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Chances of Apple M1X-powered MacBook Pro 14 and MacBook Pro 16 laptops receiving Mini LED screens increased by M1 iPad Pro reveal - Notebookcheck.net
The revelation of the 2021 Apple iPad Pro with Mini LED screen has apparently increased the chances of a MacBook Pro 14 and MacBook Pro 16 being fitted with similar panel technology. The 2021 MacBook Pro laptops could star with XDR displays, potential Apple M…
Apples Spring Loaded event promoted a number of products that offer up technology that is likely to be utilized in the MacBook Pro 14 and MacBook Pro 16 that are widely expected to be unleashed upon the world in the second half of 2021. A report from analyst firm TrendForce has claimed that such is the interest in a Mini LED-sporting iPad Pro that it could easily shift five million units in this year alone. On top of that, with the 2021 M1 iPad Pro featuring such display technology as a selling point, it seems more than likely that the same will be applied to future Apple devices. It has already been rumored that at least the future Apple MacBook Pro 14 would boast of having a Mini LED panel, so this latest report doubles down on that rumor while also including the MacBook Pro 16. The same market analyst points out that the use of Mini LED, at least with the refreshed iPad Pro, has led to an understandable price hike. Price rumors for the 2021 MacBook Pro 14 and MacBook Pro 16 have stated that there will be no price rises for the redesigned laptops, which seems unlikely if they are going to feature XDR panels and M1X Apple Silicon. While Apple has still not offered any kind of official confirmation or naming scheme for future M1-based processors, the current M1X name is frequently used when speculating on the MacBook Pro 14 and MacBook Pro 16. It is expected there will be at least a CPU core boost, possibly from 8 cores to 12 cores, with the GPU part being particularly improved upon, morphing from a 7-core or 8-core unit in the current M1 Apple Silicon to a potential 16-core part by the time an M1X SoC is announced. Buy the Apple MacBook Air with M1 chip on Amazon
Google confirms the Pixel 5a for launch amidst rumors of a cancellation - Notebookcheck.net
Reports surfaced a few hours ago claiming that Google had canceled its plans for the release of a Pixel 5a. Google has swiftly laid those rumors to rest, though, by confirming that the Pixel 5a will be released later this year, at least in the US and Japan.
Fans of Google's Pixel A series will have been looking forward to the next iteration, the Pixel 5a, and Google has now confirmed that it will launch the phone later this year, amidst recent rumors claiming the phone had been canceled. A few hours ago, rumors surfaced that Google had canceled its plans for the release of the Pixel 5a, codenamed "Barbet". Going by the source tweet, Google's decision was down to the issue of chip shortage in the industry, resulting in the company choosing to keep on selling the Pixel 4a and Pixel 4a 5G while working on the Pixel 6. Thankfully, though, Google has swiftly laid those rumors to rest: Pixel 5a 5G is not canceled. It will be available later this year in the US and Japan and announced in line with when last years a-series phone was introduced. There you go; no, the Google Pixel 5a has not been canceled. It will be released later this year, perhaps around August, in the US and Japan at least. Rumors will remain rumors. Buy the Pixel 4a 5G on Amazon.
Dell G15 5515 hits 3DMark with an AMD Ryzen 7 5800H processor, an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 GPU and 16 GB of RAM - Notebookcheck.net
The Dell G15 5515 will launch with at least an AMD Ryzen 7 5800H and an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 GPU, according to a 3DMark listing. The 115 W GPU will be available with 16 GB of RAM and a fast 1TB SSD, too.
Earlier this month, Dell unveiled a refreshed G15 series, which it confirmed would be available 115 W NVIDIA RTX 30 series GPUs. It did not reveal multiple aspects of its new gaming laptops though, including the processors that would be offered or which 115 W cards would be available. Now, @_rogame has discovered a 3DMark listing for a certain Dell G15 5515. According to the listing, Dell plans to release the G15 5515 with a Ryzen 7 5800H, a 45 W APU using eight AMD Cezanne processor cores. The Ryzen 7 5800H has a 3.2 GHz base clock that can boost to 4.4 GHz and a Radeon RX Vega 8 integrated GPU with 8 Compute Cores (CUs). However, Dell has also included a GeForce RTX 3060. Incidentally, its 1,750 MHz boost clock exceeds NVIDIA's peak boost clock for a GeForce RTX 3060, which it lists at 1,703 MHz. Unsurprisingly, the G15 5515 has 16 GB of RAM and a WDC SN730 1 TB SSD. It is unclear if Dell plans to release a G15 5515 with an RTX 3070 GPU, but Dell stated that it would publish more details before the end of the month. Purchase the Dell G3 15.6 inch on Amazon
Black Shark 4 and Black Shark 4 Pro official with 144Hz screens, SSD-based storage, 120W fast charging, and more - Notebookcheck.net
The Black Shark 4 and Black shark 4 Pro gaming smartphones have been launched with interesting specifications. Key specs include a 6.7-inch AMOLED screen with a refresh rate of 144Hz, a 4,500mAh battery that supports 120W fast charging, pop-up mechanical trig…
Xiaomi subsidiary Black Shark has launched its new line of gaming smartphones, the Black Shark 4 and Black Shark 4 Pro. Both phones come with some industry-first specifications for Android devices, such as an SSD for storage. Unlike other gaming smartphones released this year the Black Shark 4 and Black Shark 4 Pro run different chipsets. Both the Black Shark 4 and Black Shark 4 Pro come with a 6.67-inch AMOLED screen with a refresh rate of 144Hz, a touch sampling rate of 720Hz, peak brightness of 1,300 nits and 111% coverage of the DCI-P3 colour gamut. Black Shark claims that the display has a touch delay of 24ms. However, dynamic refresh-rate adjustment doesn't seem to be present, presumably due to the lack of a MEMC chip. The devices also come with two pop-up mechanical shoulder buttons that can be remapped to perform other tasks. Both smartphones draw power from a 4,500mAh battery that supports 120W fast charging. Black Shark claims that it is possible to charge the battery completely in fifteen minutes. Moving on to the internals, the Black Shark 4 Pro runs a Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 SoC, while the Black Shark Pro settles for a 'new' Snapdragon 870. Memory/storage capacities max out at 12GB/256GB for the Black Shark 4 and 16GB/512GB for the Pro version. The Black Shark 4 Pro is also the world's first-ever smartphone to run a solid-state drive. Renowned leaker Ice Universe posted the phone's AndroBench numbers, which showed Sequential Reads of 3,000MB/s and Sequential Writes of 1,158MB/s. Both phones also pack an impressive set of speakers, which recently put it on the top of DXOMarks smartphone audio list. Both Black Shark 4 smartphones come with three rear camera modules. The Pro version has a 64MP primary sensor, which the non-Pro variant replaces with a 48MP counterpart. It is accompanied by an 8MP ultra-wide-angle lens and a 5MP macro lens. At the front, we get a 20MP module for selfies and video calls. Lastly, connectivity options on the Black Shark 4 and Black Shark 4 Pro include Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.2, NFC, and a 3.5mm audio jack. Price and Availability The base Black Shark 4 variant with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage will retail at RMB 2,499 (US$383). Similarly, the Black Shark 4 Pro with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage costs RMB 3,999 (US$613). The phones will be available for pre-order in China starting March 26. A global launch is expected to follow suit soon. Black Shark has also launched two new accessories alongside the smartphones; a cooling dock called the Black Shark FunCooler 2 Pro and a pair of wired headphones, for some reason. Buy the Black Shark 3 on Amazon
VAIO refreshes its 14-inch Z series with Tiger Lake-H35 CPUs, carbon fiber slim and light chassis plus impressive battery life of up to 35 h - Notebookcheck.net
The new Z series is only available in Japan for the time being and features three variants. The more affordable one includes an FHD display and the Core i5-11300H CPU, plus a 53 Wh battery that may last up to 34 h. VAIO also supplies more expensive variants w…
Sonys former laptop branch VAIO is refreshing its Z series slim and light 14-inch laptops with Intel Tiger Lake-H35 processors and improved chassis. VAIOs Z series was first introduced in 2015 as a 2-in-1 solution, but in 2016 it was redesigned as a clamshell model. The new Z series retains the clamshell style, and brings massive improvements to processing power, chassis design, portability and battery efficiency. Note that these models are only available in Japan for now. CPU options for the retail versions include the Core i5-11300H quad-core with max boost frequencies of 4.4 GHz and the Core i7-11370H with 4.8 GHz boost clocks. There is also a Signature Edition model that is powered by the Core i7-11375H CPU with 5 GHz boost clocks, but this one can only be pre-ordered directly from VAIO. The latest Tiger Lake-H35 CPUs integrate Intels Iris Xe GPUs. On the display side, we find either a 4K IPS LCD panel with HDR compliance and DCI-P3 gamut of 99.8% or an FHD panel for the i7-11370H and Signature models, whereas the i5-11300H variant gets only the FHD option. Both panels feature a privacy filter that restricts viewing angle to 60 degrees. As far as the chassis component is concerned, VAIO managed fit all sides with carbon fiber plates , making the new laptops more rigid, yet lighter than similar magnesium alloy builds. The lightest version is the i5-11300H model that weighs 958 g (2.1 lbs), while the variants with 4K displays weigh a bit over 1 Kg (2.3 lbs), and the chassis profile measures 16.9 mm (0.66 inches). Perhaps the most impressive feature is the estimated battery life. VAIO claims that the battery on the 4K display models can last up to 17 hours and up to 34 hours on the 1080p models with only a 53 Wh brick. All versions come with 16 GB of LPDDR4x RAM and 512 GB of NVMe SSD storage and the port selection includes only two Thunderbolt 4 connectors (also supporting DP video output), an HDMI video out and a headphone jack. VAIO supplies an optional dock that expands port selection with 2x DP + 1x HDMI outputs, 3x USB-A 3.1, and GbE jack. Other shared features include an FHD webcam with IR sensor and a fingerprint reader integrated in the power button. There is support for Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.1 on all variants, but the 4K display models come equipped with an additional 5G modem and Nano SIM slot. The new Z models can already be pre-ordered directly from the official VAIO site, and Japanese retailers are expected to get stocks some time in March. Prices are adjusted for the Japanese market and may seem way too high if transformed in any other currency. Thus, the i5-11300H model would cost $2,931 and the 4K i7-11370H would set you back almost $4,000. Buy the VAIO SX-14 laptop with Intel i7-10710U on Amazon
Samsung Galaxy A52 and Galaxy A52 5G European prices leaked with a price cut compared to the Galaxy A51 - Notebookcheck.net
The Galaxy A51's successor will arrive in March, according to new reports. The Galaxy A52 will be cheaper than its predecessor too, while the 5G model will remain reasonably-priced, despite its 120 Hz display and powerful SoC.
Samsung is throwing out a few surprises this year, including releasing Galaxy S series smartphones without microSD card readers. The company has been more aggressive in its prices too, which Technik News claims will continue with the Galaxy A series. Last week, WinFuture claimed that Samsung would pitch the Galaxy A72 at 449, which would be 20 cheaper than the Galaxy A71. Similarly, Technik News alleges that the Galaxy A52 will arrive for 349, 20 less than the Galaxy A51. The Galaxy A51 is expected to have the model number SM-A52F for reference, at least in Europe. Technik News adds that the Galaxy A52 5G will launch for 449, matching the Galaxy A72. While it may seem strange for Samsung to price the A52 5G and A72 equally, the former is believed to have a higher refresh rate display and a more powerful processor. Specifically, the A52 5G should have a 120 Hz display and a Snapdragon 750G chipset, compared to the 90 Hz display and Snapdragon 720G in the Galaxy A72. Technik News believes that the Galaxy A52 and Galaxy A52 5G should launch in March. Additionally, the website indicates that 256 GB SKUs of both models should retail for 50 more than their 128 GB entry-level siblings. Samsung is thought to have paired 128 GB of storage with 6 GB of RAM, too. However, it remains unclear if the 50 surcharge, which is unconfirmed at the time of writing, will cover the jump to 8 GB of RAM, or just more storage. Purchase the Samsung Galaxy A51 on Amazon