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Samsung Galaxy S21, Z Flip 3 and Fold 3 won’t support AT&T’s fastest 5G

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AT&T is regularly working to release new 5G midband network and its support will be available for selected high-end flagship devices. At the moment, new information suggests that AT&T’s fastest 5G network will support some Samsung and Apple devices.

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As per the information, the 3.45GHz midband 5G network will be compatible with a limited number of flagship devices, which have been launched in the year 2022, meaning new devices only.

A new list has appeared online, where you can check out high-end flagship phones (Samsung and Apple) and hotspots that will be eligible for AT&T 5G networks.

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  • Samsung Galaxy S22
  • Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus
  • Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra
  • Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4
  • Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4
  • Apple iPhone 14
  • Apple iPhone 14 Plus
  • Apple iPhone 14 Pro
  • Apple iPhone 14 Pro Max

Hotspots

  • Netgear Nighthawk M6
  • Netgear Nighthawk M6 Pro

Only the above-mentioned devices will be compatible. Samsung Galaxy S21 series, Galaxy Z Flip 3, and Galaxy Z Fold 3 smartphones are also not on the carrier’s compatibility list.

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In August 2022, AT&T reportedly announced to upgrade of its recent 5G devices list by including iPhone 12, Samsung Galaxy S21, Google Pixel 6, and iPhone 13  series smartphones to support the 3.45GHz midband spectrum.

But the Assistant VP of corporate communications of AT&, Jim Green said that an inaccurate list of 3.45GHz compatible devices was provided by mistake and then incorrectly confirmed during the fact checking.

Flagship AT&T devices that are not in the above-mentioned list will still be able to connect to the company’s 5G networks, including its C-band 5G that operates in a similar frequency. But the carrier is planning to use both 3.45GHz and C-band to create a stronger mid band network nationwide to provide an amazing experience.

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Concept shows Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra in sizzling ‘Graygreen’ inspired by Fold 4

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Samsung imagined a new color combination of Gray + Green and introduced it with the Galaxy Z Fold 4 foldable smartphone last month. It’s expected that Samsung might expand the ‘Graygreen’ color to more of its upcoming flagships such as the Galaxy S23 Ultra, which is shown in this concept by HoiINDI.

The Galaxy S23 Ultra just passed China’s mandatory certification with Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 processor and downgraded 25W fast charging support. The color variants for this upcoming flagship remain a mystery so far, but, we can have an idea of what the Galaxy S23 Ultra would look like in the Graygreen colorway.

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Check out the Galaxy S23 Ultra Graygreen variant in concept video:

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Galaxy S23 Ultra Graygreen

The concept creator managed to paint the Galaxy S23 Ultra smartphone in Graygreen colorway, which first debuted with the Galaxy Z Fold 4 foldable. Neither fairly Gray nor Green, Samsung’s combined color shade is sizzling and beautiful on the Fold 4, which could arrive with the S23 Ultra as well.

As per the rumors, the Galaxy S23 Ultra’s middle frame would be slightly thicker, making the display have reduced curve edges. This move could help Samsung radically increase the peak brightness of the panel as the iPhone 14 Pro is already here with a striking peak brightness panel of 2000 nits.

On the rear side, the Galaxy S23 Ultra carries its predecessor-like camera arrangement, continuing to exclude a dedicated module or island. The biggest change here is the primary camera sensor, which now has a 200MP resolution and could be named ISOCELL HP2.

Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra Graygreen

The left side remains vacant, while the volume adjustment buttons are placed on the right side alongside the power button. The bottom of the handset contains a primary microphone, USB C Type port for charging, and a speaker grille, while, there is another mic on the top of the phone.

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Samsung could launch the Galaxy S23 series flagships sometime in February 2023 with Galaxy S23, Galaxy S23 Plus, and Galaxy S23 Ultra models. As reported earlier, the upcoming lineup may be equipped with Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 processor for every country, without any Exynos model.

You can visit HoiINDI’s Twitter account for renders in full resolution.

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Samsung is in threat as iPhone 14 Pro could help Apple grab 60% flagship smartphone market

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Apple introduced the new iPhone 14 series this month. Meanwhile, Samsung is at threat as these smartphones, especially the iPhone 14 Pro, are seeing strong sales, which could help Apple grab 60% flagship smartphone market.

According to a new information by DigiTimes, Apple’s market share for high-end phones, priced above $500, has increased to 55% in the off-season and 60% in the peak season this year. The new iPhone 14 Pro sales could further idealize their peak season share if the company manages to maintain its current growth.

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Furthermore, Apple also wants to stay on top and in doing so it has asked Foxconn, its primary iPhone assembler, to shift some iPhone 14 production capacity to Pro models to meet strong demand. But reportedly, the makers in Apple’s supply chain haven’t received order cuts for any models.

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On the official website, the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max are estimated to ship in weeks in multiple configurations. In comparison, the base model – iPhone 14 sales are slightly low. The devices are available to order from Apple’s website as well as in stores.

Moving ahead, Apple iPhone 13 Pro models were said to have recorded outstanding long-tail sales after the first wave of pre-orders last year. Apple iPhone’s Pro models have become a mainstream upgrade for iPhone fans and that’s because of significant specs upgrade.

Samsung abandons Fold 4, Flip 4 sales ambitions:

Ahead of Apple, Samsung also introduced its new flagship smartphones – Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Galaxy Z Flip 4. The smartphones arrived with lots of improvements over their predecessor while maintaining a similar price range.

Still, the new Galaxy smartphones didn’t live up to Samsung’s expectations to reach around 15 million unit sales by the end of this, year. The company has reportedly left its ambitions and cut Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Galaxy Z  Flip 4 shipments target to 8 million only.

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Galaxy Z Flip 4 teardown video shows Samsung’s new hinge design and other secrets

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A while back, JerryRigEverything’s popular YouTuber Zack Nelson did his durability test on the newly launched Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 smartphone. Now the same YouTuber has appeared with Galaxy Z Flip 4 teardown video to present a detailed look at the phone’s internals.

We can see in the video that the smartphone suffered some injuries. The YouTuber started by peeling off the plastic bumpers all around the display then he slightly heated the device to easily peel off the display. It can be seen that the Flip 4 still has under-display metal support.

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The display is quite easy to be broken so it needed care during removal to avoid pinching pixels and killing the screen. After removing the display, the YouTuber further pulled the back panels, again with the help of a little heat and a suction cup. This shows off the phone’s split battery configuration.

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Galaxy Flip 4 teardown

The device carries a smaller battery underneath the cover screen on the top partition and the lower half has a battery complete with a 15W wireless charging coil that also supports 4.5W reverse wireless charging. There is also a wired charging daughterboard and water ingress protection seals around the charging port, speaker, and microphone.

Moving ahead, the company has significantly improved the hinge design of Galaxy Z Flip 4. The YouTuber highlights the machined channels to guide both halves of the phone to fold evenly, unlike the Flip 3‘s complex gears in the hinge.

It’s impressive that the hinge does not exhibit any signs of physical wear or damage, including a loud pop when it is bent backward, even after passing the reverse bend test.

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Furthermore, instead of the usual rectangular motor, the manufacturers have used a coin-shaped vibration motor in the lower half of the phone for haptics on the Flip 4. It also has plain old graphite pads between the display and motherboard to cool the processor. However, there are no vapor chambers or thermal paste.

Next, Zack has untangled the selfie camera which shows another interesting decision to glue the optics in place. It causes the camera useless if removed wrongly as the sensor separates from the lens stack when pulled. Meanwhile, the YouTuber didn’t remove the battery of the Flip 4 as he experienced the damage in a previous Samsung phone’s teardown.

Resultantly, the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 passed the teardown with flying colors. It is manufactured impressively and the repair seems easy with the correct tools.

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