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By Abhay V
Galaxy S21 Ultra specs leak, might offer a 6.8-inch display and retain the 108MP camera
by Abhay Venkatesh
Image credit: OnLeaks (Voice) Renders of Samsung’s upcoming S series flagships, expected to be called the S21 series, have already begun making the rounds on the web. The largest of the trio of offerings, the S21 Ultra, is expected to sport a massive camera bump – akin to the Note20 Ultra – that extends all the way to the chassis. Now, another report sheds some light on the specifications that the top-of-the-line device might be offered with.
Unsurprisingly, the phone is said to be powered by Qualcomm’s yet-unannounced flagship Snapdragon 875 chipset in regions like the U.S. and China, while the rest of the markets will supposedly get the phone running an Exynos 2100. RAM and storage configurations are expected to be similar to the S20 Ultra, coming in at 12GB and 128GB, respectively. Of course, higher storage tiers are expected to be offered.
As for the display, the flagship phone is said to house a 6.8-inch Dynamic AMOLED 2x screen, which is marginally smaller than its predecessor. What is interesting that the source claims that there could be a possibility of the South Korean company equipping a 144Hz refresh rate screen, a step up from the 120Hz screen, making it a viable alternative to gaming smartphones from the likes of ASUS.
Not much was revealed about the cameras, though. The report claims that the device will retain the 108MP main shooter, while housing a 40MP front-facing unit placed in the centered punch-hole. There is no word on the other units at the back. Other rumors suggest that the phone could sport two periscope cameras.
Lastly, the S21 Ultra is rumored to retain the 5000mAh battery capacity, with no upgrades expected in that front. The flagship device should run Android 11-based One UI 3 out of the box. The phones are said to come in black and silver colors. There are murmurs that Samsung might launch the S21 series in January 2021, ahead of its usual timeline. Overall, the updates to the device seem incremental, so it will be interesting to see if the firm packs any surprises for the top-of-the-line offering.
Source: Ishan Agarwal (91mobiles) | Image: OnLeaks (Voice)
Samsung's Chairman Lee Kun-hee dies aged 78
by Paul Hill
It has been reported that Samsung’s Chairman, Lee Kun-hee, has died at the age of 78 after spending more than six years in hospital following a heart attack. While he helped turn Samsung into one of the most successful tech firms in the world, he was also convicted for bribery and tax evasion and has been criticised for failing to recognise labour unions.
Former Samsung Chairman Lee Kun-hee via Wikipedia According to Reuters, Samsung Group affiliates saw $289.6 billion in revenue in 2019, this made up around 17% of South Korea’s gross domestic product. The success of the firm has been credited to Lee’s chairmanship between 1987 – 2008 and 2010 – 2020.
The exact cause of Lee’s death has not yet been announced nor is it known whether he left a will. With Samsung being a Chaebol – a family-run conglomerate – the situation regarding succession has the potential to become a messy affair. Lee has left behind a wife and three children.
Commenting on the succession, Park Sang-in, a professor at Seoul National University, said:
Lee Kun-hee’s funeral will be a small family affair according to Samsung. The company has not said when or where the funeral will take place.
By Jay Bonggolto
Samsung announces 85-inch Interactive Display for education and business users
by Jay Bonggolto
Samsung has introduced its new interactive, digital whiteboard that complements its existing 55-inch and 65-inch display lineup. The 85-inch Interactive Display, as it is called, is designed for education and enterprise customers.
The massive display features pen-to-paper writing mode, image editing tools, and a content navigation system. Its display has a 3840 x 2160 resolution, with up to 20 touchpoints to let multiple users create or edit the content on the screen at the same time.
Mark Quiroz, Vice President of Marketing at Samsung Electronics America, said:
Connectivity options include USB, HDMI, DP, NFC, OPS slot, and screen-sharing features. The display has a six-digit lock system that protects documents saved in it. It also has an embedded web browser to let you surf the internet. The device has 8GB of storage and will be available in Charcoal Black color.
For education users, the display supports MimioConnect to allow teachers and students to remotely connect with each other for distance learning programs. You can also sync the display with your device to share content in real-time.
Galaxy Note20 series One UI 3 beta with Android 11 registrations now open in the US
by Rajesh Pandey
Samsung has started accepting applications for the Galaxy Note20 and Note20 Ultra's One UI 3 beta program in the United States. The company had launched the public beta program for the Galaxy S20 lineup in the United States earlier this month.
As of now, Samsung is only accepting applications from Galaxy Note20 or Note20 Ultra owners who have the Sprint, T-Mobile, or the unlocked variant of the device. If you want to try out the upcoming One UI 3 update on your Note20 now, you should send your application to Samsung using the Samsung Members app. The slots are limited so if you are interested, send your application as quickly as possible.
The first public beta One UI 3/Android 11 build for the Galaxy Note20 and Note20 Ultra should start rolling out in the coming days as well. Whenever the build does land though, it won't be too different from the One UI 3 build that's already available for the Galaxy S20 series in the United States.
Samsung is debuting a number of new features in One UI 3 including improved widget support in Always-on Display mode, enhanced Samsung Keyboard and Internet app with new features, more powerful Bixby Routine, and more.
Samsung should expand the One UI 3/Android 11 beta testing program for the Galaxy S20 and Galaxy Note20 to other countries like India, Germany, Poland, China, the United Kingdom, and more.
By Jay Bonggolto
Samsung rolls out the Galaxy Tab Active3 Enterprise Edition in Germany for €477
by Jay Bonggolto
Samsung announced today the availability of the Galaxy Tab Active3 Enterprise Edition in Germany. The rugged tablet was originally unveiled late last month for enterprise users.
The Tab Active3 is now available to purchase via Samsung's retail partners and select wireless carriers in Germany. It carries a price tag of €477, available only in black and with support for three generations of Android upgrades.
It sports an 8-inch TFT LCD display with a 1920x1200 resolution. The tablet is powered by an octa-core Exynos 9810 SoC paired with 4GB of RAM and up to 128GB of internal storage that's expandable via a microSD card. At the back of the device, there's a 13MP camera while at the front sits a 5MP selfie camera.
As a rugged device, it is MIL-STD-810H certified, meaning it can endure various challenging environments. It is also IP68-rated for dust and water protection. Samsung also claims the tablet can withstand a drop of up to 1.5 meters courtesy of its shock absorption system coupled with its Protective Cover.
The Tab Active3 packs a 5050mAh removable battery that features a No Battery mode, allowing you to use the tablet without a battery by plugging it in to a power supply. Of course, it supports Samsung DeX for a PC-like experience and Google ARCore for augmented reality services. In addition, it has a quick access button mounted on its side and comes with an IP68-certified S Pen.