Hello and welcome to mobile news at The Hub! This week we’re checking out the confirmed launch of Samsung’s folding phone, as well as checking out their 5G plans and their long-awaited launch of an in-screen fingerprint scanner.
We’re also looking into Apple’s new offerings for 2018: the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone 9 – or at least those are the names considered most likely. And, we’re taking a look at iOS 12, as it’s due to be officially unveiled next week.
Samsung folding phone is confirmed for this year
We’ve been hearing rumours about Samsung’s foldable phone for years now and we finally have confirmation that it will be launched before the year is out. The phone has likely been delayed this long due to technical issues, but it looks like technology has finally caught up with the concept.
The current rumour is that the phone will feature a small 4.6-inch screen that can be opened out into a 7.3-inch tablet. We’re expecting to see the phone launch at Samsung’s November event, so it shouldn’t be too long till we learn more!
Three new iPhones the XS, XS Max, coming very soon.
With the new iPhones likely to be unveiled next week, the number of rumours and leaks around the phones have ramped up. We’re pretty certain that we’ve got the names right – thanks to insider leaks on the new model names. The XS is said to be the iPhone X‘s successor, followed by the XS Max – a larger version of the XS – and finally the budget iPhone 9.
New leaks from the US have indicated a 6.1 inch LCD screen for the iPhone 9, and a huge 6.5 inch OLED display for the XS Max. However, the XS will only boast internal upgrades from last years’ iPhone X.
Samsung to launch 5G versions of the Galaxy S10 in select countries
According to rumours from Korean sources, Samsung is planning on launching 5G versions of their Galaxy S10 phone to future-proof the technology. While some cities have started trailing 5G networks, large-scale adoption isn’t expected for a few years.
We aren’t certain which countries will have the release yet, but we’re expecting to see them sometime after the main launch of the S10 and S10+ – which are expected in January 2019.
iOS 12 to be officially announced
The official launch date for iOS 12 will be announced next week at the upcoming Apple event, but there are some amazing new features and some users are even claiming that the beta is already superseding the iOS 11.
The new software will include Memoji, Group Notifications, Siri Shortcuts, as well as superior overall performance for older phones. Initial reports point to the them expecting 40% to 70% faster performance for certain tasks, including launching apps. Not only that, but the phone is also integrating AR multiplayer capabilities – called Shared Experiences in ARKit 2 – which is cementing Apple as a leader in augmented reality.
Sadly Group FaceTime has been delayed, but we are hoping to see this in October. However, everything else should hopefully be ready for download to our phones by the September 18th.
Samsung to debut in-screen fingerprint scanner in mid-range model
Current rumours are saying that Samsung is planning to launch their first in-screen fingerprint scanner in a mid-range model, rather than in their high-end flagships. There is speculation that this could to test the tech in the market before committing to implementing it in high-end phones – meaning that Samsung isn’t confident in the tech.
However, there are also rumours that this will be ultrasonic scanning, which Samsung believes is less secure, and the high-end model will be optical scanning – a much more difficult technology. This would simply mean that Samsung is refusing to install anything less than the best in their flagship phones.
That’s our mobile news roundup for this week! Remember to check back in next time for all your industry news and rumours with Tesco Mobile.