It’s been a familiar refrain for years now – the US gets a Snapdragon-equipped Galaxy S line flagship, because… Qualcomm patents, but also Verizon and Sprint’s legacy CDMA voice networks. The rest of the world, however, usually basks in the battery life efficiency coming with Samsung’s homebrew Exynos line of processors, and often the added benefit of a better audio processor.
Next year, with the introduction of the eventual Galaxy S9 and S9+, we thought that the roles may get reversed. Samsung just announced that its second-generation 10nm LPP processors are entering mass production, …
Samsung may finally be producing its unicorn of a foldable phone in a limited batch, but Apple is taking notice, it seems, as Korean media reports today it has tasked LG with the production of flexible OLED panel and circuit board for an eventual bendy iPhone prototype of its own, some Apple patents for which you can see above. Currently, Apple’s OLED screen needs for the iPhone X and, likely, for the 2018 crop, will be supplied by Samsung, but the team from Cupertino may break that monopoly a year or two from now by investing in LG and other smaller OLED makers.
We’ve been hearing about “stacked” motherboards destined for iPhones for a while, and Apple is now rumored to use one in the upcoming iPhone 8, so as to free space for a larger, L-shaped battery supplied by LG. In a nutshell, those advanced SLP (Substrate Like PCB) circuit boards would stack or package the chips tighter together, making their footprint much smaller, and leaving space for other things inside a phone, like, ahem, larger batteries. That’s exactly what Samsung may be doing with the Galaxy S9, tips Korean media today, referring to “industry sources”.
The rumor mill once again churns out a rather important piece of information pertaining to Google’s upcoming Pixel phones, the Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2.
In the latest installment of iPhone 8 scoops obtained from the leaked Apple HomePod firmware, developer Guilherme Rambo has unearthed a code that talks about the eventual new options that will come with the iPhone 8’s vertical dual camera. References to a “SmartCam” option indicate some sort of automatic scene selection software, akin to the Intelligent Auto mode on Sony phones, or other similar camera software algorithms.
LG might be keeping mum on exactly how much may Apple be fronting it for its giant investment in OLED display production, but industry sources are quickly swooping in to fill the void with numbers, as usual. Previously, they speculated that Apple may be responsible for $1.7 billion of the $8.5 billion total OLED panel-making bill, but now they up the ante with a cool billion more.
Samsung announced the Exynos 8895 chipset in the Galaxy S8 as a member of its Exynos 9-series, even though it is coded with the number eight still, so a true Exynos 9xxx is yet to hit the tape. This may all be changing soon, though, as a leakster with a proven track record of outing mobile processors before they are announced, has posted some info on an eventual Exynos 9610.