Welcome back to another instalment of mobiles news at The Hub! This week, we’re looking at the rumours surrounding Samsung’s top secret new smartphone for emergency staff and the release date and specs of the Huawei P20.
We’re also checking out Google Maps’ new feature that allows users to see restaurant waiting times – as well as Samsung’s bid to rival the iPhone X with 3D facial scanning.
Samsung unveils its super secure, super secret phone
Samsung has unveiled a new smartphone that will be deployed to frontline emergency staff, such as police officers, firefighters and paramedics.
Designed as part of the roll-out of the Emergency Services Network (ESN), this means that the latest Samsung smartphone will not be available to the public. The company has remained rather tight-lipped about the smartphone specs, however, it has been confirmed that the phone is loaded with features such as a swappable battery and Public Safety-LTE’ 4G that allows for live video broadcasting and quicker access to records and intelligence.
This new Samsung phone is likely modelled on an existing Galaxy range, such as the A or J-Series, and is equipped with additional unique features, like a push-to-talk button, rugged back cover that is help by a single screw and the largest ever battery on any Samsung phone. Although the roll-out of the Samsung is shrouded in mystery, we will keep an ear to the ground for any updates.
Huawei P20 release date and specs unveiled
This Tuesday March 27, Huawei will announce the successor to the P10: the Huawei P20 Lite, Huawei P20, and Huawei P20 Pro.
As there have already been a lot of rumours circulating and leaks in the press, we have all been wondering if there was anything else to know about the new Huawei flagship. However, the latest on the rumour mill is that the P20 is expected to feature the Kirin 970 octa-core chip – which means that it will deliver 25-times better CPU performance and 50 times greater energy efficiency.
Featuring a dedicated Neural Processing Unit (NPU) that will be open to developers, the P20 will also be Huawei’s first ever AI mobile computing platform. Meanwhile, teaser videos have indicated that the new camera technology is the key selling point of the P20 – with a 3-camera setup within the Pro model.
Apple developing its own iPhone screens
Apple is working to develop its own iPhone screens, which means that it will cease reliance on Samsung, LG and other major screen manufacturers for future iPhones.
According to a leaked report from an anonymous source, Apple is working on displays with MicroLED technology. This will replace the existing OLED technology and will offer brighter colours while saving battery power.
The new screen technology is expected to rolled out across next-generation Apple iPhones, which will certainly put the pressure on Samsung – who have consistently built better smartphone screens in recent years.
Google Maps for iPhone now includes restaurant waiting times
Have you ever turned up to a restaurant only to realise that you have to wait 30 minutes in line for a table? Now, with the recent Google Maps for iOS update this will be a thing of the past.
Google Maps’ new feature allows users to see how long they will have to wait in line when heading out to dinner on listings. With over one million restaurants in its database, listings will now show the average waiting times for your favourite eateries at any point in the day.
This is extremely handy for those who want to head out for a quick bite without a reservation. Unfortunately, the feature has not been made available for users in the UK, but Google has promised that it will expand the function soon.
Samsung Galaxy S10 to feature 3D facial scanning
In a bid to rival the iPhone X’s Face ID, Samsung’s next-generation Galaxy S10 is set to feature 3D facial scanning.
According to a report from South Korea, Samsung have enlisted the help of Israeli start-up, Mantis Vision – who previously developed 3D mapping functionality for Google.
The S10’s predecessor, the Samsung Galaxy S9, which hit shelves earlier this week, is equipped with iris scanning technology and 2D mapping. However, 2D mapping is considered easier to hack into, so the development of 3D facial scanning will improve the security of the smartphone.
The Samsung S10 is not expected for release until this time next year, which means that Apple has a head start to improve its Face ID functionality.
That’s all for our mobile news this week! Be sure to check back next week for the latest industry news and rumours at The Hub.