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Samsung Galaxy S20 series now official, focuses on new experiences

Ready for the future

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The leaks and rumors mostly got things right but there’s plenty about the Samsung Galaxy S20 series that wasn’t revealed yet, including but not limited to, where the S series is headed moving forward.

Let’s get the basic stuff out of the way. Yes, the S series has three phones — Galaxy S20, Galaxy S20+, and Galaxy S20 Ultra. We’ll get to the finer details of what makes each one different from the other. For now, let’s go through some highlight features.

First of, all three phones will have support for 5G. That includes different 5G bands like MmWave, TTD, and FDDc. That means no matter what 5G infrastructure your area supports, the Galaxy S20 series should have you covered.

While 5G is still in its early stages, Samsung is making sure you have a device that’s ready for the tech once it matures.

Experience over numbers 

Samsung is taking a slightly different approach with how they’re communicating the Galaxy S20 series. Make no mistake, the numbers on the phones’ cameras are still pretty outstanding, but the company says these only support the kind of experience they want to impart.

The main cameras on the Galaxy S20 and Galaxy S20+ are 64MP while the Galaxy S20 Ultra packs a whopping 108MP main shooter. That particular camera fuses every 9 pixels into one creating an image with plenty of detail. Samsung calls this process “Nona-Binning.” The company says the camera sensors are not only larger, they’re also smarter.

Those are some of the numbers but it’s the features that Samsung hopes will give you a better shooting experience. For instance, the zoom on the Galaxy S20 series should be the best among everything that Samsung has had on offer so far.

The Galaxy S20 and S20+ will have 3X lossless zoom and up to 30X hybrid zoom. Impressive. However, the Galaxy S20 Ultra takes things even further.

In a feature they call Space Zoom, the Galaxy S20 Ultra will give you 10X lossless zoom and up to 100X hybrid zoom.

Capture more at once

The feature Samsung is highlighting the most is called Single Take. What it does is it lets you take a 10-second clip with the phone also taking images of the “best moments” from that clip.

It takes away the anxiety of having to decide if you’d rather take a video or a photo. The company hopes it’s a feature that will help put you more in the moment instead of pouring too much energy into capturing it.

Speaking of video, the Galaxy S20 series is capable of capturing 8K video. If you happen to own a Samsung 8K TV, you can immediately stream your footage on that TV seamlessly.

Overall video taking also levels up with an improved Super Steady feature that uses anti-rolling stabilization and AI-motion analysis to eliminate shakes in your video. Mentioned in passing is the pro-grade level video that allows you to adjust aperture and other settings like you would on a DSLR.

Key partnerships 

In keeping with the “creating better experiences” theme, Samsung partnered with Spotify to take full advantage of the Samsung Galaxy Buds+.

On the Galaxy Buds+, there’s a dedicated gesture to quickly launch Spotify. It even syncs with Bixby Music so it knows the right playlist to fire up depending on the time of the day and your activity.

The Galaxy Buds+ is a step up from last year’s Galaxy Buds. It offers a longer 11-hours of battery life and has 2-way dynamic speakers all in the service of delivering a better audio experience.

Google Duo — Google’s video calling app — is also built into the phone. This lets you make Duo calls straight from the contacts app — very similar to how FaceTime works on the iPhone. Additionally, if the calls are between two Galaxy S20 phones, you can have it in full HD. Neat.

The specs 

As promised, to help differentiate the the Galaxy S20 series, here’s a quick table detailing 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

All three phones will have 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.

Wireless charging is also available on all three devices. Another thing all three have in common is they no longer have a headphone jack. Last year, the Galaxy S10 still had that port.

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. Color availability will depend on where you live.

  • Galaxy S20: Cosmic Grey, Cloud Blue, Cloud Pink — US$ 999.99
  • Galaxy S20+: Cosmic Grey, Cloud Blue, Cosmic Black — US$ 1,199.99
  • Galaxy S20 Ultra: Cosmic Grey, Cosmic Black —  US$ 1,399.99

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Galaxy S21 series performing poorer than S20

Compared to S20 and S10

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When a new flagship series comes out, the company involved usually has high expectations for it. However, there are some launches when a new smartphone ends up failing expectations. For example, because of poor sales, Apple is reportedly ending the iPhone mini model. On the flip side of things, Samsung is similarly experiencing poorer sales for the Galaxy S21.

According to a South Korean analyst firm Kiwoom Securities, this year’s Galaxy S21 series isn’t doing as well as last year’s Galaxy S20 series. Six months after it launched, the former sold only 13.5 million units. The figure is 20 percent less than the Galaxy S20 and 47 percent less than the Galaxy S10 series.

Alleviating this a bit, the Galaxy S21 did do well in its home turf. In the series’ first month, the flagship series sold around 590,000 units in South Korea. It’s only second to the Galaxy S8 which sold 620,000 units in its first month.

Currently — at least according to a recent ranking — Samsung is still the top smartphone seller in the world with Xiaomi trailing a bit behind in second place. The South Korean company might not be intimidated, though. Samsung is hosting its annual Galaxy Unpacked later this month, potentially boosting the company’s performance afterwards.

SEE ALSO: Galaxy S22 might have the same camera as the Galaxy S21

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Number portability is here, how will it work?

Easily switch among 3 telco providers!

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Number portability or the ability to move your mobile number under any carrier you want seemed like a pipe dream. Not anymore thanks to the combined efforts of the Avengers. No, just kidding. They’re called the Telecommunications Connectivity Inc. made up of DITO Telecommunity, Globe Inc., and Smart Communications. So, kind of like the Avengers, but of Telecom companies in the Philippines.

This was made possible thanks to teh passing of the Mobile Number Portability Act. Republic Act No. 11202, also known as the Mobile Number Portability Act, ensures that mobile phone users can keep their numbers even when they transfer to another service provider, or when they switch their subscription from postpaid to prepaid, or vice-versa.

How to avail Number Portability

  • How to port within networks, you need to meet the following requirements:
  • An active SIM and the requestor is the assignee of the mobile number to be ported
  • Zero remaining balance from your previous bill (for postpaid)
  • Non-existent court prohibitions
  • No pending transfer of ownership

Number porting makes it possible to also keep your number when switching from prepaid to postpaid plans. Syniverse will be the provider of number portability services in the Philippines.

“Mobile Number Portability is a complex process not only do we need to adopt it into our system but we need to integrate it with the networks of our competitors,” said Atty. Froilan Castelo who sits as the Chairman of the Telecommunications Connectivity Inc. General Counsel, Globe Group of Companies.

“It took us 22 months to build MNP, upgrade the system, integrate with the MNP service provider, and do testing with the other telcos,” he added.

Price and availability

As discussed earlier, number porting is free of charge. You can try out number porting on September 30, 2021.

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Ubisoft offers Far Cry 5 for free this weekend

Experience the violence in Hope County for a limited time only

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Ubisoft has another weekend offering for everyone, focusing more on their popular franchises. In previous offerings, they gave players one whole weekend to play games such as Assassin’s Creed Origins for free. As such, any progress accumulated will carry over when you purchase the game. This time around, they’re offering the same mechanics to those who wish to play Far Cry 5 this weekend.

For those who are still unaware, Far Cry 5 is the fifth installment in one of Ubisoft’s most popular first-person shooter franchise. The game tackles socio-political and religious topics as you play a Deputy in Hope County, Montana attempting to detain Joseph Seed. Throughout the game, you will encounter members of Seed’s congregation, the Eden’s Gate, who will stop at nothing to see a prophecy fulfilled.

From August 5-9, 2021, Ubisoft is offering players for the PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X|S access to Far Cry 5 for free. For each platform, here are the timings:

  • Ubisoft Store (PC) – August 5, 9 PM
  • Epic Games Store (PC) – August 6, 1 AM
  • PlayStation Store (PS4, PS5) – August 5, 3:01 PM
  • Microsoft Store (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One) – August 5, 3:01 PM

 

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