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Nov

The Galaxy Note 9 is the best big phone you can buy


We use our phones every day, and use them hard. When it comes to getting the most done with your phone, you want a huge screen, and Android has plenty of options that fit the bill. Some are better than others, though, so we narrow down the choices to only the best.

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The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is the biggest and best phone Samsung makes, and that also makes it the best overall big-screened phone. Its 6.4-inch display is the best in the business, and it wraps around a beautiful metal and glass exterior. You can take advantage of the huge screen with top-end specs and the S Pen stylus that’s truly unique in the smartphone world. It’s expensive, but it’s available both unlocked and from just about any carrier or retailer in the world.

Our pick

Samsung Galaxy Note 9

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  • $930 from Amazon
  • $999 from Samsung

A massive screen with every spec and feature needed to back it up.

The Note 9 is the do-it-all smartphone, with every feature and spec you could want. And you get to use those features with an amazing best-in-class 6.4-inch display and top-end internals to back it up. It’s hard not to like the design as well..

Who should buy this phone

When you’re looking for the biggest and best phone, look no further than the Galaxy Note 9. It has a big screen, and better yet it’s also a great screen with excellent colors and brightness even in direct sunlight. It also has the highest-end specs possible, with an optional 512GB of internal storage if you need it. Then you get all of the nice-to-have features like wireless charging, a headphone jack, waterproofing, an SD card slot and more. It’s a “more of everything” approach that works well in the big-screened phone market, and makes the Note 9 a fantastic buy.

Is it a good time to buy this phone?

The Galaxy Note 9 is new, and will be the best phone available from Samsung until the Galaxy S10 is announced in February or March 2019. You can buy the Galaxy Note 9 and be confident that you’re getting the best big-screened phone available for the next several months.

Reasons to buy

  • Massive screen is the highest quality in the industry
  • Top-end specs across the board
  • Has S Pen for writing and drawing
  • Great pair of cameras
  • Headphone jack and wireless charging

Reasons not to buy

  • More expensive than the competition
  • Glass is more fragile than metal options
  • Samsung’s software, including Bixby, is a bit overbearing

The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is the best phone with a big screen

When Samsung made the Galaxy S9+, we were impressed. Six months later, we got the Galaxy Note 9 that turned all of the knobs to 11. It’s been a few years since the Note was considerably better, and in no ways worse, than the latest Galaxy S, but we’re glad that’s the case again. You start with the core fundamentals of the Galaxy S9+ in the processor, RAM and hardware features, and that’s a great place to build from — you get all of the latest and greatest specs and hardware features like waterproofing, wireless charging, a headphone jack, stereo speakers and an SD card slot.

But then the Note 9 goes further. You get a base of 128GB of storage, optionally spec’d up to 512GB. You get an even larger display, now 6.4 inches, that’s the brightest and most colorful you’ll find in a phone today. Then Samsung bumped the battery up to 4000mAh, giving you effortless full-day battery life and lasting longer than most phones out there.

The Note 9 does it all, and gives you a huge screen to experience it.

And of course, you get the S Pen stylus. With extreme accuracy and precision you can write or draw all day — and now it works wirelessly to control the phone within Bluetooth range, to trigger the camera or move through a slideshow presentation. It just shows that the Note 9 is designed to do everything you need, which you’re looking for if you want such a large screen.

Samsung’s software isn’t the best in the business, but it’s amazingly customizable and if you’re willing to work with it it can be an amazing tool to complement such wonderful hardware. The original Galaxy Note really defined the “phablet” segment all those years ago, and now the Note 9 is a modern take that’s still the best available.

Alternatives to the Samsung Galaxy Note 9

The Galaxy Note 9 is the absolute pinnacle of modern-day phablets, but it isn’t the only big-screened phone out there. There are solid alternatives that also have large screens but won’t break the bank at nearly $1000. The Galaxy S9+ is a really good alternative for a couple hundred dollars less that simply doesn’t have an S Pen, and the OnePlus 6T is a great choice for a couple hundred dollars less still. Huawei also deserves a shout with the new Mate 20 Pro Pro.

Runner-up

Google Pixel 3 XL

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  • $899 from Google Store

A big screen with simpler software to use

The Pixel 3 XL focuses on having the fastest, simplest, and most helpful software experience, running on simple and powerful hardware with a big display. It accents everything with an amazing camera and a handful of features that make it stand out from the competition.

Google’s “XL” phones have followed the big phone trend, but the Pixel 3 XL is the first one to actually have a good screen as well. The 6.3-inch OLED panel doesn’t get quite as bright as Samsung’s, but in every other respect is fantastic. The big phone also packs all of the great features you expect in this class of device: loud stereo speakers, water resistance, a full spec sheet and wireless charging.

The only knock on the Pixel 3 XL from the perspective of someone who wants a huge screen is that it doesn’t have any extra software to take advantage of it like the Note 9 does. Android 9 Pie has multi-window support, but it’s clunky and doesn’t feel as versatile or powerful as Samsung’s. You just get a little bit more of everything.

Great value

OnePlus 6T

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$549 from OnePlus

Most of the flagship experience for a fraction of the price

OnePlus just keeps doing it: a flagship-level phone with amazing hardware, specs and capabilities for hundreds of dollars less. You get a big screen, top-notch internals, excellent battery life, and actually capable cameras for under $600.

For just $549, you’re getting a lot of phone in the OnePlus 6T: physically, and in terms of specs and features. Solid hardware and a full spec sheet rival the competition, and the 6.41-inch AMOLED screen is solid. The cameras are a step down from the competition, but they’re consistent and capable. And its OxygenOS software is a joy to use.

The OnePlus 6T isn’t perfect, and has many shortcomings when compared head-to-head with the other phones here. But with a price tag that’s about $350 less than the Note 9, it’s hard to complain too much. Given its price, it’s shocking how close the OnePlus 6T gets to the competition, and there’s a good chance you’ll be willing to forego a few nice-to-have extras to save so much money.

Triple-camera fun

LG V40

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$750 from Amazon

Matching the flagship competition, but doing it in a fun and appealing way

There isn’t much beyond the triple camera that distinguishes the V40 from the competition. But it matches other phones in every respect, and offers an alternative option for a big phone that isn’t as heavy and cumbersome to hold.

LG’s fighting an uphill battle against Samsung’s dominance, but in the V40 has a legitimate challenger to the Note 9 — and it does so by using some restraint. The V40 is huge, and its screen and spec sheet match the Note 9 straight up. But the V40 is far lighter and easier to handle than its competitors, which is something you can appreciate when you pick it up.

The V40 hits all of the high points of a modern flagship, from the spec sheet to the extra features and all the way down the list. LG’s software has really improved in the last couple generations, and in many ways it’s simpler and easier to use than Samsung’s. LG’s triple camera, with a wide-angle shooter, is a blast to play with as well. This is a great option if you can find it on sale — which is inevitable with LG’s phones.

Feature-packed

Huawei Mate 20 Pro

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£880 from Amazon UK

Huge and feature-filled … unless you’re in the U.S.

Huawei aims straight for the highest end of the market with the Mate 20 Pro, going all-out in size, specs and capabilities. This 6.39-inch monster has a complete spec sheet, plus a downright massive battery, great triple camera setup and gorgeous color options.

Huawei is doing its best Samsung impression, going after the Note 9 in every way (except the stylus). The Mate 20 Pro is filled with plenty of features, every spec, a battery even larger than the Note 9’s, and one of the best camera setups available. But like Samsung’s latest phones, it comes with a software experience that’s a bit grating, if not entirely frustrating, to people who haven’t used a Huawei phone before.

But the real issue is that you can’t get the Mate 20 Pro in the U.S. unless you buy one from an importer or reseller. It’s a real shame, because the Mate 20 Pro is a compelling do-it-all option for people who want to break the mold of just defaulting to the Galaxy Note 9 when they look for a big phone.

Bottom line

For big-screen lovers, the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 offers everything you want (and more). It’s undeniably powerful no matter what you need to accomplish, and its industry-leading display combines with the S Pen to give you a power-user experience unlike any other.

From top to bottom the spec sheet has everything you need, and more. It actually offers a headphone jack, which isn’t necessarily a given even on these big phones. The cameras are really good as well. You’ll have to pay dearly to get this whole package, nearly $1000, but when money isn’t the ultimate deciding factor the Note 9 is absolutely worth it.

There are other options out there for less money that offer a big screen and various other desirable aspects, from the Pixel 3 XL down to the OnePlus 6T. They’re all worth considering, depending on where your feelings land on Samsung’s software and the price tag.

Credits — The team that worked on this guide

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Andrew Martonik is the Executive Editor, U.S. at Android Central. He has been a mobile enthusiast since the Windows Mobile days, and covering all things Android-related with a unique perspective at AC since 2012. For suggestions and updates, you can reach him at andrew.martonik@androidcentral.com or on Twitter at @andrewmartonik.

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Daniel Bader is the Managing Editor of Android Central. As he’s writing this, a mountain of old Android phones is about to fall on his head, but his Great Dane will protect him. He drinks way too much coffee and sleeps too little. He wonders if there’s a correlation.

8
Nov

Bixby is now open to developers through the Bixby Developer Studio


Alexa-like skills will be offered through the Bixby Marketplace.

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As expected, Bixby was a big focus for the 2018 Samsung Developer Conference. Kicking off the company’s keynote, Samsung announced that it’s officially making Bixby open to developers so they can create custom commands for the AI.

These “Bixby experiences” will be offered through the Bixby Marketplace, so just like Skills on Alexa, you’ll be able to browse through custom Bixby interactions that developers create so you can then add them to your devices. On the developer side of things, Samsung says it’s giving devs the same full access to Bixby that it does through its new Bixby Developer Studio — claiming it’s treating creators like “first-class citizens” compared to competing services.

In addition to opening up Bixby to developers, Samsung also announced that it’s expanding Bixby to more languages “in the coming months”, including German, French, Italian, and Spanish. Focusing specifically on Bixby’s integration with smart TVs, the new Media Control API will allow Bixby to control content from Netflix, Hulu, HBO Now, and Spotify on Samsung televisions.

Developing…

8
Nov

The $210 Piper Minecraft Raspberry Pi kit will teach kids valuable skills


What, did your dad make this game?

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Amazon has the Piper Minecraft Raspberry Pi Computer Kit on sale for $209.96, which is the lowest this has been since June. It typically would run you $270.

With this kit, your child can solve puzzles in the Raspberry Pi edition of Minecraft by building their very own computer from start to finish. Once that’s done, they can keep building power-ups within the game by using physical controls, switches, buttons, and lights. It’s perfect for kids ages 7 to 13.

This kit rocks because it combines the technology and fun that children love with hands-on learning, which is not something that can often be said when it comes to hours of watching YouTube Kids or Spongebob. It introduces them to coding, programming, and building in a way that keeps their attention and focus. One reviewer said, “My son hates school and says he hates to learn. But he LOVES his PIPER and doesn’t realize how much he is learning.”

Remember when you used to tear the remote apart, and then put it back together, just to see how it worked? This kit is kind of like that, but your kids will be guided through the whole process with step-by-step instructions. It comes with a handcrafted wooden computer case with HD LCD display, a functioning computer running on a Raspberry Pi 3 project board, a ton of electronic gadgets like buzzers and lights, cables, a laminated blueprint with assembly instructions, a USB mouse, an 8GB SD card, and a custom Raspberry Pi Edition of Minecraft. It’s Wi-Fi enabled and has free automatic level updates as well.

See at Amazon

8
Nov

Best Car Mounts for Google Pixel and Pixel 2


The Google Pixel and Pixel 2 series are beautiful, dependable phones that get updates years longer than the majority of Android devices. If you want to keep your Pixel safe, secure, and easy to use with Google Assistant or Android Auto’s standalone mode, you need a car mount you can trust to keep it from coming crashing down when you hit a pothole. Car mounts come in a wide variety of styles and types, and we have some favorites to share with you!

Our pick

Spigen Kuel A201 Premium Magnetic Air Vent Mount

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Car mounts don’t get much easier than this: hide the included magnetic plate in your phone case — or stick it to the back of your phone — then hold your phone against the mount. Magnets will hold it in place while you drive, then you can just grab and go; no hassling with clamps or cradles! It even comes in three colors.

$12 at Amazon

Compact for car-swappers

WizGear Universal Air Vent Magnetic Phone Car Mount

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This compact mount keeps your phone highly visible without obstructing the road and has over 14,000 5-star reviews. The WizGear is ideal for people who swap vehicles in a multi-car household or frequent fliers who need a rental car mount. It also doubles as a kickstand!

$7 at Amazon

Magnets with a curve

Nite Ize Original Steelie Dash Mount Kit

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Making sharp turns and hitting potholes? Nite Ize’s magnet is super strong and the concave magnetic dot moves around the mount’s ball mount to prevent it from falling off. This magnetic mount boasts a bold look, and it gets the job done.

$14 at Amazon

Upgrade your CD player

Koomus Pro CD Slot Car Mount

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Koomus’s low-profile mount is easy to slip into the long-forgotten CD slot, allowing you to mount your phone in an easily visible location without damaging the old disc player. The slide-out clamp holds your phone easily and can rotate 360 degrees for any angle you need.

$17 at Amazon

Easy as 1, 2, 3, 4

iOttie Easy One Touch 4

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iOttie has been a leading brand for car mounts for years, and its latest dashboard/windshield mount, the Easy One Touch 4, is the best mount it’s ever made. It’s easy to use, can be positioned at just about any angle you’d ever want and can accommodate the Pixel XL or Pixel 2 XL with or without a case.

$25 at Amazon

Go pro

ProClip

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For a completely customized car mount, direct your attention to ProClip. Eliminate the guessing by customizing every aspect of your car mount and know that it’s going to fit your Pixel — and your car’s dashboard — just the way you want it to.

$35 at ProClip

I’ve always been partial to Spigen’s Kuel magnetic mounts, as they’re easy to use with multiple phones or multiple cars. Since the Pixel and Pixel 2 lack wireless charging, you don’t have to worry about the magnetic plates interfering with anything, either, but if you don’t want a magnetic mount, the iOttie Easy One Touch 4 is adaptable, dependable, and will grip your Pixel tight as you head down that backroad “shortcut” with all the potholes.

8
Nov

Samsung’s new Android 9 Pie interface is called One UI, beta opens November


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One UI will be available for the Galaxy S9 and Note 9 in January.

At the 2018 Samsung Developer Conference, one of the big announcements was a big refresh for Samsung’s custom Android interface. The Samsung Experience is gone, and in its place, we have One UI.

One of the biggest goals with One UI is to help users “focus on the task at hand.” To achieve this, One UI removes a lot of clutter from the Samsung Experience and makes things much cleaner. For example, the settings page is being simplified even more and regrouping certain settings together so that they’re easier to get to. The phone app also has a new look to only show essential information.

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Samsung’s also marketing One UI as being more natural, saying that it’s “restructured the way we interact with our devices.” Buttons that are traditional towards the top of the screen have been moved closer to the bottom, and in many of Samsung’s apps (such as Messages and Clock), the top area is reserved exclusively for viewing content you don’t have to interact with.

Third, One UI aims to “be visibly comfortable.” Colors have been tweaked to provide better clarity, and based on the color of the phone you have, elements of the UI will be tweaked to match it.

If you’re interested in being among the first to test One UI, an open beta will be available this November in the U.S., Germany, and Korea. One UI will then rollout officially to the Galaxy S9 and Note 9 in January 2019.

8
Nov

NVIDIA Shield TV, Pikmi pops, and more are all discounted today


Whether you’re looking for new tech gear or household items, we’ve got you covered.

There’s never a shortage of deals available, but sorting through all of them can be difficult at times. We’ve handpicked all the best tech, and everyday essentials discounts that you can take advantage of right now and brought them to one central location. From laptops to toys, these are today’s best deals.

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8
Nov

Samsung’s new Infinity Flex Display will come to market in phones in 2019


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Get ready for modern phones to be flexible.

Samsung took the stage at its developer conference to announce all sorts of new products and features, but the headline-grabbing one is its new flexible display technology called “Infinity Flex Display.” That’s an evolution of the current “infinity display” branding we see used on Samsung’s last couple generations of flagship phones, and this marks an entirely new generation of technology. It’s launching alongside a yet-to-be-named Samsung-branded flexible phone, currently referred to in the rumor mill as the “Galaxy X.”

Samsung’s device using the Infinity Flex Display has a 7.3-inch panel that’s designed to be folded in half vertically, and the fold happens inward so that the display is protected while the device is folded. (This particular device also has an additional traditional fixed display on the outside of one half, called the “cover display,” to be used when the device is folded shut.) Samsung says the display will withstand “hundreds of thousands” of folds, thanks to a new screen covering and thinner overall display components that can handle the tight bend without breaking.

This is @SamsungMobile’s Infinity Flex display technology — 7.3-inch foldable display, which can be folded and unfolded “hundreds of thousands of times.” #SDC18 pic.twitter.com/NmQx4gMDiR

— Faryaab Sheikh (@Faryaab) November 7, 2018

But Samsung isn’t keeping this technology exclusive to its own devices: it goes further than what Samsung showed off in its reference device, and will be available to other companies that want to develop foldable phones. Infinity Flex Display is capable of folding inward, as shown off in Samsung’s prototype phone, but also folding outward (without a cover display), rolled up tightly, and stretched or bent without folding over entirely. There are tons of possibilities once manufactures have the option of buying a flexible display from Samsung just as they would a fixed flat one today.

Alongside Samsung’s announcement of the foldable display hardware, Google is pledging support at the software level to make sure Android and apps will work properly on devices that can seamlessly change their display size.

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And Samsung didn’t stop at just announcing new flexible display technology; it also has new displays with a variety of cutout and notch options. There’s a “new infinity display” that pushes the display size even further to the edges (expect this to be in a Galaxy S10), and then three other fresh designs: the Infinity V, Infinity U and Infinity O. Looking at the image to the right, you can see why they take on those names: one has a V-shaped notch, the other a U-shaped notch, and the third an off-center O-shaped cutout that lets the display flow around a camera.

I wouldn’t expect Samsung itself to take advantage of any of these, at least in its high-end Galaxy S and Galaxy Note lines that have held strongly onto the “no notch” position thus far, but all three of these new “Infinity” display styles offer unique options for other manufacturers that want to use fantastic Samsung display technology but have designs that necessitate a notch or cutout.

8
Nov

NVIDIA Shield TV vs. Shield TV Pro: Which should I buy?


We live with the best tech, both on the go and back at home. When it comes to cutting the cord and improving our home theater experience, we do the research to get all of the right gear.

NVIDIA Shield TV

Our pick

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$179 at Amazon

Pros

  • Does all of the basics at an affordable price
  • Remote has year-long battery life
  • Small, light case that’s easy to hide

Cons

  • Have to pay extra for game controller
  • No headphone jack for private listening from remote

The NVIDIA Shield TV is the best Android TV box, and one of the best set-top boxes overall. It has amazing power, 4K HDR support, good gaming potential, a quality remote, and an excellent software track record.

NVIDIA Shield TV Pro

Subtle upgrade

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$299 at Amazon

Pros

  • Massive storage for all of your media and games
  • Game controller included
  • Remote has a headphone jack for private listening
  • IR port for control from universal remotes

Cons

  • Very expensive for small upgrades
  • Larger case from previous generation
  • Remote needs to be recharged often

The NVIDIA Shield TV Pro is for the hardcore home theater and gaming crowd. Its 500GB of storage is a must for big-time media watchers, and the included remote offers private listening over a headphone jack. But it’s $120 more than the base model for those few changes.

Both models offer a great set-top box experience, with 4K HDR support and tons of power to stream and game all day. So we’re really comparing just a few marginal differences. Let’s get into the details.

What’s the difference?

On the face of it, there’s one big choice: can you get by with 16GB of internal storage in the base model, or do you need the breathing room of a 500GB hard drive? The Shield TV Pro’s 500GB storage will give you tons of room to install as many games and store as much media as just about anyone would want.

More storage sounds appealing, but it’s not necessary — and you can always add more later.

With NVIDIA’s streaming game solutions GeForce Now and GameStream there are fewer games to be properly “installed” than before, and most popular media services are streaming-only. But if you plan to load local media or use the Shield Android TV as a Kodi or Plex device you’ll probably want the Pro’s extra storage.

But also remember that you can add storage to the Shield TV via basically any USB drive — whether it’s a flash drive or spinning drive — and have it integrate right into the system. That starts to eat into the $100+ you saved by going with the standard model, but it is an option if you already have a high-quality USB 3.0 flash drive hanging around you can dedicate to the system.

Storage 16GB 500GB
Expandable USB USBMicroSD card
Infrared control No Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Ports USB-A (2) USB-A (2)Micro-USB
Remote Coin cell batteryNo headphone jack Rechargeable batteryHeadphone jack
Game controller Optional Standard

Because the Shield TV Pro is still based on the original hardware design, it retains a few of the features that were lost when the standard model moved to a smaller body. That means the Pro retains the microSD card slot for expanding its storage and Micro-USB port a direct connection to your computer.

Chance are you have no need for the microSD expansion or IR receiver.

Both features are nice to have, but not essential. You already have 500GB inside the box and can extend it further with any USB storage device, and NVIDIA has enabled PC connections via one of the USB-A ports on the new box.

One slightly bigger deal is the inclusion of an IR receiver on the Shield Pro, meaning it can be easily controlled by popular universal remotes that use IR for multi-device management. If you already use something like a Logitech Harmony for your entertainment center, this may be a make-or-break situation. Don’t count out the chance that universal remote makers like Logitech can update or release Bluetooth versions of the remotes that would work just fine with the standard Shield TV, though.

A decision on remotes and controllers

All Shield TVs work with the great Shield Controller, but the base Shield TV no longer comes with it in the box — you have to pay $20 extra for a different Shield TV bundle. If you need the controller, making that jump now puts you closer to the Shield TV Pro, which includes a controller in the $299 price.

Private listening via the remote’s headphone jack is a very nice feature to have.

Controllers aside, NVIDIA has decided to ship different versions of the TV-style remote depending on which version of the box you buy. The standard Shield TV comes with a new design, which drops the headphone jack and rechargeable battery in exchange for year-long (or more) battery life from a pair of coin cell batteries.

The Shield TV Pro still comes with the original remote — offering rechargeable batteries (via included Micro-USB cable) and a headphone jack for private listening. You can get private listening over Bluetooth on either box, but the headphone jack is nice to have — the downside is remembering to charge the remote every few days, which is a hassle.

NVIDIA Shield TV

Our pick

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$179 at Amazon

The best balance of price and features.

The Shield TV is the best pick for most people given its great capabilities and features at an affordable $179 price. The only decision is whether to get it with a game controller or not.

NVIDIA Shield TV Pro

Subtle upgrade

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A tough sell at this price.

$299 at Amazon

The Shield TV Pro is clearly a better overall product with more storage, an extra expansion option, and an included controller. But it’s also $120 more for just a couple extra features most people won’t need or want.

8
Nov

Samsung shows off its foldable phone for the first time


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This will be the next big thing … at some point.

The mobile industry has been tracking this rumored Samsung “Galaxy X” prototype phone for several months, and while we don’t even know if that’s what the phone will actually be called, it’s what the current rumor mill has been spitting out. In any case, here’s what we know and what to look forward to with Samsung’s upcoming foldable smartphone.

The latest Galaxy X news

November 7, 2018 — Samsung shows off its foldable display tech for the first time

The Samsung Developer Conference 2018 was held today, and while we didn’t get an actual product announcement for a foldable smartphone, we did see a live demo of how the foldable screen tech works.

Samsung’s calling its foldable panel “Infinity Flex,” and during the opening keynote, we saw a live demo of a device built with Infinity Flex. The gadget itself was hidden in a large case as to not reveal its actual design, but what we did see is that Infinity Flex has one display on the front, and when opened up, reveals a large 7.3-inch panel that’s not interrupted by any black bars or bezels.

Google’s already announced native Android support for foldable devices, and apps will be able to transition seamlessly from both the inside and outside of the display based on what you’re doing.

Mass production for Infinity Flex will begin on the coming phones, so while we’ll have to wait a little while longer before we can purchase one ourselves, we’re a heck of a lot closer to the long-awaited Galaxy X than ever before.

November 5, 2018 — Samsung begins teasing its upcoming foldable phone

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They did it. They finally did it! After years of endless back and forth rumors, Samsung’s officially begun marketing for its upcoming foldable phone.

If you take a look at Samsung Mobile’s Facebook and Twitter accounts, you’ll see that the profile picture has been changed to show the Samsung logo folded underneath itself — obviously hinting at the foldable Galaxy X smartphone.

It’s still unclear when exactly the Galaxy X will be announced, but a report from late last week claimed we’d learn more about the phone at Samsung’s developer conference that’s taking place on November 7 and 8.

October 12, 2018 — Samsung’s foldable phone will basically be a pocketable tablet

The folks at CNET recently had a chance to speak with DJ Koh (Samsung’s head of mobile) about the upcoming Galaxy X, and during their conversation, Koh offered some further details about what we can expect from the upcoming foldable phone.

Per CNET’s article:

DJ Koh, CEO of Samsung’s mobile business, said you’ll be able to use the device as a tablet with multitasking capability before being able to fold it up into a more portable phone.

We’ve been expecting that the Galaxy X will offer more screen real estate compared to traditional phones, so it’ll be interesting to see how close of a tablet experience it really is able to offer.

The Galaxy X is still scheduled to arrive at some point before 2018 is over, so stay tuned.

September 4, 2018 — Samsung confirms a folding phone will be launched this year

While there’s been no doubt that Samsung’s working on a foldable smartphone, one detail we haven’t had a definite answer on is when the thing will be released. That’s now changing, however, as the company’s CEO of its mobile division — DJ Kohn — confirmed to CNBC that a folding phone will launch at some point this year.

Koh told CNBC that “it’s time to deliver” and that Samsung has “nearly concluded” its development of the phone. We’re still uncertain how exactly the foldable nature will be implemented, but during IFA in Berlin, Kohn went on record saying:

You can use most of the uses … on foldable status. But when you need to browse or see something, then you may need to unfold it. But even unfolded, what kind of benefit does that give compared to the tablet? If the unfolded experience is the same as the tablet, why would they (consumers) buy it? So every device, every feature, every innovation should have a meaningful message to our end customer. So when the end customer uses it, they think ‘wow, this is the reason Samsung made it’.

July 18, 2018 — Galaxy X reported to fold in the shape of a wallet, might cost over $1,500

A report from The Wall Street Journal surfaced this morning outlining a few key details we can expect from the Galaxy X. When describing the design of the phone, part of the report notes that:

The screen can be folded in half, like a wallet, these people said. When folded, the exterior of the phone boasts a small display bar on the front and cameras in the back, they added.

Furthermore, it’s said that the Galaxy X has a screen that measures in at 7-inches diagonally.

As for pricing and availability, WSJ notes that the Galaxy X has “taken on a greater sense of urgency in recent months” and that its price tag could reach well beyond $1,500. The phone’s expected to be released at some point in early 2019.

All the big details

Samsung’s folding screen tech is called “Infinity Flex”

At its 2018 Developer Conference, Samsung announced that its foldable AMOLED panel is called “Infinity Flex.”

Infinity Flex consists of two different displays — a smaller one on the front that looks like a traditional phone, and when you open it up, there’s a large 7.3-inch panel inside. Unlike other foldable smartphones, the actual display is bending rather than a separate hinge. That means no black bars or bezels covering the display. It’s just one, gorgeous, uninterrupted screen.

Per Samsung’s announcement:

Users now have the best of both worlds: a compact smartphone that unfolds to reveal a larger immersive display for multitasking and viewing content. The app experience seamlessly transitions from the smaller display to the larger display as the device unfolds. Also, users can browse, watch, connect and multitask without losing a beat, simultaneously using three active apps on the larger display.

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The device seen in the pictures above is likely what we’ve been referring to as the “Galaxy X,” but that large, chunky body isn’t what it looks like. It’s simply a dummy case to hide what the phone’s real design, but the function of the foldable panel will work the same come launch time.

Samsung’s new Infinity Flex Display will hit mass production soon, enabling foldable phones of all kinds

Android natively supports foldable phones

Just before Samsung’s conference, Google officially announced support for foldable smartphones.

With this native support, apps will be able to adjust and rearrange themselves based on whether they’re being used on the smaller display or the larger, folded-out one.

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Google’s referring to this process as “screen continuity” and is best to be thought of as an evolution of how elements on your screen move around when you go from portrait to landscape mode.

Mass production will begin in a few months

If you were hoping to rush out and buy Samsung’s foldable phone soon, you’re unfortunately going to have to wait a little while longer.

Samsung says that it’ll begin mass production of its Infinity Flex displays within the coming months, meaning we’re looking at a release at some point in 2019. We currently don’t have anything more specific than that, and while the price is unknown, don’t expect it to be cheap.

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Samsung toont opvouwbare telefoon met Infinity Flex Display


Samsung heeft voor het eerst een vouwbare telefoon getoond. Het nog naamloze Galaxy-toestel lijkt op een notitieboekje dat geopend kan worden. Niet alleen aan de buitenkant zit een scherm, aan de binnenzijde zit een nog groter scherm.

Samsung heeft dankzij haar eigen beeldschermfabriek de mogelijkheid om innovatieve producten te bouwen. Zo waren ze de eerste met een AMOLED-scherm en de eerste met een grote phablet. Het voordeel van de AMOLED-techniek is dat het een stuk flexibeler is. Mede dankzij nieuwe ontdekkingen is het Samsung nu gelukt om een duurzaam scherm te maken dat gebogen kan worden.

Samsung’s vouwbare Galaxy gesloten en geopend

Dit type scherm heet Infinity Flex Display en maakt geheel nieuwe vormgevingen mogelijk. Samsung heeft nu definitief gekozen voor een horizontaal te vouwen telefoon. Het oogt daarmee sterk op een notitieboekje. Aan de buitenkant zit een volledig functioneel touchscreen waarmee je het toestel op een normale manier kunt bedienen. Eenmaal geopend ontvouwt een 7,3 inch scherm dat daarmee groot genoeg is om 3 apps tegelijk te draaien. Dit heet Multi Active Window en stelt je in staat om verder te gaan met de app waarmee je gesloten toestand mee begonnen was.

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“Komende maanden” beschikbaar

Het apparaat dat Samsung tijdens de presentatie liet zien bevond zich in een verhullende behuizing. Hiermee impliceert het dat het al een definitief productieklare telefoon gereed heeft. Sterker nog; Samsung verwacht de komende maanden met een release te komen. In telefoontermen is dat redelijk snel. Een officiële aankondiging zal plaatsvinden tijdens een speciale Unpacked Event. Hoogstwaarschijnlijk gaat het om de Galaxy F waarbij de F staat voor ‘Flexible’ of ‘Fold’.

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