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Samsung Galaxy Note20 and Note20 Ultra India pricing revealed as pre-orders open
6 August 2020, 12:14 pm


Samsung announced the Galaxy Note20 and Galaxy Note20 Ultra yesterday through a virtual event along with their US and European prices, and today we learn about the Note20 duo's Indian pricing. The Galaxy Note20 is priced at INR77,999 ($1,040/€880) in India, while the Note20 Ultra will set you back by INR104,999 ($1,400/€1,180). Both smartphones come with 256GB of internal storage, but the regular Note20 has 8GB RAM while the Note20 Ultra comes with 12GB RAM onboard and supports 5G networks. The Note20 and Note20 Ultra are already up for pre-orders in India through Samsung's online...

Honor sets IFA event for September 4
6 August 2020, 11:19 am


The IFA exhibition in Berlin is scheduled to take place in a new format this year between September 3 and September 5, and several companies are embracing the idea of having physical events once again. We already have a confirmation that Realme will attend, and today we received an invite that Honor is also having a press conference which will be on September 4. The theme of the presentation will be “Expand Your Smart Life”, where Honor will introduce a wide portfolio of products, including smart bands, personal computers, and tablets, while the image also contains a phone. Other...

Samsung Galaxy Note20 duo, Z Fold2, the Watch3 and Buds Live detailed in promo videos
6 August 2020, 10:27 am


Samsung’s mobile ecosystem took a large step forward yesterday. The company unveiled the Galaxy Note20 and Note20 Ultra, which merge productivity, entertainment and photography while also upgrading the trademark feature of the series, the S Pen. The playlist below starts with a gentle introduction of the Note20 Ultra and moves on to show how the phone balances its new objectives. Microsoft was deeply involved with both work and play. The third video focuses on how the Notes interact with the two new wearables – the Galaxy Buds Live and Galaxy Watch3. More on the wearables themselves...

OnePlus shows Always On Display designs in teaser videos
6 August 2020, 9:38 am


CEO Pete Lau posted a video that gives the backstory of the design for the new Always On Display functionality that is coming to OxygenOS 11. OnePlus partnered with the Parsons School of Design to come up with a selection of looks and elements that will adorn the display while the phone sleeps. The featured design is called “Time”, but it’s really a timeline. As the day rolls on, the clock will move across the line, leaving markings every time you used the phone. In the evening, you’ll see an account of how often and when you used your phone. Oxygen OS 11 interface will be revamped...

Oppo Reno4 Pro gets camera improvements in second software update
6 August 2020, 8:33 am


The global version of the Oppo Reno4 Pro that went on sale yesterday is receiving its second software update. The first update (CPH2109_11_A.13) was rolled out before its July 31 unveiling with July 5, 2020 Android security patch. Now the second update released by Oppo bumps up the security patch level on the smartphone to August 5, 2020. Additionally, the new update, that sports build number CPH2109_11_A.15, comes with improved camera effects and system stability as well as optimized network and phone call performance. Oppo Reno4 Pro software update The new firmware is only...

Commemorative Redmi K30 to officially arrive on August 11
6 August 2020, 7:42 am


Xiaomi got a phone approved by TENAA last week, and we suspect it is the Redmi K30 Ultra. Later the company confirmed a new device is scheduled to arrive this month, celebrating its first decade in the world of smartphones. The new Redmi K30 was initially expected on August 14, but today Xiaomi revealed the launch will be on Tuesday, August 11. The machine-translated name of the phone is K30 Extreme Commemorative Edition, but it will likely go with the much simpler Ultra when/if it escapes China. The big difference from the Redmi K30 Pro and Redmi K30 Pro Zoom appears to be the...

Our Oppo Reno4 Pro video review is out
6 August 2020, 6:48 am


The Oppo Reno4 Pro announced for the global markets last week went on sale in India yesterday. The international version is different from its Chinese counterpart - it comes with a less powerful chipset, no 5G connectivity, downgraded cameras, and plastic build. But despite that, it ends up being a properly competitive package. Oppo Reno4 Pro global variant The Snapdragon 720G SoC performs well in daily usage, and the cameras have a decent image and video quality overall. The plastic build makes the global Reno4 Pro one of the lightest smartphones we got our hands on recently,...

Realme C12 with a 6,000 mAh battery gets multiple certifications
6 August 2020, 6:01 am


Realme C11 and Realme C15 are the latest affordable devices by the young smartphone brand, and soon there will be a new addition to the C lineup, called Realme C12. It appeared on multiple certifications along with the model number RMX2189, revealing Realme is planning to make it widely available and not limited to a single market. Realme RMX2189 certifications The Realme C12 is certified in Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, and China - all four of them being major markets for the company. Some of the listings also revealed a 6,000 mAh battery, although it will support charging...

AnTuTu releases Top 10 list of Android performers for July
6 August 2020, 4:05 am


Although most of all high-end Android smartphones are powered by the Snapdragon 865, some are faster than others in terms of raw performance scores. Although scores aren’t everything, here we are reporting AnTuTu list of the top 10 performing Android smartphones for the month of July. The list consists of the highest-scoring devices tested on AnTuTu benchmarking app between July 1-31 and the scores listed are averages of all the scores given on AnTuTu version 8. If the phone has multiple variants, it takes the variant with the highest scores. Every smartphone in this list runs...

Galaxy Note20 is getting a gaming bundle and a special Xbox Game Pass app
6 August 2020, 1:13 am


As rumored before, Samsung and Microsoft have been working on some special Xbox-related features for Galaxy Note20 and Note20 Ultra buyers. There's a special gaming bundle on the way, which includes three months of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate and PowerA's MOGA XP5-X Plus, a controller made with xCloud in mind (which is Microsoft's game streaming service). The Note20 owners will also have a special Xbox Game Pass app in the Galaxy Store, allowing Xbox players to redeem tokens and make in-app purchases like buying skins or DLC items in the Xbox Store. The Xbox Game Pass app in the Google...

Google Pixel 4a in for review
5 August 2020, 11:13 pm


The Pixel 4a comes soon before Google will announce the Pixel 5, and a 5G variant of the Pixel 4a. We don't know the pricing of those two phones yet, but we know that they will cost more than the Pixel 4a, which starts at $350 and offers a bunch of storage, ample RAM, and solid Google Pixel-fied software with updates directly from Google. The Pixel 4a is not drastically different from the 3a released over a year ago. The 4a gets updated silicon, more screen space, and a slight bump in battery capacity. With the Pixel 4a, Google is no longer including Active Edge hardware in the frame -...

Galaxy Note20 and Note20 Ultra will get three major Android OS updates
5 August 2020, 8:12 pm


Towards the end of its online Unpacked event earlier today, Samsung announced that its flagship devices starting with the Galaxy S10 will get three major Android OS updates. That includes the S10 and Note10 families of course, as well as the S20 and just unveiled Note20 series, and (we assume) the foldables too. The company hasn't exactly named devices in a list, so this could in theory also apply to the Galaxy Tab S7 and S7+, we just can't be sure. Hopefully some clarification will be issued soon. So, for the Note20 family this means the devices will get Android 11, Android 12, and...

Samsung Unpacked coverage wrap-up
5 August 2020, 7:21 pm


Samsung used to unveil new Galaxy Note models at IFA, but in recent years it moved that unveiling to its own Unpacked event. That event has since grown with no less than 7 new devices debuting at it this year. You can (re)watch the livestream from the event or just jump to the good stuff. Below we’ve included various useful links covering the new devices, so you can use this page as a jumping off point. To summarize quickly, the Galaxy Note20 and Note20 Ultra build on the camera advancements of the S20 phones with new S Pen features. Battery life should be better than the Note10...

Razer made a special heat dissipating case for the Galaxy Note20 and Note20 Ultra
5 August 2020, 6:02 pm


The Razer Arctech is a series of phone cases for the iPhone and Razer Phone 2. The company has now launched two new models for the Galaxy Note20 and the Galaxy Note20 Ultra. Similar to other Arctech cases, the Razer Arctech Pro for the Note20 series features Razer's trademarked Thermaphene cooling technology, which consists of a thermally conductive layer sandwiched between the inner lining and the perforated exterior. The heat is then dissipated through the perforations on the back. Razer Arctech Pro for Note20 Ultra Additionally, Razer claims the case is drop...

Apple iPhone 12 to have wireless charging with magnetic attachment
5 August 2020, 4:41 pm


The last few generations of iPhones have been supporting wireless charging, but the 2020 iPhone 12 lineup might enhance the experience.. Cupertino is planning to introduce the first phone with magnetic positioning - very strong magnets will move the phone automatically to the optimal position on the charging pad. This is how the iPhone 12 magnets will be positioned According to some leaked molds and coils, the first generation with magnetic positioning will be the iPhone 12 family, expected to arrive next month. The magnetic molds appeared on Weibo, where they were shot...

Samsung Galaxy Buds Live hands-on review
5 August 2020, 3:32 pm


After months of speculation that the Galaxy Buds+ will be Samsung's first entry into the world of truly wireless earbuds with active noise cancellation, it became clear that Samsung is working on a completely different product to fill that spot. Meet the Galaxy Buds Live - truly wireless earbuds with an innovative design and ANC. Unboxing, design They come in a simple retail box with a single USB-A to USB-C charging cable, silicone wingtips and the case with the buds themselves. The charging case itself is very small - smaller even than the AirPods 2 case. It still holds...

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2 introduced: larger displays inside and out
5 August 2020, 2:54 pm


Samsung didn’t fully unveil the Galaxy Z Fold2 but it did lift the cover a little bit so we can have a peek. Really, it focused on the two displays and even then it held back some details. Larger 7.6" screen inside • 6.2" screen outside The internal screen has grown to 7.6”, up from 7.3” on the original. Also, the display now incorporates Ultra Thin Glass (UTG) for improved image quality. The external screen is much larger too – at 6.2” it covers the entire “front” when the Fold2 is folded. The aspect ratio is taller than most phones out there, but you can successfully use the...

These infographics are the fastest way to get to know the Galaxy Tab S7, Watch3 and Buds Live
5 August 2020, 2:39 pm


Samsung unveiled several new devices today, it’s a lot to take in. The quickest way to get acquainted with the new tablets, the watch and the TWS buds is to have a look at the infographics below. You can flip between the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 and Galaxy Tab S7+ – did you spot the difference? The S7+ gets the upgraded S Pen with decreased latency, just like the Note20 Ultra. The non-plus tablet will miss out on this upgrade. That is even though both tablets have 120 Hz screens. The S7+ has a larger AMOLED (12.4”) while the S7 has an LCD (11”), though that’s for market segmentation rather...

Samsung Galaxy Watch3 come with more features, LTE variants in both sizes
5 August 2020, 2:15 pm


The stream of Samsung announcement continues - after the two Galaxy Note20 phones and two Galaxy Tab S7 tablets, there is also a new smartwatch - the Galaxy Watch3. It comes with the ability to measure the blood oxygen levels (SpO2) and will also provide blood pressure and ECG readings. The smartwatch comes in two sizes - 45mm and 41mm, with respective screen diagonals of 1.4” and 1.2”. The panel is Super AMOLED with a resolution of 360 x 360 pixels and has Gorilla Glass DX on top for protection. The bezel will be able to rotate and used for some navigation in the OS. On the...

Samsung Galaxy Buds Live TWS earphones have unusual looks, active noise cancellation
5 August 2020, 2:08 pm


Samsung just unveiled its Galaxy Buds Live TWS earphones with one-of-a-kind aesthetics and active noise cancellation. Samsung Galaxy Buds Live Samsung arrange all components horizontally to achieve the bean shape, that it feels follows the shape of the outer ear. That way the Buds Live don’t protrude from the ears and Samsung claims this will allow for a “more natural appearance”. Since not all ears are the same in shape in size, the Buds Live can be attached to wingtips for better ergonomics. On the inside there is a 12 mm speaker and bass duct, while on the outside there are...

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