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Confirmed: some Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 pre-orders have been delayed – TechRadar

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The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 has officially gone on sale to the public in the US, UK, and other regions, but the new foldable phone might be getting to buyers later than they expected. After hearing reports of delays, Samsung has confirmed to TechRadar that a number of Galaxy Z Fold 2 pre-orders will be delayed.

Here’s Samsung’s official statement:

“Due to delays in shipment, a number of customers who pre-ordered the new Galaxy Z Fold2 will receive their device later than expected. We have contacted all customers affected directly, and are working with our distribution team to get these to them as soon as possible.”

Samsung didn’t offer a reason for the delay, nor did they say how many pre-orders were affected, nor how long the orders would be delayed.

We’ve asked Samsung for clarification on these questions, as well as whether the delays affect standard orders made now, and will update this post when we hear back. 

Readers chime in with delay alerts

We initially heard from customers in the UK who had pre-ordered the Galaxy Z Fold 2, but it’s unclear how far-ranging the delays are. 

For instance, looking up the Galaxy Z Fold 2 on Samsung’s UK page shows the foldable shipping on October 2 at time of publication. Samsung’s US page, on the other hand, shows shipping by September 25 for the Mystic Bronze color but bit more drastic shipping delay for the device in Mystic Black, which ships by October 16. 

Anyone ordering a with a custom color for the hinge should expect their order to ship in five to six weeks, though that’s not unexpected.

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Samsung SM-F415 is not a foldable phone, our sources tell us – SamMobile

For the last couple of months, rumors of a Galaxy (Z) Fold Lite have been making the rounds. Initially, we heard that Samsung is aiming for a sub-$1100 price tag, and a consequent report claimed Samsung could even price it below $900. That sounded too good to be true so we didn’t take the rumors seriously, until we ourselves found signs of a new foldable with a model number that sits below the Galaxy Z Flip’s.

Firmware for that device — the SM-F415F — was being actively developed, and it was even listed on Samsung India’s website. Since Samsung is using the letter F for its foldable handsets, we naturally assumed the SM-F415F could be the Galaxy Fold Lite and hunkered down in anticipation. Well, we were wrong.

It’s not a foldable, just a regular mid-range phone

It turns out that the SM-F415F is not a budget foldable smartphone. It’s not even a foldable, in fact. It’s just a Galaxy M31, according to our sources. Yes, the very same Galaxy M31 that Samsung launched earlier this year in India and a few other markets as part of its high-value-low-price Galaxy M series. This was hinted at by the Wi-Fi Alliance certificate for the SM-F415F, which mentioned M315 as the firmware version for the device. And we can confirm that the SM-F415F and the M31 are indeed one and the same thing, with a matching spec sheet based on the information we’ve been able to dig up.

For some reason, Samsung India is now developing firmware for the M31 with SM-F415F as the model number instead of SM-M315F. We’re totally confused as to why the company is doing this, but it’s a wake-up call for us. We can’t say if Samsung will do this for more devices or if the SM-F415F is going to be a one-off thing, but in any case, you can be sure we will be more diligent with our reporting in the future, and we’ll be subjecting every little bit of information our sources provide us to a lot more scrutiny.

Oh, and we also need to be clear: Just because the SM-F415F is not a foldable phone, it doesn’t mean cheaper foldable devices from Samsung aren’t coming. The most recent rumor about the ‘Lite’ version of the Galaxy Fold turned out to be rather dubious, but there have been a few too many reports talking about it, so we wouldn’t recommend ruling out the possibility that the device really does exist.

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Samsung unveils Galaxy A42 5G phone, Tab A7 and Trio wireless charging station – CNET

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Samsung’s new Trio wireless charger.


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Samsung’s Galaxy A42 5G phone.


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Samsung has announced three more mobile products: the Galaxy A42 5G smartphone, the budget Galaxy Tab A7 and the Trio wireless charger. The company on Wednesday hosted a virtual Life Unstoppable event taking place at the same time as the virtual IFA electronics show in Berlin.

The new 5G phone will be part of Samsung’s Galaxy A series and will have a quad camera layout on the rear and a 6.6-inch Super AMOLED display. The Galaxy A42 5G will launch later this year, with no word yet on pricing. It comes in black.

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Samsung’s new Galaxy Tab A7 will feature a 10.4-inch screen, quad Dolby Atmos speakers and a symmetrical bezel in a metal casing. Samsung is hailing it as an “on-the-go picture and sound entertainment experience,” also pointing to its new Samsung Kids app that’s full of educational content for children. The tablet comes in gold, silver and gray.

Lastly, the Wireless Charger Trio is a new station you can use to charge multiple devices at once, including phones, tablets, smartwatch, Galaxy Buds and more. You can get the charging station in black or white.

Samsung on Wednesday also showed off the Galaxy Z Fold 2, a smart projector called The Premiere, the Odyssey G55 gaming monitor, the Galaxy Fit2, a new fridge and a washing machine and dryer with “smart learning solutions and auto-linking capabilities.”

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Samsung Unpacked Part 2: Watch the Galaxy Z Fold 2 live launch here – Android Authority

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  • Samsung will host its Unpacked Part 2 virtual event today.
  • The company will announce more details about the Galaxy Z Fold 2.
  • The event will start at 10 AM ET.

Samsung is hosting the second part of its Unpacked event later today. The first installment of Galaxy Unpacked last month gave us the Galaxy Note 20 series, the Tab S7 line, Galaxy Buds Live, Galaxy Watch 3, and more. The one device that Samsung didn’t talk about in detail was its new foldable phone, the Galaxy Z Fold 2. That’s about to change as Samsung will finally give us a complete lowdown on the Galaxy Z Fold 2 at Unpacked Part 2 today.

The virtual event is a replacement for Samsung’s usual presence at IFA. The company has a sizeable showcase at the European tech show every year, but this time, it withdrew its participation citing coronavirus concerns.

Galaxy Unpacked Part 2: What will Samsung launch?

Besides the Galaxy Z Fold 2, Samsung hasn’t confirmed any more announcements for today. However, there are a few unreleased Samsung devices that are doing the rounds online, that we hope to hear more about at Unpacked Part 2.

Tipster Evan Blass recently leaked renders of Samsung’s upcoming affordable tablet, the Galaxy Tab A7. The budget tablet could launch alongside the Galaxy Z Fold 2 at today’s Unpacked event as it’s rumored to release on September 13.

Samsung’s Galaxy S20 Fan Edition has also been doing the rounds in leakland for a while now, and perhaps we’ll hear more about it at today’s event.

How to livestream Samsung Unpacked Part 2?

You can watch the Unpacked Part 2 livestream on Samsung’s website here. The event is scheduled to start at 10 AM ET (7 AM PT, 3 PM BST, 7:30 PM IST).

You can also keep an eye out on Android Authority as we’ll bring you all the announcements from Unpacked Part 2 as and when they happen.

Also read: Samsung One UI 2.5: Features, eligible phones, and everything you need to know

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Samsung is shipping two different cooling systems in the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, but there’s no reason to worry – XDA Developers

There’s no proof yet that one is better than the other

When reviews of Samsung’s Galaxy Note 20 Ultra hit the web earlier this month, some outlets reported that the device ran a little hot when performing certain intensive tasks. Multiple teardowns of the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra then revealed that Samsung was shipping two different cooling systems: One consisting of a copper vapor chamber and another consisting of graphite thermal pads. Some users were understandably concerned about whether or not they were getting the short end of the stick; after all, you shouldn’t have to worry about ending up on the losing side of a hardware lottery when you’re spending $1,300 on a phone. There’s no reason to worry right now, though, because there’s no evidence yet that one cooling system is better than the other.

To recap, iFixit confirmed the presence of a multi-layered graphite thermal pad during their teardown of the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, as opposed to the copper vapor chamber cooling system that Samsung has typically used (and marketed) in its older devices. As iFixit pointed out, some Galaxy Note 20 Ultra models still do feature a copper vapor chamber system, and there’s no indication that the different cooling systems are tied to the region in which the device is sold. For example, Zack from JerryRigEverything had an international (Exynos) unit with a graphite thermal pad, much like iFixit’s U.S. (Snapdragon) unit.

Copper vapor chamber cooling (left) versus graphene cooling pads (right). Credits: iFixit

iFixit argues that you shouldn’t worry about whether or not your Galaxy Note 20 Ultra has a copper vapor chamber or graphene cooling pads, though. For starters, just because your phone feels hot doesn’t mean it’s actually overheating. If your phone feels warm, then that means heat is being effectively dissipated from the CPU and GPU. The cooling system is meant to protect the internal components from heating to dangerous levels, which in turn means the components will last longer and also be able to maintain peak performance for longer.

It should be noted that right now, none of the complaints about the phone overheating have been followed up by a teardown to confirm which cooling system is in use. There’s no other known way to confirm which cooling system is used; the information is not displayed on packaging, on the outside of the phone, in the software, etc. Thus, you can’t attribute any perceived overheating problems to either the copper vapor chamber or graphene cooling pad systems.

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iFixit concludes that Samsung trusts both cooling systems enough to use them interchangeably. The vapor cooling system was something that Samsung touted heavily a few years ago, but perhaps Samsung saw that graphene cooling pads are just as effective at dissipating heat, so they’re comfortable using both systems. While Samsung hasn’t offered its own statement yet, iFixit’s Greg Kramer, a thermal systems engineer, states that “there is little difference in performance between [vapor chambers] and the graphite. As long as you take the gap tolerances into consideration, it can be simple enough to swap them out for each other.”

Dual sourcing is actually common practice in the industry, especially when dealing with large volumes of products. Companies need to make sure that they have a secure supply of components to meet the demand for their devices, so they sometimes source components from multiple vendors to meet volume. This is usually not a problem because companies want to make sure that both components offer the same performance. If you think about it, there’s no reason for a company to want to intentionally screw over a portion of their buyers—a substantial gap in performance would trigger outrage when discovered by consumers, as we’ve already seen from users reacting to Samsung’s shipping its (arguably inferior) Exynos chipsets in certain regions.

Even though Samsung’s marketing of the Galaxy S10+’s vapor chamber cooling proved effective, iFixit notes that the solution has some drawbacks, such as being delicate during installation and being vulnerable to swelling if it’s heated up slightly past its limit. Notably, the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra isn’t even the first Samsung phone to feature the alternative graphite-based cooling system as iFixit notes that the system can actually be found in the first-gen Galaxy Z Flip. So if you’re worried about what cooling system will end up on the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra that Samsung ships to you, then don’t be. If evidence emerges that one solution is in fact superior to the other, we’ll of course update this article with that information.

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Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 gets an early hands-on review: Watch it here – Android Authority

  • The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 has already received a colorful hands-on video review.
  • The review contains comparisons with the Galaxy Fold.
  • Preorders for the Galaxy Z Fold 2 will begin on September 1.

Are you bored sick waiting for the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2? Yet another live video of the foldable phone has now arrived to keep you occupied. The clip takes the form of a hands-on review published to YouTube (via SamMobile) which showcases a fair bit even if you can’t quite understand the language.

There’s plenty to glean from the tidy visuals. For starters, the video compares the Galaxy Z Fold 2 with its Galaxy Fold sibling, and the latter really looks like a prototype. The newer foldable’s outer display is far larger than the Galaxy Fold’s and seems far more usable, too.

The review also demonstrates that you could, in theory, play games on the outer display or use it for navigation. Using this screen with one hand also seems pretty easy (perhaps not for clumsy folk) as the folded edges provide more surface area to hold.

Related: Download the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 wallpapers

As for the foldable display, gone is the notch and in comes the punch-hole, a feature that also seems to free up a considerable amount of screen. The Galaxy Z Fold 2’s center crease on its 7.6-inch display is also apparent in this clip in some angles, but viewing the screen straight on doesn’t seem to highlight it.

At the rear, the more pronounced camera hump may be an issue for some who wish to use the Galaxy Z Fold 2 on flat surfaces. The device wobbles about when lying on a table or desk, an annoying sacrifice for better camera hardware. Flex Mode, which allows the phone to be used in a mini-laptop format, largely negates this issue though.

Preorders for the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 will commence on September 1. There’s no word on pricing just yet, but expect it to still cost a fair bit. That said, it does look like a more refined machine than its predecessor.

Next: Samsung Galaxy S30 series: 8 things we want to see

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Galaxy S21 may get S Pen as Samsung said to ditch Galaxy Note series – SamMobile

The S Pen is the key differentiator between Samsung’s Galaxy S and Galaxy Note series. That’s why the stylus was never made compatible with any Galaxy S flagship. However, if a new report out of South Korea is believed, Samsung might be making a major change to its lineup in 2021.

It’s claimed that the Galaxy S21 will come with an S Pen as Samsung is set to ditch the Galaxy Note series next year. The S Pen will only be available with the top-of-the-line model which would ostensibly be called the Galaxy S21 Ultra.

Is the Galaxy Note series going to end next year?

The report mentions that the Galaxy S21 is in development at Samsung under the codename “Unbound.” It’s going to come in three different models and if Samsung doesn’t change the names, expect them to be called the Galaxy S21, Galaxy S21+ and Galaxy S21 Ultra. The S Pen will only be available with the Ultra.

It adds that the Galaxy Note 21’s launch isn’t set in stone yet for the second half of 2021. Samsung might launch an S Pen-equipped Galaxy Z Fold 3 in its place, at least that’s what the industry sources mentioned in this report would have you believe. This would leave the foldable device as the only flagship handset Samsung releases in the second half of the year.

The company would certainly see a drop in overall shipments. Samsung is typically able to ship 10 million units of a new Galaxy Note before the end of the year. Shipments won’t be anywhere near that for a foldable phone, at least over the next couple of years. Samsung would also be constrained by the production volume of the Ultra Thin Glass used for the Galaxy Z Fold 3’s display. It currently makes 600,000 panels per month and is aiming to increase capacity to 1 million panels by the end of 2020. So it won’t be able to produce as many foldable phones.

If this information is accurate, it would mean that the Galaxy Note 20 is the last iteration of this iconic series. Samsung might feel that doing away with it is a great way to secure a significant market share for the Galaxy Z Fold series. Shipping an S Pen with the foldable might be enough to entice Galaxy Note loyalists to switch. Samsung’s margins on the Galaxy Z Fold handsets may also be enough to allow it to strike a balance between the number of units shipped and the amount of revenue generated compared to a Galaxy Note device.

Nevertheless, this will be a significant shakeup of Samsung’s lineup, and would also require a big design change for the Galaxy S21 Ultra. Is this something you’re interested in seeing?

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Samsung acknowledges Galaxy Note 20 Ultra flaws raised by some owners – TechRadar

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The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra release date has just passed, and some users have already reported issues with the smartphone in the form of camera bump deformities.

As reported by Sammobile, over 100 members of Samsung’s digital forums have taken to the web to point out issues they’ve noticed with the camera lenses and bump on the back of the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra. 

The issues tend to be the presence of dust or condensation on the inside of the lenses, or gaps between the lenses and the the body of the phone, and there are plenty of images pointing these issues out.

It’s worth noting that, according to Sammobile’s report, the issues have only been raised by users in South Korea so far – it’s not clear if the problem is limited to units in the country, or if people in other regions have also noticed it.

We reached out to Samsung for its view on the issue, and it returned us a comment which we have published in full below:

“Samsung is committed to ensuring consumer’s satisfaction and optimal experience on Galaxy devices. Recently, there have been a limited number of reports of fog build-up inside the cameras of Galaxy Note 20 Ultra. 

“As with reading glasses and other glass objects, condensation can occur in water-resistant smartphones when they are exposed to a sudden temperature change.”

Samsung’s phones recently have a bit of a patchy track record – the Samsung Galaxy Fold was delayed for months due to durability issues, and the Galaxy S20 Ultra had one or two cases of shattering camera bumps, but not since the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 have there been any major problems.

Is this the new Samsung Galaxy Note 7?

The Galaxy Note 7 had a problem wherein its battery caught fire, sparking two major recalls before the issue was fixed – it became a well-known event even for people who aren’t smartphone fans.

The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra issue is no-where near as severe, and you shouldn’t worry about being around one – in fact, as our Galaxy Note 20 Ultra review states, we’d recommend picking up the phone.

According to the Sammobile report, around 100+ people have mentioned issues with their phone – that’s compared to an estimated 780,000 models of the phone pre-ordered in the region, according to another Sammobile story. So even if we were going to generously say 200 people had suffered from the issue, assuming some stayed silent or didn’t notice it, that’s just 0.25% of units that are breaking.

At the time of writing, the phone has only been out for roughly a day, so we can’t say for certain that the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra issue is just a small phenomenon –


but the evidence we have so far doesn’t give us cause for concern. 

If you live outside South Korea, own the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra and have noticed problems with it similar to those detailed above, let us know at news@techradar.com so we can understand the extent of this story.



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Here are the Samsung devices getting three generations of Android updates – The Verge

Samsung has confirmed exactly which of its devices will be receiving “three generations” of Android updates, after announcing the initiative at its Note 20 launch event earlier this month. As expected, the list includes flagship phones going back to last year’s Galaxy S10, but there are also a couple of new inclusions from Samsung’s foldable and tablet ranges.

In the past, Samsung generally promised two years of updates, but now its phones could be supported for as many as three, depending upon how the company defines “generations.” For example, Samsung says its Galaxy S20 phones will receive “three OS upgrades starting with Android 11,” meaning that unless Android’s naming or release schedule changes the phones should go on to receive Android 12 in 2021, and Android 13 in 2022. Extending support for Android updates is important for owners who are keeping their devices longer.

Here’s Samsung’s full list of three-generation devices, which includes its flagship S and Note-series phones, foldables, Galaxy Tab tablets, and mid-range Galaxy A-series phones that far outsell its flagships:

  • Galaxy S series: Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G, S20 Ultra, S20+ 5G, S20+, S20 5G, S20 in addition to S10 5G, S10+, S10, S10e, S10 Lite and upcoming S series devices
  • Galaxy Note series: Galaxy Note20 Ultra 5G, Note20 Ultra, Note20 5G, Note20, Note10+ 5G, Note10+, Note10 5G, Note10, Note10 Lite and upcoming Note series devices
  • Galaxy Foldable devices: Galaxy Z Fold2 5G, Z Fold2, Z Flip 5G, Z Flip, Fold 5G, Fold and upcoming Z series devices
  • Galaxy A series: Galaxy A71 5G, A71, A51 5G, A51, A90 5G and select upcoming A series devices
  • Tablets: Galaxy Tab S7+ 5G, Tab S7+, Tab S7 5G3, Tab S7, Tab S6 5G4, Tab S6, Tab S6 Lite and upcoming Tab S series devices

Beyond these phones, Samsung says it’s “committed to providing the latest Android OS upgrades until the hardware specifications allow.” It also cautions that upgrade availability may vary by market.

It’s worth noting, however, that even if a phone is guaranteed to get three generations of Android updates this doesn’t say anything about how quickly it will receive them after their official release. Samsung says that the Galaxy S20 lineup will be the first Galaxy devices to be updated to Android 11 “later this year.” Delayed OS updates aren’t a problem that’s exclusive to Samsung, however, and in general the situation is improving across the Android ecosystem.

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Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 photos show thick camera bump in regulatory listing – TechRadar



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We’ve gotten another look at the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 thanks to a new listing on the Chinese telecom regulation authority’s (TENAA) website, which clearly show off the side and front views of the next foldable. 

True, the phone is turned off in the photos, so we aren’t getting any new ideas about how it’ll look in-use, like we did at the Z Fold 2’s unveiling in early August. But the images in the TENAA filing offer a few perspectives we didn’t see before – for instance, the foldable’s camera block is chunky, protruding out more than most phones we’ve seen. Good luck resting it on a flat surface. 

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The photos also reaffirm that the rear cameras looks identical to the one on the Samsung Galaxy Note 20, but without the vertical oval below the flash on the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra’s camera block, which holds the new laser focus. That’s an unfortunate omission from a foldable phone that’s expected to cost as much as or more than the original Samsung Galaxy Fold (whose launch price was $1,980 / £1,900 / AU$2,900). 

The TENAA listing didn’t come with a full specs sheet, sadly, but did include a model number of SM-F9160, as first spotted by GizmoChina. The publication is also asserting that US preorders for the device will be open on September 2 and go on sale on September 18, affirming a recent claim made by leaker Evan Blass.

Foldable to the future?

Despite the foldable being shown off in the TENAA listing’s photos, we can’t see our most eagerly-anticipated feature: the 6.2-inch front screen spans nearly the full length of the Galaxy Z Fold 2’s outer side, which is far more than the 4.6-inch front display of the original Galaxy Fold.

At Samsung Unpacked, we saw the new foldable in teaser footage, and learned Samsung redesigned the hinge with vacuum cleaner-like bristles to flush out dirt and dust every time you unfold the device. Pack on a 4,500mAh battery and 5G compatibility in all regions, and the Fold 2 seems like it improves on some (though not all) shortcomings in the original device. 

We’ll know more when Samsung holds an event on September 1 that we expect will include a far more robust unveiling of the device.

Via AndroidPolice

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