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Recently, DigiTimes reported that with the iPhone 13 series, which will launch later this year, Apple will surpass Samsung in terms of purchasing AMOLED displays for smartphones as the next iPhones will reportedly come with flexible AMOLED screens.

With its iPhone 12 series, Apple has adopted flexible AMOLED screens and expected to do the same with the 2021’s iPhone models. The report further suggests that market research firm Omdia estimated that Apple will buy 169 million display panels for the iPhone 13 series this year compared to the 114.5 million panels of last year.

Persons familiar with this matter quoted Omdia’s estimated data and pointed out that the Cupertino-based tech giant expected to increase AMOLED panels for iPhone from 114.5 million in 2020 to 169 million in 2021, while Samsung’s purchases are estimated to rise slightly from 152.3 million to 169 million.

Apart from this, industry insiders believe the Samsung Display will remain the largest AMOLED panel supplier for Apple iPhones in 2021, with an estimated 110 million units. At the same time, Samsung’s rival LG could supply 50 million AMOLEDs and China’s BOE could provide 9 million units.

As per the previous reports, iPhone 13 series may not only use AMOLED screens but the high-end models such as iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max are expected to feature LTPO backplane technology. LTPO reduces the power consumption of the display and will increase the refresh rate of future iPhones.

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Samsung’s new 5G modem fuels satellite connectivity in Google Pixel 9 series

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Google‘s Pixel 9 series is ready to introduce a significant upgrade with emergency satellite connectivity and new Samsung modem. This series aims to solve the persistent connectivity problems seen in previous Pixel models.

According to the information via AndroidAuthority, Samsung Modem 5400 will be integrated with Tensor G4 chips for the Pixel 9 series to bring significant improvements in terms of speed, power efficiency, and stability

The Pixel 9’s modem will support 5G non-terrestrial networks (NTN), which means it will enable satellite-based communication. This is particularly important for emergencies where standard network coverage is unavailable.

Moreover, this innovative feature is not exclusive to the Pixel 9. The next-generation Pixel Fold and a 5G tablet, currently under development, will also be equipped with the same modem.

One of the most notable features of this upgrade is the ability to connect with emergency services via satellite, which is crucial for users in areas without cellular coverage. To facilitate this, Google has implemented a system that guides users through a set of questions, allowing for quick communication with emergency responders. For example,

  • What happened?
  • [Are you/Are they/Is everyone] breathing?
  • In total, how many people are [missing/trapped]?
  • What best describes your situation?
  • What is on fire?
  • Are there weapons involved?

Although the release details for the 5G tablet are still unclear, the Pixel 9 series is expected to lead the way in mobile communication technology, ensuring users can remain connected in any location.

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Samsung’s Variable Aperture Camera makes surprise return with Leica Leitz Phone 3

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Samsung’s Galaxy S9 and S10 were equipped with variable aperture Camera tech, which could be revived with the next Leica phone. World-know camera manufacturer Leica also has a dedicated smartphone segment, which focuses on stunning camera specifications.

Latest inputs indicate that the upcoming Leitz Phone 3 by Leica will feature a variable aperture camera tech – the same as Samsung’s legendary Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S10. The company is reportedly working on the Leitz Phone 3 which will be launched in Japan only.

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Leica Leitz Phone 3 is said to have a 47.2MP primary 1-inch sensor with an aperture of f/1.9, a depth sensor with 1.9MP, plus a 12.6MP sensor for the front camera. The specs are the same as Phone 2, but the variable aperture feature sets the Leitz Phone 3 apart.

The company itself confirmed that the Leitz Phone 3 is equipped with variable aperture camera tech. This high-profile camera feature will allow users to adjust the opening to the sensor to improve photography in different lighting conditions.

Leica is also said to have optimized software with Noctilux-M 1:1.2/50 mm, Summilux-M 1:1.4/28 mm, and Summilux-M 1:1.4/35 mm sensors. As a result, the smartphone will allow users to choose between f/1.2, f/1.4, and f/8 aperture levels to better shoot in sunlight and low-light conditions.

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Xiaomi Mix Fold 4 targets Samsung Fold’s Achilles heel w/ dual zoom camera

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Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 6 and Z Flip 6 might not get any camera upgrades. Meanwhile, the Xiaomi MIX FOLD 4 is expected to be equipped with dual zoom camera sensors, which will leave the next Samsung Fold in the dust.

AndroidHeadlines spotted in HyperOS code that the upcoming Xiaomi MIX FOLD 4 features two telephoto cameras: a 60MP 2x camera (OV60A40) and a 10MP 5x periscope lens (S5K3K1).

Dual telephoto isn’t happening for the first time in foldable phones as vivo X Fold and X Fold Plus already offer the feature. However, dual zoom cameras are still difficult to see in regular phones and rare in foldables.

While Xiaomi is uplifting the foldable zoom camera game with MIX FOLD 4, Samsung might continue to bring a 10-megapixel 3x telephoto camera to its next-generation Galaxy Z Fold smartphones.

Apart from this, Xiaomi’s next Fold boasts a 50MP main camera (OVX8000), a 13MP ultrawide rear lens (OV13B10), and a 16MP selfie camera on each panel. The rated battery capacity and charging speed of 100W is also rumored.

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