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Alleged Galaxy S9 box features variable aperture camera

By Ron Amadeo

Enlarge / The Samsung Galaxy S8+. (credit: Ron Amadeo)

The latest in the never-ending line of Samsung Galaxy S9 leaks has to do with the box. Reddit user minhvn shared an image of what appears to be a Galaxy S9 box, and it looks pretty legit to us. With the expectation that the Galaxy S9 will look a lot like the Galaxy S8, the box shows all the specs you would expect: a 5.8-inch 1440p OLED display, an iris scanner, 64GB of memory, 4GB of RAM, and wireless charging.

The main new addition in the spec list is a 12MP rear camera that lists two camera apertures: f/1.5 and f/2.4. This sounds like the Galaxy S9 will ship with the same variable aperture camera that Samsung has already shipped in the W2018 flip phone. In non-ideal lighting conditions, the W2018 uses the f/1.5 aperture to collect as much light as possible, but in brighter lighting, it switches to f/2.4 for a wider depth of field. Samsung’s $1,500 ($1,500? $1,500!) flip phone doesn’t have a wide distribution, but the gif of this camera working is pretty incredible—just like a DSLR, a set of miniaturized aperture blades open and close with the changing light levels.

Another feature revealed by the spec list is a set of stereo speakers. Again, with the understanding that the Galaxy S9 will look a lot like the Galaxy S8, this most likely means that the earpiece now doubles as a second speaker, and will play along with the usual bottom-firing speaker.

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Surface Phone Components and Detailed Renders Show a New Face of the Hinge, USB Port

By James A.

The past few days have brought new hope for the few Windows Mobile and Surface Phone fans, with numerous renders and patents popping up. They all show the same thing: a dual display smartphone, that gets turned into a tablet, with a minimal hinge action. Today we have even more detailed patent aspects, through the renders shown below.

These are actually an extended leak from the previous patent image cache, but this time in more minute details. We see a special USB Type-C port variety, a low profile one, that would fit on a slimmer device. The level of detail is quite impressive here and it’s meant to keep the device as slim as possible when folded. Then there’s a Surflink connector, also with a low profile and it’s supposed to connect the ribbon cables of each device half.

A closer look reveals mentions of OLED panels, flat glass edge rotations and translations, plus cable routing through hinges. We can even see a section of the mechanism and small cogs that make the whole thing fold. While the two screens have flat edges, that really join together with zero seam, there are intricate mechanisms below that let you “part the seas” and use the two screens separately after splitting them.

 

It seems that Microsoft really went out of its way to make this device foldable, but without using flexible panels or materials, just cogs. I have a feeling this device won’t be ready for CES 2018, or MWC 2018, but rather for BUILD 2018 in Spring. I’m sure that we’ll also see hands on leaks by then. Still, are people still enthusiastic about this product?

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Foldable Surface Phone Renders Pop Up, Inspired by Latest Patent Leaks

By Radu Iorga

We’ve just come across a fresh set of renders of the foldable Surface Phone, that turns into a tablet. It’s the same model with the one from the latest patent leaks, but this time turned into a really convincing 3D render or better said renders. These creations belong to designer David Breyer, who based them on patent filings of course.

This is supposed to be the upcoming Microsoft Andromeda device and Andromeda is a mystery platform, that has popped up every once in a while over the past years. Rendered in Burgundy and Cobalt Blue, this device feels quite a bit like a Nintendo DS, with two displays united by a hinge, that’s very discrete and almost invisible. I can’t say I’m a big fan of the format, that feels a bit outdated nowadays.

Aside from the two displays, which united form a sort of tablet we also see a fat Surface Pen, an USB Type-C port and a special notifications window, that may work like the curved edge of a Galaxy S Edge device. The device may open like a book and double the screen estate. Once again these are just renders from a designer, basically a concept phone, so they must be taken as such.

 

The result feels dated, feels like the Nintendo DS and also a bit thick. The hinge and other associated mechanisms feel fragile and the whole VAIO mini laptop thing died a long time ago. Microsoft had a few failures over the years, but they’ve been cautious lately. If they’ve got any sense they won’t come up with something like this.

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Self Regulating Hinge Patent Sheds New Light on Potential Surface Phone

By Radu Iorga

In case you’ve forgotten about the Surface Phone, the device has kind of morphed lately, into something else, more of a dual display foldable affair. Some say it’s even a tablet of sorts, or a phone that turns into a tablet. A fresh patent sheds some light on that, involving a self regulating hinge, that may just prove useful to make the device flex.

The new patent comes USPTO and it details a “self regulating hinge”. It shows a pair of such hinge assemblies, a “pair of self-regulating hinge assemblies rotatably securing hinge ends of the first and second portions around a first hinge axis associated with the first portion and a second hinge axis associated with the second hinge axis so that an extent of rotation around the first hinge axis corresponds to an extent of rotation around the second hinge axis.”

In case that’s all techno babble to you, it’s all about being able to rotate a display or portion of the device around an axis, much like you would a revolving door. A mechanical engineer may understand this a bit better, to be honest. The schematics do make it a bit easier though. Basically, we have a dual screen device here, with a hinge mechanism that supports a variety of positions, which remind us of the Lenovo Yoga machines.

 

The key is that the hinge isn’t thick or bulky, but rather very discrete. When the device lays flat, there’s actually no trace of a hinge even being used. The patent seems to show an almost seamless display, when in fully open position and the device is used as a full screen tablet in that situation. A simulated keyboard and trackpad are also shown, turning this into a real notebook.

There’s even an Alarm Mode situation and a Tent Mode use. The patent actually comes from October 2016, so the system may have evolved a lot or the project has died.

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Apple Prepping Most Affordable iPad Ever For Q2 2018 Release

By Radu Iorga

If you thought that this Spring’s iPad release was appealing with its low price of $329, check this one out! Apple is apparently ready to make us an offer we can’t refuse with an even more affordable iPad. The newcomer is now said to be priced at just $259 and it should come in Q2 2018.

We already saw a 9.7 inch cheap iPad this year and now the info about the fresh release comes from Digitimes, a pretty solid source when it comes to connections to the supply chain. The new model would be priced $70 lower than the current affordable Apple slate. However, Apple isn’t the kind of company to just make affordable devices and that’s it. The global tablet market has been in decline for the past years and this may be one way to resurrect it.

Even so, Apple has been doing fine with double digit growth in iPad sales for the past two quarters. It’s also true that they’re coming after a rough period. The new aggressive pricing may also influence rivals, like Samsung, Huawei, Amazon or Lenovo, who may counter with their own affordable products. Well, actually Amazon already has a bunch of cheap slates and also quality ones.

Apple is said to be looking to expand its tablet coverage in areas like the industrial and service sectors. We could also see outsourcing of the new iPad production to Compal Electronics, while Compeq and Unitech could take care of PCBs.

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