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  1. During 5th Annual Samsung Foundry Forum, Samsung today confirmed that it will start producing its customers’ first 3nm-based chip designs in the first half of 2022. Also, the second generation of 3nm is expected in 2023. For the first time, Samsung revealed the 2nm process node with MBCFET that is expected to enter mass production in 2025. Samsung’s first 3nm GAA process node with MBCFET will deliver the following: Up to 35 percent decrease in area. 30 percent higher performance compared to the 5nm process. 50 percent lower power consumption compared to the 5nm process. In addition to power, performance and area (PPA) improvements, as its process maturity has increased, 3nm’s logic yield is approaching a similar level to the 4nm process, which is currently in mass production. Source: Samsung Samsung 3nm-based chip designs coming in the first half of 2022
  2. In August Samsung management said they heard the voice of consumers and employees who were complaining of ads in the stock apps and would look at removing them. A few weeks later the ads in the Weather app were removed, and today Samsung smartphone users in Korea reports the ads in Samsung Health and Samsung Pay were also removed. The ads in other stock apps such as Samsung Themes are also set to disappear soon. Unfortunately, the current changes are only affecting Korean firmware, but it is expected to spread to handsets in other countries in the next few weeks as they also get updated. via SamMobile. Samsung drops ads from more stock apps
  3. The Phoenix controller in Samsung's own product images isn't present on newer drives. Enlarge / You can't see the part number which distinguishes the newer, slower drive from the older, faster one on the box—you need to check the PN field in the top center of the label on the drive itself. Jim Salter Recently, major SSD vendors Crucial and Western Digital have both been caught swapping out TLC NAND in their consumer SSDs for cheaper but much lower-performance, lower-endurance QLC NAND. Samsung appears to be joining them in the part-swapping corner of shame today, thanks to Chinese Youtuber 潮玩客, who documented a new version of the Samsung 970 Evo Plus using an inferior drive controller. Although the consumer-facing model number of the drives did not change—it was a 970 Evo Plus last year, and it's still a 970 Evo Plus now—the manufacturer part number did. Unfortunately, the manufacturer part number isn't visible on the box the SSD comes in—as far as we've been able to determine, it's only shown on a small label on the drive itself. Falling off the write cliff This CrystalDiskMark test makes the newer, inferior drive look faster than the original in most tests—but notice the very small 1GiB test size. This test isn't escaping the SLC write cache! In this HD Tune Pro test, we can see the "write cliff" effect on both drives as the SLC cache is exhausted—but the difference isn't HD Tune Pro vs CrystalDiskMark, it's 1GiB test vs 200GiB test. We can also see the "write cliff" effect in a simple large file copy—when the write cache is exhausted, the new drive is far slower than the old. We tested the 970 Evo Plus (alongside the 980, and the older 970 Pro) in March, clocking it at write speeds of 1,600+ MiB/sec on 1MiB workloads. Our benchmarking was done with he old version, part number MZVLB1T0HBLR. The newer version—part number MZVL21T0HBLU—is considerably slower. According to 潮玩客's test results, the newer version only manages 830MiB/sec—half the performance of the original. It seems likely that Samsung, like Western Digital, hoped the part swap would go unnoticed because the end result was "good enough." Under most light usage workloads, a user might never notice the new part number's lower performance—because like nearly all modern SSDs, the 970 Evo Plus features a SLC write cache that's much faster than its main storage NAND, and the new part's performance drop doesn't become apparent until after the cache is exhausted. 潮玩客 first tested the old and new 970 Evo Plus drives using CrystalDiskMark, and the drives appeared near-identical. But that's because CrystalDiskMark by default uses a very small 1GiB test size, which clearly is not enough to exhaust either drive's write cache. (We at Ars frequently use CrystalDiskMark—but we select larger test sizes, for precisely this reason.) In longer tests, both drives decrease sharply in performance as cache fills, which is expected. But while the older drive retains nearly two-thirds of its original performance, the newer version craters to less than a third. We can see this effect not only in artificial benchmarks, but also in large file copies, as seen in 潮玩客's later tests. The controller is the culprit Enlarge / Ironically, Samsung's own store page for the 970 Evo Plus clearly displays the missing Phoenix controller. Samsung The best news for impacted 970 Evo Plus owners is that they should "only" be taking a massive performance hit, without a corresponding decrease in write endurance. That's because unlike Crucial and Western Digital's part-swaps, Samsung didn't drop from TLC flash to QLC—it just swapped out the controller. The older, higher-performing drives have a Phoenix controller and the newer, lower-performing drives use one made by Elpis. Tom's Hardware points out that Samsung is already known to be facing controller shortages, with its own Texa controller factories having been idle since February. Although Samsung's part swap will likely have a lower direct customer impact than Western Digital's or Crucial's, it's still disappointing that the company is pulling this without informing the public. Ultimately, we're talking about two versions of the same model with significantly different components and a drastic reduction in performance, with very little way for a customer to spot the difference—and pandemic or no pandemic, that's just not okay. 潮玩客's original video is here—but you won't get the most out of it unless your Mandarin is significantly better than mine. Listing image by Samsung Samsung seemingly caught swapping components in its 970 Evo Plus SSDs
  4. Samsung says that it can disable any of its Samsung TV sets remotely using TV Block, a feature built into all television products sold worldwide. This was revealed by the company South Korean multinational in a press release issued earlier this month in response to the July South African riots that led to large-scale looting, which also impacted Samsung warehouses and stores. "TV Block is a remote, security solution that detects if Samsung TV units have been unduly activated, and ensures that the television sets can only be used by the rightful owners with a valid proof of purchase," Samsung said. "The aim of the technology is to mitigate against the creation of secondary markets linked to the sale of illegal goods, both in South Africa and beyond its borders. This technology is already pre-loaded on all Samsung TV products." As Samsung explains, the goal behind remotely disabling stolen TV sets is to limit looting and "third party purchases," and ensuring that the TVs can only be used by "rightful owners with a valid proof of purchase." How TV Block works The TV Block function is activated remotely on all TV sets stolen from one of its warehouses or distributors by adding their serial numbers to a list on Samsung's servers. After a stolen TV is connected to the Internet, the device will check the list of stolen devices on Samsung's servers, and it will automatically disable all television functions if it finds a match. If Samsung TVs belonging to actual customers get blocked by mistake, full functionality can be restored within 48 hours after sending proof of purchase and a valid TV license to the Samsung retailer or the [email protected] email. "In keeping with our values to leverage the power of technology to resolve societal challenges, we will continuously develop and expand strategic products in our consumer electronics division with defence-grade security, purpose-built, with innovative and intuitive business tools designed for a new world," Mike Van Lier, Samsung South Africa's Director of Consumer Electronics, said. "This technology can have a positive impact at this time, and will also be of use to both the industry and customers in the future." While Samsung says TV Block is an innovative function that can only have a positive impact, one must think about what would happen if malicious actors would breach the company's servers and gain access to the block list used to disable stolen TVs remotely. Samsung can remotely disable their TVs worldwide using TV Block
  5. Earlier we had the full specs of the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 and now we have the full specs of the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip3, courtesy of Winfuture.de. Specifications for the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip3 5G operating system Google Android 11 , OneUI 3.1 Display 6.7 inches foldable, 2640 x 1080 pixels, 425 ppi, Corning Gorilla Glass Victus, Dynamic AMOLED 2x, 120 Hz ext. Display: 1.9 inches, 260 x 512 pixels) processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 888, Kryo 680, 5 nm process technology, 64-bit (1x 2.84 GHz + 3x 2.42 GHz + 4x 1.80 GHz) Storage capacity 128/256 GB UFS 3.1 random access memory 8 GB LPDDR5 Main camera Dual-Cam, 12 MP (main camera Wide, f / 1.8, 78 °, 1.4 µm, OIS, 2PD) + 12 MP (Ultra-Wide, f / 2.2, 123 °, 1.12 µm, FF) Front camera 10 MP (f / 2.4, 1.22 µm, 80 °) Video 7680 x 4320 pixels (8K UHD), 3840 x 2160 pixels (4K UHD), 1920 x 1080 pixels (Full-HD), 1280 x 720 pixels (HD) particularities Side fingerprint sensor, face recognition, GPS, stereo speakers, geo-tagging, IPx8 Sensors Acceleration, fingerprint sensor, gyro sensor, geomagnetic sensor, hall sensor, light sensor, proximity sensor SIM cards Nano-SIM + eSIM links 4G (LTE), 5G, Bluetooth 5.0, WLAN AC, NFC, USB Type C To dye Phantom Black, Cream, Lavender battery pack 3300 mAh, fast charging, wireless charging Dimensions 166 x 72.2 x 6.9 mm Weight 183 grams The device has also leaked earlier of course: Gallery The main improvement over the Z Flip 2 is of course the larger external screen. Samsung is also rating the hinge for more than 200,000 cycles, which should last comfortable for more than 5 years. Like the Fold3 the handset is also IPX8 rated and protected by Corning Gorilla Glass Victus. The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 will be available in black, cream (ivory/gold) and lavender and prices are expected to start from 1099 euros. Full specs of Samsung Galaxy Z Flip3 posted
  6. There are not too many secrets left over regarding Samsung’s upcoming Unpacked announcement next week, and today Winfuture got rid of the last of these by posting the full specs of the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3. Specifications for the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 5G operating system Google Android 11, OneUI 3.1 Display 7.6 inches foldable, 2208 x 1768 pixels, 374 ppi, Corning Gorilla Glass Victus, Dynamic AMOLED 2x, 120 Hz, 6.2 inches Super AMOLED (2260 x 832 pixels, 387 ppi) processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 888, Kryo 680, 5 nm process technology, 64-bit (1x 2.84 GHz + 3x 2.42 GHz + 4x 1.80 GHz) Storage capacity 256/512 GB UFS 3.1 random access memory 12 GB LPDDR5 Main camera Triple-Cam, 12 MP (main camera, f / 1.8, 78 °, 1.4 µm, OIS, 2PD) + 12 MP (ultra-wide-angle camera, f / 2.2, 123 °, 1.12 µm, FF) + 12 MP (zoom lens, f /2.4 1.0 µm, OIS) Front camera Dual-Cam, 4 MP (under-display, f / 1.8, 2.0 ?m) + 10 MP (cover, f / 2.2, 1.22 ?m) Video 7680 x 4320 pixels (8K UHD), 3840 x 2160 pixels (4K UHD), 1920 x 1080 pixels (Full-HD), 1280 x 720 pixels (HD) particularities Fingerprint sensor, face recognition, GPS, stereo speakers with Dolby Atmos technology, geo-tagging, IPx8 Sensors Acceleration, fingerprint sensor, gyro sensor, geomagnetic sensor, hall sensor, light sensor, proximity sensor SIM cards 2x nano SIM + eSIM links 4G (LTE), 5G , Bluetooth 5.0, WLAN AX, NFC, USB Type C To dye Phantom Green, Phantom Black, Phantom Silver battery pack 4400 mAh, fast charging, wireless charging Dimensions 158.2 x 128.1 x 6.4 mm, closed 158.2 x 67.1 x 14.4 mm Weight 271 grams Given the already extensive leaks, there are no real surprises. Gallery The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 is expected to be more durable than the Fold2, with an IPX8 rating for being waterproof, Gorilla Glass Victus which is twice as scratch-resistant as Gorilla Glass 6, and a hinge which has been tested for up to 200,000 fold operations. The price is expected to start at around 1899 euros. For final confirmation of this, we will have to wait for the Unpacked event on the 11th of August 2021. Full specs of Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 posted
  7. Samsung to make 768GB DDR5 memory sticks in the near future Samsung Electronics reported its Q2 2021 earnings yesterday. The company has done well overall and its memory business is no exception. The firm is expecting to see continuous growth in this division, especially in the case of DRAM products that are designed for the high-end server and high-performance computing (HPC) markets. That's why Samsung has been pushing its high-density memory modules for such use-cases and the company recently released the industry's first 512GB DDR5 DRAM module, a truly high capacity solution from any angle you look at. But as it turns out, the South Korean giant may not be done yet as it plans to go even further by producing a 768GB DDR5 module, using 24Gb DRAM chips, sometime in the near future. This can be inferred from the firm's earnings call transcript (via Seeking Alpha), where a Samsung representative has mentioned that the company is "developing a maximum 24-gigabit DDR5 product". He also added that the tech giant is sampling its 14nm DDR5 products for upcoming Intel Alder Lake processors that are expected to launch later this year, possibly on October 27-28 at the Intel Innovation event. Here's the full statement of the Samsung representative: To give you an update on our DDR5, we are currently in sampling of our 14-nano [sic] DDR5, in line with the schedule for the new CPU launch that supports DDR5 and PC, i.e., [sic] Gen 5. The mainstream of the DDR5 is expected to be the 16-gigabit-based high-density product. And so we think that this DDR5 will be the product that significantly gives -- stimulates the trend of high density. Also, in addition to that, in order to meet the demand and request by the cloud companies, we are also developing a maximum 24-gigabit DDR5 product. It's possible that Samsung will be using its new S2FPD02 power management integrated circuit (PMIC) in the 768GB DDR5 memory, which promises up to 91% power efficiency compared to last-gen products. You can view the company's Q2 earnings press release here. Samsung to make 768GB DDR5 memory sticks in the near future
  8. Samsung confirms August 11 event—here’s what to expect Samsung will announce the Galaxy Fold 3, Z Flip 3, and hopefully a smartwatch. Samsung has sent out invitations for an August 11 product launch event. The invite might not look like much, but it strongly hints at what products we'll see: the Galaxy Z Fold 3 (the dark gray shape) and the Galaxy Z Flip 3 (the purple and light gray shape). It's clearly a foldables event, but we also might see the Galaxy Watch 4, the launch device for Google and Samsung's revamp of Wear OS. Normally, Samsung's August launch event would point to the announcement of the S-Pen-equipped Galaxy Note, but all indications show that the Galaxy Note is dead this year. Samsung shipped an external S-Pen for the Galaxy S21 Ultra, and along with optional support for the Z Fold 3, that will have to be enough for fans of handwriting. The Fold 3 The Fold 3, with a decidedly non-crazy camera block. The back. As usual, most of these devices have leaked already. 91 Mobiles has official press renders of the Galaxy Z Fold 3, which looks a lot like the Z Fold 2 from last year. Samsung's second swing at a tablet-like foldable was a nice refinement of the original Galaxy Fold, with a bigger front display and foldable glass on the inside. It looks like Samsung is not going all-out with the camera on the Galaxy Fold 3, which only features three round lenses, lacking any of the fancy periscope tech you'd see on something like the Galaxy S21 Ultra. The important part of this device is the foldable screen, and there's hope that Samsung will cut a few corners in other areas to bring the price down a bit from the stratospheric $2,000 price tag of the Galaxy Fold 1 and 2. A report from SamMobile claims that the phone is getting a 20 percent cut, so maybe we'll see something like a $1,600 price tag? It's progress. There's not much of a hard spec sheet out there yet, but all of these flagship phones have similar specs. The displays are expected to be a 7.55-inch main display and a 6.23-inch outside display, and both displays will supposedly run at 120 Hz. The Fold 2 had a 60 Hz outside display and a 120 Hz inside display, which was odd. One of the wilder rumors is that Samsung's foldables will be water-resistant this year, which would be an engineering feat given all the moving parts in the hinge and the floating, sliding interior display. You could slip pieces of paper into the gaps of the original Galaxy Fold, so water resistance would represent a large jump forward. The Flip 3 The Z Flip 3. It looks a lot like the Z Flip 1. These bigger front screens are an upgrade, though. The invitation also hints at the Galaxy Z Flip 3, a regular-sized smartphone that folds up into a chunky brick. The Z Flip 1 launched in 2020, and if you're wondering, "Did Samsung really release three phone models in 18 months?" the answer is no—the Z Flip 2 never existed. Samsung wants number uniformity between the Fold and Flip, so it's skipping a number. There are official press renders of this phone, too (from GizNext), and inside, it looks a lot like the Z Flip 1. The big changes are on the outside, where you get a bigger 1.9-inch front display and two larger cameras. The front display is nearly double the size of the microscopic 1.1-inch front display on the Z Flip 1 and should help address what was one of our biggest complaints with the device. All these foldables take a significant amount of effort to open up, usually requiring two hands (the Flip hinge is not spring-loaded like a flip phone), and that makes having a capable exterior screen for quick interactions very important. When your phone beeps, you want to be able to quickly check a notification, and a larger screen will make that a lot more convenient. The Z Flip still seems behind designs like the Moto Razr, though, which had a 2.7-inch outside display. Plus a watch, maybe? The Galaxy Watch 4. What secrets lie within? The back. It's a bit alarming that the invite makes no reference to the Galaxy Watch 4, but we'll hopefully see Samsung's flagship smartwatch announced at the event, too. The device was already briefly listed on Amazon, and the official photos were captured by WinFuture.de. Samsung has a 44 mm regular version and a 46 mm "Classic" design, which has second numbers engraved into the watch bezel. Far more interesting than the design is the software this watch will come with: Google and Samsung's team-up revamp of WearOS, Google's struggling Android-based smartwatch platform. WearOS' last big feature update was in 2018, and since then, we've only seen basic maintenance development. Not much is known about the new version, but hopefully it will have touches of the beautiful "Material You" design direction Android 12 is emphasizing. Samsung is abandoning Tizen for smartwatches and switching to Google's OS, which should bring it better app support. Samsung is also bringing Samsung-designed SoCs to the party, which should greatly help the two companies field a competitive smartwatch. Previously, Wear watches needed a Qualcomm chip, and Qualcomm hasn't really been interested in making competitive SoCs for wearables. Even last year's Galaxy Watch 3 SoC, the 10 nm Exynos 9110, would be an upgrade over anything Qualcomm currently produces, but the Galaxy Watch 4 is getting an SoC a generation ahead of that with the Exynos W920. Here's hoping Samsung provides details. Other than maybe an earbuds release, that's all we're expecting for Samsung's next big launch. Tune in on August 11! Samsung confirms August 11 event—here’s what to expect
  9. Samsung’s next Galaxy Unpacked device lineup may have been entirely spoiled in huge new leak New phones, watches, earbuds, and a date: August 11th We might now know a lot of what’s coming at Samsung’s next Galaxy Unpacked event thanks to a series of tweets from noted leaker Evan Blass. It seems like the event could be a big one, as Blass tweeted a long thread with GIFs of two new Galaxy foldables, a new Galaxy FE phone, two new Galaxy Watches, and even a set of new Galaxy Buds. He also says the event is set to take place one month from now on August 11th. First up, the foldables. Blass has already leaked what appear to be official renders of the rumored Galaxy Z Fold 3 (which could support the S Pen stylus) and Galaxy Z Flip 3, but the new GIFs he shared give looks at both devices at all angles. Here’s the Z Fold 3, which Blass shared GIFs of in white, green, and black: And here’s the Z Flip 3, which Blass tweeted in purple, black, gold, and green: Blass’ thread also includes GIFs of what look to be the rumored Samsung Galaxy S21 FE in white, a yellow-ish gray, purple, and black. The phone, if released, will likely be a mid-range version of the S21 and looks to take a lot of design inspiration from the Samsung flagship (like how the S20 FE looked similar to the S20). Whether or not this phone is actually in production has been something of an open question; in June, in response to a report claiming Samsung had stopped production of the phone, Samsung said that “nothing has been determined regarding the alleged production suspension.” These GIFs from Blass might be a sign that the phone is a go. But Blass didn’t just share GIFs of phones — he also tweeted GIFs of two new Samsung watches. One model seems to match closely with rumors of the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 Classic, with what appears to be a rotating bezel and two buttons on the right side. The watch, which Blass tweeted in white, black, and gray, is also expected to run Google and Samsung’s new smartwatch platform. The other watch shared by Blass appears to match rumors of the Galaxy Watch Active 4. This watch doesn’t look to have a rotating bezel, and according to OnLeaks and GizNext, it might come in two different sizes: 44mm and 40mm. Blass shared GIFs of the watch in gray, dark green, white, peach, and two tweets of a black watch (though I can’t tell the difference between them besides what’s shown on the screen). Blass’ GIF thread also reveals three colors of unannounced Galaxy Buds that match rumors about the Galaxy Buds 2, which, according to leaker Ice Universe, will have active noice cancelation. Blass’ GIFs show the buds and the inside of the white case in gray, purple, and white, matching the style of a leaked render shared by 91mobiles that showed green, black, and white bud / inner case combos. Finally, let’s talk quickly about that rumored date, August 11th, which to me seems like the one you might want to circle on your calendar. When Samsung showed off its smartwatch platform developed with Google at the end of June, it said there would be an Unpacked event “later this summer,” so August 11th would fall in that timeline. And the company has hosted summer Unpacked events in early August for a few years now, meaning August 11th wouldn’t be out of the usual pattern. Since Samsung hasn’t officially announced any of these products or the date of the event, there’s always the chance that what Blass leaked doesn’t actually come out. But given Blass’ past track record and the detail of the GIFs he shared, it seems possible he may well have revealed some of the biggest news from Samsung’s next Unpacked event. Samsung’s next Galaxy Unpacked device lineup may have been entirely spoiled in huge new leak
  10. Galaxy S21 FE design leaked with several colors on the way Announced in 2020, Samsung's Galaxy S20 FE turned out to be quite a popular phone across the globe. In the US, it was one of the best-selling Samsung devices according to the carriers. Now, that its successor S21 FE is due this year, the rumor mill is in full swing. While the speculations so far were limited to hardware specs, the latest leak from Evan Blass has fully revealed the phone's design. If these images turn out to be accurate, it seems the S21 FE heavily borrows the standard S21's design. It may also feature thin bezels and a punch-hole to accommodate a selfie camera. Samsung is likely to ditch the metal camera housing in favor of a plastic one to keep the S21 FE's price in check. The leak also hints that the handset may come in black, purple, olive green, and white. Although Evan Blass has a great track record with speculations, it is always advisable to take such reports with a grain of salt. Based on previous rumors, the Galaxy S21 FE may pack in Qualcomm's latest Snapdragon 888 chip. It will supposedly feature 6 GB and 8 GB RAM variants with 128 GB and 256 GB internal storage to choose from. The phone is expected to sport a 6.5-inch OLED display with HD+ resolution and a 120 Hz refresh rate. Moving on to the photography department, the S21 FE may offer a 12 MP main camera with Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) accompanied by a 12 MP wide sensor, and a telephoto lens. It is likely to retain the 32 MP camera from the Galaxy S20 FE. Lastly, the handset could pack in a 4,500 mAh battery with 25W fast charging support. Galaxy S21 FE design leaked with several colors on the way
  11. Samsung announces Snapdragon-powered Galaxy Book Go laptops from $349 More Windows on Arm laptops are hitting the market Samsung has announced two new Windows laptops running Arm-based processors. The Galaxy Book Go and Galaxy Book Go 5G both use Snapdragon chips from Qualcomm rather than Samsung’s own Exynos designs. The Galaxy Book Go is an entry-level model that starts at $349. It has the updated Snapdragon 7c Gen 2 processor that Qualcomm announced last month, as well as 4GB or 8GB of RAM and 64GB or 128GB of eUFS storage. The display is a 14-inch 1080p LCD and the laptop is 14.9mm thick, weighing in at 1.38kg. The Galaxy Book Go 5G, meanwhile, uses Qualcomm’s more powerful Snapdragon 8cx Gen 2 processor — though other laptops with that chip aren’t exactly powerhouses — and, as the name suggests, it includes 5G connectivity. Despite running on a Snapdragon chip with an integrated LTE modem, the $349 Galaxy Book Go is actually Wi-Fi-only. Specs otherwise appear to be shared between the two laptops. The Galaxy Book Go has two USB-C ports, one USB-A port, a headphone jack, a 720p webcam, and a microSD card slot. Samsung hasn’t given pricing or release information for the Galaxy Book Go 5G just yet, but the $349 Galaxy Book Go is going on sale on June 10th. Samsung announces Snapdragon-powered Galaxy Book Go laptops from $349
  12. Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 rumor roundup: display, design, camera, hardware and specs, and more Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 is expected to release in July or August, and since we’re so close to the launch date, rumors regarding the Galaxy Z Fold 3 are surfacing almost every other day. And while rumors will continue to surface until the launch of the foldable, we’re summing up all the rumors in one post so that our readers find it easy to track them all in one place. Galaxy Z Fold 3 leaked marketing material Galaxy Z Fold 3 display Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 is rumored to feature a 5.4-inch external display, unlike its predecessor the Galaxy Z Fold 2, and like the original Galaxy Fold. Rumors also suggest that the display of the Z Fold 3 will support the 120 Hz screen refresh rate and will have a resolution of 2,260 x 816. Reliable tipster Ice Universe says the display of the Z Fold 3 will be creaseless. Galaxy Z Fold 3 design According to rumors, the Z Fold 3 will be Samsung’s first smartphone to feature an under-display front camera. The Z Fold 3 is rumored to be similar to its predecessor when it comes to design. For instance, the Z Fold 3 will feature the same book-style vertical fold design. Also, it’s said to have support for the S Pen, but a dedicated pen slot won’t be added, unlike the Galaxy Note series. A recently filed Samsung patent also suggests that the Galaxy Z Fold might embrace gesture controls, thus eliminating the need to have physical buttons. Another patent discusses the possibility of a strip of LED lights on the hinge of the foldable. According to Ice Universe, the Galaxy Z Fold 3 might be 13g lighter than the Galaxy Z Fold 2 — the former will weigh in at 269g, while the latter weighs 282g. Moreover, the foldable smartphone is likely to have an IP rating, though the code is unknown at this point in time. Unlike the Galaxy Fold and Z Fold 2, the third generation Galaxy Z Fold will use an Armor frame and Armor layer, which, in turn, will make it more durable than the Galaxy Z Fold 2 and Galaxy Fold. Galaxy Z Fold 3 hardware and specs Rumor has it that the Z Fold 3 will use a Snapdragon chipset and not Samsung’s own Exynos chipset. If true, it’s likely that the Z Fold 3 will be powered by Snapdragon 888 chipset. The foldable smartphone is likely to have 12GB RAM and 256GB storage capacity as the minimum. Surprisingly, the battery capacity of the Z Fold 3 will be lesser than that of the Z Fold 2 — the former has a better capacity of 4,500mAh, while the latter will have a 4,380mAh battery and 25W fast charging support. Much like the Z Fold 2, the third generation Z Fold will have 5G support. Galaxy Z Fold 3 camera Although no sources have unveiled the details of the camera on the Z Fold 3, it’s being said that the cameras will be identical to those on the Z Fold 2 — a 12MP main camera, a 12MP ultra-wide, and a 12MP telephoto, 10x zoom, and a 10MP front camera. Galaxy Z Fold 3 price The Galaxy Z Fold 2 currently costs $1,999 / £1,799 / AU$2,999, and we’re expecting the price of the Z Fold 3 to be very similar to that of the Fold 2. We’ll continue to know more about the Galaxy Z Fold 3 until the launch date. Meanwhile, we’ll keep updating this post with all the future rumors related to the Z Fold 3 smartphone. Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 rumor roundup: display, design, camera, hardware and specs, and more
  13. Despite Wear partnership with Google, Samsung's not giving up on Tizen yet Google shocked everyone and announced a partnership with Samsung as the companies are joining forces to work on the new ‘Wear’ wearable operating system. The plan is to bring the best things from Google’s Wear OS and Samsung’s Tizen OS, along with some Fitbit sprinkled in. Samsung even went so far as to confirm that its next smartwatch will be powered by Wear, and not Tizen OS. But what does that mean for Samsung’s existing smartwatches, including the likes of the Galaxy Watch 3 or Galaxy Watch Active 2? Well, Samsung isn’t ready to just leave its customers in the dark, at least, not yet. Samsung has confirmed that it will continue to support Tizen Galaxy Watches for up to three years, ensuring that your investment doesn’t end up as a paperweight. Truthfully, it wouldn’t be a good look for Samsung or Google if the $400 Galaxy Watch 3 was just thrown to the way-side and never saw another update again, despite not even being a year old yet. At Samsung, we always put customers at the heart of everything we do. That’s why we are committed to bringing them the best possible smartwatch experiences. For customers who already own the Tizen OS based Galaxy smartwatches, we are continuing to provide at least three years of software support after the product launch. Thankfully, that’s not the case as the Watch 3 will see updates at least until August 2023. Unfortunately, we don’t have a specific timeline for Samsung’s currently available smartwatches, which also includes the Samsung Galaxy Watch which is a couple of years old at this point. We’re not exactly sure as to when Samsung and Google will launch the first Wear-powered device, but it’s safe to assume that it would be the Galaxy Watch 4. With Samsung being rumored to launch the Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Galaxy Z Flip 3 in August, it would make sense for a new smartwatch to accompany these smartphones. Source: Despite Wear partnership with Google, Samsung's not giving up on Tizen yet
  14. Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 will run Wear OS – but glucose tracking is off the menu Another week and a new batch of rumors around the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 and the Watch Active 4. We’re really excited about what could be seismic change in Samsung’s smartwatch line-up, and while rumors always been reported with caveats, it’s part of the fun of big tech launches – and this could be the biggest in wearables for years. Just the sheer volume of rumors around the release of the Galaxy Watch 4 make this a near certainty, and now another tipster has thrown their hat into the ring. Twitter tipster @FrontTron has spotted codenames associated with the Galaxy Watch 4 in Korean cellphone carriers database. That includes: Watch Active4(39mm, SM-R865N) Watch Active4(43mm, SM-R875N) Watch4(41mm, SM-R885N) Watch4(45mm, SM-R895N) You will notice that those sizes do not tally with rumors from last week, which we suggested were taken with a large pinch of salt. Those reports suggested that the Watch 4 would increase to 46mm and the Active 4 would launch in 40mm and 42mm sizes. Galaxy Watch4 & Watch Active4 are now registered in Korean carrier's database DB. Watch Active4(39mm, SM-R865N) Watch Active4(43mm, SM-R875N) Watch4(41mm, SM-R885N) Watch4(45mm, SM-R895N) *OMD=Unlocked pic.twitter.com/ThQza9bbMR — Tron ❂ (@FrontTron) May 13, 2021 However, a simultaneous report from a Korean website called Money Today does repeat those claims. Money Today also predicts there won’t be a blood glucose monitor that has been widely rumored, which doesn’t seem like a huge surprise. Samsung does seem to be leading the race in this area, but it’s unsurprising the tech won’t land in time for a 2021 release. And that neatly brings us onto release dates. MT reports the Galaxy Watch 4 is on course for a “July or August” launch. Previous rumors have pointed to a slightly earlier appearance for Samsung’s new pair of smartwatches, with June touted. August would tally with previous Galaxy Watch launches and seems like a safe bet. And finally, Money Today has also quoted sources that say that Samsung will move to Wear OS, due to a frustration with After a month of quiet, we’re now getting a spate of similar rumors coming out around the launch of the Galaxy Watch 4 pair – and momentum seems to be gathering. Source: Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 will run Wear OS – but glucose tracking is off the menu
  15. Samsung to invest over $151 billion in its semiconductor businesses by 2030 Samsung Electronics, the South Korean tech giant and the world's leading semiconductor manufacturer has announced that it will increase its investments in its semiconductor businesses by an additional KRW 38 trillion ($36 billion) taking the total to around KRW 171 trillion ($151 billion) by 2030. The company had earlier committed that it would be investing more than KRW 133 trillion ($115 billion) into its chip business. Samsung has two logic chip businesses: Samsung Foundry, which designs logic chips, and System LSI where it contract manufactures chips for other brands. The expansion of the Company’s Foundry Business will help new industries built on next-generation technologies like AI, 5G, and autonomous driving. Discussing the news, Dr Kinam Kim, Vice Chairman and Head of Device Solutions Division at Samsung Electronics, said: The entire semiconductor industry is facing a watershed moment and now is the time to chart out a plan for long-term strategy and investment. For the memory business, where Samsung has maintained its undisputed leadership position, the Company will continue to make preemptive investments to lead the industry. Samsung has also started construction of a new production line called P3 in Pyeongtaek, Korea, which is expected to be completed in the second half of 2022. The state-of-the-art facility equipped with the latest P3 technology which is capable of producing 14-nanometer DRAM and 5-nanometer logic semiconductors. Image credit: World Construction Network Source: Samsung to invest over $151 billion in its semiconductor businesses by 2030
  16. Samsung unveils CXL-based DDR5, an industry-first innovation Samsung has arguablyturned its memory technology innovation all the way up to 11 recently. Earlier this year, the company announced the revolutionary AI-based HBM-PIM memory and today, it has announced the industry's first DDR5 memory solution to run on the Compute Express Link (CXL) interface. The South Korean giant says that the next-gen DDR standard will enable the movement of enormous amounts of data due to the massive capacities that it will offer. Of course, these high-capacity memory modules aren't built for home usage, at least not for the foreseeable future, and are instead designed for high-performance computing needs like AI, big data, and more. As such, moving to the CXL standard will be helpful for IT industries. High-performance computing has been gradually trending towards heterogeneity where the host and the co-processors have to work together efficiently and a coherent interconnect standard is essential. Compute Express Link (CXL) provides this capability, as it is an open-standard interconnect based on PCIe 5.0 and is cache-coherent, making it ideal for next-gen high-performance heterogeneous computing. Alongside designing the hardware, Samsung adds that it has made several changes to the memory controller as well as the software, which includes memory mapping, interface converting, and error management. The new CXL-based DDR5 has been validated on Intel's next-gen server platform, likely the upcoming Sapphire Rapids platform which is meant to succeed the current Ice Lake SP Xeon lineup. You can find more details about Samsung's new memory here. Source: Samsung unveils CXL-based DDR5, an industry-first innovation
  17. Galaxy S21 FE, Z Fold 3, and Z Flip 3 could launch in August 2021 After launching the Galaxy S21 series earlier this year, the company is ready to launch three new high-end smartphones in the second half of 2021. The Galaxy S21 FE, Galaxy Z Fold 3, and the Galaxy Z Flip 3 were earlier rumored to launch sometime in July 201, but it is now being reported that the upcoming phones could launch a little later. A new report from Yonhap News claims that Samsung is currently in talks with South Korean mobile carriers to launch the Galaxy S21 FE, Galaxy Z Fold 3, and the Galaxy Z Flip 3 in late August 2021. That’s one to two months earlier than the launch of the Galaxy Z Fold 2 and the Galaxy S20 FE. The Galaxy Z Fold 2 was launched in September 2020, while the Galaxy S20 FE was launched in October 2020. The report also claims that the Galaxy S21 FE could be priced around KRW 700,000 (around $630) in South Korea. The Galaxy S21 FE, Galaxy Z Fold 3, and the Galaxy Z Flip 3 have been designed to fill the gap created by the missing launch of new Galaxy Note series smartphones. Samsung was the world’s biggest smartphone brand in Q1 2021 and it sold 77 million units during the quarter. Galaxy S21 FE, Galaxy Z Fold 3, Galaxy Z Flip 3 rumored specs The Galaxy S21 FE could feature a 120Hz Super AMOLED display, an Exynos 2100/Snapdragon 888 processor, 8GB RAM, 128GB/256GB internal storage, and a 4,500mAh battery. The Galaxy Z Fold 3 is expected to feature a 120Hz refresh rate for both cover and internal foldable Super AMOLED displays. It could also feature a triple-camera setup, an S Pen, a 4,400mAh battery, and an official IP rating. The Galaxy Z Flip 3, whose images were leaked last week, appears to feature a bigger, 1.83-inch cover display. It could also feature Snapdragon 888, 8GB RAM, 256GB internal storage, a dual-camera setup on the front, a punch-hole-shaped cutout for the internal camera, a 120Hz internal foldable display with UTG (Ultra Thin Glass), and an IP rating. It will be powered by a 3,300mAh battery and features 15W fast charging. SOURCE Source: Galaxy S21 FE, Z Fold 3, and Z Flip 3 could launch in August 2021
  18. Samsung has a new SmartThings app for Windows 10 SmartThings is the smart home platform owned and developed by Samsung. It was originally designed to tie together thousands of different smart home products (much like Alexa and Google Home/Assistant today), but it’s now the home of Samsung’s own Internet-connected devices too. The company finally released a web dashboard for SmartThings last month, and now Samsung is resurrecting the Windows app. Samsung offered a Windows application for managing SmartThings in the past, but it was deprecated in 2019. Since then, options have been limited for controlling SmartThings devices on a PC — installing the Android app in an emulator or connecting SmartThings to Alexa (which has a Windows app) were some of the easier methods. The new web dashboard works well with any desktop web browser, but it’s not finished yet and can’t access some devices. Favorites page SmartThings Find page Samsung has now published a new listing for the SmartThings Windows app on the Microsoft Store (spotted by @ALumia_Italia). The app was mainly developed for the Galaxy Book Pro, but it can also be installed on other PCs. Samsung says the app can control devices, create and edit groups, and start Scenes (customizable automations that change multiple devices at once). There’s also a map for SmartThings Find, so you can locate nearby Galaxy SmartTags or other devices detected by Samsung phones/tablets. However, it appears you can’t add new devices or accounts to SmartThings through the desktop app, so you’ll still need the Android or iOS apps for that. Samsung also notes there “may be restrictions on use or on some features when used from certain models or products made by other manufacturers.” You can download the app from the Microsoft Store through the link below. Download SmartThings Developer: ‪Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd.‬ Price: Free Source: Samsung has a new SmartThings app for Windows 10
  19. Samsung ends security updates for the Galaxy S8 and S8+ Samsung has pulled the plug on security updates for the Galaxy S8 and S8+. The devices were announced back in 2017, marking the beginning of smartphones with thin bezels. They had since enjoyed four years of Android security updates, although that has now come to an end. On its security updates page (via 9to5Google), Samsung has removed the two flagship phones from the list of handsets that are receiving support. If you intend to keep your Galaxy S8, you'll have to cope with the current software version moving forward, knowing that it will no longer receive fixes or any form of updates. While security updates for the legacy phones have ended, it's worth noting that the Galaxy S8 and S8+ continued to receive support for a longer period than Google's Pixel phones. Samsung managed to beat Google at its own game when it announced in February that it would roll out four years of security updates for Galaxy devices. In contrast, the Pixel devices receive only up to three years of security and feature updates. Like most of Samsung's flagships, the Galaxy S8 lineup received two major OS updates and up to three years of monthly security updates before it was moved to the quarterly schedule early last year. Noticeably, the Galaxy S8 Active and S8 Lite are still receiving security updates under the quarterly and biannual schedules, respectively, since these were released a few months after the Galaxy S8 phones were launched. Source: Samsung ends security updates for the Galaxy S8 and S8+
  20. New Samsung trademarks suggest Galaxy Z Flip3 and Fold 3 owners will not need to worry about durability Durability has been a major concern for foldable devices, with the original Samsung Galaxy Fold setting a bad precedent with an easily damaged screen. It appears in its third generation Samsung is intent to make this a bad memory of the past, with a variety of trademarks filed all around the world for coatings, layer and phone frames which are “armoured”. One is Armor Frame, which specifically applies to phone frames. There would presumably be scratch resistant. Then there is Pro-Shield, which applies to phones and smartwatches, and sounds like a protective layer, similar to Apple’s Ceramic Shield. Samsung also applied for a trademark for Armor Skin and Armor Layer, the latter which we assume apply to a protective layer on folding screens which would allow the usage of Samsung’s S-Pen. LetsGoDigital notes that Samsung has already released its conventional flagships this year and that there is no Galaxy Note this year, so these trademarks are most likely to apply to Samsung’s upcoming foldable devices coming later this year. Source: New Samsung trademarks suggest Galaxy Z Flip3 and Fold 3 owners will not need to worry about durability
  21. Samsung retakes top smartphone-maker crown as industry rebounds But there's a stark warning about the future What just happened? Apple and Samsung are constantly battling for the title of ‘world’s largest smartphone maker.’ Cupertino had held the honor, but its rival is once again in the number one spot following a quarter that saw it account for over a fifth of all global phone shipments. According to the latest report from analyst firm Canalys, over 347 million smartphones were shipped during the first quarter of the year. That’s a massive 27% increase compared to the same period in 2020. Smartphone sales fell 20% during the height of the pandemic last summer, but the easing of lockdown restrictions, vaccine rollouts, and renewed demand has seen the industry rebound this year. Samsung led the way with 76.5 million smartphones shipped between January-March, giving it a 22% market share. The company just revealed that its mobile segment’s profits were up 66% during the quarter, helped by strong sales of the Galaxy S21 line. Apple, meanwhile, fell into second place after shipping 52.4 million iPhones and taking a 15% market share. The company made notable gains in China, where its revenue almost double to $17.7 billion during the first quarter. “We’ve been especially pleased by the customer response in China to the iPhone 12 family,” said CEO Tim Cook. “You have to remember that China entered the shutdown phase earlier in Q2 of last year than other countries. And so they were relatively more affected in that quarter, and that has to be taken into account as you look at the results.” Following Apple was Xiaomi, whose 49 million shipments marked a quarterly record for the firm. Oppo’s shipments grew 60% to 37.6 million, and Vivo saw 48% annual growth to hit 36 million. Many of the companies benefitted from the declining fortunes of Huawei. Still suffering from US-imposed sanctions that prevent it from doing business with American firms, the Chinese giant saw its revenue shrink for a second quarter in a row in Q1 2021. It has now fallen to 7th on the list with 18.6 million units shipped. While it was good news for the industry, we could soon feel the impact of the global chip shortage. “Supply of critical components, such as chipsets, has quickly become a major concern, and will hinder smartphone shipments in the coming quarters. And it will drive global brands to rethink regional strategies,” said Canalys Research Manager Ben Stanton. “Some brands, for example, have de-prioritized device shipments in India, amid the new COVID-19 wave, and instead are focusing efforts on recovering regions, such as Europe. And while the shortages persist, it will grant larger companies a unique advantage, as the global brands have more power to negotiate allocation. This will put further pressure on smaller brands and could force many to follow LG out of the door.” Source: Samsung retakes top smartphone-maker crown as industry rebounds
  22. Rumors claim Samsung will make OLED TVs with LG panels next year It's reportedly looking to source 1 million large OLED panels by late 2021. Jorge Duenes / Reuters A big shakeup might be coming to the AV world as Samsung may start producing OLED TVs with panels sourced by rival LG, according to a report from Korean broadcaster MTN spotted by Sammobile. The two companies have reportedly inked a conditional deal for Samsung to buy up to 1 million OLED panels from LG in the second half of 2021 and up to 4 million panels in 2022. Samsung has famously stuck to its QLED technology for high-end TVs, though it's one of the largest manufacturers of OLED displays for smartphones. Meanwhile LG is committed to OLED for its more expensive TVs and also supplies Sony and other manufacturers with OLED panels. If accurate, the news that Samsung could build at least some OLED TVs would be a significant industry change. The rumor makes some sense given recent changes in the flat panel business. As Yonhap just reported, LG and Samsung are shifting focus from LCD TVs over to higher-end models. LCD supply is now driven by Chinese companies like BOE, CSOT and HKC, which currently occupy the top three spots in panel manufacturing. To that end, LG Display is planning to ramp up profitable OLED panel production capacity "as part of its effort to dominate the OLED market," according to TrendForce. Of the 25 million panels it shipped last year, 8 million were reportedly OLEDs, so it would make sense to boost production in order to meet Samsung's orders. Samsung, meanwhile, is focusing on its new hybrid QD-OLED tech with the first TVs set to hit the market in the Q4 2021. However, it has supposedly seen production yield issues, which may have forced it to source OLEDs from LG instead. Samsung and LG have also worked together before, as Samsung was previously said to be in talks with LG to source LCD display panels. However, while a deal between the two does make some sense, neither company has confirmed the rumor, so the reported deal might never pan out. Source: Rumors claim Samsung will make OLED TVs with LG panels next year
  23. Samsung’s Galaxy SmartTag Plus with UWB to track items with AR is out April 16th With a $39.99 price tag Samsung’s Galaxy SmartTag Plus, the souped-up version of the company’s Tile-like SmartTag Bluetooth tracker (which was released earlier this year), now has a release date: it’ll be out on April 16th for $39.99. That’s a $10 price increase over the standard SmartTag, which runs for $29.99 — but the SmartTag Plus has one notable improvement. It features an ultra-wideband (UWB) radio, allowing users to track it more accurately when it’s nearby than the standard Bluetooth setup. The UWB radio actually enables a new AR mode, which can help show users exactly where their missing tag is. To use the new UWB mode, you’ll need both a Galaxy SmartTag Plus and a compatible UWB-equipped Galaxy phone, a list that currently includes the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, Galaxy S21 Plus, Galaxy S21 Ultra, and the Galaxy Z Fold 2. Aside from the fancy new UWB features, though, the SmartTag Plus still works just like the regular SmartTag, leveraging Samsung’s vast Bluetooth network of Galaxy devices to help track missing objects. It’s similar to Apple’s Find My network, which uses iPhones and iPads to create a Bluetooth network (and, thanks to a recent expansion to third-party devices, will soon offer a Find My-compatible tracker from Chipolo). The upcoming release of the Galaxy SmartTag Plus means that Samsung — and not Apple’s long-rumored AirTags — will be the first major AR-compatible UWB tracking accessory to hit the market. Apple has been reportedly working on a similar UWB-based AR feature for its upcoming tracker, but despite plenty of leaks and rumors, there’s still no word on a release date. Source: Samsung’s Galaxy SmartTag Plus with UWB to track items with AR is out April 16th
  24. Samsung brings its 2021 Galaxy A series to the US w/ IP rating, 5G, 90Hz, more After launching internationally last month, Samsung is bringing its new entry-level and mid-range smartphones to the United States. The 2021 Galaxy A series consists of five new smartphones ranging from $109 to $500 with a ton of new features, and they’re all launching this month. Galaxy A52 5G The headliner of Samsung’s 2021 Galaxy A series is the A52 5G, priced at $499. It runs on top of the Snapdragon 750G processor paired with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage (microSD too). It has a 6.5-inch AMOLED display at 1080p with an optical fingerprint sensor underneath. Everything is powered by a 4,500 mAh battery with 25W fast charging. It’s a pretty solid package already at that price, but the added features make it even better. For one, the Galaxy A52 5G packs a 120Hz display, right in line with Samsung’s flagship devices. The phone also packs an IP67 water resistance rating. Rounding out the “firsts” for the Galaxy A series as a whole, the Galaxy A52 5G will see software support long past its 2021 release date, with Samsung promising three years of monthly support for the device. Android 11 is on board out of the box. The Galaxy A52 5G also packs a hefty camera array. There’s a 64MP primary camera that offers optical image stabilization (OIS). Samsung also includes its Single Shot, Super Steady stabilization, and Pro Video on the A52 5G. There’s a 12MP ultrawide camera, a pair of 5MP cameras for macro and depth, and also a 32MP selfie camera. Finishing things off is a stereo speaker setup tuned by AKG and a 3.5mm headphone jack. As mentioned, the Galaxy A52 5G will be sold for $499 unlocked at Samsung.com, but it will also be available from AT&T, T-Mobile, US Cellular, and Metro by T-Mobile as well. Sales start on April 9. Galaxy A42 5G One step down, the Galaxy A42 5G knocks $100 off the price tag while being a Verizon exclusive. The phone packs a 6.6-inch 720p AMOLED display, but it’s only a 60Hz panel. There’s still an optical fingerprint sensor underneath too and everything runs on top of the same Snapdragon 750G. Beyond that is where the changes lie. Memory is cut to 4GB while storage remains at 128GB with microSD. Water resistance and stereo speakers are gone and charging is limited to 15W. That’s a shame, because the battery jumps up to 5,000 mAh. The phone comes with Android 11, NFC, and a microSD card slot, too. Also tweaked is the camera array. The premium add-on features are removed and the main camera is now a 48MP sensor. That’s backed up by an 8MP ultrawide camera and 2MP depth sensor. Then, there’s a 13MP selfie camera. The Galaxy A42 5G will debut exclusively on Verizon in the United States and as a result, will be the only 2021 Galaxy A series device to support mmWave 5G, the rest only offering sub6 connectivity. Pricing lands at $399 and sales open on April 8. Galaxy A32 5G The Galaxy A32 5G is Samsung’s most affordable device to date with 5G support, albeit only for sub6 networks. The rest of the spec sheet is pretty solid to back it up. The 6.5-inch 720p display is LCD, but also 90Hz. There’s 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage, and the phone runs on a MediaTek 720 chip. In the camera department, there’s a 48MP primary camera, 8MP ultrawide, and 2MP depth. Rounding out the package is a 5,000 mAh battery with 15W fast charging, Android 11, NFC, a fingerprint sensor, and a microSD card slot. Pricing for the A32 lands at just $279 and the phone will be available on April 9 from T-Mobile, Metro by T-Mobile, and Cricket Wireless. Galaxy A12 Another step down the price ladder, the Galaxy A12 has a 6.5-inch 720p, 60Hz LCD display, a MediaTek P35 chip, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, a side-mounted fingerprint sensor, microSD card slot, and another quad-camera setup. There’s a 16MP main camera, 5MP ultrawide, 2MP macro shooter, and 2MP depth sensor. An 8MP camera is up front for selfies. Samsung includes a 5,000 mAh battery with 15W fast charging and Android 10 is out of the box with Samsung promising two years of updates, so Android 11 shouldn’t be too far behind. You won’t find 5G support here, though, with only LTE on board. Pricing for the Galaxy A12 lands at $179. The phone will be available from AT&T, Cricket Wireless, T-Mobile, and Metro by T-Mobile on April 9. Galaxy A02s Rounding out Samsung’s current Galaxy A series lineup for 2021 is the super-cheap Galaxy A02s. At a $109 price, this phone is designed to hit the absolute basics, a mission it certainly accomplishes. The Galaxy A02s has a 6.5-inch 720p, 60Hz LCD display with a Snapdragon 450, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, LTE, a microSD card slot, and a 5,000 mAh battery with 15W fast charging. There’s no fingerprint sensor here, and Android 10 is available out of the box with the same update policy as A12, A32, and A42. Samsung won’t start selling the A02s until the end of April, the 29th to be specific, but when it arrives it’ll be available from Verizon, Boost Mobile, Charter (Spectrum Mobile), Metro by T-Mobile, US Cellular, and it will also be sold unlocked. At the moment, there’s no news on the Galaxy A72 5G coming to the US. Source: Samsung brings its 2021 Galaxy A series to the US w/ IP rating, 5G, 90Hz, more
  25. Samsung April 2021 security update is rolling out now to these Galaxy devices Samsung was once among the worst in the Android world when it came to updates big and small, but in 2021 they’re arguably better than Pixel. Now, Samsung is rolling out the April 2021 security update to its huge lineup of smartphones including Galaxy S21, S20, A52, and more. The April security patch, technically, hasn’t been fully released when Samsung started its rollout. Google follows a pattern of rolling out the update to its Pixel smartphones on the first Monday of every month, this month landing on April 5. Samsung April 2021 security update — what’s new That same April 5 date is when the changes and security improvements made in the patch are officially detailed. So that presents a lack of information when it comes to Samsung rolling out the April 2021 security update to its lineup starting in late March, at least from a technical standpoint on the security changes. Often, though, Samsung will also bring minor UI tweaks to its monthly security updates, and the April 2021 patch is no different. As captured by the folks at SamMobile, one of the notable changes is an expansion of Portrait Mode. The feature was previously limited to the telephoto and ultrawide cameras only on some devices, but the April patch seems to extend functionality to the main camera. Devices with Samsung’s April 2021 security update Which devices are set to get the April 2021 update from Samsung? The list of devices getting monthly updates right now is quite hefty, and as of April 1, several models have already been updated. You can see devices that have been updated so far in the list below. The list below is being updated as new rollouts begin or expand to new regions and carriers. New additions will be marked in bold. Galaxy S Series Samsung’s true flagship series is usually among the first to see monthly updates, and this month the rollout started on March 29 with the current flagship family, the Galaxy S21 series. The download on S21 devices weighs in at over 1GB and started in India, but has since expanded on a mostly global scale. The update has expanded to the S20 FE and S10 series, and on April 1 it showed up on the Galaxy S9+ in Germany. The full list of Galaxy S devices with the April update include: Galaxy S21 — G99xxXXU2AUC8 Galaxy S21+ — G99xxXXU2AUC8 Galaxy S21 Ultra — G998BXXU2AUC8 Galaxy S20 FE — G780FXXS2CUC8 Galaxy S10 — G97xxXXU9FUCD Galaxy S10+ — G97xxXXU9FUCD Galaxy S10e — G97xxXXU9FUCD Galaxy S9+ — G96xFXXUFFUC6 Galaxy A Series The mid-range Galaxy A series is perhaps among the best-updated affordable smartphone lineup, and the latest release, Galaxy A52, is already getting its April update. The A52 saw its rollout start on March 30. Galaxy A52 — A525FXXU1AUC5 Galaxy Foldables Samsung’s super-premium foldable smartphones are sometimes slow to get major updates, but they’re right on track with monthly security patches. The April patch hit Galaxy Z Fold 2 on March 29 and has since expanded. The update is also available on the original Galaxy Fold as of March 31. Galaxy Z Fold 2 — F916BXXU1DUCE Galaxy Fold — F900FXXU4EUCF Galaxy Note Series As the Note stares down the barrel of death, support isn’t really waning. On March 29 the Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10+ saw rollouts begin for the April patch and on April 1st, the update started rolling out Galaxy Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra in select regions including on US carriers such as AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon. Galaxy Note 20 Ultra — N986U1XXX2DUC8 Galaxy Note 20 — N986U1XXX2DUC8 Galaxy Note 10 — N97xFXXU6FUCD Galaxy Note 10+ — N97xFXXU6FUCD Galaxy Tab Series Samsung rolled out the April security patch to the Galaxy Tab S6 on March 31. Galaxy Tab S6 — T865XXU4CUC1 Source: Samsung April 2021 security update is rolling out now to these Galaxy devices
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