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Samsung Electronics new mobile boss: youngest Samsung president at 52

By: Anthony Garreffa | Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 1 day, 12 hours ago

Samsung has just moved around some of its management in the weeks before the launch of its new Galaxy S20 range of smartphones, promoting Roh Tae-moon to run its mobile business.

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Roh Tae-moon previously led the development of the Galaxy range of smartphones, with Samsung tapping Roh to "present fresh strategies and revitalize the organization". Until now, Roh was the development manager in the Galaxy division of Samsung and was a large part of their outsourcing efforts.

Samsung has more competition than ever before, having to battle both Apple and Huawei in various markets but now it will see Roh, at 52 years old, being the youngest president at Samsung.

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra camera: 10x optical zoom, 100x digital zoom

By: Anthony Garreffa | Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 1 day, 14 hours ago

Samsung's upcoming Galaxy S20 family of smartphones are right around the corner, with detailed specs leaking out over the last few days that paint an amazing picture of what the flagship Galaxy S20 Ultra will end up as. The camera system itself will be a stand out feature, something we're learning more and more about as the days go by:

But now a new photo of the rear-facing camera setup has been spotted, with the new Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G camera rig shown in dual shade (grey matte + black). The '100X' sticker on the back will reportedly make it into consumer handsets and will be printed alongside the Periscope camera.

I don't like the idea of a big '100X' branding on the back of the Galaxy S20 Ultra, but then again this is going to be a huge monster upgrade over the Galaxy S20 and Galaxy S20+, so Samsung most likely wants to bring attention to the fact you're rolling around using a Galaxy S20 Ultra smartphone.

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Huawei: 5G phones at under $150 are coming in Q4 2020

By: Anthony Garreffa | Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 1 day, 15 hours ago

5G smartphones might feel like they're few and far between right now, but there are many more of them on the way -- and Chinese giant Huawei is promising 5G-enabled smartphones for below $150 by the end of 2020.

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Huawei sees a big market for 5G smartphones going forward, so offering budget-friendly super-fast 5G-enabled smartphones in the Chinese market is going to be a big deal. Sure, the Western market might be able to afford $1000+ smartphones but the Chinese market is a very different one, a market where sub $150 is very important.

I would expect a very budget-specced handset for under $150 with 5G connectivity, with Huawei to most likely use its in-house Harmony OS on these new sub-$150 5G-enabled smartphones. Harmony does not have anywhere near the feature set of Google's own Android, but for entry-level and mid-range smartphones it should be fine.

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Samsung Galaxy S20, S20+ and S20 Ultra full specs leaked

By: Anthony Garreffa | Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 2 days, 17 hours ago

A massive leak of detailed specs on Samsung's upcoming Galaxy S20 family of smartphones, where we have the full specs on the upcoming Galaxy S20, Galaxy S20+ and the flagship Galaxy S20 Ultra.

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We know that Samsung's new trio of smartphones will pack what should be one of, if not the most gorgeous display on the market with a 120Hz refresh rate. Inside, they'll pack Samsung's Exynos 990 chipset on the 7nm node, with a minimum of 128GB of storage which will be expandable through a microSD card slot.

International versions of the Galaxy S20 range of smartphones will use Qualcomm's new Snapdragon 865, while Android 10 with One UI 2.0 will take care of the OS and UI side of things. The phones will rock varying sizes of Samsung's new Infinity-O Dynamic AMOLED display at a gorgeously smooth 120Hz refresh rate.

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Android 11 caught running on Pixel 4 on Geekbench

By: Anthony Garreffa | Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 2 days, 18 hours ago

Android 11 has been spotted running on a Pixel 4 smartphone, with Google's new mobile operating system caught in a Geekbench result.

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We don't know exactly what to expect with Android 11 right now, but we do know that Android 11 will be capable of creating video files that are bigger than 4GB. This might not be useful for many people, but with more and more smartphones packing more insane cameras -- shooting 4K 60FPS, and even Samsung's new Galaxy S20+ and S20 Ultra shooting 8K 30FPS, it'll be very useful.

Not only that, but Android 11 will also let users store IDs on their smartphones, paving the way for all-digital drivers licenses, and more. Google will be including a nifty 'low power' mode that will power the smartphone for enough time to show your ID.

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Fortnite: 120FPS now on iPad Pro, something consoles can't do yet

By: Anthony Garreffa | Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 4 days, 18 hours ago

The world of high refresh rate gaming is opening up for Fortnite gamers on-the-go, with 2018 iPad Pro owners able to hit 120FPS through a new update.

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Epic Games' new update for Fortnite enables 120FPS goodness in Fortnite with 2018 iPad Pro models, as they pack the fluid ProMotion display. The new update also adds support for clickable thumbstick buttons (L3/R3) on certain iOS controllers.

Fortnite will see its graphics settings drop to Medium when 120FPS is enabled, which is done through the video settings in the game. This is a given considering Fortnite is running on an SoC, and driving 120FPS is pretty crazy. So crazy that even the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions of the game run Fortnite at 60FPS... meaning that the iPad Pro is better than current-gen consoles (at least the base model units, that is).

Samsung Galaxy S20+ will shoot 8K video at 30FPS

By: Anthony Garreffa | Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 4 days, 18 hours ago

Samsung is ramping up for the release of its next-gen family of Galaxy S20 smartphones, with the Galaxy S20+ reportedly rocking 8K video abilities. We already know Samsung's new Galaxy S20 range of phones will have gorgeous 120Hz displays, too.

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According to the latest report from XDA-Developers, Samsung's new Galaxy S20+ will not only have a 120Hz-capable display, but it'll have 8K 30FPS video shooting abilities. 8K at 60FPS is a little too insane for smartphones this year, so don't expect 8K 60FPS just yet.

Samsung should be tapping a new 64-megapixel sensor to shoot insane 8K video, but we should expect some gorgeous 4K stabilized 60FPS video, too. The higher-end Galaxy S20 Ultra smartphone should have an even more insane 108-megapixel snapper, but I'm not so sure about 8K 60FPS video on that phone, either.

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Galaxy S20 will have 120Hz display, but limited to 1080p

By: Anthony Garreffa | Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 6 days, 16 hours ago

Samsung will be unveiling its next-gen Galaxy S20 and Galaxy Z Flip smartphones at its Unpacked event on February 11, but now we're receiving more leaks on the super-fast 120Hz display.

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According to Ice Universe, Samsung's new Galaxy S20 will indeed have a 120Hz display -- but it'll be limited to 1080p. There will be other options for the display: 1080p 60Hz, 1080p 120Hz, and the higher-end 1440p 60Hz display option.

Why the limitation of 1080p 120Hz? That would be mostly due to battery, and how much more battery it would consume at 120Hz. I would rather have 1080p at 120Hz than 1080p at 60Hz, so the offer there of 120Hz and a slight dent in battery life will be welcomed -- but 1440p at 120Hz seems too painful on the battery, for now.

Don't worry, gender-neutral voice assistants are on the way

By: Anthony Garreffa | Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 6 days, 18 hours ago

Voice assistants are about to get much more inclusive, with Project Q launching in 2020 as a "gender-neutral voice assistant".

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Ryan Sherman, a creative developer on Project Q, explains: "Current voice technology is essentially gendered. When we look at Siri or Google Assistant they all predominantly start out as female by default, so we started out with that question: why do we gender AI?"

Project Q launched back in 2019 with a prototype voice developed by non-binary linguists, and then the company asked 4500 people throughout Europe whether they thought the voice sounded male or female. Out of the 4500 people, the answers came down to a 50/50 response on whether the voice sounded male or female.

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Samsung Galaxy Z Flip will debut with new Galaxy S20

By: Anthony Garreffa | Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 1 week, 1 day ago

Samsung is hosting its Samsung Unpacked event on February 11, where we will be introduced to the next-gen Galaxy S20 family of smartphones as well as their new foldable -- the Galaxy Z Flip.

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Until now, Samsung's new foldable smartphone has been rumored to arrive as a more mid-range foldable that would fall under the flagship Galaxy Fold. Now we have a new rumor that is calling it the Galaxy Z Flip, and that it will pack Qualcomm's previous-gen and non-5G flagship Snapdragon 855 processor -- the same chip that powers the flagship Galaxy Fold smartphone.

Samsung will reportedly have a small notification display on the back of the Galaxy Z Flip, something that will show information to you when the main display is closed -- just like the Galaxy Fold. Port wise it should be identical to the Galaxy Fold with a USB-C charging port and no 3.5mm headphone jack. But the bigger rumor here is that Samsung's new Galaxy Z Flip will have support for the S-Pen, something that the Galaxy Fold lacks.