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The Samsung Galaxy S21 and many more Android phones are on sale

Check out the latest deals on the iPad Air, wireless earphones and more

The official news today begin with, you guessed it, deals. It’s come to a point where the newer phones are better deals than the old ones case we’re starting with the Galaxy S21 Ultra which is currently 250 dollars off at B&H, leaving it at 999 with free shipping. If you go over to Amazon, the regular Galaxy S21 is 100 dollars off, leaving it at 699 dollars. Of course, if you have a phone to trade-in, Samsung.com still has some crazy deals, like the S21 which is available for 100 dollars along with 100 dollars in credit, if you have an eligible device. Going back to B&H, the Pixel 4a 5G is still 50 dollars off, leaving it at 449. The OnePlus 8 is also 370 dollars off it’s original price tag for the Verizon variant but, it is unlocked, leaving it at 429 dollars shipped. The OnePlus 7T is also 250 off, leaving that at just 349 dollars shipped. We also have a ton of more deals on iPads, other Samsung products, Smart Watches, gaming peripherals and more in the links in the description.


Qualcomm aims to enhance your listening experience with Snapdragon Sound tech

Let’s move on to Qualcomm as I think the company is trying to solve one of our major pain points with Bluetooth Audio.. Quality and latency. W e’ve known that the company has been releasing certain audio innovations over the years but now, they’re releasing something new. Yesterday the company announced Snapdragon Sound, which is designed to offer a seamless and immersive audio experience across a wide gamut of products like phones and wearables. Basically, they are aiming to optimize wireless audio in such a way were it feels like wired by adding support for 24-bit audio, better pairing, reduced latency and clear voice quality. Qualcomm claims that this suite of audio innovations is compatible with Bluetooth latency values as low as 89 milliseconds, meaning it’s much better for playing games or streaming content. Now, there is a catch. This is actually more like an ecosystem, so there is a new Qualcomm DAC which brings an array of interesting features, which means you need your phone to include it. Devices featuring the Snapdragon Sound platform should hit the market pretty soon, with Xiaomi being one of the first companies to bring it.

Samsung Galaxy A52 5G launch is around the corner as specs, price get listed by a retailer

Moving on to Samsung, let’s talk about their A line up which isn’t something we usually do but, the Galaxy A51 was the second best selling smartphone of 2020. Yesterday we got some renders of the phone from Evan Blass and now we have more details as it was just listed by a retailer in Saudi Arabia. Going by the listing, this phone features a 6.5-inch Super AMOLED Infinity O Display with a 32MP selfie shooter but, it is not clear if it brings high refresh rate or not. It is tipped to bring the Snapdragon 750G SoC, 8GB of RAM and 128GB of expandable storage, a 4500 mAh battery along with a quad camera at the back. Speaking of those cameras, apparently you’re getting a 64MP main sensor, along with a 12MP ultra wide, a 5MP macro and a 5MP depth sensor. According to the listing, this phone should be priced at around 439 dollars and it’ll be up for deliveries around March 7, in Saudi Arabia of course. I mean, it sounds pretty solid to me but, those deliveries sound kind of iffy as, we’re expecting the launch date towards the end of March according to previous leaks.

Apple is reportedly readying an ‘iPad Mini Pro’ for a launch later this year

We could soon see iPads and MacBooks with OLED displays

Let’s shift the spotlight over to Apple and, I’m really excited for these updates. We know that the company is making the move to mini-LED displays very soon, pretty much this month with that new iPad Pro we’re expecting. However, a new report from DigiTimes, Cupertino is planning to move on to OLED as soon as next year. And yes, this isn’t the first time we’ve heard about this but, it’s nice to see that the leaks for this are remaining consistent so it is something we should expect. Sticking to iPads but moving on to a different report, according to a Korean blog, an “iPad Mini Pro is currently in Part 2 of “Design Stage” after passing the R&D and planning stages. The report mentions that after this it should go through Design Validation Test, meaning that we should be getting this some time this year for sure. Apparently this iPad Mini Pro could rock an 8.3-inch display, reducing the height of the regular iPad Mini but making it slightly wider. Other things we could be getting include a high refresh rate panel, that same dual camera we’ve been getting on the iPad Pro and either a mini-LED or OLED panel. Of course, we should also expect the A14 Bionic along with Apple Pencil support, some time in the second half of 2020.

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Google’s upcoming launches: Pixel-Buds in mid-April, a phone on June 11

Finally, for the hottest news today, let’s talk about Google.. Because once those Pixel leaks start.. They can’t stop. Last week we had some images of the Pixel 5a from OnLeaks, showing off the whole design but, we were expecting it to drop around August with Android 12. Well, now we have a new tweet from Jon Prosser, where he claims that we should wait for new Pixel Buds coming in mid-April and then Google scheduled a phone announcement for June 11th but, he’s not sure which one it is. The reason we’re mentioning the 5a is because of that leak we got last week, along with the fact that this is closer to the original Pixel 3a’s launch date when compared to the 4a from last year. According to OnLeaks, this phone brings a 6.4-inch OLED display at FHD+, along with a larger stove at the back that houses a 12MP primary camera and a 16MP ultra wide lens. Other features include a headphone jack… yaayyy…, 5G, the same fingerprint scanner at the back and the punch hole at the front. So, it looks like Google is getting rid of the smaller Pixel “a” phone and refreshing the Pixel 4a 5G, which makes sense considering their flagship is a smaller device. We’ll see what we get as, we’re still a couple of months away and, if it’s Google it’ll most likely be leaked.

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Save up to 30 percent on OtterBox and Apple cases right now.

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We usually don’t cover case deals since we’re more focused on flagship phones and some of the best devices available in the market. We usually have separate posts for the best cases for some of the hottest phones around, but we couldn’t turn a blind eye to the latest deals that will help you protect your investment. We will first head over to OtterBox, where there’s a 20 percent discount sitewide, with discounts that will go up to 30 percent on discontinued items. So yes, that means that every case for Samsung, Apple, Google, LG, Motorola, OnePlus, and more are on sale.

For example, if you want a new case for the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra, you can get one starting at $31.96, which translates into $7.99 savings. Cases for the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra also start at $31.96 with the same $7.99 discount, and there are several options to choose from.

If you’re looking for a new case for your Google Pixel 5 or your Pixel 4a, you can also find it here, starting at $31.96 after a $20 discount. Well, by this time, you’ve figured out that most case options will start for $31.99, but if you want a case for your OnePlus 8T, you will have fewer options to choose from, and these start at $39.96, down from its regular $49.95 price tag. And yes, OtterBox also has a nice selection of cases for the latest iPhone 12 lineup.

Now, since we’re already talking about Apple, you should also head over to Amazon.com, where cases for the iPhone 11 lineup are also on sale. You can get a case for your device starting at just $16.47, if you go for the Apple Silicone Case for the iPhone 11 Pro in Black with $22.53 savings, or get the leather case in its (Product) RED color option for $30 after a $19 discount. The Apple Leather Folio for the iPhone 11 Pro Mac is getting a $51 discount, which leaves it available for just $78. And there are several options to choose from. Maybe you should head over to the Apple deals landing page to check out every deal available since you will also find the Apple Smart Battery Case, the 20W USB-C Power Adapter, Apple’s MagSafe Charger, and more on sale.

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Several iPad models, Bose headphones and more are on sale

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We continue bringing you some of the best deals available, and this time we focus on the latest iPad models. First, the entry-level 10.2-inch iPad is getting a $30 discount, which leaves it available for $299 in its WiFi-only variant with 32GB of storage space. If you want more storage space, the 128GB version is $29 off, which means you can grab one for $400.

Now, if you’re interested in more power, the iPad Pro is also on sale. The 11-inch variant is getting a $50 discount, which means you can grab the WiFi-only version with 256GB storage space for $849 or double the storage for $1,049 with the same $50 savings. However, the best discounts can be found when you go for the 12.9-inch iPad Pro. You can currently save $100 with your purchase of the WiFi-only version with 1TB storage, leaving it for grabs at just $1,399, or grab the 512GB option for $1,199.

Moving on to headphones, we find some of the best noise-canceling wireless headphones on the market on sale. The Bose 700 are now available for $299, which is $80 less than their regular $379 price tag. Now, you may feel like spending almost $300 on a pair of headphones may be a little too much, but if that’s the case, you can also consider the Bose SoundLink II that are now available for $179 after a $50 discount.

Yesterday we saw an amazing selection of MacBooks on sale, so we also decided to include some Logitech peripherals and other accessories on today’s deals selection. First, the Logitech MK470 Slim Wireless Combo is getting an $11.75 discount, meaning you can get yours for just $38.24, or get the Logitech M585 Multi-Device Wireless Mouse for just $25.

We also received several deals on monitors, but one more can’t hurt, as the 27-inch Samsung CF390 FHD display is getting a $143.70 discount, leaving it at $165, but this deal is only available today, and since we’re talking Samsung, you may also want to check out the latest Galaxy S21 deals we posted earlier today, or the Samsung 980 Pro PCIe NVMe Gen4 Internal Gaming SSD’s that are also on sale, leaving the 500GB option for $128 with $22 savings. Finally, the X Rocker gaming chair is getting a $113.64 discount, which means you can get one for $216.35.

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At least one Redmi Note 10 will pack a 120Hz Super AMOLED display

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Xiaomi is all set to launch the Redmi Note 10 series in India on March 4. Ahead of the official unveiling, the company revealed one very important aspect of the device earlier today. It announced that the Redmi Note 10 series will feature a Super AMOLED display instead of LCD panels found on the Redmi Note series up until now. Now, we have more confirmed details on the upcoming devices.

The latest development comes from Xiaomi’s Twitter account, which posted a teaser of the upcoming launch. It also confirmed that at least one smartphone in the Redmi Note 10 series will feature a 120Hz refresh rate on the Super AMOLED display.

This seems to be a game-changing move from the company. Up until now, Redmi Note devices have always had an LCD display. Even Xiaomi’s own Mi 10i – which lies in the same price segment as the Redmi Note 10 Pro Max is expected to launch – features a 120Hz refresh rate with an LCD display. We expect the highest-end variant, the Redmi Note 10 Pro Max to feature the high refresh rate on its AMOLED display.

As per previous leaks, the Redmi Note 10 Pro will be a 4G device. It might sport a  quad-camera setup on the back with a 64MP primary camera, a wide-angle camera, a macro camera, and a depth sensor. The device is tipped to be powered by the Snapdragon 732G SoC and pack a 5,050mAh battery. 

On the other hand, the Redmi Note 10 is tipped to feature a 6.53-inch FHD+ display. It could pack a massive 5,000mAh battery, and an unspecified octa-core processor clocked at 2GHz, paired with up to 8GB of RAM. The smartphone could come with up to 128GB of storage. It is said to include a side-mounted fingerprint sensor, and a triple rear camera setup.

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Amazfit T-Rex Pro could be more durable than ever; specs leaked

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Amazfit T-Rex was first showcased at CES 2020, and was later launched for the consumers. We reviewed the rugged smartwatch and it was our Best Choice recommendation for an affordable rugged smartwatch. Now, it seems like Amazfit is looking to top it with a Pro variant. The Amazfit T-Rex Pro leak gives us a look at its specifications and design. It hints that the launch is just around the corner.

According to a report from 91Mobiles, Amazfit is prepping to launch a T-Rex Pro. The report posted some images and goes on to say that the device will tout the same design and form factor as its predecessor, but it will be more durable than ever. It might be 10ATM certified and could survive underwater for up to 100 meters instead of 50 meters with a 5ATM rating.

Amazfit T-Rex Pro leak
Via: 91Mobiles

The Amazfit T-Rex Pro leak reveals that it could feature a 1.3-inch AMOLED touchscreen display with 360x360p resolution and Corning Gorilla Glass, which is tipped to have a tempered layer and anti-fingerprint coating on top. Connectivity options might include built-in GPS+GLONASS, GPS+BeiDuo, and GPS+Galileo navigation system. It could have BioTracker 2 PPG optical sensor for heart-rate tracking, a 3-axis acceleration sensor, a 3-axis gyroscope sensor, a geomagnetic sensor, an ambient light sensor, and a barometric altimeter.

The Amazfit T-Rex Pro is tipped to pack a 390mAh battery and last up to 18 hours with typical usage, 9 hours with demanding usage, and 40 hours with continuation usage and GPS. It is said to run RTOS and support devices running Android 5.0 and iOS 10.0 and above with a compatible app called Zepp app via Bluetooth 5.0 BLE. As per the report, the upcoming wearable will have a polycarbonate body with silicone straps and buttons around the edges, It could measure 47.7mm x 47.7mm x 13.5mm and weigh 59.4 grams. It could be made available in Black, Green, and Grey color options.

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Xiaomi’s first foldable could be a Huawei Mate XS-like outward-folding phone

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Late last year, we reported that the foldable smartphone market is all set to expand in 2021. Google could try its hands at the foldable market. Plus, Chinese OEMs like OPPO, Vivo, and Xiaomi are also said to introduce their folding phones in 2021. Moreover, Xiaomi has already showcased its own take on the foldable segment in January 2020. However, we now have more details regarding the upcoming foldable device from the company.

The latest development comes from analyst Ross Young, who took to Twitter to reveal that Xiaomi’s first foldable could be called the Mi Mix 4 Pro Max. He further said that China Star is the display supplier, not SDC. And, the latter will provide an “in-folding display later in the year, which will be a little larger.” It led us to wonder which form-factor could Xiaomi adopt. Hence, I asked Ross in a tweet, to which he replied that Xiaomi’s upcoming foldable will be like the Mate XS. The Mi Mix 4 Pro Max could feature an out-folding display.

It was earlier reported that Xiaomi will have three types of devices. It is expected to unveil an out-folding phone, an in-folding device as well as a clamshell. However, we don’t know what type of display technology the devices are going to use. 

Earlier, Ross had said that Samsung will announce at least three foldable phones as well. He claims that there will be no Z Fold Lite, which is surprising since several rumors have pointed towards the presence of the device. Instead, as per Ross, Samsung could announce a new Z Flip Lite in late 2021. The South Korean company is likely already working on the Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Galaxy Z Flip 3, which are tipped to be announced in the third quarter of 2021. As per Young, the Galaxy Z Flip Lite will have a 6.7-inch display with a 120Hz refresh rate.

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Intel-powered MacBook Air and 13-inch MacBook Pros are also on sale right now

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We saw the latest M1 powered 13-inch MacBook Pro getting a $100 discount earlier today, but that doesn’t mean that the Intel-powered version isn’t getting some love. We kept on looking for deals, and we found that you can get a $200 discount on the 13-inch MacBook Pro with an Intel Core i5 processor, 16GB RAM, and 1TB storage. However, things don’t end there, as you will also see an extra $49 discount at checkout, meaning that you can get your new laptop for $1,750. The 512GB storage option is also getting a nice discount, as you can get one for $1,699 with $199 savings.

Now, there’s another option for those looking to save some bucks on a laptop. If you’re OK with getting a refurbished device, you can save up to $220 off the 13.3-inch MacBook Air with Retina Display. An Intel Core i5 processor powers it, and you get 8GB RAM and 128GB SSD storage to complete the package.

Now, you can also check out other deals that will make your Mac-life a bit more convenient. First, you must consider a stand for your laptop, as it will help to raise your display to a more comfortable viewing angle. The Twelve South HiRise for MacBook stand can be yours for $56 with $24 savings or grab a more affordable stand for $11, as the SOQOOL Computer Stand Riser is getting a $29 discount, that’s 73 percent off its regular $40 price tag.

While you’re checking those out, you will also have to consider getting yourself a new dock for your laptop. The Belkin Thunderbolt 3 Dock Pro features Dual 4K @60Hz, 40Gbps transfer speeds, 85W upstream charging for $290, or get the Belkin Thunderbolt 3 Dock Core that features Dual 4K @60Hz, 40Gbps transfer speeds, 60W charging, and the best part, a $30.46 discount that leaves it available for $139.53. However, the best option for those looking to spend less is the Twelve South StayGo that’s selling for $73.45 with $26 savings.

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iPhone SE refresh arrives in 2022 with a faster chip and 5G support: Report

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Looks like Apple doesn’t plan to refresh the iPhone SE this year, and is instead giving the 2020 model a solid two years to get in the hands of more budget shoppers. And make more money in the process too. As per TFI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo (via Macrumors), Apple will launch a new iPhone SE model in 2022. Kuo goes on to add that the iPhone SE refresh won’t arrive until the second half of next year.

5G support, faster silicon, but the same old design in 2022 as well

And in case you were hoping for something exciting, you will be disappointed with Kuo’s prediction. He adds the 2022 iPhone SE refresh will rock the same design as its predecessor that arrived in April last year. What this means is that the thick bezels are here to stay, the round Touch ID sensor will greet you on the front, and a single camera at the back. More importantly, the battery capacity might also remain unchanged, which is quite disappointing given how the iPhone SE 2020 fared on a day-to-day basis. 

READ MORE: Apple will go for a hole-punch on ‘some iPhones’ in 2022: Kuo

While the aesthetics remain unchanged, the 2022 iPhone SE refresh will come equipped with a faster processor, likely the same Bionic A-series chip powering the iPhone 13 family. Kuo also adds that the phone will bring 5G support to the table. Back in November last year, Kuo predicted that a new iPhone SE model will not be launched in the first half of 2021

An iPhone SE Plus doesn’t appear to be on the horizon

Kuo’s latest research note also puts to rest the rumors of an iPhone SE Plus model that was said to debut at some point in 2021. The device was previously rumored to have been postponed until the second half of 2021. This plus-sized iPhone SE was rumored to feature a 5.5 or 6.1-inch display rocking a full-screen design similar to the iPhone 12 family, but would miss out on Face ID while sporting a smaller notch and was rumored to feature a Touch ID sensor. 

READ MORE: Kuo predicts a foldable iPhone might arrive in 2023

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The OnePlus 8 series, Microsoft laptops and more are on sale today

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We start today’s deals with some excellent savings over at OnePlus.com, where you can find the OnePlus 8 series for as low as $499 when you get a Glacial Green Unlocked variant with 8GB RAM and 128GB storage space. However, you can get the 12GB RAM and 256GB storage space version in Interstellar Glow for $559. Both devices come unlocked, and they will also get you a $200 discount.

Now, if you want to go Pro, you can get the OnePlus 8 Pro for $799, with the same $200 savings. This unlocked device also features 12GB RAM and 256GB storage space, and if saving $200 wasn’t already good enough, you will also score a new pair of OnePlus Z Steven Harrington Edition for free.

You can also choose to go for the OnePlus 7T T-Mobile edition phone that’s also getting a $200 discount, which leaves it available for $399 with 8GB RAM and 128GB storage, or save $300 and go for the McLaren Edition that comes with 12GB RAM and 256GB storage space.

Now, if you’re looking for a new laptop, you can head over to Amazon or B&H, where you can find the Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 with a 13.5-inch touch-screen, an Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB RAM, and 128GB SSD storage for $769 after a $230 discount. You can save more if you go for the maxed-out version that features 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD storage space, and an Intel Core i7 chip. This variant gets you $605 savings, but you will also have to get ready to pay $1,394. And if you want the larger 15-inch display, you can get it with 16GB RAM and 512GB storage, but you get an AMD Ryzen Surface Edition processor under the hood for $1,600 with $499 savings.

Still, if I were the one about to make such a huge investment, I think that I would rather go for a new M1 MacBook Pro that’s selling for $1,219 in its 8GB RAM/256GB version with $80 savings, or the 8GB RAM/512GB option that’s available for $1399 after a $100 discount on both Amazon and B&H.

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OPPO Find X3 series alleged price and color variants leaked

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OPPO is all set to launch the Find X3 series in March. From certifications to leaked images, we’ve been hearing a lot about the Find X3 Pro, Find X3, and Find X3 Lite and Neo. Now, a new leak claims to have revealed the price and color variants of the upcoming trio.

According to a report from 91mobiles, citing tipster Sudhanshu Ambhore as the source, says that the OPPO Find X3 Pro will be sold in four color options of blue, white, orange, and black. It could be available in a single variant featuring 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. The device is said to be priced between 1000 euros (~$1,126) and 1200 euros (~$1,460), which seems like an educated guess.

On the other hand, the OPPO Find X3 Neo is touted to be a rebranded Reno5 Pro+. It could be made available in two color variants of silver and black. The 12GB RAM + 256GB storage model could be priced between 700 euros (~$851) and 800 euros (~$973). Further, the Find X3 Lite is said to be a rebranded version of China’s OPPO Reno5 5G. It could be sold in blue and black colors with 8GB RAM and 128GB storage model. It is touted to be priced between 400 euros (~$486) and 500 euros (~$608).

The OPPO Find X3 Pro is likely to be powered by the Snapdragon 888 SoC. Meanwhile, the Find X3 Lite and Neo are tipped to be rebadged versions of the Reno Pro5 series. Returning to the Find X3 Pro, it is rumored to feature a 6.7-inch (1440 x 3216 pixel) OLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate and run Android 11 out of the box.

It could have a 50MP primary camera with the Sony IMX766 image sensor, which is tipped to be accompanied by a 13MP telephoto camera with 2X optical zoom and 3MP macro camera. Moreover, it could pack a 4,500mAh battery with support for 65-watt SuperVOOC 2.0 wired and 30W VOOC Air wireless charging support. The Find X3 series is tipped to launch on 11 March.

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Best Leather Galaxy S21 Plus Cases to buy in February 2021

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The most striking aspect about the Galaxy S21+ for me is the fresh design language. Yes, it is fast, offers capable cameras, and packs a beautiful 120Hz display as well among other perks. But that glass-and-metal build is just too hard to take my eyes off. But what if it meets an unfortunate abrasion or any other damage? Well, you can protect your Samsung flagship, and that too in style, by picking one from these Galaxy S21 Plus leather case recommendations. Check this list out:

    anccer newborn Galaxy s21 plus leather case

    Minimalist style

    Among the hot favorites on my case recommendation list is the minimalist Anccer Newborn that offers a clean design with a shock-absorbing frame.

    arae Galaxy s21 plus leather folio case

    Offers it all

    Made out of high-quality polyurethane leather, this one has plenty of card slots, a soft inner TPU cover to hold the device, and a pretty useful kickstand too.

    feitenn Galaxy s21 plus leather folio case

    Lots of pockets

    If you’re after versatility and eye-pleasing aesthetics, there is no better option on this list than the Fetienne Detachable Leather Wallet case. Plus, it comes in multiple colors too.

    ghostek exec4 Galaxy s21 plus leather case

    Rugged cover

    Offering a military-grade build that has been drop-tested from a height of up to 8ft, this one has a detachable card holder and raised bezels as well.

    goosepery canvas leather case

    Fabric finish

    If you’re a case that truly stands out, this one from Goospery offers just that, thanks to a blend of leather lining and canvas fabric on the outside.

    ocASE Galaxy s21 plus leather folio case

    Folio on budget

    This one is made from premium polyurethane leather with a TPU inner case for additional shock absorption. Plus, it comes in a variety of colors.

    otterbox strada Galaxy s21 plus leather case

    Best of the lot

    If you want a case that offers best of both worlds – sleek looks and uncompromised protection, the Otterbox Strada case is where you should look at.

     petocase Galaxy s21 plus leather case

    Exotic aesthetics

    For folks who are enamored by the Indian floral aesthetics, the Petocase Folio wallet for Samsung Galaxy S21 is offers about the right mix of style and substance.

     tendlin Galaxy s21 plus leather case

    Timber touch

    Looking for something unique? How about a blend of wood veneer, PU leather and rubberized grip frame? Well, that’s exactly what you get with Tendlin.

     TORRO Galaxy s21 plus leather case

    Class and luxury

    For those who value high material quality with a taste for minimalist design, there is no better option on this list than the Torro leather case for Galaxy S21.

     samsung Galaxy s21 plus case

    Samsung solution

    If you seek the best in terms of material quality, in-hand feel, clean design and longevity, I’d highly recommend getting the official Samsung leather case.

     tucch Galaxy s21 plus leather case

    Pick your shade

    Made out of soft TPU full-body inner shell and PU leather on the outside, the TUCCH case is among the most versatile and colorful options.

That brings an end to our best Galaxy S21 Plus leather case list. If you were to ask my personal opinion, I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Samsung’s own genuine leather wallet case for the Galaxy S21+. Made out of genuine leather, it offers full-body protection with a precision-cut design. If budget is not a constraint, just get this one!

If you want a case that truly stands out, Tendlin has just the right option for you. Its unique hard-shell case is made out of wood veneer, PU leather, and soft TPU rubber with a textured frame for extra grip. This one looks different from any other protective case you’ll find in the market. 

In case you want to explore more options, have a look at the best cheap and rugged Galaxy S21 cases list on the Pocketnow website. Also, don’t forget to check out Pocketnow’s thoughts on the device in the video below:

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Pocketnow Daily: Google Pixel 5a LEAKED: Better but.. BORING?! (video)

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Galaxy S21 series is $200 off at Amazon, or get a new iPhone SE for free right now

Apple’s latest 16-inch MacBook Pro, Microsoft Surface laptops and more are also on sale

The official news today begin with deals, starting with Samsung. The Galaxy S21 Series is currently 200 dollars off on Amazon.. Yes, the new phones that just launched. That means you can get the S21+ for just 799 or the S21 Ultra for 999 dollars. If you’re looking for more Samsung deals and have a device to trade-in, we still have those deals where you can find the S21 Ultra for as low as 400 dollars in the links in the description. Moving on to laptops, the 16 inch MacBook Pro is currently 350 dollars off on Amazon, meaning it starts at 2450 dollars.. But I’d recommend you stick around before you pull that trigger cause we’ve got hot news coming on what’s next. If you’re more of a windows guy, the Razer Blade Stealth 13 is currently 400 dollars off, meaning it starts at just 1300 dollars which is a pretty good deal. Best Buy also has the Surface Laptop 3 for 400 dollars off, leaving it at just 900 dollars. We have more deals on LG TVs, Amazon Fire TV products, other Samsung smartphones and more, in the links in the description.


Huawei Mate X2 goes official with a Galaxy Fold-like inward-folding design

Let’s move on to Huawei as, we’ve been expecting the Mate X2 for quite some time now and it’s finally out, and yes, it looks like a Galaxy Z Fold 2, but this is actually a different story. It features a new inward folding design with an 8 inch main OLED Display running at 90Hz refresh rate. On the cover, you’re getting a 6.45 inch display running at 90Hz as well. This phone is powered by the Kirin 9000 SoC along with 8GB of RAM and up to 512GB of internal storage. When it comes to the camera, you get a 50MP main sensor, a 16MP Ultra Wide, a 12MP Telephoto with 3x Optical Zoom, along with an 8MP “Super Zoom” Camera that supports 10x optical zoom. Of course, you get your typical set of features like Pro Modes, Tracking Shots, High-Res and more. On this phone you’re also getting a 4500 mAh and 55W fast charging and yes, it is sadly exclusive for China and it doesn’t have Google Services. Thing is, the other reason why it’s different is because if you do the math, this phone costs a crazy $2775.. Yeah, high-end MacBook Pro territory, and I’m trying to figure out why.

AirPods 3 leaked images allegedly show off an in-ear design akin to the AirPods Pro

Let’s talk about Cupertino and their upcoming March Event as we get closer. Last week we covered how we could be getting new iPad Pros, AirTags, maybe an iPad mini and maybe some new AirPods. Over the weekend Jon Prosser made a video on the products his sources have told him we’re getting and that includes, iPad Pros, AirTags and a Magic Keyboard for that iPad Pro. However, he didn’t rule out the fact that we could get more things, he just wasn’t aware at the time. Well, going back to those AirPods, we have some new leaked schematics, showing off the new design. As the previous leaks claimed, these are taking design cues from the current AirPods Pro which is very welcomed if you ask me. They bring the black pressure sensitive touch input area, and the pressure relief vents at the top as well. They are also expected to support Spatial Audio but, Active Noise Cancellation and Transparency Mode won’t be making the cut to separate them more from the Pros. Apparently the price tag will be $150 and this leak also claims that they will debut in March so we’ll see if we get them at the event.

MacBook Pro with SD card slot, HDMI port to launch in H2 of 2021

Sticking to Apple for another segment let’s talk MacBook Pro and I actually had to read this report twice because it sounds too good to be true. See MacBooks Pros have historically been criticized for repeatedly killing ports that Pros *actually* use, but just like we’ve seen with the iPhone, seriously it’s as if Apple finally listens. According to a new report from non-other than Ming Chi Kuo, Cupertino plans to release 2 new MacBook Pro models that, hear this, come equipped with an HDMI port and an SD Card reader.. A full throwback to the 2012 model, and I really hope I’m reading this right. Kuo mentions that we should expect these two new MacBook Pro models in the second half of 2021 that will have several significant design and specification changes. Of course, the SD Card reader was rumored last month but, this is the first time we’re hearing about this dedicated HDMI port. So, we’re expecting new 14 inch and 16 inch variants of the MacBook Pro, both powered by Apple Silicon. These are also tipped to feature brighter, higher-contrast panels, probably thanks to new mini-LED panels and MagSafe could be making a return to laptops as well which could apparently make them charge faster. We don’t know exactly how much they plan to scale back the USB-C ports but, I feel like 4 USB-C ports along with these new leaked ones are pretty reasonable, and especially at how high Apple prices these computers.

Story of the day:

Google Pixel 5a leak shows a familiar design with an upgraded dual rear camera setup

Yes.. It’s finally time. We’ve had a running joke with Diego about the fact that it’s been way too long since we’ve gotten any Pixel leaks.. And they’re finally here, though I’m not exactly sure how excited we should be. We have some new renders from OnLeaks that apparently belong to the Pixel 5a and in typical Pixel fashion, there’s nothing left to the imagination here. As yes, it brings pretty much the exact same design as the Pixel 4a.. Sort of. According to the leaks, this is a 6.2 inch OLED display at FHD+ resolution but, it is still unclear if Google will stick to 60Hz or make the jump to at least 90Hz refresh rate here. At the back, the little stove is making a return but this time we’re getting a dual camera module, finally. In typical Google fashion we should expect the same hardware we get on the Pixel 5 with a 12MP main sensor and a 16MP ultra wide. From the leaks you can see that we’re getting the same punch hole, same fingerprint scanner at the back and the headphone jack is still here! Apparently we should expect the Pixel 5a to come out some time in August this year, maybe with Android 12 as that’s when we should expect the first stable build. So yeah, it seems we’ll be getting a smaller Pixel 4a 5G in every which way you can think of, unless Google plans to fix things under the hood, and it’s not like if the company is famous for that.

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Huawei Mate X2 vs Huawei Mate X: What’s different?

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Huawei unveiled its latest foldable smartphone, the Mate X2 recently. The device features a new design language and is vastly different from its predecessor. It comes with an inward-foldable design rather than featuring the outward-folding design found on the Mate X. While it is an expensive phone, you don’t get features like wireless charging and a selfie shooter on the inside. Here are the other major differences between the two Huawei foldable in our Huawei Mate X2 vs Huawei Mate X: Specs comparison.

Huawei Mate X2 vs Huawei Mate X: Specs

Huawei Mate X2 Huawei Mate X
Display Interior: 8″ OLED, 90Hz, 180Hz touch sampling rate,
2480 x 2200 Pixels, 413 PPI

Exterior: 6.45″ OLED, 90Hz, 240Hz touch response rate,
2700 x 1160 Pixels, 456 PPI

8″ foldable OLED
2200 x 2480 pixels 
(~414 ppi density) 
60Hz
Processor Kirin 9000 (5nm) Kirin 980 (7nm)
RAM 8GB 8GB
Storage 256GB / 512GB 512GB
Cameras Rear:
50 MP Ultra Vision Camera 
(Wide Angle, f/1.9 aperture, OIS)
16 MP Cine Camera 
(Ultra-Wide Angle, f/2.2 aperture)
12 MP Telephoto Camera 
(3x Optical Zoom, f/2.4 aperture, OIS)
8 MP SuperZoom Camera 
(10x Optical Zoom, f/4.4 aperture, OIS), support AF

Front:
16 MP Selfie Camera 
(Wide Angle, f/2.2)

Main:
40MP primary
(f/1.8, 27mm, 1/1.7″, PDAF)
8MP telephoto 
(f/2.4, 52mm, 2x optical zoom)
16MP ultra-wide-angle
(f/2.2, 17mm)
Battery 4500mAh with 55W fast charging 4500mAh with 55W fast charging
Weight 295 grams 295 grams

Design and Display: Vastly different

As mentioned above, the Huawei Mate X2 is the exact opposite of the predecessor in terms of design. The device features an inward-folding display instead of an outward folding one found on the Mate X. With the latter, Huawei had its display always exposed to the elements, hence prone to wear and tear. However, Samsung protected its foldable display and included a second, outer display. Now, the Chinese company has shifted to Samsung’s foldable approach. The Mate X2 uses a glass front, glass back and aluminum frame, whereas theMate X uses a plastic front, and aluminum back and frame.

The Huawei Mate X2 features an 8-inch foldable inner OLED display, which comes with a 2480 x 2200 pixel resolution, a 90Hz refresh rate, and a 240Hz touch sampling rate at 413 PPI. There is a 6.45-inch outer display with a 90Hz refresh rate, 2700 x 1160 pixel resolution, and a 240Hz touch sampling rate at 456 PPI. On the other hand, the HUAWEI Mate X comes equipped with a single 8-inch display that can be folded to form a 6.6-inch display. You get a 2200 x 2480 pixel resolution at 414 PPI when unfolded.

Performance and Battery

The Huawei Mate X2 foldable is powered by its Kirin 9000 SoC (based on 5nm process). The chipset is based on the 5nm process and employs a 1+3+4 tri-cluster core design. It is the most powerful Huawei smartphone alongside the Huawei Mate 40 and Mate 40 Pro.

HUAWEI Mate Xs

The Kirin 9000 SoC features a Cortex-A77 based prime core clocked at 3.13GHz, three high-performance Cortex-A77 based cores ticking at 2.54GHz, and three Cortex-A55 based efficiency cores running at 2.05GHz. Moreover, the graphics are managed by a 24-core Mali-G78 GPU. On the other hand, the Huawei Mate X is powered by the Kirin 980 SoC based on the 7nm process. Both the devices pack a 4,500mAh battery with support for 55W Huawei SuperCharge fast charging.

Cameras: The Mate X2 takes the cake

The HUAWEI Mate X2 sports a quad rear camera setup. There is a 50MP Ultra Vision Camera (Wide Angle, f/1.9 aperture, OIS) primary camera. It is accompanied by a 16MP Cine Camera (Ultra-Wide Angle, f/2.2 aperture), a 12MP Telephoto Camera (3x Optical Zoom, f/2.4 aperture, OIS), and an 8MP SuperZoom Camera (10x Optical Zoom, f/4.4 aperture, OIS) that supports AF. The camera features include Story Creator, Tracking Shot, Steady Shot, Audio Zoom, High-res, Time-Lapse, Ultra Wide Angle Lens, among others. On the front, lies a 16MP selfie shooter.

Huawei Mate X2 vs Huawei Mate X

In contrast, you get a triple rear camera setup on the Mate X. It sports a 40MP primary camera (f/1.8, 27mm, 1/1.7″, PDAF), which is accompanied by an 8MP telephoto lens (f/2.4, 52mm, 2x optical zoom), and a 16MP ultra-wide-angle shooter (f/2.2, 17mm). You also get a TOF 3D camera.

Huawei Mate X2 vs Huawei Mate X: Price

The Huawei Mate X2 starts at 17,999 Yuan (~USD 2,775) for the 8GB RAM + 256GB storage variant, and 18,999 Yuan (~USD 2,939) for the 512GB model. On the other hand, the Mate X 16,999 yuan (a little over $2,400).

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Google rolls out dark mode for Maps, games for Android Auto

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Google published a blog post today where it announced six new features that are coming to Android soon. It is rolling out schedule send using which you can compose a message ahead of time when it’s convenient for you, and schedule it to send at the right moment. The company has also announced a new theme for its Maps app. Google Maps is now getting a full-fledged dark mode on Android. The feature has been in testing since September 2020.

Google is rolling out dark mode for its Maps app on Android. It takes the previously available night mode color option a notch ahead. The new feature will be accessible in the app’s settings menu, under “theme.” To enable the feature, you need to head to your Settings, tap on Theme, and then on Always in Dark Theme to lower the lights when you’re navigating, exploring, or getting things done with Maps.

Google is also rolling out new features to Android Auto. The app is getting custom wallpapers using which you can now select from a variety of car-inspired backgrounds to personalize your car display. It is also bringing games to Android Auto. For longer drives, you and your passengers can stay entertained with voice-activated games like trivia and “Jeopardy!”. Just say, “Hey Google, play a game” to get started. 

Android Auto is also getting Shortcuts on the launch screen. These will provide convenient access to your contacts and allow you to use Assistant to complete tasks like checking the weather or remotely adjusting the thermostat by simply tapping on the icon on your car display. For cars with wider screens, you can do more with a split-screen that features a real-time view of Google Maps and media controls. There is also a privacy screen to control when Android Auto appears on your car display. 

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HUAWEI is reportedly cutting phone production by more than half due to trade sanctions

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At this point in time. HUAWEI is facing an uphill battle to keep its smartphone business alive, especially in territories outside China. In the face of US trade sanctions that don’t appear to be easing anytime soon, even forcing the company to sell its Honor sub-brand to a government-backed consortium. Now, a fresh report from Nikkei Asia suggests that HUAWEI might cut its smartphone production by more than half in 2021. To be specific, the troubled Chinese company has reportedly told its suppliers about a 60% reduction in component orders this year. 

“Huawei has notified suppliers that it plans to order enough components for 70 million to 80 million smartphones this year, according to people at multiple suppliers. The range represents more than a 60% decline from the 189 million smartphones Huawei shipped last year.”

The report adds that the smartphone component orders only cover 4G phones, as the company’s ability to source 5G components has been restricted by the US government trade sanctions. A lower phone production – coupled with shrinking demand for its phones that now lack essential Google services such as Play Store, Gmail and Google Maps – is a clear sign that the company will continue to lose more market share moving forward. 

Huawei rose to the first rank in global smartphone shipments by eclipsing both Samsung and Apple, but lost it to the iPhone maker by the end of 2020 . There have been rumors that HUAWEI might sell its flagship Mate and P series, but the company refuted those claims in a statement shared with Pocketnow soon after. 

HUAWEI is still kicking, but its troubles are not going anywhere soon

Huawei Mate X2
HUAWEI launched its latest foldable – the Mate X2 – earlier today.

The Chinese telecom giant continues to invest in smartphone innovation and launched its latest foldable – the HUAWEI Mate X2– earlier today, but the lack of Google services might prove to be a deterrent for buyers outside China, especially for a phone that costs almost three thousand US dollars. 

HUAWEI continues to be a force in the Chinese smartphone market, but for a brand that was once en route to challenging Apple and Samsung’s dominance across all price brackets and in terms of innovation too, it has suffered a serious setback in its ambitions due to trade sanctions, compounded further by the global semiconductor shortage.

While HUAWEI has legally challenged the US FCC labeling it a ‘national security threat, US nominee for Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo recently said that she doesn’t see any reason as to why HUAWEI should not remain blacklisted.

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