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

Enlarge / USB Type-C cable and port. (credit: USB-IF)

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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Chase now offers phone-based withdrawals at ‘nearly all’ ATMs

It took a long, long time, but Chase’s phone-based ATM withdrawals are finally widespread. The bank has expanded its card-free access to “nearly all” of its ATMs across the US, giving you one less reason to panic if you leave your wallet at home. As before, you can get in by tapping a device with a Chase debit or Liquid card linked to Apple Pay, Google Pay or Samsung Pay, and then entering your PIN code. It’s functionally equivalent to using your regular card, so you’re not facing the usual limits that come with making tap-to-pay purchases.

Source: Chase Media Center

Samsung Launches New Galaxy Tab S4 to Compete With iPad Pro

Samsung today announced the launch of its latest tablet, the Galaxy Tab S4, which, like Apple’s iPad Pro, has been designed as a computer replacement with productivity in mind.

The new 10.5-inch Galaxy Tab S4 is described as the “ultimate entertainment and multitasking assistant” thanks to the inclusion of Samsung DeX, which is the first time Samsung has built the feature into a tablet.



DeX is a docking solution that is designed to allow Samsung smartphone owners (and now tablet owners) to connect their devices to a keyboard, mouse, and monitor through a USB-C port, an HDMI port, and two USB ports. DeX on the Galaxy Tab S4 works using a simple HDMI adapter or with the DeX dock options and it offers true multitasking capabilities with users able to open multiple windows at one time.



Samsung is offering a $150 Book Cover Keyboard alongside the Galaxy Tab

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The best fitness devices for students

If you want to avoid the Freshman 15 (or the every-year-of-college 15, in many cases), tracking your workouts and walks around campus is a good place to start. There are plenty of devices out there that can accomplish just that, as well as help motivate you to exercise and get yourself moving when you’ve been studying for too long. We’ve rounded up several of our favorite fitness devices that will help you achieve your exercise goals within your budget, from smartwatches like the multifunction Apple Watch Series 3 and Fitbit Versa to apps like the Nike+ Run Club app. Find all that and much more in our complete 2018 back-to-school guide.

Source: Engadget’s 2018 Back-to-School Guide

Samsung’s Tab S4 is both an Android tablet and a desktop computer

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Today, Samsung is unveiling the successor to its well-rounded yet expensive Galaxy Tab S3 from last year. The new Galaxy Tab S4 improves upon last year’s slab in nearly every way, and it should be more versatile for users thanks to included Samsung Dex software. Confined to accessories until now, Samsung Dex software lets users connect a Samsung mobile device to a monitor and then use the device as a pseudo-desktop.

The first Dex dock came out over a year ago and was designed to be used with Samsung smartphones. Users could plug their device into the dock, connect it to a monitor, pair a keyboard and a mouse, and use the setup as they would a full desktop PC. The system ran a version of Android that Samsung modified to better suit a desktop UI, which included a lock screen and a task bar area with app

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Huawei supplants Apple as the second largest smartphone seller

While Huawei was already a smartphone giant, analyst numbers released today show that in the last quarter it sold more smartphones than any company in the world other than Samsung. IDC and Strategy Analytics found that smartphone sales slowed overall, a trend that hit Samsung the hardest of the big companies with its sales dropping off by more than 10 percent from last year. In its earnings report yesterday, Samsung said it’s moved the Galaxy Note 9 launch up as a result of lackluster Galaxy S9 sales, and it’s planning new devices based on foldable OLED technology.

Meanwhile, for Huawei a healthy reception for the P20 Series (we called the Pro version “the best smartphone you’ll never buy“) and the popularity of its midrange Nova devices delivered sales of 54.2 million units. That beat their projections for Apple by more than 10 million and snagged 15 Continue reading “Huawei supplants Apple as the second largest smartphone seller”

Huawei Surpasses Apple to Become #2 Worldwide Smartphone Vendor in Q2 2018

With 54.2 million smartphones shipped in the second calendar quarter of 2018, Chinese smartphone company Huawei has surpassed Apple to become the number two worldwide smartphone vendor, according to new data shared today by IDC.

During the quarter, which includes data from April to June, Apple shipped 41.3 million iPhones worldwide, a number that it shared earlier today with its earnings release for its third fiscal quarter. In the year-ago quarter, Apple shipped 41 million iPhones, marking just a small increase in shipments this year.



According to IDC, Apple’s share of the smartphone market for the quarter was 12.1 percent, compared to Huawei’s 15.8 percent. Huawei saw 41 percent year-over-year growth in market share with an increase of 15.7 million smartphones shipped in Q2 2018 compared to Q2 2017.



Samsung continues to be the number one smartphone vendor with 71.5 million smartphones shipped and

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Samsung Demonstrates New ‘Unbreakable’ OLED Display Panel

Samsung’s display unit earlier this week announced a new “unbreakable” OLED panel designed for smartphones, and a new video Samsung Display shared on YouTube demonstrates the durability of the display.

In the video, the unbreakable OLED panel is subjected to a beating with what appears to be a plastic or rubber mallet, and it withstands several blows without damage.



Samsung’s flexible all-plastic OLED panel is made from what it says is an unbreakable substrate adhered to an overlay window, a deviation from other, more breakable flexible OLED panels that use a glass-covered window.

The new OLED panel has been certified by Underwriters Laboratories, an official testing company for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration of the U.S. Department of Labor.

To earn the certification, the panel withstood 26 drops from 1.2 meters (4 feet) with no damage and held up to extreme temperature testing. Samsung says the display

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Samsung Shares Three New Ads Making Fun of the iPhone X’s Notch, Lack of SD Card Slot and No Split Screen Multitasking

Samsung this morning shared three new ads in its “Ingenius” series that’s designed to make fun of the Apple Genius Bar while highlighting features that Samsung believes will lure people to its Galaxy S9 devices instead of one of Apple’s iPhones.

The first ad makes fun of the notch on the iPhone X, with a customer who comes into the “Ingenius” bar asking the employee about the notch on the device, pointing out that it covers a portion of the display when watching a movie.



“It does still cover up some of the movie,” says customer. “It takes time to get used to it,” the employee responds before the ad cuts away to a family with notch-style haircuts.

While the Samsung Galaxy S9 has no notch, it does have top and bottom bezels, with the top bezel housing the camera, microphone, and ambient light sensor, ultimately offering less screen real

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The best mobile devices for students

There’s no negotiating on this: You need a smartphone at college. Powerful flagships like the iPhone X and the Samsung Galaxy S9 promise speedy performance, but even more affordable options like the Xperia XZ2 Compact and OnePlus 6 offer an impressive amount of bang for your buck. Though not necessary, you might also want a tablet for book-reading, or a smartwatch that double as a fitness tracker. While the Apple Watch is the most obvious choice for an iPhone user, other brands have offerings that are just as stylish — stuff you won’t be ashamed of wearing around campus.

As for tablets, Apple’s 9.7-inch iPad doesn’t break the bank (at least before you add on accessories) and is now compatible with the Apple Pencil — a tool once reserved for the higher-end iPad Pro line. Meanwhile, the Microsoft Surface Pro offers laptop-grade power, though we recommend paying extra for Continue reading “The best mobile devices for students”

Samsung Mocks iPhone’s Camera, Lack of Headphone Jack, and Extra-Cost Fast Charging in Latest Galaxy S9 Ads

Samsung has expanded upon its “Ingenius” ad campaign with three new videos titled Dongle, Fast Charger, and Camera.

In each of the videos, Samsung depicts an Apple Store employee having a conversation with a customer, attempting to justify the iPhone’s lack of a headphone jack and lack of a fast charger included in the box.

For what it’s worth, rumors suggest Apple will include a faster 18W charger in the box with its upcoming 2018 iPhones.





A third ad also emphasizes that the Galaxy S9+’s camera has a higher DxOMark score than the iPhone X—99 versus 97 respectively—although DxOMark has attracted some criticism, and camera quality can be subjective.



Samsung shared the first ad in this series earlier this week, highlighting the Galaxy S9’s faster LTE download speeds versus the iPhone X, based on Ookla’s Speedtest Intelligence Data from February to April 2018.

The ads don’t even try

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Samsung Ad Pokes Fun at Apple Genius Bar and Touts Faster Galaxy S9 LTE Speeds

Samsung’s back to a familiar advertising tactic in its latest Galaxy S9 video – making fun of Apple. The new “Ingenius: Speed” ad shared this afternoon by Samsung pokes fun at the Genius Bar while touting Samsung’s faster download speeds.

In the video, a customer at the “Ingenius” bar that resembles an Apple Store asks about the iPhone X’s download speeds compared to the Galaxy S9’s speeds, leaving the Apple retail employee unable to respond.



Customer: So the iPhone X doesn’t have the fastest download speeds.

Genius: It is faster than the iPhone 8.

Customer: But the download speeds aren’t faster than the Galaxy S9. I thought it was the “smartphone of the future.”

Genius: Um…

Samsung’s new video, and its Galaxy S9 website, are touting its LTE performance scores on Ookla’s Speedtest Intelligence Data from February to April 2018. Ookla, for those unfamiliar, uses real-world user-submitted speed test

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Future iPhones Could Use Samsung’s Industry-First LPDDR5 DRAM

Samsung today announced it has completed functional testing and validation of the industry’s first 10-nanometer class 8-gigabit LPDDR5 DRAM.



Samsung says the prototype chip boasts a data rate of up to 6.4 Gbps, which is 1.5 times as fast as the LPDDR4X DRAM used in the iPhone X and other flagship smartphones. The chip also features an all-new sleep mode and other features that reduce power consumption by up to 30 percent.

AnandTech has a good overview of the chip’s technical details, but from a higher level, this development could result in future iPhones having even faster, yet even more efficient, memory. That would translate to maximized performance and extended battery life, which is good news all around.

Samsung said it plans to begin mass production of its next-generation DRAM lineups, including this LPDDR5 DRAM chip, but didn’t specify when. LPDDR5 is said to be so cutting edge

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Samsung Expected to Match 2018 iPhone Sizes With Galaxy S10 Lineup

Apple is widely rumored to introduce a trio of new iPhones in September, including a second-generation 5.8-inch iPhone X, a larger 6.46-inch version dubbed iPhone X Plus, and a 6.1-inch model with only some iPhone X features.

Galaxy S9


Perhaps inspired by those plans, respected analyst Ming-Chi Kuo claims that Samsung will follow suit with its Galaxy S10 lineup next year, including 5.8-inch, 6.1-inch, and 6.4-inch models. Kuo outlined his predictions in his latest research note with TF International Securities, seen by Business Insider.

Kuo notes that the 6.1-inch and 6.4-inch models will be equipped with an ultrasonic fingerprint scanner built into the display, a feature that Apple decided against on the iPhone X. The technology will also be built into the Galaxy Note 10 later in 2019, according to his research note.

Kuo’s prediction will surely reignite a long-standing debate about

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