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What the renders don’t show is a physical rotating bezel, but fans of Samsung’s most iconic smartwatch feature shouldn’t worry just yet. While the original Watch Active omitted the feature entirely, it came back on the Active 2—albeit as a touchscreen bezel.

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The best smartphones of 2021 (so far)

Mashable 24 June, 2021 - 07:26pm

Still, the smartphone industry has chugged on, delivering some awesome products with slightly less fanfare than unusual. Having launched four new flagships in late 2020, Apple was completely absent from smartphone headlines in the first half of 2021, but Android makers delivered some of their best devices yet.

It's time to take a look at the best and the most interesting phones that have launched so far in 2021.

Samsung's 6.2-inch Galaxy S21 may not be as fancy as its larger brothers, the S21+ and the S21 Ultra, but at $799.99, it offers the best price/performance ratio in Samsung's lineup. The entire S21 lineup of phones is one of the best Samsung has ever produced, with beautiful, crisp displays, fast performance, long battery life, and a really powerful camera.

You cannot expand the storage on the S21 or its brethren, and you won't find a headphone jack on any of them. That, unfortunately, is true for Apple and Xiaomi's best phones as well, so it's hard to hold it against Samsung these days.

Of course, if you prefer a larger phone, you can get a 6.7-inch Galaxy S21+ for $200 more. It has the same processor, a similar display, an identical camera system (both front and back) as the S21, the biggest difference being the size and the bigger battery.

OnePlus is likely just about to launch a new affordable smartphone this year, the OnePlus Nord 2, but it hasn't yet happened.

Still, the company's OnePlus 9 just barely takes the cake as this year's best affordable smartphone. It starts at $729, which isn't that cheap, but it's still cheaper than competitive options from Samsung and even Xiaomi, while still offering a great display, 5G connectivity, and (finally) a great rear-camera system. It also offers a bit of extra value compared to phones from Samsung and Apple, such as having a charging brick included in the box.

If you like the OnePlus brand but the OnePlus 9 is still just a tad too pricey for you, maybe wait for the aforementioned Nord 2. It's probably coming very soon, though its specifications are largely unknown at this point.

Yes, Samsung's Galaxy S21 Ultra is the best phone Samsung currently has on offer. With a 6.8-inch display, a powerful camera system that leverages two telephoto lenses to get to a stunning 100x zoom, and a massive 5,000mAh battery, it's the most powerful Android phone currently available (though rival offerings from China have come very close).

Typical for Samsung, the Galaxy S21 Ultra suffers from a feature overload that'll make your head dizzy — 40-megapixel selfie camera, anyone? — but if you really want the most powerful phone around, you'll have to endure a bit of a learning curve.

It does start at $1,199.99, so you should only consider it if you really need the best camera you can get on an Android phone.

It's a pity that Huawei's still blacklisted by the U.S. — the company makes some really good hardware, but the software lets its newer phones down due to compatibility issues (Huawei cannot use newer versions of Android or Google services on its phones).

Still, despite its shortcomings, the Mate X2 is notable because of its amazing camera system and clever design that makes it easier to use and comfier to hold than any other big foldable smartphone.

The Mate X2 has a beautiful, 8-inch display when opened, as well as an external, 6.45-inch display that's just a little bit narrower than you'd get on a standard, non-foldable smartphone. Samsung's Galaxy Z Fold 2 is similar in size and design, but its displays are just a tad smaller (7.6 and 6.23 inches), and it's roughly 2mm thicker when folded.

The Mate X2 is only available in China and the $2,784 price is, frankly, nuts, so this is not so much a phone you should consider buying. It's more of a technology showcase that might one day trickle into reasonably priced devices.

Xiaomi's Mi 11 Ultra is, by far, the company's most powerful smartphone. Not only does it have a massive 6.8-inch AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate, a Snapdragon 888 processor, and a 5,000mAh battery (just like the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra), it also has an over-the-top rear camera system with too many megapixels to count (alright, we'll count them: two 48-megapixel sensors, a 50-megapixel sensor, and 5x optical zoom).

Also, unlike some Xiaomi flagships in the past, the Mi 11 Ultra doesn't lag in details like wireless charging or water and dust resistance. The Mi 11 Ultra truly has nearly all the features you can ask for from a flagship device.

The phone performs well, but the camera doesn't beat Samsung's best cameraphones, meaning the Mi 11 Ultra is a little short of taking the crown for best overall phone. However, it does win on extras: How about a secondary display on the back that doubles as a selfie viewfinder? It all costs a lot of money ($1,299 and up, depending on the configuration), so only go for this one if you really need the extra features.

Samsung Galaxy A72 review: How different is this from Galaxy A52?

Indulgexpress 24 June, 2021 - 07:26pm

“Same-same but different” is the perfect phrase to describe the relationship between the Samsung Galaxy A52 and the Galaxy A72. The A72 shares most of its traits with the marginally smaller A72, including the clean design and segment-first IP67 rating, so in case you missed it, head over to our A52 review first. How does the bigger sibling fare against the onslaught of competition in the space? Let’s dive in.

Unboxing the A72, the first thing to note is that, unlike the A52 which supports 25W charging speeds but ships with a 15W charger, the A72 has the 25W charger in the box. The phone itself is a dead ringer for the smaller A52, right from the eye catching Awesome Blue colorway to the clean curved edges of the camera bump that melt into the polycarbonate rear panel. Of course, the A72 is marginally bigger on account of the 6.7-inch display, but it retains the water/dust resistance, headphone jack, stereo speakers and expandable storage. Build quality is good, but the design could have done with some premium flourishes to sit better in this price segment.

Samsung’s well-deserved reputation on smartphone displays continues with the 6.7-inch Full HD+ Super AMOLED panel on the A72, and much like the 6.5-inch display on the A27, the panel here offers a 90Hz refresh rate, 800 nits of peak brightness and Gorilla Glass 5 for protection. Bright, saturated, sharp – the A72 has all the qualities one came to appreciate in the A52’s screen, and the slightly bigger panel and the stereo speakers are great for media consumption. At the time of this review, HDR10+ and HLG for HDR content playback was supported on YouTube, although Netflix and Prime HDR support is in the works. You get an in-display fingerprint scanner for authentication, which performs consistently but is a bit sluggish as compared to other phones in the price segment.

Now since the two phones are identical under the hood, the Snapdragon 720G that powers the A72 goes into extremely tricky territory given the higher price point at which it operates. Sure, it handles games and everyday activities (see the A52 review for more on the performance), but it’s extremely hard to justify spending this much on a 720G-powered phones when you have Snapdragon 870-powered phones at lower price points. We’ll have to slot this down for the Samsung fans, I suppose. You do get One UI 3.1, with a promised three platform updates (till at least Android 14) and four years of security updates, although the pre-installed app bloatware that I found on the A52 (and handily dispatched to the trash) makes an appearance on the A72 as well. The 5,000mAh battery is good for a day’s worth of use and can be charged quickly thanks to the 25W charging support.

Likely the most significant differentiator from the A52 is the 8MP telephoto sensor (3X optical, 10X digital) that replaces the 5MP depth sensor (a swap I would take pretty much any day of the week). Images taken from the main 64MP camera are reliable and consistent, with saturated colors and good dynamic range and impressive levels of detail in the shadows in brightly lit shots.

Same story for the ultrawide, good colors and dynamic range. The telephoto shooter works really well in good light conditions, again with good details and image sharpness, although the color science varies a bit, with the telephoto turning out colder images than the main sensor. Zoom levels beyond the 3X optical are still usable till about 20X.

Low light images on the primary sensor are good, even without the dedicated Night mode, and the telephoto holds up pretty well too. Video’s much like the A52, and you get 4K recording with every camera.

With the A52 covering most of the bases, and competition like the original Nord, the iQOO devices and more from Xiaomi and Realme, the A72 will find an uphill task convincing buyers to fork over this kind of cash. Don’t get me wrong – this is a good phone with an eye-catching design, ingress protection that competitors don’t like to talk about in this category, a gorgeous display and good cameras, plus the improved software update cycle we’ve seen from Samsung off late. It’s just that faster, better silicon is readily available in far cheaper phones, and you’re really going to want that zoom to prefer this over the far more sensible A52.  

Samsung Galaxy S22 and S22+ to have 50MP cameras and telephoto lens 24 June, 2021 - 07:26pm

As per reports, Samsung is skipping the Galaxy Note series this year. Instead, the company will use August’s Galaxy Unpacked to reveal the new Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Galaxy Z Flip 3.  For that reason, we’re not expecting big upgrades on the “standard smartphone” department until the arrival of the Samsung Galaxy S22 series. Apart from the new faster chipset and improved screens, this time around, a new report suggests a big upgrade in the camera department.

The Galaxy S21 and S21+ use basically the very same camera hardware as their predecessors in the S20 generation. Samsung has chosen the “under the hood improvements routes rather than making big hardware changes”. However, this strategy will not be taken with the upcoming Galaxy S22 series. Apparently, Samsung will bring big hardware upgrades to the Galaxy S22 and S22 Plus says, leakster Tron.

So far, the Galaxy S20 and S21 come with a main 12 MP module with large pixels and a 64 MP module that boasts zooming capabilities. The large pixels on the main camera-enabled high-quality night shots. The high-res module offered the option of full-resolution shots without zoom as well as recording 8K videos.

For the Samsung Galaxy S22 and Galaxy S22+, Samsung will adopt a new strategy. The new smartphones will come with a 50 MP main camera, a 12 MP telephoto module with a 3x optical zoom lens, and a 12 MP ultra-wide camera. Of course, this can change in the future. After all, the new flagships are still several months away from a release. This rumor can be inaccurate or even based on preliminary plans that can change as the development keeps going forward.

However, if this rumor becomes an undeniable truth, then the vanilla and Plus models will miss out on periscope cameras for yet another year. So far, this is a feature that is only for the Galaxy Ultra models. Samsung is likely bringing the Ultra variant with the Galaxy S22. After all, the company intends to make the Galaxy Ultra variants replace the Galaxy Note series.

As far as the rumor mill goes on, reports are suggesting that the Galaxy S22 generation will skip the under-display selfie solutions for another year. We know that Samsung already has an under-display camera solution under the wraps, but the company probably isn’t confident with the results just yet. So we’re going for another year of punch-hole smartphones. The devices won’t have 3D ToF sensors either. The new devices will probably come in Qualcomm Snapdragon and Exynos variants. The Exynos-powered variants will likely be the ones featuring AMD RDNA2 GPU with Ray-tracing support.

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Galaxy Tab S7 FE debuts in India with pen flourishes and a study focus

SamMobile 24 June, 2021 - 07:26pm

The Galaxy Tab S7 FE is available for purchase in India starting this week, all according to plan. To announce the development, the company’s local branch debuted a video ad that’s all about pen flourishes, of all things. Though it also frames the Galaxy Tab S7 FE as the ideal study pal, which is a pretty believable claim.

Confused? Check out the video itself down below, it should clear things up a bit:

Make way for the all new Samsung #GalaxyTabS7 FE modeled especially to make study better with play. Loaded with impressive features such as a large display, S Pen in the box, a massive battery and so much more, Galaxy Tab S7 FE will completely bowl you over.

— Samsung India (@SamsungIndia) June 23, 2021

You are currently able to get your hands on the Galaxy Tab S7 FE starting at ₹46,999 – which equates to just under $480 – and that’s inclusive of all taxes, mind you. Two-year financing is also an option, starting from ₹2,212.40 a month at a 12% interest rate. An official Keyboard Cover accessory can be picked up together with the tablet at ₹10,000 off, or ₹4,999. How long will this launch promo last remains to be seen.

Samsung India has all the details if you’re interested in checking out the Galaxy Tab S7 FE for yourself. The base model of this “Fan Edition” device is equipped with 4GB of RAM, the Snapdragon 750G, and 64GB of internal flash memory. You can expand the latter by up to an additional 1TB, courtesy of built-in support for microSD cards. Combined with a 10,090mAh battery, the Galaxy Tab S7 FE should last you through even the busiest of days; whether at school, work, or both. You can pick up the device in black, silver, green, and pink.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE and Tab A7 Lite now available in India

Techradar 24 June, 2021 - 07:26pm

You can get up to Rs 4,000 off

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE is a water down version of the flagship model, the Galaxy Tab S7 while the Galaxy A7 Lite is a cheaper variant of the Galaxy Tab A7 from 2020. Here is how they are priced and offers that are applicable during the initial sale. 

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE is priced at Rs 46,999 for 4GB + 64GB variant and Rs 50,999 for 6GB +128GB variant. The Galaxy Tab A7 Lite is available in 3GB + 32GB and priced at Rs 14,999 for LTE and Rs 11,999 for Wi-Fi model. 

As a part of the introductory offer, you can avail Rs 4,000 cashback with HDFC credit card, credit card EMI and debit card EMI transactions. Also, you get Rs 10,000 off on the Keyboard Cover. For Galaxy Tab A7 Lite you can get a 10% instant discount of up to Rs 1,750 with SBI credit cards. The Wi-Fi only variant is unavailable at the moment. 

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The cheaper variant of the flagship Galaxy Tab S7, the Galaxy Tab S7 FE features a large 12.4-inch screen with a 16:10 aspect ratio and 2560 x 1600 resolution. There’s a dual speaker setup here tuned by Dolby Atmos and AKG. 

Under the hood, the tablet is powered by a Snapdragon 750G processor paired with up to 6GB of RAM and 128GB storage. As for the battery, the device is packed with a 10,090mAh battery that supports a 45W fast charge, but you will be getting a 15W charger in the box. 

Further, you also get an S Pen included in the box and in terms of the optics, there is an 8MP rear camera and a 5Mp selfie camera. 

The Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 Lite, as the name suggests is the Lite version of the already launched Tab A7. You are looking at an 8.7-inch WXGA+ display with 1340 x 800 pixels resolution. It is a TFT panel with a metal frame running around. In terms of audio, the Galaxy Tab A7 Lite features a dual speaker setup with Dolby Atmos surround sound.

The device is powered by an octa-core MediaTek Helio P22T (MT8768T) processor and comes with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. You also get storage expansion up to 1TB with a MicroSD card. As for the battery life, the device sports a 5100mAh unit that supports 15W fast charging. The tablet runs on Android 11 along with the Samsung Knox security platform. The Galaxy Tab A7 Lite sports 8MP rear camera and a 2MP front camera.

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Samsung Galaxy S22 camera rumor looks like a downgrade — here’s why it’s not

Tom's Guide 23 June, 2021 - 10:53am

The Samsung Galaxy S22 having lower camera resolution isn't always a bad thing

According to rumor-monger @FrontTron, the Samsung Galaxy S22 and S22 Plus are going to come with a 50MP main camera lens, plus 12MP telephoto (3x zoom) and ultrawide lenses on the side. Though, Tron does note that the rumor should be taken with a grain of salt.

Samsung Rainbow R/G Rear CamMain 50MPUltrawide 12MP Telephoto 12MP 3x Take w/ 🧂~BVJune 23, 2021

Compare that to the Samsung Galaxy S21 and Galaxy S21 Plus, which have 12MP main and ultrawide lenses, plus a 64MP telephoto shooter. If this rumor holds true, some could assume that the S22’s camera has been “downgraded”, so to speak, but that’s not necessarily the case.

Samsung already has a 50MP ISOCELL GN2 camera sensor that utilizes larger 1.4μm-sized pixels. Larger pixels means more light, and the opportunity for better overall quality — particularly in low-light conditions. 

We also have to consider the growing use of computational photography, which uses specialized software to process an image in the fractions of a second between you hitting the shutter button and it being saved. 

It's been used to great effect on both iPhones and Google Pixels, both of which have seemingly-unimpressive hardware compared to the likes of Samsung. Lowering camera resolution, if that is indeed the case, could be the first step in Samsung taking computational photography more seriously.

Of course we’re only talking about the S22 and S22 Plus here, not the S22 Ultra. Presumably the S22 Ultra will come packing an entirely different camera array, one that may have extra lenses and features like the Galaxy S21 Ultra that was released earlier this year.

It’s not clear what that camera would involve, but if the S22 rumor is anything to go by, then the S22 Ultra might not have the most straightforward upgrade. Though I do hope Samsung keeps the quad-lens camera setup, complete with the two optical telephoto lenses.

In any case, should this rumor prove true, it shows that Samsung isn’t just playing a numbers game with its phones. There have been rumors Samsung would be doing this, with extreme numbers like 200MP and 150MP thrown about the rumor mill. But so far the most we’ve seen in a Galaxy S is the 108MP lens featured in the Galaxy S21 Ultra and S20 Ultra.

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