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Galaxy S23 series will reportedly have higher prices

Pricing information leaked

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How much are you willing to pay for a new flagship? If you’re aiming for a figure from last year’s range, you might want to adjust your expectations by a bit. According to a new rumor, the Galaxy S23 series, one of the first flagship series coming out this year, will launch with a price hike.

First reported by 9to5Google, Samsung will sell the upcoming flagship series for a heftier price tag across its different models. Ahead of its launch in February, Australia has reportedly leaked pricing information for the series.

The base Galaxy S23, coming with only 128GB, will start at AUD 1,350. Meanwhile, the mid-tier Galaxy S23+, will start at AUD 1,650. Finally, the premium Galaxy S23 Ultra will start at AUD 1,950. Last year, the Galaxy S22 series came out with AUD 1,249, AUD 1,549, and AUD 1,849, respectively.

Prices will definitely vary across the different countries where the phones are on sale. However, if Australia is any indication, all countries will likely experience a similar price hike.

Throughout the past few iterations of the flagship series, Samsung has notoriously seesawed between different ends of the spectrum. For the past couple of generations, the Galaxy S21 and Galaxy S22 series notably dropped prices by a bit. With a reported price hike this year, Samsung might bounce back to its norm from a few years ago.

Samsung is scheduled to launch the new flagship series on February 1 for its first Unpacked event of the year.

SEE ALSO: Galaxy S23 leaks in FCC filing

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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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