Samsung is set to launch the Galaxy S20 FE in September



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As early as June, we already made reports about a ‘Lite Version’ of the Galaxy S20 coming real soon. Several weeks have passed, we’re finally seeing the light.

In a myriad of private tweets posted by the prominent smartphone leakster Evan Blass, he shared several promo materials of Samsung’s upcoming “affordable” flagship that’s specifically branded as the ‘Galaxy S20 FE (Fan Edition)’.

Promotional material tweeted by @evleaks

If you’re a loyal Samsung fan, you’d already know where Samsung got the ‘FE’ naming scheme. Although with the Galaxy S10 Lite and Note 10 Lite release, it’s questionable why Samsung is suddenly shifting gears as they picked the two-letter naming over the ‘Lite’ branding.

To further prove that the Galaxy S20 FE is a poor man’s version of the Galaxy S20, leaks show that Samsung will be ditching the glass back in favor of polycarbonate (plastic) that’s similar on the Galaxy Note 20. If you’re not a fan of black, bronze, and green colorways of Samsung, don’t fret as there are six color shades available: white, blue, mint green, orange, red, and even hot pink option.

Less pricey means less high-end specs

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As rumored, the Galaxy S20 FE will have a Super AMOLED Display instead of the high-tier Dynamic AMOLED found on the whole S20 series and Note 20’s Super AMOLED Plus Display. The screen size sits between the Galaxy S20 and the S20+ at just 6.5-inches. Although leaked schematics show that form factor is closer to the Galaxy S20+ even if the screen is 0.2-inch smaller mainly due to thicker bezels.

With that being said, Samsung downplays it even more with the use of flat display instead of a curved edge display to minimize costs. Don’t frown yet as it’s rumored to have a fluid 120Hz screen instead of the Note 20’s lackluster 60Hz display — a deal breaker for spec-hungry users.


Triple rear camera setup: Galaxy S20 vs S20 FE vs Note 20 | Image by GadgetMatch

Leakers such as Ice Universe and Chun have already debunked the new ISOCELL GN1 sensor by Samsung. They both confidently say that it will have the 12-megapixel Sony IMX555 main sensor that’s already found on the Galaxy S20 and S20+. You can also expect a similar ultra-wide lens and a 32-megapixel front camera but the telephoto lens will be downgraded from 64-megapixels down to just 8-megapixels.

Processor in a heated debate

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It was previously reported that the Galaxy S20 FE will ship with a Snapdragon 865 chipset. On the other hand, a Geekbench leak suggests that it will only be equipped with an Exynos 990 processor that’s found in non-US variants of the Galaxy S and Note line. The announcement of Samsung’s in-house chipset in the Galaxy Note 20 series made a lot of users and loyalists dismayed — especially with a lot of reports about performance degradation and heating issues over time.

It will be packed with a 4,500mAh battery with a base storage of 128GB with support for microSD card expansion. Other features worth noting are the under-display fingerprint scanner (not clear if optical or ultrasonic), IP68 water and dust resistance, plus the inclusion of 3.5mm audio jack — which you can’t find on Samsung’s new flagship smartphones.

Rumored pricing and availability

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The Galaxy S20 FE 5G is said to be priced at KRW 900,000 or just around US$ 760 / EUR 642 / GBP 576. An LTE variant will also be available in countries that don’t fully support 5G but pricing wasn’t mentioned — just expect it to be cheaper because of the lack of 5G support.

It’s not in direct competition with the likes of Apple’s iPhone SE 2020, OnePlus’ Nord, and Google’s Pixel 4a that are all priced below the US$ 500 mark. Nevertheless, considering the Galaxy S20 and Note 20 were priced at a whopping US$ 999, the Galaxy S20 FE will still be a steal with that price tag once confirmed.

It was previously mentioned that Samsung will announce it as early as September — which is just a month after the August Unpacked event where the Note 20 models were revealed.


Facebook will launch its cryptocurrency called Diem

Managed by a not-for-profit association



Facebook had plans to launch a new cryptocurrency called Libra, but the project received a lot of criticism, and key partners gradually walked away. But that’s not enough to demotivate Facebook. The social network says it intends to launch a stablecoin called Diem in 2021.

The pilot will be launched with a single stablecoin pegged to the US dollar as it scales back its global ambitions of revolutionising developing markets. The project was formerly known as Libra in 2019, but recently the name is changed to Diem.

A stablecoin is pegged against a fiat currency (like US dollars). Hence its value isn’t as volatile as other cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin. However, stablecoin can still leverage blockchain technology to enable quick transactions.

The Diem Association is the digital currency project group of Facebook, which aims to launch the Diem as the single US dollar stablecoin with 26 corporate firms and non-profit organizations.

The non-profit is based out of Switzerland and was supposed to apply for a license there, but it recently relocated to the United States regulator. It intends to create a sophisticated blockchain digital payment system that will permit real-time eCommerce transactions with Diem stablecoins.

Keep in mind, Facebook doesn’t own the cryptocurrency is merely a part of the association, like other stakeholders. The organisation is supposed to serve as a monetary authority for the cryptocurrency and reach people who don’t have access to traditional banking systems.

“Diem is planning to launch the payment system from the USA in the first phase because initially, the project will focus on the USA as its target market,” Diem Association said. It will be based largely on payments between individual consumers, potentially allowing users to buy goods and services.

Read Also: Mastercard will start accepting cryptocurrencies this year

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Sharp launches the AQUOS R6 with a 1-inch camera sensor, Leica optics

It also has a super fluid 240Hz display




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Sharp offers a lot of products that are known by a lot of globally. While they may not be a popular smartphone brand, the AQUOS line is pretty big in Japan. In line with their existing AQUOS-branded smartphones, they unveiled the AQUOS R6. It may look like any other smartphone, but this is one of a kind.

1-inch Camera Sensor with Leica

2021 is a year where rear cameras multiplied in a lot of smartphones. But the Sharp AQUOS R6 only has one large 20MP 1-inch camera sensor. For an ideal comparison, that’s the same camera sensor size you’ll find on the Sony RX100 VII and the RX0 II. This means that there’s minimal crop when shooting photos and results to better image quality.

Let’s be clear. It’s actually not the first smartphone with a 1-inch camera sensor. In fact, Panasonic managed to put it in the Lumix DMC-CM1 way back in 2014 but it’s more of a smart camera rather than a smartphone with a large camera sensor. Currently, Xiaomi’s Mi 11 Ultra has the closest sensor size at 1/1.12-inches.

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With the recent news of Leica ending its partnership with Huawei, Sharp has managed to grab it with its new 7P (seven-element) Summicron lens. Not only does it have a wider f/1.9 aperture, it also features a 19mm focal length which is closer to an ultra-wide Field of View.

Other features worth noting are the lack of OIS as they rely on Sharp and Leica’s EIS technology as well as the inclusion of a ToF sensor and a flash module. For farther subjects, you need to rely on digital zoom instead.

Super Fluid 240Hz Display

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Another highlight of the AQUOS R6 is its super smooth and responsive 6.67-inch Pro IGZO Display with a 240Hz refresh rate — double than the usual 120Hz displays on most 2021 flagships. It’s not the first 240Hz smartphone display, rather Sharp’s AQUOS zero2 smartphone from May 2020.

Just like in Samsung’s Galaxy S21 series and OnePlus’ 9 Pro, it features a display with a variable refresh rate that goes as low as 1Hz to save battery power. But unlike their AMOLED displays, this one is based on OLED that lacks that extra thin layer of TFTs to achieve better colors.

It also has a WUXGA+ resolution of 2,730 x 1,260 pixels, a contrast ratio of 2,000,000:1, as well as a max brightness of 2,000 nits — making it one of the most advanced smartphone displays ever made.

Beneath the display is where the under-display fingerprint sensor lies. It’s equipped with Qualcomm’s 3D Sonic Max ultrasonic fingerprint sensor which is the largest in the world and it’s 11 times larger than the conventional scanner.


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Just like any other 2021 flagship, Sharp’s AQUOS R6 offers the latest 2021 hardware in a smartphone. That includes the Snapdragon 888 chipset with 5G support, as well as 12GB of LPDDR5 RAM and a measly 128GB UFS 3.1 storage with an option to expand via a microSDXC card of up to 1TB.

If you always worry about battery, it has a large 5,000mAh battery that would be fine for a day. It also has an IPX8 certification which isn’t tested for dust resistance. Instead, it’s better than IP68 in terms of water resistance as it can be submerged into water deeper than 1 meter.

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There’s also a dedicated key for Google Assistant at the side of the phone so you don’t have to always say “Hey Google” and wait for the assistant to open.

Pricing and Availability

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The Sharp AQUOS R6 is offered only in two colors: black and white.

There’s currently no word about pricing and global availability but in Japan, the AQUOS R6 will be available in June 2021 through their popular carriers Softbank and NTT DoCoMo.

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MSI launches new gaming laptops and Creator series

Complete with all sorts of features for the best gaming and creation experience




MSI continues to roll out new and exciting gaming devices, and these are no exception. This time around, they’ve turned their attention to the gamers and content creators. Packed with the latest hardware and exciting new features, these gaming laptops should bring out the gamer and creator in you.

The Creator Series

The company first unveils their new Creator series of laptops dedicated for the content creators. These new laptops not only come with gaming-ready hardware, but also with new features for a creator-friendly workspace. For starters, the MSI Creator Z16 and Creator M16 feature a True Pixel QHD+ display with a 16:10 aspect ratio. Meanwhile, the MSI Creator 17 comes with a Mini LED UHD display.

Underneath both these laptops are the latest Intel Core H processors and NVIDIA RTX 30 series GPUs. While these pose incredible gaming power, these also provide enough juice for HD video rendering and streaming. Also, these devices come with M.2 SSDs inside for faster boot and application load times.

Upgrading the gaming line

Apart from the new Creator series, they’ve also managed to upgrade their current lineup of gaming laptops. Like the Creator series, these laptops also come with the latest Intel processors and NVIDIA RTX GPUs. Also, these gaming laptops now come with display options with up to a 360Hz refresh rate fit for the competitive gamers out there.

In particular, the following laptops will now feature these upgraded hardware: MSI GE76/66 Raider, MSI GP76/66 Leopard, MSI GS76/66 Stealth, and the MSI Pulse GL76/66.

Finally, they’re releasing a new line for their MSI Sword and MSI Katana laptops featuring the art of Tsuyoshi Nagano. Inside the laptops, you will find the same upgraded hardware from their other gaming laptops. In terms of display options, however, these laptops will only support FHD at a 144Hz refresh rate. Both laptops feature wallpapers design by Nagano, who was best known for his work on the Romance of the Three Kingdoms video game series.

Pricing and availability for these laptops have yet to be announced. Here’s where to buy in the Philippines.

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