February 20, 2019

Yes, the Galaxy S10 works just fine with screen protectors

Samsung on Wednesday finally took the wraps off of its latest and greatest flagship smartphones, the Galaxy S10e, Galaxy S10, and Galaxy S10+. Spoiler alert: they're really, really hot. Speaking of spoilers, pretty much everything Samsung announced on stage in San Francisco on Wednesday had already been spoiled by months upon months of leaks and rumors. We saw the phones themselves featured in photos and videos, we saw the complete specs sheets leak, and we saw plenty of reports that detailed all of the hottest new tech and nifty new features. We even knew that pre-order availability would kick off tomorrow, February 21st, and we knew that the phones would be released two weeks later on March 8th. Yes, we did indeed know just about everything there was to know about the new Galaxy S10 lineup, but there were still a few pieces of the puzzle that didn't really come together until today, once the Galaxy S10 series was officially announced. For example, pricing in the United States was still a mystery until Samsung revealed that the Galaxy S10e will start at $749.99, the Galaxy S10 will start at $899.99, and the Galaxy S10+ will start at $999.99. There was something else that was a bit of a mystery, too: following the release of a leaked hands-on video, rumors started to spread that the in-display fingerprint sensor on the Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10+ wouldn't work with screen protectors covering the displays. Well, we've got some great news for people who were concerned that their screens might have to go unprotected, because BGR has confirmed that those rumors were not accurate. If you're playing catch-up and you're not sure what all the fuss was about, watch this leaked video from earlier this month: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1WoksGm0h-s See that bizarre screen protector on the phone? See how it has a big hole near the bottom where the in-display fingerprint sensor is? It sparked plenty of speculation that Samsung's special ultrasonic fingerprint sensor might not work if the screen is covered with a glass or plastic screen protector. What's more, BGR confirmed with several third-part accessory makers that they were having trouble getting Galaxy S10 prototype phones to work with their screen protectors. We had a conversation about the issue last week when we met with Samsung to test its new Galaxy S10 lineup. Here's the bottom line: the in-display fingerprint sensor on the Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10+ work fine with screen protectors. Because the sensor uses ultrasound and not light like conventional sensors, however, performance can be impacted if you get a screen protector from accessory makers that don't know what they're doing. Just like Samsung does with other accessories for its smartphones, Samsung has a special program where it works with third-parties to certify accessories. The same is true for Galaxy S10 screen protectors. In order to avoid causing problems with Samsung's in-display fingerprint sensors, there are certain guidelines surrounding materials and thickness that accessory makers need to follow. If they do, their screen protectors will work fine. If they don't, their screen protectors might cause problems. In the end, all that matters is this: If you plan to purchase a new Galaxy S10e, Galaxy S10, or Galaxy S10+ and you want to use a screen protector, rest assured that there will be plenty of options available on day one and they'll work fine as long as they're certified by Samsung.
February 20, 2019

These deals on Dyson’s best cordless and corded vacuums definitely don’t suck

Today is the day you've been waiting for, bargain hunters — the pricey Dyson vacuum of your dreams is down to its lowest price of 2019. And that statement applies whether you've been dreaming of a new lightweight cordless stick vacuum from Dyson, or one of the company's class-leading corded vacuums. Both the Dyson V8 Absolute Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner and Dyson Ball Animal 2 Upright Vacuum refurbs are on sale at the lowest prices we've seen in a long time. These deals won't last long though, so definitely get in on the action while you still can.

Dyson V8 Absolute Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner

  • Cord-free. Hassle-free. Powerful suction,Refer USER MANUAL for instructions
  • Up to 40 minutes' run time when using a non-motorized tool. Suction power (MAX mode) : 115 AW
  • Lightweight and versatile, for easy home cleaning. Instant-release trigger means battery power is only used while it’s cleaning. Requires charging for 4 hours minimum before first use
  • Up to 30 minutes of fade-free power with the Soft roller cleaner head
  • Direct drive cleaner head. Up to 8 minutes of fade-free power (in MAX mode). Drives stiff nylon bristles into carpets to capture deep-down dirt
  • Whole-machine HEPA filtration captures allergens and expels cleaner air than the air you breathe. Filtration: Washable lifetime filter
  • Powered by the Dyson digital motor V8 and engineered to pick up ground-in dirt and fine dust from hard floors and carpets

Dyson Ball Animal 2 Upright Vacuum

  • This Certified Refurbished product is manufacturer refurbished, shows limited or no wear, includes all original accessories, and a 6 month Dyson limited warranty against original defects in materials & workmanship; warranty covers private household use in accordance with the owner's manual
  • Strongest suction of any vacuum*. Even more power for tough tasks
  • Self-adjusting cleaner head Seals in suction across carpet, wood, vinyl, and tile floors
  • Hygienically empty the bin with the push of a button
  • Whole-machine HEPA filtration ensures allergens and bacteria are captured and trapped
  • Tangle-free Turbine tool, stair tool, combination tool included
  • Cord Length : 35ft Bin Volume : .55 gallons
February 20, 2019

Galaxy S10e, Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10+ and Galaxy S10 5G are official – here are the full specs

The Galaxy S10 series is finally official, which means your news feed will stop delivering Galaxy S10 leak after Galaxy S10 leak beginning right now. Samsung largely confirmed all the rumors that we saw before the Unpacked conference, and it turns out that we did have a lot of information about these three phones, including final design, main specs, signature features, and availability. That’s because Samsung couldn't stop the Galaxy S10 leaks, which started much earlier than expected. That said, we can now tell you that the Galaxy S10 phones are real, they’re spectacular, and we have all the details for you. In addition to our extensive hands-on coverage of the phones, check out the full specs for the four Galaxy S10 phones that Samsung unveiled on Wednesday. And yes, there’s a Galaxy S10 5G model as well that is even more impressive on paper than the three 4G models.

Galaxy S10e

  • Size: 142.2 x 69.9 x 7.9mm
  • Weight: 150g
  • 5.8-inch Dynamic AMOLED HDR+ Infinity O display with 2280 x 1080 resolution (438 ppi), 800 nits brightness, 19:9 aspect ratio, and Corning Glass 5 glass
  • Exynos 9820 8nm or Snapdragon 855 7nm processor
  • 6GB or 8GB of RAM
  • 128GB or 256GB of storage
  • microSD support up to 512GB of storage
  • 12-megapixel f1.5/f2.4 wide-angle lens with Dual Pixel, Dual Aperture, autofocus, and optical image stabilization, and 16-megapixel f2.2 ultra wide-angle lens
  • 10-megapixel f1.9 selfie camera with Dual Pixel and autofocus
  • 3,100 mAh battery with Wireless PowerShare and Fast Wireless Charging 2.0
  • side capacitive fingerprint sensor
  • face recognition
  • AKG headphones and speakers
  • Dolby ATMOS sound
  • USB-C connectivity
  • IP68 certification
  • One UI (1UI) user interface on top of Android
  • Colors: Prism White, Prism Green, Prism Black, Canary Yellow

Galaxy S10

  • Size: 149.9 x 70.4 x 7.8mm
  • Weight: 157g
  • 6.1-inch Dynamic AMOLED HDR+ Infinity O display with 3040 x 1440 resolution (550 ppi), 800 nits brightness, 19:9 aspect ratio, and Corning Glass 6 glass
  • Exynos 9820 8nm or Snapdragon 855 7nm processor
  • 6GB or 8GB of RAM
  • 128GB or 512GB of storage
  • microSD support up to 512GB of storage
  • 12-megapixel f1.5/f2.4 wide-angle lens with Dual Pixel, Dual Aperture, and optical image stabilization; 16-megapixel f2.2 ultra wide-angle lens; and 12-megapixel f2.4 telephoto lens with optical image stabilization and autofocus
  • 10-megapixel f1.9 selfie camera with Dual Pixel and autofocus
  • 3,400 mAh battery with Wireless PowerShare and Fast Wireless Charging 2.0
  • Ultrasonic fingerprint sensor
  • face recognition
  • AKG headphones and speakers
  • Dolby ATMOS sound
  • USB-C connectivity
  • IP68 certification
  • One UI (1UI) user interface on top of Android
  • Colors: Prism White, Prism Green, Prism Black

Galaxy S10+

  • Size: 157.6 x 74.1 x 7.8mm
  • Weight: 175g
  • 6.4-inch Dynamic AMOLED HDR+ Infinity O display with 3040 x 1440 resolution (522 ppi), 800 nits brightness, 19:9 aspect ratio, and Corning Glass 6 glass
  • Exynos 9820 8nm or Snapdragon 855 7nm processor
  • 6GB, 8GB, or 12GB of RAM
  • 128GB, 512GB, or 1TB of storage
  • microSD support up to 512GB of storage
  • 12-megapixel f1.5/f2.4 wide-angle lens with Dual Pixel, Dual Aperture, and optical image stabilization; 16-megapixel f2.2 ultra wide-angle lens; and 12-megapixel f2.4 telephoto lens with optical image stabilization and autofocus
  • 10-megapixel f1.9 and 8-megapixel f2.2 selfie camera lenses with Live focus, Dual Pixel, and autofocus
  • 4,100 mAh battery with Wireless PowerShare and Fast Wireless Charging 2.0
  • Ultrasonic fingerprint sensor
  • face recognition
  • AKG headphones and speakers
  • Dolby ATMOS sound
  • USB-C connectivity
  • IP68 certification
  • One UI (1UI) user interface on top of Android
  • Colors: Prism White, Prism Green, Prism Black for 8GB RAM models; Luxurious Ceramic Black and Luxurious Ceramic White for 12GB RAM models

Galaxy S10 5G

  • 6.7-inch Dynamic AMOLED HDR+ Infinity O display with 19:9 aspect ratio, and Corning Glass 6 glass
  • Exynos 9820 8nm or Snapdragon 855 7nm processor
  • 5G support
  • 12-megapixel f1.5/f2.4 wide-angle lens with Dual Pixel, Dual Aperture, and optical image stabilization; 16-megapixel f2.2 ultra wide-angle lens; and 12-megapixel f2.4 telephoto lens with optical image stabilization and autofocus; 3D depth-sensing lens
  • 10-megapixel f1.9 and 8-megapixel f2.2 selfie camera lenses with Live focus, Dual Pixel and autofocus
  • 4,500 mAh battery with Wireless PowerShare and Fast Wireless Charging 2.0
  • Ultrasonic fingerprint sensor
  • face recognition
  • AKG headphones and speakers
  • Dolby ATMOS sound
  • USB-C connectivity
  • IP68 certification
  • One UI (1UI) user interface on top of Android
February 20, 2019

This is the Galaxy S10 5G

There's certainly a whole lot to unpack from Samsung's Unpacked press conference today, and there's no question that Samsung is starting off 2019 with a bang. 2018 was a boring year that saw the company release three new flagship phones total, and each one looked exactly like its predecessor. What's more, the Galaxy S9, Galaxy S9+, and Galaxy Note 9 brought nothing new to the table that might have piqued people's interest. It's one thing to release new smartphones that use old designs but introduce hot new marquee features. But it's another thing entirely to release new smartphones that use old designs and the same old features. Thankfully, 2019 is starting off on the right foot for Samsung. Last year we got three boring new flagships in 12 months, and this year we're getting three exciting new flagships just in one day. The Galaxy S10e, Galaxy S10, and Galaxy S10+ all sport gorgeous new designs that pull Samsung phones into the modern all-screen era, and they're also packed full of awesome new technology that Android fans are going to love. We've told you all about these new S10 models and you really can't go wrong with any of them. But if you want the best of the best in 2019, there's a fourth model called the Galaxy S10 5G and you're going to have to wait a little bit longer to get your hands on it. Samsung's Galaxy S10e is a lower-cost model with slightly simplified specs that will compete with Apple's iPhone XR. Then the Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10+ have all of the most exciting new features like curved Dynamic AMOLED displays with hole-punch cameras, in-display ultrasonic fingerprint scanners, and triple-lens rear cameras. Hardcore Android fans who want to max out their new S10 will undoubtedly opt for the top-of-the-line Galaxy S10+ models, which feature five cameras (two on the front and three on the back), a large 6.4-inch display, a special ceramic back instead of glass, a 4,100 mAh battery, up to 1TB of internal storage, and up to 12GB of RAM. There's no question that phone is going to be a powerhouse, but there's actually another version of Samsung's new Galaxy S10 that will make your jaw drop even further. The first three versions of Samsung's new flagship phones go up for pre-order this week, and they'll be released on March 8th. If you're willing to wait, however, there's a fourth model called the Galaxy S10 5G that will be added to the lineup in a few months. Samsung didn't say much about it on Wednesday during its big Unpacked press conference, but we managed to get some hands-on time with the phone last week. Well, it wasn't technically "hands on time" since Samsung wouldn't even let us touch the prototype the company had on hand in our meeting, but we did get to check it out... and it's a monster. In addition to everything that makes the high-end Galaxy S10+ so great, such as tons of RAM storage, the Galaxy S10 5G takes things even further. The 6.4-inch Dynamic AMOLED screen gets a bump to 6.7 inches, the triple-lens camera on the back becomes a quadruple-lens camera thanks to the addition of a fourth lens for 3D depth-sensing, the front of the phone gets a 3D depth-sensing camera as well for better Portrait Mode selfies, the 4,100 mAh battery grows to 4,500 mAh, and of course the phone gets compatibility with the 5G networks that are rolling out across the country slowly, but surely. Now, for the bad news and the worse news. First, Samsung wouldn't tell us exactly when its new Galaxy S10 5G will be released, or how much it will cost. The company told us that the phone will hit store shelves at some point in the second quarter of the year, and we also know it's going to be really, reeeeeeally expensive. But that's still not the worse news we mentioned: it's going to be a Verizon Wireless exclusive when it is first released in the United States. There is a silver lining though, and it's the fact that Samsung representatives did confirm that the Galaxy S10 5G won't be a Verizon exclusive for too long. According to company reps, all three other major wireless carriers will also release the Galaxy S10 5G at some point in the second quarter of 2019. Here are the full specs:
  • Dimensions: 77.1 x 162.6 x 7.94mm (198 g)
  • Display: 6.7-inch Quad HD+ Curved Dynamic AMOLED, 19:9 (505ppi)
  • Rear camera
    • 16 MP (Ultra Wide/F2.2), FF
    • Dual Pixel 12 MP OIS (Wide/F1.5/F2.4), AF
    • 12 MP OIS (Tele/F2.4), AF
    • 3D Depth: hQVGA
  • Front camera
    • Dual Pixel 10 MP AF (F1.9
    • 3D Depth: hQVGA
  • Memory
    • 8GB + 256GB
  • No microSD slot
  • Battery: 4,500 mAh (Typical)
  • Charging: Fast Wireless Charging 2.0, Wireless PowerShare
  • Sensors: Accelerometer, Barometer, Gyro Sensor, Compass, Magnet (Hall) Sensor, Proximity Sensor, RGB Light Sensor, HR Sensor
  • Security: Embedded Ultrasonic Fingerprint Scanner, Face Recognition
  • Processor: Octa-core, 7/8 nm process
  • Network: Up to 7 CA, LTE Cat.20, Enhanced 4x4 MIMO, Up to 7CA, LAA, LTE Cat.20
    • 2.0Gbps download, 150Mbps Upload + None Standalone (NSA), Sub6 / mmWave (28G, 39G)
February 20, 2019

This is the Galaxy S10 5G

There's certainly a whole lot to unpack from Samsung's Unpacked press conference today, and there's no question that Samsung is starting off 2019 with a bang. 2018 was a boring year that saw the company release three new flagship phones total, and each one looked exactly like its predecessor. What's more, the Galaxy S9, Galaxy S9+, and Galaxy Note 9 brought nothing new to the table that might have piqued people's interest. It's one thing to release new smartphones that use old designs but introduce hot new marquee features. But it's another thing entirely to release new smartphones that use old designs and the same old features. Thankfully, 2019 is starting off on the right foot for Samsung. Last year we got three boring new flagships in 12 months, and this year we're getting three exciting new flagships just in one day. The Galaxy S10e, Galaxy S10, and Galaxy S10+ all sport gorgeous new designs that pull Samsung phones into the modern all-screen era, and they're also packed full of awesome new technology that Android fans are going to love. We've told you all about these new S10 models and you really can't go wrong with any of them. But if you want the best of the best in 2019, there's a fourth model called the Galaxy S10 5G and you're going to have to wait a little bit longer to get your hands on it. Samsung's Galaxy S10e is a lower-cost model with slightly simplified specs that will compete with Apple's iPhone XR. Then the Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10+ have all of the most exciting new features like curved Dynamic AMOLED displays with hole-punch cameras, in-display ultrasonic fingerprint scanners, and triple-lens rear cameras. Hardcore Android fans who want to max out their new S10 will undoubtedly opt for the top-of-the-line Galaxy S10+ models, which feature five cameras (two on the front and three on the back), a large 6.4-inch display, a special ceramic back instead of glass, a 4,100 mAh battery, up to 1TB of internal storage, and up to 12GB of RAM. There's no question that phone is going to be a powerhouse, but there's actually another version of Samsung's new Galaxy S10 that will make your jaw drop even further. The first three versions of Samsung's new flagship phones go up for pre-order this week, and they'll be released on March 8th. If you're willing to wait, however, there's a fourth model called the Galaxy S10 5G that will be added to the lineup in a few months. Samsung didn't say much about it on Wednesday during its big Unpacked press conference, but we managed to get some hands-on time with the phone last week. Well, it wasn't technically "hands on time" since Samsung wouldn't even let us touch the prototype the company had on hand in our meeting, but we did get to check it out... and it's a monster. In addition to everything that makes the high-end Galaxy S10+ so great, such as tons of RAM storage, the Galaxy S10 5G takes things even further. The 6.4-inch Dynamic AMOLED screen gets a bump to 6.7 inches, the triple-lens camera on the back becomes a quadruple-lens camera thanks to the addition of a fourth lens for 3D depth-sensing, the front of the phone gets a 3D depth-sensing camera as well for better Portrait Mode selfies, the 4,100 mAh battery grows to 4,500 mAh, and of course the phone gets compatibility with the 5G networks that are rolling out across the country slowly, but surely. Now, for the bad news and the worse news. First, Samsung wouldn't tell us exactly when its new Galaxy S10 5G will be released, or how much it will cost. The company told us that the phone will hit store shelves at some point in the second quarter of the year, and we also know it's going to be really, reeeeeeally expensive. But that's still not the worse news we mentioned: it's going to be a Verizon Wireless exclusive when it is first released in the United States. There is a silver lining though, and it's the fact that Samsung representatives did confirm that the Galaxy S10 5G won't be a Verizon exclusive for too long. According to company reps, all three other major wireless carriers will also release the Galaxy S10 5G at some point in the second quarter of 2019. Here are the full specs:
  • Dimensions: 77.1 x 162.6 x 7.94mm (198 g)
  • Display: 6.7-inch Quad HD+ Curved Dynamic AMOLED, 19:9 (505ppi)
  • Rear camera
    • 16 MP (Ultra Wide/F2.2), FF
    • Dual Pixel 12 MP OIS (Wide/F1.5/F2.4), AF
    • 12 MP OIS (Tele/F2.4), AF
    • 3D Depth: hQVGA
  • Front camera
    • Dual Pixel 10 MP AF (F1.9
    • 3D Depth: hQVGA
  • Memory
    • 8GB + 256GB
  • No microSD slot
  • Battery: 4,500 mAh (Typical)
  • Charging: Fast Wireless Charging 2.0, Wireless PowerShare
  • Sensors: Accelerometer, Barometer, Gyro Sensor, Compass, Magnet (Hall) Sensor, Proximity Sensor, RGB Light Sensor, HR Sensor
  • Security: Embedded Ultrasonic Fingerprint Scanner, Face Recognition
  • Processor: Octa-core, 7/8 nm process
  • Network: Up to 7 CA, LTE Cat.20, Enhanced 4x4 MIMO, Up to 7CA, LAA, LTE Cat.20
    • 2.0Gbps download, 150Mbps Upload + None Standalone (NSA), Sub6 / mmWave (28G, 39G)
February 20, 2019

Galaxy S10: Everything you need to know about Samsung’s totally redesigned flagships

Samsung on Wednesday unveiled the latest additions to its flagship smartphone lineup, and we were completely taken by surprise! Okay fine, so we already knew almost everything there possibly was to know about Samsung's new Galaxy S10e, Galaxy S10, and Galaxy S10+. In fact, we've known all the most important details for months now, since Samsung couldn't seem to keep any key specs or features under wraps this time around. Most of the important information surrounding the completely redesigned Galaxy S10 and its counterparts has been common knowledge for quite some time thanks to rumors, reports, info leaks, and even hands on photos and videos that hit the web ahead of Samsung's Unpacked press conference on Wednesday. Of course, the devil is in the details and there are still some neat features that didn't leak ahead of the S10 series' debut on February 20th. We spent some time with Samsung last week to check out the company's fresh new flagship smartphone lineup, and we have some news that Android fans are going to appreciate. Despite the fact that all that info leaked long before today's announcements, and despite the fact that you've seen the new Galaxy S10 phones in photos and on video a bunch of times already, you're still going to be blown away by these hot new devices when you finally get your hands on them in two weeks. To tide you over until then, you'll find everything you need to know about the new Samsung Galaxy S10e, Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10+, and Galaxy S10 5G right here in this post. Before we get to the nitty-gritty details, let's start with some impressions: these phones are awesome! Seriously though, Samsung has been near the top of the smartphone heap in terms of design for quite some time, but 2018 was definitely a disappointing year for fans of the company. It's not that the Galaxy S9, Galaxy S9+, and Galaxy Note 9 featured poor designs. The problem was they featured designs that were nearly identical to the Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+, and Galaxy Note 8 that preceded them. In fact most people couldn't even distinguish one of Samsung's 2017 flagship phones from its 2018 successor. That might have been fine if the S9 series or the Note 9 introduced some exciting new features, but that wasn't the case either. Not a single new marquee feature of note was introduced on any of Samsung's 2018 flagship phones. Thankfully, the Galaxy S10 series is a complete reimagining of Samsung's Galaxy S series. These tenth-anniversary Galaxy phones feature completely new designs that bring us closer than ever to the all-screen Android phone of our dreams. The bezels above and below the new Dynamic AMOLED displays are significantly smaller than they were on last year's Galaxy S phones, though Samsung still hasn't managed to completely eliminate the thicker bottom chin the way Apple has on the iPhone X and iPhone XS series. This shouldn't come as too much of a surprise though, since Apple uses an expensive and complicated engineering feat to pull it off. Unlike the iPhone, however, there's no notch on the Galaxy S10e, Galaxy S10, or Galaxy S10+. Samsung's new flagship handsets are among the first in the world to adopt what many refer to as hole-punch displays, and what Samsung refers to as Infinity-O displays. These screens feature outer edges that are unbroken, and instead place the phones' front-facing cameras in a hole that's actually cut out of the screen. The Galaxy S10e and Galaxy S10 each have a small round hole in the top-right corner of the display, while the high-end Galaxy S10+ phablet features an oblong hole that houses two front-facing camera lenses. Is a hole-punch display really that much better than a notch? Well that's open to debate, but it's certainly novel and new, and it'll be a big draw for early adopters when they consider whether or not to buy these pricey new Galaxy phones. It should come as no surprise that the overall construction of Samsung's new Galaxy S10 phones is quite impressive. They feel premium in the hand and the new designs look absolutely gorgeous. The edges and mid-frame are made of sturdy aluminum sandwiched between glass on the front and back. Of note, the two most expensive Galaxy S10+ models have the same Gorilla Glass 6 front sides as the rest of Samsung's Galaxy S10 lineup, but they have upgraded ceramic backs that are more scratch-resistant and come in two exclusive colors. As for performance, I was only able to spend about an hour with the phones during my meeting with Samsung, but I was certainly impressed with what I saw. The phones feature next-generation 7nm or 8nm processors depending on region, along with plenty of RAM, and they sport numerous other upgraded components as well. Combine all that with Android 9.0 Pie and Samsung's new One UI interface, and you've got a screamer of a smartphone that can hold its own against anything else on the market. I'll cover performance and features more extensively in my full review, but there are a few cool things that I definitely want to highlight here in this preview:
  • Samsung's new Dynamic AMOLED displays are absolutely gorgeous. Even after just an hour with the new Galaxy S10e, Galaxy S10, and Galaxy S10+, the difference in quality was noticeable when I went back to using my iPhone XS.
  • The "screen-to-window" ratio on Samsung's Galaxy S10+ is 93.1%, and it's even higher on the Galaxy S10 since it has a smaller hole for the selfie camera. That's definitely impressive, but note that Samsung uses the term screen-to-window and not screen-to-body. What's the difference? Screen-to-window only covers the glass portion of the phone's face, not the metal edges.
  • The in-display ultrasonic fingerprint sensor is fast and far more secure than traditional optical sensors. It works quite well... and yes, it works just fine with a screen protector. I confirmed with Samsung that the company has a standard accessory certification program in place for third-party Galaxy S10 screen protectors, so forget all the weird rumors you heard ahead of today's event. Of note, there is no more iris scanner on any of the new Galaxy S10 phones, only a regular face unlock feature that uses the selfie cam.
  • Samsung says all three Galaxy S10 models will offer at least 24 hours of battery life! They also support Fast Wireless Charging 2.0, which can charge a phone wirelessly almost as fast as a wired charger.
  • Feeling generous? A new Wireless PowerShare feature lets you charge any Qi compatible device with your Galaxy S10, including your friends' smartphones.
  • The new triple-lens camera system on the Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10+ seems very impressive, though I obviously haven't been able to test it too much just yet. There's also a "Bright Night" that Samsung says should deliver low-light photography on par with Google's Night Sight feature on its Pixel phones. It captures multiple frames at different exposures to create a single merged image.
  • There are a bunch of nifty new AI features on the Galaxy S10 series, but my favorite so far pertains to app launches. The S10 has an "Intelligent Performance" feature learns your patterns and it will actually pre-load apps in the background around the time of day you launch them. That way, they're lightning fast to open and the overall speed of the user experience feels much faster. The phone will also close them at times it thinks you're not likely to use them, freeing up resources and potentially improving battery life in the process.
With all that out of the way, let's talk about pricing and availability. These phones are going to be expensive indeed, but it should be noted that the Galaxy S10 and S10+ have starting prices that are actually cheaper than their iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max counterparts. Here are the starting prices:
  • Galaxy S10e (6GB/128GB): $749.99
  • Galaxy S10 (8GB/128GB): $899.99 (free Galaxy Buds with pre-order)
  • Galaxy S10+ (8GB/128GB): $999.99 (free Galaxy Buds with pre-order)
Prices go up from there as you would expect. The Galaxy S10e also has an 8GB/256GB option, while the Galaxy S10 jumps up to 8GB/512GB. Meanwhile, the Galaxy S10+ can be had with 8GB of RAM and 512GB of storage or 12GB of RAM and 1TB of storage, and both those models come with special upgraded ceramic backs instead of glass. As for availability, all three new Galaxy S10 models will be available for pre-order beginning tomorrow, February 21st. The official Galaxy S10 release date is scheduled for March 8th, which is when pre-orders will be delivered and when the phones will launch in stores. A fourth model called the Galaxy S10 5G will have a larger 6.7-inch display, a 4,500 mAh battery, and a quadruple-lens camera system on the back. It's set to be released as a Verizon exclusive sometime in the second quarter, and then on the three other major wireless carriers later in the second quarter. Samsung hasn't yet shared pricing or firm release dates for the Galaxy S10 5G. Okay... time for some specs!

Galaxy S10e

  • Dimensions: 142.2 x 69.9 x 7.9 mm (150 g)
  • Display: 5.8-inch, Full HD+ Flat Dynamic AMOLED, 19:9 (522ppi)
  • Rear camera
    • 16 MP (Ultra Wide/F2.2), FF
    • Dual Pixel 12 MP OIS (Wide/F1.5/F2.4), AF
  • Front camera
    • Dual Pixel 10 MP AF (F1.9
  • Memory
    • 6GB + 128GB
    • 8GB + 256GB
  • MicroSD slot (up to 512GB)
  • Battery: 3,100 mAh (Typical)
  • Charging: Fast Wireless Charging 2.0, Wireless PowerShare
  • Sensors: Accelerometer, Barometer, Gyro Sensor, Compass, Magnet (Hall) Sensor, Proximity Sensor, RGB Light Sensor
  • Security: Capacitive Fingerprint Scanner, Face Recognition
  • Processor: Octa-core, 7/8 nm process
  • Network: Up to 7 CA, LTE Cat.20

Galaxy S10

  • Dimensions: 149.9 x 70.4 x 7.8 mm (157 g)
  • Display: 6.1-inch Quad HD+ Curved Dynamic AMOLED, 19:9 (550ppi)
  • Rear camera
    • 16 MP (Ultra Wide/F2.2), FF
    • Dual Pixel 12 MP OIS (Wide/F1.5/F2.4), AF
    • 12 MP OIS (Tele/F2.4), AF
  • Front camera
    • Dual Pixel 10 MP AF (F1.9
  • Memory
    • 8GB + 128GB
    • 8GB + 512GB
  • MicroSD slot (up to 512GB)
  • Battery: 3,400 mAh (Typical)
  • Charging: Fast Wireless Charging 2.0, Wireless PowerShare
  • Sensors: Accelerometer, Barometer, Gyro Sensor, Compass, Magnet (Hall) Sensor, Proximity Sensor, RGB Light Sensor, HR Sensor
  • Security: Embedded Ultrasonic Fingerprint Scanner, Face Recognition
  • Processor: Octa-core, 7/8 nm process
  • Network: Up to 7 CA, LTE Cat.20

Galaxy S10+

  • Dimensions: 157.6 x 74.1 x 7.8 mm (175 g, or 198 g for the ceramic models)
  • Display: 6.4-inch Quad HD+ Curved Dynamic AMOLED, 19:9 (438ppi)
  • Rear camera
    • 16 MP (Ultra Wide/F2.2), FF
    • Dual Pixel 12 MP OIS (Wide/F1.5/F2.4), AF
    • 12 MP OIS (Tele/F2.4), AF
  • Front camera
    • Dual Pixel 10 MP AF (F1.9
    • 8 MP AF (Depth/F2.2)
  • Memory
    • 8GB + 128GB
    • 8GB + 512GB (Ceramic version only)
    • 12GB + 1TB (Ceramic version only)
  • MicroSD slot (up to 512GB)
  • Battery: 4,100 mAh (Typical)
  • Charging: Fast Wireless Charging 2.0, Wireless PowerShare
  • Sensors: Accelerometer, Barometer, Gyro Sensor, Compass, Magnet (Hall) Sensor, Proximity Sensor, RGB Light Sensor, HR Sensor
  • Security: Embedded Ultrasonic Fingerprint Scanner, Face Recognition
  • Processor: Octa-core, 7/8 nm process
  • Network: Up to 7 CA, LTE Cat.20

Galaxy S10 5G

  • Dimensions: 77.1 x 162.6 x 7.94mm (198 g)
  • Display: 6.7-inch Quad HD+ Curved Dynamic AMOLED, 19:9 (505ppi)
  • Rear camera
    • 16 MP (Ultra Wide/F2.2), FF
    • Dual Pixel 12 MP OIS (Wide/F1.5/F2.4), AF
    • 12 MP OIS (Tele/F2.4), AF
    • 3D Depth: hQVGA
  • Front camera
    • Dual Pixel 10 MP AF (F1.9
    • 3D Depth: hQVGA
  • Memory
    • 8GB + 256GB
  • No microSD slot
  • Battery: 4,500 mAh (Typical)
  • Charging: Fast Wireless Charging 2.0, Wireless PowerShare
  • Sensors: Accelerometer, Barometer, Gyro Sensor, Compass, Magnet (Hall) Sensor, Proximity Sensor, RGB Light Sensor, HR Sensor
  • Security: Embedded Ultrasonic Fingerprint Scanner, Face Recognition
  • Processor: Octa-core, 7/8 nm process
  • Network: Up to 7 CA, LTE Cat.20, Enhanced 4x4 MIMO, Up to 7CA, LAA, LTE Cat.20
    • 2.0Gbps download, 150Mbps Upload + None Standalone (NSA), Sub6 / mmWave (28G, 39G)
February 20, 2019

Scientists are now testing genetically modified mosquitoes, which is just as scary as it sounds

In many developed countries, mosquitoes are a nuisance that also have the potential to be carriers for disease. In areas where malaria runs rampant, however, they are a lethal threat that claims lives. Many parts of Africa have been caught in the grip of a malaria epidemic for decades, and mosquitoes are the primary carrier. Now, controversial genetic modification of mosquitoes is breaking new ground in the fight against the disease and its airborne army of carriers. As NPR reports, scientists based in Italy have begun large-scale testing of genetically altered mosquitoes in a controlled lab environment for the first time. Mosquitoes live short lives but their ability to rapidly multiply makes them incredibly difficult to combat in developing areas. Halting the reproduction of the insects would be a huge weapon against them and the diseases they carry, and a new manmade mosquito variant could do just that. The genetically modified mosquitoes are quite a bit different than their natural counterparts. For one, the insects are technically female but they have mouths more like those of male mosquitoes, which aren't capable of biting or spreading disease. Additionally, the altered bugs have malformed reproductive organs which prevents them from laying eggs. When released into a population of mosquitoes, the genetically altered brood spreads its mutation among the other insects, eventually rendering all — or at least a vast majority — of the females sterile. This change prompts a dramatic crash in the mosquito population, drastically reducing their potential to spread disease. The work is showing a lot of promise, but not everyone in the scientific community is on board. Critics of the work argue that genetically modifying organisms is a slippery slope that could cause more problems than it solves. Additionally, eliminating the species of mosquito that carries malaria could open the door for other insects, and new diseases, to take root. The researchers hope to one day release modified insects into areas of Africa where malaria spreads unchecked, but knowing how far the mosquitoe mutation will spread is anyone's guess.
February 20, 2019

Samsung’s foldable phone just got real: Meet the Galaxy Fold

Samsung’s first foldable phone is no longer a secret. The company showed us a prototype back at its SDC18 developer conference in November, so it could announce the Infinity Flex screen and the One UI user interface that will work on all Samsung phones going forward, including foldable gadgets. But that wasn’t a real launch for the phone, as Samsung wasn’t ready to share its commercial name or tell the world how much it’ll cost. It didn’t even offer us a good look at the phone. The prototype was encased in a bulky protective case, and the imagery it used also camouflaged the phone’s design. Fast-forward to February 20th, the Galaxy S10 launch day, and a massive leak showed us renders of the Galaxy Fold just one day after a leaker said that would be the phone’s name. Well, Samsung’s Unpacked event is finally here, and the Korean giant just confirmed the Galaxy Fold name and revealed other details about the handset. Just as expected, the Galaxy Fold will feature two separate displays. The main one is a foldable 7.3-inch Infinity Flex screen placed inside the handset, and it has 2152 x 1538 resolution with a 4:3 aspect ratio. On the outside, there’s a smaller 4.6-inch display with 1960 x 840 resolution on the back of the phone when it's folded open, which will let you use the device for basic functions when the handset is closed. The phone will have sizeable bezels at the top and bottom, as well as curved edges on the sides. When folded, the two sides of the main display won’t touch each other to prevent damage. The strange selfie camera placed inside the phone is inside what might be one of the ugliest notches we’ve ever seen, but it’s also the kind of compromise we’ve come to expect in this era smartphone. Foldable phones need selfie cams too, and apparently, this is the best Samsung could do. Running the whole show is Android 9 Pie with One UI on top. What’s great about it is that, while Samsung will still have to convince us that foldable smartphones really serve a purpose, the Galaxy Fold’s operating system was developed together with Google. That means extra care was taken to preserve the Android experience.

The Fold will feature a brand new hinge system that the user won’t even see from the outside. The mechanism features “multiple interlocking gears” that will let users fold the screen hundreds of thousands of times.

The foldable will come in four colors, including cosmos black, space silver, martian green, and astro blue. The hinge color can actually be personalized, Samsung said, even if you can’t really see it.

When it comes to specs, the phone packs a 7nm processor, 12GB of RAM, and 512GB of built-in storage. The best part about the flash memory is that its UFS 3.0 storage kind, which isn’t even available on other devices.

Developing...
February 20, 2019

How to turn your wired Bose headphones into wireless headphones for $55

The Bose QuietComfort 35 Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones are fantastic, and they’re worth every penny despite their sky-high $350 price tag. Of course, if you already have a pair of wired noise cancelling headphones then the prospect of spending $350 on an upgrade just to get Bluetooth can be a tough pill to swallow. That’s where the AirMod Wireless Bluetooth Adapter for Bose QuietComfort 25 Headphones and the AirMod Wireless Bluetooth Adapter for Bose QuietComfort 15 Headphones come in. These brilliant Bluetooth adapters plug into the audio port on your headphones and they integrate perfectly with Bose’s design, so you won’t even know an adapter is there. As a result, you get wireless Bose headphones for just $55 instead of $350!

Here’s more info from the product page:

  • UNWIRE AND UPGRADE your Bose QC headphones to wireless functionality using this airMod bluetooth adapter
  • Apple + Android Compatible: easily access the controls (volume, song skip etc.) and still enjoy the serenity of the headsets noise cancellation feature
  • PLAY ON, the internal battery provides up to 15 hours of uninterrupted playback and talk time
  • Built-in mic and controls makes switching from phone calls to music a breeze (apple / android compatible)
  • What you get: The airMod wireless adapter, Charging cable, User guide and our 18 Month Guarantee supported by our friendly customer care team.
February 20, 2019

How to turn your wired Bose headphones into wireless headphones for $55

The Bose QuietComfort 35 Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones are fantastic, and they’re worth every penny despite their sky-high $350 price tag. Of course, if you already have a pair of wired noise cancelling headphones then the prospect of spending $350 on an upgrade just to get Bluetooth can be a tough pill to swallow. That’s where the AirMod Wireless Bluetooth Adapter for Bose QuietComfort 25 Headphones and the AirMod Wireless Bluetooth Adapter for Bose QuietComfort 15 Headphones come in. These brilliant Bluetooth adapters plug into the audio port on your headphones and they integrate perfectly with Bose’s design, so you won’t even know an adapter is there. As a result, you get wireless Bose headphones for just $55 instead of $350!

Here’s more info from the product page:

  • UNWIRE AND UPGRADE your Bose QC headphones to wireless functionality using this airMod bluetooth adapter
  • Apple + Android Compatible: easily access the controls (volume, song skip etc.) and still enjoy the serenity of the headsets noise cancellation feature
  • PLAY ON, the internal battery provides up to 15 hours of uninterrupted playback and talk time
  • Built-in mic and controls makes switching from phone calls to music a breeze (apple / android compatible)
  • What you get: The airMod wireless adapter, Charging cable, User guide and our 18 Month Guarantee supported by our friendly customer care team.