Save $100 on the all-new Galaxy S20 FE. It’s unlocked, so you can take it to your carrier of choice.
The Galaxy S20 Fan Edition has arrived, offering Samsung, er, fans the chance to buy an S20 phone for hundreds less than the price of the flagship model. Good news: Best Buy is offering it for even less than that.
For a limited time, Best Buy has the unlocked Galaxy S20 FE 5G 128GB for $599.99 when you choose the Activate Later option. It’s available in four different colors at that price, which is $100 below retail. (Update: Amazon has matched the $599.99 price.)
Worth noting: If you choose the Activate Now option, you can get the phone for as low as $499.99 with a new line or account at Sprint or $549.99 with Verizon. But then you might be on the hook for a pricier service plan than you want, for a longer period of time than you want. My advice: Look to no-contract, pay-as-you-go services like Cricket and Mint Mobile.
So what’s the deal with the S20 FE? In his story, Galaxy S20 FE is the affordable $700 phone we need right now, CNET’s Andrew Hoyle provided this overview: “The price might be more affordable, but the key specs don’t seem to have suffered all that much. There’s a 6.5-inch, 2,400×1,080-pixel Super AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate for smooth scrolling and a lightning-fast Snapdragon 865 processor.”
I’m not sure I agree with calling a $700 phone “affordable,” though obviously it’s more so than a $1,000 S20. And at $600 it’s definitely priced more like a midtier model.
Either way, a $100 savings right out of the gate, with no contract or activation requirement? That I can get behind.
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The Pixel 5 official event is happening on September 30 (Google)Google itself revealed the Pixel 5 was happening back when it announced the Pixel 4a at the start of August.
But now we know a lot more about the upcoming phone thanks to an exhaustive leak that has occurred in the run up to the official launch on September 30.
German tech site WinFuture has apparently got access to the entire Pixel 5 specifications and wasted no time in telling the entire internet.
For starters, the Pixel 5 will boast a 6-inch OLED screen with a 2340×1080 resolution and a 90Hz refresh rate. Inside the phone will be a Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G octacore system-on-a-chip.
When it comes to cameras, Google will apparently be sticking with a dual-lens setup comprising a 12.2-megapixel main sensor with an ƒ/1.7 aperture alongside a 16-megapixel wide-angle sensor with a f/2.0 aperture.
The phone will obviously come with Android 11 pre-installed and will also be wired up for 5G connectivity.
A big improvement seems to have gone into the battery, with WinFuture stating the Pixel 5 will have a 4,000mAh battery that’s far more capable than the 3,700mAh battery inside the Pixel 4 XL.
WinFuture also obtained this image allegedly showing the final design of the Pixel 5 (WinFuture)
While these specs give us an indication of what the Pixel 5 has in store, we still don’t know several things. The most important of which is the price. Pixel devices have traditionally been pretty expensive, but the inclusion of the mid-range Snapdragon chip suggests number 5 may be more affordable than past Pixels.
We also don’t know if there’ll be any extra camera trickery from Google or if there are any additional weird sensors (like the Pixel 4’s ‘Soli’ sensor) hiding away in there.
So Google still has an opportunity to surprise us when it formerly announces the Pixel 5 next week.
Below you can find info on how to successfully Factory Reset the Samsung Galaxy S10 devices. Note that the guide has to be applied only if you are an advanced user, as we cannot be blamed in case you brick the device.
The Factory Reset process will wipe clean the entire device and it should be viewed as a last resort in order to fix something that is not working on your Galaxy S10. You can factory reset the Samsung Galaxy S10 using its Recovery Mode options and this will restore it to its original settings.
If your Galaxy S10 has started to show problems and issues in running or even launching various important apps, then you should know that the factory reset from Recovery Mode is the only method you can use to fix your phone.
Note that by factory resetting your Galaxy S10 you will delete all the data from the phone’s system partition storage, so no apps will survive the deletion process. The photos and other data stored on the external storage will not be lost after factory resetting the device.
The factory reset process shouldn’t remove any files from your phone’s external storage, so in case you have connected a microSD external card, then no data should be touched by this process. Remember that in case you don’t know what you are doing when using the Galaxy S10 Recovery Mode, then the best thing to do would be to stay away from using it, as you might end up bricking the phone.
After you factory reset the Galaxy S10 successfully you will require to re-add your Google account and reconfigure your entire home screen and favorite apps. If you need more help completing the guide, or the problems you are having are not that big, then contact us via Comments and we will gladly offer support.
- Power off the device.
- Press and hold Volume Up + Bixby + Power buttons simultaneously.
- Release the buttons when the Galaxy S10 screen shows an Android logo over a blue background.
- Now wait 30 seconds for all the Recovery Mode options to be loaded.
- Next, select ‘wipe data/factory reset’ option and confirm.
- Reboot the phone in normal mode.
When the factory reset process is done and the Galaxy S10 boots in normal mode you will be asked to re-add your default Google account and restore all your favorite apps. In case you need any help completing this guide, or applying other changes using the Recovery Mode, then feel free to tell us in the comments field below.
Unlike some of my colleagues, I’ve never owned an iPhone. Regardless, new iPhone releases are still intriguing to me. Apple devices are significant even for those of us firmly planted in Camp Android — if only because they give us a potential blueprint for where some of the competition may follow. Like it or not, Android OEMs often pay close attention to whatever Apple is doing. That’s why the Android Authority team wanted to take a closer look at Apple’s latest flagship, the iPhone 11 Pro Max.
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In our iPhone 11 Pro Max review, we explore what it’s like to use an iPhone as an Android user. We also take a look at whether or not the Pro stands out against the competition.
About our iPhone 11 Pro Max review: We used the iPhone 11 Pro Max for a week on AT&T’s network. The unit was purchased by Android Authority for the purposes of this review. It is running iOS 13.
iPhone 11 Pro Max review: The big picture
The iPhone 11 Pro Max looks and feels very similar to the iPhone XS Max. This isn’t too surprising, as Apple’s big refresh with the iPhone X was only two years ago. Don’t let the iterative design fool you, the iPhone 11 Pro Max does bring some big improvements to the mix.
Outside the camera and processing package, which we’ll get to in a moment, the tech here might seem more than a little dated to Android users. The iPhone 11 Pro doesn’t have an under-display fingerprint scanner and still packs a massive notch at a time where Android display notches are shrinking or going away completely. Heck, we’re even seeing the first phones with foldable displays this year.
Of course, Apple has always been about slow and calculated changes. Nevertheless, this is certainly the most powerful iPhone to date.
Unlike with Macs, the use of the term Pro on an iPhone feels like nothing more than marketing.
The real question is what does it mean to have a “Pro” model? Apple claimed during its press event the camera was what made it pro. Of course, the cheaper iPhone 11 has almost the exact same features, though it loses the telephoto lens and has a few other minor tweaks. In reality, the change was likely all about marketing. Last year’s iPhone XR outsold the more expensive XS line, as there wasn’t enough to really set the XS apart. But the Pro moniker is inviting for those who want the absolute best — add another buzzword like Max and boom.
The iPhone 11 Pro Max is therefore for those who want the best features, the biggest screen, and don’t mind paying a small fortune for the honor. Your wallet will be lighter afterward, but you’ll have one epic monster of a phone.
What’s in the box?
- 18W USB-C charger
- USB-C to Lightning cable
- Lightning headphones
Apple tends to keep extras to a minimum when it comes to the iPhone’s in-the-box experience. This remains true here, though Apple now includes an 18W charger so you don’t have to pay extra for quick charging. The bad news is you still don’t get an adapter for your wired headphones if you’re still using the kind with a 3.5mm jack.
- 158 x 77.8 x 8.1mm
- Custom Gorilla Glass
- Proprietary lightening connector, vs USB-C
The iPhone 11 Pro Max looks nearly identical to the iPhone XS Max from the front. The notch remains the same, complete with the Face ID camera and an earpiece in the center. Where the iPhone 11 Pro Max design stands out is on the back. The new triple camera immediately catches your eye. It’s big, bold, and honestly a little bit ugly. Like the notch, the unique triple camera style here is something few will instantly love. It does look better in person and you also quickly get used to it.
The rear finish is a nice matte glass that not only looks good, but feels great too. Compared to many other glass phones, it isn’t a fingerprint magnet. The design is a bit slippery, but if you’re spending over a thousand dollars on a phone, odds are you’ll add a case. Prefer to keep your phone naked? Apple claims the phone has the toughest glass in a smartphone — a custom version of Corning Gorilla Glass that no one is willing to tell us much about. The iPhone 11 Pro Max also has IP68 water- and dust-resistance.
The iPhone 11 Pro Max might be bigger and thicker than its predecessor, but it also feels more durable.
In order to make the phone’s battery larger, the iPhone 11 Pro Max is the heaviest iPhone to date. At nearly 18 grams heavier than the XS Max, you will feel the difference. It’s also a bit thicker, too. Some might consider this a negative, but I have always preferred some heft as it makes the phone feel a bit more durable. I’m a little over the eternal quest for thinner phones, especially at the expense of battery capacity or structural integrity.
The rest of the phone will feel pretty familiar, but with close inspection you’ll notice slight differences with the buttons, which have all been moved down just a hair.
Apple offers the iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Max in Silver, Midnight Green, Space Gray, or Gold. These colors look good but I find them a bit boring. I wish Apple offered the iPhone 11’s more colorful choices like red and yellow, but your feelings may differ.
- 6.5-inch Super Retina XDR OLED
- 2,688 x 1,242 pixels, 458ppi
- 2,000,000:1 contrast ratio
The iPhone 11 Pro Max’s display might have the same notch and resolution as the XS Max, but there are some notable upgrades here.
The ridiculously named “Super Retina XDR” display is significantly brighter than the iPhone XS Max. Apple claims the display can reach 800 nits of peak brightness, and can even hit 1,200 nits when paired with HDR10 and Dolby Vision videos. Although my Pixel 3 XL handles the outdoors relatively well, the iPhone 11 Pro is extremely easy to read even in direct sunlight.
Apple has also upped the contrast ratio to 2,000,000:1, as compared to its predecessor’s 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio.
Apple continues to improve its display prowess and it’s safe to say the iPhone 11 Pro Max easily holds its own against most of its competitors, including the Galaxy family. The display has great clarity, color accuracy, and excellent viewing angles.
But as Apple giveth, Apple taketh away. 3D Touch is now gone. Apple has apparently given up on its pressure-sensitive display technology, opting for the software-based haptic touch tech used in last year’s iPhone XR. With haptic touch you use subtle taps and hold a finger on the display, instead of actually pressing down extra hard. The reason for the removal was likely to make more room for actually useful things, such as a bigger battery, and to save a few cents in the process. Personally, I never really used 3D Touch, but some might feel this is a small step backward.
Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max: Performance
- Apple A13 Bionic
- 2 x 2.65GHz Lightning + 4 x 1.8GHz Thunder (hexa-core), 7nm process
- 4GB RAM
- 64, 256, or 512GB storage
Apple is known for high-performance chipsets, due to a combination of cutting-edge processors and the close integration with Apple’s software. This is why an iPhone tends to perform just as well as or better than an Android device despite often packing less RAM. Regardless, a “Pro” phone with just 64GB of storage on the base model is simply not enough in 2019; iPhone 11 Pro Max options really should start at 128GB.
I did my best to challenge the iPhone 11 Pro Max’s hardware, playing new games like Oceanhorn 2 and Mario Kart World Tour, running benchmarks left and right, and so on. Everything opened quickly, screen transitions were smooth, and I never encountered any perceivable performance hiccups or slowdowns. That’s more than I can say for my Pixel 3 XL.
Real-world performance means a lot more than benchmarks, but it’s always good to see what the data yields. On Geekbench 5, the 11 Pro Max scored 1,328 for single core and 3,478 for multi-core. You might notice that the scores for Geekbench might seem a little low, but that’s because version 5 changed the old scoring system.
To put it into perspective, my Pixel 3 XL scored a much lower 513 on the single-core and just 2,148 on the multi-core. The Note 10 Plus achieved 717 on the single-core and 2,637 on the multi-core.
Next, we ran the iPhone 11 Pro Max through 3DMark, where it nabbed 5,404 in the Slingshot Extreme test, vs. 5,692 for the Note 10 Plus. This gives a slight edge to the Note. Lastly, we put the iPhone through AnTuTu where it rated 454,013. The Note 10 Plus didn’t do as well at just 369,029.
The iPhone 11 Pro Max is a powerful device, there’s no denying it. Part of this comes from the tight software/hardware integration. That said, plenty of Android phones will feel as fast and fluid (or at least nearly so) as the iPhone. Also, keep an eye on Gary Explains, as he is about to launch a new series that finally pits iPhones against Androids in a new version of Speed Test G that supports iOS as well.
- 18W fast charging
- Qi wireless charging
The iPhone XS Max didn’t have bad battery life, but it wasn’t particularly amazing either. Thankfully the iPhone 11 Pro Max has quite a bit more juice. I’ve found the phone can easily make it through the day and often beyond.
Typically, I tend to use my phone mostly to check email, do work, message folks, and listen to music or podcasts. During my testing I made sure to spend extra time playing games, watching YouTube, and doing other intensive tasks to see how far I could push screen-on time. Every day I’d end with plenty of juice, and yet managed screen on times around or above 6.5 hours.
One day I decided to let it play YouTube nearly constantly all day while I was working. When I got home I let it loop some more YouTube while I ate. I then played Oceanhorn for a bit before bed. With all of this, I made it into the 13-hour screen on-time mark. Of course brightness was around the half-way mark and not jacked all the way up. I consider this particular score to be more of a fluke that doesn’t translate to real life at all, but it was still fun to see.
When it comes to real world usage you’ll find that you can watch movies, play games, listen to music, snap pictures, and more without having to worry about running to the outlet before bedtime.
On days when I didn’t use the display as much, I easily made it into day two. For example, as I write this section, the iPhone 11 Pro Max is at 30% with around 6 hours of screen-on time use and plenty of screen-off time for music and such. It is currently 10AM and the phone has been off the charger for well over 24 hours.
In addition to better battery life, Apple also supports fast charging and this time it’s included in the box. The 18W charger can take the Pro Max from 0% to 48% in about 30 minutes. This is a major improvement over the 5W charger included with the XS Max, but there are plenty of Android devices offering even faster charging, such as the Galaxy Note 10 Plus and OnePlus 7 Pro. If charging speed is your thing, keep an eye out for the upcoming Oppo Reno Ace with its 65W charging rate.
- Wide: 12MP, f/1.8, 26mm, OIS
- Ultra-wide: 12MP, f/2.4, 13mm
- Telephoto: 12MP, f/2.0, 52mm, OIS, 2x optical zoom
While the iPhone has historically been an industry leader in mobile photography, devices like the Pixel family have led the way for the last couple of years. With the iPhone 11 Pro Max, Apple finally catches up and arguably exceeds what the competition currently has to offer. Triple (or more) cameras are nothing new in the Android world, but it is a first for Apple.
I really enjoyed the iPhone camera app and found it easy to get around. I especially like that when you’re using the standard camera, the interface actually shows you a preview of what is outside the frame. If you decide the picture could benefit from the ultra-wide lens, switching over is easy.
I’m a below-average photographer, but even my photos managed to look good with the Apple iPhone 11 Pro. That’s an accomplishment, let me tell you.
Daytime photos have nice and balanced colors, and images look pretty natural. Many smartphone cameras tend to overprocess and oversaturate, but that’s not as much of an issue here. Most photos I took nailed exposure correctly. A slight change in white balance is noticeable when switching between the lenses, but it is nearly unnoticeable unless you are looking very closely.
The iPhone finally has its own night mode, which it turns on by default if it detects the need. You can toggle it on or off and you can also lengthen and adjust the time it takes to capture the shot. Apple did a great job with its night mode and it makes the iPhone 11 Pro a natural choice for low-light photography. There’s plenty of detail in images but the presence of a little noise in the images shows the camera didn’t try too hard to reduce it. This is actually a good thing, as aggressive post-processing can kind of ruin the result.
iPhone 11 Pro Max (night mode) Pixel 3 XL (nightsight)
In the picture above there were some figurines in a display shop window that was very dark. I was snapping pictures at 5AM because I’m a special kind of insomniac (thankfully no cops were called on me in the process). Night mode worked beautifully here, especially when compared to the Pixel 3 XL. The images were crisper and richer, while the Pixel had a kind of hazy effect and washed out colors. The iPhone’s whites are actually white and colors pop more.
Another interesting point to note is that bright street lighting tends to produce a lot of glare in the Pixel 3 XL’s night-time photos while the iPhone 11 Pro handled these situations much better. Granted, the Pixel 3 XL is a year old and about to get a successor, so we’ll be excited to see what Google delivers with the Pixel 4.
As for the rest of the camera experience, it was about what you’d expect. Portrait mode worked well but often missed spots and had issues with the cutout, just likes every other smartphone out there.
There are plenty of other improvements in the camera hardware and software, including better built-in editing and some refinements to video. The Pro is great for filming video in 4K, with support for 60fps from all three of its rear lenses. Video stabilization also works really well here and is great for shaky handed people like myself (I need to work out more).
One addition to the camera experience that didn’t appeal to me was slow-motion selfies (#slofies, as Apple — and hopefully no one else — calls them). I felt it was a pretty gimmicky feature and can’t see it being useful, but I’m not exactly down with the cool kids.
Overall, we really like the iPhone’s camera and it may just be the best mobile camera around right now. For those interested, we’ll be pitting the iPhone 11 Pro against the Note 10 Plus and Pixel 4 very soon.
You can view full-resolution photos here.
- No headphone jack
- No 3.5mm adapter in the box
- Spatial audio
- Lightning earbuds included
Although wired headphones are always the best option for mobile consumption, the iPhone 11 Pro speakers actually sound pretty good. Not only do they get pretty loud, they also manage to do so without becoming a distorted mess. The iPhone 11 Pro Max also offers “spatial audio,” which is a virtual surround decoder that supports 5.1 and 7.1 Dolby formats. For example, Netflix will play in Dolby Digital 5.1 by default.
Apple is pushing wireless (particularly its AirPods) hard, so you’ll probably want to pick up a pair of Bluetooth headphones or a 3.5mm adapter. Of course, Apple does include a pair of basic Lightning earbuds in the box. While I wouldn’t rely on them as your main source for audio, they sound alright and will do in a pinch.
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Software: This ain’t Android
Android is all about customization and flexibility, both at the consumer and OEM level. There are several unique flavors of Android out there aside from stock. And if you want to take that experience and further alter it there are plenty of launchers, easy ways to change default apps, and even the ability to load entirely new custom ROMs for some devices. The iPhone 11 Pro Max is so not Android.
iOS takes a much more heavy-handed approach. You can’t really change the layout at all. There’s no app drawer if you want it, there are no custom launchers, you can’t change default options, and so on. The upside to this is iOS tends to work just fine out of the box, and the fact that it holds your hand a bit and doesn’t change very much means it is often a bit easier to learn how to use.
The differences between iOS and Android aren’t just in their approach to customizable software, it’s in the entire layout, settings, notifications, and pretty much every other aspect of the experience.
The gap between the two OSes isn’t quite as large as some might think, but figuring out where equivalent features are does take some adjustment. And of course some things iOS can’t do, simply because it doesn’t fit with Apple’s vision for iOS.
iOS is fast, functional, easy to use — and not for me.
With the iPhone 11 Pro we now have a new version of Apple’s operating system: iOS 13. The biggest standout is a new system-wide dark mode, something we’re seeing with Android 10 as well. Beyond that, there are a ton of improvements to apps like Messages, Photos, Apple Maps, and Reminders.
If you’ve used iOS 11 or iOS 12, you’ll still feel at home here, as iOS 13 seems more about refinement and under-the-hood changes. That’s how I felt about Android 10 as well.
There were a few bugs I encountered with iOS 13. Most of these things were small, such as the keyboard occasionally not showing up for several seconds or an app crash here and there. Considering iOS 13 is a new release, bugs aren’t surprising and Android 10 has had a few issues of its own. By the time you read this, the iOS 13.1 update should have fixed many of these bugs. We’ll be sure to update this post later to confirm how much of a difference it makes.
As a regular Android user I don’t like many of Apple’s restrictions, but I do find the experience perfectly functional, fast, and easy. It just isn’t quite to my tastes. I also have to admit that despite the few bugs, iOS felt much smoother. I’m not sure if this was down to software, hardware, or a little bit of both. I also noticed that I could actually listen to music and take more than a picture or two without Spotify crashing, and that’s been a regular problem with the Pixel 3 XL.
While iOS has a walled garden, it’s one that performs well and doesn’t get in the way.
How does it feel to use an iPhone and iOS?
Last year, I reviewed the iPhone XS and used it for almost a month. After that, I returned to Android and have been there ever since. Since I had limited iPhone interactions prior to the XS, it took me a while to learn the ropes last time. After a year’s absence, I found it easy enough to pick back up. Like last time, there are some things I like and some things that turn me off.
I’ll start with the downsides. Keep in mind some of them are very personal issues (read: my own quirks) but others will probably apply more broadly to others.
The ability to move things around on the homescreen. I’m kind of borderline OCD about certain things. My Android homescreen never has more than one row of icons filling up the left side, per page. I will use folders, but multiple screens filled with icons bothers me for some reason. With iOS I don’t have the option to cater to my own insanity.
Not being able to change default apps and general hand-holding. I like being able to change the default browser, camera app, and so on. You can’t do that in iOS. Some of these restrictions might contribute to the “fact” that iOS is more secure, but not all hand-holding makes sense. For example, if you try to download a large file on iOS it will force you to turn on Wi-Fi. My Pixel 3 XL might warn me to use Wi-Fi, but I can override it easily. If you rely on your cellular connection primarily, this can be an issue. There are plenty of other situations like this in iOS.
Let’s be honest: If you’re the kind of person who uses things the way they are out of the box and never makes any customizations, most of this won’t be an issue. It was for me, though I’ll admit it wasn’t a deal-breaker. I just had to adjust my habits a bit and learn to take what I was given.
With iOS I don’t have the option to cater to my own insanity.
Siri, it’s you, not me. Siri has gotten better over the years, but Google Assistant has surpassed it by leaps and bounds. I realize not everyone likes or uses Assistant, but I find it extremely helpful and enjoy having it integrated into the OS level. This is especially useful for me because my entire house uses smart lighting and other smart devices. Sure, I can still put Assistant on iOS, but it’s not quite the same.
None of the things I highlighted above stopped me from enjoying the iPhone, but they did keep me from ever feeling truly at home with iOS. I never once felt that iOS was worse than Android, it’s just a bit more restrictive. I like to color outside the lines. There were also two things I thought actually stood out as better on iOS.
Bluetooth pairing. Bluetooth pairing tends to be less finicky on iOS. This is especially true with the AirPods, which are deeply integrated into iOS (especially with iOS 13 adding Siri message reading and more). But even my Sony over-ears seemed to have fewer connection issues and other drama when paired with an iPhone.
The App Store. I want to start by saying Google Play has evolved considerably in the last few years and has become much more organized. It’s also a lot easier to manually search for and find things than the App Store. That said, the App Store is still a tad better at showcasing stuff I might be interested in, and the new integration of Apple Arcade is hard to ignore. I really loved this service and while I intend to check out Google Play Pass soon, it’s clear Arcade has a better selection of games (at least for now).
I also enjoy premium apps and don’t mind paying for them, and the reality is the App Store seems to have a better selection for those of us who don’t want games or apps that require in-app purchases or hit you with tons of ads.
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iPhone 11 Pro Max: How does pricing compare to the competition?
- 64GB — $1,099
- 256GB — $1,249
- 512GB — $1,449
First, don’t get the base model with 64GB of storage. It’s just not enough in 2019, especially if you use a lot of apps or shoot in 4K. The rest of the models are much more expensive, but you also have the choice of the iPhone 11 Pro which starts at $999 for 64GB and maxes at $1,349 for 512GB. My colleague Eric will be taking a closer look at the iPhone 11 Pro a bit later, so stay tuned for that.
Still find $999 too high a price but really want a new iPhone? There’s always the iPhone 11. The iPhone 11 drops some of the Pro’s fancier features, but starts at a much more palatable $699. I’d recommend you check it out, as I will be straight after this review.
Apple tends to be expensive, but in 2019 it isn’t alone. Flagships like the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus start at $1,099 and even the OnePlus 7 Pro starts at the same $699 price as the standard iPhone 11. Of course, both those phones do come with 256GB of storage on the base model as opposed to the piddly 64GB of storage Apple offers. Value is subjective, though, so justify or decry the price tag as your wallet allows.
Separating my feelings for the OS, how do I feel about the Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max?
The iPhone isn’t for me, but that’s because iOS isn’t for me. Once you find yourself comfortably integrated into a services and apps ecosystem, change is going to require sacrifice and compromise. It’s the same reason most iOS users don’t leap over to Android. Do I feel Android is superior? Again, no. It’s simply different and a kind of different that works perfectly fine for me.
The iPhone 11 Pro Max is an exceptional phone, even if it offers little to sway Android fans.
Looking past my own OS preferences, the iPhone 11 Pro Max is an exceptional phone. The camera is probably the best out there, at least for now. It feels hefty and durable, something I like from a phone. I don’t love the notch or the design of the camera, but I don’t necessarily love the design of my Pixel 3 XL either.
If you already use iOS, the iPhone 11 Pro Max is a no-brainer. Android users craving a change may also want to consider it. For those happy with Android, however, there’s really nothing here to sway you to Apple.
Samsung has no flagship smartphones planned for the rest of this year, but the South Korean-based tech company actively working on Galaxy S21 series and is looking to launch it in the first quarter of 2021, as they usually does with their ‘S’ series flagship phones. However, the fact that the lauch date of the S21 series is far away didn’t stop leaks from surfacing on the internet.
A few days ago, we posted about the battery information about the Galaxy S21 and Galaxy S21 Ultra, and now, we also got the details on the battery capacity of the S21 Plus. According to the Safety Korea certification website website, the Galaxy S21 Plus will have an actual battery capacity of 4,800mAh — this is 300mAh more than that of the S20+. The battery of S21+ will carry model number EB-BG996ABY.
Beyond that, there is not much information about the S21 Plus. What we do know, however, is that Samsung is making some big changes in the Galaxy S21 Ultra, including completely ditching the Snapdragon 875 in favor of its own Exynos 1000. Apart from that, the camera setup in the Galaxy S21 will reportedly be quite different from its predecessor.
The S21 will have a quad-camera setup at the rear, just like its predecessor. However, the S21 will have two telephoto cameras as opposed to the S20, which has one telephoto. To be more specific, the S20 will have a 12 MP ultra-wide-angle, 180 MP wide-angle, 10 MP 3x optical zoom telephoto, and more than 5x optical zoom periscope-type telephoto. The S20 successor will reportedly have a 40MP selfie camera.
The Galaxy S21 Ultra could set you back $1,400.
Samsung has not yet announced its Galaxy S20 Fan Edition (FE) handset, but it has already been spied in a new leak, which gives a high level overview of the phone. Two leaks, actually—one of them is a hands-on video showcasing the upcoming phone, and the other is purportedly an unreleased promotional video (or a pretty good fake).
As far as we know, this is the first look at the actual phone. Before now, we have seen some renders of the Galaxy S20 FE, which leaked to the web in August. Here is a look at the hands-on video (it’s a little over 6 minutes long)…
The leaker who posted the above video, Jimmy is Promo, has also gotten his mitts on previous Samsung phones before they launched. And given that Samsung is expected to announced the Galaxy S20 FE during its Unpacked event this week (September 23), we are fairly confident this is the real deal.
According to the latest leak, the Galaxy S20 FE sports a 6.5-inch FHD+ display with a 120Hz refresh rate. That puts it in between the regular Galaxy S20 (6.2-inch display) and the Galaxy S20 Plus (6.7-inch display). And of course there is the Galaxy S20 Ultra with a 6.9-inch display.
It also sports a 4,500mAh battery that “lets you go all day [and] all night,” according to the promo video.
In addition, the Galaxy S20 FE features expandable memory, a 32-megapixel front camera for taking high-resolution selfies, a triple camera arrangement (12-megapixel wide-angle, 12-megapixel ultra-wide, and 8-megapixel telephoto) with a 3x optical zoom and 10x digital zoom. When combined, this is supposed to offer a 30x “Space Zoom.” And finally, the Galaxy S20 FE is said to have a “nice price” ($699 to $749).
Relative affordability comes at a cost, though. Instead of glass, the Galaxy S20 FE is said to ship with aluminum sides and a plastic back, same as the regular Galaxy S20. It also appears to have chunkier bezels, ‘just’ 6GB of RAM (instead of 12GB), and a lower resolution. That said, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 processor inside is no slouch.
Overall, it is shaping up to be an intriguing smartphone for the money. We’ll know more later this week, when the Unpacked event kicks off.
Suppose you are playing a game on your Samsung Galaxy device with your friends and your device suddenly turns black, the screen of which is dead. What a bad feeling! The Samsung Black Screen has affected may Galaxy users worldwide. If you have encountered this issue, you may witness various signs and symptoms before your device completely gone dead. We would like to talk about that and give you 7 ways to fix the Samsung black screen in minutes.
- Section 1. Why Samsung Screen Turns Black and Dead?
- Section 2. Fix Samsung Black Screen with 1 Click
- Section 3. Fix Samsung Black Screen of Death Without Losing Data
- Section 4. Fix the Black Screen on Samsung – Forced Restart
- Section 5. Fix the Samsung Black Screen – Soft Reset
- Section 6. Fix the Samsung Black Screen – Hard Reset
- Section 7. Take Out Your SD Card
- Section 8. Boot into Safe Mode
Section 1. Why Samsung Screen Turns Black and Dead?
There are several reasons why the Samsung Black Screen of Death takes place, including:
The most common reason could be your device’s crashed system. When your Samsung memory gets lower, or you meet a system update failure, the system would be crashed and stuck with a black screen on your Samsung Galaxy. Also, before the Samsung screen gets black, you may find that some apps are out of response and they may get closed suddenly during you are running them.
Faster Battery Drain
Before your device going completely blank, you might notice that your device’s battery is draining faster than normal and is another common reason for Black Screen.
Low Phone Memory
The low phone memory can also cause Samsung Black screen of death. When your Galaxy doesn’t have enough space to run the specific program, it will cause your phone to be bricked with a black screen.
Old Android System
Continuing to stay on an older version of the software can expose your device to possible troubles and can lead to issues. Make sure to update your Galaxy system to the latest version of Android as soon as it is available.
Apart from software issues, unsuitable or damaged hardware components can also cause these problems.
Now, you have learned 5 common reasons that can cause the Samsung black screen of death. How to fix that? You can follow the methods as your needs.
Section 2. How to Fix Samsung Black Screen with 1 Click?
Android Repair is the first Android system repair tool on the market. As we all know, Samsung black screen of death always happens due to software issues. In such situations, you can use Android Repair to fix the black screen issue and get your Samsung Galaxy back to normal.
The Highlights of Android Repair
- One-stop solution for multiple Android issues, such as black screen, OTA update failure, Android phone won’t turn on or off, stuck on boot loop, Android system UI not work, Android phones/tablets get bricked, apps crashed, etc.
- Easy to use. You can just follow the on-screen prompts to repair your Android system easily.
- Compatible with most Samsung Galaxy, including Samsung Galaxy S10/S9/S8/S7/S6/S5, A8/A7/A6/A5/A3, J8/J7/J6/J5/J4/J3, Note 10.1/9/8/7/5/4, Tab 4/3/2/A/S/Pro, etc.
You can free download it:
How can you fix the Samsung black screen?
Note: This software will delete all of the Android data from your Samsung Galaxy, so you had batter backup your Samsung phone at first. If you get ready to fix your Samsung black screen, go on.
Step 1. Launch the program on PC and choose the “Repair” option.
Step 2. Connect your Samsung Galaxy to a PC and tap on “Android Repair” from the left panel. You can get a list of issues which the software can fix. Have a look at it and tap “Start”.
Step 3. Fill your Samsung device info to the blank. You can click the drop-down menu to select the detailed info so that the program can offer a customized fix package to repair your phone. Then read the warning and tap on “Next”.
Step 4. The program will delete all data on your Android device. If you get ready to proceed, type in “000000”.
Step 5. Boot your Samsung to download mode.
#1. Your Samsung Galaxy with a Home button
* Power off your Samsung phone/tablet.
* Long press the Home, Power key, and Volume Down for 5s to 10s.
* Release all buttons, and hold the Volume Up button to enter the download mode.
#2. Your device without a Home button
* Power off your Samsung phone/tablet.
* Long press the Bixby key, Power key, and Volume Down for 5s to 10s.
* Release all buttons, and hold the Volume Up button to enter the download mode.
Step 6. Click on “Next” to download the package for repairing. When the downloading is finished, the program will start to fix your Samsung device.
Step 7. Wait for the process to complete, then restart your Samsung Galaxy.
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Section 3. How to Fix Samsung Black Screen Without Losing Data? [Supports Limited Samsung Generations]
If you are facing Samsung Black Screen and worried about losing your precious data, then don’t panic. You can always fix your device without losing your data with the help of a software called Broken Android Data Recovery.
Features of Broken Android Data Recovery
- With the help of Broken Android Data recovery, you can extract all your essential data like phone numbers, text messages, call history, WhatsApp, photos, videos, etc. from your Android device.
- It can bring your Galaxy device to a normal working state by fixing issues like black screen, virus attack, frozen phone, crashed system, lost password, etc.
- Support part of Samsung Galaxy S6/S5/S4, Note 5/4/3, Tab Pro 10.1.
Below are the steps to use this software:
Step 1: Download and install the software on your PC, choose the ‘Broken Android Data Extraction’ tool and connect your Galaxy device with your computer via a USB cable.
Step 2: Read the on-screen instructions carefully and choose the correct mode based on your device’s issue. You can see ‘Black Screen’ from the examples, tap on ‘Start’ under it and go on to proceed.
Step 3: Now, choose your device’s name and model from the drop-down menu on the next screen. It is important to offer your Samsung device info so that the program will download a customized firmware to fix the black screen.
Step 4: Enter the Download Mode by following the on-screen instructions. The software will then download a repair firmware to fix your Samsung black screen and scan out the available data from your device. You need to:
* Turn off Your Samsung device.
* Press and hold the Power + Home + Volume Down buttons concurrently.
* Hold the Volume Up button to access the Download Mode.
Step 5: when everything is completed, the software will conduct a final scan on your Samsung Galaxy. You will get a screen where you can select the data you want to extract and tap on the ‘Recover’ button to save it on your PC.
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Section 4. Fix the Black Screen on Samsung – Forced Restart
Commonly, you can fix the Samsung black screen issue by a forced restart. When you perform forced restart, your device will start again and remove the black screen issue.
Notice: Before performing the force restart, make your phone at least 10% of its battery remaining. If your Samsung battery tends to run out fast, you need to charge it to a higher power.
To force restart your device, you need to:
* Press Power + Volume Down buttons concurrently for at least 10 to 20 seconds.
* Release the keys only when the Samsung logo appears on your phone’s screen.
Section 5. Fix the Samsung Black Screen of Death – Soft Reset
If your Galaxy runs with low memory space, you can try this method to fix the Samsung black screen by removing cache partition under the Android recovery mode. Below are the detailed steps:
- Make sure your Samsung device is switched off.
- Press and hold Volume Up + Home + Power keys at the same time.
- Your Galaxy will vibrate, release the Power key and keep holding Volume Up + Home keys.
- When the Samsung logo appears, release all of the buttons.
- Now you enter the recovery mode. Use the Volume keys to scroll up and down and confirm your choice with the Power key.
- Select ‘Wipe Cache partition’ and reboot your Galaxy.
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Section 6. Fix the Samsung Black Screen – Hard Reset
If the soft reset does not work, then you might look to do a hard reset of your device to factory settings. However, this method is only advisable if you backup all your Samsung data previously as you will lose all your data and phone settings while doing a hard reset.
Here are the steps:
Step 1: Enter the Android recovery mode on your Samsung Galaxy as mentioned in Section 5.
Step 2: Select ‘Wipe data/factory reset’.
Step 3: On some Galaxy, you need to tap on ‘Yes – delete all user data’ to confirm your option.
Step 4: After that, highlight the ‘reboot system now’ and choose it.
Step 5: The Samsung Galaxy will restart and back to its original factory status.
Section 7. Take Out Your SD Card
We talk about how to deal with the black screen which is caused by system software. However, an SD card on your Samsung Galaxy will also cause the troubles leading to a black screen.
To resolve that, you can try to power off your Samsung Galaxy and take out your SD card for a few minutes. Then reboot your Samsung phone without SD card to see whether it can work or not.
Section 8. Boot into Safe Mode If the Black Screen is Caused by 3rd-Party Apps
Third-party apps installed on your Samsung Galaxy will cause black screen whenever you use them. Booting into the device’s Safe Mode will give you an idea whether a specific app causes all the troubles or not. If yes, then you need to uninstall the apps ASAP.
#1. To Enter Safe Mode
- Switch off the phone first.
- Press and hold the Power key for about 5 to 10 seconds to turn on the Samsung Galaxy.
- Once the Samsung logo appears on the screen, then press and hold the Volume down button till the ‘Lock Screen’ shows up.
- The Safe Mode will then appear on the lower left side corner of your phone’s Lock Screen.
#2. To Exit Safe Mode
- On your Samsung Galaxy home screen, drag down the Android notification.
- Tab the ‘safe mode enabled’.
- Reboot your Samsung phone.
The Bottom Line
The Samsung Black Screen is not an uncommon issue and these are some of the solutions available for that. The difficulties vary from method to method and you need to choose the method you are most comfortable with to fix the issue.
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The first Samsung Galaxy S20 Fan Edition images have leaked, showing us how Samsung’s changed the design of its cheapest flagship phone.
Thanks to Jimmy is Promo‘s recent tweet, we have some real-life pictures of the new phone as well as some specs information. And between this and his replies to follow-up questions, there’s a lot to go through.
The Galaxy S20 launched back in February, but the FE (short for Fan Edition) is expected to arrive soon with both improvements to the hardware as well as some downgrades to reduce costs. This new phone feels like a successor to the Galaxy S10 Lite, which launched in January as a cheaper version of the Galaxy S10, even though the naming convention is different.
Design-wise, the Galaxy S20 FE looks a lot like the original three Galaxy S20 phones. What’s different is the materials, as the S20 FE will have a plastic back like the basic Galaxy Note 20. That makes it cheaper to build, but will likely make it feel a lot less pleasant to hold than the standard glass-backed flagship.
The S20 FE’s flat display is quite different from anything in the original S20 lineup. It measures 6.5 inches across, which puts it between the S20’s 6.2 inches and the S20 Plus’ 6.7 inches. Another change is the resolution downgrade to FHD rather than QHD. This is likely a cost-saving move, but one that could also help increase the battery life, which was one of the S20’s weak points. You’ll still get a 120Hz refresh rate with the S20 FE, though, and that’s an excellent premium feature to keep intact.
(Image credit: Jimmy is Promo)
The original tweet only describes the price as “nice,” but in a reply, Jimmy is Promo specifies a figure of $699 to $749, depending on your preferred storage capacity. At this price — roughly $300 below the S20’s cost — Samsung looks to be squarely aiming at the space occupied by Apple’s basic iPhone 11, and the cheapest iPhone 12 when that launches next month.
Also within the comments to the original tweet, you’ll find a reference to the phone’s chipset — the Snapdragon 865. That’s the same as the rest of the Galaxy S20 series in the U.S., as elsewhere the S20 used an Exynos 990 chip designed by Samsung itself. Qualcomm has since released the Snapdragon 865 Plus, which offers more performance, but the S20 FE should still have more than enough power for most users, plus the crucial 5G compatibility that will become more and more important in the coming years.
Like the rest of Samsung’s flagship phones, the S20 FE gets an IP68 rating. This doesn’t make a phone water and dust-proof, but it’ll certainly survive an accidental trip into a sink or a sandpit.
(Image credit: Jimmy is Promo)
For photography, there is a telephoto lens with 3x optical zoom among the rear cameras, another holdover from the original Galaxy S20 and S20 Plus. That’s combined with 10x digital zoom for a maximum magnification of 30x, should you want to use it. An older leak says the telephoto camera will use an 8MP sensor instead of the 64MP one on the normal S20 and S20 Plus, while the other cameras on the back of the phone are two 12MP sensors for main and ultra-wide photos.
On the front, there’s a 32MP selfie camera, a big improvement from the S20’s 10MP sensor. The Galaxy S20 Ultra still has it beat with its 40MP shooter, but it’s an admirable selfie camera for an entry-level flagship device. Even Jimmy himself says the S20 FE’s got excellent photo skills, saying they’re just as good as Samsung’s original S20 and Galaxy Note 20 models.
Finally, the tweet shows us that the phone runs on One UI 2.5, the newest version of Samsung’s Android 10-based operating system. It’s a shame the Galaxy S20 FE won’t launch with the recently debuted Android 11 pre-installed, but this will likely appear, in the form of One UI 3.0, in a few months via software update.
Unmentioned in the tweet is battery capacity or charging information. Fortunately a previous leak has pegged the FE’s capacity at an S20 Plus-equalling 4,500 mAh, and its charger as the same 25W model that Samsung throws into the box of all its flagship phones. Other spec leaks have suggested a 4,000 mAh power pack.
Samsung is holding a virtual launch event on September 23, which is when we expect this phone to officially appear. That’s before both of its potential big rivals, the iPhone 12 and the OnePlus 8T, appear in October, letting Samsung enjoy more of the smartphone limelight for a few weeks.
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Samsung just announced its new Galaxy Note20 phablet, a 5G phone with a big 6.7-inch screen and an active stylus. It joins the Galaxy S20 line as one of Samsung’s 5G-capable handsets, and it compares directly with the Galaxy S20+ in terms of design, features, and power. Apple hasn’t dipped its toes in the 5G waters yet, but it still has its own flagship phablet in the form of the iPhone 11 Pro Max. Let’s see how the three phones stack up against each other.
Apple and Samsung share very similar styles in their phone designs, with flat, slim profiles; friendly, rounded corners; and big, pronounced camera stacks on the back. All three phones are rated IP68, which means they’re completely waterproof and can be submerged in four meters of water for up to 30 minutes. So they’re all smooth, attractive slabs of glass and metal that can handle bad weather and the occasional dunking.
The Galaxy Note20, S20+, and iPhone 11 Pro Max are also all similar sizes, though Apple’s phablet is a hair smaller than the Samsung models (and that’s before even considering the larger Galaxy Note20 Ultra). The S20+ is the slimmest phone by a fraction of a millimeter (7.8mm to the iPhone and Note20’s 8.1mm), while the iPhone is a bit shorter (158mm vs. 162mm for both Samsungs) and wider (78mm vs. 74mm for the S20+ and 75mm for the Note20).
Apple iPhone 11 Pro
All three phones feature OLED screens, with the iPhone 11 Pro Max using Apple’s Super Retina XDR OLED and the Galaxy phones using Samsung’s Infinity-O AMOLED. The S20+ features a 6.7-inch screen with a 3,200-by-1,440 resolution for 525 pixels per inch (ppi), while the Note20’s screen is the same size but a lower 2,400-by-1,080 resolution (393ppi). The iPhone’s screen is smaller at 6.5 inches, but its 2,688-by-1,242 resolution puts it at a solid middle ground between the Galaxy phones at 458ppi.
The S20+ also features another benefit the other phone screens lack: a 120Hz refresh rate. Its screen scrolls much more smoothly thanks to its higher refresh rate than the 60Hz iPhone and Note20 OLEDs. (It’s worth noting the bigger Note20 Ultra’s 6.7-inch screen features the same 3,200-by-1,440 resolution and 120Hz refresh rate as the S20+.)
All three phones are blazing fast, with the S20+ using Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 865 processor and the Note20 using the step-up Snapdragon 865+ chip. The Note20 already has a bit more power than the S20+, but the lower-resolution screen should also work in its favor, likely improving frame rates for games even more. Of course, we’ll have to test the phone ourselves before we can be sure. Meanwhile, Apple continues to go its own way with the company’s A13 Bionic chip, which inches past Snapdragon 865 phones in benchmarks.
Samsung Galaxy S20+
Cameras are king for flagship phones, and Apple and Samsung have been fighting each other to get to the top of the stack. Speaking of stacks, all three phones have stacks of multiple sensors and lenses on the backs, supporting zoom and wide-angle shots.
The S20+ and Note20 share nearly identical sets of rear-facing cameras, with 12MP f/2.2 120-degree ultra-wide-angle, 12MP f/1.8 79-degree wide-angle, and 64MP f/2.0 telephoto cameras. The Note20 seems to lack the DepthVision camera the S20+ has, which could mean slower focus or more limited AR features, but the main cameras are the same.
The iPhone 11 Pro Max also features a similar triple-camera setup with 12MP ultra-wide, wide, and telephoto lenses. Don’t worry about the lower-resolution telephoto camera, as we were disappointed by the 64MP photo mode on the S20+.
For selfies, both Samsung phones feature 10MP front-facing sensors with f/2.2 lenses and 80-degree fields of view. The iPhone 11 Pro Max uses Apple’s TrueDepth camera, which features a 12MP sensor and an f/2.2 lens. Face detection is supported by all three phones.
This is where Samsung is unequivocally ahead of Apple. As of the iPhone 11 series, Apple still has no 5G phones. Its 4G LTE performance is very strong, but if you want to use 5G, you’re going to need to get an Android phone (at least until Apple inevitably announces a 5G phone). Meanwhile, the S20+ and Note20 support 5G in both sub-6 and mmWave formats. Band coverage hasn’t yet been announced for the Note20 and will likely vary between carriers, but Samsung’s phones definitely support 5G.
Samsung Galaxy Note20
The Galaxy Note phones gets are aptly named because you can take notes on them. That’s because they include Samsung’s S Pen, an excellent active stylus that supports 4,096 different pressure levels and is handily as waterproof as the Note20 itself. Neither the S20+ nor the iPhone 11 Pro Max support active stylii, so if you need one, get a Note.
If you’re buying a flagship phablet, you can easily spend $1,000 or more. The Note20 is the most affordable of the three at $999, while the iPhone 11 Pro Max is $1,099 and the S20+ goes for $1,199. Samsung also offers the S20 Ultra ($1,399.99) and the Note20 Ultra ($1,299.99), while Apple sells 256GB and 512GB iPhone 11 Pro Max models for $1,249 and $1,449. The base model iPhone has just 64GB, so you should probably considering stepping up to at least the 256GB version.
Which Phablet Wins?
We still need to put the the Note20 through a full battery of tests to see how well it performs, but judging by the specs, the Galaxy S20+ stands out. Its screen eclipses the Note20’s in sharpness and smoothness, which accounts for the higher price. Still, the Note20 features an active stylus, which note-takers and artists will appreciate, and they both share the same excellent camera stacks and similarly powerful processors. Meanwhile, the iPhone 11 Pro Max remains a compelling Apple equivalent, with similarly strong performance and a screen that sits between the two Samsung phones in crispness. The big questions are whether you want to be an Apple user or an Android user, and whether you want 5G.
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(Pocket-lint) – Samsung is poised to announce a new Galaxy S20 called the Fan Edition (or FE). While we wait for the phone to launch, a leak has surfaced.
Jimmy is Promo, a YouTube channel with a great track record when it comes to posting leaks, has shared a hands-on video of Samsung’s widely expected next phone. As AndroidCommunity noted, the FE is apparently supposed to be priced around $699 or $750. That makes it a bit more wallet-friendly compared to the standard Galaxy S20 series that released earlier this year. But it will still be higher-end, as it’s retaining the Galaxy S20 camera system and a similar design.
Specs rumoured include a 6.5-inch SuperAMOLED display, 1080p resolution, 120 Hertz max refresh rate, 4,500mAh battery, 6GB of ram, 128GB onboard storage, a microSD card slot, a 32-megapixel selfie camera, and three 12-megapixel cameras at the back. See our rumour roundup for more specs and leaks.
Samsung is holding an Unpacked for Every Fan event on 23 September 2020, where the Fan Edition is expected to debut. It will reportedly be sold in Germany and Europe. It should be available in 4G with Exynos 990 Octacore SoC for €699, while the 5G version with a Snapdragon 865 should be €799.
Yes, that’s not a low-end phone. But it’s not meant to be – it’s just slightly cheaper than getting the high-end Samsung S20 models from earlier in the year. The Fan Edition should be out in six colours when it launches: Mint Green, Gray (or Blue), White, Pink, Peach, and Red.
Writing by Maggie Tillman.