Samsung’s making major changes in its components supply chain partners as we’ve recently seen for the next gen foldables. Now, as per the latest report, Samsung excluded Japan-based Ibiden from the supply chain for HDI (high-density interconnect) boards for the Galaxy S23 series.
It’s noteworthy that the Japanese maker had been a regular supplier of HDI-printed circuit boards for the previous Galaxy S series flagships. TheElec sources believe that Samsung’s decision to remove Ibiden from the supply chain is due to its planning to sell the HDI factory in Beijing.
Amid the plans to selling its Beijing factory, the sources are not sure that the next owner of the factory will continue to manufacture HDI circuits there.
Meiko to supply the HDI board
Instead of Ibiden, it’s expected that another Japanese company Meiko will supply the HDI board for Samsung Galaxy S23 series handsets. By excluding Ibiden, the South Korean tech giant is likely to increase HDI board volume orders to Meiko, which had also been a constant supplier.
The report also suggests that other PCB suppliers (i.e. Korea Circuit and DAP) may have incremental increases in their HDI supply volume, at least for the Galaxy S23 series, if compared to previous lineups. It suggests the Galaxy S23 series may be hitting the shelves ahead of the S22 release timeline.
China is eyeing for Samsung orders
Due to the market downfall and less demand for consumer durables, the supply and business of China-based HDI manufacturers also got impacted. Due to this, Chinese vendors are eyeing to get Samsung orders for its mid-range and budget smartphone, which are rocking worldwide.
Samsung Galaxy M04 India launch scheduled for December 9
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.
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.
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.
Apple ‘finally’ begins foldable product development: Report
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.
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.
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.
Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra night camera improved with new test firmware: Leak
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.
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.