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Some Samsung Galaxy S9 units are shipping with a broken screen

Here we go again

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Once again, Samsung suffers a factory defect just weeks after a device’s launch. Users worldwide are reporting touchscreen issues on both the Galaxy S9 and S9+.

Popping up on Reddit and on Samsung’s own support forums, the bug describes dead spots in varying areas on the devices’ screens.

In this case, “dead spots” mean tiny nicks where the touchscreen function doesn’t work. For most users, this defect is practically negligible. Even just a failed swipe or a strange type can point to the screen defect. Astute users noticed the defect’s consistency on their phones.

Strangely, the bug isn’t the same for every user. Some report a spot on the top-right corner, while some might say it’s on the bottom-right. However, the flaws are unmistakable. Various videos have since popped up that show the issue at work.

As of now, Samsung is still investigating the issue, working hand in hand with affected users. However, the company urges those affected to contact Samsung’s support as soon as they can.

This isn’t the first time that Samsung suffered a factory defect on launch. Most infamously, the Galaxy Note 7 came installed with potentially explosive batteries, initiating a global recall of the phone. Following the issue, users have been wary of Samsung’s phones year after year.

While this specific flaw isn’t injurious, it’s another massive hit against Samsung’s QA department, despite promises that it was fixed already.

SEE ALSO: Samsung Galaxy S9 goes through durability test

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Huawei expands to Kids tech scene with tablet, smartwatch

Give the gift of technology!

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Huawei enters the space for kids’ devices, bringing the Huawei MatePad T 8 Kids Edition and Huawei Watch Kids 4 Pro.

A tablet made for kids

The Huawei MatePad T 8 Kids Edition is a tablet-dream-come-true for children aged three to eight. It offers what kids find playful on top of the usual tablet features. There’s a Kids case, stylus pen, and Kids Corner pre-loaded with age-appropriate content.

Its case uses an environmentally safe silicone consisting of a blue shell and cute green grips for protection and convenience. It has a bright blue stylus  attached for allowing kids to write, draw, and navigate the tablet. It makes for an interactive experience.

Both the case and the stylus meet the European Standards on the Safety of Toys. They also passed the Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment.

The tablet also comes with lots of safety features to ensure peace of mind for parents. Through Kids Corner, you can peruse a child’s usage record and check the apps used and other viewable content. More importantly, it has a built-in color adjustment module for multi-layered eye protection. There’s also a gravity sensor to prompt the user in adjusting their posture.

Huawei partnered with BabyBus and Azoomee. This means a free three-month membership to Baby Panda World and a free one-year membership to Azoomee through the Huawei MatePad T 8 Kids Edition. Like other Huawei devices, it comes with AppGallery and Petal Search.

Watch for tiny wrists

Huawei has also ventured into the smartwatch scene with the Huawei Watch Kids 4 Pro. It aims to be a unique watch that accompanies kids while keeping them safe and healthy.

The watch includes features from Huawei’s self-developed positioning services — which helps parents track their kids’ location accurately every 120 seconds. It also comes with a privacy framework designed with reference to the EU General Data Protection Regulation, enabling strict data encryption and privacy protection.

The watch is equipped with a 5-megapixel front camera. It supports voice calls and even HD video calls using Huawei MeeTime. Furthermore, it’s equipped with a 5ATm water-resistant design, handling up to 50 meters of submersion. It comes with relevant apps and tracking for exercise — most of which are also found in Huawei’s smartwatch lineup for adults.

Price and availability

The Huawei MatePad T 8 Kids Edition retails at PhP 8,999. Freebies worth PhP 8,996 pesos await when you purchase starting September 24 until October 1, 2021, via Huawei’s online store. The bundle includes the pen (PhP 499), cover (PhP 999), Baby Panda (PhP 759), Lamp (PhP 2,499), 3-month VIP subscription to Baby Bus App (PhP 450), and a 12-month VIP subscription to Azoomee (PhP 3,790).

Meanwhile, the price and availability of the Huawei Watch Kids 4 Pro have yet to be announced.

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Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G now in Singapore

A slight edge over its predecessor

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Samsung has quickly followed up the Galaxy A52 5G that was launched just months ago with the Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G. These minor upgrades always drives us nuts, but it’s one of brands’ ways of making sure they always have something fresh to offer.

Let’s get down to the meat of it. You’re not going to find plenty of differences between the two. To be exact, in terms of components, the upgrade is primarily in the performance department. The Galaxy A52 5G sports the Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G chip with the Adreno 619 GPU. The Galaxy A52s 5G has been bumped up to the Snapdragon 778G and Adreno 642L GPU. Other than these two components, the rest of the phones are practically interchangeable.

Here’s a quick look at the Galaxy A52s 5G’s specs:

  • Display — 6.5″ FHD+ Super AMOLED, 120Hz
  • OS — Android, ONE UI
  • RAM and Storage — 8GB+128GB, 8GB+256GB, supports microSD external storage up to 1TB
  • Processor — Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G, Adreno 642L GPU
  • Battery — 4,500mAh
  • Rear Cameras — 64MP f/1.8 main, 12MP f/2.2 ultra-wide, 5MP f/2.4 macro, 5MP f/2.4 depth
  • Front Camera – 32MP f/2.2

It’s every bit everything you’ve come to expect from the pretty excellent Galaxy A series. You have your usual sensors for security like Face Unlock and Fingreprint recognition. It also still has an IP67 rating giving you a little bit of piece of mind in wet and dusty scenarios.

Pricing and availability

The Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G is currently available in Singapore through various telecommunication providers. These are M1, Singtel, and Starhub. It’s also available at Samsung Online StoreSamsung Experience Stores, and Samsung Official Stores in Lazada and Shopee.

Pricing are as follows:

  • 8GB+128GB — SG$ 548
  • 8GB+128GB — SG$ 548

From September 18 to October 10, consumers who purchase the Galaxy A52s 5G via telecommunication providers (M1, Singtel and StarHub) and Samsung Online Store can also enjoy SG$ 30 off their purchase of Galaxy Buds2.

SEE ALSO: Samsung Galaxy A52 5G: Redefining gaming phones

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AirPods 3 is still coming later this year

Already in production

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Annual tech events are often huge platforms for upcoming products. For example, Apple’s bigger launch event, usually held in the third quarter of the year, packs in the latest iPhones and other accessories. However, amid the latest devices launched last year, Apple has surprisingly left the vastly rumored AirPods 3 out of the equation. Despite the notable lack, the company is still gearing up for a launch for the wearable later this year.

According to a report from Digitimes (via Tech Radar), the upcoming AirPods 3 has already entered production. Apple is still preparing for a launch before the year ends. Unfortunately, the report does not confirm any other details for the wearable.

A new AirPods has been rumored since last year. However, the first rumors pegged the launch for the first half of this year. That timeframe, as we know now, has come to pass without so much as a peep about the AirPods 3.

Since then, additional reports revealed more details about the wearable. For example, the upcoming generation will supposedly have an in-ear design and carry a more attractive price tag. In fact, a leaked photo even adds more fuel to the fire. Still, without an actual launch, it’s hard to confirm whether the details are correct or not. Thankfully, we have a few months to confirm them.

SEE ALSO: Third generation AirPods leaked in photo

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