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Samsung acknowledges Galaxy Note 20 Ultra flaws raised by some owners – TechRadar

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The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra release date has just passed, and some users have already reported issues with the smartphone in the form of camera bump deformities.

As reported by Sammobile, over 100 members of Samsung’s digital forums have taken to the web to point out issues they’ve noticed with the camera lenses and bump on the back of the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra. 

The issues tend to be the presence of dust or condensation on the inside of the lenses, or gaps between the lenses and the the body of the phone, and there are plenty of images pointing these issues out.

It’s worth noting that, according to Sammobile’s report, the issues have only been raised by users in South Korea so far – it’s not clear if the problem is limited to units in the country, or if people in other regions have also noticed it.

We reached out to Samsung for its view on the issue, and it returned us a comment which we have published in full below:

“Samsung is committed to ensuring consumer’s satisfaction and optimal experience on Galaxy devices. Recently, there have been a limited number of reports of fog build-up inside the cameras of Galaxy Note 20 Ultra. 

“As with reading glasses and other glass objects, condensation can occur in water-resistant smartphones when they are exposed to a sudden temperature change.”

Samsung’s phones recently have a bit of a patchy track record – the Samsung Galaxy Fold was delayed for months due to durability issues, and the Galaxy S20 Ultra had one or two cases of shattering camera bumps, but not since the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 have there been any major problems.

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The Galaxy Note 7 had a problem wherein its battery caught fire, sparking two major recalls before the issue was fixed – it became a well-known event even for people who aren’t smartphone fans.

The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra issue is no-where near as severe, and you shouldn’t worry about being around one – in fact, as our Galaxy Note 20 Ultra review states, we’d recommend picking up the phone.

According to the Sammobile report, around 100+ people have mentioned issues with their phone – that’s compared to an estimated 780,000 models of the phone pre-ordered in the region, according to another Sammobile story. So even if we were going to generously say 200 people had suffered from the issue, assuming some stayed silent or didn’t notice it, that’s just 0.25% of units that are breaking.

At the time of writing, the phone has only been out for roughly a day, so we can’t say for certain that the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra issue is just a small phenomenon –


but the evidence we have so far doesn’t give us cause for concern. 

If you live outside South Korea, own the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra and have noticed problems with it similar to those detailed above, let us know at news@techradar.com so we can understand the extent of this story.



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CDC director acknowledges hospitals have a monetary incentive to overcount coronavirus deaths – Washington Examiner

U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Robert Redfield agreed that some hospitals have a monetary incentive to overcount coronavirus deaths as they do deaths for other diseases.

“I think you’re correct in that we’ve seen this in other disease processes, too. Really, in the HIV epidemic, somebody may have a heart attack but also have HIV — the hospital would prefer the [classification] for HIV because there’s greater reimbursement,” Redfield said during a House panel hearing Friday when asked by Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer about potential “perverse incentives.”

Redfield continued: “So, I do think there’s some reality to that. When it comes to death reporting, though, ultimately, it’s how the physician defines it in the death certificate, and … we review all of those death certificates. So I think, probably it is less operable in the cause of death, although I won’t say there are not some cases. I do think though [that] when it comes to hospital reimbursement issues or individuals that get discharged, there could be some play in that for sure.”

Questions have been raised about coronavirus counting in hospitals across the country, and conflicting conclusions have been raised about whether or not deaths are being accurately counted.

A Yale study concluded that the overall coronavirus death toll in the United States is a “substantial undercount” of the actual number; White House coronavirus response team member Dr. Deborah Birx suggested in May that deaths are being overcounted by 25%.

There appear to be cases where the opposite has happened. An investigation in Florida found that several deaths were wrongly attributed to the virus, including the case of a man who died from a gunshot wound to the head.

The CDC’s website lists over 3,700 coronavirus deaths characterized as “intentional and unintentional injury, poisoning and other adverse events.” In Texas, more than 3,000 people were recently removed from the overall coronavirus count because they were never actually tested but considered “probable” cases.

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