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Mark the date: S21 will launch on January 14

Samsung today surprised the media by droping an invitation to their virtual presentation of their new flagships.

At January 14 Sumsung plans to hold the Unpacked 2021 press conference, meaning that we will see their new 5G phones and accessories.

The keynote will start at 10 EST time, around 5pm Cyprus time. All of the latest Samsung Galaxy S21 leaks point to the three new phones – the S21, Galaxy S21 Plus and Galaxy S21 Ultra

Of course, Samsung’s event invite doesn’t name any of the phones we mentioned. It bills this invite for its semi-annual Samsung Galaxy Unpacked 2021 showcase, with the tagline ‘Welcome to Everyday Epic’. But the event invite image clearly shows the recently leaked rear camera module in an opaque cube.

The virtual event invitation

The specs are all confirmed by daily articles found on the net ahead from the official launch. We know that the tech giant is going to unvail three phones with three screen sizes – 6.2, 6.7 and 6.9 all with 120Hz adaptive displays and smaller bottom bezel.

The Galaxy S21 and S21 Plus rear cameras seem to be getting special treatment, according to several renders of the refined camera module. All with three lenses – presumed to be a 12MP main, 12MP ultra-wide and 64MP telephoto – appear in a flatter module this year, resulting in a slightly less pronounced camera bump. 

A twist or two

In a twist, the Galaxy S21 Ultra may also include an S Pen, the stylus that’s previously been exclusive to Samsung’s Galaxy Note series. If true, that would be a big reason to buy the most expensive version of the phone – and less of a reason to wait for a new Samsung Galaxy Note 21 presumably will launch in August 2021.

This weekend we also got insight into a novel accessory that Samsung may launch on January 14: a Tile-like Bluetooth tracker called Samsung Galaxy SmartTag. It may be helpful for finding items like keys, backpacks and luggage that constantly go MIA. If the SmartTag tracker does get announced, Samsung will beat to market the yet-to-be-revealed Apple AirTag tracker that’s been rumored for more than a year.Advertisement

different leak outed a second Unpacked 2021-bound accessory this weekend: the Galaxy Buds Pro may put Samsung on equal footing with the AirPods Pro when it comes to true wireless earbuds with active noise cancellation and support for Dolby Atmos. The source of the leak? Samsung’s own website.

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Samsung Galaxy Z Flip appears in leaked hands-on video

You’ve seen the pictures, you’ve read the specs, and now you can see a brief hands-on video clip of the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip in action, ahead of its big reveal on February 11.

Footage of Samsung’s latest foldable phone has been shared by concept artist and regular tipster Ben Geskin on Twitter, with the 19-second clip showing how the device’s screen opens up and then closes down again.

We’ve embedded it below, and it’s worth 19 seconds of your time if you don’t mind smartphone spoilers. In less than two weeks, Samsung should be unveiling the Z Flip at its Unpacked 2020 event.

The video also gives us a glimpse of the small, secondary display on the back of the phone, which presumably is going to show notifications and alerts when the device is closed.

We originally though the Z Flip was going to be called the Galaxy Fold 2, but this uses a clamshell design, whereas the Galaxy Fold opens and closes like a book. The real Fold 2 is slated to show up later this year.

According to leaks, the Z Flip is going to be running the Snapdragon 855 processor, with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage space (and no microSD card slot to expand it). Those are decent specs without being anything spectacular.

The phone is landing at almost exactly the same time as the very similarly designed Motorola Razr is getting shipped out to customers – all of a sudden there are going to be two clamshell foldable phones to pick from.

Meanwhile, the Samsung Galaxy S20 phones are also making their debuts at Unpacked 2020 on February 11, so it’s going to be an event well worth tuning in for. We will of course bring you all the news as it happens right here.

Via SamMobile

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New leak reveals almost everything about the Samsung Galaxy S20

We’ve seen plenty of leaked information around the Samsung Galaxy S20 (previously the Galaxy S11) this week, and to top it all off we now have what looks like (almost) full spec sheets for the S20, the S20 Plus, and the S20 Ultra phones.

Courtesy of tipster Ishan Agarwal and MySmartPrice, the leaks don’t leave many gaps, so look away now if you still want to be surprised when the phones launch on February 11 (assuming these specs are accurate, of course).

All three phones – or at least the 5G variants – use an AMOLED display with a 20:9 aspect ratio, 3,200 x 1,440 pixel resolution and  120Hz refresh rate, and come with Android 10 on board. IP68 waterproofing and 128GB of storage is common across all three models too.

The S20, S0 Plus and S20 Ultra all come with an Exynos 990 chipset running the show as per this leaked spec sheet, though we’re expecting the Snapdragon 865 to be the processor that Samsung uses in some parts of the world. RAM isn’t mentioned here, but is expected to be 12GB and up.

Each phone uses a different display size – a 6.2-inch screen on the S20, a 6.7-inch screen on the S20 Plus, and a 6.9-inch screen on the S20 Ultra. The battery sizes vary too: 4,000mAh, 4,500mAh and 5,000mAh respectively.

Camera-wise, we’ve got a 64MP+12MP+12MP rear camera on the S20 with 3x optical zoom, the same spec on the S20 Plus with an additional time-of-flight depth sensor, and a 108MP+48MP+12MP rear camera on the S20 Ultra, with a ToF sensor and 10x optical zoom.

That matches some previous leaks but contradicts rumors that had suggested the S20 phones would top out with a 5x optical zoom. As with any unofficial leak, we won’t know for certain if they’re right until the phones are actually launched, and it’s possible the non-5G models will vary somewhat.

The big day is February 11, when Samsung is going to be showing off the Galaxy S20, the Galaxy S20 Plus and the Galaxy S20 Ultra off to the world. TechRadar will be on the ground at the event of course, and we’ll bring you all the news as it happens.

Source: Techradar

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Samsung announces the Galaxy S10 Lite and Note 10 Lite

After weeks of rumors and leaks, Samsung has officially announced the Galaxy S10 Lite and Note 10 Lite ahead of CES 2020. The phones are budget versions of Samsung’s popular 2019 flagships, and they promise to bring premium features from those high-end phones down to more affordable price points (although Samsung hasn’t said what those prices will be just yet).

Both phones feature 6.7-inch Super AMOLED Infinity-O displays at 2400 × 1080 resolution, with center-mounted hole-punch front-facing cameras, 4,500mAh batteries, and either 6GB or 8GB of RAM with 128GB internal storage. But the rest of the internal hardware differs greatly between the two devices.NO WORD ON PRICES OR RELEASE DATES

The Galaxy S10 Lite features a Snapdragon 855 processor, while the Galaxy Note 10 Lite offers Samsung’s in-house Exynos 8895 chipset. The rear camera systems both offer triple-lens setups, but they are also completely different on the two phones.

Note 10 Lite.

The S10 Lite offers a 5-megapixel f/2.4 macro lens; a 48-megapixel F2.0 wide-angle lens featuring “Super Steady OIS,” a feature that the Note 10 Lite doesn’t offer; and a 12-megapixel f/2.2 ultra-wide featuring a 123-degree angle lens.

The Note 10 Lite has an entirely different configuration: a 12-megapixel f/2.2 ultra-wide; a 12-megapixel f/1.7 wide-angle lens with dual-pixel technology and OIS; and a 12-megapixel f/2.4 telephoto lens (also with OIS).

Rounding out the differences, of course, is the S Pen on the Note 10 Lite, which isn’t included with the S10 Lite. The S Pen features the same Bluetooth Low-Energy (BLE) support introduced with the Note 9 in 2018, allowing it to be used to control the phone.

There’s no word yet on the prices or release dates for the S10 Lite or Note 10 Lite or the markets where they’ll be sold.

Source: The Verge