Starting this year, Samsung introduced its new Galaxy S flagship – Galaxy S21 series, consisting of three premium phones. And just after its launch, consumers had started speculating about the next-generation of Galaxy Note lineup (tentative name Galaxy Note 21).
However, it was said that the South Korean tech giant is planning to discontinue the Galaxy Note series by bringing the S Pen support to the Galaxy S series, and the rumors become true as the Galaxy S21 Ultra comes with the S Pen support.
According to Korean media, the company confirmed that it will not kill its Galaxy Note smartphone series. On the other hand, the Samsung IT & Mobile Communications business head also stated that new Note handsets will not be released this year.
“The Galaxy Note series will remain intact but hinted that new phablet models may come out next year after skipping this year.” – Said Koh Dong-jin (AKA Dj Koh),
As reported, the company official also said that it is difficult to release two flagship models with S Pen support “within a year”. It is worth mentioning that the top variant of the Galaxy S21 series supports the stylus pen input while the device lacks a dedicated S Pen slot like the Galaxy Note phones.
Dj Koh further stated that the Galaxy Note series will again enter the smartphone market next year but the launch timing may be changed, compared to the previous Note units.
Aside from this, it is also speculated that Samsung’s upcoming foldable smartphone – Galaxy Z Fold 3 may also feature stylus pen support while currently, we haven’t any authenticate information on this matter.
Besides, a report suggests that the global chip shortage is also the cause of the delay and it will also affect the production of Samsung’s low- and mid-range mobile phones.
It is worth noting that the shipments of foldable phones are still negligible when it comes to overall smartphone sales. And we’ve also seen that Samsung’s Chinese rivals are aggressively taking over the company’s market in some regions including Asia, Africa, etc.
Meanwhile, increasing the production scale of foldable mobile phones is still a challenge, and the company is currently working to expand production capacity. Therefore, the decision to not discontinue the iconic Galaxy Note series looks significant.
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Samsung Galaxy A34, A14, M14 and F14 screen protectors surfaced online
Samsung is planning to launch the next generation smartphones of Galaxy A, M, and F series – Galaxy A34, Galaxy A14, Galaxy M14, and Galaxy F14. We have already seen renders, leaks, and rumors ahead of their launch. Now, screen protectors of Samsung Galaxy A34, A14, M14, and F14 have appeared online.
A tipster @_snoopytech_ has shared the images of the Paner Glass screen protectors of Samsung Galaxy A34 5G, Galaxy A14/A14 5G, and Galaxy M14/F14 smartphones.
The selfie camera location, display type, and bezels are clearly visible in the images of the screen protectors of these upcoming smartphones.
Furthermore, the screen protector by Paner Glass is shock-resistant and scratch-resistant. In addition, it’s easy to install and provides drop protection due to platinum strength.
The screen protectors of the devices have started surfacing, so it seems that the company will launch these smartphones soon. However, the company has not yet released any official information.
iPhone 15 Pro could feature 2500 nits display, courtesy of Samsung
Apple’s iPhone 14 Pro uses the world’s brightness display, which peaks at 2000 nits outdoors. Meanwhile, a rumor indicates that Samsung is crafting an even brighter display panel for the iPhone 15 Pro lineup, which could peak up to 2500 nits.
The recently leaked information from two sources hints that Samsung is making a next-gen display panel, which could reach 2500 nits. On February 1st, the Galaxy S23 Ultra has launched by Samsung which uses a 1750 nits display panel, similar to vanilla and Plus.
Meanwhile, the tipster also stated that “And still I dunno it’s M13,” which would be two generations after the M11, which is used in the Galaxy S23 series. Besides, in the quoted Tweet, the source claimed that it “Potentially will be on iPhone 15 Pro Max.”
I said 15 Pro Max because if the separate Ultra iPhone is in 2024,the biggest 2023 Pro iPhone should still have the Pro Max naming.
— ShrimpApplePro 🍤 Vtuber (@VNchocoTaco) February 7, 2023
It’s worth mentioning that the Apple iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max feature a typical maximum brightness of 1000 nits, which increases up to 1600 nits of peak brightness for HDR content, and 2000 nits of peak brightness for outdoor usage.
It is bad to see that the Galaxy flagship line is lagging behind from iPhone even after having its own display manufacturing unit. Everyone expected that the Galaxy S23 Ultra will have an, even more, brighter display than the iPhone 14 Pro, but, it didn’t happen.
[Updated] Samsung Galaxy S22 battery drain, heating and low power efficiency issues
In February 2022, Samsung introduced the Galaxy S22 series smartphones. These premium Galaxy devices feature Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 (widely) or Exynos 2200 (Europe) chipsets. In software department, the lineup is running Android 13 (One UI 5.0), up from pre-installed Android 12 (One UI 4.1).
On February 1st, the company is going to unveil the Galaxy S23 series, which runs Android 13-based One UI 5.1 out of the box. In near future, the company will share the S23 lineup’s exclusive One UI 5.1 with its older flagship devices through software updates.
Features apart, the Galaxy S22, S22 Plus and S22 Ultra users are facing different kinds of issues (via PiunikaWeb) with their smartphones such as battery drain, heating and low power efficiency. Users believe that the situation was better before December 2022 patch, which got worse with January 2023 patch.
Among consumers, there are discussions that the battery drain and heating issues are generated on models due to chipset maker differences as well as Samsung Foundry. The Exynos 2200 and Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processors are manufactured by Samsung foundry.
Due to inefficient processes, the system on chip gets affected by battery consumption issues due to thermal management. Since consumers in some countries such as India are quite satisfied with their Galaxy S22 phone’s battery, the issue is mainly reported spotted on Exynos models.
During Exynos 2200’s internal testing, Samsung faced critical thermal throttling due to chipset’s inefficiency and additionally powerful GPU, which forced it to reduce clock speed by 0.61Ghz. To bring the world’s most powerful GPU, Samsung partnered with AMD and used Xclipse GPU in the Exynos 2200.
Due to Exynos’ heating and Foundry’s production efficiency issues, Samsung turned to Qualcomm and decided to ditch its self-developed SoC from the Galaxy S lineup. This year, the Galaxy S23 series uses Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset manufactured by TSMC, worldwide.
We hope Samsung will soon fix battery draining and heating issues on the Galaxy S22 devices through firmware update. Since hardware issues can’t be fixed with even hundreds of firmware updates, they could be reduced or optimized with code changes.
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Concerns like abnormal battery drain and low power efficiency continue to emerge (1, 2, 3, 4) on the Galaxy S22 series devices. The company has recently pushed the February patch for select Galaxy models, and we hope, it could fix the battery and heating problems.
I have had the Galaxy S22 (Exynos) for almost a year now and my experience has not been completely satisfactory The battery gives me between 2-3 hours of SOT, and the device’s performance has been quite poor. There are frequent lags, the phone gets very hot, and if l’m playing a game (not a heavy game, for example Brawl Stars) while listening to music with the Galaxy Buds Pro, the music cuts out and the experience ends up being very bad. Does anyone else have this problem? Do you think that if a go to the technical service they can give me a solution?
Two more Galaxy S22 smartphone users reported having battery drain and overheating issues. According to the first affected user, their S22 heats up in general usage (such as WhatsApp, Twitter), however, the device is already delivering bad battery efficiency.
Second user said that they have fully charged the smartphone and the battery drained by 13% without any usage in the meantime. The user speculates that the Always on Display feature is eating battery heavily, however, there seems a software issue.
A Galaxy S22 smartphone user said on Reddit that Samsung’s authorized service center can just factory reset the device and recommends waiting for a few days since the battery health is good. It looks like processor issues and buggy software is causing the battery drain and overheating issues.
Samsung released the 2nd January 2023 firmware update Galaxy S22 series in certain regions but the battery drain and overheating issues continue to emerge. Meanwhile, there are different kinds of workarounds, which has the latest entry of turning off “Adaptive Battery” feature.
- Open System Settings >> Battery >> Adaptive preferences >> Turn on “Adaptive Battery”
A Reddit user @lazykryptonian said that the Galaxy S22’s overheating issue is caused because of the chipset’s design and Samsung foundry problems. Further, they added that “Some are much better than others but there’s no control over getting a decent one vs bad.”
A Galaxy S22 Ultra user claimed that after restricting background activities of unused apps, the battery consumption is greatly reduced. As per the user, the battery consumption before restricting activities was 10% per hour, which is now 2% per hour. You can also try it as a temporary fix.
Samsung provides you with tips that will show you how to get the best out of your battery in everyday usage and how to look after your battery. The tips are as follows:
- > Reduce display brightness level
- > Close, disable, or uninstall unused Apps
- > Turn off Always On Display (AOD) or set a schedule
- > Toggle off WiFi, Bluetooth and GPS when not in use
- > Turn on Power saving mode
- > Check your device Signal bars
Some users reported having overheating issues during video calls, as well as on WhatsApp video calls. And amid battery drain controversy, a Galaxy S22 Ultra user said that his phone’s brightness was fading day by day, which could be because of abnormal battery drain.
Issues like abnormal battery drain and overheating continue to emerge on the Galaxy S22 series devices, with Exynos models being most affected. Consumers complained that the January patch destroyed battery performance and generated heating issues, even in normal usage.