Samsung news: Galaxy Z Fold5, Galaxy S21 FE, Buds2 Pro

The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold5 won't be waterproof, the Galaxy S21 FE is being redesigned and the Galaxy Buds2 Pro are going to be hearing aids.
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Samsung Galaxy Z Fold5 not dustproof after all?

The launch of the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold5 and Galaxy Z Flip5 is expected this month, so the last leaks on the specifications are slowly coming. Like today, when the well-known tipster Ice Universe commented again on the IP class of the Galaxy Z Fold5. Accordingly, the foldable should not come onto the market with the dust and water resistance class IP58.

Ice Universe’s latest tweet follows a report from last month that suggested the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold5 and Z Flip5 would be launching with an IP58 rating. That would be a first for foldable smartphones, which until now, like the Galaxy Z Fold4 and Z Flip4, were at most waterproof to IPX8. The tipster not only rejects the rumors about the IP58 rating. The crease on the inside of the Galaxy Z Fold5’s display should also be the same as the Z Fold4’s. According to Ice Universe, the two Samsung phones are “indistinguishable” in this regard.

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Samsung Galaxy S21 FE: New Indian version confirmed with Snapdragon 888

Samsung has confirmed that the Galaxy S21 FE will be relaunched in India with a new chipset. The last Fan Edition celebrated its premiere in January 2022 and is now getting another update in India with a Snapdragon 888 chipset. The platform has an Adreno 660 GPU and 256GB of storage.

There is no official start date yet, but you can register under the source link for news as soon as they are available. The Samsung Galaxy S21 FE initially launched in India and Europe with an Exynos 2100 chipset, while other markets received the Snapdragon variant.

The new version will be called the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G 2023 and it will probably be launched once again in navy blue. The rest of the hardware should remain unchanged. These include the 6.4-inch 2X Dynamic AMOLED display, the 12-megapixel main camera and the 4,500 mAh battery. The latter continues to charge with a cable with 25 watts and wirelessly with 15 watts.

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Samsung Galaxy Buds2 Pro: Hearing aid update arrives in Europe

Samsung released the Enhanced Ambient Sound update for the Galaxy Buds2 Pro in South Korea back in May. This turns the Samsung headphones into hearing aids that can help people with mild to moderate hearing loss. Samsung has now extended the rollout to Europe. The firmware update has the version number R510XXU0AWF4 and has the following changelog.

Basically, enabling the “Amplify ambient sound” feature in Settings now provides two additional levels of ambient noise volume control. There is a slider for each earphone so you can adjust the settings to suit your individual needs.

The function has been tested in two clinical studies. One was conducted by the University of Iowa’s Hearing Aid and Aging Research Laboratory, the other by the Samsung Medical Center. The tests showed that the Buds2 Pro “significantly improved speech perception” for people with hearing problems.

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