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Galaxy S10 to launch before Samsung’s upcoming foldable smartphone

Is January too early?

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As early as now, Samsung is already prepping its newest flagship for next year which is most likely called the Galaxy S10. While we already know its possible name, we just got news about its probable launch date.

A report from South Korean news outlet The Bell stated that the Galaxy S10 might launch as early as January 2019. The Galaxy S9 did launch a month earlier than expected, so another early flagship launch from Samsung is not impossible. The company is reportedly going to start sourcing parts for their 10th-anniversary flagship by October.

Just when exactly is the Galaxy S10 launching? Rumors point out that Samsung will make use of the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), the biggest tech trade show in the world, which is happening in Las Vegas from January 8 to 11 next year.

The reason why Samsung is pushing for an early Galaxy S10 launch is because they’ll introduce the much-rumored foldable smartphone possibly at Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2019. Like with the Galaxy S10, Samsung is already prepping things up and has asked suppliers to start supplying components by November.

Samsung is not planning to make a move similar to Apple’s. The Cupertino company announced their new flagship phones, the iPhone 8 and the iPhone X, in one sitting. It does make sense to launch two hot products a month apart, but it’s still too early to say if these reports are 100 percent accurate.

Via: SamMobile

SEE ALSO: Samsung phone shipments drop while Xiaomi rises during Q1 2017

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Finally! Grab users may now pay directly using GCash

Much-awaited partnership

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Grab Philippines and GCash have finally struck a partnership deal that will make payments on the superapp even easier and more convenient.

Starting February, users will be able to add GCash as a direct payment method on the Grab app, making cashless transactions on food and grocery deliveries, car transport, and other services cashless.

Prior to the collaboration, GCash users could only send money from their account to their GrabPay wallet, and vice-versa, causing a bit of hassle switching in between apps on one’s phone screen.

The partnership also means there will be no more transaction fees unlike before when Grab users have to cash in using their credit or debit cards or linked bank accounts.

Grab customers may also avail of GCash exclusive deals, and even get treats when they pay using the e-wallet.

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Samsung offers $100 for Galaxy S23 preorders

Or the upcoming Galaxy Book

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The Galaxy S23 series is coming. Samsung has officially scheduled the first Galaxy Unpacked event of the year for early February, heralding the coming of the Galaxy S23 series. While the flagship series will certainly wow a lot of users, buying one might crumple bank accounts so soon after the holidays. Luckily, Samsung is holding an early reservation promo ahead of the Galaxy Unpacked event.

If you reserve either the new Galaxy S23 or the new Galaxy Book now, Samsung is giving away US$ 50 worth of Samsung Credit. Additionally, users can reserve both devices and get US$ 100 worth of credit for use on any eligible products in the store.

Simply by signing up with your email address, you can use this link to save up to US$ 100 when you shop with Samsung.

The promo ends next Wednesday, February 1, by 11:59pm EST.

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Apple halts development of in-house chip

Broadcom is still in

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Apple is currently on a quest to reduce its reliance on third-party components for its devices. For the most part, the company is successful in doing so. Apple Silicon is already an important part of the brand’s identity — with work on more in-house components ongoing. Now, Apple is reportedly pausing development on one of its upcoming chips.

According to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple will delay the development of its in-house connectivity chip. In the meantime, the brand will keep relying on Broadcom for the same components, going into the iPhone 15 series.

To be clear, the paused component only deals with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity. Apple is still developing its in-house modem for 5G connectivity — according to outside reports, at least. While the Broadcom deal will still continue, Qualcomm might still get the axe after Apple develops its replacement chip.

Given the positive response to Apple Silicon, building more in-house components might ultimately work well for the brand. If anything, the company can rest easier by controlling how one of its components is produced.

Besides Apple, other brands are also developing their in-house chipsets to rival component makers like Qualcomm. Google, for instance, is doing relatively well with the Tensor lineup. Additionally, though the upcoming series will rely on Qualcomm, Samsung is currently working to bring the Exynos lineup to match current standards.

SEE ALSO: Apple iPhone 15 Rumor Roundup: Goodbye Pro Max, hello Ultra

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