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Samsung Galaxy Note 20 series: Staying the course

Everything you love about the Note, and then some

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For years now, the Samsung Galaxy Note series has been the pinnacle of power and productivity in Samsung’s flagship smartphones. That remains true this year with the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 series. 

The series consists of two handsets — the regular Galaxy Note 20 and the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra. Samsung seems to have a clear vision with what role each one plays.

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.

It’s a clean delineation, but will the market follow through? Only time will tell.

Breaking down 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

Very much a 2020 flagship

As far as 2020 super phones go, the Galaxy Note 20 can go pound-for-pound with pretty much any phone that hits the market in the second half of the year. That is, of course, assuming you’re in a market that gets the Snapdragon 865+ variant.

Everything else here also screams 2020 flagship. It’s 5G-ready, has a 120Hz refresh rate (at least for the Ultra variant), and has wireless charging.

It will also support Android’s “answer to the AirDrop” — Nearby Share. It’s a feature that’s long been rumored. It lets Android users seamlessly share files with any nearby Android phone. Simply pull up the share sheet on any file, photo, and/or video and it will detect phones that can receive the file/s.

The texture of the phone has also been taken into consideration. Samsung promises less fingerprints and smudges with its textured haze effect on the glass back.

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.

This is Chay’s handwriting and not mine

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.

Better videography

Samsung is also expanding the Galaxy Note’s video capabilities. The Galaxy Note 20 series can record 8K videos. Its Pro Video mode comes with various controls like focus, audio, exposure, lighting, zoom speed control.

It can also shoot videos at up to 120 fps for that added cinematic flare. Audio sources can also be managed. You can adjust gain and choose between onboard mics or external sources.

Pricing and availability

In the US

The Samsung Galaxy Note series will be available in the following variants:

  • Galaxy Note20 Ultra starts at US$ 1299.99: Mystic Bronze, Mystic Black, Mystic White in 128GB and 512GB models with 12GBM RAM.
  • Galaxy Note20 starts at US$ 999.99: Mystic Bronze, Mystic Gray, Mystic Green in 128GB model with 8GB RAM.

Pre-orders begin August 6, 2020 at 12:01am ET. Consumers who pre-order can get US$ 100 Samsung Credit with a Galaxy Note20 5G or US$ 150 Samsung Credit with a Galaxy Note20 Ultra 5G.

Consumers who pre-order can use their Samsung Credit towards the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate Bundle. The Bundle includes a Bluetooth gaming controller which is optimized for playing Xbox games from the cloud (beta) on the Galaxy Note20 series and three (3) months of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate service, starting September 15, 2020.

The promotion will last for a limited time and only while supplies last.

Starting on August 21, 2020, the Galaxy Note20 series will be widely available in carrier and Unlocked by Samsung versions through Samsung.com, carriers and retailers online.

In the UK

The new Galaxy devices will be available to pre-order starting August 5, 2020 and will be available to purchase via Samsung.com/uk and select partners starting August 21, 2020.

From August 5-20, customers can claim a complimentary Galaxy Gift when pre-ordering any of the Galaxy Note20 series. Pricing are as follows:

Galaxy Note20: 

Galaxy Note20 Ultra 5G:

 

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All MediaTek processors found with vulnerabilities

Thankfully patched now

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Technology is imperfect. Though the tech world has a plethora of revolutionary features, it also has a handful of vulnerabilities that malicious parties can exploit with gusto. And, as long as that world keeps advancing, weaknesses will always be found. In a new report, a whopping 37 percent of all smartphones was found with a critical vulnerability.

Reported by Check Point Research, MediaTek’s processors apparently have a vulnerability embedded into their AI and audio components. Currently, MediaTek is one of the most popular processor brands in the world. The company’s lineup, including the Dimensity series, is found in around 37 percent of smartphones and devices around the world.

In their report, Check Point Research tried to reverse-engineer the processor’s audio components. Because of its architecture, a hacker can create a custom message that can access the feature remotely. As such, victimized devices can eavesdrop on their users without them knowing.

By the time that Check Point Research published the report, MediaTek already patched the vulnerability out from its current lineup. It was fixed in October and will be officially reported in the company’s December newsletter.

Of course, it all depends on whether users will keep their devices updated with the latest software releases. If you want to prevent your phones from getting victimized, always keep them updated with security updates pushed by your respective brand.

SEE ALSO: MediaTek Pentonic 2000 will power flagship 8K 120Hz TVs

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Huawei unveils largest Health Lab facility

Customer health monitoring a key focus

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Health Lab

Huawei’s Consumer Business Group unveiled through a virtual tour its new Huawei Health Lab facility based in Songshan Lake, Dongguan, China.

The lab is a SG$ 42.5 million research and development investment that supports more than 80 types of simulation tests targeted to improve Huawei’s smart wearable products in years to come.

These tests support and provide data for the R&D department that covers extensive research on human health and fitness, incubation and testing of Huawei’s smart wearable products.

Huawei currently runs multiple Health Labs to study health-related technology, including its lab in Xi’an, China which focuses on innovative applications for health and fitness.

The latest HUAWEI Health Lab in Dongguan, China aims to become a world class health and fitness technology institute dedicated to product R&D, standards R&D, certification, exhibitions, and industry incubation activities.

Customer health monitoring a key focus

Huawei’s smart wearable and health business has brought many innovative, science-based health and fitness products and services to consumers in recent years.

The new state-of-the-art facility includes a SG$ 638,000 plateau blood oxygen simulation laboratory which replicates high-altitude environments up to 6,000 meters above sea level to test how oxygen saturation affects the human body.

Health Lab

The lab contains the facilities necessary for researchers to measure the changes in the human body under different altitudes and climate conditions and obtain more accurate data for analysis.

The lab also has a professional optical motion capture system which records a wide range of subjects including moving bullets with millimetre-level accuracy.

By studying the movement of the human body along with attitude data, Huawei hopes to develop new and innovative features it can add to its smart wearable products.

 Exercise lab for accuracy

The exercise physiology research area of the lab also comes equipped with cardiopulmonary function and metabolism meters, heart rate belts, and high-performance treadmills that researchers can use to monitor as VO2 max, calorie consumption, and workout heart rate.

Health Lab

This will be ideal in coming up with features for customers who use Huawei’s wearables primarily for fitness functions.

Thanks in large part to these labs, Huawei’s smart wearable products support more than 100 workout modes which include even rock-climbing, swimming, golf, and more.

Scenario-based health experiences 

Health Lab

The new HUAWEI Health Lab also serves as an incubator for scenario-based experiences and service packages that consumers can directly enjoy, including micro-physical examination, home fitness, and digital sports.

In the lab’s micro-physical examination area, users can use Huawei wearable products to measure physical indicators such as blood pressure and SpO2 monitoring.

In the indoor fitness area, users can start tracking their exercise by connecting a Huawei smartwatch, a HUAWEI Vision TV, and other third-party equipment.

Meanwhile, the digital sports area enables users to compete with friends while using rowing machines and spinning bikes.

The HUAWEI Health App now also offers 11 types of training courses including running, cycling, yoga, fitness, skipping, and more.

Huawei Watch GT 3

Huawei Watch GT 3

The new Huawei Watch GT 3 will offer higher accuracy in monitoring their health and fitness performance backed by scientific data.

Customers in Singapore can look forward to experience the smartwatch in December 2021.

In the Philippines, the Huawei Watch GT Series is already available for pre-order now until December 9, 2021.

  • HUAWEI WATCH GT 3 46mm – PHP 12,999 with freebies worth PhP 3,998
  • HUAWEI WATCH GT 3 42mm – Starts at PhP 8999 online exclusive with freebies worth PhP 2,490 during pre-order phase. The normal price starts at PhP 11,999.
  • HUAWEI WATCH GT Runner – PhP 13,999 with freebies worth PhP 4,388
  • HUAWEI FreeBuds Lipstick – PhP 9,999 from its original price of PhP 11,999
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Lenovo’s classroom management software now in PH

It’s called LanSchool Air

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Lenovo’s LanSchool recently announced that its cloud-based classroom management software, LanSchool Air, is now available for schools in the Philippines.

LanSchool Air has provided a leading classroom management software in the education technology platform for over 30 years, serving over 12 million customers in 75 markets.

It includes features to help monitor and protect student devices, enabling communication and screen sharing, and providing device management to help guide learning, promote collaboration, and maximize teaching time.

Top features include screen monitoring, limit web, blank screen, messaging, and push website.

Best for teachers and schools

LanSchool Air will benefit teachers most specially, allowing them to connect with students within a digital space to create a more meaningful online experience both in the classroom setting and remotely.

With LanSchool Air, educators can help improve student engagement, teach digital citizenship, and provide an immersive learning environment.

Schools across The Americas, Europe, Middle East, Africa, and Asia Pacific have already adopted the self-hosted version of the software, LanSchool Classic, which is available in over 15 languages.

The addition of the new cloud-based LanSchool Air, which is fully hosted and managed by LanSchool, gives schools a quick and easy path to classroom management software adoption, fit for distance learning in the Philippines.

Additionally, the cloud-based software provides flexibility for schools to accelerate the adoption of new technology and continue to incorporate online schooling into their teaching models.

The solution is compatible with Windows, Chromebook, and Mac devices and can be cloud or locally hosted. A free, 30-day trial of LanSchool Air is available for schools that may be interested in learning more.

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