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Samsung teases a '4x fun' Galaxy Event in October

by Mark Tyson on 14 September 2018, 11:11

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Just ahead of the Apple iPhone event on Wednesday Samsung PR punted a story to HEXUS, hoping for coverage which in effect would be a recap of August as an "incredible month of new product launches from Samsung". However, we'd already written about the Galaxy Note9, Galaxy Watch, and Galaxy Tab S4 with S Pen and DeX. So, good try, but not really news on the eve of the latest iPhone series unveiling.

Today, Samsung has teased something rather intriguing. An invite has been published on the official Samsung news portal for an upcoming Galaxy Event. On Thursday 11th October, Samsung will reveal a new Galaxy device (singular) which offers '4x fun', headlines the invite graphic.

We don't have much to go on in the news feature text but Samsung says that the "newest Galaxy device is bringing more ways to express yourself than ever before." Then we are asked to "capture the fun with Samsung" as the company celebrates the launch of the new device. From the phrasing it sounds like the fun has a lot to do with cameras and imaging.

There are no new leaks about an upcoming Galaxy device from the usual suspects on Twitter but at the beginning of Setpember, Ice Universe (a Samsung leaker with some reputation) cryptically Tweeted the following: "Samsung Camera Camera Camera Camera". Answering a question that asked whether the statement indicated 2-front and 2-rear cameras, Ice Universe replied "all back". Later it was asserted that this quad-camera device will not be the Galaxy F or S10.

With the launch a little under a month away I will be keeping my eyes peeled for photo and spec leaks for this device. I hope that at the October Galaxy Event we might also see some news on the Samsung foldable phone, after all it is "time to deliver" according to the mobile division's CEO. There won't be much time left for further Unpacked events before we hit 2019, so it may well be unveiled at the same time as the '4x fun' device.



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Four? C'mon now this is getting silly.
Nokia is rumoured to be preparing a 5x rear camera array smartphone. One of Gillette's marketing strategies?
All i can think of is samsung and apple singing “everything you can do i can do better” and the other saying to the other “no you cant, yes i can” over and over.
Recently due to high costs of child care had to downgrade from my usual mid-high (~£300) end phone to a £94 open box deal Wileyfox swift 2x. In theory its got a lot less tech than my old phone (moto z) and should be a lot slower (Snapdragon 820 > 420). In practice it feels about the same except for the odd website. I'm also not noticing the lack of mechanical optical stabilisation on the camera - the pictures look equally good. It really has got to the point where a £100 device is no longer just ‘ok’ but very good. Manufactures are really get desperate to find the next best thing to help them stand out but lets be honest all this is, well rather pointless unless you want to show off to your mates…
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Recently due to high costs of child care had to downgrade from my usual mid-high (~£300) end phone to a £94 open box deal Wileyfox swift 2x. In theory its got a lot less tech than my old phone (moto z) and should be a lot slower (Snapdragon 820 > 420). In practice it feels about the same except for the odd website. I'm also not noticing the lack of mechanical optical stabilisation on the camera - the pictures look equally good. It really has got to the point where a £100 device is no longer just ‘ok’ but very good. Manufactures are really get desperate to find the next best thing to help them stand out but lets be honest all this is, well rather pointless unless you want to show off to your mates…

For me OIS is essential for a camera (my DSLR has it built into the sensor) as I shake like the proverbial dog and as I want to use my phone as a primary camera (for better or worse) that limits my choice. Add in the joys of demanding a 3.5mm jack and choice kinda goes out of the window. I think people forget that the well received HTC One M7 didn't have a high end SoC, but a mid range one which was well optimised. As ‘revolutionary’ developments stagnate, they're gradually refining the software as the engineers need to justify their jobs so their focus changes. Also there's only so much software can do on a phone and so as the lower end SoCs develop more sssspppppeeed it's just going to get better.

I think you're right, the high end phones are all frantically looking for something new. Bixby was just a pain and was disabled almost immediately. I did used to use Google Assistant quite a lot as there were times when I was crippled, laid on the bed in a position that wasn't quite agony and didn't want to even move my arm to change my distraction of choice. I have never missed the featuires of Bixby and I kind of resent the sheer amount of R&D money that I have paid towards for a feature that isn't just not used, but actively got in the way.