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Samsung commits to three years of updates on its flagships

2019 flagships are also covered with the new change

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There’s one big change that Samsung is doing with the release of its latest flagships. From now on, Samsung is committing to three years of software updates. It’s a big change for the company.

All Samsung flagships starting with the Note 20 series will receive three major OS updates. This also applies to the recently-launched Galaxy Fold Z Fold2 5G. As such, buyers can expect the flagship to sport Android 13 since this recently-released flagship has Android 10 onboard.

In a surprising move, the company is also doing the same for the Galaxy S10 series released last year. The 2019 flagship has Android 9 on board, so users of that device can upgrade up to Android 12 in the future. As a matter of fact, Samsung confirmed to The Verge that all S, Note, and Z-series phones from 2019 will receive up to three years of updates.

See also: Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra — what the leaks didn’t tell you

As for the Galaxy A-series phones, Samsung said that support will vary depending on the hardware. Perhaps, budget-oriented A-series phones will stick to two years of updates. Still, it’s better to wait for Samsung’s official announcement regarding the per-device update roadmap.

Still, the change is a welcome move for everyone. In the past, the company only committed to two years of updates for most of its smartphones. For example, Samsung’s 2017 S flagship — Galaxy S8 — came with Android 7 Nougat and can be upgraded to Android 9 Pie. Moving to three years of updates allow users to keep the device for longer, which has a tremendous impact on the environment as well as the economy.

A looming domino effect?

With Samsung’s move, it is not far-fetched to think that other companies will follow suit. A major Android manufacturer pushing the needle for software updates is enough to compel others to provide a year or more of software updates.

Perhaps, this shall start a trend of supporting phones for longer. As more companies begin supporting their devices for longer, two years of updates will soon be not enough. In the future, Android users may expect three years to become the norm for updates. This is not just a pipe dream anymore, as Google and OnePlus are already doing it.

While it may seem like a big thing in the Android world, three years of updates are still measly compared to Apple’s support for its iPhones. Still, Samsung’s move is a step in the right direction, and it sure is a welcome one for those who keep their devices for longer.

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Xiaomi Mi 10T series to launch on September 30

Pixel 5 launches on the same day

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Xiaomi follows a two flagship per year cycle and it launched the Mi 10 series earlier this year. Now, the brand’s all set to launch its successor — the Mi 10T series. It’s now confirmed to make its global debut on September 30 in Germany.

The Xiaomi Mi 10T series is likely to boast of three options, the original Mi 10T, an amped-up Mi 10T Pro, and a slightly affordable Mi 10T Lite. The new series is important for the brand because it intends to take-on premium giants like Apple, OnePlus, and Samsung.

The Mi 10 Ultra is also a solid device but limited to China. The new series can bridge the gap and go against the soon-to-launch OnePlus 8T, Pixel 5, and iPhone 12.

Specifications of the phones haven’t been confirmed yet, but it’s safe to assume it’ll have the latest Snapdragon 865 Plus processor, 5G connectivity, and a display with a higher refresh rate. It’s also common to see a quad-camera setup on Xiaomi phones and the Pro variant can have a 108-megapixel camera sensor.

The Lite option is said to sport the recently announced Snapdragon 750 SoC that can deliver cutting-edge performance without being too heavy on the pocket.

Adding to this, Xiaomi has a reputation for delivering products with very aggressive pricing. The company has renewed its premium focus in markets like India, where the Mi 10 launched after a long sabbatical. With steadily growing demand, there’s a lot of space for more brands.

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Samsung Galaxy S20 FE launches with ‘fan favorite’ features

The FE or Fan Edition kind of makes sense here

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You ask, Samsung provides. That’s the whole idea behind the member of the Galaxy S20 series — the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE (Fan Edition).

The South Korean company says this phone is their way of bringing together “fan favorite” features from the Galaxy S20 series at a more wallet-friendly price.

Those features include a super smooth display, AI-powered cameras, advanced processor, fast connectivity, all-day battery, expandable storage and streamlined design. Basically, awesome screen, awesome camera, long-lasting battery life. But expanded. Lol.

FANtastic display, capable cameras

Let’s dig into it. The display measures 6.5 inches. It’s flat, FHD+, and Super AMOLED with a 120Hz refresh rate for that buttery smooth scrolling experience. It’s also HDR10+ certified.

The Galaxy S20 FE also has an Infinity-O display. It means there’s a signature punch hole at the top-middle part of the screen. Inside that punch hole is the 32MP front-facing camera for shooting selfies and filming your vlogs or TikToks if you’re into that sort of thing.

Speaking of cameras, the Galaxy S20 FE is equipped with a triple-camera module. Here they are:

  • 12MP Ultra Wide Camera, 1.12μm, F2.2 (123 degree field of view)
  • 12MP Wide Angle Camera, 1.7μm, F1.8
  • 8MP Telephoto Camera, 1.0μm, F2.4

It’s not too different from the camera setup of the Galaxy Z Fold2 (save for the telephoto lens). Here’s what photos look like on this very similar camera array.

It also has Space Zoom which is capable of 3x Optical Zoom, up to 30x Super Resolution Zoom, OIS, and tracking AF (that’s auto focus, not the other AF you were thinking).

Snapdragon or Exynos?

In the US, it’s equipped with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865. As of writing, we have no information if this will be the case in all markets. However, it’s safer to assume that if your market got Exynos 990 on the earlier Galaxy S20 series, then that’s likely what you’re getting on the Galaxy S20 FE as well.

This particular variant supports 5G, but again, as is the case in certain markets, Samsung may opt to release a 4G-only option. We’ll just have to wait and see.

For battery capacity, Samsung slapped on a 4,500mAh battery on this thing with support for support for fast charging, wireless charging, and wireless powershare (the reverse wireless charging thing).

It has either 6GB or 8GB of RAM depending on the market with 128GB of internal storage that’s expandable to up to 1TB via a MicroSD card.

Signature Galaxy S20 look

It has that signature Galaxy S20 series look with — simple and understated (or plain and boring depending on your disposition in life).

The Galaxy S20 FE comes in a really colorful set with a total of six options to choose from: Cloud Red, Cloud Orange, Cloud Lavender, Cloud Mint, Cloud Navy, and Cloud White. Not entirely sure what the ‘Cloud’ is for but hey, it is what it is.

There’s also an option to add Samsung Care+. It’s the companies support service where you can get a personal set-up session with a Samsung Care+ Pro, 24/7 dedicated support via phone or chat, discounted screen repair, extended warranty and coverage for accidental damage.

Pricing and availability

In the US, the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE starts at US$ 699 and will be available starting October 2, 2020. There are carrier and Unlocked by Samsung versions.

Consumers can get a Galaxy S20 FE 5G for US$ 249.99 or US$ 10.42 a month with eligible trade-in value up to $450 on Samsung.com and the Shop Samsung app. The offer is for a limited time.

Pre-orders for the Galaxy S20 FE 5G and S20 FE 5G UW begin on Samsung.com September 23, 2020 at 10:30am ET.

Consumers who pre-order the Galaxy S20 FE 5G between September 23, 2020 and October 1, 2020 can get a US$ 70 Samsung Credit to expand their Galaxy with cases, wearables and more.

In the Philippines, pricing hasn’t been revealed yet but it will also be available some time in October.

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Metal Gear Solid Remake possibly coming to the PS5 and PC

If confirmed, this is already on top of the next-gen console’s insane lineup of games

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Metal Gear Solid

A Metal Gear Solid Remake might be upon us! According to several sources, it’s possible that we will be getting a full remake of the PlayStation classic for both the PS5 and PC.

YouTube creator RedGamingTech touched on this in his recent video, confirming from his numerous sources. Essentially, it suggests that the remake will be a PlayStation 5 exclusive with an available PC version.

The same YouTube creator also mentions that Metal Gear Solid 2, 3, and 4 are reportedly getting PC ports — or remasters. Whether or not all of these are true remains to be seen. But, if it is true, this will definitely bolster the amount of titles that will be available to the PS5, whether that’s upon launch or within the first year of its release.

Metal Gear Solid was first released in September 1998 for the PlayStation and PC. It’s a stealth game that follows Solid Snake — a soldier tasked to neutralize the terror threat FOXHOUND. The game was well-received by fans and critics. It sold over six million copies.

Within weeks since the price and release date reveal, people went crazy over Sony’s PlayStation 5. Apart from this, several game developers announced that they already have titles ready for the next-gen console.

Are you excited for this possible remake? What PS5 game are you most looking forward to?

SEE ALSO:
PS5 official pricing
Sony unveils more games coming to PS5

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