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Samsung Galaxy S20 FE launches with ‘fan favorite’ features

The FE or Fan Edition kind of makes sense here

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You ask, Samsung provides. That’s the whole idea behind the member of the Galaxy S20 series — the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE (Fan Edition).

The South Korean company says this phone is their way of bringing together “fan favorite” features from the Galaxy S20 series at a more wallet-friendly price.

Those features include a super smooth display, AI-powered cameras, advanced processor, fast connectivity, all-day battery, expandable storage and streamlined design. Basically, awesome screen, awesome camera, long-lasting battery life. But expanded. Lol.

FANtastic display, capable cameras

Let’s dig into it. The display measures 6.5 inches. It’s flat, FHD+, and Super AMOLED with a 120Hz refresh rate for that buttery smooth scrolling experience. It’s also HDR10+ certified.

The Galaxy S20 FE also has an Infinity-O display. It means there’s a signature punch hole at the top-middle part of the screen. Inside that punch hole is the 32MP front-facing camera for shooting selfies and filming your vlogs or TikToks if you’re into that sort of thing.

Speaking of cameras, the Galaxy S20 FE is equipped with a triple-camera module. Here they are:

  • 12MP Ultra Wide Camera, 1.12μm, F2.2 (123 degree field of view)
  • 12MP Wide Angle Camera, 1.7μm, F1.8
  • 8MP Telephoto Camera, 1.0μm, F2.4

It’s not too different from the camera setup of the Galaxy Z Fold2 (save for the telephoto lens). Here’s what photos look like on this very similar camera array.

It also has Space Zoom which is capable of 3x Optical Zoom, up to 30x Super Resolution Zoom, OIS, and tracking AF (that’s auto focus, not the other AF you were thinking).

Snapdragon or Exynos?

In the US, it’s equipped with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865. As of writing, we have no information if this will be the case in all markets. However, it’s safer to assume that if your market got Exynos 990 on the earlier Galaxy S20 series, then that’s likely what you’re getting on the Galaxy S20 FE as well.

This particular variant supports 5G, but again, as is the case in certain markets, Samsung may opt to release a 4G-only option. We’ll just have to wait and see.

For battery capacity, Samsung slapped on a 4,500mAh battery on this thing with support for support for fast charging, wireless charging, and wireless powershare (the reverse wireless charging thing).

It has either 6GB or 8GB of RAM depending on the market with 128GB of internal storage that’s expandable to up to 1TB via a MicroSD card.

Signature Galaxy S20 look

It has that signature Galaxy S20 series look with — simple and understated (or plain and boring depending on your disposition in life).

The Galaxy S20 FE comes in a really colorful set with a total of six options to choose from: Cloud Red, Cloud Orange, Cloud Lavender, Cloud Mint, Cloud Navy, and Cloud White. Not entirely sure what the ‘Cloud’ is for but hey, it is what it is.

There’s also an option to add Samsung Care+. It’s the companies support service where you can get a personal set-up session with a Samsung Care+ Pro, 24/7 dedicated support via phone or chat, discounted screen repair, extended warranty and coverage for accidental damage.

Pricing and availability

In the US, the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE starts at US$ 699 and will be available starting October 2, 2020. There are carrier and Unlocked by Samsung versions.

Consumers can get a Galaxy S20 FE 5G for US$ 249.99 or US$ 10.42 a month with eligible trade-in value up to $450 on Samsung.com and the Shop Samsung app. The offer is for a limited time.

Pre-orders for the Galaxy S20 FE 5G and S20 FE 5G UW begin on Samsung.com September 23, 2020 at 10:30am ET.

Consumers who pre-order the Galaxy S20 FE 5G between September 23, 2020 and October 1, 2020 can get a US$ 70 Samsung Credit to expand their Galaxy with cases, wearables and more.

In the Philippines, pricing hasn’t been revealed yet but it will also be available some time in October.

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Mi 11X Pro launches with Snapdragon 888, 108MP camera

Alongside the midrange Mi 11X

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After weeks of teasing, Xiaomi has finally unveiled the Mi 11X series, and it’ll be succeeding the Mi 10T series. Consisting of the Mi 11X Pro and the Mi 11X, the series will be going up against the vivo X60 series, realme GT, OnePlus 9 series, and OPPO Find X3 series.

The Mi 11X Pro sits between the ultra-premium range and midrange, offering best-in-class specifications that aren’t too heavy on the pocket. Unlike its predecessor, it’s much lighter now, coming in at 196g. The primary camera also has a halo ring that makes the lens easy to spot. It’s IP53 rated for dust and water protection.

On the front is a 6.7-inch AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate, Full HD resolution, Gorilla Glass 5 protection, and HDR10+ support. Under the hood is a Snapdragon 888 processor that’s backed by Adreno 660 GPU. There’s 8GB of RAM, and storage isn’t expandable.

The rear gets a triple-camera setup that includes a 108-megapixel primary sensor, an 8-megapixel wide-angle lens, and a 5-megapixel macro lens. Xiaomi says the new primary sensor leverages 9-in-1 2.1μm Super Pixel technology that produces better low-light images and retains details. On the front is a 20-megapixel front camera that’s located in a punch-hole cut-out.

Backing these internals is a slightly small 4520mAh battery that supports 33W fast charging. According to the brand, it can charge the phone fully in just 52 minutes. There’s no headphone jack in line with previous Mi-branded premium phones, and the fingerprint scanner is located on the side.

The Mi 11X Pro costs INR 39,999 (US$ 533) for the 8GB+128GB option and INR 41,999 (US$ 560) for the 8GB+256GB variant. Shipments start from May 3, and color options include Cosmic Black, Lunar White, and Magic Celestial Silver.


The Mi 11X, on the other hand, inherits a lot of features from the elder sibling. It has the same AMOLED display, design, battery, and even color options. But it’s powered by a Snapdragon 870 processor, and there’s an option with 6GB RAM. On the rear, it gets a 48-megapixel primary camera instead, while the other two sensors remain the same as the Mi 11X Pro.

It’s priced at INR 29,999 (US$ 400) for the 6GB+128GB option and 8GB+128GB goes for INR 31,999 (US$ 425). The sale starts on April 27 via Mi.com, Mi Stores, Amazon.in, and other offline partners.

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Call of Duty: Warzone transforms to 1984

Warzone Crosses 100 Million Players

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Call of Duty: Warzone and Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Season Three launches today with the most ambitious free content offering in Call of Duty history. 

Season Three marks a huge celebration for Call of DutyWarzone, which has crossed 100 million players since its launch last year. The free-to-play, free-for-everyone battle royale experience that fans know and love, receives its biggest transformation yet, travelling back to 1984 and the Cold War.

The new Warzone features massive changes, including new and reimagined locations, new gameplay options and deep optimizations across the entire map as nearly every building, surface and object has been touched to provide a more seamless gameplay experience.

Black Ops Cold War Season Three

Across Black Ops Cold War, throughout Season Three players will experience new multiplayer maps and modes, the next chapter of Call of Duty Zombies in Outbreak and a host of new gear to use in the battles ahead.  This is just the beginning with more content, events and surprises to come this season and beyond.

“The launch of Warzone has reinvented Call of Duty.  In just over a year, more than 100 million players around the world have jumped in to play Warzone together, and starting today we’re taking it to a new level,” said Rob Kostich, President, Activision.

“Season Three brings a massive amount of content and new updates – the most since launch – to Warzone as it transforms to 1984, while we’re also bringing a tremendous amount of new, free content to Black Ops Cold War.  Thank you to our fans everywhere, today is a celebration for our community. There’s so much more coming this season and beyond, get ready.”

Community events

The massive Season Three community celebration taking place today is the culmination of weeks of events inside Warzone that led to waves of Zombies overtaking Verdansk, its eventual nuclear detonation and ultimate transformation — and Call of Duty players were there for every part of it.

  • For weeks, players have fought-off Zombies throughout Warzone, while tracking their progress via Containment Protocols and Corruption Zones.
  • Yesterday, as the Zombies horde reached its tipping point, millions of players experienced an event in-game that triggered a nuclear blast decimating the entire Warzone map, as Verdansk went dark.
  • In its aftermath, Warzone players were transported to Rebirth Island, where a series of mysterious in-game clues and hidden messages helped players unlock the remaining secrets of the event and understand what really happened to Warzone, ultimately transporting everyone to Verdansk in the year 1984, and the highly anticipated launch of Season Three.
  • As the new Warzone experience officially launches today, the community celebration continues as players head online to play all the new Season Three content, including the new-look Verdansk 1984 Warzone map and a host of new Multiplayer and Zombies content across Black Ops Cold War.
  • Fans can follow the latest intel @CallofDuty on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, or visit www.callofduty.com. Viewers can also head to Twitch.tv/callofduty for live action, including the Atlanta FaZe US$ 100,000 Gold Rush Tournament.

Call of Duty: Warzone is integrated with Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. Call of Duty and its titles are published by Activision, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Activision Blizzard (NASDAQ: ATVI), and developed by studios (in alphabetical order) Activision Shanghai, Beenox, Demonware, High Moon Studios, Infinity Ward, Raven Software, Treyarch and Sledgehammer Games.


This is a press release from Activision

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Genshin Impact developer talks about PS5 updates

What to expect for PS5 players

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Genshin Impact PS5

The biggest update yet to Genshin Impact is coming on April 28. One of the major developments include a version for the PlayStation 5 (PS5) that takes full advantage of the console’s SSD and DualSense controllers.

Naturally, there will also be some visual updates with the game running in native 4K. This effectively makes the world of Teyvat feel even more alive and immersive.

Watch the video.

Other updates

Included in the upcoming update are two new playable characters Eula and Yanfei. There will also be new enemies that will sure to keep you hooked, as well as a new customizable space in Serenitea Pot to be your home away from home. You can read more of the updates in detail here.

Genshin Impact is a free-to-play open-world action RPG that’s set in the world of Teyvat. You play as a traveler setting out looking for your lost sibling. Along the way, you uncover secrets, fight monsters, and encounter friends.

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