Samsung hit the jackpot with their Galaxy A series in 2019. They want to continue to grab more of the midrange market by introducing the next batch of the A series starting with the Samsung Galaxy A71.
In case the intense social media push hasn’t caught you yet, the Galaxy A71 along with the Galaxy A51, are two phones that are heavily promoted by Samsung’s endorsers — K-Pop girl group BLACKPINK.
The campaign has so far been pushing the phones’ display, cameras, and battery. The tune that BLACKPINK members dance too is catchy without being annoying but I can’t say the same for the song’s lyrics that just keeps saying “Awesome screen, awesome camera, long lasting battery life.”
So let’s dive into the Galaxy A71 with all of that in mind.
The Samsung Galaxy A71 sports a 6.7-inch FHD Super Amoled display. It’s also sporting the Infinity-O display — the same one found on the Galaxy Note 10+ and Galaxy Note 10 lite. In fact, design-wise, the new A series looks a lot like both Galaxy Lite phones. Inside that O is a 32MP front-facing camera.
Elsewhere in the phone is either a 6GB or 8GB of RAM with 128GB of internal storage that’s expandable up through a microSD card slot.
Samsung’s finally using its ISOCELL Bright sensor with the Galaxy A71’s main camera sporting a 64MP main shooter. It’s flanked by three other cameras: a 5MP depth sensor, another 5MP macro camera, and a 12MP ultra-wide angle lens.
Long lasting battery life
The phone has a 4500mAh battery with support for 25W fast charging. Helping manage all that power is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 730 SoC.
If its predecessor is any indication, the Galaxy A71 should be another promising option in the higher midrange category. On top of all that, you also get Samsung staples like Bixby, Samsung Health, and Samsung Knox.
Pricing and availability
The Samsung Galaxy A71 will come in three colors: Prism Crush Black, Silver, and Blue. Pricing and availability to follow.
Apple is shrinking the notch this year
Is this the iPhone 13?
Another year, another iPhone. Even if the year is just starting, we’re already in for a flurry of rumors for the next iPhone. Sometimes, however, those rumors can give as an acute case of déjà vu. Today, one of the earliest details about 2021’s iPhone 13 series once again hints that Apple is shrinking the notch this year, mimicking years-worth of speculation.
According to a report from DigiTimes, the next generation of iPhones will come with smaller notches. The company will finally be able to pack in its front-facing sensors into a smaller surface area, resulting in a new form factor.
Consumers have notably decried the controversial notch since its inception in the iPhone X. Though other brands have adopted the notch themselves, most have already moved past the trend with teardrop notches, punch hole cameras, or even under-display sensors. In comparison, Apple has furiously stood by its large notch. The iPhone 13 series might finally change Apple’s long-standing status quo.
If you’re in doubt, you have every reason to be. We’re still months and months away from any incredibly substantial leaks for the iPhone 13. However, if anything, DigiTimes has reported on the upcoming iPhone before, as well. A few weeks ago, the outlet revealed that the entire series will come with improved LiDAR sensors. There might be some truth to this year’s “smaller notch” rumors. But again, waiting (and taking everything with a grain of salt) is key.
Signal and Telegram are trending instead
WhatsApp, owned by Facebook, has announced that it will delay enforcing its new privacy terms from February 8 to May 15. In the blog post, the company says that none of its privacy-focused features are changing.
“We’re also going to do a lot more to clear up the misinformation around how privacy and security works on WhatsApp. We’ll then go to people gradually to review the policy at their own pace before new business options are available on May 15,” the statement said.
Even though WhatsApp is end-to-end encrypted, Facebook will still fetch some crucial information like your transactions, location, and other behavioral data from linked Instagram profile. And, we all know Facebook has a nasty reputation as far as personal data management is concerned. What makes it even more outrageous is that the policy is leave or take, and there’s no third option.
Huawei P50 Pro could come with a 120Hz display, 200x digital zoom
What about Harmony OS?
Huawei may be barred from using Google Mobile Services, but it is far from giving up. The Chinese brand has pivoted to natively developed options and continues to work on its flagship P and Mate series. Going by the usual trend, the Huawei P50 series is expected to launch soon, and we already hear a lot of chatter about it.
According to @RODENT950 on Twitter, Huawei P50 Pro will have a 6.78-inch display with a 120Hz refresh rate. Another user on Weibo claims that the regular version of Huawei P50 will be using a 90Hz refresh rate screen, while the top-end option may come with a 120Hz panel.
Under the P50 Pro and P50 Pro+ hood will be the Kirin 9000 or Kirin 9000E chipset. Designed on a 5nm process, these are Huawei’s best-in-class and offer massive performance improvements. Furthermore, the phone will support 66W wired fast charging and 50W wireless charging.
Most importantly, the cameras are expected to get a major upgrade. The “space zoom” technology could go one step further by incorporating 200x digital zoom. Keep in mind, the recently launched Galaxy S21 Ultra has 100x digital zoom. So, Huawei’s offering makes a lot of difference, at least on paper. The P50 Pro+ will continue the race, as the phone will likely offer a massive 200x zoom from a derived 20x optical zoom setup.
While many reports said Huawei could ship the P50 series with Harmony OS, recent inputs suggest the brand shall continue with Android-based EMUI 11. In other aspects, the Huawei P50 series will come with 4 surround speakers and an upgraded vibration motor for haptics.
The phone is expected to launch in the coming months. The P50 series will consist of multiple options, and the details mentioned above are based on leaks, speculations, and unverifiable information. The end product could differ vastly.
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