Connect with us

    VIDEO: SAMSUNG GALAXY S9 & S9+: Everything You Need To Know



    If you’re in something of a hurry and have just popped on here to find out what the new Galaxy S9 is going to be like, then we’ve distilled our months-long rumor round up into what we’re now certain the form of the phone will be.
    The Samsung Galaxy S9 launch date is tomorrow and it will go on shelves in the first or second week of March.

    Design: The Samsung Galaxy S9 design is going to be very similar to the Galaxy S8 according to the leaked images, although one of the key problems is solved, thanks to the fingerprint sensor being in a more accessible place. This means same rolling metal-and-glass chassis featuring minimal bezel as the S8, so we’re not expecting to see much different between the two phones.

    Screen: The Galaxy S9 screen will very likely be a 5.8-inch QHD+ Infinity Display, rolling to the edges of the phone, curved at the edges. Don’t expect an inbuilt fingerprint scanner under the screen though as, essentially, it’ll be a very similar display to last year.

    Camera: The main change here is expected to be a 12MP dual-aperture sensor. One that’s as good in low light as bright light, with the phone able to change the camera’s power depending on the conditions. While it’s still set to be a single sensor, Samsung is pushing the phone’s ability to take superb low-light photos and capture super slo-mo footage.

    Specs: The US looks set to get a phone powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, and the rest of the world Samsung’s own Exynos 9810 chipset. This means 30% improved power, albeit still with 4GB of RAM inside. This will be more than enough grunt, but those that lust after specs for the sake of them will be disappointed not to see 6GB,

    Battery: While it looks like we’re going to get a 3,000mAh power pack – the same as on the Galaxy S8 – the improved CPU inside will likely lead to a real boost in battery life. This means the Galaxy S9 should last easily over a day for more users than ever before.

    Other key features: A recent promo conformed animated emoji, where faces are turned into cartoons, will be present on the Galaxy S9 as a response to Apple’s Animoji.

    Stereo speakers will also be a welcome addition for anyone tired of the mono-firing single outlet on previous phones – we don’t expect this to be industry-leading in the same way as Sony and Apple, but at least using your phone to play music or movies will be more pleasant.

    An improved iris scanner is rumored to be Samsung’s play against Apple’s Face ID too, but given the poor performance of the sensor last year we don’t expect this to be a big feature.
    Below are the specifications for both phones from gsmarena:

    Specification of the Galaxy S9. Source: Gsmarena


    Specification of the Galaxy S9 Plus. Source: Gsmarena




    Click to comment

    Leave a Reply

    Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


    Is Microsoft About To Start Charging A Monthly Fee For Windows 10?




    Windows 10 is one of the most popular operating systems in the world. Latest stats from NetMarketShare put Windows 10 as the second most used OS in the world.

    Their figures show Windows 10 as having a 36.58 per cent chunk of the worldwide operating system market in July. This is not far behind Windows 7, which has a 41.23 per cent OS market share, which Windows 10 has closed the gap on in the past year.

    As more users ditch ageing Microsoft operating systems and turn to Windows 10 some shock news has been revealed about the software. It has been claimed the Redmond-based tech giant are planning to start charging a monthly fee to help PC fans maintain the operating system.

    ZDNet’s Microsoft specialist Mary Jo Foley reported that the ‘Microsoft Managed Desktop’ service is currently in the works. It will allegedly ensure PCs running Windows 10 are configured correctly and running smoothly as new updates are released.

    However, users will reportedly be charged a monthly fee for this privilege. In her article Foley said: “I’m hearing this Microsoft Managed Desktop is, basically, the Microsoft version of ‘desktop as a service’.

    “It will provide customers the ability to lease a Windows 10 device that’s automatically provisioned for them and have the operating system kept up-to-date and more for a single monthly fee, my contacts say.”

    Foley also said that she believes the Microsoft Managed Desktop will be targeted at businesses.  She said: “Microsoft looks to be counting on companies being ready for greater predictability — in terms of spending, updating and support — in exchange for letting someone else do the driving.”

    It remains to be seen whether the Microsoft Managed Desktop will also be open to consumer users.


    Continue Reading


    Your Gmail Account To Change As Google Confirms Major Update And New Features



    GMAIL users are set to see a major redesign as Google confirms it’s working on an upgrade which will bring a redesign and new features to the hugely popular email service.

    Gmail users are about to see some big changes coming to their email accounts. The hugely popular service is set for a major revamp with new features and redesign expected to launch in the coming weeks.

    The update looks likely to bring a cleaner and less cluttered look for Gmail on the web along with the arrival of things such as Smart Reply which instantly allows users to select from three automatic responses based on what’s in the original message.

    There could also be the option to snooze conversations allowing users to temporarily delete emails from their inbox until a set time. There’s currently no word on a release date for this new Gmail refresh but Google has confirmed the upgrade is being tested.

    In a statement to The Verge, Google revealed:“We’re working on some major updates to Gmail (they’re still in draft phase). “We need a bit more time to compose ourselves, so can’t share anything yet—archive this for now, and we’ll let you know when it’s time to hit send.”

    Like most of Google’s services, Gmail has seen a meteoric rise to success with the email platform now thought to have over 1.2billion users worldwide. Last year the company announced it was finally upgrading the attachment function for its email service, which now allow users to receive messages with attachments up to 50MB.

    The upgrade means you’ll be able to get more photos, files or other downloads with your email than ever before. However sadly the upgrade doesn’t extend to sending bigger attachments, with that limit still capped at 25MB for now.

    This latest Gmail upgrade comes as Google is expected to announce more big news in the coming weeks. The search giant’s I/O conference takes place from May 8th to 10th at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, California.

    I/O brings together developers from around the globe for talks, hands-on learning with Google experts, and a first look at Google’s latest developer products. The California-based company could also showcase updates to Google Chrome, Google Photos, Android Wear, Google Home, and more. Last year, it focused on Google Assistant, Google Photos and standalone DayDream VR headsets.


    Continue Reading


    VIDEO: Huawei Releases First 5G Equipment: Breakthrough Device Sets The Stage For The Future Of Mobile Connectivity



    Richard Yu, CEO of the Huawei Consumer Business Group, presents the new Huawei 5G CPE router before the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona on Sunday. Photo: Reuters

    Kampala, Uganda, February 27, 2018: Huawei Consumer Business Group (CBG) on 25th February at Mobile World Congress launched its HUAWEI 5G customer-premises equipment (CPE), the world’s first commercial terminal device supporting the globally recognized 3GPP telecommunication standard for 5G. This device marks a milestone as Huawei sets the stage for the next generation of wireless connectivity.

    To ensure peak performance from its 5G CPE, Huawei uses its self-developed Balong 5G01 chipset – the world’s first commercial chipset supporting the 3GPP standard for 5G, with theoretical downlink speeds of up to 2.3Gbps. It supports 5G across all frequency bands including sub-6GHz and millimeter wave (mmWave) to offer a complete 5G solution suitable for multiple use cases. The Balong 5G01 makes Huawei the first company offering an end-to-end 5G solution through its network, devices and chipset-level capabilities.

    “5G technology will underpin the next leap forward for our intelligent world, where people, vehicles, homes and devices are fully connected, delivering new experiences, insights and capabilities,” said Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei Consumer Business Group. “Since 2009, Huawei has invested US$600 million in research and development into 5G technologies, where we have led the way with innovations around network architecture, spectrum usage, field verification and more. From connected vehicles and smart homes to AR/VR and hologram videos, we are committed to developing a mature 5G ecosystem so that consumers can benefit from a truly connected world that transforms the way we communicate and share.”

    HUAWEI 5G Customer Premises Equipment (CPE)

    The HUAWEI 5G CPE has two models, low frequency (sub6GHz) 5G CPE and high frequency (mmWave) 5G CPE respectively. The HUAWEI low frequency 5G CPE is small and lightweight, compatible with 4G and 5G networks, and has proven measured download speeds of up to 2Gbps – 20 times that of 100Mbps fiber. This provides an ultra-fast experience, allowing users to enjoy VR video and gaming experiences, or download a TV show within a second. The HUAWEI high frequency 5G CPE is available in indoor and outdoor units.

    5G networks set new standards for high speed, wide bandwidth, low latency wireless connections, with a peak downlink rate of 20Gbps, support for one million devices per square kilometer and latency as low as 0.5ms. 5G promises an enhanced connection between people and the Internet of Things, raising the potential for the number of devices that can be connected and the amount and type of data that can be shared between them.

    Huawei CBG has developed a 5G device strategy which utilizes the high-speed, low-latency, big-connectivity qualities of 5G to create richer, more varied connected experiences for users. This strategy includes smartphones, mobile Wi-Fi, industrial modules and other devices to connect people and objects in their homes, vehicles and beyond.

    Huawei has partnered with over 30 global telecommunication carriers, including Vodafone, Softbank, T-Mobile, BT, Telefonica, China Mobile and China Telecom. In 2017, Huawei began testing 5G commercial networks with partners. Huawei completed interoperability testing and started offering the first round of 5G commercial networks in 2018.


    Continue Reading

    like us


    theGrapevine is a subsidiary of Newco Publications Limited, a Ugandan multimedia group.
    We keep you posted on the latest from Uganda and the World. COPYRIGHT © 2022
    P.O Box 5511, Kampala - Uganda Tel: +256-752 227640 Email:
    theGrapevine is licenced by Uganda Communications Commission (UCC)