Samsung is starting to fix its mistakes. With a surprise successor to the troubled Galaxy Fold looking particularly mouthwatering, another stunning Galaxy smartphone has emerged. The only problem: it looks set to bury the overpriced Galaxy Note 10.
It is called the Galaxy A90 and it is a new flagship range to rival the Galaxy S10 and Note 10, but Samsung seems to have done too good a job because the A90 outguns both of these premium phones while also costing a lot less.
Spilling the details is Steve Hemmerstoffer, aka OnLeaks, who is easily the most consistently accurate leaker working today. Hemmerstoffer reveals that there will be two versions of the A90 and both match the massive 6.7-inch display of the Galaxy Note 10 Pro, feature the same in-display fingerprint readers, have upgraded 48 megapixel triple rear cameras and there will even be a 5G option.
Moreover, the Galaxy A90 models will have a superior design to the Galaxy Note 10 thanks to a completely bezel-less, notch-less display, and they will also take better selfies. This is possible because Hemmstoffer says the A90 will use the radical rotating camera design first seen on the experimental Galaxy A80 where the rear cameras slide up and flip forwards. This means a dedicated front camera is not necessary and you get your selfies taken with the primary triple camera array.
And the good news doesn’t stop there. The Galaxy A90 range will have the same Snapdragon 855 chipset as the Note 10 and Galaxy S10 while pricebaba, a frequent Hemmerstoffer collaborator, states prices will start from just $735 when it launches on 31 July – a month ahead of the Galaxy Note 10.
Contrast this with the Galaxy Note 10 Pro, where prices start from well over $1,000 and that’s just the 4G version. Samsung has also made some surprising compromises to the Note 10 range this year which means (S Pen fanatics aside), the smart money looks to be heading elsewhere this year.
Great job Samsung, but have you really thought this through?
TikTok owner ByteDance plans to launch music streaming
(Reuters) – TikTok owner Beijing ByteDance Technology Co Ltd is in talks with big music labels – Universal Music, Sony Music and Warner Music – for global licensing deals to include their songs on its new music subscription service, the Financial Times reported on Sunday.
ByteDance is looking to launch its music streaming as soon as next month, initially in emerging markets such as India, Indonesia and Brazil, before a future opening in the United States, the FT reported, citing people familiar with the matter.
In addition to on-demand music, ByteDance’s app will include a library of short video clips for listeners to search through and synch to songs as they listen, the report added.
ByteDance has not given a name to its music app yet and pricing remains unclear, although it is expected to cost less than the $10 a month charged by Spotify Technology SA, Apple Inc and others in the United States, according to the report.
The company was not immediately available for comment on Sunday.
(Reporting by Anurag Maan in Bengaluru; Editing by Peter Cooney)
Apple announces press event on Dec. 2
Apple will host an event on Dec. 2
Apple just announced a press event that it will hold at 4 p.m. ET on Dec. 2 in New York City. The event will be focused on “honoring our favorite apps and games of 2019.” A tagline on the invite says “Loved by millions. Created by the best.”
Apple typically issues a press release detailing its favorite apps and games of the year annually, but this time there may be some sort of awards ceremony instead of just a release. New products are not expected at the event.
Reports had suggested Apple was planning to hold some sort of press conference in October, although the company ultimately announced and released products instead of holding a splashy event. Recent announcements included the new 16-inch MacBook Pro and new AirPods Pro with noise cancellation.
Samsung’s Star Wars-themed Galaxy Note 10 Plus
With the impending December 20th release of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker looming like a nearby Death Star, Samsung has announced a Star Wars-themed Galaxy Note 10 Plus that’s giving off some major Kylo Ren energy. It will be on sale in the US on December 13th for $1,299.99.
The phone looks really slick. I love the red lightsaber-style S Pen. It’s a black Note 10 Plus with a First Order emblem on the back and red trim on the buttons and around the camera. In the Kylo Ren-themed box, you’ll also get black Galaxy Buds with a red inner casing, a Ren-themed leather phone case, and a Ren-themed “metal badge.”
Samsung says the phone will come with exclusive Star Wars-themed wallpapers, shutdown animations, icons, and sounds.
With a price tag of $1,299.99, it’s a little more expensive than a base Galaxy Note 10 Plus — which you can buy on Samsung’s website at a sale price of $839.99 — but the extra Star Wars-themed goodies might make the extra cost worth it.
Samsung says bundle will be available in Australia, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Korea, Norway, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, UAE, the UK, and the US. In select markets, it will be available starting on December 10th, which is a bit sooner than the US release date.
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