This week, on our weekly news roundup: real picture of the Galaxy S10 gets leaked, Sony working on the next generation of 3D cameras, and more!
Real-life image of Galaxy S10 leaked
We’ve checked out numerous leaks and rumors about the S10 before. But, all of the images that we’ve seen till now were nothing but renders. Here’s the real thing:
This photo comes from Evan Blass who is a known and reliable leakster. So, we can probably safely assume that we’re looking at the real thing right now.
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In our previous weekly roundups, we’ve seen that the S10 will come with the Infinity-O display. Judging from this picture, it seems like this may indeed be the case.
Furthermore, we also know that the S10 will come in at least two different models: the S10 and the S10 lite or Plus. Since this model only has one front-facing camera, it may actually be the S10 lite and not the S10.
Still, at this moment, all of this is nothing but pure speculation and this picture may turn out to be a fake. And even if it’s true, there’s no guarantee that Samsung won’t change anything before the release.
All we’re trying to say is to take all of this information with a grain of salt. Other than that, all things considered, the phone looks pretty darn good.
It has slim bezels, doesn’t seem to be too thick, and the “hole” in the display doesn’t look too bad either. Obviously, there are lots of people who are not going to be pleased with this change of direction that Samsung is taking. But, that’s just how it is.
The Galaxy S10 series will likely be revealed somewhere during the next month. Furthermore, we now also know that the device will support reverse charging, something that we previously saw on the Huawei Mate 20 Pro.
Information about the Nokia 9 PureView leaks out
Were the four cameras of the Galaxy A9 not enough for you? If that’s the case, then you’ll probably love the Nokia 9 PureView. We’ve got information about it and as you can see in the image above, it comes with five cameras.
Apart from the five cameras on the back, we can also see an LED flash and a black spot which we suppose that it has something to do with ZEISS optics. It definitely isn’t a fingerprint sensor cause we know that this phone will use an in-display fingerprint scanner.
Why use five cameras you say? Well, according to all of the information that we’ve got available at the moment, you’ll be able to use all five cameras simultaneously.
Compared to your average single phone camera, this setup is expected to provide as much as 10 times better image quality in the dark. Furthermore, you will also be able to edit the focus point of a photo even after capturing it.
Specification-wise, we’re expecting to see a 5.99-inch display with a 2K resolution, the Snapdragon 845, 6 gigs of RAM, and 128 gigabytes of storage. The rumors are also saying that it’ll come with a microSD card extension. But, as always, take that information with a grain of salt.
Let’s not forget to mention that the phone will come with Android Pie out of the box. It’s Android One, which may be a good or a bad thing depending on who you’re asking.
Sony is working on the next generation of 3D cameras
Have you noticed how in certain sci-fi movies door unlock by using some sort of laser/beam to scan the face of the unlocker? Well, it seems like we’re not too far away from that.
Sony has been working on the next generation of 3D cameras and is now even boosting their production for them. These cameras are using invisible laser beams that bounce to their surrounding objects that are as far as 5 meters.
This kind of technology allows for creating more detailed 3D models and it has many uses. For an example, we could take advantage of these cameras for a safer and maybe faster face unlocking.
Furthermore, we can also use this for getting better depth of field, AR, and also AR games. You can see an example of the latter in the image that we’ve posted above.
Sony mentioned that the main difference between these cameras and what we’re using now is that they can scan objects at a further distance with increased accuracy.
Consider the fact that twin brothers and sisters have managed to unlock the phones of their siblings with face unlock, well, let’s just say that these 3D cameras will prove to be useful for sure. Hell, with our current gen, you can unlock certain phones even by using a 3D printed face of the owner.
We’re expecting to see these cameras on the public somewhere during the end of this year. We don’t know anything about pricing yet, but we’ll keep you updated if we find out anything else.
Certain Android apps are sending your data to Facebook – even if you don’t have an account
Numerous sources and Privacy International are saying that there are quite a few apps which will send your data on Facebook. But, they do that without asking for your permission and without you even having a Facebook account or the Facebook app installed.
And what’s worse is that this information is not entirely anonymous. If you have a Facebook account, any data that is being collected by you can be tied to your account. And in that way, you’re not really being anonymous anymore.
Some of these apps are Spotify, Shazam, Trip Advisor, and more. Any such app will start sending information to Facebook the moment that you open them.
That information includes things like your name, age, and more. Kayak, for an example, was found to send information about flight searches.
And when you tie all the pieces of the puzzle together, you can find the ethnicity, religion, age, gender, location, number of kids, and the job of any individual who is using these apps. Again, it doesn’t matter if you’ve got a Facebook account or not.
Now, we all know that Facebook is using that information for advertising purposes. As Zuckerberg has previously mentioned, nobody is really looking at the information that is collected by Facebook.
Everything is being handled automatically by computers for the sake of ad targeting. Nobody is interested in spying at your average person as well.
Still, the thought that Facebook has all of this data at its disposal is surely a bit upsetting, to say the least.
Samsung loses the battle of premium sales during Q3
As we’ve previously mentioned before, Samsung has been struggling with sales for a while now. And unfortunately, the premium sales of the last quarter of 2019 weren’t all that better.
Apple secured the first place while holding 47% of the premium market share. Samsung came second with a market share of 22%. Last, but not least, Huawei secured got the third place with a market share of 12%.
But, to be fair, Samsung managed to get the first place in the mid-range market – about $400-600. In the end, no matter at which price point you’re looking at, you’ll find Apple, Samsung, and Huawei fighting in the first 3 places.
If you’re looking generally at the global market share without taking pricing into account, then Samsung is in the first place, Huawei is second, and Apple is third.
Though, with that being said, Huawei is hoping to overcome Samsung and become the world’s biggest phone manufacturer by the end of the next year. What do you think? Is that really possible?
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SOURCES: PHONE ARENA, MY SMART PRICE, BLOOMBERG, ANDROID POLICE, IB TIMES
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