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Galaxy S20 Fan Edition leak could irk Galaxy Note 20 owners

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It’s not unusual for Samsung to launch a “lite” version of its flagship models, although the name has varied from time to time. Long rumored to be in the works, the Galaxy S20 Fan Edition or FE might be close to finally launching and when it does, it might prove to be controversial to some of Samsung’s customers. While the phone is definitely “Lite” in some aspects, there are also some specs that put it above the more expensive base Galaxy Note 20 model.

There was a bit of outcry when it was discovered that Samsung would be launching only Exynos-toting models of the Galaxy S20 in Europe, given the controversial disparity between Samsung’s and Qualcomm’s flagship processors. That has seemingly been repeated with the Galaxy Note 20, at least in some markets, leaving consumers also worried about heat dissipation and performance concerns about the difference in components used inside.

While the Galaxy S20 Fan Edition isn’t guaranteed to have one thermal cooling solution or the other, WinFuture does point out that the phone will be equipped with the Snapdragon 865 in Europe, at least for the 5G model. There will also be a 4G-only model with the same contentious Exynos 990 and it will simply be a choice of price. In all other aspects, the two models will have the exact same specs, like 6 GB of RAM.

That also means that both models will have a 6.5-inch 2400×1080 SuperAMOLED screen with a 120Hz refresh rate, something the base Galaxy Note 20 isn’t even capable of. The phone will also have three cameras that are pretty much the same set you’ll find on the Galaxy Note 20. In a nutshell, the Galaxy S20 Fan Edition mashes parts of the Galaxy S20+ and Galaxy Note 20 into what is presumably a more accessible price tag.

Of course, there won’t be an S Pen but that makes the Fan Edition look more enticing and practical than even the Galaxy S20+. The phone will even be available in more colorful and brighter options of orange, lavender, green, and red, with a Navy Blue model that may only be available for 5G models. The Galaxy S20 Fan Edition could be announced in the next few weeks as part of Samsung’s aggressive campaign to launch a new phone each month.

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The Price Of More Clarity

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Interestingly, the WH-1000XM5 join, rather than replace, the 1000XM4’s. The former go on sale at $399.99; the latter remain on shelves for $50 less than that, though fairly regular promotions mean you can usually find them cheaper still.

As for which you should buy, that’s not the clear answer you might expect. Yes, Sony’s newest headphones have slightly better ANC performance, but the audio changes will definitely come down to personal taste and the styles of music you listen to the most. The updated design, meanwhile, feels sleek and sturdy, but can’t match that of the old version for travel convenience. And both persist with the annoying Sony foibles, like no USB-C audio and no waterproofing.

Anyone thinking about upgrading from the fourth-generation can probably sit tight until generation six arrives, while Apple’s AirPods Max still have the edge in premium feel (even if they’re considerably heavier and more expensive in the process). Road warriors looking for the tidiest bag might want to stick with the old WH-1000XM4 for their compact folding, but if active noise cancellation is — understandably — your primary concern, then the Sony WH-1000XM5 have the edge.

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12 Best Uses For Old Laptops

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Have one (or several) old laptops lying around your home? What you actually have is a productivity master waiting to reach its full potential

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Realme’s Next Premium Tablet Looks To Have An Unusual Design

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Even though we still have six days before the Realme Pad X launches in China, some of the specs of the Realme Pad X have already been confirmed by Realme’s CMO Xu Qi Chase, GSMArena claims. We know that this mid-range tablet will get the Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 chipset. This also means that the Realme Pad X will become the first Realme tablet to feature 5G connectivity. While the CMO did not reveal the rest of the specs, there’s been rumors about the likelihood of the Realme Pad fetting a QHD+ display that could also support a 120 Hz refresh rate.

From the images, it is also evident that the Realme Pad X gets a single rear-facing camera that is situated on an unusually large camera bump. There is a smaller circle below the rear camera with a prominent “AI” logo. The tablet also skips an LED flash for low-light situations.

Designwise, the Realme Pad looks like a contemporary tablet with small bezels and flat sides. One of the invites also showcases the Realme Pad X being used with a stylus. It remains to be seen if this accessory will be part of the retail package or an optional extra. With the launch date for this product a week away, there is a good chance that we could have additional details about the Realme Pad X before the official launch.

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