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Samsung Galaxy Note 20 series price in the Philippines

Available in 5G and LTE variants

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The latest Samsung Galaxy Note 20 series is coming to the Philippines. Kudos to Samsung for avoiding any delays despite the Coronavirus pandemic.

Let’s dive into the phones. The Galaxy Note 20 series consists of two phones — the Galaxy Note 20 and the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra.

The Galaxy Note 20 is being positioned as a device for breaking into the world of the Galaxy Note. If you’re coming from a different phone but want to make the switch, this is the Note to get. It has all benefits of the Note line without being an overwhelming spec and feature monster.

Meanwhile, the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is for the legacy users — loyalists of the Galaxy Note line who are familiar with its ins and outs and can make the most of all its power.

Here are the specs

Galaxy Note 20 Ultra Galaxy Note 20
Display 6.9” edge Quad HD+ Dynamic AMOLED 2X Infinity-O Display

496ppi

HDR10+ certified

120Hz refresh rate

6.7” flat FHD+ Infinity-O Display

393ppi

HDR10+ certified

Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+

(Exynos 990 in some markets)

Front Camera 10MP, f2.2, 1.22μm
Rear cameras 12MP Ultra Wide Camera

Pixel size: 1.4μm

FOV: 120 ̊

F.No (aperture): F2.2

108MP Wide-angle Camera

PDAF, OIS

Pixel size: 0.8μm

FOV: 79 ̊

F.No (aperture): F1.8

1/1.33″ image sensor size

12MP Telephoto Camera

Pixel size: 1.0μm

FOV: 20 ̊

F.No (aperture): F3.0

Laser AF Sensor

Space Zoom

5x Optical Zoom

Up to 50x Super Resolution Zoom

OIS (Optical Image Stabilization)

Tracking AF

12MP Ultra Wide Camera

Pixel size: 1.4μm

FOV: 120 ̊

F.No (aperture): F2.2

12MP Wide-angle Camera

Super Speed Dual Pixel AF, OIS

Pixel size: 1.8μm

FOV: 79 ̊

F.No (aperture): F1.8

1/1.76″ image sensor size

64MP Telephoto Camera

Pixel size: 0.8μm

FOV: 76 ̊

F.No (aperture): F2.0

Space Zoom

. 3x Hybrid Optic Zoom

. Up to 30x Super Resolution Zoom

OIS (Optical Image Stabilization)

Tracking AF

RAM and Storage 12GB RAM (LPDDR5) with 512GB internal storage

12GB RAM (LPDDR5) with 128GB internal storage

8GB RAM (LPDDR5) with 128GB internal storage
SIM and Expanded Storage One Nano SIM

One MicroSD slot (sold separately, up to 1TB)

One Nano SIM
Battery 4500mAh 4300mAh
Charging Improved wireless charging speeds with Fast Wireless Charging 2.0

Fast Charging compatible on wired and wireless

Wireless PowerShare

OS Android 10, OneUI 2.1
Network and Connectivity [5G]

5G Non-Standalone (NSA), Standalone (SA), Sub6 / mmWave

[LTE]

Enhanced 4×4 MIMO, Up to 7CA, LTE Cat.20

Up to 2.0Gbps Download / Up to 200Mbps Upload

[Wi-Fi]

Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax 2.4G+5GHz, HE80, MIMO, 1024-QAM

Up to 1.2Gbps Download / Up to 1.2Gbps Upload

[Bluetooth]

Bluetooth® v 5.0, USB type-C, NFC, Location (GPS, Galileo, Glonass, BeiDou)

[Ultra Wide Band]

NFC

Sensors Ultrasonic Fingerprint sensor, Accelerometer, Barometer, Gyro sensor, Geomagnetic sensor, Hall sensor

Proximity sensor, Ambient Light Sensor

Water Resistance IP68

Productivity and S Pen improved 

The Galaxy Note series wouldn’t be what it is without its key accessory — the S Pen. Naturally, this has been improved for better accuracy and responsiveness for an experience that’s as close to “pen-to-paper” as possible.

The new trick up its sleeve is the Anywhere actions. There are five to be exact. This allows for touchless navigation — like returning to the home screen or taking a screenshot — as simple as a flick of the wrist.

The Samsung Notes app also gets significant improvements. Its auto-save and syncing features have been upgraded. This means you can seamlessly switch from one device to another and continue where you left off.

If, like me, your penmanship is atrocious, the Notes app can straighten it out for you. It also lets you annotate and highlight on PDF files as well as record audio as you take notes.

It will work seamlessly with a Windows 10 PC thanks to the upgraded Windows Link. With it you can send messages, manage notifications, sync photos and mirror your phone.

Elevated gaming 

The Microsoft integration goes beyond productivity. All work and no play, after all, can burn you out.

Starting September 15, you’ll be able to access Xbox games on the Galaxy Note 20 directly from the cloud (beta) using the Xbox Game Pass ultimate. That means access to a wide library of games on your phone — and not just the mobile kind.

Gaming, overall, should also feel leveled-up with the AI game booster, Bluetooth audio response optimization, and 240Hz touch latency (on the Galaxy Note 210 Ultra).

Samsung Dex has also been upgraded so you can take both productivity and play to a larger screen. Previously, you needed a dock and/or a dongle to use this feature. Now, you can do so wirelessly so long as the Smart TV supports Miracast. So you can continue using apps on your phone, while playing media on the TV.

Pricing and availability

Samsung will open a midnight exclusive pre-order offer to customers who want to be first to own the Galaxy Note 20 or Note 20 Ultra while watching Unpacked. The midnight exclusive promo will start on August 5 at 10PM to August 6 at 6AM through Samsung online partners.

Starting August 7, the Galaxy Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra will be available for pre-order through Samsung Experience Stores, and select Abenson and SM Appliance Stores. Customers who want to avail of the 5G variants can get them from Globe and Smart.

Those who will pre-order the devices will be entitled to freebies worth up to PHP 16,995. The Galaxy Note20 Series will be available at authorized Samsung stores and online partner merchants beginning August 21. Pricing starts at:

  • PhP 53,990 for the Galaxy Note 20
  • PhP 67,990 for the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra
  • PhP 72,990 for the Galaxy Note20 Ultra 5G (pre-order-exclusive model)

Color variants are as follows:

  • Galaxy Note20 Ultra: Mystic Black and Mystic Bronze
  • Galaxy Note20: Mystic Bronze, Mystic Green, and Mystic Gray

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Pixel 5 will include a bigger battery, RAM, and Snapdragon 765G

Price rumored between USD 600-700

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It’s only a few days away before we saw the unveiling of Google’s latest flagship, Pixel 5. However, that doesn’t stop the leaks from pouring in. Detailed specs of the upcoming device have been leaked, leaving little to speculation.

Detailed specs of the Pixel 5

According to WinFuture, Pixel 5 will have a 6-inch display set at FHD+ resolution. Google is keeping the 90Hz refresh rate here, a feature already introduced on the company’s 2019 flagship.

An interesting tidbit is the use of flexible OLED for the display. With the flexible OLED, Google is able to shrink the bezels of the device on each edge. Leaked renders suggest uniform bezels on all sides. This is a nice, tiny must-have for people irked by asymmetrical bezels.

Major changes for the Pixel 5 include an all-aluminum design for the flagship. However, this conflicts with past rumors suggesting that the flagship may include a polycarbonate plastic back. The polycarbonate rumor might still be in play since earlier leaks indicated that Google will introduce reverse wireless charging this year. Still, it is interesting how the company will refine the Pixel’s design.

Overall, the design of the Pixel 4a will carry on Pixel 5. A display cut-out upfront will house the 8MP selfie camera. Unlike last year’s Pixel 4, this year’s Pixel flagship will use a fingerprint sensor on the back for authentication.

In terms of the rear camera, Pixel 5 will sport a dual-camera setup once again. The setup consists of a 12.2MP primary camera with a 16MP wide-angle camera. A new interesting addition this year is support for 4K 60FPS video recording. In recent years, Pixel owners have been complaining about the lack of such a feature that is already present on other flagships.

A major change this year is the battery capacity of the Pixel 5. Google is reportedly fitting a 4,080mAa battery this time around, with 18W wired charging for top-ups. The large battery actually eclipses both Pixel 4’s 2,800mAh battery and Pixel 4 XL’s 3,700mAh battery.

WinFuture also confirms long-rumored specs for the upcoming flagship. This includes a Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G with support for 5G networks. Finally, RAM is getting a boost to 8GB, which is 2GB more than last year. Storage options begin at 128GB. Expect a USB-C port, dual bottom-firing speakers but no headphone jack on the device.

Of course, the flagship will run Android 11 out of the box. Considering that this is a Pixel device, expect three years of updates as a standard. Still, it is exciting to see if Google will up the ante and promise additional years of software updates, especially with Samsung setting the bar high.

Pricing and availability

Rumors indicate retail pricing of around US$ 600 – 700 with the Pixel 5. If that holds true, this year’s Google Pixel 5 will deliver serious competition for upper-midrange and value flagship phones. A September 30 unveiling is likely considering that Google has announced a major event for that day. The much cheaper Pixel 4a 5G is also likely to debut that day, along with other products from the company.

Source: WinFuture via XDA-Developers

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Xiaomi Mi 10T series to launch on September 30

Pixel 5 launches on the same day

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Xiaomi follows a two flagship per year cycle and it launched the Mi 10 series earlier this year. Now, the brand’s all set to launch its successor — the Mi 10T series. It’s now confirmed to make its global debut on September 30 in Germany.

The Xiaomi Mi 10T series is likely to boast of three options, the original Mi 10T, an amped-up Mi 10T Pro, and a slightly affordable Mi 10T Lite. The new series is important for the brand because it intends to take-on premium giants like Apple, OnePlus, and Samsung.

The Mi 10 Ultra is also a solid device but limited to China. The new series can bridge the gap and go against the soon-to-launch OnePlus 8T, Pixel 5, and iPhone 12.

Specifications of the phones haven’t been confirmed yet, but it’s safe to assume it’ll have the latest Snapdragon 865 Plus processor, 5G connectivity, and a display with a higher refresh rate. It’s also common to see a quad-camera setup on Xiaomi phones and the Pro variant can have a 108-megapixel camera sensor.

The Lite option is said to sport the recently announced Snapdragon 750 SoC that can deliver cutting-edge performance without being too heavy on the pocket.

Adding to this, Xiaomi has a reputation for delivering products with very aggressive pricing. The company has renewed its premium focus in markets like India, where the Mi 10 launched after a long sabbatical. With steadily growing demand, there’s a lot of space for more brands.

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Samsung Galaxy S20 FE launches with ‘fan favorite’ features

The FE or Fan Edition kind of makes sense here

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You ask, Samsung provides. That’s the whole idea behind the member of the Galaxy S20 series — the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE (Fan Edition).

The South Korean company says this phone is their way of bringing together “fan favorite” features from the Galaxy S20 series at a more wallet-friendly price.

Those features include a super smooth display, AI-powered cameras, advanced processor, fast connectivity, all-day battery, expandable storage and streamlined design. Basically, awesome screen, awesome camera, long-lasting battery life. But expanded. Lol.

FANtastic display, capable cameras

Let’s dig into it. The display measures 6.5 inches. It’s flat, FHD+, and Super AMOLED with a 120Hz refresh rate for that buttery smooth scrolling experience. It’s also HDR10+ certified.

The Galaxy S20 FE also has an Infinity-O display. It means there’s a signature punch hole at the top-middle part of the screen. Inside that punch hole is the 32MP front-facing camera for shooting selfies and filming your vlogs or TikToks if you’re into that sort of thing.

Speaking of cameras, the Galaxy S20 FE is equipped with a triple-camera module. Here they are:

  • 12MP Ultra Wide Camera, 1.12μm, F2.2 (123 degree field of view)
  • 12MP Wide Angle Camera, 1.7μm, F1.8
  • 8MP Telephoto Camera, 1.0μm, F2.4

It’s not too different from the camera setup of the Galaxy Z Fold2 (save for the telephoto lens). Here’s what photos look like on this very similar camera array.

It also has Space Zoom which is capable of 3x Optical Zoom, up to 30x Super Resolution Zoom, OIS, and tracking AF (that’s auto focus, not the other AF you were thinking).

Snapdragon or Exynos?

In the US, it’s equipped with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865. As of writing, we have no information if this will be the case in all markets. However, it’s safer to assume that if your market got Exynos 990 on the earlier Galaxy S20 series, then that’s likely what you’re getting on the Galaxy S20 FE as well.

This particular variant supports 5G, but again, as is the case in certain markets, Samsung may opt to release a 4G-only option. We’ll just have to wait and see.

For battery capacity, Samsung slapped on a 4,500mAh battery on this thing with support for support for fast charging, wireless charging, and wireless powershare (the reverse wireless charging thing).

It has either 6GB or 8GB of RAM depending on the market with 128GB of internal storage that’s expandable to up to 1TB via a MicroSD card.

Signature Galaxy S20 look

It has that signature Galaxy S20 series look with — simple and understated (or plain and boring depending on your disposition in life).

The Galaxy S20 FE comes in a really colorful set with a total of six options to choose from: Cloud Red, Cloud Orange, Cloud Lavender, Cloud Mint, Cloud Navy, and Cloud White. Not entirely sure what the ‘Cloud’ is for but hey, it is what it is.

There’s also an option to add Samsung Care+. It’s the companies support service where you can get a personal set-up session with a Samsung Care+ Pro, 24/7 dedicated support via phone or chat, discounted screen repair, extended warranty and coverage for accidental damage.

Pricing and availability

In the US, the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE starts at US$ 699 and will be available starting October 2, 2020. There are carrier and Unlocked by Samsung versions.

Consumers can get a Galaxy S20 FE 5G for US$ 249.99 or US$ 10.42 a month with eligible trade-in value up to $450 on Samsung.com and the Shop Samsung app. The offer is for a limited time.

Pre-orders for the Galaxy S20 FE 5G and S20 FE 5G UW begin on Samsung.com September 23, 2020 at 10:30am ET.

Consumers who pre-order the Galaxy S20 FE 5G between September 23, 2020 and October 1, 2020 can get a US$ 70 Samsung Credit to expand their Galaxy with cases, wearables and more.

In the Philippines, pricing hasn’t been revealed yet but it will also be available some time in October.

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