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Samsung Galaxy S21 review: It’s a great Honda, not a great Mercedes

Galaxy S21
By Samsung
$ 799.99 purchasing options

Fair price
Great design
Solid camera system
Powerful processor


No in-box charger
Mediocre fast charging
No expandable storage

Bottom Line

Samsung decided to make the Galaxy S21 the phone for the everyday person. Power users will think it’s anemic, but the average smartphone buyer will find everything they need at a very reasonable cost. If you’re looking for the Android phone that has it all, check out the Galaxy S21 Ultra. If you’re looking for a phone that delivers the essentials without destroying your bank account, this is the Galaxy for you.

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Samsung Galaxy S20 FE review: A fine phone for frugal fans

Galaxy S20 FE
By Samsung
$ 699 purchasing options

Excellent screen
Zippy performance
Solid battery life


“Glasstic” casing
5G not available everywhere
Fierce competition
Cameras only average

Bottom Line

Don’t dismiss the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE as an also-ran. This superb value delivers on the all-important basics such as screen quality and performance. With a 120Hz display and the Snapdragon 865 processor on board, you have all the beauty and speed in the world. Weighing the rest of the features against the $ 700 price point leaves things in good balance.

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Samsung Q950T soundbar review: Home theater for the modern living room

Q950T Soundbar
By Samsung

Good sound quality
SmartThings hub
Dolby Atmos, DTS:X support


High price
Some function limited to Samsung devices

Bottom Line

If you want the latest in home theater, Samsung’s latest premium soundbar has a lot to offer someone who doesn’t want to futz with building their own system. Just be sure to stay on top of software updates.

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Samsung Galaxy S30 Ultra specs leak: An S20 Ultra with a new coat?

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra money shot

  • New details of the rumored Samsung Galaxy S30 Ultra have leaked.
  • The phone is said to recycle a number of features from the S20 Ultra.
  • It may however feature a slightly smaller body than its predecessor.

Details of the Samsung Galaxy S30 series’ largest member has broken cover, but those hoping for ultra novel innovations may be disappointed. According to tipster Ishan Agarwal and 91Mobiles, it’s likely that the Galaxy S30 Ultra could recycle a number of specs and features from the Galaxy S20 Ultra.

The report reiterates the S30 Ultra details we’ve seen in previous leaks. This includes the 5,000mAh battery, the 108MP primary rear snapper, and the 40MP selfie sensor which may be retained from the S20 Ultra. Earlier renders suggest the S30 series may stick with a center punch-hole selfie design.

Dimensions may not shift much either. The Galaxy S30 Ultra measures 165.1mm x 75.6mm x 8.9mm, with a 1.9mm-deep camera hump, per the report. This isn’t much smaller than the 166.9mm x 76mm x 8.8mm of the Galaxy S20 Ultra.

Galaxy S30 Ultra specs: The same, but different?

It’s not all a copy-paste job, though. We’ve seen purported renders of the Galaxy S30 Ultra and its two family members earlier this month, so we do expect a redesigned camera array. The Ultra is also said to pack a 6.8-inch 2K AMOLED screen — a slight shrink over the 6.9-inch S20 Ultra.

Samsung Galaxy S30 Ultra Render 3

Additionally, we can expect the Snapdragon 875 to command the S30 series in the States, and the rumored Exynos 2100 for use almost everywhere else. Considering Samsung usually picks the latest and greatest Snapdragon chipset for its flagships, this addition seems highly likely. The Exynos 2100, while not officially announced, has been mentioned in earlier leaks.

Finally, the S30 Ultra will also run Android 11-based One UI 3.0, according to the report. We probably don’t need confirmation of this though. Samsung will surely launch the flagship on the latest version of its Android skin.

As an early report, it does neglect to mention some details. There’s no word on the S30 Ultra’s companion snappers, its RAM or storage configs, or its charging solution.

It’s perhaps a little too soon to suggest that the S30 Ultra will be an S20 Ultra with a new coat. But considering its rumored earlier launch window, we wouldn’t be surprised if Samsung did rehash some features from the outgoing models.

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Samsung Galaxy S30 leaks mad early in renders from reputable source

  • Reliable leaker Steve Hemmerstoffer (aka @OnLeaks) just posted renders that allegedly depict the Samsung Galaxy S30.
  • The phone has a new camera design that makes the bump much more subdued.
  • This is a very early leak for the Galaxy S series, suggesting Samsung could launch the phone earlier than usual.

Earlier today, reliable smartphone leaker Steve Hemmerstoffer posted some images that he claims are of the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S30. Usually, Galaxy S phones don’t start leaking like this until late December or early January. However, since there are multiple rumors suggesting Samsung could launch its newest flagships much earlier than usual in 2021, these early leaks appear to back up those rumors.

You can see the leaked images below. Keep in mind that Hemmerstoffer has a ton of clout when it comes to leaks such as these, but these are still leaks. As such, take them with the proverbial grain of salt.

Samsung Galaxy S30 renders

Samsung Galaxy S30 Leaked Render OnLeaks 2

Credit: OnLeaks

For the record, Hemmerstoffer says these renders are for the vanilla Galaxy S30, i.e. the smallest of the series as far as we know. He says it roughly measures 151.7 x 71.2 x 7.9mm. That last measurement increases to 9.0mm when you include the camera bump, though.

Speaking of the camera bump, it looks to be far more subdued in this design as compared to the Galaxy S20 series (and especially the Galaxy Note 20 series). We can’t conclude anything from the renders alone, but it does seem Samsung incorporated the bump module directly into the body of the phone. If that’s true, that’s a pretty brilliant way to keep the module’s thickness for the benefit of better photo quality while not increasing the thickness of the phone by as much.

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As expected, the renders also show off a centered selfie camera within a display cutout (no in-display selfie cam this time around) and the lack of a headphone jack. It appears Samsung is fully committed to going without the 3.5mm port in its flagships for good.

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Samsung Galaxy S20 FE (Fan Edition): Everything you need to know (On sale!)

Samsung Galaxy S20 FE camera macro off center

Credit: David Imel / Android Authority

Today, Samsung took the wraps off its newest smartphone in the flagship Galaxy S series: the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE (the ‘FE’ stands for “Fan Edition”). As the name implies, this phone offers what Samsung considers to be the most important features that Galaxy S fans want.

Related: Samsung phones buyer’s guide: Everything you need to know

While fans will find most of their desired specs and features here, Samsung is also leaving out several premium aspects of the main Galaxy S20 series, which results in a lowered price.

Below, you’ll find everything we know about the Samsung Galaxy S20 Fan Edition. We will keep this article up-to-date if Samsung announces any newer info or big changes.

Samsung Galaxy S20 FE: What is it?

The Galaxy S20 FE is sort of like a “greatest hits” of the Galaxy S20 series. It offers the features that Samsung thinks its fans want the most while leaving out the features that fans either don’t care about or would gladly do without if it lowered the price.

With that in mind, the usual Galaxy S features are all here: a flagship processor, expandable storage, an IP68 rating, a big AMOLED display, wireless charging, Wireless PowerShare, and a triple-lens rear camera.

Related: Samsung Galaxy S20 buyer’s guide | Galaxy S20 FE hands-on

In addition to the usual specs and features, the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE also comes in a slew of colors, many of which are new to the Galaxy S family.

However, Samsung also reduced or removed several features and design elements. There’s less RAM, a “glasstic” back, a reduced display resolution, and a weaker overall camera system. There’s also no headphone jack, which is unfortunate.

Who is it for?

Samsung Galaxy S20 FE in hand 1

Credit: David Imel / Android Authority

Samsung’s marketing makes it clear that it is gunning for a younger audience with the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE. The reduced price, colorways, and provided promotional images all scream “hip, young Millennials.”

That being said, you don’t need to be under 30 to enjoy this phone. It offers pretty much all the core features of the main Galaxy S line at a much more affordable price. For some buyers, this phone might actually improve upon the primary line, such as offering a flat display panel, the use of an optical fingerprint sensor instead of an ultrasonic one, and those new fun colorways.

It’s clear that Samsung is gunning for Millennial buyers with this phone, but anyone can enjoy it.

Samsung is also offering the same three years of Android updates the primary Galaxy S phones get. That means you should see Android 11, Android 12, and possibly even Android 13.

In general, this phone is for anyone who wants a terrific smartphone in the Galaxy S line but doesn’t want to spend over $ 1,000 to get one.

What are the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE features?

Samsung Galaxy S20 FE in hand 2

Credit: David Imel / Android Authority

Once again, Samsung is going after Millennials with this new device, so the core features cater to what that market wants. That means the camera, battery life, and gaming-centric features.

On the back of the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE, you’ll find a triple-lens camera system, arranged in a familiar-looking module. The primary shooter is a 12MP wide-angle lens with optical image stabilization (OIS). Flanking that are a 12MP ultra-wide and an 8MP telephoto. That last one has a 3x optical zoom with 30x digital “Space Zoom.”

Most of the features here are lifted directly from the flagship Galaxy S and Galaxy Note phones.

There are also a ton of software features for the camera. There’s Night Hyperlapse which allows you to take some cool cityscape shots. There’s the Single Take feature from the Galaxy S and Galaxy Note lines that takes up to 10 photos from a 15-second video. Finally, there’s a feature called My Filter that allows you to extract a color filter from one of your photos. You can save up to 99 of these custom filters.

The battery in the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE is pretty big at 4,500mAh. That’s the same size as the one in the Galaxy S20 Plus and 500mAh bigger than the one in the vanilla Galaxy S20. There’s wireless charging and reverse wireless charging, too. Unfortunately, the adapter that comes with the phone only maxes out at 15W of charging speeds. However, you can buy a 25W charger separately and the phone will support that faster speed.

Finally, the 120Hz display refresh rate can be on at all times since the phone maxes out at a 1080p resolution. In addition, there’s a 240Hz touch response rate, which automatically turns on during gameplay. This might give you an edge up on the competition.

Samsung Galaxy S20 FE specs

  Samsung Galaxy S20 FE
Display 6.5-inch flat Super AMOLED
Infinity-O cutout, centered
FHD+ (2,400 x 1,080) resolution
120Hz refresh rate
HDR 10+
Gorilla Glass 3 cover
CPU 5G models:
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865

4G models:
Samsung Exynos 990

GPU 5G models:
Adreno 650

4G models:
Arm Mali-G77 MP11

Storage 128GB internal
UFS 3.0
microSD support up to 1TB
Power 4,500mAh battery
15W wired charging (in-box adapter)
25W wired charging (add’l adapter needed)
15W wireless charging
Wireless PowerShare
Cameras Rear:

12MP wide-angle
Dual-Pixel, OIS
ƒ1.8, 1/1.76in, 1.8μm

12MP ultra-wide
ƒ2.2, 1/3.06in, 1.12μm

8MP telephoto
3x optical zoom, OIS
30x digital “Space Zoom”
ƒ2.4, 1/4.4in, 1.0μm


32MP (binned to 8MP)
ƒ2.2, 1/2.8in, 0.8μm

Durability IP68 rated
1.5m water depth for 30 min.
Security Optical in-display fingerprint
Connectivity 5G support (both sub-6GHz and mmWave)
Bluetooth 5.0
USB-C with USB 3.2 speeds
Samsung Dex support
Audio Stereo speakers
Dolby Atmos support
No headphone jack
OS Android 10
Dimensions and weight 74.5 x 159.8 x 8.4mm
Colors Cloud Navy, Cloud Red, Cloud Lavender, Cloud Mint, Cloud White, Cloud Orange

Competition and alternatives

Samsung Galaxy S20 FE Box

Credit: David Imel / Android Authority

The most obvious alternatives to the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE are the phones in the main Galaxy S20 line. Those phones will offer most of the same features while either adding in more or improving them. Of course, they will cost more — a lot more. The lowest-tier Galaxy S20 device has a list price that is $ 300 more expensive than this one.

Another alternative would be the vanilla OnePlus 8. That phone offers a lot of the same specs at the exact same price. However, the OnePlus 8 does not feature wireless charging, reverse wireless charging, or an IP68 rating.

Related: The best Samsung phones you can get right now

Finally, you can’t forget about last year’s Galaxy flagships. The Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus is still a terrific phone and offers a handful of better specs (higher resolution display, more RAM, etc.). With that one, though, you’ll lose out on 5G support and a high refresh rate display.

The bottom line is that there aren’t too many phones at this price point that offer a similar set of features. This phone might be the “Goldilocks” device for some 2020 buyers.

Where to buy the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE

Samsung Galaxy S20 FE Hole punch selfie macro 1

Credit: David Imel / Android Authority

The Galaxy S20 Fan Edition is now on sale.

In the United States, the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE costs $ 699 and comes exclusively in a 5G model. You can get it unlocked from Samsung and other retailers, or head to your carrier’s store to grab one. In the case of Verizon, it carries an exclusive variant of the phone called the Galaxy S20 FE 5G UW (seriously).

In the United Kingdom, there is a 5G variant and a 4G-only variant. The 5G model costs £699 (~$ 890) while the 4G-only model costs £599 (~$ 763). Similarly, in Europe, the 4G-only Galaxy S20 FE starts at €659 (~$ 769) while the 5G version costs €759 (~$ 886).

Samsung Galaxy S20 FE All the best features of the Galaxy S20 series at a lower price
If you don’t mind cutting a few corners, the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE (which stands for “Fan Edition”) might be the phone you are looking for. It offers most of the flagship specs and features of the Galaxy S20 family but trims things down to keep the price low.

Whether in the US or the UK, the 5G models all come with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 chipset. In the UK, the 4G-only model comes with the Exynos 990 chipset.

Regardless of where you live, all buyers get four months of YouTube Premium for free. That offer is open through the end of October.

Top Samsung Galaxy S20 FE questions and answers

Q: Does the Galaxy S20 FE support 5G?
A: Yes and no. In the US, there are only 5G models, and they support both mmWave and sub-6GHz connections (except for the Verizon model, which only supports mmWave). In the UK, there are 5G models and 4G-only models, so be sure you’re buying the correct version!

Q: Does the Galaxy S20 Fan Edition have a headphone jack?
A: No. As with all the phones in the main Galaxy S20 line, there isn’t a 3.5mm port on the Fan Edition.

Q: Does the S20 FE support wireless charging?
A: Yes. It will charge at a rate of 15W. It also supports reverse wireless charging, which allows you to charge your smartwatch or earbuds with your phone.

Q: Does the S20 FE have a microSD card slot?
A: Yes, it can support a card with up to 1TB of storage.

Q: Does the device have stereo speakers?
A: Yes, and they are tuned by AKG and support Dolby Atmos.

Q: What colors are available?
A: There are a lot of colors. You can get the phone in Cloud Navy (blue), Cloud Red, Cloud Lavender (purple), Cloud Mint (green), Cloud White, and Cloud Orange.

Q: What’s in the box with the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE?
A: You’ll find the Galaxy S20 FE, a 15W power supply, a USB-C cable, a SIM tool, and the usual paperwork. The Galaxy S20 FE will also support 25W wired charging, but you’ll need to buy an additional adapter to experience those speeds.

That’s everything you need to know about the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE. We’ll keep this post updated with any new info as soon as we have it.

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Where and when can you buy the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra?

Samsung has made its Galaxy Note 20 series official after months and months of leaks and rumors. The phones are shaping up to be pretty impressive on paper, with the Korean brand bringing plenty of power, relatively large batteries, and that S Pen goodness.

Of course, this doesn’t mean much if you can’t get the new Note. So here’s what you need to know about the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 price, release date, and availability. You can scroll down for all the details or hit the button below to pre-order the phone.

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 A “cheaper” Note
Samsung’s Galaxy Note line has always been for the power users, and this year’s models are no different. The standard Galaxy Note 20 has some trade-offs to hit a lower price point, but it should still satisfy many Note users.

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra Bigger, better, and pricier
Samsung’s Galaxy Note line has always been for the power users, and this year’s models are no different — especially the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra. This new ultra-premium phone is Samsung’s most refined device yet.

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra release date

The Korean manufacturer announced the Galaxy Note 20 and Galaxy Note 20 Ultra at its Unpacked virtual event on August 5, with US pre-orders kicking off on the next day (August 6). Consumers in the US can pick up a Galaxy Note 20 series device from August 21 via carriers and retailers.

The US traditionally forms part of a first wave of launch markets for Samsung flagships, so we’re expecting the same situation here. Unfortunately, those countries not part of the first wave will likely need to wait a few more weeks for local availability.

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra price and availability

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 rear panel

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Looking to get the S Pen-toting phones in the US? Then you’ll be spending a minimum of $ 999.99 for the Galaxy Note 20, which is only available in one RAM/storage variant. Meanwhile, those after the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra will need to spend $ 1,299.99 for the option with 12GB of RAM and 128GB of expandable storage. There’s also a 12GB/512GB option if you really need more internal storage, topping out at $ 1,449.99.

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 20: $ 999 (8GB/128GB)
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra: $ 1,299 (12GB/128GB), $ 1,449.99 (12GB/512GB)

The new phones are available in a variety of colorways, and you can check out the options below.

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 20: Mystic Gray, Mystic Green, Mystic Bronze
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra: Mystic Black, Mystic White, Mystic Bronze

Samsung’s own website is one of the better places to get the Note 20 series right now, as the firm is giving away $ 150 or $ 200 in store credit if you pre-order the Note 20 or Note 20 Ultra. This credit can be redeemed via the website or the Shop Samsung app, and you can spend it on accessories for your new phone or put it towards the new Game Pass bundle (featuring a gamepad and three months of Game Pass).

The manufacturer says it’s also dishing out an extra 7.5% discount to consumers who purchase the phones via their Samsung Money by SoFi account. Pre-orders also get four months of YouTube Premium and six months of Spotify Premium.

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 A “cheaper” Note
Samsung’s Galaxy Note line has always been for the power users, and this year’s models are no different. The standard Galaxy Note 20 has some trade-offs to hit a lower price point, but it should still satisfy many Note users.

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra Bigger, better, and pricier
Samsung’s Galaxy Note line has always been for the power users, and this year’s models are no different — especially the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra. This new ultra-premium phone is Samsung’s most refined device yet.

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra India price and availability

In India and intrigued by the new flagships? Then there’s good news, as consumers can pre-order the Note 20 or Note 20 Ultra starting today. You can also expect the latter device to be 5G-enabled. View the pricing details below.

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 20 (4G only): Rs 77,999 (8GB/256GB)
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra: Rs 104,999 (12GB/256GB)

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra EU and UK price and availability

European and UK customers are also be getting in on the Note action. There’s also a cheaper, 4G-only Note 20 version, and the entry model for each phone ups the storage from 128GB to 256GB. Check out the pricing below.

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 20 (4G only): £849/€959 (8GB/256GB)
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 20: £949/€1,059 (8GB/256GB)
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra: £1,179/€1,309 (12GB/256GB), £1,279/€1,409 (12GB/512GB)

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra best deals and offers

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 display

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AT&T has revealed its Galaxy Note 20 series offerings and you can find its installment prices below.

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 20: From $ 33.34 a month for 30 months (128GB, $ 999.99 retail).
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra: From $ 43.34 per month for 30 months (128GB, $ 1,299.99 retail), $ 48.34 a month for 30 months (512GB, $ 1,449.99 retail).

AT&T is holding a limited time offer for new and existing customers, letting you trade in an eligible phone to get the Note 20 for free. Well, technically you’re getting $ 1,000 credit, and you need to buy it on a 30-month installment plan with the network’s unlimited plan.

Verizon has also confirmed its Galaxy Note 20 sales, with the core offerings as follows.

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 20: From $ 41.66 a month for 24 months on Verizon Device Payment (0% APR; $ 999.99 retail).
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra: From $ 54.16 a month for 24 months on Verizon Device Payment (0% APR; $ 1,299.99 retail).

The network is also offering a number of promos, such as buying any Note 20 device on a premium Unlimited plan and getting a second Note 20 series or S20 series phone as low as free. Buy a Note 20 series phone on any other unlimited plan, and the second aforementioned phone is available half off.

Verizon is also slashing 25% off all Note 20 cases, screen protectors, and charging goodies during the pre-order period.

T-Mobile is selling the Galaxy Note 20 series as well with these prices:

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 20: From $ 41.67 a month for 24 months on T-Mobile’s Equipment Installment Plan (128GB, $ 999.99 retail).
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra: From $ 54.17 a month for 24 months on T-Mobile’s Equipment Installment Plan (128GB, $ 1,299.99 retail), or for $ 149.99 down and $ 54.17 a month for 24 months on T-Mobile’s Equipment Installment Plan (512GB, $ 1,499.99 retail),

T-Mobile is also offering some promos, including getting a second Galaxy Note 20 for free with the purchase of the first Note 20, or up to $ 1,000 off a second qualifying Galaxy smartphone of equal or lesser value when you add a line. You may also be able to get up to $ 500 off a Galaxy Note 20 or Note 20 Ultra, when you trade in a qualifying device.

U.S. Cellular is selling the new phones with the following offers and discounts:

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 20: From $ 9.99 a month for 30 months for new customers who sign up for Port in and Everyday or Even Better Unlimited plans.
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra: From $ 19.99 a month for 30 months for new customers who sign up for Port in and Everyday or Even Better Unlimited plans.

In addition, current upgrade-eligible U.S. Cellular customers on the Basic, Everyday or Even Better Unlimited plans can get $ 300 in bill credits when purchasing either the Note 20 or Note 20 Ultra.

This is all we know about the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 price and availability. We’ll be updating this article with more deals and other details as we hear about them. In the meantime, you can check out more Samsung Unpacked news below.

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Samsung One UI 2.5: What we know so far

Samsung Galaxy S20 Android 10 One UI 2

Samsung’s One UI made its debut in 2018 replacing Samsung Experience as the company’s unifying Android skin. Since then, we’ve seen one major update, a number of minor patches, and an interim version (One UI 2.1).

Now, while most Samsung flagships and newer devices run on One UI 2.1, version 2.5 is expected to make its debut this year. Here’s what we know about Samsung’s upcoming Android skin update.

Samsung One UI 2.5: Features

According to a SamMobile report earlier this year, One UI 2.5 could feature further tweaks to its navigation gesture support, including bringing Google’s default Android gestures to third-party launchers.

See also: When should you expect to receive the Android 10 update?

One UI 2.1 brought a slew of camera features to updated devices, including Single Take, Night Hyperlapse, and a Pro Video mode to some devices. Quick Share and Music Share also featured in the update too. It’s not yet clear what One UI 2.5 will bring in this regard.

In a June poll, more than 90% of respondents told us that they really hate Samsung’s advertisements within its default apps, but it’s not clear if the situation will get better or worse with One UI 2.5.

Availability and supported devices

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 hoem screen on windowsill

Expect One UI 2.5 to make its debut on Samsung’s 2020 flagships before any other devices, this includes the Galaxy Note 20 line, the Galaxy Fold 2 (or Galaxy Z Fold 2), and the Galaxy Tab S7 series.

Tweets by leaker Ice Universe and XDA writer Max Weinbach on July 23 suggest that One UI 2.5 will arrive on the Galaxy S20 series “soon.” Weinbach noted that early software testing began earlier in July for the S20 series and the Galaxy Z Flip too.

Samsung’s current flagship series won’t be the only device lines to see the update though. It’s likely that recent Samsung smartphones running Android 10 or One UI 2.1 could receive a push to One UI 2.5.

We may have to draw the line for some older devices though. For instance, the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 recently received the One UI 2.1 update, for instance, but is nearing the end of its two-year major update support cycle. This will likely include the Galaxy S9 series too.

As for devices further down the price ladder, Samsung recently updated the Galaxy A71 and Galaxy A51 to One UI 2.1, so expect the mid-range Samsungs to receive One UI 2.5 a little later.

Looking for the latest and greatest Samsung phones ahead of the release of One UI 2.5? Then you can reserve the Galaxy Note 20 via the button below.

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Speed Test G: Huawei P40 vs Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus (Exynos version)

Our own Gary Sims just pitted two major devices with similarly named chipsets against each other in a Speed Test G round. That’s right, it’s the Huawei P40 vs Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus fight out you’ve been waiting for!

To be clear, the variant of the Galaxy S20 Plus here is not one you’d buy in North America — those devices use the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 chipset. The international models of the Galaxy S20 line, though, use Samsung’s own Exynos 990 chipset, which is what’s featured here. The Huawei P40 uses the proprietary Kirin 990 SoC, so this is an interesting matchup.

Who comes out the winner in the Huawei P40 vs Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus battle? You’ll need to check out the video above to see, but we’ll say this: you might want to rethink the P40 if you are looking to play some graphics-heavy games.

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Samsung Galaxy Fold 2: All the juicy rumors so far (Updated: June 25)

Samsung Galaxy Fold Review window sill

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Update, June 25, 2020 (02:03 PM ET): We have updated this article with some new Samsung Galaxy Fold 2 rumors. We’ve got some alleged design information as well as a particular feature the Fold 2 is likely to not have. Read on for more!

Original article: The original Samsung Galaxy Fold certainly made waves — both good and bad — which has led to a fair amount of interest and rumors around the Samsung Galaxy Fold 2. For all the good things about the original Fold, its shocking price tag kept most from being interested in picking up the device. Add in a very rocky launch, and it’s easy to understand why buyers may have been apprehensive at first.

Samsung has had time to sort out those issues with the upcoming Galaxy Fold 2. The firm has now shown the ability to make a rather exceptional foldable phone with the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip, and the early sales success of said device has demonstrated that people are willing to buy a folding phone. The time might be just right for Samsung to drop the next great foldable smartphone.

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We’re going to take a look at all of the Galaxy Fold 2 rumors we’ve heard so far. We will update this page as new rumors emerge. Make sure to check back often to see the latest developments from Samsung’s second-generation foldable phone.

Samsung Galaxy Fold 2: Name and release date

Samsung Galaxy Fold Review reflections

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Samsung tends to be reasonably predictable with its naming conventions, so we’re confident that the next device in the Fold line will be called the Samsung Galaxy Fold 2. The company could decide to change things up and go with a letter or something different, but we’re leaning towards Fold 2.

As far as a release date goes, Samsung did reveal a window for the device in its financial report. The company cited a “new foldable” coming in the second half of the year. Considering the original Samsung Galaxy Fold launched in the second half of 2019 (September 6, 2019, to be specific), it would stand to reason that the follow-up would come around the same time.

Heres what display industry insider Ross Young has to say about the potential announcement:

Unfortunately, you might not be able to actually get the phone in August. Young also says that the Samsung Galaxy Fold 2 probably won’t enter full production until that month, which means it likely wouldn’t hit store shelves until September, at the earliest. It may be another situation where Samsung shows us the foldable during a big event but then tells us we’ll be able to actually buy it later.


Samsung Galaxy Fold rear cameras

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As far as the design of the Samsung Galaxy Fold 2, we’d expect an overall similar form factor to the original Samsung Galaxy Fold, with a few notable exceptions.

First, the Galaxy Fold 2 is tipped to drop the large camera notch for a more familiar solution. It’s purely speculation at this point, but it’s likely Samsung wasn’t happy with the unbecoming look of that design. Either way, we can expect to see a punch-hole camera in the upcoming phone, which some users might consider an improvement over the original Fold’s design. For what it’s worth, sometimes-reliable leaker Ice Universe backs up this claim.

We’d expect the device to feature both a large internal display that folds and a smaller external display, just like on the original fold. However, it’s very possible Samsung could increase the size of the external display, possibly even giving it more “normal” proportions.

According to SamMobile, the Samsung Galaxy Fold 2 will be available in both black and brown color options. There’s no word yet on a silver color option like we saw on the original Galaxy Fold.

Rumored display specs

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Since the main selling point of the Samsung Galaxy Fold 2 will be the displays, it’s not surprising that a bulk of the leaks we’ve seen are related to either the internal or external displays.

So far, rumors point to the Galaxy Fold 2 possibly having a 6.23-inch screen on the outside with an impressive 2,267 x 819 resolution. That display is likely to come with a 60Hz refresh rate.

As we reported, though, the main display on the inside could come in at a whopping 7.59 inches. The original Samsung Galaxy Fold had a 7.3-inch internal display, so it looks like the display of the Samsung Galaxy Fold 2 could be a bit bigger. Instead of 2,152 x 1,536, the new Fold 2 will possibly have a 2,213 x 1,689 display.

The main display will be quite large, coming in at 7.59 inches.

The most exciting aspect of the internal display is the rumored 120Hz refresh rate. That high refresh rate could really improve the performance of the display and could end up being one of the device’s biggest selling points. Whether for gaming or general usage, a 120Hz display is easily one of the most substantial upgrades a phone’s screen can get, so the prospect of having it on a screen that’s well over 7-inches is exciting.

Internal specs and features

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As one might expect from a high-end 2020 smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy Fold 2 is tipped to feature 5G connectivity. With mobile data clearly moving toward the speed and performance offered by 5G, it seems all but necessary for Samsung to include it with its latest foldable.

The camera specs for the upcoming Galaxy Fold 2 have also leaked, and it appears that the device could feature the same camera system as the Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus. That means it could come with a 12MP wide-angle sensor, a 64MP telephoto lens, a 12MP ultra-wide shooter, and a VGA time-of-flight sensor. In terms of smartphone cameras, those aren’t the best specs you can find, but it’s a solid array of lenses that’s versatile for a variety of photography purposes.

Rumors point to the Galaxy Fold 2 having some interesting specs. It might not be the total flagship experience you would expect.

Interestingly, an early report suggested the Galaxy Fold 2 could come with a Snapdragon 855 chipset instead of the new 865. Since Samsung started development on the phone several months ago, it’s possible the company didn’t have access to the latest chip before it needed to finalize its plans.

However, it’s also possible Samsung could add in the Snapdragon 865 ahead of the official Fold 2 release. Since the phone would practically need to be 5G-ready for it to stand with other 2020 flagships, it would make way more sense for the Samsung Galaxy Fold 2 to come with a 5G-ready chipset rather than attach a 5G modem to last year’s processor. We’ll need to wait and see, though.

Finally, it seems that the Galaxy Fold 2 might not support the S Pen. Allegedly, this is due to the UTG being too delicate to support the high-pressure taps of a stylus.

Samsung Galaxy Fold 2: Price and availability

Rumors of the Samsung Galaxy Fold 2 price could have buyers feeling a little skittish. According to Ross Young, the device will sell for between $ 1,780 and $ 1,980. That means it’ll sell within the same range as the original Samsung Galaxy Fold.

That high price was one of the Fold’s biggest detriments: buyers just didn’t seem to feel comfortable shelling out close to $ 2,000 for a yet unproven technology. If the Galaxy Fold 2 does end up at the $ 1,780 price point, that will make it $ 200 less than the original, which is certainly better, but still more expensive than most flagship phones on the market.

It’s tough to say in which countries the company will choose to release the Galaxy Fold 2. It’s a niche device that doesn’t have the same level of appeal as a phone from the Note or S line. However, we’d expect the phone to launch in the United States, Europe, the United Kingdom, and India since those are the countries in which Samsung released the original Fold.

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