Samsung Galaxy S8 Active fixes Galaxy S8’s biggest flaws



Despite the increasing number of solid competitors, the Galaxy S8 is one of the best smartphones to come out this year. It just has one problem: Its screen isn’t as durable as you’d hope for.

The newly Galaxy S8 Active fixes that and more.

Gone are the curved edges of the Infinity Display in favor of a rugged design similar to past generations like the Galaxy S7 Active.

Although the original Galaxy S8 already has water resistance, the Active version is even more resilient against drops on the floor, dunks in water, and accidental spills thanks to a military-grade construction for its screen and frame.

Based on the smaller Galaxy S8 and not the S8+, the S8 Active owns a 5.8-inch Quad HD AMOLED display with the same elongated 18.5:9 aspect ratio. But since there’s more room available, Samsung was able to fit a much larger 4000mAh battery inside this model. That’s way more than the 3000mAh capacity of the plain S8!

The rest of the specifications are the same, from the super-fast Snapdragon 835 processor and 4GB of memory, to the single 12-megapixel rear camera and 8-megapixel selfie shooter.

Looks like we have recipe for excellence here, but there are a couple of caveats: One, it’s exclusive to US network carrier AT&T; two, the full retail price is US$ 850.

That puts the Galaxy S8 Active in the price range of the larger, sexier Galaxy S8+. Still, if durability matters and curved edges don’t, you’re better off going for this rugged variant.

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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



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



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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