It’s time for the WBA lightweight world title holder Vasyl Lomachenko to defend his title against WBO title holder Jose Pedraza. Having undergone shoulder surgery since his title claiming fight, Lomachenko has been training hard for this pairing. Judging from the fact he won that fight, after tearing his shoulder, this is going to be a tough man to beat.
Ukraine’s Lomanchenko has a 11-1, 9 KO record that should set him in good stead, although his small number of title fights doesn’t compare to Puerto Rican Pedraza who stands at 25-1 with 12 KOs. That said, Lomanchenko has a massive 396-1 amateur record with an Olympic gold medal for his native Ukraine.
While Lomachenko won his title from Jorge Linares by TKO, Pedraza nabbed his by a unanimous decision victory over Raymundo Beltran. We’re just not sure which way this one is going to go.
As with most boxing, it’s not always available in every country so you may find a VPN is the best way to stream the fight, which you’ll find out all about that below. It’s our guide to watching a Vasyl Lomachenko vs Jose Pedraza live stream.
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Some good news if you’ve invested in an iPhone XS and are worried about damaging it or running out of battery before the end of the day: Apple’s official Smart Battery Case line-up for the new 2018 iPhones looks to be about to launch.
That’s based on some leaked images obtained by 9to5Mac, showing a slightly refined design and three different variations to pick from (the iPhone XS, the iPhone XS Max, and the iPhone XR, perhaps?). The images have been discovered in code for watchOS and iOS, so we’d file towards the more believable end of the rumor scale.
There are mentions of three models – A2070, A2071 and A2171 – and an identifier that suggests the products will launch before the end of 2018, just in time for the holiday shopping. They wouldn’t make a bad stocking filler for friends and family.
Long live the iPhone battery
Apple hasn’t made its own Smart Battery Cases since 2016 and the iPhone 7 phones, so we’re glad to see them back on the market (probably). It looks as though more of the case will be taken up with a battery this time, which might mean more battery capacity.
For video playback over Wi-Fi, Apple quotes a battery life of up to 14 hours for the iPhone XS (with a 2,658mAh battery), up to 15 hours for the iPhone XS Max (with a 3,174mAh battery), and up to 16 hours for the iPhone XR (with a 2,942mAh battery). We’ll have to wait and see how much of a boost these new cases might give you.
The iPhone 7 Smart Battery Case that Apple still sells is yours for $99/ £99 / AU$149, so expect the new cases to go for a similar price (and perhaps a bit higher, if we know Apple). As soon as they’re made official, we’ll let you know.
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We’re expecting the Samsung Galaxy S10 phones to get their official unveiling not long after the new year festivities are over, so it’s perhaps no surprise that leaks continue to drip out in advance. The latest preview images to appear show all three phones in the line-up: the S10 Lite, the S10, and the S10 Plus.
First up are three images courtesy of a case manufacturer, via trusted insider source Evan Blass – we’ve got the 5.8-inch S10 Lite, the 6.1-inch S10, and the 6.4-inch S10 Plus on show, complete with Infinity Display screens and hardly a bezel in sight.
But what about that cut-out “Infinity-O” notch? These renders have it up at the top in the center of the screen, whereas previous leaks had it over to the right. Or maybe over to the left. While it seems certain that Samsung will ditch the traditional notch for a smaller pinhole cut-out, there still seems to be some debate about where it will be.
Next we have sneak preview shots of the Galaxy S10 Lite, thanks to another prolific Twitter leaker, Ice Universe. This time we can see the back and sizes of the camera, complete with a dual-lens rear camera and a fingerprint scanner on the side.
That’s another unknown: just where Samsung might choose to put the fingerprint scanners on the Galaxy S10 phones. With the likes of Huawei and OnePlus now selling handsets with in-screen fingerprint sensors, Samsung won’t want to fall behind – and that makes us think the S10 and S10 Plus will have these sensors in the display. Not the S10 Lite though, on this evidence.
No doubt we’ve got plenty more in the way of leaks, rumors and idle speculation to look forward to between now and the end of February. Samsung is being tipped to launch the S10 phone family at the MWC industry expo in Barcelona.
Here’s everything we know about the Galaxy S10 Plus so far
Struggling for inspiration for Christmas presents? In this guide, we’ll list the best laptop accessories that will make ideal gifts for friends and loved ones, providing inspiration for what to buy for anyone who owns a laptop.
From laptop sleeves and bags, to mice and other peripherals, we’ve picked the best accessories that make using a laptop even better.
Not only will we give you some great gift ideas, but our price comparison tool will scour the internet to find the very best prices as well, so you can save some all-important cash in the run up to Christmas.
The tried and true JanSport is tough to go wrong with. A full-canvas bag with nylon mesh inside including a 15-inch laptop sleeve, this version of the JanSport comes in several colors for a variety of prices. A fleece-lined media pocket and a removable storage pouch are included in the price, making it an excellent business laptop backpack.
The distinctive design of the Mammut Xeron Courier 25, along with the name, suggests that this is a laptop bag that is designed for people who commute by bike. Even if that’s not your usual mode of transport, this is a brilliant laptop bag that makes an ideal Christmas present for people who want to carry their notebook with them while they cycle.
Smaller than Logitech’s flagship, the MX Master, the Logitech MX Anywhere 2 is the ideal travel mouse. It can connect with up to three distinct devices with 2.4GHZ wireless technology or with Bluetooth, making it obvious why this mouse is renowned for having quick setup and surprisingly long battery life. Capable of extremely quick charging, in just four minutes, the MX Anywhere 2 charges enough for an entire day.
Jabra Move Wireless are excellent – and affordable – wireless headphones that are the ideal accessory for a laptop. If the person you’re buying for watches a lot of movies and TV shows on their laptop, or listens to Spotify, then they’ll want a pair of cans that provide brilliant sound quality. From the fun and edgy design to excellent performance, these headphones are sure to please laptop owners this Christmas.
A brilliant gift idea for laptop users is a portable power bank that can give the batteries in their laptops a boost without having to search for a power socket. The PowerAdd Pilot Pro2 is a great example, as it comes with 10 connectors that cover most of the laptops on the market today, and it’s backed by a two-year warranty. The Pilot Pro2 is also light enough to carry around wherever you go, coming in under 560g. The only thing that holds it back is that it doesn’t have any USB-C connectors.
No one likes having a hot laptop, even when the weather outside is frightful, which is why a laptop cooler is a great Christmas gift. When laptops work hard – especially gaming ones – the hardware inside a laptop can get quite toasty. The Cooler Master MasterNotepal is a slick and solid laptop stand gets its strength from aluminium – and that’s not the only bonus that comes from the MasterNotepal’s metal design. Meanwhile, the bottom of the stand is rubberized and has clasps for keeping cables tidy, and the top of the device has an anti-slip strip – perfect for keeping the laptop secure.
Even if you like a little bet now and again, we reckon you’d have been reluctant to put much money on Jaguar being among the first true luxury car brands to launch an all-electric car, but that’s exactly what it’s done – the I-Pace is the famous marque’s first all-electric car, and it’s a major achievement.
With its output dwarfed by that of rivals Audi, BMW and Mercedes, the cards were stacked against Jaguar. However, while we’ve seen some of those German giants dip their toe in the water with the likes of the BMW i3 and VW Golf-e hatchbacks, what makes the arrival of the I-Pace even more impressive is that it’s the first premium all-electric SUV from an established car manufacturer. It also means it’s fighting directly with Tesla’s Model S.
Performance and charge times
Let’s get down to the nitty gritty. The I-Pace features two permanent magnet synchronous electric motors housed to deliver constant four-wheel drive. This sees the I-Pace produce 394bhp delivered through a single-speed gearbox.
With all that power delivered instantly, you’ll be able to plant your foot to the floor and out-drag a Porsche 911 Carrera (991) to 60mph (4.5 seconds versus 4.6 seconds since you ask), while the I-Pace can reach a top speed of 124mph.
The range of the large 90kWh lithium-ion battery under the floor of the I-Pace is a notable 292 miles, according to WLTP (Worldwide harmonized Light vehicle Test Procedure). This is a new process that measures fuel, energy consumption, range and emissions in passenger vehicles in Europe, and is designed to provide figures closer to real-world driving behavior.
While the I-Pace is compatible with Rapid 100kW chargers, which will charge your I-Pace in 45 minutes (that’s from 0-80%), these are few and far between (in the UK at least). The reality is that you’re going to be using a more widely available Rapid 50kW charger, which will get you from 0-80% in one hour 45 minutes. Why not 100%? Most rapid chargers reduce or cut the power well before 100% charge to protect the battery, while you also need to take into account that an EV is unlikely to require charging from 0%, unless you’ve had to push it onto the forecourt.
If you’re looking to charge at home, you’ll most likely be looking to get a Fast 7kW charger installed, which will charge all the way to 100% in 13 hours. You can also connect the I-Pace into the main via a plug socket, but with a trickle of just 3kW, be prepared for a 30-hour wait to charge the I-Pace fully from zero.
Elegant and sophisticated
Having the battery and motors tucked underneath allows the design to break away from that of more traditional SUVs, with a shorter nose and squared-off rear. The large grille on the front is a Jaguar signature, but on the I-Pace it’s just for show, while the flush door handles raise out of the bodywork when you unlock the car, and retract again once you’re on the move. It’s an elegant-looking car, and we reckon Jaguar’s design team has got the look and proportions of the I-Pace pretty much spot-on.
The relatively long wheelbase of the I-Pace means there’s also plenty of space inside – there’s ample room for four adults, with a decent amount of space in the boot for dogs and prams – and that’s not to mention the small 27-liter boot in the front of the I-Pace.
Up front, the cockpit of the I-Pace is sleek and sophisticated, with a nice mixture of gloss black panelling, brushed metal and leather. Rather than a single gigantic display like the one in the Tesla S, the I-Pace sports three screens, along with a smattering of physical controls.
The infotainment interface is similar to the Range Rover Velar’s, split over two displays in the centre console. While it’s relatively intuitive to use, there’s still room for improvement here, and it’s not quite as responsive as we’d have liked. This is complemented by a configurable virtual cluster display behind the steering wheel.
There’s also a premium Meridian sound system fitted as standard, although you can spec your I-Pace with a 825W surround sound system.
Driving and range management
A few short trips into town got us used to the effortless handling of the I-Pace, but we planned a longer 140-mile round trip to really get to grips with the car.
Once kids had been bundled in the back and the dog in the boot, we set off with a range reading of 252 miles on a chilly autumn morning. The cold start meant the heating had to be cranked up, which means range is reduced, and before getting out of town and hitting the motorway we’d used up 15 miles of charge to get just five miles.
If you’re going to invest in an I-Pace you’re probably going to invest in a home wall charger, which is where the I-Pace’s pre-conditioning comes into play. This allows the interior of the car to be heated or cooled while the I-Pace is still hooked up to the power supply, without eating into your range.
With the exception of a quick boot of the accelerator pedal as we entered the motorway slip road, where the I-Pace showed how blisteringly quick it could be as it accelerated from 30 to 70mph, the rest of our drive was fairly pedestrian. With the I-Pace in Eco mode, and with gentle application of the accelerator, most of the journey seemed to revolve around looking at the distance to go and the range remaining.
We arrived out our destination with a range of 130 miles remaining – and we’d managed to chew through 120 miles for a 70-mile trip… if it was going to be a similar story for the return leg, we’d know what range anxiety feels like.
After a couple of hours at the beach and a few glances at Zap Map to check charging points for the way home we decided to take a more cross-country route home, which was also 10 miles shorter than the motorway route.
This was a lot less stressful than we first thought, with the range decreasing a lot less rapidly than on our early-morning motorway trip, and it soon became apparent that we’d have more than enough juice to get us home without a stop at a services to top up with two tired children.
The route back also allowed us to unshackle the I-Pace from the confines of its Eco mode, and enjoy the Dynamic mode, in which throttle response is that bit snappier. The I-Pace also handles very well for such a heavy car (it weighs over 2,000kg) when diving into bends, while the power delivery is impressive.
Range-wise then, things can get a touch stressful, but then this wasn’t a regular daily drive. It’s not really the I-Pace’s fault either, with the charging infrastructure (in the the UK at least) holding the car back on longer journeys. Fit a wall charger at home, though, and you’ll be sorted for regular runs to work or the shops, or short blasts just for fun, without a care in the world.
The I-Pace is a brilliant car, whether you view it as an EV or and SUV. It has a forward-looking design that’s still recognizably Jaguar, while sporting a fresh, modern interior with plenty of space.
It’s also incredibly accessible and easy to drive, with super-smooth power delivery thanks to the absence of any gears – some might worry that the lack of a gearbox would make for a rather sterile driving experience, but any such reservations are soon banished by the blistering performance delivered by the I-Pace’s two motors.
The I-Pace is a stunning achievement, and one that signals the end of Tesla’s monopoly on premium electric cars.
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If you’ve been hunting for a deal on a leading Android smartphone, this is it. Best Buy has a deal up for a Samsung Galaxy S9 – which was released earlier this year – for $216.
To be clear, you’ll have to sign up with Sprint for a two-year plan, and that discount is applied through monthly bill credits. But that brings the typical monthly price of $33 all the way down to $9.
(Also, the deal only applies to a single hue: you can get any color you like as long as it’s black, as the saying goes.)
That, as we say in the biz, is pretty bonkers. Get this one while you can.
The Samsung Galaxy S9 is one of the leading Android phones – and No. 4 on our list of the best phones in 2018 – for a reason. Its powerful Snapdragon 845 chip, 4GB of RAM and expandable storage (up to 512GB) make this a solid contender.
Its Super AMOLED screen has a stunning 1440 x 2960 resolution, and at 5.8 inches, it won’t stretch out your hand when trying to text or navigate. The phone is IP68 dust and water resistant, too.
Check out where the Samsung Galaxy S9 stands in our list of best Android smartphones in 2018
At a recent event a top US general said that it was “inexplicable” that US tech giants do not want to work with the Pentagon as they pursue business opportunities with firms in China.
Marine General Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, called out US companies for making compromises in order to operate in China, saying
“We are the good guys and it’s inexplicable to me that we would make compromises in order to advance our business interests in China where we know that freedoms are restrained, where we know that China will take intellectual property from companies.”
Google’s CEO Sundar Pichai has gone on record saying that the company has invested in China for many years and plans to continue to do while also working the US government on health care and cybersecurity projects.
Earlier this year, Google chose not to renew a contract with the US government in which it helped the US military analyse images from aerial drones due to employee backlash over the moral implications of the project.
The defense program, called Project Maven, created a rift within the company as its employees did not condone the technology they worked to build being used for war.
At the same time, Google is also developing a censored version of its search engine for the Chinese market which it has said is experimental and far from a public release.
Lawmakers, employees and human rights activists have heavily criticized the company for not trying to stand up to the Chinese government policies which censor politically sensitive issues from being shown to its populace.
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The future of smartphones is 5G with speeds that rival your current WiFi connection, but we’re also hearing about the foldable phone trend coming in 2019.
The good news is that chipmaker Qualcomm says it’s ready to support the foldable phone revolution. The company’s new Snapdragon 855 chipset supports that idea, even though foldables haven’t been a big topic at its Snapdragon Summit in Hawaii.
“We’re ready for [foldable phones],” said Keith Kressin, Qualcomm’s senior vice president of product management, in a response to a question from TechRadar. “And if an OEM wants to introduce a mobile with a Snapdragon 855, awesome.”
However, Kressin was quick to point out that, “we’re not going to talk a lot about it,” noting that “we don’t have specific features we would like to announce today.” 5G has largely been the focus during this year’s Snapdragon Summit.
Foldable phones would only require minor chip changes
Qualcomm, which has its Snapdragon chips at the heart of a majority of top Android phones, won’t have to change much to support the advent of foldable phones.
“There are changes required,” said Kressin. “But instead of being processing focused, it’s more like display subsystem changes, and some GPU changes.”
In other words, only minor tweaks may be needed. He noted that any tweaks to the System on a Chip largely “depend on how the OEM wants to do the foldable.” So far there’s only one Qualcomm OEM partner showing a foldable phone prototype: Samsung.
Samsung demoed its ‘Infinity Flex Display’ technology at its developer conference in November. That technology may come to the rumored Galaxy X (or Galaxy F) in 2019. We could see more of this phone at CES 2019 or MWC 2019.
There’s no guarantee that Samsung will use Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855 in its foldable phone – or any phone including the inevitable Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus.
But the two firms work closely together, with Samsung using Snapdragon chipsets in some of its flagship phones and actually manufacturing Qualcomm’s chips through a strategic partnership.
When TechRadar asked Samsung to comment on the future of foldable phones, the company preferred to wait until its hardware is ready to be shown in full in 2019. By that time, the next Snapdragon Summit may hold chip surprises dedicated to foldables.
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Japan is set to become the latest country to stop using Huawei technology in its national infrastructure.
Reuters reports that the nation’s government is changing its procurement needs in order to shore up its national cybersecurity.
Although no specific companies were mentioned in the new rules, the decision follows Huawei and ZTE being cited as possible risks by several other governments.
“Cybersecurity is becoming an important issue in Japan,” Japan’s chief government spokesman, Yoshihide Suga said. “We’ll take firm measures looking at it from a variety of perspectives.”
The news follows similar moves from many other governments choosing to drop Huawei technology from their infrastructure over spying fears.
In the UK, the NCSC has warned on possible backdoors in Huawei technology, and BT earlier this week revealed it would be stripping the company’s hardware from its core 4G infrastructure.
Also earlier this week, Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou was arrested in Canada following an extradition request by US authorities over suspicions the company reportedly flouted an embargo on dealing with Iran and North Korea.
Update: Leaked photos may have given us our first real-world look at the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus and they show a triple-lens rear camera.
Alongside the Samsung Galaxy S10 and potentially a Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite, we’re also likely to see a Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus in early 2019 and this is sure to be the biggest and possibly best of the range.
While it probably won’t land before late February, we’ve already heard a lot about it and even seen some leaked images seemingly showing the phone. From that we can tell that this could be very different to the Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus, with a new design and numerous new features.
You’ll find full details on all of that below, as well as information on the possible release date and price. We’ll also be sure to update this article whenever credible information emerges, so be sure to check back here regularly if you want to keep up to date on the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus.
Cut to the chase
What is it? Samsung’s next big screen flagship phone
When is it out? Possibly late February
What will it cost? Likely at least $840 / £869 / AU$1,349
Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus release date and price
Could land at or just before MWC 2019 (February 25-28)
Our best guess for when we’ll see the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus is at MWC 2019, which takes place from February 25-28.
An announcement there has been rumored more than once and on top of that the Samsung Galaxy S9 range landed at MWC 2018, so it seems likely. More specifically, it might land a day or so before the event formally kicks off, as Samsung often holds press events in advance of MWC.
Of course, there’s no guarantee that this is where we’ll see the S10 Plus, especially as Samsung doesn’t always use MWC to announce new entries in the range, and as one source reckons the phone could arrive at CES 2019 in January.
But if not at MWC then certainly sometime within the first few months of the year, as there’s around a year between each model.
There aren’t any Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus price rumors yet, but given that the Galaxy S9 Plus launched for $840 / £869 / AU$1,349 we’d expect the S10 Plus will cost at least that much.
Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus design and display
A 6.4-inch 1440 x 3040 screen
A pinhole camera and small bezels
Our latest real look at the possible design of the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus comes from two leaked images, which oddly don’t match up.
As you can see below, they both show a phone with a triple-lens camera, but the color of the camera block differs and the size of the lenses possibly does as well, so it’s possible that only one or neither of these images is right, or that they show different phones – perhaps one shows the Galaxy S10 while the other shows the S10 Plus.
The images otherwise do line up, showing a slightly curved back, probably made of glass, and a frame that looks to be made of metal.
Previously we saw some leaked renders shared by OnLeaks (a reliable leaker), which gave a more complete look at the possible design of the S10 Plus.
The renders, which you can see below, show a cut-out in the screen for a dual-lens front-facing camera, but the bezels are very slim.
The images also show a quad-lens camera on the back (check the camera section below for more information on this). An earlier version of these images showed three cameras and larger bezels, but this was apparently inaccurate, though was more in line with the photos above.
There’s also a 3.5mm headphone port on the bottom edge, a curved display and what looks to be a metal frame and glass back, shown in both black and ‘Ice Blue’.
The phone is apparently 157.5 x 75.0 x 7.8mm, rising to 9mm at the camera bump, which makes it a similar size to the 158.1 x 73.8 x 8.5mm Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus, despite apparently having a larger 6.4-inch screen.
That screen apparently has a QHD resolution, according to this source, which more or less lines up with a benchmark for one of the S10 models, which lists the phone as having a 1440 x 3040 resolution and a 19:9 aspect ratio.
We’ve also heard more than once that the screen might be 6.4 inches, though at least one rumor puts it at 6.2 inches, so we’re not at all certain of the size yet.
As for the pinhole camera in the pictures above, there’s plenty of evidence for that. In fact, Samsung itself has announced a screen with a pinhole camera, dubbed the ‘Infinity-O’, though hasn’t said what devices this display would be used for. A patent filed by the company also shows such a design.
Another source has also said that at least one of the S10 models will have a “punch hole” camera, along with three rear cameras and an ultrasonic in-display fingerprint scanner. So there’s a high chance that the camera will indeed be built into the screen.
As for that ultrasonic in-screen fingerprint scanner, that’s another Galaxy S10 Plus rumor we’ve heard about plenty of times. Several phones such as the OnePlus 6T and Huawei Mate 20 Pro already have in-screen scanners, so it wouldn’t be surprising if Samsung stuck one on the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus.
More than just being in-screen though, this is rumored to be a third-generation ultrasonic scanner from Qualcomm, which should be more secure than most in-screen scanners, as many are optical, meaning they take a 2D scan of your print, while ultrasonic ones capture a 3D picture.
However, while it might gain an in-screen scanner, the Galaxy S10 Plus could lose the range’s iris scanner, according to multiple reports. Though face scanning is likely to remain.
And while the renders above are our best guess for the design of the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus so far, there are some other possibilities.
Samsung has also announced a screen with seemingly no notch, no significant bezel and no pinhole for the camera, so there’s a chance that will be used. You can see how that might look in the image below, though we’d take this picture with a huge side of salt – it’s one of the older Galaxy S10 leaks and another source has suggested it’s inaccurate.
We’ve also seen multiple images of a screen protector supposedly for the Galaxy S10. This is likely for the standard model rather than the S10 Plus, but the two phones will probably have a similar design and you can see here too that there’s seemingly a bezel-free look.
Though in the case of these screen protectors it’s always possible that they just didn’t bother making a cut-out for the camera, since the protector is transparent anyway.
Whatever the look of the phone, it’s sure to be different to the S9 range, as Samsung’s mobile division CEO has said to expect a “very significant” makeover.
There could also be some different colors on offer. As well as the ones pictured above, we’ve also heard rumors of grey, blue, red, green and yellow shades, while Samsung itself may have hinted at silver, green, black, blue and red shades in a presentation.
Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus camera
Three lenses on the back, two on the front
Could include a 16MP wide-angle, 13MP telephoto and 12MP standard lens
One lens might have a variable aperture
Could have up to six cameras
Multiple sources have claimed that the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus will have a triple-lens rear camera. More specifically, a report has said that the phone will have a 12MP f/1.5-f/2.4 variable aperture lens, a 16MP f/1.9 aperture lens with a 123-degree field of view, and a 13MP f/2.4 aperture lens.
Those specs have come up more than once, with another source saying the phone will have a 12MP wide-angle lens, a 16MP super wide-angle lens and a 13MP telephoto lens. Similarly, leaker Evan Blass has said that at least one S10 model will have a wide-angle lens, a standard lens and a telephoto lens.
The Galaxy S10 Plus is also thought to have a dual-lens front-facing camera. That’s a claim we’ve heard more than once.
That would make for five cameras total, but one of these reports even talks about a Samsung phone with six cameras, and the renders above also show four rear cameras (along with two on the front), so at the moment we’re not sure which is accurate.
Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus power
A Snapdragon 855 or Exynos 9820 chipset
Possibly up to 12GB of RAM and 1TB of storage
The exact specs of the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus will probably depend on what country you’re in, as Samsung typically gives US buyers a Snapdragon-powered handset and those in most other countries an Exynos one.
The Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus is thought to be no exception, and Samsung has announced the Exynos chip likely to be powering it in much of the world. Dubbed the Exynos 9820, this is an octa-core chipset built on an 8nm process, making it smaller than its 10nm predecessor.
It’s said to offer up to 20% better single-core performance, up to 15% better multi-core performance and up to 40% better power efficiency than the Exynos 9810 powering the Samsung Galaxy S9 range.
It also apparently delivers 10% less power consumption, and the GPU is said to provide up to 40% better performance or up to 35% better power efficiency.
Those are some impressive numbers and they don’t end there. The Exynos 9820 also supports mobile download speeds of up to 2Gbps, 8K video recording at up to 30fps and displays of up to 3840 x 2400 or 4096 x 2160. It also has a NPU (neural processing unit), which can apparently carry out AI tasks up to seven times faster than the previous Exynos chip.
Good as all that sounds though an early benchmark for the chip, seemingly running in a Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus, revealed a score that’s lower than the iPhone XS and the rest of Apple’s latest handsets, though it was still higher than any current Android phone.
Those in the US might get a better chipset, as the recently announced Snapdragon 855 is almost certainly going to be used, and this is 7nm, making it even smaller and likely more efficient than the Exynos 9820.
This has also been subject to an early benchmark, and it scores not just higher than the Exynos 9820 but higher than any other handset, including Apple’s.
Qualcomm has said that the chipset will offer twice the performance of an unnamed 7nm rival – likely meaning Apple’s chip, but possibly referring to Huawei’s Kirin 980.
The Snapdragon 855 is also confirmed to support 5G and to have the world’s first computer vision image signal processor, which is a chip dedicated to processing photos and videos.
It’s additionally rumored to have three sets of cores – four 1.78GHz power-saving cores, three 2.42GHz high-end cores and one 2.84GHz ‘gold’ core. It also apparently has a dedicated NPU for AI tasks and offers all-round performance boosts, with a particular focus on gaming, augmented reality and photography.
As for RAM, one report puts that at up to 12GB, along with up to 1TB of storage, but in both cases that would be more than any other phone, so we’re not at all sure of that.
What we might get is an 8GB RAM chip that Samsung itself has announced and which can reduce power consumption by up to 30% and has a data rate that’s apparently 1.5 times as fast as current flagship RAM chips. Though notably this RAM hasn’t been linked specifically to the Galaxy S10 range just yet.
Storage could be faster too, as Samsung is set to start using UFS 3.0 storage early in 2019. This both takes up less space than current storage in phones and is up to two times faster.
If Samsung does use that then presumably the smallest storage size of the Galaxy S10 Plus will be 128GB or higher, up from 64GB in the Galaxy S9 Plus, as this UFS 3.0 storage starts at 128GB.
We have a good idea of the software that the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus will run too. It will use Android of course, almost certainly Android 9 Pie, but Samsung has announced a new One UI which is likely to be laid on top of that.
One UI is particularly focused on making it more comfortable to interact with large phones using one hand, which should be useful on Samsung’s plus-sized flagship.
The foldable Samsung Galaxy X could also land soon