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First Look : 2021 MacBook Pro MagSafe 3 + SD Card Slot!

Exclusive on Tech ARP – the first look at the 2021 MacBook Pro ports, including a brand new MagSafe 3 port and an SD card slot!

Here is the first ever look at the MagSafe 3 connector, the SD card slot, and other ports that will ship with the 2021 MacBook Pro!

 

First Look : 2021 MacBook Pro MagSafe 3 + SD Card Slot!

Apple fans who miss the MagSafe port and the SD card reader in their MacBook laptops will have something to cheer for this year!

Apple will not only introduce a new MagSafe 3 connector in the upcoming 2021 MacBook Pro, they will also bring back the SD card slot!

New Apple MagSafe 3 Connector!

The new MagSafe 3 connector is bidirectional and has 5 pins, and will lock and detach magnetically like the previous two generations.

The MagSafe 3 connector is not compatible with older MacBook computers, and has a pill-shaped design with a thinner profile.

The MagSafe 3 port is located on the left side of the 2021 MBP, next to two Thunderbolt 3 (USB4) ports, and a 3.5 mm audio jack.

Ports on the left side of the 2021 Apple MBP | Copyright : Tech ARP (www.techarp.com)

Return Of The SD Card Reader!

We are also glad to report that Apple will (finally) bring back the SD card reader that many photographers LOVED, and bemoaned when Phil Schiller killed it in 2016.

Now that Schiller is out of Apple, it looks like it’s been resurrected for the 2021 MacBook Pro. Utility finally trumped cumbersome!

The SD card reader is located on the right side, together with a third Thunderbolt 3 (USB4) port and a HDMI 2.0 port.

Ports on the right side of the 2021 Apple MBP | Copyright : Tech ARP (www.techarp.com)

 

2021 Apple MacBook Pro : What Else Is New?

So what else is new in the 2021 MacBook Pro, other than MagSafe 3 and the resurrected SD card reader?

14-inch + 16-inch Models

There will be two 2021 MacBook Pro models – with 14-inch and 16-inch displays.

Apple M1X SoC

There will no longer be Intel CPU options, only the Apple M1X SoC.

Nothing much is known about the Apple M1X, other than it is a more powerful version of the M1 that has stunned many with its performance.

But rumours have it that it will have 12 processor cores, split into two performance clusters :

  • P Cluster (Performance) : 8 x Firestorm (?) cores
  • E Cluster (Efficient) : 4 x Icestorm (?) cores

It will have a more powerful GPU than Apple M1‘s 8-core GPU.

Memory

The Apple M1X will use the same unified memory design as the M1, built directly onto the package for near-instantaneous access.

However, it will offer larger memory options – 24 GB and 32 GB are possible – in addition to 16 GB currently available with the M1.

External Display Support

A big limitation of the Apple M1 is its support for just one external display of up to 6K resolution at 60 Hz.

The 2021 MacBook Pro will support at least two external displays, if not more, via its Thunderbolt 3 and HDMI ports.

OLED Touch Bar Gone!

Good riddance to the pointless OLED Touch Bar. That’s gone for the 2021 MacBook Pro models.

 

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Eurocham Leak Of Malaysia Shutdown : Please Don’t Panic!

Did the leaked Eurocham circular warn of a total shutdown of the economy in Malaysia?

Find out why it was really just a storm in a teacup…

 

Eurocham Leak Of Malaysia Shutdown : What Happened?

On 23 January 2021, a Eurocham (EU-Malaysia Chamber of Commerce and Industry) circular to their members leaked and circulated on social media – WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, etc.

Many netizens and even media outlets blared warnings of a TOTAL LOCKDOWN immediately after 4 February 2021.

 

Eurocham Leak Of Malaysia Shutdown : Nothing Shocking…

When the circular leaked, there were expressions of SHOCK! Horror! Outrage! online.

The truth is – those who actually read the circular carefully would be nonplussed about what it revealed…

It was really an appeal to the manufacturing industry to help cut down on the infection rate, so that the economy does NOT need to shut down.

So please don’t panic over the threat of a complete shutdown of the economy. We went through it once with the first MCO in March 2020.

It will be no different. We survived that, and if it happens again, we will be ready for it. Remember, my fellow Malaysians – MALAYSIA BOLEH!!!

And if you really want to help prevent a shut down of the economy, please FOLLOW THE SOP!

 

Eurocham Leak Of Malaysia Shutdown : The Facts

For those who want a play-by-play of why there’s nothing to worry about in the Eurocham circular, here are our points…

Fact #1 : It Was KKM With Clear Stand On Complete Shutdown

The circular noted that it was the Malaysia Ministry of Health (KKM) that “made a clear stand of the matter of a complete shutdown of the economy“.

It did not even mention what that “clear stand” was, but KKM has stated publicly that they recommended a strict lockdown to the government several times in the past.

Fact #2 : Shutdown Was Always A Possibility

A complete shutdown of the economy, which happened with the first MCO, was always a possibility.

The Malaysia Ministry of Health shared publicly that they had recommended the reimposition of those strict measures several times in the past.

Fact #3 : Shutdown Was Predicated On Infection Rate

What many people did not notice or care is that the “threat” of a complete shutdown of the economy was predicated on the infection rate.

Should the infection rate not decrease, the Malaysian government will announce a shutdown / strict lockdown immediately after 4 February 2021.

In other words – if the infection rate can be brought down, the shutdown or strict lockdown will not happen at all.

Fact #4 : Shutdown Was Overruled In The Past

The Malaysian government overruled KKM’s recommendations for strict MCO in the past, so even their “clear stand” this time may not amount to much.

In fact, the circular states that the Malaysian government is considering either a shutdown or a strict lockdown (see the quote in Fact #3).

Fact #5 : Industry Was Asked To Help Cut Down Infection Rate

The circular points out that the manufacturing sector accounts for a large number of clusters, and worker dormitories, transportation and social activities were identified as key problem areas.

Therefore, the meeting was to get the manufacturing industry to help clamp down on the infection rate, by addressing those problem areas.

Fact #6 : It Was An Urgent Appeal To Forestall A Shutdown

If the government had already made up their mind to shutdown the economy, they would not bother to call for such meetings with industry representatives.

It was obvious from the circular that the Malaysian government was urgently appealing for industries to solve the problem of persistently high COVID-19 infection rates.

Hence, the circular listed two urgent measures that companies were requested to implement immediately.

 

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Samsung Galaxy S21 Series Launch : Get Ready!

The Samsung Galaxy S21 smartphones are almost here! Are you guys ready for it?

While we wait for the official launch, here is everything we know about it so far!

 

Samsung Galaxy S21 Series Launch : Get Ready!

The Samsung Galaxy S21 series of smartphones is scheduled to launch on 14 January 2021 – on the last day of CES 2021.

This is unlike previous years, when they would launch it during Mobile World Congress in February or March.

This time, it’s as if Samsung wanted to quickly kick off a fresh start for their smartphones on a new year!

Like the 2021 Samsung TV first look, this will be a global event that will be streamed online on the official Samsung website.

 

Samsung Galaxy S21 Series : What We Know So Far!

Until the Samsung Galaxy S21 series launches, here is what we know so far… based on what’s been leaked.

Three Models

Samsung will offer three models :

  • 6.2-inch Galaxy S21
  • 6.7-inch Galaxy S21+ (Galaxy S21 Plus)
  • 6.8-inch Galaxy S21 Ultra

Displays

All three models will come with a Dynamic AMOLED display, with dynamic refresh rates of up to 120 Hz.

  • Galaxy S21 : 6.2-inch Dynamic AMOLED display (1080 x 2220, 120 Hz)
  • Galaxy S21+ : 6.7-inch Dynamic AMOLED display (1080 x 2220, 120 Hz)
  • Galaxy S21 Ultra : 6.8-inch Dynamic AMOLED display (1440 x 2960, 120 Hz)

Performance

All three Samsung Galaxy S21 smartphone models will either use the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888, or the Samsung Exynos 2100.

Geekbench 5 Scores Single Core Multi Core
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 1,135 3,794
Samsung Exynos 2100
(Rumoured)
1,108 3,963

Samsung will offer memory options of 8 GB to 12 GB (Ultra), and storage options of 128 GB, 256 GB and 512 GB (Ultra).

Unlike the S20 series, the S21 series is rumoured NOT to come with a microSD card slot at all. 🙁

Front Camera

We believe the Galaxy S21 and Galaxy S21+ will both come with a 10 MP front camera, in a central punch hole.

Only the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra will come with a higher-resolution 40 MP front camera.

Front Cameras

Both the Galaxy S21 and Galaxy S21+ will come with a triple camera system :

  • 12 MP main camera
  • 12 MP ultra-wide camera
  • 64 MP telephoto camera

Only the Galaxy S21 Ultra will come with a significantly better quad-camera system, with a laser autofocus system :

  • 108 MP main camera
  • 12 MP ultra-wide camera
  • 10 MP telephoto camera (3X zoom)
  • 10 MP telephoto camera (10X zoom)

S Pen Stylus

The Samsung Galaxy S21 will not have an integrated S Pen, like the Galaxy Note20 series.

However, the Galaxy S21 Ultra will support an external S Pen, with an optional case with a storage slot.

Battery

The three models will come with different battery sizes :

  • Galaxy S21 : 4,000 mAh
  • Galaxy S21+ : 4,800 mAh
  • Galaxy S21 Ultra : 5,000 mAh

 

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Samsung Galaxy S20 FE : Fan Edition Details Leaked!

Samsung is about to launch the Galaxy S20 FE (Fan Edition) – a refreshed version of the original Galaxy S20 smartphone!

Here is EVERYTHING leaked so far about the upcoming Galaxy S20 FE smartphone!

 

Samsung Galaxy S20 FE : Fan Edition

Scheduled for an official launch on 23 September 2020, the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE (Fan Edition) is an upcoming Lite version of the original Galaxy S20 smartphone.

It’s not just a cheaper mid-range version though, with some improvements over the Galaxy S20, like a large display with 120 Hz refresh rate and a larger battery.

The term Fan Edition, you may recall, was originally introduced for the revamped Galaxy Note 7.

 

Samsung Galaxy S20 FE : What Leaked So Far!

Ahead of its official launch, here is what we know so far about the Galaxy S20 FE :

  • It was originally called the Galaxy S20 Lite.
  • It will be available in 4G (SM-G780) and 5G (SM-G781) models
  • The 5G variant will be powered by the Snapdragon 865, and available in Europe as well as the US, Korea and China.
  • The 4G variant will be powered by the Exynos 990, and available in all the other countries.
  • It will come with a larger 6.5-inch display with 120 Hz refresh rate, but a lower resolution of 1080 x 2400 pixels
  • It will use Gorilla Glass 3 protection to save on costs
  • It will come with 6 GB of RAM, and 128 GB of storage
  • The front camera will be upgraded with a 32 MP sensor
  • The 3X telephoto rear camera will have an 8 MP sensor, instead of 64 MP
  • It will come with a large 4,500 battery – 500 mAh (12.5%) more than Galaxy S20

 

Samsung Galaxy S20 FE : Price + Availability

The Samsung Galaxy S20 FE will be CHEAPER than the Galaxy S20, with reports saying that it will have a starting price of US$750 (about £579 / A$1,026 / S$1019 / RM3099).

Samsung will offer it in six colour options – Navy Blue, Teal, Lavender, Red, White and Orange – which they revealed in their promotional images above. This confirmed Evan Blass’ leaked photo below.

 

Samsung Galaxy S20 FE : 5G vs 4G

Here is a specification comparison of the 5G and 4G variants of the Galaxy S20 FE :

Specifications Galaxy S20 FE 5G Galaxy S20 FE 4G
Model SM-G781 SM-G780
Display 6.5-inch Super AMOLED display
– 1080 x 2400 pixels
– 120 Hz refresh
– HDR10 support
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass 3
IP68 dust- and water-resistance
Operating System Android Q with One UI 2.5
System Platform Snapdragon 865 Exynos 990
Processor 1 x Kryo 585 Gold
3 x Kryo 585 Gold
4 x Kryo 585 Silver
2 x Exynos M5
2 x Cortex-A76
4 x Cortex-A55
GPU Adreno 650 Mali-G77 MP11
RAM 6 GB LPDDR5
Storage 128 GB (UFS 2.1)
External Storage microSD (hybrid, up to 1 TB)
Front Camera 32 MP, f/2.2 aperture
Rear Cameras Main : 12 MP Sony IMX555, f/1.8
Ultra-Wide : 12 MP, f/2.2
3X Telephoto: 8 MP, f/2.4
Connectivity 5G / 4G / 3G / 2G
Wi-Fi : 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (dual-band)
Bluetooth : BT 5.0
USB : USB 2.0 Type C
Fingerprint Sensor In Display Ultrasonic
Audio Dolby Atmos stereo speakers tuned by AKG
Battery 4,500 mAh battery
Charger 15 W fast charger
Dimensions ? mm wide
? mm tall
8.4 mm thick
Weight 190 g

 

Samsung Galaxy S20 FE vs Galaxy S20

Here is a specification comparison of Galaxy S20 FE against the original Galaxy S20 :

Specifications Galaxy S20 FE Galaxy S20
Model SM-G781 SM-G981
Display 6.5-inch Super AMOLED
– 1080 x 2400 pixels
– 120 Hz refresh
– HDR10 support
6.2-inch Super AMOLED
– 1440 x 3200 pixels
– 60 Hz refresh
– HDR10 support
Protection Gorilla Glass 3 Gorilla Glass 6
IP Rating IP68 dust- and water-resistance
Operating System Android Q with One UI
System Platform Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 / Samsung Exynos 990
RAM 6 GB LPDDR5 8 GB LPDDR5
Storage 128 GB (UFS 2.1)
External Storage microSD (hybrid, up to 1 TB)
Front Camera 32 MP, f/2.2 aperture 10 MP, f/2.2 aperture
Rear Cameras 12 MP main camera
12 MP ultra-wide camera
8 MP telephone camera (3X)
12 MP main camera
12 MP ultra-wide camera
64 MP telephone camera (3X)
Connectivity Wi-Fi : 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (dual-band)
Bluetooth : BT 5.0
USB : USB 2.0 Type C
Fingerprint Sensor In Display Ultrasonic
Audio Dolby Atmos stereo speakers tuned by AKG
Battery 4,500 mAh battery 4,000 mAh battery
Charger 15 W fast charger
Dimensions ? mm wide
? mm tall
8.4 mm thick
69.1 mm wide
151.7 mm tall
7.9 mm thick
Weight 190 g 163 g

 

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Samsung Galaxy Note 20 | Note 20 Ultra Comparison!

The new Samsung Galaxy Note 20 and Galaxy Note 20 Ultra smartphones have now been officially launched!

And here is a quick comparison of their key features and specifications!

 

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 | Note 20 Ultra : Virtual Launch

The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 and Galaxy Note 20 Ultra smartphones were unveiled on Wednesday, 5 August 2020!

But instead of a grand live show, it will be a virtual launch, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 | Note 20 Ultra : A Summary!

Here is a quick summary of the key features of the latest Samsung Galaxy Note devices!

Different Displays

The two models will come with different displays with different resolutions :

  • Galaxy Note20 Ultra : 6.9-inch Dynamic AMOLED 2X, curved edges
  • Galaxy Note20 : 6.7-inch Super AMOLED+ (FHD+), flat

But both displays will support 120 Hz refresh rates, with HDR10+ colour.

Performance

They will both be powered by the Samsung Exynos Octa 990 globally, with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ in the United States.

To ensure optimal performance in any condition, they are both kept cool by the world’s slimmest vapour chamber.

The Galaxy Note20 will come with 8 GB of memory, while the Note20 Ultra will have 12 GB of memory.

More importantly, these will be the latest LPDDR5 memory, which is not only 50% faster but also uses 20% less power.

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Improved Cameras

They both have a triple camera system, but with different cameras :

  • Galaxy Note20 Ultra : 108MP main camera, 12MP ultra-wide, 12MP telephoto, laser AF
  • Galaxy Note20 : 12MP main camera, 12MP ultra-wide, 64MP telephoto

Improved Video Recording

Both devices will support up to 8K video recording at 24 fps, as well as 720p video recording at up to 120 Hz.

But a key new feature is the Pro Video Mode, which introduces :

  • adjustable zoom speed, for smoother and more dramatic zoom action
  • adjustable audio source, letting you focus audio recording in a specific direction
    – default, front, rear, USB and Bluetooth (with Galaxy Buds Live)

50X Space Zoom | 30X Space Zoom

Samsung is not going to use the Galaxy S20 Ultra‘s folded lens design, replacing 100X Space Zoom with :

  • Galaxy Note20 Ultra : 5X Hybrid Optic Zoom with 50X Super Resolution Zoom
  • Galaxy Note20 : 3X Hybrid Optic Zoom with 30X Super Resolution Zoom

Mobile Gaming

The Samsung Galaxy Note20 devices will come with a free Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription in select countries, giving you access to 100+ specially selected games.

On top of that, Samsung is giving it serious gaming chops, with an AI Game Booster feature, a high-resolution display with 120 Hz refresh rate and 240 Hz touch rate.

In addition, they also reduced the Bluetooth audio response time, to reduce audio lag.

Improved S Pen

They will both come with a lithium titanate battery that gives it 24 hour standby time. However, the S Pen for the Galaxy Note 20 has a 25 ms response time, while the S Pen for the Note 20 Ultra has a 9 ms response time.

The new S Pen will also support Anywhere actions – general Air actions that will work with any app :

  • Move Backwards
  • Home
  • Recent App
  • Smart Select
  • Screen Capture

Battery Capacities

The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra will come with a slightly larger battery than the “regular” Note 20 :

  • Galaxy Note20 Ultra : 4,500 mAh
  • Galaxy Note20 : 4,300 mAh

They will both support wireless charging with reverse charging capability, of course.

New Colours

Samsung will offer three colour options per model :

  • Galaxy Note20 Ultra : Mystic Bronze, Mystic Black, Mystic White
  • Galaxy Note20 : Mystic Green, Mystic Gray, Mystic Bronze

Rumours have it that Samsung will also introduce Mint and Purple colour options, even a BTS Limited Edition… eventually.

Ultra-Wideband Technology (UWB)

Both devices will support Ultra-Wideband (UWB) technology, which enables the newly-announced Google Nearby Share feature – letting you share files by pointing at compatible devices.

UWB technology also allows the Galaxy Note20 devices to function as digital keys. And in the future, Samsung will introduce SmartThings, which lets you locate objects using AR (Augmented Reality).

Samsung DeX

Naturally, the Galaxy Note20 devices support Samsung DeX, which has been enhanced to support wireless projection. So yes, you no longer need a cable to use Dex!

 

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 | Note 20 Ultra : Specifications

To help you decide which model best suits you, here is a table comparing their key specifications :

Specifications Galaxy Note 20 Galaxy Note20 Ultra
Display 6.7-inch Infinity-O Display
Super AMOLED+ Panel
6.9-inch Infinity-O Display
Dynamic AMOLED 2X Panel
Display Features HDR10+, 60 Hz HDR10+, 120 Hz, 1500 nits
Display Resolution 1080 x 2400 pixels 1440 x 3088 pixels
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass Victus, IP68
Operating System One UI 2.0 (Android Q)
Platform Samsung Exynos 990
Processor 2 x Mongoose 5 cores (2.7 GHz)
2 x Cortex-A76 cores (2.5 GHz)
4 x Cortex-A55 cores (2.0 GHz)
GPU ARM Mali-G77 MP11
Memory 8 GB LPDDR5 12 GB LPDDR5
Internal Storage 128 GB / 256 GB 256 GB / 512 GB
External Storage Hybrid MicroSD Slot (up to 512 GB)
Front Camera 10 MP camera (f/2.2)
Main Cameras 12 MP main camera (f/1.8)
12 MP ultra-wide camera (f/2.2)
64 MP 3X Hybrid Zoom camera (f/2.0)
108 MP main camera (f/1.8)
12 MP ultra-wide camera (f/2.2)
12 MP 5X Optical Zoom camera (f/3.0)
Laser focus sensor
Connectivity Bluetooth 5.1
WiFi-AX
USB 2.0 Type C
S Pen 25 ms response time, 4096 levels
Lithium Titanate battery
9 ms response time, 4096 levels
Lithium Titanate battery
Fingerprint Sensor 3D Sonic Max
Battery 4,300 mAh 4,500 mAh
Charging 25 W 25 W
Dimensions 75.2 mm wide
161.6 mm tall
8.3 mm thick
77.2 mm wide
164.8 mm tall
8.1 mm thick
Weight 192 g 208 g

 

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra : Price + Availability

In Malaysia and Singapore, Samsung will only bring in one model with these specifications :

  • Note20 Ultra 5G (12 GB + 256 GB) : RM 5,199 | S$1,898 (about US$1,240 / £944 / A$1,727)

In the United States, Samsung is introducing two models :

  • Note20 Ultra 5G (12 GB + 128 GB) : US$ 1,299 (about RM 5,450 / £992 / A$1,813)
  • Note20 Ultra 5G (12 GB + 512 GB) : US$ 1,449 (about RM 6,080 / £1,107 / A$2,022)

In the United Kingdom, Samsung is introducing two models :

  • Note20 Ultra 5G (12 GB + 256 GB) : £1,179 (about RM 6,478 / US$1,544 / A$2,155)
  • Note20 Ultra 5G (12 GB + 512 GB) : £1,279 (about RM 7,027 / US$1,675 / A$2,337)

In Australia, Samsung is introducing three models :

  • Note20 Ultra 4G (12 GB + 256 GB) : A$1,849 (about RM 5,560 / US$1,325 / £1,012)
  • Note20 Ultra 5G (12 GB + 256 GB) : A$1,999 (about RM 6,011 / US$1,432 / £1,094)
  • Note20 Ultra 5G (12 GB + 512 GB) : A$2,199 (about RM 6,612 / US$1,576 / £1,203)

 

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 : Price + Availability

In Malaysia and Singapore, Samsung will bring in these models with these specifications :

  • Note20 4G (8 GB + 256 GB) : RM 3,899 | S$1,398 (about US$929 / £708 / A$1,295)
  • Note20 5G (8 GB + 256 GB) : RM 4,299 | S$1,548 (about US$1,205 / £780 / A$1,427)

In the United States, Samsung is introducing one model :

  • Note20 5G (8 GB + 128 GB) : US$ 999 (about RM 4,189 / £763 / A$1,398)

In the United Kingdom, Samsung is introducing two models :

  • Note20 4G (8 GB + 256 GB) : £849 (about RM 4,665 / US$1,112 / A$1,556)
  • Note20 5G (8 GB + 256 GB) : £949 (about RM 5,214 / US$1,243 / A$1,740)

In Australia, Samsung is introducing two models :

  • Note20 4G (8 GB + 256 GB) : A$1,499 (about RM 4,492 / US$1,071 / £818)
  • Note20 5G (8 GB + 256 GB) : A$1,649 (about RM 4,942 / US$1,178 / £899)

 

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Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Price Leaks : Slightly Cheaper!

Price leaks from Korea and Vietnam show that the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 20 and Galaxy Note 20 Ultra will be slightly cheaper! Here are the details!

 

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 : Price Leaks!

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it appears that Samsung will introduce the Galaxy Note 20 series with slightly lower prices in Korea :

  • Galaxy Note 20 : KRW 1.2 million, roughly US$994 / £794 / A$1,433 / S$1,386 / RM 4,249
  • Galaxy Note 20 Ultra : KRW 1.45 million, roughly US$1,200 / £959 / A$1,732 / S$1675 / RM 5,134

This was confirmed by a Vietnamese retailer who accidentally leaked these prices :

  • Galaxy Note 20 : VND 22.99 million, roughly US$993 / £793 / A$1,431 / S$1,384 / RM 4,240
  • Galaxy Note 20 Ultra (LTE) : VND 25.99 million, roughly US$1,122 / £897 / A$1,618 / S$1,565 / RM 4,794
  • Galaxy Note 20 Ultra (5G) : VND 29.99 million, roughly US$1,295 / £1,034 / A$1,867 / S$1,805 / RM 5,532

These are supposed to be the official prices in Europe :

  • Galaxy Note 20 (4G, 256 GB) : €999
  • Galaxy Note 20 (5G, 256 GB) : €1,099
  • Galaxy Note 20 Ultra (5G, 256 GB) : €1,349
  • Galaxy Note 20 Ultra (5G, 512 GB) : €1,439

How much will it cost in Malaysia? Based on last year’s Samsung Galaxy Note10 price list, we reckon it will be something like this :

  • Galaxy Note 20 (256GB) : RM 3,499
  • Galaxy Note 20 Ultra (256 GB LTE) : RM 3,999
  • Galaxy Note 20 Ultra (512 GB 5G) : RM 4,599

What do YOU think of the leaked and estimated Galaxy Note 20 price lists?

 

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 : A Quick Primer!

The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 will be revealed on Thursday, 5 August 2020!

But instead of a grand live show, it will be a virtual launch, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Recommended : Samsung Galaxy Note 20 : Pre-Launch Sneak Peek!

Samsung Galaxy Note20

The Samsung Galaxy Note20 has a 6.7-inch Super AMOLED+ display, with a Full HD+ resolution.

It will come with 8 GB of RAM, up to 256 GB of storage, and a 4,300 mAh battery. Its triple camera system will support 8K video recording :

  • a 12 MP main camera,
  • a 12 MP ultra-wide camera, and
  • a 64 MP telephoto camera with 30X Space Zoom

Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra

The Samsung Galaxy Note20 has a 6.9-inch Dynamic AMOLED display, with a 2K+ resolution.

It will come with 12 GB of RAM, up to 512 GB of storage, and a 4,500 mAh battery. Its triple camera system will come with laser focusing and support 8K video recording :

  • a 108 MP main camera,
  • a 12 MP ultra-wide camera, and
  • a 12 MP telephoto camera with 50X Space Zoom

 

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 : Specifications

Here are the specifications for the two models. For more details, please see Samsung Galaxy Note 20 : Pre-Launch Sneak Peek!

Specifications Galaxy Note 20 5G Galaxy Note20 Ultra 5G
Display 6.7-inch Infinity-O Display
Super AMOLED + Panel
6.9-inch Infinity-O Display
Dynamic AMOLED (LPTO) Panel
Display Features HDR10+, 120 Hz refresh rate
Display Resolution 1080 x 2400 pixels 1440 x 3040 pixels
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass 7, IP68
Operating System One UI 2.0 (Android Q)
Platform Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ / Samsung Exynos 990
Memory 8 GB LPDDR5 12 GB LPDDR5
Internal Storage 128 GB / 256 GB 256 GB / 512 GB
External Storage Hybrid MicroSD Slot (up to 512 GB)
Front Camera 40 MP camera
Main Cameras 12 MP main camera (f/1.8)
12 MP ultra-wide camera (f/2.2)
64 MP 30X Space Zoom camera (f/2.0)
108 MP main camera (f/1.8)
12 MP ultra-wide camera (f/2.2)
12 MP 50X Space Zoom camera (f/3.0)
Laser focus sensor
Connectivity Bluetooth 5.1
WiFi-AX
USB 2.0 Type C
Fingerprint Sensor 3D Sonic Max
Battery 4,300 mAh 5,000 mAh
Charging 25 W 45 W
Dimensions NA NA
Weight NA NA

 

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Samsung Galaxy S20 : Price List + Press Release LEAKED!

Just hours before Galaxy Unpacked 2020, the complete price list and press release for the Samsung Galaxy S20 leaked!

Here is everything you need to know about the Galaxy S20 price list and press release leaked by Dutch blog, LetsGoDigital!

 

Samsung Galaxy S20 : Price List + Availability LEAKED!

According to the leaked Galaxy S20 press release, the new Samsung Galaxy Buds+ true wireless earbuds will go on sale on Friday, 14 February 2020.

The Samsung Galaxy S20, S20+ and S20 Ultra will be released for sale or delivery one month later, on Friday, 13 March 2020.

LetsGoDigital only revealed the leaked Dutch prices for the Galaxy S20 family and Galaxy Buds+, but we compiled estimated prices for you in this table :

Model The Netherlands US UK MY
Galaxy S20 Ultra
(512 GB)
€1549 $1549.99 £1299 RM 6999
Galaxy S20 Ultra
(128 GB)
€1349 $1349.99 £1199 RM 5999
Galaxy S20+
(128 GB)
€1099 $1199.99 £999 RM 4999
Galaxy S20
(128 GB, 5G)
€999 $999.99 £899 RM 4499
Galaxy S20
(128 GB, LTE)
€899 $899.99 £799 RM 3999
Galaxy Buds+ €169 $169.99 £149 RM 759

 

Samsung Galaxy S20 : Press Release LEAKED!

Here is the leaked Galaxy S20 press release for The Netherlands :

The Samsung Galaxy S20: the start of a new mobile era

Samsung today unveils the Galaxy S20, a new series of premium devices that fundamentally changes the way we capture and experience the world around us. The integration of advanced 5G technology, artificial intelligence and new camera hardware and software helps users to express themselves in a whole new way. No matter how we use our phone, the Galaxy S20 makes every experience easier, more enjoyable and more complete. This not only applies to taking photos, but also to listening to music, watching videos and playing games.

“In this decade, 5G will completely change how we communicate and how we experience the world around us,” says Gerben van Walt Meijer, Mobile Marketing Manager at Samsung Netherlands. ‘All three Galaxy S20 variants are equipped with 5G connectivity, which means that even larger amounts of data can be shared much faster and accessibility is improved considerably, even in busy locations. Thanks to the stable 5G connection and the AI-powered camera, video chat becomes a completely different experience. Thanks to the improved latency, you can effortlessly play your favorite game on the Galaxy S20. “

Shaping the future in communication

With 5G, Samsung is entering a new decade of mobile innovation. And to take advantage of this new generation of connectivity, every device in the Galaxy S20 series – the Galaxy S20, Galaxy S20 + and Galaxy S20 Ultra – is equipped with the latest 5G technology. The Galaxy S20 line are the first devices that enable new mobile experiences that benefit from nationwide low-frequency bands and high-frequency bands. The Galaxy S20 series offers both non-standalone and standalone 5G options. The Galaxy S20 series is of course also fully compatible with 4G.

Capture changes

More than ever, we record our lives and tell our stories via our smartphone. That is why the camera is the most important function for consumers who buy a new smartphone. Designed for the way we live, the Galaxy S20 introduces a completely new camera system – powered by AI and with the largest image sensor ever – to bring out the best in every image and every moment.

 Every detail in stunning clarity: the camera of the Galaxy S20 offers a super high resolution (108MP high resolution [Galaxy S20 Ultra] / 64MP high resolution [Galaxy S20, Galaxy S20 +]), which brings every detail and nuance of the image forward brings. The Galaxy S20 Ultra goes one step further with pixel fusion technology at sensor level, for stunning shots in low light.
• Unrivaled zoom options: the Galaxy S20’s Space Zoom technology narrows the gap between DSLRs and the cameras we are used to in our phones. Space Zoom – a combination of lossless hybrid optical zoom (3x [Galaxy S20, Galaxy S20 +], 10x [Galaxy S20 Ultra]) and AI-powered 10x digital zoom – lets users zoom up to 100x (S20 Ultra). It is also easy to take a picture, crop it and edit it in impressive quality, thanks to the crop-zoom technology of the Galaxy S20.
• Professional-level filming: the Galaxy S20 offers 8K video recording, which allows users to capture every detail and stunning colors. With Super Steady 2.0, with anti-roll stabilization and AI motion analysis, even the most bumpy videos look like they were recorded with a track and dolly. Cast the end result to a Samsung 8K TV for a best-in-class viewing experience.
 Single Take, multiple options: with the Galaxy S20 the user can stay in the moment while he captures it. The Galaxy S20 takes several photos and videos simultaneously, including live focus, cropped, ultra wide and more, after which the device recommends the best shots based on AI.

Do what you love, even better

The Galaxy S20 also improves all other things that we like to do on our phone. With new functions and impactful partnerships, the Galaxy S20 has been built for a new kind of mobile experience.
 Immersive music: Thanks to a new integration between Spotify and Bixby Routines you can easily enjoy a personalized soundtrack based on routines. With Music Share you can extend the Bluetooth connection to a car radio or speaker, so that you can take turns DJing during a road trip.
• Exceptional video chat on Google Duo: the Galaxy S20 enhances the video chat experience through 5G and an exclusive collaboration with Google and Google Duo video calls. Use the wide lens to engage the entire family in a conversation. Chat with eight friends at a time. And chat for the first time in FHD quality.
 YouTube on 5G: your 8K videos are worth sharing with the world. Samsung works with YouTube so that you can upload 8K videos directly. Create your own 8K content and watch it in unrivaled quality on your 8K television.
• Streaming: Because of the professional camera of the Galaxy S20, Netflix and Samsung have joined forces to have the Galaxy S20, to have renowned directors capture exclusive content for Samsung users. Users can also discover the very best content from Netflix through improved integration with Galaxy devices, making content easier to discover and accessible through Samsung Daily, Bixby and Finder.
• Great gaming: mobile gaming is also being lifted to a higher level. With a 120Hz screen you will experience the fastest refresh rate and smooth gameplay – perfect for gaming on a 5G network. Combined with a fast processor, 12GB RAM, an AKG audio system and a game booster that works in the background to optimize the settings for top performance, the Galaxy S20 sets a new standard for on-the-go gaming.

Experience endless possibilities

The new Galaxy S20 features the premium technologies that Galaxy fans have come to know and expect. The Galaxy S20 is the most secure device that Samsung has ever made and is protected by Knox, the leading mobile security platform that protects the device from the chip to software level. The Galaxy S20 also features a new, secure processor, called Guardian Chip, to protect against hardware attacks.

Powered by a larger and smarter battery, the Galaxy S20 comes with a 25W fast charger, with the Ultra also supporting 45W Super Fast charging. The entire series is equipped with enormous storage as standard (128 GB for S20; 128 GB, 256 GB and 512 GB for Galaxy S20 + and S20 Ultra).

The Galaxy S20 is located in the heart of the Galaxy ecosystem. The device comes with Samsung’s most clean, simple and intuitive interface to date: One UI 2. You can also use the Galaxy S20 to control the smart home with SmartThings, to achieve health and wellness goals with Samsung Health and more.

Galaxy Buds +

With the new Samsung Galaxy Buds + you can immerse yourself in your favorite music and podcasts. The Buds + have dynamic two-way speakers for powerful bass and crystal clear sound, tuned by AKG; three microphones for unparalleled sound and voice quality; and an incredibly long battery life – 11 hours for the Buds + and an additional 11 hours using the charging case. The Buds + are iOS compatible, so no matter which device you use you can enjoy a great audio experience. With a Spotify partnership, you can listen to your music more easily, point to your favorite playlists and press Play with one tap.

Galaxy S20 availability

From March 13, 2020, Galaxy S20, Galaxy S20 +, Galaxy S20 Ultra are available in various color options and prices. The Galaxy Buds + are available from February 14, 2020.

Colors:
• Galaxy S20: Cosmic Gray, Cloud Blue, Cloud Pink
• Galaxy S20 +: Cosmic Gray, Cloud Blue, Cosmic Black
• Galaxy S20 Ultra: Cosmic Gray, Cosmic Black
• Galaxy Buds +: Black, White, Blue

The smartphones are available with the following suggested retail prices:
• Galaxy S20: 128GB LTE for € 899 and 128GB 5G for € 999
• Galaxy S20 +: 128GB 5G for € 1099
• Galaxy S20 Ultra: 128GB for € 1349 and 512GB for € 1549
• Galaxy Buds + : € 169

 

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Samsung Galaxy S20 Series : What Should You Expect?

On 11 February 2020, Samsung will unveil three new Galaxy smartphones – the Galaxy S20 series!

On the cusp of the big reveal, let us share with you what you can expect from the Samsung Galaxy S20 series!

 

Samsung Galaxy S20 Series : What Should You Expect?

Okay, let’s do a quick run-down of what you can expect Samsung to announce for the Galaxy S20 series :

Hi! My Name Is Picasso!

The codename for the Samsung Galaxy S20 series is Picasso, and even though it is sequentially supposed to be the Galaxy S11 series, Samsung is calling it the Galaxy S20 series.

Why? To align with the year 2020? To breakaway from the S10’s naming convention of S10e, S10, S10+? Perhaps it’s both reasons?

Congratulations! You Have Triplets!

Samsung will release three models to target different segments :

  • Galaxy S20 Ultra : 6.9-inch display, 108 MP camera, and 48 MP telephoto camera with 10X zoom
  • Galaxy S20 Plus : 6.7-inch display, 12 MP camera, and 64 MP telephoto camera with 3X zoom
  • Galaxy S20 : 6.2-inch display, 12 MP camera, and 64 MP telephoto camera with 3X zoom

Speedy, Speedy Gonzales!

Needless to say, the Samsung Galaxy S20 series will boast the latest mobile platform :

Both mobile platforms should offer significantly better performance than their predecessors.

On top of that, they will also use the new LPDDR5 memory, which is 30% faster and 30% more efficient than LPDDR4x memory.

Recommended : Samsung Exynos 990 – Everything You Need To Know!

Say Cheese!

Finally! Samsung makes a big upgrade in the photographic department!

The Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra will come with a 40 MP wide-angle camera in the front, and a quad-camera system at that back, with :

  • an ultra-high resolution 108 MP main camera,
  • a 48 MP telephoto camera with 10X optical zoom,
  • a 12 MP ultra-wide camera, and
  • a ToF camera

The Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus and Galaxy S20 will both come with a 10 MP front camera, and a quad-camera system at the back, with :

  • a 48 MP main camera,
  • a 48 MP telephoto camera with 5X optical zoom,
  • a 12 MP ultra-wide camera, and
  • a ToF camera

Unfortunately, Samsung is dropping their Dual Aperture camera technology…

My… What Big Batteries You Have!

To ensure they last a long time, Samsung is giving all 3 models a boost in battery capacity :

  • Galaxy S20 Ultra : 5,000 mAh (S10+ : 4,100 mAh)
  • Galaxy S20 Plus : 4,500 mAh (S10 : 3,400 mAh)
  • Galaxy S20 : 4,000 mAh (S10e : 3,100 mAh)

On top of that, we expect all three to ship with a 45W fast charger, instead of the 25W fast charger.

Hit The Road, Jack!

Samsung dumped the audio jack in the Galaxy Note10 series, and it’s not coming back.

We are hoping that Samsung will include an audio jack adaptor, because the Galaxy S20 series will also not have an internal DAC.

 

Samsung Galaxy S20 Series : Specifications

In this table, we compare the key specifications of the three models :

Specifications Galaxy
S20 Ultra
Galaxy
S20 Plus
Galaxy
S20
Model SM-G988 SM-G986 SM-G981
Display Size 6.9-inch 6.7-inch 6.2-inch
Display Panel Dynamic AMOLED
Display Resolution 1440 x 3200 pixels
Pixel Density 511 ppi 525 ppi 563 ppi
Display Refresh 120 Hz
Operating System Android 10 with One UI 2.0
Protection IP68
System Platform Samsung Exynos 990 / Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
RAM 16 GB LPDDR5 12 GB LPDDR5
Internal Storage 128 GB / 512 GB 128 GB
External Storage microSD (up to 1 TB) None
Front Camera 40 MP wide-angle camera 10 MP camera
Rear Cameras Quad Camera System
108 MP main camera
48 MP telephoto camera (10X zoom)
12 MP ultra-wide camera
– ToF camera
Quad Camera System
48 MP main camera
48 MP telephoto camera (5X zoom)
12 MP ultra-wide camera
– ToF camera
Connectivity Network : 5G / 4G / 3G
Wi-Fi : 802.11a/b/g/n/ax
Bluetooth : BT5.0
USB : USB Type C 2.0
Fingerprint Sensor Yes, 3D Sonic Max (In-Display)
Audio Dolby Atmos stereo speakers tuned by AKG
Battery 5,000 mAh battery 4,500 mAh battery 4,000 mAh battery
Dimensions 76.0 mm wide
167.0 mm tall
8.8 mm thick
74.0 mm wide
162.0 mm tall
7.8 mm thick
68.0 mm wide
152.0 mm tall
7.9 mm thick
Weight 221 g 188 g 164 g

 

Samsung Galaxy S20 Series : Price + Availability

Here are the expected price points for all three models :

  • Galaxy S20 Ultra : US$1,199.99 (S10+ : US$999.99)
  • Galaxy S20 Plus : US$949.99 (S10 : US$899.99)
  • Galaxy S20 : US$849.99 (S10e : US$749.99)

And at least in the US, the Galaxy S20 Ultra and Galaxy S20 Plus will come with Galaxy Buds+ for FREE.

From what we understand, pre-orders will begin on 14 February 2020, and these new smartphones will be available for retail sale on 6 March 2020.

 

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Samsung Galaxy Note 10 – Everything You Need To Know!

The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 has been unveiled! And we managed to get our hands on the first few units in the world!

But while we are working on the videos and preview articles, let’s do a quick round-up of EVERYTHING we know about the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 so far!

 

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 – Everything You Need To Know!

This will become our central repository of everything you need to know about the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 and Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ smartphones!

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Key Dates

Samsung Unpacked Launch

Samsung unveiled the Galaxy Note 10 in New York City on Wednesday, 7 August 2019 at 1 PM PST / 4 PM EDT / 9 PM BST… and over here in Malaysia, at 4 AM on 8 August 2019.

Samsung Galaxy Note10 Pre-Order

The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 pre-order will run globally from 8-18 August 2019, with collections starting from 22 August 2019 onwards.

Samsung Galaxy Note10 Retail Availability

Samsung will start selling the Galaxy Note 10 globally beginning 23 August 2019.

Recommended : Galaxy Note 10 PRE-ORDER Promo + Details For Malaysia!

 

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Models

Unlike last year’s Galaxy Note9, Samsung introduced three main models, with different storage capacities

Samsung Galaxy Note10 (SM-N970)

  • This will be the base model, with a 6.3-inch Super AMOLED display and a 3,500 mAh battery.
  • It will be powered by the Exynos 9825 / Snapdragon 855 with 8 GB RAM.
  • It will have 256 GB of internal storage with NO microSD card slot.
  • It will have a single front camera, with a triple camera system in the back.

Recommended : Samsung Galaxy Note 10 (SM-N970) Hands-On Preview!

Samsung Galaxy Note10+ (SM-N975)

  • It will have a larger 6.8-inch Super AMOLED display and a 4,300 mAh battery.
  • It will be powered by the Exynos 9825 / Snapdragon 855 with 8 GB RAM.
  • It will have 256 GB or 512 GB of internal storage with a microSD card slot (up to 1TB).
  • It will have a single front camera, with a quad camera system in the back.

Samsung Galaxy Note10+ 5G (SM-N976)

  • It’s the Galaxy Note10+ with an additional 5G modem

 

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Colour Options

The Galaxy Note 10 is available in FIVE colours :

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  • Aura Glow
  • Aura Pink (exclusive)
  • Aura Red (exclusive)
  • Aura Black
  • Aura White

The Galaxy Note 10+ is available in these FOUR colours :

  • Aura Glow
  • Aura Blue (exclusive)
  • Aura Black
  • Aura White

To make it easier for you to choose a colour, we created this video comparison of the Aura Glow, Aura Pink, Aura Black and Aura White colour options!

For more details, and two additional colour comparison videos, please see Samsung Galaxy Note 10 | Note 10+ Colour Comparisons!

 

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Specifications

We compare the specifications of both models against the Galaxy Note 9.

SpecificationsSamsung Galaxy Note10+Samsung Galaxy Note10Samsung Galaxy Note9
Display6.8" dual-edge display
- Dynamic AMOLED with HDR10+
- 1440 x 3040 pixels (498 ppi)
6.3" dual-edge display
- Dynamic AMOLED with HDR10+
- 1080 x 2280 pixels (401 ppi)
6.4" dual-edge display
- Super AMOLED panel
- 1440 x 2960 pixels (516 ppi)
ProtectionCorning Gorilla Glass 6Corning Gorilla Glass 6Corning Gorilla Glass 5
IP RatingIP68IP68IP68
Operating SystemAndroid 9 PieAndroid 9 PieAndroid 8.1 Oreo
System PlatformSamsung Exynos 8925
or
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
Samsung Exynos 8925
or
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
Samsung Exynos 9810
or
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
Memory12 GB LPDDR4x SDRAM8 GB LPDDR4x SDRAM6 GB LPDDR4 SDRAM
Storage Options256 / 512 GB internal storage
One microSD slot (shared with SIM 2) - supports up to 1 TB
256 GB internal storage
No microSD slot
128 GB / 256 GB / 512 GB internal storage
One microSD slot (shared with SIM 2) - supports up to 512 GB
Front Camera10 MP Dual Pixel sensor with f/1.9 lens10 MP Dual Pixel sensor with f/1.9 lens8 MP sensor with f/1.7 lens
Rear CameraQuad Camera System with dual-tone LED flash

Wide-Angle Camera
12 MP sensor with f/1.5 and f/2.4 apertures and OIS

Telephoto Camera (2X optical zoom)
13 MP sensor with f/2.4 lens and OIS

Ultra-Wide Angle Camera
16 MP sensor with f/2.2 lens

DepthVision Camera
38.4 KP ToF sensor
Triple Camera System with dual-tone LED flash

Wide-Angle Camera
12 MP sensor with f/1.5 and f/2.4 apertures and OIS

Telephoto Camera (2X optical zoom)
13 MP sensor with f/2.4 lens and OIS

Ultra-Wide Angle Camera
16 MP sensor with f/2.2 lens
Dual Lens Camera with dual-tone LED flash

Dual-Aperture Camera
12 MP (1.4 µm) Dual Pixel sensor with f/1.5 or f/2.4 apertures and OIS

Telephoto Camera (2X optical zoom)
12 MP sensor with f/2.4 lens, and OIS
Dual SIM CapabilityDual SIM (dual standby capability)Dual SIM (dual standby capability)Hybrid dual SIM (dual active capability)
- SIM 2 + microSD shared slot
ConnectivityNetwork : LTE
WiFi : 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4 GHz & 5 GHz), MIMO (2 x 2)
Bluetooth : Version 5.0 LE, ANT+
Others : USB 3.1, NFC, GPS
Network : LTE
WiFi : 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4 GHz & 5 GHz), MIMO (2 x 2)
Bluetooth : Version 5.0 LE, ANT+
Others : USB 3.1, NFC, GPS
Network : LTE Cat. 18 (1.2 Gbps / 200 Mbps)
WiFi : 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4 GHz & 5 GHz), MIMO (2 x 2)
Bluetooth : Version 5.0 LE, ANT+
Others : USB 3.1, NFC, GPS
Fingerprint SensorYes, In-Display UltrasonicYes, In-Display UltrasonicYes, Rear Mounted
Iris ScannerNoNoYes
Other SensorsAccelerometer, Proximity, RGB Light, Geo-magnetic, Gyro, Barometer, Hall, HRMAccelerometer, Proximity, RGB Light, Geo-magnetic, Gyro, Barometer, Hall, HRMAccelerometer, Proximity, RGB Light, Geo-magnetic, Gyro, Barometer, Hall, HRM
BixbyYesYesYes
S PenYes, Bluetooth LEYes, Bluetooth LEYes, Bluetooth LE
Battery4,300 mAh lithium-ion battery (non-removable)
- 25W fast charging capability
- 12W wireless fast charging
3,500 mAh lithium-ion battery (non-removable)
- 25W fast charging capability
- 12W wireless fast charging
4,000 mAh lithium-ion battery (non-removable)
- fast charging capability (wired & wireless)
- wireless charging (WPC and PMA)
DimensionsNANA76.4 mm wide
161.9 mm tall
8.8 mm thick
Weight196 g168 g201 g
Colour OptionsAura Glow, Aura Black, Aura WhiteAura Glow, Aura Black, Aura PinkOcean Blue, Midnight Black, Metallic Copper, Lavender Purple (limited countries)

 

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Launch Price

To make it easier for you, we created this table to show the available models and prices in four countries :

Model US UK Australia Malaysia
Galaxy Note10 (256 GB) $949.99 £869 A$1,499 RM 3,699
Galaxy Note10+ (256 GB) $1099.99 £999 A$1,699 RM 4,199
Galaxy Note10+ (512 GB) $1199.99 RM 4,799
Galaxy Note10+ 5G (256 GB) $1299.99 £1099
Galaxy Note10+ 5G (512 GB) $1399.99 £1199 A$1,999

Here are the official Samsung ONLINE pre-order / purchase links in Malaysia :

Recommended : Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Price List In Malaysia CONFIRMED!

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Faster Exynos / Snapdragon Platforms!

Globally, they will all run on the new Samsung Exynos 9825 mobile SoC, released just in time to power the Galaxy Note 10 devices.

It is a refreshed version of the Exynos 9820 that powers the Galaxy S10+, Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10e smartphones, fabricated on the smaller 7 nm process.

Here is a comparison of the Exynos 9825’s performance against other devices.

Geekbench Samsung Galaxy
Note 10
Samsung Galaxy
Note 9
Apple iPhone
XS
HUAWEI
P30 Pro
Single Core 4495 3443 4821 3317
Multi-Core 10223 8778 11610 9819

In the United States, they will both use the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 instead.

This puts them on par with the Samsung Galaxy S10+, Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10e smartphones, or the Xiaomi Mi 9.

Here is a comparison table we created of the two mobile platforms :

Features Samsung Exynos 9825 Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
Process 7 nm 7 nm
Design Tri-Cluster (2+2+4) Tri-Cluster (1+3+4)
Processor 2 x Mongoose 4 cores (2.7 GHz)
2 x Cortex-A75 cores (2.4 GHz)
4 x Cortex-A55 cores (1.9 GHz)
1 x Kryo 485 Gold core (2.84 GHz)
3 x Kryo 485 Gold cores (2.42 GHz)
4 x Kryo 485 Silver cores (1.8 GHz)
GPU ARM Mali-G76 MP12 Qualcomm Adreno 640
Memory LPDDR4x-3600 LPDDR4x-4266
5G Modem Separate Exynos 5100 Integrated Snapdragon X50
LTE Modem DL : Cat.20 8CA (2 Gbps)
UL : Cat.20 3CA (316 Mbps)
DL : Cat.20 7CA (2 Gbps)
UL : Cat.13 3CA (316 Mbps)
Bluetooth 5.0 5.0

Whichever mobile platform your Galaxy Note 10 comes with, Samsung promises that it will have a 33% faster CPU and a 42% faster GPU than last year’s Galaxy Note 9.

 

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Display Sizes

Both models will come with Infinity-O displays, with a punch hole for the front camera.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 will come with a 6.3-inch display, with a Full HD+ resolution.

This would make it slightly smaller than the 6.4-inch display of the Galaxy S10+ and Galaxy Note9, with a lower display resolution and pixel density.

On the other hand, the Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ will come with a massive 6.8-inch display and Quad HD display resolution.

 

Improved S Pen With Air Gestures

The groundbreaking S Pen will get some upgrades, with the new version supporting Air Gestures.

It retains the single button, but comes with a built-in battery for about 10 hours of battery life, instead of a capacitor that powered the Note9 S Pen.

It will apparently let you control certain functions using gestures without the S Pen touching the display… How mysterious! We can’t wait to see how it works!

The new S Pen will also allow you to remotely switch between the different cameras. Get more details in our article – Samsung Galaxy Note10 S Pen Gets Air Gestures + More!

 

Single Front Camera

Both models will have a single 10 MP Dual Pixel camera with f/1.9 aperture and a 80° field of view like the Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10e smartphones.

 

Triple Or Quad Rear Cameras

The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 will have a triple camera system, that is made up of :

  • Main Camera : 12 MP sensor with f/1.5 and f/2.4 variable aperture
  • Ultra-Wide Angle Camera : 16 MP sensor with f/1.9 aperture, and 123° field of view.
  • Telephoto Camera : 12 MP sensor with f/2.4 aperture and 2X lossless zoom

The Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ will have a quad camera system. In addition to the three cameras above, it will feature :

  • DepthVision Camera : a HQVGA (240 x 160 pixels) ToF (Time of Flight) sensor which provides 3D data – does not take pictures!

 

Video Bokeh

This is a really exciting feature for those who record videos. The Galaxy Note 10+ with its DepthVision camera will be able to blur out the background of your videos using the Video Bokeh feature.

This will give your videos a real cinematic flair with adjustable depth-of-field effects. You can also add special effects in real-time!

 

Audio Zoom Capability!

This is an incredibly important new feature, at least for those who do a lot of video recording without using external microphones.

There are three Audio Zoom microphones, which will “focus” on the subject that you are recording, and hopefully greatly reduce ambient noise.

Audio Zoom will also change the range of sound that it captures as you “zoom” into the action. Very interesting!

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Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ Hybrid SIM Tray

Disappointingly, the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 will NOT come with a hybrid SIM tray.

Instead, it will have a dual SIM tray. This means you are limited to the 256 GB internal storage.

While that is more than enough for most users, we personally prefer to use a microSD card to store our media.

In case anything happens to the phone, we can still retrieve the media stored on the microSD card.

If you want the ability to add a microSD card, you will need to opt for the Galaxy Note 10+, which comes with the hybrid SIM slot.

Here’s a curious bit of oddity – the Galaxy Note 10+ 5G does not have the hybrid SIM tray. Only the LTE version.

 

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Battery + Charging

The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 comes with a 3,500 mAh battery, while the Note 10+ has a larger 4,300 mAh battery.

They both support 45W fast charging and 12W fast wireless charging.

However, neither will come bundled with the new 45W Samsung EP-TA845 fast charger. Only a 25W fast charger.

Samsung will introduce a new EP-N5200 wireless charging dock that will support 20W wireless charging across two coils.

 

Time To Hit The Road, Jack…

Even as Xiaomi resurrects the 3.5 mm audio port in the new Mi A3 smartphone, Samsung will officially kill the headphone jack in the Galaxy Note10 series.

Unfortunately, the dongle is NOT free. Samsung is going to sell it for US$10 / ~£8.30 / A$20 / ~RM 42  each.

There is some good news though – the box includes a pair of USB Type C AKG earphones. At the very least, you can listen to music right out of the box!

 

Fingerprint Scanner, Iris Scanner?

Both models will come with an in-display ultrasonic fingerprint scanner like their Galaxy S10+, Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10e brethren.

They lose the iris scanner from the Galaxy Note9, but retain Face Recognition.

 

IP68 Water-Resistance

It was rumoured that they will boast improved IP69 water-resistance. This would mean they will withstand high-pressure water (80-100 bar) for at least 3 minutes at a distance of 10 to 15 cm.

Unfortunately, Samsung stuck with IP68, which is good enough for short immersions in water up to 1.5 m in depth, but not enough to withstand pressurised or forceful sprays of water.

 

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Revision History

2019-08-11 : Added more information about the Exynos 9825 and Snapdragon 855 mobile platforms, DepthVision camera, hybrid SIM tray, and IP68 water resistance.

2019-08-09 : Addedthe Galaxy Note 10 vs Galaxy Note 10+ colour comparison, and details about their colour options.

2019-08-08 : Added the confirmed launch prices and specifications, as well as pre-order details and videos from the Galaxy Unpacked event, and the exclusive media preview.

2019-08-07 : Added the leaked Galaxy Note 10 prices, specifications as well as details on the S Pen, Air Gestures, Audio Zoom, etc.

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The ASUS + GIGABYTE RX 5700 Graphics Cards Revealed!

Komachi just discovered a treasure trove – the Radeon RX 5700 and RX 5700 XT graphics cards that ASUS and GIGABYTE will soon announce!

Here is the full list of ASUS and GIGABYTE RX 5700 and RX 5700 XT models that will be coming shortly to a store near you!

 

The AMD Radeon RX 5700 Series

The AMD Radeon RX 5700 series of graphics cards is built around the new AMD Navi GPU that uses the new RDNA architecture and fabricated on the 7 nm process technology.

Its redesigned Compute Units deliver 1.25X higher performance per clock, and up to 1.5X better performance per watt.

Here is a quick comparison between the Radeon RX 5700 XT, and the Radeon RX 5700 models :

Specifications Radeon
RX 5700 XT
Radeon
RX 5700
Transistor Count 10.3 Billion 10.3 Billion
Die Size 251 mm² 1 mm²
Compute Units 40 40
Stream Processors 2560 2304
Base Clock 1605 MHz 1465 MHz
Game Clock Clock 1755 MHz 1625 MHz
Boost Clock Clock 1905 MHz 1725 MHz
Peak Performance 9.75 TFLOPS 7.95 TFLOPS
Texture Fill Rate 304.8 GP/s 248.4 GP/s
ROPS 64 64
Pixel Fill Rate 121.9 GP/s 110.4 GP/s
Memory Interface 256-bits 256-bits
Graphics Memory 8 GB GDDR6 8 GB GDDR6
Memory Bandwidth 448 GB/s 448 GB/s
Board Power 225 W 185 W

 

ASUS Radeon RX 5700 Graphics Cards

Here is the first slew of ASUS Radeon RX 5700 graphics cards :

ASUS Radeon RX 5700 Graphics Cards

RX 5700 XT RX 5700
ROG Strix Series
OG-STRIX-RX5700XT-O8G-GAMING ROG-STRIX-RX5700-O8G-GAMING
ROG-STRIX-RX5700XT-A8G-GAMING ROG-STRIX-RX5700-A8G-GAMING
ROG-STRIX-RX5700XT-8G-GAMING ROG-STRIX-RX5700-8G-GAMING
TUF Gaming 3X Series
TUF3-RX5700XT-A8G-GAMING TUF3-RX5700-O8G-GAMING
TUF3-RX5700XT-8G-GAMING TUF3-RX5700-A8G-GAMING
TUF3-RX5700XT-O8G-GAMING TUF3-RX5700-8G-GAMING
Dual Series
DUAL-RX5700-O8G-EVO
DUAL-RX5700-A8G-EVO
DUAL-RX5700-8G-EVO
Reference Series
RX5700XT-8G RX5700-8G

ASUS should release seven Radeon RX 5700 XT cards, and ten Radeon RX 5700 cards – a total of 17 cards.

A respectable number, but still far fewer than the 33 Super RTX cards they are also going to release!

 

GIGABYTE Radeon RX 5700 Graphics Cards

Here is the first slew of GIGABYTE Radeon RX 5700 graphics cards :

GIGABYTE Radeon RX 5700 Graphics Cards

RX 5700 XT RX 5700
AORUS Series
GV-R57XTAORUS-8GD GV-R57AORUS-8GD
Gaming Series
GV-R57XTGAMING OC-8GD GV-R57GAMING OC-8GD
GV-R57XTGAMING-8GD GV-R57GAMING-8GD
Reference Series
GV-R57XT-8GD-B GV-R57-8GD-B

Shockingly, GIGABYTE will only release just eight AMD Navi cards – four Radeon RX 5700 XT cards, and four Radeon RX 5700 cards.

In contrast, they are expected to release a whopping 69 Super RTX cards!

 

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Celebrities Leak Pre-Wedding Photos Taken By HUAWEI P30!

Malaysian celebrities and heartthrob couple, Fasha Sandha and Aidil Aziz, just leaked their pre-wedding photos. And believe it or not – they were taken with the HUAWEI P30 smartphone, which has not yet been launched!

 

Wedding Photography Is Changing

For decades, every posh wedding requires a retinue of photographers with large, heavy DSLRs. But times are changing. Couples are now opting for smartphones, which are handier and allow them to be part of the process.

The wedding photography today are definitely more creative, natural and spontaneous. There are more selfies, wefies, and video content. Best of all – they can all be shared with family and friends within seconds!

The image quality of smartphones have also improved drastically. This makes them truly indispensable at every important times of our lives.

 

These Pre-Wedding Photos Were Taken By HUAWEI P30!

Fasha Sandha and Aidil Aziz appear to believe so too. In their recent pre-wedding photoshoot, they apparently used the yet-to-be-released HUAWEI P30 smartphone. These five photos were leaked on her Instagram feed.

Here is what we think stands out from her posts :

  • She confirmed that they were taken by a HUAWEI P30 series smartphone.
  • The image quality is spectacular, with very good colour and contrast
  • The super close shots show incredible detail

It’s quite likely that her photographer was using the top-of-the-line HUAWEI P30 Pro, which is rumoured to boast an incredible 10X optical zoom capability!

But if her photographer was using the standard HUAWEI P30 model, then that would be even more incredible!

HUAWEI has shown a dogged interest in pushing the boundaries of mobile photography. You may recall that last year’s HUAWEI P20 Pro introduced the world’s first triple-lens camera, with 3X zoom.

The same ground-breaking Leica camera was also used in the HUAWEI Mate 20 Pro, allowing both smartphones to achieve a class-topping DxOMark score of 109 points!

 

HUAWEI Backup May Be FREE!

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We have just learned that HUAWEI may be giving away HUAWEI Backup – a 1 TB external hard disk drive storage solution that will manually or automatically backup data from your smartphone!

This will allow you to take as many photos as you wish with your HUAWEI P30 Pro, and never run out of storage!

 

Save The Date!

HUAWEI just created a special HUAWEI P30 mini-site, where you can save the date to your calendar, and get updated on the upcoming HUAWEI P30 smartphones!

Go register your email now!

 

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The Foldable Samsung Galaxy X / F / FX – Everything You Need To Know!

This year, Samsung will reveal the world’s first FOLDABLE smartphone – the Samsung Galaxy X, also known as the Galaxy F in some rumours.

In this article, we will share everything we know so far about the Samsung Galaxy X / Galaxy F / Galaxy FX. Check back for more updates when we get them!

2018-10-09 : Added more details about the Samsung Galaxy X, and the three other Galaxy X devices.

2018-10-05 : Originally posted as Foldable Samsung Galaxy F / X Launch Details CONFIRMED!

 

The Samsung Galaxy X Launch Details

We had earlier speculated that Samsung will be launching the Samsung Galaxy X at the Galaxy UNPACKED KL 2018 event. Sadly, while we were expecting DJ Koh (who’s coming all the way to Malaysia for the UNPACKED KL 2018 event), to reveal the Galaxy X, it looks like it will NOT be unveiled at this event.

The Galaxy UNPACKED KL 2018 event event will, instead, be all about the Samsung Galaxy A9 Pro (2018), although we are still hoping that they will reveal something about the Galaxy X / F / FX. Our source did mention “devices”, not just a single “device”…

It looks like Samsung will most likely reveal the Galaxy X / Galaxy F / Galaxy FX at the Samsung Developer Conference 2018 next month (7-8 November 2018).

In any case, we have already locked in our invitation, so watch out for our live coverage of the launch event. Heck, you may even see us on the livestream that will be show on www.samsung.com!

 

What’s It Really Called???

It is known by many names. Its original codename was said to be Project Valley. That was later renamed Project Winner. In fact, the Android 9.0 manifest has references to “winnerlte_us

Codenames aside, it was originally branded as the Samsung Galaxy X, but more recent rumours have it renamed as Samsung Galaxy F – F for Foldable, F for First.

However, we think it could possibly be called Samsung Galaxy FX. Why?

  1. Samsung Galaxy F was a premium device that was cancelled in 2014.
  2. The letter F is associated with failure, and even used as a failing grade, in many countries.
  3. The invitation included a teaser – “Get ready to witness Four X Fun with Samsung “A Galaxy Event” in Malaysia“.
  4. Even the images in the original invitation and subsequent reminders kept emphasising 4x fun.
  5. Samsung Galaxy FX has a nicer ring than just Samsung Galaxy F!

Of course, the smaller x could refer to a number in this new family, with futures model called Samsung Galaxy F2, Galaxy F3 and so on. After all, DJ Koh did indicate that this would not be a one-off design, but may continue as a new series.

 

But Wait… There Could Be FOUR Galaxy X Devices!

The Samsung Galaxy S10 could possibly be renamed as the Galaxy X. If the Galaxy S10 becomes the new Galaxy X, then the foldable smartphone will likely be called Galaxy FX.

If Samsung maintains the Galaxy S10 name, then we believe the foldable smartphone will be called Galaxy X. We still think Galaxy F is less likely than Galaxy X, no matter what the rumours say.

 

What Is Its Model Number?

We are very certain that its model number will be SM-G888. In fact, the support page for the South Korean model SM-G888N0 has already been created, although it’s currently empty.

It also ties in with very odd nicknames that have been floating around – Triple Eight or Treble Eight (bad spelling?).

 

The Samsung Galaxy X Specifications

Its specifications are, arguably, Samsung’s best-kept secret. Here is everything we know so far about the Samsung Galaxy X :

  • It will be marketed as an ultra-premium gaming smartphone.
  • It will feature a very large foldable OLED display – reputedly 7-inch to 7.3-inch in size.
  • The display will not have Gorilla Glass or any similar kinds of protective glass, because they are not flexible enough.
  • It will run on a Samsung Exynos SoC, even in the United States. Presumably the same Exynos 9810 powering the Samsung Galaxy Note9, although the newer Exynos 9820 is still a real possibility.
  • For an ultra-premium device targeted at gamers, we expect it to come with 8 GB of LPDDR4x memory, and 512 GB of internal storage.
  • It will run on Android Pie – its codename is referenced in the configuration files of a leaked build!

 

Samsung Galaxy X Price + Availability

Let us be frank – this is cutting-edge technology right there. Samsung has been developing foldable displays for many years now, and the world’s first foldable smartphone will NOT be cheap.

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According to Kim Jang-yeol of Golden Bridge Investment, the Samsung Galaxy X / F / FX could cost as much as two million won, or about US$1,750 / £1350 / RM 7,300.

This will very likely be an ultra-premium device manufactured in small numbers. This is not going to be a mass market premium smartphone like the Samsung Galaxy Note9.

And don’t expect it to be available quite so soon. While DJ Koh will reveal it on 11 October 2018, it will likely only be available for sale in early 2019… at least in most parts of the world.

There are reports that they may make it available in small markets (sounds like Malaysia will be amongst the first!), with a gradual rollout globally in the first half of 2019.

 

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Honor 10 Price, Availability & Presentation Revealed!

Wondering how much the Honor 10 will cost? You’re in luck! Here are the full details of the Honor 10 price and availability details, including its launch presentation by George Zhao!

Don’t forget to read our Honor 10 review!

 

Honor 10

Officially launched in London on 15 May 2018, the Honor 10 is one of the most eagerly-anticipated mid-range smartphone of 2018. Here was its launch presentation by George Zhao Zhiwei, Head of Honor Malaysia.

It is built around the powerful Kirin 970 SoC with a dedicated NPU, and boasts a 5.84″ Full HD+ display with a “notch”. It also comes with a dual-camera system, and large memory and storage capacities. Here are its key specifications :

SpecificationsHonor 10
Display5.84" Full HD+ IPS display
- 1080 x 2280 pixels (432 ppi)
- 19:9 aspect ratio
ProtectionCorning Gorilla Glass
Operating SystemAndroid 8.1 Oreo with EMUI 8.1
PlatformHisilicon Kirin 970
Processor4 x ARM Cortex-A73 cores (2.4 GHz)
4 x ARM Cortex-A53 cores (1.8 GHz)
Graphics ProcessorARM Mali-G72 MP12
Memory4 GB
Storage128 GB
No microSD card slot
Front Camera24 MP sensor with f/2.0 lens
Rear CameraDual Camera System
- 16 MP RGB sensor with f/1.8 lens
- 24 MP monochrome sensor
- single LED flash
SIM CapabilityDual SIM, Dual Standby
ConnectivityWiFi : 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (dual band)
Bluetooth 4.2
USB 2.0 Type C
GPSYes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS
NFCYes
Fingerprint SensorYes, front-mounted
Infrared EmitterYes
Battery3,400 mAh lithium-ion polymer battery (non-removable)
Dimensions71.2 mm wide
149.6 mm tall
7.7 mm thick
Weight153 g
Available ColoursPhantom Blue / Phantom Green / Midnight Black / Glacier Grey
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Honor 10 Price & Availability

The Honor 10 launched in London with an official price of £399 for the 128 GB model. This works out to be around RM 2,139 as of 18 May 2018. However, we have good news!

The Honor 10 will be available for sale in Malaysia for a low, low price of RM 1,699 / £318! But if that’s not enough, Honor Malaysia is giving a RM 100 cash back, which means the Honor 10 will cost only RM 1,599 / £299!!!

The Honor 10 goes on sale on 24 May 2018, and the special RM 1,599 price ostensibly lasts from 24 May to 31 May. On 1 June 2018, it would be priced at RM 1,599. This basically removes the 6% GST tax concern from everyone’s mind.

The Honor 10’s price of RM 1,599 / £299 / US$ 403 is the lowest price globally. It’s a whopping 14% cheaper than the Chinese launch price of RMB 2,999 / RM 1,869 / £336 / US$ 471!

The Honor 10 will be available in three colour options – Phantom Blue, Glacier Grey and Midnight Black.

Don’t forget to read our Honor 10 review!

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2nd Gen Ryzen @ Ryzen 2 – Everything You Need To Know!

AMD launched the Ryzen 7 processors in March 2017. Just over a year later, they finally launched the 2nd Gen Ryzen desktop processors, codenamed Pinnacle Ridge, and popularly known as Ryzen 2.

Here is everything you need to know about 2nd Gen Ryzen processors – key features, specifications, price and performance! As always, we will keep updating the article when new information comes to light.

 

2nd Gen Ryzen @ Ryzen 2

Colloquially known as Ryzen 2, the 2nd Gen Ryzen desktop processors promise even to deliver even better price-performance value than their award-winning Ryzen brethren. But calling the actual models Ryzen 2 is confusing, because the Ryzen family is split into three numerically-named lines – Ryzen 7, Ryzen 5 and Ryzen 3.

Officially, they should be known as the 2nd Gen Ryzen processors, or the AMD Ryzen 2000 Series, like so :

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  • AMD Ryzen 7 2000 Series
  • AMD Ryzen 5 2000 Series
  • AMD Ryzen 3 2000 Series

Even so, many people still insist on calling them the Ryzen 2 processors…

 

AMD Raven Ridge

The first AMD Ryzen 2 processors already hit the market on 12 February 2018. The AMD Ryzen 2000G Series, codenamed Raven Ridge, is considered to be part of the Ryzen 2000 series, even though they are based on the original Zen microarchitecture.

They are Accelerated Processing Units (APUs) – essentially Ryzen CPUs with integrated Vega graphics. You can read more about them in our articles :

 

AMD Pinnacle Ridge

The true 2nd Gen Ryzen desktop processors are codenamed Pinnacle Ridge. They are based on the Zen+ microarchitecture, and fabricated using the 12LP process technology. Here are the first four 2nd Gen Ryzen processors :

  • AMD Ryzen 7 2700X – 8C / 16T, 20 MB cache, 3.7 GHz / 4.3 GHz
  • AMD Ryzen 7 2700 – 8C / 16T, 20 MB cache, 3.2 GHz / 4.1 GHz
  • AMD Ryzen 5 2600X – 6C / 12T, 19 MB cache, 3.6 GHz / 4.2 GHz
  • AMD Ryzen 5 2600 – 6C / 12T, 19 MB cache, 3.4 GHz / 3.9 GHz

Existing AMD 300-series motherboards will support the new 2nd Gen Ryzen “Pinnacle Ridge” processors with a BIOS update, which should be available starting March 2018.

 

The AMD Ryzen 2000 Series Stack

According to the current AMD Ryzen 2000 Series Stack, the AMD Ryzen 7 2700X replaces both the Ryzen 7 1700X and Ryzen 7 1800X.

2nd Gen Ryzen @ Ryzen 2 Specifications

Here are the specifications of the six AMD Ryzen 2000 series processors – four 2nd Gen Ryzen “Pinnacle Ridge” processors, and two Raven Ridge APUs.

SpecificationsRyzen 7 2700XRyzen 7 2700Ryzen 5 2600XRyzen 5 2600Ryzen 5 2400GRyzen 3 2200G
Code NamePinnacle RidgePinnacle RidgePinnacle RidgePinnacle RidgeRaven RidgeRaven Ridge
SocketAM4AM4AM4AM4AM4AM4
Process Technology12 nm FinFET12 nm FinFET12 nm FinFET12 nm FinFET14 nm FinFET14 nm FinFET
Cores / Threads8 / 168 / 166 / 126 / 124 / 84 / 4
Base Clock3.7 GHz3.2 GHz3.6 GHz3.4 GHz3.60 GHz3.50 GHz
Boost Clock4.3 GHz4.1 GHz4.2 GHz3.9 GHz3.90 GHz3.70 GHz
L2 Cache4 MB4 MB3 MB3 MB2 MB2 MB
L3 Cache16 MB16 MB16 MB16 MB4 MB4 MB
Integrated GPUNoneNoneNoneNoneRadeon RX Vega 11Radeon Vega 8
PCIe Lanes1616161688
Max. DDR4 SpeedDDR4-2933DDR4-2933DDR4-2933DDR4-2933DDR4-2933DDR4-2933
TDP105 W65 W95 W65 W65 W65 W
Bundled CoolerWraith PrismWraith Spire (LED)Wraith SpireWraith StealthWraith StealthWraith Stealth
Launch PriceUS$ 329US$ 299US$ 229US$ 199US$ 169US$ 99

 

2nd Gen Ryzen Price & Availability

The 2nd Gen Ryzen @ Ryzen 2 processors are available for sale beginning 19 April 2018, at the following price points :


Will the first generation Ryzen (Summit Ridge) processors get a price cut when the 2nd Gen Ryzen begins shipping? Find out in our article – Cheaper Ryzen CPUs When Ryzen 2 Launches?

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2nd Gen Ryzen @ Ryzen 2 Key Features Part 1

The AMD Ryzen 2 processors are based on an improved Zen microarchitecture, what AMD calls the Zen+ microarchitecture. Let’s take a closer look at what’s new with the 2nd Gen Ryzen processors!

2nd Gen Ryzen @ Ryzen 2 Tech Briefings

This time, we have not one, but TWO, tech briefings on the 2nd Gen Ryzen processors. This one was recorded at the March preview event in Bangkok, featuring Kevin Lensing (AMD Corporate Vice President and General Manager, Client Business Unit) and James Prior (AMD Senior Product Manager).

And here is an online tech briefing by Robert Hallock, AMD Head of Global Technical Marketing.

AMD Zen+ Microarchitecture

The 2nd Gen Ryzen processors are based on the improved AMD Zen+ microarchitecture, which delivers slightly better performance, with lower cache and memory latencies :

  • 3% more 1T IPC (instructions per second)
  • 13% lower L1 cache latency
  • 34% lower L2 cache latency
  • 16% lower L3 cache latency
  • 11% lower memory latency
  • Official support for JEDEC DDR4-2933

12LP Process Technology

The 2nd Gen Ryzen processors are fabricated using the 12LP (12 nm Leading Performance) process technology from GlobalFoundries.

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This is really a 14 nm process, with improvements and a tighter pitch, so the die size and transistor count remain the same. However, the improved process allows for these improvements :

  • top clock speed increased by 250 MHz
  • “all core” now overclock around 4.2 GHz
  • CPU voltage is reduced by about 50 mV at all clock speeds
  • up to 11% lower power consumption, compared to 14 nm
  • up to 16% better performance per watt, compared to 14 nm

Precision Boost 2

Precision Boost 2 is one of the biggest improvements in AMD SenseMI. It replaces the old 2-core boost model, with a linear boost model. This allows for much greater performance for games and applications that use more than 2 cores.

Precision Boost Overdrive

James Prior revealed that AMD will introduce a feature called Precision Boost Overdrive in the future. The motherboard will be able to communicate its actual capabilities to the 2nd Gen Ryzen processor, allowing for better boost profiles and a relaxed vcore limiter with better motherboards.

Extended Frequency Range 2 (XFR 2)

XFR 2 boosts the 2nd Gen Ryzen processor’s performance by 4-7%, depending on the performance of the installed CPU cooler.

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2nd Gen Ryzen @ Ryzen 2 Key Features Part 2

Soldered IHS

All 2nd Gen Ryzen processors will feature soldered heatspreaders, using premium indium alloy solder. This allows die temperatures to be reduced by 10°C.

Multiplier Unlocked

Like its predecessor, the 2nd Gen Ryzen processors are all multiplier unlocked, so you have full flexibility in overclocking them. Fun fact : The entry-level A320 chipset, which doesn’t allow CPU overclocking, will still allow you to overclock the DDR4 memory.

New Wraith Prism Cooler

The AMD Ryzen 7 2700X (Price Check) now comes with the new Wraith Prism cooler, which is basically the Wraith Max with a “swirling vortex of colour“. The heatsink fin profile was reshaped to allow for better compatibility with smaller motherboards.

The heatsink was also improved with direct contact heat pipes. The fan is also quieter at just 37 dBA, although there is a switch that allows the fan to be overclocked.

AMD 400-Series Chipsets

AMD announced the AMD X470 chipset to complement the new 2nd Gen Ryzen processors. Eventually, they will also release the B450 chipset in mid-2018. However, this does not mean you need to pair the 2nd Gen Ryzen processors with an AMD X470 motherboard.

The 2nd Gen Ryzen processors are drop-in compatible with AMD 300-Series motherboards, with one caveat – they must have an updated BIOS. To help you with that, motherboards that have the updated BIOS will come with an AMD Ryzen Desktop 2000 Ready sticker.

The AMD X470 is very similar to the previous-generation X370 chipset. It is an evolutionary upgrade that improves idle power draw, and introduces an improved power infrastructure to help 2nd Gen Ryzen processors achieve higher boost speeds.

The AMD 400-Series chipsets boast better memory routing, better VRM and power layouts, and a lower idle power of less than 2 watts. While the 2nd Gen Ryzen processors will run on the existing AMD 300-series motherboards, an AMD 400-Series motherboard will allow for better overclocking, and a free AMD StoreMI licence.

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AMD StoreMI Technology

AMD StoreMI is an OEM version of the Enmotus FuzeDrive Basic. It combines all of your storage drives into a single virtual storage drive. It can even add up to 2 GB of DDR4 memory as a very fast cache to the combined drive.

The software than automatically assigns frequently used data blocks to the fastest storage devices, optimising your storage devices to deliver the best performance possible. This allows you to leverage your much faster SSD and system memory to boost the performance of your HDD drives.

According to AMD’s tests, StoreMI will let you load your games faster by 2.8X, and applications by 9.8X.

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2nd Gen Ryzen @ Ryzen 2 Demos

We had an early preview of the 2nd Gen Ryzen processors in Bangkok. Here are videos of the previews and demos :

First Look At The AMD Ryzen 7 2700X

This was our first look at the AMD Ryzen 7 2700X (Price Check). AMD ran it on the ASUS ROG Crosshair VII Hero (WIFI) motherboard, with G.SKILL Sniper X DDR4 memory. It was also our first look at the new AMD Wraith Prism cooler, with its RGB LED ring, and illuminated fan blades.

CINEBENCH R15 Demo

The Core i7-8700K (Price Check) on the left, had a score of 1399 cb, while the Ryzen 7 2700X (Price Check) on the right, achieved 1544 cb.

Mega-Tasking Demo

The Core i7-8700K (Price Check) on the left, took 42.1 seconds to complete the mega-tasking demo, while the Ryzen 7 2700X (Price Check) on the right, took 42.6 seconds.

Sami Mäkinen On 2nd Gen Ryzen Overclocking

Extreme overclocker Sami Mäkinen from AMD’s Technical Marketing team showed us how to overclock the 2nd Gen Ryzen processor using the new AMD Ryzen Master 1.3 utility.

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The AMD Ryzen 7 2700X Up Close!

The AMD Ryzen 7 2700X (Price Check) processor is the top-of-the-line Ryzen 7 model. It has eight Ryzen processor cores, with a 3.7 GHz base clock, and a 4.3 GHz boost clock. It supports SMT (simultaneous multi-threading), and can therefore handle 16 threads simultaneously.

Read our full AMD Ryzen 7 2700X review!

 

The AMD Ryzen 7 2600X Up Close!

The AMD Ryzen 5 2600X (Price Check) processor is the top-of-the-line Ryzen 5 model. It has six Ryzen processor cores, with a 3.6 GHz base clock, and a 4.2 GHz boost clock. It supports SMT (simultaneous multi-threading), and can therefore handle 12 threads simultaneously.

Read our full AMD Ryzen 5 2600X review!

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How Fast Is The AMD Ryzen 7 2700X?

Here are AMD’s performance comparisons of the AMD Ryzen 7 2700X (Price Check) against the Intel Core i7-8700K (Price Check), with an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 graphics card.

CPU Performance

1080p Gaming Performance

1440p Gaming Performance

 

How Fast Is The AMD Ryzen 5 2600X?

These slides compare the performance of the AMD Ryzen 5 2600X (Price Check) against the Intel Core i5-8600K.

CPU Performance

1080p Gaming Performance

1440p Gaming Performance

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SiSoftware Performance Analysis

A detailed performance analysis of the AMD Ryzen 7 2700X and Ryzen 5 2600 processors was leaked before the launch. It compared their performance against the Ryzen 7 1700X and Intel Core i7-6700K processors. For your convenience, here are the leaked performance charts :

For the full detailed SiSoftware analysis, head over to AMD Ryzen 7 2700X and Ryzen 5 2600 Benchmarks Leaked!

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The Complete 2nd Gen Ryzen @ Ryzen 2 Presentation Slides

Here are the fifty (50) 2nd Gen Ryzen @ Ryzen 2 presentation slides for your perusal!

 

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AMD Ryzen Mobile Pro Details + Specifications Leaked!

AMD is almost as leaky as the Trump Administration. In recent months, we shared with you the leaked Ryzen 2 details, leaked Ryzen 2 specifications, and even the leaked Ryzen 7 2700X and Ryzen 5 2600 benchmarks. Now, let us share with you the leaked details and specifications of the AMD Ryzen Mobile Pro processors!

 

AMD Ryzen Mobile

Remember the AMD Ryzen Mobile? That’s the mobile version of the Ryzen (Raven Ridge) desktop APUs. It combines a Ryzen CPU and a small Radeon Vega GPU.

The AMD Ryzen Mobile is great for light and thin laptops, but let’s be frank – it’s pretty worthless for serious gaming.

 

AMD Ryzen Mobile Pro

Remember the 8th Generation Intel Core processor with Radeon RX Vega graphics? It’s a Multi-Chip Module (MCM) that combines an 8th Generation Intel Core-H mobile processor, with a customised Radeon GPU and HBM2 memory.

The AMD Ryzen Mobile Pro is a further development of that. When Intel developed that MCM with AMD, it was with the understanding that AMD would introduce their own version eventually – the AMD Ryzen Mobile Pro.

The AMD Ryzen Mobile Pro is based on the same combination of a CPU and a GPU with HBM2 memory, and the Embedded Multi-Die Interconnect Bridge (EMIB).

Good news – AMD is calling the Ryzen Mobile Pro an APU (Accelerated Processing Unit), and not another acronym. But if they’re looking for suggestions – may we suggest Advanced Gaming Processor (AGP)? 😉

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The AMD Ryzen Mobile Pro Specifications

AMD will introduce four Ryzen Mobile Pro APUs:

  • AMD Ryzen 7 3800P (8C/16T, 48 CUs)
  • AMD Ryzen 5 3600P (6C/12T, 40 CUs)
  • AMD Ryzen 3 3400P (4C/8T, 40 CUs)
  • AMD Ryzen 3 3300P (4C/8T, 24 CUs)

It’s based on the same Zen+ microarchitecture and 12 nm LP process as the 2nd Generation AMD Ryzen processors, so they should all have 512 KB L2 cache per core, and a 16 MB L3 cache.

 

How Fast Is AMD Ryzen Mobile Pro?

Lofty claims indeed! AMD either smoked a ton of pot, or the Ryzen Mobile Pro is going to take over the mobile gaming world by storm!

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AMD Ryzen Mobile Pro Availability

According to this slide, AMD plans to introduce in the second half of 2018.

Here is a shot of a prototype AMD Ryzen Mobile Pro APU on a test motherboard.

 

The AMD Ryzen Mobile Pro Presentation Slides

Here are all of the leaked AMD Ryzen Mobile Pro presentation slides for your perusal. We also created a video of these leaked slides :

 

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Huawei P20, P20 Pro + P20 Lite Smartphones Revealed!

Huawei waited for the big Samsung Galaxy S9 launch to blow over before they launched their new flagship Huawei P20 family of smartphones.

Do the new P20 and P20 Pro smartphones have the chops to take on Apple and Samsung? And what do the rumours say about the upcoming P20 Lite? Read on and find out!

 

The Three P20 Models

Huawei will eventually launch three  P20 – the P20 Pro, the P20, and the P20 Lite. In the Paris launch, Huawei only announced the P20 and P20 Pro, leaving the P20 Lite for a later launch.

The Huawei P20 Pro

The P20 Pro has a 6.1″ OLED display with a Full HD+ resolution of 1080 x 2240 pixels. It is powered by the HiSilicon Kirin 970 octa-core SoC, with 6 GB of LPDDR4 memory128 GB of internal storage, and a 4,000 mAh battery.

The front camera has a 24 MP sensor, with f/2.0 lens. The “killer feature” is its Leica-branded triple lens camera, which is made up of a high-resolution dual-lens camera, and a separate telephoto camera.

The high-resolution dual-lens camera pairs a 40 MP RGB camera with f/1.8 lens, with a 20 MP monochrome camera with f/1.6 lens. The separate 8 MP RGB camera with f/2.4 telephotos lens is capable of 3X optical zoom, and 5X hybrid zoom.

The Huawei P20

The regular P20 has a 5.8″ IPS display with a Full HD+ resolution of 1080 x 2244 pixels. It is powered by the HiSilicon Kirin 970 octa-core SoC, with 4 GB of LPDDR4 memory, 128 GB of internal storage, and a 3,400 mAh battery.

It has a 24 MP front camera as well, but only a Leica-branded dual-lens main camera. The dual-lens camera pairs a 12 MP RGB sensor with a f/1.8 lens, with a 20 MP monochrome sensor with f/1.6 lens. This camera is supported by laser autofocus, and a dual-tone LED flash.

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The Huawei P20 Lite (Nova 3e)

The P20 Lite has a 5.8″ IPS display with a Full HD+ resolution of 1080 x 2244 pixels. It is powered by the HiSilicon Kirin 659 octa-core SoC, with 4 GB of LPDDR3 memory, 64 GB of internal storage, and a 3,000 mAh battery.

It has the same front and rear camera setup as the regular P20, but lacks the laser autofocus, and only has a single LED flash. The dual-lens camera also lacks the Leica branding.

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Huawei P20 Specifications

SpecificationsHuawei P20 ProHuawei P20Huawei P20 Lite
Display6.1" Full HD+ OLED display
- 1080 x 2240 pixels (408 ppi)
- 18.7:9 aspect ratio
5.8" Full HD+ IPS display
- 1080 x 2244 pixels (428 ppi)
- 18.7:9 aspect ratio
5.8" Full HD+ IPS display
- 1080 x 2244 pixels
- 18.7:9 aspect ratio
Operating SystemAndroid 8.1 Oreo with EMUI 8.1Android 8.1 Oreo with EMUI 8.1Android 8.1 Oreo with EMUI 8.1
System PlatformHiSilicon Kirin 970HiSilicon Kirin 970HiSilicon Kirin 659
Processor4 x ARM Cortex-A73 cores (2.36 GHz)
4 x ARM Cortex-A53 (1.8 GHz)
i7 co-processor + NPU
4 x ARM Cortex-A73 cores (2.36 GHz)
4 x ARM Cortex-A53 (1.8 GHz)
i7 co-processor + NPU
4 x ARM Cortex-A53 cores (2.36 GHz)
4 x ARM Cortex-A53 (1.7 GHz)
Graphics ProcessorARM Mali-G72 MP12 (850 MHz)ARM Mali-G72 MP12 (850 MHz)ARM Mali-T830 (900 MHz)
Memory6 GB LPDDR44 GB LPDDR44 GB LPDDR3
Storage128 GB internal storage
microSD card (up to 256 GB)
128 GB internal storage
microSD card (up to 256 GB)
64 GB internal storage
microSD card (up to 256 GB)
Front Camera24 MP sensor with f/2.0 lens24 MP sensor with f/2.0 lens24 MP sensor with f/2.0 lens
Rear CameraTriple-lens Leica 40 MP camera system
- 40 MP RGB sensor with f/1.8 lens
- 20 MP monochrome sensor with f/1.6 lens
- 8 MP RGB sensor with f/2.4 telephoto lens
- 3x lossless zoom + 5X hybrid zoom
- laser auto-focus
- dual tone LED flash
Dual-lens Leica camera
- 12 MP RGB sensor with f/1.8 lens
- 20 MP monochrome sensor with f/1.6 lens
- laser auto-focus
- dual tone LED flash
Dual-lens camera
- 12 MP RGB sensor with f/1.8 lens
- 20 MP monochrome sensor with f/1.6 lens
- laser auto-focus
- dual tone LED flash
ConnectivityWiFi : 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (dual band)
Bluetooth v4.2, A2DP, EDR, LE
USB 2.0 Type C
WiFi : 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (dual band)
Bluetooth v4.2, A2DP, EDR, LE
USB 2.0 Type C
WiFi : 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (dual band)
Bluetooth v4.2, A2DP, EDR, LE
USB 2.0 Type C
GPSYes, AGPS, GLONASSYes, AGPS, GLONASSYes, AGPS, GLONASS
NFCYesYesYes
Battery4,000 mAh lithium-ion battery3,400 mAh lithium-ion battery3,000 mAh lithium-ion battery
Colour OptionsCeramic Black / TwilightCeramic Black / TwilightMidnight Black / Klein Blue / Sakura Pink
Fingerprint SensorYes, Front MountedYes, Front MountedYes, Rear Mounted

 

Price & Availability

These smartphones were officially launched on 27 March 2018, at these price points (before tax).

  • P20 Pro : € 899 / ~US$ 1,109 / ~RM 4,352
  • P20 : € 649 / ~US$ 805 / ~RM 3,107
  • P20 Lite : € 369 / ~US$ 456 / ~RM 1,786
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More On The P20 Lite

Here are two pictures of the actual P20 Lite smartphone :

Interestingly, the P20 Lite is called the Nova 3e in China. Here is a Chinese Nova 3e smartphone.

Credit : These pictures were obtained and shared by our friend, Joshua from The Ideal Mobile.

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The Huawei P20 Press Release

PARIS, March 27, 2018: At an exclusive launch event held today at the iconic Grand Palais, HUAWEI Consumer Business Group unveiled the much-anticipated HUAWEI P20 and P20 Pro. The HUAWEI P20 Pro features the world’s first Leica triple camera and both devices include unprecedented AI advances, combining technology and art to bring to life a groundbreaking smartphone experience.

HUAWEI set new expectations for smartphone photography with the launch of the HUAWEI P9, the first Leica dual camera. With the debut of the HUAWEI P20 Series, HUAWEI makes capturing professional quality images a truly effortless experience for everyone.

Achieving DxOMark’s highest overall scores, the HUAWEI P20 Series includes advanced, intelligent camera systems that bring consumers features that ultimately enhance every part of the smartphone photography experience.

  • An advanced camera system to capture more light, more details and more beauty, featuring a revolutionary Leica triple camera and 5x Hybrid Zoom on the HUAWEI P20 Pro, and a Leica dual camera on the HUAWEI P20;
  • Innovative photography features, including Master AI with AI-driven professional photography and HUAWEI AIS (AI Image Stabilization), a powerful AI stabilization technology;
  • A timeless design with barely-there bezels and all-new gradient colors;
  • Ultimate performance, featuring the NPU on Kirin 970 and EMUI 8.1 based on Android 8.1 for a premium and smooth user experience.

An Exquisite Combination of Art and Technology for the Fashion Forward

The HUAWEI P20 Series features a striking, fashion-forward aesthetic. Most notably, the HUAWEI P20 and HUAWEI P20 Pro come in all-new, exclusive, fashionable colors, Twilight and Pink Gold, achieved by applying several layers of NCVM* optical coatings underneath the glass back, so light hitting the surface refracts and creates a vivid, yet gradual change of hue. The HUAWEI P20 and HUAWEI P20 Pro are also available in Black and Midnight Blue.

The 5.8-inch screen HUAWEI P20 and 6.1-inch screen HUAWEI P20 Pro feature ultra-thin bezels and impressive screen-to-body ratios for better viewing experiences with more on-screen information, whether reading or gaming. The HUAWEI FullView Display seamlessly blends with rounded edges, making the device comfortable to hold.

Inspired by Light and Technology, a Stunning Device Designed for Every Photography Fan

The HUAWEI P20 Series reflects the art of light, with camera features that enhance the smartphone photography experience.

The HUAWEI P20 Pro features a Leica triple camera with the highest total pixel count on a smartphone available in the market – the camera configuration is comprised of a 40MP RGB sensor, a 20MP monochrome sensor and an 8MP sensor with telephoto lens. It also features a color temperature sensor for better color reproduction.

With f/1.8, f/1.6 and f/2.4 wide aperture to capture crisp, clear details, the HUAWEI P20 Pro also includes a brand new Leica 3x telephoto (VARIO-SUMMILUX-H 1:1.6-2.4/27-80ASPH) lens for long-range photography of up to 5x Hybrid Zoom. The HUAWEI P20 Pro’s highly sensitive image sensor captures low light photos with up to ISO 102400.

The HUAWEI P20 builds on its predecessor’s foundation with a Leica dual camera featuring a 12MP lens with a pixel size as high as 1.55 μm, and a 20MP monochrome lens, enhancing the HUAWEI P20’s ability to capture photos in low-light settings.

The HUAWEI P20 Series devices support six-axis stabilization and 960fps super slow motion, which is 4x higher than the standard 240fps and captures details that cannot be seen with the naked eye. With Ultra Snapshot mode, the devices can capture an image in as little as 0.3 seconds by just double clicking the down volume button, even from an off screen.

Master AI Photography Experience for Everyone, Everywhere

With the Kirin 970 processor, the HUAWEI P20 Series automatically identifies more than 500 scenarios in 19 categories and selects photography modes and camera settings to deliver incredible, professional-looking images – even for novice photographers.

In addition, HUAWEI AIS steadies handheld night shots for incredible long exposure images without a tripod. Brand new to HUAWEI’s advanced camera system is 4D predictive focus. In this mode, the camera predicts moving objects and focuses on them with extreme efficiency to capture minute details of objects in motion.

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In addition, the HUAWEI P20 Series features AI-Assisted Composition, providing intelligent suggestions to frame group shots and landscapes.

The HUAWEI P20 and HUAWEI P20 Pro feature a 24MP selfie camera** with AI beautification and 3D portrait lighting – the result is beautiful selfies with healthy-looking skin tone adjustments, delicately outlined facial details and realistic 3D feature enhancements.

Additionally, the HUAWEI HiAI Ecosystem enhances a variety of app experiences. For instance, the HUAWEI P20 Series includes on-device Prisma processing, which supports real-time filter recommendations based on scene and object recognition – the calculation speed is three to four times that of the cloud version.

In partnership with Google, the HUAWEI P20 Series supports Google ARCore delivering advanced AR capabilities.

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The Samsung Galaxy S9 Enterprise Edition Details Leaked!

We had earlier revealed everything you need to know about the Samsung Galaxy S9 and Samsung Galaxy S9+ ahead of the official Galaxy UNPACKED event in Barcelona. Now, we will share with you details and the official Samsung video for the Samsung Galaxy S9 Enterprise Edition and the Samsung Galaxy S9+ Enterprise Edition smartphones.

 

The Samsung Galaxy S9 Enterprise Edition

As part of the Samsung For Enterprise (SAFE) initiative, many Samsung smartphones have the enterprise-grade encryption capabilities in the form of Samsung Knox built-in. This allows users to securely protect sensitive data using My Knox and now, Secure Folder.

Samsung appears to be extending their Knox capabilities to introduce Enterprise Edition versions of the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ smartphones. Check out the Samsung Galaxy S9 Enterprise Edition video that was just leaked.

In addition to Samsung Knox 3.1 and biometric authentication in the standard Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ smartphones, the Samsung Galaxy S9 Enterprise Edition and Samsung Galaxy S9+ Enterprise Edition will feature :

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  • Knox Configure
  • 24/7 technical support
  • Samsung E-FOTA (Firmware Over-The-Air) updates by the corporate IT department
  • Maintenance support, and extended device warranties
  • Security updates for up to 4 years

The video also confirmed the new Samsung DeX with a flat design, and gave us a first look at how the variable aperture camera works.

The variable aperture camera has a mechanical aperture that lets you switch between an incredibly bright f/1.5 aperture, and the f/2.4 aperture for a deeper depth of field.

You can read more about this and other Samsung Galaxy S9 features in our article, The Samsung Galaxy S9 – Everything You Need To Know!

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The Intel Cannon Lake Processor Details Leaked!

During our continuing coverage of Meltdown and Spectre, we noticed that Intel accidentally leaked details of their upcoming 10 nm Cannon Lake processors. Let’s take a look at what we found!

 

The Intel Cannon Lake Processor

Cannon Lake is the long-delayed 10 nm die shrink of the Intel Kaby Lake microarchitecture. Originally slated for release in 2016, Intel delayed it in favour of another 14 nm process refinement with the Intel Coffee Lake processors.

In addition to a die shrink that would allow it to deliver better performance with lower power consumption and thermal output, the Cannon Lake processors will also boast the AVX-512 instruction set.

At CES 2018, Intel announced that they have already started shipping mobile Cannon Lake processors to their partners, with a production ramp-up in 2018. So we know for sure Cannon Lake will finally see the light of day in 2018.

 

What Intel Leaked On Cannon Lake

In their second Spectre 2 microcode update schedule, Intel accidentally released references to two Cannon Lake-U (CNL-U) processors.

The shorthand numbers appear to indicate that :

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  • they are ultra-low power mobile processors, with a 15 W TDP
  • the (2+2) model is a dual-core processor with an Intel GT2 integrated graphics
  • the (2+0) model is a dual-core processor without integrated graphics

The (2+0) model is interesting because it’s the first U-grade Intel mobile processor to not come with integrated graphics.

Is this meant to be used in applications that do not require displays, like a NAS? Could it possibly be used in an MCM package with Radeon Graphics? Or is this a higher-performance part to be paired with discrete graphics options from AMD or NVIDIA?

 

Cannon Lake Availability

Intel was not specific about when exactly they will launch these mobile Cannon Lake processors, but we can glean some details from their leaked microcode update schedule.

We can see that the Cannon Lake BIOS is currently in beta testing. So a Q1 launch is unlikely, but a Q2 launch is most definitely on the table. In fact, we think that its launch got delayed after the Intel Spectre 2 reboot issue.

Intel probably delayed its official launch until they can make sure they have a fully-patched BIOS. It wouldn’t be good PR to launch the Cannon Lake processors, without being able to claim that they’re fully-protected against Meltdown and Spectre.

 

They’re Vulnerable To Meltdown + Spectre?

Yes, the Cannon Lake processors are all vulnerable to Meltdown and Spectre. These processors were taped out long ago. It was the Intel 10 nm process technology that was not sufficiently mature, not the Cannon Lake design.

Only the next-generation Intel Ice Lake processors, which features a new microarchitecture, will no longer be vulnerable to Meltdown and Spectre.

 

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Details Of The Samsung DeX Pad for Galaxy S9 Leaked!

The upcoming Samsung Galaxy S9 promises a big upgrade in photographic capabilities, but that’s not all Samsung will be revealing soon. To be paired with the Samsung Galaxy S9 – a new DeX docking station called the Samsung DeX Pad.

 

Introducing The Samsung DeX Pad for Galaxy S9!

The Samsung DeX dock was originally designed for the Samsung Galaxy S8, allowing for a desktop-like working experience. All you need to do is hook up the DeX to a display, a mouse and a keyboard.

Thanks to serial leaker Evan Blass, we now have the actual pictures and details of the new Samsung DeX Pad dock, which will complement the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S9.

The Samsung DeX Pad will retain these ports :

  • two full-size USB 2.0 Type A ports,
  • a full-size HDMI 2.0 port, and
  • a USB 3.1 Type C port (for power input).

There are some changes over the original Samsung DeX though :

  • The smartphone will lay flat on the DeX Pad.
  • The 100 Mbps Ethernet port has been removed.

The flat layout is said to allow the Galaxy S9 to be used as a touch pad, or virtual keyboard.

However, that may not be very practical, since the Galaxy S9 will be significantly elevated above the table. The dock connector, which appears to jut above the base of the docked smartphone, will also get in the way.

The missing LAN port is no real loss. Some hotels still offer Internet over LAN cables, but the vast majority will offer WiFi access as well.

Although it will be marketed at Galaxy S9 users, the DeX Pad will likely work with Samsung Galaxy S8 devices as well.

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The ASUS ZenFone Max Plus M1 Revealed!

ASUS just revealed the ASUS ZenFone Max Plus M1 smartphone, which boasts a 5.7″ full-screen display with a 18:9 aspect ratio and a dual-lens camera system. Here is everything you need to know about the new ASUS ZenFone Max Plus M1 smartphone!

 

The ASUS ZenFone Max Plus M1 (ZB570TL)

Also known as the ASUS Pegasus 4S in China, the ASUS ZenFone Max Plus M1 has a model number of ZB570TL or ASUS X018D. It has a 18:9 ultra-wide screen display, and a 81.5% screen-to-body ratio. This allows ASUS to fit a 5.7″ display into a 5.2″ form factor.

It is powered by an mid-range MediaTek MT6750T SoC, and comes with 4GB of RAM and up to 64GB of storage. It also has a dedicated slot for a microSD card (up to 256GB), and two nanoSIM slots. All of that is powered by a 4,130 mAh battery with reverse charging capability.

Like the ZenFone 4 Max Pro, the ZenFone Max Plus has a dual-lens camera at the back. But this time, ASUS chose to use a 16 MP + 8 MP combo. The main camera has a 16 MP sensor with f/2.0 lens, while the wide-angle camera has an 8 MP sensor with 120° lens.

Instead of a 16 MP camera in the ZenFone 4 Max Pro, ASUS went with an 8 MP front camera with f/2.2 lens in the ZenFone Max Plus.

 

The ASUS ZenFone Max Plus M1 Specifications

SpecificationsASUS ZenFone 4 Max Plus M1
ModelZB570TL
Display5.7" Full HD+ display with 2.5D curved edge
- 720 x 1440 pixels
Operating SystemZenUI 4.1 (Android 7.0)
System PlatformMediaTek MT6750T
Processor4 x ARM Cortex-A53 cores (1.5 GHz)
4 x ARM Cortex-A53 cores (1.0 GHz)
Graphics ProcessorARM Mali-T860 MP2 (650 MHz)
Memory4 GB LPDDR3 memory (833 MHz)
Storage32 GB GB internal storage
microSD card option (up to 256 GB)
Front Camera8 MP sensor with f/2.0 lens
Rear CameraDual Lens Camera System
- 16 MP sensor with f/2.0 6P lens
- 8 MP sensor with 120° lens
Connectivity4G : LTE Cat6
WiFi : 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth 4.0
USB : microUSB 2.0
SIM CapabilityDual SIM, Dual Standby capability
Dual Nano SIM cards
Fingerprint SensorYes, Rear-mounted
GPSYes, with AGPS and Beidou
Battery4,130 mAh lithium-ion battery
- with Reverse Charging feature
Dimensions72.7 mm wide
152.6 mm tall
8.8 mm thick
Weight160 g

 

Price & Availability

Locally, the ASUS ZenFone Max Plus M1 was just approved by SIRIM, but ASUS confirmed that it will be ready for purchase / delivery starting 20 December 2017. In the meantime, you can pre-order the ZenFone Max Plus M1 at a very, very special price.

The ASUS ZenFone Max Plus M1 will have a recommended retail price of RM 899 / ~US$ 219. But during the pre-order period, ASUS will offer a limited quantity with a discount or Lazada coupon worth RM 200 / ~US$ 49!

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Offline Pre-Order Offer

Duration : 14-19 December 2017
Collection : 20 December 2017
Offer : Get a RM 200 rebate when you trade in a mobile phone (working or non-working). A deposit of RM 100 will have to be placed.

Lazada Pre-Order Offer

Duration : 14-19 December 2017
Collection : 22 December 2017
Offer : Get a RM 200 Lazada discount voucher when you purchase the ZenFone Max Plus M1 using this pre-order purchase link. trade in a mobile phone (working or non-working). Each account can only purchase a maximum of two (2) units.

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Vivo Quietly Leaks Vivo V7 Specifications To Select Media

Vivo launched their V7+ smartphone in September, and are now preparing to launch the smaller Vivo V7 smartphone. In addition to their media invitation, they also leaked the Vivo V7 specifications to select media.

Now, the specifications themselves are no big secret. But the official leak gives us all an interesting look at their marketing techniques.

 

The Vivo V7 Launch

Vivo just issued invitations to their launch event today, and it promises to be a spectacular affair. We can’t wait to see what they plan to do.

 

The Leaked Vivo V7 Details

But unbeknownst to the media hoi polloi, select media publications received a separate email with a special file from Vivo. Inside the ZIP file were the Vivo V7 specifications, media talking points, as well as a high-resolution Vivo V7 infographic.

Vivo is set to announce the Vivo V7 smartphone by the month of November in Malaysia according to vivo Malaysia. Vivo V7 can be termed as the standard variant of Vivo V7+ launched 2 months back.

Recently, there is leak from the internet sources that indicates the overall specification of vivo V7. The leak indicated that Vivo V7 is almost the same device as Vivo V7+ and in terms of hardware, it comes with few minor variations. The basic differences between the two devices are in terms of screen size, internal storage and the battery capacity.

V7 comes with 5.7-inch display along with 32 GB storage instead of 6.0-inch along with 64GB storage and it is backed by a battery of 3,000 mAh instead of 3225 mAh. The equipped 24MP front camera will be the spotlight of vivo V7: other than Selfie Softlight, it also offers Beauty Mode and Portrait Mode, letting the user to capture every moment and produce delicate yet sophisticated selfie in every click. Not forget to mention that vivo V7 16 MP rear camera that provide numerous mode ( Professional, Slow Motion etc.) for users to capture in different scenarios, as if the they are having an DSLR in their hand – but much more smaller and more functional.

In terms of performance, V7 inherits the same screen ratio as vivo V7+ and with 1.8 Ghz Qualcomm Octa Core processor, ensures seamless and smoother usage experience. Other than that, vivo V7 supports insertion of 2 nano SIM cards with 1 micro SD card.

It is believes that vivo V7 will come in 2 colour variants: Matte Black and Gold and will be arriving Malaysia by this November. For more information, do follow vivo Malaysia official Facebook account on latest update on vivo V7.

Presumably, Vivo was trying to get these publications to write up an exclusive “Vivo V7 leaked article” in advanced of the launch. They would get additional publicity ahead of their launch, and these lucky publications get a boost to their readership.

Well-played, Vivo. Even we fell for it!

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The Leaked Vivo V7 Specifications

Instead of just copying the leaked Vivo V7 specifications, we thought you might like to see a specification comparison of the Vivo V7 and the larger Vivo V7+ instead. Here you go!

SpecificationsVivo V7Vivo V7+
Display5.7" IPS display
- 720 x 1440 pixels
- Corning Gorilla Glass protection
6.0" IPS display
- 720 x 1440 pixels
- Corning Gorilla Glass protection
Operating SystemAndroid 7.0 NougatAndroid 7.0 Nougat
System PlatformQualcomm Snapdragon 450Qualcomm Snapdragon 450
Processor8 x ARM Cortex-A53 cores (1.8 GHz)8 x ARM Cortex-A53 cores (1.8 GHz)
Graphics ProcessorQualcomm Adreno 506Qualcomm Adreno 506
Memory4 GB LPDDR3 (933 MHz)4 GB LPDDR3 (933 MHz)
Storage32 GB internal flash storage
microSD card slot
64 GB internal flash storage
microSD card slot
Front Camera24 MP camera24 MP camera
Main Camera16 MP camera with LED flash16 MP camera with LED flash
NetworkingLTE : Cat7 (300 Mbps DL) / Cat13 (150 Mbps UL)
WiFi : 802.11a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth : v4.0, A2DP
LTE : Cat7 (300 Mbps DL) / Cat13 (150 Mbps UL)
WiFi : 802.11a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth : v4.0, A2DP
SIM CapabilityDual SIM, Dual StandbyDual SIM, Dual Standby
USB ConnectivitymicroUSB 2.0, USB OTG-capablemicroUSB 2.0, USB OTG-capable
FM RadioYesYes
Fingerprint SensorYesYes
Other SensorsAccelerometer, Ambient Light, Proximity, E-CompassAccelerometer, Ambient Light, Proximity, E-Compass
Battery3,000 mAh lithium-ion battery
- Quick Charging support
3,225 mAh lithium-ion battery
- Quick Charging support
Available ColoursMatte Black, GoldMatte Black, Gold

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