Samsung Galaxy S21, Galaxy Buds Pro and more are on sale today

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The best Galaxy deals come from Samsung, Amazon and B&H, where we find the latest Samsung Galaxy S21 series, Galaxy Tabs and more on sale

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Amazon taking $150 off the Samsung Galaxy S21 and more devices

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We start today’s deals with the Samsung Galaxy S21, which’s currently getting some interesting discounts. The entry variant with 128GB of storage space has been available for $700 after a $100 discount for quite a while now, but the deal gets even better when you can get twice as much storage space for the same price. Yes, you can also get the 256GB variant of the Samsung Galaxy S21 for $700, thanks to the latest $150 discount.

Now, if you head over to Samsung.com, you can also find the 256GB Samsung Galaxy S21 variant selling for the same price as its 128GB counterpart. This pricing is applied to every single model to make things better, meaning that you can get the vanilla 256GB Galaxy S21, the Galaxy S21+, and the Galaxy S21 Ultra options selling for just $100, $300, and $500, respectively. Just remember that the $700 discounts can only be reached when you trade in an eligible device.

 

Going back to Amazon.com, we find the Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 getting a $150 discount on both its 41mm and 45mm variants. First, the 41mm GPS-only variants start at $250, in Silver or Gold. The 45mm Version in Silver and Black go for $280, and if you want the Titanium variant, get ready to pay $450. For those looking for LTE support in their new Galaxy Watch3, you can get the smaller 41mm variant for $300 or the 45mm model for $330.

 

Other deals feature Targo backpacks, where you can find the Cypress Hero Backpack, which is currently available for $60.19 after a $29.80 discount. This backpack was designed for the business traveler or for those who need to take a 15.6-inch laptop to school while still having enough space to put more stuff inside. The Targus Cypress Convertible Backpack is a bit more expensive, selling for $69 with $21 savings, but it can easily transform from a backpack to a briefcase, depending on where you hold it from. Finally, the Targus CityLite Pro Modern Security Backpack is the most affordable option, as you can get your hands on one for just $38 with $52 savings.

 

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Fossil smartwatches, smart lamps and more are on sale right now

We say goodbye to this day with some significant savings on some sexy-looking smartwatches. Head over to Amazon.com, where you the Fossil Men’s Collider Hybrid Smartwatch selling for just $129 after receiving an $86 discount. This watch comes with a heart rate monitor, an always-on readout display, an activity tracker, and more. The Fossil Men’s FB-01 Dive-Inspired Hybrid Smartwatch is getting the same treatment, which gives it the same $86 discount and the same $129 price tag.

If you want to save even more on a new hybrid smartwatch, you can get the Fossil Men’s Collider Hybrid Smartwatch with a dark leather bracelet for $117 after receiving a $78 discount. Another option for those who want to spend more on a smartwatch, we have the Emporio Armani Men’s Stainless Steel Hybrid Smartwatch, currently selling for $242, down from its regular $335 price tag.

For those looking for a new smart lamp, you can choose between several options currently on sale. First, the Meross Dimmable WiFi Table Lamp can be yours for just $38 when you add the on-page coupon. Another great option is the AUKEY Smart Table Lamp that’s also getting a $5 discount when you add the on-page coupon, which leaves it available for just $24. The Gosund Dimmable RGB Touch Bedside Lamps is also available for $24 after getting a $6 discount, and yes, you must first add the on-page coupon to get these savings.

Other deals from B&H Photo Video can get you a new Samsung Galaxy S21Ultra with 128GB of storage space for just $1,030 with $170 savings. This deal requires no trade-in like the ones you find at Samsung.com. However, you may want to hurry since this deal will end on April 25 at 11:59 pm EDT. And finally, you can get the previous generation Google Nest Hub for $70 after a $20 discount.

 

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Pocketnow Daily: MAJOR iPad OS/iOS 15 Updates! Pixel 5a Screw Up & more.. (video)

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2, Pixel 4 and OnePlus smartphones are on sale

The M1 MacBook Pro, MacBook Air and Mac mini are also on sale today

The official news today begin with deals, and don’t forget we’ve got time stamps below in case you want to skip this for what’s happening today. Let’s start with OnePlus, which is really making a case for you to buy the 8 Series, probably more than even their own 9 series. Starting with the fact that they have the 8 Pro for 300 dollars off its original price tag, leaving it at 699 for the entry level variant and you get free Buds Z in white. Those Buds Z are actually pretty good by the way. They are also running a Flash Sale on the Nord Series where you can get the N10 for 279 and the N100 for 170 bucks, and it finishes on the 27th. Moving on to Amazon, the Google Pixel 4 is available for 300 dollars off its original price, leaving the entry level model for 496. If you want a foldable, Amazon has the Galaxy Z Fold 2 renewed for 1486 and I mean, if you do the math that’s actually a solid deal with how Amazon guarantees that program. We have more deals on other Samsung smartphones, Macs, iPads and more in the links in the description.

Samsung might give Galaxy S20 FE a new lease of life with chip upgrade

Let’s move on to Samsung as, the company is making an interesting move with the Galaxy S20 FE. We know that Sammy found success with this phone thanks to the decent specs and the price tag and they want to add to that. According to a new report from WinFuture, Samsung might start equipping the S20 FE with the 4G version of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 SoC, swapping out the Exynos 990 that originally powered it, cause I guess they heard there isn’t much love for that chip, period. The report even mentions the new model number and actually, Samsung has already updated some of their European websites with this model number, hinting that the launch will happen some time soon. The rest of the specifications will remain the same as the Exynos S20 FE but they might add a SKU with more storage for around 600 Euros. We’ll keep you posted on when they make the changes and, while Samsung is doing this for an older phone, wait for the a few segments because Google is doing the complete opposite, and guys it doesn’t look good.

iPhone 13 Mini prototype shown in alleged hands-on image, but we have doubts

Moving the spotlight on to Cupertino real quick before we talk about them again for the hottest news, and this time about the iPhone 13 mini. You’d think that the report on low sales would kill a future generation, but we know Apple is famous for liking to play the long game. So yeah, those other reports of Apple stopping production of the 12 mini aren’t going anywhere with that new purple color that just launched, and now these rumors. This picture comes from a tipster on Weibo, showing off that design that was leaked in CAD renders last week in the Blue color variant where the 2 cameras now sit across from each other inside the stove. Of course at the moment these are still prototypes and Apple could simply just choose to not go on with this design but, a ton of tipsters have been talking about this design and these prototypes just give it a bit of more credibility. We’ll see what we get as, it definitely doesn’t look bad but again, it depends on who you ask.

Android 12 code hints that Pixel 5a 5G will use the same chip as its predecessor

Now, let’s talk about Google and the Pixel 5a on an.. Interesting turn of events. Let me just start by saying I’m struggling to call this a 5a any more. So, a couple of weeks ago we found out that the Pixel 5a will be coming some time during the Fall and it will only be available in the US and Japan. Well, now we have a new report from 9to5Google that claims that Barbet aka the Pixel 5a will be using a processor identified by the number “SM7250” which is a reference to the Snapdragon 765G. And I mean there’s nothing wrong with the 765G but, it’s also the processor that powered the show for the Pixel 4a 5G and the Pixel 5, and if the phone will look exactly like last year’s phone, I mean, wouldn’t this technically be the same 4a 5G? Like, I’m curious to see how Google plans to differentiate these phones. Why even bother to announce anything if that precise phone can currently be purchased in the market. Gotta hand it to Google for the weird decisions all the time.

Story of the day:

Apple readying big changes for notifications in iOS 15, Home Screen overhaul for iPads

But Finally, for the hottest news today let’s talk about Apple, WWDC, and iOS. If you didn’t watch our video on the Spring Loaded Event I highly recommend you do as I went into detail on how these new iPads don’t really make sense right now, unless of course, WWDC changes things dramatically, and that’s what the news is about. According to a new report from Bloomberg, Cupertino is planning to overhaul notifications for iOS 15 and they are also preparing a major overhaul for the iPad’s Home Screen with iPadOS 15. Starting with iOS 15 apparently they want to let you customize notifications depending on your situation, with modes like sleep, driving or working, and you will choose if you want an audible alert or not. Apparently this would work through a menu in the control center, letting you create your scenarios. But fine, for the major news, let’s move on to iPadOS. Bloomberg claims that this will be the biggest overhaul to the Home Screen in over a decade. Apparently Apple will finally add widgets to the Home Screen which was just ridiculous before, letting you replace the entire grid with your widgets of choice. Finally, the report also mentions some big changes for iMessage, for it to compete with WhatsApp by adding some sort of social media aspect to it. You know what the problem is? No word on supporting Pro apps, AKA, what the Mac has, which technically should happen. So far a home screen overhaul seems boring and overdue.
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Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2, Pixel 4 and OnePlus smartphones are on sale

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We have great news for anyone looking to get their hands on a new Android Phone. We first head over to Amazon.com, where we have found the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 getting a $400 discount, which means you can grab one for just $1,400. Now, if you have an eligible device to trade-in, you can also head over to Samsung.com, where you will find the same unlocked foldable phone with 256GB of storage space selling for $1,000.

If you’re looking for more Samsung deals, you can get the 256GB versions of the Samsung Galaxy S21 for the price of the starting 128GB of storage space. This means that you can get your new Galaxy S21 for just $100 with 256GB storage, the Galaxy S21+ for $300, and the Galaxy S21 Ultra can be yours for $500. Just remember that you have to trade in an eligible device to get up to $700 savings. The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 series can also be yours, starting at $600 for the vanilla variant or pay $900 for the Ultra.

 

You can also get your hands on a new Google Pixel 4 with 128GB of storage space in its Just Black color variant for $550, or go for the Clearly White option for $689 after a $210 discount. The 64GB variants aren’t necessarily on sale, but they have dropped their price to $479 and $496.25, respectively, in case you’re interested.

And if you go over to OnePlus.com, you will find the OnePlus 8 Pro getting a $300 discount, which means you can get yours for $699. This device comes with 12GB RAM and 256GB of storage space, and you also score a free pair of OnePlus Buds Z. The OnePlus Bullets Wireless Z Black are also on sale. You can grab a pair for $30 after receiving a $20 discount. But if you’re still looking for something a bit more budget-friendly, you can get the OnePlus Nord N10 5G for $280 and the OnePlus Nord N100 for $170 with $20 and $10 savings, respectively.

 

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The Samsung Galaxy S21 series is up to $700 off right now

We keep on getting amazing deals from Samsung and Amazon on several amazing Galaxy flagships. First, we find the Samsung Galaxy S21 series starting at just $100 with up to $700 savings. Now, this isn’t as simple as it sounds, as you would have to trade in an eligible device to get this amazing discount. Now, this deal usually started with the 128GB version of the device, but you can now even get the 256GB storage variant for the same $100.

To make things even more amazing, you can also score the Samsung Galaxy S21+ and the Galaxy S21 Ultra for $300 and $500, respectively. They both start with 128GB storage, but Samsung is crazy, and you can double the storage space without having to pay more, meaning you can also grab the 256GB variants for the same $300 and $500. All of these devices share the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 processor and a killer camera setup that will allow you to record up to 8K videos. If you act fast, you can also score up to $100 on Samsung Credit to go towards accessories and other Samsung products.

If you’re on the market for the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE, you can get one for $400, but as with every other device on Samsung.com, you will have to trade in an eligible device to score these savings. If you’re more interested in getting your hands on a new Samsung Galaxy Note 20, you can grab one starting at $600 when you choose the vanilla variant. The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is selling for $300 more, and they’re both getting a $300 discount with an eligible trade-in.

You can also grab the Samsung Galaxy S21 series from Amazon, and you can score up to $200 savings without having to trade in your current phone. The vanilla Galaxy S21 is getting a $100 discount, which leaves it up for grabs at $700 on its 128GB storage variant or get the 256GB for $844.59. The S21+ is getting a $200 discount, meaning you can get yours for $800 with 128GB storage, and $50 more will get you the 256GB variant. The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra is also getting the same $200 discount, so you can get yours for $1,000.

The Samsung Galaxy S20 FE is also on sale at Amazon.com, and you can get yours with 128GB of storage space for $650 with $50 savings. However, this device is only getting this discount on its Cloud Mint Green variant, so be advised.

 

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Pocketnow Daily: Kuo: MAJOR iPhone Camera Upgrades Coming, But.. (video)

Get a new iPhone 11 Pro and the Apple Watch Series 6 with up to $249 savings

Get a Samsung Galaxy S21 for just $100, Galaxy Z Fold for $1,000!

The Dell XPS 13, HP Chromebooks and more devices are on sale

Apple’s AirPods Pro are just $197, Powerbeats Pro and more are also on sale

The official news today begin with deals of course. Starting with OnePlus that is trying to sweeten the pot on last year’s phones but, not so effectively. B&H has the OnePlus 8T available for 150 dollars off, leaving it at 600 bucks. Now, if we talk Apple, Amazon currently has the Apple Watch Series 6 for 50 dollars off, leaving it at 479 for the 44mm variant. Yes, Samsung’s deals are still going on, meaning you can still get the S21 for 100 bucks, the S21+ for 300 or the Ultra for 500 if you have a device for trade-in. However, they are bringing back the Galaxy Z Fold 2 deal, where you can get that one for half off again, leaving it at 1000 but again, you need a device to trade-in. Finally, that DELL XPS 13 is still available for 500 dollars off on Amazon, leaving the Intel Core i7, 32 gigs of RAM and 2TB model for 2000 bucks. We have more deals on other Samsung products, AirPods and more in the links in the description.

Sony Xperia 1 III offers flagship innards in a familiar garb

Let’s stick to official news but moving the spotlight on to Sony, as the company finally launched the Xperia 1 III. And can I just say, this is the first time in years that I’ve been excited for an Xperia. Getting the specs out of the way, it’s powered by the Snapdragon 888 5G, 12 Gigs of RAM and 128 Gigs of expandable storage and yes, it actually brings a headphone jack. When it comes to the design, you’re getting a 6.5-inch 4K OLED Display running at 120Hz which sounds great, and you get a frosted glass back. For the cameras, you’re getting 3 12MP sensors with the third one being a periscopic telephoto that’s capable of 2 separate focal lengths. Finally, for other details, this phone brings a 4500 mAh battery with 30W fast charging, it only supports sub-6 5G instead of both flavors, and Sony also packed in some nice audio features for both the speakers and the headphone jack. Oh and by the way, that Xperia Pro feature where you can use it as a monitor for your Sony camera is sort of available through a USB-C dongle. That said, the phone will be available in early summer 2021 and according to a Russian store that has it set for pre-orders, it costs around 1300 bucks.. Yeah.

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 to take Galaxy S21 Ultra approach for S-Pen

Let’s move the spotlight on Samsung with a blend of official news and then leaks. The company sent out press invitations for an event happening on April 28th, where they claim we’ll be getting their most powerful Galaxy. Now, if you remember the leaks that we covered about a month ago from Evan Blass, these probably aren’t phones so stay tuned for that. Moving on to phones, we’re expecting Samsung’s next flagships to be the Z Fold 3 and the Z Flip 2, launching as early as July this year with one of the biggest upgrades being the Z Fold adopting the S Pen. Well, according to a South Korean outlet, the Galaxy Z Fold 3 will have S Pen support but, it’ll take the same approach as the S21 Ultra with no bult-in slot to house the stylus. And I know, you’re probably saying that the Z Fold has so much space but, that reportedly was the plan but Sammy apparently faced some structural challenges and that built-in slot is no longer viable for them. Just to jog your memory, some rumors for the Z Fold 3 include it bringing an LTPO display with an under-display camera, a 4380 mAh battery and it’ll bring at least 256 Gigs of storage. Of course, along with the fact that they will be tweaking the S Pen for it to work on the UTG. We’ll see how Samsung plans to launch this as, it’s already a pretty large device to carry.

iPhone 13 Mini leak-based concept renders show a fresh camera lens design

But alright, let’s switch on to Apple for the rest of the show because things are getting weird. Earlier this week, some CAD renders from MySmartPrice showed a different design for the iPhone 13 where we had a smaller notch and a different camera array. Well now, we have some renders of an iPhone 13 mini rocking this design, and according to some reports, this might be the last mini we’ll be getting. However, these renders help us see how this new design might actually look if it does happen. At the front you get the smaller notch which was leaked in the display panels a couple of weeks ago. At the back, these renders show that the dual cameras now sit diagonally from each other inside the stove, instead of vertically. For these cameras we should most likely expect the typical 12MP sensors, more on those on the next segment, and the A15 Bionic powering the show. The rest of the design language remains the same with the flat sides and thin bezels. We’ll see if other leaks start including this design as, it actually doesn’t look too bad.

Story of the day:

2022 iPhones getting a huge camera upgrade, but Androids have had it for years

Finally, for the hottest news today, let’s talk about the 2022 iPhones and Ming Chi Kuo. According to a new report from him, the 2022 iPhones will be bringing some major camera upgrades with the biggest one being a switch to a 48MP camera sensor. Finally! The report mentions that in terms of Pixel Size, the iPhone 14 or whatever the name is, will support both direct 48MP output and 12MP (with pixel binning) simultaneously. Kuo claims that it’s unclear on whether Sony or Samsung will be making these sensors but, the Pros should bring this 48MP camera. Another new feature for these Pros includes 8K video capture but it looks like Apple wants it for more than just the bragging rights. Apparently these 8K videos will be better suited for AR and VR devices as we know that Apple is heavily working on those. Other rumors for these 2022 iPhones include a punch hole design for at least some of the models, a chip based on a 4nm process and a periscopic telephoto lens. So yeah, Apple has been lagging behind in the Pixel count but, you have to admit that most company’s don’t get Pixel binning right.. So let’s see what Cupertino brings to the table.
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Get a Samsung Galaxy S21 for just $100, Galaxy Z Fold for $1,000!

We start today’s deals with some of the best savings you can get on a Samsung smartphone. If you head over to Samsung.com, you will find the Samsung Galaxy S21 series getting up to $700 off when you trade in an eligible device. This means that you can get a new vanilla version with 128GB of storage space for just $100. The Galaxy S21 Plus and the Galaxy S21 Ultra with the same storage capacity are going for $300 and $500, respectively.

Every variant of the Samsung Galaxy S21 comes with four free months of YouTube Premium and six months of SiriusXM Streaming for free. They also come packed with some of the best cameras on the market, a display with 120Hz refresh rates, and more. However, only the S21 Ultra comes with stylus support and a glass back.

However, you can still get your hands on the previous generation Galaxy S20, as it’s getting up to $300 off with an eligible trade-in. The Samsung Galaxy S20 FE starts at $400, the regular Galaxy S20 5G is up for grabs at $600, and the S20 Ultra can be yours for $1,050.

 

The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 is once again selling for just $1,000. You will first get a $200 discount, which leaves the phone at $1,600, and the $600 extra savings come with an eligible trade-in. And if you want the smaller Samsung Galaxy Z Flip, you can get yours starting at $600 with 5G support, while the LTE-only variant curiously sells for $100 more.

And if you’re on the market looking for the Galaxy Note 20, you can also get yours with $400 savings. This leaves the vanilla variant for just $600 and the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra for $900, respectively. Remember that even though the Note series isn’t necessarily dead, we may not see it get a refresh this year. Instead, we received S Pen support with the Galaxy S21 Ultra, and we are also expecting the new Galaxy Z Fold 3 to feature stylus support as well.

 

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Best MicroSD Card alternatives for the Galaxy S21

Samsung launched the Galaxy S21 with tons of improvements and a new design. However, it also ditched a user-beloved feature – the microSD card slot. You can no longer expand the storage on your Galaxy S21. But what if you have important files on your previous device that are backed up on a microSD card? What if you have loads of important data on a microSD card? Don’t worry, you have come to the right place. We have compiled a list of the best microSD alternatives for the Galaxy S21.

Anker SD card reader

    Anker SD Card Reader

    A microSD card reader

    Have a lot of files stored on a microSD card that you need to access on your shining new Galaxy S21? Use this!

This compact 2-in-1 SD card reader can be used effortlessly and connected to your phone even while it’s in its case. You can use it to access the files stored on your microSD card. You get a standard and a MicroSD slot to let you easily sync, swap, and share files. It is also optimized to work with a wide range of USB-C devices, like MacBook, Galaxy S21, and more.

Samsung T7 Portable SSD 1TB 

    Samsung T7 Portable SSD 1TB

    An SSD

    So you bought the base Galaxy S21 but 128 gigs of storage isn't enough for you? Spend your money on this!

This Samsung SSD is likely one of the best MicroSD alternatives for the Galaxy S21. It can transfer files nearly 9.5x faster than an external hard disk drive (HDD). Furthermore, it offers a shock-resistant design that can withstand 6-foot drops so you can take it anywhere with you. Plus, it offers 1,050 MB/s write speeds that guarantee quick transfers between your Galaxy S21 and SSD.

Samsung Duo Plus 256GB

    Samsung Duo Plus 256GB

    A flash drive

    If you find an SSD too expensive, and if it is too big for your use case, look at this flash drive from Samsung.

This is a cable-free, 2-in-1 Type C USB on the go flash drive for expanded storage and easy file transfers between your Galaxy S21, tablets, and PCs. It is designed with a key ring to reduce the risk of losing it. It offers reliable and secure storage for your photos, videos, music, and files. Plus, Samsung offers a 5-year warranty on this product.

RAVPower FileHub

    RAVPower FileHub

    A File Hub

    Do you need to connect SD cards, a portable hard disk, or an SSD wirelessly to your Galaxy S21? If yes, buy this!

A file hub can enable you to connect all kinds of storage devices including an SD card, an HDD, as well as an SSD to your Galaxy S21 wirelessly. You can not only stream music, photos, videos, and browse documents, but also transfer files mutually between an SD Card, SSD/HDD, and your Galaxy S21. It is a must-have if you are a frequent traveler. It is perhaps one of the best MicroSD alternatives for the Galaxy S21.

uni USB-C Memory Card Reader

    uni USB C Memory Card Reader Adapter

    Under $15

    Do you want to access content on an SD card or a microSD card but are on a tight budget? Look at this product.

If you are on a budget, this $15 SD card reader can simultaneously read and write on two cards to save the constant plugging and pulling of plugs. It will enable you to double your productivity with simultaneous microSD/SD card access with your Galaxy S21.

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Pocketnow Daily: iPhone 13 Design Leaks are INTERESTING?! (video)

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iPads, headphones, Apple Watches and more are also on sale today

The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 and Galaxy S21 series is on sale today 

Get a new M1 Mac mini, Chromebooks and more on sale

As expected, the news today begin with deals, which keep getting better, even if for no particular reason. Starting with Amazon, the M1 Mac Mini is still 100 dollars off, leaving it at 800 for the 512 gigs of SSD variant. Both Amazon and B&H have the Galaxy S21 Ultra for 200 dollars off, leaving the entry level variant for 999. B&H also has the regular S21 for 150 bucks off, leaving it at 699 for 256 gigs of storage. Of course, if you’re looking for a Samsung device and have an older phone to trade-in their Spring deals are still going, leaving the S21 for 100 bucks, the S21+ for 300 or the Ultra for 500, again if you have a device for trade-in. Finally, Amazon has the Apple Watch Series 6 for 65 dollars off, leaving it at 320 shipped. We have more deals on iPads, other Samsung devices and more in the links in the description.


 

Pixel 5 graphics performance almost doubled after April security update

Let’s move the spotlight on to Google and their April security patch for the Google Pixel 5.. I know it sounds weird but you’ll understand. In case you missed it, last year when the Pixel 5 was released it actually lagged behind in performance when compared to other phones using the Snapdragon 765G. Well, most of these numbers came from AnAndTech, showing how the Pixel 5 failed against the competition. Well, someone who works for them just confirmed that they have ran the tests again and after this security patch, it doubles the published scores for the Pixel 5. Meaning it is now in line or even better than other 765G smartphones but of course, it took 6 months to make it happen. So, if you’re a gamer and you have a Pixel 5, this update is for you so make sure to download it. All I can say is I never really noticed bad performance, but hey

Sony’s Xperia 1 III flagship leaked in all its glory by casemaker ahead of launch

We’re about a week away from the Sony Xperia event so, let’s shift the spotlight on to what’s next. Last week we covered some leaked specs and renders for the Xperia 1 mark III and now some new case renders give us further confirmation for this design. These images come from case-maker Olixar, showing off the design we saw last week. We see that 4K HDR OLED display that is reportedly capable of 120Hz but, we still don’t know the size just yet. At the back we get to see the triple camera array which will reportedly consist of a 64MP main sensor, a 12MP ultra wide, and a 12MP periscope telephoto that will apparently be capable of 60x zoom. From these images we can see the phone in a grey color variant and they even showed the Xperia 10 Mark III which looks somewhat similar but with a less impressive camera module. Other specs include the Snapdragon 888 5G, up to 16 gigs of RAM, up to 512 gigs of storage and a 5000 mAh battery. So yeah, we’ll see what Sony announces on April 14th.

LG officially announces the shuttering of its smartphone business

And yes, of course we have to talk about what happened with LG. Over the past couple of months there have seen a ton of reports going on claiming that LG could be closing their smartphone division. Well, pretty much at midnight on Monday they announced that they are officially shutting down their phone business. If you’re not familiar with the matter, the shut down is expected to be completed by July 31st but of course, some inventory may still be available even after that. Apparently they’re even aiming to deliver an Android 12 update for those of you keeping your phones according to a support page discovered by XDA developers, but we still have no details on which phones will be supported. So yeah, in their statement the company mentions that they will be focusing on 6G, EVs, smart homes, robotics, AI and other ventures. So again, even if they haven’t had the greatest last couple of years, it’s still sad to say that LG Mobile is now gone as they brought so much to the market. The LG G4 continues to be one of my favorite cameras on a phone, ever, and the G6 and V30 my favorite designs.

Story of the day:

iPhone 13 Pro mockups that look like a crude copy predict key design changes

And Finally, for the hottest news today, let’s talk about the elephant in the room.. Those iPhone 13 mockups. Every year we get some 3D mockups of the upcoming iPhones that are usually made for casemakers to start designing their cases but this year, we finally have something different. Over the past couple of months one of the biggest stories has been that we’ll finally be getting a smaller notch, with the FaceID components getting rearranged and the ear piece being moved to the top. Well, these mockups from MacOtakara pretty much confirm that. Other than that, like the other leaks claim, we should expect the same design with the triple camera module at the back along with the LiDAR sensor, the lightning port and speakers at the bottom. And, according to several leaks, it looks like we’re due for an S Year, with the main improvements coming internally, but we can expect camera hardware upgrades when it comes to the lenses and some new colorways like Matte Black and Bronze but, no major design changes. So, with the leak cycle being this early this year and all the information we’ve gotten.

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The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 and Galaxy S21 series is on sale today

We have found some excellent deals on one of the best phones of 2020. The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 is currently getting a $200 discount over at Amazon. This means you can grab your new foldable device for $1,800 on any of its two color options. This phone comes with 2567GB of storage space, 12GB RAM, and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ processor powers it.

Now, the Samsung Galaxy S21 series is also on sale, and you can get up to $200 savings depending on the model you want. First, the Galaxy S21 Ultra is getting the same discount over at Amazon and B&H, meaning that you can get one for $1,000 with 128GB of storage space. And if you want the vanilla variant, you can only get it on sale over at B&H.com, where it’s currently selling for $700 after a $150 discount.

 

However, there’s still another way to save big bucks on Samsung Galaxy devices. If you head over to Samsung.com, you can get up to $800 off the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold and up to $700 off the Galaxy S21 series.

You can get a new Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 for just $1,200 when you trade in an eligible device, and you can choose to get yours unlocked or locked to your favorite carrier. If you want a Galaxy S21, you can get one starting at $100 for the entry-level variant with 128GB of storage space. The Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus is currently up for grabs at $300, and the Galaxy S21 Ultra can be yours for $500, but just like the Galaxy Z Fold 2, you will have to trade in your current phone to get these savings.

Another option for you to consider is the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 series, as it won’t get a refresh in 2021, meaning that you will have the latest Note for at least another year. However, its discounts aren’t as compelling as the other Galaxy devices. The vanilla Galaxy Note 20 can be yours for $600, which translates to $400 savings, and the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is up for grabs at $900 with the same $400 discount, with an eligible trade-in as well.

 

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Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2, iPhone 12 cases and more products are on sale right now

The latest M1 MacBook Air, portable SSDs and more are on sale

The official news today begin with deals, and don’t worry, we verified that all these are real. Let’s start with Samsung and B&H, cause that keep’s getting aggressive. See, they currently have the Galaxy S21+ for 150 dollars off, leaving it at 700 bucks with free shipping included. Moving on to Samsung.com, if you’re in New York I know it doesn’t feel like Spring but they’re still running their Spring deals. You can grab the Galaxy S21 for 200 bucks, the S21+ for 400 or the Ultra for 600. You can also get the Z Fold 2 for 1200 or the Note 20 Ultra for 900 but of course, all of these are if you have an eligible device to trade in. BTW though, That Z Fold 2 now has a permanent price drop of $200 off if you don’t have a trade-in, and there’s even a referral program for current owners to get additional discounts to any friend wanting one. Moving on to Amazon, the M1 MacBook Air is still 50 dollars off, leaving the entry level variant for 949. Finally, the OnePlus 8 Pro is still 300 dollars off its original price tag, leaving it at 699. We have more deals on other OnePlus devices, SSDs, Cases and more in the links below.


 

LG will formally announce its exit from phone business on April 5: Report

Now let’s talk about LG, as I hate to say this, but this might be the beginning for the ned. Over the past couple of months there’s been multiple reports claiming that LG would be exiting the smartphone market but, it looks like it will happen. According to a new report from the Korea Times, LG has reportedly entered a transition phase where they are relocating their employees from the smartphone division to other business units. As a matter of fact, they came in contact with a company official and he mentioned that they will be making an announcement regarding the “direction of their mobile communication business soon.” If you’re wondering how soon, the report cites industry sources that claim that they will be making an official announcement at their board meeting on Monday, April 5. We won’t speculate here as we’re so close but, it’s really sad to see LG go after all the innovation they’ve brought. Guys, the LG G4 still has some of my favorite photos of all time. It truly is not good news if it ends up happening.

Sony Xperia 1 III leak reveals an overpowered Android specs monster

Let’s move the spotlight on to Sony as, we have some new leaks for their upcoming flagship. A little over a month ago we got some leaks for the new design from OnLeaks but, we didn’t have much other information to go from. Now we have some leaked specs from Weibo that well, reveal everything else. The Xperia 1 III will reportedly pack an HDR 4K OLED Display running at 120Hz on Sony’s typical 21:9 aspect ratio. It’ll be powered by the Snapdragon 888 along with either 12 or 16 Gigs of RAM and up to half a terabyte of storage. It also brings a 5000 mAh battery with support for 65W fast charging but, they don’t mention any details on wireless charging. When it comes to the cameras, we will reportedly get a 64MP main sensor, a long with a 12MP wide angle and a 12MP telephoto which relies on a periscope lens that’ll deliver 60x zoom which is most likely digital. Sony already made their event official for April 14th, so stay tuned as this might just be the first time I’m really enticed to try one.

2023 iPhone SE refresh might pack a bigger display with a radical design change

Now since we know that Sony phone won’t be cheap, let’s talk about a more affordable product with the nest-generation iPhone SE. There’s been multiple reports talking about how we will be getting a refresh this year or next year but, it won’t bring a new design. Well, we just got a new tweet from Ross Young where he gives us leaks on multiple future models. Speaking of the one next year, he claims it will still bring a 4.7-inch LCD display with some rumors claiming it might bring both flavors of 5G. Where it gets interesting is when he mentions that he’s hearing about a 6.1-inch variant coming in 2023 with a punch hole instead of the notch. If you haven’t been paying attention lately, reports from very trusted sources claim that Cupertino will finally move on to punch holes, either next year or 2023 so it makes sense. Of course we’re still very far away but let’s see what happens as, we should be getting that rumored SE+ soon right? Or hey I hope so..

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Google said to arm Pixel 6 with an in-house chip, just like Apple does for iPhones

But finally, for the hottest news today let’s talk about Google and Pixels.. But no, it’s not a hands on leak or anything like that.. Yet.. Give it a day or two. If you remember, there was a report that came out in April last year that claimed that Google was designing their own chip called “Whitechapel” to go in Pixels and Chromebooks. Pretty much what Apple has been doing with iPhones since the 4, iPads since Gen 1, and the Mac since the M1. Well, a new report from 9to5Google claims that the Pixel 6 and the Pixel 5a which are codenamed Raven and Oriole respectively, will be among the first phones to be equipped with a chip based on this Whitechapel platform. Also, notice birds for the codenames now and not fish. To quote the report, “Whitechapel is an effort from Google to create their own SoC, similar to how Apple did for the Mac, iPads and iPhones.” They’re apparently co-developing Whitechapel with Samsung which already rivals Snapdragon when it comes to Android phones. Now, speaking of Qualcomm, I wonder what’s going to happen with them as we know that they’ve had a big partnership with Google. I mean, the first-ever Snapdragon debuted on the first ever Google Nexus One. The chip is apparently called GS101 internally, with GS probably standing for Google Silicon. So, if you guys think about it, it looks like Google wants to go toe to toe with Apple considering, they make Android, they make the Pixels, they make the Chromebooks, they own the Play Store, and now they’ll be making the chips. If they do pull an Apple, this could just mean that Chromebooks will get better at running Android Apps and stuff.

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Samsung Galaxy S21 sold twice the numbers clocked by Galaxy S20: Report

It appears that the Samsung Galaxy S21 series has proved quite a successful outing for the company, following a tough year that sent the entire industry into disarray. As per a report by Counterpoint Research, the latest flagship portfolio by Samsung eclipsed the sales figures clocked by last year’s Galaxy S20 family by a margin of 2-to-1 in the first six weeks since its launch in the US market.

A lower entry-point and aggressive deals proved to be the success mantra

The report mentions that a lower $799 entry point for the Galaxy S21 series was one of the key factors behind the new flagship trio’s success. Additionally, lucrative launch deals, comprehensive carrier sales channels, and a less-than-stellar market debut of the Galaxy S20 series at the onset of a global pandemic further helped inflate the Galaxy S21 series’ sales performance.

Diving deeper into the metric, Counterpoint’s report mentions that attractive trade-in and store credit deals brought in more customers for the Galaxy S21 series phones. Additionally, a healthy number of buyers actually ended up liking the new design, especially the contoured camera module at the back which seamlessly meets the sides rather than protruding out – as was the case with its predecessor, especially the Galaxy S20 Ultra.

2021 witnessed a Samsung flagship selling for less than a OnePlus flagship killer!

It appears that the $799 vanilla Galaxy S21 proved to be a popular option this year. And a major reason behind its success appears to the fact that there is no camera downgrade compared to the pricier Plus model. Surprisingly, market trends suggest that the vanilla Samsung flagship’s plastic back panel was not much of a red flag for shoppers.

In his review, Pocketnow’s Jaime Rivera proposed whether the Galaxy S21 was the real Fan Edition device this year. His words started resonating a tad more when OnePlus launched its latest ‘flagship killer’ phone – the OnePlus 9 – priced at $729. Just let it sink in. A OnePlus phone is more expensive than a bonafide Samsung flagship!

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Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2, iPhone 12 cases and more products are on sale right now

We have great news for anyone looking to get their hands on a new Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2. The device was recently selling for $1,500 at Samsung.com, but today we’ve seen the phone’s price drop to $1,200 on any of its carrier-locked variants or the unlocked models. This deal may not be as sweet as when it used to sell for just $1,000 after an eligible trade-in. However, it’s still better than paying the full retail price, and we don’t know if we will ever see the price of this foldable phone drop as low as before, so you may want to think about this carefully.

If you’re interested in foldable devices with a clamshell design, you can get the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5G or the LTE-only variant for $600 and $700, respectively. You can also check out some Motorola deals that give us the Moto RAZR 5G with a $400 discount, and you don’t need an eligible trade-in to get these savings.

 

If you’re looking to get a new Samsung Galaxy S21, you can grab one over at Samsung.com for $200 after an eligible trade-in. This, of course, is the vanilla variant with 128GB of storage space and a 6.2-inch display. If you want the Galaxy S21+, we have two options for you. First, you can stay on Samsung’s online store and trade-in an eligible phone to get your device for $400, or head over to B&H.com, where you can get one for $700 after a $150 discount, and you don’t need to trade-in your current device.

If you want the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra with S Pen support, you can get one starting at $600 with 128GB of storage space. And since we’re already talking about phones with stylus support, we also have to include the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 series, as you can get the vanilla variant with 128GB for $500, while the Ultra version is now selling for $900 after an eligible trade-in.

 

Now, you can also score up to 60 percent savings on several cases for the latest iPhone models. First up, Apple’s Leather Folio for the iPhone 11 Pro and the 11 Pro Max are both selling for $58 after getting a $71 discount, but only on their black color variants. You will also find a massive selection of OtterBox cases on sale for your iPhone 12 Pro devices, starting at $16.39 with up to 60 percent discounts. Finally, Speck Products Presidio Perfect-Clear Ombre iPhone 12 sells for $25.07 after getting a $19.88 discount, and there are several more options to choose from, so take a look.

 

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