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The first thing that anyone wanting a new smartphone looks for is deals and discounts. No one wants to pay full price for phones as expensive as flagship devices are these days. The good news is most flagship smartphones are available at various carriers with discounts. Samsung's Galaxy S20 5G smartphone family (our full GS20 Ultra review) is discounted at several retailers, including T-Mobile. T-Mobile has announced that it is giving discounts of up to $500 on the Galaxy S20 5G line, including the Galaxy S20 5G, S20 5G+, and Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G when customers switch carriers. The rules to qualify for the $500 discount are straightforward and include joining T-Mobile with an eligible... Read more...
Samsung first announced its Galaxy A51 mid-range smartphone back in early December, and it came packing some very respectable specs for those that don’t want to pay upwards of $1,000 for a flagship Galaxy S smartphone. Recently, the smartphone has arrived locked to various carrier networks, and today the Galaxy A51 is now available in unlocked form. Samsung is selling the smartphone direct from its online store, or you can opt to get the smartphone from Amazon (which might be preferable if you have an Amazon Prime Visa/Store Card that gets you 5% cash back).  Purchasing from Samsung, however, gives you the option of trading in an eligible smartphone for [up to]... Read more...
It was nearly a year ago when AMD and Samsung announced a multi-year partnership, in which AMD would license its graphics IP to Samsung to use in its mobile chips. At the time, Samsung promised "disruptive changes in technology" as it looked to take "future mobile computing to the next level." Perhaps making good on that promise, a set of supposed leaked benchmarks indicate Samsung might very well be on its promised path. For AMD, this partnership is about expanding its Radeon DNA (RDNA) graphics architecture into the mobile segment. "Adoption of our Radeon graphics technologies across the PC, game console, cloud and HPC markets has grown significantly and we are thrilled to now partner with... Read more...
The last thing you want to happen when dropping four figures on a smartphone is to see it fall apart. Unfortunately for some buyers of Samsung's flagship Galaxy S20 Ultra, that is sort of happening. It is not coming apart at the seams or anything like that, though oddly enough, some users report the glass covering on the rear camera bump developing cracks for no apparent. This is not happening to every Galaxy S20 Ultra owner, and perhaps only a very small percentage of them. However, there is a growing thread on Samsung's support forum for this very issue. The complaints first showed up around a month and a half ago, with new complaints added as recently as yesterday. Those affected say practically... Read more...
Samsung reported its first quarter earnings for 2020, noting it saw a 7.6 percent decrease in revenue compared to the previous quarter primarily due to weak seasonality of its display business and consumer electronics division. However, the company also blamed the "effects of COVID-19" for the drop in demand, and said it expects the virus outbreak to "significantly impact" sales for several of its core products, including Galaxy phones and TVs. "Sales and profits of set products business, including smartphones and TVs, are expected to decline significantly as COVID-19 affects demand and leads to store and plant closures globally. To address this, the company will leverage its global production... Read more...
One of the big trends for smartphones has been minimize bezels so that the display take up nearly the entire front of the smartphone. The problem with that trend is that it left nowhere for the front selfie camera. Apple turned to the notch to give a place to put the selfie camera and required Face ID sensors, while other manufacturers like Samsung turned to a hole-punch display. New renders have leaked that claim to show a future Samsung Galaxy smartphone that has a pop-up selfie camera. If these renders are accurate, Samsung certainly wouldn't be the first to use a pop-up selfie camera. The device also isn't the first time Samsung has used a mechanized selfie camera on its smartphones. Samsung's... 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...
Our smartphones have become extensions of our eyeballs, able to capture detailed imagery with increasingly sophisticated built-in camera sensors. And last August, Samsung developed the first 108-megapixel sensor for smartphones, which found its way into Xiaomi's Mi CC9 Pro handset. What's next? Somewhere off in the distance, Samsung envisions releasing a 600-megapixel camera sensor. Samsung gave a glimpse of its thought process in a blog post, in which the company stated it is working on sensors that "go beyond our senses." What does that mean? Well for one, Samsung says our eyeballs are able to match the resolution of around 500 megapixels. "Compared to most DSLR cameras today that offer 40MP... Read more...
Users of the Samsung Galaxy S20 line of smartphones have received several firmware updates for the devices since they launched. The last update for the S20 family that was released globally had several issues in particular for Galaxy S20 Ultra owners. Among the issues was a green tint to the display with the high refresh rate mode enabled, and the Galaxy S20 Ultra saw slower superfast charging after the update was applied than when it launched. The issues have apparently led Samsung to pull the firmware off the market entirely. Galaxy S20 Ultra owners yet to download the update, which was firmware version G988xXXU1ATCT, will be unable to do so. The firmware update is reportedly no longer available... 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...
Samsung announced its Galaxy S10 Lite back at the Consumer Electronics Shows (CES) in January, but it has not been available to purchase. Until now, that is—the Galaxy S10 Lite has finally landed on retail shelves in the United States, priced at $649.99. That's not exactly cheap, and it will be interesting to see what kind of interest it drums up. The Galaxy S10 Lite is reasonably well-equipped. It sports a 6.7-inch Super AMOLED display (2400x1080) powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor, 8GB of RAM, 128GB of storage (expandable via microSD), and a 4,500 mAh battery. For snapping pictures, it wields a 32-megapixel camera on the front, and three cameras on the rear, including a 48-megapixel... Read more...
Dragging and dropping files between your Samsung Galaxy smartphone and Windows 10 is now a cinch, thanks to an upgrade Microsoft made to its Your Phone app for Android handsets. This is basically an extension of the tight nit relationship between Microsoft and Samsung, with the former promising to introduce drag-and-drop support between the latter's phones and Windows 10 PCs when the Galaxy S20 series was announced. Now that functionality is here. Well, sort of. This is being tested to members of the Windows Insider program. Microsoft will presumably expand the feature to support more Android handsets, but for the time being, drag-and-drop functionality requires a Samsung device running Link... Read more...
Nearly half a year has passed since Google launched its Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL phones, and the Pixel 4a and Pixel 4a XL are right around the corner. Is it too early to start talking about the Pixel 5? Of course not! And as it pertains to Google's next flagship smartphone series, there is chatter that the next round of flagships might adopt Samsung's Exynos SoC hardware. It is a bit of an interesting situation all around—Samsung itself uses Qualcomm's Snapdragon processors in its Galaxy handsets sold in the US and various other regions, but also sources its own Exynos chips for models in some places. This is the case with the Galaxy S20 as well, which sports either a Snapdragon 865 or Exynos... Read more...
Apple's iPad Pro family just received a minor refresh with a slight bump in SoC performance, an additional rear camera, and LiDAR support. Long-time rival Samsung is also working on its next-generation professional tablets, and we have some fresh information on what exactly the company has in store for customers. In a new report from SamMobile, it's being reported that Samsung is developing two new Android tablets that will carry SM-T87x and SM-T97x model numbers. The former refers to new 11-inch models, while the latter refers to 12.4-inch models. This compares favorably to the iPad Pro family, which is available in both 11-inch and 12.9-inch display sizes. They also put them a step... Read more...
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