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Samsung Galaxy A Series is back with more 5G bang for your buck

By Luke Hopewell March 18, 2021

So you want an incredible 5G smartphone but don’t want to pay top dollar? We get it! Overnight, Samsung announced a new range of A Series smartphones, with unreal specs that will leave more cash in your wallet.

Samsung Galaxy A52 5G

The A52 looks the absolute goods, and has the features to match.

With a massive 6.5-inch FHD Super AMOLED display, your content absolutely sings. And with a super fast 90Hz refresh rate and a notchless Infinity-0 display and Dolby Atmos stereo speakers, nothing is getting between you and your content. That awesome display also hides the in-screen fingerprint reader so you can keep your stuff safe from prying eyes.

Your pics will look unreal thanks to the four rear-facing cameras: a 64-megapixel Main lens with Optical Image Stabilisation for smooth videos and stills; an 12-megapixel Ultra Wide lens to capture the whole scene; a 5-megapixel Macro lens for all the up-close details, and a 5-megapixel Depth lens for dramatic focus effects.

For all your selfies, you’re set with a 32-megapixel front-facing camera. And speaking of selfies, the A52 comes packed with built-in Snapchat AR lenses to make the camera’s Fun Mode even more fun.

If you wake up and realise your phone wasn’t charging overnight, you’re set: the Galaxy A52 comes with a 4500mAh battery with a two-day battery life to get you through1.

You get 128GB of onboard storage for all your stuff, and if that isn’t enough for you, it takes a microSD card to boost your storage up to a whopping 1TB! And so it can keep up with your active lifestyle on the go, it’s packing IP67 water and dust resistance2.

And of course, it’s on our unreal 5G network with fast data speeds in more places than anyone else. 5G isn’t just for expensive flagships. In fact, the Galaxy A52 comes in at great value at just $648.

Samsung Galaxy A32 5G

For those looking for everything you need and nothing you don’t, the Galaxy A32 5G has what you need. Coming in at just $480, it has loads of bang for your buck.

It still offers a 6.5-inch display, 128GB of storage (expandable up to 1TB), and a massive 5000mAh battery3 to keep you going and going.

There’s also still a quad-rear camera: a 48-megapixel Main lens; 8-megapixel Ultra Wide lens; 5-megapixel Depth lens, and the 2-megapixel Depth lens. The selfies are easily taken care of with a 13-megapixel camera.

And you’re still covered by our amazing 5G network!

Our offers and pricing

We’re excited to carry the new Samsung Galaxy A Series handsets on our amazing network.

We’ll be stocking:

RRP
Samsung Galaxy A32 5G 128GB $480
Samsung Galaxy A52 5G 128GB $648

You’ll be able to purchase the devices from 8am AEST on 9 April 2021. The Galaxy A32 will be available online only, and the Galaxy A52 5G will be available both online and in-store

The early bird gets the worm, and with the A Series devices, early birds who purchase between 9 April and 23 April 2021 will snag themselves a free pair of Samsung Galaxy Buds Live (white), normally valued at $319 RRP.

And, if you find a better deal on your Samsung Galaxy A Series device, let us know within 7 days and we’ll credit the difference back to your bill. That’s our 7-Day Price Match at work! Find out more about Price Match on Telstra.com.

Things you need to know

1. Battery capacity value of a ‘typical’ user. Rated (i.e. minimum) battery capacity value is 4370mAh. Actual battery capacity value may vary. See user manual for instructions on optimum battery life.
2. IP67 rated for submersion in up to 1 metre of fresh water for up to 30 minutes. Please refer to user manual for further information including how to properly care for your device.
3. Battery capacity value of a ‘typical’ user. Rated (i.e. minimum) battery capacity value is 4860mAh. Actual battery capacity value may vary. See user manual for instructions on optimum battery life.

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Shooting with the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G: how you can take the best shots

By Andrew Zhao February 2, 2021

As smartphones score more and more awesome camera tech, it’s getting easier and easier to snap a great shot. I’ve been shooting with the new Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G for the last couple of weeks, and I’ve already got some tips you can use to make your shots look their best.

The gear

This year’s Galaxy S21 is great for photographers. There are three models available to cater for all your screen-loving needs. And all the devices – from the Galaxy S21 5G through to the Galaxy S21+ 5G, right up to the flagship Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G.

The top-of-the-range Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G is what I have my hands on, and it’s a pretty sweet bit of kit.

@andyescapes

Cheers for the hook up, @telstra ! The camera on the @samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G is 🔥 ##Telstra ##Collab ##phone ##video ##sydney ##xgamesmode

♬ original sound – Andrew

Here are some tips to make the most out of it, and the awesome shots I got.

Turn on the grid lines

Turning on grid lines on your phone camera splits the screen into a 3×3 grid perfect for you to use the rule of thirds for your photos!

Try positioning points of interest in your scene on the intersections of the grid which will make your photo more balanced and aesthetically pleasing. The grid can give you a better idea if your subject is actually centred or not.

But, keep in mind rules are meant to be broken, so feel free to experiment outside of the grid to create interesting results.

Use the right camera for the right occasion

Nowadays smartphones have many different cameras which can be utilised for many purposes!

In general, landscapes look more grand when using a wide-angle camera on your phone. On the S21 Ultra 5G, you also get a macro camera so you can capture small details in focus and truly up close.

Portraits look great when using the Telephoto or Zoom lenses and will create some beautiful background blur (or bokeh) from this as well. Additionally zoom cameras will yield some amazing results on distant landscapes, for example mountains!

Take advantage of Pro Mode

If your camera has a pro mode where you can manually adjust settings, this can be very powerful and work to level up your photography skills.

When you’re shooting an awesome set of pics, it’s important to preserve as much detail as possible. For this reason, I shoot in RAW whenever I can. RAW is a file format that keeps more of the photo’s visual information intact when compared to shooting in JPG. That way you can edit the photo later and have far more to work with. This is the power of Pro Mode on the Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G.

Pro Mode also allows you to manipulate just about every shooting setting possible for your photo. ISO; exposure; white balance; manual focus pulling, and more.

Additionally, by being able to control the shutter speed, when pairing your phone with a phone tripod you have the power to capture more light from a scene, and even take shots of the Milky Way for amazing astrophotography!

Using pro mode can almost transform your phone to an DSLR-like camera.

Make the most out of Panorama modes

Although people often use panorama modes for horizontal landscapes, try taking a panorama horizontally and then panning up to capture an even wider shot in a portrait orientation, perfect for the ‘gram! If there are tall trees, or if you just want to capture more of the scene this can create some impossible looking shots that you can create so easily on your phone!

Know your zooms

The last tip is just to be understand how you are using zoom on your phone. For example, the Samsung S21 Ultra 5G offers pre-set zoom lengths of 0.6x, 1x, 3x and 10x optical zoom.

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A super-handy transition tutorial from the magician @andyescapes , captured on the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G using the upgraded Space Zoom feature

♬ original sound – Telstra

What you need to know is that anything inbetween the zoom lengths (eg. 5x) will all be digitally rather than optically zoomed. What this means is if I take a photo that is zoomed 5x it is actually just zooming in digitally from the 3x camera. This can lead to images that may introduce some digital distortion.

To maximise quality, you simply stick to the default zooms on the camera such as 0.6x, 1x, 3x and 10x as you retain maximum quality of your images. You can zoom in digitally for yourself later!

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Samsung Galaxy S21 range: the next-gen Galaxy is here

By Luke Hopewell January 15, 2021

The Samsung Galaxy S21 range has landed. It takes the Galaxy experience to new heights, and we’ve got all the details; pricing and special deals you need to make it great.

Next-level specs

This year’s Galaxy S21 is bigger and better than ever. There are three models available to cater for all your screen-loving needs. And all the devices – from the Galaxy S21 5G through to the Galaxy S21+ 5G, right up to the flagship Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G feel great in the hand.

Each device in the range is powered by the fastest processor ever in a Galaxy for a supercharged 5G experience, and a choice of either 128GB or 256GB of storage1.

The range starts with the Samsung Galaxy S21 5G, with a 6.2-inch Infinity-O display. Don’t be fooled, though: just because it’s the smallest in the range doesn’t mean it skimps on the awesome features. The Galaxy S21 5G display features an adaptive 120Hz refresh rate for incredibly smooth streaming and gaming on the go, and a massive 4000mAh battery2 complete with 25W super fast charging (25W charger sold separately) and wireless powershare.

The Galaxy S21 5G also features a triple rear camera with Night Mode and gorgeous 8K video recording3. You even get 3x optical zoom and 30x Space Zoom 2.04 so you don’t miss a thing.

The Galaxy S21+ 5G is slightly larger, with its 6.7-inch Infinity-O display complete with 120Hz adaptive refresh rate for that all-important smoothness. It packs in the same triple rear camera with Night Mode and 8K video recording3, but beefs up the battery to 4800mAh2.

At the top of the range is the Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G, with all the trimmings.

It features a camera with the highest resolution on a Samsung Galaxy smartphone at a whopping 108-megapixels. It also features four lenses, advanced Night Mode and that brilliant 8K Video Recording3. There’s also a dual-zoom system with a 10x optical zoom, and the incredible 100x Space Zoom 2.04 system alongside it.

Optical zoom looks great on the gorgeous screens, and the Galaxy S21 range really puts the “pro” in Pro-Grade Cameras. The impressive hardware gives way to some awesome software, designed to help photographers and creators at all levels get the shot. From smart modes that take the guesswork out of shooting, through to Director’s Mode which activates an on-device multi-cam setup that makes creating vlogs easy. Along with multiple microphone support and Telstra’s fast 5G5 network for faster uploads, the Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G is a new standard for content creators.

All that tech fits under a 6.8-inch screen with the adaptive 120Hz display, and it’s powered by a 5000mAh battery2 to keep you going and going.

Security across the range is taken care of with improved ultrasonic in-screen fingerprint readers directly built in, Facial Recognition and Samsung KNOX and each model comes in a range of new colours.

But what’s really awesome is the addition of an old favourite into the Galaxy S line-up.

Meet the S Pen, all over again

That’s right: the Galaxy S21 Ultra is the first model to support Samsung’s S Pen stylus. The S Pen, typically a hallmark of the Samsung Galaxy Note range, is an incredibly powerful tool that lets you express yourself creatively and get more done on the go.

The S Pen (sold separately to the Galaxy S21 Ultra) features a smooth writing experience features a smoother writing experience and allows you to really make the most out of your device.

You can handwrite notes; edit excel documents; annotate images and screenshots and so much more on the go.

It’s a larger S Pen than we’re used to, which feels great in the hand.

And, if you’re upgrading from an older compatible Note model, it reduces the e-waste as you can reuse your S Pen again!

Fast 5G right out of the box

5G is here to stay, and the Galaxy S21 range really cements it with an all-5G lineup. Don’t worry if you’re not in a 5G area, either: the device still features 4G/3G connectivity also.

We’re now in more places than ever with Telstra 5G, so you can experience the true power of the Galaxy S21, S21+ and S21 Ultra 5G out of the box5. Check our website for coverage, and to find out more about when this awesome tech will be available near you.

Availability and special offers

We’re excited to carry the Samsung Galaxy S21 range on our incredible network.

We’ll be stocking:

Outright MRO 12-months MRO 24-months
Samsung Galaxy S21 5G 128GB $1248 $104 $52
Samsung Galaxy S21 5G 256GB $1344 $112 $56
Samsung Galaxy S21+ 5G 128GB $1536 $128 $64
Samsung Galaxy S21+ 5G 256GB $1632 $136 $68
Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G 128GB $1848 $154 $77
Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G 256GB $1944 $162 $81

Pre-orders open from 8am (AEST) on 15 Jan 2021. The devices will hit the shelves at 9am (AEST) on 28 January 2021.

To the pre-orders go the spoils! If you pre-order the Samsung Galaxy S21 5G or Galaxy S21+ 5G before 11:59pm on 28 January 2021 (AEST), you’ll get the Samsung Galaxy Buds Live in Mystic White included (RRP $319). Pre-order the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G before 11:59pm on 28 January 2021 (AEST) and you’ll get the Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro in Phantom Silver (RRP $349).

Those who purchase a Samsung Galaxy S21 series handset our flexible XL Plan will save big too. If you take up a $115 XL plan, you’ll receive a $50 bill credit for 12 months. That’s a saving of $600, and a whopping $180GB of included data per month for $65.

And if you trade-in your old eligible Samsung device, you can get up to $600 credit on your bill when traded in at Telstra6.

Finally, if you find a better deal on your Samsung Galaxy S21 series device, let us know within 7 days and we’ll credit the difference back to your bill. That’s our 7-Day Price Match at work! Find out more about Price Match on Telstra.com.

Things you need to know:

  1. User cannot access entire memory capacity due to pre-installed content.
  2. Rated (i.e. minimum) battery capacity. Actual battery capacity value may vary. 25W charger required and is sold separately.
  3. To view videos in 8K quality, a compatible 8K device is required (sold separately)
  4. Space Zoom includes digital zoom which may cause image deterioration​
  5. 5G: Telstra currently offers 5G in selected areas and is progressively rolling it out to other areas. To find out more about Telstra 5G, check here or ask in store.
  6. Trade-in: To be eligible for the trade-in program, you must be aged 18+, with a Telstra consumer or small business billing account starting with 2000.
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All the new stuff coming to Google Pixel in December

By Luke Hopewell December 8, 2020

The best thing about the Google Pixel is that it gets better and better over time. With feature drops, your phone gets a boost of helpfulness thanks to software updates. Here’s what’s new in December.

How to get feature drops

You can see your device’s Android version number and security update level in your Settings app. You’ll get notifications when updates are available for you. You can also check for updates. Learn how to see and update your Android version.

You’ll get new features, tricks and apps on your Pixel 3, Pixel 4, Pixel 4a/4a with 5G and Pixel 5 as time goes on1.

Group movie nights are back on

December’s feature drop includes what’s called Duo Screen Sharing2. With this new feature, you’ll be able to join a video call on Google Duo via your Pixel 3 or newer phone, and share a video that the whole chat can watch.

Unlike other video sharing apps, you don’t need to open the video in a separate app. You all watch the video at the same time, in the same chat window! It’s being together without being together.

With Duo Screen Sharing, you can get closer to the ones you love in new and fun ways.

Get the most out of your phone

Adaptive Response is coming to your Pixel1. You’ve already got a load of great gear on your Pixel, and Adaptive Response is here to make it sing for you.

It takes your phone’s hardware and software and optimises them automatically to your environment to make your experience the best it can be each time.

With Adaptive Connectivity on Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a with 5G can help to save battery life by switching between 5G2 and 4G based on the app that you’re using. It’ll choose 4G for things like browsing the web or sending texts, and switch to 5G when you’re watching films or downloading large files.

And with Adaptive Sound on Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a with 5G, your audio sounds great no matter what environment you’re in3. Plus, improved location and safety features will keep you on the right track. And now you can use Google Lens to translate right in your phone’s browser4.

Vault the language barrier with Google Lens

With this month’s feature drop you can now have your Pixel 3 (or newer1) help you cross the language barrier with the tap of a button.

Google Lens can now detect if you’re reading something in another language, and automatically translate it for you6.

Simply take a screenshot of the page and tap the Lens chip to read the translated text.

Voila!

Walking smarter with Pixel

The new feature drop now features more accurate GPS for users of Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a with 5G1,2!

Your ridesharing service can find you more easily, and there’s no more guessing which side of the street you need to be on when you’re walking to your destination.

Make it yours

With new customisation features coming to your Pixel1, you can personalise it even further.

Personalise your home screen with new icons, grid views and app shapes, and create wallpapers out of famous artworks.

You can also make playlists from your Now Playing history. Just check your Now Playing history, then export your selected songs into a new YouTube Music playlist.

Pixel, but make it art

We all need a dose of culture in our lives, now more than ever.

Thankfully, Google Arts & Culture is introducing new wallpapers of famous artworks for your Pixel 3 or newer phone1. Find your favourite pieces from world-class museums, save them as your wallpaper and learn more about the art and artists.

Things you need to know

  1. Your Pixel will receive feature drops during the applicable Android update and support period for the phones. See g.co/pixel/updates for more details.
  2. Requires Wi-Fi or 5G Internet connection. Not available on all apps and content. Data rates may apply. Subscriptions may apply. 5G service, speed and performance depend on many factors including, but not limited to, operator network capabilities, device configuration and capabilities, network traffic, location, signal strength and signal obstruction.
  3. Not available for all apps or content. Available only on Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a (5G).
  4. For available Google Lens languages, go to g.co/help/lens. Some Lens features require an Internet connection.
  5. Available only on Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a with 5G.
  6. For available Google Lens languages, go to g.co/help/lens. Some Lens features require an Internet connection.
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Making gifting season more affordable with our 7-day Price Match

By Michael Ackland December 1, 2020

We want you to have the best. That’s why we offer Australia’s best network, backed up by the best devices and the best loyalty program. We want to make sure you get all that for the best price, too – so we’re making a price promise.

We want to make the gifting season more affordable than ever – that’s why we’re putting our money where our mouths are.

We call it the 7-Day Price Match. It’s simple: if you find a better price from an Australian retailer on a huge range of post-paid phones within 7 days of receipt of the phone, we’ll credit your bill.

We not only go further than our competitors on our network, but also on our price match promise. Instead of having to go in-store to claim your price promise credit, we’ll let you submit the claim online by showing us a similar deal or just sending a photo of a catalogue, etc. And you can claim on phones both purchased outright from us or on a phone payment plan.

With a comprehensive 7-Day Price Match, you can shop with confidence with us. Plus, we have more ways than ever to purchase the latest phones. You can purchase a device outright, pay it off over 12- or-24 months, or even trade in an old phone for credit towards a new device. Plus, you can connect your new phone to one of our truly flexible month to month plans, with no excess data charges.

And the rewards don’t stop, either. As a customer, you can join our rewards program, Telstra Plus. The Telstra Plus rewards program gives you benefits just for paying your bill, with access to cheap tickets for movies and other events, access to a redemption store where you can spend your points on the latest devices, and more.

It’s all about making sure you get the best value on Australia’s best network, so you can have a great festive gifting season.

Things you need to know

  • There are some limits to our 7-day Price Match. For example, we will not match with online only retailers or clearance items, and there are limits to the number of phones per customer we will match the price for. For the full detail see our Telstra Price Match website.