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The answer is "actually, not a lot". These are very much iteration handsets, tweaking what was wrong with the S8 and S8+, but without adding anything majorly new or groundbreaking. The biggest change for both handsets is in the camera department , with the S9+ getting a dual camera setup (a first for a Galaxy model phone), while the S9 makes do with Samsung's new "dual aperture" camera design. Here's a quick look at what's "better" on the S9 / S9+ Galaxy S8/Galaxy S8+ Galaxy S9/Galaxy S9+ Display 5.8/6.2-inch Super AMOLED, Quad HD+, 18:5:9 5.8/6.2-inch Super AMOLED, Quad HD+, 18:5:9 Processor Exynos 8895/Snapdragon 835 Octa-core, 10nm, 64-bit Exynos 9810/Snapdragon 845 Octa-core, 10nm, 64-bit RAM 4GB LPDDR4 4GB / 6GB LPDDR4 Rear camera 12-megapixel, OIS, Dual Pixel, phase-detection autofocus, 4K video recording 12-megapixel, OIS, Dual Pixel, phase-detection autofocus, 4K video recording / 12+12MP dual camera with dual OIS Front camera 8-megapixel autofocus, F1.7 aperture, QHD video recording 8-megapixel autofocus, F1.7 aperture, QHD video recording Storage 64GB internal, microSD slot (up to 256GB) 64GB internal, microSD slot (up to 400GB) Software Android 7.0 Nougat Android 8.0 Oreo Battery 3,000/3,500 mAh, Adaptive Fast Charge and fast wireless charging 3,000/3,500 mAh, Adaptive Fast Charge and fast wireless charging Connectivity 4G LTE, Bluetooth 5.0, Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac, USB Type-C, 3.5mm headphone jack 4G LTE, Bluetooth 5.0, Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac, USB Type-C, 3.5mm headphone jack Dimensions 148.9×68.1×8.0mm/159.5×73.4 x8.1mm, 152g/173g 147.7×68.7×8.5mm/158.1×73.8x 8.5mm, 163g/189g Other features AKG earphones, 32-bit audio, Bixby virtual assistant, Samsung Pay, IP68 water & dust resistance, fingerprint sensor, iris/face recognition, pressure sensor AKG earphones, stereo speakers, AR Emoji, 32-bit audio, Bixby, Samsung Pay, IP68 water & dust resistance, fingerprint sensor, iris/face recognition, pressure sensor There is one other, significant change though; one which every user of the S8 / S*+ will be very happy about - the fingerprint sensor has finally been positioned *under* the camera sensors in the middle of the device. You know; exactly how everyone else did last year!
This phone a blatent re-boot of the original 3310, playing on our nostalgia for the previous almost-indestructable handset. This time round, the phone gets a colour screen, Bluetooth, MicroSD slot, 2MP camera, micro-USB charging and a headphone socket. There's no GPS, 4G / LTE, NFC or anythig else special, but at a Euro 49 price point, you can't ask for much more. You do get 2.5G browsing on the built-in Opera web browser, but forget about email, facebook, twitter etc. The design has had a bit of an update, including a slightly curved screen and some lucious looking smooth plastics. Oh, and there's a new version of Snake! The phone will be available world-wide in Q2 this year.
We'll be covering the Windows, Android & Chrome Transformer Pads, tablets & laptops in future articles, but for now we're concentrating on the new ZenFone range, which, unlike some other manufacturers, will be available very soon indeed. First of all, let me say that while absolutely lovely products, the three phones launched tonight, the ZenFone 4, ZenFone 5 & ZenFone 6 (depicting their screen size), are not being pitched as absolute top-of-the-range Android devices. Their screens aren't QuadHD; their cameras aren't 20 MPix; their mass isn't 5 grams. However, what they are, are immensely usable, functional, very nice to hold, premium quality, fully specified handsets with the majority of features you would expect to find on the average Samsung, Motorola or HTC device. Asus are very much an Intel house. What this means is that they generally don't produce any device, be it a phone, laptop or tablet, which contains any processor other than an Intel chip. Subsequently the majority of the ZenFone range runs on the latest Intel quad-core Atom processors, tied to Android 4.4.2, ensuring not only excellent performance ratings, but also an exceptional range of available applications from the Play Store as well as all-important stand out battery life. It is worth noting however, that the Intel SOC doesn't yet support LTE, so any 4G Asus handsets are forced to use a "more traditional" ARM-based SOC, usually a Snapdragon processor. There is another side-effect, or more accurately a benefit, of Asus producing Intel-only devices - they get somewhat preferential pricing from Intel. What this mean to us, the consumer, is that we get to enjoy Asus' excellent products at rock-bottom prices! The ZenFone range starts at only £99.99 inc VAT! That's not an "on contract" price - that's the unsubsidised RRP for the ZenFone 4 in the UK! The ZenFone 4 and ZenFone 6 are available only as 3G (intel Atom based) handsets, while the ZenFone 5 is available as either a 3G (intel Atom based) or 4G (Snapdragon 400 based) handset. The entire range are available as dual-SIM handsets (this is apparently region dependent, but there's no mention of which regions it applies to) and have from 8GB internal storage on the ZenFone 4 up to 16GB on the ZenFone 6. All come with an external microSD card slot. The ZenFone 5 & 6 have Asus' PixelMaster technology which improves low light and other performance from the camera, which is 8MPix on the ZenFone 5 and 13MPix on the ZenFone 6. While it was fairly hard to get meaningful hands-on impressions last night, due to the phones not having SIM cards or configured wireless connectivity and the venue being in nightclub mode (so no meaningful pictures I'm afraid) the handsets all felt well made and solid in the hand, while the displays were bright and vibrant.The ZenFone 4 felt a little portly, mainly due to it being the same thickness (if not slighly thicker) as the ZenFone 5 & 6, which in turn felt more balanced and generally well rounded. To my mind the ZenFone 5 is the sweet spot of the range and certainly the one I think will sell in the largest numbers. UI response was smooth and fast, with Asus' additions and alterations to stock Android not detracting from the overall experience. There was some bloatware installed, but it didn't seem overly intrusive and was the usual Asus fare found on many other of their devices. The camera was nice to use, having been re-skinned from the stock Android camera to something similar to the latest Samsung camera offering. One interesting feature, if only by name, was that turning the flash to permanently on was described as "low light mode". The ZenFone range is available to pre-order from 21st August and will be shipping from 1st September 2014. The ZenFone range are priced as follows: ZenFone 4: £99.99 ZenFone 5: £149.99 (£179.99 for the ZenFone 5 LTE) ZenFone 6: £249.99 More information is available on Asus' website as listed below. Please note that some of the links on the ZenFone 6 page aren't curently working correctly, you'll need to add the page name to the end of the URL already in your address bar. (you'll get the idea) ZenFone 4: http://www.asus.com/Tablets_Mobile/ASUS_ZenFone_4/ ZenFone 5: http://www.asus.com/Tablets_Mobile/ASUS_ZenFone_5/ ZenFone 6: http://www.asus.com/Tablets_Mobile/ASUS_ZenFone_6/
The Galaxy Premier has a much better spec than the Galaxy S III mini, but is still not as highly spec'd as the Galaxy S III. In detail, this phone has: 4.65-inch, (720 x 1280) Super AMOLED screen Dual-core 1.5 GHz TI OMAP 4470 processor 1GB of RAM 8GB or 16GB internal storage (32GB may be an option) Android 4.1 Jelly Bean 8-megapixel rear camera 1.9-megapixel front-camera Bluetooth 4.0 NFC. ... so that specification is essentially an updated version of the Galaxy S II, but with a higer resolution screen and a slightly faster processor, as well as NFC as standard. If this phone appears in the UK, it could be the answer for all those who think the Galaxy S III is just a little too big!