Samsung Galaxy S21 has received BIS certification

November is almost over, meaning that we are getting closer to the end of 2020. This also means that we are getting closer to the launch of the new Samsung Galaxy S21 series. Samsung’s new flagship is rumored to become official in less than two months, and it seems that the company has started to get the necessary certifications ready for the possible launch on January 14.

The new Samsung Galaxy S21 has recently been certified by the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) in India. This certification makes us believe that Samsung may be getting ready for an early launch of its new Galaxy S lineup.

The certification doesn’t give us details about the phone’s internals or an idea of how many devices we’re getting since only the regular Samsung Galaxy S21 has appeared on the bureau’s database. However, it is believed that just like this year, we will initially get three devices, a Galaxy s21, a Galaxy S21+, and a Galaxy S21 Ultra. The new devices are also expected to arrive powered by two different processors, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 875 for the US version and an Exynos 2100 for the international version.

We have also been receiving quite a bunch of Galaxy S21 leaks and rumors in the last few days. Some of them have confirmed the design of the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra, which is also expected to feature stylus support, which would also end up leading to the possible demise of the Samsung Galaxy Note series.

A massive spec leak has recently revealed the new lineup’s display sizes, battery sizes, sensors inside each camera setup, color options for every variant, and more. We have also received word that this time, you should look for the Exynos version of the Galaxy S21, as Samsung’s processor could finally more powerful than its Snapdragon counterpart.

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Apple’s latest M1 MacBook Air, Mac mini and more devices on sale today

Let’s begin today’s deals with some products that you should really consider getting, that are not at all old. The latest M1 MacBook Air which is being used to edit this video is $50 off, that leaves the 8GB of RAM and 512GB of SSD variant for $1200. If you’re going for a desktop, the new Mac Mini is $29 off, leaving the entry level model for $670. The latest 12.9in iPad Pro is available for $150 off, that leaves it at $1499 shipped for 1TB of storage. The brand new iPad Air is also $40 off, leaving the entry level one for $559. We also have more deals on Bose Earbuds, LG Monitors, Hisense TVs and more, in the links in the description.

The budget OnePlus Nord N100 has a ‘high refresh rate’ surprise

Now let’s talk about OnePlus as the company has been in the spotlight quite a bit given all the product launches they’ve done this year. A few weeks ago, OnePlus unveiled two new budget smartphones, the Nord N10 5G and the N100. We’ll be focusing on the N100 for this segment because, this is supposed to be the cheaper and watered down one out of the pair but it looks like there was some hidden premium features in here. So to recap, it packs a punch hole HD+ display, the Snapdragon 460 SoC, a 5,000 mAh battery and a triple camera array with a 12MP main sensor. All of this for around $237, remember that price. Well, now that it’s out, the guys over at Android Authority discovered that the N100 actually packs a 90Hz refresh rate display. OnePlus didn’t specify on this so everyone just assumed it was a regular 60Hz panel which is good for that $200 price tag. So yeah, if you got this phone, make sure to turn that feature on as that 5,000 mAh battery should do a good job handling it.

New iPhone 12 display issues have caught Apple’s attention

If you’ve been watching us for the past year, you probably know that my display on my iPhone 11 Pro simply died on me after getting a weird tint. Well, it looks like the iPhone 12 might be going down that same path. Last weekend, some users started reporting issues with the 12 mini’s Lock Screen sensitivity, and iPhone 12 Pro users were having problems with the message app but, the most notable problems were display issues. Apparently some users were getting a green tint on the screen and some flickering but it looks like Apple noticed. The guys over at MacRumors recovered an internal document where Cupertino addresses this issue, saying that they are aware of the customer reports related to the problem and they’re actively investigating, telling technicians to avoid servicing these types of issues because there is no real fix at the moment but they should advice customers to update their phones. Back with the 11, Apple fixed it with iOS 13.6.1 so, let’s see when we get a fix, we’ll keep you posted. Thing is, my problem wasn’t fixed with a software update. The entire phone had to be replaced, so we’ll see.

Apple’s next mobile chip might rely on 5nm+ process, 4nm silicon likely arrives in 2022

Let’s keep talking about Apple but, this time about there chips, as let’s face it, Apple Silicon still has many of us in disbelief. We know that the A14 Bionic was the first chip in the market to bring a 5nm process, thanks to TSMC but, it looks like they’re already pushing smaller nodes. According to a TrendForce research note, Apple plans to use TSMC’s next generation “5nm+” process for the A15 chip that will come in the 2021 iPhones. TSMC’s website says that this 5nm+ process, refers to N5P which is a “performance-enhanced” version of their current 5nm process, which will deliver additional power efficiency and performance improvements. The report even goes further head to 2022, and they believe that the A16 will be built on a 4nm process, which paves the way for even more performance, power efficiency, and density improvements. This also hints that we might get these improvements in Apple Silicon chips, maybe with the M1X, M2 or whatever that thing is going to be called. Thing is, guys with that M1 mopping the floor with absolutely every Intel Mac we’ve compared on generation 1, can you imagine what gen 2 will be. We’ve never EVER recommended a first generation Apple Product, but this is the first exception.

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra leaked renders show shows some seriously slim bezels

And I know, we’re still one segment away but let’s begin with the hottest news today which have to do with Samsung. Yeah, they’re so many we had to split them in two. First off, Ice Universe just went on a tweeting spree giving us a ton of new information on the upcoming Galaxy S Line. He started off by posting some new CAD renders of the S21 Ultra which shows us the new chin and side bezels which.. Let’s just say you won’t be able to tell a difference if you have an S20 Ultra. However, he does say that this will be the narrowest chin in mobile phone in history which is something Samsung has been perfecting over the years. Other than that the CAD renders show the USB-C port as well as the display’s footprint. Moving on from that he also posted some case molds where you can see the camera module for the S21 or the S21+, sadly you can only see the display side for the other 2. Finally he also said that the S21 Ultra’s screen will refresh multiple records, I’m not sure if that means we’ll be getting something like ProMotion or if it will just be a record-breaking display. Whatever the case may be, I’m already pretty excited for whatever this S21 Ultra is going to be.

Story of the day:

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 could have an under-display selfie camera

But, finally let’s move on to the other segment of the hottest news as we have more Samsung products and apparently, Samsung is bringing the heat until later in the year. Last month there was some rumors roaming around that claimed that Samsung would be introducing their first under-the-display camera with the Z Fold 3. Well, now there’s a new ETNews report that backs those rumors. According to an industry insider, Samsung Display has developed a new display that will support this UDC. Apparently they made the gap between pixels wider, to allow light to pass through and this will only be a thing in the selfie camera area, the rest of the display will be the same. That along with some special algorithms will correct images, as light is obviously refracted by the OLED Display to allow for the camera to work. This camera module will be supplied by LSI and apparently the technology won’t be ready by the Spring or early in the year, which is when we get the S Line or the Z Flip. So, we will reportedly get it with the Z Fold 3 in the third quarter of the year because, all of the rumors point to the Galaxy Note line disappearing. A new Ice Universe tweet also gives us backs this by saying the Z Fold 3 will bring a lot of innovating technologies, including this Camera Under the Panel, the S Pen and the second-gen UTG.
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Samsung Galaxy S20+, latest M1 13-inch MacBook Pro and more devices on sale

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We start today’s deals with a generous selection of smartphones. The Samsung Galaxy S20+ 5G unlocked with 128GB storage is currently getting a $250 discount, leaving it at $950, which is $50 less than what you would usually pay for the vanilla Galaxy S20. Last year’s Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ is also getting a $250 discount, meaning you can get one for $850 in its unlocked US variant with 256GB storage. And the unlocked Galaxy S10 Lite with 128GB storage is currently available for $500 with $145 savings.

We then move onto Apple deals, where we find the latest 13-inch MacBook Pro with the new M1 chip with $49 discounts. The entry-level model with 256GB storage is selling for $1,250, while the 512GB version with 8GB RAM is selling for $1,450.

Logitech gaming keyboards and mice are also on sale. We start with the LogitechG305 Lightspeed wireless gaming mouse getting a $10 discount, leaving it at $40. The Logitech G703 Lightspeed is getting a $16.70 discount, leaving it at $83.29, and the Logitech G903 Lightspeed is available for $127.57 with $22.42 savings.

Now, moving on to keyboards, the Logitech G613 Lightspeed is selling for $78 after a $52 discount. The G513 Carbon LIGHTSYNC is currently available for $127.70 with $22.29 savings.

Finally, we have several Samsung products on sale, including the Samsung 27-inch CRG5 240Hz curved gaming monitor with a $120 discount, leaving it at $280. The Galaxy A7 tablet for $169 with 32GB storage or $260 with 64GB. The Samsung Galaxy Buds are selling for $100.08 with $29.91 savings, and you can score the 1TB 970 EVO NVMe M.2 internal SSD for just $130 with $40 savings.

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Samsung Galaxy S20+, latest M1 13-inch MacBook Pro and more devices on sale

We start today’s deals with a generous selection of smartphones. The Samsung Galaxy S20+ 5G unlocked with 128GB storage is currently getting a $250 discount, leaving it at $950, which is $50 less than what you would usually pay for the vanilla Galaxy S20. Last year’s Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ is also getting a $250 discount, meaning you can get one for $850 in its unlocked US variant with 256GB storage. And the unlocked Galaxy S10 Lite with 128GB storage is currently available for $500 with $145 savings.

We then move onto Apple deals, where we find the latest 13-inch MacBook Pro with the new M1 chip with $49 discounts. The entry-level model with 256GB storage is selling for $1,250, while the 512GB version with 8GB RAM is selling for $1,450.

Logitech gaming keyboards and mice are also on sale. We start with the LogitechG305 Lightspeed wireless gaming mouse getting a $10 discount, leaving it at $40. The Logitech G703 Lightspeed is getting a $16.70 discount, leaving it at $83.29, and the Logitech G903 Lightspeed is available for $127.57 with $22.42 savings.


Now, moving on to keyboards, the Logitech G613 Lightspeed is selling for $78 after a $52 discount. The G513 Carbon LIGHTSYNC is currently available for $127.70 with $22.29 savings.


Finally, we have several Samsung products on sale, including the Samsung 27-inch CRG5 240Hz curved gaming monitor with a $120 discount, leaving it at $280. The Galaxy A7 tablet for $169 with 32GB storage or $260 with 64GB. The Samsung Galaxy Buds are selling for $100.08 with $29.91 savings, and you can score the 1TB 970 EVO NVMe M.2 internal SSD for just $130 with $40 savings.

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Exynos 2100 may surpass the SD 875 in the Samsung Galaxy S21 series

We have been getting quite a bit of benchmark results in the last few days. Mainly because of the tests performed on Apple’s latest M1 devices. However, it seems that those aren’t the only devices being tested. The Samsung Galaxy S21 may have already been examined with both its Snapdragon 875 and its Exynos 2100 variants, and it seems that next year, you may want to go for the international version.

This is not the first time that we see benchmark results for the Samsung Galaxy S21. The device was found delivering some interesting results back in September while being powered by the Exynos 1000 processor, even though it is said that it will feature the Exynos 2100 chipset. Back then, we saw that the device managed to deliver 1038 in its single-core score, while a 3060 multi-core score was reached.

Now, we receive the latest benchmarks of the Samsung Galaxy S21, but this time it is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 875, with 8GB RAM. The device reached 1120 single-core score and a 3319 multi-core score. These results would suggest that the Snapdragon 875 may be better than the Exynos 2100 processor, but it seems that things aren’t precisely as they seem. Let’s remember that the SD 875 codenamed Lahaina isn’t official yet, but neither is the Exynos 2100 processor, which gives both processors plenty of room to grow.

We have also received some info from Ice Universe, where he tells us not to pay attention to the results leaked by Geekbench, as these are not accurate before the release of the products, and we also have to pay attention to the real specs in the Samsung Galaxy S21 models. He believes that the new Exynos 2100 will be more powerful than its Snapdragon 875 counterpart, as both chipsets have identical CPU architecture, but the prime X1 core will reach 2.91 GHz in the Exynos 2100, while the Snapdragon 875 will top out at 2.84 GHz. We will also find differences in the power-efficient Cortex-A55 cores, which will reach 1.8GHz in the SD 875, compared to the 2.2GHz reached by the Exynos processor.

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Pocketnow Daily: Samsung Galaxy Note 21 is MISSING! (video)

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Early Black Friday deals are live, with tons of Apple deals

The official news today begin with Apple deals because, we know you guys adore them. Beginning with the previous MacBook Air which is $80 off, that leaves the Intel core i3, 8GB of RAM and 256GB of SSD model for $920 shipped. The 16in MacBook Pro is also $250 off, that leaves the Intel Core i7, 16GB of RAM and 512GB of SSD for $2150 but, you might not want to go for it depending on how these M1 MacBooks do. The latest iPad Pros are also on sale, for example, the 11in WiFi only version, with 128GB of storage is $50 off, leaving that for $739. Finally, the Apple Watch Series 6 is $50 off, that leaves the 40mm GPS only variant for $350. The SE is $20 off, but you can get the GPS+Cellular variant for $309. We have more deals on Garmin Watches, AirPods Pro, Galaxy Buds and more in the links in the description.

Users reporting serious MacBook Pro problems after macOS Big Sur update

Last week we finally got the macOS Big Sur update but, which I was really looking forward to given the efficiencies, but according to several users, not everything has been sunshine and rainbows. Several users who own 2013 and mid-2014 13in MacBook Pros upgraded to Big Sur and it has reportedly bricked their machines. According to them, their computer is stuck on a black screen and there’s no way to bypass this this as, the hot key combinations for NVRAM, SMC, Safe Mode and Internet Recovery are inaccessible after they installed the update. Apparently some of these users have been asked to take the laptop in for servicing so, we’ll see what happens. Also keep in mind that these are the oldest MacBook Pros to have Big Sur available so if you’re on the list, you might want to hold off. Obviously gotta hand it to Apple for their in-store support, but the problem is that it’s crazy irregular right now given the pandemic.

Apple’s M1 chip is better than the GeForce GTX 1050 Ti and Radeon RX 560 in Graphics performance

Speaking of Macs, let’s talk about the M1 Macs which I’m currently waiting on. They were supposed to arrive today, but I guess UPS was just playing with me. They keep going through Benchmarks, and according to a new submission, the M1 Macs just went up against the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti and AMD’s Radeon RX 560. It was compared to these two to match Apple’s claim of the M1’s GPU handling close to 25k threads and delivering 2.6 TFLOPS. Well, in most tests, the M1 beats both of these graphic cards while reaching up to 300 FPS in some instances. Some of the results are pretty close like in the first Aztec Ruins Setting where it actually lost to the Radeon. But then you get other cases where it just breezes through, like in Manhattan 3.1. Now, we know that these are older GPUs but, they are desktop GPUSs as well. That said, the reason why this is not the hottest news is because the benchmark tests are designed more for mobile than anything, so we’ll take them with a grain of salt.

OnePlus 9 Pro’s alleged Geekbench listing reveals SD 875 SoC

Possible design of the new OnePlus 9 has been leaked

Let’s move on to OnePlus as, we’ve already gotten the OnePlus 8 and the 8T, which means rumors for the 9 should start coming in. For starters, the Pro variant was reportedly just spotted on Geekbench revealing some new details. According to the listing, it will pack the upcoming Snapdragon 875, or whatever it will be called, and it performed pretty well in both single core and multi-core. Now, not much of the specs have been revealed, but some things we’re expecting include a Flat AMOLED Display with up to 144Hz refresh rate, and a battery that supports 65W charging. Speaking of the display, we also have some CAD renders of the device and, they’re… something. These apparently belong to the regular OnePlus 9 and it packs a flat display with a small punch hole at the top left and a near bezel-less experience. On the back, you get a triple camera array that kinda looks like if the iPhone 12 and the Galaxy S20 FE had a baby. According to these renders we’re getting a new white color variant that actually looks pretty cool. We’re expecting these phones to come out some time in March so, everything should just intensify from here.

Samsung Galaxy S21 specs and features have been leaked

Now let’s talk about the Samsung Galaxy S21 Series as we have possibly the biggest leak yet for it, and it’s both good and bad. There’s a full list of specs for the entire line up from Android Police that reveal.. Pretty much everything. Just to get it out of the way, all of these will pack the Snapdragon 875 or the Exynos 2100, as well as 5G, and One UI 3.1 based on Android 11. Alright, starting with the regular Galaxy S21, we’re looking at a 6.2in FHD+, LTPS display running at 120Hz. You’re also getting a 4000 mAh battery and a triple camera setup which consists of a 12MP main sensor, a 12MP ultra wide and a 64MP telephoto. Moving on to the S21+, you’re getting a 6.7in FHD+, LTPS display running at 120Hz, as well as a 4800 mAh battery and the same camera setup as the smaller variant. But finally, moving on to the Ultra, we have a 6.8in WQHD+, LTPO display running at up 120Hz. Here, you’re getting a 5000 mAh battery and a 5 camera array that consists of a main 108MP sensor, a 12MP ultra wide, a 10MP 3X Optical lens, and a 10MP 10X optical lens. The color variants include Phantom Violet, Pink, Grey, White, Black and Silver, and they vary depending on which variant you pick. Ice Universe also says that the Ultra packs the strongest optical system known to date when it comes to the telephoto, with both sensors being 1/2.8in and 1.22μm. We’re getting closer to that January or February launch so, we’ll see what we get but so far so good.

Story of the day:

Samsung could kill off the Galaxy Note series in 2021

And finally the hottest news today have to do with Samsung again, but this time because we have some confirmation of the beginning of the end. For years, there’s been tons of rumors that Samsung might get rid of the Note line and stick to the S Line and now with the Z Fold line, it makes a ton more sense. Well, we’ve learned from interviews with company executives that, a smartphone can be ready pretty much 9 months before the actual launch and, the problem is, the Note is currently nowhere to be found. We have a new tweet from Max Weinbach where he gives a detailed list of the Samsung flagships we’ll be getting next year. The list includes, the Galaxy S21 FE, the S21, S21+, S21 Ultra, the Z Fold 3, Z Flip 3 and the Z Fold FE. Nice. Now, where it gets interesting is when he tweeted out that 3 of these devices will have S Pen support, and there’s no Note on that list. A day earlier, Ice Universe tweeted “an unusual clue: there is currently no information on the development of the Note 21 Series”. Of course, we are still far away from the Note’s usual launch frame but, by this point we usually have the codenames at least, and having tipsters saying there’s no information at all on the development is kind of a huge deal. By the looks of it, unless Samsung figures out how to bring the Stylus to the Folds, it looks like the S line might bring the S Pen next year.

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Samsung Galaxy S21 specs and features have been leaked

Rumors suggest that Samsung will launch its next Galaxy S flagship earlier than other years, which means that we will most likely start getting tons of new rumors concerning the Samsung Galaxy S21 or S30 series. The latest leak may be the biggest one we could expect before the new flagships are launched. It includes every important spec and feature, months ahead of the phones’ launch.

According to the latest information posted by the guys over at Android Police, the new Samsung Galaxy S21 series will include three devices with different display sizes and a couple of interesting features. We will start with the base model of the Galaxy S21, which is codenamed O1. This device is said to come with a 6.2-inch FHD+ LTPS display with a 120hz refresh rate. Inside, we will get a Qualcomm Snapdragon 875 in the US version or an Exynos 2100 in the device’s international version.

The Galaxy S21 Ultra will have a 5000mAh battery, and it would work with One UI 3.1 based on Android 11. Its camera is expected to feature a 12MP Ultra-Wide sensor, a 12MP main, and a 64MP telephoto. This would also be the variant with the most color options, as it will be available in Phantom Violet, Phantom Pink, Phantom Gray, and Phantom White.

Next up, we find the Samsung Galaxy S21+, codenamed T2. This device will share the same processor, software, and camera setup as the entry-level version. However, it will feature a larger 6.7-inch display, a 4800mAh battery. It will be available in three color variants: Phantom Silver, Phantom Black, and Phantom Violet.

Finally, the Ultra variant of the Samsung Galaxy S21 is expected to arrive with the largest display of them all, as it is said to feature a 6.8-inch WQHD+ LTPO display and an adaptive 1-120Hz display. The new Galaxy S21 Ultra will also include a 5,000mAh battery and a powerful camera that includes a 12MP Ultra-Wide sensor, a 108MP Gen 2, a 3x optical 10MP, and a 10x optical 10MP camera sensor, which could be the strogest optical zoom system available according to @IceUnicerse. Now, color options are limited, with a Phantom Black and a Phantom Silver to choose from.

Rumors also suggest that the vanilla Samsung Galaxy S21 will feature a plastic rear cover, and the Galaxy S21 Ultra will come with a glass back, but no word was mentioned about the back panel in the Galaxy S21+ variant. All three devices will support 5G connectivity and Bluetooth 5.1 connectivity. Still, the Galaxy S21 and the S21+ will work with WiFi 6, while the S21 Ultra will use WiFi 6E, which Samsung claims is two times faster than standard WiFi 6.

Another feature that will be present across the board is 4K/60fps recording, and the cameras will be able to switch automatically between 30fps and 60fps depending on lighting conditions. 8K at 30fps is also available, replacing the 8K at 24fps featured in the Galaxy S20 series. The guys at Android Police confirmed the design of the Galaxy S21, and they also claim that they have confirmed all the information in this leak through multiple sources.

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Pocketnow Daily: Apple MacBook Air M1 Benchmarks: This Changes EVERYTHING?! (video)

The Moto RAZR 5G, OnePlus 8 and more devices are on sale today

The official news today, as always begin with deals, and this time for products you might still want to get, and some I also do debate. One list of ones I debate there’s the new Moto RAZR 5G. I don’t see a lot of people going crazy over it, and it might be the reason why you can currently get it for $999 on Amazon and B&H. Now those of you wanting an even better deal, Best Buy has it for $949, but that’s actually after activation. Now we know that many of you are concerned about the curse of the early adopter with Apple’s new M1 Macs, for you, the previous generation MacBook Air is currently $149 off, leaving the entry level variant for $850 on Amazon. Those of you interested in iPad Pros, Amazon also has the 2020 11-inch entry-level variant for $749, or even $849 for more storage, making it an equal $50 off. Finally we have the Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 with a $61 discount, leaving the 45mm variant for $369 or $339 for the 41mm variant that’s Bluetooth only. We have more deals, including Hisense TVs in the links in the description.

New macOS Big Sur is finally ready for your Mac

Now as for other official news today, let’s talk about Apple and it’s current roll of announcements. If you remember, MacOS Big Sur was going live today, and yes, it’s now official. That said, those of you who rely on services like Final Cut Pro and other Apple Pro services, my advice is that you proceed with caution as some of these are still not upgraded for compatibility. Sure they’ll most likely work, but also crash in the process. That said, if you ordered any of the M1 Macs, some of us have already received notifications of shipment. Delivery times still appear November 17th to 18th, but if you do the math, they might arrive earlier than expected. For those early adopters, it’s great to see that there are major apps already upgraded for compatibility, like the case of Microsoft Office. The news went official today, though universal compatibility for this new version still seems in beta. Anyways, let me know who ordered any of the new Macs, cause after seeing videos from TLD and Snazzy, I’m excited for what’s coming, but more on that in the hottest news segment.

The next iPad mini could pack A14 Bionic chip and an 8.5″ display

And how about if we continue talking Apple, but this time for the iPad that I’ve been wanting to get in like for ever, but that I’m also waiting for it to get a refresh. I’d wait for the next one if I were you as we’re talking about some major upgrades according to a tipster, starting with the new A14 Bionic chip that powers the new iPhones and iPad Air. It seems we’re getting a more modern smaller bezel design like in the pro with an 8.5-inch Liquid Retina display, most likely on the same chassis. Finally a jump to USB-C, though the same speaker array we currently have with the mini, that’s not necessarily amazing. Same cameras as iPad Air 4, Apple Pencil 2 support, same 2 batteries that aren’t doing so well lately, and 4 Gigs of RAM. At this point I can only assume that the same Touch ID on the power button will also make the cut. Sadly we don’t have any timing on this new iPad Mini, but I’m gonna be the first to be excited about this smaller form factor.

Unlimited Google Photo backups will be unavailable with future Pixel phones

Now let’s do a little continuation to the controversial news from yesterday. Yes, Google Photos won’t be free unlimited storage any more as of June 1st, unless you have a Pixel. That said, it seems it only applies to current Pixels. On a new report from Android Central, it seems that every other Pixel in the future will be treated as a regular phone. This means that unless you own a Pixel 2 and up to the Pixel 5, anything that happens further will take up from your 15 Gigs of base storage, which according to Google, is enough to last you for 3 years of memories. The main problem being, we still have uncertainty over what’s going to happen in June. We don’t know if the existing photos currently uploaded will be dumped into the 15 gigs, and leave you without space, pretty much like iCloud does. Regardless of the case, we read your comments and yes, this is a major problem, which is sad as this was one of the few reasons I was still sort of locked into the Google ecosystem.

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra might offer S Pen support, but no docking slot

How about if we switch gears for a bit and talk about Samsung, this time to discuss something we’ve been waiting for the company to do for years. No, it’s not for the company to say goodbye to its Exynos chips. Yeah, it’s the other thing… Think about it, how long has it been rumored for Samsung to say goodbye to the Galaxy Note and merge it with the Galaxy S? Well it seems that 2021 might finally be the year cause we’ve got Tipster Extraordinaire Ice Universe hints that the S Pen will be supported, but there’s a catch. The tweet is clear that it’s only the s21 Ultra, and a separate tweet from Max Jambor claims that there won’t even be a silo for the S Pen to fit. That might actually not be a bad idea as this will allow you to get a larger power pack within, which makes sense at a time when this phone is rumored to ship without a charger, and also that it’ll support a more power-hungry 2K display that supports 120hz. Whatever the case may be, this doesn’t necessarily mean that this is the death of the Galaxy Note, but if you remember there are also patents for a Galaxy Z Fold 2 supporting an S pen, so it could just be that Samsung might blend the products into one. We’ll see.

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MacBook Air with M1 Chip is more powerful than 16-inch MacBook Pro

And finally, the hottest news today have to do with Apple, and its new M1 chip Macs, as people have complained that there’s really nothing new when it comes to design, but I think we’re not looking at the bigger picture. See, Apple is notorious for is not providing information on things like the clock speed of their new M1 chips, or the kind of RAM they include. Those of you wondering just how powerful these new Macs are, let me just say I’m already regretting buying a 16-inch Pro. The new fan-less MacBook Air just went through Geekbench, and it seems to blow even the that 16-inch Pro. It brought single core scores of 1687 and a multi-core score of 7433. To provide some context, this means the M1 blows past all mobile Macs, Pro or non Pro, all current Mac mini configurations and a good deal of the iMacs. That includes the late-2019 MacBook Pro with Intel Core i9-9980HK processor clocked at 2.4 GHz. Funniest part is that the test was conducted with the entry-level MacBook Air with just 8 gigs of RAM running MacOS 11.0.1. If these results hold true to real world use, we’re not just talking about a faster computer. Think about it, this is a fan-less MacBook Air that costs a thousand bucks. I think it’ll be a true paradigm shift in pro computing, cause can you imagine that MacBook Pro?
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Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra might offer S Pen support, but no docking slot

It has long been argued that the biggest differentiator between Samsung’s Galaxy S and Galaxy Note line is the S Pen stylus. And we kinda agree with the notion. After all, the Galaxy Note series flagships are essentially top-end Android devices with some nifty stylus tricks added to it. The difference created by the S Pen is what has allowed Samsung to sell two flagship lines simultaneously for almost a decade, but the gap will allegedly get blurred next year. To put it in clear and comprehensible words, the Galaxy S21 series might get stylus support in 2021.

Tipster Ice Universe has claimed that the Galaxy S21 Ultra will support the S Pen. However, it is unclear if the rest of the Galaxy S21 series devices will also support stylus input. Now, this is both good and bad news. If you are paying top dollars for an Android flagship, having a stylus with a few tricks up its sleeves is definitely a welcome move. On the flip side, the Galaxy Note series will definitely lose some of its exclusive appeal and bragging rights that it gained courtesy of the S Pen.

But there is some not so good news too. Unlike the Galaxy Note series which has a dedicated slot to house the S Pen, the Galaxy S21 Ultra will not have a docking station. Tipster Max J. quote tweeted the leak and mentioned that the Galaxy S21 Ultra will instead rely on a case (unclear if he’s talking about a separate protective case or a rear panel with a depressed surface) that will have a dedicated space to keep the S Pen, somewhat like the Galaxy Tab S7 tablet.

It is quite likely that the S Pen will not be a part of the Galaxy S21 Ultra’s retail package, but Samsung might pull a surprise here. However, selling it separately makes more sense, as many buyers aren’t too keen on paying for a stylus that they hardly want to use. On the other hand, many potential Galaxy S21 Ultra buyers might actually appreciate S Pen support to make the most out of the phone’s large screen real estate, and might shell out extra cash on the stylus.

Source 9to5Google

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Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra could feature a new 108MP camera and 120Hz at 2K

We are getting more rumors concerning the Samsung Galaxy S21 series as we get closer to its possible launch in January. Now, the latest rumors suggest that the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra will include some camera and display upgrades.

According to a couple of tweets posted by well-known leaker Ice Universe, the new Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra will include ISOCELL HM3 camera sensor with 108MP resolution and 0.8μm pixels. This new sensor would offer 12 percent better light sensitivity, which would allow the phone to capture more details than its predecessor. It will also make the S21 Ultra faster when capturing images in low-light conditions.

Further, the camera setup of the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra will now include laser autofocus instead of the 3D Time of Flight sensor found in the Galaxy S21 Ultra. These changes will also give the camera better and more reliable auto-focus when taking pictures in low-light conditions and when you want to capture objects up close.

However, things don’t stop there, as he also mentioned that the new S21 Ultra will now support 120Hz refresh rates at 2K resolution. In other words, we will still have to wait for Samsung to give us 4K displays in its devices, and it seems that it won’t happen any time soon. The main reason is “because other than VR content, there’s little practical reason to pay extra for 4K resolution support over QHD displays.”

Now, we will have to see how the new Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra will do against Apple’s latest iPhone 12. Let’s remember that Samsung may launch the Galaxy S21 series earlier than other years to block iPhone sales as much as possible. Samsung has also recently shipped more smartphones than Apple in the US market during this last quarter, giving the Korean tech giant 33.7 percent of Q3 shares, 6.7 percent more than last year’s Q3. According to a report from Strategy Analytics, this left Apple in second place with a 30.2 percent market share.

Source SamMobile

Via SamMobile

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Case images confirm Samsung Galaxy S21 design, which could arrive with Galaxy Buds Plus

Case makers are usually the best source to get the leaked design of new smartphones. The latest leaks don’t necessarily show us the complete design of the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S21 lineup, but at least it confirms some of the design changes we will get in the phone’s camera module. However, rumors don’t stop there, as it seems that Samsung could also decide stop including AKG headphones in the box of your new device, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing.

We could say that we already have a good idea of the design of Samsung’s new flagship. We have seen a couple of renders images and even a video showing us the phones in almost every angle. However, we had to take those leaks, as any other rumor with some salt, but now, well-known leaker @UniverseIce has posted some images that show us the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra in protective cases.

These images confirm that the device will feature a redesigned camera module that will wrap around the side of the frame of these devices. We can also see that the camera module includes four sensors, even when other rumors suggested that we could get a fifth camera sensor that could end up being a ToF sensor.

Now, since we’re already talking about things we may or may not get with the new Samsung Galaxy S21. It seems that Samsung could’ve also decided that it was time to stop including wired AKG earphones in the box of its new flagship. Instead, the company would be including a new pair of “Samsung Galaxy Buds Beyond,” which are supposed to be the successors of the Galaxy Buds Plus.

Still, Samsung is still rumored to be planning on removing in-box power adapters, but we will have to wait until the launch of the new Samsung Galaxy S21 series which is rumored to happen in January, and recent NFC certifications make this easier to believe.

Source GSM Arena

Via GSM Arena

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Samsung Galaxy S21 announcement and launch dates could’ve been revealed

We can always count on well-known leaked Jon Prosser to deliver hot leaks. One of his latest tweets reveals when Samsung may announce its new flagship, but things don’t end there. He also gives us exact dates as to when the new Samsung Galaxy S21 series will begin pre-orders and the possible color options that we’re getting.

According to the information posted on Twitter by well-known leaker Jon Prosser, the Samsung Galaxy S21, the Galaxy S21+, and the S21 Ultra will be announced on January 14, 2021, with pre-orders starting on the same day. The phones would then make its way to store shelves 15 days later, on January 29, and early adopters will be able to choose between Black, White, Grey, Silver, Violet, and Pink color options for their devices.

This rumor seems to align with several rumors which claim that Samsung will try to launch the new Galaxy S21 series earlier than other years to stop the iPhone 12 sales momentum. Of course, like any rumor, this must be taken with some salt, as other reports suggest that Samsung will not have things ready to accomplish this task, and it may be forced to announce the new Samsung Galaxy S21 late in January. This would make the devices hitting stores in early February.

Whatever the case, this is the first time that we get actual dates for the arrival of Samsung’s next flagship, so it’s something to keep in mind. Other rumors suggest that the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra may include Samsung’s latest 108MP camera sensor as its main shooter, along with a 40MP selfie camera and a 5000mAh battery. However, rumors also suggest that Samsung has also considered following in Apple’s footsteps, as it would also remove in-box power adapters with the next Galaxy S21. You can also take a look at some of the phone’s renders to have an idea of what we may get in January, according to Prosser’s sources.

Source Twitter

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Samsung could launch Galaxy S21 series in mid-Jan with sales starting in early Feb

Building on the previous rumors, a new report claims that Samsung might unveil its Galaxy S21 series in mid-January. Further, it could go on sale in early February. Reportedly, the production of the Galaxy S21 has already started. There is no official confirmation so far, but the CAD renders have already leaked online, and specs of Galaxy S21 Ultra have also surfaced.

The latest development comes from a South Korean publication, which shared that Samsung will launch the Galaxy S21 series in mid-January to compete with Apple’s latest iPhone 12 lineup. Separately, a report by WinFuture claims that Samsung has recently started mass production of components for the new Galaxy S21 series. Hence, the early launch rumors could actually be true.

The Samsung Galaxy S21 is said to feature a Dynamic AMOLED display of 6.8 inches. It could have a 2K resolution and a high refresh rate As per leaked CAD renders, we know that the Ultra variant might sport curved edges, whereas the younger siblings will have to do with a flat display. To recall, the Galaxy S20 series sported a curved display while the Note20 lineup did away with the feature. Now, it looks like the Galaxy S21 and Galaxy S21+ will follow the same design language on the front.

On the optics front, the Galaxy S21 Ultra is tipped to come equipped with a 108MP primary camera. The details regarding other sensors remain unknown. It is rumored to sport a quad rear camera setup. On the front may lie a 40MP selfie shooter. Further, Samsung’s upcoming flagship could pack a 5,000mah battery. As for speculations, the Galaxy S21 lineup is likely to be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 875 SoC or Samsung’s own Exynos 2100 chipset, depending on the region. Samsung is said to not bundle the charging brick with its upcoming smartphones.

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We could soon get a Samsung Galaxy Note 20 FE, possible Galaxy S21 availability leaked

It seems that Samsung will start giving us more Fan Edition devices of its flagships. The latest leak comes directly from Samsung, as the company may have accidentally mentioned a new Samsung Galaxy Note 20 FE on one of its official sites.

Samsung could be trying to make its Fan Edition devices more common. The company already launched a Samsung Galaxy S20 FE not so long ago, and it also confirmed that it plans to launch new Galaxy FE devices every year. However, we understood that Samsung was going to focus on its Galaxy S line. So, you can understand our surprise when we saw Samsung’s Brazilian portal publishing mentions of the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 FE on its Galaxy S20 FE landing page.

Right now, we may take the existence of the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 FE with some salt, even though the site provides some more interesting details. First, we can see the size of the device’s screen, which would consist of 6.5-inch or 6.3-inch if you include the screens rounded corners.

This information may just be talking about the Galaxy S20 FE, and this could just be a typo, but the issue is that it’s not the only one. The Galaxy Note 20 FE is mentioned once again when talking about the benefits of Night Mode.

Other rumors have started claiming that the Samsung Galaxy S21 has already entered production. A report from South Korea suggests that Samsung wishes to unveil the Galaxy S21 series in the first weeks of January, with plans to release it to the market in the same month. However, the report also says that Samsung would also consider announcing the Galaxy S21 late in January to make it available in early February, aiming to shorten the time Apple’s new iPhone 12 lineup safe period after it’s become available.

Source SamMobile

Via SamMobile

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Apple’s latest iPad Air, several Samsung Galaxy Watches and more are on sale today

Let’s begin today with deals for brand new Apple products. The latest iPad Air is already $40 off, that leaves the Wi-Fi only, 64GB variant for $559. Just remember that it will ship within 2-5 weeks because, it’s barely out. The Apple Watch SE is also $20 off, leaving the 40mm variant for $259 shipped. If you happen to catch this on time, the Moto RAZR 5G is $405 off, leaving it at $995 but that is a today only deal. The Galaxy Watch 3 is $61 off, that leaves the LTE + GPS., 45mm model for $420. We have more deals on other Samsung products, Sony Headphones, Earbuds and more, in the links in the description.

Pixel 4a 5G is now available for pre-order in the US Google Store

Let’s stay on the official news as, it’s been a couple of weeks since Google announced the Pixel 5 and the 4a 5G, we got a video coming soon. Well, the Pixel 5 is officially launching in the US and Canada today while the Google Store is starting with pre-orders for the 4a 5G. Just to jog your memory, the 4a 5G is the bigger brother to both the Pixel 5 and 4a, at least when it comes to size. IT’s powered by the same Snapdragon 765G, it brings a 3885 mAh battery, 6GB of RAM, 128GB of storage and a headphone jack. It packs the same camera array as the Pixel 5 which is, world class of course. It’s available for pre-order for $499 or $599 if you get the Verizon UW unit. Again, videos coming soon.

Amazon and Apple to face antitrust scrutiny in Germany

And, I guess this can become a spin off of the ban section, since it seems that political drama remains a thing in tech these days? Apple and Amazon are both facing scrutiny in Germany for “brand gating”. Basically, this allows the makers of branded products, in this case Apple with the iPhone, to have independent sellers removed from the platform, in this case Amazon, for Amazon to sell them instead… which is kind of what we’ve seen since day one. Amazon responded by saying that they have never removed sales permissions of sellers without sound and specific reasons as, they invest heavily into protection customers from illegal distribution of goods. However, the German agency claims that Apple and Amazon are a clear example of this. Similar claims have been made in the past and in other countries so, we’ll see how both companies thread after this, though I’m seriously hoping this doesn’t mean the end of Apple deals on Amazon.

macOS Big Sur beta references three unreleased Macs ahead of Apple Silicon debut

Now, moving on to something I’m really excited about, let’s talk Apple Silicon Macs. The company is reportedly having an event on November 17th focused on these Macs, and the latest update of the macOS Big Sur beta gives us more information. The files were discovered by a user on Twitter, where we get to see three different, unreleased Mac models. The models ending with f, g and h are all new, with one of them added back in beta 10 and 2 with the latest beta 11. If you go up in the list, the model ending with 2019 f, belongs to the 16in MacBook Pro I’m rocking, so 2020 f will most likely belong to the 2020 model which was leaked yesterday in the Boot Camp update. The other files most likely belong to a new iMac, and a MacBook Air. We don’t have much other information as of right now but, things should start ramping up very soon as we get closer to the event. I’m not gonna regret buying a MacBook Pro right now, I promise.. I’m trying.. Ugh, like seriously Apple?

The iPhone 12 mini was recently caught on video

Now, let’s keep talking about Apple’s unreleased products, and unreleased is a keyword here. Yes, Apple already announced the iPhone 12 Mini but, it’s not even available to preorder for another week. Well, a Romanian Tech Journalist managed to get his hands on one and went live for 40 minutes with the phone, showing off, well everything. He compares the size to the iPhone 12 and the 11 Pro Max and, man this thing looks tiny. He also shows us the camera working, both rear and the selfie shooter. At first we thought it could be a dummy because, even if he has the phone plugged in to show a screen recording, every time he showed us the display he couldn’t move it. However, we went through the whole thing and he did move it a couple of times so, it looks like the real deal. This iPhone 12 Mini brings a 5.4in display with pretty much the same capabilities as the iPhone 12, expect some coverage on it as soon as we are able to get it. I’m not gonna lie, this looks like such an iPhone 5 throwback and I like it.

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The latest Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra renders show an extra sensor

And finally the hottest news today have to do with Samsung and how it keeps moving things around with the Galaxy S21. Even if we are expecting the Galaxy S21 to launch earlier than expected, apparently Sammy is still tweaking the design… continuously. Last week we got the first renders for the device and I said that they might change over time. Well, OnLeaks is back at it again, this time with a revised version of his renders for the Galaxy S21 Ultra. The display and the camera module pretty much look the same but, there’s an extra camera here. The first renders brought a quad camera array but, this new one includes 5. From what we can see, this includes the main sensor, a wide angle, the periscope telephoto, and two extra sensors. One of them might be a ToF sensor, but that still leaves a mysterious one out. The S21 Ultra is expected to bring an updated version of the 108MP sensor we get on Samsung flagships, as well as a 40MP selfie shooter to match the original Ultra. Some other rumors hint to this 5th lens being a second telephoto, but that’s all speculation. And again, we are expecting these to launch either in late January, or early February.

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