Samsung is ready to hit back at Apple’s new iPhones, and its next Galaxy flagship smartphone seems to be coming much sooner than anyone expected.
SamMobile reports that Samsung is “fast-tracking Galaxy S21 production in a quite unprecedented manner and may even be ready to announce it before the end of the year.” The arrival of Samsung’s 2021 flagship in 2020 would be a stunning move and shake up the mobile industry. It could also make a lot of buyers rethink their Christmas upgrade plans.
Going into more detail, SamMobile explains that sources in Samsung’s home country of South Korea report mass production of key components begins next month. Motivation for this accelerated release is said to be a combination of poor sales of the company’s 2020 flagships and this low demand subsequently freeing up production lines, allowing Samsung to accelerate its plans.
Needless to say, there is a critical difference between announcing a phone and when it goes on sale. So even if Samsung does announce the Galaxy S20’s successor (tentatively referred to as both the Galaxy S21 and Galaxy S30), it may still not arrive until the new year.
That said, from a commercial perspective the circa-March launch of each annual Galaxy S flagship has always been strange. It not only means Samsung’s flagship is nine months old by the time the crucial Christmas period arrives, it also gives each new generation of Apple iPhone a relatively uncontested first 5-6 months on sale.
Furthermore, with the recently released Galaxy Note 20 being Samsung’s worst premium smartphone in years, now would be a very good time for the company to change things up.
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Nokia Bell Labs’ 4G LTE communications technology will help NASA advance its mission to land more people on the moon.
NASA has announced that Nokia will build the first ever cellular network on the moon. The Finnish company was selected as a partner for the space agency’s Tipping Point programme, which funds technologies at the cutting edge of space exploration.
The network will use 4G LTE – the precursor to 5G – technology on the moon’s surface. Nokia said it will transform lunar communications by delivering “reliable, high data rates while containing power, size and cost”.
We’re over the moon to announce further details after being named by @NASA as a key partner to advance “Tipping Point” technologies for the Moon.
— Nokia (@nokia) October 19, 2020
Improved communications infrastructure on the moon is an aspect of NASA’s Artemis programme, which aims to land the first woman and the next man on the moon by 2024 and to establish a sustainable presence on its surface by the end of the decade. NASA said that Nokia’s system could “support lunar surface communications at greater distances, increased speeds, and provide more reliability than current standards”.
The LTE tech will be developed by Nokia Bell Labs. Partnering with spaceflight firm Intuitive Machines, the research company will build and deploy an “ultra-compact, low-power, space-hardened, end-to-end solution” on the moon’s surface in late 2022. The system will self-configure after deployment.
Its purpose will be “critical communication capabilities” for transmitting data, Nokia said. This will include command and control functions, remote control of lunar rovers, real-time navigation and streaming high-definition video.
It will also give astronauts wireless connectivity for voice and video communications, biometric data exchange and more, which are vital for “long-term human presence” on the moon.
Nokia CTO and president at Nokia Bell Labs, Marcus Weldon, said the system has been built on the company’s “rich and successful history in space technologies, from pioneering satellite communication to discovering the cosmic microwave background radiation produced by the big bang”.
The technology has been specially designed to withstand the harsh conditions of launch and landing on the moon, Nokia said, and to function in the extreme conditions of space. The company added that it plans to further commercialise its LTE product and investigate how 5G can be applied to space-exploration technologies.
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The first unboxing video of the fourth-generation iPad Air has been shared online. The short video offers the first in-person look at the iPad Air‘s new Sky Blue color, packaging, and Touch ID in the power button.
Other than some demo videos from a Chinese media event last month, this unboxing video appears to be the first of its kind, ahead of more detailed unboxings and reviews expected from the press this week.
The new iPad Air features a 10.9-inch edge-to-edge display, the A14 Bionic chip, Apple Pencil 2 support, and a range of color options including Silver, Space Gray, Rose Gold, Green, and Sky Blue.
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