- Create the necessary enabling environment to facilitate the placement, utilization and exploitation of ICT within the economy and society.
- Support the development of a viable knowledge-based ICT industry to facilitate the production, manufacturing, development, delivering, and distribution of ICT products and services.
- Promote an improve educational system within which ICT widely deployed to facilitate the delivery of educational services at all levels of the educational system
- Facilitate the development, expansion, rehabilitation and the continuous modernization of the national information and communications infrastructure
- Accelerate the development of women and eliminating gender inequalities in education, employment, decision making through the deployment and exploitation of ICT by building capacities and providing opportunities for girls and women
- Facilitate the development and implementation of the necessary legal, institutional and regulatory framework and structures required for supporting the deployment, utilization and the development of ICT.
- Facilitate the development and promotion of the necessary standards, good practices and guidelines to support the deployment and exploitation of ICT within the society and economy.CAN SofTech
CAN Soft-Tech is a major activity of Computer Association of Nepal (CAN) that brings together national and international Software, Networking Solutions, Mobile Solutions, Security Solutions, ISPs, Product Launch/New Products, Wireless Solutions, Banking Solutions, IT Enabled Services Solutions, Data center Solutions, SMB, New Product Launch, Anti Virus, e-Governance, Access Control and Security Solutions, BPO developers under single umbrella for business platform, promotion, exhibition and knowledge transfer. It is an opportunity to share ideas, demonstrate products and services, and information exchange for national and international software developers/products and software users/professionals engaged in various IT related industries. At the event separate time slots and premises are allocated for demonstration of products.
७ माघ, काठमाडौं । प्रधानन्यायाधीश गोपाल पराजुली आइतवार नेपाल प्रेस काउन्सिलको एक कार्यक्रममा मिडियाबाट पीडित पात्रका रुपमा प्रस्तुत गरिए ।
कार्यक्रमको स्वागत भाषण गर्ने काउन्सिल सदस्य सुदर्शन आचार्यदेखि पराजुलीभन्दा ठीक अगाडि बोल्ने पत्रकार महासंघका अध्यक्ष गोविन्द आचार्यसम्मको अभिव्यक्तिले प्रधानन्यायाधीश पराजुलीलाई ढाडस दियो ।
डा.गोविन्द केसीले पराजुलीविरुद्ध थालेको अभियानका क्रममा ‘केही मिडिया’ले नियोजितरुपमा खेदेको र देशको न्याय प्रणालीप्रति नै जनतामा घृणा पैदा गराउन खोजेको टिप्पणी उनको उपस्थितिमा पत्रकारिता क्षेत्रका व्यक्तिले नै गरेपछि प्रधानन्ययाधीशलाई राहत मिल्यो ।
आफूलाई मिडिया पीडितका रुपमा प्रस्तुत गरिएपछि प्रधानन्ययाधीश पराजुलीलाई पनि बोल्न सजिलो भयो ।
सूचना विभागको हलमा अनलाइनबाटै मिडिया र पत्रकारविरुद्ध उजुरी गर्न मिल्ने प्रणालीको उद्घाटन समारोहमा प्रमुख अतिथिका रुपमा निम्त्याइएका पराजुलीले पनि यो मौका गुमाउन चाहेनन् ।
उनले राम्रो काम गर्ने पत्रकारको प्रशंसा गर्दै नियतवश चरित्र हत्या गर्ने र न्यायालयप्रति अनास्था फैलाउन ‘प्रयोग हुनेहरु’ प्रति कटाक्ष गरे ।
प्रधानन्यायाधीश पराजुलीले पछिल्लो समय अदालतका काम कारवाहीमा प्रेसबाट अनावश्यक हस्तक्षेप हुने गरेको र न्यायाधीशहरुले न्याय सम्पादन गर्नै डराउनुपर्ने परिस्थिति सिर्जना भएको बताए । उनले अदालतमा बिचाराधीन विषयमा मिडियाहरु पक्ष विपक्षमा खडा हुँदा न्याय प्रणाली प्रभावित हुने गरेको बताए ।
प्रधानन्यायाधीश पराजुलीले अनलाइन मिडियाहरुलाई लाइक र शेयर बढाउनका लागि होइन, सत्यको पक्षमा लेख्न आग्रह गरे । उनले प्रेस स्वतन्त्रता असीमित नहुने भन्दै स्वतन्त्रताको उपयोग गर्दा अरुको मर्यादा ख्याल गर्नुपर्ने बताए ।
प्रेस काउन्सिलका कार्यवाहक अध्यक्ष किशोर श्रेष्ठको अध्यक्षतामा भएको कार्यक्रममा प्रधानन्ययाधीश पराजुलीले मिडियाबाट पीडित भएकाहरुले जहाँ भए पनि काउन्सिलमा उजुरी गर्न सक्ने गरी अनलाइन उजुरी प्रणालीको शुरुवात गरे । उनले काउन्सिलबाट प्रेसको नियमन र कारवाही राम्रोसँग होस् भन्ने कामना समेत गरेका थिए ।
Real-life friends often hit PCWorld staffers up for hardware recommendations. And when people ask for the best SSD, our universal answer has been “Get a Samsung 850 EVO.” That still holds true three years after the SSD’s launch. We recently bought another one for PCWorld’s graphics card testing system, in fact.
The Samsung 850 EVO isn’t the fastest SSD you can buy—that honor goes to advanced NVMe drives—but it’s neck-and-neck with other SATA-based drives. More importantly, the price of this once-cutting-edge SSD has plummeted over the years. While it started off expensive, today the Samsung 850 EVO offers a compelling blend of price, performance, and capacity that few SSDs can match, backed by a long five-year warranty and Samsung’s superb Magician SSD software for easy-peasy drive installation and maintenance. And as a SATA-based drive, the Samsung 850 EVO should have no problems slipping into most desktops or laptops, unlike exotic M.2 and PCIe SSDs.
The 500GB Samsung 850 EVO ($150 on Amazon) is probably the best option for most people, but it’s also available in 250GB, 1TB, 2TB, and 4TBmodels. Prices for SSDs start to get staggering once you hit 1TB or more of capacity, though. Most people would be better off buying the 500GB version and pairing it (if need be) with a high-capacity traditional hard drive like the Western Digital Blue lineup ($50 for 1TB on Amazon).
But after all these years other SSDs are challenging the Samsung 850 EVO. The Sandisk Ultra 3D ($150 for 500GB on Amazon) and Intel SSD 545s ($180 for 500GB on Newegg) are two other good options. The Sandisk Ultra 3D’s three-year warranty lags behind the five-year warranty of the Samsung and Newegg drives, though. The WD Blue 3D NAND SATA SSD ($155 on Amazon) is essentially the same SSD as the Sandisk Ultra 3D, but sold with a different label and in another form factor (M.2).
Best budget SSD
If you’re looking for a solid, easy-to-install SATA SSD but don’t want to spend a lot of money, check out the Crucial BX300. It’s one of the fastest budget-friendly drives we’ve tested.
Many cheap SSDs use triple-level cell (TLC) NAND chips that can peter out on the performance front when you’re transferring a lot of files and exceed the drive’s cache. (More on that in the buying guide section.) The Crucial BX300 uses multi-level cell (MLC) NAND that sidesteps the issue, so it delivers consistent transfer speeds even when you’ve moving over large batches of files. The three-year warranty isn’t great, but it isn’t bad either.
The price is certainly right though, especially if you’re planning to pair your SSD with a mechanical hard drive. On Amazon, you can grab a 120GB model for just $60 and a 240GB model for $80. There’s also a 480GB BX300 for $145, but in that price range, grab a Samsung 850 EVO or SanDisk Ultra 3D instead.
A few years ago, chatbots were supposed to take over as a leading way to interact with the internet. They would live on our phones and in our messaging apps. Whenever we needed anything, all we had to do was type out a question.
Things are turning out … differently.
Chatbots, bots, virtual assistants and agents are all about the conversational UI — about interacting with a computer through natural-language words and sentences.
The conventional wisdom used to be that the chatbot revolution would be driven by pre-emption, interjection and agency, as exemplified by Facebook M and Google Now.
Instead, the killer features are hands-free voice interaction and ubiquity — the main strengths of the Amazon Alexa platform.
Here’s what happened and why it matters.
Facebook M is dead
Facebook plans to close it’s M chatbot service on Jan. 19.
Facebook M, which launched in August 2015, was experimental, available to only 10,000 people in Silicon Valley.
When M first emerged, it was widely assumed to represent the future of how chatbots should and would work.
M was a chatbot-based virtual assistant with agency, meaning it could buy things on your behalf, send gifts and book reservations.
While initially shrouded in mystery and confusion, the purpose of M has now become clear. Facebook wanted to see how people might naturally use a somewhat open-ended virtual assistant chatbot. Facebook would try to serve those requests using a staff of humans, who would also train the A.I. so that over time the machines could take over from the people, resulting eventually in an automated service.
Facebook now knows what it didn’t know at the outset, which is that the state of A.I. is not ready to learn to become an all-purpose chatbot agent capable of going out into the world and doing things for a large number of people.
(Note that the confusingly named M Suggestions, which is a feature of Facebook Messenger, is not affected by the termination of M.)
It’s not a surprise that the same day this week that we learned of the demise of Facebook M, we also learned that Facebook is reportedly coming out with an Amazon Echo Show-like device for consumers called the Facebook Portal, according to a publication called Cheddar.
The company plans a May introduction of the device (at Facebook’s developer conference), with a rollout at $499 in the second half of the year, according to the report.
The Portal device is said to have a camera, and it will authenticate users based on face-recognition technology.
Google Now is dead, too — sort of
A few years ago, the conventional wisdom in tech circles was that Google Now was the most sophisticated virtual assistant.
Google Now was introduced in Android in the summer of 2012.
The best thing about Google Now was pre-emption: Display cards would pop up to alert you to things (rather than waiting for you to ask). Google Now used your location, calendar and, above all, Gmail messages to figure out what kind of help you needed, and it would try to give you that help with suggestion cards. One of its best tricks was to see on your calendar where you were going, check your current location, check the traffic between those locations, and give you advice about when to leave.
The Google Now feature still exists in the Google mobile app and elsewhere. But the “Google Now” branding does not. Those features are now considered a subset of Google Search, while Google focuses on its Assistant chatbot.
Meanwhile, the coolest feature of Google Assistant is interjection, which means it will pay attention to conversations in Allo and make suggestions based on the conversation.
Unfortunately, hardly anyone uses Allo, and so the amazing interjection powers of the Google Assistant are largely unknown and generally unused by the larger public.
That means Google’s two greatest and differentiating chatbot strengths — preemption and interjection — remain underutilized, underappreciated and underwhelming.
Just as Facebook killed M and is launching an Amazon Echo-like device, Google is putting most of its energy in Assistant as the intelligence behind its own Amazon Echo-like Home devices.
The common denominator is the Amazon Echo and its Alexa virtual assistant.
The Alexa factor
A couple of years ago, Amazon Alexa was considered to be the weakest and least sophisticated chatbot or virtual assistant on the market. (Oddly, MS-DOS and, later, Microsoft Windows initially had similar reputations.)
While agency, including the ability to buy things, was once assumed to be an important feature of a virtual assistant, it’s clear even for Alexa that buying things is secondary.
According to an Experian study last year, fewer than one-third of surveyed Echo owners have ever bought something through Alexa.
The vast majority of tasks involve setting a timer, playing a song, reading the news, checking the time — really, the most basic functions of a smartphone made convenient by voice interaction.
And yet Amazon is clearly dominating the space. This week’s CES showed that the industry is following Amazon’s lead.
Alexa appeared at the show inside projectors, ceiling lights, cars, glasses, showers, washing machines, earbuds, speakers — and even Windows 10 PCs.
The only company that’s even close to keeping up is Google with its Assistant, and that’s because Google is following the Alexa formula. (Plus, Google spent a small fortune at CES to advertise Google Assistant.)
Here’s the Alexa formula for dominating the virtual assistants category:
- Forget written text; focus entirely on spoken-word interaction
- Sell a wide range of hardware devices usable by everyday consumers
- Strongly encourage and incentivize third-party integrations via the Alexa Skills Kit
- Strongly encourage third-party hardware integration through its Development Kits for the Alexa Voice Service
- Strongly encourage enterprise adoption by way of the Alexa for Business program
The Alexa formula implies that it’s not necessary that a virtual assistant or chatbot does everything, or that it beats competitors on a technical level. What’s important is that it is available instantly everywhere.
Why Amazon is the new Microsoft
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos this week became the world’s richest person, according to the Forbes list. Over the past few decades, that spot was normally occupied by former Microsoft CEO Bill Gates.
The symbolism is timely; it was at CES this week that Amazon became the new Microsoft.
Microsoft rose to dominance by controlling the operating system that the majority of people and businesses used.
Amazon is now doing something similar with Alexa. While Alexa isn’t even close to becoming as important as Windows, it is becoming the operating system of the post-PC, post-smartphone future.
The reason is very simple, and perfectly described by Sam Dolnick, who oversees digital initiatives at The New York Times. He said: “We are living in a world where the mobile phone is dominant, and audio, which doesn’t require your eyes or your hands, is the ultimate mobile medium.”
Dolnick was referring to audio podcasting, but the same truth applies to virtual assistants.
While today we do our work on laptops and smartphones, in the future we’ll do much more work via virtual assistants (and augmented reality).
By the time that happens, Amazon will already own the operating system.
This story, “Why Amazon is the new Microsoft” was originally published byComputerworld.
Switching to a solid-state drive is the best upgrade you can make for your PC. These wondrous devices obliterate long boot times, speed up how fast your programs and games load, and generally makes your computer feel fast. But not all solid-state drives are created equal. The best SSDs offer solid performance at affordable prices—or, if price is no object, face-meltingly fast read and write speeds.
This article was last updated on January 12, 2018 to mention Intel’s new Optane 800P SSD.
Many SSDs come in a 2.5-inch form factor and communicate with PCs via the same SATA ports used by traditional hard drives. But out on the bleeding-edge of NVMe (Non-Volatile Memory Express) drives, you’ll find tiny “gumstick” SSDs that fit in M.2 connections on modern motherboards, SSDs that sit on a PCIe adapter and slot into your motherboard like a graphics card or sound card, futuristic 3D Xpoint drives, and more. Picking the perfect SSD isn’t as simple as it used to be.
That’s where this guide comes in. We’ve tested numerous drives to find the best SSDs for any use case. Let’s take a look at PCWorld’s top picks, and then dive into what to look for in an SSD. Quick note: This roundup only covers internal solid-state drives. Check out PCWorld’s guide to the best external drives if you’re looking for a portable storage solution.
Today’s a good time for getting a deal on mobile charging gear: Aukey via Amazon has dropped the price of its 12,000mAh portable charger to $12. This is one of the cheapest prices we’ve seen.
To get the deal, you must redeem the coupon in the drop-down menu near the current price of $26. At the time of this writing, three deals were available—the one you want is titled “54% off it item(s).”
This charger offers two USB ports with a combined 4.8A output, with Aukey claiming that you can “simultaneously charge two iPads at max speed.” It also features Aukey’s AiPower feature that provides the safest and fastest recharge rate for anything you connect.
In the box you get the charger, a micro USB cable for powering up the charger itself, a user manual, and a 24-month warranty. The device weighs about half a pound and measures 6 x 2 x 0.7 inches.
That’s pretty much all there is to it. Just fill it up to its capacity, throw it in your bag, and keep your phones and tablets alive while on the go. Aukey says you should be able to charge most phones up to three times if you’ve fully charged this power bank.
This story, “Aukey is selling its 12,000mAh power bank for $12 right now” was originally published by PCWorld.
Avira is a great choice for people who want a no-nonsense antivirus security suite with very few extras. The company certainly has a whole roster of services and features including a software updater, password manager, VPN, and system analyzer. However, Avira focuses on its antivirus offerings first. Antivirus Pro—the subject of this review—is its main product for home users.
Like its competitors, Avira has an “ultimate” package called Prime that offers all its products for a single price. It’s quite pricey, however, at $120 to $156 per year depending on how many devices you need to license.
Antivirus Pro is far cheaper by comparison at just $45 per year for five devices, with support for Windows, Mac, and Android. At that price, Avira is quite basic antivirus protection, with no extras. In fact, some users might wonder why they should pay for Avira Pro over the company’s free antivirus offering.
Note: This review is part of our best antivirus roundup. Go there for details about competing products and how we tested them.
When you first open Avira’s softwarea dashboard of sorts shows you what Avira components are installed on your PC, and which other offerings you can install, each with its own yearly subscription price.
The only real choice you have is to open Antivirus Pro. Choose that and the next panel in the same window displays the antivirus interface. This is a rather small window with a left rail that offers five basic choices: Status, Scan, Modules, Quarantine, and Activity.
The Status section is a dashboard showing your PC’s current security status. It tells you the status of the real-time protection, firewall, and web protection—each of these features is called a “module.” There’s also a button to run a quick scan.
If you click on Scan a menu pops out from the left rail with options to do a full scan, quick scan, custom scan, or schedule a scan for a specific time. By default, Avira carries out a quick scan on a weekly basis.
Modules also offers a pop-out menu similar to its neighbor. Here you can turn on or off real-time protection, the firewall, web protection, and mail protection.
The last two sections are fairly self-explanatory. Quarantine shows all the various files that have been locked up for bad behavior, and Activity shows a history of actions carried out by the antivirus program.
Avira’s interface is very simple to understand and it doesn’t over-complicate things by opening multiple windows—though a second one does open up for PC scans. The app is also quite straightforward and is simple enough for most users to navigate. The word “modules” as a menu option is likely to intimidate some users since it’s a little technical sounding, but the section doesn’t require much interaction anyway.
One interesting feature, which is probably more security theater than actual security, automatically blocks access to unknown USB keys until you explicitly permit it. The thing is, anyone standing in front of the PC can just tap OK, so it couldn’t stop someone from loading your PC with malware while you’re away. Nevertheless, it’s not a bad idea to be reminded that you should be wary of the USB keys you insert into your PC.
The alert message could use a little work, however, since it considers any USB key you use as potentially malicious. That could cause some novice users to stop using USB drives altogether for fear they might be filled with malware. On the upside, you can mark a specific USB key as safe, meaning it will be let through every time, which also has its problems.
Avira is deemed a top performer by third-party security testing firms. A-V Test said Avira had a 99 percent detection rate for 0-day and malware attacks based on 202 samples. Malware detection, meanwhile, was at 100 percent based on more than 10,000 samples.
A-V Comparatives found similar results with 100 percent in the real-world protection tests, and 99.9 percent in its malware test. It was also very good in the firm’s offline malware test detecting 98 percent of the nearly 38,000 samples.
In our PCMark 8 benchmark test, our test PC scored the usual 2,538 without any anti-virus installed, and 2,533 with Avira running. The larger number is better, which means Avira caused a very minor drop in performance.
In the Handbrake test, Avira caused a slowdown of about 45 seconds in the encoding performance of a 3.8GB HD video file. Usually, the test PC can complete that task with a fresh Windows 10 install in one hour, 15 minutes, and 30 seconds. With Avira running, that time went up to one hour, 16 minutes, and 13 seconds. Again, very minor impact for home users.
Avira offers great antivirus protection, but should you pay $45 for it? You certainly get value compared to similarly priced A-V suites. The trouble is that Avira’s free option isn’t that different from the paid version. The only thing you don’t get is the USB key warning (of arguable value), and web and mail protection.
If you don’t use a mail desktop client, the mail protection isn’t much use, and web protection can be covered by a handful of free browser extensions alongside a modern browser.
If you need mail protection and/or you like the idea of the USB key warning, then Avira is a good choice. Otherwise, I’d suggest you try out the free version and see if you’re missing anything.
This story, “Avira Antivirus Pro review: Great performance, but the free version is probably sufficient” was originally published by PCWorld.
As a performance junkie, I’m less concerned about the security risks of the Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities—after all, there are no known exploits in use today—than I am about a performance hit from the fixes.
And from what I’m seeing, my concerns are warranted.
My sole experience with a fully updated platform so far is with Microsoft’s original Surface Book. It’s based on an Intel “Skylake” Core i7-6700U and has 16GB of LPDDR3 and a 512GB Samsung 950 Pro NVMe drive. The Surface Book is running the 64-bit Windows 10 Pro Fall Creator’s Update.
I basically drove the machine all week at CES, and on Friday morning when I fired it up at home, I found that Microsoft had pushed out two pairs of firmware updates that address the Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities.
I’ll admit, I’m still trying to play catch up on just what the hell is going on with Spectre and Meltdown, but this was a great opportunity to run before and after benchmarks on a production machine.
I know from reading Steve Walton’s write-up at TechSpot that the performance of games and most CPU-intensive apps doesn’t change. But Walton found storage read/write performance to be an issue, so this was my first point of investigation on the Surface Book. I started my tests with a not-yet-patched machine.
Before the Spectre and Meltdown fix
I started by running the default test for CrystalDiskMark 5.5.0. It’s the slightly older version, but the results are still valid for two areas: small 4K reads and writes as well as 4K reads and writes using a queue depth of 32. To the left you’ll find the result before Surface Firmware 91.1926.768.0 and 90.1837.256.0 were installed.
I made three repeated runs with two to five minutes of rest time in between to let the SSD return to normal temperature. SSDs, as you may know, can slow when heated. This is one particular result, but representative of the results I saw.
After the Spectre and Meltdown fix
Once I completed my tests, I was able to reboot the Surface Book and let the firmware patches install.
As you can see in the chart to the right, the sequential read and write performance doesn’t change much (in fact, CrystalDiskMark no longer uses a low-queue-depth sequential test). But just as TechSpot found, 4K performance ain’t pretty. While 4K read performance was similar, the write performance dropped by 26 percent.
Far worse, though, 4K read and write with high queue depth take a performance hit of 42 percent and 39 percent, respectively. Ouch.
As with the pre-patch state, I ran the test three times with similar results.
A more relatable scenario
Unpatched, I saw an overall score of 450. Once patched, the score dropped, though not substantially, to 433. That’s about 4 percent slower. Intel’s own findings with that same test show about a 10 percent reduction.
So is the situation not as dire as the synthetic storage benchmarks make it out to be? Yes and no. We’re still very early in testing the patches, but it’s safe to assume that performance drops will be dependent on what you actually do with your machine.
As TechSpot found, most classic tests (such as pure 3D rendering) and most games won’t see a change. But the greater-than-20-percent storage penalty that both TechSpot and I observed will rear its head occasionally.
In fact, one test that Intel presents is BAPCo’s SYSMark 2014 SE. One of the most advanced benchmarks around, SYSMark uses real-world applications such as Word and Photoshop, and then runs them through tasks that mirror real-world activity.
Even better, BAPCo has developed a method for testing where only the response time of an action is measured. In Word, for example, old-time benchmarks would type and perform actions in Word well beyond what even the fastest typist could ever hit.
But SYSMark 2014 SE measures the things that can truly annoy you, like how long it takes to start the application, or have it perform a search and replace, or import photos.
As you can imagine, SYSMark will lean more heavily on storage responsiveness.
Intel’s tests on SYSMark 2014 SE mostly indicate about an 8 percent overall hit, but in the details for the System Responsiveness test (where you’d expect the storage performance to matter more), Intel says its seeing a 21 percent drop. Ouch.
We’ll try to independently verify Intel’s results on our own builds, but everything I’m seeing so far says the performance penalty will probably run the gamut from “no big deal” to “this is really testing my patience.” Again: It’ll come down to what you’re doing, and how you’re doing it.
If we’re talking an extra 500ms to launch an application that takes 1,500ms to launch, no big deal. But if we’re talking 34 seconds to import or copy photos instead of 27 seconds, it’s going to get annoying really fast and that’s what scares me.
This story, “Here’s how much the Meltdown and Spectre fix hurt my Surface Book performance” was originally published by PCWorld.
It might seem like the Galaxy S8 just arrived, but we’re already looking ahead to the S9. Samsung blew us away with the Infinity Display and all-glass design of the S8. Expectations are high for S9, as the highly anticipated smartphone sets the stage for the rest of 2018 flagships to follow. Here’s everything we think we know about Samsung’s next Galaxy phone.
Update 1/12/18: A leak of the Galaxy S9 box reveals some details about the camera, including super-slo motion and variable aperture.
Galaxy S9 design
Samsung made a splash with the 18:9, slim-bezel design of the Galaxy S8 and S8+. Rumors suggest the S9 won’t stray too far from that formula. As serial tipster Evan Blass pointed out on Twitter, this is a “tock” year for the Galaxy S, meaning it will likely focus on performance enhancements rather than physical changes. Code-named Star 1 and Star 2, according to Blass, other reports have suggested that the top and bottom bezels could be trimmed, but otherwise the front of the device will likely look very similar to the S8’s.
The rear of the device will be quite a bit different, however. The placement of the fingerprint sensor was one of the biggest pain points with the S8, and according to /Leaks, Samsung is expected to move it below the camera with the S9. There might be a new color as well: Sammobile recently reported that the new phone will come in the usual black, gold, and blue variations, with a deep-violet option replacing orchid gray.
Enthusiast site 91Mobiles published a set of factory CAD renders of the S9, and the images match up very well with the rumors we’ve seen so far. Bottom line: few visual changes, but still a beauty.
Galaxy S9 specs and OS
One thing we know for sure about the Galaxy S9 is that it will sport the Snapdragon 845 chip. Recently unveiled by Qualcomm, this is the follow-up to the Snapdragon 835 that debuted in the S8 and powered every Android flagship in 2017. Once again, the chip was co-designed with and will be manufactured by Samsung, so there’s a good chance the S9 will once again be the exclusive launch phone.
Along with a speed and power efficiency boost, the 845 chip includes a dedicated AI chip, which could provide a boost to Samsung’s Bixby assistant. The chip also includes a Secure Processing Unit for biometric data and payment info, which will work in conjunction with Samsung Knox to make the S9 even more secure.
Samsung has also announced that production has started on a 512GB storage chip, but it’s unlikely that will end up in the S9. Samsung shipped the S8 with just 64GB of storage, so it’s unlikely to jump all the way to 512GB. However, a 128GB model is a possibility.
Elsewhere, leaked renders published by China-based site Vtechgraphy.comshow the buttons and ports will likely stay the same (though we’re hoping Samsung lets us change the dedicated Bixby button), including the 3.5mm headphone jack, thankfully.
On the OS side, a beta version of Samsung Experience 9.0 based on Oreo is already making the rounds, bringing notification channels and autofill along with some Samsung-specific tweaks such as Edge lighting and new clock widgets. We can assume the Galaxy S9 will ship with this new version.
Galaxy S9 features
Biometrics were a big deal on the S8 (the placement of the fingerprint sensor notwithstanding), and Samsung may be upping the ante with the S9. Smartphone supplier Synaptics has announced that it has begun mass production on its new Clear ID in-display fingerprint technology with a “top five OEM.” That could very well mean it’s bound for the S9. There have been rumors for months that Samsung has been testing fingerprint scanning under the glass, a feature Apple reportedly scrapped from its iPhone X. While this seems to contradict reports that there will still be a fingerprint sensor on the rear of the device, it’s possible that Samsung will offer both options in the S9, with the in-display scanner serving as more of a next-generation beta feature.
The rumor mill has all but confirmed that the S9 won’t have a Face ID-style depth-sensing facial scanner, but it will have improved 2D facial scanning, reports Business Korea. Furthermore, the Korea Herald reports that Samsung will be upping the megapixels on its iris sensor from 2MP to 3MP, which will make it able to “better recognize users’ irises even when they wear eyeglasses, move their eyeballs or are in a too dark or too light environment.” Additionally, the report says Samsung is tweaking its biometric software to be more accurate.
Galaxy S9 camera
When the Galaxy Note 8 landed with Samsung’s first dual camera array, we naturally assumed it would be making its way into the S9 and S9+. That might not be the case. Rumors and schematic leaks suggest that the smaller S9 will be retaining the single camera, while the S9+ will be getting a dual camera, just like Apple differentiates its iPhone models.
Furthermore, Chinese site Vechgraphy claims that the main camera on both phones will sport an f/1.5 aperture, wider than the Note 8’s f/1.7 and the LG V30’s f/1.6, which would help with low-light situations. A purported picture of the Galaxy S9’s packaging on Weibo (seen at right) confirms the f/1.5 aperture, and also suggests that users will be able to manually switch between apertures, from f/2.4 to f/1.5. Samsung already sells a pricey flip phone in China that features variable aperture, but it would be a first on a premium Android phone. The feature would let users control the lens mechanically rather than digitally for significantly better low-light performance and crisper portraits.
Also on tap for the S9, according to the box pic, is a Super Slow-mo feature that would presumably mimic the one in the Sony Xperia XZ Premium. That phone is capable of shooting video at 960fps, four times the Galaxy S8’s 240fps.
Galaxy S9 release
While it was reported that Samsung would be offering a sneak peak of the Galaxy S9 at CES this year, that didn’t happen. What did happen was a surprising confirmation of a Sammobile report that claimed Samsung will once again launch its flagship phones at Mobile World Congress. Samsung’s mobile division president DJ Koh told reporters that the new phone would be unveiled at the Barcelona event this year after skipping it last year in favor of a New York City launch.
This story, “Everything we think we know about the Samsung Galaxy S9” was originally published by PCWorld.
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