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Mate 40’s camera revealed in several leaks

Octagon!

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Later this week, Huawei is finally unveiling the forthcoming Mate 40 series. Despite the launch’s proximity, the unannounced flagship series kept most of its details private — minus, of course, the Kirin chipset. Now, days before the event, a leak reveals the Mate 40’s camera in its entirety.

The leaked render first appeared in several sources on Twitter. Though just promotional images, the leak clearly shows the phone’s curiously shaped rear camera setup. Instead of last year’s circular rear cameras, the Mate 40 series will have octagonal setup. If the renders are true, the series will sport five rear cameras, an LED flash, and what looks like a ToF sensor.

A second leak reveals a promotion for screen accessories. Though the poster itself doesn’t reveal much, it’s clear that the series will come in black and blue-green color options.

Finally, rounding out the day filled with leaks, renowned leaker Ice Universe reveals the rear panel of the Mate 40’s premium variant: the Mate 30 Porsche Design. Shining in brilliant blue gray, the premium model’s rear has vertical accents running down the center. Compared to the more standard variants, the Porsche Design variant looks more premium.

Last week, a separate leak reveals the device’s front panel. This time, the flagships will have a dual punch-hole camera window on the top-left portion. Besides that, they will also have a curved edge-to-edge display.

As confirmed by Huawei, the Mate 40 series will finally debut on October 22. The series will carry the last proprietary Kirin chipset and will receive the upcoming HarmonyOS 2.0 first for smartphones.

SEE ALSO: Mate 40 series is coming very soon

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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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Galaxy S23 series will debut Gorilla Glass Victus 2

Another confirmed spec

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Only a short while before the launch of the next flagship series, Samsung has kept its secrets under wraps. Compared to how other brands released devices over the past few months, the South Korean smartphone maker isn’t spoiling anything about the Galaxy S23 series. However, the flagship’s components are a different story. Following other third-party confirmations, Corning has confirmed that the Galaxy S23 series will pioneer the Gorilla Glass Victus 2.

Late last year, Corning revealed the next generation of Gorilla Glass Victus. The stronger material can reportedly survive higher drops on concrete. At the time, the company did not confirm which smartphone is getting the new material first. However, given the original Victus’ history with the Galaxy S22 series, everyone was already guessing the upcoming flagship series.

Today, Corning has officially announced the debut for February’s flagship series. Though the announcement does not name the Galaxy S23 series directly, it refers to the “next generation of Galaxy flagship smartphones.” There’s hardly any surprise as to what the “next generation” refers to.

Samsung is currently scheduled to host its first Galaxy Unpacked event early next month. Ahead of the launch, Qualcomm has also announced that the entire series will come with Snapdragon chipsets exclusively.

SEE ALSO: Galaxy S23 series will reportedly have higher prices

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