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What we want to see on the Samsung Galaxy Fold 2

It can only get better

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By now you’ve all probably heard or read everything that people have to say about the Samsung Galaxy Fold. It certainly made several headlines in 2019 for various reasons.

While we do think it is a step in the right direction, we also believe it needed a bit more time in the oven. After spending roughly two weeks with the Galaxy Fold, here are a few things I wish would happen with the inevitable Galaxy Fold 2.

A form factor that makes more sense 

As it is now, when folded, the Galaxy Fold’s screen feels like it’s half a phone, and when unfolded it feels like it’s three-fourths of a tablet. This current form factor just isn’t it.

That’s really bad screen-to-body ratio

We’ve already seen reports of a Galaxy Fold that’s more of a phone and then folds into something smaller. Something reminiscent of the Motorola razr.

I don’t think that’s the only thing Samsung is doing. Best believe the direction is still to have something that’s a fully functioning smartphone when folded, and a full-sized tablet when unfolded.

Better app support

If they can figure out how to do this properly, that might solve many of the Fold’s shortcomings. For instance, as of writing, the Galaxy Fold doesn’t support the latest version of Netflix.

No Netlfix and chillin’ on this one :(

I was so excited to binge on this thing only to find out that, unfortunately, I can’t.

Because of the form-factor, some games also just do not look right. The controls on NBA 2K20 take up nearly half the screen. It’s nearly impossible to see what’s going on, making the whole experience just unenjoyable.

Controls completely blocking off a huge part of the screen

I guess it doesn’t make sense to have regular app updates for a device that only a handful of people own. That’s one of the major hurdles of foldables.

Take away that ugly notch

Whatever you’re watching, whatever you’re playing, it’s impossible to not notice the eyesore that is the front-facing camera. I also dread the punch-hole solution but that would have been way better than what we got.

Not a pretty sight

Make it thinner and lighter

The Galaxy Fold is just unwieldy. Sure, you can grip it with one hand when it’s folded but it’s a little too thick than what I’d like.

Hard to tell here because I have fat hands 😂

The tablet form is pretty much what you’d expect from other tablets when it comes to weight and thickness. Which might be an indication that the Galaxy Fold was first a tablet before a phone.

Here’s the folded Galaxy Fold next to a PS4 game’s Blu-ray case

Whatever the case is, a thinner and lighter version will be more than welcome.

Race to be the best

Everything I mentioned here are pretty much expected growing pains from a first-generation device. We don’t always get it right the first time and that’s okay.

Samsung can now claim they are the first to market this new device category. But will they also be the first one to perfect it? If they are the innovators they claim to be, then I wouldn’t be surprised if they completely re-imagine their approach to foldable devices.

For more thoughts on the Galaxy Fold read our hands-on. For some laughs, check this one out.

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Realme X50 Pro 5G confirmed to have 65W fast charging

Fastest charging technology available right now

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Following the cancellation of MWC 2020, Realme has announced it will launch its next flagship product, the Realme X50 Pro 5G, via an online event.

The Realme X50 Pro 5G will be powered by a Snapdragon 865 processor, 5G support, a Full HD+ display, 12 GB of RAM, 256 GB of internal storage, 65W SuperDart fast charging ability, and the new Android 10-based Realme UI.

Unlike the Realme X50 5G, which comes with a 120Hz IPS LCD display, the Realme X50 Pro 5G will sport an AMOLED display with a 90Hz refresh rate. Multiple cameras on the back are also certain, but it remains to be seen what image sensors make the cut.

 

At the Snapdragon Tech Summit in December, Realme was one of the notable smartphone makers that confirmed the use of the new generation of 5G chipsets for its upcoming smartphones.

OPPO’s Reno Ace is the only phone to support 65W fast charging today and Realme’s offering will be called SuperDart. Realme’s CMO Xu Qi Chase revealed additional information about the new charging technology over on Weibo, stating that the Realme X50 Pro will use a GaN charger which is more compact, efficient, and generates less heat.

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Globe’s postpaid plan for Samsung Galaxy S20, S20+, S20 Ultra

Various options to choose from

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It’s not too long now before Samsung’s Galaxy S20 arrives in the Philippines. Smart already put their postpaid plans for the S20 series online. Globe also has postpaid plans put up for the smartphone already. As a matter of fact, you can now pre-order it online on their website.

Globe is bundling the S20 with an attractive call, text, and data packages on their own ThePLAN. ThePLAN’s packages follows:

ThePLAN 599 (PhP 599 for 24 months)

Samsung Galaxy S20 Samsung Galaxy S20+ Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra
Cash-out PhP 36,000 PhP 40,800 PhP 52,800
Data 2 GB
Call Unlimited to Globe/TM
Text Unlimited to Globe/TM
Freebies
  • 1GB of free Facebook
  • 1GB of GoWiFi access
  • 1-month free Gadget Care
  • 1GB of free Facebook
  • 1GB of GoWiFi access
  • 1-month free Gadget Care
  • Free Galaxy Buds+
  • 1GB of free Facebook
  • 1GB of GoWiFi access
  • 1-month free Gadget Care
  • Free Galaxy Buds+

ThePLAN 799 (PhP 799 for 24 months)

Samsung Galaxy S20 Samsung Galaxy S20+ Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra
Cash-out PhP 34,800 PhP 39,600 PhP 51,600
Data 3 GB
Call
  • Unlimited to Globe/TM
  • 50 minutes to other networks
Text Unlimited to Globe/TM
Freebies
  • 1GB of free Facebook
  • 1GB of GoWiFi access
  • 1-month free Gadget Care
  • 1GB of free Facebook
  • 1GB of GoWiFi access
  • 1-month free Gadget Care
  • Free Galaxy Buds+
  • 1GB of free Facebook
  • 1GB of GoWiFi access
  • 1-month free Gadget Care
  • Free Galaxy Buds+

ThePLAN 999 (PhP 999 for 24 months)

Samsung Galaxy S20 Samsung Galaxy S20+ Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra
Cash-out PhP 32,400 PhP 37,200 PhP 49,200
Data 5 GB
Call
  • Unlimited to Globe/TM
  • 50 minutes to other networks
Text Unlimited to Globe/TM
Freebies
  • 1GB of free Facebook
  • 6-months Amazon Prime Video subscription
  • 1GB of GoWiFi access
  • 1-month free Gadget Care
  • 1GB of free Facebook
  • 6-months Amazon Prime Video subscription
  • 1GB of GoWiFi access
  • 1-month free Gadget Care
  • Free Galaxy Buds+
  • 1GB of free Facebook
  • 6-months Amazon Prime Video subscription
  • 1GB of GoWiFi access
  • 1-month free Gadget Care
  • Free Galaxy Buds+

ThePLAN 1299 (PhP 1,299 for 24 months)

Samsung Galaxy S20 Samsung Galaxy S20+ Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra
Cash-out PhP 30,000 PhP 34,800 PhP 46,800
Data 8 GB
Call
  • Unlimited to Globe/TM
  • 50 minutes to other networks
Text Unlimited to Globe/TM
Freebies
  • 1GB of free Facebook
  • 6-months Amazon Prime Video subscription
  • 1GB of GoWiFi access
  • 1-month free Gadget Care
  • 1GB of free Facebook
  • 6-months Amazon Prime Video subscription
  • 1GB of GoWiFi access
  • 1-month free Gadget Care
  • Free Galaxy Buds+
  • 1GB of free Facebook
  • 6-months Amazon Prime Video subscription
  • 1GB of GoWiFi access
  • 1-month free Gadget Care
  • Free Galaxy Buds+

ThePLAN 1499 (PhP 1,499 for 24 months)

Samsung Galaxy S20 Samsung Galaxy S20+ Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra
Cash-out PhP 26,400 PhP 31,200 PhP 43,200
Data 11 GB
Call
  • Unlimited to Globe/TM
  • 50 minutes to other networks
Text Unlimited to Globe/TM
Freebies
  • 1GB of free Facebook
  • 6-months Amazon Prime Video subscription
  • 1GB of GoWiFi access
  • 1-month free Gadget Care
  • 1GB of free Facebook
  • 6-months Amazon Prime Video subscription
  • 1GB of GoWiFi access
  • 1-month free Gadget Care
  • Free Galaxy Buds+
  • 1GB of free Facebook
  • 6-months Amazon Prime Video subscription
  • 1GB of GoWiFi access
  • 1-month free Gadget Care
  • Free Galaxy Buds+

ThePLAN 1799 (PhP 1,799 for 24 months)

Samsung Galaxy S20 Samsung Galaxy S20+ Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra
Cash-out PhP 25,200 PhP 30,000 PhP 42,000
Data 15 GB
Call
  • Unlimited to Globe/TM
  • 100 minutes to other networks
Text Unlimited to Globe/TM
Freebies
  • 1GB of free Facebook
  • 6-months Amazon Prime Video subscription
  • 1GB of GoWiFi access
  • 1-month free Gadget Care
  • 1GB of free Facebook
  • 6-months Amazon Prime Video subscription
  • 1GB of GoWiFi access
  • 1-month free Gadget Care
  • Free Galaxy Buds+
  • 1GB of free Facebook
  • 6-months Amazon Prime Video subscription
  • 1GB of GoWiFi access
  • 1-month free Gadget Care
  • Free Galaxy Buds+

ThePLAN 1999 (PhP 1,999 for 24 months)

Samsung Galaxy S20 Samsung Galaxy S20+ Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra
Cash-out PhP 22,800 PhP 27,600 PhP 39,600
Data 16 GB
Call
  • Unlimited to Globe/TM
  • 150 minutes to other networks
Text Unlimited to Globe/TM
Freebies
  • 1GB of free Facebook
  • 6-months Amazon Prime Video subscription
  • 1GB of GoWiFi access
  • 1-month free Gadget Care
  • 1GB of free Facebook
  • 6-months Amazon Prime Video subscription
  • 1GB of GoWiFi access
  • 1-month free Gadget Care
  • Free Galaxy Buds+
  • 1GB of free Facebook
  • 6-months Amazon Prime Video subscription
  • 1GB of GoWiFi access
  • 1-month free Gadget Care
  • Free Galaxy Buds+

ThePLAN 2499 (PhP 2,499 for 24 months)

Samsung Galaxy S20 Samsung Galaxy S20+ Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra
Cash-out PhP 18,000 PhP 22,800 PhP 34,800
Data 21 GB
Call
  • Unlimited to Globe/TM
  • 150 minutes to other networks
Text Unlimited to Globe/TM
Freebies
  • 1GB of free Facebook
  • 6-months Amazon Prime Video subscription
  • 1GB of GoWiFi access
  • 1-month free Gadget Care
  • 1GB of free Facebook
  • 6-months Amazon Prime Video subscription
  • 1GB of GoWiFi access
  • 1-month free Gadget Care
  • Free Galaxy Buds+
  • 1GB of free Facebook
  • 6-months Amazon Prime Video subscription
  • 1GB of GoWiFi access
  • 1-month free Gadget Care
  • Free Galaxy Buds+

ThePLAN 2999 (PhP 2,999 for 24 months)

Samsung Galaxy S20 Samsung Galaxy S20+ Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra
Cash-out PhP 18,000 PhP 22,800 PhP 34,800
Data 31 GB
Call
  • Unlimited to Globe/TM
  • 300 minutes to other networks
Text Unlimited to Globe/TM
Freebies
  • 1GB of free Facebook
  • 6-months Amazon Prime Video subscription
  • 1GB of GoWiFi access
  • 1-month free Gadget Care
  • 1GB of free Facebook
  • 6-months Amazon Prime Video subscription
  • 1GB of GoWiFi access
  • 1-month free Gadget Care
  • Free Galaxy Buds+
  • 1GB of free Facebook
  • 6-months Amazon Prime Video subscription
  • 1GB of GoWiFi access
  • 1-month free Gadget Care
  • Free Galaxy Buds+

Premium Plans on offer

Globe also offers its top of the line postpaid plans for the Galaxy S20 series. You can avail it in three tiers of Globe’s ThePREMIUM Plan:

ThePREMIUM 3799 (PhP 3,799 for 24 months)

Samsung Galaxy S20 Samsung Galaxy S20+ Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra
Cash-out PhP 4,800 PhP 9,600 PhP 21,600
Data Unlimited every month
Call Unlimited to all networks
Text Unlimited to all networks
Roaming N/A
Consumable Allowance N/A
Rewards Double Globe Rewards points
Freebies N/A

ThePREMIUM 4999 (PhP 4,999 for 24 months)

Samsung Galaxy S20 Samsung Galaxy S20+ Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra
Cash-out None PhP 4,800 PhP 16,800
Data Unlimited every month
Call
  • Unlimited to all networks
  • Unlimited to Globe Duo and landline
Text Unlimited to all networks
Roaming 2 days
Consumable Allowance PhP 1,500
Rewards Double Globe Rewards points
Freebies N/A

ThePREMIUM 7999 (PhP 7,999 for 24 months)

Samsung Galaxy S20 Samsung Galaxy S20+ Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra
Cash-out None
Data Unlimited every month
Call
  • Unlimited to all networks
  • Unlimited to Globe Duo and landline
Text Unlimited to all networks
Roaming 4 days
Consumable Allowance PhP 3,000
Rewards Double Globe Rewards points
Freebies N/A

Requirements

To avail of Globe’s postpaid plans for the Galaxy S20, simply head over to their website during the pre-order period. If you intend to renew your plan instead, you may opt to call them through their hotline for faster processing. You may need some valid documents while applying for a brand new device.

While there is no date yet for the actual launch of the device in the country, expect it to land not later than March. The Galaxy S20 packs powerful hardware along with new camera innovations, so it’s worth waiting for Samsung’s latest flagship.


SEE ALSO:
Samsung Galaxy S20 series price in the Philippines
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip price in the Philippines
Samsung Galaxy Buds+ price in the Philippines

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Lenovo’s new phone will supposedly score 600,000 on AnTuTu

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Since its inception, AnTuTu has dominated the benchmark conversation for mobile devices. Even today, smartphones are still touting higher and higher scores for their marketing campaigns. Naturally, when a device brags about a new top score, all eyes are focused on the new contender.

Today, Lenovo wants to hog all that spotlight. On Chinese social network Weibo, leaks have teased an all-new Lenovo phone that will supposedly score 600000 on the AnTuTu scale. It’s quite a huge boast for the Chinese smartphone company. Currently, Apple owns the highest-scoring phone on AnTuTu; the iPhone 11 Pro Max holds a score of 548239. On the Android side, the ROG Phone 2 holds the high score of 507051. Only Apple’s 12.9-inch iPad Pro 3 has a higher score — a whopping 720076 — but, of course, it’s a tablet and not a phone.

Image source: Weibo

Like the ROG Phone 2, Lenovo’s new phone will likely cater to the gaming market. One of the posters uses the slogan, “Game On.”

In another poster, Lenovo has confirmed the industry-leading Snapdragon 865 for the upcoming smartphone. A new AnTuTu high score is definitely in the realm of possibility.

Since it will go up against the ROG Phone 2, Lenovo will likely launch the smartphone under its own gaming line, Legion. No word on an official launch yet, though.

SEE ALSO: Lenovo IdeaPad S540 review: A professional’s daily driver

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