Day: January 8, 2020

Did Finland Prime Minister Suggest a 4 Days 6 Hour Work Week?

There’s been quite the talk around the world about the Finnish government reducing work time for full-time employees to four days a week up to six hours per day. And the international media has flamed the news on different news outlets across the United States, Britain, the Middle East, South East Asia, and Australia, but is it actually true? The truth behind the matter tells a completely different story. 

Most newspaper outlets claimed that on Monday, the Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin stated that there will be shorter workweeks in Finland. However, the notion is not entirely true as it was later revealed by government spokeswoman Paivi Anttikoski that she merely suggested the idea. She held a view that someday Finland is going to follow a four-day, six-hour work week routine in the future.  

She expressed the idea during a brief at the panel discussion held last year in August where she voiced her support to push the initiative forward. At the moment, she was the minister of transport. 

This news has been confirmed by spokeswoman Paivi Anttikoski. 

Neither does the five-party coalition government which Marin leads states anything in her agenda nor does her Cabinet mentions anything as such regarding the shorter corporate work week proposal. 

How Did it All Start? 

The inaccurate information on the shorter workweeks started circulating the market in the month of Jan. An article got published on one of the renowned news website (New Europe) a Brussels newspaper which revealed that Marin raised the issue of a six hours a day, four-day workweek prior to securing her place as the prime minister in the government cabinet of Finland. 

But that’s just about how much she revealed as she didn’t choose to discuss it any further. 

For those of you who don’t know Sanna Marin, she’s the world’s youngest sitting prime minister who aims to implement shorter workweeks. She hasn’t implemented them yet but it is one of her goals. 

On discussing the matter with the New Europe news outlet, she said: 

“I believe people deserve to spend more time with their families, loved ones, hobbies and other aspects of life, such as culture, this could be the next step for us in working life.”

Right after the statement was spoken, Zoi Didili published a news report claiming that Finland Prime Minister Sanna Marin urged the government to change the working hours from 8 to 6 and working days from 5 to 4 per week. Zoi Didili later explained The Associated Press on the very next day, the translation from the original Finnish news sources had a few details wrong. In fact, the published report was readily revised later on.

In her defence, she said: 

“The basis of the story was that we wanted to see whether the Finnish prime minister would uphold her earlier views. This time we fell into the trap of not cross-checking this information properly,”

She further concluded,

“We’ve been very alerted to the fact that so many news outlets reported the story without checking it from original sources, ”

At the time when the statement was issued by Marin, she was serving as the vice chairwoman of Finland’s ruling Social Democratic Party and minister of transport and communications in the Cabinet.

At the time, the Social Democratic Movement played a significant role in supporting Finland’s industrial history. There is a higher probability that Marin made such a statement in the light of protecting the right of employees so they can have a chance to spend more time with the family. 

When the panel discussion was held, she presented a myriad of utopias among which one was the idea of cutting down work hours to 6 and working days to 4 which she hoped to see turn into reality. In a city accommodating 5.5 million people, such a radical change will take its time to have an effect. 

Finnish newspaper Ilta-Sanomat later revealed the correct statement which was posed as a question:

“Is the 8-hour working day the definite truth? I think people deserve to spend more time with their families and their loved ones, hobbies and culture activities. This could be the next step for us in the work-life,” 

Though Marin still backed up to what she believed and said, 

“A four-day working week or a six-hour working day with a sufficient pay maybe utopia today, but it may become reality in the future,”

It’s not the first time Finland has taken bold steps in different productive facets of the country. It has made significant contributions in many areas including education and labour. In 2017, Finland’s then-Prime Minister Juha Sipila created a two-year trial program to provide monetary benefits to chosen unemployed individuals. They were paid around 560 euros ($624) every month for two years. 

The assessment concluded in 2019. It did contribute to the people’s well being but didn’t increase employment. Was the article informative? Did you have a good time reading it? Let us know below. 

Will The Iphone 11 Pro Bite The Dust With The Imminent Release Of Samsung Galaxy S11?

Everyone has been left impressed with the Samsung Galaxy S10. But, the recent leaks and rumors (as well as speculative predictions) about the Galaxy S11 are rising.  Not only is the phone rumored to catch up (and even go beyond) the iPhone 11, but also, we will check out how it will fare in the coming year.

The leaks and rumors of the Galaxy S11 haven’t rested during the holiday season. Today, we have assembled them all to see what picture the rumors make of the official lineup. Let us all have a look at the price, the potential setup of the cameras, the design and the specifications (battery, hardware, RAM etc.).

What is so special about the Samsung Galaxy S11 (as per the leaks)?

The Galaxy S11 is the company’s next premium device. It is set to woo to a wider audience, apart from tech enthusiasts looking to equip themselves with the most cutting-edge smartphone handset.

The Galaxy S11 phone line is the company’s first-ever mainstream device helping bring 5G to a lot of users and customers alike on the planet. Samsung also initiated a start with 5G earlier in 2019 with the S10 5G, Note 10 Plus 5G, Galaxy A90 5G and the Galaxy Fold (only in South Korea and the UK).

However, most of these phones are not targeting everyday users and are variants of 4G devices already in existence. Yet, Samsung is in a strong position as compared to that of last year. Samsung often follows past patterns & current trends in releasing its phones and the Galaxy S11 is known to be loaded with brilliantly extravagant specifications.

The launch date of the Samsung Galaxy S11

According to the latest updates, The Galaxy S11’s launch date is February 18, 2020. It is probable because it coincides with the previous launch dates of Samsung’s smartphones. This would become the South Korean electronics giant’s sixth flagship phone to make a February debut.

That’s right! The Galaxy S10, S10 Plus, and S10E were all launched on February 20, 2019. Suppose if the Galaxy S11 does arrive in February, it would make a lot of sense thus giving the Galaxy S10 phones a 12-month period on sale.

But there have been rumors about the S10 lite arriving first and this puts the spotlight position of the Galaxy S11 in doubt.

Last year, the prices for Galaxy S10 started at $749 for the S10E, $899 for the S10 and $999 for the S10 Plus. The launch price of the Galaxy S11 will likely hover around in this range, but customers and enthusiasts alike will have to play the wait & see the game to see Samsung’s pricing.

The specifications

Models and screen sizes

It is rumored that Samsung Galaxy S11 will have three models. Another rumor has it that the models will be named as the S11E, S11 and S11 Plus.

Recent leaks from frequent and renown Twitter leaker Evan Blass suggest the names as S11, S11 Plus, and S11 Pro, which resembles Apple’s naming strategy with the iPhone 11 (the base model for this line). All Galaxy S11 smartphones could have curved sides, unlike its predecessor which had a flat display.

Samsung galaxy S11 specs

The leak from Evan Blass’s account regarding Samsung Galaxy S11 | Source: Twitter

The following are the rumored screen sizes of the Samsung Galaxy S11:

  • The Galaxy S11: Around 6.2 or 6.4 inches.
  • The Galaxy S11 Plus: Around 6.7 inches.
  • The Galaxy S11 Pro: Around 6.9 inches.

It supports 5G!

The Samsung Galaxy S11 will use 5G and will be equipped with Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 processor. Also, Qualcomm will not be giving this processor to phone making brands without the 5G modem. Hence, users get a phone with the Snapdragon 865 processor which will also be 5G ready.

The same also goes for those regions that will have the Galaxy S11 equipped with Samsung’s in-house created Exynos 990 5G processor (Asia especially). It also happens in South Korea, though it is being heard that the company is determined to use Snapdragon 865 for South Korean handset models.

However, there is a catch. The Galaxy S11 may be 5G-ready but not every phone will be able to access 5G. Countries that have not adopted 5G will have 4G ready handsets. Hence, in some regions, the phone will be working on 4G.

Anyone would be surprised if Samsung used a chip other than the Snapdragon 865. The Galaxy S Series is its mainstream flagship and Samsung ranks among the largest phone-makers in the world. It will create a milestone by delivering to the world the phone with the best chip.

The Camera

One of the biggest plus points of the Galaxy S11 is its Camera. Recent leaks and renders predict a square camera array having four cameras on the backside.

Samsung will be equipping the phone with a 108-megapixel main camera sensor. It sounds like fiction, but Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi has already beaten Samsung in this with the Mi CC9 Pro (which uses a 108-megapixel camera).

The Snapdragon 865 chipset can support a 200-megapixel camera. Users may not be using all the 108 megapixels all the time, but the extra resolution present is helpful for zooming in and cropping the pictures.

Here are additional features of the Galaxy S11’s camera:

  • 108-megapixel main camera.
  • Ultrawide-angle camera.
  • An approximately 48 Megapixels Telephoto ‘periscope’ lens having a 5x zoom.
  • ‘Time of flight’ sensor (in Galaxy S11 Pro).
  • Front camera shaped like a single-punch hole.

A 120Hz AMOLED display screen

The 120Hz refresh rate on Galaxy S11’s screen will make animations and scrolling much smoother in comparison to the standard refresh rate of 60Hz of older smartphones.

A refresh rate of 120Hz is great for gaming and other quick transitions but it will drain the battery. The Galaxy S11 could somehow allow users to choose the refresh rate to be 60Hz if they wish to preserve the battery. They can also choose the 120Hz option if they want top-notch animations.

In short, it gives users flexibility in choosing the refresh rate between 60 & 120 Hz. The phone will have such a refresh rate as both Snapdragon 865 and Exynos 990 5G processors support 210Hz screens.

It’s True – The Galaxy S11 has a 5000-mAh battery

Phones of different sizes often get batteries of different sizes too. Ice Universe reveals that the Samsung Galaxy S11 ‘Plus’ will have a battery of power 5000 mAh.

Customers should know that the term ‘Plus’ could also mean ‘Pro’ (i.e. the highest-end model of the phone) and it makes sense. The middle phone of the Galaxy S11 trio might get a battery of power 4300 mAh, which is still pretty outstanding. Hence, the 5000 mAh battery fits the expectations of most.

In-screen fingerprint scanner

The concept of an in-screen fingerprint scanner is lovable. Since it was positively received in the Galaxy S10, users will welcome this feature in the Samsung Galaxy S11 too.

Customers are more likely to favor a secure facial scan unlocking feature combined with the in-screen scanner for Galaxy S11. Now, Google has added improvements to it with Pixel 4’s gesture tracking giving it good help.

Customers and users alike can at least use a more robust form of the scanner, if the company wishes to take advantage of Snapdragon 865s support for scanning two-fingers over one. This technological advancement can significantly improve the device’s security on all sides.

Android 10 and Samsung One UI 2 combined

Comparison of One UI and One UI 2 | Source: Samsung

There was little doubt about Samsung’s phones running on Android 10 in 2020. Also, the company’s own One UI 2 (announced in October last year) is now available in beta.

The best thing about Android 10 is the introduction of systemwide dark mode to phones, gesture-based navigation, impressive live captioning and updated privacy settings. One UI 2 aims to move icons and screen controls towards the phone’s bottom so they can be easily reached with one hand.

The Price

The price depends on the model customers wish to buy because it will break the $1000 mark. The Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus costs $999 and Galaxy S10 5G costs $1300. 5G costs phone makers more in purchase & integration so hence, the price will rise.

If the largest version (Pro or Plus) is in line with the pricing of the S10 plus, then it will start at $1000. Add the 5G component and advanced camera tech, then the price of Galaxy S11 is likely to be $1100 (which matches the price of the Galaxy Note 10 Plus today).

Conclusion

A refined design, heavy-duty battery and improved cameras are among the features of the Samsung Galaxy S11. The 5000 mAh battery indicates that the company will be making a huge stride for the year 2020.

The punch hole notch on the front might not be present because the phone will be having a delightful full-screen display. Samsung always takes pride in the quality of displays it gives and the year 2020 will see a full-screen Galaxy S11.

There will be the usual bumps in power and performance, and some AI material has been added on the phone too. By the time the Samsung Galaxy S11 will be launched, it should be coming on board with Android Q.