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LG G5 Unboxing

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It’s not always that you can take apart something and end up with a better product, but that’s exactly the calling card of LG’s latest flagship, the G5.

Yup, you’re looking at the Lego equivalent of a smartphone, or at least the closest thing we have to a truly modular device that can be upgraded as easily as swapping out its components. Obviously, that future hasn’t fully arrived yet, but it’s good to see the Korean manufacturer actively pursuing it.

But before we get too far ahead of ourselves, it might be a good idea to take a look at what the G5’s retail package includes and, perhaps more importantly, see how its optional accessories slot into the base of the phone. Because as a G5 owner, obviously, the last thing you want to see is this $750 phone getting jammed in the wrong slot, and then breaking it into more pieces than LG intended.

To that end (and to show you how to get the app drawer back on the G5, among other things of note), we’ve published our LG G5 unboxing video.

As always, we encourage you to share your thoughts in the comments below and to subscribe to our YouTube channel for more videos like the one you see here.

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BLACKPINK’s Jennie showed off a Red Samsung Galaxy S20+

And we want it!

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Samsung and BLACKPINK have been partners for close to a year now. The latest to come out of this collaboration is a “Jennie Red” Samsung Galaxy S20+.

Red has always been a stunning color, but it stands out even more when Jennie holds it.

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Jennie Red.

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The “Solo” singer is seen holding the phone in different outfits.

Towards the end of the video, it’s shown that there’s also an Aura Red version of the Samsung Buds+.

As of right now, the variant is only available with Korea Telecom.

Samsung Galaxy S20 series

The new flagship S series — while having top-of-the-line numbers in terms of specs — wants you to focus more on the experiences it will provide.

For instance, the new zoom capabilities on the main telephoto cameras are noteworthy. Samsung is calling the feature Space Zoom with the Galaxy S20 and Galaxy S20+ capable of up to 3X lossless zoom and up to 30X hybrid zoom. Meanwhile, the Galaxy S20 Ultra can handle up to 10X lossless zoom and a whopping 100X hybrid zoom.

Features and specs will mostly be the same as everywhere else in the world. We get the usual sensors and security features like the Ultrasonic Fingerprint Sensor and Face Recognition. The phones also have an IP68 rating making them dust and water resistant.

For more, here are the specs.

Galaxy S20
Galaxy S20+ Galaxy S20 Ultra
Display 6.2″ Super AMOLED, 120Hz 6.7″ Super AMOLED, 120Hz 6.9″ Super AMOLED, 120Hz
Processor Exynos 990 Exynos 990 Exynos 990
Storage and Memory
  • 128GB + 12GB
  • Expandable via MicroSD up to 1TB
  • 128GB + 12GB
  • 512GB +12GB
  • Expandable via MicroSD up to 1TB
  • 128GB + 12GB
  • 512GB +16GB
  • Expandable via MicroSD up to 1TB
Battery
  • 4000mAh
  • 25W charging
  • 4500mAh
  • 25W charging
  • 5000mAh
  • 45W charging (45W charger sold separately)
Cameras (Rear)
  • 12MP, F2.2 Ultra Wide
  • 12MP, F1.8 Wide-Angle
  • 64MP, F2.0 Telephoto
  • 12MP, F2.2 Ultra Wide
  • 12MP, F1.8 Wide-Angle
  • 64MP, F2.0 Telephoto
  • Depth Vision
  • 12MP, F2.2 Ultra Wide
  • 108MP, F1.8 Wide-Angle
  • 48MP, F3.5 Telephoto
  • Depth Vision
 

Camera (Selfie)

10MP, F2.2 10MP, F2.2 40MP, F2.2

Hopefully, the “Jennie Red” variant also makes its way out of South Korea and into other markets.

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This is the best time to buy the Galaxy S20

Good things come to those who wait

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When is the best time to buy the Samsung Galaxy S20? Most might say that it’s right after its release. Whether we admit it or not, being one of the first to own the latest tech is always a good feeling. But there’s also a benefit to waiting it out a little longer.

A new product insight from iPrice indicates being patient could help you net the Galaxy S20 for less. Partnering with Samsung Philippines, iPrice researched the best time to buy the Galaxy S20. The research took into account the price drop of Galaxy flagships over the year, starting from the S8 up until the recent S10. They looked into two different time periods after a flagship’s release to determine its price.

Six-month outlook

If you can’t wait any longer than a year, then you should wait for six months to pass after the Galaxy S20 has been released. The research from iPrice found that the price of Galaxy flagships may drop by 21% after six months. As such, you may get a better deal buying the S20 six months from now than on March 6.

How will a 21% price drop compare across S20 variants?

  • Galaxy S20 — from PhP 49,990 to PhP 39,492
  • Galaxy S20+ — from PhP 55,990 to PhP 44,232
  • Galaxy S20 Ultra — from PhP 69,990 to PhP 55,292

One-year outlook

Here’s where it gets interesting. Galaxy S10’s price dropped by 45% after a year, while Galaxy S8 and S9’s price dropped by 30%. The research estimates that the price drop of Galaxy S20 may fall between 30-45%.

Even when you factor in the much conservative 30% price drop, you still get big savings with PhP 34,993 than today’s price of PhP 49,990 for S20. For S20+, you get PhP 39,193. Finally, for the Galaxy S20 Ultra, the price drops to PhP 48,993.

If you’re looking to save, it is best to wait some months before buying a brand-new Galaxy S20. Prices do fluctuate, so the final price after a few months maybe higher or lower than the estimates. As a general advice, it is better for you to wait before buying a brand-new device to weather out the demand and any issues that may appear after release.

See also: Galaxy S20 price and availability in the Philippines

 

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Globe vs Smart postpaid plans comparison: Which is better for your Galaxy S20?

Pick what suits you better

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Samsung’s latest and greatest flagship, the Galaxy S20 series, is arriving in March to the Philippines. Pre-orders are now available for the Galaxy S20, S20+, and S20 Ultra. Both Smart and Globe have already released their postpaid plans, so picking the right one can be tricky.

That’s why we’ve come up with this postpaid plans comparison to help you out. For this comparison, we will be picking a common plan price that will give the best value to you. As such, we will be comparing Smart and Globe’s plan 1499 across the Galaxy S20, S20+, and S20 Ultra.

We will also be choosing the one-time cashout option since Globe doesn’t offer a monthly downpayment option. Plus, we’re taking into account those applying for a new application, not plan renewal. So without further ado, the postpaid plans:

Galaxy S20 (8 / 128GB)

Globe Smart
Data 11 GB 10 GB
Text Unlimited to all networks Unlimited to all networks
Call
  • 50 mins. to any network
  • Unlimited to Globe/TM
  • 100 mins. to any network
  • Unlimited to Smart/Sun/TM
Device Fee PhP 26,400 PhP 29,400
Monthly Fee PhP 1,499 PhP 1,499
Freebies
  • 1GB free Facebook every month
  • 6-month Amazon Prime Video subscription
  • 1GB GoWiFi data access
  • 1-month GadgetCare
  • Free shipping
  • Free shipping
Contract Period 24 months 24 months
Total Cash-out Cost PhP 27,899 PhP 30,899

Galaxy S20+ (8 / 128GB)

Globe Smart
Data 11 GB 10 GB
Text Unlimited to all networks Unlimited to all networks
Call
  • 50 mins. to any network
  • Unlimited to Globe/TM
  • 100 mins. to any network
  • Unlimited to Smart/Sun/TM
Device Fee PhP 31,200 PhP 34,200
Monthly Fee PhP 1,499 PhP 1,499
Freebies
  • 1GB free Facebook every month
  • 6-month Amazon Prime Video subscription
  • 1GB GoWiFi data access
  • 1-month GadgetCare
  • Free shipping
  • Free shipping
Contract Period 24 months 24 months
Total Cash-out Cost PhP 32,699 PhP 35,699

Galaxy S20 Ultra (12 / 128GB)

Globe Smart
Data 11 GB 10 GB
Text Unlimited to all networks Unlimited to all networks
Call
  • 50 mins. to any network
  • Unlimited to Globe/TM
  • 100 mins. to any network
  • Unlimited to Smart/Sun/TM
Device Fee PhP 43,200 PhP 46,200
Monthly Fee PhP 1,499 PhP 1,499
Freebies
  • 1GB free Facebook every month
  • 6-month Amazon Prime Video subscription
  • 1GB GoWiFi data access
  • 1-month GadgetCare
  • Free shipping
  • Free shipping
Contract Period 24 months 24 months
Total Cash-out Cost PhP 44,699 PhP 47,699

A data-heavy user might appreciate Globe’s postpaid offering more than Smart’s. The extra 1GB coupled with free data allocations and Amazon Prime Video subscription lets you enjoy more content while on mobile data.

However, there’s a saving grace for Smart’s postpaid plan. If you always call your friends and family, the doubled call minutes allocation from Smart will go a long way to ensure you’re always connected. Plus, you won’t need to register for any postpaid promos sooner.

After deciding what postpaid plans best suit you, you may need to bring a valid ID to register. For Smart, you may visit any concept store nationwide to apply. For Globe, you may call their hotline: (02) 7730-1010. Alternatively, you may visit any Globe concept stores nationwide.

Wait no more

Samsung’s Galaxy S20 series will arrive in the Philippines on March 6. While you’re still waiting for your next Galaxy to arrive in your hands, you may view our hands-on below:

 

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