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Samsung might launch a 512GB Galaxy Note 9 in Korea and China

It might launch elsewhere

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In less than two months, Samsung will launch the much-awaited Galaxy Note 9. The rumor mill has already churned out potential detail after potential detail. To add to the mire, another report has revealed a launch detail that will upset you. Unless you live in China or Korea, that is.

In a recent tweet, infamous Samsung leaker Ice Universe has stated that Samsung’s premium phablet will come in a gigantic 512GB variant. What’s the catch? The whopping variant will launch only in the brand’s home country South Korea and China.

On the other hand, some speculators believe that the variant might also launch in other markets (except Europe).

Regardless, one thing’s for sure: Both Korea and China continuously pop up across all rumors involving the 512GB variant. If the rumors prove true, those two territories will surely get the huge variant.

Currently, Samsung’s wide slate of phones go up to only 256GB. Thankfully, Samsung remains one of the few flagship phone brands to offer microSD expansion up to 2TB.

The potential 512GB Galaxy Note 9 will push Samsung’s boundaries even further. Additionally, since the Note 8 had the feature, microSD expansion on the Note 9 remains plausible.

Besides the internal storage, the Galaxy Note 9 will potentially rock the industry-leading Snapdragon 845 processor and its Exynos equivalent. Also, it might also carry up to 8GB of RAM. As always, it will sport the latest S Pen.

Whatever specs that the Note 9 will eventually rock, Samsung will reveal all during their annual Unpacked event on August 9.

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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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