, one telephoto) and the selfie camera on the front that you’d expect. All the camera glass is made by Zeiss, and HMD is also promising a whole bunch of software tricks to make the photos good.

Back when Nokia made Windows Phones, it used Zeiss optics to make the cameras some of the best that you could buy. Although the mobile camera game has changed significantly from 5 years ago, we can still hope that HMD’s hook-up with Zeiss will yield the same kind of high-quality photography experience.

The Nokia 7 Plus will be available in April for around $450.

Nokia 6

No, you’re not dreaming: Nokia does already have a Nokia 6, but it’s been updated this year with a fresh design and some internal changes. It has a two-tone all-metal design, a dual-lens camera setup, facial recognition, and and a Snapdragon 630 internal processor. There’s also wireless charging onboard.

With the exception of the distinctly mid-tier processor, that’s a whole bunch of features that have no place being in a mid-level phone, especially one that looks this good.

Gold, black copper, and two-tone white are the three colors that will be available at launch in April. The price should be somewhere around $300, making it highly competitive as a mid-tier device.

Nokia 1

The Nokia 1 costs nearly the same as the new Nokia 8110 4G, but it’s less about nostalgia, and more about cramming as many features of a real Android phone into the cheapest possible body. It will cost just $85 when it launches around the world in April, and for that you’re getting 1GB of RAM, 8GB of storage, and some kind of HD display. There’s also a bunch of colored backers available if you want to switch up the design.

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From BGR: Forget the phones at MWC 2018, pick up the all-screen LG Q6 on Amazon for just $160

MWC 2018 is just getting underway, and we expect plenty of big announcements from the show this year. The Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ will obviously be the stars of the show, and we’re also expecting some great premium smartphones, tablets, and laptops from other companies in Barcelona. You know what all of the best new devices that’ll be unveiled at MWC 2018 will have in common? They’re all going to be really, really expensive.

If you want an awesome new smartphone with a trendy all-screen design, solid specs, and a price tag that won’t leave you broke, you’ve got to check out Amazon’s deal of the day on Sunday. You can score a Prime Exclusive version (without ads!) of the LG Q6 (32GB, Platinum Color, Factory Unlocked) for just $159.99 with no contract! That’s a fraction of what you’ll pay if you wait for anything that’s being announced at MWC 2018 this week.

Here are some more details from the product page:

  • Pre-installed selection of Amazon apps, including the Amazon Widget, provide Prime members with easy access to daily deals, Prime movies and TV shows, Prime Music, Prime Photos storage, and more with a single sign-on experience
  • 5.5″ Full HD+ IPS FullVision display with 18:9 aspect ratio
  • 13 MP autofocus rear camera with LED flash and manual mode and 5 MP wide-angle front-facing camera with Selfie Lights and Auto Shot, fun camera UI features like Square Camera, GIF mode, and food mode
  • Reliable design: Premium build with metal sides and passed 14 different military standard tests for durability (MIL-STD-810G certification)
  • Android 7.1 Nougat, fast 4G LTE speed, Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 1.4 GHz octa-core processor, 3 GB of RAM, 32 GB of internal memory with the option to add up to 2 TB of microSD expandable memory, and 3,000 mAh battery
  • Instantly unlock your phone with facial recognition
  • Unlocked for the freedom to choose your carrier. Compatible with AT&T and T-Mobile networks. Sim card not included
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