Everyone likes to see product comparisons, right? In the past year we’ve seen comparisons of everything valuable in the smartphone industry. iPhone vs. Galaxy vs. Pixel. Camera vs. camera. Talking speaker vs. talking speaker.
This comparison thing has gotten out of hand because recently we’ve been treated to comparisons of Apple products you can buy in a store today vs. competing products that have yet to be announced. You know what? That sounds like fun. Let’s give it a whirl.
Vs. Vs. Vs.
Do not get too cozy. This won’t take long. One of the geniuses over at Boy Genius Report (they prefer BGR instead; it sounds more adult-like) compared the present to the future.
Galaxy S9 vs. iPhone X: See Samsung’s New Design Next To Apple’s Latest iPhone
Sounds cool enough, right? What’s wrong? There is no Samsung Galaxy S9. Some details have leaked and it was announced over the weekend, but you can’t actually buy one. Yet. But it’s time to take the wraps off and compare it to last year’s wraps.
How can we possibly compare the Galaxy S9 to Apple’s iPhone X? That’s where the skills of gadget-focused graphic designer Martin Hajek come in.
Uh huh. Here’s the skinny.
Someone took leak specifications and someone else took an artist’s rendering of an idea of what the S9 would look like and then compared it to iPhone X which hasn’t been on the market four months yet.
The iPhone X has its notched display, stainless steel construction, and off-center dual-lens camera on the back. Meanwhile the new Galaxy S9 features a display that’s rounded on both sides with symmetrical bezels above and below it. Samsung’s Galaxy S9 also has a centrally located rear camera with a fingerprint sensor beneath it. The Galaxy S9 also has something plenty of iPhone X owners wish they had as well: A headphone jack.
In other words, S9 is an iPhone X without a Notch but with an ancient 20th century headphone jack that most iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X customers have forgotten already.
As usual, Samsung S.whatever release arrives about six months after the latest iPhone but doesn’t sell as well. And, speaking of what doesn’t sell well, there’s Google’s Pixel 2. But that’s from last year, and even though the newest Pixel sold all year what Apple sells in iPhones in less than a week, let’s not compare the past to the future when we can compare the future to our imaginations.
Google Pixel 3 Release Date And Specifications
Wow. Great. Let’s get started. Oh. Wait. I forgot to insert ‘rumours‘ in the headline. My bad. Marie Black gives an exercise in technology rumor mongering:
The Pixel phones are unlikely to be unveiled before early October 2018, with an on-sale date later in October probable…
Fair enough. Let’s see, March, April, May… October. I counted eight months. Is that right? We’re comparing products that are about to be released with products that are not even about to be released. That’s what the interwebs can do to information. Carry on, Pixel 3 rumors.
They will come with the latest version of Android – Android 9.0 P – but as we saw in 2017 they may not be the first devices to ship with that OS. It will be a pure version of the software, running exactly as Google intends, with regular security updates and no bloatware.
I thought Android OS was bloatware. My bad. Again.
The one thing I like about Google’s smartphones is the ability to upgrade to the latest Android OS. Few Android-based smartphones have that feature because manufacturers and cellphone companies prefer you to upgrade the old fashioned way. Buy a new phone!
Apple, of course, gets about 90-percent of all iPhone customers upgraded to iOS.whatever before the next iOS is released.
Google knows its users don’t want cut-down specs just because a phone has a smaller screen, so we fully expect to see the Snapdragon 845 processor running the show on all Pixel 3 models… Qualcomm’s new super-fast X20 LTE modem is built-in, offering CAT 18 speeds of more than 1Gbps, as well as an enhanced Spectra 280 image signal processor.
Wow. Lots of RAM, faster downloads from ever slower networks, but maybe without hums and clicks this year. Remember: the above specifications are guesses.
We’d like to see Google retain the waterproofing (perhaps upgraded from IP67 to IP68) and aluminium chassis, and it’s probable that the 18:9 pOLED display will also remain, but this time around the new Pixel might also feature an under-glass fingerprint sensor.
I was hoping it would come with a self-driving car. I heard Google is working on those.
Back in the day we would buy tree parts cleverly disguised as technology magazines and read product comparisons and details of products that actually shipped before the magazine was printed. These days the interwebs has become so fast and futuristic and furious that we can read reviews of products from the future.
How cool is that?
Wait. I know what you’re thinking. “What about iPhone 11, Wil?” It’ll get here when it gets here and that’s about eight months away. iPhone 11 will be faster– thin with rounded corners, perhaps a smaller bezel, multiple models with OLED displays– and it will run iOS 12 The camera will be improved. What else do you need to know?
UPDATE – Samsung announced the S9 line this weekend. Nice camera. More RAM, more memory, faster CPU; still a flat slab of glass that runs Android. The Verge has a look with a video.
Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus are so similar to their predecessors that on passing glance, they look and feel exactly the same. The S9 pair maintain the S8’s attractive and efficient design, with extra tall 18.5:9 screens, curved sides, and glass front and backs. The 5.8-inch (S9) and 6.2-inch (S9 Plus) screens are the same Super AMOLED panels with 2960 x 1440 pixel resolutions