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We think it's fair to say that the smartphone camera war is getting out of hand these days, with many flagship smartphones having as many as 4 cameras on the rear in addition to a selfie camera on the front. The number of cameras onboard is not at all indicative of actual picture quality, but smartphone OEMs are banking on making the case that more is better for easily-impressed consumers. To that end, Samsung could be looking to drop the mic -- so to speak -- with next year's Galaxy S30. A newly revealed patent that shows Samsung could be working on a smartphone that could fit up to six cameras on its back panel. For reference, the current Galaxy S20 series has "just" four cameras... Read more...
The Microsoft Store has a deal going for Android fans that like the Samsung Galaxy S20 line of smartphones. All three devices -- the Galaxy S20, S20+, and S20 Ultra 5G -- are unlocked and are available for up to $300 off the regular MSRP starting at $749.99. As of this writing, the Galaxy S20 line is out of stock at the Microsoft Store in some colors and storage capacities. The Galaxy S20 is out of stock in Cosmic Black, but it is in stock in Cosmic Gray, Cloud Blue, and Cloud Pink. In Cloud Pink or Cloud Blue with 128 GB of storage, the phone is on sale for $799.99, a discount of $200 off the regular price. The Cosmic Gray S20 with 128 GB storage is at $749.99, making it $250 off the regular... Read more...
Samsung's Galaxy S20 family of smartphones launched earlier this year, and it didn't take long for the discounts to start piling up on the expensive flagship. The South Korean electronics giant raised eyebrows with the Galaxy S20, Galaxy S20+ and Galaxy S20 Ultra, as they were the most expensive members yet in the long-running series. Back in mid-April, Amazon discounted the Galaxy S20 and Galaxy S20+ by $200 (to $799 and $999 respectively), and offered a 15 percent cashback offer (for Amazon Prime Reward Visa cardholders) that brought the final out-of-pocket price to $680 and $849 respectively. However, no such discounts were available on the Galaxy S20 Ultra, which retails for a whopping... Read more...
The Galaxy S20 Ultra is no doubt the overachiever of the Samsung's currently Galaxy S family, and it has the specs to match. In addition to its massive 6.9-inch 120Hz QHD+ display, the smartphone comes equipped with up to 16GB of RAM, 512GB of UFS 3.0 storage, and a 108MP primary image sensor with 100x Space Zoom. However, it's that last spec sheet stat that has caused the most issues for some users. Many have complained about autofocus problems when using 108MP sensor, which uses pixel beginning to combine light information from 9 pixels into a larger "virtual" pixel. While impressive on paper, the 108MP sensor also didn't include Samsung's well-regarded Dual Pixel autofocus system,... Read more...
When the first reviews of the Galaxy S20 Ultra started being posted, there were a few complaints about autofocusing problems with the 108MP primary camera and zoom lens. Since its initial release, Samsung has rolled out a number of firmware updates meant to address the autofocus problems. However, even with its most recent updates, the problems still persist for many users. For those hoping that another round of software updates might solve all issues once and for all, we have some bad news. A moderator on Samsung’s Galaxy support forum clarified that some of the focusing issues are due to hardware limitations that can’t be rectified with software. The translated... Read more...
There's no doubt that Samsung has a winner on its hands when it comes to specs and a laundry list of features with its Galaxy S20 family of flagships smartphones. However, many people have taken exception with pricing, which starts at $999 for the Galaxy S20 and tops out at $1,399 for the Galaxy S20 Ultra. But the discounts have already started racking up on the new smartphones, with Amazon selling the Galaxy S20 for $799 right now, which represents a $200 discount. However, the discounts are even greater if you have an Amazon Prime Store Card or Amazon Prime Reward Visa Card.  Instead of the usual 5% cashback that you would get with making a purchase at Amazon, you get a... Read more...
It seems Samsung is getting a tad desperate to sell more flagship Galaxy S20 handsets. Sales are reportedly well below Samsung's previous generation flagship handsets, due in part to the Coronavirus outbreak, and premium pricing might be playing a role as well. To help with the latter, Samsung has implemented a rather generous 'buy back' program. The buy back site is apparently getting hammered, because I am unable to get any of the pages to load (the main landing page or the related FAQ page). However, multiple sites have reported on the details. The gist of it is, buyers of a Galaxy S20 series handset can get 50 percent of the cost back up to two years later. Here's how it breaks down... What... Read more...
One of the standout features of the Galaxy S20 lineup is the ability to run the display at a buttery smooth 120Hz. It is also a point of criticism—Samsung felt it best to limit the high refresh rate to 2400x1080 (FHD+), and limiting the refresh rate to 60Hz at the maximum resolution of 3200x1440 (WQHD+), presumably to preserve battery life. Wouldn't it be nice if there was at least a 90Hz refresh rate option at the maximum resolution? Well, there is...sort of. Owners of a Galaxy S20 handset who want to take matters into their own hands can enable a hidden 96Hz refresh rate at 3200x1440. Why 96Hz instead of 90Hz? Good question, and one I don't have an answer for, unfortunately. It hardly... Read more...
Times are tough all around as the nation, and world, deal with the Coronavirus pandemic. Non-essential businesses are temporarily closing (some inevitably will never open back up), people are being encouraged to stay home and practice social distancing, and toilet paper is like gold. This is one of the reasons why Samsung is reportedly seeing far fewer Galaxy S20 sales than its previous flagship phones. Smartphones are just not a top priority for consumers right now, not when grocery stores are struggling to keep sufficient stock of meats and canned goods, among other things. We will have to wait for Samsung to announce official sales figures, but the early indication is that sales of its latest... Read more...
Well, that didn’t take long. Samsung’s Galaxy S20 family just hit the market earlier this month, but both Amazon and Best Buy are applying some big discounts to the phones. It usually takes a few months for discounts like this to start racking up on Samsung smartphones, so we guess we can chalk this up to COVID-19 and reduced global smartphone demand. Starting off with the Galaxy S20, this phone normally retails for $999, which is a hefty sum of money to part with when it comes to a flagship smartphone these days. With the current $200 discount, the price falls down to a more palatable $799. Likewise, the Galaxy S20+ normally rings up at $1,199, but is now available for... Read more...
In this latest episode of 2.5 Geeks, the team talks about AMD Ryzen 4000 series mobile CPUs, Samsung's big, burly Galaxy S20 Ultra, the benefits of upgrading from integrated graphics for a performance lift, working from home during a pandemic, Epic's Tim Sweeney stepping out in defense of NVIDIA GeForce NOW, and details about a SWEET Alienware gaming PC that we're giving away... Show Notes: 06:27 - AMD Launches Ryzen 4000 Series: Zen 2 Mobile Unleashed With Big Performance Gains 22:19 - Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G Review: Big, Bold, Tricked-Out 42:03 - Gaming Level-Up: Benefits Of Upgrading Integrated Graphics With EVGA & ASUS 49:40 - Working From Home Guide: Top Tips For Maximum Productivity... Read more...
Samsung's Galaxy S line is the company's premier family of flagship Android phones. Over the years it has been underpinned by a recurring theme of bigger, faster, and prettier, with a ever-growing list of features. This year's Galaxy S20 family is no exception, starting out at a bold 6.2-inch format for the smallest Galaxy S20 5G device, 6.7-inches for the Galaxy S20+ 5G, and topping-out at the bodacious 6.9-inch Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G. We have the Galaxy S20 Ultra on tap for review here and it's Samsung's full boat, no compromises offering in the Galaxy S20 line-up. As its name suggests, the Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G is a 5G-ready phone powered by Qualcomm's most powerful Snapdragon 865 Mobile Platform,... Read more...
The Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra is a very expensive smartphone that currently sits at the top of the range for Samsung. As an expensive and high-end device packed with features, reviewers and consumers expect the device to operate flawlessly. Unfortunately for some reviewers of the Galaxy S20 Ultra, that wasn't the case. Some reviewers have had issues with the camera array on the smartphone. That camera array has a 108MP primary sensor, a 48MP periscope zoom lens, and a 12MP ultra-wide sensor. The array also fits in a 0.3MP ToF sensor. Early reviews indicated that there was an issue with the focusing of the camera that caused pulsing along with problems concerning macro focus on the camera. Samsung... Read more...
On this latest episode of HotHardware's Two And A Half Geeks, Marco, Chris, and Dave talk AMD's 64-core Threadripper 3990X beast, Acer's big and beautiful 43-inch Predator 4K HDR gaming monitor, the best graphics cards for high refresh / high FPS 1080P gaming, the Samsung Galaxy S20 series and LG's just-announced V60 ThinQ, MiSTer FPGA-based retro gaming and much more -- including news of our next, awesome giveaway! Show Notes: 04:48 - AMD Threadripper 3990X Review: A 64-Core Multithreaded Beast Unleashed 19:53 - Best NVIDIA And AMD GPUs For High Refresh Rate Gaming 33:26 - MiSTer DIY: Accurately Simulating Retro Game Consoles With FPGAs 43:01 - Acer Predator CG437K Monitor... Read more...
The Samsung Galaxy S20 family is sure to be one of the most popular smartphone releases this year, and with preordershaving already kicked off, now is the time to start scouting for incredible deals. Saving a few bucks here and there is paramount with a device like the Galaxy S20, as it has a starting price of $999, which isn't exactly chump change these days. Retail giant Amazon is carrying the unlocked version of the Galaxy S20 for its regular retail price of $999. However, it is also throwing in a couple of freebies to sweeten the deal. For starters, you'll get a free pair of Galaxy Buds wireless earbuds, which are among the best on the market.  The Galaxy Buds have a retail... Read more...
A little over a week ago, Samsung went official at its Unpacked event with the Galaxy S20 range of smartphones. Samsung also promised at the time that preorders would kick off on February 21, which is today. Verizon, T-Mobile, and AT&T are all talking about some of their special deals offered to lure customers into buying the smartphones on their service. For Galaxy S20 fans who prefer T-Mobile as their carrier, it is offering up to $500 back with a qualifying trade-in on the purchase price of Samsung's latest smartphones. Buyers will be able to get that full $500 trade-in if their trade device is an Apple iPhone down to the iPhone X, Samsung Galaxy S9 or newer, Google Pixel 3 family or 4... Read more...
When Google launched its Stadia game streaming service, support on Android devices was incredibly limited. Somewhat predictably, the service was initially limited to Google's first-party Pixel smartphones -- devices that it has full control over with respect to both hardware and software. Now, Google is ready to expand support to a wide range of third-party Android phones from popular brands like Samsung, Razer and ASUS (but mostly Samsung). Here's the list of additional devices that will support Stadia starting on February 20th: Samsung Galaxy S8 Samsung Galaxy S8+ Samsung Galaxy S8 Active Samsung Galaxy Note8 Samsung Galaxy S9 Samsung Galaxy S9+ Samsung Galaxy Note9 Samsung Galaxy... Read more...
One of the key selling points of Samsung's recently announced Galaxy S20 family is the 120Hz refresh rate display. It's found on all three models, including the Galaxy S20 Ultra, Galaxy S20+, and the regular Galaxy S20. Interestingly, the high refresh rate is not enabled by default, and there are certain situations that will force a 60Hz refresh rate, even with 120Hz is selected. All three phones use the same type of display, the only difference being the physical size (and how that impacts the pixels per inch count). Here's a quick breakdown... Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra: 6.9-inch Infinity-O, 3200x1440, 511ppi, HDR10+, up to 120Hz Samsung Galaxy S20+: 6.7-inch Infinity-O, 3200x1440, 525ppi, HDR10+,... Read more...
The big news this week in the smartphone market has been the official launch of the Samsung Galaxy S20 line of smartphones. One of the key features is the ability for the line to record 8K video, making them the first smartphones to record such high-resolution videos. Since mobile users have no experience with recording 8K video, many wonder how much space will each minute of 8K video filmed will consume on their devices -- now we know. Each minute of 8K video takes up about 600 MB of storage. For comparison, a minute of 4K video on the S10+ smartphone takes up about 350 MB of storage space. Considering that 8K video has about four times as many pixels as 4K video, the amount of space the 8K... Read more...
After months of speculation, leaks, and teases, Samsung is finally ready to get official with its next-generation family of flagship "Galaxy S" smartphones - and indeed they look pretty sweet. As predicted, the entire Samsung Galaxy S20 lineup is 5G-enabled from top to bottom, and consists of three new devices: the Galaxy S20, Galaxy S20+ and Galaxy S20 Ultra. When it comes to design, unlike last year's models, all three members of the family look similar from the front and the back -- although they obviously differ in size and you can tell the Ultra's camera is something special. In general, the Galaxy S20 series is comprised of a minimalistic design, and one that is very clear evolution... Read more...
The first smartphones using Qualcomm's latest Snapdragon 865 SoC will be arriving on the market very shortly. And while many people will be looking forward to the Snapdragon 865 with respect to performance and its accompanying Snapdragon X55 5G modem, it will also usher in the era of 8K video recording for Android smartphones. Qualcomm today is showing us what the Spectra 480 image signal processor (ISP) within the Snapdragon 865 can do. Using a prototype Snapdragon 865 smartphone along with a Sony IMX586 image sensor, Qualcomm was able to capture the footage seen below at 8K, which translates into roughly 33 megapixels per frame. The footage that you see was captured back in November... Read more...
There have been numerous leaks regarding Samsung's next round of flagship phones, and namely the Galaxy S20 series, and they do not appear to be slowing down. Ahead of the launch, it has come to light that Samsung will bring a file sharing feature to Galaxy owners, likely starting with the introduction of the Galaxy S20+. The file sharing feature is called Quick Share, and it is similar to AirDrop on iOS, in that it will allow Galaxy owners to easy transfer photos and files to nearby Galaxy handsets. It conjures up memories of S Beam introduced with the Galaxy S III, but without necessitating bumping phones (or holding them real close to one another). According to the folks at XDA Developers,... Read more...
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