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Samsung Galaxy Watch Active2 gets major software update
15 January 2021, 2:52 pm


Samsung did not announce a new smartwatch at its Galaxy Unpacked event yesterday but its Galaxy Watch Active2 did get a big new software update in the aftermath of the event. The new firmware brings an onboard Samsung Health app, faster automatic workout detection and home training fitness programs among others. Update changelog in Korean Another new addition is SmartThings Find which helps you locate the watch if it's ever misplaced.The new R820XXU1DUA3 build comes in at nearly 85MB in size and is seeding in South Korea for now though it will soon make its way to more regions...

Xiaomi releases a list of 27 devices scheduled to get MIUI 12.5
15 January 2021, 2:04 pm


Xiaomi introduced the successor of the MIUI 12 last month, called MIUI 12.5. While it looks like a minor update, the company actually had redone the whole package from within to lower power and memory consumption of the core apps. The company promised “more than a dozen smartphones” will be eligible for the first closed beta, and now it has officially posted the full list of eligible devices. Here it is: Xiaomi Mi 11 Xiaomi Mi 10 Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra Xiaomi Mi 10 Youth Xiaomi Mi 9 SE Xiaomi Mi 9 Xiaomi Mi 9 Explorer Xiaomi Mi 9 Pro 5G Xiaomi Mi...

Samsung details the ISOCELL HM3 - the 108 MP sensor used in the Galaxy S21 Ultra
15 January 2021, 1:12 pm


The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G introduces the newest 108MP sensor from the company. ISOCELL HM3 features several enhancements over the HM1 (which was used in the S20 Ultra and Note20 Ultra). This includes improved HDR, low light and autofocus performance. Smart ISO Pro is an HDR technology that captures one high ISO and one low ISO shot simultaneously. As both are captured at the same time, this avoids the ghosting of moving objects that is a problem for sequential HDR. Then the two shots are combined into a single 12-bit image. That’s 12-bits per channel, meaning the RAW image...

Samsung opens Galaxy S21 pre-orders worldwide
15 January 2021, 12:25 pm


If you’re interested in scooping up a brand new Galaxy S21 series phone, you can now place your pre-order. We’ve gathered pricing details for the base variants of all three models for you. The devices will ship in most regions on January 29 though if you pick up one of the exclusive made to order colors it will take an extra 3-5 weeks. As usual, Samsung is bundling freebies with pre-orders up until January 28 which vary by region. In the US, Galaxy S21 and S21+ buyers get up to $200 Samsung Credit to spend on accessories of their choice alongside a free Galaxy SmartTag. German, French...

iQOO 7 units worth CNY 200 million sold in first sale, update brings 1,000Hz touch sampling rate
15 January 2021, 11:36 am


The iQOO 7 unveiled earlier this week went on its first sale today and iQOO announced it sold units worth more than CNY200 million, which translates to about $30.9 million. The iQOO 7 comes in two memory configurations - 8GB/128GB priced at CNY3,798 ($585/€485) and 12GB/256GB priced at CNY4,198 ($650/€535). The phone maker didn't reveal the number of units it sold today, but assuming most people purchased the base model, more than 50,000 were moved. The iQOO 7 is powered by the Snapdragon 888 SoC, sports a 48MP triple camera, and packs a 4,000 mAh battery with 120W charging. The...

Samsung unveils new S Pen Pro, announces support for third-party styluses
15 January 2021, 10:46 am


Something important almost got lost in the fireworks of the Galaxy S21 unveiling – Samsung is launching two new S Pens, including a Pro model. The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G supports both, in fact, you can use any current or old S Pen (so if you have an old Note laying around, you can use its stylus). The new S Pen is lager in all dimensions, making it more comfortable. This is made possible since the stylus doesn’t have to fit inside a thin phone, instead it is attached to the side of select cases. We should point out that this is a passive stylus (as in there’s no battery...

Kuo: 2021 MacBook Pros will scrap Touch Bar, bring new design and MagSafe connector
15 January 2021, 10:01 am


Last month noted Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo gave out confirmation that Apple’s upcoming 2021 MacBook Air and 13” MacBook Pro will debut with mini LED displays and M1 chipsets. Today we get more details on the all-new 14” and 16” MacBook Pros which are said to bring major redesigns. Kuo shares that the new top-end models will feature a squarer cut design on the top and bottom halves which is a natural evolution of the 2018 iPad Pro and iPhone 12 industrial design. In addition, both models are said to bring back Apple’s MagSafe charging connector which was last seen on Mac laptops back...

Oppo A93 5G announced with Snapdragon 480 and 90Hz screen
15 January 2021, 9:13 am


Oppo announced the A93 last year with a Helio P95 SoC, and today the company followed it up with a 5G variant. The Oppo A93 5G is powered by the brand new Snapdragon 480 SoC, boots Android 11-based ColorOS 11.1, and has two memory options - 8GB/128GB and 8GB/256GB. It also comes with a microSD card slot that allows addition of another 256GB of storage. The Oppo A93 5G is built around a 6.5" FullHD+ 90Hz LCD that has a touch sampling rate of 180Hz and a punch hole for the 8MP selfie camera. Around the back, you get three cameras aligned vertically in the top-left corner. This camera system...

Xiaomi foldable phone prototype leaks in spy photos
15 January 2021, 8:27 am


Samsung, Huawei and Motorola are already into the market for foldables, and it's only a matter of time before more companies join. Xiaomi looks to be making steady progress in that direction as a Galaxy Fold-like phone with MIUI 12 onboard has been spotted in spy shots in the Chinese subway, wrapped in what looks like a pre-production design-concealing case. We are unsure of the state of the unit pictured, but if it's ready to be taken out in the wild than it's probably nearing the end of its development. Xiaomi foldable phone The image can only tell us this device runs...

vivo X60 Pro+ is coming on January 21
15 January 2021, 7:37 am


vivo introduced the X60 and X60 Pro at the end of last month and promised to launch a Pro+ model soon. Today, the company announced it will unveil the X60 Pro+ on January 21 in China at 7:30PM local time. vivo hasn't detailed the specs of the X60 Pro+ yet, but a Chinese retailer released posters teasing Snapdragon 888 SoC, advanced quad camera, ZEISS optics, impressive low-light camera performance, and high quality audio on the Pro+. vivo X60 Pro+ render The vivo X60 Pro+, sporting model code V2056A, got 3C certified earlier this month, revealing 55W charging in the process....

TWS segment sees significant growth in 2020, more to come in 2021
15 January 2021, 6:47 am


A new report released by Counterpoint Research, says the wearables market continues to grow quickly. The latest research shows that 52% of wearables in Q3 2020 consisted of hearables. Smartwatches and fitness trackers accounted for 41%. Skinwear, bodywear, and eyewear accounted for the remaining 7% share. Source: Counterpoint Research. *Includes smartwatches and bands. The hearables category alone has grown by 83% compared to 2019. A total of 238 million hearables units are were sold last year. The trend around removing jacks and earphones from devices and boxes is becoming a...

Trump Administration blacklists Xiaomi, US investors must pull out by end of year
15 January 2021, 5:45 am


The Trump administration has designated Xiaomi as a “Communist Chinese military company” which would qualify it to be one of the blacklisted companies under the Trump Administration’s Executive Order from November that bars American securities and investment companies from putting capital resources on investments that fund “Communist Chinese military companies”. That executive order stated that the “PRC exploits United States investors to finance the development and modernization of its military,” by selling securities to US investors that trade on public stock exchanges both in the US and...

Google announces its acquisition of Fitbit has been completed
15 January 2021, 4:06 am


On Thursday, Google announced that its acquisition of Fitbit is finally complete in a press release on its website. The announcement was made by Rick Osterloh, Senior Vice President of Devices and Services for Google. In the release, Osterloh emphasizes that the acquisition of the wearables company “has always been about the devices, not data” in an effort to clarify Google’s intentions with the purchase of Fitbit. Google looks forward to utilizing the talents of the Fitbit team to eventually develop its own wearable devices, much like how Google’s acquisition of Nest enabled the company...

Check out our Samsung Galaxy S21 lineup key features video
15 January 2021, 2:13 am


Today was a very big day for Samsung, as you may already know. The Galaxy S21, S21+, and S21 Ultra were finally unveiled after months of rumors, leaks, and speculation. So now that the cat's out of the official bag, we couldn't wait to tell you all about the trio. And what better way to do that than a quick video about their key features? Exactly. Here it is. We run you through everything that's important about the new devices (and there is a lot of stuff to cover), in just under eight minutes. We call that efficient. So sit back and enjoy the ride! Of course there's much more to...

Here's our first look at Windows 10X in use
15 January 2021, 12:00 am


Microsoft announced Windows 10X back in 2019 as an operating system designed for use on dual-screen devices. Then last year, the company changed direction, and announced that it would be pivoted to work on single-screen devices, such as laptops. While the OS is yet to release, a near-final working build of the OS has leaked, which has allowed people to get it installed and running. In this video by Windows Central, we can see the OS running on a PC. The video showcases the redesigned UI of the OS, something we had only seen in screenshots before. Windows 10X has revamped...

MSI updates its notebooks with the new Nvidia RTX 30 series GPUs
14 January 2021, 9:09 pm


Following Nvidia's announcement of the mobile RTX 30 series GPUs, notebook manufacturers are quick to announce refreshes of their laptops with the new hardware. MSI, being one of the key players in performance category wasted no time announcing a bunch of updates across its lineup. The CPUs are still Intel's older 10th Generation, except for the Stealth 15, which will employ the new H35-series. MSI Raider Let's start with the MSI Raider GE76. A big 17.3-inch gaming laptop with a choice between 3840 x 2160px 60Hz display or a 240Hz one at 1080p resolution. The CPU options go up to 10th...

Samsung Galaxy S21-series announcement coverage wrap-up
14 January 2021, 7:12 pm


It sure was a busy day, as is becoming a tradition when Samsung holds one of its Unpacked events. The company announced another a trio of flagship models alongside the Galaxy Buds Pro with smarter ANC and even better audio quality, and the Smart Tag trackers. The S21 Ultra is surely looking like one of the most formidable cameraphones we've ever seen, while the S21 and S21+ bring a new design, but comparatively fewer upgrades over the outgoing S20 and S20+. The good news is all three are cheaper than their predecessors, but the bad news is that chargers and headphones are gone from the...

Samsung announces Galaxy Smart Tag and Smart Tag+ trackers
14 January 2021, 6:19 pm


Samsung’s big Unpacked event is in the books and with all the limelight focused on the three new Galaxy S phones, it’s would be easy to miss out on the Galaxy Smart Tag – Samsung’s latest Bluetooth tracking tile. It comes in two variants – Smart Tag that uses Bluetooth 5.0 Low Energy (LE) and Smart Tag+ that leverages Ultrawide Band (UWB) and will launch later this year. Both trackers help you locate missing items when you attach them to whatever you see fit. You can clip them up to your keys, wallet, backpack or even to your pet’s leash. They pair with Samsung’s SmartThings app and...

Hot take: Samsung Galaxy S21 lineup
14 January 2021, 5:44 pm


It’s not quite February like the good old days but Samsung announced its latest flagship series with the Galaxy S21 trio. The mainstream flagships of the world's largest manufacturer are understandably a big deal for the industry as a whole, so we thought we'd share some early thoughts on what we like and what rubbed us the wrong way. Here’s our hot take on the Galaxy S21 series. Winner: Pricing Samsung is asking less for its S-series this year with the S21 starting at €850/£770, the S21+ going for €1,050/£950 while the S21 Ultra starts from €1,250/£1,150 for the 12/128GB trim. This...

Here are Samsung's Galaxy S21 series infographics
14 January 2021, 4:49 pm


Samsung had a busy day announcing its three new flagship smartphones, and among many other things, the company outed a couple of infographics describing its latest devices in detail. You can always check our spec pages for the S21, S21+, and S21 Ultra to find out every single detail, but Samsung's infographics provide a quick overview of the most important aspects. Here's the one talking about the S21 Ultra: And here's the one that's about the S21 and S21+:

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