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Samsung Galaxy Fold to relaunch in September

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Sixty-nine days after it was supposed to go on sale, Samsung announced a new release window for the Galaxy Fold, its first-ever foldable phone. Or rather, a release month: September. And only in select countries, as initially planned. Samsung said it would share specific sale dates as the month nears — we’d guess as early as August. With this announcement, the world’s largest phone-maker has at long last broken its silence about the nearly $2,000 device, which has been delayed since April 22 after reviewers reported screen breakages, flickering and bulging.

Although the Galaxy Fold preorders sold out on the first day, the phone never officially went on sale, and no preorder money was collected. CNET’s review unit didn’t break, though it did experience minor damage to the screen. The Fold costs $1,980, which converts to about £1,500 or AU$2,800.

In addition to a new launch window, Samsung also said it fixed the problems that caused some reviewers’ phones to break in the first place. The fixes include:

  • A protective top layer that extends beyond the bezel, “making it apparent that it is an integral part of the display structure,” not a dust guard you’d want to remove.
  • “Reinforcements” to keep debris from working its way underneath the screen.
  • New “protection caps” to strengthen the top and bottom of the hinge area, which had revealed natural gaps where particles could get in.
  • Metal reinforcements beneath the screen (the Infinity Flex Display), presumably to make the plastic screen stiffer.
  • Reducing the air gap between the Fold’s body and hinge.

“All of us at Samsung appreciate the support and patience we’ve received from Galaxy fans all over the world,” Samsung said in its statement. Samsung has also worked on improving apps, the company said in its statement. The company added that it’s conducting final quality control tests.

A new sales date acknowledges that Samsung still has faith in the foldable phone future, even if some of its critics waver. We haven’t seen the new phone in person, but Samsung did provide some mock-ups. However, it’s hard to see details of the Fold redesign.

Along with 5G, the next-generation network technology, foldable phone designs are potentially the most significant change to the phone industry in a decade. At a time when sales are staling for heavyweights like Apple and Samsung, a phone that folds in half offers a radical new look. It also opens up new ways to use a device that has the screen size of a tablet in a package about the size of a large smartphone.

The delay has caused concern over the ability of foldable phones to make good on their design promise, especially at such exorbitant prices. Huawei‘s foldable phone, the Mate X, costs about $2,600 (2,300 euros). Samsung’s very public problems have also cast doubt over rival phone-makers’ eagerness to release their own foldable phones.

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Close up with the Galaxy Fold screen, notch and hinge

What happened to the Galaxy Fold?

The Galaxy Fold bends in the middle with the aid of a plastic screen, since bendable glass screens aren’t yet available. Unlike glass, the material is relatively soft. Samsung reinforced it with a plastic adhesive, which stopped short of the edges, caused some reviewers to peel it off like you could a protective film you find on some phones.

The screens on those review units immediately stopped working. Other reviewers found that debris or dust had gotten beneath the display through an air gap between the phone’s screen and hinge. Another experienced one side of the screen that flickered, rendering the Galaxy Fold unusable.

Though few and far between, Samsung is no stranger to disastrous product launches. In 2016, it recalled the Galaxy Note 7 twice in response to evidence that the battery could overheat to the point of catching fire. While Samsung did collect reviewer units, as some reviewers expected, the Galaxy Fold’s screen issues have never been dangerous.

Three years after the Note 7 recalls, Samsung is expected to launch the Galaxy Note 10 at its (confirmed) Unpacked event on Aug. 7 in New York.

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The Fold’s new screen is said to be stronger.Angela Lang/CNET

The Galaxy Fold has a 7.3-inch internal display that folds up to shield the plastic screen when you’re not using it. A 4.6-inch outer screen handles basic functions like notifications and calls, though you can use any app. It has a total of six cameras, with the same triple-camera setup as the Galaxy S10. The fingerprint reader sits on the right edge, and the Fold lacks the water-resistant design of other high-end Galaxy phones.

Samsung is also in the midst of developing two more foldable phones, according to Bloomberg. It isn’t clear if the Fold’s tardiness has also delayed the development of these future devices — or that of rival foldable phone launches, for that matter.

With a September launch still more than a month away, all eyes are once again on Samsung.

Source: Galaxy Fold: Samsung will relaunch the foldable phone in September

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Apple’s New iPhones Suddenly Confirmed

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Apple’s heavily leaked iPhone 11 looks set to underwhelm users, especially given what we already know about the company’s radical 2020 upgrades. But, if you must upgrade in 2019, breaking news has just delivered your silver-lining. 

Apple iPhone 11 final design shown in Ghostek retail case GHOSTEK

In a major new report, 9to5Mac’s supremely reliable Apple insider Guilherme Rambo has just confirmed all three of Apple’s new 2019 iPhones and their standout features. But it’s not all good news. 

Quoting “people who’ve seen the devices”, Rambo’s reveals the model numbers that will replace the iPhone XS (D42, reference iPhone12,3 in iOS code), iPhone XS Max (D43, iPhone12,5) and iPhone XR (N104, iPhone12,1). Commercial names for the so-called iPhone 11 family remain unknown, but all three models will have the same screen resolutions as their predecessors with the D42 and D43 retaining OLED panels and the N104 again limited to LCD. 

More positively, Rambo has also identified the hardware inside the new iPhones. He reveals the much-vaunted A13 chipset is codenamed ‘Cebu’ within Apple and it carries the model number T8030. The A13 will do some major heavy lifting too, powering new camera technology called ‘Smart Frame’. This records outside the cameras’ standard framing so misaligned shots can be saved through re-cropping afterwards. Every photo will contain this extra information with Apple discarding it automatically if edits are not made after a certain time.

As for the new triple camera design on the back on the D42 and D43, Rambo says the third lens is indeed a wide-angle camera which will be an iPhone first. But unfortunately, the ugly new design is final as well. 

Apple's 2019 iPhone designs are proving controversial with fans - renders based on extensive leaks

Apple’s 2019 iPhone designs are proving controversial with fans – renders based on extensive leaks

Giving a boost to fans disappointed that Apple has cancelled 3D Touch, Rambo says the new iPhones will introduce a replacement called ‘leap haptics’. Details around it are scant, but he does say it will be powered by a new type of Taptic Engine. 

On the flip side, if you had your hopes up about Apple’s seemingly accidental iPhone USB-C revelation, there’s bad news. Apparently, the Lightning Port will survive another year. 

So yes, Rambo’s report does add some meat to the very bare-bones that are Apple’s iPhone 11 upgrades and there are some impressive additions. That said, this all still pales in comparison to the new designradical displayreturn of Touch ID and step-up to 5G which will greet patient iPhone upgraders next year. 

But the decision is all yours, both for better and for worse

Source: https://www.forbes.com/sites/gordonkelly/2019/07/23/apple-iphone-11-release-camera-upgrade-a13-iphone-xs-max-xr-update/#23e63b136939

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New leak seems to confirm the iPhone 11’s biggest design change

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We have just two more months to go until Apple unveils the iPhone 11, which means we’re going to see more and more leaks in the coming weeks as the iPhone 11, 11 Max, and 11R (or whatever Apple ends up calling them) head to production. But we already have a pretty good idea of what to expect from this year’s iPhones when it comes to design, and now we have a brand new leak that supports all the previous design leaks

All three iPhone 11 models will have a square-shaped camera module on the back that will contain three lenses on the iPhone 11 and 11 Max,  and two lenses on the iPhone 11R. That camera design will force Apple to make some changes you’ll never see because they’ll be inside the phone. Apple had to figure out how to add that extra lens without affecting the battery life of its new phones, and a leak tells us what that might entail.

According to the following image that someone on SlashLeaks sourced from Facebook, the iPhone 11 will have an I-shaped logic board rather than an L-shaped one, as was the case with the previous iPhone generation.

Image Source: Facebook

Below, you’ll find an image from iFixit’s iPhone XS teardown that shows the design and location of the logic board in last year’s flagship iPhone. You’ll also notice that the battery in the iPhone XS phones features an L-shaped design. While you’re at it, check out the SIM tray’s placement relative to the logic board and the battery:

Image Source: iFixit

As you can see, the logic board is placed on the same side as the rear camera, but it doesn’t go all the way down to the bottom of the phone. Moreover, Apple used the space available between the dual camera and the battery for the logic board. That space will now be occupied by an extra camera on the iPhone 11.

Image Source: iFixit

The size of this leaked iPhone 11 logic board isn’t mentioned and it’s unclear whether it’ll stretch from the top all the way to the bottom of the phone. If it’s indeed taller than the iPhone XS logic board, then the iPhone 11’s battery will also have an I-shape design, being placed right next to the logic board on the left side of the phone. However, let’s not forget that the SIM tray should also be placed on the right side of the phone, eating some of the space that could be used by the logic board. With all that in mind, the SIM tray slot might be placed lower on the right side of the iPhone 11 than it is on current models.

The leak also indicates the logic boards are in the making at Apple’s suppliers, which means the iPhone 11 supply chain is already shipping parts to Apple’s assembler Foxconn. That said, it’s still only a leak that won’t be confirmed until iFixit tears down the iPhone 11 phones after they’re released.

Source: https://bgr.com/2019/07/08/iphone-11-vs-iphone-xs-leak-suggests-a-big-camera-design-change/

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Huawei EMUI 9 with Android 9 Pie rolls out to Huawei P10, Mate9

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There’s a lot of uncertainty swirling around Huawei at the moment and it goes beyond whether it’ll be able to make new phones in the future. Even now, owners of its existing phones are worried about the company’s capabilities to continue supporting existing phones. As if to reassure its customers, Huawei is now boasting how its EMUI 9 Android Pie experience is now on more than 80 million devices. What’s more, it’ll be rolling out to the Huawei P10 and even the Huawei Mate 9.

We’ll spare you from having to perform manufacturers’ odd math. Both running on the HiSilicon Kirin 960 chip, the Huawei P10 launched in early 2017 and the Mate 9 launched even further back in late 2016. By usual market standards, the phones are quite old. By usual OEM practices, they wouldn’t even be getting any updates at all.

And yet Huawei is boasting how it’s making EMUo 9 available to these two phones, giving them Android 9 Pie when some of their contemporaries have yet to receive it, if at all. So far, the update has only been made available to a few phone series, starting with the Mate 10 and P20, the Mate RS, and the Nova 3.

The announcement is also a show of power and force. Huawei boasts EMUI 9 will be reaching more than 100 million devices by the end of the month, revealing how many of its phones there are in the wild, not counting Honor devices. It is also trying to prove that, contrary to public perception, it can push out massive updates of its own.

Some might also see it as Huawei’s parting gift and haste. By making sure its older phones are running on the latest Android version, it gives itself more time to polish its “ArkOS” replacement. And by rushing to push the update before the month ends, it gives itself enough time to make those massive changes before the 90-day reprieve is up.

Source: https://www.slashgear.com/huawei-emui-9-with-android-9-pie-rolls-out-to-huawei-p10-mate9-05579418/

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