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Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G: Price, availability in the Philippines

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Galaxy S21 FE

Samsung opens 2022 with a Fan Edition of last year’s flagship — the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G.

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.

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.

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.

It comes in four color options: Olive, Lavender, White, and Graphite (essentially black).

Price and availability

Customers who pre-order the Galaxy S21 FE 5G from January 4 — 10, 2022 can get a FREE pair of Galaxy Buds Live worth PhP 7,990 in Samsung.com, Samsung Experience Stores, select Authorized Samsung Stores, Lazada, Shopee, Abenson.com and MemoXpress Online.

Customers can get the Galaxy S21 FE 5G for as low as Php 1,624.58/mo at 0% interest for up to 24 months upon claiming the pre-order unit using select credit cards.

Starting January 11, 2022, the Galaxy S21 FE 5G will be widely available on Samsung.com, Samsung Experience Stores and Authorized Samsung Stores, Online and Telco Partners.

The Galaxy S21 FE 5G will retail at PhP 38,990 for the 128GB variant and PhP 41,990 SRP for the 256GB. Pre-order the Galaxy S21 FE 5G today.

Watch our Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G Unboxing and Hands-on

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Finally! Grab users may now pay directly using GCash

Much-awaited partnership

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Grab Philippines and GCash have finally struck a partnership deal that will make payments on the superapp even easier and more convenient.

Starting February, users will be able to add GCash as a direct payment method on the Grab app, making cashless transactions on food and grocery deliveries, car transport, and other services cashless.

Prior to the collaboration, GCash users could only send money from their account to their GrabPay wallet, and vice-versa, causing a bit of hassle switching in between apps on one’s phone screen.

The partnership also means there will be no more transaction fees unlike before when Grab users have to cash in using their credit or debit cards or linked bank accounts.

Grab customers may also avail of GCash exclusive deals, and even get treats when they pay using the e-wallet.

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Samsung offers $100 for Galaxy S23 preorders

Or the upcoming Galaxy Book

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The Galaxy S23 series is coming. Samsung has officially scheduled the first Galaxy Unpacked event of the year for early February, heralding the coming of the Galaxy S23 series. While the flagship series will certainly wow a lot of users, buying one might crumple bank accounts so soon after the holidays. Luckily, Samsung is holding an early reservation promo ahead of the Galaxy Unpacked event.

If you reserve either the new Galaxy S23 or the new Galaxy Book now, Samsung is giving away US$ 50 worth of Samsung Credit. Additionally, users can reserve both devices and get US$ 100 worth of credit for use on any eligible products in the store.

Simply by signing up with your email address, you can use this link to save up to US$ 100 when you shop with Samsung.

The promo ends next Wednesday, February 1, by 11:59pm EST.

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Apple halts development of in-house chip

Broadcom is still in

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Apple is currently on a quest to reduce its reliance on third-party components for its devices. For the most part, the company is successful in doing so. Apple Silicon is already an important part of the brand’s identity — with work on more in-house components ongoing. Now, Apple is reportedly pausing development on one of its upcoming chips.

According to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple will delay the development of its in-house connectivity chip. In the meantime, the brand will keep relying on Broadcom for the same components, going into the iPhone 15 series.

To be clear, the paused component only deals with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity. Apple is still developing its in-house modem for 5G connectivity — according to outside reports, at least. While the Broadcom deal will still continue, Qualcomm might still get the axe after Apple develops its replacement chip.

Given the positive response to Apple Silicon, building more in-house components might ultimately work well for the brand. If anything, the company can rest easier by controlling how one of its components is produced.

Besides Apple, other brands are also developing their in-house chipsets to rival component makers like Qualcomm. Google, for instance, is doing relatively well with the Tensor lineup. Additionally, though the upcoming series will rely on Qualcomm, Samsung is currently working to bring the Exynos lineup to match current standards.

SEE ALSO: Apple iPhone 15 Rumor Roundup: Goodbye Pro Max, hello Ultra

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