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These hilarious phones take Android copycats to an unprecedented new level

On an average workday, I receive somewhere between 300 and 500 emails — and that doesn’t include all the emails I filter. Most of these emails are from companies or PR agencies pitching various products and services they’d like me to cover. I would estimate that about 95% of those pitches are for products and services we would never cover on the site. When a PR flack or a marketer from a company pitches me something irrelevant, I delete the email. If I notice the same person or company sends me irrelevant pitches multiple times, I create a filter to automatically trash those emails. I also have some general filters that weed out emails I know to almost always be garbage. For example, anything with “story idea” or “free samples” in the subject line automatically get funneled to my trash folder. And my newest filter is simply the word “blockchain.” Blockchain startups might be even more annoying than chat bot startups were in 2016.

There’s one company that sends me annoying emails all the time, but I can’t bring myself to filter them. Why? Because they’re hilarious. The company is a small China-based smartphone startup called Leagoo, and I think you’re going to enjoy the company’s latest email pitch as much as I did.

Leagoo is an odd little company. People from Leagoo first began emailing me last year, and they definitely caught my attention… but for all the wrong reasons. This company used to send emails about its upcoming new phones, but it would position the information within these unsolicited pitches as “leaks” or “rumors.” That’s right, Leagoo would blindly email the press with news about its own products, and it would label that news a rumor. Odd indeed.

One of Leagoo’s emails late last year was so amazing, I had to share it. The company became one of more than a dozen different brands to announce an iPhone X clone, but this one was special because it managed to steal the iPhone X’s design while simultaneously stealing the Galaxy S9’s name. Impressive!

Now, Leagoo is back again with two new phones that are even more impressive. Somehow, some way, Leagoo managed to top itself be unveiling a pair of smartphones that copy not one, not two or three, but four different handsets from other brands all at the same time.

First up is the Leagoo S9 Pro, which is boring phone pictured at the top of this post. It’s basically just an iPhone X clone. Nothing new there. But the other phone — the Leagoo S10 — is truly a sight to behold. This majestic beast manages to rip off three different smartphones at one time.

The phone itself is called “S10,” which is a continuation of the company’s theft of Samsung’s flagship naming convention. Then we have the small, rounded notch cut out of the top of the phone’s display, which is a blatant ripoff of the Essential PH-1. Last but certainly not least, the back of the phone steals the three-camera configuration and gradient color effect from the new Huawei P20 Pro.

Bravo, Leagoo, bravo.

This is the best Galaxy S9 deal we’ve seen so far

Not too long ago, when we learned that Galaxy S9 sales haven’t been very good so far, we told you to wait on buying the phone because better deals would soon be available from Samsung and its partners. 

It looks like we didn’t have to wait too long at all for one such sale to come along.

You can score a Galaxy S9 for $350 less than the sticker price right now, without having to trade in your old phone. Going for the bigger Galaxy S9+ gets you an extra $100 in savings. Of course, it’s not all great news because there are definitely caveats.

The deal is currently available from Best Buy and is only available with Verizon. Also, you’ll have to stick with the carrier for the entire duration of the installment plan. You see, the savings aren’t awarded at the time of purchase. Instead, they’re spread out as bill credits. Jump ship earlier than supposed to, and you’ll have to pay the remaining balance in full.

That said, the deal is still terrific, as it slashes the price of the phone in half as long as you’re fine with Verizon being your carrier. And let’s not kid ourselves, the Galaxy S9 is the best Android phone you can buy right now.

On the same page, Best Buy advertises other Galaxy S9 deals, but none of them match Verizon’s. You can save $150 on AT&T, and $150 or $200 on Sprint, depending on whether you’re an existing or new customer. T-Mobile isn’t included in Best Buy’s deals, not that you should be surprised. T-Mobile deals are never part of Best Buy’s smartphone sales.

Best Buy also advertises a related offer. If you switch to Verizon, you’ll be eligible for a $150 prepaid MasterCard, but you have to bring your own device and dump T-Mobile in the process. If you want to buy an unlocked device for full price, Best Buy is throwing a free Samsung SmartThings Home Monitoring Kit your way.

Galaxy S9 tops iPhone X in the latest Consumer Reports smartphone ratings

This shouldn’t come as much of a surprise if you’ve kept up with Consumer Reports’ smartphone ratings over the past few years, but Samsung’s Galaxy S9 and S9+ have tied for the top spot in the most recent ratings. Last weekend, the group revealed that, despite the Galaxy S9 and S9+ failing to significantly improve upon the previous models, the two each received a total score of 81, which places them ahead of the S8 Active and S8 Plus atop the list.

Samsung’s latest flagships continue to do exceptionally well on the Consumer Reports list while Apple’s phone, while also well-received, can’t seem to break through. In the latest ratings, Apple’s iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone 8 come in at sixth and seventh, respectively, while the iPhone X slots in right behind at number eight.

“It really comes down to personal preference when you’re talking about high-end phones these days,” said Consumer Reports’ head of smartphone testing, Richard Fisco, in regards to the latest smartphone ratings.

There were a multitude of reasons that Samsung’s phones came out on top this year. Consumer Reports highlights the durability of the devices, stating that the S9 phones perform much better than their predecessors when subjected to drop tests. Both survived over 50 drops, and the S9 came away from 100 drops with “minor scratches.”

Other strengths of the S9 line include the faster Snapdragon 845 processor, the quality of the stereo speakers, and the company’s decision to keep the fingerprint sensor and the 3.5mm headphone jack. Although the Galaxy S9 has its shortcomings, from oversharpened photos to underwhelming battery life, Samsung has managed to retain its position at the top of the chart, even as Apple radically alters the design of its own flagship phone.

Galaxy S9 owners are complaining about a big problem with the phone’s best feature

Samsung’s new Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ flagship smartphones are two of the most impressive handsets the world has ever seen. They feature a design that is sleek and stunning, albeit not entirely new. They also feature power and performance that outshine even Apple’s latest iPhone models in some tests. Those who follow the industry know that this is the first time in the modern smartphone era that we’ve seen a current-generation Android phone outperform a current-generation iPhone — and not just on paper or in benchmark tests, but in real-world speed tests as well. On top of all that, the Galaxy S9 and S9+ smartphone duo pack new “Super Speed Dual Pixel” camera, which is almost certainly the best camera we’ve seen on any smartphone currently available in the United States.

There is plenty to be impressed with when it comes to Samsung’s new Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+. Even still, the smartphone duo’s best feature is still the same thing that has made every flagship Samsung phone so great over the past few years. That’s right, we’re talking about the display. That big, bright, positively gorgeous Super AMOLED display. Unfortunately, however, it looks like some Galaxy S9 and S9+ owners are experiencing an aggravating problem with the screens on their smartphones.

Anyone who has held a flagship Samsung phone in his or her hand anytime over the past few years will attest to the fact that Samsung’s smartphone displays are the best on the planet. In fact, Samsung makes screens that are so impressive, even Samsung’s frenemy Apple uses screens built by Samsung Display in its latest flagship phone, the iPhone X. That’s right, not even Apple can stay away from the glory that is a Samsung OLED screen.

Unfortunately, quality assurance is always an issue in manufacturing and not everyone has the same great experience when it comes to Samsung’s screen. Over the years, we’ve seen several issues pop up — and it looks like a familiar problem is affecting some Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ handsets.

People are calling the problem “black crush” this time around, but we’ve seen it happen in the past with a few different phone models. In a nutshell, it’s a color banding issue that prevents the screen from accurately displaying different shades of black. As a result, an image or video with colors that fade from black to dark gray might replace some of the grays with black. On top of that, the dark areas of the image may before grainy or pixelated.

The image below from a blog called The Android Soul helps illustrate the problem. The phone on top shows the sample image properly, while the image on the screen on the bottom phone becomes distorted and pixelated on the right side.

Samsung has yet to comment on the issue, but it’s possible that it could be resolved with a future software update. In the meantime, it’s a problem that some Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ users will have to deal with. It’s unclear how many people are impacted at this point, though a growing number of users have taken to forums like xda-developers to report that their phones are affected.

The hot new accessory every Galaxy S9, S8 and Note 8 user should try now has a release date

Samsung’s new Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ might not be the fastest-selling smartphones Samsung has ever released, but there’s no question that they’re the best smartphones Samsung has ever released. From the refined, albeit iterative design to the impressive power and performance, these phones are outstanding. Toss in one of the best rear cameras we’ve ever tested and you have a recipe for greatness. So why aren’t they selling as well as previous-generation models? As impressive as the Galaxy S9 and S9+ are, they’re still not perceived as a huge update over last year’s Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+, so people aren’t upgrading as quickly as they have in the past.

Whether you have a brand new Galaxy S9 or S9+, or one of last year’s flagship phones, Samsung has some great news for you on Monday. The hot new accessory we’ve all been waiting for finally has a price and a release date.

One of the most underappreciated features of last year’s Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+, and Galaxy Note 8 was the DeX Station dock. Currently available at a deep discount, the DeX Station instantly transformed any of Samsung’s 2017 flagship phones into an Android powered desktop, allowing it to be connected to a monitor, keyboard, and mouse. And the most surprising part was that it provided a user experience that was actually quite good, which is something that isn’t common for Android on the big screen.

For 2018, Samsung is improving the DeX experience in several important ways, and the improvements will arrive via the company’s brand new DeX Pad accessory.

Samsung announced on Monday that the new DeX Pad will be released next month on May 13th, and it will sell for $99.99. Though the new DeX Pad is better in a number of key ways than the DeX Station it replaces, it’ll cost $50 less than the DeX Station did at launch. Samsung also announced a limited-time offer that will definitely appeal to some customers: Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ purchases made on Samsung’s website will include a DeX Pad for free.

“The Samsung DeX Pad bridges the gap between smartphone and desktop. With its desktop interface, and easy connection to a mouse, monitor, and keyboard, DeX Pad helps you get the most out of your favorite apps,” Samsung Electronics America’s SVP Alanna Cotton said in a press release. “DeX Pad is more than an accessory, it is reflective of our philosophy of mobile technology: innovative devices and services, working together seamlessly, to help consumers do more.”

Our favorite feature of the new DeX Pad as compared to last year’s DeX Station is the fact that the phone lies flat on the Pad and can be used as a trackpad. This way, users need only a keyboard and a monitor instead of also needing to connect a mouse. Beyond that, the DeX Pad also adds 2K Quad HD (2560 x 1440) resolution support, and it features two USB-A 2.0 ports as well as an HDMI output.

Of note, the DeX Pad is compatible with the Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+, Galaxy S8 Active, Galaxy Note 8, Galaxy S9, and Galaxy S9+, but only with variants that run Android 8.0 or later.