This week, on our weekly news roundup: rumours around the Internet are saying that the Galaxy S10+ will come with 12 gigs of RAM memory, the US is trying to convince its allies to stop using Huawei smartphones/products, and more!
Rumors say that the Galaxy S10+ will have 12 gigs of RAM and a terabyte of storage
Up till now, we’ve heard all sorts of rumors and seen lots of leaks about the Galaxy S10 series. Some say that it’ll have multiple cameras, a bezel-less display, the Infinity-O display, and stuff like that.
However, this is something new even for us. New rumors suggest that the Galaxy S10+ will have 12 gigs of RAM and a whole terabyte of storage.
If it’s true, then that’s without a doubt overkill. But, as we’ve mentioned before, you may as well get such a phone if only for future-proofing.
A future-proof smartphone is a phone that will be able to cover your needs for an extensive period of time. In our opinion, at least for the next 3-5 years.
Then again, batteries usually don’t last more than a couple of years. After that, their overall life starts degrading. That, of course, depends on how often you need to charge your device and how hot it gets during usage and charging.
So, at the end of the day, why would you get a phone with 12 gigs of RAM? Let us know in the comments section down below. We understand that some people can actually take advantage of the extra storage, but the RAM memory is a different story.
After all, the vast majority of smartphone users out there are doing just fine with 3-4 gigs of RAM. The vast majority of hardcore users almost never need more than 6 gigabytes.
What do you think about all this? Would it make sense for Samsung to create a phone with 12 gigs of RAM? Or is it just a waste of extra money?
Galaxy S10+ spotted on a benchmark
Ice universe from Twitter recently posted a screenshot of a benchmark that the Samsung Galaxy S10+ performed. We can’t say with certainty just how much of it is true, but here it is:
This is the first score（325076） of the Galaxy S10+, using the Exynos9820 processor from AnTuTu Bemchmark. pic.twitter.com/IRYlAvtVgL
— Ice universe (@UniverseIce) November 27, 2018
As you can see, the phone will be coming with Android Pie out of the box – which is awesome. We’ve probably said this a hundred times already but we’d really love to see more phones come with Pie out of the box as it’s the latest Android version right now. Not to mention that a very small percentage of phones are actually running it.
With that being said, the next thing that we noticed is that the particular model only has 6 gigs of RAM. And we’re saying only 6 gigs because as we’ve mentioned above, other rumors suggest that the S10+ will come with 12 gigs.
Still seeing how this model only has 128 gigs of memory, it would make sense for it to come with less RAM memory. After all, with most smartphones, when you get a model with more internal storage, you also get more gigabytes of RAM.
So, if the rumors are true, then this could be one of the cheaper variants of the S10+ that comes with less overall memory and RAM. While if you feel like it, you can go all out and get the most likely super expensive 12 gig model.
Still, when it comes to rumors, always take them with a huge bucket of salt. You never really know what a phone will have until it gets official.
Though, with that being said, lots of rumors for other devices like the Note 9 were spot on. So, to be fair, sometimes they turn out to be true.
Donald Trump is considering adding an extra 10-25% tariff on Chinese devices
A few days ago, Donald Trump mentioned that he’s considering adding a 10 to 25% tariff on Chinese imports. That also includes Chinese Laptops and smartphones.
This will force smartphone manufacturers to increase their prices in order to keep their income on the same levels. Not to mention that it’ll make things harder for big manufacturers like Xiaomi who are not selling their phones in the US officially yet.
And with that being said, what about those who wish to import a phone from China on their own? Chances are that you’ll have to pay that extra price in import fees and taxes.
Last, but not least, many devices are designed in the US but are being made in China. For an example, both Samsung and Apple are making a lot of phones in China. You’ll probably see a higher price tag on these as well.
Trump mentioned that people could easily withstand an extra tariff of 10%? What do you think about all of that? To put matters in perspective, if you’re looking at a $1000 smartphone, then we’re talking about an extra $100 here. You could easily buy a whole new budget phone with that money.
Still, do keep in mind that nothing has been applied yet. As we mentioned above, Trump is still only considering the extra tariff and there’s a chance that nothing will change.
The Huawei Mate 20 Pro turns out to be somewhat bendable
The Huawei Mate 20 Pro is without a doubt one of the most overall powerful devices that you can get right now. However, as it turns out, if you’re looking for endurable phones, then this may not be the best choice for you.
Several YouTubers are performing endurance tests on this device to see much abuse it can withstand. Turns out that the Mate 20 is not exactly the most scratch-resistant device that you can get. But, to be fair, the vast majority of us aren’t going to put our phone anywhere near sharp objects.
The real concern is on how bendable this phone is. This YouTuber in the video above managed to crack the screen by putting a fair amount of pressure while bending with his hands.
Again, most of us aren’t going to do anything like that. But, what if you forget your phone in your back pocket or something? This will definitely crack the screen.
Though, with that being said, the phone is still working just fine even with a cracked screen. The problem is that the device will look terrible and that the fingerprint sensor doesn’t work all that well after the screen shatters.
So, if you own a Mate 20 Pro, be careful with it. Using a very tough case with it may save you from a disaster but nothing is certain with such things.
At least the back cover seems to be very endurable. Not so much for withstanding forces of impact, but it seems to be extremely scratch resistant.
What do you think about all this? Is this level of endurance acceptable for a premium device such as the Huawei Mate 2o Pro? Let us know in the comments section down below!
Samsung keeps on losing market share
It wasn’t too long ago where we mentioned that Samsung was losing market share and that Huawei was hoping to overcome them. And you know what? At this rate, they’ll probably make it!
As seen on Sam Mobile, Samsung is still losing market share while Huawei keeps on gaining ground. At this pace, like it or not, Huawei is really going to leave Samsung behind.
Though, with that being said, if Trump truly adds that extra tariff on Chinese smartphones that we talked about before, then Huawei is likely to face a tougher situation compared to Samsung as almost everything is being done in China with them.
Still, all we can do is sit and wait now. Then we’ll see what happens.
Rumors mention that LG may be working on a phone with 16 cameras
Lots of people loved the idea of a dual-cam setup. Huawei was one of the first manufacturers to implement it and people have been using dual-cam setups ever since.
But, what if you’re not satisfied with 2 cameras? Other devices like the Mate 20 Pro have 3 cameras while the Samsung Galaxy A9 has 4 cameras.
Is this still not enough for you? Fear not. For the latest rumors around the web are talking about LG working on a phone with 16 cameras.
Why use a phone with 16 cameras? Well, according to Phone Arena and Let’s Go Digital, this device can benefit from the extra cameras mainly in 2 ways:
- Multiple shots at once
- Editing capabilities
The editing capabilities are somewhat obvious. With so many cameras working at once, you’re sure to get some extra editing options with a device like this one.
Taking multiple shots doesn’t work in the same way as with your average phone. Instead of taking multiple pictures in a row, this device will be using all of its cameras at once. This will allow you to choose a picture between the various lenses that you’ll get. Be it ultra-wide, portrait, or whatever.
Now, with all of that being said, the price will likely skyrocket. Even our current smartphones are somewhat expensive. With all of these extra cameras, chances are that this will be be a premium smartphone.
So, what do you think about all this? Would you like a phone with 16 cameras? Is this overkill? Why? Why not? Let us know in the comments.
US persuades its allies to stop using equipment from Huawei
The USA has already banned the use of Huawei-made equipment in any retail store on military bases. The same goes for government use.
Furthermore, a senator has mentioned that Huawei is effectively an arm of the Chinese government. The FBI, CIA, and NSA are all warning its people to avoid using Huawei products for security concerns.
All of that is quite ironic if you take into account all of the classified information that Edward Snowden has provided regarding the CIA and NSA. But, no matter. Let’s move on.
As if all of these actions weren’t enough, the US government is now also trying to convince allies like Germany, Japan, and Italy to stop using Huawei’s equipment. As if that wasn’t enough, financial incentives are being offered to those who accept.
If you’re asking us, something stinks badly with all of this. And it’s not just us but many people around the Internet are saying the same.
We can’t quite say with confidence what’s going on, but security shouldn’t be that much of a concern when literally millions of other devices are also being made in China. By the way, that also includes a lot of Samsung and Apple devices.
In any case, what do you think about all this? Is the US right to fear Huawei as a company that is trying to spy on its users? Why? Why not? Do let us know.
Feel like we forgot something important? Got something wrong? Then let us and everyone else know about it in the comments section down below!
SOURCES: PHONE ARENA 1, 2, CNN BUSINESS, SAM MOBILE, THE VERGE
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