Employees of some major Korean companies are staying at home as a precautionary measure as the country scrambles to contain hundreds of coronavirus infections.
Around 1,500 workers of Samsung Electronics’ phone complex in the south-eastern city of Gumi have self-quarantined after one of its workers was infected with the disease, someone familiar with the matter told Reuters.
The floor on which the infected employee worked is expected to resume production on Tuesday.
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“The Gumi Complex has started normal operations and we expect no impact on production,” Samsung said in a statement, without elaborating further.
Samsung’s Gumi factory accounts for a small portion of its total phone production but makes premium and foldable phones.
The country’s third-largest conglomerate, SK Group, which controls memory chip maker SK Hynix and mobile carrier SK Telecom, has advised its employees to work remotely starting from Tuesday due to the coronavirus outbreak.
A factory run by Hyundai supplier Seojin Industrial was closed over the weekend after the death of a virus-infected worker. It is unclear when production will resume.
There has been no production disruption so far as the company has enough inventory, according to a Hyundai Motor spokesman.
Appliance maker LG Electronics said it had closed a research facility in Incheon, near Seoul, after an employee’s family member was confirmed to have contracted the virus. The facility is expected to reopen on Tuesday, an LG spokesman told the New York Times.
South Korea reported 231 more cases of the virus that causes the disease Covid-19, bringing the nation’s total to 833 cases and seven deaths.
Many of South Korea’s coronavirus cases are in the south-eastern city of Daegu, which has been placed under a state of emergency.
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Apple iPhone SE 3 on track for March 2022, claims report – Pocket-lint.com
(Pocket-lint) – The much-rumoured 3rd-gen iPhone SE will reportedly release in the first quarter of 2022 – most likely March.
“Apple is staying with the plan to release its 3rd-generation iPhone SE in 1Q22 and four models under a new series in 2H22,” it wrote in its latest report on smartphone production growth.
“The 3rd-generation iPhone SE is expected to be a major instrument in helping Apple establish a presence in the market segment for mid-range 5G smartphones.”
The last iPhone SE was released in April 2020 and is still available today. However, it is now somewhat an oddity in Apple’s line-up, being the only device with older design and a front-facing Touch ID button.
That might not change, as a rumour in October suggested the button could remain. The 4.7-inch Retina HD display was also said to be returning, although a beefier A15 Bionic chip could power the new device.
Another big change will be the addition of 5G, which will make it more attractive as networks rollout 5G coverage more widely. We’ll undoubtedly find out more as spring approaches.
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Xiaomi 12 series is also "coming soon" with Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 SoC – GSMArena.com news – GSMArena.com
The Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chip introduced at Qualcomm’s ongoing Snapdragon Tech Summit will power several flagship Android devices next year. Realme has already confirmed that its GT 2 Pro will have the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chip at the helm, and now Xiaomi’s Founder and CEO, Mr. Lei Jun, has also confirmed the use of Qualcomm’s freshly announced flagship chip on the Xiaomi 12.
Mr. Jun didn’t divulge anything about the Xiaomi 12 but said that the Xiaomi 12 series “will be the world’s first smartphones” to have the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 SoC under the hood.
.@Qualcomm has always been one of the most important partners of Xiaomi. Today I’m proud to announce that after months of joint effort between Xiaomi and Qualcomm, Xiaomi 12 Series will be the world’s first smartphones powered by the new @Snapdragon 8 5G Gen 1 mobile platform. pic.twitter.com/U7l3BytRce
— leijun (@leijun) December 1, 2021
The CEO didn’t reveal the Xiaomi 12 series’ launch date either, but rumor has it that the smartphone will debut on December 12. And while we are yet to get any confirmation on that, the company’s official Twitter handle posted a short video clip, saying the Xiaomi 12’s mass production has kicked off and it’s “coming soon.”
— Xiaomi (@Xiaomi) December 1, 2021
While Mr. Jun says that the Xiaomi 12 series will be the world’s first to be powered by the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chip, that may not be the case since Motorola has announced a December 9 event to unveil the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1-powered Edge X30, unless Xiaomi is already geared up to introduce the Xiaomi 12 before next Thursday.
OnePlus, Oppo, and iQOO have also confirmed to launch Snapdragon 8 Gen 1-powered smartphones without getting into the details. nubia said it will use the new flagship chip on its Z series, while ZTE announced it will launch an Axon series smartphone with the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 next year.
You can read our Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 announcement coverage here to learn more about it.
Realme GT 2 Pro will be among the first smartphones to use the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 – GSMArena.com news – GSMArena.com
Now that Qualcomm has finally made its next-generation flagship chipset official at its event in Hawaii, Realme has something to say too – and that is that the GT 2 Pro will be powered by the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1.
It’s hard to imagine a less surprising announcement, but there you have it – it’s official now. Don’t forget, the upcoming GT 2 Pro is going to be Realme’s “first-ever ultra-premium flagship”, rising above the likes of the X50 Pro and previous members in the GT family.
Realme proudly boasts that it will be among the first manufacturers to launch a smartphone with the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 mobile platform, an that phone will be the GT 2 Pro. Development of the device has started a few months ago, and this will end up being a “truly high-end flagship product that will exceed the expectations of young users around the world”, according to Realme VP Chase Xu.
The Realme GT 2 Pro with the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 at the helm was in fact already spotted at AnTuTu scoring over a million points a few days ago. The phone is expected to have 125W wired charging support, up to 12GB of LPDDR5 RAM, up to 512GB of UFS 3.1 storage, a 6.51″ 120 Hz AMOLED screen, a 32 MP selfie camera, and a 50 MP main rear sensor with OIS.
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