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Samsung Galaxy S21: Smartphone range to be released on 14 January

Samsung to unveil new flagship Galaxy S21 smartphone range at virtual 'Unpacked' event on January 14In a 12 second video the company s

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Samsung to unveil new flagship Galaxy S21 smartphone range at virtual ‘Unpacked’ event on January 14

  • In a 12 second video the company says ‘welcome to the everyday epic’ 
  • Live stream will go live on January 14 at 10am ET (3pm GMT/7am PST)
  • Expected to announce its 5G compatible Galaxy S21 range with the S21, Plus and Ultra models   

Samsung has announced its hotly-anticipated ‘Galaxy Unpacked’ event will take place on January 14. 

The South Korean tech giant is expected to reveal its latest flagship smartphone range, including the 5G-compatible Galaxy S21, at the virtual unveiling at 10am EST (7am PST/3pm GMT).

In a 12-second video the company says ‘welcome to the everyday epic’ with an accompanying spinning cube.

Inside the cube appears to be a blurry render of the recently-leaked rear-camera module. 

The South Korean tech giant is expected to reveal its latest flagship range, the 5G-compatible Galaxy S21, at the virtual unveiling at 10am EST (7am PST/3pm GMT). In a 12 second video the company says 'welcome to the everyday epic' with an accompanying spinning cube

The South Korean tech giant is expected to reveal its latest flagship range, the 5G-compatible Galaxy S21, at the virtual unveiling at 10am EST (7am PST/3pm GMT). In a 12 second video the company says ‘welcome to the everyday epic’ with an accompanying spinning cube

Android Police last month revealed there will be three phones in the S21 range: the S21, S21 Plus and the S21 Ultra. 

In three official-looking promotional clips, purportedly obtained from Samsung sources, a three-camera rear module is the star feature. 

It appears the same camera setup is what is inside the spinning cube of the invitation to the upcoming Samsung event, all but confirming the imminent release of the latest Galaxy device.  

Android Police recently revealed there will be three phones in the S21 range: the S21, S21 Plus and the S21 Ultra. In three official-looking promotional clips purportedly obtained from Samsung sources, a three-camera rear module is the central star (pictured)

Android Police recently revealed there will be three phones in the S21 range: the S21, S21 Plus and the S21 Ultra. In three official-looking promotional clips purportedly obtained from Samsung sources, a three-camera rear module is the central star (pictured)

Top expected CES 2021 announcements  

Televisions – A host of companies including LG and Panasonic are expected to unveil their most cutting-edge tellies. 

They will likely feature bendy screens and advancements on LED and OLED displays. 

Samsung – The South Korean tech giant is holding a separate non-CES event on January 14 which will likely tie in with its formal CES press conference. Outside of the Galaxy S21 there will likely be updates to its TVs as well as a potential chromebook and headphones. 

Sony – Son has kept its cards close to its chest regarding CES 2021 but the Japanese firm is known for making a large announcement at the showcase. 

It will likely focus on updates to the PS5 as well as audio hardware, potentially an update to the universally praised WF-1000XM3s.    

January’s tech announcements are normally dominated by CES, the tech extravaganza held in Las Vegas, with Samsung settling into a yearly routine of holding its keynote event in late February. 

But with Mobile World Congress – the annual February event in Barcelona where the year’s upcoming mobile phones are often launched – moved to June due to the coronavirus pandemic, Samsung has decided to accelerate its usual timetable. 

As a result the upcoming Samsung announcement will clash with the last day of CES, which will be held between January 11 and 14. 

A series of leaks has provided a good ideas as to what the Samsung S21 range will look like, with three screen sizes – 6.2, 6.7 and 6.9 inches.

All three handsets will have a high-end 120Hz display and a reduced bottom bezel as well as the camera module being thinner and flatter than on its predecessor. 

Internal specs remain more elusive, with a speculated 8GB of RAM and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 processor for US customers and an Exynos 2100 chip for the rest of the world.  

But the focus of the new devices appears to be the camera, with a believed three lenses, probably a 12MP main, 12MP ultra-wide and 64MP telephoto.

With the module also appearing in the video teaser it seems set to be the focal point of the unveiling and the phone’s design.  

Self-healing phone screens enriched can automatically fix cracks within 20 minutes 

Fumbling your smartphone and seeing it crash towards the ground is an expensive slip which often leads to a shattered screen and a pricy repair bill. 

Tech firms have, as a result, ploughed millions into developing tougher screen and protective cases but have failed to eradicate the curse of the smashed screen 

South Korean researchers now believe they have made a game-changing breakthrough thanks to a research project which embeds linseed oil in the screen in the form of microcapsules to repair cracks when they appear. 

In laboratory tests the researchers proved that when the integrity of the screen is jeopardised the transparent linseed oil is released and proceeds to harden in the newly-made fissures, repairing any damage. 

This process rectifies the damage to the screen and can fix 95 per cent of all cracks within 20 minutes, the researchers claim.    

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