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Smartphones: How Are We Supposed to Keep Up?

Last year was a busy one on the smartphone market.

Over the last 12 months, we’ve seen some amazing handsets released by all the biggest smartphone makers in the world, ranging from Samsung and Huawei to Apple and Nokia. Google has, once again, set the bar for Android phones (even with the fiasco involving its brand new screen), and Apple, as usual, was mocked for its brand new iPhone 8 – here’s what you need to know about it. But before we even had the chance to shake off the shock and awe caused by the myriads of amazing smartphones released in the last year, 2018 has arrived and already flooded us with new announcements and releases, including Samsung’s Galaxy S9, Razer’s first gaming phone and the dock it has just presented at CES, and others are also on their way.

Now there’s only one thing left for us to understand: how are we supposed to keep up with smartphone technology?

Let’s just look at the Galaxy S9 – after all, Samsung is the biggest name in the smartphone market today. While the phone will only be officially unveiled at this year’s Mobile World Congress (February 26), a massive leak has already confirmed that it will be equipped with Samsung’s own Exynos 9 Series (9810) mobile processor capable of amazing things (four cores running at 2.9GHz plus four more at 1.9GHz, a Mali-G72 MP18 GPU capable of handling 4K displays, a super-fast LTE modem with download speeds up to 1.2Gbps, a dual 16MP camera or two 24MP cameras capable of recording 4K UHD video at up to 120fps). Besides, it will also have at least 4GB of LPDDR4 RAM, 64GB built-in storage, an iris scanner, and stereo speakers – for the first time on Samsung phones.

Looking at this configuration, it will surely be an attractive handset for many… but how about those who bought the S8 last year? Does Samsung really expect us to sell or trade in our phone and invest into a new one so soon? Do these new features justify the switch? Or should we hold on to our phones for at least another year, and wait for the Galaxy S10 to be released (which will likely only have minor improvements on this year’s flagship model)? Or simply throw away our phones, move to a tropical island, and spend the rest of our lives fishing and picking coconuts, away from this whole tech madness?

How are we supposed to keep up with all the models thrown at us each year not only by the big names but the contenders as well?


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