Samsung's Galaxy S11 phone will reportedly sport a crazy 108-megapixel camera to challenge Apple's iPhone 11
Samsung's next-generation S11 smartphone will reportedly sport an ultra high-resolution 108-megapixel camera, Bloomberg reports. Bloomberg reported the phone - slated for release in 2020 - will also sport 3 other cameras in addition to the main lens. The camera has increasingly become the battleground in high-end smartphones, as makers including Huawei, Apple, and Samsung try and differentiate devices that are otherwise similar in specs and hardware features. Samsung said it won't comment on speculation. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.The camera has quickly become the battleground in high-end smartphones.
- New data says that fewer than 10% of consumers in the United States are willing to spend $US1,000 on a new
- The report comes as smartphone prices have gradually increased in recent years.
- As smartphone prices have gotten higher and shipments across the industry have stalled, companies like , , and have altered their strategy by launching more affordable smartphones.
Although industry giants like Apple, Samsung, and Google have been pricing their new smartphones at around $US1,000 over the past two years, new data shows that such a cost is simply too high for most people.
Smartphones of the future could work in a completely different way thanks to 5G, and it means you'll rarely have to upgrade
Smartphones of the future connected to 5G networks will be able to stream our favourite apps instead of running them from our phones themselves. That means smartphones won't need powerful chips to run apps. They will essentially become slabs of glass screens with batteries attached to them, QualcommPresident Cristiano Amon told Business Insider. It's a nearly identical concept to Google's Stadia game streaming service, where power-hungry games run from Google's cloud computers, and the visuals are streamed over the internet like a YouTube or Netflix video.
Less than 10% of consumers in the United States are spending more than $US1,000 on a new smartphone, according to market research from. The firm gathered the data using its Mobile Phone Tracking tool, which uses advertising technology to monitor active devices in the US.
The study is the latest evidence suggesting that tech companies have had a hard time convincing consumers to upgrade to new devices each year as prices increased. Market research firm Kantar Worldpanel reported in 2018 that theincreased by roughly two months between 2016 and 2018, indicating that consumers had been holding onto their devices for longer periods of time before upgrading.
Health funds call for urgent reform after government caps price hikes
The smallest annual increase since 2001 will come as a relief for consumers, but health funds have pleaded for reform to help them deal with their rising costs. Health minister Greg Hunt on Saturday said health insurance premiums would increase by an average of 2.92 per cent next April, after rejecting the funds' proposal for averages hikes of 3.5 per cent.The smallest annual increase since 2001 will come as a relief for consumers, whose wages are only growing at 2.2 per cent annually and have been dropping out of the private system because of affordability.
Global smartphone shipments in general have also been struggling; the industry suffered seven consecutive quarterly declines until the third quarter of 2019, when shipments rose by 0.8%, according to the
Some of the world's most influential tech companies, like Apple, Samsung, and Google, have shifted their smartphone launch strategies in recent years to reflect this change. 2019 saw a wave of less-expensive smartphone launches, like the $US750 Galaxy S10e from Samsung, the $US480 Pixel 3a from Google, and the $US700 iPhone 11.
Smartphones weren't always so expensive
The $US1,000 price point only became the norm for flagship smartphones relatively recently as phones gained advanced features like facial recognition, nearly borderless screens, and triple-lens cameras. Apple launched the $US1,000 iPhone X in 2017, but before that, its flagship iPhone 7 was priced at $US650, or $US770 if you opted for the version with a larger screen and two cameras. (It also debuted the less expensive $US700 iPhone 8 alongside the iPhone X in 2017.)
WA tow truck industry to be regulated after evidence of corruption, bribery surfaced
Transport Minister Rita Saffioti will release details of the planned rules tomorrow. Included in the regulations will be a requirement for operators to provide their maximum towing and storage fees at the scene of a crash.This is to prevent expensive vehicle release charges being forced on motorists after their vehicle has been towed to a holding yard.Tow trucks will also have to be fitted with industry plates, undergo annual roadworthiness inspections and comply with Australian Standards.These changes follow a series of stories on Nine News exposing industry chaos.
The same can be said for Samsung: while the 2016-era Galaxy S7 was priced at around $US650, the Galaxy S8 started at around $US720 in 2017 - not quite as expensive as the iPhone X but pricier than its predecessor nonetheless. This year, Samsung's flagship Galaxy S10 started at $US1,000 while Apple's iPhone 11 Pro began at the same price.
A new strategy for Apple, Samsung, and Google
As prices increased and smartphone sales slumped, companies like Apple, Samsung, and Google revised their smartphone price strategies. Apple, for example, launched the less expensive $US750 iPhone XR alongside its $US1,000+ iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max last year. And in 2019, it positionedas its new flagship device, whereas the pricier $US1,000-and-higher models with triple-lens cameras were designated as the "Pro" versions. That alone could be interpreted as an acknowledgement that Apple realised .
Samsung, too, launched a less expensive version of the Galaxy S10 this year with its $US750 Galaxy S10e, a smaller version of the S10 that lacks some features like an in-screen fingerprint sensor.
NSW winter hospital demand 'unprecedented'
Figures show patient presentations increased at NSW hospitals during a bad flu season, sparking union calls for more staff. Hospitals in NSW experienced "unprecedented" patient demand over winter, figures show, as the nurses' union calls for more staff.Data from the Bureau of Health Information reveals 764,410 patient presentations in NSW hospitals between July and September 2019.NSW Health deputy secretary Susan Pearce says the increase came on the back of the longest flu season in 10 years.
In May, Google released a cheaper version of its Pixel 3 called the Pixel 3a, which starts at just $US480 and comes with several of the same features as the 2018 Pixel 3. "When we saw this happening, we participated again in premium smartphones but said we need to offer an alternative," Mario Queiroz, who was Google's general manager and vice president of product management for Pixel before recently moving into a new role at the company,
Launching more than one flagship smartphone isn't new for companies like Apple, Samsung, and Google. But whereas firms like Apple and Samsung would usually launch two smartphone models in different screen sizes before 2017, in more recent years they have shifted toward debuting even more devices at various price points, appealing to consumers with differing budgets.
5G could encourage people to upgrade, but for a high price
Next year, the introduction of more 5G devices is expected to further fuel smartphone upgrades, as Cristiano Amon, president of the market-leading mobile chipmaker Qualcomm. But considering today's 5G phones are typically more expensive than non-5G models, there's a chance consumers may be reluctant to adopt 5G, NPD points out. Samsung's Galaxy S10 5G, for example, launched at $US1,300 in May.
"Overall awareness and purchase intent is high," Brad Akyuz, executive director and industry analyst at NPD Connected Intelligence, wrote in the research firm's announcement of the study. "But only a small segment of the market can afford these $US1,000+ devices."
1-800 Contacts wants to offer eye exams through smartphones, enabling anyone to get new prescriptions from anywhere without an office visit .
1-800 Contacts said Tuesday that it has entered an agreement to acquire 6over6, an Israel-based tech firm that has developed at-home vision tests conducted through smartphones or computers. A technology developed by 6over6 could allow people to obtain new prescriptions for eyeglasses or contact lenses without a visit to an eye doctor. "In-office eye exams tend to cost about $US150 and take a few hours away from work," 1-800 Contacts CEO John Graham told Business Insider in an interview. "We can do it more affordably using a smartphone or a computer in 10 or 15 minutes.