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Weekly poll results: the Pixel 5 faces an uphill battle, the Pixel 4a 5G headed for disappointment - GSMArena.com news - GSMArena.com
Most voters in the poll think Google's 2020 offerings are not worth the money. The Pixel 5 (and even the vanilla 4a) do have some fans, though.
Last weeks poll shows that there is not much enthusiasm for the two latest Google phones. The reasons why are pretty varied, though some did find things to love about the new models. First, lets get this out of the way Googles limited distribution network means that even if you want one, Pixels just might not be available in your country. This has been the case for years and Google has shown little desire to fix the situation. The most popular option in the poll suggests that the 2020 Pixels are not worth your money. The most common reason is just that money. The Pixel 5 is just too expensive for many (more so in the US where mmWave support drives up the price). You can buy a Samsung Galaxy S20 FE for that kind of money and those who reject the FE over its size point to the Sony Xperia 5 II (though that one is a good deal more expensive). Theres also the new iPhone coming next week, that should cost around the same as the Google phone. Still, there is relatively strong support for the Pixel 5 its only a couple of percentage points below the top spot in the poll. As mentioned, people like its size and, of course, the Google camera software is a major draw. The Google Pixel 4a 5G may be $200/130 cheaper while still offering the same chipset and camera as the 5, however the phone is proving difficult to like it was dead last in the poll, behind even the Pixel 4a. This goes to show that value-for-money is difficult to balance the $350 4a may not have the best hardware in the world, but it is priced just right. Meanwhile, the 4a 5G offers a larger screen, faster chipset with 5G, an extra camera and larger battery, but that isn't worth the extra $150, according to voters. Perhaps a proper Pixel 5 XL would have gone over better with potential buyers? If nothing else, Google needs to make the Pixels available in more countries if its serious about selling phones.
Microsoft announces new Surface Laptop Go and updated Surface Pro X - GSMArena.com news - GSMArena.com
Starts at $550 for the Surface Laptop Go and $1500 for the Surface Pro X.
Microsoft is releasing two new computers today, the budget-oriented Surface Laptop Go and the second generation version of the premium Surface Pro X. The Surface Laptop Go is an affordable variant of the more expensive Surface Laptop. It has 12.4-inch display with 3:2 aspect ratio and 1536x1024 resolution. The display is also a touchscreen. The Surface Laptop Go is powered by a 10th gen Intel Core i5-1035G1 processor with Intel UHD Graphics. It has 4GB or 8GB of LPDDR4X memory and 64GB eMMC or 128/256GB SSD storage. The Surface Laptop Go also includes a 720p f2.0 webcam, dual far-field microphones, and speakers with Dolby Audio processing. You also get 1x USB-C, 1x USB-A, Wi-Fi 802.11ax, Bluetooth 5.0, headphone jack, and Surface Connect port. The Surface Laptop Go uses aluminum for the lid and polycarbonate composite resin system with glass fiber and 30% post-consumer recycled content for the base. It's available in three colors: Ice Blue, Sandstone, and Platinum. The Surface Laptop Go will come with Windows 10 Home in S mode. It's priced at $550 for the base model with 4GB memory and 64GB eMMC, $700 for 8GB memory and 128GB SSD, and $900 for 8GB memory and 256GB SSD. The new Surface Pro X is an update to last year's model and is an ARM-based Windows tablet. It has a 13-inch touchscreen with 3:2 aspect ratio and 2880x1920 resolution. This is packed into a new design, which Microsoft claims is the thinnest ever for a Surface Pro while still maintaining the distinctive kickstand. The device is powered by two custom chipsets, the Microsoft SQ 1 from last year and the new SQ 2, made by Qualcomm. Microsoft provides no details on these chipsets but since the SQ 1 was based on the Snapdragon 8cx, it's likely the SQ 2 is based on the Snapdragon 8cx Gen 2. This is further confirmed in the GPU specifications, where the SQ 1 has the Adreno 685 while the SQ 2 has the Adreno 690, similar to the 8cx and 8cx Gen 2, respectively. Microsoft claims a battery life of 15 hours. The Surface Pro X offers a choice of 8GB and 16GB of LPDDR4x memory. On the storage front, you get a choice of 128, 256, and 512GB of removable M.2 2230 SSD. However, the driver doesn't seem user-replaceable, as Microsoft says it can only be removed by a Microsoft technician. Because the hardware is ARM-based, the device will ship with Windows 10 Home on ARM. The Surface Pro X has a 5MP front camera for 1080p video and also a separate camera for Windows Hello face authentication. On the back is a 10MP camera for recording up to 4K video. There are also dual far-field microphones and 2W stereo speakers with Dolby Audio. The Surface Pro X has 2x USB-C ports, Surface Connect port, Gigabit LTE with nanoSIM and eSIM support, A-GPS, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, and Bluetooth 5.0. The Surface Pro X is compatible with the Surface Pro X keyboard from last year which now comes in three new colors: Platinum, Ice Blue, and Poppy Red but it continues to be sold separately for $104. Same goes for the Surface Slim Pen, which costs $145 extra. The Surface Pro X will be available in six configurations, only two of which use the new Microsoft SQ 2. This includes the 256GB version for $1500 and 512GB version for $1800. Both have 16GB memory, Microsoft SQ 2 and available for pre-order right now in Black or Platinum.
Here’s our first look at the Samsung Galaxy A01 Core - GSMArena.com news - GSMArena.com
It will likely debut as the most affordable member of Samsung's A-series.
While the Galaxy A01 is already the most affordable member in Samsungs A-series to date, the company is preparing a model with an even lower price tag dubbed the A01 Core. Weve already seen it pass several certifications earlier this week and now we have our first look thanks to a leaked image from Evan Blass. The A01 Core is expected to launch with a 5.14-inch TFT display and 720p resolution with symmetrical top and bottom bezels. The phone will rely on the Mediatek MT6739WW chipset with 1GB RAM. It will run Android 10 and will likely come with Samsungs One UI Core on top. The back features a ridged design pattern and shows the phone will come with a single main camera and LED flash. The A01 Core will be available in blue and red colors with dual or single SIM variants. It will likely come to multiple markets and is expected to feature a user-removable battery like past Core-series Samsung phones.
Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra's 108MP camera reconfirmed by another tipster - GSMArena.com news - GSMArena.com
It's rumored to arrive on August 5.
The Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra rumored to be unveiled on August 5 will feature a 108MP main camera, says popular tipster Roland Quandt. This isn't the first time we are hearing about the Note20 Ultra packing a 108MP camera, but Quandt says he's "seen hard evidence" of the presence of a 108MP camera on the smartphone and given his track record, the Note20 Ultra will likely sport a 108MP sensor. Samsung Galaxy Note 20 "Ultra" ("Canvas2") has a 108MP main cam. I know we knew, but I've seen hard evidence now, so consider it confirmed from my end. Roland Quandt (@rquandt) June 25, 2020 Alongside the Note20 Ultra, Samsung is also expected to unveil the Note20 in the first week of August, but it's unclear if there's going to be a Plus model because we've seen the same model number (SM-986U) being referred to as the Note20+ and the Note20 Ultra. Hopefully we'll soon have more clarity on how many models the Note20 lineup will have.
Amazfit GTR and GTS get daytime nap tracking with the latest update - GSMArena.com news - GSMArena.com
It's rumored to go official next month alongside the bean-shaped Galaxy Buds Live TWS earphones.
A new update has just arrived to some Amazfit GTR and GTS units. The software version for the GTR is 188.8.131.52 while the GTS gets 0.0.9.12. Both versions of the software, however, carry the same new feature - support for naps over 20 minutes. This shouldn't be mistaken for the regular sleep tracking - that's something these watches were capable before the update. But some people like to take naps during the day and sometimes they are more than 20 minutes. That's why Amazfit wanted to give you a little bit more insight into how you sleep during the day. There's nothing new according to the changelog, though, so might as well go take a nap and try it out. Via
Mobvoi TicWatch C2+ comes with double the RAM and an extra watch strap - GSMArena.com news - GSMArena.com
It brings the same stylish appearance as its predecessor.
Back in October of 2018, Mobvoi announced its TicWatch C2, an elegant yet capable smartwatch running WearOS. Now, the company is ready to bring a slightly updated version dubbed the TicWatch C2+ which brings 1GB RAM and an extra black silicone strap in the box alongside the pre-installed leather one. Other than that and the new available watch faces, it's nearly identical to the regular TicWatch C2 down to the dimensions. The TicWatch C2+ carries the same 1.3-inch AMOLED (360 x 360 px) screen as its predecessor and still comes in a single 42.8mm size. It runs on the Snapdragon Wear 2100 chipset with 1GB RAM, which is double the amount of the TicWatch 2. Theres also the usual array of sports tracking modes, onboard GPS, a heart rate sensor and NFC. The 400mAh battery is advertised to deliver 36-hours of continuous usage and the watch is also IP68 rated. TicWatch C2+ in Onyx, Platinum and Rose Gold The TicWatch C2+ will retail for $209.99/209.99/INR 20,999 and will be available in Onyx Black, Platinum Silver and Rose Gold colors. It will be up for grabs from the companys website as well as Amazon.
Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 support pages briefly appear, hinting imminent unveil - comments - GSMArena.com
Anonymous, 3 hours agoI guess for you it doesn't make any sense. I wouldn't buy it, I already have a mi band 4. Othe... moreI dont think you know the difference between a smartwatch and a smartband. Galaxy Smartwatches cannot be compared to the Cheap MI smartbands. Compare Galaxy Fit/ Fit e with the MI Bands for a more relevant comparison. sanshiro, 3 hours agoI have the Samsung Watch Active 2 and I am not that satisfied. -It's quite laggy as you scr... moreI guess for you it doesn't make any sense. I wouldn't buy it, I already have a mi band 4. Other features like lte and phone calls are just a gimmick for me. Plus the 1-2 days of battery life is a joke. I have the Samsung Watch Active 2 and I am not that satisfied. -It's quite laggy as you scroll-It crashes sometimes-The heart monitor is not reliable, especially during movement and exercise of any kind. I guess it briefly loses touch with the skin and can't measure correctly. To wear the watch tight in order to prevent that from happening is really uncomfortable as you exercise.-Promised key-features are missing although the watch is equipped with sensors. I doubt they will work reliably.-I don't interact that much with the watch for its smart-watch capabilities. Samsung Pay is not available in my region (Germany), What'sApp messages are just for reading, texting is bothersome, you can't hear voice messages. If they decide to keep the same design, I'm not going to buy it. Secondly, all these fit-watches are at the right track but need another 2 years to perfect it. Can you wait that long ? They will also be very expensive, think of the price of an iPhone nowadays for just a fit-watch.Peoples' salaries don't get increased that fast or that much, unless you have a senior management position or are a doctor.
Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 support pages briefly appear, hinting imminent unveil - GSMArena.com news - GSMArena.com
The pages bring no specs with them.
Samsung briefly put up support pages for the upcoming Galaxy Watch 3 on its South Korean website and subsequently pulled them. The only information the pages contained was the model number of the device - four in this case. The SM-R840NZKAKOO/SM-R840NZSAKOO - which refer to the 41mm model - and SM-R850NZDAKOO/SM-R850NZSAKOO - the 45mm. These are the non-cellular variants of the upcoming smartwatch, the cellular models have the SM-R845 and SM-R855 model numbers. However we do know some of the specs, courtesy of the Galaxy Watch 3's certification with Thailand's NBTC. The case will be covered with Gorilla Glass XD and will have 5ATM water-resistance and cover some of the MIL-STD 810G certification for added durability. Both the 41mm and 45mm will have LTE variants and all models will have GPS. Naturally the Galaxy Watch 3 will have a heart-rate monitor, and it's very likely it will also have blood pressure monitoring. There's a rumored Titanium model as well. A recent rumor suggested that Samsung will hold an event for the Galaxy Note20 series and the Galaxy Fold 2 on August 5, there's a good chance the Galaxy Watch 3 will make its official appearance alongside those. Source
Xiaomi Mi Band 5 rumored to gain SpO2 sensor, Smart version will support Amazon Alexa - GSMArena.com news - GSMArena.com
Previously, Mi Bands had NFC and Xiao AI support only in China. The new one will go global in two versions, one with Alexa, one without.
The upcoming Xiaomi Mi Band 5 will enhance the heart rate tracker with SpO2 measurement (blood-oxygen saturation). Additional health features will include menstrual cycle tracking. The international version was said to gain NFC support, previously exclusive to China. However, some new info casts doubt on global NFC support, but mentions a new Mi Smart Band 5 version with a model number XMSH11HM (the regular Band 5 will be XMSH10HM). The current Xiaomi Mi Band 4The Smart Band will have AI assistant support, specifically Amazons Alexa. On previous generations, models sold in China had NFC on board and a mic for a digital assistant, but that only worked with the Chinese-speaking Xiao AI. Alexa is a much better pick for a global release as it already understands eight languages (covering the Americas, Japan, much of Europe and India). Note that as the band lacks a speaker, Alexas replies will be text only. Good thing then that the screen will grow to 1.2 while bezels will shrink (the fourth gen screen is 0.95). The band will likely be unveiled in China first, some time in June with a global version to follow a couple of months later. Source
Amazfit Ares announced, brings rugged design and up to 2 weeks of battery life - GSMArena.com news - GSMArena.com
Official sales start on June 1.
As expected, Xiaomi subsidiary Huami unveiled its latest smartwatch entry with the new ruggedized sports-focused Amazfit Ares. It comes with tracking for 70 sports modes, performance analysis via the Firstbeat platform, GPS and heart rate tracking. The watch is built around a square 1.28-inch reflective color touch screen with a 176 x 176 pixels resolution and Gorilla Glass 3 protection. It's made out of polycarbonate, weighs just 48 grams and boasts a 5 ATM water-resistant rating. Apart from its sports tracking abilities, the Ares also features a Biotracker PPG optical heart rate sensor and supports sleep tracking. It can pair with any Android 5.0 or iOS 10 via Bluetooth. The battery comes in at 200mAh which Amazfit claims can fully charge in 2 hours and last up to 14 days with normal usage. Alternatively, it's rated at up to 90 days in watch mode with Bluetooth and heart rate tracking turned off. Charging is done via a proprietary magnetic stand included in the retail packaging. The Amazfit Ares will go for CNY 499 ($70/INR 5,300) and will be available in black and army green colors. Its already up for pre-sale in China while official sales start on June 1. Source ( in Chinese)