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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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OnePlus 9 series could arrive sooner than expected

Two Nord phones are also coming soon

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The OnePlus 8T series was recently announced and we’re already hearing about its successor. Popularly dubbed as the OnePlus 9 series, it could launch within the next six months. While this is its regular product cycle, the next launch could be sooner than we expect.

According to Android Central, the company hasn’t decided on a launch date yet but it should be around mid-March. Two years ago, OnePlus used to launch in May, which was then shifted to April. Now, we could see another early launch.

There’s no word on the phone’s internals yet, but we can safely assume it’ll have Qualcomm’s next flagship processor. Called the Snapdragon 875, it’s expected to launch in December and shall be found in next year’s flagships.

The OnePlus 9 isn’t the only phone that’s coming early though. Samsung usually launches its S-series flagship in February, but this could change soon with a launch in January.

OnePlus is also expected to launch two new phones under the Nord branding. Rumor mills suggest they’re named the Nord N10 5G and N100.

It’s also worth noting that Xiaomi has cornered OnePlus in the Indian market. The Mi 10T series has very aggressive pricing, directly under-cutting OnePlus’s lastest offering.

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Acer launches 3 new TravelMate laptops for enterprise use

Comes with military-grade design

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Alongside a host of upgrades to its existing lineup, Acer announced three new laptops in the TravelMate series. TravelMate laptops are not available for retail purchase and can only be purchased by businesses or enterprises via the commercial channel.

Hence, these laptops are designed to keep purely work in mind and are supposed to be power houses. This includes TravelMate Spin P4, a convertible touchscreen notebook; TravelMate P4, a powerful machine with a traditional build; and TravelMate P2, a durable notebook with tonnes of ports.

The laptops are powered by 11th Gen Intel processor and Iris X graphics or NVIDIA GeForce MX350 dedicated GPU. They can sport up to 32GB RAM, 1TB SSD, and longer battery life. Acer claims the Spin P4 and P4 can last up to 15 hours on a single charge while the P2 clocks in 13. The former duo takes just an hour to charge the battery by 80 percent.

Being the fancier laptop, the Spin P4 gets Gorilla Glass protection and 360 hinge convertible design. The Spin P4 also gets MIL-STD-810G certification, which means it can endure rugged usage. The keyboard is spill proof and the corners are shock absorbent.

The Spin P4 and P4 are light weight and weigh around 1.5kg. The P2 is slightly heavy at 1.6kg. All three laptops support WiFi 6 and 4G LTE compatibility via an eSIM. On the port section, a Thunderbolt 4 port is included along with the standard selection of USB-C, USB 3.0, and more.

Lastly, the laptops are secured by the Trusted Platform Module (TPM) 2.0 with an anti-tampering chip. Additionally, it has support for Windows Hello, built-in webcam covers, and a fingerprint reader for authentication.

Pricing and Availability

The TravelMate P2 (TMP214-53) will be available in North America in March 2021 starting at US$ 799.99; in EMEA in November starting at 759 EUR ; and in China in October, starting at CNY 4,999.

The TravelMate P4 (TMP414-51) will be available in North America in December starting at US$ 899.99; in EMEA in November starting at 899 EUR ; and in China in October, starting at CNY 5,999.

The TravelMate Spin P4 (TMP414RN-51) will be available in North America in December starting at USD 999.99; in EMEA in November starting at 999 EUR ; and in China in October, starting at CNY 6,999.

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Ubisoft lays down post-launch plans for Assassin’s Creed Valhalla

Comes with a Season Pass with two major expansions and an exclusive quest

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While the game hasn’t been released yet, Ubisoft already has big plans for Assassin’s Creed Valhalla post launch. Set to release on November 10, Valhalla takes you back to England’s Dark Ages as Eivor. The game offers exciting new features as you forge alliances to establish your Viking kingdom.

Now, Ubisoft bares its plans for all of its Assassin’s Creed players a month into picking up Valhalla. This new string of exciting content includes a Season Pass and frequent seasonal content. Through this Season Pass, players will discover new territories and stories surrounding the lore of Valhalla.

The Season Pass comes with two major expansions, the Wrath of the Druids and The Siege of Paris. In The Wrath of the Druids, players unravel the mysteries of ancient Ireland. Most of the worlds here consist of haunted forests and Gaelic kingdoms.

In The Siege of Paris, players relive the most ambitious battle in Viking history. You will take part in a prolonged siege of Frankia through Paris and the River Seine. In the end, what awaits players are secrets to unfold and alliances to forge.

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla will launch on November 10 for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, and PC. It will also be available for the PlayStation 5 when the console comes out on November 12.

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