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Huawei Mate X Foldable Phone’s Successor Launching in H2 2020

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According to reports, Huawei will launch its next-generation Mate X folding phone in the second half of 2020. The company is reported to be working on the phone already, and small volume trial production of components has already begun. The Huawei Mate X was launched earlier this year, but availability was delayed until November to ensure satisfactory build quality. Samsung also had durability issues with its first foldable phone, and the Galaxy Fold successor is now expected to launch alongside the next Galaxy S series flagship in February this year.

A Digitimes report states that the next-generation Huawei Mate X foldable phone will be launched in H2 2020. This contrasts with a recent report that suggests that an improved version of the Mate X with Kirin 990 SoC is expected to be released at MWC 2020. He says this Mate X update has an improved design with a better hinge and a stronger screen as well. It could be possible that the report is talking about a suitable successor of the first folding telephone and not just an “improved version”. This is pure speculation on our part, and we expect more clarity as Huawei decides to make some announcements about its folding phone segment.

This informed release information was obtained from manufacturers in the Taiwan supply chain, and some suppliers have even started small-scale trial production of components for the next-generation foldable phone. The report does not detail the design changes or the great features of the next Huawei folding phone but notes that Taiwan suppliers see promising potential in the single segment next year. These suppliers have even started expansion projects for this purpose.

For example, hinge manufacturer Jarllytec seeks to install additional batch furnaces in 2020 that will help produce more metal injection moulding (MIM parts for folding phones. This company has partnered with two Chinese smartphone brands to produce hinges for their folding phones, hinting that more original equipment manufacturers can launch folding phones next year.

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Google Pixel 5 XL Purported Render Surfaces Online, Triple Rear Cameras, Matte-Finish Glass Back Indicated

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Google Pixel 5, or what we can simply believe as the successor to the Pixel 4, isn’t likely to be launched anytime soon. But ahead of any official announcements or teasers, a render that is believed to be of the Google Pixel 5 XL has surfaced. The render suggests some similarities between the Pixel 4 and Pixel 5 XL. Also, it hints at the presence of a triple rear camera setup on the new Pixel phone. Some recent reports have suggested the development of the Pixel 4a that could come as the successor to the Pixel 3a phones. However, we are yet to hear any no rumours around the debut of the Pixel 5 or Pixel 5 XL.

YouTuber Jon Prosser has showcased the purported render of the Google Pixel 5 XL through a video posted on his YouTube channel. Prosser notes in the video that the source of the leaked render is “extremely trustworthy,” though the YouTuber himself spent a couple of days to verify it before making the render public through the YouTube channel.

The texture, suggested by the render, at the back of the Pixel 5 XL looks quite similar to what is featured on the Pixel 4 — with a soft matte glass back and a glossy camera module. Particularly, the camera module appears to have three distinct image sensors, along with a wide-angle lens. The camera setup seems to feature a divisive design that isn’t been loved by everyone.

Just like any other smartphone maker, Google usually tests multiple prototypes before finalising a new smartphone design. It is, therefore, possible that the actual Pixel 5 XL would come with several changes over what we see in the render.

During the narration in the video, Prosser has mentioned that apart from seeing the back, the YouTuber was able to see the front of the Pixel 5 XL that has a forehead — just like the existing Pixel phones. Prosser, however, didn’t provide any renders suggesting the front panel of the smartphone.

Google is hosting its I/O 2020 starting May 12 where it is likely to unveil the Pixel 4a. This would be relatively affordable over the Pixel 5 and Pixel 5 XL flagships that are expected to unveil at a hardware-focussed event sometime in October.

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Apple’s 5G iPhone May Rely on a Custom Antenna: Report

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Sounds like Qualcomm’s antennas are too large for Apple and that is why the iPhone manufacturer is designing the antenna module that’ll be utilized in its own 5G iPhone versions. According to a report in Fast Company, in a year where the 5G radio will be the new iPhone’s spotlight feature, Apple has made a decision to style the telephone antenna itself.

Apple balked at the QTM 525 millimetre-wave antenna module offered to it by Qualcomm because it doesn’t fit into the sleek industrial design Apple wants for the new cell-phone, a source with knowledge of Apple’s programs told Fast Company on Friday.

However, chipset producing giant Qualcomm will still provide the 5G modem chip used in the new iPhones.

Apple usually layouts on many monitors, and it is simultaneously working on a different layout that utilizes the Qualcomm antenna and modem.

It might default to the option after this season, our source stated. But that will need Apple to settle for a somewhat thicker iPhone than it needs. Qualcomm has stated that its QTM 525 antenna module may support 5G smartphone layouts quicker than 8 millimetres thick, the report added.

Apple is expected to launch as many as four new iPhone models spread across different display sizes in 2020. The recent report claimed that the iPhone 12 will come in three size versions, including 5.4-inch, 6.1-inch, and 6.7-inch, but Apple will release two distinct 6.1-inch models, according to a source. The 6.7-inch model will have a thickness of around 7.4mm, which would be nearly 10 per cent thinner than the iPhone 11 Pro Max at 8.1mm.

Additionally, it also claims that the 6.7-inch model will be slightly taller than the iPhone 11 Pro Max and feature a triple-lens rear camera.

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Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra, Galaxy S20+, Galaxy S20 Price in India Announced, Pre-Bookings Open Today

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Samsung recently launched the Samsung Galaxy S20, Galaxy S20+ and Galaxy S20 Ultra smartphones in India. The company showcased the new smartphones alongside the Galaxy Z Flip foldable smartphone at the Samsung Unpacked 2020 event. Samsung is yet to bring these smartphones to India. However, the company has rolled out the pricing of the Galaxy S20 family along with the announcement of the pre-bookings. Samsung Galaxy S20 smartphones can now be pre-booked from Samsung’s official website at a starting price of Rs. 66,999.

Samsung Galaxy S20 is priced at Rs. 66,999 in India. Samsung Galaxy S20+ and Galaxy S20 Ultra will come with a price tag of Rs. 73,999 and Rs. 92,999 respectively. The aforementioned prices are for the 8GB RAM and 128GB storage models only. Samsung Galaxy S20 and Galaxy S20+ are available in Cosmic Gray and Cosmic Blue colour variants. The high-end Galaxy S20 Ultra only comes in Cosmic Gray colour variant. Also, the Galaxy S20+ buyers will have an option to choose Cosmic Black as the colour variant.

Interested buyers can head over to Samsung’s official website to pre-book any of the Galaxy S20 series smartphones starting today. The South Korean giant will start shipping these smartphones on March 6.

Pre-booking offers on the Samsung Galaxy S20 include the Galaxy Buds+ bundle at Rs. 2,999. In contrast, customers pre-booking the Samsung Galaxy S20+ or the Galaxy S20 Ultra are entitled to receive the Galaxy Buds+ at Rs. 1,999. The actual India pricing of the Galaxy Buds+ is yet to be revealed, though. Additionally, customers pre-booking the Galaxy S20-series models can avail the Samsung Care+ service at Rs. 1,999. The service is claimed to cover the phones from any kind of accidental physical or liquid damage, including the front screen, for a period of one year.

Additionally, Samsung is also offering no-cost EMI options starting at Rs. 6,166.58 per month and standard EMI options starting at Rs. 3,483.38 per month. The buyers will also be able to get EMI options on select Debit Cards and Bajaj Finserv cards.

Samsung has also partnered with Reliance Jio to offer double data benefits to those opting for Rs 4,999 annual plan. Basically, Jio users will be able to avail an additional one year of services at no extra cost. There are offers on other networks also as Airtel is also offering double data on its Rs 298 and Rs 398 prepaid plans for 10 consecutive recharges. Vodafone and Idea customers can avail similar benefits on Rs 399 prepaid plan for the first six recharges.

Meanwhile, Samsung recently dropped the prices of the Galaxy S10 lineup on its official website. Samsung Galaxy S10e is now listed with a price tag of Rs. 47,900. As for the Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10+, they are now available for a starting price of Rs. 54,900 and Rs. 61,900 respectively. In the premium S range, the company is now also selling the Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite for a starting price of Rs. 39,999.

Samsung Galaxy S20, Galaxy S20+, Galaxy S20 Ultra specifications

The Samsung Galaxy S20, Galaxy S20+, and Galaxy S20 Ultra, all three phones run Android 10 with One UI on top and feature Dynamic AMOLED 2X Infinity-O Display with 120Hz refresh rate and distinct sizes. The Galaxy S20 has a 6.2-inch QHD+ (1440×3200 pixels) panel, whereas the Galaxy S20+ come with 6.7-inch QHD+ panel and the Galaxy S20 Ultra packs a 6.9-inch QHD+ screen. The smartphones include either Exynos 990 or Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 SoC, paired with up to 16GB of RAM and up to 512GB of onboard storage. We expect the Exynos 990 variants to be released in India.

For photos and videos, the regular Samsung Galaxy S20 has a triple rear camera setup that comprises a 12-megapixel ultra-wide shooter, 12-megapixel wide-angle shooter, and a 64-megapixel tertiary sensor with an f/2.0 telephoto lens. The Galaxy S20+, on the other hand, packs an additional DepthVision sensor — apart from the three cameras identical to what are available on the Galaxy S20. In contrast, the Galaxy S20 Ultra houses a quad rear camera setup with a 108-megapixel wide-angle shooter with phase-detection autofocus (PDAF) and OIS as well as an f/1.8 lens, 48-megapixel telephoto shooter along with an f/3.5 lens, 12-megapixel ultra-wide shooter, and a DepthVision camera. For capturing selfies and enabling video calls, the Galaxy S20 and Galaxy S20+ carry a 10-megapixel selfie camera. This is unlike the Galaxy S20 Ultra that comes with a 40-megapixel selfie camera.

Connectivity options on the Galaxy S20 series include 5G, 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth v5.0, GPS/ A-GPS, NFC, and USB Type-C. Lastly, the Galaxy S20 packs a 4,000mAh battery, whereas the Galaxy S20+ has a 4,500mAh battery and the Galaxy S20 Ultra includes a 5,000mAh battery.

Specifications:

Samsung Galaxy S20

Display 6.20-inch
Processor Samsung Exynos 990
Front Camera 10-megapixel
Rear Camera 12-megapixel + 64-megapixel + 12-megapixel
RAM 8GB
Storage 128GB
Battery Capacity 4000mAh
OS Android 10
Resolution 1440×3200 pixels

Samsung Galaxy S20+

Display 6.70-inch
Processor Samsung Exynos 990
Front Camera 10-megapixel
Rear Camera 12-megapixel + 64-megapixel + 12-megapixel
RAM 8GB
Storage 128GB
Battery Capacity 4500mAh
OS Android 10
Resolution 1440×3200 pixels

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra

Display 6.90-inch
Processor Samsung Exynos 990
Front Camera 40-megapixel
Rear Camera 108-megapixel + 48-megapixel + 12-megapixel
RAM 12GB
Storage 128GB
Battery Capacity 5000mAh
OS Android 10
Resolution 1440×3200 pixels

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