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Samsung makes a bid to steal Huawei market share as Galaxy S21 Ultra specs leak - 9to5Google
As it releases its next flagship ahead of schedule, Samsung is making a bid to try to steal Huawei market share in 2021 with the Galaxy S21.
All evidence currently points to Samsung launching its next flagship phone in January, over a month ahead of its usual schedule. Why? Apparently, Samsung is aiming for that early 2021 release date in a bid to steal some of Huawei’s market share. Reuters reports that Samsung is pushing forward its release of the Galaxy S21 series to be a better competitor in the smartphone market as a whole. On the Android side of things, that means Samsung can grab some extra market share from Huawei while the Chinese OEM is still struggling with restrictions from the US that extend into 2021. Further, an earlier release also gives Samsung a better chance to compete with Apple’s latest crop of iPhones. Samsung Electronics Co Ltd 005930.KS may launch its flagship Galaxy S smartphones more than a month earlier than expected in a bid to grab market share from Huawei and fend off competition from Apple Inc, three sources familiar with the matter said. Any advantage Samsung can get going into 2021 is helpful given the performance of the Galaxy S20 series. That lineup performed extremely poorly compared to years past, obviously due in part to the COVID-19 pandemic. We already have a decent look into what the Galaxy S21 series will offer including a redesign. Beyond that, the spec sheet is also getting some upgrades. Just last night, @UniverseIce on Twitter reported that the Galaxy S21 Ultra will include a 108MP camera and support for 45W charging. On top of that, the display will be a WQHD+ LTPO panel with a 120Hz refresh rate and nearly-symmetrical bezels. S21 U WQHD + LTPO 120HzSupport 45W108MP HM3Almost equal width bezel — Ice universe (@UniverseIce) November 10, 2020 FTC: We use income earning auto affiliate links.More. Check out 9to5Google on YouTube for more news:
Deals: Samsung Galaxy S20 $350 off, OnePlus 7/8T from $370, more - 9to5Google
Today’s best deals include the Samsung Galaxy S20 at $350 off, OnePlus 7T and 8T both see notable discounts, and more. You’ll find all that in today’s 9to5Toys Lunch Break. Samsung Galaxy S20 at $350 off Microsoft’s official eBay storefront currently offers t…
Today’s best deals include the Samsung Galaxy S20 at $350 off, OnePlus 7T and 8T both see notable discounts, and more. You’ll find all that in today’s 9to5Toys Lunch Break. Samsung Galaxy S20 at $350 off Microsofts official eBay storefront currently offers the unlocked Samsung Galaxy S20 5G 128GB Android Smartphone for $650. Usually fetching $1,000, todays offer is $150 below the Amazon all-time low and marks the best price weve seen to date. Sporting a 6.2-inch AMOLED 2X display with 120Hz refresh rate and HDR10 support, alongside its 128GB of onboard storage, theres also a microSD card slot for expansion. Around back, a 64MP triple camera array rounds out the notable features with the inclusion of Samsungs Single Take AI features. Get a closer look in our hands-on review. OnePlus 7T offers a triple camera array Today only, Woot offers the OnePlus 7T 128GB Android Smartphone for $370. As a comparison, it typically goes for $500 and originally sold for $600. Todays deal is $30 under our previous mention. The OnePlus 7T delivers a 6.55-inch AMOLED display thats backed by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Plus chipset. Other notable features here include the triple camera backside array, which includes 48, 12, and 16MP lenses. This model is Dual-SIM compatible and is made for GSM + CDMA/4G LTE networks here in the United States. It is not compatible with Verizon or Sprint. OnePlus 8T sees buy one get one 50% off promotion with free OnePlus Buds OnePlus is currently offering a buy one get one 50% off promotion on its new OnePlus 8T Android smartphone, with the total dropping to $1,123.50 when two of the devices are added to your cart. Typically fetching $749 each, youd pay $1,498 for the pair with todays offer, saving you $375 and marking the first price cut weve seen on the new release. Youll also score two pairs of OnePlus Buds, adding an additional $158 in value to the package. OnePlus 8T delivers a 6.55-inch 120Hz display alongside 5G connectivity, a 48 MP quad-camera array, and 256GB of onboard storage. LG XBOOM Go Bluetooth Speakers from $45 Amazon is currently offering the latest LG PL7 XBOOM Go Portable Bluetooth Speaker for $127. Typically fetching $180, todays offer is good for a 30% discount, beats our previous mention by $2, and marks a new all-time low. As LGs latest portable Bluetooth speaker, this XBOOM offering delivers 24-hour playback per charge alongside an IPX5 water-resistant housing so you can rock out anywhere. On top of integrated LED lighting, it also packs 30W of power under the hood for dishing out deep rich bass. More from$45 right here. WDs latest My Passport USB-C SSDs from $90 Amazon currently offers the WD 1TB My Passport Portable USB-C Solid-State Drive for $150. Down from the usual $200 going rate youd usually pay, todays offer amounts to 25% in savings, beats our previous mention by $10, and matches the all-time low set only once before. As one of WDs latest portable storage offerings, its newest iteration of My Passport SSD delivers up to 1,050MB/s transfer speeds with an internal NVMe drive. A rugged housing adds shock, drop, and vibration-resistance into the mix alongside USB-C connectivity and a 5-year warranty. Find another option for $90 right here. Best trade-in deals 9to5Google also keeps tabs on all the best trade-in deals on iPhone, iPad, MacBook, Apple Watch, and more every month. Be sure to check out this month’s best trade-in deals when you decide it’s time to upgrade your device. Or simply head over to our trade-in partner directly if you want to recycle, trade, or sell your used devices for cash and support 9to5Google along the way! Subscribe to the 9to5Toys YouTube Channel for all of the latest videos, reviews, and more! Wyze Cam v3 Review: $20 delivers incredible color night vision with sharper image [Video] EPOS steps forward as Sennheisers Gaming Arm: GSX 300 + GSP 602 review [Video] Review: Mouse and keyboard on console? Kaliber Gamings kit says yes [Video] FTC: We use income earning auto affiliate links.More. Check out 9to5Google on YouTube for more news:
OnePlus 8T laid bare in real-life images showing not much we didn’t already know - 9to5Google
A couple of real-life images of the OnePlus 8T have leaked laying the device bare, which actually show us very little we didn't already know.
OnePlus knows how to crank up the fan hype right ahead of launch, but even they can’t prevent leaks. The latest is a couple of real-life images of the OnePlus 8T laid bare, which actually show us very little we didn’t already know. There are few smartphones that manage to make it this close to launch without having been caught on camera. But no matter how close to launch, the OnePlus 8T has fallen victim to leakers yet again. Shared by leakster Ishan Agarwal, he suggests that the original source is not known. However, the OnePlus 8T is pictured alongside what is most definitely retail packaging in the classic “OnePlus red” color. A closer look at the images confirms that the OnePlus 8T is in a clear case, which hints that the Chinese OEM will continue their tradition of bundling a “starter” case for buyers in the packaging. Credit where it’s due, the minimal style retail boxes first introduced with the OnePlus 7T really are striking as is the 8T retail box on show here. So, it’s pretty much the device that we’ve already seen OnePlus intentionally “leak” what even is a leak anymore? just a few days ago. Either way, we’ve got a few days left before the OnePlus 8T is officially launched and these images are probably enough to kill some excitement you might have left somewhere in reserve. At this stage we’ve seen live images, renders, know half the proposed specifications, Robert Downey Jr. has teased the device; we only really need the price and the OnePlus 8T launch event feels very much like a bust. More on OnePlus: FTC: We use income earning auto affiliate links.More. Check out 9to5Google on YouTube for more news:
New Google TV for Android starting to roll out via the Play Store - 9to5Google
In addition to big screens via the new Chromecast, Google TV is also meant for Android devices. Download Google TV for...
In addition to big screens via the new Chromecast, Google TV is also aimed at Android devices. The new Google TV is beginning to roll out via the Play Store, but you can also download it now. Behind-the-scenes, this new experience is delivered by updating an existing app that dates back to 2011 and has amassed over 5 billion downloads. Requiring users to download an entirely new client would not be an effective delivery method. After updating to version 126.96.36.199, a notification announces that “Play Movies & TV on Android is now Google TV.” Tapping opens the app to a transition screen that lets you “Launch Google TV,” complete with a nifty animation of the new four-color branding. The bottom bar has four sections, with “Home” having three top tabs: For you, Movies, and Shows. Here you’ll see various personalized carousels:
- Top picks for you
- New TV shows on your services
- New movies on your services
- Because you watched X
- Trending TV shows
- Watch it again
Samsung all but drops off of the top 10 best-selling smartphones in 1st half of 2020 - 9to5Google
In the first half of 2020, Samsung has essentially disappeared from the list of top smartphones on the market, leaving the door open to Apple and Xiaomi.
It’s no secret that Samsung and other smartphone manufacturers have been struggling amid the coronavirus pandemic, but the bad news for Samsung specifically doesn’t seem to stop. In a new report, the top 10 smartphones for the first half of 2020 have been revealed and Samsung has all but disappeared. Omdia reports that, in the first half of 2020, the top-selling smartphone worldwide was Apple’s iPhone 11. That comes as absolutely no shock, especially considering at the same point in 2019, the iPhone XR topped the charts. In 2019, though, Apple’s top seller was followed by four Samsung smartphones, all mid-range models. Those were, specifically, the Galaxy A10, A50, J2 Core, and A30. Oppo’s A5 sat in fourth place and Xiaomi helped round out the list with its Redmi 6A and Note 7. The results in 2020 are much, much different. Samsung still takes the second slot with its popular Galaxy A51 pushing 11.4 million units so far this year, but Samsung doesn’t make a single other appearance in the top 10. Instead, Xiaomi’s Redmi takes up four slots and Apple makes up the rest of the list with iPhone 11 Pro/Max, iPhone XR, and the iPhone SE. The addition of iPhone SE (2020) to Apples portfolio in April of this year helped the company position four models in the global top 10 list. iPhone SE, a new budget iPhone, shipped 8.7 million units in the second quarter good enough for 5th in first half shipment volume. On the other hand, only one Samsung model made the top 10 this year. Like last year, a mid-end smartphone, the Galaxy A51, took second place with a total of 11.4 million units shipped. This is a significant shift for Samsung, as this list featured four of Samsungs models last year. No Samsung flagship device reached the top 10. For Samsung, these results have got to hurt. While the company’s flagship Android smartphones are absolutely floundering amid the pandemic, Apple’s high-end iPhone 11 Pro models are doing great and the super-affordable iPhone SE, just even better. Hopefully these disheartening results will be reflected in next year’s prices. FTC: We use income earning auto affiliate links.More. Check out 9to5Google on YouTube for more news:
Android 11 Beta 3 hands-on: Top new features [Video] - 9to5Google
We've ranked all of the best new features that have been added to Google Pixel devices as part of the Android 11 Beta 3 update.
The final addition to the testing phase of Android 11 has dropped with Beta 3. As the last in the trio not including the 1.5 and 2.5 updates don’t go in expecting huge wholesale changes. We’re on countdown now until the full OS release in early September 2020 but even so, we’ve still done plenty of digging since the preview dropped to find out just what new features you might be interested in. As we have mentioned previously, unlike the quartet of Developer Previews that we have delved into extensively already and very much the Beta 1 and Beta 2 updates this is a proper user-facing build that includes all of the good bits of the previous previews plus little refinements here and there to clean up the entire experience. There is no denying that the Pixel Feature Drops have really lessened the need to dive in head-first to the Android 11 Developer or Beta phase this year. Beta 3 is simply finalization of the OS ahead of the full release essentially tying up any loose ends before we get a stable build in early September. Because this is the third and (likely) final Android 11 Beta, we should see yet more Android OEMs slowly start to update their own builds of the Android 11 Beta as we careen towards the official release of the next OS. We’re sorry to disappoint but at this late stage, if it hasn’t already been added, it’s likely not coming to Android 11 wholesale. As with all previous beta builds, because of the minor schism between Pixel hardware, it’s possible that not all of these new software additions will work with every Pixel phone out there. Despite some things that might not be fully compatible with all models, weve still done a deep dive into the preview to give you an indication of some of the very best new features that come as part of Android 11 Beta 3. Subscribe to 9to5Google on YouTube for more video content If youd like to install Android 11 Beta 3 on your device, we have a handy guide that will give you step-by-step instructions. It’s far easier to recommend installing the Beta 3 update, as this is a proper user-facing build. That doesn’t mean we haven’t encountered minor bugs and random issues but if you are worried, then it might not be sensible to install it on your main smartphone. For those that already have the previous Android 11 preview installed, Google has made it even easier to update with an OTA heading out right now. On top of that, you can also use the Android Flash Tool to sideload the update tool. If you have problems, then you can follow our guide on how to downgrade and return to Android 10 at any time. Smooth Display on Pixel 4 Thanks to some display flickering issues, the ability to force a 90Hz refresh rate everywhere was unceremoniously ripped from the Android 11 Beta 2 and 2.5 updates. Android 11 Beta 3 has restored the option but under a new name. Smooth Display is what you’ll need to search for within Developer options to ensure that your experience is as slick no matter what app or portion of the OS you’re using. Power menu tweaks So long as you have Lockdown mode enabled, when launching into the power menu, you’ll notice a few slight changes. For starters, the “Power” button now has a breadcrumbs menu icon. Tapping will give you a floating window with options to “Power off” and “Restart” your device. Simply disabling Lockdown mode will get rid of this mini-menu and restore the “Power off” button to a central position with “Restart” to the right. Quick Settings media player tweaks The media controls within the Quick Settings section has had a few little tweaks and changes applied with the Android 11 Beta 3 update. Firstly, when audio is playing, you’ll get a neat divider between the end of your Quick Settings toggles and the media player pane. Another change now lets you swipe away any media that is not currently playing. To enable the Hide player when the media session has ended option, you can swipe into the settings icon and toggle the option. This means that you can fully expand the notification pane to access controls and quickly pick up where you left off. Android 11 emoji After we spent time with them late last month, the Android 11 emoji are now widely available as part of Android 11 Beta 3. There are 117 new emoji to play with including 55 new skin tones plus a ton of refreshed designs and even the return of the popular Nougat-era turtle. You can send them on but it’s worth noting that some devices might not receive them correctly. Android 11 Easter Egg The Android 11 logo is now revealed when you head to your Settings pane but it now includes a new Easter Egg. Swiping the toggle “to 11” will reveal a cat emoji toast notification. This lets you add some controls to the Device controls section where you can attract some cats very much like you were able to with Android Nougat. Instead of using QS tiles, the Android 11 Beta 3 Easter Egg uses a ton of features added throughout the entire Developer Preview and Beta phase. What is your favorite new feature in Android 11 Beta 3? Have you installed the third Android 11 Beta? If so, what is your favorite new feature? Let us know down in the comments section below. More on Android 11: FTC: We use income earning auto affiliate links.More. Check out 9to5Google on YouTube for more news:
Pixel 4a advertised as ‘helpful Google phone, at a helpful price’ in first retail listings - 9to5Google
With the Pixel 4a set to be announced today, the first retail listing has appeared. Australia's JB HI-FI provides a look at product page...
With the Pixel 4a set to be announced today, the first retail listing has appeared. Australia’s JB HI-FI provides a look at the official product page, with the device being advertised as the “helpful Google phone, at a helpful price.” Following the Pixel 4, this is the second time a device has been referred to as a “Google phone.” However, international pricing has not been revealed yet for the 4a. We get another look (via Reddit) at an official render of the phone, though the date and weather in the At A Glance widget is properly styled for Australia. This is the same Pixel 4a product listing as the one that will appear in the Google Store, but modified for retailers. There are three tentpole features:
- Camera: “Rich photos at a helpful price.” There are three example shots with each highlighting a different aspect: HDR+, Night Sight, and Portrait Mode. On the Camera front, Google is also advertising the Social share for quickly going from the viewfinder to sharing in a third-party app
- Battery: “A battery that lasts for up to 24 hours.” The Adaptive Battery is cited
- Google Assistant & Recorder: “All the help you need, fast.”
[Update: 360-degree video] More Pixel 4a press renders leak ahead of launch w/ $349 price, specs confirmed - 9to5Google
The Pixel 4a has been highly anticipated, delayed, and teased but yet more press renders and confirmed specifications have leaked ahead August 3.
The Pixel 4a has been highly anticipated, delayed, and teased but yet more press renders and confirmed specifications have leaked ahead of the August 3 launch. Despite the fact that we have been waiting since mid-May for the Pixel 4a to surface, the device has so far failed to materialize on online stores globally. Press renders, detailed hands-on leaks, and Google’s own teasing of the Pixel 4a have kept hype rumbling for the affordable follow-up to one of last year’s most impressive sub-$500 smartphones. The latest images were shared over on Twitter by teenage leaker extraordinaire Ishan Agarwal, where he also confirmed much of the specifications we exclusively revealed earlier this year. If you were hoping for different internals than we revealed previously, then you will be sorely disappointed. [Update 08/03]: While we have already seen Pixel 4a prototype hardware courtesy of TecnoLikePlus, you can cast your eyes on a 360-degree press render that showcases the device from almost all angles well, the most important ones. Here's your official 360-degree look at the #Pixel4a in Just Black. Things to note…– Punch-hole camera– back fingerprint sensor– accented power button (like usual)– somewhat(?) symmetrical chin and bezels!! pic.twitter.com/fcxWte5Nur — Panda (@samsungbloat) August 1, 2020 It was shared over on Twitter by @samsungbloat, who appears to have been the original source of the press renders. Again, it simply gives us another look at the design which is expected to be “officially” revealed later today. Let us know what you think though down in the comments section below. For those that have been waiting for the Pixel 4a, these press renders simply confirm the sheer mountain of leaks seen previously and give you just a few more angles of the one-color design that will be unveiled in just 48 hours. So, reeling off the expected spec sheet again, the Pixel 4a will rely on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G chipset, 6GB of RAM, 128GB of internal storage, and it will pack in a 3,140mAh battery with 18W fast charging. There will be no Pixel 4a XL this time around, with the 4a measuring in at 5.81-inches with a 19.5:9 aspect ratio 60Hz OLED display that will include Always-on Display options and the popular Now Playing features from previous Pixel devices. Another bonus is that of stereo speakers, although this will be a downward-firing tweeter and earpiece configuration. The solitary rear camera setup will mimic that of the Pixel 4 series main sensor, with a 12.2-megapixel maximum resolution but with a 77-degree field of view. You’ll be able to shoot video in up to 4K UHD at 30fps and 1080p FHD at 120fps. There’s also a capacitive fingerprint reader at the rear too for biometric unlocks we’re not sure if software-based Face Unlock will be available like on some Android One devices from the likes of Nokia will be available though. These press renders also confirm yet again that the Pixel 4a will be the first Google device to come with a display punch-hole. This upper-left cutout will contain an 8-megapixel selfie camera with an 84-degree field of view. We do know for certain that the Pixel 4a will ship with Android 10 pre-installed and not Android 11 that some may have been hoping for. It is, however, expected to get the prompt update to the latest OS on September 8. Agarwal also shared some added availability and pricing information, with the Pixel 4a set to go on sale at $349 in the US, although UK, Irish, German, Australian, Japanese, and Canadian pricing is still not yet known. We’re sure that the affordable smartphone will come to other global markets but those have been “confirmed”, which follows previous Pixel launches. He also dropped hints that the Pixel 4a 5G will cost just $499 when it arrives alongside the Pixel 5 later this fall. That would quite a substantial deal for a Google hardware product when it does eventually get an unveil. More on the Google Pixel 4a: FTC: We use income earning auto affiliate links.More. Check out 9to5Google on YouTube for more news:
Galaxy Tab S7 specs leak w/ AMOLED and LCD displays, S Pen matches Apple Pencil latency - 9to5Google
The full specs of Samsung's Galaxy Tab S7 and Tab S7+ have leaked alongside high-resolution pictures and other details too.
If you want a powerful Android tablet, the only real option for the past few years has been Samsung, especially now that Huawei can’t use Google apps. In the next few weeks, Samsung’s latest pair of Android tablets, the Galaxy Tab S7 and S7+, are set to debut and today a huge spec leak reveals all of the details. WinFuture today published a gallery of images of the Galaxy Tab S7 and its larger, upgraded Tab S7+ model. As some previous rumors suggested, too, there’s going to be a much bigger disparity between the S7 and S7+. The standard Galaxy Tab S7 has a spec sheet which is surprisingly lacking in one key area. Samsung’s tablets have been praised for high-quality AMOLED displays, but Tab S7 is using an 11-inch 2560×1600 LCD panel. It is 120Hz, though, which is a nice bonus. It’s pretty shocking Samsung is planning to use an LCD panel in its upcoming flagship tablet, but it’s probably not going to be a problem. After all, the main competitor to this tablet, the iPad Pro, has the same type of display and most likely, it will also result in cost savings. As previously reported, too, this change swaps the fingerprint sensor to a capacitive sensor versus one under the display. By comparison, the Tab S7+ has a 12.4-inch AMOLED display at 2800×1752. The panel is also 120Hz and has a higher pixel density as well. Beyond the display, the only big differences between the two sizes are the battery 7,040 mAh vs 10,090 mAh and, obviously, the size. Internally, the tablets are pretty similar. There’s a Snapdragon 865+, 6GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, a microSD slot, 13MP/5MP ultrawide rear cameras, an 8MP front-facing camera, quad-speakers, and three colors Mystic Black, Mystic Bronze, and Mystic Silver. As with the Tab S6, Samsung includes an S Pen in the box with this tablet. With the Galaxy Tab S7’s upgraded spec sheet, too, that S Pen will be capable of 9ms latency, a huge upgrade which notably matches the iPad Pro and Apple Pencil which have been the gold standard for a while. As with the Tab S6, the S Pen is mounted on the back of the tablet magnetically where it can also charge. It’s still unclear how much the Tab S7 series will cost, but Samsung is expected to debut these tablets around the time of its Galaxy Note 20 event on August 5th. FTC: We use income earning auto affiliate links.More. Check out 9to5Google on YouTube for more news:
Alleged ‘official’ render of Galaxy Z Fold 2 shows larger internal, external displays, more - 9to5Google
The first supposed "official" render of the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 has now leaked showcasing some minor design improvements plus more.
The first supposed official render of the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 has now leaked, showcasing some notable design improvements, but poses yet more questions. We were initially led to believe that the launch of the Galaxy Z Fold 2 would launch separately from the Galaxy Note 20 series but it may come earlier than expected. This render essentially confirms the rumors that the naming convention would be shifted to match the early 2020 Galaxy Z Flip therefore, being the second in the Galaxy Z lineage. The leaked render of the Galaxy Z Fold 2 was shared without source by renowned Samsung leaker @IceUniverse over on his Twitter account but appears to have come from a post over on Chinese networking site Weibo. He first teased an image pixelated beyond recognition, before sharing a slightly less pixelated version that gives us a surprisingly good look at the upcoming foldable. It was showcased in renders alongside the same “Mystic Bronze” color as the Galaxy Note 20, Galaxy Watch 3, and Galaxy Buds. As we saw last year with the original Galaxy Fold and the Galaxy S10 series, it’s highly likely that Samsung will announce the second-generation foldable with availability confirmed during the keynote. While it isn’t the most high-resolution image of an upcoming device we’ve seen, we still get a glimpse of a larger internal display sans camera cutout. On the outside, the outer display looks to have increased quite substantially. Instead of the poorly implemented 4-inch display on the original Galaxy Fold, the Galaxy Z Fold 2 render shows what looks like a full-size workable screen. A larger outer display instantly makes the Galaxy Z Fold 2 look more like a usable device especially when closed. While at the rear the camera module looks as though it mimics the design seen on previous Galaxy Note 20 series renders. However, we can only actually see two lenses and LED flash from the solo Galaxy Z Fold 2 render shared. Either way, we’ve got until August 5 to wait to see the Galaxy Z Fold 2 in the flesh. It’s not the most comprehensive leak at this stage, but it still gives us a hint of what to expect from the follow-up foldable. With that said, what you do you think of the pixelated Galaxy Z Fold 2 render? Let us know down in the comments section below. More on Samsung: FTC: We use income earning auto affiliate links.More. Check out 9to5Google on YouTube for more news: