CAD-Based Renders of the Galaxy S20+ Surfaces Online; Samsung Announces the Galaxy XCover Pro
Samsung's Unpacked 2020 is slated to kick off on February 11th, wherein the audience will witness the unveiling of a slew of innovative devices from the South Korean tech behemoth. Among several other products including a clamshell styled foldable phone that is expected to be announced at the event, Samsung is likely to take the wraps off its long-awaited Galaxy S20 series of flagship smartphones.
While we are still weeks away from the Unpacked 2020 event, the Galaxy Z Flip phone has already made its appearance online in the form of live images. In addition to these alleged live images of Samsung's upcoming foldable phone, a set of CAD-based images of the Galaxy S20 line has surfaced on the web as well. Interestingly, there have been no leaks of the S20 until now.
Originally shared by XDA Developers, the aforesaid live images of the company's 2020 flagship, gives us a brief glimpse of the upcoming Galaxy S20+. The site's contributor Max Weinbach received the aforesaid images from a source who didn't want to reveal his/her identity. The site had to make a few edits in a bid to protect the source's identity; however, the images still clearly show the Galaxy S20+ design.
One of the leaked images reveals the rear portion of the phone, allowing us to catch a glimpse of the quad-camera setup, which is accompanied by flashlight and a hole that could house a microphone. The volume and power buttons have been placed at the right side of the device; however, we can't see a dedicated Bixby button that has been present on previously launched S10 series phones.
The front bezels are relatively smaller and the Infinity-O display seems less curvy than earlier models. The unnamed source deems it flat, comparing it to what we have seen on the Pixel 2 XL. Moreover, Samsung seems to have replaced the traditional curved glass with 2.5D glass on this device. The center-mounted hole punch is smaller as compared to the Note 10 and looks more like the hole punch seen on the Galaxy Note 10, and S10. It also looks like the S20+ will come with a screen protector pre-installed.
Given that the rumored phone is tipped to bear the Galaxy S20+ moniker, it may seem that the device will be the highest-end variant in the upcoming S series, based on the company nomenclature for the S series, but that's surprisingly not the case, according to XDA Developers' report. Despite being slightly larger than the rest of the devices in the S20 series, it will not adopt the same high-end camera technology used for the Galaxy S20 Ultra.
If rumors doing the rounds online are anything to go by, the purported S20+ will house a newfangled 12MP 1.8 microns primary camera. In addition to that, the phone is tipped to come with a macro lens, telephoto and an ultra-wide sensor. The rear-mounted microphone that comes in handy for the zoom-in mic feature, while enhancing audio quality particularly for videos, which could be a downside on the Note 10.
Different variants of both the Galaxy S20, as well as the S20+ are slated to hit the store shelves worldwide. Samsung will be launching 4G models of the Galaxy S20 and Galaxy S20+ along with 5G-ready models for the Galaxy S20 and the Galaxy S20+ as well. Note that the models will sport identical design regardless of the network they support i.e. 4G or 5G. There's hearsay that Samsung plans to make only the 5G variant available in the American market.
While details about the phone's specifications are still few and far between, the model likely to be launched in the U.S. is likely to pack Qualcomm's SD865 chipset, which is compatible only with the SD X55 modem. Moreover, it is expected to come with sub-6GHz network support from carriers such as T-Mobile, Sprint and AT&T. Since some reports indicate it will be available on Verizon as well, there is a possibility that the phone could pack mmWave antennas that support the carrier's mmWave (Ultra Wideband) network.
The model likely to be launched in the rest of the countries could be powered by Samsung's Exynos 990 processor. It is also worth mentioning here that Samsung will be launching the 5G-ready model in countries where the 5G network is supported. In short, if the country you are currently based in doesn't support the 5G network, do not expect to be able to get your hands on it anytime soon.
These devices and rumors and leaks associated with them are quite promising. Samsung is expected to unveil some of the most awaited Android-powered smartphones this year. More shreds of information will be divulged at Samsung's impending Unpacked 2020 event that kicks off next month.
Samsung Galaxy XCover Pro
Samsung's Finish website had listed the company's rugged smartphone dubbed the Galaxy XCover Pro, but took it down on Sunday, January 12th. The tech behemoth today announced that the phone will carry a $499 price tag when it is launched in the U.S. in Q1 2020. Aside from revealing the pricing details, Samsung also confirmed that it has established a partnership with Verizon to make the device available in the market.
The phone is backed by a removable 4,050mAh battery that supports 15W fast charging and has special docks equipped with pogo pins. The phone is targeted at those working in industrial settings or are usually out in the field, which explains why Samsung has integrated a robust battery. Offering a longer battery life will enable these workers to keep in touch with family members and friends for a longer period without having to charge it again and again. Moreover, the battery can easily be swapped as well.
There are a couple of programmable buttons available on the phone and they can be programmed for push-to-talk and other similar apps, according to Samsung. Microsoft Teams users can take advantage of the button to access the Microsoft Teams Walkie Talkie function.
On top of that, the XCover Pro has passed through the EMV Level 1 certification, which means customers can pay you simply by tapping their NEFC enabled Galaxy devices, watch, phone, or credit card. The phone has point-of-sale software built-in and Visa has approved it for its payments pilot program called Tap to Phone.