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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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Samsung, Intel are making a slidable PC

Prototype right now

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When Samsung heralded the coming of the foldable phone, all eyes were unfortunately fixed on the ghastly crease stretching from end to end. Years since that moment, the crease never really disappeared. Smartphone brands did their best to reduce their impact, but it still remains a problem. Samsung, perhaps doubling back to fix the long-standing problem, has introduced a new form factor for the future: the slidable PC.

During Intel’s Innovation event, Samsung Display and Intel unveiled a prototype device showcasing a unique (but not altogether new) concept. Instead of a foldable hinge, the 13-inch display “slides” into a 17-inch display. Both companies effectively created a tablet that can turn into a laptop.

Since the prototype already works as a display, it’s easy to see how an eventual device might work. Starting off as a large tablet, the device expands and connects to an external keyboard (or another accessory).

The prototype should look familiar, too. Although Intel uses “slidable” as a term, other brands — like LG — have created similar form factors but labeled as “rollable.” Unfortunately, LG exited the smartphone business before creating a workable product for everyone.

Without other brands, it looks like Samsung and Intel are both on the hunt to bring the device to reality. At the moment, it is still a prototype. There is no timeline for a product yet. However, Intel seems resolute that foldable isn’t the future of PCs.

SEE ALSO: Samsung teases that sliding, rolling displays are coming

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Steam announces when next sales are

Autumn, Winter, Spring

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Christmas is right around the corner. If you want to get a head start on buying something for yourself, it’s important to know when the biggest sales are. Now, gamers have a date on when they can bust out their wallets. Valve has officially announced when the autumn, winter, and spring Steam sales are happening.

The next sale — the traditional Autumn Sale — will happen between November 22 through 29. It’s quite a big gap for a head start, but it should give gamers a healthy library to play when the Christmas vacation starts.

On the other hand, if rush shopping is more you, the Winter Sale will happen between December 22 through January 5. It’s a Christmas treat.

If you’re familiar with Steam’s usual calendar of sales, you might not have heard of a Spring Sale before. Traditionally, the platform holds the Lunar New Year Sale in lieu of a seasonal theme. This time, Steam is keeping things consistent. The newly dubbed Spring Sale will happen between March 16 through 23. It’s also a later date than the previous Lunar New Year Sale.

Steam sales are usually a treat for gamers who play on a PC. Though the platform frowns on gigantic 95 percent off discounts now, platform-wide sales events can still house delectable bargains. Now, whether or not you’ll have time to play all of them is another story altogether.

SEE ALSO: Steam: No more 95% off sales

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WIKO 10 smartphone introduced to the Philippines

French brand joins entry-level segment

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French brand WIKO is entering the Philippine market and challenging competitors, introducing the WIKO 10 smartphone in the country.

Operating on Android 12, the entry-level WIKO 10 will have identical specs and features like most counterpart devices in its segment.

First off, it is powered by a Helio G37 chipset and a 5,000mAH battery that support for 22.5W WIKO SuperCharge and wireless reverse charging which powers smaller devices like a smart band or wireless headsets.

With 4GB of memory and 128GB storage, the phone may also be used for gaming, given that it has a multi-stage overheating current control mechanism incorporated.

The display is a 6.74-inch (1600 x 720) large full-screen LCD with an aspect ratio of 20:9. 

When it comes to the camera setup, the smartphone has a triple camera setup at the back bannered by a 50MP main shooter (F1.8) that has a Smart HDR feature. In front is an 8MP selfie camera.

Other features include:

  • Dual SIM
  • microSD slot
  • 4G LTE
  • WiFi
  • Bluetooth
  • 3.5mm audio jack
  • Fingerprint scanner

WIKO Buds 10 also released

Alongside the phone’s launch, WIKO has also announced the WIKO Buds 10, a pair of wireless earbuds with Bluetooth 5.2 technology that offers up to 30 hours of usage with its charging case.

The earbuds have a 12mm dynamic driver to deliver high-quality audio with deep bass. It also has environmental noise cancellation. What sets this pair apart from the others is its built-in dual mics for voice capturing.

Pricing, availability

The WIKO 10 will be available in three colors: Klein Blue, Silver, and Black. It will retail for PhP 8,990 on Shopee, Lazada, and authorized WIKO stores and kiosks.

The WIKO Buds 10, meanwhile, will be sold for PhP 1,499.

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