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Samsung Galaxy A71 5G is the most affordable 5G phone in the US

Can it go against the OnePlus 8?

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Samsung has announced the availability of Galaxy A71 5G in the U.S. and it’ll be the most affordable phone with 5G compatibility. The phone will directly go against the OnePlus 8 that sells for US$ 100 more.

The phone was first showed off at CES 2020 and sits in the midrange price bracket. Samsung’s A-series lineup doesn’t cost as much as the flagship S-series but retains some premium factors.

Coming to the phone, it’s got a 6.7-inch Full HD+ AMOLED display with a punch-hole cut-out camera. Powering the phone is a Snapdragon 765G chipset with 5G support via an external modem. It packs 6GB RAM and 128GB internal storage that’s expandable via a microSD card.

Unlike the flagship phones, this one doesn’t come with mmWave 5G technology. But this shouldn’t affect user experience since its deployed in very limited parts of select cities so far.

On the rear is a 64-megapixel primary camera along with a 12-megapixel wide-angle lens, a 5-megapixel depth sensor, and a 5-megapixel macro lens. For selfies, a 32-megapixel front camera is located in the punch-hole cut-out of the display.

Backing these internals is a 4500mAh battery with Qualcomm Quick Charge technology. The phone will be coming to T-Mobile and Sprint on June 19, followed by Verizon and AT&T later in the summer.

The Samsung Galaxy A71 5G comes with a retail price of US$ 599.

SEE ALSO: Samsung Galaxy A71 Review

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OnePlus 8T pricing and availability in the Philippines

The latest from OnePlus is here!

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OnePlus 8T

Well, that was fast. Digital Walker — the official distributor of OnePlus in the Philippines — is finally selling the recently launched OnePlus 8T in the country.

The official price of the OnePlus 8T in the country is PhP 29,990. Digital Walker is actually doing its buyers a favor since that price is only US$ 617 when converted. In the US, it is much expensive at US$ 749. However, the US variant comes with a 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage.

Digital Walker is only selling an 8GB + 128GB variant in the country for the meantime though. It is unclear if a higher-end variant will come in the future. Also, it is important to note that only the Luna Silver color option is available in the meantime.

Buyers must head over to Digital Walker’s official online store — HomeOffice — to purchase one. Alternatively, they can click to this link to take them straight to the product page. Due to the supply restrictions, OnePlus 8T is limited in stock, and delivery in the Philippines may occur later in November.

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Apple’s MagSafe charger works on Samsung and Google phones

Specifically the Galaxy Z Fold 2 and Pixel 5

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This month, Apple announced the return of the wireless MagSafe system. This time around, the wireless charging solution powers the iPhone 12 series with a convenient snap-to-place method. Of course, as with most of Apple’s products, you don’t really expect it to work with non-Apple device. Fortunately, the historical rule of thumb is wrong. Apparently, Apple’s MagSafe charger works on Samsung and Google phones.

As tested by Max Weinbach, the wireless charger can snap and work on the Galaxy Z Fold 2. Further, YouTuber Aaron Zollo tested the charger on the recently announced Google Pixel 5. Unfortunately, neither test revealed how well the charger does with the devices. However, Weinbach commented that it took some effort to dislodge the charger from the Galaxy Z Fold 2.

Of course, it’s no surprise that the MagSafe charger will work on other Qi-based devices. However, it’s a surprise that Apple’s proprietary accessories are working on non-Apple devices.

Still, if you need an extra wireless charger, at least Apple’s charger can work on your device. That is, if you own both an Apple and Android device.

Now, the only remaining question is whether or not Apple’s other MagSafe accessories will work on non-Apple devices. The other accessories — like an attachable wallet — will come out later this year.

SEE ALSO: iPhone 12 will not come with a free charger and earphones

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Sweden is officially banning Huawei and ZTE

Must rid of brand by 2025

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For years, the American government has waged a lopsided war against Huawei and its 5G infrastructure. However, amidst the country’s Sinophobic sentiments, only two other countries have more reason to ban the Chinese company from its soil — Sweden and Finland. Finally, the situation has changed. Sweden is officially banning Huawei and ZTE.

Why does a Sweden ban make the most sense? Well, the country owns one of Huawei’s biggest competitors in the 5G industry, Ericsson. Meanwhile, the neighboring Finland owns the other biggest 5G rival, Nokia.

Now, the Swedish Post and Telecom Authority has announced the ban for any Huawei- or ZTE-based architecture for the country’s 5G industry. Any networks must divest from the banned brands before 2025. Currently, four networks — without the Chinese companies — are bidding for the privilege of building Sweden’s 5G networks.

With the ban, Sweden is joining the United Kingdom in banning the Chinese companies from future architecture. In other parts of the world, Nokia and Ericsson have already taken over from Huawei and ZTE. Of course, the smartphone industry is already rushing to build 5G-compatible smartphones. Most of 2020’s smartphones tout the compatibility even without stable 5G networks.

Outside of the 5G realm, Huawei is also experiencing a lot of crunch from smartphone component companies pulling their business from the Chinese company.

SEE ALSO: iPhone 12’s 5G feature is useless for most users, analysts say

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