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Daily Authority: 👉 Early Flip 4 look
🎶 Good morning! I heard The Strokes last night at a concert! (Not saw, but heard, because I could hear it from the old airport field they were playing at here in Berlin.)
Flip unpacks early
Wow, the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 has shown up in the real world, far, far ahead of the launch thought to be happening in August or so.
What’s been rumored for a while, that Samsung’s 2022 clamshell looks like it has only mild refinements from the 2021 edition, seems to be true.
- The problem with leaks like this is that Samsung doesn’t get a chance to inflict its marketing on us.
- And, without really knowing what’s changed, or knowing if this is a prototype or the final version, we can only observe changes from the outside.
What we see:
- The leaks are via sourced images by TechTalkTV (including the image above), plus a brief video, showing what looks like a production sample of the Flip 4.
- There’s an almost identical design to the Galaxy Z Flip 3: two vertically stacked rear cameras, a small external display, and an internal punch-hole screen.
- But there are some nice little improvements: the Galaxy Z Flip 4 looks like it has a less visible crease, with refinements that appear to make it a little more shallow.
- The phone’s hinge and bezels are also a tad bit thinner, putting the same size display in a smaller device overall, that’s lighter as well.
- Also, the YouTuber reveals that the phone will house a 3,700mAh battery (up from 3,400mAh) and 25W charging, up from 15W.
- Interestingly, apparently, it’ll come with the same 12MP main and ultrawide cameras, and the same 10MP selfie camera.
- We don’t see internal specs: it’s likely the Flip 4 will come with a new chipset, possibly even the Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1, which is set to offer performance and efficiency improvements as well.
What it means:
- Samsung offering the Flip 4 without any revolutionary features isn’t a bad thing — the old style of an “S” edition comes to mind, though Samsung calling this the Flip 3S doesn’t sound great.
- What it may mean, if Samsung isn’t pulling out all stops, is that the Flip 4 could get a price drop. The Flip 3 started at $999, for what it’s worth.
- I’m unsure: the 8 Plus Gen 1 chipset won’t be cheap, and inflation is widespread across materials and goods.
- But it’s possible Samsung has some margin to drop the price a little to make the foldable more attractive.
📺 “Ultrawide monitors are overrated, here’s why I use a 4K TV instead.” Great read. (Android Authority).
📊 Poll: What’s the first thing you change on a newly purchased phone? (Android Authority).
👉 We asked, you told us: You want way more storage on your TV box (Android Authority).
🔌 By the way, the UK will not copy the EU’s demand for common charging cable, but likely won’t make any difference to how manufacturers will abide by the ruling (BBC).
🎮 Here are the biggest trailers and announcements from the 2022 Xbox & Bethesda Games Showcase: a longer look at Starfield, and news about Overwatch 2 (free to play) and Diablo IV (now a 2023 release!) (The Verge). Plus, Hideo Kojima’s next game is coming to Xbox (Engadget). Also: Starfield gameplay premiere resembles “No Man’s Skyrim,”, and what about today’s no-shows? (Ars Technica).
📉 As the stock market and crypto fall due to rising inflation (and the likelihood of the Federal Reserve raising interest rates), expect to see shakeouts, just as we saw with Terra/Luna. The latest trouble is with Celsius, a crypto lending service, which said it has paused withdrawals, causing Celsius’s CEL token to fall as much as 70% (CoinDesk).
🦜 There’s a wild story about a Google engineer who became convinced a Google-made AI, based on an advanced language model, is sentient. Google placed the engineer on paid leave (NYT, gift link). There’s a chat posted by the engineer, Blake Lemoine, but it’s based on nine separate conversations stitched together and appears largely invalid… (Medium). This explains why it’s not intelligent(Medium).
📺 Squid Game’s Season 2 teaser promises old faces and a new game (Gizmodo).
👉 Intel details 13 chip inventions at tech symposium (Venture Beat).
💡 “Controlling my family’s smart home is driving us mad”: A rant about errant light switches and too many apps frustrating the home (Wired).
🚁 NASA’s plan to get Ingenuity through the Martian winter (Ars Technica).
🚀 Astra’s second failed launch this year resulted in the loss of two NASA weather satellites (The Verge).
🐴 It’s all happening in Wales: Man vs horse race won by person for only third time (BBC).
🤔 “Veterinarians of Reddit, what do pet owners ignore the most?” (r/askreddit).
Dall-E and Dall-E 2 are limited betas only available to those who have been whitelisted.
The Dall-E Mini generator, which is much less ambitious and freely available, is here, and it’s creating all kinds of things, the weirdest of which are posted to subreddits and Twitter.
- Also, faces appear to not be generated at all in any serious way, I think deliberately so to avoid deepfakes.
Have a great start to your week,
Tristan Rayner, Senior Editor