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[Update: New camera layout] Samsung Galaxy S11+ breaks cover w/ domino-looking camera array – 9to5Google

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[Update: New camera layout] Samsung Galaxy S11+ breaks cover w/ domino-looking camera array – 9to5Google


The Samsung Galaxy S11 series is right around the corner and over the past week, a handful of leaks have shown off the company’s smartphones. Now, the Galaxy S11+ has finally broken cover in its first major leak and it reveals an absolutely massive camera array on the back.

[Update: New camera layout] Samsung Galaxy S11+ breaks cover w/ domino-looking camera array – 9to5Google
[Update: New camera layout] Samsung Galaxy S11+ breaks cover w/ domino-looking camera array – 9to5Google

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[Update: New camera layout] Samsung Galaxy S11+ breaks cover w/ domino-looking camera array – 9to5Google
[Update: New camera layout] Samsung Galaxy S11+ breaks cover w/ domino-looking camera array – 9to5Google

@OnLeaks and CashKaro have published the first collection of images of the high-end Galaxy S11+ – a phone that’s been teased as Samsung’s “nuclear weapon” for 2020.

As reported previously, the Galaxy S11+ is expected to offer a 6.9-inch display – possibly 120Hz – and that larger body apparently measures a size of 166.9 x 76 x 8.8 mm. That’s considerably taller, wider, and thicker than the Galaxy S10+ was to make room for that bigger display. That larger body also makes room for some huge camera advances.

These new renders show off a Galaxy S11+ that ditch the three-camera setup on the previous generation and instead features a whopping 5 camera lenses on the back.


Update 12/27: About a month after first posting these images, @OnLeaks has updated his renders. Apparently, the camera array first seen in this leak was a “first stage prototype” and now, he can show off the real deal. Much like another leak from earlier in December, this render shows three cameras along one side and and 4th along the right side. There’s no 5th sensor to be found, but there is an LED flash. It’s assumed this will be the final design.

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It’s not reported here what these cameras will be, but the housing itself is huge coming an extra 2mm out from the phone and making up a huge portion of the phone’s rear design. Visually, it looks a lot like a domino and copies Google’s Pixel 4 with a blacked-out interior too.

There have been mentions of a 5x optical zoom lens being used in this device and we can only assume that the S11+ is also using a standard lens – possibly at 108MP –, telephoto, ultrawide, and perhaps a time-of-flight sensor as well. The renders also show off two small sensors, one likely being for autofocus, as well as an LED flash.

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Oh, and there’s no headphone jack.

At this time, pricing and specifications are not confirmed. The Samsung Galaxy S11+ and its brothers will likely be announced sometime this spring.

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Britain in talks with 6 firms about building gigafactories for EV batteries

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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)

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EBay to sell South Korean unit for about $3.6 billion to Shinsegae, Naver

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EBay will sell its South Korean business to retailer Shinsegae Group and e-commerce firm Naver for about 4 trillion won ($3.6 billion), local newspapers reported on Wednesday.

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)

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Canada launches long-awaited auction of 5G spectrum

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Canada launches long-awaited auction of 5G spectrum

Canada is set to begin a hotly anticipated auction of the mobile telecommunications bandwidth necessary for 5G rollout, one that was delayed more than a year by the pandemic.

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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