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Last we heard, KGI’s research analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said the Samsung Galaxy Note9 will not come with a fingerprint reader under its display. Yet now a new report from Samsung’s home country of South Korea is claiming otherwise.

The Korea Herald says the tech giant is likely to go for an in-display fingerprint sensor on this year’s Galaxy Note series smartphone.

Galaxy Note9 likely to have a fingerprint reader under its display after all

“Samsung Display has prepared three or four solutions for Samsung Electronics to embed the fingerprint sensor inside of the main display, and both are seriously considering one of the solutions,” the media cites one of its sources.

It further says the delay in zeroing on one particular solution is “due to the work in adopting the in-display fingerprint sensor,” adding that a final decision on the matter is expected sometime this month.

Having the fingerprint reader under the device’s display would make room for a comparatively larger battery, and presumably, that’s what Samsung is aiming for in Galaxy Note9.

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Amazon UK has opened up pre-orders for the Nokia 1 and Nokia 7 Plus with shipments promised to start on April 30.

The Nokia 7 Plus comes in Black and Copper and costs £349.99. The Nokia 1 can be had in Dark Blue and Warm Red for £79.99.

The rest of the new Nokia smartphones, they should all follow closely shortly as most of them are also expected in April.

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Week 12 of the year was by far the most prolific in terms of phone announcements. We got no less than 16 this week.

It all started with the Oppo R15 announcement on Monday, followed by the LG Zone 4 and vivo X21.

Tuesday brought us 5 new devices – the rugged Samsung Galaxy Tab Active 2, the Lenovo S5 launching in China, the HTC Desire 12 and 12+’s unveil and finally the Huawei P20 Lite going official in Europe and in China as the Nova 3e.

Wednesday was quieter with the announcements of the Sharp Aquos S3 mini and the Meizu E3.

Thursday the Oppo A1, ZTE Nubia V18, and vivo V9 were unveiled.

And finally, Friday saw the announcement of the LG K8 (2018) as the LG K9 in Russia, the vivo V9 was launched in India and Samsung showed off the Galaxy J7 Prime 2.

 

LG K8 (2018)
LG K8 (2018)

svivo V9

vivo V9

sOppo A1

Oppo A1

ZTE nubia V18

ZTE nubia V18

Meizu E3

Meizu E3

Samsung Galaxy Tab Active 2

Samsung Galaxy Tab Active 2

Lenovo S5

Lenovo S5
Huawei P20 Lite
Huawei P20 Lite

HTC Desire 12

HTC Desire 12

HTC Desire 12+

HTC Desire 12+

vivo X21

vivo X21

LG Zone 4

LG Zone 4
Oppo R15
Oppo R15

Oppo R15 Dream Mirror Edition

Oppo R15 Dream Mirror Edition

 

Sharp Aquos S3 mini
Sharp Aquos S3 mini
Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime 2
Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime 2

 

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Powerful phones should come in all shapes and sizes.

In 2012 Samsung introduced the Galaxy S III with a 4.8” screen that looked massive when compared with the 4.3” panel of its predecessor. Months later, the Galaxy Note II also saw the light of day and got mocked from Day 1 for being a “door” or a “shield”, mostly because of its then-monstrous 5.5” screen.

Fast forward six years and the tables have turned – users want big, tall and notched screens with weird ratios like 18:9, 18.5:9, 19:9, 19.5:9 etc. Some might say bigger phones offer more space for battery and bring bigger screens for all the vlogs on YouTube. But I can tell you what it takes away from your – comfort. That’s right – I say that bigger phones do not necessarily mean better phones.

Let’s look at the numbers. Apple, for example, introduced the iPhone X with a height of less than 144 mm but managed to pack a tall display, an ultra-fast chipset that does not overheat or underperform. In the same time companies like Google, HTC, Nokia, Oppo, Xiaomi, and Huawei decided to have bigger screens and bigger bodies in their latest tall-screen phones. None of them came even close to Apple’s benchmarks or market results.

Sony does Compact better than any other company. Last year’s Xperia XZ1 Compact has a top-notch chipset, plenty of RAM, extremely good camera and a good-enough battery life, packed in a tight 140 g body. Sure, the follow-up Xperia XZ2 Compact now comes with a beer belly, without 3.5 mm audio jack and lacks a wireless charging, but it still fits comfortably in one hand.

As a tall guy with big hands, I have no trouble using oversized phones. My current daily driver is the Huawei Mate 10 because I love the Mono + RGB camera combo. I switched for the new Kirin 970, but my previous phone was the Honor 9 that, despite being smaller, kept producing tremendous images.

Yet I can’t help but feel for people with smaller hands that instantly become clumsy with a Plus-sized Galaxy or iPhone in hand. Companies should not only focus on large flagships devices, they should keep making compact powerhouses as well. A device often represents its owner – if we come in all shapes and sizes, our phones should too.

 

Chip: A powerful chipset is wasted on a tiny phone



Let me start by saying that I have nothing against compact smartphones – those have their fans and are best suited for a number of user scenarios so makers should by no means stop making them. In fact, I myself was guilty in the past of rejecting phones because they were too big.

Yet, once you’ve moved up in size and realize the possibilities that brought you, you never want to go back. It just becomes clear that there’s little sense in making compact flagships.

Those looking for a phone small enough to fit in any pocket and light enough to let you forget it’s are hardly in need of a device to be the center of their lifestyle. Instead, they want one that lets them stay connected and doesn’t get in the way. And while that’s perfectly fine as a purpose is not what premium devices are all about.

Top-of-the-line phones are purchased for a number of reasons – multimedia consumption, gaming, productivity and the thing these all have in common is that they benefit from a large screen. Even social network addicts would be better off editing their photos on a larger, higher-resolution panel.

Premium internals is wasted on a phone with a small screen – you can neither enjoy the great photos it produces on its tiny display nor get serious about video watching, much less get a lot done.

And have you tried gaming or typing on a 5″ device? It’s not possible to touch the screen and see what’s on it at the same time.

Compact smartphones should be catering to more casual users who would value a well priced solid smartphone experience over a powerhouse that costs an arm and a let. They serve that purpose very well as they are and there’s absolutely no need for them to change.