The Mobile World Congress (a.k.a MWC) 2018, one of the biggest events in the mobile industry has just recently ended last Friday in Barcelona. As we look back at the festivities, MWC this year felt a little underwhelming, probably because Samsung stole the show before the event even officially began with the launch of the Galaxy S9. Nevertheless, the show still had its fair share of highlights that is worth talking about. Hence, below are some of the most notable handsets that were seen last week.
Samsung smartphones are typically recognised as being the best Android phones on the market. After weeks of speculations, the Galaxy S9 has officially been launched during the Samsung Unpacked event held ahead of the Mobile World Congress last Sunday. On paper, the device looks like the new flagship phone to beat, setting new benchmarks and world’s-firsts.
2017 has been a great year for South Korean smartphone manufacturers, Samsung as it managed to regain its reputation as the top brand in the industry with the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy Note 8 smartphones. The company is planning to leverage on the momentum it has built by releasing its next flagship, the Galaxy S9.
|Release Date in Malaysia|
|Display diagonal||12.2 cm (4.8")|
|Display resolution||720 x 1280 pixels|
|Display number of colours||16.78 million colours|
|Ports & interfaces|
|USB connector type||Micro-USB B|
|Headphone connectivity||3.5 mm|
|Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL)|
|Weight & dimensions|
|SIM card capability||Single SIM|
|SIM card type||MicroSIM|
|Wi-Fi standards||IEEE 802.11a,IEEE 802.11b,IEEE 802.11g,IEEE 802.11n|
|Bluetooth profiles||A2DP, AVRCP, HFP, HID, HSP, MAP, OPP, Pan, PBAP, SAP|
|2G bands (primary SIM)||850,900,1800,1900 MHz|
|3G bands supported||850,900,1900,2100 MHz|
|4G bands supported||800,850,900,1800,1900,2100,2600 MHz|
|Near Field Communication (NFC)|
|RAM capacity||2 GB|
|Internal storage capacity||8 GB|
|Compatible memory cards||MicroSD (TransFlash)|
|Maximum memory card size||64 GB|
|USB mass storage|
|Operating system installed||Android|
|Rear camera type||Single camera|
|Rear camera resolution (numeric)||20.7 MP|
|Front camera type||Single camera|
|Front camera resolution (numeric)||2 MP|
|Video recording modes||1080p|
|Maximum frame rate||60 fps|
|Battery capacity||2430 mAh|
|Browsing time (Wi-Fi)||9 h|
|Browsing time (3G)||7 h|
|Browsing time (4G)||7 h|
|Continuous audio playback time||47 h|
|Continuous video playback time||11 h|
|Colour of product||White|
|Personal info management (PIM)||Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Events reminder, Notes, To-do list|
|Personalization||Icons, Menu, Shortcuts|
|Support for contact groups|
|Subscription type||No subscription|
While all of the smartphones today are basically phones at the core equipped with camera functions, the Samsung Galaxy K Zoom on the other hand breaks away from that tradition and turned things around. This device is without a doubt made to be a camera, basing on its physical features and design. However, it also wants to be a phone, that is why Samsung integrated Android technology in its user interface. Apparently, this device is a cross between Samsung’s Galaxy Camera and the Galaxy S4 – you get the best of both worlds. If you plan to get yourself a camera with phone functionality as its secondary features, this is the perfect device for you.
At first look, it cannot be denied that this device is made to live up to your photography demands instead of the basic needs. Basically, the reason why it comes in a digital camera form is because it’s meant to be just that. And, since the internet has become the primary storage where we export our photos, the smartphone feature is there to fulfill that need. The rest of the smartphone features are nothing but inevitable treats that won’t hurt being there anyway. What matters is that it can do the job well better than the rest of the camera phone’s in the market today. With its 20.7 Camera sensor with 10x optical zoom, optical image stabilization, and Xenon flash, this camera will easily sweep the rest of the budding camera phones in the market today.
On the other hand, its video recording feature also proved to be superior to the typical smartphones equipped with a camera. The Optical Image Stabilization works wonders in keeping your video shake free. Aside from that, with a Full HD video recording feature that’s very rich in detail and colors, you will easily forget that you’ve recorded the video on a camera phone.
Aside from the full blown Android user interface and functionality that the Galaxy K Zoom possess, its processing unit is also another department that sets it apart from the Galaxy Camera. This device comes equipped with a powerful Hexacore processor with cortex that is clocked at 1.3GHZ quad-core Cortex and a 1.7 GHz dual-core Cortex. It has more than enough processing power to perform camera functions and could run graphic heavy games and apps, too.