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It can be a pain to sell your gear on eBay for many reasons, not the least of which is packaging. How do you know a box will be large enough without having it on hand? eBay can help: it just launched a previously teased, ARCore-based augmented realit…
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Samsung Galaxy S9 packaging reportedly leaks, spec list included

Samsung Galaxy S9 packaging specs leak

The Samsung Galaxy S9 is one of the most hotly anticipated smartphones of 2018, and today some spec details for the upcoming Android flagship may have leaked.

A photo that claims to show the retail box for the Galaxy S9 has surfaced. Judging by the gloved hand and the timing of the leak, it’s possible that this box has recently rolled off the production line.

According this packaging, the Galaxy S9 will have a 5.8-inch Quad HD+ Super AMOLED display, much like the Galaxy S8 before it. Also included is a Dual Pixel 12-megapixel rear camera with OIS, like the GS8. What’s interesting is that there are two apertures listed, f/1.5 and f/2.4, suggesting that the camera could switch apertures.

Also included in this leaked spec list is an 8-megapixel front camera, 4GB of RAM 64GB of storage, IP68 water and dust resistance, and wireless charging. In addition to the bundled AKG headphones, the GS9 reportedly comes with stereo speakers that’ve been tuned by AKG.

Rumors have suggested that the Galaxy S9 will be very similar to the Galaxy S8, and this leak appears to back that rumor up. Many of these specs are similar to those included with the Galaxy S8, but there are some notable updates, like the AKG stereo speakers and camera with apertures that can change. There are other new features that may come to the GS9, too, like a Snapdragon 845 processor.

Will you be interested in the Galaxy S9 if this leaked spec list holds true?

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‘Galaxy S9’ packaging leak hints at single rear camera sensor with variable aperture

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Samsung’s upcoming ‘Galaxy S9’ smartphone may include a dual-pixel rear camera with a variable aperture, according to an image allegedly showing part of the mobile device’s packaging, which also claims it to have a similar-sized display to its predecessor, last year’s Galaxy S8.
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This Pixel 2 came with empty packaging for what looks like wired Pixel Buds

Google doesn’t bundle its Pixel 2 phones with earphones, but one man’s Verizon device came with empty packaging for what looks like a wired version of Pixel Buds, or at least earphones in that style, as spotted by Android Police. Google has since confirmed to the publication that that was an early package design but didn’t explain how it made its way into a customer’s hands.

User Lucas Everett tweeted photos of the packaging and booklet from his Pixel 2 box, which shows a wired pair of earphones with a USB-C connection and an in-line remote. The booklet shows the earbuds can be adjusted by resizing the cord to form a smaller or bigger loop (like the Pixel Buds). Everett tweeted that the Verizon store said none of the other boxes included…

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One man’s Verizon Pixel 2 came with packaging and literature meant for included Pixel Buds-style wired earphones

Like many flagship phones, the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL aren’t cheap. But while companies like Samsung and Apple try to make you feel a little better about your $ 700-1000 purchase by including a pair of earphones in the box, Google doesn’t. But some seemingly preproduction packaging that one guy got inside his Verizon Pixel 2’s box indicates that Google had at least been seriously considering it.

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Tim Cook continues European tour, stops by Apple office and sustainable packaging partner

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Apple CEO Tim Cook continues his tour of Europe, making a brief stop at Apple’s offices in Sweden, and continuing to discuss the importance of ARKit to Apple with a local publication.
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Apple Details Extreme Measures for Sustainable iPhone Packaging

Apple’s commitment to sustainability and environmental initiatives is well-known. And it’s extensive: ranging from how the company’s headquarters is built down to the packaging that iPhones come in.

On that last note, Apple has shared a new white paper — Paper and Packaging Strategy — that provides an overview of how the company lessens its impact by way of packaging its flagship product more efficiently and sustainably. In the white paper, the company outlines its three main priorities as far as its sustainability efforts.

  1. Reduce impact on climate change by using renewable sources and driving energy efficiency in products and facilities.
  2. Conserve precious resources by using materials efficiently, using more recycled and renewable content in products, and recovering material from products at the end of their life.
  3. Identity, develop, and utilize safer materials in products and processes.

The company has previously detailed some of its efforts, such as how it recovers precious materials from recycled iPhones, or how it creates artificial sweat to test certain materials and components for safety and durability. In today’s paper, the company expands on how its packaging is helping its environmental ventures, with the change between the iPhone 6s packaging and the iPhone 7 packaging as just one example of Apple’s efforts.

iPhone 6s vs iPhone 7 Packaging

For the iPhone 6s, the packaging included two stacked plastic trays for the device itself, as well as its accessories. The iPhone 7’s packaging, on the other hand, eliminated one of these trays and implemented a new single-tray design that essentially cut the material footprint in half.

In addition to using less material, Apple is exploring the use of more sustainable material. The company’s environmental teams have found a fiber-based material that can replace the petroleum plastic that’s been used for iPhone packaging thus far.

According to the paper, the iPhone 7’s packaging already used fiber-based plastic trays. Additionally, iPhone 7 owners may have noticed that the packaging did away with the old plastic EarPods case, instead opting for a new paperboard-solution. Through all of these methods, Apple has achieved an 84 percent decrease in the use of plastic materials for the iPhone 7’s packaging.

iPhone 8 Packaging

Apple didn’t stop there. For the iPhone 8, the company examined details as small as the plastic wrap that covers the device’s wall charger in the box. And though that piece of plastic is barely an afterthought for most consumers, Apple put a lot of effort into making it as environmentally sustainable as possible.

A fiber-based solution to the plastic wrap was initially challenging due to the way fiber reacts to humidity. An iPhone’s box is likely to move through various environments, making it impossible to control the humidity. To remedy that problem, Apple worked directly with the supplier to create a manufacturing process for a fiber-based plastic wrap that met the company’s specific technical demands.

“While the power adapter is a small piece of the iPhone packaging, it represents a significant amount of material given the number of iPhone units sold,” the company wrote. Indeed, the company said that its extensive program — with its extreme attention to detail — would spur other firms to “take responsibility” for their environmental impact.

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Apple’s sustainable forests now offset paper used in product packaging

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Apple’s efforts to achieve a net-zero impact on the world’s virgin fiber are paying off, as the company is now protecting or has created enough sustainable forestland to cover all paper packaging products.
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