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Samsung Galaxy S9 goes through durability test

Will it make it through?

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Without a doubt, the Galaxy S9 looks a lot like its predecessor. But that brings up the question: Is it as durable as the Galaxy S8?

YouTube channel JerryRigEverything was willing to put yet another smartphone through a durability test to see just how well it can last in extreme use cases.

Watch the video below to see the Galaxy S9 get scratched, burned, and bent in less than seven minutes:

Are you impressed? Because we certainly are.

Samsung’s decision to thicken the glass and aluminum materials of the Galaxy S9 at the expense of added weight turned out to be a smart move. This year’s flagship is more scratch- and impact-resistant than last year’s model.

And for those worrying about the S9 bending in one’s pocket, it’s safe to say that it handles being sat on better than any previous Galaxy S flagship. So while it looks and feels the same, it’s much tougher and resilient all around.

If you’re still worried about accidental damage, you’ll be glad to know Samsung bundles a jelly case in the box this time around. You can see that and all the other included accessories in our unboxing video:

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Samsung’s Exynos 880 SoC aims to bring 5G at an affordable price

Vivo has already launched a phone with it

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5G is the buzzword of 2020 and every flagship phone is launching with it thanks to Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 865 processor. Even the iPhone 12 series is rumored to support 5G. Chipmakers are further trying to bring the new wireless standard to affordable phones. Enter the Samsung Exynos 880.

It’s a midrange processor that intends to offer best-in-class performance as well as 5G connectivity. The South Korean chipmaker currently has two 5G chipsets in its portfolio — the Exynos 980 and Exynos 990. So, what’s different about the new chipset?

The chip is all about bringing 5G compatibility at a lower price. It features an octa-core CPU that includes a pair of Cortex-A77 CPU cores clocked at 2GHz and six Cortex-A55 CPU cores running at 1.8GHz. Coupled along is a Mali-G76 MP5 GPU for gaming.

The processor supports Full HD+ playback with resolution up to 2,520 x 1,080 pixels. It also includes a neural processing unit (NPU) and a digital signal processor (DSP) for on-device AI refinement and security.

On the camera front, it offers a maximum of 64-megapixel single camera support (and 20+20 dual). It can record 4K videos at 30 FPS and supports playback with HEVC, H.264, and VP9 codecs.

Most importantly, it supports an integrated 5G modem that delivers up to 2.55Gbps download speed and up to 1.28Gbps upload speed over the 5G sub-6GHz spectrum.

Today, Vivo launched the Vivo Y70s in China and it’s the first phone to house the processor. The phone comes with a starting price of CNY 1,998 (US$ 280) for 6GB RAM and 128GB internal storage.

The Exynos 880 chipset shall be going against MediaTek’s Dimensity 820 SoC and Qualcomm’s 768G.

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Spotify is taking out the infamous 10,000-song limit

Finally!

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Amidst the immense variety of music streaming services today, Spotify remains at the top of the pile. Whether due to service quality or brand loyalty, everyone still uses Spotify. However, despite its dominance, the popular service still has a few downsides. For one, Spotify has an infamous 10,000-song limit, preventing users from saving more than 10,000 songs.

Thankfully, Spotify is finally doing away with this limit soon. According to a new community post, a user’s library can add an unlimited amount of songs, affecting both liked songs and liked albums.

Previously, once you hit the 10,000-song limit, Spotify hits you up with a falsely positive warning: “Epic collection, friend. There’s no more room in Your Library. To save more, you’ll need to remove some songs or albums.” Despite an overwhelming clamor to get rid of it, Spotify has persistently refused to eliminate the limit.

However, Spotify’s latest expansion comes with an important caveat. It applies only to “Your Music” collections. Users still have to abide by the 10,000-song limit for custom playlists and offline downloads. Regardless, the minor expansion is a good step forward to completely eradicating the limit across the board.

Of course, only a minuscule fraction of Spotify users will likely bump into this song ceiling. Even for an expansive service like Spotify, 10,000 songs are still a sizable amount for most users. Still, if you ever find yourself on 9,999 songs, you might not need to worry about adding a few more songs anymore. The feature has already started rolling out to new users globally.

SEE ALSO: Spotify offers 3-month trial to new premium customers

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Lenovo drops a full suite of smart devices

Everything from smartphones to robot vacuums

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There’s a bunch of launches after the long dead-silence during the lockdown and Lenovo is joining in by going ham on the new releases. Honestly, it feels like being back in school when every teacher seemed to coyly schedule all their project and exam due dates on the same god-forsaken day. Take it easy, guys. I’d love to have a cozy smart home and a tech upgrade but we all just need to get through this month’s rent first.

That aside, strap up, boys and girls because boy does Lenovo have a line-up for you. They’re coming in with new models for their smartphone line-up and a fresh new range of smart home devices for their summer campaign: The Lenovo Summer Sale.

Lenovo K5 Play and K5 Pro

The Lenovo K5 Play has a 5.7-in IPS LCD screen with a 720 x 1440 resolution.  The K5 Play is powered by a Snapdragon 430 Octa-core chipset with up to 3GB RAM and 32GB internal storage. It features a dual rear camera (13MP F/2.2 and 2MP) and an 8MP F/2.0 front camera.

As for the Lenovo K5 Pro counterpart, its IPS LCD measures 5.99-in with a 1080 x 2160 resolution. The K5 Pro has a Snapdragon 636 Octa-core chipset with up to 6GB RAM and 64GB internal storage. It also features the same dual-camera set-up in the front and back (16MP and 5MP) with an added front camera flash.

The Lenovo K5 Play retails at PhP 3,990 and the K5 Pro retails at PhP 5,990.

Lenovo S5 Pro

The Lenovo S5 Pro has a 6.2-in IPS LCD screen with a 1080 x 2246 resolution. The S5 Pro is powered by a Snapdragon 636 Octa-core coupled with Adreno 509 graphics card and up to 6GB RAM and up to 128GB internal storage. The S5 Pro has two sets of cameras on both front and back. For the rear camera, it’s decked out with a 20MP F/2.6 and 12MP F/1.8 combo while the front has a 20MP F/2.2 and 8MP dual camera set-up. The S5 Pro has features like a rear-mounted fingerprint reader and an infrared camera face unlock for added security.

The Lenovo S5 Pro has a starting price of PhP 7,495.

For the first time ever in the Philippines, Lenovo is releasing several smart home devices designed to make any place feel more like home. Here are Lenovo’s newly launched Smart Home devices:

Lenovo Smart Tabs

Need a good line-up of smart tabs? Lenovo has a few to choose from: the Lenovo Smart Tab M8, M10 HD, and M10 FHD Plus. The tablets perform tasks through voice commands wherever you decide to set yours up and come with dual front-facing speakers and dual microphones powered by Dolby Atmos. There’s a Lenovo Smart Tab variant that comes with a built-in kickstand for ease of use at the price of PhP 4,990.

The Lenovo Smart Tab M8 has a price tag of PhP 8,490. The Smart Tab M10 HD costs PhP 9,990. And, The Smart Tab M10 FHD Plus costs PhP 13,990.

2-in-1 Laptop/Tablet hybrid

Lenovo is bringing nine new variants of the popular D330 2-in-1 device. The D330 can be used as either tablet or laptop with its slick hybrid design. It is powered by an Intel Pentium Silver N5000 processor and has the recent Windows 10 operating system.

Lenovo Robot Vacuum Cleaner T1, T1 Pro, E1

Robot Vacuum Cleaner T1

Done with doing the housework after weeks in the lockdown? Let these little guys do the sweeping for you. All variants come with an Automatic Dirt Disposal that spontaneously empties dust bins for quick and easy cleaning. They all can also be controlled and customized through both Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant.

The Lenovo Robot Vacuum Cleaner T1 costs PhP 19,995; T1 Pro — PhP 24,995; and E1 — PhP 9,995.

If you think the line-up of new releases is over, you’d be just like me: wrong. Lenovo added new accessories to complement all the other gadgets they have available.

HE08 Neckband Headset, HD100 Wireless Headset, HT 28 TWS Buds

Lenovo’s HE08 Neckband Headset, HD 100 Wireless Headset, and HT28 TWS Buds can playback sound at farther ranges and transmit sound faster with its Bluetooth 5.0 support. Lenovo boasts its battery life with their HT28 TWS Buds lasting six hours of playtime. The buds are also waterproof so you can stay in to avoid catching the virus and sing to dramatic music in the shower.

Lenovo’s HE08 Neckband Headset is priced at PhP 1,495; HD 100 Wireless Headset — PhP 1,995; and HT28 TWS Buds — PhP 2,495.

Lenovo Smartwatch S2

The Smartwatch S2 can track motion speed, heart rate, sleep, and workouts with a customizable Sports Mode. It’s powered by the Nordic 5283 processor and is able to easily withstand day-to-day use with its zinc allow frame, tempered glass display, and 3ATM water resistance.

The Lenovo Smartwatch S2 costs PhP 2,995.

Lenovo 14,000mAh USB-C Laptop Powerbank

Designed with modern professionals in mind, Lenovo developed this powerbank to keep you uninterrupted while on-the-go. This portable powerhouse provides 48Wh battery life mobile workstations and has two integrated USB-A ports and one USB-C port.

The Lenovo 14,000mAh USB-C Laptop Powerbank is priced at PhP 4,995.

All the products listed above are available in Lenovo partner stores nationwide and online through the Lenovo Mobile Flagship Store on Lazada.

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