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Hands-on with the Samsung Galaxy S9

Samsung has launched its Galaxy S9 and S9+[1] flagship smartphones, which feature improved camera systems and Samsung’s Infinity Edge display. The Galaxy S9 sports a dual-aperture camera which can automatically switch between apertures, depending on lighting conditions. The device can also take super slow-motion video, recording 720p videos at 960 frames-per-second.

This can essentially turn a 0.2-second clip into a six-second slow-motion video. Samsung’s Galaxy S9 and S9+ also include new software features, such as AR Emoji and enhanced Bixby AI functionality. The fingerprint sensor remains at the back of the device, while the new model includes facial recognition and iris scanning.

The Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ are priced at R15,499 and R17,999 respectively, and are set to launch in South Africa in March 2018.

Hands-on

Samsung kindly provided a Galaxy S9 unit to MyBroadband, which we have photographed and posted below. The Galaxy S9 fits comfortably in a single hand, while its fingerprint sensor is in the perfect spot for quick unlocks. The 18.5:9 aspect ratio provides lots of screen real estate, while also making the device comfortable to operate.

As a Samsung and Android fan, I can’t wait to play with the S9 in the coming weeks. I’ve just set up my Google account on the device and am ready to see what it has to offer.


Samsung Galaxy S9


Samsung Galaxy S9 next to Apple iPhone X


Now read: Samsung’s Galaxy S9 launch event in South Africa – Photos[2]

References

  1. ^ Galaxy S9 and S9+ (mybroadband.co.za)
  2. ^ Samsung’s Galaxy S9 launch event in South Africa – Photos (mybroadband.co.za)

Apple will not kill the iPhone X this year – Report

Reports that Apple will stop production of the iPhone X this year are untrue, according to The Investor[1]. Recent reports stated[2] that when Apple reveals its new iPhones later this year, it will end production of the iPhone X. This was said to be due to lacklustre signs of demand for the device.

The latest report states that the iPhone X will continue its production run until at least 2019.

It added that Apple will not launch three new iPhone models this year, rather only two.

The new devices are said to be 5.85-inch and 6.46-inch units.

Now read: Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ images leaked[3]

References

  1. ^ The Investor (www.theinvestor.co.kr)
  2. ^ Recent reports stated (mybroadband.co.za)
  3. ^ Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ images leaked (mybroadband.co.za)

Apple fixing supply problems with iPhone X

Apple Inc. is fixing supply problems with the iPhone X, its most important device in years, setting the company up for a better-than-expected holiday period. Supported by resurgent iPad and Mac sales, the 10-year anniversary iPhone will help push revenue to a record high of £84 billion to £87 billion in the quarter ending in late December, Apple said in a statement. Analysts had predicted £84 billion, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.

The shares rose 3.1 percent in extended trading on Thursday. If the stock nears that level on Friday, Apple will be within reach of a £900 billion market capitalization, solidifying its status as the world’s most valuable public company. The iPhone X has two headline innovations: an edge-to-edge display and a facial recognition system that uses 3-D sensors.

Both components have endured production problems, and soon after people started pre-ordering the handset on Oct.

27, shipping times lengthened to as many as six weeks. Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook said Apple is addressing the delays. Production is “going well, we’re doing more each week and I’m pleased with how things are going,” he said in an interview. “The initial demand for iPhone X has been very, very strong.”

Six-week waiting times for online iPhone X orders will be reduced in the next two days as Apple adds more production capacity, he added. Indeed, wait times were already falling on Thursday in several major markets, including China. Long lines had formed outside Apple retail stores ahead of the Friday launch. iPhones usually account for about two-thirds of Apple revenue and the devices are a hub for a growing suite of other products and services from the company.

If the iPhone X is a big hit, that could fuel growth of offerings like Apple Music and iCloud storage in coming years. Apple shares have hit records this week, with investors predicting demand for the handset will continue in future quarters. Cook provided few specifics on how well the iPhone X is doing compared with other versions of the phone, but his vaguely positive comments, combined with estimate-beating fiscal fourth-quarter results, kept investors happy.

“I’ve got goosebumps — it’s another great quarter, tremendous momentum and we’ve got the iPhone X to look forward to,” Hank Smith, chief investment officer at Haverford Trust, which owns Apple shares, said in a Bloomberg Television interview. Apple also forecast a gross profit margin of 38 percent to 38.5 percent for the holiday quarter. Analysts were looking for 38.5 percent.

Results over this crucial period will also benefit from the HomePod, a smart speaker that will be available in December. It competes with a range of revamped Echo speakers from Amazon.com Inc. and Google’s Home devices. For the company’s fiscal fourth quarter, which ended Sept.

30, Apple reported earnings of £2.07 a share on revenue of £52.6 billion. Analysts projected £1.87 a share and sales of £50.7 billion. Sales in Greater China rose 12 percent to £9.8 billion.

The company had £269 billion in cash and long-term marketable securities at the end of September. Cook highlighted market share gains in China for the iPhone, iPad and Mac products. “We sold more iPhones than we expected,” he said. “We had double-digit iPhone growth in many of the emerging markets.” Apple said Mac sales jumped 25 percent in the period, iPad revenue grew 14 percent and other products, such as the Watch and AirPods, surged 36 percent.

Total sales rose 12 percent, the biggest increase in two years. When Apple unveiled the £999 iPhone X in September, it also introduced the iPhone 8, which is £300 cheaper and a more modest upgrade to the prior handset. The iPhone 8 went on sale a week before the end of the September quarter, and contributed to fiscal fourth-quarter results.

The handset failed to boost the average price consumers paid for iPhones, though, with the £618 average falling short of the £633 estimated by analysts. It’s the first time that Apple has staggered the release of new handsets that were unveiled at the same time. The delay may have prompted some buyers to wait to check out the iPhone X before deciding on its more affordable sibling.

That may have pushed more sales into the holiday quarter. The results follow strong third quarters from technology companies including Alphabet Inc., Microsoft Corp. and Amazon. Shoppers, advertisers and businesses are more active online and a lot of that is happening on Apple iPhones, iPads and Mac computers.

Apple’s reinvigorated effort to expand services, like the App Store and Apple Music, has also locked customers into its products more tightly. That’s creating more stable demand for the iPhone X even amid manufacturing problems. The company said its services business generated record revenue of £8.5 billion in the fiscal fourth-quarter, up 34 percent from a year earlier.

“With solid iPhone 8 and 8 Plus sales and strong iPhone X preorders, it is likely that iPhone X will expand the range of users interested in smartphones rather than cannibalize sales of less expensive iPhones,” Michael Obuchowski, chief investment officer at Merlin Asset Management, said. “A good measure of user’s engagement was strongly accelerating growth in Apple services.” One of Apple’s latest customer lock-in tools is an updated mobile operating system supporting augmented reality features and apps that can super-impose images and information onto a user’s view of the real world. The innovation may prove an important step on the path to Apple’s potential next big product, smart glasses, for which CEO Cook has created a dedicated team.

Apple’s research and development spending climbed 17 percent in the three months through September to £3 billion.

Now read: Cat S41 launched in South Africa[1]

References

  1. ^ Cat S41 launched in South Africa (mybroadband.co.za)