The foldable mobile phone market is now gaining more attention, but there are only a few players in the market. A few years ago, we had Huawei and Samsung as the major players in the Android field. However, after the ban on Huawei, Samsung became the sole player technically. Although other brands like Moto, Xiaomi and others have foldable phones, they are not as consistent as Samsung. As of now, there is no iOS foldable device and any may not launch in the near future. This gives Samsung more time to get ahead in the market. A new report reveals that Samsung is working on a new display that can rotate 360 degrees.
Samsung Display, a subsidiary of Samsung Electronics that manufactures screens, showed off a new prototype display and hinge at CES 2023. According to The Verge, Samsung Display’s “Flex In & Out” display can rotate 360 degrees. This means that the foldable mobile phone with this display can fold inward and outward.
Also, the display uses a different hinge design that is said to result in a less obvious crease. That’s because a “drop hinge” allows the display to take a looser shape – like a water drop – when it folds inward. This more subtle hinge will also put less pressure on the display.
Samsung had a similar prototype
This isn’t the first time the company has shown off a “Flex In & Out” prototype, embracing a foldable, all-round design. In 2021, there were reports of a “Flex In & Out” display at the International Information Display Conference (IMID) in Korea. However, the approach is different, with the display folded like an “S” and divided into multiple sections. As for the Galaxy Z Fold 4, which hit the public in August 2022, it still uses an inward-folding display.
However, it is possible that the new screen will appear in the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 device. Rumor has it that the device may have a less obvious crease, thanks to a similar hinge design. This design would address what some users believe to be a flawed “U”-shaped hinge on the Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Galaxy Z Flip 4. These foldable mobile phones also come with an obvious crease. Competitors have teardrop hinges, creating designs with smaller creases.
Samsung Galaxy A34 5G phone passed US FCC certification: supports 25W wired charging
The Samsung Galaxy A34 5G mobile phone recently appeared on the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) website. With this listing, this device will probably hit the market soon. The FCC cert reveals that this device will come with a 25W fast charging. This device already has India’s BIS cert. These certifications suggest that the launch will happen pretty soon.
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According to the benchmark test, the Galaxy A34 will be equipped with the MediaTek Dimensity 1080 chip. But this may vary by market, and some regions may switch to the Exynos 1380 chip. The Galaxy A34 phone will use a rear triple camera setup with a 48MP main camera. It will also have a 13MP front camera. In addition, this mobile phone will use a 6.5-inch FHD+ 90Hz AMOLED screen. Under the hood, there will be a 5000 mAh battery to keep its lights on. The device will also be available in four colors.
Samsung releases the second January 2023 update for the Galaxy S22 series
Owners of the Galaxy S22 series in some countries and regions are still waiting for the January 2023 update. However, there are reports that the company is already releasing the second update for this series in January. According to screenshots posted by netizen Rydah, his US version of the Galaxy S22 Ultra received the second update in January. However, it is a little weird that this update is still based on OneUI 5.0, not the OneUI 5.1 system.
The screenshots show that the firmware version numbers obtained by the Galaxy S22, Galaxy S22 Plus, and Galaxy S22 Ultra mobile phones in January 2023 are S901U1UES2BWA2, S906U1UES2BWA2, and S908U1UES2BWA2, respectively. The installation package size of the update is 353.78MB. The new update for Samsung Galaxy S22 improves the overall stability and security of the mobile phone. It also enhances the performance of the series. Also, it fixes some minor bugs that you found in the previous firmware version.
Samsung, on the other hand, is testing another massive update — the One UI 5.1 update for the Galaxy S22 mobile phones. This update should arrive after the Galaxy Unpacked 2023 event in February.
Samsung Wallet will cover 8 new countries
Samsung unified the Samsung Pass and Samsung Pay apps into the Samsung Wallet app last year. The service was first launched in South Korea and the United States. Later, it was launched in 19 other countries. Today, the company announced that it is bringing Samsung Wallet to 8 more countries.
Samsung Wallet will be available in Australia, Brazil, Canada, Hong Kong, India, Malaysia, Singapore and Taiwan by the end of January 2023. The app is already available in 21 other countries, including Bahrain, China, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Kazakhstan, South Korea, Kuwait, Norway, Oman, Qatar, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Vietnam, UAE, UK and the US. Once the Samsung Wallet app is available in the user’s region, it can be downloaded through the Galaxy Store app. Those who already have the Samsung Pay app installed on their phones can update the app to convert it to Samsung Wallet.
Exclusive to Samsung mobile phones, Samsung Wallet can store boarding passes, credit and debit cards, digital keys, gift cards, health certificates, ID cards, loyalty cardsand even NFT digital collectibles.