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Samsung delivers official PyeongChang 2018 app

Samsung announced the official app for the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics next month. It will offer live updates of sports venues, information about athletes, records and medal standings. In the two weeks before the Games actually begin, the app will offer news about upcoming events and the latest from the Torch Relay. PyeongChang 2018 Screenshots The app will give the ability to every user to customize the news feed and the push notifications. You can highlight athletes, sports, and even whole countries. There will be photo and video highlights. Although the Games...



Deal: Pixel 2 XL for Verizon is $300, the Pixel 2 is $150 off

Best Buy and Verizon love discounting the second-gen Pixel phones - the first discount came the day after they were announced! Today's deal is better than that one, but not quite as good as some in the past. The good news is that it includes the smaller Pixel 2, which often goes overlooked. Google Pixel 2 • Google Pixel 2 XL Still, the Pixel 2 XL gets the better treatment - it's effectively $300 off. We say "effectively" because the actual discount is to the monthly installments. You pay $22.91 for 24 months, that's about $12.50 down on the regular payments. The deal is valid for...



Moto G6 Play (S430) and ZTE Blade V9 (S450) go through Geekbench

The Moto G6 Play specs leaked a while back and they point to a Snapdragon 430 chipset. Not that we're unfamiliar with its performance, but now is a good chance to compare it to the Snapdragon 450. Geekbench results: Moto G6 Play • ZTE Blade V9 The 450 is to be found in the upcoming ZTE Blade V9 - a phone with an 18:9 screen, just like the Motorola. Both of these phones ran the Geekbench 4.2 sprint and here are the results (the two phones have different screen resolutions, but this benchmark tests only the CPU). JRGRAPH_EXPANDABLE_VERSION = false; GeekBench 4.2...



Samsung’s dedicated AI chips to outclass Apple and Huawei in the second half of the year

Apple and Huawei have already introduced AI-focused chipsets last year, the A11 Bionic and Kirin 970, respectively. Not one to allow itself to be left out of the latest trends in the mobile world, Samsung is reportedly working tirelessly on a Neural Processing Unit (NPU) of its own. For mobile devices, the company is said to have already reached "the technological levels of Apple and Huawei", or so unnamed sources in Korea claim. Samsung will even "come up with better chips" (than Apple and Huawei) "for sure in the second half of the year". The race is on, then. Samsung Galaxy...



Counterclockwise: plotting the average camera resolution through the years

The camera megapixel race is dead as most flagships have scaled back and instead chosen to race with wider apertures and secondary snappers. But mid-range and entry-level phones have been catching up in the megapixel count, pushing the average higher and higher. We took the 100 most popular phones from our database for each year. For those we averaged the megapixels of their main camera (for dual camera phones, the higher resolution sensor was used in the calculations). As expected, we see an upwards trend to the average pixel count. Growth accelerates from 2011 to 2015 and then it...