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Brian Mosley: My order going in for the Pixel 6 Pro to replace my Pixel 4 XL... can't wait to take some landscape photos to see how the new sensor + camera software compares.

Not seeing those complaints in any of the hands-on reviews. It's not that much curved but with a case it seems even less an issue. Otherwise there's still the more square 6.

Link | Posted on Oct 20, 2021 at 17:33 UTC
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Jefftan: if i can pick a FL, it will be 25mm. 26mm is pretty close, nice

AnandTech reports it as 25mm... Not sure who is right.

Link | Posted on Oct 20, 2021 at 17:29 UTC
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Tim van der Leeuw: Don't forget the Nokia N93 which had a 3x optical zoom module in its hinge in 2006!

The phone is interesting, but Android -- which in my experience means slow security updates and short firmware update support. :(

That's not my experience. I see regular security updates from Sony and also OS Android 10 update even after 2-3 years. If that's really still a concern nowadays (they improved a lot), you could always look at Google phones.

Link | Posted on Apr 17, 2021 at 14:23 UTC
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Andrey K: No expandable storage = downgrade. 128+512GB was not very expensive, and now Samsung does not offer any option to go beyond 512GB.
From 2TB maximum in S10 generation (1TB internal + 1TB card) to 0.5TB maximum in S21 generation.
For lossless music and for using phone as a main camera on vacation that makes a big difference.

@Greenmachine33 Actually in past models you could assign the volume button to take pictures. I assume it's same here but not 100% sure. One reason I love the Sony Xperia 1/5 models as they have a dedicated 2 stage shutter button.

Link | Posted on Jan 29, 2021 at 22:50 UTC
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Andrey K: No expandable storage = downgrade. 128+512GB was not very expensive, and now Samsung does not offer any option to go beyond 512GB.
From 2TB maximum in S10 generation (1TB internal + 1TB card) to 0.5TB maximum in S21 generation.
For lossless music and for using phone as a main camera on vacation that makes a big difference.

Upgrade price is reasonable, but most camera's can check the card speed and therefore not a valid reason to exclude that option. E.g. Sony Xperia 1 II & 5 II support microSD and also 3.5MM input that can be used as mic input as well.
Then again this matches overall the lack of a some advanced features like RAW and Pro mode for all 4 camera's (only main and with pixel binning). Doesn't seem to be their target audience.
Still I hope they will offer all that in some future iteration.

PS 4K60 is about 31GB per hour. So I guess 512GB should be ok unless you need to shoot even higher resolution at higher bitrates.

Link | Posted on Jan 17, 2021 at 21:49 UTC
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Photo-Wiz: When they say the Ultra camera can do 10X optical, it is 10X what? In 35mm terms what is the optical zoom?

According to GSMArena for S21 Ultra:

- 13mm, 1/2.55", f2.2, 10 MP, 1.4um
- 26mm, 1/1.33", f1.8, 108 MP, 0.8um (without binning)
- 70mm, 1/3.24", f2.4, 10 MP, 1.22um
-240mm, 1/3.24", f4.9, 10 MP, 1.22um

Link | Posted on Jan 17, 2021 at 14:23 UTC
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twinfighter: I am happy that I sold my RX100 last year. The P30 Pro crushed it. And now... The new Samsung smartphone would crush it even more. There is no room für tiny 1 inch sensor cameras any more. The Samsung got a 1/1,333 sensor + perfect CPU and software

Looking at first pictures on flickr then I don't think this can compete just yet with a 1" sensor. It may be close for 12MP pictures using the 9 pixel binning. But there's a lot of blotching going on at 108MP level and therefore the hybrid zoom shows water painting effect in places. Also low-light still looks to me not as clean. Last the periscope zoom has a very small pixel pitch which is not as good either as the full optical zoom of the RX100 VII.

Where it could do really well is 4K60 video with stabilization. Not seeing much video's yet to judge that. I found one 4K video in low-light and looks absolutely great with very low noise. Unfortunately it's 1080p rendered on youtube but in that area it should do better except for occasional focus hunting.

Link | Posted on Feb 13, 2020 at 16:51 UTC
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Jay Williams: Crying shame there's no headphone jack. Yes, I know. Not everyone cares.

+1. However getting used to now to simply leave a USB-C to 3,5mm on the headphone... It works just as well wired really.

Link | Posted on Feb 13, 2020 at 16:44 UTC
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IamJF: No headphone jack - no buy.
As a musician/sound engineer this is a must. So my S10 will probably be my last Samsung.

I prefer that connection as well but I found a cheap USB-C to 3.5mm adapter works just fine. I just leave that adapter on the headphone.

Link | Posted on Feb 13, 2020 at 10:32 UTC
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ap356: Anyone figured out the 35mm equivalent focal length so we can have some idea of what these will actually look like?

Actually I'm not 100% confident on the periscope zoom range since I see different specs on that. Most say 4x optical but then I found some say almost 5 so maybe it's 29-135mm rather.

Link | Posted on Feb 12, 2020 at 17:35 UTC
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Mr Playstation: Price is too high, but.....

10x optical stabilized zoom.

Another nail coffin. P&S and ILC coffin.
I can see a lot of RX cameras going on ebay.

I wonder if it's 29-135mm making it somewhere in-between since one site reports that.

Link | Posted on Feb 12, 2020 at 17:29 UTC
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ap356: Anyone figured out the 35mm equivalent focal length so we can have some idea of what these will actually look like?

Not sure if 100% correct but that's what most sites seem to report:

S20/S20+: 13mm (1.4um) + 26mm (1.8um) + 29mm (0.8um, 64MP)
S20 Ultra: 13mm (1.4um) + 27mm (0.8um 108MP) + 27-135mm (0.8um 48MP)

Note the quoted 3x 'hybrid optical' zoom is achieved by cropping using the extra pixels. While the 10x zoom on the ultra is 5x optical times 2x crop.

Link | Posted on Feb 12, 2020 at 16:01 UTC
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Mr Playstation: Price is too high, but.....

10x optical stabilized zoom.

Another nail coffin. P&S and ILC coffin.
I can see a lot of RX cameras going on ebay.

That can be solved by a skin/wrap. For example dbrand. It's really only the back so that's easy to change.

It's 135mm I believe: 5 periscope zoom x 27mm = 135mm. Since it's 48mp you could then crop further to almost 14x zoom for 4K video.

Link | Posted on Feb 12, 2020 at 15:31 UTC
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Terkwoiz: Does anyone really purchase a smartphone with the camera as the main concern? Build and UI is most important for me.

The last android phone I used was the galaxy note 2 because, at that time, Apple didn't make anything with a screen larger than 4.5 inch.

After using both android and apple my biggest necessity is a streamlined and rock-solid UI. Most of the time android phones (especially Samsung phones) come loaded with bloat. iOS is just so much better. Has this changed?

@Lars Not sure about same internal components? Maybe you mean flagship phones with same/similar CPU. Display is also a differentiator. If you look at gsmarena or notebookcheck you do see decent differences in brightness and outdoor readability.

Also speaker quality differs often (volume and stereo/mono setup). One area I think still where many flagship phones lag.

Certainly camera's gets most attention. Partially overhyped I think since for less money you can often get a 1" sensor (less) compact camera with much better quality and zoom. But it's a massive market and even dpreview covers more and more smartphones...

Link | Posted on May 31, 2017 at 19:19 UTC
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Terkwoiz: Does anyone really purchase a smartphone with the camera as the main concern? Build and UI is most important for me.

The last android phone I used was the galaxy note 2 because, at that time, Apple didn't make anything with a screen larger than 4.5 inch.

After using both android and apple my biggest necessity is a streamlined and rock-solid UI. Most of the time android phones (especially Samsung phones) come loaded with bloat. iOS is just so much better. Has this changed?

Nokia 3/5/6 phones are budget phones so no great camera's there. But Nokia 8/9 with dual camera's is expected as well (summer?). Like Google phones these new Nokia phones are pure Android. Nothing added and you get regular updates.

Regarding PQ and low-light there's not any phone I'm aware off that can get close to a 1" sensor camera. I'd have both to be honest. Afaik best low-light at moment is S8/HTC U11 (biggest pixel size). And still they compare more to the 1/2.3" sensor P&S.

LG G6 with super wide angle (around 12mm and 29mm) I do find unique and you might want to check out. But same there. Not best for low-light.

Link | Posted on May 31, 2017 at 18:40 UTC
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Terkwoiz: Does anyone really purchase a smartphone with the camera as the main concern? Build and UI is most important for me.

The last android phone I used was the galaxy note 2 because, at that time, Apple didn't make anything with a screen larger than 4.5 inch.

After using both android and apple my biggest necessity is a streamlined and rock-solid UI. Most of the time android phones (especially Samsung phones) come loaded with bloat. iOS is just so much better. Has this changed?

If you don't want much bloat then typically unlocked phones have less (e.g. no Carrier apps) or a Google Pixel (or upcoming Nokia phones).

Link | Posted on May 31, 2017 at 17:54 UTC
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Don Wiss: I see the function keys are still backwards. The defaults on the keys are the never used functions to control the screen, volume, etc. And to get to the function keys, you have to shift. I use the function keys dozens of times a day: F2 to rename a file, Alt-F4 to close the program, Ctrl-F4 to close the window. Whomever designed the keyboard must be brain dead. I wouldn't touch it.

Some, or maybe all, Lenovos are also backwards.

Just push Fn button and it will permanently switch. There's physical volume button on the device itself screen is rather Fn + Del/Backspace.

Link | Posted on May 26, 2017 at 16:56 UTC
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cosinaphile: why does a full size device such as this allow itself to be crippled with micro sd ports
and a pathetically poor level of ports in general

no usb c really ?

what does it take for common sense to rule in portable computer design ? while i applaud good design and Microsoft forward thinking on these machines afa power is concerned
but seriously these hing less floppy wonders need a proper hinge between keyboard and display .... they also need removable batteries , easy access to ssd and ram and lessd insane prices for the i 7 processor's

Regarding microSD, you can use that to expand storage permanently. Nothing sticking out since it's under the kickstand. That said pretty much all mobile phones have microSD as well.

Link | Posted on May 26, 2017 at 16:49 UTC
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Ron Poelman: Hmmm,
checks Acer Switch on sale table nearby.

i5 ? Check.
Nifty 12" screen ? Check.
Keyboard included ? Check.
"Full" size key layout ? Check.
SSD ? Check.
Silent cooling ? Check.
Legacy USB ? Check.
Same warranty ? Check.
Full price, on sale OZ $676.90
Say what ?

The SP4 is now also only $699. Still more with keyboard but display and quality isn't really at same level.

Link | Posted on May 26, 2017 at 16:47 UTC
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99tollap: The battery life claims of Microsoft are so far off it's not even funny. They said 9 hours for the SP4, and I barely scrape 4 hours with light usage (word processing, music and web browsing) with screen on 25 % brightness and no background apps running. It's pathetic. So I would expect no more than 7 hours from this latest iteration, which is still terrible given I bought my SP4 as a travel companion when I would be away from power sockets for lengthy periods of time.

The way these 'standardized' battery tests work is dim display playing video in a loop with full drain. Pretty much how all manufacturers quote that. So really this is close to the max. you get since nowadays most video runs of the GPU.

See here a real-world test: www.youtube.com/watch?v=OVHNmv_-7bQ where he gets 11 hours at 25% brightness with SP4. The biggest impact by far is screen brightness.

I always look at diff workload tests in reviews like AnandTech and NoteBookCheck. Then you get a better idea. But this model should give you a big improvement over previous models.

Link | Posted on May 26, 2017 at 16:42 UTC
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