While there are still a few weeks left for the Galaxy S21 series launch, we’ve already learned almost everything there is to know about the Galaxy S21, Galaxy S21 Plus, and Galaxy S21 Ultra. Over the last few weeks, we’ve seen plenty of leaks about the devices that have highlighted their design and specifications. We’ve also seen leaks that reveal crucial information about some of the new software changes that Samsung may announce at launch.
On top of that, we’ve managed to confirm that the top-of-the-line Galaxy S21 Ultra will feature S Pen support, and Samsung will offer special cases for the device with a dedicated slot to hold the S Pen. Although we’re yet to see what these special cases will look like, renowned leaker Ishan Agarwal has now managed to procure renders of some of the official cases for the Galaxy S21 series.
According to a recent report from MySmartPrice, Samsung will offer two types of flip cases for the Galaxy S21 series, along with clear standing cases, protective cases, silicone cases, and leather cases for all three devices. The company will also offer premium fabric-finish Kvadrat cases for the Galaxy S21 Plus and Galaxy S21 Ultra.
The flip cases, silicone cases, and leather cases will be available in a couple of colorways, while the protective cases and Kvadrat cases will only come in two color options. Check out the renders attached above for a quick look at all of the cases that will be available for the Galaxy S21 series at launch.
It’s worth noting that while MySmartPrice doesn’t talk about S Pen support on any of the cases mentioned above, Ishan Agarwal’s tweet on the matter highlights that the Clear View case for the Galaxy S21 Ultra will have space to house the S Pen. Since it’s difficult to make out exactly how the Clear View case will accommodate the stylus from these renders, we hope to see clearer images of the case showcasing the S Pen slot soon.
Britain in talks with 6 firms about building gigafactories for EV batteries
Britain is in talks with six companies about building gigafactories to produce batteries for electric vehicles (EV), the Financial Times reported on Wednesday, citing people briefed on the discussions.
Car makers Ford Motor Co and Nissan Motor Co Ltd, conglomerates LG Corp and Samsung, and start-ups Britishvolt and InoBat Auto are in talks with the British government or local authorities about locations for potential factories and financial support, the report added .
(Reporting by Kanishka Singh in Bengaluru; Editing by Himani Sarkar)
EBay to sell South Korean unit for about $3.6 billion to Shinsegae, Naver
EBay Korea is the country’s third-largest e-commerce firm with market share of about 12.8% in 2020, according to Euromonitor. It operates the platforms Gmarket, Auction and G9.
Shinsegae, Naver and eBay Korea declined to comment.
Lotte Shopping had also been in the running, the Korea Economic Daily and other newspapers said, citing unnamed investment banking sources.
South Korea represents the world’s fourth largest e-commerce market. Driven by the coronavirus pandemic, e-commerce has soared to account for 35.8% of the retail market in 2020 compared with 28.6% in 2019, according to Euromonitor data.
Shinsegae and Naver formed a retail and e-commerce partnership in March by taking stakes worth 250 billion won in each other’s affiliates.
($1 = 1,117.7000 won)
(Reporting by Joyce Lee; Editing by Edwina Gibbs)
Canada launches long-awaited auction of 5G spectrum
The 3,500 MHz is a spectrum companies need to provide 5G, which requires more bandwidth to expand internet capabilities.The auction, initially scheduled for June 2020, is expected to take several weeks with Canadian government selling off 1,504 licenses in 172 service areas.
Smaller operators are going into the auction complaining that recent regulatory rulings have further tilted the scales in the favour of the country’s three biggest telecoms companies – BCE, Telus and Rogers Communications Inc – which together control around 90% of the market as a share of revenue.
Canadian mobile and internet consumers, meanwhile, have complained for years that their bills are among the world’s steepest. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government has threatened to take action if the providers did not cut bills by 25%.
The last auction of the 600 MHz spectrum raised C$3.5 billion ($2.87 billion) for the government.
The companies have defended themselves, saying the prices they charge are falling.
Some 23 bidders including regional players such as Cogeco and Quebec’s Videotron are participating in the process. Shaw Communications did not apply to participate due to a $16 billion takeover bid from Rogers. Lawmakers and analysts have warned that market concentration will intensify if that acquisition proceeds.
In May, after Canada‘s telecoms regulator issued a ruling largely in favour of the big three on pricing for smaller companies’ access to broadband networks, internet service provider TekSavvy Inc withdrew from the auction, citing the decision.
Some experts say the government has been trying to level the playing field with its decision to set aside a proportion of spectrum in certain areas for smaller companies.
Gregory Taylor, a spectrum expert and associate professor at the University of Calgary, said he was pleased the government was auctioning off smaller geographic areas of coverage.
In previous auctions where the license covered whole provinces, “small providers could not participate because they could not hope to cover the range that was required in the license,” Taylor said.
Smaller geographic areas mean they have a better chance of fulfilling the requirements for the license, such as providing service to 90% of the population within five years of the issuance date.
The auction has no scheduled end date, although the federal ministry in charge of the spectrum auction has said winners would be announced within five days of bidding completion.
($1 = 1.2181 Canadian dollars)
(Reporting by Moira Warburton in Vancouver; Editing by David Gregorio)
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