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The S10 Lite is FCC official and confusing, and more

☕ Good morning! I finally received my Google Stadia code but I don’t have the hardware yet. Which is the opposite of many other people. You do you Google.

The Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite is FCC official

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By the time a new smartphone reaches the FCC for required certifications, it’s close to launch. And that’s the case for Samsung’s next device, which is expected to be the Galaxy S10 Lite, with model number SMG770F.

It’s weird, though:

  • Leaks and rumors have consistently suggested this Galaxy S10 Lite branding, but the reported specs and leaks are not light, at all.
  • We’ve been pointed to a 6.7-inch FHD+ device, packing the powerful Snapdragon 855 chipset, with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage.
  • The battery is set to be in the 4,370mAh to 4,500mAh range, which is hefty.
  • It’ll come in classic black, blue, and white color options.
  • The S10 Lite will offer a triple rear camera setup with 48MP primary sensor, 12MP ultra-wide camera and 5MP depth sensor. 
  • Plus a 32Mp selfie camera on the front, and rumored 45W fast charging.
  • All of this makes the positioning of the device a little weird. It’s huge, it’s not far away from premium flagship specs, yet it’s “Lite”.

What even:

  • The previous “lite” model in the S10 range was the acclaimed Galaxy S10e, which, Samsung said, stood for “essential.” 
  • It had lower specs that you’d expect from a lower-cost option compared to the flagship S10 and S10 Plus options: a smaller, flat 5.8-inch FHD+ screen, less RAM, dual-cameras dropping one lens, and a 3,100mAh battery.
  • So, there has to be some way of making sense of the S10 Lite.
  • Theories include: the leaks are accurate regarding the device but wrong about branding.
  • Or, this is actually a Note 10 Lite, since that doesn’t exist. 
  • Or even an S11 Lite?
  • In the latter case, the standard S11 might be a 5G phone, so the S11 Lite could be very similar but capped at 4G LTE.
  • Others have pointed to another unreleased Samsung phone, the Galaxy A91, which had full specs leak online, and its supposed specs are identical to this S10 Lite we keep hearing about.
  • Or might Samsung kill off the S10e, and replace it with the S10 Lite?
  • My colleague Hadlee Simons (truly a one-of-a-kind expert in all things niche smartphones) remembered that it wouldn't be the first time Samsung released a Lite version of a flagship: Samsung launched the S8 Lite in mid-2018 as the ‘Samsung Galaxy S Light Luxury,’ but in China only. 
  • That phone was distinctly mid-range, while this device certainly looks like a flagship of note.
  • Whatever this device is, the FCC certification process confirms it’s coming, and I can’t wait to see how Samsung prices it, branding confusion aside.

Round Up:

🎫 Google’s Duplex can now book cinema tickets in the US and UK, after first being teased back at Google I/O 2019. 70 cinemas/ticketing services are compatible (Android Authority).

📈 Subscription service fatigue: what’s the future if everything is becoming a monthly payment? (Android Authority).

Who is Google Stadia even for? (Android Authority).

🎟 Google announces new political ad rules: limiting microtargeting, prohibiting deep fakes and false claims. That’s going to impact politics in unintended ways (New York Times).

🚕 Uber plans to record audio of rides in the US, for security (Gizmodo). Also: ‘Uber did not address questions about how it plans to address ethical and privacy concerns.’

🔊 Sonos buys a voice-assistant startup to improve voice control for its speakers. Think less Alexa-style AI and more speaker-related voice capabilities (Engadget).

🍯 Chrome extension Honey got bought by PayPal for an insane price: $4bn (TechCrunch).

😬 Also, I like saving money but I don’t like Honey, as I explained a while ago: What does a dollar-saving coupon plugin really cost? (Android Authority).

🍎 “PopSockets made an AirPods grip, and it is godawful” (The Verge).

🍏 PSA: Tip for those experiencing diminished AirPods battery life (r/apple).

🔧 No, Apple isn’t opening a new manufacturing plant in Texas - it’s been there since 2013 (Ars Technica).

🚫 And: Apple has locked Guilherme Rambo out of his developer account since September (Daring Fireball). Rambo has published multiple scoops about unreleased Apple products by examining beta software.

🚀 SpaceX’s prototype Starship rocket partially bursts during pressure testing, not completely unexpected (The Verge).

There’s a ‘mobile-only’ coffee shop in New York, and you need to get an app for that (TechCrunch).

🔪 Opensource office software LibreOffice teased Microsoft after Office 365 crashed for four hours (Twitter).

🤦‍♂️ My buddy TechAltar stumbled onto terrible community management by Xbox (Twitter - NSFW?).

🐨 A video of a brave woman saving a koala from Australia's terrible bushfires has gone viral (9News).

🤔 “Does anyone else purposely not click on the first one or two links that pop up on Google if they are ads, even if they take you to the same place?” (r/NoStupidQuestions). Lots going on here, as a surprising amount of people click or don't click depending on their opinion of the company that paid for that top spot.

Throwback Thursday

The oldest of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World is the Great Pyramid of Giza, which was also the tallest man-made structure in the world for more than 3,800 years (a record unlikely to be broken):

Recently, a recreation by Neomam Studios for, erm, Budget Direct in Australia, sought to show the world how the Great Pyramid looked 4,500 years ago (image credit to Budget Direct):

  • Gleaming white limestone, carefully carved and sanded to a white sheen (as detailed by the Smithsonian), topped with a pyramidion - a capstone made of solid granite and likely covered in gold.
  • Wikipedia, of course, has the rest of the info which boggles the mind: insane precision between stones
  • And the four sides of the base, each 230.4 meters (755.9 ft) long, have an average error of only 58 millimeters in length.
  • The other thing is, although this recreation shows desert, many have speculated that the area was much more heavily forested at the time.

A true pyramid scheme to appreciate,

Tristan Rayner, Senior Editor.

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