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Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus release date, price, news and leaks
Posted by James Rogerson on 09 December 2018 09:35 PM

Update: Leaked photos may have given us our first real-world look at the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus and they show a triple-lens rear camera.

Alongside the Samsung Galaxy S10 and potentially a Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite, we're also likely to see a Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus in early 2019 and this is sure to be the biggest and possibly best of the range.

While it probably won't land before late February, we've already heard a lot about it and even seen some leaked images seemingly showing the phone. From that we can tell that this could be very different to the Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus, with a new design and numerous new features.

You'll find full details on all of that below, as well as information on the possible release date and price. We'll also be sure to update this article whenever credible information emerges, so be sure to check back here regularly if you want to keep up to date on the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus.

Cut to the chase

  • What is it? Samsung's next big screen flagship phone
  • When is it out? Possibly late February
  • What will it cost? Likely at least $840 / £869 / AU$1,349

Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus release date and price

Hottest leaks:

  • Could land at or just before MWC 2019 (February 25-28)

Our best guess for when we’ll see the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus is at MWC 2019, which takes place from February 25-28.

An announcement there has been rumored more than once and on top of that the Samsung Galaxy S9 range landed at MWC 2018, so it seems likely. More specifically, it might land a day or so before the event formally kicks off, as Samsung often holds press events in advance of MWC.

Of course, there's no guarantee that this is where we'll see the S10 Plus, especially as Samsung doesn't always use MWC to announce new entries in the range, and as one source reckons the phone could arrive at CES 2019 in January.

But if not at MWC then certainly sometime within the first few months of the year, as there’s around a year between each model.

There aren't any Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus price rumors yet, but given that the Galaxy S9 Plus launched for $840 / £869 / AU$1,349 we’d expect the S10 Plus will cost at least that much.

Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus

The Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus is sure to be at least as expensive as the S9 Plus

Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus design and display

Hottest leaks:

  • A 6.4-inch 1440 x 3040 screen
  • A pinhole camera and small bezels

Our latest real look at the possible design of the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus comes from two leaked images, which oddly don't match up.

As you can see below, they both show a phone with a triple-lens camera, but the color of the camera block differs and the size of the lenses possibly does as well, so it's possible that only one or neither of these images is right, or that they show different phones - perhaps one shows the Galaxy S10 while the other shows the S10 Plus.

The images otherwise do line up, showing a slightly curved back, probably made of glass, and a frame that looks to be made of metal.

Credit: SlashGear / Weibo

Previously we saw some leaked renders shared by OnLeaks (a reliable leaker), which gave a more complete look at the possible design of the S10 Plus.

The renders, which you can see below, show a cut-out in the screen for a dual-lens front-facing camera, but the bezels are very slim.

The images also show a quad-lens camera on the back (check the camera section below for more information on this). An earlier version of these images showed three cameras and larger bezels, but this was apparently inaccurate, though was more in line with the photos above.

There's also a 3.5mm headphone port on the bottom edge, a curved display and what looks to be a metal frame and glass back, shown in both black and ‘Ice Blue’.

The phone is apparently 157.5 x 75.0 x 7.8mm, rising to 9mm at the camera bump, which makes it a similar size to the 158.1 x 73.8 x 8.5mm Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus, despite apparently having a larger 6.4-inch screen.

That screen apparently has a QHD resolution, according to this source, which more or less lines up with a benchmark for one of the S10 models, which lists the phone as having a 1440 x 3040 resolution and a 19:9 aspect ratio.

We've also heard more than once that the screen might be 6.4 inches, though at least one rumor puts it at 6.2 inches, so we're not at all certain of the size yet.

As for the pinhole camera in the pictures above, there's plenty of evidence for that. In fact, Samsung itself has announced a screen with a pinhole camera, dubbed the 'Infinity-O', though hasn't said what devices this display would be used for. A patent filed by the company also shows such a design.

Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus

Credit: LetsGoDigital

More recently we've seen mock-ups shared by renowned tipster Evan Blass that point to very small pinhole notches being cut out in the center of the display. At this stage it seems no one really knows where those holes are going to be.

The pictures show the comparative screen sizes of the three devices that Samsung might launch in its new range: the S10 Lite, the S10, and the S10 Plus.

Samsung Galaxy S10 leak

Samsung Galaxy S10 leak (credit: @evleaks)

Another source has also said that at least one of the S10 models will have a "punch hole" camera, along with three rear cameras and an ultrasonic in-display fingerprint scanner. So there's a high chance that the camera will indeed be built into the screen.

As for that ultrasonic in-screen fingerprint scanner, that's another Galaxy S10 Plus rumor we've heard about plenty of times. Several phones such as the OnePlus 6T and Huawei Mate 20 Pro already have in-screen scanners, so it wouldn't be surprising if Samsung stuck one on the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus.

More than just being in-screen though, this is rumored to be a third-generation ultrasonic scanner from Qualcomm, which should be more secure than most in-screen scanners, as many are optical, meaning they take a 2D scan of your print, while ultrasonic ones capture a 3D picture.

However, while it might gain an in-screen scanner, the Galaxy S10 Plus could lose the range's iris scanner, according to multiple reports. Though face scanning is likely to remain.

And while the renders above are our best guess for the design of the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus so far, there are some other possibilities.

Samsung has also announced a screen with seemingly no notch, no significant bezel and no pinhole for the camera, so there's a chance that will be used. You can see how that might look in the image below, though we’d take this picture with a huge side of salt – it's one of the older Galaxy S10 leaks and another source has suggested it's inaccurate.

Credit: @UniverseIce

We've also seen multiple images of a screen protector supposedly for the Galaxy S10. This is likely for the standard model rather than the S10 Plus, but the two phones will probably have a similar design and you can see here too that there's seemingly a bezel-free look.

Though in the case of these screen protectors it's always possible that they just didn't bother making a cut-out for the camera, since the protector is transparent anyway.

Credit: @UniverseIce

Whatever the look of the phone, it's sure to be different to the S9 range, as Samsung's mobile division CEO has said to expect a "very significant" makeover.

There could also be some different colors on offer. As well as the ones pictured above, we've also heard rumors of grey, blue, red, green and yellow shades, while Samsung itself may have hinted at silver, green, black, blue and red shades in a presentation.

Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus camera

Hottest leaks:

  • Three lenses on the back, two on the front
  • Could include a 16MP wide-angle, 13MP telephoto and 12MP standard lens
  • One lens might have a variable aperture
  • Could have up to six cameras

Multiple sources have claimed that the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus will have a triple-lens rear camera. More specifically, a report has said that the phone will have a 12MP f/1.5-f/2.4 variable aperture lens, a 16MP f/1.9 aperture lens with a 123-degree field of view, and a 13MP f/2.4 aperture lens.

Those specs have come up more than once, with another source saying the phone will have a 12MP wide-angle lens, a 16MP super wide-angle lens and a 13MP telephoto lens. Similarly, leaker Evan Blass has said that at least one S10 model will have a wide-angle lens, a standard lens and a telephoto lens.

The Galaxy S10 Plus is also thought to have a dual-lens front-facing camera. That's a claim we've heard more than once.

That would make for five cameras total, but one of these reports even talks about a Samsung phone with six cameras, and the renders above also show four rear cameras (along with two on the front), so at the moment we're not sure which is accurate.

Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus power

Hottest leaks:

  • A Snapdragon 855 or Exynos 9820 chipset
  • Possibly up to 12GB of RAM and 1TB of storage

The exact specs of the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus will probably depend on what country you're in, as Samsung typically gives US buyers a Snapdragon-powered handset and those in most other countries an Exynos one.

The Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus is thought to be no exception, and Samsung has announced the Exynos chip likely to be powering it in much of the world. Dubbed the Exynos 9820, this is an octa-core chipset built on an 8nm process, making it smaller than its 10nm predecessor.

It's said to offer up to 20% better single-core performance, up to 15% better multi-core performance and up to 40% better power efficiency than the Exynos 9810 powering the Samsung Galaxy S9 range.

It also apparently delivers 10% less power consumption, and the GPU is said to provide up to 40% better performance or up to 35% better power efficiency.

Those are some impressive numbers and they don’t end there. The Exynos 9820 also supports mobile download speeds of up to 2Gbps, 8K video recording at up to 30fps and displays of up to 3840 x 2400 or 4096 x 2160. It also has a NPU (neural processing unit), which can apparently carry out AI tasks up to seven times faster than the previous Exynos chip.

Good as all that sounds though an early benchmark for the chip, seemingly running in a Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus, revealed a score that’s lower than the iPhone XS and the rest of Apple’s latest handsets, though it was still higher than any current Android phone.

Those in the US might get a better chipset, as the recently announced Snapdragon 855 is almost certainly going to be used, and this is 7nm, making it even smaller and likely more efficient than the Exynos 9820.

This has also been subject to an early benchmark, and it scores not just higher than the Exynos 9820 but higher than any other handset, including Apple's.

Qualcomm has said that the chipset will offer twice the performance of an unnamed 7nm rival - likely meaning Apple's chip, but possibly referring to Huawei's Kirin 980.

The Snapdragon 855 is also confirmed to support 5G and to have the world's first computer vision image signal processor, which is a chip dedicated to processing photos and videos.

It's additionally rumored to have three sets of cores - four 1.78GHz power-saving cores, three 2.42GHz high-end cores and one 2.84GHz 'gold' core. It also apparently has a dedicated NPU for AI tasks and offers all-round performance boosts, with a particular focus on gaming, augmented reality and photography.

As for RAM, one report puts that at up to 12GB, along with up to 1TB of storage, but in both cases that would be more than any other phone, so we’re not at all sure of that.

What we might get is an 8GB RAM chip that Samsung itself has announced and which can reduce power consumption by up to 30% and has a data rate that's apparently 1.5 times as fast as current flagship RAM chips. Though notably this RAM hasn’t been linked specifically to the Galaxy S10 range just yet.

Storage could be faster too, as Samsung is set to start using UFS 3.0 storage early in 2019. This both takes up less space than current storage in phones and is up to two times faster.

If Samsung does use that then presumably the smallest storage size of the Galaxy S10 Plus will be 128GB or higher, up from 64GB in the Galaxy S9 Plus, as this UFS 3.0 storage starts at 128GB.

We have a good idea of the software that the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus will run too. It will use Android of course, almost certainly Android 9 Pie, but Samsung has announced a new One UI which is likely to be laid on top of that.

One UI is particularly focused on making it more comfortable to interact with large phones using one hand, which should be useful on Samsung’s plus-sized flagship.


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Dec
9

Are you ready? Are you quite sure now? Because the second leg of the Copa Libertadores final is finally ready to take place. The Superclásico may be happening thousands of miles from Argentina, to the Santiago Bernabéu, but at least world football fans can watch the Boca Juniors vs River Plate grudge match via a Copa Libertadore live stream from anywhere in the world - and it's possible to do so absolutely FREE!

Boca Juniors vs River Plate is probably the world's most fiercely competed football derby. The two Buenos Airies-based clubs are bitter enemies. That's why the second leg of this Copa Libertadore final has had to be pushed back and moved from Argentina to an entirely different continent. The crowd trouble surrounding the previous two attempts meant that the fixture had to be postponed.

The first leg that ended in a tantalisingly poised 2-2 draw. Both teams (and their fans) are desperate to come out on top in this once in a lifetime fixture. It's the first time ever that two Argentinian teams have played in the Copa Libertadores final. Serious bragging rights are up for grabs with Boca Juniors looking to add to their six previous titles, while River Plate have had the taste of glory more recently in 2015.

So now that the waiting is over, and we can finally get down to some football. Discover how to get a Copa Libertadores live stream by reading this page. You can watch it from anywhere using a VPN (even if your country isn't broadcasting it), and it's absolutely free in the UK.

Live stream the Copa Libertadores final for FREE in the UK

How to live stream Boca Juniors vs River Plate anywhere else in the world for free 

The free Copa Libertadores live stream as described above is only accessible within the UK - if you're abroad you'll be told that you're not allowed to watch. Annoying, but there's a very easy way to get around it. The trick is to download and install a VPN to change your IP address to one in the UK and then go to the TVPlayer website to watch. Here's how to stream Boca Juniors vs River Plate live and for FREE from anywhere in the world with a VPN:

How to watch the Copa Libertadores final in the US 

There are several options for live streaming Boca Juniors vs River Plate in the US. Fox is the official broadcaster, so if you already have access to and want to watch at home or on the go with its app, then you're laughing.

If you don't have it, then try Fox Soccer Match Pass, Fubo or Sling TV. All do shorter term subscription options and, crucially free trials. And if you already subscribe but are outside the US, then be sure to grab a VPN service and port into a US location.

Live stream the Boca Juniors vs River Plate final in Australia

Well it's going to be an early one, but if you're an obsessive world football fan then you'll need to set your alarm for around 6.30am AEDT on Monday morning. Free-to-air channel SBS is showing the final Down Under.

If you're outside the country and want to tune in, then you can use one of our favorite VPNs above to watch the free coverage from Oz or another nation.


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Dec
9
Honor View 20 release date, price, news and leaks
Posted by James Rogerson on 09 December 2018 04:05 PM

The Honor View 20 - or Honor View 11 as it's rumored to be called - could be one of the very first phones of 2019, but it looks to have more than just that accolade as it seems set to include some novel tech, including a pinhole camera in the front screen.

While we don’t know as much about the handset as you might expect for a phone that’s this close to launching, some news and rumors are emerging. 

We've rounded up the best information we could find from the web's rumor mll and covered the key parts below, along with information on when you’ll actually be able to get your hands on the Honor View 20.

We’ll also be adding to this article as soon as we hear anything new, so make sure to check back regularly if it’s a phone that you think is worthy of a place in your pocket.

Cut to the chase

  • What is it? The successor to the Honor View 10
  • When is it out? Probably January 22
  • What will it cost? Likely upwards of £449 (around $580, AU$800)

Honor View 20 release date and price

Hottest leaks:

  • Coming January 22

The Honor View 20 is set to be announced on January 22, as Honor has sent out invites for a launch event on that date. 

Sure, while the View 20 isn’t named the company has said that this is a high-end phone, and given the timing the Honor View 20 is the obvious candidate. After all, the Honor View 10 was announced in December 2017 then went on sale in January 2018.

As for what it will cost, there’s no news there, but it’s likely to cost at least as much as the Honor View 10, which launched for £449 (around $580, AU$800).

That moon is a not so subtle hint at the pinhole camera

Honor View 20 design and screen

Hottest leaks:

  • An all-screen front
  • A 1080 x 2310 resolution

We don’t know much about the design of the Honor View 20, but it’s likely to have an all-screen look on the front with minimal bezels. Why? Because as the invite above shows, it looks set to have a pinhole camera cut-out in the top left corner, instead of the much-maligned notch.

This move would also likely strip out a lot of the top bezel. It would also be the first Honor phone with such a design – although the Huawei Nova 4 (from Honor's parent company) might get there first.

Having said that, according to some sources, the two phones could actually just be a single model, with the Nova 4 launching internationally as the Honor View 20. 

If so, then the image below (supposedly of the Huawei Nova 4) could show the new View 20, meaning there's very little bezel on the phone.

Credit: Trending leaks

A user agent profile spotted by NashvilleChatter meanwhile points to the screen having a 1080 x 2310 resolution, which would be an ever so slight boost on the 1080 x 2160 resolution of the Honor View 10 and would hint at a longer screen ratio.

Beyond all that, we can guess that the Honor View 20 might share some design elements with the View 10, which had a metal rear, although the bezels this time around are likely to be smaller. 2017's View also had a 5.99-inch screen, so the View 20’s screen will likely be at least that size.

It’s worth noting also that, prior to Honor sending out an event invite and all but confirming a pinhole camera in the process, there were some earlier leaked images shared on SlashLeaks supposedly showing the phone, which instead had a teardrop notch.

You can see these below and it’s technically still possible that these are accurate, as Honor hasn’t confirmed the name of the phone we’ll be seeing in January.

So on that basis it's possible that something else will be announced with a pinhole camera and the Honor View 20 really will have a teardrop notch, but we doubt it given the invite.

This is supposedly the Honor View 20, but we're not convinced. Credit: SlashLeaks

Honor View 20 camera and battery

Hottest leaks:

  • A pinhole camera
  • Strong low light skills
  • Fast charging

We’re more or less certain that the Honor View 20 will have a pinhole front-facing camera, thanks to the event invite. But that might not be the only camera feature that the invite hints at, as it shows the Paris skyline at night and reads “see the unseen”, which could be a suggestion that the Honor View 20’s camera will work well in low light.

Alternatively, it could be simply referencing that the pinhole camera allows for more screen real estate to be shown, which also makes a lot of sense.

We don’t know the specs of the camera, but the Honor View 10 had a dual-lens rear camera with both a 16MP color lens and a 20MP black and white sensor, so the View 20 may have a similar setup, though probably with some upgrades.

Given that Huawei’s (Honor’s parent company’s) flagship range now includes several phones with three rear cameras it’s possible that this will get a third camera too.

Indeed, some sites (such as 91mobiles) are reporting that the Honor View 20 will have three rear lenses, possibly a 16MP/24MP/16MP combo, but it's not clear where that site is getting its information from, so we'd take that with a pinch of salt.

Bloomberg has also reported that Huawei will soon launch a phone with a camera that can accurately judge distances between objects and create 3D models of them for use in augmented reality. 

Given the timing of the launch it's possible that this camera will be found on the Honor View 20.

We haven’t heard much about the battery yet, but thanks to a certification with a Chinese body, noted by GSMArena, we do know that it will probably support 22.5W fast charging. 

As for the size of the battery, it was a respectable 3,750mAh in the Honor View 10, so a large one is likely.

Honor View 20 OS and power

Hottest leaks:

  • An octa-core Kirin 980 chipset
  • Android Pie and EMUI

Honor has confirmed that a forthcoming device, believed to be the Honor View 20, has an octa-core Kirin 980 chipset. That’s the chipset you’ll find in the likes of the Huawei Mate 20 and Huawei Mate 20 Pro. It’s also likely to be used in the Huawei P30 range, so it’s top-end.

We don’t know the rest of the specs, but the Honor View 10 came with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, so the Honor View 20 will probably at least match that. Based on the previous phone a microSD card slot is also likely.

As for the operating system, it’s sure to run Android, in all likelihood Android 9 Pie. In fact, exactly that was spotted in the user agent profile mentioned above. It’s also sure to have the company’s heavy EMUI interface on top.

  • The Honor 11 is also probably coming soon

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Dec
9

The PDC World Darts Championship is set to kick-off this week as some of the world's best darts players go for the title of world champion. This year will see the highest number of players take part in the tournament so far, at 96 pros (including two female players), who are going for a £2.5 million prize fund that's up for grabs. And you can live stream darts from World Championship using this handy guide.

This year sees the new layout with extra players battling it out across 95 games that span 28 afternoon and evening sessions over 20 days. In something of a new era for the game of darts, 2018 will be the first since Phil 'the Power' Taylor retired, and the last for Dutch legend Raymond van Barneveld.

Rob Cross is the champion after his victory over Taylor in last year's final. That said, he's still only seeded second, with the awesome Michael van Gerwen favourite once again to take home the world title for a third time. Scotland's Peter Wright and Gary Anderson, as third and fourth seeds shouldn't be discounted though, the latter also seeking a third win at Ally Pally.

After winning the UK & Ireland's Women's World Championship qualifier, England's Lisa Ashton will make her World Darts Championship debut this year. She will be joined by three-time women's world champion Anastasia Dobromyslova.

If you want to catch all the action, you've come to the right place. Read on to find out how to watch a World Darts Championship live stream from anywhere you fancy using whatever device you like best - it's even FREE to do so in some territories.

How to live stream darts from anywhere in the world with a VPN

How to watch the World Darts Championship: live stream in the UK

How to watch the World Darts Championship: US live stream

How to watch the World Darts Championship in the Netherlands

How to watch the World Darts Championship: Australia live stream

Main image courtesy of pdc.tv


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Dec
9
A 5G, Snapdragon 855 version of the Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 is arriving in 2019
Posted by David Nield on 09 December 2018 02:30 PM

Get ready: the 5G phones are on their way, and we now know that one of the handsets leading the pack is going to be the recently unveiled Xiaomi Mi Mix 3. An updated version of the phone is coming in 2019 with 5G capabilities, the company has confirmed.

A 5G variant had already been teased, but as Android Central reports, Xiaomi used the China Mobile Global Partner Conference to announce that the new model be rocking the Snapdragon 855 processor and X50 5G modem – the magic formula for 5G access. The handset will arrive in Europe in the middle of the year and then China after that.

Xiaomi also confirmed that the phone will be able to achieve 2Gbps download speeds. Other specs include up to 10GB of RAM, up to 256GB of storage, and a 3,200mAh battery, so you can expect to pay quite a high price for it.

The 5G future

As network operators start the process of upgrading their infrastructure to 2019, a process which begins in earnest next year, mobile phone makers are preparing to launch 5G handsets whether you're ready for them or not.

We already know that a lot of these phones are going to be running the Snapdragon 855 chip – though it's possible that several 2019 flagships will come in 5G or non-5G flavors, so you can take your pick. Apple is being tipped to launch a 5G-ready iPhone in 2020, by which time 5G networks should be more widely available.

As well as significantly faster download and upload speeds (depending on your phone and network), 5G is also going to bring with it improved capacity – so you shouldn't lose signal at music festivals and sports stadiums in the future.


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Dec
9

The HUAWEI Mate 20 Pro is easily the most innovative smartphone of this year offering top-end specs, a beautiful design and features that will power the next generation of smartphones.

It also has the most versatile camera we have ever seen on a smartphone which includes the primary 40MP wide-angle f/1.8 lens bundled with a 8MP, f/2.4 3x telephoto and an ultra-wide 16MP, f/2.2 lens. The combination of these three Leica lenses allows you to take smartphone photography to new levels

We tested the HUAWEI Mate 20 Pro under different lighting conditions, indoors, outdoors, macro and ultra-wide modes and the camera lived up to the hype surrounding it.


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