- One UI 3.0 Beta for Galaxy Z Flip LTE in Korea
- Galaxy S21 Ultra and Z Fold 3 to come with S Pen support
- Galaxy S21 with 5G support in India
- Galaxy Watch 3 LTE issues
- Sprint Galaxy Z Fold 2 November update
- Galaxy F41 getting One UI 2.5 update
- Galaxy A12 gets Bluetooth certification
- Selling of carrier-locked devices could be banned in the U.S.
- Galaxy S20 FE audio issue
- Wi-Fi 6 CERTIFIED Wi-Fi Alliance
1. One UI 3.0 Beta for Galaxy Z Flip LTE in Korea
Samsung could resume the One UI 3.0 beta update rollout from next week. And now, the company has started providing the first beta build for its clamshell Galaxy Z Flip smartphones in South Korea. Read more here
2. Galaxy S21 Ultra and Z Fold 3 to come with S Pen support
Samsung has confirmed the release of its upcoming foldable smartphone that could be named the Galaxy Z Fold 3. It will launch in June 2021 and the company has started developing final samples for mass production. Adding to this, the Galaxy Z Fold 3 will become the most premium smartphone of Samsung having the advanced technologies of the company like S Pen and Under Display Camera. Read more here
3. Galaxy S21 with 5G support in India
The South Korean tech giant will unveil three models that are Galaxy S21, Galaxy S21 Plus, and Galaxy S21 Ultra and these are likely to hit the market in January 2021. The Galaxy S21 series will support 5G connectivity in India and will come with model numbers SM-G991B, SM-G996B, and SM-G998B for the Galaxy S21, S21 Plus, and S21 Ultra respectively. Read more here
4. Galaxy Watch 3 LTE issues
Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 LTE has started receiving the latest firmware update in South Korea. The new update is identified with software version R845NK0U1BTK1 and package size of 63.3MB. Read more here
5. Sprint Galaxy Z Fold 2 November update
Sprint is now rolling out a new firmware update for Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 devices in the US. It brings the latest security patch along with some system improvements. Read more here
6. Galaxy F41 getting One UI 2.5 update
Samsung released the One UI 2.5 update along with the Galaxy Note 20 series. Since then this update is received by many flagship devices, including mid-range and some budget phones. Now the company is rolling out these new changes to its one more budget device, the Galaxy F41 smartphone. Read more here
7. Galaxy A12 gets Bluetooth certification
Samsung’s upcoming mid-range device Galaxy A12 having model number SM-A125F_DSN passed the Bluetooth certification but there’s no information about the specifications of this device. While it hints that this device will soon hit the smartphone market in the coming days/weeks. Read more here
8. Selling of carrier-locked devices could be banned in the U.S.
According to Wired, a complicated combination of corporate interests and pre-smartphone era legislation has resulted in more than two decades of back and forth about the legality of phone locking in the US. It’s looking like that battle could ramp up again next year. Read more here
9 Galaxy S20 FE audio issue
Galaxy S20 FE has reported an issue with the audio system of the phone. In contrast to the problem, a user states that while playing any media with Instagram, Spotify, Netflix, or any other source, the audio of the device has suddenly decreased and it is barely audible. Read more here
10. Wi-Fi 6 CERTIFIED Wi-Fi Alliance
The WiFi 6 offers a more, contagious spectrum, wider channels, less interference, Gigabit speeds, Extremely low latency, and high capacity. The WiFi certified 6 brings enhanced performance to emerging applications such as virtual and augmented reality used in e-Learning, telepresence, and healthcare. Read more here
US price of Samsung’s Galaxy S23 FE revealed
According to MySmartPrice report, Samsung’s Galaxy S23 FE could come with a price tag of $599 in the US. This would make it $100 more cheaper than the S21 FE, as part of promoting it as the best budget flagship of this year.
This year’s FE smartphone doensn’t pack the same chipset as the flagship models. Rumors say that the S23 FE will be equipped with Exynos 2200 and Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipsets, availability country-wise.
Google’s upcoming Pixel 8 handset reportedly starts at $699. Hence, the Galaxy S23 FE’s lower starting price could help Samsung capture those consumers who don’t care too much about camera performance.
Samsung’s Galaxy Z Flip 5 and Z Fold 5 Shipments To Hit Historic 10 Million Unit Milestone
Shipments of Samsung’s Galaxy Z Flip 5 and Z Fold 5 are approximately 10% higher than last year’s models. If 7 million new products and 3 million units of legacy models are shipped this year, the number will reach 10 million units for the first time in history.
According to the info, shipments of the Galaxy Z Flip 5 and Fold 5 were found to be 8-10% higher than the shipments of their predecessors. In terms of shipment volume by model, Z Flip 5 accounts for 60-65%, and Z Fold 5 accounts for 30-35%.
Component partners of Samsung say that the number of parts ordered for the two recent models did not change significantly or decrease slightly compared to expectations.
Earlier, it was expected that the Korean tech giant would order 12 to 13 million units of parts for the Galaxy Z Flip 5 and Fold 5 by the end of this year. However, recent reports revealed that there may be a decrease of about 1 million units.
Samsung Powers Up: Delivering a Whopping 70 Million OLED Display for iPhone 15 Series!
By the end of 2023, Samsung Display is likely to supply nearly 70 million units of OLED for the iPhone 15 series to Apple. The company’s OLED volume by model is estimated to be in the low 20 million units for the iPhone 15 and 15 Plus, 9 to 10 million for Pro, and ~ 30 million for Pro Max.
Among the four iPhone 15 models, the 15 Pro Max OLED estimate, which Apple plans to produce the most, is four times higher for Samsung than for LG Display. Industry watchers say that Samsung Display’s iPhone 15 Pro Max OLED volume is in the mid-20 million units, three times that of LG Display.
The prevailing view is that LG Display will have 15% more OLED volume than Samsung Display (9 million to early 10 million units). Those who see it differently predict that Samsung Display will secure around 20 million units of 15% OLED, which will be more than LG Display.