Galaxy S23 FE is dead, Samsung aims to launch tri-folding device this year: Leak
Samsung began 2023 by launching the Galaxy S23 flagships and recently unveiled the Galaxy A54/A34 mid-rangers. Now, the company is focussing on improved Galaxy Z Fold5 and Galaxy Z Flip5 for its August debut, while the S23 FE is reportedly dead and the tri-folding device might be coming this year.
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According to tipster YogeshBrar, Samsung’s most-anticipated Galaxy S23 FE smartphone has not entered the development chain so far. It indicates that the company has not any plan for the next Fan Edition this year, as it aims big, way too big.
There is no Galaxy S23 FE in the development chain unlike what the recent rumours have been pointing..
Samsung is instead working on the improved Z Fold 5 & Flip 5 along with a Tri-Fold that might finally ship this year
FE fans should look elsewhere…
— Yogesh Brar (@heyitsyogesh) March 24, 2023
Apart from focussing on the Galaxy Z Fold5 and Galaxy Z Flip5 foldable phones, the South Korean tech giant is aiming to ship a new type of foldable this year, which could be a tri-folding device. As of now, there’s no information from Samsung about its plans to commercialize a tri-folding display device.
Since there’s no official information available on the tri-folding Galaxy device, we are sure that it will be equipped with Samsung Display. As it’s going to have a tri-fold form factor, the company may bring two hinges in the device so it can fold twice and take the shape of a tablet while fully unfolded.
Previously, it was reported that the Galaxy Z Fold5 and Galaxy Z Flip5 devices would feature a new kind of droplet (waterdrop) hinge. This new technology is under testing internally, which could make it possible to lessen crease wrinkles as well as reduce thickness.
More than once, Samsung Display showcased its futuristic tri-folding OLED screen. At the time of getting commercialized under the Galaxy brand, Samsung Display’s tri-fold OLED products may be refined and polished to deliver experiences like never before.
MSI laptop will be equipped with Samsung ultra-high definition plus display
On May 31, Samsung Display announced that it is accelerating its push into the premium laptop market by supplying its highest resolution 16-inch UHD+ (3840×2400) OLED screens to MSI for the Stealth 16 Mercedes-AMG Motorsport – its new gaming laptop.
MSI Laptop x Samsung Display
Collaborated with Mercedes-Benz’s performance-oriented AMG brand, the new MSI laptop boasts strong performance and portability. First unveiled at Computex Taipei 2023, the Stealth 16 Mercedes-AMG Motorsport is aimed at both the OLED laptop market and the gaming market.
Since entering the IT market in 2019, Samsung Display has collaborated with 11 global laptop brands, launching more than 100 models of OLED laptops. Omdia analysis suggests, Samsung Display’s market share in the IT OLED market, including laptops and tablets, was 76.7% based on last year’s figures.
The South Korean display manufacturer recently announced an investment of $3.1 billion (4.1 trillion won) in building an 8.6th-generation IT OLED line, officially reaffirming its expansion plan for the future IT market.
We are supplying MSI with the industry’s highest resolution laptop OLEDs so that gaming users can experience the best HDR content on OLED,” said Brad Jung, VP and head of the Mobile Display Marketing Team at Samsung’s Display business.
Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra Costs $469 to Make
Counterpoint’s component research service has recently revealed that producing Galaxy S23 Ultra (256GB) variant costs Samsung around $469. The latest BoM (bill of materials) analysis reveals that the major components driving cost are the SoC, display, and camera subsystem.
Due to the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, Qualcomm’s share has increased to an all-time high after attaining design wins for the fingerprint sensor IC, key power management ICs, audio codec, RF power amplifiers, Wi-Fi + Bluetooth, GPS, and Sub-6GHz transceiver.
In addition, Samsung becomes the second-largest beneficiary, which supplied 256GB NAND flash and the 6.8-inch AMOLED display for the S23 Ultra. The company supplied a 6.8-inch AMOLED display, featuring 1750 nits of peak brightness, 120Hz adaptive refresh rate, and more.
In the camera sub-system, the design wins are shared between Samsung and Sony. Samsung supplied the 200-megapixel primary camera and the 12-megapixel selfie camera, while Sony offers the 12-megapixel Ultrawide, 10-megapixel Telephoto, and Periscope Telephoto sensors.
Other component suppliers
Silicon Mitus and Maxim are the providers of power management ICs that support the regulation of power for display and other key components.
For sensing components, STM has registered design wins related to the laser autofocus module, accelerometer, gyroscope, barometer, and touch panel controller.
The battery is packaged by Samsung and the cell is provided by ATL. The quick charging IC, which charges up to 45W, is sourced from NXP while the 15W wireless charging IC is from Convenient Power.
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Google Pixel Watch 2 to ditch Samsung-made Exynos processor
Google Pixel Watch is a great option for those who neither prefer Samsung’s Galaxy Watch 5 nor Apple’s Watch Series 8. This year, Google is planning to introduce the Pixel Watch 2, a sequel to its first-gen smartwatch, which could ditch the Samsung-made Exynos processor.
According to 9to5Google sources, the Google Pixel Watch 2 will use Qualcomm’s Snapdragon W5 series processor rather than Exynos wearable SoC from Samsung. Qualcomm released the Snapdragon W5+ Gen 1 chip in July 2022, which powers the TicWatch Pro 5.
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On the other hand, the Snapdragon W5 Gen 1, which lacks Qualcomm’s co-processor is also powering some wearables manufactured by Chinese OEMs. It’s fabricated on 4nm process technology and brings four A53 cores at 1.7GHz with dual Adreno 702 GPUs (1GHz).
However, the original Google Pixel Watch’s Exynos 9110 chip is fabricated on 10nm process tech and features two Cortex-A53s cores. It was earlier rumored that the Pixel Watch 2 will have the W920 chip used in Galaxy Watch 5, but it’s not happening though.