Remember the Galaxy Note 7 recalls from 2016? That was Samsung’s biggest smartphone disaster to date, putting a massive dent in its reputation. The company, however, took its time to investigate the battery mess and reassure customers that future Galaxy phones would not explode and catch fire as the Note 7 did. But fast forward to 2022, another messy Galaxy year for Samsung, and it looks like the Korean company might soon have to deal with a battery swelling problem.
The new issue doesn’t resemble the Galaxy Note 7 fires and explosions. But the risk of accidents remains. It appears that some batteries in older Samsung phones are swelling up, which leads to damage to the handset. In turn, this type of accident can cause accidental fires and explosions.
That said, there’s no recall this time. There also haven’t been any accidents reported involving fires or explosions. Also, Samsung has yet to address the findings of the YouTubers who discovered the issue.
YouTuber Mrwhosetheboss has an extensive collection of Samsung flagship phones that he hasn’t used in recent years. He’s been collecting every high-end Galaxy device since 2010 and storing them in seemingly safe conditions together with other phones. This summer, he wanted to make a video about them when he noticed his Galaxy Note 8 had blown up.
Samsung Galaxy S6, Note 8, and S10 with swelling batteries. Image source: YouTube According to the YouTuber, the battery swelled up, expanded, and damaged the handset in the process. He then found a similar problem with his 2016 Galaxy S6 and 2019 Galaxy S10. Upon contacting Samsung, the Korean giant insisted on receiving the phones for inspection. And then Samsung never explained what happened. That was about two months ago.
Why are Samsung Galaxy batteries swelling up?
Mrwhosetheboss returned to his smartphone collection when he found similar reports on social media of Samsung Galaxy batteries swelling up. At that point, the YouTuber discovered that more phones from his collection had blown up. They did not explode, but the swelling battery had caused damage. The Galaxy S8, Galaxy 10e, and Galaxy S10 5G were all impacted.
Worse, even a relatively new phone like the 2020 Galaxy Z Fold 2 showed the same battery swelling problem. The YouTuber pointed out that none of his collection’s iPhones, Asus phones, or Google phones experienced similar battery accidents.
Samsung’s Galaxy Z Fold 2 with a battery swelling problem. Image source: YouTube Mrwhosetheboss then talked to other popular YouTube creators, including Marques Brownlee and JerryRigEverything. They, too, agreed that the battery swelling issues seem to appear exclusively on Samsung phones. The latter even found a possible explanation for the problem. The electrolyte in the battery might decompose and release gas. In turn, this makes the battery swell up or blow up.
Mrwhosetheboss also found that a newer phone started swelling up the Galaxy S20 FE flagship. Even though the battery should be in good condition for at least five years.
Only Samsung knows why these batteries blow up
This isn’t an official finding from Samsung, however. And it’s unclear how many people in the real world have experienced similar issues. Not to mention that most people tend to use their Samsung phones regularly. Whereas collectors primarily store these devices unpowered. Still, it’s worth pointing out that mostly Samsung batteries got swollen.
Also, when a Galaxy phone user with just one phone would experience the problem, they’d think there’s an issue with their device specifically, rather than a more widespread phenomenon.
Galaxy S20 FE battery starts blowing up. Image source: YouTube At this point, only Samsung knows what’s going on or how serious the problem is. Given the Galaxy Note 7 recall, Samsung will surely want to address the matter publicly as soon as possible.
As for Samsung Galaxy users out there, they should take action if their smartphone batteries blow up like the one in the video below. Swelling can lead to accidents that anyone will want to avoid. Make sure you watch Mrwhosetheboss’s full video below:
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With the launch of Apple’s iPhone 14 behind us, the next major flagship smartphone will be Samsung’s Galaxy S23 in 2023. We have already seen some leaks, but on Tuesday, we might have gotten our first look at the redesign Samsung has in store for the Galaxy S23 Plus. The differences are subtle, but they should be noticeable to Samsung fans.
This week, Steve Hemmerstoffer (@OnLeaks) and the mobile tech site Smartprix teamed up to share the first renders of the Galaxy S23 Plus.
Galaxy S23 Plus renders reveal redesign. Image source: @OnLeaks/Smartprix The most obvious design change comes on the rear panel. As noted by Smartprix, Samsung seems to have abandoned the so-called “camera island” which appeared on the Galaxy S22 and Galaxy S22 Plus. In its place are three standalone cameras sticking straight out of the rear panel. Last year, this look was exclusive to the Galaxy S22 Ultra.
The Galaxy S23 Plus will reportedly be larger than its predecessor. It should once again have a 6.6-inch display, but it will measure 157.7 x 76.1 x 7.6mm. Last year’s Galaxy S22 Plus came in at 157.4 x 75.8 x 7.6mm, so expect an ever-so-slightly taller phone this year.
If you want to see a 3D render of the Galaxy S23 Plus, watch the video below:
Moving to the front, the Galaxy S23 Plus will look virtually identical to the S22 Plus. There will once again be a single hole-punch cutout for a selfie camera at the top center of the screen, the volume rocker and power button will be on the right side of the device, and we’ll find a speaker grille alongside the USB-C port at the bottom.
Providing Samsung sticks to a similar schedule next year, the Galaxy S23, Galaxy S23 Plus, and Galaxy S23 Ultra should launch in February 2023.
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Samsung announced the Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Galaxy Z Flip foldable smartphones a couple of weeks ago and offered buyers various preorder deals right after the launch event. Moreover, the Korean giant also unveiled new wearable devices, including the Galaxy Watch Series 5 smartwatches that also come in a larger Pro model and the brand new Galaxy Buds 2 Pro earphones.
The new foldables are the most exciting new Android phones right now, and also the most expensive ones. That’s why Samsung started throwing deals at customers even before the launch event. Customers who registered for preorders could stack discounts of up to $200 on top of all the deals that Samsung offered during the preorder period.
If you’ve somehow missed that, you should know that you can still score significant savings on the Galaxy Fold 4 and Flip 4 now that the handsets are available in stores.
Galaxy Fold 4 smartphone – color options. Image source: Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Flip 4 release date deals
Foldable phones are still not perfect and are not mainstream devices, either. But Samsung has been at the forefront of the foldable industry, delivering significant advances in the past few years. The Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Galaxy Z Flip 4 are no different, bringing various improvements to tried and tested designs.
With all that in mind, it’s no surprise that Samsung’s foldable phones are still expensive. The lack of any real competition in the foldable space, combined with the current state of the economy, certainly didn’t help Samsung reduce the prices of last year’s models. But the Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Flip 4 aren’t more expensive than their predecessors, at least.
The Galaxy Z Fold 4 starts at $1,799, while the cheapest Galaxy Z Flip 4 costs $999. These are the regular prices before any deals and discounts are applied.
However, Samsung will continue to offer plenty of deals on foldable devices even after the preorder period.
You’ll find Samsung’s release deals for the Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Galaxy Z Flip 4 below. Additionally, we’ve also listed the Galaxy Watch 5, Watch 5 Pro, and Galaxy Buds 2 Pro deals that are available this week.
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4: $150 Samsung Credit + up to $900 Enhanced Trade-In. $300 Guaranteed Trade-In credit on any condition Galaxy devices Dates: 8/26-9/11 Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4: $50 Samsung Credit + up to $700 Enhanced Trade-In. $200 Guaranteed Trade-In credit on any condition Galaxy devices Dates: 8/26-9/11 Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 & Watch 5 Pro: $75 Samsung Credit Dates: 8/26 – 9/4 Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 Pro: $50 Samsung Credit Dates: 8/25 – 9/4 Should you buy the new Samsung foldables?
As you can see above, the new Galaxy Fold 4 and Flip 4 deals have expiration dates. You’ll want to check them out and ensure you qualify, especially for the enhanced trade-in deals.
If you’re wondering whether the phones are worth buying, you should know there’s no real alternative in town. But the Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Flip 4 are Samsung foldables that are easy to recommend compared to past generations.
The Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Flip 4 might look like their predecessors, but Samsung made a few key changes that fans of foldable devices will appreciate.
That’s especially true for the Fold 4, which is lighter and thinner than before, yet still just as durable. It’s all thanks to a new hinge mechanism and display design changes that helped Samsung reduce the phone’s weight.
Galaxy Flip 4 color options. Image source: Samsung Moreover, the aspect ratio has been improved, so using the phone in folded mode is easier than with earlier models.
As for the Flip 4, the handset looks almost identical to its predecessor. The one big improvement concerns the external display. It’s better in general, but especially for taking selfies with the primary camera system.
As for the hardware, the Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Flip 4 are typical 2022 Android flagships. They rock the latest Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 platform. The processor is faster and more efficient than the Galaxy S22 series’ chips.
That said, it’s up to you to go for one of the Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Flip 4 release date deals above. Samsung should offer additional discounts in the future once these offers expire, but there’s no guarantee they’ll be better.
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Samsung’s big Unpacked press event of the summer is finally here, bringing fans a variety of new devices that will be available for preorder almost immediately after the show. Samsung’s Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Galaxy Z Flip 4 foldable phones are the main attraction of the press conference. But Samsung also has new wearables to go along with its next-gen phones. We’re looking at the Galaxy Watch 5 series and the new Galaxy Buds 2 Pro wireless earphones.
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The Fold 4 and Flip 4 represent Samsung’s newest foldable smartphones. They look almost identical to their predecessors, but Samsung has a few significant changes in place — especially for the Fold 4 model.
Designs aside, the two phones feature mostly the same main hardware components.
Qualcomm’s newest Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 platform powers the new Galaxy foldables, which should give them a significant performance bump over the Galaxy S22. And this System-on-Chip (SoC) should fix all the overheating and throttling issues from the previous generation.
The Galaxy Watch 5 comes in two sizes, keeping in place the circular design Samsung employs for its Apple Watch alternatives. But Samsung also unveiled a Pro version of the Watch 5 that offers a larger screen and better battery life.
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4: Specs, price, and release date
The Galaxy Fold 4 is slightly shorter than its predecessor, but it’s also wider. This means the foldable screen is still quite large but the phone is more comfortable in the hand.
We’re looking at a 7.6-inch 120Hz panel with Ultra Thin Glass on top. The foldable has a redesigned hinge and should be slightly thinner than the Fold 3. It’s also 20g lighter than last year’s model.
Thanks to the new aspect ratio, the external display should be easier to use. It’s a 6.2-inch OLED panel that supports up to a 120Hz refresh rate.
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 smartphone. The triple-lens camera system on the back also got a significant update. We’re looking at a 50-megapixel primary sensor, 12-megapixel ultra-wide sensor, and 10-megapixel telephoto lens (3x zoom).
The selfie experience consists of a 4-megapixel under-display camera for the foldable screen and a 10-megapixel hole-punch selfie camera for the cover screen.
RAM and storage: 12GB of RAM, 256GB/512GB/1TB storage
Battery: 4,400 mAh with 25W wired and 15W wireless charging
Colors: Beige, GreyGreen, Phantom Black
Price: Starts at $1,799 for the 256GB version — see all of Samsung’s preorder offers
Release date: August 25th
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4: Specs, price, and release date
Samsung’s Galaxy Z Flip 4 hasn’t seen as many design changes compared to the Fold 4. But we’re still looking at a clamshell foldable phone that should deliver a high-end Galaxy experience.
Samsung has improved the camera experience on the Flip 4. We’re still looking at 12-megapixel dual cameras on the back, but the wide camera has larger pixels. A 10-megapixel camera punches through the foldable screen.
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 foldable smartphone. The battery also got a big bump compared to last year’s models. Combined with the new, more efficient Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 processor, battery life on this new model should see a substantial improvement.
RAM and storage: 8GB of RAM, 128GB/256GB of storage
Battery: 3,700 mAh with 25W wired and 15W wireless charging
Colors: Blue, Bora Purple, Graphite, and Pink Gold. Bespoke customizations will also be available from Samsung.
Price: Starts at $1,049 for the 128GB version — see all of Samsung’s preorder offers
Release date: August 25th
Samsung Galaxy Watch 5: Specs, price, and release date
The Galaxy Watch 5 series will come in GPS-only and Cellular models. We’re also looking at two sizes for the Watch 5: 40mm and 44mm. The Galaxy Watch 5 Pro will have an even larger screen and a bulkier design. We’re looking at a 45mm device with a physical rotating bezel.
All models should support faster charging speeds than the Galaxy Watch 4 series. That’s 10W instead of 5W. Add to that slightly larger battery packs, and the Watch 5 models should feature decent battery life.
Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 smartwatch. Colors: Graphite, Silver, and Pink Gold (40mm); Graphite, Silver, and Blue (44mm); Black and Gray Titanium (45mm)
Price: See all of Samsung’s preorder offers
Release date: August 25th
Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 Pro: Specs, price, and release date
Samsung is the latest smartphone vendor to renew its wireless earphone offerings. We already saw Google launch the new Pixel Buds Pro model, and Apple will follow with a new AirPods Pro 2 model reveal next month.
In the meantime, Samsung’s new Galaxy Buds 2 Pro model should help fill the void.
Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 Pro wireless earphones. The Galaxy Buds 2 Pro come with active noise cancellation (ANC), a must-have feature on Pro earphones.
Besides ANC, the Galaxy Buds 2 Pro will feature three microphones, 10mm drivers, 5.3mm tweeters, and IPX7 water resistance. Also, the new earphones feature Bluetooth 5.3 support.
Battery: 8 hours without ANC; 20 hours with the charging case.
Colors: Bora Purple
Price: $200 — see all of Samsung’s preorder offers
Release date: August 25th
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The future of Samsung’s foldable phones is finally here. On Wednesday, August 10th at 6:00 a.m. PT / 9:00 a.m. ET, Samsung will host its latest Galaxy Unpacked event to reveal the new Galaxy Z Fold 4, Galaxy Z Flip 4, and more. Unsurprisingly, leaks have already spoiled nearly everything there is to know about the new phones, but perhaps Samsung will have some surprises in store. You can watch along live to find out below.
Samsung Galaxy Unpacked 2022 live stream
For months, Samsung has been hyping up its next-generation foldable phones. The Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Galaxy Z Flip 4 should be the highlights of this Unpacked, as Samsung continues to iterate on the design while improving performance on both devices.
According to leaks, the Galaxy Z Fold 4 will feature a 7.6-inch Dynamic AMOLED 2X display as well as a 6.2-inch cover display. Inside the device are the Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 processor, 12GB of RAM, up to 1TB of storage, and a 4,400 mAh battery. The rear triple camera array will contain 50 MP, 12 MP ultrawide, and 10 MP telephoto lenses.
Samsung should also announce the Galaxy Z Flip 4 at the August event. Leaks point to a 6.7-inch Dynamic AMOLED 2X display and a 1.9-inch cover screen. Plus, the flip phone will have a Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 CPU, 8GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, and a 3,700 mAh battery. On the back of the phone are a 12 MP wide angle lens and a 12 MP ultra-wide angle lens. The Z Flip 4 will also feature a 10 MP front-facing camera when you flip it open.
In addition to new phones, Samsung will also reveal a new wearable device this Wednesday. We expect to see the Galaxy Watch 5 at its August Galaxy Unpacked. Rumors suggest that it will come in two sizes: 40mm and 44mm. There will also be a slightly larger Galaxy Watch 5 Pro with a rotating bezel. Both models will support faster charging speeds.
Finally, the Galaxy Buds 2 Pro headphones should debut at the event today. These next-gen premium earbuds from Samsung will feature active noise cancellation, three microphones IPX7 water resistance, Bluetooth 5.3 support, and more.
Tune in at 6:00 a.m. PT / 9:00 a.m. ET to watch the Galaxy Unpacked live stream.
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