Unlike rivals, Samsung brings upgrades to its new flagship smartphones generation by generation. The recently launched Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Flip 4 can’t be defined as “revolutionary,” while they are just minor upgraded versions of their predecessors.
While the South Korean tech giant is bringing minor upgrades (at least) with each generation of phones, the charging speed is an exception here. The Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Galaxy Z Flip 4 feature the same 25W charging support, exactly the same as the last year’s Fold 3 and Flip 3.
Samsung calls 15W and 25W charging speeds – “Fast charging,” which doesn’t make sense if we have a look at the recently launched smartphones by non-Samsung OEMs. Well, Samsung claims that its 25W charging adapter has the ability to 50% charge Galaxy phones in 30 minutes.
At the same time, there are some smartphones that are claimed to have the ability to charge 100% in less than 30 minutes, which is beyond Samsung’s limits. Phones from Oppo, Vivo, and Xiaomi are not available in North America, but the trio of OEMs is offering massive fast-charging tech.
Well, the OnePlus 10 Pro is available in the United States with 65W fast charging support, the OnePlus 10T is beyond that with 125W charging speeds stateside. It’s worth mentioning that the same model is offering up to 150W fast charging in markets outside the US.
65W fast charger fully charges the OnePlus 10 pro in under 40 minutes, while the 125W adapter takes half of this time for the 10T. So how Samsung can assume its “25W charging tech” a “fast charging” while there are a lot of phones offering massive support up to 125W?
Samsung’s latest Galaxy Z Fold 4 starts at $1,799 in the United States, it sounds like a failure in charging speeds due to its tiny 25W support even after having top-grade and latest hardware installations. OnePlus focuses on the Indian and Chinese markets, but what will be in the future when Chinese makers start gaining popularity in the US?
Similar to Apple, we don’t, Samsung and Google will bring faster-charging speeds on paper like the Chinese vendors. Meanwhile, it’s worth mentioning that the Galaxy Note 10+ and Galaxy S22 Ultra offer up to 45W fast charging support, which sounds a bit satisfactory.
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Some Samsung phones are not getting timely Google Play System Update
Earlier, it was noticed that Samsung’s top-line Galaxy smartphones were stuck on older Google Play System Update versions. Google sent out new updates to those Galaxy devices following several reports by users and media publications.
Well, the situation is the same on certain Galaxy models, mostly in Europe. GalaxyClub reports that their Galaxy S23, Z Fold 5, Galaxy A33, and other devices are lagging behind in Play System Update. In particular, various handsets are stuck on July 2023 Play System version, which is over five months old now.
The Galaxy S20 series makes it even more colorful, which currently does not progress beyond the May 1 update. Sometimes a manual check is followed by the message “Your device is up to date” or “Updates are temporarily unavailable.”
On the other hand, the Galaxy A52 got November 2023’s Play System update, while the Galaxy A53 September’s. You can check when your Galaxy received the last Google Play System Update via Settings -> Security & privacy -> Updates -> Google Play System Update.
Samsung Galaxy S23 FE launches in South Korea
Samsung officially launched the Galaxy S23 FE in South Korea. Releasing tomorrow, this smartphone combines premium performance, an unrivaled camera, and a stylish design. The price starts at 847,000 won, it will be available in four colors including Mint, Graphite, Purple, and Cream.
In addition, Samsung.com and the Gangnam Experience Store will sell two exclusive color options – Indigo and Tangerine. The company also started “Galaxy perFEct Program for customers of the Galaxy S23 FE.
Customers who purchase the Galaxy S23 FE through this program can receive compensation for 50% of the factory price if they return the used product after 24 months.
Samsung will give away either the Galaxy Smart Tag 2 or a 25W PD charger (power-saving type) to customers who activate the Galaxy S23 FE by December 22. Customers who purchase can select the gift they want through the Samsung.com app.
Galaxy S23 FE has an iconic design that succeeds the S23 series. A floating camera and a small-sized camera hole were used, and durability was enhanced with an aluminum frame. With an IP68 waterproof and dustproof rating, you can use it with confidence without worrying about dust or moisture.
Battery of Dream: Samsung’s solid-state battery won’t come to phones until 2027
Samsung is developing solid-state battery technology to replace the current electrolyte battery. Meanwhile, Samsung Galaxy devices are unlikely to get a solid-state battery (AKA battery of dream) unit 2027.
According to a new report, Samsung SDI formed a new team to promote commercialization of solid-state battery (ASB). The team will be led by Go Joo-young, head of the marketing team of the large-scale battery business unit.
Through the new organization, the South Korean tech giant plans to accelerate project speed with customers and expedite the commercialization of ASB. Samsung SDI aims to commercialize ASB by 2027.
Samsung SDI is focusing on the development of all-solid-state batteries with an energy density of over 900 Wh/L by adopting sulfide-based technology, which can achieve the fastest lithium-ion flow (ion conductivity) per unit volume.
The ASB is a next-generation battery, which transfers ions between the positive and negative electrodes, from liquid to solid, improving safety and performance. It has advantages such as higher energy density than conventional lithium-ion batteries and lower risk of fire or explosion.