Samsung Galaxy Note 9 Stylus Will Have Bluetooth

Samsung will announce and introduce its upcoming Galaxy Note 9 smartphone on August 0th, but the FCC has already revealed a number of details about the much-anticipated flagship device. The stylus – one of the distinctive features of the Note series – will feature Bluetooth connectivity.

The stylus has received the type number EJ-PN960 and is being rated separately by the FCC. Bluetooth is mentioned in the specifications, which would also be the reason why the included stylus is being rated separately from the smartphone in the first place. An FCC rating is only necessary if the device is capable of communications, which was not the case for previous Galaxy Note styluses, known as the ‘S Pen’.

The FCC report also reveals the type number for the Galaxy Note 9 smartphone itself would be N960. Samsung has already shown the Note 9 stylus in a teaser video for the announcement of the phone. The S Pen would be a unique selling point, and the Bluetooth connection would allow users to use the pen as a shutter-button for the camera or as a music control device, for example. It’s unclear what functionalities Samsung is planning to implement for the S Pen, but we’ll definitely find out on August 9th.

The previous Note smartphone, the Galaxy Note 8, featured a 6.3 inch AMOLED display. According to rumors, the Note 9 would use the same screen size but would add a little bit of thickness to the design, perhaps to accommodate a larger battery.


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Asustor Introduces 2 and 4-bay Consumer NAS With 10 Gbps

Asustor has introduced two new NAS devices aimed towards consumers, the AS4002T, and AS4004T. The 2- and 4-bay NAS devices will be amongst the first relatively affordable devices to feature a 10 Gbps Ethernet RJ45 port.

The two NAS devices share the same internal specifications, and the only difference is the number of hard drives. The horsepower is being provided by a Marvell Armada Cortex A72 dual-core processor and two gigabytes of internal DDR4 memory. Aside from the RJ45 10 Gbps Ethernet ports, both devices will also feature a duo of regular Gigabit Ethernet connections. It’s possible to combine the transfer speeds of all Ethernet ports and triple the speed of a Gigabit connection without additional 10 Gbps hardware.

Unfortunately, the internal memory is soldered on the mainboard and is not expandable. The front of the device features a magnetic glossy black design, which should help to prevent dust. The inside features a honey mesh structure for added stability.

Asustor is claiming read speeds up to 1146 MBps and write speeds of 584 MBps, both under ideal circumstances and RAID 5. The NAS devices feature two USB 3.1 (Gen 1) ports, including one at the front. Hot-swapping is available and there’s also support for MyArchive discs.

The Asustor AS4002T and AS4004T should be available soon. Pricing details of the NAS devices haven’t been announced yet.

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iOS 12 Beta Suggests Future iPad With Face ID

It’s no secret that major electronics companies are always working on new products, and it appears that Apple is planning to update the iPad line-up with a model that supports Face ID. That is being suggested by Apple itself in the functionality of the current iOS 12 Beta.

The iOS 12 beta for iPads features support for AvatarKit, which allows users to use and create animoji’s as well as the so-called memoji’s. However, in order to be able to use AvatarKit, the device must have a Face ID scanner that is currently only found on the iPhone X. The AvatarKit interface has also been adjusted for larger displays, suggesting that is not a bug or mistake but rather a planned upcoming feature.

The iPhone X uses a TrueDepth camera that allows it to realistically capture facial expressions for the animated emoji’s as well as provide secure biometric authentication via facial recognition. Although it’s likely that a future iPad will use Face ID, other details about a possible iPad or iPad Pro successor are still very scarce. The image above is simply a mock-up.

It’s still unknown, for example, if Apple is working on reducing the screen bezels of the iPad further, although rumors are suggesting that. Because of the way tablets need to be held, reducing bezels isn’t always seen as an improvement by many. The home button would also disappear in favor of Face ID and a higher screen-to-body ratio.

Chances are high that Apple will announce more details about an upcoming iPad with Face ID soon, as Bloomberg analyst Mark Gurman anticipated that these iPads would release “a little more than a year” after the current iPad Pro devices, which were launched in early June 2017. A leaked supply chain report┬ásuggests that the Face ID iPad Pro would feature an A11X Bionic chip that’s even faster than the one found in the iPhone X.

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