World’s leading smartphone-maker Samsung is reportedly contemplating to restructure the Galaxy S number scheme in 2020.
The new details come from the renowned tipster Ice universe, who claims that Samsung may ditch the Galaxy S11 and jump straight to the S20 series.
Though there is no proof to validate this rumour, we believe this a good tactical move to match the calendar year 2020 and also connects well with the consumer that it is the latest device from the company.
The report comes months after speculation of Samsung planning to merge Galaxy S and Note series into the single line of phones in early 2020 and bring second-generation flexible phone Galaxy Fold later in the year.
This also looks plausible, as the Galaxy Fold does differentiate from the Galaxy S and the Note series. It deserves to have a separate line of its own to attract niche consumers who prefer top-end phones and want to stand out from others in the industry.
For now, we are hearing just the Galaxy S series and there are no details on the Galaxy Note series. So, it is possible that Samsung may merge S and Note series from 2021. And as for 2020 is concerned, the company would release three different phones under S11 (or S20), Note 11 (or 20) and Fold 2 series with the adequate time interval between the launches.
Samsung Galaxy S11 aka S20: What we know so far
Samsung is expected to bring three variants of the Galaxy S– one S11 Plus (6.9-inch), generic S11 (6.7-inch) and a low-end S11e (6.2-inch).
The first two models are expected to come with Quad HD+ super AMOLED with 120Hz display refresh rate. Whereas the S11e may come with full HD+ super AMOLED with a normal 60Hz display refresh rate.
All the upcoming S11 series phones will have near-zero bezel on right and left sides. While the top and the bottom chin will be significantly slim compared to the predecessor.
Inside, Samsung would use the Snapdragon 865, Qualcomm’s latest and most powerful processor to date and if recently leaked performance benchmarking scores are to believe, it is said to match Apple’s A13 Bionic chipset seen in the iPhone 11 series.
The Samsung phones will be powered by Android 10-based One UI 2 and are expected to house LPDDR5 series RAM, which is said to make the device buttery smooth. It will be 20-percent faster and 30-percent power-efficient over the predecessor, which comes with LPDDR4 series RAM.
In terms of photography hardware, the S11 series, at least the S11 Plus and the standard S11 are expected to come with triple camera module– 108MP primary sensor with ultra-wide and dedicated periscope zoom lens– with LED flash and ToF (Time-of-Flight) sensor for the enhanced bokeh blur effect. It will also come with improved night mode, 5X optical zoom and more.
The S11e may come with 64MP primary sensor instead of 108MP on the back and rest is likely to be the same as the other two models. Front camera details of the Galaxy S11 series are yet to be ascertained.
As far as the battery is concerned, the S11 Plus is expected to have 4,100mAh cell, whereas the S11 and the S11e are tipped come with 3,400mAh and 3,100mAh capacities, respectively.
The Witcher’s Netflix Success Proves CD Projekt Red Made a Big Mistake – CCN Markets
- The Witcher developer CD Projekt Red may have made a huge mistake by not capitalizing on the Netflix series.
- Sales of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt soared after the TV show debuted.
- CD Projekt Red should have timed The Witcher 4 or new Wild Hunt DLC to coincide with the launch of the series.
Netflix isn’t the only one reaping the rewards from the success of its new fantasy series, The Witcher. Game developer CD Projekt Red has been cashing in too.
The Witcher 4 Was a Pipe-Dream – But What About DLC?
A recent NPD report revealed that The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt sales exploded by 554% in December 2019 – the month the Netflix show debuted – compared to the previous December.
But the company may have missed out on an even bigger windfall by failing to capitalize on the Netflix-fueled Witcher hype.
Maybe timing The Witcher 4 for a December 2019 or early 2020 release would have been way too ambitious. But they could have at least unveiled some new Wild Hunt DLC.
And it may already be too late for CD Projekt Red to correct its blunder.
Why CD Projekt Red Has Already Missed Its Chance to Leverage the Netflix Hype
Season two of the Netflix series is expected to air in 2021, so it’s virtually impossible that The Witcher 4 would be ready by then.
Before CD Projekt Red begins developing the sequel to Wild Hunt, it has to complete development on Cyberpunk 2077 – which has just been delayed to September 17. Then it will develop Cyberpunk 2077’s multiplayer gameplay, which it plans to launch after 2021.
It took three and a half years to develop The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – and that game was delayed several times. That means we may not see The Witcher 4 until at least 2024.
By 2024, the series may have ended. Netflix is notorious for canceling shows after a few seasons. Or maybe the quality drops off dramatically, and viewers lose interest.
The Witcher, which has a lengthy production cycle and pays lead actor Henry Cavill $400,000 an episode, isn’t cheap. Netflix can’t afford it to be a niche product.
No matter what happens, it looks like CD Projekt Red has already missed its best chance to leverage the series into a fat payday.
Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this article do not necessarily reflect the views of CCN.com.
This article was edited by Josiah Wilmoth.
Last modified: February 20, 2020 9:00 PM UTC
Animal Crossing: New Horizons Save Recovery Limit Might Get Changed – GameSpot
During its Animal Crossing-focused Direct, Nintendo once again confirmed that the upcoming New Horizons will not make use of Nintendo Switch Online’s cloud save backup function, but NSO subscribers will have a way to recover their save data should something unfortunate happen to their system. However, this feature comes with one notable caveat.
[Update] The caveat that previously stated that players would only be able to recover data once in the event a Switch console was damaged or lost resulted in some criticism from the community and became a key subject of discussion around the game. In the time since, Nintendo has re-uploaded the Animal Crossing: New Horizons Direct video–sacrificing a considerable number of views in the process–and changed the language used in the data recovery section to indicate it may be reconsidering the limitation.
Where it previously stated, “Nintendo Switch Online members can only have save data recovered one time due to loss or damage of system” it now says, “More details on save data recovery functionality will be shared at a future date.” Of course, there is no guarantee that the limitation will be removed; Nintendo may simply want to justify the restriction better at a later date.
[Original story continues] In fine print during the presentation, Nintendo specifies that you will only be able to recover your Animal Crossing: New Horizons save data one time should your Switch get lost or damaged. As previously mentioned, this service will only be offered to Nintendo Switch Online subscribers, and it won’t be available until sometime after the game launches.
This isn’t the only unusual save data restriction New Horizons imposes on players. Nintendo recently confirmed that only one island can exist per Nintendo Switch console–so if another player who shares your system would like to start their own island, they’ll need their own Switch and game. Additionally, you will not be able to transfer your New Horizons save data from one Switch system to another, at least from launch. Nintendo UK’s website says that a function to move your save to another console is “planned for later this year.”
We learned a lot of other details about New Horizons during the Animal Crossing Direct. Nintendo showcased a variety of quality-of-life improvements, as well as some new and returning characters you’ll meet in the game. New Horizons also lets you change your island’s terrain for the first time in the series, and it’ll make use of both the Nintendo Switch Online smartphone app and the Animal Crossing Amiibo figures and cards.
Animal Crossing: New Horizons releases worldwide on March 20. You can see what pre-order bonuses are available for the title in our Animal Crossing: New Horizons pre-order guide. For more on the game, be sure to check out our roundup of everything we know about New Horizons.
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Samsung temporarily shuts down a factory in South Korea due to Coronavirus – The Next Web
Coronavirus has caused plenty of manufacturing units in China to stop production. Now, the deadly virus is affecting manufacturing in other countries too. Samsung has temporarily shut down its factory in Gumi, South Korea.
According to a report by Reuters, the company found a confirmed case of Coronavirus in the factory last week. Due to the fast-spreading nature of the virus, the Korean giant decided to close the factory till February 24; the floor where the affected person worked, will be closed till February 25.
Samsung said it’s testing people who came in contact with the infected employee for possible infection:
The company has placed colleagues who came in contact with the infected employee in self-quarantine and taken steps to have them tested for possible infection.
The company produces high-end phones, such as the Galaxy Z Flip, in this factory for the domestic market. With the current shut down being temporary, it’s unlikely that production will take a major hit.
However, with the rising number of Covid-19 cases in South Korea, the firm might need to prepare for more possible shutdowns.
Over the past couple of years, Samsung has shifted the bulk of its device production to India and Vietnam. Last year, it inaugurated the world’s largest smartphone factory in Noida, India. There are no reports of these units being affected till now.
Published February 24, 2020 — 03:45 UTC
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