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Samsung’s 2020 8K QLED TV has a MediaTek Wi-Fi chip

Entire 2020 TV lineup now ready for purchase

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Samsung first showed off their 2020 TV lineup at CES 2020 in Las Vegas earlier this year. Now they’re ready for preorder or purchase.

Samsung 8K QLED Y20 model

Leading the pack is the 8K QLED Y20 model or the the Q950 and Q900. Both are 8K TVs equipped with MediaTek’s custom-made Wi-Fi 6 chip. It’s the only 8K TV worldwide supporting Wi-Fi 6 connectivity, and will offer consumers a more seamless entertainment experience with smoother streaming and gaming, as well as unconstrained internet access.

Similar to its 2019 lineup, Samsung’s 2020 QLED 8K TVs will also come equipped with the AI-deep learning processor that will automatically upscale non-8K content to near 8K.

The new and redesigned AI Quantum Processor 8K adds a neural network that restores fine details that would otherwise not be visible. This should create a beautiful, optimized picture with the rich, realistic colors of QLED.

Other improvements include the Object Tracking Sound OTS and OTS+. Speakers on the front, sides and back of the TV create an immersive, three-dimensional soundscape that tracks the movement of objects on screen, and adjusts the audio to make it sound like the action is happening all around you

Samsung TV Plus

Samsung is also introducing the Samsung TV Plus — it’s a video service that offers instant access to over 100 free channels across a broad range of genres.

There’s no subscription necessary; it’s all pre-installed, and there’s no additional devices required. It’s integrated into Samsung’s Smart TV platform – so as soon as you set up your TV, you can start watching.

Other features are as follows: Real Game Enhancer+ that offers multiple refresh rates for your gaming sessions.

Multi-View that lets users to watch streaming content, such as YouTube walkthroughs or other videos, and use social media while playing games – at the same time, on the same screen.

And Ambient Mode+ that offers more experiences geared towards users, designed to satisfy each individual’s needs and tastes.

The entire Samsung 2020 TV lineup are as follows:

Samsung’s full 2020 TV line can be found below:

QLED 8K

  • Q950TS: 65”, 75”, 85”
  • Q900TS: 65”, 75”, 85”
  • Q800T: 65”, 75”, 82”

QLED 4K

  • Q90T: 55”, 65”, 75”, 85”
  • Q80T: 49”, 55”, 65”, 75”, 85”
  • Q70T: 55”, 65”, 75”, 82”, 85”
  • Q60T: 43”, 50”, 55”, 58”, 65”, 75”, 85”

As mentioned earlier, they can now be purchased or pre-ordered at Samsung US.

SEE ALSO: Watching TWICELIGHTS on a 75″ Samsung 4K QLED TV

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Samsung, BTS will launch a custom Galaxy S20

Coming next month

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Celebrity endorsements are part and parcel of the smartphone lifecycle. Most companies have constantly leveraged local talent to promote their products. However, a lucky few have found more internationally known celebrities to brandish new devices. Amidst this ubiquitous strategy, Samsung and LG have a distinct advantage: a gallery of Korean idol groups right at their doorstep. For example, Samsung has already created BLACKPINK-themed Galaxy smartphones last year.

Recently, Samsung recruited BTS for this year’s Galaxy S20 series. At the time, the partnership was just for brand ambassadorship, creating promos with the “Captured #withGalaxy S20 Series.” Now, Samsung and BTS are taking it a step further.

In the last few days, Samsung’s Twitter account teased BTS-themed promos with a single date: July 9. The promos are very likely hinting at a BTS-themed device coming next month.

Thanks to Max Weinbach, we finally have a clearer idea of what the upcoming device is. Sent by one of his sources, the upcoming device is a Galaxy S20 variant in vibrant Mirror Purple, marking the BTS theme. Additionally, Samsung is also launching BTS-themed Galaxy Buds+ in the same Mirror Purple color. Both devices will come in custom BTS packaging.

At least for the phone, there isn’t any change internally. It’s still the same Galaxy S20 series. At the very least, the custom variant will arrive in the base Galaxy S20 model.

As the leak confirms, the upcoming device will launch on July 9 in South Korea. Pre-orders will start soon. However, there is no word yet whether the device will come to other countries.

SEE ALSO: Samsung Galaxy Fold 2 might now be in mass production

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CES 2021 will still push through with an in-person event

Will implement a lot of safety measures

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So far, CES 2020 is the only massive tech trade show to escape the ongoing coronavirus pandemic unscathed. Soon after the first show of the year, other similar events — like MWC 2020 — started dropping out for fear of spreading the virus further. Some migrated to online avenues. Some are still pushing through but with severely limited attendance.

With more than half a year to go before the next event, the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) has announced that CES 2021 will continue its years-long tradition of holding an in-person event for the trade showcase. Besides the in-person event, CES 2021 will also branch out into more digital spaces, allowing more livestreaming to broadcast the latest technologies for a wider reach. Though the announcement is only making the rounds now (via The Verge), the CTA has already made and publicized the decision on May 7 through the convention’s website.

This is, of course, a huge deal for the public events industry all over the world. All eyes are on CES 2021 as a safety barometer for the future of public spaces. Though some events are still continuing as normal this year, CES 2021 will likely usher in a new era with new health tools, the “new normal,” and, hopefully, a cure. Who knows what will happen at that point in time?

CES 2021 will still implement public health measure to limit the spread of disease during the show. The CTA is already pondering on various methods like social distancing, temperature scans, mask wearing, contactless payments, and sanitization stations.

Amidst all the potential safety measures in place, we’re seeing the “new normal” in action. For sure, CES 2021 will showcase huge breakthroughs in the tech industry, as it did this year. The annual event will take place from January 6 to 9 next year.

SEE ALSO: IFA 2020 to adopt an ‘innovative’ form of conferencing

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PLDT Home extends Speedboost and Double Data offers

Until June 30

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When people were forced to stay at and work from home due to the COVID-19 pandemic, PLDT stepped in to make sure Internet access was sufficient (debatable, we know). The speedboost they promised for the duration of the lockdown has now been extended.

The nationwide speedboost supposedly gave everyone a minimum of 25 Mbps. If you felt this boost, congratulations! You get to experience it for a little while longer.

If you’d rather go prepaid that options is on offer as well. You can get the PLDT Home Wifi Prepaid at just PhP 995 which comes with free 10GB worth of data valid for seven days and enjoy twice more data for all sites and apps.

If that doesn’t quite cut it for you there are other PLDT Home Wifi Prepaid options:

  • FamLoad package: FamLoad 199 now has 24GB of data for seven days
  • FamLoad 599 comes with 80GB of data for 15 days
  • FamLoad 999 has 130GB of data for 30 days
  • FamLoad 1499 gives you a whopping 200GB of data for 30 days.

To find out more, you can always visit the PLDT Website. Just cross your fingers that it never gets hacked like their Twitter account.

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