Pocketnow Daily: NEW Galaxy S21 Teaser & Exynos Updates: YES and NO! (video)

Samsung Galaxy and Google Pixel phones are on sale today

Apple’s latest M1 13-inch MacBook Pro, Razer Blade 15 and more laptops are on sale today

Headphones from Sony, Samsung, Apple and more are also on sale today

You already know, the official news today begin with deals, and again there’s no better time to buy Samsung products both old and new. You can still reserve a Galaxy S21 model and get up to $700 in trade-in and up to $60 in credit for accessories once you do, so make sure you check the first link in the description if you want a Galaxy S21. Sticking to Samsung and trade-in deals, the Z Flip is still a crazy $100, yes $100. The Z Fold 2 is still $1000 and you can get the Galaxy S20 Ultra for $600. We also have deals on the Note but again, you need an eligible device for trade-in. If you don’t have a device to trade-in we also have discounts for all of these on Amazon if you’re still looking for a great deal. Moving on, you can get a Google Pixel 4 for $295 off its original price tag, leaving it at $504 shipped. The M1 MacBook Pro is still $60 off, leaving the 256GB of SSD model for $1239. The Razer Blade 15 is also $300 off, this is the Intel Core i7, RTX 2060 model, leaving it at $1500. We have a ton of more deals on other laptops, AirPods, Sony Earbuds and headphones and more, in the links in the description.


Intel announces 11th Gen Core H-series mobile processors for gaming laptops

Qualcomm’s second-gen ultrasonic fingerprint sensor is bigger and 50% faster

Fossil Gen 5 LTE costs $349 and let will let you take calls directly on the smartwatch

Jabra Elite 85t gets four new color options at CES 2021

Yes, CES is still happening but before we get into more specific launches, let’s talk about some of our favorite single out announcements. Beginning with Qualcomm as the company just launched the second generation to their ultrasonic fingerprint scanner. This new sensor is 77% larger than its predecessor and it works 50% faster, this improved sensor will reportedly debut with the S21, if history repeats itself. Intel just announced their 11th Gen Core H Series of mobile chips which power gaming laptops based on a 10nm process, supporting up to 5GHz clock speeds, PCIe Gen 4, Thunderbolt 4 and more features. But, 10nm huh Intel? The Jabra Elite 85Ts which are some of my favorite earbuds just got 4 new colorways, including Gold, Copper, Black and Grey in case you were waiting for some variety. Fossil just announced the Gen 5 LTE which brings a 45mm sleek design and it now allows you to take calls directly on the smartwatch which is pretty nice for $349. And guys, there’s so much more CES 2021 coverage on Pocketnow.com but, we have specific articles for each of these products and their details, in the links in the description.

AMD unleashes Zen 3-based Ryzen 5000 series mobile processors

NVIDIA unveils RTX 30 series laptop GPUs and GeForce RTX 3060 desktop graphics

Let’s keep talking about CES, we know that a lot of you guys like when we cover PC parts and well Nvidia and AMD are back at it again. Starting with AMD, they just unveiled their Ryzen 5000 Series of mobile processors, these are divided into 2 families, the H and the U Series. The H Series is targeted at gaming enthusiasts in both 6 and 8 core variants with peak clock speeds of 4.8GHz, interesting considering Intel is pushing 5GHz. When it comes to the U Series, these are aimed at ultra-books and the rest of mass market laptops, these range from 4 to 8 cores, with pretty much the same base specs as some of the H Series but only pushing up to 4.4GHz. AMD is looking at 23% higher single threaded performances and up to a 17% increase in multi-threaded performances. Moving on to Nvidia, the company just revealed the RTX 30 Series laptop GPUs and a RTX 3060 desktop GPU. These are based on their 3rd Gen Max Q technology, offering up to 2x ray tracing output, and the new tensor cores are claimed to be 2x more capable. Overall Nvidia is aiming at higher efficiency, better performance and refined acoustics here. Over 70 laptops with the RTX 30 Series will debut this month alone, so you can check out all of the specifics in the links below. For a minute there I was like – are we sure about that number or is it 7? But nope, 70 laptops.

HONOR announces MagicBook Pro, HONOR Band 6

Sticking to CES, let’s move on to Honor as, we know that the company went independent form Huawei a couple of months ago and they just announced their upcoming flagship products. First off we got the Honor MagicBook Pro which brings a 16.1in display with a 90% screen-to-body ratio. It’s powered by a 10th Gen Intel processor, along with 16GB of dual channel DDR4 RAM, and 512GB of PCIe NVMe SSD, when it comes to cooling it brings dual fans and dual heat pipes. It includes Bluetooth 5.0, an HDMI port, 3 USB A ports and a USB C port, as well as a headphone jack and a fingerprint sensor. It apparently charges up to 50% in just 30 minutes. Now, moving on to wearables we also got the Honor Band 6 which features a 1.47in AMOLED Display, supporting 10 workout modes and 14 days of battery life. It brings 5 ATM water resistance and it brings a heart rate monitor, oxygen monitor, sleep and stress monitor and even a female cycle tracker. It comes in three color variants including Meteorite Black, Sandstone Grey and Coral Pink. Sadly we didn’t get word on price tags yet but it should be on global markets very soon.

Is this the new design of the 2021 iPad Pro refresh?

Now let’s talk about Apple and particularly iPads as it does seem that Cupertino is planning an aggressive push here. Lately there’s been a ton of rumors on the upcoming iPads as, we’re expecting a refresh to the regular iPad and we’re supposed to get mini-LED displays on the Pros very soon. Now, we have some new CAD renders of both iPad Pro models coming from 91Mobiles and MySmartPrice. Starting with the bigger model, it looks like it’s bringing pretty much the same design language as the current model with the boxy design and the single USB-C port as well as the smart connector for the keyboard. The camera is still a dual module along with the LiDAR sensor. When it comes to the 11in version, it also looks like its predecessor which we got back in 2020 but, apparently it’s going to be a couple of millimeters thinner and shorter. The CAD renders also show that we might be getting a Touch ID sensor similar to the one on the iPad Air, and you can also notice it on the renders for the 12.9in iPad. We’re expecting these iPads some time this year, running on a variant of the A13 or A14 Bionic, along with a mini-LED display. It clearly seems that iPad sales are up given the pandemic if Apple plans to make a broader push and even bring a more aggressive price tag.

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Samsung Galaxy S21 retail box leak confirms the absence of a charger

Samsung unveils the 5nm-based Exynos 2100 flagship SoC that will power the Galaxy S21

And finally for the hottest news today, you guessed it. We’re literally a couple of days away from Samsung’s Unpacked but, there’s still a ton of leaks and information to Unpack here.. Let’s start with something official as Samsung just posted the full teaser for the S21 Series which is captioned “Welcome to the Everyday Epic”. It teases a lot of camera capabilities, mainly video, low light and zoom. It shows the silhouette of the device and some software tricks as well. Sticking to what’s official, the company just announced the Exynos 2100 which will power the S21 depending on your region. It is a 5G-ready chip based on a 5nm process and a tri-cluster core design allowing for a 30% increase in multi-core performance and 40% boost in graphics performance. It allows some crazy tricks like handling 6 cameras and 200MP resolution output, as well as handling 4K panels at up to 120Hz, or QHD+ at 144Hz but, we won’t bore you with specifics, we’ll have a specific link for this in the description. Back to the S21, we have some new posters showing off the design yet again, as well as teasing the 5G capabilities, the storage tiers and the camera. Now, the poster getting the most headlines is the one showing off the box and as you can see, it’s very thin. Meaning it’s pretty much official that we won’t be getting a charger or headphones this year. Go Green! And remember, you can already register for the S21 and get some perks, in the first link in the description. So yeah, with that teaser and all of the other posters, seriously what’s left?


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Apple’s latest M1 13-inch MacBook Pro, Razer Blade 15 and more laptops are on sale today

We keep on getting new deals, and this time we will focus on laptops, as there are several options where to choose from. If you’re an Apple fan, you may want to take a look at the latest 16-inch MacBook Pro, which is currently $299 off, meaning you can get one with 16GB RAM and 1TB of storage space for $2,549. This powerful laptop comes with a 2.3GHz Intel Core i9 processor, ready to give life to your upcoming projects. Of course, you can also grab the previous 13-inch model, as it’s now selling for $1,249 with $250 savings. Just remember that this version comes with an Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB RAM, and 512GB storage space. Still, you can grab the most recent version of the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Apple’s M1 processor, and you will also get 8GB RAM, but only 256GB storage space for $1,239 with $50 savings.

    16-inch Apple MacBook Pro
      Apple’s largest MacBook Pro comes with a ninth-generation 8-Core Intel Core i9 processor, a stunning 16-inch Retina Display with True Tone technology, as well as a convenient Touch Bar and Touch ID.
      13-inch Apple MacBook Pro
        Apple’s previous-generation 13-inch MacBook Pro is still one of the most powerful laptops in the market with its Intel Core i5 processor under the hood. It also features a brilliant Retina display with True Tone technology.
        M1 13-inch MacBook Pro
          The latest M1 powered 13-inch MacBook Pro comes with a faster CPU and GPU than its predecessor, and it also offers up to 20 hours of battery life.

        We now shift our attention to Windows laptops, where we find some interesting gaming laptops, such as the Razer Blade 15 Base Gaming laptop in its 2020 version. It comes powered by an Intel Core i7 processor, 16GB RAM, and 512GB storage space. You also get the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 and a 15.6-inch FHD 1080p display with 144Hz refresh rates for just $1,500 with $300 savings. Suppose you want a gaming laptop for less, the ASUS TUF gaming laptop that’s currently available for $770 after a $130 discount. Upon purchase, you will get a laptop with a 15.6-inch FHD IPS-Type display with 144Hz refresh rates, an Intel Core i7 processor, 8GB RAM, 512GB storage space, and the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 graphics card.

          Razer Blade 15 Base Gaming Laptop 2020
            The Razer Blade 15 comes with a thin and compact design made with a CNC aluminum unibody frame that houses incredible performance in the most compact footprint possible.

            ASUS TUF Gaming Laptop
              It features an RGB backlit keyboard rated for 20-million keystroke durability, dual fans with anti-dust technology, and more than enough power to run your favorite games.

            There are other non-gaming alternatives, where we find the Microsoft Surface Laptop Go for $649 with almost $51 savings in its Intel Core i5, 8GB RAM, and 128GB storage configuration, with two color options to choose from, and the Samsung Chromebook Plus V2 is also on sale, as you can currently get one for $380 after $120 savings, and you get 4GB RAM and 32GB storage space.

              Microsoft Surface Laptop Go
                Sleek design and standout value. At just 2.44 pounds, it’s light, portable, and easy to keep by your side throughout the day.
                Samsung Chromebook Plus V2
                  It features a lightweight 2-in1 design, weighing just under 3 pounds, and it also comes equipped with q built-in pen that makes it ready to write, sketch, and more.

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                Intel announces Core vPro processors for business consumers

                Intel took the virtual stage at CES 2021 to announce a new range of processors including the 11th Gen Core H-series mobile processors for gaming laptops, which is based on the 10nm process. The three new 11th Gen H-series mobile processors announced at CES 2021 include the Core i7-11375H Special Edition, Core i7-11370H and the Core i5-11300H. All of these pack four cores. The company also announced 11th Gen Core vPro processors based on Intel’s 10nm SuperFin transistors. These are designed for laptops. It launched the Core vPro platform and Intel Evo vPro platform, both with a focus on hardware-based security.

                Intel is focusing on making [the PC] the best tool for people to stay connected, and do the things that matter most to them. The result is more than 500 new designs for laptops and desktops that will come to market in 2021. Performance matters, not just when plugged in. But when unplugged and on battery.

                Intel VP Josh Newman

                Intel says it is focusing on “what matters most to business users.” They are looking at performance and experience on the applications that matter most to them, which include productivity, collaboration, and creation. The Intel Evo vPRo is a laptop-based platform for business users. The new chips are also said to be 23% faster compared to their competition when using apps like Microsoft Office 365. These are also said to have 50% faster office productivity while on a video conference call. 

                The company says more than 60 new laptops from top manufacturers will be available this year. They will combine the security and manageability of vPro and the mobility of the Intel Evo. Intel also announced Intel Evo Chromebooks. These processors will be powered by Intel Iris Xe graphics and will sport integrated Intel Wi-Fi 6/6E.

                The Evo vPro platform includes features such as Intel Hardware Shield for security, Intel Stable IT Platform Program for long-term stability, Intel Active Management Technology for remote management and more.

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                Intel announces 11th Gen Core H-series mobile processors for gaming laptops

                Intel has made a slew of announcements today its CES 2021 keynote, but one of the biggest revelations was the debut of a new line of processors. Yes, Intel today lifted the covers from its 11th Gen Tiger Lake H-series processors that will power the next wave of slim gaming laptops in 2021. Intel has announced two new H-series processors – three actually – if you consider the special edition model thrown into the mix, all of which are based on the 10nm process. 

                10nm process, up to 5GHz clock speed, PCIe Gen 4 and Thunderbolt 4 support

                The three new 11th Gen H-series mobile processors announced today include the Core i7-11375H Special Edition, Core i7-11370H and the Core i5-11300H, all of which pack four cores. Intel is labeling them H35, likely because their TDP peaks at a rather low 35W, and not in the 40W range you would expect for gaming-centric Intel silicon. Here’s a quick breakdown of the three new Intel mobile processors: 

                Tap to view full-sized image in a new tab (Image: Intel)

                It is worth noting here that the Core i7-11375H touches a boost clock speed of 5GHz, which is unheard of in the world of mobile CPUs. Intel is touting it to be the ‘fastest single threaded laptop performance’ and that the machines powered by it offer the ‘best balance of mobility and enthusiast level gaming.’ The new 11th Gen Intel H-series processors support the PCIe Gen 4 standard and bring Killer Wi-Fi 6/6E compatibility to the table as well.

                Only 4 cores, but a 15% boost in single-thread performance gen-over-gen

                The new Intel offerings bring support for 3200MHz DDR4 memory (4266MHz for LPDDR4x), Thunderbolt 4 support, a 15% boost in single-thread performance compared to 10th Gen solutions, and a 40% jump in multi-thread performance compared to the 15W 11th Gen Intel mobile processors. Intel claims that its 11th Gen H-series mobile processors will provide enough power for playing games at 4K, while popular titles such as Valorant, Destiny 2 will clock at 1080p resolution with over 70FPS frame rate.

                Tap to view full-sized image in a new tab (Image: Intel)

                Intel will launch an 8-core 11th Gen H-series mobile processor soon

                As per the company, its new mobile processors will appear in over 40 designs in the first half of 2021, with Acer, Asus, and MSI being the brands whose laptops will soon debut armed with the new Intel silicon. The new chips don’t support CPU, memory or graphics overlocking though. And if you’re not satisfied with the core count, Intel has promised to launch an 8-core 11th Gen H-series processor with up to 5GHz multi-core frequency later this year. 

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                A perfect moment to grab an Intel powered MacBook Air

                It’s safe to say that Intel-powered MacBook Air models will soon be hard to come across. However, that doesn’t mean that they are bad notebooks. In fact, they are still some of the best laptops you can get in the market, and even more so when they come with a discount.

                We currently find tons of deals on the previous generation MacBook Air over at B&H Photo Video, where it seems they want to clear them out from inventory. This means great news, as well as great savings for you. For example, you can currently get the Early 2020 Air with a 13.3-inch Retina Display, a 1.1GHz tenth generation Intel Core i3 Dual-Core processor, 8GB RAM, 256GB PCIe SSD, and integrated Intel Iris Plus Graphics for $899 after a $100 discount. The next step features a 1.1GHz Intel Core i5 Quad-Core processor for $929 with $170 savings.

                  MacBook Air Listing
                    Full list of Apple’s Intel-powered MacBook Air and MacBook Pro deals

                  However, the best choice may be the one that lets you save $300, as you can get a new MacBook with a 1.1GHz tenth generation Intel Core i5 Quad-Core processor with 512GB storage space and 8GB RAM. This leaves this model up for grabs at just $999, down from its regular $1,299 price tag. The maxed-out version is also available for $1,599, and it gives you an Intel Core i7 processor, 1TB storage, and 16GB RAM with a $250 discount. You may also want to take a look at some Type C hubs that will give you the necessary extra ports.

                    MacBook Air Best Deal
                      Currently the best deal in the previous generation MacBook Air models
                      Type C Docks
                        A must-have accessory for anyone who needs more ports in their new MacBooks

                      You can also find deals on the new 21.5-inch Apple iMac with Retina 4K Display. This powerful desktop is currently getting a $120 discount, which leaves it at $1,379, and you get 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD, and a 3.0GHz Intel Core i5 processor to power the show. It also features AMD Radeon Pro 560X graphics, two Thunderbolt 3 USB-C ports, and more.

                        21.5-inch Apple iMac with Retina 4K Display
                          A powerful desktop from Apple, for those who don't like to work on the go

                        21.5-inch Apple iMac with Retina 4K Display

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                        Microsoft reportedly working on self-designed chips for Surface PCs and servers

                        In what can be called the precursor for a major industrial shift, Microsoft is reportedly designing its own custom chips that will be used for its upcoming Surface family of PCs as well as cloud servers. As per a Bloomberg report, Microsoft is relying on chip designs from ARM to come up with a custom chip that will power the server computers which are a part of the company’s Azure cloud computing system. The report also adds that Microsoft is ‘also exploring using another chip that would power some of its Surface line of personal computers.’

                        Is Microsoft walking in Apple's footsteps?

                        Now, Microsoft is not entirely new to this game. The company has already worked with Qualcomm in the past to design the SQ1 and SQ2 processors that power the first-gen and second-gen Surface Pro X respectively. Additionally, the company also joined hands with AMD to equip the Surface Laptop 3 with a processor it calls the AMD Ryzen 5 / Ryzen 7 Microsoft Surface Edition. However, the Bloomberg report signals something entirely different for Microsoft, but a move that sounds similar to what Apple did with its in-house M1 chip for Macs.

                        At this point, details are slim regarding Microsoft’s self-designed ARM-based processors for its server computers and future Surface hardware. However, it won’t be surprising at all. With Apple already catalyzing the trend of having more control over hardware and software to maximize the performance of its computing machines, it seems only natural that Microsoft would want to replicate the same formula with a reasonable amount of success.

                        A tough road ahead for Microsoft

                        While Apple’s switch from Intel to in-house silicon has reaped handsome benefits in terms of massive performance gain, the main victory was an almost seamless transition from x86-based software ecosystem to ARM-based apps, thanks to the robust Rosetta 2 emulation layer. However, Microsoft has failed to replicate the same success with the Windows on ARM platform, something that kept an excellent machine like the Surface Pro X from truly shining, primarily due to sub-par performance of apps running in emulation and total lack of 64-bit apps. It was only last week that Microsoft finally launched x64 emulation – that too in preview for now – to fill that app gap.

                        Intel stands to lose the most

                        Microsoft’s success with a custom-designed chip for Surface PCs will only materialize in the presence of truly robust apps that doesn’t lack in performance if they are running in emulation, of if they have been compiled (or recompiled) natively based on ARM instructions. However, Intel appears to be the party that will lose the most, with the companies behind two of the world’s most dominant operating systems moving away from Intel processors to their own ARM-based silicon. Plus, the meteoric rise of AMD and the emergence of always-on PCs powered by Qualcomm silicon are not making things for Intel either.

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                        Intel sells its NAND memory business to SK Hynix for a cool $9 billion

                        South Korean semiconductor giant and memory chipmaker SK Hynix has today announced that that it is acquiring Intel’s NAND business for a sum of $9 billion. The acquisition will give SK Hynix ownership of Intel’s NAND SSD business, the NAND component and wafer business, as well as the Dalian manufacturing facility in China. Intel, on the other hand, will retain the Optane business alongside the memory trademark and will continue to work on it. Both the companies will seek regulatory approval for the deal next year, following which the acquisition will take another four year years to complete in 2025

                        Intel will retain its Optane memory business

                        Once SK Hynix gets the approval, it will pay Intel an initial sum of $7 billion to acquire its NAND business, which includes the transfer of NAND SSD-associated intellectual properties and employees in that division, as well as the Dalian facility. The ownership of the remaining assets – which include IP related to manufacturing and designing of NAND flash wafers, R&D employees, and the Dalian facility’s entire workforce – will be transferred in 2025 subject to payment of the remaining $2 billion. 

                        The deal will see completion in 2025

                        This will also mark the deal’s completion. But until then, Intel will keep manufacturing NAND wafers at the Dalian facility, and will also retain all the NAND flash-associated design and production IPs. SK Hynix mentions in its press release that the deal will help sharpen the competitive edge of its storage solutions with a special focus on the domain of enterprise SSDs. The South Korean company aims to leverage Intel’s technology to strengthen its portfolio of 3D NAND solutions. 

                        Both companies are currently awaiting regulatory approval

                        “I am proud of the NAND memory business we have built and believe this combination with SK Hynix will grow the memory ecosystem for the benefit of customers, partners and employees.” Intel CEO Bob Swan was quoted as saying regarding the deal. “By taking each other`s strengths and technologies, SK hynix will proactively respond to various needs from customers and optimize our business structure, expanding our innovative portfolio in the NAND flash market segment, which will be comparable with what we achieved in DRAM,” said SK Hynix CEO Seok-Hee Lee about the acquisition. 

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                        Intel’s 11th Gen Rocket Lake desktop processors arrive in Q1 2021

                        Barely a few weeks after the first wave of laptops powered by Intel’s 11th Gen Tiger Lake Core processors started hitting the market, the company is now moving towards it next avenue – desktops. Intel has so far been silent about its plans regarding 11th Gen desktop-class processors, but has finally made a brief announcement that acts more like a teaser for a bigger reveal to come. In a Medium post , John Bonini – Intel’s VP and GM of Client Computing Group Desktop, Workstations and Gaming – revealed that 11th Gen Intel Core desktop processors falling under the Rocket Lake family will arrive in the first quarter of 2021

                        While Bonini didn’t delve into details such as performance improvements or new capabilities, he did mention that Intel’s 11th Gen Rocket Lake processors will offer support for the new PCIe 4.0 standard. “It’ll be another fantastic processor for gaming, and we’re excited to disclose more details in the near future.,” he added. Right now, official details are slim, but there are few leaks floating around that give us an idea of what to expect. 

                        As per a VideoCardz report, the Rocket Lake-S family will reportedly be the last lineup of processors based on the 14nm process and will reportedly debut in March next year. However, don’t expect a huge jump after that, as Intel has reportedly pushed back its 7nm plans to 2022. Also, the Rocket Lake-S processors will reportedly employ the Cypress Cove architecture and will come with the Intel Xe graphics akin to the Tiger Lake processors. The series will reportedly peak at 8 cores (16 threads) with a maximum TDP of 125W

                        As per an alleged Geekbench listing (via Twitter / @_rogame), one of the upcoming Rocket Lake processors will offer a peak clock speed of up to 4.8GHz. Other rumored upgrades include Thunderbolt 4 support, attached Intel optane memory, increased DDR4 speeds, Wi-Fi 6 and HDMI 2.0 compatibility. The upcoming 11th Gen Intel Rocket Lake processors will reportedly go against AMD’s Zen 3-based family that is rumored to go official in the next few weeks. 

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                        Huawei to continue working with Intel, and Qualcomm could be next

                        It seems that Huawei may finally be getting a break from the US. The company has been deeply affected by the US – China trade war and the ongoing pandemic, but new rumors suggest that things can start to improve.

                        According to a recent report by Reuters, Huawei may keep on working with Intel Corp, as one of the company’s spokesmen said that it had received the necessary licenses from the US authorities to continue supplying products to the Chinese tech giant. This information was also released by the China Securities Journal, which mentions other companies waiting to get the US government’s permission to work with Huawei.

                        Other companies such as China’s Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation, South Korean chipmaker SK Hynix, MediaTek have confirmed to have applied for a US license. However, we also get information that Qualcomm has also applied for a permit to sell its chips to Huawei.

                        Huawei’s rotating chairman, Guo Ping, said that:
                        “Qualcomm has always been a very important partner of Huawei. Over the past decade and more, Huawei has been procuring chipsets from Qualcomm. I’ve noticed Qualcomm has applied for a license to export products to Huawei from the US government, and if they get the license, we are willing to continue to procure from them and use their chipsets in our smartphones.”

                        He also confirmed some issues that could delay the launch of the Huawei Mate 40 series and the Mate X2, the problems the company is having with some of the necessary components for its devices, and more.
                        “The US has been continuously attacking us … and that has posed great challenges to our production and our operation.”
                        “We got the last batch of chipsets in the middle of September; we are still evaluating more details.”

                        Let’s remember that US sanctions got worse on September 15, when the company lost several business partners, such as Samsung, LG, and the TSMC, which is, or was, the company in charge of manufacturing Kirin chipsets found in Huawei devices. Now, we will have to wait and see which companies are allowed to work with Huawei, according to the US government’s judgment.

                        Source GSM Arena

                        Via CNBC

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                        Intel unveils 11th Gen Tiger Lake processors with new integrated Xe graphics for laptops

                        Intel has today lifted the wraps from its 11th Gen Tiger Lake mobile processors for thin and light laptops, featuring the new Xe graphics. The chipmaker is launching a total of nine SKUs across the Core i3, Core i5, and the Core i7 range, all of which will appear in laptops from Samsung, Acer, Dell, Asus, and Lenovo among other brands in the holiday season.

                        The processors employ Intel’s 10nm SuperFin process and also serve as the launch platform the new Willow Cove architecture. The company is touting over 20% improvement in CPU performance and twice the graphics prowess, thanks to the new integrated Xe graphics architecture. Additionally, Intel says users can expect 5x better AI performance with new DP4a instructions on the GPU. Talking about raw figures, Intel says the new mobile processors will reach a clock speed of up to 4.8GHz.

                        Other upgrades introduced by the new 11th gen Tiger Lake mobile processors include support for Thunderbolt 4 standard with USB 4.0 compliance and Wi-Fi 6 that promises 3x faster connectivity. Intel says the new silicon is also the first mobile processor with PCIe Gen 4 enabling direct SSD attached with up with 32 Gbps output and display support for up to four 4K monitors.

                        More notably, Intel is highlighting the gaming prowess of its Xe graphics, marking the first time that the company’s integrated solution is going head-to-head against AMD in that department. Intel says that an 11th Gen processor with integrated Xe GPU performs better than a 10th gen Intel processor with a discrete NVIDIA MX-series graphics and those from AMD. Here are some of the comparisons Intel showcased:

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                        GRID game comparison
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                        Gear Tactics game comparison

                        Intel has also introduced the Intel Evo certification platform and here’s how the company defines it:
                        Intel introduces the Intel Evo platform brand for laptop designs verified to the second-edition specification and key experiences of the Project Athena innovation program on Sept. 2, 2020. All Intel Evo platform designs are powered by 11th Gen Intel Core i7 or i5 processors with Intel Iris Xe graphics, feature best-in-class wireless and wired connectivity with Thunderbolt 4 and Intel Wi-Fi 6 (Gig+), and deliver exceptional audio and display to make each experience premium.”

                        Source: Intel

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                        MediaTek to bring 5G to more Intel PCs by early 2021

                        MediaTek has announced advances in its collaboration with Intel to bring 5G experiences to next-generation PCs with the successful development and certification of its 5G modem data card.

                        MediaTek’s T700 5G modem has completed 5G standalone (SA) calls in real-world test scenarios. It will be used to bring 5G connectivity to Intel-powered PCs. Moreover, Intel has progressed on system integration, validation, and developing platform optimizations for a superior user experience.

                        The MediaTek T700 modem supports non-standalone and standalone Sub-6 5G network architectures. It will help deliver consistently faster speeds and more reliable connectivity. It is also claimed to be highly power efficient. MediaTek is rolling out its advanced 5G technology across the PC, mobile, home, auto and IoT segments. The first laptops enabled by the MediaTek and Intel 5G modem solution are expected in early 2021.

                        “Our partnership with Intel is a natural extension of our growing 5G mobile business, and is an incredible market opportunity for MediaTek to move into the PC market,” said MediaTek President Joe Chen. “With Intel’s deep expertise in the PC space and our groundbreaking 5G modem technology, we will redefine the laptop experience and bring consumers the best 5G experiences.”

                        “A successful partnership is measured by execution, and we’re excited to see the rapid progress we are making with MediaTek on our 5G modem solution with customer sampling starting later this quarter. Building on our 4G/LTE leadership in PCs, 5G is poised to further transform the way we connect, compute and communicate.  Intel is committed to enhancing those capabilities on the world’s best PCs,” said Chris Walker, Intel corporate vice president, and general manager of Mobile Client Platforms.

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                        Pocketnow Daily: Galaxy Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra Price: Seriously? (video)

                        The Google Pixel 4, Apple’s latest iPad Air and more on sale today

                        Deals. Let’s change it up a bit today and start with the Pixel 4. It’s currently $120 off, leaving the 64GB variant for $680. The 4XL is also getting a $110 discount, leaving the entry level variant for $790. The latest 10.2in iPad is $30 off, leaving the Wi-Fi only, 128GB of storage variant for $399 shipped. The LG G8 ThinQ is also down from it’s original $840 price tag, and you can find it for as low as $500 shipped on Amazon. We also have more deals on GoPros, Acer Headphones, iPad Minis and more.

                        Intel’s 7nm product transition delayed to 2022

                        Let’s talk about Intel as, they have quite a mess. The company is way behind on launching their 7nm chips and it looks like they got more delays in the pipeline. They just revealed their quarter earnings for Q2 and with that they announced that their 7nm chips will be delayed by another 6 months and may now release until late 2022 or early 2023. This is a total of 12 months later than the original roadmap they presented. According to their CEO, they found a “defect mode” in their new process causing yield degradation issues. Their Vecchio GPUs and their Server CPUs were also affected and will now launch later as well. We’ll keep you posted but, they better hurry up as AMD already moved on to 7nm and Apple Silicon will be working on 5nm processes. Oh, and who remembers Sly DelVecchio in Passenger 57… I know, I’m old.

                        Microsoft Surface Duo launch might be around the corner as it gets Bluetooth certification

                        Speaking of delays, let’s move on to Microsoft. We’ve been waiting for the Surface Duo for a crazy 10 months but it looks like we’re finally getting closer. It just went through an FCC certification, testing the two screens and network capabilities. According to a report, the confidentiality agreement ends on October 29th and it is set to be released for the holidays. However, it just went through a Bluetooth SIG certification to ensure Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity. The listing mentions a dual-screen device which went live on July 24th. These two certifications usually happen when the device is about to come out so there is a possibility that we could get it in the next following weeks. The leaked specs haven’t change and we’re still expecting it to bring a Snapdragon 855, 6GB of RAM, 256GB of storage and a 3460 mAh battery.

                        Apple iPhone 11 is now being made in India, could get a price cut soon

                        We got some pretty good news for our Indian audience. Obviously given all the trade war mess that has been going on, if you remember, Apple shifted production of the iPhone XR to India about 9 months ago. Now ,the Minister of Commerce and Industry just tweeted out that Foxconn will be moving the production of the iPhone 11 to India as well and that’s actually a good thing. This allows Apple to avoid a 20% tax that is needed to import the phone from their global facilities and now, prices might go down. The iPhone 11 is already listed in the Indian Prime Day which will happen on August 6th and 7th. Apple’s suppliers are apparently making huge investments in India as consumer demand has been growing as of late.

                        It seems that we could soon get Face ID in future Macs

                        We’ve been talking about a redesigned iMac for quite some time now, and it looks like that redesign means we’re getting some new features. The guys over at 9to5Mac have found some references to Face ID in the macOS Big Sur code. The latest beta includes an extension called “PearlCamera” and Pearl has been Apple’s code for Face ID ever since they introduced it with the iPhone X. Inside the extension we get references to “FaceDetect” and “BioCapture”, suggesting that the next Macs might bring a TrueDepth camera. We assume that this might come to the iMacs as, they’re supposed to bring iPad Pro bezels which have enough room and because, MacBooks currently bring Touch ID which doesn’t really make sense for an iMac, considering the keyboard comes separate. As of right now we have no leaks on it, but we should get some if it is true.

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                        Samsung Galaxy Note 20 might ship with a 25W charger in the retail package

                        Here are Galaxy Note 20 & Galaxy Note 20 Ultra camera details

                        We keep on getting more and more leaks of the Galaxy Note 20 the close we get and no guys, I don’t have the phone. Today we have some new leaks from Twitter with some detailed camera specs for both phones. It gets kinda technical so we’ll just give you the essential details. The regular Note 20 will basically bring the S20+’s camera array and this is not a bad thing, I think that was the best camera of the current S20 lineup. We have a 12MP main sensor, a 64MP telephoto with 3x zoom, a 12MP wide angle and a ToF 3D depth sensor which we thought they were ditching. It’ll apparently be capable of shooting up to 8K at 24fps, 4K at 60fps, 1080p at 240fps and 720p at 960fps. Moving on to the Ultra, it’ll bring a 108MP primary, a 12MP wide angle, and a 12MP telephoto as well as the ToF 3D depth sensor. The video capabilities are the same as the Note 20 but we do expect this phone to achieve 50x zoom with the periscope lens. Another tweet from the same source also claims that both of these phones will ship with a 25W charger in the box. These leaks also show that the Note 20 might start around the $999 mark and the Ultra somewhere around $1200. With yesterday’s leaks that the regular Note 20 might be somewhat of a Lite variant, that $999 price tag doesn’t seem to appealing. Subscribe: http://bit.ly/pocketnowsub http://pocketnow.com Follow us: http://flipboard.com/@Pocketnow http://facebook.com/pocketnow http://twitter.com/pocketnow http://google.com/+pocketnow

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                        Intel’s 7nm product transition delayed to 2022

                        Intel has revealed its earnings for the second quarter of 2020. It also announced that its 7nm CPUs are being delayed by another 6 months and may now release in late 2022 or early 2023. The company’s yields for the 7nm process are now 12 months behind the company’s originally planned roadmap target.

                        According to Box Swan, Intel CEO, the company found a “defect mode” in its 7nm process. This caused yield degradation issues. It resulted in the investment of “contingency plans.” These plans also included third part foundries for its upcoming 7nm Ponte Vecchio GPUs, which are Intel’s first discrete graphics cards. The company said they will arrive in late 2021 or early 2022, which is yet another delay from the original 2021 launch.

                        Moreover, Intel will be launching its 7nm server CPUs (Granite Rapids) in 2023 that was originally listed for launch in 2022. In contrast, the company’s competitor AMD has already made the shift to 7nm.


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                        Apple is moving to custom silicon. Where does this leave Intel?

                        WWDC20 was huge. Yes, Apple overwhelmed us with all the fancy new updates and upcoming features for its entire OS portfolio (iOS 14, iPadOS 14, macOS Big Sur…), but the biggest surprise was something that had little to do with software. Apple announced its radical new plan for the future of Mac hardware – a switch from Intel to custom silicon. Or in simple words, Apple will do with the Mac what it does with the iPhone – equip them with its own processors.

                        Now, we are left with two huge stories. The first one is that Apple is finally locking its entire product portfolio with in-house software and hardware. The second one is how this bodes for Intel and its future in the world of computing. Well, we think the future is not as doom-and-gloom for Intel as one would believe after losing a cash-rich golden-boy client like Apple, but it will definitely hurt.

                        Of course, Apple also knows the risk of such a huge move. So big that an undo button virtually doesn’t exist, and a single swing of the bat is all it got.

                        But Apple has been on this road before when it switched from the PowerPC to Intel processors over a decade ago. However, this time, Apple appears to be more prepared than ever. Let’s first discuss how Apple’s divorce from Intel regarding its PC silicon courtship is major news. And how at the same time, it is also the dawn of a new trend that began years ago.

                        In broad terms, Apple sells millions of Intel-powered Macs every year, and this definitely will hurt Intel’s pockets. However, in Apple’s own words, the transition will take two years to complete, so Intel has another couple of years to milk money from the company, although less and less with each passing quarter. However, take a look at a few other key trends that have been eating away at Intel’s dominance lately, although at a much slower pace and with a lesser magnitude than Apple’s bombshell announcement. So, here it goes:

                        Apple’s vision for its custom Mac silicon

                        The rise and rise of AMD

                        In the past couple of years, AMD has been nibbling away at Intel’s dominance in the market across almost every segment. Talking from a price-sensitive consumer perspective, AMD’s Ryzen lineup, especially the third-gen, undercuts machines with Intel processor when it comes to the price tag. And this is something that almost every brand is exploiting to hawk their products, and to extremely favorable results.

                        For a few years, the mobile Ryzen portfolio was limited to the low-end and mid-range laptop segment where it competed against Intel’s Core i3 and i5 processors and was sold at a lower price. But as AMD’s silicon proved its mettle, higher-end Ryzen processors started appearing across all price brackets. For example, you can now easily purchase a solid gaming laptop such as the Asus ROG Zephyrus G with a Ryzen 7 processor and an adequately powerful NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660Ti graphics for much lesser than a gaming laptop with Intel silicon.

                        Even the ultrabook segment is now more diverse, where you can now find AMD at the heart of products like Microsoft’s Surface Laptop 3 or a sleek HP machine. Heck, many brands are even launching AMD editions of laptops that offer the same configuration for a cheaper price by just swapping the Intel silicon with a comparable Ryzen processor.

                        But AMD did not win this solely because it was cheaper. On the contrary, AMD took the battle to Intel and beat it to the punch on many performance grounds. For starters, the superior power efficiency you get with a 7nm Ryzen 4000 series processor will obviously be higher than a 14nm or 10nm Intel processor. Plus, the Vega graphics on AMD’s offerings do come with some gaming and graphics-handling chops compared to the Intel HD integrated graphics, which is good only for titles released in the 90s, if barely at all. But there’s way more to the picture here.

                        The transition from Intel to custom silicon reshapes the Mac lineup going forward

                        When it comes to creative work such as intensive graphics rendering or overlay-heavy audio processing, every core and thread counts, and not just the sheer Hz figure. And this is another area where AMD has been crushing Intel. AMD’s Threadripper line, which comes in flavors with up to an insane 64-core count, destroys what Intel has to offer around the same price bracket. The cost-per-core ratio offered by AMD’s Ryzen and Threadripper lineup has been superior to Intel’s for a while now. And with the Zen 3 design and RDNA 2 architecture on the horizon, things don’t seem to be getting easier for Intel anytime soon.

                        The pace at which AMD has lately been saturating every price bracket and user requirement category with competitive offerings, the breathing room for Intel in the PC segment is shrinking with each passing day.

                        Yes, AMD still has an uphill battle when it comes to the gaming segment, where Intel’s new Core i9 monsters have been setting new benchmark, and AMD’s poor record with driver updates also needs to be fixed, but AMD has been filling that gap at a brisk pace as well. Take for example the Ryzen 3700X that has 8 cores and offers a 3.6GHz clock speed, but still costs almost $100 less than Intel’s Core i7-9700K that has half the number of threads with the same frequency. Of course, the actual performance and benchmark metrics do give Intel a superiority at the higher end where the Core i9 thrives, but that performance gap will fill really fast with what AMD has in the bags for 2020’s latter half.

                        Always Connected PCs are here too

                        Always Connected PCs are a thing too, and depending on how mainstream they can go, Intel is looking at a three-way Mexican stand-off in the long run, although it might sound a bit too far-fetched right now. But what on God’s holy Earth is an Always Connected PC? As per Microsoft, an Always Connected PC is essentially a Windows machine that uses an ARM-based SoC such as the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx compute platform or the Snapdragon 835 before it, instead of an x86-based Intel processor

                        The key premise of an Always Connected PC in 2020 is that it should offer 24×7 connectivity (thanks to a built-in cellular modem), offer a battery life of around 15-20 hours that is on par with a regular PC, must be light and portable, and of course, should run Windows. Using a mobile processor ensures that they are slim and feather-light, while onboard 4G or 5G support ensures that users are always connected to the web. Most of the modern Always Connected PCs out there run Windows 10 in S mode, and are sufficiently powerful, but architecture and app compatibility does create performance bottlenecks

                        But on the bright side, they are a great option for those who would prefer the productivity and versatility offered by a Windows machine over a Chromebook or an iPad. A sleek fan-less design, a variety of form factors to choose from, instant power on, and round-the-clock connectivity is what makes them an excellent option for those who just want a dependable computing machine that they can carry around with ease. Of course, you’ll have to carefully analyze whether the limitations posed by them are worth the sacrifice for the benefits they offer.

                        Seeing it with a crude perspective, there are many users who would want the conveniences offered by an Always Connected PC given their demands from a PC, and if it catches on, Qualcomm will rise as the leader of an altogether new PC segment where Intel is almost non-existent. Right now, the options you have at your disposal are the Samsung Galaxy Book S, Lenovo Flex 5G, and Galaxy Book2 among others.

                        None of them are exactly cheap, but there is definitely a class of buyers for whom the benefits far outweigh the price constraint. Notably, Qualcomm also has the cheaper Compute 8c and 7c platforms in its portfolio for affordable Always connected PCs, which directly means the reach of such machines will expand to a wider consumer base.

                        Although it is hard to predict where Always Connected PCs will be in the next few years. But with mobile processors climbing up the performance ladder, armed with always-on connectivity, and a sleek form factor, I definitely see a new category emerging in the PC segment. An ecosystem where Qualcomm appears to have absolute dominance and Intel is nowhere to be seen, something that will definitely shift the dynamics and will ultimately shave some revenue from Intel’s bank account.

                        Apple Fell Far, Far Away From Intel’s Tree

                        The key objective is to achieve a common architecture and deliver a big performance gain

                        It’s been a decade since Apple started using in-house silicon inside the iPhone (and later the iPad too), and the company hasn’t looked back since. And for good reasons, as the custom silicon inside the iPhones has been consistently outperforming what Qualcomm’s best has to offer (and I am not even going to mention Samsung’s Exynos lineup here). And with what Apple showed us during its WWDC20 presentation, it appears that the custom Apple silicon inside the Mac hardware won’t be any different.

                        Yes, demonstrations don’t often depict the real picture, and we don’t know which apps will fail on their transition journey from x86 architecture to the ARM side of things. But one thing is certain – Intel is far gone from Apple’s vision of the Macs’ future. Apple has already made it clear that its dream of a shared scalable architecture will finally allow the hardware-software integration it has long desired to emulate from the iPhone and iPad formula.

                        And with Universal 2 and Rosetta 2 coming into the picture, Apple is optimistic that it won’t have to deal with any major app migration issues from developers’ end as well. While running Office apps on a Mac with custom silicon is something that is not particularly impressive, Apple truly surprised us by running the extremely intensive Maya 3D modeling and rendering software, alongside Final Cut Pro doing some seriously good job – all on a machine based on the A12Z Bionic chip fitted inside the iPad.

                        Apple showcased the performance of a Mac running on the A12Z Bionic chip during its WWDC20 presentation

                        Of course, Apple is yet to reveal how good its custom silicon for the Macs really is in terms of performance gain over what Intel or an AMD processor would deliver. But if the rumors are true and Apple has indeed achieved a noticeable performance boost on test hardware based on its custom chip vis-a-vis an Intel chip, things are only going to improve in the long run.

                        Plus, TSMC will reportedly make Apple’s Mac silicon based on the 5nm process, which essentially means it will be at least a generation ahead in terms of performance compared to Intel, which is still tightly holding on to the 10nm design. And if Apple can scale that up, starting from the entry-level MacBook Air that will absolutely fly on a custom chip, all the way up to the Mac Pro and iMacs where Intel’s Core i9 and Xeon processors are kings for creative tasks, there is little hope that Intel is going to return on Apple’s radar anytime soon. And that would mean a big loss for Intel.

                        Yes, Intel still makes a truckload of money primarily from its enterprise customers who are involved in hardware such as server stacks. And yes, Intel will still appear inside a lion’s share of Windows machines that will keep flooding the market in the foreseeable future. But the compound effect of AMD’s rise, the emergence of a new class of Always Connected PCs, and the not-so-tearful departure of a huge client in Apple will definitely prompt Intel to sit on the discussion table and chalk out new plans for the future.

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                        Intel unveils Lakefield processors for foldable and dual-screen computers of the future

                        After showcasing dual-screen and foldable PC prototypes at CES 2020, Intel has today launched the processors that will power such form factors in the years to come. Welcome ‘Lakefield‘, Intel’s new processors that utilize the in-house hybrid CPU architecture to deliver the desired mix of performance scalability and raw power.

                        The new Intel Core i3-L13G4 and Core i5-L16G7 use the 10nm Sunny Cove core and leverage the Foveros 3D stacking technology to reduce the package size. They are also the first to utilize native dual internal display pipes, which makes them an ideal solution for foldable and dual-screen PCs.

                        Intel says the Lakefield processors are the “smallest to deliver Intel Core performance and full Windows compatibility” for innovative PC form factors by offering a 56% smaller package area for up to 47% smaller board size. They will first appear in the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Fold foldable PC and the Samsung Galaxy Book S ultrabook that will hit the shelves later this month.

                        Here are a few key details of the two new Intel Lakefield processors:

                        Intel Core i5-L16G7Intel Core i3-L13G4
                        GraphicsIntel UHD GraphicsIntel UHD Graphics
                        Cores / Threads5 / 55 / 5
                        Graphics (EUs)6448
                        Base Frequency1.4 GHz0.8 GHz
                        Max Single Core Turbo Frequency3 GHz2.8 GHz
                        Max All Core Turbo Frequency1.8 GHz1.3 GHz
                        Peak Graphics FrequencyUp to 0.5 GHzUp to 0.5 GHz

                        Source: Intel

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