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Galaxy S21 FE still coming in January, rumor says

Galaxy S22 delayed by a month

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Love it or hate it, we’re only a few months away from 2022. Since January is already around the corner, all eyes should already be on the upcoming Galaxy S22 series. Samsung usually launches its next flagship series near the start of the year. However, before the flagship series launches, the brand usually launches a refreshed version of the current generation — a Fan Edition — before the next series. According to a new rumor, we’re still getting such a release for the Galaxy S21 FE.

A Galaxy S21 FE circulated around the rumor mill for quite some time now. The smartphone was previously set for an August to October launch window. However, with October already in full swing, it doesn’t look like the phone will come out anytime soon.

According to SamMobile, the Galaxy S21 FE will launch sometime in January instead. And, instead of a sizable launch, Samsung will set the smartphone for a silent launch without much fanfare.

However, you might have noticed something about the potential launch schedule. It’s perilously close to when the next Galaxy S series usually launches. Well, the report has an answer for that, too.

To compensate for the delayed Galaxy S21 FE launch, the Galaxy S22 series will instead launch at another date. It will reportedly launch a month or two after the first launch of the year.

Regardless, 2022 is coming soon. We’ll know for sure soon.

SEE ALSO: Galaxy S21 Fan Edition leaked in new manual

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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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