When it comes to Android smartphones Samsung’s Galaxy Note is one of the most beloved.
It’s coveted by many because not only because it consistently offered the best specs and features on a phone, but also because of its bundled stylus called the S Pen. It’s what really sets the Note line apart from anything else on offer in the Android world.
But the Galaxy Note has always been a top-of-the-line phone and thus comes with a premium price tag. So the Note has, since its inception, been more of an aspirational model for many.
That all changes here at CES 2020 where Samsung is unveiling a more affordable Note for us all — The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Lite
Not your usual boxy Galaxy Note
While this phone is called Lite there is nothing light about it. In the hands it feels as solid as any flagship. Just not as flashy and sleek as the Note 10.
Design-wise its very different. Possibly a foreshadowing of the design direction Samsung is heading in 2020.
The Galaxy Note 10 Lite feels more rounded on all corners. And on its back, the camera modules are arranged on this square block on the phone’s upper left hand side.
Speaking of which, it has three-camera setup. All of which have 12 megapixel sensors: One is ultra wide, one is a standard wide angle lens with dual pixel tech and OIS, and lastly is a zoom lens also with OIS.
We weren’t able to take the phone out into the real world so you’ll have to wait a while to get photo samples. But we’ll post them to Instagram and Twitter as soon as we get them.
The model we have here is the Aura Red –but the phone also comes in Aura Glow and Aura Black.
Up front on the phone is a 6.7-inch Super AMOLED Display.With Samsung’s Infinity O cut-out for the 32 megapixel selfie camera.
Everything you expect from a Galaxy Note
Inside the phone rocks an Exynos processor with either 6 or 8GB of RAM and128GB of built-in storage. There’s also a 4500mAh battery – Samsung is promising all-day battery life.
Of course we’ve saved the best for last. Right on the bottom of the phone is an S Pen. A red one on the red model.
It’s got the same amount of pressure sensitivity as on the regular Galaxy Note 10 and Galaxy Note 10+, and it feels just as great to scribble notes on.
It doesn’t have the gyro function though so no flicking it around like a magic wand – don’t worry, the essentials are all there though.
I guess the big question is what are the compromises if you pick this model over the more premium Note.
In very broad strokes, the pros are: You get a new design, Android 10 straight out of the box, a more affordable price tag – although we don’t have the exact figure yet, and a headphone jack!
While the cons: The screen is good but not as great, the processor isn’t bleeding edge, and the S Pen doesn’t have some of the gimmicky features.
All in all, we’re excited because more people can now enjoy the features we all loved about the Galaxy Note.
The Galaxy Note 10 Lite is definitely one of our favorite smartphones announced at the show and one of our GadgetMatch Best of CES 2020 awardees.
Samsung Galaxy Chromebook now available on Best Buy
Best of Galaxy tech and Chrome OS
Working and learning from home has now become the norm for a lot of people around the world. If you’re looking for a flexible workstation, or even just to stay entertained during self-isolation, the Samsung Galaxy Chromebook is now available for purchase.
The new Galaxy Chromebook combines the best of Samsung’s Galaxy tech such as an AMOLED display and built-in-pen support, with the simple and fast Chrome OS.
Its AMOLED display is the first ever featured on a Chromebook and delivers 4K UHD resolution for a more immersive Netflix and chill experience.
It’s also packed with productivity tools, such as the built-in pen for note taking, drawing, or signing documents. Internally it’s powered by the latest 10th Gen Intel Core i5 processor.
It’s also equipped with Intel Wi-Fi 6, so your next Zoom meeting (or party) would go as seamlessly as possible. There’s a good helping of ports available — two USB-C ports, a 3.5mm headphone jack, and a UFS/MicroSD slot. RAM can go up as high as 16GB while storage is up to 1TB SSD.
Those who have shifted to digital learning for the time being can enjoy a more collaborative experience through Chrome OS features like Google Drive functionality.
There’s also Click-to-Call and Messaging apps along with other Samsung smartphone features that you can access directly on the laptop.
Google Assistant is also readily available whenever you need it.
The Galaxy Chromebook is available in Fiesta Red and Mercury Gray on Samsung.com and Best Buy for US$ 999.99.
Sex tech is for everyone, not just for men
CES 2020 encourages sex positivity
Startup Lora DiCarlo graced the headlines last year for having its award revoked by the committee behind the Consumer Electronics Show (CES). The startup believes it was unjust and fought for its right to be part of the annual show.
This year, Lora DiCarlo is the talk of the town once again, not because of an issue, but for being in the spotlight of CES 2020. Lora DiCarlo paved the way for sex tech to be out in the open, particularly companies with devices geared for women’s sex, health, and wellness.
Sex tech isn’t new, but sex being taboo in this modern yet surprisingly conservative society took the spotlight away from their devices. In case you’re wondering, sex technology mostly ventures on innovations to enhance our sexuality and sexual experience.
In 2017, men enjoyed VR porn as if it was that revolutionary, while sex toys and vibrators that offer solutions to enhance our experiences and relationships aren’t getting the splash they deserve. Thankfully, CES 2020 is taking a step forward in ending sexism and encourage sex-positivity. After all, sex is part of human nature.
Ever since Lora Haddock DiCarlo — the founder of Lora DiCarlo — fought for their right to be at CES, I was astounded and followed her journey. I’m all ears for women speaking up, especially with the goal of making a change in our society.
Now that DiCarlo and her company sparked a controversy, sex tech are now in the spotlight of the annual show held at Las Vegas. DiCarlo didn’t expect herself to be at the forefront of change, but it elevated her profile and grew her business.
Pleasure is at the forefront
At CES 2020, Lora DiCarlo showcased their first device once again — the Osé — is a personal massager which produces blended orgasm by mimicking movements of a human partner. It’s that revolutionary, hence, gaining an innovation award. I mean, just imagine a device pleasuring you the way a human partner does — It’s astonishing!
Additionally, Lora DiCarlo unveiled two more devices: Baci and Onda. Baci is a micro-robotic device which stimulates the feel and motion of human lips and tongue, while Onda mimics the motion of human fingers. Even though it’s meant for women, I can’t wait to actually try one!
More sex technology to solve our needs
DiCarlo’s fight enabled other companies and devices to get noticed and join the spotlight. Satisfyer showed-off Satisyfer Connect, an app that can be used remotely with a long-distance partner. Lioness delivered its second-generation vibrator tracking data to improve orgasms.
Furthermore, Womanizer exhibited their products and Pleasure Air Technology — a combination of suction and pressure waves — which brings a mindblowing, orgasmic experience. While all of these talk about pleasure, Morari introduced a “band-aid” that withholds pleasure, solving the premature ejaculation issue prevalent with men.
2020 might just be the beginning, but CES showcasing sex technology is a huge step forward in encouraging a sex-positive society. If you’re still iffy about this technology, remember that you’re not the target audience and that you were born because your parents had sex.
LG at CES 2020
Anywhere is home
At CES 2020, they’re offering not just one, but many smart home appliances — such as washer, dryer, refrigerator, and more.
LG’s ThinQ, InstaView, and Signature series all make life easier at the comfort of your home.
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