Recently, a new report from South Korea revealed that Apple is considering establishing a new partnership with LG in order to allow LG to sell iPhones, iPads, and Apple Watch in its 400 LG Best Shops in South Korea starting August 1st.
According to the new information (via HeraldCorp), Samsung opposed the newborn partnership of LG and Apple and claimed that the move would violate the agreement signed in 2018, which promises only LG phones can be sold in LG stores as part of the protection of small and medium-sized stores.
Following Samsung’s comment, LG reportedly said that a clause in the agreement stated that if major changes occur, it can be renegotiated. However, LG left the smartphone market that can be considered as a big change. The association that initiated the agreement is also questioning LG’s move, but an official agreed, believing that it should be renegotiated in light of the situation.
According to reports, Samsung may be concerned that LG’s sale of iPhones in more than 400 stores in South Korea will threaten its market share of 5G smartphones as Apple is the world’s largest supplier of 5G mobile phones, while Samsung ranks fourth.
It’s worth mentioning that Apple and LG’s original plan was to sell iPhones, iPad, and Apple Watch, but the plan has been allegedly modified to only sell iPhones. Moreover, Samsung is trying to indirectly put pressure on LG by requiring the three major South Korean carriers to ask LG to sell Galaxy phones in Best Shop stores.
Samsung Galaxy S23 series color options, case details leak [U]
Initially published on Nov. 29, update added at the bottom…
With each passing day, we are coming closer to the official launch of the next-gen Galaxy S series flagships. Samsung is expected to unveil the Galaxy S23 lineup of smartphones early next year, while, a reliable source now revealed color options, and details of cases along with a power bank.
According to @rquandt, Samsung will introduce plenty of official accessories for the upcoming Galaxy S23, Galaxy s23 Plus and Galaxy S23 Ultra devices. These accessories also suggest colors of the forthcoming smartphones that include, but are not limited to:
- Leather Cover: Camel, Black, Green
- Silicone Cover with Strap: Black, White
- Silicone Cover: Khaki, Navy, Orange, Cotton, Violet
- Frame Cover: Black, White
- Clear View Cover: Black, Violet, Khaki, Creme
- Transparent Cover Ultrafine
In addition to the color options and case of Samsung Galaxy S23 and Galaxy S23 Plus, the same source revealed the color shades of the S Pen. As per the info, the Galaxy S23 Ultra may include color options; Black, Green, Rose (Light Pink), and Beige.
Aside from this, the company also has a new power bank in the works that has a Beige color shade, which could match the Galaxy S23 Ultra. Last but not least, the tipster said that these details are incomplete, which means, there’s more to come at the official Unpacked next year!
New Samsung EB-P3400 37Wh/1000mAh power bank w/ "Super fast charging" (25W max output)
Color is "Beige", likely giving us an impression of what the "Beige" color on the S23 Ultra is going to look like. pic.twitter.com/Z9BE4JAOsk
— firstname.lastname@example.org (@rquandt) November 29, 2022
Tipster @rquandt now claimed that Samsung is bringing back the 3/x Standing Covers with the Galaxy S23 series, moreover, the 4/x Aramid Covers (Kevlar) are also coming.
Going official next February
Recently, reliable Korean media outlet revealed that Samsung is going to introduce the Galaxy S23 series devices in February next year. The exact date and Galaxy Unpacked event place is not revealed by Samsung executive, while past reports claim launch in the first week of February in San Francisco.
Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra FCC listing shows just 25W fast charging
A couple of days ago, Samsung Galaxy S23 and Galaxy S23+ models have appeared on the FCC database and now their high-end model Galaxy S23 Ultra has got approval from FCC. This listing reveals some of the key functions of the Galaxy S23 Ultra smartphone.
As per the new information from the FCC website, the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra smartphone will feature 25W fast charging (EP-TA800). However, that’s not the truth. The Galaxy S23 Ultra will use 45W fast charging similar to its predecessor Galaxy S22 Ultra.
Samsung generally tests its phones with the same 25W charger, even after the devices support faster-charging standards. The same is the case with Galaxy S23 Ultra. The company has tested the upcoming high-end model with just a 25W charger while it supports 45W fast charging.
Furthermore, the S23 Ultra’s battery with model number EB-BS918ABY is also listed on the FCC certification site. Earlier it was revealed that EB-BS918ABY is a 5000mAh battery, which means this phone will sport a bigger battery compared to its predecessor.
Aside from this, the Galaxy S23 Ultra FCC listing also reveals Wi-Fi 6E (802.11ax), which also seems wrong because the phone is confirmed to feature Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 processor supporting Wi-Fi 7 (802.11be). We might get a clear information on the matter through Wi-Fi Alliance certification in the coming time.
One of the major upgrades that the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra will get is the Camera. The device will come with a 200MP primary camera and this camera is significantly enhanced over any Android device. It will offer more natural details and less noise to the pictures whereas, the Night Mode is also improved a lot. Read more
Samsung Galaxy M54 benchmarks with Exynos 1380, Android 13
Alongside the flagship Galaxy S23 series, a bunch of mid-range and budget Samsung smartphones is also coming to the markets very soon. Recently, the upcoming Samsung Galaxy M54 5G smartphone has appeared on the Geekbench database, which reveals some important details including Exynos 1380 processor.
Earlier, the Galaxy M54 was reported to come with a flagship-grade Snapdragon 888 mobile platform. Unfortunately, that’s not the truth. Yesterday, the forthcoming Samsung mid-range smartphone has shown up on Geekbench, which reveals that Galaxy M54 will come equipped with Exynos 1380 SoC.
Samsung’s Exynos 1380 processor has recently visited the Indian authority’s certification, which suggets that the processor will come with Bluetooth 5.3 support via a separate RF chip called Samsung Bluetooth Controller v6.
It is expected that the upcoming chipset will feature at least two ARM Cortex-A series high-performance CPU cores and the Mali-series GPU for faster performance compared to the predecessor Exynos 1280.
Other than the processor, the Galaxy M53 Geekbench listing further confirms the device’s 8GB RAM. However, the phone will surely get other RAM variants. On the software side, the benchmark reveals Android 13 OS. It means that the M54 should drive One UI 5.0 software out of the box.
As far as the performance is concerned, the Galaxy M54 5G scored 750 points in the single-core tests and 2,696 points in the multi-core benchmarks.
Besides these, previous information reveals that the phone could equip a 6.67-inch Super AMOLED display (China-made display) that has Full HD+ resolution and a 90Hz refresh rate. It could feature a massive 6,000mAh for all-day work and supports 25W fast charging.
On the side of camera, the upcoming smartphone could bring a 32MP camera on the front side. Whereas, the rear side could have a 64MP primary camera, a 12MP ultrawide camera, and a 5MP macro camera.