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The Pixel 3a’s DxOMark score proves how capable its single-lens camera is

It’s just one point behind the Pixel 3

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Google has released three flagship phones till now and they’ve all had one thing in common: a single-lens camera on the rear. The internet giant is trying to make a mark in the smartphone industry by directly supplying the hardware, and it hasn’t actually worked out for them yet.

The Pixel brand intended to take on Apple’s iPhone lineup but is far from it. The idea that the maker of Android will also supply a closely-knit smartphone was exciting, but the end result has been lukewarm. The number of units shipped has been below expectations and a budget-friendly phone was built to counter this.


One thing that Google actually got right was the camera. Using its onboard image processing unit and constantly learning AI (algorithm), the phones are able to capture stunning pictures in well lit as well as low-light scenarios. In fact, the rear has a single-lens camera while the competition relies on an array of sensors to get the right mix.

This same setup of software and hardware was made available on the budget Pixel 3a. The results have been amazing like always. DxOMark released their review of the Google Pixel 3a’s camera and we’ve got a deeper insight on how good it actually is.

The Pixel 3a scores almost identically to the flagship Pixel 3’s DxOMark scores, in some cases, scoring higher thanks to better colors and noise. It has scored 100 points overall, with 103 for pictures and 95 for video.

In comparison, the iPhone XR scored 103 but costs a whopping US$ 749 against the Pixel 3a’s US$ 399.

Keep in mind, DxOMark scores are just for comparison and the testing rounds have a few flaws. For example, the Pixel 3a has scored pretty much like the Pixel 3, but the former lacks Google’s Visual Core chipset and yet able to score better. This either means the testing metrics are flawed, or Google’s chipset brings nothing extraordinary to the table.

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Samsung Galaxy A20s and A10s is now in the Philippines

Decent phones for an affordable price

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The competition in the budget segment is intense. Responding to Chinese manufacturers, Samsung Philippines stepped up its game and launched the revamped Galaxy A series. With no signs of stopping, the company recently launched the Galaxy A20s and A10s. These two devices cater towards millennials who love taking selfies and photos.

Galaxy A20s specs and features

The Galaxy A20s consist of triple rear cameras in a 13MP + 8MP + 5MP setup. The secondary 8MP camera has ultra-wide-angle lens that captures up to a 120-degree field-of-view. This makes it ideal for group photo ops since more people can fit in a single frame. Meanwhile, the tertiary 5MP camera is a depth sensor that aids in portrait shots. For selfies, the phone has an 8MP front camera.


Moving to the display, the Galaxy A20s is equipped with a 6.5-inch HD+ LCD display with a V-notch housing the front camera.

Storage and memory is on the conservative side with 4GB / 64GB as the only option. However, storage is expandable for up to 1TB with a MicroSD card.

Powering the device is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 450. Power users can get a full day usage with 4,000mAh battery inside the Galaxy A20s. Should the device needs topping up, Samsung equipped a 15W fast charging in the box.

Galaxy A10s specs and features

The Galaxy A10s is a cheaper alternative to the Galaxy A20s. It has dual rear cameras in a 13MP + 2MP sensor. The 2MP secondary camera is a depth sensor for portrait shots. Selfies are handled by a 8MP front camera.

The Galaxy A10s has a 6.2-inch LCD display with a V-notch for the front camera.

To keep the costs down, Samsung put 2GB of RAM on this device. Storage is also limited with only 32GB built-in. Fortunately, it is expendable for up to 1TB with a MicroSD card.

Unlike its pricier counterpart, the Galaxy A10s features a MediaTek Helio P22 processor. However, it still keeps the 4,000mAh battery for a full day usage. Sadly though, fast charging is absent.

Pricing and availability

The Galaxy A20s comes with a price of PhP 9,990 while the Galaxy A10s comes at PhP 6,990. Both devices come in a choice of black or green.

Both devices are available at all Samsung retail stores and authorized dealers nationwide. To know more about these devices, visit Samsung Philippines’ official website.

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Epic Games just destroyed Fortnite with a literal black hole

There’s an in-game reason, though (maybe)

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Are you currently wondering if (and why) Fortnite is down? If you’re trying to play the world’s biggest battle royale game, you’ll drop in on a strange sight — a black hole. To answer your first question, the game is currently down. However, Fortnite’s curious status is not because of server maintenance or a glitch. Instead, Epic Games has purposely shut its most profitable game down for the day.

Hours ago, Fortnite ended its tenth competitive season. Like most online multiplayer games today, Fortnite creates months-long periods — called Seasons — wherein gamers can rank up and subsequently gain prizes at the end of the period. However, unlike most games, Fortnite holds in-game events that significantly change the gameplay experience. For example, one of the earliest in-game events was a meteor that destroyed part of Fortnite’s map.


That said, Fortnite’s tenth season ended in a literal black hole that sucked up the entire map. Currently, the game will not start in the same lobby or map. Instead, the game only drops gamers into a front-seat view of the black hole. Fortnite is down. (Epic Games has also shut down the game’s official channels.)

For what it’s worth, the game is still churning out “some” content for viewers. Throughout its existence, the black hole has been broadcasting strange numbers for people patient enough to watch. The first set of numbers — 11, 146, 15, 62 — led viewers to a beach full of crabs when put into Google Maps. It’s a direct reference to crab raves, a meme popularized by the game’s popular Twitch streamers. Since then, the black hole released more numbers — 87, 14, 106, 2, 150. Currently, the new set doesn’t mean anything.

Further, gamers can also input the infamous Konami Code — Up, Up, Down, Down, B/O, A/X, Start/Enter — to access a Galaga minigame featuring a pizza and enemy burgers.

For now, Fortnite fans are stuck with this until Epic Games releases a more definitive conclusion. Most likely, the black hole will usher in a new era for the popular game. This might include an entirely new map or new gameplay elements.

Regardless, Fornite’s black hole is a huge gamble on Epic Games’ part. The developer has purposely shut down its biggest revenue stream for an event. It’s currently unheard of for an industry that values maximum efficiency.

SEE ALSO: Sony finally opens cross-play for Fortnite for the PS4

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Samsung is working on cheaper versions of 2019 flagships

Galaxy S10 Lite and Galaxy Note 10 Lite is coming

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Still don’t know which 2019 flagship to buy? With the holiday season right around the corner, you’re likely on the hunt for some gifts for yourself and for others. If you’re still busy counting centavos, Samsung is working on a more affordable alternative to this year’s series of flagships.

According to SamMobile, the South Korean smartphone maker is developing a Galaxy S10 Lite and a Galaxy Note 10 Lite. Both smartphones will offer the Samsung flagship experience to more budget-friendly customers.


Based on the rumor, the Galaxy S10 Lite will still carry an enjoyable set of hardware under the hood. Like the other members of the series, the upcoming smartphone will sport a Snapdragon 855 chipset. Inside, it will have 8GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. For cameras, it will have a triple rear camera combination — a 48-megapixel main shooter, a 12-megapixel ultra-wide shooter, and a 5-megapixel depth sensor. The selfie shooter will reportedly shoot at 32 megapixels. For power, it sports a huge 4500mAh battery with support for 45W fast charging.

Strangely, the upcoming smartphone’s specs go above and beyond the usual hardware of a “lite” version. Despite the “lite” moniker, the supposed Galaxy S10 Lite is a very capable smartphone. The specs are even better than the Galaxy S10 series’ current affordable version, the Galaxy S10e. Unfortunately, the rumor does not include how much it will cost or when it will drop.

Likewise, the same rumor includes a more affordable Galaxy Note 10 Lite. However, there is even less information surrounding this smartphone. At the very least, Samsung’s insiders have already confirmed the working model — the SM-N770F. No specs or price yet, though.

As with most rumors, wait for a better announcement before setting aside some money on the upcoming smartphone. Given the impressiveness of the specs, these might be a totally new smartphone in the future.

SEE ALSO: Samsung Galaxy S10 gets Note 10 features

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