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Samsung releases new Galaxy Tab A8

More power and performance

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Samsung announced today the release of its new Galaxy Tab A8, the most streamlined and powerful Tab A Series device yet from the electronic company.

The Galaxy Tab A8 combines impressive screen, power and performance into a slim and lightweight design for a portable experience that suits users’ everyday lifestyles.

Everything users want, enhanced

The Galaxy Tab A8 experience begins with Samsung’s signature tablet design and feel while elevating power and performance.

The lightweight device boasts a 10.5-inch screen with a remarkably slim bezel on a 16:10 aspect ratio for an 80 percent screen-to-body ratio, leading to a much more immersive viewing experience.

The Galaxy Tab A8’s quad-speaker with Dolby Atmos provides a rich soundscape with unparalleled detail, depth and realism.

Beyond its incredible display, the latest Samsung tablet’s CPU and GPU have each been increased by 10 percent to deliver faster and smoother performance and reduce lagging.

In a first for the Galaxy Tab A8, users can choose either 64GB or 128GB of internal storage alongside 4GB of RAM on an Octa-Core 2GHz processor, plus an expandable microSD card feature of up to 1TB of space.

The Galaxy Tab A8 comes with a 7,040mAh battery with up to 15W fast-charging means that users can stream for hours on end, without worrying about losing power.

Convenience and protection for kids

In an effort to make everyday lives easier and better, Samsung made the Galaxy Tab A8 equipped with interactive educational content and convenient parental controls.

These will make it handy for parents to provide their kids with a safe and engaging learning environment whether at home or on the go.

Kids can also enjoy a fun and personalized tablet experience, thanks to Samsung’s partnerships with global content partners and the ability to customize the home screen with playful icons and color schemes.

Better multi-tasking

Users can instantly access a comprehensive snapshot of device usage and activity all in one place and can set screen time goals and track progress against them throughout the week.

For simpler and more powerful multitasking, Multi-Active Window allows users to split the screen and use two apps at the same time side-by-side, and even add a pop-up window.

If in a lecture for instance, you may be able to simultaneously chat with classmates, take notes and view a presentation all at once.

When browsing the internet, simply drag a link from your current window to the side to create a split screen, as the Drag & Split feature automatically opens a second browser window.

Increased functionality

The Galaxy Tab A8 has an 8MP rear camera, 5MP front camera and brand-new Screen Recorder feature so students, teachers and even gamers won’t have to miss out on recording important lectures or game highlights.

The feature allows for clear and detailed recording of videos, as well as even recording the user while giving a demonstration with voice while making annotations or writing on-screen to highlight key points.

Most importantly, users can enjoy all the functionality of the Galaxy Tab A8 with confidence and peace of mind.

Galaxy Tab A8 is backed by Samsung’s industry-leading Knox security platform with multi-layer protection. Face recognition may also be turned on to provide an extra layer of security.

Pricing and availability

The Galaxy Tab A8 will be available in Gray, Silver and new Pink Gold beginning on January 11, 2022.

Galaxy Tab A8 Wi-Fi (64GB) will be priced at PhP 13,990, while the Galaxy Tab A8 LTE (128GB) variant will be priced at PhP 18,990.

From January 11 to February 28, 2022, customers will get a FREE Book Cover worth PhP 2,599 with the Galaxy Tab A8 LTE, and a FREE Clear Edge Cover worth PhP 1,299 with the Galaxy Tab A8 Wi-Fi.

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Finally! Grab users may now pay directly using GCash

Much-awaited partnership

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GCash Grab

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

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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

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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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