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Thanks for the memory cards but now Samsung talks up 1TB storage for phones

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Last year, there was this comment from Vlad Savov of The Verge who said that—with all the new phone launches and all the company ads nudging us to think we need updates, when the hot air clears, one is left wanting one thing: more storage.

Beyond hot new specs, he said he was keen to maximize the storage on his next phone before using it in earnest.

 

“It might not be the sexiest spec in the world, but it’s one that just makes life much easier when it’s maxed out.”

Smartphone storage or the lack thereof has continued as a talking point elsewhere but not everyone is pining for more; Android Central had a different take on storage altogether.

“It’s an argument we have every single year: how much storage in your phone is ‘enough’ for most people?”

Andrew Martonik was in SmH mode. “We’ve reached the point where people are now questioning the efficacy of having 64GB of storage in an Android phone in 2018. That seems crazy.”

Martonik argued that “maybe it turns out you don’t need more than 64GB right now, or even in the near future. Streaming media apps and cloud-based services have reduced our dependency on internal storage, while the typical size of an app, photo or video file hasn’t dramatically increased in the past couple of years.”

The name of the game was storage management, not more storage, so the argument went. “If you’re not willing to do some storage management, nothing short of 500GB will be ‘enough’ for you. At some point, every phone is going to require you evaluate what to keep and what to delete or store elsewhere.”

Well, Samsung has good news for those who want more storage nonetheless.

Samsung apparently did not believe the effort to bring more storage was crazy. Samsung Electronics’ Cheol Choi spoke of a more notebook-like user experience. Paul Lilly in HotHardware: “it’s a big deal that Samsung has managed to pass the terabyte threshold. It means that eventually we will see larger capacity smartphones, which is an especially important development on handsets that lack expandable storage. Samsung also envisions the higher storage capacity enabling smartphones to function more like a traditional PC.”

According to their news release, “Smartphone enthusiasts will soon be able to enjoy storage capacity comparable to a premium notebook PC, without having to pair their phones with additional memory cards.”

The numbers might leave the storage doubtniks really shaking their heads. Samsung said the new Universal Flash Storage offers 20x more storage than a 64GB internal memory and 10x the speed of a typical microSD card for data-intensive applications.

Storing videos? It’s 260 versus the usual 13. That is, smartphone users can now store 260 10-minute videos in 4K UHD (3840×2160) format, whereas the 64GB eUFS used in many high-end smartphones can store 13 videos of the same size.-

Samsung announced it has already started mass producing the 1TB embedded Universal Flash Storage (eUFS) 2.1, for “next-generation”mobile applications. The eUFS 2.1 is powered by Samsung’s fifth-generation V-Nand, the universal flash.

SamMobile offered some background: “Samsung’s 1TB eUFS 2.1 chip comes just four years after the company launched its first 128GB eUFS solution.” It said this eUFS chip has the same package size as the 512GB version that was launched in 2017. “It combines 16 stacked layers of Samsung’s 512-gigabit V-NAND flash memory with a new proprietary controller.”

High random speeds, said SamMobile, will allow for high-speed continuous shooting at 960 frames-per-second and allow users to take full advantage of their devices’ multi-camera capabilities.

When does all this become available? “Samsung plans to expand the production of its fifth-generation 512Gb V-NAND at its Pyeongtaek plant in Korea throughout the first half of 2019,” said Samsung’s news release, to address the anticipated demand for the 1TB eUFS from mobile device manufacturers.

As for reader reactions to the news, once again the argument for who needs that much storage appears to be open to debate. “I can’t imagine wanting 1TB on a phone,” said one comment on a site. Another said “I am happy with my Galaxy S9 plus 64 gig model with a SanDisk 512 gig SD card.”


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Qualcomm Snapdragon X55, Second Gen 5G Smartphone Modem, Announced Ahead of MWC 2019

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Qualcomm has announced its second-generation Snapdragon X55 5G cellular modem and a suite of 5G solutions for network operators and device manufacturers, including its own 5G test networks. The company has made these announcements just ahead of the MWC 2019 trade show in Barcelona next week. The new Snapdragon X55 modem will serve as the follow-up to the Snapdragon X50, which will be seen in smartphones launching as soon as this week. According to Qualcomm, the second-gen Snapdragon X55 will allow network operators and smartphone manufacturers accelerate the pace of 5G rollouts across the world.

The Snapdragon X55 uses a 7nm manufacturing process and supports networks ranging from 2G to 5G in a single chip. It supports the 5G mmWave and sub-6GHz frequency bands and will work on standalone 5G networks as well as those that use 4G backends, which will be the most common as the new technology is being introduced. It promises downloads of up to 7Gbps and uploads of up to 3Gbps with compatible 5G networks and also supports Cat 22 LTE for up to 2.5Gbps downloads when used with matching 4G networks. Power efficiency is improved compared to the Snapdragon X50,

Qualcomm says that all major frequency bands used around the world are supported, including the TDD and FDD standards, which will help manufacturers develop devices for global markets quickly and easily. The company has also launched suitable antenna modules and RF transceivers that can be used in conjunction with the Snapdragon X55.

 

The company expects to see its new products in smartphones, laptops, tablets, portable hotspots, AR/VR and automotive products very soon. The Snapdragon X55 modem and complementary products will be sampled to manufacturers in the first half of this year, and the products they develop should be ready to ship by the end of 2019.

In a press statement, Cristiano Amon, president of Qualcomm Incorporated, said “Qualcomm Technologies is spearheading the first wave of 5G launches with our first generation 5G mobile platform… We expect our 5G platform to accelerate 5G commercial momentum and power virtually all 5G launches in 2019 while significantly expanding the global 5G rollout footprint.”

5G devices and networks have been in development for several years, and many of the first 5G smartphones are expected to launch or at least be announced at MWC 2019 and in events leading up to it. 5G promises not only to increase cellular data speed but also drastically cut latency to enable highly responsive applications such as autonomous vehicle control, virtual reality experiences, and much more.

Samsung is expected to launch at least one 5G-enabled Galaxy S10 variant this week, OnePlus has confirmed that it will demonstrate a 5G prototype device at MWC, and other brands including Huawei, LG, ZTE, Lenovo, Xiaomi and Vivo are also likely to make announcements.

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Samsung Launches New Robots to Make Your Lives Easier, Including a Robotic Arm That Helps in the Kitchen

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Samsung wants an army of robots to invade your kitchen so that you can simply sit back and relax. The South Korean electronics giant revealed its latest lineup of premium home appliances at the Samsung Technology Showcase, ahead of the 2019 Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS) in Las Vegas. Samsung showed off a number of upcoming products that include a robotic arm that can help in cooking and a robot that aids in growing vegetables right inside your kitchen.

The Bot Chef by Samsung is a robotic arm that can help you while you’re cooking. Bot Chef can do everything from cutting meat to adding seasoning after you’ve cooked something. You can also upload recipes so that the robotic arm knows what it’s supposed to do.

Samsung says the Bot Chef can be ideal for physically-challenged users who could use assistance while in the kitchen. The robotic arm includes a LiDAR sensor and an ambient light detector. Samsung claims these products are its vision for the future of smart homes.

 

The company has also revealed a new vacuum cleaner that uses artificial intelligence. Called Samsung Bot Clean, the robot uses LiDAR and can inform the owner about its status once it is done cleaning the house.

In addition, Samsung also unveiled its new Chef Garden refrigerator at the event. The new refrigerator includes a bunch of smart features including automatically setting up the temperature, humidity, and lighting to grow essential herbs right inside the refrigerator.

The Samsung Bot Air can detect contaminated places around the house and automatically fix the air quality while moving around the house. The company also revealed a wearable walking robot, Gait Enhancing and Motivating System (GEMS), for people who have problems walking properly.

Samsung launched its robotics platform, Samsung Bot, at CES in January this year. The company showed off a number of robots which are now being shown off with more details. The company is now looking to expand its platform with more products.

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Xiaomi could launch wireless charging power bank alongside Mi 9 on Feb 20: Report

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According to a MySmartPrice report, Xiaomi might be working on a new Power Bank which the company plans to launch alongside the much-hyped Xiaomi Mi 9 smartphone on February 20. The unique thing of this power bank is that it comes with support for wireless charging.

Xiaomi wireless charging power bank

The report claims the upcoming power bank from Xiaomi will likely have 10,000 mAh power capacity. It is also speculated that the company might also launch a 20,000 mAh variant of the wireless power bank in the near future.

 

Though it’s unclear whether the wireless charging supported power bank will be limited to China. There is no word on whether Xiaomi will bring the product to other countries or not.

Xiaomi Mi 9: Specifications, features

Xiaomi is posting quite a number of teasers for Mi 9 hinting at different features of the device. As was confirmed earlier, Mi 9 will feature the Snapdragon 855, Qualcomm’s latest flagship processor. The high-end device will also have a triple camera setup on the back with a 48MP primary sensor that would use pixel binning technology to output 12MP images low light conditions. Other sensors on the camera setup include a 16MP ultra wide lens and a 12MP sensor with 2X optical zoom. On the front, the phone will sport a 20MP selfie camera.

Leaks and teasers also reveal that the device will have an in-display fingerprint sensor, 3D face recognition, support for fast charging and a “40 per cent smaller” bottom chin than its predecessor Mi 8. Other leaks around Mi 9 also reveal that the phone will have 12GB RAM.

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