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Awesome Camera! Samsung Galaxy A71 launches

With 64MP main camera

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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.

Awesome screen

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.

Awesome camera

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.

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Finally! Grab users may now pay directly using GCash

Much-awaited partnership

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GCash Grab

Grab Philippines and GCash have finally struck a partnership deal that will make payments on the superapp even easier and more convenient.

Starting February, users will be able to add GCash as a direct payment method on the Grab app, making cashless transactions on food and grocery deliveries, car transport, and other services cashless.

Prior to the collaboration, GCash users could only send money from their account to their GrabPay wallet, and vice-versa, causing a bit of hassle switching in between apps on one’s phone screen.

The partnership also means there will be no more transaction fees unlike before when Grab users have to cash in using their credit or debit cards or linked bank accounts.

Grab customers may also avail of GCash exclusive deals, and even get treats when they pay using the e-wallet.

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Samsung offers $100 for Galaxy S23 preorders

Or the upcoming Galaxy Book

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The Galaxy S23 series is coming. Samsung has officially scheduled the first Galaxy Unpacked event of the year for early February, heralding the coming of the Galaxy S23 series. While the flagship series will certainly wow a lot of users, buying one might crumple bank accounts so soon after the holidays. Luckily, Samsung is holding an early reservation promo ahead of the Galaxy Unpacked event.

If you reserve either the new Galaxy S23 or the new Galaxy Book now, Samsung is giving away US$ 50 worth of Samsung Credit. Additionally, users can reserve both devices and get US$ 100 worth of credit for use on any eligible products in the store.

Simply by signing up with your email address, you can use this link to save up to US$ 100 when you shop with Samsung.

The promo ends next Wednesday, February 1, by 11:59pm EST.

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Apple halts development of in-house chip

Broadcom is still in

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Apple is currently on a quest to reduce its reliance on third-party components for its devices. For the most part, the company is successful in doing so. Apple Silicon is already an important part of the brand’s identity — with work on more in-house components ongoing. Now, Apple is reportedly pausing development on one of its upcoming chips.

According to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple will delay the development of its in-house connectivity chip. In the meantime, the brand will keep relying on Broadcom for the same components, going into the iPhone 15 series.

To be clear, the paused component only deals with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity. Apple is still developing its in-house modem for 5G connectivity — according to outside reports, at least. While the Broadcom deal will still continue, Qualcomm might still get the axe after Apple develops its replacement chip.

Given the positive response to Apple Silicon, building more in-house components might ultimately work well for the brand. If anything, the company can rest easier by controlling how one of its components is produced.

Besides Apple, other brands are also developing their in-house chipsets to rival component makers like Qualcomm. Google, for instance, is doing relatively well with the Tensor lineup. Additionally, though the upcoming series will rely on Qualcomm, Samsung is currently working to bring the Exynos lineup to match current standards.

SEE ALSO: Apple iPhone 15 Rumor Roundup: Goodbye Pro Max, hello Ultra

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