With a rumored price of £1,500, there was little danger that the foldable Samsung Galaxy F would be a mass market device. Rumor has it that UK carrier EE is in talks with Samsung for an exclusivity deal, which will help spread out the cost by splitting it into monthly installments.
SIM-free units will be available from EE and also from Samsung stores, the exclusivity is only for phones on contract. However, with no contract you’ll have to pay the full price up front and the top-specced version of the Galaxy F is said to reach £2,000.
Naturally, EE has made no official comments on the potential exclusivity deal while Samsung only reiterated its expectation to build “at least” 1 million units.
Samsung doesn’t exactly hide the fact that the upcoming Galaxy A8s smartphone will feature company’s first Infinity-O display, but the latest contains clues to the Galaxy S10 design according to latest rumors.
The render shows a full-screen display with a small cutout on the left for the front-facing camera and according to the source, it’s 6.7mm wide while next year’s Galaxy S10 would incorporate similar design but with a much smaller hole – around 2-3mm narrower.
However, the report doesn’t specify which Galaxy S10 version will adopt the Infinity-O design – it could be the budget variant with a flat screen or all three
Samsung’s Polaris Blue Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ will make it out of China and South Korea after all. The new color will go on sale in Germany (to start) in early December, priced at €849 and €949, respectively.
The new gradient paint job was originally announced as Ice Blue for China and subsequently South Korea.
Samsung Galaxy S9 in Polaris Blue
The only difference we can see between the Ice Blue models for China and South Korea, and the Polaris Blue models destined for the German market are the storage options. Ice Blue was announced in a configuration with 128GB of memory, while the Germany-bound Polaris Blue are listed as 64GB.
Samsung Galaxy S9 in Polaris Blue
Samsung Galaxy Note9 faithfuls will be quick to ask where’s the Note in Polaris Blue. Sadly, there’s no word on such a version so far.
According to an unconfirmed industry report, Samsung could turn to Chinese display maker BOE to produce the Infinity-O panel for the upcoming Galaxy A8s.
What’s more interesting is that the panel could be of the LCD variety, instead of OLED, as a cost-saving measure.
BOE is currently tasked with making the 6.39-inch OLED display on the Huawei Mate 20 Pro. Speaking of Huawei, we know it will try and beat Samsung to the first smartphone with a hole in the display, so can we guess that its smartphone will also use a BOE-made LCD.
Producing an LCD with a hole is no doubt harder than producing an OLED with one. The camera cutout in the Galaxy A8s’ display will reportedly be 6.7mm and it’s speculated that the Galaxy S10 will have a smaller 2-3mm cutout.
The Samsung Galaxy A8s will house a Snapdragon 710 chipset, 6GB of RAM and a 3,000mAh battery. It’s bound for announcement in January, but some rumors suggest it will be out before the year’s end.
The upcoming shake up of Samsung’s product lines is slowly being revealed through rumors. The latest is a summary of storage options and colors for the entry level Galaxy A and Galaxy M phones.
Samsung is reportedly seriously thinking about bringing White back as a launch day color option. But it seems that is reserved for the A-series, the cheaper M models will have a more limited palette. It’s not clear if any of these are gradient colors or not.
The naming will change as well, moving to with double-digit numbers – so SM-M205F will be Galaxy M20 not M2.
Interestingly, storage is quite generous, even something like the Samsung Galaxy M30 will come with 64GB as standard and offer a roomier 128GB option. That matches the Galaxy A50, which will be a more premium device.
||Additional model numbers
||Blue, black, red, white
||SM-A305FN, SM-A305G, SM-A305GN, SM-A305GT
||Blue, pink, black, silver, white
||SM-A505FN, SM-A505G, SM-A505GN, SM-A505GT
||Blue and Dark Grey
||Blue and Dark Grey
||Blue and Dark Grey
It seems that all of these will be dual SIM phones, whether or not this means a hybrid slot (as in, one that also supports a microSD card) remains to be seen.
The Galaxy M-series will reportedly target emerging markets in the Middle East, Africa and Asia while the revamped A-series will be available in Europe. Note that Samsung is yet to start mass production on any of these models, so details may change.
A Samsung Galaxy S10+ version has surfaced on AnTuTu showing a snippet of its main specs and topping the Huawei Mate 20 Pro and its 7nm Kirin 980 chipset.
According to the specs, the SM-G975F – likely to be called Galaxy S10+ – has a 6.4-inch display of 2280x1080px resolution (likely due to the software being set to a lower resolution), runs Android 9, is powered by an 8nm Exynos 9820 chipset with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of on-board storage. It posted an amazing benchmark score of 325,076.
The posted result beats the official AnTuTu score of the Huawei Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro but falls short of the result captured by the Snapdragon 8150 platform.
The Galaxy S10+ reportedly clocked as high as 2.7GHz during its run. The Exynos 9820 packs two Samsung-developed Exynos M4 cores, two Cortex-A75 and two Cortext-A55 cores.
Samsung Galaxy S10+ on AnTuTu
Analysts predict that there’s an even more powerful Galaxy S10 with 12GB of RAM in the making, one with a larger 6.7-inch screen. If we go by the Galaxy Note9, we expect at least one Galaxy S10 model to pack 8GB of RAM or even more.
The entry-level smartphone in Samsung’s upcoming new Galaxy M series has made its first public appearance. The Galaxy M10, model number SM-M105F, was briefly spotted (and subsequently removed) on Geekbench.
Touting an Exynos 7870 with 3GB of RAM and running on Android 8.1 Oreo, the Galaxy M10 looks like a decent entry-level package.
Samsung’s Galaxy M series is set to take over from the Galaxy On series. Just yesterday we got our first informative details about the Galaxy M lineup.
The lineup will consist of the Galaxy M10 (SM-M105), the Galaxy M20 (SM-M205) and the Galaxy M30 (SM-M305). The M10 will come in 16GB and 32GB storage configurations, the M20 in 32GB and 64GB and the M30 in 64GB and 128GB – all three will launch in Blue and Dark Gray colors.
Update – Feb. 25: As part of its Samsung Unpacked press event at MWC 2018, the company confirmed that its newly announced Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus phones will support Google’s ARCore platform. That means those phones will be able to run augmented reality apps developed with the the ARCore SDK. That also means those apps will have an even larger audience.
Original story – Feb. 23: Augmented reality (AR) has some incredibly exciting potential applications and Google is betting big on the prospect of people using their phones to virtually interact with the world around them.
Today, Google announced that ARCore — the Android SDK that lets developers create AR apps — has left the preview stage and jumped into its first public stage, ARCore 1.0. Apps developed on ARCore work on 100 million Android phones, and advanced AR is available on 13 different models for now (the entire Pixel line; the Samsung Galaxy S7, S7 Edge, S8, S8 Plus, and Note 8; the LG V30 and V30 Plus; the ASUS Zenfone AR; and the OnePlus 5). More phones with advanced AR capabilities are coming soon, as Google is working closely with manufacturers to bring AR to everyone.
As you can imagine, this means plenty of new AR experiences will begin rolling out in the not too distant future. In fact, several major brands have apps based on the ARCore SDK, including Porsche, whose Mission E Concept app puts a virtual Porsche that you can walk around and even look inside in your driveway. Perhaps AR’s most exciting realm is gaming. 2016’s AR game Pokémon GO was a major sensation, and other apps are hoping for that level of adoption. A Ghostbusters-branded game enables you to snare Slimer with your proton pack and is just one example of the kind of experiences we can expect down the pipe.
Google is also pushing its Google Lens platform, a different type of AR experience. While ARCore enables developers to create artificial images in real-world environments, Lens can give users information about real-world environments simply by looking at it. Lens allows for things like taking a photo of a dog you met in a park to find out its breed, or taking a picture of someone’s business card and automatically creating a new contact for that person on your phone.
ARCore and Lens will both have a presence at Mobile World Congress 2018, which officially begins on Monday. We will no doubt have more information as well as some hands-on demos to share with you then!