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It’s Confirmed! Samsung Note 20 is coming on August 5

Samsung has just announced the official date for its annual Galaxy Unpacked event and very soon we're expecting to see the new devices that the giant tech brand has been working on for the past year. The event is reported to take place virtually on the 5th of August and Samsung will be revealing its new lineup of the Galaxy Note 20 series, along with its Galaxy Z Fold 2, Galaxy Z Flip 5G, Galaxy Tab S7 and Galaxy Tab S7+ tablets and perhaps other devices like the Galaxy Watch 3 and Galaxy Buds Live. This will be the first online Galaxy Unpacked Event Samsung will be hosting, and this is due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Live streaming of the event will be available at Samsung U.S. Newsroom and at 10 a.m. Et. and consumers are invited to join so as to "explore our latest Galaxy Devices ecosystem designed to empower your life." In recent days, we've been seeing leaks of the new Galaxy Note 20 Ultra as well as the Galaxy Z Flip 5G in the “Mystic Bronze” color. Samsung also released a short clip showing a Mystic Bronze-colored S Pen stylus melting, which confirms that the company will unveil the Galaxy Note 20. The other leaks online also include renders of the Tab S7, Tab S7+ and the Galaxy Watch 3. Although we haven’t seen images of the rumored Z Fold 2. However, let's keep our eyes peeled as we await these huge releases from the South Korea tech giant. Source.

New Nokia Feature Phones Unveiled: Nokia 150 (2020) & 125

Nokia mobile has recently introduced new additions of feature phones namely - Nokia 150 (2020) and Nokia 125 - to its portfolio. Although the Nokia 150 (2020) seems to be a revamped version of the Nokia 150 model, however both phones including the Nokia 125, come with 2.4-inch QVGA display, run on the Series 30+ OS, with 3MB of RAM, 3MB built-in storage. They also share similar features in terms of battery - 1020mAh capacity, FM radio, 3.5mm headphone jack, Micro USB 2.0 port and both support 2G network bands.The 150 however has the addition of a VGA camera with flash on the back, Bluetooth 3.0, MicroSD card slot supporting up to 32GB of expandable storage, and more attractive colour options. Both phones promises up to 19 hrs of talk time and more than 23 hours of standby. There is no exact date for the launch of these devices, but both retailers and end users are expected to keep their ears down. 

Xiaomi Mi Note 10 – Specifications

NETWORKTechnologyGSM / HSPA / LTE2G bandsGSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 - SIM 1 & SIM 23G bandsHSDPA 800 / 850 / 900 / 1700(AWS) / 1900 / 21004G bandsLTE band 1(2100), 2(1900), 3(1800), 4(1700/2100), 5(850), 7(2600), 8(900), 18(800), 19(800), 20(800), 26(850), 28(700), 38(2600), 40(2300)SpeedHSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps, LTE-A (3CA) Cat15 800/150 Mbps LAUNCHAnnounced2019, NovemberStatusAvailable. Released 2019, November BODYDimensions157.8 x 74.2 x 9.7 mm (6.21 x 2.92 x 0.38 in)Weight208 g (7.34 oz)BuildGlass front (Gorilla Glass 5), glass back (Gorilla Glass 5), aluminum frameSIMDual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by) DISPLAYTypeAMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colorsSize6.47 inches, 102.8 cm2 (~87.8% screen-to-body ratio)Resolution1080 x 2340 pixels, 19.5:9 ratio (~398 ppi density)ProtectionCorning Gorilla Glass 5 600 nits max brightnessDCI-P3HDR10Always-on display PLATFORMOSAndroid 9.0 (Pie); MIUI 11ChipsetQualcomm SDM730 Snapdragon 730G (8 nm)CPUOcta-core (2x2.2 GHz Kryo 470 Gold & 6x1.8 GHz Kryo 470 Silver)GPUAdreno 618 MEMORYCard slotNoInternal128GB 6GB RAM UFS 2.0 MAIN CAMERAFive108 MP (7P lens), f/1.7, 25mm (wide), 1/1.33", 0.8µm, PDAF, Laser AF, OIS12 MP, f/2.0, 50mm (telephoto), 1/2.55", 1.4µm, Dual Pixel PDAF, Laser AF, 2x optical zoom5 MP (upscaled to 8MP), f/2.0, (telephoto), 1.0µm, PDAF, Laser AF, OIS, 5x optical zoom20 MP, f/2.2, 13mm (ultrawide), 1/2.8", 1.0µm, Laser AF2 MP, f/2.4, (macro), 1/5.0", 1.75µmFeaturesQuad-LED dual-tone flash, HDRVideo2160p@30fps, 1080p@30/60/120/240fps, 720p@960fps SELFIE CAMERASingle32 MP, f/2.0, 26mm (wide), 1/2.8", 0.8µmFeaturesHDRVideo1080p@30fps SOUNDLoudspeakerYes3.5mm jackYes 24-bit/192kHz audio COMMSWLANWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspotBluetooth5.0, A2DP, LE, aptX HDGPSYes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO, BDSNFCYesInfrared portYesRadioFM radioUSB2.0, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector FEATURESSensorsFingerprint (under display, optical), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass BATTERY Non-removable Li-Po 5260 mAh batteryChargingFast battery charging 30W (58% in 30 min., 100% in 65 min.)USB Power Delivery MISCColorsAurora Green, Glacier White, Midnight BlackModelsM1910F4G

Google will discontinue YouTube messaging feature on September 18

If you click on the message section on the YouTube, you will see a notification that informs you that the section will no longer be available after September 18. It says "Two years ago, we launched a feature to enable you to share videos via direct messages on YouTube. Since then, we've also focused on public conversations with updates to comments, posts, and stories. We’re constantly reevaluating our priorities and have decided to discontinue YouTube’s native direct messaging feature while we focus on improving public conversations". Google has also revealed that some features such as sending videos as messages will be discontinued even before September 18. We have no idea why Google has decided to take this step, but our guess is that the message section isn't gaining much popularity as people barely use the feature except for sharing videos. However, it stated that users would still be able to share videos by clicking on the share button below the video and then clicking on “social network icon”. If you would like to download a copy of your messages before the feature expires, Google has provided instructions to do so on its support page.

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 – Specifications

NETWORKTechnologyGSM / CDMA / HSPA / EVDO / LTE2G bandsGSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 - SIM 1 & SIM 2 (dual-SIM model only) CDMA 800 / 1900 - USA3G bandsHSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700(AWS) / 1900 / 2100 CDMA2000 1xEV-DO - USA4G bandsLTE band 1(2100), 2(1900), 3(1800), 4(1700/2100), 5(850), 7(2600), 8(900), 12(700), 13(700), 14(700), 18(800), 19(800), 20(800), 25(1900), 26(850), 28(700), 29(700), 30(2300), 46, 48, 66(1700/2100), 71(600) - SM-N970U1SpeedHSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps, LTE-A (7CA) Cat20 2048/150 Mbps LAUNCHAnnounced2019, AugustStatusComing soon. Exp. release 2019, August 23 BODYDimensions151 x 71.8 x 7.9 mm (5.94 x 2.83 x 0.31 in)Weight168 g (5.93 oz)BuildFront/back glass (Gorilla Glass), aluminum frameSIMSingle SIM (Nano-SIM) or Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by) Samsung Pay (Visa, MasterCard certified)IP68 dust/water proof (up to 1.5m for 30 mins)Stylus (Bluetooth integration, accelerometer, gyro) DISPLAYTypeDynamic AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colorsSize6.3 inches, 98.6 cm2 (~90.9% screen-to-body ratio)Resolution1080 x 2280 pixels, 19:9 ratio (~401 ppi density)ProtectionCorning Gorilla Glass HDR10+Always-on display PLATFORMOSAndroid 9.0 (Pie); One UIChipsetExynos 9825 (7 nm) - EMEA/LATAMQualcomm SDM855 Snapdragon 855 (7 nm) - USA/ChinaCPUOcta-core (2x2.73 GHz Mongoose M4 & 2x2.4 GHz Cortex-A75 & 4x1.9 GHz Cortex-A55) - EMEA/LATAMOcta-core (1x2.84 GHz Kryo 485 & 3x2.42 GHz Kryo 485 & 4x1.78 GHz Kryo 485) - USA/ChinaGPUMali-G76 MP12 - EMEA/LATAMAdreno 640 - USA/China MEMORYCard slotNoInternal256GB 8GB RAM MAIN CAMERATriple12 MP, f/1.5-2.4, 27mm (wide), 1/2.55", 1.4µm, Dual Pixel PDAF, Dual OIS12 MP, f/2.1, 52mm (telephoto), 1/3.6", 1.0µm, PDAF, Dual OIS, 2x optical zoom16 MP, f/2.2, 12mm (ultrawide), 1.0µmFeaturesLED flash, auto-HDR, panoramaVideo2160p@30/60fps, 1080p@30/60/240fps, 720p@960fps, HDR10+, dual-video rec., stereo sound rec., gyro-EIS & OIS SELFIE CAMERASingle10 MP, f/2.2, 26mm (wide), 1.22µm, Dual Pixel PDAFFeaturesDual video call, Auto-HDRVideo2160p@30fps, 1080p@30fps SOUNDLoudspeakerYes, with stereo speakers3.5mm jackNo 32-bit/384kHz audioActive noise cancellation with dedicated micDolby Atmos/AKG sound COMMSWLANWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspotBluetooth5.0, A2DP, LE, aptXGPSYes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEONFCYesRadioFM radio (USA & Canada only)USB3.1, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector FEATURESSensorsFingerprint (under display), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer Samsung DeX (desktop experience support)ANT+Bixby natural language commands and dictation BATTERY Non-removable Li-Ion 3500 mAh batteryChargingFast battery charging 25WUSB Power Delivery 3.0Fast Qi/PMA wireless charging 12WPower bank/Reverse wireless charging 9W MISCColorsAura Glow, Aura White, Aura Black, Aura Pink, Aura Red

WhatsApp will soon let you chat with your account on multiple devices

It seems WhatsApp is finally working on a feature that will enable users log into their WhatsApp account across multiple devices at the same time. This is great news! As you know, your WhatsApp account is linked to your phone number, and currently, once your account is logged into a device, it is impossible to log into another without getting signed out from the previous device. And for those that make use of WhatsApp Web for whatever reasons, you will no longer be required to have an Internet connection on your phone. He he! Anyway, other messaging Apps like Telegram and Slack already have this feature, so we are pleased that the company is trying to incorporate this as well. However, let's keep our fingers crossed.

Realme and Redmi to reveal their 64MP Camera Phone this month

Some Days back Realme announced that it will be launching the world's first smartphone with 64Mp camera on August 8. Well, it seems Redmi plans to beat Realme to it by leaking hints shared on twitter about its 64MP phone it will be unveiling on August 7 - just a day before Realme's Demo is to take place. This definitely looks like a case of rivalry between both brands, don't you think? Well, we don't havae much details about both devices but we really can't wait to see and get down to doing a review and comparison on both of them.  

Your Sim Needs More Security Than You think…

Most people have loads of private files and information for quick access and whatnot on their phones, this is why they put up a password lock to prevent a third party from gaining access to our phones. But did you know that even with the best protection on your phone, if it gets stolen or lost, your sim card could be at a huge risk from hackers, robbers and Sim Swap fraudsters who hack into people’s bank account to steal money? Let’s not forget your sim card holds key information such as; your phone number, security data, billing information, and other bits of data; which is why you should take several measures to protect your Sim Card and in turn protect yourself – To do this, we recommend the following Have a separate or secondary phone - perhaps a Nokia 105, 106 or 3310 (or other brands like itel etc.) for the sim card and email connected to your bank account, and either keep the phone permanently at home or try not to take it out all the time. This is so robbers won’t have access to your bank account if your main phone ever gets stolen. If you do not have a separate phone as stated above, ensure that you set up a password to lock and protect your sim card. Follow this process to lock your sim. You should however note that before locking your sim, you should have your sim PUK and also use a password you are sure to never forget. You could also choose to have a separate sim for your bank account. The separate sim would be different from your regular sim and should perhaps not be taken out all the time. Ensure you don’t snap or have pictures of credentials, vital documents and information on your phone. There’s no limit to what fraudsters and the likes can do once they gain access to stuff like that.   Hope this article was helpful, check our blog for other related articles and more.

Huawei Ban – U.S companies now allowed to continue selling to Huawei

  Apparently the U.S government and the Chinese government have settled their dispute regarding the trade ban. For those that were never aware, sometime in May, the United State President Trump placed a ban on Companies from doing business with Huawei due to claims of threats on national security. This was quite a setback for the Chinese tech giant, although, they now their own software. We guess they had anticipated an occurrence of this magnitude. However, the ban on selling of U.S tech and equipment to Huawei is being lifted as Trump announced on Saturday, that "US companies can once again sell their equipment to Huawei," as long as the transactions won't present a "great, national emergency problem." Also we learnt that this reprieve also applies to being able to acquire basic components like Qualcomm processors and Google’s Android OS. This is definitely good news and a relief for Huawei phone users that have been in a state of panic since the ban.