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Samsung Galaxy S20: Everything We Know So Far [Updated]

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Codename – The Galaxy S20 range is known as Picasso. Why would Samsung name the phone after a great artist? Because the headline change will be to the camera. That said, its potential name change will also generate a lot of attention because Samsung has decided to change branding and call the Galaxy S11e the Galaxy S20, the Galaxy S11 the Galaxy S20+ and is considering calling the Galaxy S10+ the Galaxy S20 Ultra. I discuss the pros and cons of the changes here.

Major Update: working with MySmartPrice, popular insider Ishan Agarwal has now leaked the full specifications for the Galaxy S20 range. I break these down in sections below, but highlights include their massive new screen sizes, increased battery capacities, and the biggest camera upgrades for generations. There’s a lot to be excited about here.

Camera – As you can see above, Samsung will equip the Galaxy S20 with a 48MP telephoto lens to the range. This is capable of 5x optical zoom and it will sit alongside a 48MP wide-angle lens, a ToF flight sensor and a massive 108MP primary camera on the Ultra model, which uses pixel binning technology to create one large 2.4μm pixel with a 12 megapixel final image size. This should lead to dramatic improvements in low light photography. It’s codename is the ‘ISOCELL Bright HM1’.

The final design of the Galaxy S20 camera has also been revealed by reliable insider OnLeaks, confirming a far more symmetrical camera layout than in early prototypes.

(Note: You can see a render of an earlier Galaxy S20 prototype in the Display section below)


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Display – As mentioned above, Samsung is significantly increasing screen sizes (which should be offset by the smaller bezels) with the new Galaxy S20 range. This is what you’ll get:

  • 6.2-inch Galaxy S20
  • 6.7-inch Galaxy S20+
  • 6.9-inch Galaxy S20 Ultra

01/18 Update: in a late shocker, new information by Xda Developers’ popular insider Max Weinbach, reveals Samsung will drop its iconic Edge display from the Galaxy S20 range. Expect a polarized reaction to this news and it is likely to be as much of a deal maker for some as a deal breaker for others. You can read my opinions on the change here.

Design –  The Galaxy Note 10 Plus already has a class-leading screen-to-body ratio but we know Galaxy S20 will push this even further by shrinking the front camera.

Performance – The Galaxy S20 will use Samsung’s newly unveiled Snapdragon 865 which has 20% faster graphics rendering than the Snapdragon 855 in the Galaxy S10 and 35% more power efficiency. There’s also upgraded LPDDR5 smartphone memory (30% faster, 30% more efficient).

Benchmarking leaks also strongly suggest the Galaxy S20 range will have a minimum of 12GB RAM with up to 16GB in the flagship Galaxy S20 Ultra. This is a massive amount and lays down the gauntlet to Android rivals in 2020. Though Apple’s iPhone 12 performance looks set for even bigger gains.

Connectivity – The Snapdragon 865 has 5G baked in so it will come to every Galaxy S20 model. WiFi 6 will also come as standard and Samsung is retaining the microSD expansion slot (though not for the entry level Galaxy S20) The bad news: the headphone jack has gone, which is not surprising after it was ditched by the Galaxy Note 10.

Biometrics – Samsung is not expected to introduce a Face ID rival, but it will add a supersized Qualcomm 3D Sonic Max fingerprint sensor to the Galaxy S20 which is 17x larger than the sensor used in the Galaxy S10 (making placement more instinctive). The sensor will also support two fingerprints at the same time which will deliver a significant increase in security which can be reserved for crucial moments, like the completion of financial transactions or logging into a banking app.

Battery Life – Another major upgrade. While 5G will consume more battery life, Samsung looks set to more than offset this with significant capacity upgrades

  • Galaxy S20 – 4,000 mAh (S10: 3,400 mAh)
  • Galaxy S20+: 4,500 mAh (S10+: 4,100 mAh)
  • Galaxy S20 Ultra: 5,000 mAh

45W ‘Super Fast’ charging is also expected to come as standard. But don’t expect the company’s potentially revolutionary graphene batteries to be ready for the Galaxy S20 range, though it could possibly launch late in the year.

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Downsides – the Galaxy S20 looks set to have all the bad points of the Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10 Plus: for the S20 that means no microSD while every model will lose the headphone jack. XDA Developers has attained a hands-on video of a Galaxy S20 and it confirms the removal of the jack.

Release Date: Samsung has officially confirmed the Galaxy S20 will launch on February 11. The teaser image is also easily decoded: the first ‘A’ is the shape of the new Galaxy S20 rear camera hump (as the camera is the phone’s headline upgrade) and the second ‘A’ is the form factor of the new folding Galaxy smartphone (closed, because I understand it will have a clamshell design). You can read more about that phone here.

01/22 Update – Price: until now pricing for the Galaxy S20 range had been a tightly guarded secret but now a familiar (and highly reliable) source has shed light on what to expect. Popular leaker Max Weinberg has revealed Samsung will price its line-up between the following price points in Europe:

  • Galaxy S20 5G: €900-1000
  • Galaxy S20+ 5G: €1050-1100
  • Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G: €1300

Prices in Europe tend to be higher than the US as they include sales tax, so if Samsung can hit these price points for the 5G versions of these phones then it will represent a reduction compared to last year when the Galaxy S10+ started at $1,300.

Conclusion

After incremental upgrades in 2019, Samsung is going for it in 2020 and a big motivation is Apple’s plans for the iPhone 12. These include an upgraded design, 120Hz ProMotion displays, some incredible 3D camera tricks, the return of Touch ID and, potentially, the end of the Lightning port. Apple may also release as many as six new iPhone models.

Yes, 2020 is shaping up to be major year for smartphone fans.

Tip: I will keep this article updated as your one-stop-shop for Galaxy S20 news, so bookmark it. 

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Samsung Taps Finablr To Enter The Cross-Border Payments Market

The cross border payments market is huge as people across the globe send money back and forth. Samsung Electronics America wants a piece of that $700 billion opportunity and just announced a new service to meet that end.

Dubbed Money Transfer, with the new feature U.S. customers of Samsung Pay can send cross border payments to 47 countries via Samsung’s digital wallet including India, Mexico, China, Philippines and major markets in Africa. Money Transfer will be rolled out to other markets in 2020. The South Korean consumer electronics company is teaming up with Travelex, a unit of UK payment platform Finablr to make this service a reality.

“There’s a huge need for consumers around the world to send money securely,” said Mehul Desai, Finablr CTO. “We want to reduce friction and bring more convenience.” According to Desai one of the big complaints about cross-border payments is the lack of transparency in terms of the fees associated with transferring money. Users don’t always know how much it costs to send money to family or friends outside of their home country.

With Money Transfer all of the fees and exchange rates are included upfront so customers know how much they are paying before they hit send. Desai said the fees will vary depending on the amount and where it’s being sent but can be as low $1.72. He declined to say how high the percentage could be other than its competitive with other industry players. Western Union, the leader in cross-border payments charges roughly 5% on average while fintech startup Remitly charges an average of 1.3%.

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Sending money internationally is made easy through Samsung Pay. Customers can use existing debit or credit cards registered with Samsung Pay to send money in most of the major currencies via Finablr’s global network. Recipients can have the money deposited into a bank or can choose to pick it up from a store.

Entering the cross-border payments market is a natural next step for Samsung Pay, which has been enabling digital payments since August of 2015. In order to get an edge over its first-place rival Apple Pay, it has to offer more. According to research firm Auriemma Group, as of last fall Apple Pay represented 77% of mobile wallet transactions. Samsung Pay was a distant second, accounting for 17% of digital payments. Part of the reason is Apple Pay was first to the market and as a result has enjoyed higher adoption rates than its rival.

“Our consumers are global and have friends and family around the world,” said Sang W. Ahn, Vice President & Division Head, Content & Services, Samsung Electronics America in a press release announcing the service. “Money Transfer is a first step in our vision to evolve Samsung Pay into a platform that makes users’ financial lives more convenient.”

In the cross-border payments market, Samsung Pay faces steep competition from the likes of Western Union, Remitly and fintech startups such as TransferWise. Western Union is constantly reinventing itself to ensure it remains relevant in the global money transfer market. It recently announced it’s expanding its real-time global payment services to include transfers from bank accounts and digital wallets in 17 countries. In June it forged an alliance with Visa in which Western Union will use Visa Direct, the real-time push payments platform to speed up money transfers.

Meanwhile, Remitly recently raised $200 million in venture funding, giving it a valuation of close to $1 billion. And Transferwise just launched a debit card in the U.S. that works in multiple currencies at once, enabling people to shop and send money globally.

Despite all that, Samsung and Finablr seem undeterred. They point to Finablr’s platform, international reach and 40 years of cross-border payments expertise, as reasons they will be winners. “Combining our industry-leading network and pioneering technology with Samsung’s leadership in the mobile device market, allows us to innovate at a scale that is unique in the US$127 trillion global cross-border payments market,” said Promoth Manghat, Group Chief Executive Officer at Finablr in prepared remarks. “This partnership advances our mission to meet the evolving needs of financial consumers and further strengthens our position as a partner of choice for global payments and technology companies.”

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Galaxy Note 10 Exclusive Reveals Samsung’s Surprise Upgrade

Samsung is heavily redesigning the Galaxy Note 10 with some killer tech, but it appeared the company was about to blow the basics. Until now. 

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 concept based on leaks

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 concept based on leaks

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Following news Samsung is pulling 25W fast charging from the Galaxy Note 10 (seemingly because it’s rubbish), popular insider Ice Universe has updated his information to reveal Samsung will actually fit a charger more powerful than 25W. Moreover, I have also been able to verify this myself through a trusted source.

“You should be thinking bigger [not smaller]. That’s all I can say about it right now but expect to be pleasantly surprised and not disappointed when the charging specs are released publicly,” revealed my source.

Similarly, Ice Universe added the image of Superman’s S logo in his update leading many to believe this teases 50-watt charging. While seemingly outlandish (the Galaxy S10 has a 15W charger), this is actually very real with Oppo’s SuperVOOC charger hitting approximately 50W and charging its Find X Lamborghini from 0-100% in just 35 minutes.

Galaxy Note 10 concept render based on leaks

Galaxy Note 10 concept render based on leaks

With this in mind, when Ice Universe notes Samsung’s “battery capacity and charging speed will no longer be Samsung’s weaknesses” and could even be an advantage, 50W is the bar set by the competition.

Furthermore, if Samsung nails this then it could prove to be the cherry on the top. We already know the Galaxy Note 10 will outgun the S10, feature a better camera and Verizon has let the cat out of the bag that the Note will have 5G at launch. So throw ballistic fast charging into the mix and Samsung is going to have a big hit on its hands.

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Samsung Leak Reveals New Foldable Phone, Next-Generation Flagship Smartphone And Tablet

In a teaser video uncovered Friday by Slashleaks, a website specialized in aggregating tech leaks, Samsung’s Vietnamese subsidiary accidentally leaked upcoming mobile devices that the South Korean company plans to unveil later this month including a foldable phone and the next-generation of its flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S10, and Galaxy Tab tablet computer……………

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We Tried The World’s First Folding Phone, & It Actually Works – Nick Statt

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Samsung may be just days away from taking the wraps off its very own foldable smartphone-tablet hybrid, but consumer electronics company Royole has stolen a bit of its thunder with its very own flexible display device. Called the FlexPai, the 7.8-inch hybrid device can fold 180 degrees and transform from a tablet into a phone, albeit a bulky one. At an event in San Francisco this evening, Royole brought out a working version of the FlexPai that we actually got to hold, and the folding feature works as advertised. Granted, it feels miles away in quality from a high-end modern flagship, but it is still the first real foldable device I’ve seen in person, and not just in a concept video or prototype stage…….

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Samsung Pay Comes to Africa, Launching In South Africa – Toby Shapshak

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Samsung Pay, the mobile payment from the world’s largest smartphone maker, has launched in South Africa.

Calling it the first such service in Africa, Samsung has partnered with two of South Africa’s big banks, Absa and Standard Bank through MasterCard and Visa cards.

The system took three years to set up, says Sung Yoon, president and CEO of Samsung Electronics Africa, working with the banks and the regulatory body, the Payments Association of South Africa (Pasa).

Because of the country’s mobile-first nature, he says “acceptance of Samsung Pay at launch in South Africa is much better than 2015 in the US when it launched. People in South Africa understand the technology better today, too, than users in the US did three years ago.”

Samsung Pay uses Galaxy handsets from the world’s largest smartphone maker to make payments using both MST and NFC technology – or tapping your phone on a point-of-sale terminal.

Once the app has been installed and credit cards have been added, people can make a payment just by authenticating themselves in the app – using a Pin code, fingerprint or iris scan.

The security is built on its “defence-grade Samsung Knox security platform and biometric authentication” which it installs on its smartphones.

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Samsung Announces Multi-Billion Dollar Investment in AI, 5G, & More – Paul Hill

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Samsung has announced that it will invest 25 trillion Korean Won, or $22 billion into innovative industries such as artificial intelligence, 5G, automotive electronic parts, and biopharmaceuticals. The firm plans to take this action by making investments into businesses, and will look to deplete the fund over the next three years.

According to the Korean tech giant, the announcement comes after many months of deliberations and review by the management and board of directors of different Samsung companies that plan to make investments. As part of the plan, it will open up its venture incubation programme to external and internal start-up projects and provide software training.

It said it wants to invest in AI because it believes future innovations will be based around the technology, and it said that 5G will power new opportunities in autonomous driving, the Internet of Things (IoT), and robotics. With its investment in AI, it will increase its own capability, increasing the number of researchers to 1,000 across its global AI Centers. On the 5G front, it will invest to become a global player in the advanced markets for 5G chipsets and related devices and equipment.

With regards to the impact the investment will have on IoT, autonomous vehicles, and biopharmaceuticals, Samsung said:

“Samsung aims to become a leader in electronics components for future cars such as system-on-chips for autonomous driving, utilizing its leadership in semiconductors, telecommunications and display technologies.

For biopharmaceuticals, Samsung has seen strong growth from both its contract manufacturing and biosimilar businesses. It will continue to invest heavily in the businesses, including developing and manufacturing biosimilars to combat chronic and difficult-to-cure diseases.”

All-in-all, Samsung expects to create 40,000 new jobs over the next three years, which includes creating 20,000 new jobs on top of previous hiring plans – it said this shows Samsung’s commitment to support youth employment. Alongside direct employment, the investment is expected to help create 700,000 new jobs in related industries and businesses.

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Samsung Suddenly Confirms Galaxy Note 9 Upgrade

In recent weeks, leaks have not been kind to the Galaxy Note 9. Looking to reassure fans, however, Samsung has now confirmed the next generation feature its smartphone will have…

Speaking to The Korea Herald, Gray G. Lee, head of the AI Center Under Samsung Research, revealed the Galaxy Note 9 will be the launch device for Bixby 2.0. This may trigger sneers given the Bixby smart assistant has been widely derided since it launched with the Galaxy S8 last year, but not so fast.

Lee says Bixby 2.0 will be more than just a personal assistant. Instead, it will be an “artificial intelligence platform” which enhances the performance and user experience across the phone. The Assistant itself will also have enhanced natural language processing, improved noise resistance capability and faster response times.

It is also worth noting that, while it has fallen behind Google, Amazon and Apple in the AI wars, Samsung is deadly serious about artificial intelligence.

Lee says Samsung now has a 1,000-strong AI workforce and will consider merger and acquisitions of promising AI businesses. He also revealed Samsung expects to Bixby to be running on 14 million Samsung devices by the end of the year.

And here’s where the Galaxy Note 9 specifically, becomes intriguing…

In a new tweet, ever-mysterious, ever-accurate leaker Ice Universe states “Note9’s UX design and interactive experience are worth the wait. Maybe we can call it Crown UX”. Given Ice Universe has been arguably the Galaxy Note 9’s biggest critic in recent weeks, that’s high praise.

Software has long been Samsung’s Achilles Heel, so this is extremely encouraging. Will it be enough to make-up for disappointing Galaxy Note 9 hardware? The good news is we won’t have to wait long to find out…

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