Galaxy S9 and 9+ are Coming– and Hypercel is Ready! February 23, 2018

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The first major smartphone of 2018 looms near, as Samsung will present their hotly anticipated Galaxy S9 in mere days.The leading Android phone company is all geared up to unveil their next flagship phone this February 25, a day before the Mobile World Congress kickoff, and many believe it’ll be a repeat performance of  their previous model as a veritable iPhone X upstager. And Hypercel will be ready, showcasing new products to enhance the S9 experience (more on this later).

 Last year, the Galaxy S8 proved to be a huge success for the company. The leaks, however, suggest the S9 is taking it to an even further level, incorporating new touch-screen technology (while keeping its all-screen, edge-to-edge display), and featuring improved processors.  Pre-orders for new Galaxy S9 should be available online March 1, with deliveries to the first customers by Friday, March 16.

 At first glance, the Samsung Galaxy S9 may feel like déjà vu to those familiar with the S8. It’s got a 5.8-inch display, same as the Galaxy S8 (the S9+ is 6.2 inches) and both models are hanging onto their rear fingerprint scanners. But they’ve also added new iris and facial sensors, a significant leap forward from their predecessor’s iris scanner.

The S9 and S9+ are also equipped with the same Infinity Displays as their predecessors, with unchanged sizes and resolutions– 5.8-inch and 6.2-inch Super AMOLED panels with the signature unorthodox 2960×1440 pixels. The screen’s position has been altered ever-so-slightly, however, and the bottom bezel is marginally smaller.

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Probably the crowning feature for both Galaxy S9 and S9+ phones are their cameras. Both come with variable aperture lenses—f/1.5 and f/2.4—and the rear cameras have 12mp sensors, optical image stabilization and fast focus, while the selfie cam sports an 8mp camera, f/1.7 aperture and autofocus. The S9+’s second camera has a F/2.4 aperture. Samsung has been promoting its dual camera technology a lot these past few months, particularly about the ISOCELL camera sensors. The 3-stack, fast-readout sensor will allow a smartphone camera to have “DSLR-like photo experiences such as greater light sensitivity, depth effects and sharper brightness in all conditions,” according to Samsung.

Reports also indicate there will likely be a super slomo mode (at a high resolution) as well as a 960fps video option.

Jumping on the Animoji train, Samsung is also equipping its S9 and S9+ with a 3D emoji feature which apparently functions very similarly to Apple Animoji, but which Samsung says is, in some ways, better. Perhaps they are referring to the added feature where the user can create 3D animations of their faces, complete with masks, and that masks can be added to a photo after it’s taken.

The Galaxy smartphones will be powered by crazy-fast Exynos 9810 (Europe) and Snapdragon 845 (US and other regions) chips, and ship with 4GB and 6GB of RAM (the S9+ is rumored to be getting more RAM). Out-of-the-box, the phones will come with 64GB of storage, upgradeable with a microSD card. The rumor mill’s been whispering that 256GB and 512GB versions are in the works, but for now just stick that in the “Wait and See” basket.

S9 and S9+ will have 3,000 and 3,500mAh batteries, respectively, just like the S8. Also like the S8 version, the S9 and S9+ will utilize wireless Adaptive Fast Charge tech, sporting 15W of power (9V @ 1.67A).

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Other features include dual-SIM slots, USB-C support, AKG-tuned stereo speakers and Bluetooth 5.0. There are no solid leaks about a 3.5mm headphone jack, but the port’s there, so expect it. The phones will be IP68 certified for water and dust protection, and ship in four colors: Midnight Black, Titanium Gray, Lilac Purple, and Coral Blue.

Price
No hard facts yet on pricing for the phones, but reports have placed the S9 at $850 in the US, £789 in the UK. Slap on an additional $100-150 for the 9+.

Hypercel’s Naztech and HyperGear brands are both gearing up for the new Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ releases! Naztech will be stocking premium-quality, tech-compatible screen protection, a wide selection of custom-design phone cases and powerful chargers– including  super-speed USB Power Delivery (USB PD) products, such as 18W and 60W portable batteries, 45W wall charger and 30W car charger. HyperGear is also ramping up, with the latest powerful car and wall chargers, power banks, Bluetooth speakers and headgear, lightning-fast charging cables and more. Visit Naztech and HyperGear sites, and stay tuned for further updates!

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Charge On and Qi-Lax November 9, 2017

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Wireless charging is one of the hottest mobile technology trends in 2017, so it probably bears some discussion as to what that means to you.

If it isn’t clear already, wireless charging (or inductive charging) is a high-tech feature that allows you to charge your phone without plugging in a cable. Or, for the inner nerd, it’s when an alternating current in the charger is sent through a coil to create a magnetic field, and a second coil in the receiver (phone) converts the magnetic field into electricity, which charges the battery.

Although a few different wireless charging technologies have been jockeying for top position, it appears the Qi (pronounced “chee”– from the Chinese word qi, meaning “energy flow”) format is gaining the most favor, especially since Apple opted to make their iPhone 8, 8 Plus and X, all Qi-friendly (after all, when Apple speaks…). This is great news, actually, because it means customers can purchase a third-party charger for their iPhone instead of a costly proprietary one, should they so choose.

If you have a Qi-ready phone, and then get a wireless charger, all it takes is placing the phone on top of the charger and—ala kazaam!—it’s charging– no strings attached. The other cool thing about wireless is, most Qi-enabled phones (phones that don’t come with Qi, but are built so it can be added) can be equipped with a cost-friendly third-party receiver.

When shopping for your next smartphone, it would be wise to look into whether it’s Qi-ready or at least Qi-enabled. Currently, there are only three tablets that have built-in QI charging ability: the Google Nexus 7 and the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and Note 8 (although you can add an external receiver to your tablet if it is not one of these).

According to LXORY, 53 smartphones to-date are now Qi-ready, including the iPhone X. This number will probably change faster than your socks. There are approximately 90 Qi-enabled phones out there as well.

So, bottom line. What do you get out of a wireless charger? Here are some benefits to consider:

  • It’s convenient. No need to plug/unplug, or disconnect to answer a call.
  • Tidier. No dangling wires.
  • No risk of electric shock due to exposed charging cable ends.
  • No mechanical moving parts = less chance of breaking like charging cables are apt to do.
  • Inexpensive. Most charging pads are less than $35.

 

If you do finally get  locked and loaded with a Qi setup, then you should immediately download the Aircharge locator app, a wireless charging guide with over 4,500 Qi hotspots worldwide (Mickey D’s, yo; Starbucks), including cafes, restaurants, shops, airports, train stations, hotels and gyms. This app is available for iOS, Android and Windows Mobile.

Using a wireless charger is a great option, especially for those who are looking to shed the number of entangled wires in their lives. So, before getting your charger, do these two things first:

  • Check if your phone or tablet is Qi charger-ready.
  • If not, get the receiver that makes it work.

 

HyperGear currently offers two excellent new chargers for Qi-ready devices, both very reasonably priced:

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  • UFO – Reminiscent of ELO’s “Out of the Blue, the UFO’s cool, compact flying saucer design houses a cutting-edge wireless charging pad compatible with any Qi-enabled devices. The saucer’s LED charging indicator glows a calming, “nightstand-friendly” blue so it can sit by your bedside without casting an annoying light. MSRP $29.99.

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  • Qi Wireless Charging Stand – Unlike wireless pads that only house one coil, HyperGear’s offers three built-in coils which provide a much wider charging area, so you don’t have to sweat placing your phone in precisely one spot every time. Designed for the device to be used while it’s docked, the also-bedside-friendly stand can sit in either portrait or landscape mode, at exactly a 45-degree angle for ideal, hands-free mailbox purging and Breaking Bad binge-watching. MSRP $34.99

 

It’s a wireless world out there. Isn’t it time to get in touch with your Qi?

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Minimize Desktop Clutter with Naztech’s Power Hub 7 June 9, 2015

The power hub 7 charging dock

The power hub 7 charging dock

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Naztech industrial designers and engineers wanted to cater to growing demands of consumers and the importance of organization and keeping their technology devices charged at all times. By marrying their ideas and design, engineers provided the ultimate solution for professional work stations, families and groups and created a system to streamline and simplify those everyday charging needs for your favorite devices.

The Naztech Power Hub 7 is the industry’s first power station to have all components, including a built-in power supply concealed and enclosed within the unit, reducing the need for additional adapters and minimizing desktop clutter. No other hub on the market provides a streamline design with individual docking stations for better organization. The powerful 70 Watt Naztech Power Hub 7 is engineered to help the modern consumer by maximizing surface space while rapidly charging multiple devices simultaneously with any of the four 2.4A ports optimized for tablet devices and three 1A ports for smartphones, cameras or handheld games in a sleek minimalist design.

The Naztech Power Hub 7

The Naztech Power Hub 7

The Naztech Power Hub 7 was nominated for the 2015 IHA Innovation Award and featured on the onsite showcase during the show 2015 International Home + Housewares Show.

Naztech industrial designers and engineers invest heavily in market research to provide consumers with the most innovative, convenient, premium quality products. In an evolving market, consumer research is a crucial factor for Naztech to produce industry leading products designed to make life easier for everyone. According to the NPD Group, US homes now hold over 500m connected devices with apps, at an average of 5.7 per household.

The Power Hub 7 is one of the most innovative products on the market in 2015 and truly stands alone in regards to its immense capabilities. Let us know what you think in the comments below whether you already possess the Power Hub or hope to obtain one soon!

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