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First Samsung Galaxy S21 and S21 Ultra images show redesigned camera bumps - GSMArena.com news - GSMArena.com
New 3C certifications also revealed the next S-series phone will stick to 25W charging.
With speculation looming that Samsung may launch its S21 series as early as January were naturally expecting to get more details on the upcoming flagships. Well, we got just that thanks to the latest set of renders from @onleaks which give us our first look at the Samsung Galaxy S21 and S21 Ultra. In addition, the source backs up the rumors of the January launch. Both phones come with centered punch hole cutouts like their predecessors with the S21 sporting a flat 6.2 panel while the Ultras comes in between 6.7-6.9 with an even more pronounced curvature. Samsung Galaxy S21 and S21 Ultra Around the back, both phones come with a radically different design. The S21s camera bump has grown compared to the S20 and now wraps around the frame of the device. We have three vertically stacked cameras while the flash is now housed separately from the camera bump. Galaxy S21 Elsewhere the design remains largely unchanged down to the button placement. We can spot dual-microphone holes on the top and the phones listed dimensions are 151.7 x 71.2 x 7.9mm (without the camera bump). The S21 Ultra gets an even more substantial camera bump around its back with four lenses laid out. Like the vanilla S21, it wraps around the side of the phone with the frame extending to blend in. Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra The listed dimensions for the S21 Ultra come out to 165.1 x 75.6 x 8.9mm while the camera bump adds another 2mm to the overall thickness. The rumored addition of an S-Pen seems to be all but confirmed wrong. In addition to the new renders, both the S21+ and its Ultra counterpart were spotted on Chinas 3C certification database.The only useful bit of information from the listings is that both phones will come with 25W charging. Samsung Galaxy S21+ and S20 Ultra charger listings The upcoming Galaxy S models will feature an EP-TA800 charger which was also confirmed last week when we saw the Galaxy S21 in a 3C listing with the same charger. Source | Via
Huawei negotiating the sale of parts of Honor's smartphone business - GSMArena.com news - GSMArena.com
The frontrunner is Digital China, Honor’s distributor, but TCL and Xiaomi are also considered.
Last week an analyst said that Huawei is considering the sale of the Honor business. Huawei employees took it to Weibo to refute the claims and the story was even retracted. However, a new report by Reuters appeared today, saying the phone manufacturer is in talks with a company called Digital China to offload parts of the smartphone business of its sub-brand in a deal worth CNY15 billion - CNY25 billion ($2.2 billion - $3.7 billion). According to the report, other prospective buyers are TCL, the conglomerate that currently makes alcatel devices, and Xiaomi - a leading smartphone company and main Huawei competitor in multiple markets across the globe. Sources were not named since talks were confidential and all sides declined to issue an official comment, but one of the insiders speaking to Reuters suggested the deal might end up being all-cash. The brand was established in 2013 and while it was initially sold as a phone line within the Huawei portfolio, lately it has been operating independently, releasing various gadgets on the global scene such as watches, earbuds, and laptops. Source
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.
Google now lets all devices download the lightweight Gmail Go - GSMArena.com news - GSMArena.com
The mail app is no longer limited to Android Go smartphones.
Google started introducing Go versions of its apps to go with the lighweight version of its OS. The aim was to bring its services to lower-powered affordable smartphones, sold in developing markets where mobile data is expensive and phones with less RAM are preferred due to their lower price. However, even those with more powerful devices can benefit from the Go apps with their lower footprint and data consumption in cases when they don't need their extensive functionality. So eventually Google started removing the artificial restrictions allowing those with full Android phones to download some of the apps. Gmail Go is the latest to open up to every one, with Google now letting you download it on any phone or tablet. Gmail Go interface The Gmail Go app offers the same core features as the regular Gmail app, but needs less RAM and uses less mobile data. You'll be sacrificing the Google Meet bottom bar and some of the gestures. The UI design is also much more basic with far less eye-candy. Another thing Google did with the mailing app is capping the framerate, meaning if you use the application on a device with a high refresh rate, Gmail Go will stutter - after all, this is an app optimized for cheap devices with basic screens. While this app can hardly be recommended for power users, it is a nice way to save space and data if you only need to read the occasional email. Source | Via
Sony's PlayStation 5 teardown reveals massive heatsink, liquid metal - GSMArena.com news - GSMArena.com
Sony has put a lot of focus on cooling and long-term reliability.
Sony recently posted its own teardown of the PlayStation 5 console. Performed by Yasuhiro Ootori, Sony's VP of Mechanical Design Department, it is entirely in Japanese but you can enable subtitles through the YouTube player. You can find the video below. There's a lot to discuss here, so let's do a breakdown of everything we have seen. The first interesting thing you see in this video is the sheer size of the console. Sony is using the standard version of the PlayStation 5, which means it comes with the optical drive. We already knew the dimensions of the console but seeing it next to an adult human really shows how large it is. We will learn later why that is. The PlayStation 5 comes with a stand that is required regardless of how you place the console - vertically or horizontally - as there are barely any flat sides to this design. When used in the vertical position, the stand attaches using a large screw. Once removed, the screw can be stashed away inside a cleverly hidden compartment within the stand itself. The stand also houses a rubber plug, which can be used to cover the hole left by the screw on the console. This attention to detail brings back memories of the rotating PS logo on the PS2 and PS3 consoles. The same stand can then be attached to the wider edge using hooks for placing the console sideways. The two giant side panels on the PlayStation 5 are designed to be user removable. They almost come across like the side panels on a standard PC case, wherein they can just be slid off without needing any tools. The removable panels also open up the possibility of custom side panels. Inside the panels we have access to the user-replaceable M.2 SSD, where you can plug in your own drive to expand the storage of the console. The drive would be required to meet the specifications set by Sony and the company will later be publishing a list of drives that it has validated for use . Plugging in just any old M.2 drive can cause issues, so the smart thing to do is wait for the list to be published before purchasing a new drive for this console. We also get a brief overview of the cooling system of the console, including a large 120mm diameter, 45mm thick centrifugal fan that is designed to pull in air from both sides and push it into the side and onto the heatsink. Sony has also cleverly created dust catcher vents where dust will naturally accumulate over time. This will let users easily vacuum off most of it without disassembling the console entirely. Beyond this point, the console is not designed to be opened by the user, at least not without voiding your warranty. Perhaps this is why the video rushes through most of the teardown procedure at this point so it can't really be used for a step by step teardown, should you choose to do it. Ootori goes through several things beyond this point but there are only two things that really stand out, the size of the internal heatsink and the fact that Sony is using liquid metal as its TIM. The PlayStation 5 has a massive heatsink that is roughly the same size as what you'd find on a premium aftermarket graphics card. It is roughly 75% the height and width of the console, which we saw is pretty large. Ootori says that the shape and airflow pattern of the heatsink allows it to have the same heat dissipation abilities of a vapor chamber. For comparison, the Xbox Series X has a much smaller heat sink. It is, however, a vapor chamber design. Having said that, vapor chambers aren't necessarily vastly superior than standard heatsinks and a sufficiently large heatsink can overcome the small benefits that the vapor chamber design offers. Xbox Series X vapor chamberThe other major thing about with the PlayStation 5 design is the use of liquid metal. Liquid metal is an alloy made from metals like gallium and indium and is in liquid state at room temperatures. Liquid metal is known to have high thermal conductivity, making it ideal for TIM (thermal interface material), which is the material that sits between the hot component (in this case, the processor) and the heatsink. Normally, manufacturers use thermal pastes, which aren't as thermally conductive or long lasting as liquid metal but are easier to apply and cheaper. Liquid metal is also extremely electrically conductive unlike thermal paste, so it needs to be contained properly and not be allowed to run around the board. You will see in the image above that Sony has placed a foam padding around the chipset to reduce the likelihood of the liquid metal escaping. It is remarkable to see a manufacturer use liquid metal in a mainstream machine. Liquid metal has traditionally been used by PC overclocking enthusiasts to eke out every last MHz of performance out of their processors and by manufacturers of high-end devices. The finicky application process, high cost, and risk of electrical conduction makes it not particularly suitable for mass produced devices. However, Sony is clearly leaving no stone unturned with the PlayStation 5. We learn three things from this teardown. The first is that Sony's attention to detail continues to be high. Things like the slot for the screw in the stand, the little plug to cover the screw hole, and the holes to vacuum the dust all point to a well-thought-out and well-engineered design. The second thing is that the PlayStation 5 gives better access to the user for things like replacing the storage or cleaning the insides than something like the Xbox Series X. It would have been extremely easy for Sony to come up with a proprietary storage solution citing bandwidth needs but they stuck with standardized solutions and that's good to see. The third is focus on cooling and long-term reliability. The console is massive because it has a massive heatsink inside cooled by a large fan. They are also using liquid metal to draw as much heat away from the processor as possible. They made it easy to remove the dust so it doesn't accumulate and overheat the machine over time. The engineering here was not done to make the machine as compact and attractive as possible but to make it as practical and reliable while getting as much performance out of it as possible. The PlayStation 5 starts at $399 and will be available starting November 12.
The iPhone notch is here to stay for two more years, popular leakster says - GSMArena.com news - GSMArena.com
It is supposed to get thinner in 2021 but that’s pretty much it.
Apple has scheduled an event for next week when we expect to see four new iPhones. The rumor mill has been silent on the topic of punch holes and notches, leading to the assumption the iPhone 12 lineup will keep the wide notch that has been part of the screen in the past three years. A popular leakster revealed on Twitter the notch will be present not only on the iPhone 12, but on the 2021 iPhone 13 as well, although it will get a bit smaller next year. This is how thin the iPhone 13 notch will get We know it is way too early to make such predictions about a phone, expected to arrive in no less than 12 months, but Ice universe has been reliable and has provided inside information for quite some time, so this one might also end up true. Apple is clearly not following the trends of holes or waterdrops that others are implementing and will stick to Face ID a bit more. Cupertino is clearly betting on design and is not implementing the solutions like a pill-shaped cutoff that houses all the facial recognition tools, something that Huawei does. We suspect that Apple will keep up with the infamous notch until the under-display camera becomes mainstream - it is still a boutique feature that can be found in only one smartphone sold in a single market. Via
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.
Huawei reportedly has only 8.8 million Kirin 9000 chipsets for the Mate 40 smartphones - GSMArena.com news - GSMArena.com
The 5nm wafer can yield about 400 dies, and TSMC has about 22k wafers.
Huawei is going to release its next flagship chipset, dubbed Kirin 9000, on the 5 nm process technology, and is said to be hte first platform with a built-in 5G modem. Initial reports were the Chinese company ordered TSMC to manufacture 15 million units, but latest report says there will be only about 8.8 million chips. CAD-based renders: Huawei Mate 40 Huawei Mate 40 Pro Going into details, one leakster on Weibo confirmed the 5nm wafers are 22,000 in total. One wafer can yield about 400 dies, and with the simple math trick called multiplication we can get the full amount of actual chipsets the Taiwanese manufacturer can deliver to Huawei. First expectations were the Mate 40 devices would reach 8 million shipments from the launch in October until the end of the calendar year. However, with the latest bans the United States set on companies, working with Huawei, TSMC will not be able to manufacture more chips in the near future. If the 8.8 million number is true, and this leakster has a history of being right so we prefer to trust him, this might mean Huawei Mate 40 might not sell as well as everyone expects, deepening the state of uncertainty about the mobile future of Huawei. Source(in Chinese) | Via
LG teases upcoming phone with slide-out display - GSMArena.com news - GSMArena.com
Part of the new Explorer Project.
Yesterday LG announced its Wing 5G - a swiveling smartphone with two displays. Its a different approach to dual-screen smartphones, to say the least, and LG is betting big on this innovative style of devices with its new Explorer Project range. As LGs Andrew Coughlin explained the Explorer Project is about taking risks and pursuing new opportunities in smartphone design and functionality with practical innovations for consumers. And just as yesterdays keynote came to its end, LG brought up one more thing giving us a teaser of its next Explorer Project device - a slide-out display phone. The teaser ends abruptly followed by a hold your breath mark and a reminder that this device is part of the LG Explorer Project though the message is clear LG is working on a roll-out display phone. Theres no more details on the device in question but well surely hear about it soon enough.
More evidence of Apple’s folding iPhone appears - GSMArena.com news - GSMArena.com
Another piece of the puzzle appears, but is this a device Apple will ever release?
With the successful launch of Samsungs folding smartphones in 2020 with the Z Fold2 and Z Flip (along with a kind of messy launch in 2019 with the original Galaxy Fold), other companies are pressured to come up with a device that might have some folding element to it. Rumors as early as 2017 have suggested that Apple has been working on an iPhone device with a folding form factor. The latest evidence comes from leakster Ice Universe and if it is to be believed, Apple is apparently in talks with Samsung Display for foldable screen samples and hopes to exclusively supply the amount for one year. As per this and previous reports dating back to early last year, Apple has already been working on prototypes for a folding touchscreen device. Apple's patent for folding device from this past JulyApple is still in the development phase, and likely hasnt settled on a design for such a device, should it even arrive to the market. Since the rumors started, at least two (1,2)patents have already surfaced, giving us a rough idea of what the phone could look like. Back in June, another leaker Jon Prosser tweeted about the folding iPhones design. The memes are funny but it doesnt look like they just stuck two phones together. Even though theyre two separate panels, when the displays are extended, it looks fairly continuous and seamless. Jon Prosser (@jon_prosser) June 15, 2020 Such a folding iPhone might have a hinge and two displays much like the Surface Duo. We have doubts that Apple would release a folding device with hinges not when Samsung has a display that actually bends and creases. Perhaps Apple isnt willing to put a product out that might immediately appear inferior to its biggest competitors. iPhone 12 display sizes anticipatedApple is holding a launch event next week where we are expecting to hear about at least two new Apple Watches, four new iPhone 12 models, a new iPad Air, new HomePod speaker, Apple TV hardware, and possible a new pair of Apple-branded headphones. AirTags are expected to make an appearance as well. SourceVia