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Samsung workers strike won’t create semiconductor hurdles: TrendForce

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Unionized workers at Samsung declared the strike over the failure of wage negotiations. It was previously assumed to impact the semiconductor supply chain. TrendForce reports that the strike at Samsung Electronics won’t affect its semiconductor business.

On May 29, the largest labor union at Samsung declared a strike. The intention is to take group action through a collective annual leave on June 7th. Approx 28,000 employees are estimated to take part in the strike, accounting for about 20% of Samsung’s total employees.

TrendForce says that this strike won’t impact DRAM and NAND Flash production, nor will it cause any shipment shortages. The spot prices for DRAM and NAND Flash had been declining before the strike announcement, and there has been no change in this downtrend since the announcement.

4 reasons why this strike will not impact production

  • Firstly, the strike involves employees at Samsung’s headquarters in Seocho, Seoul, where union participation in higher, but these employees do not directly engage in production.
  • Secondly, this strike is planned for only one day, which falls within the flexible scheduling range for production.
  • Thirdly, June 6 is a public holiday in South Korea, and some employees had already applied for leave on June 7, allowing for preemptive adjustments in production scheduling and manpower allocation.
  • Finally, fabs rely heavily on automated production and require minimal human labor. Therefore, the strike will not have any substantial impact on the future memory supply.

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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Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 6 screen broke within a day, is this widespread?

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The inner screen of the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 6 allegedly broke within a day. SamSWUpdate on X posted an image of the alleged Z Fold 6 smartphone. The handset’s main/inner screen is no longer functional signaling a manufacturing problem.

As shown in the image, the left part of the inner screen has broken. A green screen overlay appeared on the half portion of the foldable panel. It seems to be an OLED flaw, rendering Samsung’s most premium smartphone useless.

While detailed information regarding the incident is not available, we expect the consumer to get the unit replaced FOC. The fault may have appeared because of the initial production unit, as it usually happens in Samsung’s case, even though we had a similar experience with Fold 4.

Thanks to the purchase policy, Samsung would provide a replacement to the affected consumer. The incident would have ruined the consumer’s experience but it wouldn’t have been disastrous if the unit got damaged due to a manufacturing defect.

 

Samsung officially introduced the Galaxy Z Fold 6 on July 10 in Paris. The company has also announced the Galaxy Z Flip 6 foldable phone, Galaxy Watch Ultra and Watch 7, Galaxy Buds 3 and Buds 3 Pro, and Galaxy Ring.

The company confirmed general availability to begin on July 24. However, shipment of pre-order units is already underway in select markets. Today is the last day for pre-orders, which is advantageous for potential buyers in many ways.

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Free 6-month Microsoft 365 on Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 6, Z Fold 6

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Samsung will start selling new foldable phones from July 24 globally. Ahead of the release, Samsung announced that the Galaxy Z Flip 6 and Z Fold 6 are bundled with a free 6-month Microsoft 365 Basic trial in Malaysia.

It will allow buyers to unleash the power of productivity with new Galaxy foldables. Bundled with Microsoft 365, Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 6 and Z Fold 6 will let you elevate your work and personal life with unmatched convenience and security.

You will get a complimentary 6-month free trial of Microsoft 365 Basic. This offer includes 100GB of cloud storage, providing ample space for cloud storage. It’s worth noting that the free trial offer is valid until December 31, 2024.

This is a limited-time offer that you won’t want to miss. With the Microsoft 365 Basic plan, you’ll benefit from more than just storage. The 6-month free trial offers:

  • 100GB OneDrive Cloud Storage: Keep your files safe, secure, and accessible from anywhere.
  • Ad-Free, Secure Email: Enjoy a clutter-free inbox with added security for your peace of mind.
  • Access to Microsoft Support: Get help when you need it with access to Microsoft’s customer support.
  • Powerful Productivity: Get started with free versions of popular Microsoft 365 apps like Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

Microsoft 365 Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 6 Z Fold 6 Promo

Here’s how you can redeem your Microsoft 365 Basic free trial:

First of all, connect your Samsung and Microsoft accounts to sync to your Gallery with the OneDrive. Once done, redeem the offer through the OneDrive app for free. Start enjoying ad-free, secure email and priority access to Microsoft support with cloud storage.

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Samsung issues crucial Galaxy Ring advisory on magnets, weightlifting

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Ahead of the Galaxy Ring release, Samsung issued a crucial warning regarding magnets and weightlifting. The company says users should avoid wearing Galaxy Ring during weightlifting and keep away from magnets.

Weightlifting might damage the Galaxy Ring due to heavy pressure. On the flip side, the near presence of magnets might shake the health indicators. As a result, the health data might be shuffled so you should avoid wearing the Ring when the magnet is nearby.

Rings made of metal get damaged if an extra heavy pressure occurs. It generally happens while you are at the gym for exercise or lifting heavy weights. Concerns may appear in the future and Samsung’s warning comes at the right time to avoid damages.

Samsung’s support page mentions users are advised to avoid exposing the Galaxy Ring to magnets. Magnetic interference can disrupt important features like step counting, potentially leading to inaccuracies.

Users are also advised to remove the Galaxy Ring weightlifting and other activities involving machinery. Wearing the ring during strenuous activities could result in hand injuries, as the ring might get caught or damaged under intense physical strain.

Samsung launched the Galaxy Ring on July 10 in Paris. The company is set to release the new wearable on July 24 in over 100 countries. Pre-order promo is currently underway in many markets internationally.

If you are interested in buying Galaxy Ring, Samsung has a pretty cool experience for you. No need to worry about sizing as the company is offering a sizing kit delivered before the product. You can determine the suitable size and then place the Ring order.

The Galaxy Ring is available in 9 different sizes. The largest size features longer battery life, a plus point for buyers who prefer bigger sizes. Pre-order your Galaxy Ring and avail exciting discounts and cashback from Samsung.

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