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Samsung announces Galaxy A30 and A50 with big AMOLED displays and batteries

New midrangers for the mass market

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After the introduction of the Galaxy S10 flagships, Samsung announced two midrange phones which sport what the company calls Infinity-U displays. The Galaxy A30 and Galaxy A50 are two new models under the upgraded Galaxy A series.

Let’s start with the Galaxy A30 with its 6.4-inch Super AMOLED display (Full HD+ in resolution) and small notch housing a 16-megapixel selfie snapper. It’s powered by Samsung’s own Exynos 7885 processor with up to 4GB of memory and up to 64GB of storage. If that’s not enough, users can expand the storage capacity using a microSD card.

On the back, the phone has two rear cameras with 16- and 5-megapixel sensors. Good thing the secondary camera is not just a depth sensor; it’s an ultra wide-angle shooter.

Samsung Galaxy A30 | Image credit: Samsung

A fingerprint reader sits in the middle of the phone’s glossy back, while the large 4000mAh fast-charging battery is sealed inside.

The Galaxy A30 will come in black, white, and blue colors. If you’re wondering about the build of the phone, Samsung calls the design “3D Glasstic” which is a combined word of glass and plastic. We’re inclined to believe that this is just another marketing ploy to sell the phone’s mostly plastic body.

Moving on to the Galaxy A50 which is a more modern smartphone. For starters, it has its fingerprint sensor built into the display — something the Galaxy S10E doesn’t even have. The screen of the Galaxy A50 is identical to the Galaxy A30’s sans the in-display scanner, of course.

Samsung Galaxy A50 | Image credit: Samsung

Under the hood is a slightly faster Exynos 9610 processor with up to 6GB of memory and up to 128GB of expandable storage.

In the camera department, the Galaxy A50 has a vertical triple camera setup on its back with AI. It has a main 25-megapixel f/1.7 camera paired with a 5-megapixel depth sensor and an 8-megapixel ultra wide-angle shooter. In front, it has a 25-megapixel camera for taking selfies.

The Galaxy A50 has a “3D Glasstic” body as well, and the same color choices with the addition of Coral. The battery capacity is also at 4000mAh with support for fast charging.

Pricing and retail availability were not mentioned in Samsung’s press release.

Source: Samsung

SEE ALSO: Apple, Samsung sold fewer smartphones in 2018 — report

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OPPO Find X2 Pro now comes in Green Vegan Leather

OPPO’s finest in a new skin

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OPPO Find X2 Pro Green Leather

OPPO’s finest is back but in a new skin. The OPPO Find X2 Pro Green Vegan Leather Edition is now official and it’s coming to Singapore.

That isn’t just any kind of leather. With an IP68-rating, it’s splash, dust, and waterproof. OPPO says the new color variant takes inspiration from the concept of “healing.” The company believes it is a soothing and refreshing color that exudes comfort.

The complete the look, the phone also includes a custom-made vegan leather built-in middle frame. It uses environmentally-friendly materials along with a unique three-layer leather stitching technology.

OPPO’s finest

The OPPO Find X2 Pro is the culmination of OPPO’s innovations over the years. Here’s an excerpt from our review:

“The Find X2 Pro delivered in every aspect, especially in those that are most important to us. Just by holding the phone, you can tell that OPPO spent a lot of time refining the product. The Find X2 Pro has one of the best spec sheets found on smartphones this year as well.”

Pricing and availability

The OPPO Find X2 Pro 5G Green Vegan Leather Edition is priced at SG$ 1,699 (US$ 1237), and will be available from this Saturday, September 26, 2020, at Singtel, Starhub and M1 stores, OPPO’s Shopee and Lazada Flagship Store, and at all OPPO Concept Stores.

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The OPPO A53 launches in Singapore

A new budget phone?

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OPPO A53

OPPO is strengthening its lower-midrange/near-budget lineup with the addition of the OPPO A53. The phone which first launched in India is now coming to Singapore.

The OPPO A53 features a 6.5-inch HD+ Neo Display with 90Hz screen refresh rate and up to 120Hz touch sampling rate.

Powering the device is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 460 SoC with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. It’s expandable up to 256GB via a MicoSD. The MicroSD card slot sits right next to the dual-sim card slots. It has a 5000mAh battery with support for 18W fast charge.

Coming to the cameras, up front situated inside a punch hole is the 16MP front-facing camera. It has all the AI Beautification features we’ve come to expect from OPPO smartphones.

On the rear is a triple camera setup. There’s 13MP main camera, a 2MP depth sensor, and another 2MP camera for macro photography. Again, it’s peppered with the usual AI and camera features found on OPPO units.

Pricing and availability

The OPPO A53 will retail in Singapore for SG$ 329 (US$ 240) and will come in Electric Black and Fancy Blue. It will be available beginning Saturday, September 26 on OPPO’s Shopee and Lazada stores, OPPO Concept Store, and authorized retailers in Singapore.

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Stunning cyberpunk game Ghostrunner out soon

Hack, slash, and dash through a cyberpunk dystopian landscape!

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If you haven’t had enough of some good-good cyberpunk games on the waiting list, you’re in luck. One More Level, 3D Realms, and Slipgate Ironworks have developed a first-person parkour action game called Ghostrunner. The game was revealed at Gamescon with co-publishers All in! Games and 505 Games encouraging players to apply for the game’s private beta.

Ghostrunner seems to be scratching the cyberpunk itch with players being able to explore a stunning cyberpunk dystopian city. The game lets players swiftly take down enemies with their katanas, show off death-defying acrobatic abilities, and hack into the network of the city with some help from the Architect.

Ghostrunner features NVIDIA RTX Ray Tracing which offers stunningly immersive visuals usually reserved for AAA studios. Not only that, the game features sick synthwave soundtracks by the acclaimed Daniel Deluxe to dash and slash to.

 

Ghostrunner will be available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC for SG$ 40.00 / THB 899.00 / MYR 99.00 / IDR 345,000 / VDN 733,000 / PhP 1,619 on October 28. It will come to Nintendo Switch on October 27.

PlayStation Plus subscribers and all PC players can enjoy 20% off when pre-ordering Ghostrunner. Meanwhile, Xbox One players can hack into 10% off when pre-ordering the game. If you pre-order Ghostrunner, you’ll be get special perks of getting two katanas with one being exclusively designed for each launch platform and won’t be available when the game launches.

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