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The Galaxy A13 blends budget and midrange into one phone

Plus a free cover if you buy now

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Left: Galaxy A13, Right: Galaxy A23 LTE | Photo by GadgetMatch

The Galaxy A series is here! After a short hype train, Samsung has launched a whopping five new entries into its hugely successful midrange lineup. Rounding out the pack, the Galaxy A13 is a remarkable blend between midrange and budget.

With a 6.6-inch FHD+ TFT Infinity-V display (2408 x 1200 resolution), the phone packs in a capable 2.0GHz Exynos 850 octa-core processor. It carries up to 6GB of RAM and up to 128GB of internal storage (expandable by up to 1TB through a microSD slot).

A solid shooter in its own right, the phone comes with a quad rear camera setup consisting of a main 50-megapixel sensor, an ultrawide 5-megapixel lens, a 2-megapixel depth lens, and a 2-megapixel macro lens. On the other hand, the front shoots with an 8-megapixel front-facing camera.

Out of the box, it comes with Android 12 pre-installed with a One UI core. It also has a side fingerprint scanner and dual SIM compatibility.

Finally, the Galaxy A13 comes with a sizable 5000mAh battery, compatible with 15W charging.

The Galaxy A13 comes in Awesome Black, Awesome Blue and Awesome Peach. It will start selling at PhP 10,490. Further, every purchase of a Galaxy A13 between March 21 and April 30 will get users a free cover for their new phone.

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Samsung rumored to launch an affordable Galaxy Fold

In 2024

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For all the hype surrounding them, foldable smartphones are still one of the most expensive devices you can own in today’s market. Years after Samsung launched its first foldable phone, still only a handful of people can realistically afford the series. Fortunately, the lineup’s reputation for inaccessibility might soon change. According to a new report, Samsung is preparing a more affordable Galaxy Fold in the next few years.

As reported by Korean publication ETNews, Samsung is working on an “entry-level foldable smartphone.” Unlike most foldable phones that go over US$ 1,000, the reported devices will likely cost US$ 800 or below. That’s around or less than the cost of a flagship smartphone today.

According to the report’s estimates, it won’t be that long of a wait either. Samsung will reportedly release the affordable foldable phone within the next two years. Fans might need to wait through only two generations of the lineup before getting a better device for their wallets.

Currently, Samsung still has a set of foldable phones to launch sometime this year. If the rumors are true, this won’t be the affordable phone yet. Besides, the company still has a few more kinks to work out before perfecting the foldable form factor for a mass audience.

SEE ALSO: Is Samsung working on a horizontal folding Galaxy Fold?

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Another country wants to force Apple to go USB-C

More signs of a USB-C iPhone

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The cascade against Lightning continues. Recently, the European Union agreed on eventually forcing every tech maker in the region to adopt USB-C, much to the chagrin of Apple’s proprietary Lightning cable. Now, another country is considering on a similar edict against Apple.

First reported by Tecnoblog (and interpreted by 9to5Mac), Brazil has proposed a universal standard for smartphones in the country. Notably, Brazil’s proposal is not as airtight as the European Union’s. The country can still back down from enforcing such a rule. The government is currently deliberating suggestions from both lawmakers and civilians. If passed, affected manufacturers will have until July 2024 to comply.

As a silver lining, the proposal only affects smartphones, instead of the entire spectrum of devices. If the law is upheld, Apple has to worry only about iPhones. The European Union, on the other hand, wants a universal standard for every device.

However, much like the EU’s decision, Brazil’s proposal hinges on the waste created by excess cables and the convenience for consumers. Implementing a standard for everyone will ensure that one cable and charger will apply to all.

Though the proposals point at “every” manufacturer, Apple is certainly the most affected by them. Most other manufacturers have already shifted to USB-C, whereas Apple stubbornly stays behind its proprietary standard.

SEE ALSO: Apple might be forced to ditch Lightning cables for USB-C

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Nokia announces new accessories, T20 bundle

Four new earbuds and headphones

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Nokia has announced four new accessories to its growing lineup of smartphones and other tech devices.

They are the Nokia Comfort Earbuds Pro, Nokia Clarity Earbuds +, Nokia Wired and Wireless Headphones, and Nokia Go Earbuds 2 Pro.

Both the Clarity Earbuds + (PhP 3,490) and Comfort Earbuds Pro (PhP 2,990) feature Active Noise Cancellation technology and up to 20 hours of playback, making them ideal for workouts and everyday use.

For a more affordable option, the Go Earbuds 2 Pro (PhP 1,790) comes in handy, with low latency mode and sweat- and splash-resistance to boot.

Meanwhile, the foldable wired (PhP 890) and wireless (PhP 1,690) headphones sport big bass for powerful sound. The wireless variant can deliver up to 60 hours of playback.

The four new products will be available exclusively on Shopee until July 11. They may be also purchased in all Nokia mobile official stores and authorized resellers nationwide from late June.

In addition, customers may also avail a limited time bundle starting on July 1: the Nokia T20 tablet will be on sale for only PhP 10,990 — a PhP 2,000 slash from its original price – and shall be bundled with the new Nokia wired headphones.

 

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