Samsung announced that it is going to launch a new 5G smartphone in South Korea. As per the info, the company will unveil the Galaxy A42 5G on March 12 with a price tag of 400,000 won. However, this device was already launched outside Korea back in September 2020.
The Galaxy A42 5G sports a 6.6″ Infinity-U display to deliver users a more immersive gaming and video streaming experience. On the back, it has a quad-camera setup consisting of a 48-megapixel main camera, an 8-megapixel ultra-wide camera, a 5-megapixel depth lens, and a 5-megapixel macro sensor. For selfies, it features a 20-megapixel camera on the front.
Under the hood, it equips Snapdragon 750G/MediaTek Helio P65 octa-core processor as it already unveiled in some markets. However, the Korean tech giant has not yet confirmed the chipset of the Korean variant. Moreover, the storage options of the Galaxy A42 still unconfirmed, we’ve to wait for its official launch.
Apart from this, Samsung confirmed the Galaxy A42 5G equipped with a 5,000mAh large-capacity battery and can be recharged with a 15W fast charger. It will be available in three unique color options including Prism Dot Black, Prism Dot White, and Prism Dot Gray.
Ahead of its launch, the company will pre-sale the Galaxy A42 5G on the official Samsung website from 8th to 11th March, in some open markets such as Coupang, Gmarket, and 11th Street, and online malls of mobile carriers. Furthermore, consumers can also grab up to 20% discount through some open markets.
Samsung will provide a 50% discount coupon for wireless earphones Galaxy Buzz Live to customers who purchase the Galaxy A42 5G until March 31st. Besides, a two-month free trial of premium video streaming membership YouTube Premium and a two-month free subscription to the reading platform Milli’s Study e-book to all customers who purchase Galaxy A42 5G.
“We are continuing our efforts to expand the choice of 5G smartphones by releasing the base model of the ‘Galaxy S21’ series for the first time as a 5G flagship smartphone this year for less than KRW 1 million.” Is a product designed for real-life consumers who want premium performance in a sensuous design,” said Samsung spokesperson.
Samsung and other Korean giants stumble as global economy slows
Due to sluggish chip and energy sectors amid a global economic slowdown, South Korea’s major companies performed far worse than their US counterparts in the first half of 2023.
According to FKI report, South Korea’s top 100 nonfinancial firms listed on the main local bourse saw their combined sales edge up 0.3 percent on-year to $746.3 billion in the January-June period.
Samsung saw its sales, operating profit, and net profit dip 21.5%, 95.4% and 86.9% on-year, respectively. Comparable figures of its US counterpart, Apple, dropped 4.2%, 10% and 9.2%.
The FKI stressed the need for South Korean big businesses to establish stable profit sources as they remain more vulnerable to external shocks than big U.S. companies.
The combined operating profit of the Korean companies tumbled 63.4 percent on-year to $24.8 billion won in the six-month period, while that of the U.S. corporations shrank 3.9 percent to $638.5 billion.
Biased camera ranking puts iPhone 15 Pro Max 2nd and Galaxy S23 Ultra 15th: DXOMARK vs Practical Triumph
Camera evaluation firm DXOMARK has recently published its Apple iPhone 15 Pro Max review. In the global ranking, Apple’s hottest (LOL!) iPhone is listed second, after Huawei’s P60 Pro, while the real winner – Samsung’s Galaxy S23 Ultra is 15th.
The new iPhone 15 Pro Max comes with a 40-megapixel primary, a 12-megapixel ultrawide, and a 12-megapixel telephoto camera. Besides, the A17 Pro chipset gives a further boost to the device, enhancing the camera capabilities and photography skills.
DXOMARK blessed the iPhone 15 Pro Max with 154 points and praised vivid brightness and contrast, accurate exposure, pleasant and natural color rendering, and skin tones, excellent detail in bright light, fast and accurate autofocus, and effective video stabilization.
iPhone 15 Pro Max Camera Specs
- 48MP sensor, 2.44µm quad pixels, 24mm equivalent f/1.78-aperture lens, Dual Pixel AF, OIS
- 12MP sensor, 13mm equivalent f/2.2-aperture lens, Dual Pixel AF
- 12MP sensor, 1.12µm pixels, 120 mm equivalent f/2.8-aperture lens, Dual Pixel AF
At the same time, reviewers listed some cons of the latest Apple phone such as noise in low-light photos, unwanted artifacts, including flare, ghosting, and aliasing, slightly limited dynamic range in photos, and inconsistent detail across all zoom ranges.
Galaxy S23 Ultra secured 140 points, and no one cared about DXOMARK numbers. The device is equipped with 200-megapixel primary, 12-megapixel ultrawide and a dual 10-megapixel telephoto sensor setup. In practical, S23 Ultra is miles ahead of the iPhone in overall capabilities and use of technologies.
Galaxy S23 Ultra Camera Specs
- 200MP 1/1.3″ sensor, 0.6 μm pixels, f/1.7-aperture lens, PDAF, AF, OIS
- 12MP 1/2.55″ sensor, 1.4 μm pixels, f/2.2-aperture lens, PDAF, AF, OIS
- 10MP 1/3.52″ sensor, 1.12 μm pixels, f/2.4-aperture lens, PDAF, OIS, 3x optical zoom
- 10MP 1/3.52″ sensor, 1.12 μm pixels, f/4.9-aperture lens, PDAF, OIS, 10x optical zoom
Samsung’s Attempt to Ease Galaxy Browser Defaults Thwarted by Google
Samsung has reportedly tried to make changes in the Galaxy smartphones’ internet browsers design, as part of making it easier to pick the preferred Seach Engine (browser) as default. The company ultimately backed down as Google reminded it about the breach of the agreement.
According to WallStreetJournal, Samsung had attempted to tweak the way of altering the default Galaxy Browser (search engine) for consumer convenience. Meanwhile, Google had opposed the move and emphasized to Samsung that such a move would be a breach of the agreement.
In the past, it was rumored that the South Korean tech giant was considering Microsoft’s ChatGPT-powered Bing as the default search engine on Galaxy devices. However, Google assured it to enhance the search engine as well as bring AI capabilities for competition.
Samsung x Microsoft
ChatGPT to power Samsung AI Chatbot: Samsung’s Strategic Leap into AI Development with Microsoft
According to a recent report from Korean media outlet, Samsung is developing a “Samsung AI Chatbot” that will assist with tasks such as translation and document summarization using the Large Language Model (LLM) developed by OpenAI.
Edaily disclosed that the company is using Microsoft’s “Azure OpenAI Service” to create an AI chatbot for work assistance to be used within the company. If Samsung tries to develop its own generative AI using OpenAI’s LLM, it must use MS Azure Cloud.
- Samsung Electronics is known to have linked OpenAI’s LLM to this service and is undergoing a technology verification (PoC) process.