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The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 will launch in early August

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Release date and name

In early June, Bloomberg reported the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 will launch on August 9. This coincides with an earlier leak related to the Snapdragon 845 processor that pegged the Galaxy Note 9’s release as September 2018, which may refer to when sales start, which would fit in with an August announcement.



As sure as the Galaxy Note 8 followed the Galaxy Note 7, the Galaxy Note 9 will follow 2017’s flagship big-screen phone. But when will it arrive, and will the naming convention continue? Samsung said it began work on the Galaxy Note 9 immediately after completing the Galaxy Note 8 and was “considering how to approach the development of the next Note by evaluating the latest model and looking for ways to improve upon signature features like the S Pen.” This suggests the Note 9 will be an evolution of the Note 8, rather than a reinvention.

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If a name change is coming, it has not been rumored, but a leak did hint at the code name: Crown.

Software

While we can’t be entirely sure, it’s a pretty safe bet to assume the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 will ship with Android 8.1 Oreo. Of course, there is the chance it could be Samsung’s first flagship to feature Android P, depending on when it’s announced. While we don’t have all the software details for the upcoming Note 9, we do know it will be the first to feature the latest update of Samsung’s artificial intelligence assistant, Bixby.

According to a post in The Korea Herald, a Samsung executive confirmed the upcoming Note 9 will ship with Bixby 2.0. While Samsung is a little behind on its A.I. assistant, its Bixby 2.0 update will bring enhanced natural language processes, improved noise resistance capability, and quicker response times.

Another rumor from mobile leaker Ice Universe claims we will see a huge improvement in the overall UX for the Galaxy Note 9. Although he doesn’t provide explicit details, we anticipate an updated to the Samsung Experience skin that ships with its phones.

Design

We know the Galaxy Note 9 will be big, but will it be much different from the Note 8? If a recent tweet from notable smartphone leaker Ice Universe is to be believed, the upcoming Note 9 will be a near facsimile of its predecessor. He states the only difference between the two devices is a 2mm size difference that is nearly impossible to notice unless comparing the devices side-by-side. While it’s impossible to verify these claims, Ice Universe has a good track record with Samsung leaks.

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On the other hand, Dutch tech site Let’sGoDigital, believes the Note 9 may look more like the iPhone X. The site found a patent for Samsung that was approved in March 2018 for a device that takes a lot of design cues from the iPhone X. The phone has the controversial top notch and no apparent fingerprint sensor. Since Samsung has yet to perfect a facial-authentication system as secure as Face ID, we’re unsure if this phone will use facial biometrics to authenticate, or if it has an in-display sensor.

One difference from the iPhone X is easy to spot: The upcoming Samsung device does appear to have a headphone jack near the bottom-firing speakers. While we believe we may see this device in the not-too-distant future, the lack of a stylus port leads us to believe this will not actually be the Galaxy Note 9.

Finally, there’s a small chance Samsung may be planning on an even bigger design change this year. In a surprising statement, D.J. Koh, Samsung’s president of mobile, said the 2018 Note phone may have a foldable design, provided it could overcome various technical hurdles. He didn’t elaborate further. Samsung’s foldable phone, often referred to as Project Valley or Galaxy X, has always been viewed as a separate device from the Note range. Since this statement was made, no other rumors about a foldable Note 9 have emerged, and like the fingerprint sensor, it may have been put on hold for the 2018 phone.

Fingerprint sensor and Intelligent Scan

The Galaxy Note 8 has both finger-unlock and face-unlock systems, so how will Samsung improve on this for the Note 9? Well first, it looks like Samsung may be planning to improve its Intelligent Scan technology. A new patent, first reported by Let’s Go Digital, shows Samsung is working on a fish-eye selfie camera for the Note 9. In addition to providing viewing angles of 150 degrees or more, the lens would also improve iris-scanning capabilities for the upcoming flagship.

Reports about an in-display fingerprint sensor have been conflicting thus far. After months of rumors that the Note 9 would not feature such technology, a new report from The Investor reports Samsung is considering the addition of an in-display fingerprint sensor on this year’s Note 9.

Samsung did file a patent for an in-display fingerprint sensor. The patent was first picked up by Dutch site Let’s Go Digital, and was published by the World Intellectual Property Organization. It describes the use of a relatively small sensor — in-display fingerprint sensors typically take up a lot of space — and involves registering part of the fingerprint as soon as the finger touches the display. Then, depending on where the finger is placed, the second part of the finger is registered. In other words, the technology can recognize different parts of the finger, which may lead to a better authentication rate.

Of course, that doesn’t mean Samsung will for sure include the in-display fingerprint sensor in the Galaxy Note 9. It appears that Samsung is still trying to perfect the technology, and that may be the reason KGI Securities reported the company would likely forgo the addition of an in-display fingerprint sensor in 2018. In May, Ice Universe posted a tweet stating that we will not see such technology on the upcoming flagship.

Samsung has apparently been trying to implement the under-display sensor with its large Infinity Display for two years but hasn’t successfully completed the task to the satisfaction of the engineers, due to problems related to manufacturing, quantity, and accuracy. Another anonymous source in the industry said under-display sensors are difficult to commercialize at this stage, but thinks Samsung will solve the problem in 2019.

Specifications

The Galaxy Note is Samsung’s productivity powerhouse phone, and we’d expect the Note 9 to have specs to match. What will make the Note 9 special? Samsung said it’s investigating “signature Note features” to upgrade on the Note 9, including the S Pen stylus. However, that statement was made early in the phone’s development, so plans may change by the time the phone reaches store shelves.

In March, information about the upcoming Galaxy S9 appeared courtesy of Geekbench.  Benchmarks on the site claim the phone will feature the expected Qualcomm 845 chipset as well as 6GB of RAM.

Qualcomm is likely to supply the processor for the Note 9 in some regions. The phone was listed in a leak of the devices using the Snapdragon 845 in 2018. While this will probably apply to phones released in the United States, other regions may have a Note 9 powered by a Samsung-designed Exynos chip.

According to a tweet from well-known anonymous leaker @Universelce, the Galaxy Note 9 could include either a 3,850mAH or 4,000mAh battery. This means the new device could include a larger battery than the 3,300mAh battery on the Galaxy Note 8.

That’s all we know about the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 for now. We’ll continue to update as we learn more.

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Ahmed Musa fires to revive Nigeria, Argentina hope.

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Ahmed Musa scored both goals as Nigeria swept aside World Cup debutants Iceland to leave Group D intriguingly poised with one round of games to go.

The Super Eagles would have gone out with defeat but came good in Volgograd.

Musa showed superb technique to fire Nigeria ahead on the half-volley before the Leicester player rounded keeper Hannes Thor Halldorsson to make it 2-0.

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Iceland missed a late penalty awarded after a video assistant referee review, Gylfi Sigurdsson firing over.

The result gives a slight lift to beleaguered group rivals Argentina. Victory over Nigeria in their final game would see La Albiceleste safely into the last 16 – as long as Iceland do not beat group leaders Croatia. In that event, goal difference would decide who progressed.

Victory in that game for Nigeria, on the other hand, would now guarantee their progress. Having started the day bottom of the group, they find themselves second – three points behind Croatia, who have already qualified for the knockout stage.Ahmed

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Last gasp Coutinho, Neymar goals lifts Brazil’s hope

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Brazil managed to beat Costa Rica 2-0 in their second game in Group E of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia at Volgograd Arena on Friday afternoon.

Both nations were looking for a win as Costa Rica came into this match at the back of 1-0 defeat against Serbia whilst the Selecao drew against Switzerland on Sunday.

Costa Rica had a glorious opportunity to take the lead when they attacked through Celso Borges, but he failed to direct the ball into an empty net in the 13th minute.

Although they had the favourites tag, the Brazilians failed to create chances. They did manage to find the back of the net in the 26th minute through Gabriel Jesus, but he was ruled offside.

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 Following that disallowed goal, Tite’s troops piled pressure on the opposite defence, but Marcelo’s shot was collected by Keylor Navas in the 41st minute.

Despite more attacking from the 2014 hosts, there were no goals to show for their efforts at the interval.

Upon their return from the interval, Brazil continued to attack with Neymar failing to lower his effort as he blasted over the cross bar on the hour mark.

Towards the 80th minute, Neymar continued to cause all sorts of problems for Costa Rica and he looked like he was pulled in the box, but the VAR referees disagreed.

The Brazilians would break the deadlock in the 90th minute through Philippe Coutinho when he pounced on a loose ball in the box, 1-0.

Right in the injury time, Neymar made it 2-0 when he easily tapped in a cross from the right wing and ensured they bagged their first win in the group.

In the wake of the win, the Brazilians move to the top of the table with four points leaving Costa Rica at at the bottom with zero points.

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Malawi to Consider a New Typhoid Vaccine

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Representative of the World Health Organization (WHO) Aziza Mwisongo has advised the Ministry of health to speedily consider adopting for the new typhoid vaccine.

Mwisongo said Typhoid is an epidemic in Malawi, with research showing that more than 16,000 cases are reported every year.

Mwisongo was speaking in Mponela on Wednesday during a workshop organized by Program for Appropriate Technology in Health (PATH) to brief health practitioners on the importance of the new typhoid vaccine called Typbar-TCV.

She said drug resistance has caused typhoid incidence in Malawi to increase over the past years and an estimated 64 percent of typhoid cases and 67 percent of typhoid deaths occur in children under 15 years of age.

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“While typhoid is rarely fatal, the recovery is long and difficult, the disease takes time, money, and productivity from those infected and their families it is associated with numerous, long-term complications,” she said

She said the Typbar-TCV is a typhoid conjugate vaccine (TCV) and is effective in the sense that it has a longer lasting protection, require fewer doses, and reduces the need for antibiotics, slow further emergence of drug-resistant typhoid strains and save lives.

Mwisongo said the vaccine is suitable for children 6 months of age and older, and offers protection for at least 3 years to adults and infants over 6 months of age.

“In Malawi, TyVAC and project partners are studying how well TCVs prevent typhoid in children between 9 months and 12 years of age as well as the safety, impact, and cost of the vaccine,” she said

She added, “While the WHO already recommends TCV introduction in all typhoid epidemic countries, this additional evidence will help inform ongoing decisions about TCV vaccination in low and middle income countries.”

Deputy Director in the Ministry of Health and population responsible for immunology Matthew Kagoli acknowledged the importance of the typhoid vaccine saying the disease was serious in the country because it affected people in communities as outbreaks.

Kagoli said with the available data it is undoubtedly true that the country needs the vaccine, but further consultations have to be done before adopting the vaccine in the country.

“The vaccine is important and the country will benefit from it but further and thorough consultations need to be done before we take a stand as a country regarding the vaccine,” he said

Typhoid is an enteric fever caused by Salmonella Typhi, it is spread through contaminated food and water and is a substantial public health issue in Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa.

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