Apple’s iPhone X vs. Samsung’s New Galaxy S9

Apple's (NASDAQ: AAPL) 10th-anniversary edition of the iPhone, known as the iPhone X, was seen as the best smartphone on the market when it was released in November 2017. Four months later, Samsung (NASDAQOTH: SSNLF) is set to release a phone that appears to largely match or exceed the iPhone X -- for $280 less.Smartphone customers will often stick to either Apple or Samsung simply because all their content and information is either on the iOS or Android software system. However, some Apple customers who couldn't bring themselves to spend $999 on Apple's iPhone X may be willing to spend a more reasonable $719 on a similar smartphone from Samsung.The S9 is available to pre-order now and will officially go on sale March 16. If you're in the market for the best smartphone money can buy, keep reading to figure out how the iPhone X and Galaxy S9 compare to each other.The iPhone X features a retina display. Image source: Apple.Price tagApple caused some sticker shock last September when it unveiled the iPhone X and said the starting cost was $999 for the 64GB model and $1,149 for the 256GB model.Of course, some iPhone X customers bought the phone through their wireless carrier so they could pay for it through a payment plan or get a deal on the phone.Samsung's S9 has caused a similar stir, but for a different reason. Some people are shocked that such a similar phone can sell for $719.99 for the 64GB model -- about $280 less than the iPhone X. While the S9 doesn't come in the larger 256GB model, it does have a microSD card slot that allows up to 400GB extra storage.CamerasBoth devices have enviable cameras -- especially for phones.The iPhone X has a seven-megapixel front-facing TrueDepth camera. The phone also features a dual 12-megapixel rear camera system with dual optical image stabilization. The f-1.8 aperture on the wide-angle camera on the back is paired with an f-2.4 aperture on the telephoto camera. You can take portrait-mode pictures with either the front camera Continue Reading

Samsung Galaxy S9 vs iPhone X: smartphone camera shootout

Around 1 trillion smartphone photos are estimated to have been taken last year, 142 for each person on the planet. So Samsung's claim to have "reinvented the camera" is a key selling point of the Galaxy S9, its latest flagship.  To test Samsung's claims, we put the S9+, the bigger-screened model, up against Apple's iPhone X. Specs-wise, they barely differ, with dual-lens 12-megapixel sensors.  But a good camera also depends on how each phone's software captures and processes an image, which can make for quite different results. We have taken a series of pictures with the phone and the iPhone X. All are point-and-shoot wonders - no manual focus, editing or filters. This close-up illustrates a big... To continue reading this article Start your free trial of Premium Access all Premium articles  Subscriber-only events  Cancel any time Free for 30 days then only £2 per week Try Premium Access one Premium article per week Register for free To continue reading this article log in to your Telegraph account. Or register now, it's free. Register Log in Registered customers can access one Premium article per week HALF-PRICE OFFER Unlimited access to exclusive stories. Half price for one year. Access all Premium articles Subscriber only events Cancel any time Free for 30 days, then just £1 per week Start free trial Enjoy a year of Amazon Prime, worth £79, with an annual subscription Continue Reading

LG G7 (Neo) Makes An Appearance At MWC 2018 With iPhone X-Style Notch

The successor to the LG G6 wasn’t officially launched during MWC 2018, but the LG G7 (Neo) did make an appearance at the event. The device is believed to be the prototype that LG reportedly decided to scrap in favor of a new device codenamed “Judy.” The LG G7 (Neo) was first spotted by the Israeli publication Ynet, which shared a short hands-on video of the handset. The G7 (Neo) features a 6-inch 3,100 x 1,400 OLED display with a screen aspect ratio of 19.5:9. The device also appears to have an iPhone X-style notch, vertically-aligned dual cameras on the back and a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner. The display’s aspect ratio is different from the G6 and the V30. Those handsets feature 18:9 aspect ratio displays. The G7 (Neo) aspect ratio is closer to the Essential Phone’s 19:10 aspect ratio. LG also appears to have put in place a software solution that can hide the display notch on the phone. The software solution appears to look very similar to how LG applied its secondary screen design for the LG V10 and V20. Just on design alone, the LG G7 (Neo) looks like a premium high-end Android flagship that fits in well with the current smartphone trends. Under the hood, that’s also the same story. The G7 (Neo) is listed as being powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor with up to 6GB of RAM, up to 128GB of storage and a 3,000 mAh battery. The device is presumably running Android Oreo, but that wasn't confirmed by LG. The LG G7 (Neo) is also said to have a “boombox” feature that uses a DTS-X component. Apparently, this feature will allow the speakers on the device to play audio with “high resonance” when it’s placed on any surface, according to 9To5Google. So why is LG showing off the G7 (Neo) at MWC 2018? That remains a mystery, but it does give everyone some clues on what to expect from LG’s rumored “Judy” phone. Notorious leaker and VentureBeat reporter Evan Blass (@evleaks) Continue Reading

Apple iPhone X strategy stumbles but higher prices likely kept sales afloat

LOS ANGELES — Apple's experiment to launch three new phones for the holiday quarter doesn't appear to be a hit, at least in terms of number of phones sold. But higher prices mean Apple and its investors could still sit pretty. On paper, the iPhone X, Apple's most-expensive phone ever, looks to be a bust. The megahyped, redesigned phone, initially short on supply when released in November, now has more units available than consumers want to buy.According to reports by Japan's Nikkei and The Wall Street Journal, Apple has ordered its suppliers to cut production of the phone by half for the current quarter, to 20 million units. Apple did not respond to requests for comment. Some of those cuts may be seasonal, part of a regular post-holiday pullback.Overall, the company, which announces fiscal first-quarter earnings late Thursday, is expected to show higher revenue for the December quarter: $87.4 billion, up 11% from the year-ago quarter, according to S&P Global Market Intelligence. Higher prices are making up for the declining customer base for new phones, according to one analyst.Consumers should "expect higher-priced devices in the years to come," says CFRA Research analyst Angelo Zino. He sees prices overall on iPhones later this year to rise 8%. Apple introduced the 8 and 8 Plus phones in September, followed in November by the iPhone X, the first to have a major redesign since 2014. The company is expected to show a slight uptick in iPhone shipments —79 million, up 0.9% from a year ago, according to the analyst consensus. More than two-thirds of its revenue will come from iPhone.Worrying analysts now are the reports from Asia about the iPhone X cutback for the three months ended in March as a signal that consumers weren't as interested as anticipated in the top-end phone.  Limited interest in China is behind cooler iPhone X sales expected for the current quarter, says Daniel Continue Reading

Huawei Copying Apple iPhone X TrueDepth Camera Notch For P11 Phone?

Well that didn’t take long. When Apple introduced the iPhone X last September, all eyes were drawn to the notch that was occupying minimal space on top of the all-screen, bezel-less handset. It’s a feature that has become a defining trait of the new flagship phone in the absence of a physical Home button. And now it looks like Huawei is taking cues from Apple. Just this Thursday, XDA Developers learned that Huawei’s upcoming flagship offering could sport an iPhone X-inspired notch. The outlet says it obtained such information from a reliable source, and it’s none other than firmware files for the upcoming device. According to the data obtained by the publication, it looks as though Huawei’s next flagship will have a notch that’s somehow similar to the one on the iPhone X. XDA Developers recreated an overlay image of the notch, and it does resemble the iPhone X notch. The only difference is it’s shorter than the Apple flagship’s notch. But it’s definitely not too narrow or circular to resemble the one on the Essential Phone. The configuration file from which the overlay image was based is for a design feature labeled “RoundCornerDisplay.” A separate configuration file explicitly mentions a “notch,” which has a value set to “258, 84, 411, 27.” It’s being reported that the value could possibly be representing the left, top, right and bottom offsets that serve as guide when moving screen content around the notch. The configuration file of the device in question indicates that it has a 6.01-inch 2160 x 1080 LCD screen, but system property, boot animation and charging images mention a 2244 x 1080 screen resolution. The discrepancy in the screen resolution is believed to be due to the presence of the notch on top of the handset’s display. The firmware files that XDA Developers dug up with the help of do not, in any way, mention an actual product name. Continue Reading

Everything you need to know about the new $1,000 iPhone as Apple’s keynote announcement outlines products

X-citing news Apple users! After months of guessing, Apple has finally announced its latest slate of products, including the costly iPhone X, clad with all the bells and whistles one might expect in the smartphone age. Also touched upon was the iPhone 8, largely a redesign of the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. From the newly opened Steve Jobs Theater in Cupertino, Calif., the company, behind by CEO Tim Cook, announced the specs on these latest products Tuesday afternoon. A major reveal was also on the financial side of the keynote announcement. The push to list the new sleek iPhone X at a price tag of $1,000 will certainly test the marketplace and consumers’ willingness to pay even higher prices on handheld devices. With that in mind, here’s a summary of today’s big reveal. iPhone 8 and 8 Plus The iPhone 8 was explained by Apple’s Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing, Phil Schiller. The smartphone’s glass is considered the most durable and is sealed for water and dust resistance. The phones have new speakers that are 25% louder. Also, they contain a chip called A11 Bionic, which Schiller called the smartest chip ever in a smartphone. The phone has a 12 megapixel camera with better photos and lower ambient noise. In the 8 Plus, the portrait mode senses the scene in a photo and changes the lighting. You can swipe to pick a different effect — a real-time analysis. Augmented reality apps are also upgraded — including bringing characters into your own settings. You can also see real-time stats, visually, while at a ball game. You can even hold up your phone and see a map of the sky before you. The 8 also features wireless charging capability, meaning you no longer need the wired plug. The 8 will have 64 GB and 256 GB capability. The 8 starts at $699 and the 8 Plus at $799. It’s Continue Reading

Should you upgrade to the new iPhone 8 or iPhone X?

With summer coming to an end and fall rapidly approaching, we turn our attention—as we always do at this time of the year—to California, where Apple is busy unveiling its newest iPhone models to the world.Like apple-picking, drafting a fantasy football team, and taking photos of foliage, trying to figure out if you should upgrade to a new iPhone is an annual end-of-summer tradition.This year, Apple is throwing three new phones into the mix: the iPhone 8, the iPhone 8 Plus, and the iPhone X. Let's get to the bottom of each new device so you can figure out if an upgrade is in your future.Instead of releasing modified versions of last year's iPhones, tacking a lowercase "s" onto their names, and calling it a day, Apple is breaking from tradition and jumping right to the iPhone 8 and the iPhone 8 Plus.But the spirit of the "s" is still alive with these new iPhones, because although they technically belong to the new "8" generation, the upgrades themselves are rather modest.Basically, the iPhone 8 is to the iPhone 7 what the iPhone 6s was to the iPhone 6.· Wireless charging will be available for both the iPhone 8 and the iPhone 8 Plus. The feature will work similarly to how Samsung's flagships have charged wirelessly for years now: Users place their phone on a wired pad to induce charging. The technology is powered by Qi, a widely used standard across the industry.· Both the iPhone 8 and the iPhone 8 Plus feature upgraded camera sensors with OIS (optical image stabilization) and better video quality. While the inclusion of OIS isn't new, the sensors on both phones are reportedly larger, and both devices also feature upgrades to the image processing software. The iPhone 8 and 8 Plus can also capture 4K video in 60FPS as well as super-slow, 240FPS video in 1080p.· iPhone 8 Plus users will see upgrades to the 7 Plus's Portrait mode. Apple claims that it's improved the dual sensors for cleaner portrait shots, and it's also introducing a new Continue Reading

Apple rushes to get iPhone X ready for debut

As of early fall, it was clearer than ever that production problems meant Apple Inc. wouldn’t have enough iPhone Xs in time for the holidays. The challenge was how to make the sophisticated phone with advanced features such as facial recognition in large enough numbers.As Wall Street analysts and fan blogs watched for signs that the company would stumble, Apple came up with a solution: It quietly told suppliers they could reduce the accuracy of the face-recognition technology to make it easier to manufacture, according to people familiar with the situation.With the iPhone X set to debut on Nov. 3, we’re about to find out whether the move has paid off. Some analysts say there may still be too few iPhone Xs to meet initial demand. Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities predicts Apple will have two to three million handsets available on launch day and 25 million to 30 million units for the holiday quarter, down from his previous forecast of 40 million. For comparison, Apple sold 78 million phones during the same period last year, although that included all models.Apple is famously demanding, leaning on suppliers and contract manufacturers to help it make technological leaps and retain a competitive edge. While a less accurate Face ID will still be far better than the existing Touch ID, the company’s decision to downgrade the technology for this model shows how hard it’s becoming to create cutting-edge features that consumers are hungry to try. Apple spokeswoman Trudy Muller said “Bloomberg’s claim that it reduced the accuracy spec for Face ID is completely false and we expect Face ID to be the new gold standard for facial authentication. The quality and accuracy of Face ID haven’t changed; it continues to be one in a million probability of a random person unlocking your iPhone with Face ID.”While Apple has endured delays and supply constraints in the past, those typically have been restricted to certain iPhone colors or less Continue Reading

iPhone X orders: Here’s how to nab one if you simply cannot wait

 LOS ANGELES — The iPhone X is one of the must-have tech gadgets of the year, and even with a starting price of $999, the device is expected to sell out immediately when Apple lets shoppers start ordering the phone Friday at 3:01 a.m. ET.What to do?  The phone will be in stores on November 3, but tech analysts say Apple has supply constraints that will make it harder than usual to get hold of the newest iPhone. That means camping outside stores for hours, or even days, to grab a phone without a re-order may be a fool's errand. Savvy customers know to jump online the minute sales begin, and put in their order promptly, at or via one of the major phone carriers that sell iPhones, like Verizon, T-Mobile, AT&T and Sprint.Apple responds on a first-come, first-serve basis. The earlier you get your pre-order in, the sooner the new phone should arrive to you. The phone will be delivered to you, or you can arrange for in-store pick-up.In the past, pre-sales have sold out for opening day within 5 minutes, notes Creative Strategies tech analyst Ben Bajarin. This year, due to supply constraints for the X, due to some of the newer parts that haven't been used in mass production before, it's expected to sell out even more quickly.  More: Why you'll need to wait seven weeks for iPhone X to go on sale In years past, the website got jammed up from all the activity. So here’s a tip: download the Apple Store app and shop there. But you’ll need to make several decisions first. Know your choices now. —What color do you want? Your choices are space gray or silver.—How much are you willing to pay? The phone starts at $999 with 64 GB of storage, or $49.91 monthly for two years via Apple's lease program, or $1,149 ($56.16 monthly) with 256 GB of storage.“Don’t fumble at midnight trying to figure it out,” says Michael Schneider of Los Angeles, who Continue Reading

Don’t want an iPhone 8 or iPhone X? There are plenty of alternatives

On Tuesday Apple introduced a radically redesigned iPhone X with a slew of impressive new features and, as expected, a $1,000 price tag. For some, this may be the iPhone they have waited years for. Others may be intrigued by the new iPhone 8, which features a design similar to the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus but adds iPhone X features like wireless charging and an improved camera at a more affordable price tag.Before you commit to plopping down hundreds of dollars, however, you should know there are quite a few very good Android alternatives.  More: iPhone X first look: Intriguing, fancy and pricey More: iPhone X is Apple's latest attempt at a Samsung killer. But it's coming late. More: iPhone X pricing, features vs. iPhone 8 and 8 Plus: Which is better for you? The Samsung Galaxy S8 already packs many of the new features Apple added to the iPhone X, including a sharp 5.8-inch edge-to-edge display, facial recognition, and fast wireless charging, in addition to the already standard water resistance. While the iPhone X's dual camera may trump the Galaxy S8s 12-megapixel single shooter, the S8 still has an impressive camera. More: Screen stealer: Why iPhone owners will envy the Galaxy S8 The biggest reason the S8 has this spot, however, is its price.An unlocked, 64GB Galaxy S8 currently sells for $724.99 on Samsung's site, but the company has an aggressive promotion running (perhaps coincidentally tied to the busy smartphone season) that allows you to trade many popular older devices for $200-$300 off. Under the promotion, you can even get $200 for trading in a five-year-old iPhone 5, assuming the device powers on and there is no other major damage to the phone or screen.At $424.99 or $524.99, it's hard to beat the S8.   Runner-up: Samsung Galaxy Note 8The Note 8 is an impressive device that has nearly all the same features as the S8 but with a slightly larger display, dual-cameras and support Continue Reading