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The Samsung Galaxy A80 Flips Over the Competition!

It’s an understatement to say that Samsung’s A-Series line of smartphones have become a huge hit since their release. There’s no sign that the Korean tech giant will be stopping anytime soon, and one of the best examples of their continued ingenuity is the brilliant Samsung Galaxy A80, a smartphone that features a big, gorgeous screen without a notch, made possible through a motorised hinge that flips the rear cameras over to the front of the device for selfies. Let’s take a closer look. Under the Hood The Samsung Galaxy A80 is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 730 Octa-Core processor. You’re guaranteed to enjoy apps and gaming experiences without any lag. In terms of memory, the device packs in 8GB of RAM, which is more than sufficient for most smartphone uses. This is accompanied by 128GB of internal storage. Unfortunately, there is no slot for a microSD card, but there’s always cloud storage if you happen to run over. The software experience is great overall with the inclusion of Android 9 and Samsung One UI, which offers features such as Bixby Routines and Digital Wellbeing. As part of the software on the Galaxy A80, you have the options of a blue-light filter, one-handed mode, a complete system-wide night-mode and navigation bar gestures. Screen and Body This is where the Galaxy A80 sets itself apart from other smartphones. Samsung decided to remove any bezels, notches or punch-holes in the screen to provide you with a true full-screen experience. Samsung calls it the Full HD+ Super AMOLED New Infinity Display - a 6.7-inch screen that makes games and videos a joy to consume. The device is 165.2-millimetres tall and weighs 220-grams, which may not be suitable for dainty hands. The rear of the device is adorned in glass instead of the more common plastic used in the A series, so it’s more like Samsung’s flagships than mid-tier phones. The A80 is available in Black and Gold. A Camera Setup to Make You Flip We’ve come to expect a front-facing camera with all smartphones thanks to the popularity of selfies, but Samsung changed it up with the Galaxy A80. The front of the device doesn’t actually have any cameras. When you activate the selfie camera on the screen, the camera unit slides up from the back and rotates the camera module to face the user. Effectively, you’re using the same triple camera module at the rear for your selfies. In terms of camera quality, you get a 3D Depth camera, an 8MP Ultra-Wide camera and a 48MP main lens that covers all the types of photos you could want. Samsung included its Live Focus feature that lets you focus on the subject of an image and blur out the background. Battery Life Surprisingly, Samsung only equipped the Galaxy A80 with a 3,700mAh battery. You might struggle to last an entire day without charging if you’re a heavy user. However, it does support 25W super-fast charging which allows you to juice up the A80 in about 80 minutes. Still, given the gorgeous display, you’ll want to consume a lot of content on this phone, but it seems the battery may become a hindrance. Other Features The Samsung Galaxy A80 comes with an optical in-screen fingerprint sensor to provide added security. The company has removed the 3.5-mm headphone input and replaced it with Dolby Atmos-enabled USB Type-C headphones, which are more than sufficient for daily use. Verdict Samsung has packed quite a bit into the Galaxy A80 with the cameras being the standout feature. Its big and bold screen is extremely appealing, while its overall appearance just shouts “flagship” without actually costing as much. If you can live without the 3.5-mm headphone jack and contend with a smaller battery, it’s a worthy device that deserves your attention. View Samsung Galaxy A80 deals here.

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Apple Unveils The iPhone 12 Range!

Apple has finally unveiled the long-awaited iPhone 12 range this month, showing off four new 5G capable models that will be available to order in November, including an iPhone Mini! One of the biggest surprises from the launch event was the design, which is a clear successor to the industrial, angular contours of the iPhone 4 and 5, leaving many to speculate whether Apple has indeed run out of new design ideas. Despite this more retro-style Apple has chosen for the iPhone 12 range, it’s what’s inside these phones that really counts. Let’s take a look at the entire range: The iPhone 12 Mini This is the first time that an iPhone has been given the “mini” moniker after years of Apple using it to define a segment of their other products like iPods and iPads. As the name suggests, the new Apple iPhone 12 Mini is smaller than its siblings with a 5.4-inch screen which fills the entire front of the device, except of course for that notch. This isn’t some stripped down version of the iPhone 12 either - it features the same new A14 Bionic chip, a rear dual-camera, glass black and aluminium body, including the 4x stronger Ceramic Shield glass screen and MagSafe wireless charging. The iPhone 12 Mini will cost $699 in the US. The iPhone 12 The mid-range iPhone 12 replaces last year’s iPhone 11, but is 11% thinner, features a new 6.1-inch OLED display, the A14 Bionic chip, as well as an aluminium body and glass back. The iPhone 12 sports a new 12-megapixel dual-camera system on the rear with normal and ultrawide lenses, as well as a TrueDepth selfie camera on the front. All of the phone’s cameras use Apple’s Night Mode for shooting incredible photos in low-light conditions. The iPhone 12 also comes fitted with the new, stronger Ceramic Shield screen glass technology and MagSafe wireless charging. The iPhone 12 will cost $799 in the US. The iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max The iPhone 12 Pro has a 6.1-ince OLED screen while the new iPhone 12 Pro Max has a pocket-busting 6.7-inch OLED screen, the largest ever to be found on an iPhone. Both of these iPhone 12 Pro models feature upgraded rear triple-camera systems equipped with ultrawide, normal and telephoto lenses, as well as a lidar-based depth-sensing scanner that can measure the distance of objects up to 5 metres away from you, which is geared specifically for AR apps and games. Like the other phones in the range, the iPhone 12 Pro models include the new A14 Bionic chip, MagSafe wireless charging and stainless-steel bodies with Ceramic Shield glass on the front. They also have an IP68 water-resistance rating and can withstand depths of up to 6 metres for 30 minutes. The iPhone 12 Pro will cost $999 and the iPhone 12 Pro Max will cost $1,099 in the US. Final Thoughts It’s important to note that, despite the hefty price tags, none of the iPhone 12 models ship with a charger or headphones in the box, so you’re looking at an additional expense if your old charger or headphones are damaged or broken. You’ll also need to invest in a compatible case if you want to take advantage of the MagSafe features without having to remove your cover each time. The entire iPhone 12 range will be available to order in November, but local prices have not yet been revealed.

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OnePlus 7T Pro – The Smartphone You Didn’t Know You Wanted!

The OnePlus 7T Pro is an upgrade from its predecessor, the OnePlus 7 Pro, with enough new features and performance upgrades to warrant a closer look, especially with the very attractive price tag. Under the Hood OnePlus packed the 7T Pro with the powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Plus chipset. On the memory front, you get 8GB of RAM and 256GB onboard memory which makes this device a beast. Even though there’s no option for an SD card, you probably won’t need it with the ample onboard space available. Screen and Display While the device is only available in Haze Blue, it’s a striking colour that brings the phone to life. It uses its signature matte, frosted glass finish together with a combination of curved glass on the front and back for a seamless design. It also comes with a pre-fitted screen protector which is an added bonus. In terms of the display, the OnePlus 7T Pro can easily compete with the big boys. It has a large 6.67-inch screen, which is slightly curved at the edges. The OLED screen offers a 3120x1440 resolution and a refresh rate of 90Hz which provides smooth and quick transitions. Most smartphones cap their refresh rate at 60Hz which gives you an idea of how swift the OnePlus 7T Pro is. Essentially, this means gaming or browsing through social media is 1.5 times faster than on other devices. Triple Camera Setup You can channel your inner photographer with stunning photos from the three available cameras on the OnePlus 7T Pro. It sports a 48MP main camera together with an 8MP telephoto lens and a 16MP ultra-wide camera. With these capabilities and the latest software updates, the quality is something to behold. Additional features include the Nightscape mode for night-time photography, Bokeh effects to create a distinctive look in your photos and UltraShot, ensuring you get remarkable clarity in all conditions. You can also get awesome close up shots with the all-new Macro Mode. The 16 MP selfie camera is housed in a pop-up mechanism at the top of the device and is revealed when you click the shooter. If you’re worried about breaking it, the device senses if you’ve dropped it and quickly withdraws the selfie camera to protect it from damage. Battery Life The OnePlus 7T Pro doesn’t disappoint with a 4,085mAh battery that lasts a full day when fully charged. Fast charging is where OnePlus places this device ahead of its predecessors as the company says it can charge the battery 23% faster than other devices in its stable. However, there isn’t an option for wireless charging. Other Features The OnePlus 7T Pro has a fingerprint scanner under the display, which is highly accurate, swift and easy to use. There is also the option for face unlocking. Unfortunately, the company has decided not to include a port for the headphone jack but you do get loud, clear stereo speakers with Dolby Atmos tuning. Verdict It’s a fantastic flagship option for those who don’t want to splash out for premium smartphones from other brands. The OnePlus 7T Pro sports most, if not all, of the necessary features that a high-end device offers.

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