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Samsung Galaxy S21 Series: Price and availability in the Philippines

Which Galaxy S21 is for you?

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Samsung’s latest and greatest Galaxy S series will be in the Philippines. The Samsung Galaxy S21 Series has three phones — the Galaxy S21, Galaxy S21+, and the Galaxy S21 Ultra.

Here’s a quick look at the specs for your benefit.

Galaxy S21 Series Specs

Galaxy S21 Galaxy S21+ Galaxy S21 Ultra
Display 6.2”

Dynamic AMOLED

120Hz

6.7”

Dynamic AMOLED

120Hz

6.8”

Dynamic AMOLED

120Hz/4K

Processor Snapdragon 888/ Exynos 2100

*Depending on the region

Build Polycarbonate Plastic Gorilla Glass Victus Gorilla Glass Victus
RAM + ROM Up to 8GB + 256GB Up to 8GB + 256GB Up to 16GB + 512GB
Battery Capacity 4000mAh

25W wired charging

15W wireless charging

4800mAh

25W wired charging

15W wireless charging

5000mAh

25W wired charging

15W wireless charging

Rear cameras 12MP Ultra Wide f/2.2

12MP Wide f/1.8

64MP Telephoto f/2.0

12MP Ultra Wide f/2.2

12MP Wide f/1.8

64MP Telephoto f/2.0

12MP Ultra wide f/2.2

108MP Wide f/1.8

10MP Telephoto1 f/2.4

10MP Telephoto2 f/4.9

Laser AF

Selfie camera 10MP f/2.2 40MP f/2.2
S Pen support No No Yes

*Sold separately

*No slot for storage

Colors Phantom Violet

Phantom Pink

Phantom Grey

Phantom White

*Varies depending on market

Phantom Violet

Phantom Grey

Phanton Silver

Phantom Black

*Varies depending on market

Phantom Silver

Phantom Black

 

The Galaxy S21 series features a slightly altered look, improved cameras from a software standpoint, and a host of new features for video-taking. Something entirely new to the S series is the Galaxy S21 Ultra’s S Pen support — a feature previously reserved only for the Galaxy Note series.

The series will also remove charging bricks from the box — a move that Apple did and Samsung previously mocked.

The entire Galaxy S21 series also has UWB or Ultra Wide Band. It lets users point their phone at another Galaxy phone to send files. The feature set has been expanded to include unlocking your car with your phone.

Samsung is also launching an accessory called Smart Tags. These are trackers you can attach to your keys or your backpack. You can then use these to locate your items using the SmartThings Find App.

Pricing and availability

Galaxy S21 Series

Galaxy S21 PhP 47,990
Galaxy S21+ PhP 57,990
Galaxy S21 PhP 69,990

Galaxy S21

The Galaxy S21 will be available in Samsung.com, other Samsung online partners, and telco partners on February 5, 2021.

Galaxy S21+

On January 15 to 28, 2021, customers can pre-order the Galaxy S21+ to get a bundle worth up to PhP 19,000 through Samsung Experience stores, select Abenson and SM Appliance Stores and Authorized Samsung online partners.

Customers who pre-order will get the following:

  • Galaxy Buds Live
  • Galaxy Tab A 8.0
  • Galaxy SmartTag,
  • 25W Travel Adapter

Offer is also available through Globe and Smart until January 24.

Customers can also pre-order through Samsung.com to get as much as PhP 13,000 worth of freebies including Galaxy Buds Live, Galaxy SmartTag and a PhP 3,000 discount.

Starting January 29, 2021, the Galaxy S21+ 5G will be widely available in Samsung.com, Authorized Samsung Stores, other Samsung online partners, and telco partners.

Galaxy S21 Ultra

On January 15 to 28, 2021, customers can pre-order the Galaxy S21 Ultra to get a bundle worth up to PhP 20,000 through Samsung Experience stores, select Abenson and SM Appliance Stores and Authorized Samsung online partners.

Customers who pre-order will get the following:

  • Galaxy Buds Pro
  • Galaxy Tab A 8.0
  • Galaxy SmartTag
  • 25W Travel Adapter

Offer is also available through Globe and Smart until January 24.

Customers can also pre-order through Samsung.com to get as much as PhP 16,000 worth of freebies including Galaxy Buds Pro, Galaxy SmartTag and a PhP 5,000 discount.

Starting on January 29, 2021, Galaxy S21 Ultra will be widely available in Samsung.com, Authorized Samsung Stores, other Samsung online partners, and telco partners. Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G will be available in two bold colors featuring deluxe haze finishes:

  • Phantom Silver: 256GB model with 12GB RAM
  • Phantom Black: 256GB model with 12GB RAM
  • 512GB model with 16GB RAM (pre-order-exclusive model) 

Pricing for Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G starts at PhP 69,990 for the 256GB model and PhP 79,990 for the 512GB pre-order-exclusive model.

 

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Spotify Premium Mini launches, removes ads with limited downloads

Can be billed through your carrier

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Spotify Premium Mini

It’s now cheaper to get rid of those Spotify ads. Sure, the voice overs sound good but it just ruins the mood when your jamming to your favorite tracks only be interrupted. Spotify Premium Mini is here for all of us.

What you’re getting with Spotify Premium Mini

Ad-free individual music listening on mobile with unlimited skips — Listeners can access over 70 million music tracks and over 2.9 million podcast titles on the world’s largest audio streaming service

Download and play up to 30 songs offline on one mobile device — This allows a user to be on-the-go and stay connected to their favorite artists and creators without the need to connect to WiFi or tap into their mobile data.

Flexibility at its best –– Whether it’s for a morning exercise or simply seeking a motivational podcast to kick start the week, users have the option to immediately subscribe for just a day or a week at any given moment.

Hassle-free and seamless payment methods — Beyond the credit card option, users can choose to make payment through Carrier Billing or via digital wallets (GCash, PayMaya in the Philippines)

Better together — Premium Mini Listeners also have the ability to tune in to the same playlist or podcast with up to five friends via Group Session in beta.

How to sign-up?

  1. Download Spotify’s mobile app or head over to Spotify’s website on desktop.
  2. Click the ‘Premium’ section at the top right of the website or at the bottom right of the Spotify app.
  3. Choose ‘Get Mini’ and choose ‘daily’ or ‘weekly’ plan. This is a prepaid offering.
  4. Choose payment methods
  5. Register or log in to the Spotify account.
  6. Users can start enjoying Spotify’s Premium Mini experience for the day or week.

Here are the the rates:

Philippines — PhP 7/day and PhP 26/week
Malaysya — MYR 1/day and MYR 3.90/week

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Google unveils Pixel 6 series

Way ahead of schedule

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Over the past few years, Google’s presence in the smartphone realm has considerably dwindled. During its first few launches, the Pixel series boasted a truly vanilla Google experience untainted by bloatware or custom software. However, over the past few launches, the series gradually declined compared to other smartphone brands. With its sixth generation coming, Google wants to reclaim that spot as the best smartphone brand for Android with the Pixel 6 series.

Teased today, Google took the curtain off from the upcoming Pixel 6 series way ahead of schedule. First of all, the flagship series has one of the most interesting prototype designs. Instead of the typical slab phone design, the Pixel 6 series will have a sizable camera strip on its rear. Though the design will surely incite some polarizing opinions (especially from that insane bump), it is a refreshing change from the usual.

The unveiling is just a tease, though. Google is still planning a larger launch event in October. As such, the company only revealed a few details for the coming series.

The Pixel 6 will sport a 6.4-inch FHD+ screen and a smooth 90Hz refresh rate. It will have a dual rear camera setup: a wide-angle main shooter and an ultrawide sensor.

On the other hand, the Pixel 6 Pro will have a 6.7-inch QHD+ screen with a smoother 120Hz refresh rate. The phone will have same two camera sensor but with an additional 4X telephoto lens.

Both smartphones carry the newly announced Tensor processor. For the first time, Google has its own chipset inside the smartphones, instead of relying on the usual Qualcomm chips.

SEE ALSO: Google is developing a Switch to Android app for iPhone users

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Google is shutting down very old Android phones

Starting in September

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Android Gingerbread

Google is slowly shutting down its (almost) long-forgotten past. Very soon, Android’s oldest versions will stop working. Though the company has previously announced the removal of support for Android Jellybean, Google is going a step further and completely shutting Android Gingerbread devices soon.

First spotted by 91Mobiles, Google will stop users from logging into devices with Android 2.3.7 Gingerbread and older starting September 27. The niche market that still runs these operating systems will not be able to use the Play Store, Gmail, YouTube, and other Google apps, rendering them completely useless. Affected users have to either upgrade to Android 3.0 Honeycomb or upgrade to a newer phone.

Given the current state of older Android phones, it might be better to grab a new one instead. According to Google, the shutdown aims to bring older Android users to a more secure front. Android Gingerbread has long stopped receiving necessary security updates, making them prime targets for updated hackers.

On a similar note, Google has also announced the end of support for Android Jellybean devices after August this year. Though Jellybean users can still use their devices, they won’t get any more updates going forward. The timing is, thus, correct. Google has moved its window of old Android versions up a notch: Honeycomb to Jellybean. After September, these versions will not have access to security updates going forwards.

This year, Google is expected to launch Android 12 around the same time.

SEE ALSO: Android 12 comes with added privacy features, almost like Apple

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