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Samsung launches Galaxy S21 FE 5G

Available January 11

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Right before the launch of the next Galaxy S series, Samsung has announced one final hurrah for the Galaxy S21 series. As the company does every year, the current Galaxy S series will get a Fan Edition (or FE for short). Starting this month, users can purchase the Galaxy S21 FE 5G online.

As with all FE models from Samsung, the Galaxy S21 FE 5G will combine the best of the Galaxy S21 series into one affordable package. Under the hood, the new smartphone comes with a 5nm 64-bit octa-core processor. (Actual specs will depend on territory.) It will have up to 8GB of RAM and up to 256GB of internal storage.

For cameras, the Galaxy S21 FE 5G will feature a triple rear camera combination consisting of 12-megapixel ultra-wide + 12-megapixel wide + 8-megapixel telephoto lenses. Further, the 8-megapixel telephoto camera will have 30x Space Zoom. In front, the smartphone will have a 32-megapixel selfie shooter.

The phone’s 6.4-inch FHD+ AMOLED screen has a 120Hz refresh rate, making it a silky smooth driver for its size. Out of the box, it comes with Android 12. As the name suggests, it will also have 5G compatibility. Finally, it has a sizable 4500mAh battery compatible with 25W wired charging and 15W wireless charging.

It will come in four color options: Olive, Lavender, White, and Graphite. The phone will start selling on January 11 online through Samsung.com and retailers online.

SEE ALSO: Samsung combines phone division with TVs

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Redmi Note 11 series officially launches

Featuring 4 devices

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Redmi Note 11 series

Xiaomi just announced the Redmi Note 11 series. It’s a massive line that has four smartphones. These are the Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G, Redmi Note 11 Pro, Redmi Note 11S and Redmi Note 11. The series promises upgrades across the board from cameras, performance, and charging speeds.

Flagship-level camera setup

Each member of the Redmi Note 11 series is equipped with sensors that won’t leave you wanting in the camera department. The Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G, Redmi Note 11 Pro, and Redmi Note 11 feature 108MP primary sensors.

Specifically, they are using the Samsung HM2 with a 1/1.52″ sensor size. It leverages 9-in-1 pixel binning technology as well as dual native ISO to deliver incredible images with higher dynamic range and colour performance, with excellent results even in dim light.

AMOLED goodness

Members of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 series’ screen sizes vary. But they all have FHD+ AMOLED DotDisplay featuring DCI-P3 wide color gamut. There’s also 1200nits brightness. And last but certainly not the least, a 120Hz screen refresh rate with a 360Hz touch sampling rate. Impressive numbers, especially for the Redmi Note line.

The series is powered by more than capable Snapdragon and MediaTek chipsets. These are able to handle any task from the most basic like social media browsing, to the most demanding like playing games and multitasking.

Here’s a quick look at the specs.

Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G

Redmi Note 11 Pro

Redmi Note 11S

Redmi Note 11

Display

120Hz

6.67” FHD+ AMOLED DotDisplay

90Hz

6.43” FHD+ AMOLED

DotDisplay

Rear camera

108MP main camera

8MP ultra-wide camera

2MP macro camera

108MP main camera

8MP ultra-wide camera

2MP macro camera

2MP depth camera

50MP main camera

8MP ultra-wide camera

2MP macro camera

2MP depth camera

Front camera

16MP in-display front camera

13MP in-display  front camera

Dimension & Weight

164.19mm x 76.1mm x 8.12mm

202g

159.87mm x 73.87mm x 8.09mm

179g

Processor

Snapdragon 695

MediaTek Helio G96

Snapdragon 680

RAM+ROM

LPDDR4X

UFS 2.2

Audio

Dual speakers

3.5mm headphone jack

Security

Side fingerprint sensor

AI Face Unlock

Charging

5,000mAh (typ) battery

Supports 67W wired turbo charging

5,000mAh (typ) battery

Supports 33W wired Pro fast charging

Connectivity

SIM 1 + Hybrid (SIM or MicroSD)

NFC

IR blaster

Dual SIM + MicroSD

NFC**

IR blaster

Variant**

6GB+64GB, 6GB+128GB, 8GB+128GB

4GB+64GB, 4GB+128GB, 6GB+128GB

Available colors

(Depends on region)

Graphite Gray,

Polar White, Atlantic Blue

Graphite Gray,

Polar White, Star Blue

Graphite Gray,

Twilight Blue, Pearl White

Graphite Gray,

Twilight Blue, Star Blue

Pricing and availability details to follow.

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LG StanbyME lifestyle TV launches in Singapore

Also happens to be the TV that Sandara Park uses

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LG Electronics announced the launch of new lifestyle screen LG StanbyME in Singapore. It also happens to be the same TV used by K-Pop superstar Sandara Park.

The 27-inch, self-standing touchscreen display provides more flexibility and convenience for users of the modern age, while serving as a one-of-a-kind entertainment center at home.

It was seen on an episode of South Korean variety show Home Alone featuring former 2NE1 member Sandara Park. 

All-in-one entertainment solution

LG StanbyME has LG’s webOS smart TV platform interface designed exclusively for the product.

It is built-in with a wide range of streaming services such as Amazon Prime, Facebook Watch, Netflix, YouTube, and an ad-free video-on-demand education platform Highbrow.

The newest product also has support for HDR10 Pro and AI Sound for more distinctive content audio and visuals.

Unrivalled streaming experience

With Mobile Screen Mirroring, streaming using the LG StanbyME is made seamlessly as it connects with the latest Android and iOS smartphones.

Users with AirPlay 2 can also stream, share, or mirror content straight from their devices while Home app or Siri on iOS devices allows controlling the device remotely.

Connecting laptops or PCs is also a breeze. You can do via wired (USB or HDMI) or wireless connections. This makes it suitable for presentations and meetings.

When not in use, turn LG StanbyME into a digital display of artworks or images. It can also be a functional interface like a calendar and clock.

Portable entertainment companion

The LG StanbyME features a sleek, modular stand with up to a 20-cm height adjustment. And it has a 27-inch FHD IPS display screen.

The screen can be rotated up to 180 degrees in either landscape or portrait modes. It can also be swiveled up to 130 degrees, and titled up to 50 degrees for versatile viewing comfort.

Positioned on its stand’s base are five concealed wheel. With these, users are able to move it freely around.

The wireless screen comes with a built-in battery that lasts up to three hours on a single charge. It’s ideal for watching movies, doing home workouts, or conducting conference calls.

The LG StanbyME features a pure beige textural fabric cover, complementing most interior decors with a warm and sophisticated touch.

Pricing and availability

The LG StanbyME is priced at SG$ 1,799 and is now available at official LG KrisShop, LG Lazada, LG Shopee, and at all authorized retailers: Audio House, Best Denki, Courts, Gain City, Harvey Norman, Mega Discount Store, Mustafa and Parisilk.

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Microsoft launches limited Year of the Tiger Xbox Series S

Only 15 units available

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Do you have either of the new gaming consoles? More than a year since their launch, a lot of gamers are still struggling to own these must-own devices because of shortages and scalping. Now, if getting any of the regular models is still a struggle for you, then you’ll hate this new version. Microsoft is celebrating the Chinese New Year with a special Year of the Tiger edition of the Xbox Series S.

Just how hard is it to get one of these things? Well, Microsoft is making only 15 units of this special edition. Plus, you can only get one through a special sweepstakes from WeChat and bilibili China. If you’re in the area, the entry period has already started.

Though it doesn’t tout any new hardware features, the Lunar New Year Xbox Series S comes with a special design from Chinese cartoon artist Bu2ma. Naturally, the console and controller combo shines in brilliant red with astonishing tiger motifs in black. They also have golden Chinese lettering signifying the zodiac sign.

Lunar New Year partnerships are always fun. Besides Microsoft, other brands are also celebrating the occasion with their own limited editions of their products. The yearly occasion usually brings out impressive collaborations resulting in highly limited editions of popular products.

SEE ALSO: Xbox creates a SpongeBob-themed Xbox Series X

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