Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra’s DxOMark scores are out now

Just what you’d expect from a flagship



The DxOMark results of the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra are out now and the camera setup has scored 132 in the photo segment and 102 in the video department. This gives it a rank of the sixth most powerful smartphone camera setup commercially available right now with an average of 122.

Currently, the leaderboard is headed by the Huawei P40 Pro with an average score of 128. The OPPO Find X2 and Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro, both have scored slightly higher at 124. The gap between these points is practically negligible, making them all practically stellar phones with class-leading cameras.

Coming to the Galaxy S20 Ultra, it does an amazing job in accurately gauging exposure, autofocus, as well as c0lors. The telephoto camera delivers up to 4x optical zoom and does an excellent job in medium to long-range photos. However, there is a slight issue close-range zoom shoots where the edges don’t look perfectly fused.

On the other hand, the wide-angle lens is a top-scorer in the category and with well balanced geometric distortion. Even low-light shots have no flaws and pixel binning technology works seamlessly. For portrait shots, DxOMark says they are among the best they’ve seen and strong blur is also created unblemished.

On the video side, Samsung’s cameras are known for quick autofocus and top-notch stabilization. This is where it scores the highest. But, the videos show a slight amount of noise in lowlight.

It’s very important to note that these are extremely scrutinized scores and the practical experience of using a phone will be best-in-class. Except for a photography pundit, pretty much every user will be amazed by the camera and won’t be able to easily point out these flaws or drawbacks.

Benchmarks help in understanding the raw power of a component and the phone as a whole. AnTuTu is one of the most popular tools for gauging the power of a mobile processor. Similarly, the DxOMark score has long been an industry-leading benchmark to test a phone’s camera capability. But, shouldn’t be equated to real-life usage.

Read Also: Mi 10 Pro vs OnePlus 8 Pro vs Huawei P40 Pro vs OPPO Find X2 Pro: Camera shootout


Google Drive was down for PLDT users

Service appears to be working now



Google Drive down

Google Drive was not working for PLDT users in the Philippines.

Multiple users in the Philippines have taken to Twitter to express frustration that Google Drive is down. The earliest tweets started at around 7PM (GMT+8). As of writing, the service continues to not work for some people.

Some tweeters have pointed out that the problem is with the Internet Service Provider PLDT. Some have switched to using a different ISP and it has worked for them.

PLDT replying to queries

PLDT has yet to fully acknowledge the problem and have only so far replied to a handful of customers who have tagged them to flag the issue.

As of 4:24AM (GMT+8), the service has returned for some users.

Google Drive is Google’s cloud service that’s also home to its Office Suite of apps including Google Docs, Google Sheets, and Google Slides. Several people rely on the service both for study and work.

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Mi 11 Lite: Price and availability in the Philippines

Ultra-slim midranger



Mi 11 Lite

The youngest sibling from the Mi 11 series expansion announcement, the Mi 11 Lite, has made its way to the Philippines.

Despite an overall slim footprint, it does sport a 6.55-inch FHD+ AMOLED DotDisplay with a 90Hz refresh rate and HDR10. It also has a 4,250mAh battery with 33W fast charging.

Powering the phone is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 732G chip. It’s a chip that’s more than capable of handling most of what you’ll do on a smartphone. Into gaming? Yes, this phone can certainly handle that. It even employs the LiquidCool tech to keep you cool even as the game heats up.

It also has 8GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. Yes, this is only the 4G version. No word yet if the 5G one will arrive in the country. Its camera setup are as follows: 64MP f/1.79 Wide. 8MP f/2.2 UWA, 5MP f/2.4 Telemacro, and 16MP selfie camera.

The phone will come in three colors: Boba Black, Bubblegum Blue and Peach Pink.

Price and availability

The Mi 11 Lite will retail for PhP 14,990 and will be available for purchase from Authorized Mi Stores and partner retailers nationwide as well as our official stores in Lazada and Shopee starting April 24.

Watch our Mi 11 Lite Unboxing and Hands-On

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Lenovo unveils new Eyesafe-certified ThinkVision monitors

For those who wish to manage their screen time while working




For those working from home, you often find yourselves glued to your screens for more than eight hours a day. Whether it’s your work laptop or your phone, you proceed to work on your tasks or scroll through social media through a screen. Of course, if you do it for too long, it has the potential to damage your eyesight in the long run. Now, Lenovo unveiled a new set of displays that might just help you address that.

The company has launched its latest ThinkVision monitors that are now Eyesafe-certified. In essence, both monitors come with technologies designed to ease off the harmful blue light emitted from the display. Furthermore, they received a TUV Rheinland Eye Comfort certification to ensure maximum eye comfort and protection.

Also, these two monitors — the ThinkVision T24i-2L and ThinkVision T27h-2L — come with color accurate displays and phone holders on the base.

For the ThinkVision T24i-2L, it comes with a 24-inch FHD display with flexible connectivity options for all kinds of devices. Meanwhile, the ThinkVision T27h-AL comes with a 27-inch QHD display for a much larger workspace.

These monitors are now available for the price of PhP 8,850 (ThinkVision T24i-2L) and PhP 15,499 (ThinkVision T27h-2L). You will find these through Lenovo’s authorized partner sellers.

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