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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

Display: Galaxy S20 vs S20 FE vs Note 20 | Image by GadgetMatch

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.

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iPad and MacBook production to shift from China to Vietnam

Apple’s preparing for the worst

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Foxconn’s moving some iPad and MacBook production lines to Vietnam at Apple’s request. Apple intends to take a step back to protect its manufacturing might due to the ongoing trade hostilities between the US and China

According to a Reuters report, the new assembly lines in Vietnam will be operational in the first half of next year at Foxconn’s Bac Giang province. It’s not clear how much production is being moved, but the fact that a shift is already on the table means even the mightiest American company isn’t immune to the trade war.

“Apple requested the move,” a person with knowledge of the plan told Reuters. “It wants to diversify production following the trade war.”

Foxconn has announced a US$ 270 million investment to create a new subsidiary in Vietnam called FuKang Technology. Furthermore, the manufacturing vendor aims to make televisions in the plant for clients like Sony.

This will be the first time Apple has moved its iPad assembly line out of China. However, it’s also not surprising because the Cupertino giant started chalking redundancy plans months ago. Apple has announced a multi-billion dollar investment in India to expand its existing iPhone assembly line.

Trade War just isn’t pretty for anybody

While the trade war and ongoing hostilities between the US and China are yet to affect Apple directly, it intends to take no chance. It’s also considered a pragmatic reaction because many giants like Huawei, ZTE, and ByteDance have been caught in the middle, decimating their future ambitions and scope of expansion.

While American companies are yet to face the wrath directly, the deteriorating situation has prepared them to create back-up plans. Similarly, many other technology giants like Nintendo are also shifting their facilities to Vietnam in search of political stability and a business-friendly environment.

Read Also – Trade War: China’s loss is everyone’s gain

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Microsoft could bring Android support to Windows in 2021

Feeling the heat from Apple’s move to ARM

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Microsoft’s Windows 10 operating system is widely used globally and has remained the laptop and PC segment’s undisputed leader. However, Linux, as well as macOS, have gained considerable traction in the last few years. To maintain its edge, Microsoft could bring Android support to Windows soon.

According to a Windows Central report, internal discussions are ongoing over the possibility of bringing Android runtime to Windows 10. Currently, you can install a third-party emulation software like Bluestacks to run Android apps on a Windows device. But the experience is far from perfect and still requires a bit of a learning curve.

Apple has a significant lead in this regard because its move to an ARM-based M1 processor allows it to run iOS apps on macOS seamlessly. This ideally helps in bridging the software gap between two very different devices.

Microsoft has tried to achieve a similar goal with the Universal Windows Platform. But the results are still limited because there are barely any devices with a smaller form factor leveraging the operating system.

More importantly, Microsoft wants to bring Android apps to its Microsoft Store. While there’s no information on how it intends to achieve this, the report does say the release is expected by Fall 2021.

Microsoft no stranger to cross-platform apps

Microsoft has whole-heartedly adopted cross-platform compatibility and has a host of apps on iOS as well as Android. If it’s able to bring Android apps to Windows, it’ll challenge the status quo of Chromebooks, which has long been a pain for the Redmond giant in the affordable segment.

This isn’t the first time a company is trying to incorporate Android within its proprietary operating system. BlackBerry 10 supported Android runtime, and the brand leaned on it to make apps easily available. While the move was too late for BlackBerry, it isn’t the same for Microsoft.

It’s worth noting that the idea is in a very nascent stage right now. We don’t know how Microsoft intends to distribute Android apps or whether it’ll start supporting Google Play Services. Although one thing’s for clear — Microsoft is feeling the heat from Apple.

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Xiaomi launches 5000mAh ZMI Power Bank, it’ll also warm your hands

Winter is coming…

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ZMI is one of Xiaomi’s ecosystem companies, and it is popular for making professional power banks. Xiaomi also sells power banks directly, and they’re in extremely high demand due to consistent quality, features, and affordable price.

Now, the brand is trying to do something new — a power bank that’ll also double up as a body or hand warmer more precisely. So, the power bank has a capacity of 5000mAh, enough for an iPhone once. If you’re living in the temperate or tundra region, the climate gets extremely cold during the winters. The gadget can also be used as a hand warmer.

It’s equipped with a PTC self-limiting temperature heating technology that’s patented and safe. The power bank consists of PID constant temperature control for precise control of the heating element. It can go up to 52-degrees Celsius, which is safe and comfortable for the human body.

The ZMI Power Bank can adjust the temperature according to your liking and deliver two to four hours of heating in one go. It has an LED light that can be used as a torch for convenience, and it can charge all gadgets like an ordinary portable charger.

For now, the sale is limited to Mainland China, and it costs CNY 89 (US$ 13.5).

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