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Samsung to Come up with a 150MP Nonacell Sensor

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Samsung is planning to go up a notch with its camera sensors as rumors suggest an all-new 150MP Nonacell sensor in the making. Samsung already has the Nonacell sensors working in the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra, which has managed to draw applause from all quarters.

The device that will come with this 150MP sensor is not yet confirmed. However, rumors have it that it will have a launch during the final quarter of 2020. The sensor is said to be just 1 inch in size.

Xiaomi is said to be the first one to use this new 150MP sensor. It is expected to roll out a flagship device with it by the end of 2020. Oppo and Vivo are expected to use the 150MP sensors in their flagship devices, which will launch probably during the first half of 2021.

What is Nonacell Technology?

The Nonacell technology is a color filter array that arranges the RGB color filters on a photosensor. The arrangement is such that the 3×3 pixel square has the same color. The 6×6 arrangement is filled with one-quarter of blue, one-quarter of red, and two-quarters of green.

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This arrangement allows the camera to sense more colors during low light and produce high-quality images even under low lighting conditions. The sensor also reduces optical losses, light reflection, and crosstalk.

Will the Hardware Support Such a High-Resolution?

Snapdragon 865 can allow a maximum of 200MP working smoothly on it. The Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra already has a 108MP sensor installed in it. The results have been good, but critics do believe they are still far from what they should have been.

Then, there is also the 5nm Snapdragon 875 coming up later this year. Qualcomm is expected to roll it out during Q4 2020. If Xiaomi’s device does feature both 150MP Nonacell sensors along with the Snapdragon 875, it will certainly be a contender for the best smartphone of the year. 8K video recording will improve a lot of Samsung’s 150MP sensor does work with the 5nm Snapdragon 875.

There is a lot more to expect from Samsung if they do come up with the 150MP sensor. There are rumors of the Exynos 1000 in the making as well. It is expected to have a core of Cortex-A78 with the AMDRDNA architecture forming the GPU.

Bogdana Zujic is the editor in chief and Managing editor of Technobezz and Firm Luxury Media. She holds a law degree and certifications in mass media communications. Contact me at [email protected]

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Samsung Galaxy S20 Series Gets the Next Firmware Update

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  • New software update for the Samsung Galaxy S 20 models from Samsung
  • It contains camera improvements and the April security update
  • This is the third update after the release of the devices launched in February 2020

How Many Updates for the Galaxy S20 Models?

Samsung is already sending the second or third firmware update to its Galaxy S20 series flagships launched only in February 2020. Most reviews of the devices have not reported any flaw in the camera system in the Samsung Galaxy S20 or the other two higher models, the Galaxy S20+ and S20 Ultra.

Yet, the first update was said to contain certain improvement features. It was mainly the autofocus function which perhaps some users had complained about and the update was sent. While in some cases the March 2020 Android security update patch was also included, in others, only the security update patch was sent. Now, this software update is claimed to have camera improvement features besides the April 2020 Android security update patch.

For the record, the update version is identified as G98x0ZHU1ATCT. You have the option to manually download this update if you are yet to receive the update on your device.

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The update details in English

Region-Specific Updates?

Observers point out that Samsung has a separate set of software updates for those users of its flagship devices in markets like China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong. They are different from the ones found in the software updates sent to the rest of the world. The update now sighted appears to be for these countries looking at the language in it.

It is yet to be confirmed if the same update will go to the other markets in the world or not. Even if it does, it is not clear if the camera improvement feature in this will be there in it or just the April 2020 Android security update. It is possible the Samsung Galaxy S20 devices in China and Hong Kong and Taiwan did not receive the update earlier.

Users in the other regions have to watch out for the update.

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Samsung Galaxy A9 (2018) Receiving Upgrade to Android 10 with One UI2.0

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  • Samsung Galaxy A9 (2018) being upgraded to the Android 10 OS and One UI 2.0 interface
  • The phone has a quad-camera setup in the rear
  • Samsung is upgrading some of the other Galaxy phones too, with Android 10 OS

In a move that can surprise many in the industry, Samsung is upgrading the firmware on its 2018 Galaxy A series smartphones to the Android 10-based One UI 2.0. The latest to receive the upgrade is the Samsung Galaxy A9 (2018). As reported on a few occasions earlier, the South Korean smartphone brand has displayed enthusiasm in providing its devices with software upgrades. This has been seen both in terms of the speed with which the updates have sent OTA as well as the number of devices being covered with the upgrades.

What’s Significant about the Galaxy A9 (2018)?

When you mention Samsung Galaxy A9 (2018), the first thing that comes to your mind is the quad-camera setup in the device. Samsung came out with this in the year 2018. That was the period Samsung was seen to be a little conservative with its Galaxy S series flagships while the Galaxy A series smartphones were more open for the introduction of new hardware and features. Things have changed now with the best and the latest reserved for only the premium offerings.

More Details about this Update

It must be clarified here that Samsung Galaxy A9 (2018), as released for the global market and which is otherwise identified as SM-A920F, is being pushed through with the Android 10 OS and the One UI 2.0. The software version is identified as A920FXXU3CTCD. There are two more variants, one for its local market in South Korea and the other China referred by their codes, SM-A920N and SM-A9200 respectively. These are presumably not receiving the current firmware update in this form at least. The company may send them separately.

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The Frija manual download route for the software update

Interestingly, the Samsung Galaxy A9 (2018), at the time of its release, was loaded with the then ruling OS, the Android Oreo, version 8 along with Samsung Experience 9.0 as the UI. The phone then received the upgrade to the Android Pie version 9.0 last year. This will be the second software upgrade for the device. Most smartphone brands limit the upgrades to two and don’t go beyond that. The only exceptions are Apple’s iPhones and Google’s Pixel range smartphones which upgrade their old models too to the latest firmware versions.

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Samsung Display Will Stop LCD Display Production by the End of 2020

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  • Samsung will not produce LCD panels from 2021 onwards
  • The four lines, two in China and two in S. Korea will be closed by the end of 2020
  • All existing orders will be supplied to the companies

What is the Development?

The company operates 2 liquid crystal display (LCD) panel production lines in South Korea and 2 more in China. These production lines will now be completely shut down and, in their place, Samsung plans to start making the latest technology screens using quantum dot technologies. However, that might not happen immediately as the investment now is to start the quantum dot screens on one of these lines in South Korea.

LCD panels have been going out of fashion for some time. Apple, one of Samsung’s largest customers, had already switched to the OLED panels for their iPhone range except for the budget model. From this year, the expectation is that all iPhone models will sport the OLED panels only. The falling demand could have been one of the major reasons for Samsung’s decision to close down the LCD panel production.

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The OLED panels have virtually pushed the LCD panels out of sight

What about the Orders Already in Hand?

The company has clarified that the actual closing down of the LCD production lines will occur only towards the end of this year and till then whatever orders they have in hand will be produced and supplied. Smartphone companies plan far ahead for their models and the orders for the parts and components are placed months if not years in advance.

What Next?

As indicated, while one set of displays is shifting towards OLED, the others like television screens are turning to quantum dot technology. The construction of this display screen is such that it can emit light in a narrow spectrum and they are not very different from the conventional LCD panels. The quantum tube is an addition and it joins the LED lights in providing the backup to the display.

The report indicates that Samsung is yet to take a call on the future of the two production lines in China which will become idle by the year end. However, it may be the end of the road for LCD display panels, at least on smartphones.

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