Taking a look back at seven days of news and headlines across the world of Android, this week’s Android Circuit includes confirmation of the Galaxy Note 9, a new Galaxy S9, OnePlus 6 price leaks, LG’s new G7 ThinQ, American branding for the Nokia 6, and what to expect from Google I/O 2018.
Android Circuit is here to remind you of a few of the many things that have happened around Android in the last week (and you can find the weekly Apple news digest here).
Galaxy Note 9 Confirmed
Following its appearances via online test bench software (and the instincts of everyone who has spotted a pattern), Samsung’s latest phablet - the Galaxy Note 9 - has been confirmed. As always at this point in the production cycle it’s not by the manufacturer, but by licensing authorities. Ilse Jurrien reports:
The device has now obtained the Chinese certificate via the CMIIT (China Ministry of Industry and Information Technology). Last month, the Samsung SM-N9600 was already certified, on 24 April 2018 a second variant was added, the SM-N9608. Both are most likely Chinese versions of the Samsung Note 9. Unfortunately, the certificates do not reveal further details regarding the specifications.
Go Large On The S9
There’s a new Samsung in town, as the South Korean company reveals a new edition of the Galaxy S9:
Samsung Electronics America, Inc. announced that the award-winning Galaxy S9 and S9+, reimagined for the way we communicate, share and experience the world, will now be available to U.S. consumers in 128GB and 256GB storage options. The new phones will offer Galaxy users the freedom to capture more images, download more apps, and enjoy more content than previously possible on the Galaxy S9 and S9+ in the U.S.
Ashley Carmen reports on the new units:
Preorders open May 1st on Samsung.com with the devices actually coming out on May 18th. (They’ll only be for sale through the company’s website.) The new storage options will be available in all three of the phones’ color choices: purple, blue, and black. The 128GB Galaxy S9 will cost $769.99, while the 128GB Galaxy S9 Plus will cost $889.99. The 256GB Galaxy S9 will retail for $819.99, and the 256GB Galaxy S9 Plus goes for $939.99.
…Of course, both phones support microSD storage expansion, so if you don’t want to lay out the premium for more storage at the outset, it’s easy to add more later on.
More on the launch at The Verge.
OnePlus 6 Price Leaks Out
We have a launch date, we have specifications, but we also have the expectation of a big surprise when OnePlus reveals the OnePlus 6 to the public on May 16th. It certainly won’t be the price, but details on that have leaked as well. Chris Smith reports:
…the 64GB OnePlus 6 will sell for Rs. 36,999 ($555) and the 128GB model will go for Rs. 39,999 ($600). The source did not specify the price of the 256GB model, however, and we already know that OnePlus is making one; the company already revealed that the best version of the phone will pack a Snapdragon 845 processor, 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage.
Article Source: Android Circuit: Galaxy Note 9 Confirmed, New Samsung S9 Revealed, OnePlus 6 Price Leaks