Mobile news: What happened this week?

Welcome back to mobile news at The Hub. This week we’re looking at the new release date and rumours for the Samsung Note 9, the leaks for the Samsung Galaxy S10, as well as looking at new phone accessories coming from Apple.

We’re also investigating how Qualcomm’s new chips could significantly upgrade budget phones and looking into the new parental controls offered by iOS12.

Samsung Note 9 to launch on 9 August with upgraded camera and S-pen

Samsung has announced that they will be launching their next flagship smartphone on 9 August and we are all expecting this phone to be the Samsung Galaxy Note 9.

Samsung is currently showing off their new camera sensors in Shanghai that are expected to feature in the new phone and a well know leaker has teased major upgrades to the S-pen. While the S-pen upgrades are unconfirmed there is speculation that this includes a speaker and microphone or the ability to digitally record things written on paper.

Samsung Galaxy S10 image leaks showing true all screen design


A photo leak suggested to be of a prototype of the S10, shows a stunning all screen phone with no bezels at either the top or bottom of the screen. While this could just be a concept phone we’re very excited to see what Samsung has in store.

The phone is also rumoured to have an in-screen fingerprint scanner, three cameras, and might ditch their iris scanner in favour of face recognition.

Apple’s wireless charging mat gets September release date

Apple’s long-awaited wireless charging mat gets a September release date – nearly a year after it was teased alongside the iPhone X. With the launch, analysts are predicting that Apple could be set to send wired charging the way of the headphone jack and drop it from their new phones in 2019.

Rumours have also surfaced that Apple is working on noise cancelling AirPods which could be coming next year with an improved wireless range and better waterproofing.

Apple's wireless charger

New Qualcomm chips to bring AI and better graphics to budget phones

Qualcomm has announced new chips designed to bring high-performance features to entry-level and low-to-mid-level phones. The Snapdragon 632, Snapdragon 439 and Snapdragon 429 are supposed to deliver better AI capabilities, longer battery life, greater graphics and enhanced performance to greatly improve budget phones.

iOS12 gets parental controls in the public beta

iOS12 has now implemented features to help parents control their children’s phone-use with their new Screen Time feature release on the iOS12 public beta. If you have kids that are part of your iCloud family sharing, then this feature will allow you to set limits on their useage.

With the feature, you can set a time limit on certain apps so that they can only use a certain amount per day. And you can change this limit depending on the day so they could use them more during the weekend for example. The feature also allows age restrictions to be easily set up remotely.

That’s everything for this week’s mobile news roundup. Remember to check back next week for more mobile industry rumours and updates!