Chrome OS may be the 2-in-1 solution we’ve been waiting for

Tech’s biggest companies are all about the 2-in-1. Google’s latest effort is the Pixel Slate — a tablet that becomes a sort-of laptop when you snap on its keyboard folio. This is a formula we’ve seen rise in popularity since the first Surface tablet. Think: the iPad Pro, Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S4, HP’s Envy x2 detachables and more. These devices are doing so well they’re apparently all people want to buy anymore. According to IDC data, 2-in-1 shipments will grow by almost 10 percent this year, while traditional PCs are expected to decline.

Pixel Slate vs. the competition: Get some work done

We weren’t too thrilled with the first attempt at putting Chrome OS on a tablet, with Acer’s Chromebook Tab 10 getting slammed for its bad cameras and poor performance — and the fact that Chrome OS hadn’t really been optimized for the form factor yet. Maybe things will be a bit better when Google takes the helm with its new Pixel Slate. We have fond memories of tablets like the Nexus 9 from 2014, as well as last year’s Pixelbook laptop. We don’t quite know yet how this new device will fare until we formally review it, but we certainly know what it’s competing against, and can compare specs in this handy chart.

Pixel 3 XL vs. the competition: Beyond the notch

With all the leaks over the past few weeks it may have seemed there wasn’t a lot more to reveal about the Pixel 3 XL. But, after today’s announcement, we finally have some official confirmation of its internals, including a whopper of a front camera in that notch. While you’ll have to wait a few weeks for our official review of Google’s newest large handset, we can at least stack up the XL against its closest competition. Check out the table below to see how the specs fare against behemoths like the Galaxy Note 9, the budget-priced OnePlus 6 (the 6T is still a few weeks away) and of course, Apple’s mega-sized iPhone XS Max.

Pixel 3 vs. the competition: Under the surface

It’s October, which means we finally get an official look at Google’s big phone release for 2018. The Pixel 3 may look plain on the outside, but it’s packed with improved front and back cameras with souped-up software that we hope will make the shooters better than their predecessors. Of course, to find out we’ll have to wait for the full review in a few weeks. For now, we can take a look at the handset’s specs and see how it stands up to this year’s crop of flagship phones. Check out the table below:

Pixel Slate hands-on: Google’s 2-in-1 takes on the Surface

Google is cooking up a new formula for detachables, and it has an intriguing recipe with the new Pixel Slate. Though Microsoft has a solid desktop environment in Windows that makes its Surfaces excellent productivity tablets, it doesn’t have the same library of touch-friendly apps that Android and iOS offer. The iPad Pro, on the other hand, is swimming in apps but just doesn’t have the multitasking chops of a full desktop OS. Chrome OS seems like a potential opportunity to marry the best of Android, with its plethora of apps, with an established, functional desktop interface.

Samsung’s obscenely expensive 85-inch 8K TV ships later this month

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$15,000. That’s what it will cost you to buy Samsung’s first 8K TV in the US later this month. If only there were something in 8K you could watch on it.

The Samsung Q900R 8K TV will arrive the week of October 28, according to a recent announcement from Samsung. It measures 85 inches, though smaller versions (65 and 75 inches, at least) are expected as well. In some respects, the QLED set resembles the company’s current 4K flagship, the positively reviewed Q9F. It has the big-ticket Samsung bells and whistles, like “Ambient Mode,” which lets you input a photo to make your TV show an image that makes it blend into the wall behind it.

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Fortnite reaches 15 million Android downloads without Google Play

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In bringing Fortnite to Android this summer, Epic gambled that the biggest video game phenomenon in the world could find success without relying on the centralized Google Play storefront (and its 30 percent cut of all revenues). That gamble seems to have paid off so far—Epic reports 15 million Fortnite downloads and 23 million players on Android just 21 days after the game’s beta release.

For context, the iOS version of the game saw roughly 11 million installations in its first month, according to analysis firm Sensor Tower, though the first two weeks of that period were a more limited “closed beta.” It took the iOS version of Fortnite about three months

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Samsung Rumored to Debut First Foldable Smartphone This Year

Samsung is still on track to unveil its first foldable smartphone later in 2018, Samsung Mobile CEO DJ Koh told CNBC.

According to Koh, it is “time to deliver” on a foldable device after Samsung research revealed that there is consumer interest in such a device.

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Samsung first announced its plans for a smartphone with a bendable display in September 2017, and at the time, Koh said that the device would be positioned as a Galaxy Note. Given that Samsung has already announced this year’s Galaxy Note 9, it’s likely the new foldable smartphone will feature its own branding and will be sold alongside the Galaxy Note and S lines.

Koh declined to share details on how a folding screen might work, but at IFA last week, he said that Samsung is trying to work out the details on differentiating it

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HDR10+ is coming to new Samsung and Panasonic TVs, but good luck finding content

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Enlarge / Samsung’s experimental “The Wall” TV. (credit: Samsung)

Certain Panasonic and Samsung TVs just became some of the first to support the new HDR10+ HDR standard thanks to a new firmware update. The update was rolled out to “select 2018 television models,” according to a press release that was sent out today.

HDR10+ was developed by HDR10+ Technologies—a joint venture by 20th Century Fox, Panasonic, and Samsung—to offer an improvement to the existing HDR10 standard and compete directly with Dolby Vision. Like Dolby Vision, HDR10+ allows content creators to include dynamic metadata in each frame rather than simply applying the same approach to every frame in the scene.

Samsung, which is the leading driver of the HDR10+ standard, has argued that HDR10+ will allow film directors’ visions to be more accurately represented on HDR TVs, because filmmakers who master their films in HDR can fine-tune each scene to their

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Samsung’s Thunderbolt 3-Enabled Curved Monitor Launching in September for $900

Following an unveiling at CES in January, Samsung has announced the launch of the Thunderbolt 3-enabled CJ79 curved monitor, coming in September for $899.99. The 34-inch monitor is compatible with both Mac and PC computers, marking the first time that Thunderbolt 3 connectivity is available on a curved monitor.



On the unit there are two Thunderbolt 3 ports that transmit display, data, and power at a processing speed of up to 40 Gbps to compatible docks, other displays, computers, external GPUs, and more. Thunderbolt 3 connectivity also allows Samsung’s monitor to supply up to 85 watts of charging power to compatible MacBooks.

Thanks to the 3440×1440 ultra-wide curved display and a 21:9 aspect ratio, the CJ79 can also provide a dual monitor experience on one screen. Using a Picture-by-Picture feature, users can multitask by displaying two sources on screen at the same time, and even resize the second source

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Samsung Announces NVMe-Based ‘X5’ Portable SSD With Read Speeds up to 2800MB/s

Samsung today announced the launch of its newest portable solid state drive, the SSD X5. The X5, which uses Thunderbolt 3 technology, is the company’s first NVMe-based portable solid state drive for super fast transfer speeds in a form factor that’s compact and durable.

Samsung says the X5 offers read speeds of up to 2800MB/s, which is 5.2 times faster than SATA interface portable SSDs and up to 25.5 times faster than external hard drives.



It also features a maximum write speed of 2300MB/s, allowing for a 20GB 4K video to be transferred in approximately 12 seconds. It uses Samsung’s Portable SSD Software, which includes AES 256-bit hardware data encryption, optional password protection, and configurable security settings.

“As a leader in high-performance and reliable storage solutions, we are thrilled to continue to advance the external SSD market with the introduction of our first Thunderbolt 3 portable SSD,” said

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How Samsung’s New Galaxy Note 9 Measures Up to Apple’s Rumored 2018 iPhone Lineup

Samsung recently released its latest flagship device, the Galaxy Note 9, which is set to be one of the main competitors to Apple’s 2018 iPhone lineup, consisting of three iPhones in 5.8, 6.1, and 6.5 inch sizes.

Apple won’t announce its new 2018 smartphones until sometime around mid-September, but given the wealth of part leaks and rumors, we have a clear picture of what to expect.

We may not have real iPhones to compare to the Galaxy Note 9, but we’ve taken a look at Samsung’s new flagship next to dummy models of the 6.1 and 6.5-inch iPhones to see how Apple’s larger-screened devices will measure up to the Note 9.

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Samsung’s Galaxy Note 9 features a 6.4-inch display but Samsung has refused to embrace the notch, so it continues to feature bezels at the

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Nokia will make €3 for every 5G smartphone sold

Licensing-related patent wars are pretty run-of-the-mill occurrences for tech companies — there’s always a report of some spat or another in the news. But now Nokia, and a bunch of other giants, are taking steps to avoid future battles by publicly disclosing the licensing fees involved in its 5G technology.

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Samsung Shares New ‘Ingenius’ Ads Pitting New Galaxy Note 9 Against iPhone X

Samsung today uploaded new ads in its ongoing “Ingenius” series that makes fun of the Apple Genius Bar and pits the iPhone X against Samsung’s Galaxy devices.

In the first ad, called “Power,” a customer tells the “genius” that the Galaxy Note is “really powerful.” “You know what I think is powerful?” the genius replies. “Being able to unlock your phone with your face.” “It does that too,” the customer replies.



The genius bar then points out that on iOS 12, you can FaceTime up to 32 people. “Why would I ever want to do that though?” asks the customer.

In the second ad, entitled “Pen,” a customer comes into the “ingenius bar” and asks about the difference between the Apple Pencil and the S Pen that comes with the Galaxy Note 9. “Well, the Apple Pencil only works on the iPad,” says the genius. “Okay,

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Hands-On With Samsung’s New Galaxy Note 9 and Galaxy Watch

Samsung today hosted an event in New York where it unveiled its newest product updates, including the Galaxy Note 9, the Galaxy Watch, and the Galaxy Home speaker.

MacRumors attended Samsung’s event and was able to get some hands-on time with Samsung’s new line of flagship devices, which is worth checking out because Samsung’s main product lineup is quite similar to Apple’s with the introduction of the new Galaxy Home device.

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Samsung’s Galaxy Note 9 device comes just a few weeks ahead of when Apple plans to unveil its 2018 iPhones, and it gives us a look at the feature set Samsung is hoping will lure customers away from new Apple devices.

Unlike other Android smartphones, Samsung continues to eschew the notch, and the Galaxy Note 9 looks quite similar to the Galaxy Note 8 with small top and bottom bezels,

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Samsung’s new Galaxy Watch runs Tizen, lasts “several days” on one charge

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Alongside the release of the Galaxy Note9 smartphone, Samsung also debuted a new wearable: the Galaxy Watch. It’s the first Samsung wearable to deviate from the Gear family name, but it looks like a successor to the Gear S3. It’s also the first Galaxy-branded product to run anything other than a flavor of Android, as it runs on Samsung’s Tizen wearable operating system rather than Google’s Wear OS (formerly known as Android Wear). Tizen works on both Android and iOS, so users will not be limited by the operating system of their smartphone.

By nature of it being a Samsung wearable, the Galaxy Watch will challenge the Apple Watch in many ways. Two of the most important new features to consider are LTE access and battery life. The Galaxy Watch will have optional LTE, allowing users to receive calls, texts, and other alerts even when their

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Samsung Debuts New Galaxy Note 9, Galaxy Watch, Wireless Charger Duo, and Galaxy Home Smart Speaker

Samsung this morning debuted its latest flagship smartphone, the new Galaxy Note 9. The Galaxy Note 9 is equipped with a 6.4-inch 2960 by 1400 Super AMOLED screen, and like previous Note models, it works with the S Pen stylus. Design wise, it looks quite similar to the Note 8.

Inside, the Galaxy Note 9 features Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845 processor, 6 to 8GB RAM, dual AKG speakers, and a 4,000 mAh battery. Samsung is using the same 12-megapixel dual-aperture camera system it used in the Note 8, with the addition of an Intelligent Camera function that’s able to detect what you’re taking a photo of.



Samsung says that with the Snapdragon 845, it has included “Water Carbon Cooling System” inside the phone for improved performance with processor intensive apps such as Fortnite.



The S Pen that comes with the Galaxy Note 9 introduces new Bluetooth-enabled features that allow it

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Galaxy Tab S4 review: Even Samsung’s Dex desktop can’t save Android tablets

Enlarge / Samsung Dex can be used with or without an external monitor. (credit: Valentina Palladino)

OEMs are trying to make tablets that can replace your laptop, but most of us know that tablets can’t really do such a thing for power users. However, these new devices try to balance portability and power, giving users a device that’s easier to take along yet can also get things done like a traditional PC. Samsung’s latest attempt at this type of device is the Galaxy Tab S4, the successor to last year’s flagship Android tablet. And this time around, the Tab S4 boasts Samsung’s desktop-mode software called Dex.

Samsung hopes that including Dex will encourage users to go all-in with Android as both their mobile and desktop operating system—at least when they’re on the go. But Android isn’t a desktop OS, and, while Samsung bills the Tab S4 as a multitasking powerhouse akin

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EU taking another look at phone chargers because they’re still not standardized

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EU regulators are planning to investigate if there’s a need for a legal mandate to force phone manufacturers to use standard chargers. Should they do so, proprietary chargers—including Apple’s non-standard Lightning connector on its phones—could wind up being prohibited.

For the better part of a decade, the EU has been pushing phone manufacturers to standardize the chargers they use in an effort to cut the amount of electronic waste they generate. Phones typically come with a charger, and customers often toss the old charger when they buy a new phone. Ideally, old chargers are recycled, but they often find their way into a landfill, with the EU claiming that some 51,000 tons of waste are generated each year. The EU’s long-term goal is that phones and chargers should ultimately be bought separately, with one charger being retained across multiple phone

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