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Samsung Galaxy S23 series creators reveal design story

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Launched back on February 1st, the Samsung Galaxy S23, Galaxy S23 Plus, and Galaxy S23 Ultra offer a premium smartphone experience to consumers. Recently, Samsung Newsroom talked to the creators of the Galaxy S23 series to get to know the design story.

Here’s how the Samsung Galaxy S23 series’ distinct design came about:

Design theme – “Create the Essentials”

If too many unnecessary details are incorporated, resources can be wasted during the production process, so Samsung Galaxy S23 creators decided to retain only the bare essential design features, based on the true identity of the device.

The Samsung Galaxy S series is a product lineup built on the true essence of what premium design can be. For the Galaxy S23 series, we deliberated extensively on what elements would not only make for a great design but also how they would impact the world at large.

Samsung Galaxy S23 design

Signature design

Vanilla and Plus Galaxy S23 variants introduce thin bezels that are slim and balanced on all sides for users to better focus on their screens, while a curved metal frame both protects the screen and provides the user with a comfortable grip.

Adding to this, the camera contour cut design seen on the last year’s Galaxy S22 and S22+ was removed, and all three models of the Galaxy S23 series are now equipped with a single camera design to deliver even more consistency across the lineup.

The Galaxy S23 Ultra brings reduced side edges and extended flat surfaces even further. It not only provides a better grip but also provides more space in which the S Pen can be utilized and ultimately maximize the benefits of the large screen.

Samsung Galaxy S23 design

Camera’s distinct design

Samsung believes the camera design of a device has become a powerful way to distinguish a product and express brand identity. The Galaxy S23 series camera layout has stayed the same since the Galaxy S21 series in order to foster a unique design identity.

Meanwhile, the external part of the camera is a glossy metal while the internal parts have been processed with smooth hairlines to convey the camera’s powerful performance. The design of the inner elements, including the form, texture, and color, is inspired by traditional camera lenses.

Samsung Galaxy S23 design

Colors are inspired by nature

The Galaxy S23 series comes in four colors that are based on a concept Samsung calls “Shades of Nature”. The Green shade is reminiscent of a tranquil forest while Phantom Black embodies the silent strength of nature, and the bright Cream shade is warming to look at while Lavender captures the energetic nature of everyday life.

Samsung Galaxy S23 design

Besides, the company developed four additional colors under the concept of “Shades in Dream”. Exclusively available on Samsung.com, the Lime, Skyblue, Red, and Graphite provide online customers with some upbeat and futuristic shades.

You can read the entire design story at Samsung Newsroom.

James is the lead content creator on Sammy Fans and mostly works on Samsung's firmware section. His first phone was the Galaxy S4 and continues to get new S series devices. Most of the time, James tries to learn about new technologies and gadgets but he also sneaks a bit of free time to nearby rivers and nature.

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Will Samsung launch Slim variants of Galaxy Z Flip 6, Z Fold 6?

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Samsung might launch Galaxy Z Flip 6 Slim and Galaxy Z Fold 6 Slip GalaxyClub reports. While the company is marching towards its July Unpacked, rumors about new Slim models are surfacing now.

RossYoung hints that Samsung might introduce a Galaxy Z Fold 6 Slim. It could have a larger display than the regular phone and lack S Pen support. This variant could hit the market later this year in the fourth quarter.

The Z Fold 6 Slim is model-numbered Q6 Slim, while there’s also a B6 Slim. B6 is the model number of the upcoming Z Flip 6, with Slim also expected. These rumors point out that the affordable foldables might be Slim.

At present, we don’t have any idea of the specifications of the Slim foldables. Earlier, it was reported that Samsung was heavily shocked by the reduced thickness of foldable phones released by Chinese vendors specifically Huawei.

It looks like the Korean tech giant has decided to trim some key specs in order to make foldables thinner. Those who want pro-grade specs would have option to go for strategic models, while Slim variants would extend the choice.

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Samsung struggles in Nvidia HBM test: Reuters

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Samsung is facing difficulties in passing the Nvidia HBM test Reuters reports. The report says that Samsung has not yet passed Nvidia’s tests for high-bandwidth memory. Issues with heat and power consumption are reportedly the major reasons.

Since last year, Samsung has been facing issues passing Nvidia HBM tests for HBM3 and HBM3E. Meanwhile, the South Korean tech giant responded (via Reuters), “The testing is still ongoing, and final results have not been determined.”

Last month, Nvidia failed Samsung’s 8-stack and 12-stack HBM3E chips. However, the testing is still running and the company may get more chances to get its chips passed. In case the company fails to pass the HBM test, it will lag behind its competitor SK Hynix.

HBM is a key player in the booming popularity of artificial intelligence. This semiconductor stacks DRAM layers to dramatically increase data capacity and processing speed. Currently, SK Hynix and Samsung Electronics have been sharing the market.

Analysts also say that SK Hynix, which developed the first HBM chip in 2013, has spent far more time and resources on HBM research and development than Samsung over the past decade, accounting for its technological edge.

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iFixit ends Samsung collab, Repair Hub to shut next month

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iFixit made a surprising announcement, breaking its repair ties with Samsung next month. The company says that a number of reasons are behind the termination of this collaboration. Two years after servicing Galaxies, iFixit will stop selling original spare parts next month.

Samsung allegedly creates problems for independent repair services. Consumers purchasing original spare parts from Samsung are required to submit their name, contact details, home address, IMEI number, and defect details for every repair carried out.

“It’s with a heavy wrench that we have decided to end our partnership with Samsung. Despite a huge amount of effort, Samsung’s approach to repairability does not align with our mission,” iFixit reports.

The Galaxy maker also requires repair service providers to purchase spare parts in large quantities. Service providers stay away from hefty purchases as Galaxy phones are often designed in such a way that spare parts have to be sold as a glued unit with several components.

Changes taking place starting June 1st, 2024:

  • Starting June 2024, iFixit will no longer be Samsung’s designated third-party parts and tools distributor.
  • iFixit will no longer have a quantity limit of seven Samsung parts per repair shop per quarter.
  • No existing information will be removed from iFixit, but it will not collaborate directly with Samsung to develop new manuals.
  • iFixit will continue to sell parts and repair fix kits for Samsung devices, sourcing OEM parts when available and clearly indicating whether parts are original or aftermarket.
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