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Galaxy S21 will lose the microSD slot, leak says

Except the Galaxy S21 Ultra

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Despite the promise of a new form factor, the upcoming Galaxy S21 series will likely lose more than that it’s gaining. According to previous leaks, the flagship series will follow in Apple’s footsteps, eliminating the free charging adapter from its package. Now, less than two weeks until its launch, the Galaxy S21 series will lose another key feature: a microSD slot.

Reported by leaker Roland Quandt, two sources have confirmed that the Galaxy S21 and the Galaxy S21 Plus will not have a microSD slot. Meanwhile, the leading variant, the Galaxy S21 Ultra, will still get a slot.

Further, Quandt says that the S21 Ultra will top out at 512GB and 16GB of RAM. Two lower variants, 128GB and 256GB, will come with only 12GB of RAM.

If true, Samsung is potentially packing all its best features inside its best variant. Contrarily, other smartphone brands have it in reverse: packing fan favorite features in lower variants while keeping more experimental iterations for the premium segment.

If anything, Quandt says that the information is likely true for European markets. Though the leaker is confident about the source, American and international markets are still a mystery.

Confirmed yesterday, Samsung is expected to launch the Galaxy S21 series on January 14.

SEE ALSO: Samsung opens a line for Galaxy S21 preorders

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Honor 50 series launches with a radical design, Google apps support

The brand is back with a bang

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Honor was once part of the Huawei group but is now an independent brand. After more than a year of struggling with alternatives like AppGallery, the Chinese phone maker has finally launched the Honor 50 series with full Google apps support. It includes the Honor 50 Pro, Honor 50, and Honor 50 SE.

The Pro vs non-Pro option share the same processor and rear camera setup. But the Honor 50 Pro has a 6.7-inch OLED display with Full HD+ resolution, a 120Hz refresh rate, and DCI-P3 wide color gamut.

On the other hand, the Honor 50 gets a slightly smaller 6.5-inch OLED screen. Powering the two phones is a Snapdragon 778G processor with up to 12GB of RAM and 256GB internal storage.

The rear sports a 108-megapixel primary sensor, an 8-megapixel wide-angle lens, a 2-megapixel macro sensor, and a 2-megapixel depth-of-field camera. The Pro has a dual-front camera that consists of a 32-megapixel primary sensor and a 12-megapixel wide-angle lens. The non-Pro gets a single 32-megapixel shooter.

The Honor 50 Pro is backed by a 4000mAh battery with 100W SuperCharge fast charging support. The non-Pro has a slightly larger battery at 4300mAh but supports 65W fast charging. The two phones feature an in-display fingerprint scanner for authentication and run on Android 11-based Magic UI 4.2.

Lastly, the Honor 50 SE houses a 6.78-inch LCD screen with Full HD+ and a 120Hz screen refresh rate. It’s powered by a MediaTek Dimensity 900 SoC paired with up to 12GB RAM and up to 256GB storage. The phone has a triple rear camera setup with the same sensors as the other two phones excluding the depth sensor. Honor 50 SE has a side-mounted fingerprint sensor, a single 16-megapixel selfie camera, and a 4,000mAh battery with 66W fast charging support.

Honor 50 Pro:

8GB+256GB: CNY 3,699 (US$ 573)

12GB+256GB: CNY 3,999 (US$ 620)

Honor 50:

8GB+128GB: CNY 2,699 (US$ 420)

8GB+256GB: CNY 2,999 (US$ 465)

12GB+256GB: CNY 3,399 (US$ 530)

Honor 50 SE:

8GB+128GB: CNY 2,399 (US$ 372)

8GB+256GB: CNY 2,699 (US$ 420)

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realme 8 5G Unboxing and First Impressions

Midrange game changer?

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Game-changer. It’s a bold adjective to use, especially when you’re describing a smartphone that’s situated in a competitive midrange segment. But realme has always dared to leap, and they’re doing exactly that with the realme 8 5G.

They’re calling it a 5G game-changer. It will require more extensive testing to determine whether that’s true or not, but for the meantime, here are our first impressions of realme’s newest offering.

But first, a quick rundown of the specifications for this device.

Display 6.5-inch IPS LCD display, 90 hZ 1080p
Processor MediaTek MT6833 Dimensity 700 5G (7nm)
RAM + ROM 128 GB ROM/8GB RAM
Cameras 48MP primary camera (wide)
2MP macro camera
2MP depth sensor
Battery 5000 mAh

 

The phone comes in realme’s signature yellow box. No surprises there.

Taking out the lid, you’re greeted by a short note from the brand. Nice touch!

Going through the rest of the box, you’ll find your usual set of manuals, a charging cable, and your charging brick. Realme also included a case for free out of the box. Good stuff!

It makes a good first impression, but can it last?

Out of the box, the first thing you notice is how pretty the device is. Without touching it, you’d think it was made out of glass. But in reality, they used plastic for this device. The radiant light effect is definitely a nice touch.

Outside of the fingerprint smudges you’ll definitely be leaving on the back, you’d want to rock this phone without a case.

The realme 8 5G uses a curved back for added ergonomics. The phone is well-built, and it doesn’t feel cheap even if plastic was realme’s material of choice.

That extra feeling of sturdiness matters, especially in a competitive midrange market. First impressions can make or break whether you get a smartphone or not. In this case, realme passed with flying colors. Early indications suggest that realme has a winner with the 8 5G.

That’s all we have on realme’s newest midrange offering for now. We’ll be testing the device to see whether the realme 8 5G can truly #CaptureInfinitePossibilitiesWith5G.

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OnePlus officially announces a merger with OPPO

It took them 5+ years to admit that…

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OnePlus has finally made its merger with OPPO public a long time after closely working with the Chinese company. However, Pete Lau, CEO, claims that the brand will continue to operate independently.

For the unaware, OnePlus is an OPPO subsidiary, but the two smartphone manufacturers work independently. In the future, despite the “integration” between the two brands, OnePlus and OPPO will continue to operate separately. The news doesn’t come as a massive shock given that Lau took on a role with OPPO last year in overseeing strategy for both brands.

Last year, OnePlus CEO Pete Lau took up the Senior Vice President position at OPLUS, which wholly owns OPPO and has a majority stake in OnePlus. The company also has a small stake in realme, which targets the affordable segment.

All these brands are part of Guangdong-based conglomerate BBK Electronics, which also owns vivo and iQoo. Lau indicated the move would allow them to deliver faster and more stable software updates to users, something that has certainly been one of the criticisms of OnePlus in recent years.

In the official blogpost, Lau mentioned that the company had seen a positive impact by integrating the two companies’ teams. The company has confirmed to MySmartPrice that smartphones from the brand will continue to run OxygenOS custom user interface based on Android. The shared resources and talent will not only help OnePlus to scale its business but will also help in cutting down costs due to scaling.

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