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Samsung Galaxy Z Flip3: Price, availability in the Philippines

Bringing Flip phones closer to more people

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Flip phones have always been cool and fun. With the Galaxy Z Flip3, Samsung is also making it more functional.

Cool and fun 

The satisfaction of shutting a flip phone close, it appears, will never go away. That will always be cool. What makes the Galaxy Z Flip3 even cooler and more fun are its variety of color options and case accessories.

It will come in Cream, Green, Lavender, and Phantom Black and is now in this more distinct design with the larger Cover display that now measures 1.9” appearing as a horizontal strip on the phone alongside the rear cameras.

The accessories are plentiful. Different variations and designs of straps and ring covers will help in the whole personalization process.

Functional

Samsung boasts that one in every five selfies taken using the Flip was done while in flex mode — the one where the phone is folded halfway through. They think it’s an encouraging number for a use-case that’s still in its infancy stage.

They’re doubling down on this by introducing more ways to take snaps on the Galaxy Z Flip3 with the help of its Cover display.

Located adjacent to the Cover display are the rear cameras: 12MP f/1.8 Wide and 12MP f/2.2 Ultra-wide. You can take a shot and have the cover display function as a viewfinder whether the Galaxy Z Flip3 is open or shut.

Keep it open and flip the Galaxy Z Flip3 and you’ll be greeted by the 10MP f/2.4 front camera.

The cover display also does more now. You can still preview messages but now you can also be a spot to make quick settings adjustments, pay with Samsung Pay, and add widgets like music apps.

In Flex mode, supported apps will also auto adjust to your layout bringing controls to one part of the screen, and the content to the other.

The Galaxy Z Flip3 on paper

The Galaxy Z Flip3 5G, or many flip phones for that matter, has never been about that processing power. It’s about blending style and function. But it’s still pretty capable with all its possible use-cases. Here are the specs:

  • Main Display — 6.7” FHD+ Dynamic Amoled 2X Infinity Flex Display
  • Cover Display — 1.9” Super AMOLED Display
  • Weight — 183g
  • Cameras:
    • 12MP f/1.8 Wide (Rear)
    • 12MP f/2.2 Ultra-wide (Rear)
    • 10MP f/2.4 (Front)
  • Processor — Qualcomm Snapdragon 888
  • SIM — One (1) NanoSIM, One (1) eSIM
  • RAM — 8GB
  • Storage — 128GB and 256GB (Both are UFS 3.1)
  • Battery — 3,300mAh
  • Authentication — Pattern, Pin, Password, Fingerprint sensor (side), Face recognition

Pricing and availability

The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip3 5G comes in four colors: Cream, Green, Lavender, and Phantom Black. The 128GB version is priced at PhP 52,990 while the 256GB version will retail for PhP 56,990. 

Pre-order period is from August 19 to September 21, 2021 in Samsung Experience stores and authorized retailers. Pre-orders also get freebies worth PhP 27,440. These include: PhP 5,000 e-voucher Galaxy Buds Pro worth PhP 9,990, 25W Travel Adapter worth PhP 949, 50 percent off on select cases, and one (1) year free Samsung Care+ coverage worth PhP 9,499.

The device will be available on samsung.com/ph starting September 22, 2021.


Galaxy Z Flip 3 5G — BUY here
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Nintendo Switch is now third-bestselling console in history

Overtakes Game Boy and PS4

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Though there are more powerful consoles now, the Nintendo Switch is the most representative of the world’s situation since its launch. It shouldn’t come as a surprise that the console keeps breaking records. Now, it has crossed its most important milestone to date. The Switch is now the third-bestselling console in history.

Released back in 2017, the Switch is the quintessential console for hybrid gamers who play at home and on the go. In its first few years, the console already spawned classic titles such as Breath of the Wild and Super Mario Odyssey. However, its big break truly came during the 2020 lockdowns. The timing of Animal Crossing: New Horizons’ release created a worldwide moment when everyone stuck at home wanted a Switch to play the island life simulator. Since then, the console, despite launching an improved OLED version, is gradually mellowing out, especially when opposed to even more powerful consoles like the PlayStation 5.

Regardless, the Switch’s effect on the world is palpable. Today, Nintendo announced that the console has sold over 122 million units worldwide. With such a figure, the Switch moves up to the third spot in the list of bestselling consoles of all time. It squeaks past the Game Boy (118 million units) and the PlayStation 4 (117 million units).

Now, the next consoles in the Switch’s sights are the Nintendo DS (154 million units) and the PlayStation 2 (155 million units). The console is in for quite a climb, though. Unless it hits another golden age, it will take a while before another overtake.

It’s still possible, of course. The Nintendo Switch is still set to release a few much-awaited titles like Tears of the Kingdom, the sequel to Breath of the Wild.

SEE ALSO: Cult classic GoldenEye 007 is coming to Xbox, Switch

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Galaxy S23 series has a secret feature for gamers

Might not be widely available

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Mobile gaming has a natural setback: battery life. Though mobile games easily entice users to spend hours and hours playing, a smartphone’s battery can just as easily cut a long gaming session short. One way to get past this limitation is to play while charging. However, another unintended drawback is the additional heat from charging the battery. Giving gamers a convenient reprieve, the Galaxy S23 has a secret feature to do away with battery heat.

First spotted by NL Tech (via 9to5Google), the new Galaxy S23 series can reportedly redirect power from the charger to bypass the battery entirely. Instead, the power will fuel the power directly. Though the feature (called “Pause USB Power Delivery” and found through the Game Booster menu) won’t necessarily improve performance for gaming, it will stop the battery from heating up, ensuring comfort for long sessions while in bed. Since the phone stops using power to charge the battery, the charger will use up less electricity.

Naturally, using the feature will halt charging entirely, so if you desperately need juice, it won’t do anything. Additionally, the feature will not turn on if your smartphone’s battery is below 20 percent.

Of note, Samsung has not officially announced such a feature. It is reportedly unavailable in some regions including the United States. It might be in its early stages, on a staggered rollout, or a regional exclusive. Still, it’s a useful feature for gamers who want more comfort for their gaming sessions.

SEE ALSO: Samsung Galaxy S23, S23+ and S23 Ultra Hands-On

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Google will blur NSFW photos soon

Turned on by default

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When I search for “food porn” in Google, I’m looking for enticing photos of food to whet my appetite for dinner. Sometimes, Google has other plans and shows me more than what I bargained for. Finally, the search engine is implementing a way to save us from those awkward moments. Google will soon blur explicit images from search results.

For Safer Internet Day, Google has announced the feature to help protect users from accidentally seeing graphic images — including both gore and pornography — from a search. The feature, which will start rolling out in the coming months, will turn on by default. Instead of showing the images directly, users will face the blurred version and a prompt to view the image despite the warning.

If you don’t mind an accidental shower of NSFW imagery, you can turn the feature off at any time. Alternatively, as always, users can also choose to filter out all explicit search results, blurred or otherwise.

Though the feature is easily adjustable, Google will not offer the same flexibility to supervised accounts. Any accounts supervised by a parent or a school will not be able to change how they view explicit content. Parents can add supervision to the accounts of their children.

SEE ALSO: Google is working on a ChatGPT competitor called Bard

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