Rumor: Samsung Galaxy Note 9 To Sport A 7nm Exynos Chipset - Android Headlines


The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 will be powered by a significantly different system-on-chip (SoC) than the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus, one industry insider said on Saturday. While the South Korean phone maker traditionally equipped its Galaxy S and Galaxy Note-branded handsets released within the same calendar year with identical chips, the company is said to be changing that product development strategy as of 2018, with the Galaxy S9 lineup being expected to feature the Exynos 9810 built on a 10nm process, while the silicon fueling the Galaxy Note 9 will be developed with either an 8nm or 7nm process node, the source revealed. According to the same insider, the name “Exynos 9810” isn’t final and may change by the time the chip is commercialized in spring 2018.

The Exynos 9810 was the subject of another report earlier this month, with another source also claiming that the chipset will be found inside the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus, in addition to shipping with CDMA support. The silicon is expected to be Samsung’s second SoC built on the 10nm FinFET process node and could possibly be its last such chip given how Qualcomm and TSMC are already heavily invested in developing 7nm SoCs and the Seoul-based tech giant must follow suit or risk getting left behind. Being able to fit more transistors on a physical area than 10nm chipsets can, the 7nm technology should allow for even more efficient silicon, though it remains to be seen whether Samsung decides to make a direct jump from a 10nm to 7nm manufacturing process or if the Galaxy Note 9 ends up shipping with an 8nm chipset, provided that the latest report is accurate.

While this year’s Galaxy Note 8 is rumored to possibly feature the Snapdragon 836 instead of the Snapdragon 835 powering the U.S. variants of the Galaxy S8 series, the two lineups are still said to be relatively similar in terms of performance, much like their predecessors. If Samsung adopts a new, more advanced SoC manufacturing technology for the Galaxy Note 9 compared to the Galaxy S9 family, that decision would likely lead to the largest performance discrepancy between contemporary Galaxy S and Galaxy Note lineups to date. More details on Samsung’s hardware endeavors should follow later this year.

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Sorry iPhone, you're not the only great dual-camera phone - CNET

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Dual rear cameras on phones are officially a thing. Like the iPhone 7 Plus, the OnePlus 5 uses dual-cameras to make zoomed in pictures look great and create photos with bokeh (gorgeous, out-of-focus backgrounds). But unlike the iPhone, the OnePlus has higher resolution cameras with slightly wider apertures that let in a bit more light.

On paper, the OnePlus 5's camera hardware looks impressive (see chart below) especially since it costs hundreds of dollars less than the iPhone. But when it comes to photography, the proof is in the pictures. That's something the iPhone 7 Plus proved in our tests against single camera shooters like the Google Pixel and the Samsung Galaxy S8.

However, the iPhone hasn't gone up against the OnePlus 5. Until now. And the OnePlus 5 gives it a run for its money.

I took this pair of dual-camera twins around the Mission in San Francisco for an old fashioned camera battle royale, snapping pics of people, cityscapes, murals, food, indoor golfers and skateboarders.

All images are right off the phone without any post-processing and features like HDR were left in auto mode while shooting.

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Apple Loop: New iPhone 8 Screen Leaks, OnePlus 5 Beats iPhone 7 Plus, iPad Pro Defeats MacBook Air - Forbes

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Taking a look back at another week of news from Cupertino, this week’s Apple Loop includes new details of the iPhone 8 screen and sensors, reviews of the new MacBook Pro and iMac, the OnePlus 5 beating the iPhone 7 Plus, why it is time to kill the MacBook Air, watchOS UI improvements, and a look at the birth of the iPhone from the Computer History Museum.

Apple Loop is here to remind you of a few of the very many discussions that have happened around Apple over the last seven days (and you can read my weekly digest of Android news here on Forbes).

The Case Of The Case That Talks About The iPhone 8

Thanks to the timely leak from case manufacturer MobileFun about their line-up of protective covers, it’s possible to deduce a little bit more about the iPhone 8’s physical construction and display. Forbes’ Gordon Kelly reports:

Highlights include: an almost bezel-less, massive 5.8-inch elongated display (which is the largest panel ever fitted in an iPhone), a vertically aligned rear dual camera, no home button (raising expectations Touch ID will be integrated into the display) and a ‘cut-out’ at the top of the main display for the front camera and sensors.

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'Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered' Standalone Release Has One Big Problem - Forbes

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered is finally getting a standalone release.
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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered is finally getting a standalone release.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered is finally getting a standalone release. The game drops on PS4 next Tuesday for $39.99.

That's not a huge surprise. The standalone release was leaked as recently as last week. The game lands on June 27th, roughly 9 months after the release of Infinite Warfare.

Remastered Controversy

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Windows 10 S' security brought down by, of course, Word macros - Ars Technica

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The major premise justifying Windows 10 S, the new variant of Windows 10 that can only install and run applications from the Windows Store, is that by enforcing such a restriction, Windows 10 S can—like iOS and Chrome OS—offer greater robustness and consistency than regular Windows. For example, as Microsoft has recently written, apps from the Windows Store can't include unwanted malicious software within their installers, eliminating the bundled spyware that has been a regular part of the Windows software ecosystem.

If Windows 10 S can indeed provide much stronger protection against bad actors—both external ones trying to hack and compromise PCs and internal ones, such as schoolkids—then its restrictions represent a reasonable trade-off. The downside is that you can't run arbitrary Windows software; the upside is that you can't run arbitrary Windows malware. That might not be the right trade-off for every Windows user, but it's almost surely the right one for some.

But if that protection is flawed—if the bad guys can somehow circumvent it—then the value of Windows 10 S is substantially undermined. The downside for typical users will remain, as there still won't be any easy and straightforward way to install and run arbitrary Windows software. But the upside, the protection against malware, will evaporate.

Conversely, however, if that protection works well, Microsoft shouldn't restrict it to those Windows 10 users who have bought a brand-new PC with Windows 10 S pre-installed. There are many Windows 10 machines already in homes and schools around the world, and they should be offered a similar set of trade-offs if they want.

Unfortunately, it appears that Windows 10 S' security is not what it should be, and even if the defects are addressed, there's no good way to opt in to the protection that Windows 10 S purports to offer.

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