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A new Star Wars movie is reportedly in the works about Episode 9’s worst part

The existence of a new Star Wars movie has been reported by multiple outlets, and it’s apparently set on the Sith planet of Exegol. The unnamed film could come to either Disney Plus or theater screens, and it’s reportedly got both a writer and a director attached already. THR was the first to break the news, explaining that JD Dillard, the director of acclaimed 2016 sci-fi picture Sleight, is down to make this new movie. Matt Owens, a writer who worked on the shows Luke Cage and Agents of Shield, is apparently scripting it. Deadline then published a report that confirmed the Exegol detail.This hasn’t been officially confirmed or announced by Lucasfilm, so keep that in mind. There’s not much more to the story right now, other than it’s apparently not associated with the Star Wars movie being produced by Marvel CCO Kevin Feige, or Rian Johnson’s previously-announced new trilogy of movies. As both outlets note, it’s plausible that any new Star Wars movie could be considered for Disney Plus, given how massively successful The Mandalorian has been on the platform. The next Star Wars theatrical movie officially on the schedule is releasing on December 16, 2022. We don’t know what that film is yet, or who’s directing it. 
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Why Exegol?
Dillard sounds like a really interesting choice for a Star Wars movie. It’s the Exegol detail here that deflates us a bit. The Sith planet was the weakest element of The Rise of Skywalker: it’s where Palpatine was based with a faceless bunch of cultists, and he somehow managed to craft a whole fleet of star destroyers in secret that could each destroy a planet.It was bad. The lack of explanation for anything happening on that planet was quite nicely dissected by Empire’s Chris Hewitt earlier this week:
Perhaps this new movie could explain how Exegol came to be, and how the Final Order was created, to give Episode 9 additional context. But if The Mandalorian has shown us anything, it’s surely that all of the best Star Wars stories are waiting to be told far away from anyone with the surname ‘Skywalker’ or ‘Palpatine’.
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Bose Home Speaker deals offer big sound for less this weekend

Bose speaker deals are a great way to save cash on usually expensive premium audio. Bose are renowned for their powerful sound, leading the charge in high-quality listening across their range of headphones and speaker systems. This weekend, you can save on one of the most impressive Bose speakers out there – the Bose Home Speaker 500. This Bose speaker deal currently comes in at $299 / £339 – a good $100 discount in the US and around £60 off in the UK. That’s a fantastic price for an outstanding audio system, with two custom drivers pointed in opposite directions to create immersive, room-filling audio whatever the track. There’s plenty of Bose smarts inside this speaker, but you’ll also find your voice assistant of choice stashed away in the sleek shell as well. If you’re looking to spend slightly less, but still want that trusted Bose name and smart assistant functionality included, you’ll want to take a look at some cheaper Bose speaker deals. The successor to the 500, the Bose Home Speaker 300, is also available for less across the US and UK this weekend. You’ll find it for as little as $199 / £199 right now, making it an excellent pick up if you’re just looking for a cheap Bose speaker deal. The audio won’t hold up to the quality of the 500 model, but unless you’re an audiophile obsessed with finding the best sound out there, that’s not likely to matter – the Bose 300 doesn’t have bad sound quality by any stretch. Plus, there’s plenty of tech inside this cheap Bose speaker working to make your smart assistant experience even better. The result is a clean interaction with excellent voice pickup rarely found on speakers that can reach these levels of volume. These cheap Bose speaker deals offer some fantastic prices on smart home audio right now, but if you’re looking for something in their older range, or something more portable, why not check out all the latest Bose speaker prices.
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Looking for more models? You’ll find plenty of the best Bose speaker prices right here on TechRadar, but we’re also tracking the best Amazon Echo deals and the latest Apple HomePod sales as well. 

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What Sony’s history of backward compatibility tells us about PS5

So, the PS5 is on its way, and it’s going head-to-head with the equally next-gen Xbox Series X console. And while it’s tempting to look at the hefty PS4 sales figures as a sign that Sony’s dominance will continue, there is one area that the Xbox One clearly overtook, and that’s backward compatibility.What’s that, you ask? Backward compatibility is the ability of a console to play games published on prior platforms. Given how many games are published these days, its a slightly more daunting task than it used to be, and it’s telling that Sony largely wiped its hands of that kind of functionality years ago – even as Microsoft ensured its Xbox One consoles were still capable of playing hundreds of Xbox 360 titles.There’s a clear financial incentive to not supporting backward compatibility: if a gamer can’t use an old disc on a new console, they’re often likely to buy the game afresh, and often paying more than before for a remastered version that’s been optimized for superior hardware.For those of us without oodles of cash to spend, though, it can feel mean-spirited. And the issue of backward compatibility has clearly struck a chord with Sony in some way, as we know the PS5 will feature a whole load of backward compatibility for PS4 games.
PS5 and Xbox Series X backwards compatibility will be a lot better than we thought
That’s exciting, of course: it means you won’t be scrabbling around for PS5 games to play when you get the next-gen console into your home. Just stick in a disc or load a downloaded game from your PS4 library!Sony’s history of backward compatibility, however, doesn’t necessarily inspire confidence that this trend is set to last – or that you’re getting quite what you might be hoping for.
PS2: technical difficulties
The PS2 remains to this day the world’s bestselling console, by any manufacturer. Having launched in 2000, it went on to have unprecedented success – and it probably didn’t hurt that the original PS2 could play most of the PS1 games published on the prior console.There were a smattering of PS1 games that didn’t make the transition seamlessly, with bugs and glitches affecting titles such as Final Fantasy Anthology, Monkey Hero, and Mortal Kombat Trilogy (via PlayStation).But the philosophy was clear: you shouldn’t need to say goodbye to your favorite games for good, or not have a way to play them again if your old console went kaput.The PS2 Slim, however, changed things. Ensuring old games work on newer consoles requires work, and that workload was getting bigger the longer developers were pushing out games for the console, and the more that the PlayStation platform’s architecture changed with each new machine. The Slim version of the console, released in 2004, had an ever bigger list of titles it struggled to play, including Worms and various NHL games from the PS1, and even some PS2 titles such as Tomorrow Never Dies and Tiger Woods PGA Tour (via PlayStation). There were plenty of new games being released, of course, but these issues paved the way for Sony’s acceptance that not every game would make its way onto a new console.
PS3: the beginning of the end
You may not remember this, but the PS3 had pretty excellent backward compatibility – for its original 20GB and 60GB models at least. These models played most PS1 and PS2 discs, bridging three different generations of games, along with the option to download these titles on the PlayStation Store – a first for Sony’s consoles on both counts.However, this compatibility wasn’t cheap, and did drive up the cost of the console – requiring dedicated hardware parts to read the PS2 discs, not to mention increased time spent on development of the console.Part of the reason the successive PS3 Slim was smaller and cheaper was the removal of this functionality, which paved the way for the current generation console’s stance on backward compatibility: don’t do it at all.
PS4: streaming service, not fan service
That’s right: the PS4 did not (and does not) support PS3 discs, or any before it.This is partially due to Sony’s interest in game streaming, with its paid PS Now service enabled subscribers to access a library of several hundred legacy titles without having to own a disc or keep space for them on a hard drive. That’s all fine in theory, but the service hasn’t been without its problems, and doesn’t get around the issue of gamers having to pay to replay games they’ve already owned before.
PS Now needs a serious upgrade to beat Xbox Games Pass
PS5: an uncertain future
What does all this mean? We know the PS5 will have backward compatibility for the majority of PS4 games, meaning your discs and downloads won’t be consigned to history… yet.But Sony’s previous pattern suggests this might get technically harder to keep up, as well as financially inadvisable – especially if it wants to really push its PS Now streaming service in the long term.It’s possible that a mid-cycle upgrade (say, a PS5 Slim) may drop some of this functionality, or backwards compatibility itself could be hidden behind a paywall, either packaged within PS Plus or as a standalone purchase.This might be naysaying, as the PS5 will also be the most powerful console Sony has built, and that might mean it doesn’t run into the same problems as previous generations of hardware.But if we take a long term view of the PlayStation console, we can’t be sure that backward compatibility will be both available and free forever on the PS5.
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Chelsea vs Tottenham live stream: how to watch today’s Premier League football online from anywhere

Frank Lampard’s Chelsea are without a win in their last four Premier League game, and now face an awkward lunchtime London derby against former boss Joe Mourinho‘s Spurs. And you’re in the right place to see exactly how to get a Chelsea vs Tottenham live stream, regardless of where in the world you are.Spurs‘ last Premier League outing brought a win away at struggling Aston Villa but came at a price, with Heung-min Son picking up an arm injury that looks set to rule him out for several weeks.
The loss of another key forward is a big blow for Mourinho, following last month’s season-ending injury to Harry Kane, and the pair’s absence was keenly felt in Spurs’ midweek Champions League defeat at home to RB Leipzig. A win would therefore provide a welcome boost following a tough week for the north London side and would also make amends for their 2-0 defeat against their bitter local rival in the reverse fixture back in December which saw WIllian score a double.
Chelsea also need a lift follow their controversial weekend defeat to Man United which was littered with a string of dubious VAR decisions. The Blues also have mounting injury woes, with N’Golo Kante joining Callum Hudson-Odoi, Tammy Abraham and Andreas Christensen on a worrying list of Chelsea casualties.Spurs are unbeaten in four league games and a win here would see them leapfrog Chelsea, adding extra spice to an often salty fixture. You can watch all of the action as it happens by checking out our Chelsea vs Tottenham live stream guide below.
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Use a VPN to watch Premier League football from outside your country
If you’re abroad this weekend but still want to watch your home coverage, you’ll need a VPN to do so. That’s because your normal coverage will be geo-blocked. It’s really easy to do and stops you having to tune in to some dodgy stream you’ve heard about on Reddit.

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Apex Legends players can return to Kings Canyon this weekend

Respawn is taking Apex Legends players back in time this weekend by bringing back the game’s original Kings Canyon map for a limited period. Apex Legends may only be just over a year old but across the game’s first two seasons we watched the Kings Canyon map evolve before it was replaced in October 2019 with a brand new map, World’s Edge, which is still in play now. One of the best things about live service games like Apex Legends is that they keep things fresh with regular updates that herald new challenges, items and even maps. But sometimes you can’t help but get nostalgic for the old stuff, the original game that grabbed your attention in the first place.
Long live Kings Canyon
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So those that have missed the Kings Canyon map will be glad to know that for a limited period, between February 21 and February 24, it’s returning to Apex Legends in its untouched Season 1 form for unranked matches. 
Unlike previous restorations of the Kings Canyon map, this one isn’t in a different form or part of a themed event, it’s just the old map you remember. Those who don’t miss Kings Canyon at all or are more than happy with the current set up will be glad to know that World’s Edge is still available across this weekend as well. Players are able to access it as part of a separate playlist. This could actually be a good opportunity for ranked players to refresh their memories before Kings Canyon comes back as the setting for the next half of the game’s Ranked Series Split which will run from March 24 until May 5.  
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Android 11 could let you double-tap the back of your Pixel to launch apps

The first Developer Preview of Android 11 continues to reveal new features that Google has in the pipeline for its mobile operating system – including a new gesture where you could double-tap the back of your Pixel phone to launch apps and actions.The feature isn’t properly enabled yet but has been spotted in the Android 11 code by XDA Developers. As with any feature in this Developer Preview, it may get tweaked or removed altogether before the software gets a full and official release.Apparently “Columbus” is the codename for this new gesture, and a double-tap on the back of a compatible Google Pixel handset could, for example, launch the Google Assistant or the phone camera, or pause any audio that’s currently playing.
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Other references embedded in the code suggest this is indeed a Google Pixel exclusive, though it may roll out to other phones further down the line. We probably won’t hear anything from Google about the double-tap feature until Google IO 2020 gets underway on May 12.
Tap, squeeze, wave
The new gesture system doesn’t require any special hardware – it just uses the accelerometer and gyroscope sensors that can be found in every phone to judge when you’re double-tapping the back of the handset.According to XDA Developers, the double-tap can also dismiss timers, snooze alarms, unpin notifications, or trigger an action specified by the user. It looks as though you’ll be able to configure this to do pretty much anything you like.Google has form for this sort of Pixel-exclusive gesture: every Pixel since the Pixel 2 has supported Active Edge (squeeze the sides of the phone to carry out an action), while the latest Pixel 4 phones support Motion Sense (wave above the phone to skip media tracks, silence alarms and more).There’s likely to be plenty more from Android 11 in the coming weeks and months – Google is planning another two Developer Preview releases and then three Beta releases (which will be much easier to install for the average user).
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Inventor of copy and paste dies at 74

Computer scientist Larry Tesler, bets known for inventing the computer concepts of cut, copy and paste, has passed away at age 74.Tesler was born in New York in 1945 and he studied computer science at Stanford. After graduation, he worked in the university’s genetics and computer science departments before becoming a research assistant at the Stanford Artificial Intelligence Laboratory.In 1973, Tesler joined Xerox’s Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) and this is where he developed cut, copy and paste. These concepts were instrumental in the development of text editors and early computer operating systems.
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While cut, copy and paste were developed at PARC, the research center is more well known for its early work on graphical user interfaces and using a mouse to navigate them because Apple co-founder Steve Jobs used many of its ideas as inspiration for Apple’s products. In fact, Tesler was even part of some of Jobs’ visits to Xerox.
Modeless computing
In addition to creating cut, copy and paste, Tesler was also a big proponent of a concept called “modeless” computing. Basically modeless computing revolves around the idea that a program should not have different “modes” where a user’s input works differently depending on which mode they’re in.According to Tesler’s personal website, he and a colleague named Tim Mott developed the idea while working on the Gypsy text editor back at PARC. He was such a big believer in modeless computing that the URL of his site is actually joined Apple in 1980 and he worked at the company until 1997 where he eventually rose to the role of Chief Scientist. During that time, he worked on a number of products including the Macintosh, QuickTime, Lisa and even the Newton tablet. The Macintosh and Lisa were the first personal computers ever to include cut, copy and paste functionality as a result of Tesler’s involvement in their development.After leaving Apple in 1997, Tesler had several short stints at a number of other big companies including Amazon, Yahoo!, 23andMe and others. Tesler’s contribution to computing won’t be forgotten any time soon as the concepts of cut, copy and paste have become fundamental to how we use computers and even smartphones today.
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Post Office’s broadband deal is the cheapest in the UK this weekend

Costing absolutely nothing upfront and just £15.90 a month – the Post Office’s current broadband deal is the cheapest you can get in the British Isles. Just take a look at our broadband comparison if you want proof!This is ideal for anyone looking to save big and isn’t too concerned with speeds, with the average clocking in at 11Mb. It’s very simply the best cheap broadband deal currently available, with your monthly bills coming in at less than £16 a month.So if you’re ready to bag this cheap broadband deal from a well-known provider, scroll down to see this deal in full.Or, if you still want a great price but the Post Office isn’t the provider for you – why not consult our fibre broadband deals guide for speedier options. For example, lesser-known Origin has got a broadband deal for £17.99/pm with average download speeds of 36Mb. We have more information on some of this weekend’s most eye-catching broadband deals further down this page.

The super cheap Post Office broadband deal in full:
What other broadband deals are available? 
When it comes to cheap ADSL broadband, this is definitely one of the best options out there, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of other awesome options too. If you’re looking for something faster and don’t mind paying a bit more – then Vodafone’s Superfast Fibre 2 could be the way to go. With this broadband deal you’d be paying just £23.95 a month for average speeds of 63Mb! And you even end up saving another couple of quid a month if your mobile is with the company.BT just dropped the price of its Superfast Fibre plan, too, meaning the provider’s price for that plan has never been lower at £27.99 a month to get average speeds of 50Mb.Or if you fancy a freebie then Plusnet is an excellent choice right now, costing a mere £22.99 a month you would get average speeds of 36Mb and a whopping £75 cashback!
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Our big Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra camera test: 100x zoom, 108MP photos and 40MP selfies

We don’t have to tell you that the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra camera is incredible – the 50 photos we’re including in this camera deep dive speak for themselves.We tested the S20 Ultra 100x telephoto lens, which Samsung calls ‘Space Zoom’, and have our first thoughts on that. We’ve got photo samples from shooting on a tripod as well as while handheld; most importantly, we put the phone’s photos side-by-side with those shot by top competitors (the likes of Apple, Google, OnePlus).As you can tell, we’re taking our Galaxy S20 Ultra camera very seriously:
Yeah, we’re kind of nuts when it comes to properly testing smartphone cameras.
The photo comparison gallery is below, however, if you have specific requests for a comparison or shot scenario, ask us about it on Twitter. We’ll try to update this ongoing S20 Ultra camera review with answers. Yes, we’ll include the S20 and S20 Plus as comparisons when we get those phones in for review, too.For now, we’ve photo galleries on multiple pages (to break up the photos that will load, not to annoy you with multiple pages, we swear!) showing the results of the following S20 Ultra camera modes:
100x ‘Space Zoom’ telephoto lens with a tripod + rival phone comparisons108MP photos and 40MP selfiesLive Focus portrait mode and all of its fun filtersThe upgraded selfie camera and automatic group selfie UI (this is poised to be the best selfie camera we’ve ever tested)Ultra-wide photos (and how they compare to normal wide photos)Handheld 100x ‘Space Zoom’ telephoto attempts
Now onto the Galaxy S20 Ultra photo comparison gallery below.
So how’s that Galaxy S20 100x ‘Space Zoom’?
What’s it like in ‘Space Zoom’? That’s the No. 1 question we had when we first did our Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra unboxing and fired up the camera. In a few words: impressive, but not always useable at the maximum 100x times zoom level.Samsung’s folded lens, similar to the Huawei P30 Pro’s periscope lens, sits sideways inside the smartphone to give it extra room and uses a mirror to turn 90 degrees and take shots out of the back of the phone. Otherwise, you wouldn’t be getting to extreme zoom levels with a thin smartphone.Using a tripod for this first test, here are the results, starting with 1x (no zoom) and going to 2x, 10x, 30x and 100x, then back down to 0.5x for the ultra-wide.Edit: We went back and re-did our testing to include both day and night to see what happens when more shadows creep in.
The S20 Ultra camera at 100x isn’t something you’d post to Instagram – it’s almost a stylized hand-drawn version of what New York City’s Grand Central Terminal clock looks like. But this is close to what 10x digital zoom looks like on Samsung’s competitors.Essentially, Samsung’s camera is making 10x optical hybrid zoom fairly useable when that’s the maximum digital zoom on many of its rivals (and its own previous cameras). Even 4x and 30x (which are preset zoom levels on the camera UI) are usable in the right scenarios (read: good lighting conditions and with a steady hand or tripod), while the 100x zoom feels like a neat tech demo and similar to the quality of 10x digital zoom on other phones cameras.

Besides the S20 Ultra, here’s what we’ve included
Looking at the Galaxy S20 Ultra camera’s photos is helpful, but examining them alone isn’t good enough for our testing. So we’ve included several of Samsung’s rivals and two of last year’s Samsung phones in many of the scenarios.Here’s what we’ve included and why:
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S20 Ultra vs last year’s big Samsung phones 

S20 Ultra vs much cheaper phones
Now onto the Galaxy S20 Ultra ‘Live Focus’ mode, which is Samsung calls its portrait mode, and more comparisons to tell how Samsung’s new phone stacks up to its competitors.
There’s a lot of hype attached to the 108MP camera on the Galaxy S20 Ultra (which is exclusive to the Ultra, by the way), and it does in fact offer a bit more detail, according to our comparison tests. The same goes for the 40MP selfie camera.But we’re not sure if we’re going to use it as much as we thought, at least not for the reason we original thought, which was to immediately get better photos and selfies.Here’s where we think 108MP and 40MP selfie photos will be useful:
Cropping in on specific subjects. Maybe it’s something in the background you want to isolate into its own photo, or maybe you just want to cut someone out of a photo group selfie (like an ex or an employee who leaves the company after a workplace photos is taken?). Whatever the case may be, you can do so without a tremendous loss in quality.Let’s take a look:
108MP camera
At first, we noticed few differences between a 108MP and default 12MP photos from the Galaxy S20 Ultra – especially when we looked on the new phone’s 6.9-inch screen and on various computer monitors. We don’t have one of the 8K Samsung TVs we saw at CES or Samsung’s The Wall TV to test it out on something much, much larger.But then we started cropping-in on a few example photos.
Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra – 108MP main camera photo

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra – 12MP main camera  photo

So far the two versions look similar, but let’s take that ex-employee example and run with it. Someone leaves the company just after a promotional workplace photo is taken (happens all of the time), and that person can easily be cropped out.
S20 Ultra – cropped 108MP photo

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra – cropped 12MP photo

Workplace photo saved – and our cropped S20 Ultra camera examples shows less quality loss from the 108MP version, with more noticeable oversharpening in the 12MP version. Thankfully, both Aaron (right) and Andrew (middle) are still very much part of Future. Thanks for posing, guys.Wait, now we want a photo of the magazines in the background and forgot to take one. There’s going to be even more distortion punching in that far, but the 108MP handles it better.
Galaxy S20 Ultra – 108MP cropped photo of magazines

Galaxy S20 Ultra – 12MP cropped photo of magazines

When we crop to look at a single magazine cover, both begin to degrade in quality, but we can at least read all of the text on the version that was originally 108MP. Just look at the text underneath ‘Windsors’.

So cropping in anywhere on a photo could give you an entirely new subject without distortion – or at least not as much distortion as normal. Look at the bottles at this sleepy New York City diner in the top left corner.Again, they look the same in both photos, until you crop in.
Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra – 108MP main camera photo

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra – 12MP main camera photo

All of a sudden, the 108MP version (which was about 11.6MB) showed the labels a bit better. Look for the word ‘Silver’ on the second bottle from the left. You can still read that on the 108MP version, but it’s blurry on the 12MP version.
Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra – cropped 108MP photo

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra – cropped 12MP photo

Now, take this example, and imagine having a wide landscape photo of a city street. You’ll be able to isolate a single taxi in the distance into its own photo, like you were taking a 12MP photo of that taxi from the very beginning. So, will you get better photos at 108MP? That all depends on what you plan to do with them.Closer subjects exhibit fewer differences – the cups have a bit more reflection in the 108MP cropped version than the 12MP cropped version, and if you were to zoom in further on the ‘Warning’ sign, the smaller text is somewhat legible in the 108MP shot.
Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra – 108MP photo cropped-in

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra – 12MP photo cropped-in

Yes, you could always use the 48MP telephoto lens to capture distant subjects, but what the 108MP camera does is give you more control after the shutter button in pressed.
40MP selfie camera
Now, onto the 40MP selfie camera.We did appreciate the wider field of view in the special 40MP mode. But overall? It won’t make your selfies look that much better if you don’t intend to crop them in. It’s a small difference, but when you want to cut someone out of a selfie photo, this may be useful in a real-life scenario if you want to maintain the highest quality.
Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 40MP selfie camera

A crop of that same Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 40MP selfie photo (notice the gleam in the eye)

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 10MP selfie camera

A crop of that same Samsung Galaxy S20 10MP selfie photo (notice the loss of detail when we crop in?)

Samsung Galaxy S20 ‘Live Focus’ portrait mode
We’re still testing the Samsung’s portrait mode, and the fact that the S20 Ultra has Time of Flight cameras (something missing on the normal S20), meaning it should be able to better sense depth and differentiate the foreground from the background.That’s not always the case, as the S20 Ultra looks about as good as the Note 10 in our sample photos when it comes to determining the edges. However, our mobile editor, David Lumb, looks sharper in the S20 Ultra photos.And, for what it’s worth, Samsung has consistently had ‘the most fun’ camera to use with its filters like Color Point (the selective back and white filter), even if it wasn’t always ‘the best’ camera. This year, it could claim both titles.
Galaxy S20 Ultra’s biggest rivals in portrait mode
Every phonemaker does it differently, with some leaning into the bokeh (background blur) more than others. These phones also vary in how much they crop in to get that effect, so you may have to stand further back from your subject than you would to capture a normal.Really, it comes down to taste, though, we have have another set of portrait photos examples coming soon. Watch this page.
iPhone 11 Pro Max portrait camera

Google Pixel 4 portrait camera

Last year’s Samsung phones
Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus portrait camera

S20 Ultra vs cheap phones
OnePlus 7 Pro portrait camera

The OnePlus 7 Pro softened David’s face in every attempt in this mode, so while we liked the OnePlus 3x telephoto camera, the portrait mode left something to be desired.
Google Pixel 3a portrait camera

For a camera phone that’s $1,000 cheaper than the S20 Ultra, the Google Pixel 3a isn’t bad by any stretch.
Upgraded normal selfie photos comparison
We’re almost ready to call it: the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra is poised to have the best selfie camera we’ve seen yet, according to our early testing. It’s not the 40MP hype, though – you have to specifically select that in the UI anyway and the 40MP version is not really meant for dark environments due to the smaller size of individual pixels.It’s the fact that our faces are well lit, colors pop nicely but not aggressively, and the camera UI is so easy to use compared to those of several other smartphones out there. We have a bit more to say about the group selfies UI, too, but here are the front-facing camera photos – note we are very cold in this pictures, but we do it for you.
Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 10MP selfie camera

How do S20 Ultra selfies compare to Samsung’s rivals?
iPhone 11 Pro Max selfie camera

Google Pixel 4 selfie camera

S20 Ultra vs last year’s big Samsung phones 
Samsung Galaxy S10 camera

Samsung Galaxy S10 5G selfie camera (because it has a depth sensor, the S10 doesn’t)

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus selfie camera

S20 Ultra selfie camera vs cheap phones
OnePlus 7 Pro selfie camera

Google Pixel 3a selfie camera

Better group selfie camera UI
Here’s something we haven’t noticed in other smartphone cameras before: you can zoom out for group selfies (OK, that’s been in the Google Pixel 3, iPhone 11, and S10 series, etc), or you can have the camera do it for you based on face detection.That’s right, pointing S20 Ultra front-facing camera at multiple friends will uncrop the front-facing camera in an effort to fit everyone in. Yet if you’re taking a photo alone, it remains set to that more intimate zoomed-in perspective (note: the wide selfie is not actually a separate wide camera like on the Pixel 3, Samsung just crops selfies a bit more than it has to by default).It’s a smart effect that other phonemakers have been including, but they make you manually press a button to get it to work. This is one less thing to worry about when trying to grab a quick selfie photo with several friends.

We took more photo comparisons of the main and ultra-wide cameras to see how the camera mode captures more of what you want – which it does, but only sometimes. There’s still some natural distortion and moving subjects have prone to blur more than on the main camera. But in the right scenario, you can really take advantage of Samsung’s wide 120-degree field of view.More to come on with daytime ultra-wide photos in the next few hours.
That main and ultra-wide camera
Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra main camera

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra ultra-wide camera

How does the S20 main and wide cameras compare to its rivals?
iPhone 11 Pro Max main camera

iPhone 11 Pro Max ultra-wide camera

Google Pixel 4 main camera

Oh, that’s right – no ultra-wide camera on the Pixel 4

S20 Ultra vs last year’s big Samsung phones 
Samsung Galaxy S10 main camera

Samsung Galaxy S10 ultra-wide camera

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus main camera

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus ultra-wide camera

S20 Ultra vs cheap phones
OnePlus 7 Pro main camera

OnePlus 7 Pro ultra-wide camera

Google Pixel 3a main camera

Nope, Google didn’t make an ultra-wide camera here either

Handheld S20 Ultra telephoto lens shots  
So, in the first test, we used a tripod to take the best possible shots on a the ‘Space Zoom’ setting. While shooting, we noticed New York City taxis whizzing by us on Park Avenue were creating tiny vibrations that affected the zoom.But really, we wanted to see what the camera was like while shooting handheld, because people will naturally use it that way. Here are our samples – this time from zoomed-in to zoomed-out.
Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra camera (Pub gallery)
Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra camera (bacon gallery)
S20 Ultra camera testing continues
Congratulations, you’ve reached the end of our Samsung Galaxy S20 camera test – so far. We’re going to be adding more photos and comparison shots over the weekend in order to determine whether or not the S20 Ultra has the best camera on any smartphone and, if it is better, by how much?Have any special requests for types of shots? Want a specific comparison to a phone? No we don’t have the S20 and S20 Plus yet, but those will be coming in future tests. If so, hit us up on Twitter.

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