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Galaxy S23 may use Samsung-exclusive Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 processor [More details]

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Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 Mobile Platform

[Nov. 18] Update…

Tipster IceUniverse revealed that the mysterious edition of Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, which may be used in the upcoming Galaxy S23 series, is clocked at 3.36GHz, from the standard 3.2GHz. Not that all, but the GPU frequency is also increased from 680MHz to 719MHz.

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Qualcomm officially introduced the new Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 mobile platform that will debut with most of the 2023 flagship Android devices. Meanwhile, it turns out that Qualcomm may introduce another variant of the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 that could be exclusive to Samsung for the Galaxy S23.

According to the information, Qualcomm confirmed plenty of OEMs that will be releasing their Android devices with the new Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset. Interestingly, the list of OEMs doesn’t include Samsung, anywhere, which sounds pretty mysterious.

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Well, Samsung tipster IceUniverse spotted that Qualcomm mentioned that the model number of Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset is SM8550-AB, while, the 8 Gen 1’s model number is SM8450. Since the company added “AB” suffix in the model number, there are high chances of SM8550-AC, or something else.

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The US chip maker officially revealed that it signed a multi-year partnership with Samsung to bring Snapdragon chipsets worldwide. Therefore, Samsung may have demanded Qualcomm to supply a custom 8 Gen 2 version that could be exclusively available in the Galaxy S23 lineup.

Talking about Exynos, the Korean tech giant is still working on the Exynos 2300 flagship chipset on the 5nm process technology. It’s worth mentioning that the company’s next flagship product will be used in a mid-range Galaxy smartphone and the S23 series will use Snapdragon chip globally.

Rumors aside, time will tell the reality itself! Meanwhile, the US chip giant revealed (via XDA) that the following companies will be launching Snapdragon 8 Gen 2-powered devices: Redmagic, Honor, ZTE, Xiaomi, Meizu, Vivo, Sony, Redmi, OPPO, nubia, Motorola, OnePlus, Sharp, Asus, and iQOO.

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Samsung Galaxy M04 India launch scheduled for December 9

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Samsung is all set to expand its budget smartphone lineup in India. The upcoming Galaxy M04 smartphone is appeared in new teaser posters which suggest that Samsung will launch the phone on December 9 at 12 noon in India.

These posters further reveal that the smartphone will feature up to 8GB RAM through RAM Plus feature and up to 128GB internal storage. Additionally, it will come with major software upgrade support for two years.

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Furthermore, Samsung will launch the Galaxy M04 smartphone under INR 10,000 in India. The exact price could be INR 8999 as the poster mentions INR 8xxx, but we cannot confirm it right now.

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Samsung M04 India launch

As far as the specifications are concerned, the Galaxy M04 could sport a 6.5-inch HD+ Infinity-V display with a 1560 × 720 pixels resolution, an octa-core MediaTek Helio G35 mobile processor, and a large 5000mAh battery.

It has a dual rear camera setup that may include a 50MP primary camera and a 2MP depth lens. Meanwhile, on the front side, there could be a 5MP selfie shooter. Aside from these, the phone should run Android 12-based One UI 4.1 out of the box.

Last but least, the company will offer at least two color variants to the users including Mint Green and Black. We might see more colors when the phone gets launched on December 9.

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Apple ‘finally’ begins foldable product development: Report

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Apple has reportedly begun a 20.25-inch foldable product development project with South Korean display panel makers. As per the report, Apple has started the development of core elements and foldable technology, while, there’s no plan for commercialization until 2026 or 2027.

Since Apple has gradually increased the usage of OLED panels in its products, it’s now entering the foldable segment. TheElec sources revealed that Apple is working on a 20.25-inch foldable product project with major Korean parts makers. When fully unfolded, the product’s screen expands to 20.25 inches.

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This huge screen size claim suggests that the product won’t be an iPhone or iPad, and the first foldable screen product of Apple could be a MacBook laptop. When folded, the device turns 15.3 inches, similar to a huge touchscreen tablet.

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At present, Apple only uses OLED panels in iPhones and Watches, while other products including iPads, MacBooks, and iMacs use LCD panels. The development project indicates the US tech giant will first bring OLED iPads, MacBooks, and iMacs before entering the foldable segment.

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Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra night camera improved with new test firmware: Leak

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Samsung is reportedly launching its next flagship smartphone lineup in February next year. Ahead of launch, the company is internally testing the device and working on firmware development too. As per the recent input, new firmware of the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra improved night camera performance.

According to tipster IceUniverse, Samsung improved the night camera performance of the Galaxy S23 Ultra with the latest firmware. It’s worth mentioning that the Galaxy S23 series may come pre-installed with One UI 5.1, which is under development.

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Tipster also stated that users can expect even better night shots on the Galaxy S23 Ultra, as there are still 2 months in the official launch. Notably, the company will be shipping the S23 Ultra with 200MP primary camera, which features different modes; 12.5MP, 50MP and 200MP.

Samsung debuted Nightography feature with the launch of the Galaxy S22 series. Using artificial intelligence, the flagship devices capture stunning shots even in low light and night. It’s expected that the upcoming lineup will bring notable improvements in night photography.

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