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Samsung Galaxy S20 series: Price and availability in the Philippines

Flagship pricing

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Samsung has officially announced the Galaxy S20 series comprised of three phones: the Galaxy S20, Galaxy S20+, and Galaxy S20 Ultra. All three phones are coming to the Philippines.

The new flagship S series — while having top-of-the-line numbers in terms of specs — wants you to focus more on the experiences it will provide.

For instance, the new zoom capabilities on the main telephoto cameras are noteworthy. Samsung is calling the feature Space Zoom with the Galaxy S20 and Galaxy S20+ capable of up to 3X lossless zoom and up to 30X hybrid zoom. Meanwhile, the Galaxy S20 Ultra can handle up to 10X lossless zoom and a whopping 100X hybrid zoom.

There’s also a new feature called Single Take that lets you capture a 10-second clip and the phone automatically produces images capturing the best moments of those 10 seconds. Now, you no longer need to decide whether to take a video or photo. All you need is a single take.

Features and specs will mostly be the same as everywhere else in the world. We get the usual sensors and security features like the Ultrasonic Fingerprint Sensor and Face Recognition. The phones also have an IP68 rating making them dust and water resistant.

For more, here are the specs.

Galaxy S20
Galaxy S20+ Galaxy S20 Ultra
Display 6.2″ Super AMOLED, 120Hz 6.7″ Super AMOLED, 120Hz 6.9″ Super AMOLED, 120Hz
Processor Exynos 990 Exynos 990 Exynos 990
Storage and Memory
  • 128GB + 12GB
  • Expandable via MicroSD up to 1TB
  • 128GB + 12GB
  • 512GB +12GB
  • Expandable via MicroSD up to 1TB
  • 128GB + 12GB
  • 512GB +16GB
  • Expandable via MicroSD up to 1TB
Battery
  • 4000mAh
  • 25W charging
  • 4500mAh
  • 25W charging
  • 5000mAh
  • 45W charging (45W charger sold separately)
Cameras (Rear)
  • 12MP, F2.2 Ultra Wide
  • 12MP, F1.8 Wide-Angle
  • 64MP, F2.0 Telephoto
  • 12MP, F2.2 Ultra Wide
  • 12MP, F1.8 Wide-Angle
  • 64MP, F2.0 Telephoto
  • Depth Vision
  • 12MP, F2.2 Ultra Wide
  • 108MP, F1.8 Wide-Angle
  • 48MP, F3.5 Telephoto
  • Depth Vision
 

Camera (Selfie)

10MP, F2.2 10MP, F2.2 40MP, F2.2

One key difference is 5G. Samsung says the Galaxy S20 and Galaxy S20+ variants that will be available in the Philippines only have 4G LTE. Meanwhile, the Galaxy S20 Ultra will be 5G-capable but the feature will be “disabled for the time being.”

Pricing and availability

The Samsung Galaxy S20 series will be available starting March 6, 2020 and pre-order period will start on February 21. It will come in different colors.

  • Galaxy S20: Cosmic Grey, Cloud Pink (via Globe and Smart only) — PhP 49,990
  • Galaxy S20+: Cosmic Grey, Cloud Blue, Cosmic Black — PhP 55,990
  • Galaxy S20 Ultra: Cosmic Grey, Cosmic Black —  PhP 69,990

 

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Google removes 25 apps for secretly stealing your data

The apps were downloaded more than 2 million times

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Google has removed 25 apps from its Play Store for slyly collecting your data in the background. The apps were collectively downloaded more than 2.3 million times before the company clamped down.

According to French cybersecurity firm Evina, the malicious apps were developed by the same threat group. They seemed to offer different functionalities but were fundamentally designed to phish data.

The apps disguised themselves as step counters, image editors, video editors, wallpaper apps, flashlight applications, file managers, and mobile games. While offering some functionality on the front, the end-goal was always to collect user data.

Basically, what these sinister apps do is steal Facebook user’s credentials if they regularly open the account on their phone. The phishing app would overlay a web browser window on top of the official Facebook app and load a fake Facebook login page. You’d assume you’re logging in to your account, but in reality, you just handed over your username and password.

Image by Evina

Evina discovered the flaw in these apps and contacted Google for further action at the end of May. Once the company’s findings were verified, the apps were kicked from the Play Store. Google not only removed the apps from the Play Store but also disabled them on users’ smartphones and informs them via the Play Protect feature.

In recent times, users are increasingly aware of phishing and data collection since social platforms like TikTok have also been caught red-handed. Apple has emphasized its focus on privacy and announced a host of new features to protect the user via iOS 14. Even Xiaomi has added a range of new methods to protect the user in MIUI 12.

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realme X3 SuperZoom, realme Watch arrive in PH

At really competitive prices

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realme truly is shaking things up with the launch of two new devices to add to its ever expanding portfolio. The realme X3 SuperZoom and the realme Watch are now officially in the Philippines.

realme X3 SuperZoom: First flagship smartphone in PH

The company is referring to The realme X3 SuperZoom is the first flagship smartphone that they are bringing over to the Philippines.

Inside, it’s powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+ processor with 12GB of RAM and 256 GB of internal storage. It has a 6.6-inch IPS LCD display with support for 120Hz screen refresh rate.

It has a quad-camera setup. The main 64MP ultra-high resolution wide angle camera is flanked by the 8MP ultra-wide angle lens, an 8MP periscope lens, and a 4MP macro lens.

The 64MP lens is the Samsung ISOCELL GW1 — the same sensor realme has used for their 64MP phones. The periscope lens is capable of up to 60X hybrid zoom which is great as long as you don’t do creepy things with it.

realme has also been proud of the work they have done on their phone’s Night Mode, taking it even a step further with Starry Mode. This is essentially an astrophotography feature that should come in handy when we’re finally allowed to actually stay outdoors.

In front it has a 32MP camera and it shares some video shooting features with the rear camera like UIS Video Stabilization, and in-software bokeh effect.

realme Watch

The realme Watch, meanwhile, is a fitness band that doesn’t look like most fitness bands. It foregoes the slimmer design and instead gives us a 3.5cm (1.4”) display.

It has 14 different workout and sports modes, has a camera shutter, water reminder, and meditation features. The watch can also track your heart rate, sleep, and monitor your blood-oxygen levels.

Price and availability

The realme X3 SuperZoom will retail for PhP 24,990 (US$506). Pre-order starts on July 9 to July 17 in realme concept stores, kiosks and select stores nationwide.

During the pre-order period, customers will also get to claim exclusive realme Buds Air Black worth PhP 3,990 (US$ 81).

The realme Watch will retail for PhP 3,990 (US$ 81) and will be available alongside the X3 SuperZoom. Customers may avail the device at PhP 1,000.00 off during Lazada’s 7.15 mid-year sale.

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Android 11 is launching on September 8

Leaked detail spotted on video

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As always, Google is gearing up for the next Android release. This year, the developers are working on Android 11. Though the beta launch suffered a few speed bumps, the new software is still expected to come out later this year.

Spotted by PhoneArena, Google already has a release date for the update. Recently, Google hosted a Smart Home Summit for all developments for the company’s home technologies. However, the more revelatory detail comes from one slide in the presentation. The one slide clearly indicates when Android 11 will launch — September 8.

Image source: PhoneArena

According to the slide, Google is alerting developers to make their smart home products compatible with the latest version by the launch date. Even if you don’t have smart home appliances, it seems pretty clear that Google plans to hold its first public release of Android 11 on the said date.

Of course, the September 8 launch date might not mean the exact date that you’ll get the update on your phone. Android availability has always been a contentious factor of the mobile operating system. Most smartphones, especially old non-flagship phones, often get the latest update weeks or months after the official launch. Though some brands have already pledged their support for Android 11, the “when” is still in question.

Regardless, Android 11 is coming soon. If you’re getting a new device anytime soon, you’ll likely enjoy the new update shortly after it comes out.

SEE ALSO: Google is finally working on an AirDrop competitor for Android phones

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