Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra gets a mediocre score on DxOMark

The S20 Ultra scored better



Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra

The DxOMark team tested the Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra’s cameras, and the results are lukewarm. The flagship phone scored an average of 121 points, giving it the tenth spot on the leaderboard.

The Note20 Ultra is Samsung’s best-in-class offering so far, and the company has built a solid reputation for delivering excellent results over a period of ten years. However, this year’s flagship couldn’t match the competition.

There’s no doubt that the phone is equipped with a very capable sensor array. But the results are underwhelming with inconsistent zoom, higher noise in low-light shots, and unreliable autofocus.

However, DxOMark has noted that the pictures have high saturation, making them vibrant. The wide-angle performance is excellent and portrait shots are also very accurate. The telephoto lens has some loss of detail beyond 4x zoom, while night shots were average with balanced exposure and color.

From DxOMark

The phone sports a 108-megapixel primary camera, a 12-megapixel telephoto lens, and a 12-megapixel wide-angle sensor. For the average Joe, the phone won’t disappoint. But, when stacked against other flagships, the Note20 Ultra loses its edge.

Coming to video, the phone does a great job with exposure, color, stabilization, and fast autofocus. On the flipside, texture and noise levels aren’t accurate enough and lose the most points. The phone can record the best video in 4K at 30fps.

Surprisingly, the S20 Ultra scored 122, one point more than the Note20 Ultra, despite being an older phone. Currently, the Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra leads the charts with an aggregate score of 130, followed by Huawei P40 Pro at 128 and Vivo X50 Pro+ at 127.


Samsung invites iPhone users to ‘install’ One UI

It’s a virtual try-on



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There are a few things more difficult than getting an iPhone user to try Android and vice versa. In a continued effort to grab some of the market from the other, Samsung has introduced a new way for iPhone users to take a gander at the other side of things.

Simply dubbed Try Galaxy, the new program allows users to virtually try One UI from the comforts of their device. Of course, it won’t replace the iPhone’s iOS software with Samsung’s own. It’s just a small web app.

The tool, installed through a website, simulates One UI 5.1. It includes the system’s suite of apps tailored for Samsung. It can even simulate a message thread and rifling through Samsung’s settings.

Whereas brick-and-mortar Samsung stores offer a way to try devices personally, Try Galaxy makes the process much easier. Unfortunately, pulling a user into another brand rarely relies on the user interface exclusively. If anything, the program might alleviate the worries of those scared to adopt a different system.

That said, Samsung has a very specific target in mind. The program does not work on any other device. Only Apple’s devices can access the new tool. If you try the new tool on, say, a Pixel 6, the website tells you that you’re already on an Android and prompts you to share the link with those who have an iPhone.

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E3 2023 is cancelled

Both in-person and digital



Throughout the past few months, E3 has suffered through devastating losses. Though the conference was still scheduled to push through later this year, the event’s biggest names — Nintendo, Sony, and Xbox — have pulled out of the event for their own exclusive launches. Now, the death knell is clear: E3 2023 is reportedly cancelled.

First dropped by IGN, the bombshell announcement supposedly comes from a leaked email sent by Entertainment Software Association. The email, which was verified by IGN, states that the event “simply did not garner the sustained interest necessary to execute it in a way that would showcase the size, strength, and impact of our industry.”

Back in February, Nintendo, Sony, and Xbox reportedly pulled out of the event. All three companies were still slated to hold separate events in some form during the conference. However, more recently, Ubisoft also pulled out, holding an in-person event in the Los Angeles area.

Now, it’s clear. A few minutes after IGN dropped the news, E3’s official Twitter account confirmed the news and announced the cancellation of the 2023 conference. Both in-person and digital conferences will no longer push through.

For the past few years, the annual E3 conference seesawed between outright cancellation and exclusively digital programs because of the pandemic. This year was supposed to be the glorious return of the conference to an in-person event. However, with the new digital zeitgeist and an increased interest in smaller events, the writing on the wall is clear: E3 is gone, at least for the time being.

SEE ALSO: Ubisoft pulls out of E3 2023

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Instagram announces collaborative collections feature

Share memes much more easily



Though the platform was generally intended to share photos with your friends, Instagram can have its fair share of memes. However, sharing memes on Instagram can be as tedious as passing links from thread to thread. Today, the platform is introducing a better way to share content with one another.

Announced on Twitter, Instagram is launching collaborative collections. Starting today, users can bookmark posts into a new folder that other users can also see.

As with saving posts, the feature is accessible through the bookmark icon on the bottom-right corner of the post. However, users can now create a collaborative collection which can be toggled to allow friends to join and see what you saved. Once added to a collection, your friends can add and remove content from the collection themselves.

It’s not a completely public feature, though. If you share an image from a private account, collaborators must also be following that specific account to see the shared post. Likewise, if the post’s creator deletes the post, it also disappears from the collection. Besides the main feed, Instagram users can also create collaborative collections from chats.

Naturally, the feature has other uses besides sharing memes. Users who are collaborating on a project can also share their ideas and inspirations with one another. For example, a family designing their new home can share their ideas for rooms. A group of friends going on a road trip can share destination ideas.

SEE ALSO: Facebook, Instagram verification badge launches in the US

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