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Pricing details on Apple's entire iPhone 12 lineup may have just leaked - Android Authority
Plus, details on availability and specs.
- A Chinese Weibo user named Kang shared pricing and availability information related to Apples entire iPhone 12 lineup.
- All four models this year will feature OLED displays and 5G connectivity.
- Theyll also include a feature to intelligently switch between LTE and 5G as a way to save battery life.
It's official: We're not getting a OnePlus 8T Pro - Android Authority
OnePlus CEO Pete Lau says the OnePlus 8T won't be joined by an 8T Pro.
- OnePlus has confirmed that there wont be a OnePlus 8T Pro.
- The company is directing users to the OnePlus 8 Pro instead.
Samsung Unpacked Part 2: Watch the Galaxy Z Fold 2 live launch here - Android Authority
Galaxy Z Fold 2 incoming. What more could Samsung announce?
- Samsung will host its Unpacked Part 2 virtual event today.
- The company will announce more details about the Galaxy Z Fold 2.
- The event will start at 10 AM ET.
OnePlus Watch has been in development for the last year: Ex-employee - Android Authority
Early rumors suggest OnePlus is making a smartwatch, and it's not that surprising.
- A device called OnePlus Watch was spotted on a regulatory website.
- A former OnePlus employee has also confirmed the firms interest in making a smartwatch.
Google Pixel 5 leaked in renders. Check it out here! - Android Authority
A Pixel 4a with an extra camera at the back
- Renders of the Google Pixel 5 have leaked.
- They show a phone with a punch-hole screen and dual cameras.
It might be the end of Android updates for Huawei phones with Google services - Android Authority
No Android 11 for the Huawei P30 Pro?
- Huaweis temporary license to do business with US companies has expired.
- Because of this, older Android phones might not get any new Android updates.
- Huawei says its monitoring the situation.
Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 release date rumored via tip - Android Authority
It is not clear if other products launched at Galaxy Unpacked on Wednesday will also be available on Thursday.
- A source has informed Android Authority that the Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 release date is August 6, 2020.
- That is this coming Thursday, the day after Samsungs Galaxy Unpacked event.
- It is not clear if other Galaxy Unpacked devices will also land in stores on Thursday.
Did we just get a glimpse of Google's 5G Pixel phones? - Android Authority
Is this the Pixel 4a 5G and Pixel 5 5G? It certainly appears that way.
- The Google Pixel 4a 5G and Pixel 5 5G may have broken cover in a leaked image.
- It looks like the Pixel 4a 5G will be bigger than the flagship.
- Google is expected to launch the standard Pixel 4a today.
Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus long-term review: Worth it in 2020? - Android Authority
With the Galaxy Note 20 series on the horizon, is it still worth grabbing a Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus from last year?
Every year, Samsung launches a new entry in its ultra-premium Note line. In 2019, though, Samsung upended its own formula and released two devices in the Note line: the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 along with the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus. The Plus variant is physically larger with more features, better specs, and a higher price. Were only a few days away from the launch of the 2020 iteration of Samsungs premier phone line. This got us thinking about how the Note 10 Plus has held up over the past year. Thats exactly what this Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus long-term review is going to determine! Were going to talk about the highlights of the Note 10 Plus that have aged well over the past 12 months. Were also going to dig in and discuss the issues one might face if they bought this phone in 2020. Ultimately, were going to answer the big question: would it still be a good choice to buy the Note 10 Plus today? About this article: I used a Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus exclusively as my daily driver over a period of five days. I used the Aura Glow model with 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. It was running One UI version 2.1, based on Android 10. Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus review recap Its hard to believe it was a year ago that we first reviewed the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus. Why not refresh your memory of what we said then by checking out the video above or hitting up the written review. How does the 2019 hardware compare to 2020 hardware? When it comes to raw specs, the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus could still easily go head-to-head with any 2020 flagship. Sure, the Note 10 Plus doesnt have the mighty Snapdragon 865 processor (nor even the Snapdragon 855 Plus), but the Snapdragon 855 is still a very capable chipset. In my five days with the phone, there wasnt one moment where I felt things were slow or laggy. The 12GB of RAM obviously helped out quite a bit with this as did the UFS 3.0 storage. The point is that anyone who would hold back on getting a Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus because the processor isnt an SD865 would just be silly. The Note 10 Plus' Snapdragon 855 still flies. Battery life was also terrific during my time with the device. Im not going out nearly as much as I would have a year ago due to the COVID-19 pandemic, so I tested out how the device would do if I simply turned off Wi-Fi at home all day. Doing this wasnt a problem as I still had about 60% battery by the time I went to bed. Of course, this doesnt fully replicate a battery draining day walking around New York City, but the 4,300mAh battery didnt let me down. As a quick rundown, the Galaxy Note 10 Plus has some other notable specs that still shine today. These are namely a minimum of 256GB of internal storage, microSD card support, the option to charge at 45W speeds (with compatible adapter), wireless charging, and an IP68 rating. The bottom line is that the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus is still a specs beast even one year later. The Note 10 Plus is still as pretty as can be In our original review of the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus, we talked about how Samsung clearly abandoned some power-user features in exchange for a stunning design. Let me tell you, the Galaxy Note 10 Plus is still a stunner, especially the Aura Glow model I was using. Its so pretty that I went without a case for the whole five days. I even found myself putting the phone on my desk face-down just because it looked cool to have such a gorgeous thing near my keyboard. The Galaxy Note 10 Plus might be one of the best-looking phones I've ever used. The iconic squared-off design aesthetic of the Note series carries over here, giving the Note 10 Plus a chunky, almost industrial feel in the hand. Ill admit that holding the phone in one hand for long stretches of time wasnt as comfortable as using a phone with curvy edges. It wasnt horrible, but worth noting. Related: The best Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus cases One of the things that was a bit surprising for me was realizing how small the rear camera bump is on the Galaxy Note 10 Plus. After using the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra for a while, I assumed the rear camera module on Note 10 Plus was also pretty thick. However, thats not true as the Galaxy Note 10 Plus lays nearly flat with very minimal wobble. Obviously, if you put a case on it you might not notice anyway, but I was surprised at how nice it was to not have something protruding so far out of the back. From what weve seen so far of the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, thats likely to not be the case. Regardless, if you want your phone to be a fashion statement, there arent many that have been released over the past year that can compete with this one in the looks department. The cameras get the job done The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus has a better camera system than the vanilla Note 10, and has more to offer than most devices in the Galaxy S10 series. However, I feel like the camera system is never a true focus of the Note series. Samsung usually pushes the productivity aspects, which makes sense. Related: The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus camera review: Should be better That being said, the camera system on the Note 10 Plus is great at nailing the basics. I pitted it pretty unfairly against the Galaxy S20 Ultra for this review. While the S20 Ultra delivered better shots, the Note 10 Plus held its own to the point where I would feel fine trusting it as my daily shooter in 2020. Check out a few example images below. Galaxy Note 10 PlusGalaxy S20 Ultra Galaxy Note 10 Plus SelfieGalaxy S20 Ultra Photography is very subjective, and Im definitely no pro photographer. However, I think the Galaxy Note 10 Plus has a great camera thats reliable, fast, and semi-accurate, but doesnt really excel at anything. Thats not a detraction, its just what you need: nothing more, nothing less. It should be noted that since the launch of the Galaxy Note 10 series, Samsung has pushed a few camera updates. For example, the Single Take feature that debuted with the Galaxy S20 series is now available on the Galaxy Note 10 series. Obviously, Samsung cant send a software update to change the hardware, but there are constant improvements happening. As a side note, I especially appreciated being able to use the S Pen to take pictures and start/stop video recording. This came in real handy when shooting my daily Instagram Story for the Android Authority account. While there were objectively better cameras in the 2019 smartphone world especially when it comes to low-light shots I doubt general users would be disappointed with the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus. It still shines. The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus gets you to work Productivity has always been the main selling point for the Note series, and the Note 10 Plus is no exception. There are lots of features here that I had no use for such as the S Pen Air Gestures, which felt gimmicky to me. But I still found plenty to love. I think Samsung banks on that as it helps you find what makes the Note work for you. For me, the best thing about the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus was its seamless integration with Windows 10. Using the Your Phone app on my desktop, I was able to work with the Note 10 Plus all day without needing to lift it off the desk. I swiped away notifications, answered texts, and even opened up a few apps here and there by using my mouse. It was really convenient, and something that only high-end Samsung devices can fully utilize at the moment. The Note 10 Plus is (almost) powerful enough to be my main work machine when paired with the NexDock 2 laptop shell. I also used the Dex features built-in to the Galaxy Note 10 Plus in tandem with my NexDock 2. This gave me a laptop experience with the Note 10 Plus as the brains of the operation. Everything went great and most of my day-to-day work tasks worked just fine. There were a few complaints with this such as the Asana Android app not working nearly as well as the desktop browser app, but thats not a dig on the Note 10 Plus or Dex. Im not sure I would ever fully dump my Windows laptop and use Dex full time, but its starting to seem like that could be something I might realistically consider in the future. Its not much different from using a Chromebook at this point. Unfortunately, the Note 10 Plus is missing some stuff The Galaxy Note 10 Plus was one of the best, most powerful phones of 2019. But this is a Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus long-term review for 2020, and things have changed a bit. There are some aspects of 2020 flagships that we want now and the Galaxy Note 10 Plus simply doesnt deliver. There are also a few things about the Note 10 Plus that I wished were different during my time with it. In addition, there were some personal preferences that would make me hesitate in committing to a Note 10 Plus full time. Heres where I feel the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus falls short:
- No 90Hz/120Hz display refresh rate: Even in 2019 the high refresh rate display was a trend, but the Galaxy Note 10 series skipped it. The display just isnt as nice as recent flagships because of this, and it definitely makes the Note 10 Plus feel a bit behind the curve.
- No headphone jack: This has been beaten into the ground by now. However, the Note 10 series is the first in the line to not have the 3.5mm port, so it bears repeating here. Honestly, a phone geared towards power users without a headphone jack still feels as wrong today as it did a year ago.
- No 5G support: Ill be honest, I have a 5G-capable phone connected to 5G service, and I still dont care about 5G. I simply dont have anything in my life that necessitates 5G, so it becomes an afterthought. That being said, this will probably change over the next year or two, and the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus not having 5G support is a notable omission.
- Misplaced hardware buttons: Samsung made the mistake of moving all the hardware buttons (the volume rocker and side key) to the left side of the Note 10 Plus. I thought I would get used to this but even on my final day with the phone, I still tried to shut it off by hitting the empty right side. The news that we can expect the Note 20 series to move the buttons back to their usual positions tells you everything you need to know about this change.
- Poor fingerprint sensor: Samsungs ultrasonic fingerprint sensor is objectively worse than the light-based ones used on every other phone with an in-display sensor. Its not horrible on the Note 10 Plus, but not as good as the one on my OnePlus 7 Pro. This wasnt a deal-breaker though. It still functioned well enough most of the time.
- One UI still bloated: This is a personal preference, but One UI is just too over-the-top for my taste. I appreciate the fact that I can do pretty much anything with a flagship Samsung phone with its limitless options and settings tweaks. However, it just felt like too much most of the time, and I longed for the simplicity of Oxygen OS or the Pixel UI several times during the week.
Some OnePlus Nord owners report screen tinting issues - Android Authority
OnePlus says this is inherent to OLED displays.
- OnePlus Nord users are reporting green or purple screen tints at low brightness levels.
- The company says this is an inherent trait of OLED displays, and not a glitch.