Pocketnow Daily: Confirmed? Samsung is COMPLETELY Changing Their Strategy! (video)

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2, Apple’s latest iPad Pro and more on sale today

And let’s begin the week with deals as we usually do, but this time let’s just say Samsung is the most interesting offering. The company’s Black Friday sale is in full effect, the Galaxy Z Fold 2 is currently available for just $1000 but, hold your horses, you have to trade in an eligible device. Actually many of these deals require a trade-in to sweeten the pot. For example, the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is available for a crazy $550, the regular Note 20 for $250 and the S20 FE for $140. Seriously, if you’re looking for a new phone, go check these deals out! Moving on to your usual set of Apple deals, the 12.9in iPad Pro is $100 off, leaving the Wi-Fi only and 128GB of storage model for $900. Finally, the OnePlus 8 Pro is available for $100 off, leaving it at $799 for 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. We have more deals on the Pixel 5, OnePlus 7T, more iPads and even more in the links in the description.

Snapchat ‘Spotlight’ is yet another TikTok rival

And let’s be honest, Snapchat may be my least favorite service ever, but it’s probably the most copied service we’ve ever seen as. Look at Instagram stories, Whatsapp, Facebook, and even Twitter now with Fleets. Well, it looks like now they’re doing it to someone else. The company just launched a new feature called “Spotlight” which is basically made to compete with TikTok and Instagram’s “Reels” but, Snapchat’s got a trick up their sleeve. So, Spotlight let’s users showcase their 60 second videos which are focused on memes and jokes rather than your day to day life like stories where meant to. For the viewer, it will pretty much work like TikTok where the algorithm shows you content related to what you’ve seen in the past. The thing about it is that Snapchat will be paying creators to post on the platform, they will award $1M between the most popular creators on the app per day through the end of this year so, if you have a viral video you might get a piece of the $1M. Spotlight is currently launching to 11 countries so, if that’s your thing go check it out. Let’s hope this algorythm finally fixes their lack of good discovery.

New M1 MacBook Air has been found with 128GB for just $799

Let’s move on to Apple Silicon Macs as yes, Apple did end up making at least one of them more affordable, but there’s a catch. The latest M1 MacBook Air was spotted in Apple’s US Education Institute Hardware and Software list and it’s actually cheaper. This was found on Reddit and this is the regular 8-core CPU and 7-core GPU MacBook Air, with 128GB of storage and 8GB of RAM for $799. The thing about it is that, this is strictly for education purposes so, if you work or study at a school that purchases these then you might get your hands on one but, it looks like that might be the only way. This is not a variant that consumers can buy in a store. And on another note, Craig Federighi, aka Mr Wiggle Mode himself, went on an interview and talked about M1 Macs running windows. Please stop trying to run Parallels on them. He claims that Windows could run on these Macs but it’s really up to Microsoft. Thing is since this version of Windows on ARM is emulated, who knows if that will happen. Can any of you imagine Windows running on these ARM chips like a champ?

iPad Pro to get OLED displays after adopting mini-LED in early 2021: Report

And since we’re talking Apple, let’s discuss their future plans for iPads, especially when it comes to the display technology they’re using. We’ve been covering rumors of miniLED iPads for years, but now according to a new report from The Elec, Cupertino is finally planning to adopt OLED displays for the iPad Pro line up. It seems there will be a wait, though, as we know that Apple is working on the transition to miniLED displays for Q1 of next year. The report claims that OLED displays on these will actualy happen shortly after, meaning also within 2021. These displays would be provided by Samsung but, it also says that the adoption of OLED could be delayed, depending on the scale of adoption of miniLED. Again, these miniLED displays are slated for Q1 while OLEDs should come later. This means that Apple might really just upgrade their current LCDs to miniLED and then eventually move on to OLED at least when it comes to iPads because, we know that miniLEDs should be a huge thing for Macs. Whatever the case may be, this might be what will differentiate the next generation of iPads and Macs in 2021, and let’s hope that enables new designs.

OnePlus 9 might sport two 48MP camera sensors

OnePlus 9 Pro leak gives us our first look at its design prior to a March 2021 debut

Now how about if we shift focus to Android and particularly the OnePlus 9 as, we’re expecting this phone to launch a little earlier than usual so the rumors are starting to intensify. Beginning with the regular variant, last week we got some CAD renders for it showing a new white color variant and a triple camera array. Now, we have a new leak from 91Mobiles that claims that the two main cameras from these renders are two 48MP sensors. This means we’ll get a 48MP primary that delivers 12MP images, as well as a 48MP ultra wide. The third and smaller lens would be a macro or monochrome sensor in typical OnePlus fashion. Now, moving on to the Pro variant, we have some new CAD renders from OnLeaks showing off the design changes. From these we can see some smaller bezels, a “Pacific Blue” colorway if you know what I mean, and the new camera array which is pretty similar to the one on the 8T. The 9 Pro is expected to bring a 6.7in display, probably running at up to 144Hz and it will be powered by the Snapdragon 875, or whatever the latest Qualcomm chip will be called. We’ll keep you posted as it’s expected to come some time in March, and I seriously wonder what is it with companies wanting to launch phones earlier next year.

Story of the day:

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 might launch sooner than expected

And finally the hottest news today have to do with Samsung, and how the company plans to re-imagine their approach to flagships in 2021. We’ve covered the possibility of the Galaxy Note lineup saying goodbye, and today we get more credible information that goes beyond not seeing it in a listing. According to a new report from Korea, we might be getting this phone earlier the Galaxy Z Fold 3 earlier in 2021. The report suggests that Samsung is already working on this phone and it could possibly launch in June 2021. The report also mentions that this foldable could have support for the S-Pen like we’ve heard before. It also reiterates on the report we covered last week, that claims that we’re getting an under the display selfie shooter, even if we were expecting that until Q3. It also adds that Sammy was able to add an in-screen WACOM digitizer but, they still faced some difficulties with the protective layer which scratches with the S Pen but it’s sounding like they were able to fix it, maybe thanks to the new UTG we’re expecting. With all of the reports on the missing Galaxy Note 21, and the Galaxy S21 Ultra supporting an S Pen, it looks like Samsung is about to re-invent it’s approach to its second batch of product launches.
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Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 might launch sooner than expected

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 has been one of the hottest devices in the rumor mill lately. From S-Pen support to under-display selfie camera, we’ve heard it all for the upcoming foldable. It is said to replace the Galaxy Note lineup. Hence, we were expecting it to launch in late 2021. However, the latest report suggests otherwise. The Galaxy Z Fold 3 is tipped to launch as early as June next year.

The latest development comes from a report by the Korean publication, Aju News. It suggests that Samsung is working on the Galaxy Z Fold 3 and it could be launched in June 2021. The report goes on to say that Samsung has started developing its final samples for mass production. Further, it says that the upcoming foldable could have support for S-Pen, a rumor which we’ve heard before. Moreover, it reiterates the report that the Galaxy Z Fold 3 could come with an under-display selfie camera. According to the report, Samsung Electronics and Samsung Display will be using a technology that allows light to pass through the gap between pixels to take photos.

The report goes on to add that Samsung was able to incorporate an in-screen digitizer in the upcoming Galaxy Fold series phone. However, it faced difficulties in developing a screen protective layer that prevents scratches from when the S Pen and the screen come in contact. That’s the reason why Samsung didn’t give support for its stylus to the first two generations of Galaxy Fold. Reportedly, the second-generation ultra-thin glass made it possible for the company to fit the S Pen in the third-gen Galaxy Z Fold.

Goodbye, Note?

We’ve previously reported that Samsung could bid-adieu to the Galaxy Note series, and the latest report builds on that rumor. It states that Samsung will discontinue the Note series as it is bringing S Pen support to its Galaxy S flagship phones and the rumored Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3.

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Pocketnow Daily: THIS Samsung Galaxy Will KILL The Notch in 2021? (video)

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 Z Fold 3 could have an under-display selfie camera

It seems that we may finally get an under-display camera in one of Samsung’s flagship. The upcoming Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 may be the company’s first device to get rid of the punch-hole displays, without the need for notches or pop-up selfie cameras to give us more screen real state. However, rumors don’t stop there, as we may be getting a third device in the Z Fold line this year.

We have been getting tons of rumors concerning the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3. It is believed that this new device will finally be able to support stylus input, thanks to some changes in its S Pen’s base technology. However, the latest rumor suggests that Samsung is ready to include an under-display camera in its new foldable.

Reports claim that Samsung Display is already making the panel that’s needed for the under-display camera, and Samsung’s System LSI division would produce this camera sensor. Now, things don’t stop there, as Samsung also has to figure out how to improve the quality of the images and videos captured by this camera with the development of an image correction algorithm.


We could say that we have already received confirmation of some of the upcoming goodies in the Samsung Galaxy Z fold 3, as Ice Universe has already posted that the Z Fold 3 will bring a lot of innovative technologies.

And since we’re mentioning Ice Universe, he has also claimed that we will get three different devices in the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold line this year. A less expensive Samsung Galaxy Z Fold Lite, the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 with S Pen support and a new under-display camera, and a new Samsung Galaxy Z Fold S, which could include a sliding display.

Now, rumors claim that the Samsung Galaxy Note series will disappear, and this may be because the Samsung Galaxy S21 may include stylus support. However, Ice Universe believes that if the Galaxy Note series is to be replaced, the best option would be to replace it with the new Galaxy Z Fold S.

Source SamMobile

Via Twitter

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Pocketnow Daily: Samsung Galaxy Note Line Might Fold? (video)

Apple’s 16-inch MacBook Pro, Samsung Galaxy Tabs and more devices are on sale today

Let’s end the week with Apple deals as, we know they’re your favorites, and stop looking at me funny. Beginning with the 16in MacBook Pro which is actually $300 off, this leaves the Intel Core i9, 16GB of RAM and 1TB of storage variant for $2499. The Galaxy Tab S7+ is also $100 off, that leaves the Wi-Fi only, 128GB of storage model for $750. Back to Apple, the Apple Watch Series 6 and the SE are both $20 off, that means the Series 6 starts at $379 and the SE starts at $309. We have more deals on other Apple products, other Samsung tablets, and Logitech accessories in the description

Netflix’s premium and standard plans are getting a price hike in the US

Now Let’s stay with the official news and talk about services for a couple of segments, but we’re actually going to begin with the bad news. I’m looking at you Netflix. If you’re in the United States, the company will be raising the price tags for the Standard and Premium subscription plans. The Standard Plan is getting a $1 hike, raising it to $14 and the Premium Plan is getting a $2 hike, standing at $18 a month. After the announcement came out, Netflix shares reportedly went up 4.8% cause of course investors want them to mil you for more money. Apparently, Netflix thinks that this is an opportunity to raise prices in countries where they feel like they provide “extra value” and it allows them to continue offering more variety of TV shows and Films. If you’re a Netflix user, they will alert users 30 days ahead of the actual increase, so if you want to unsubscribe, now is the time. That one service that’s kept humans sane throughout the pandemic seems ready to make more profits sadly.

You can now get the new Apple One services bundle

Now sticking to the official news and services, let’s talk about a good update with Apple One. If you haven’t been paying attention, Apple One is basically Apple’s all-in-one subscription which let’s you get multiple Apple Services for a fixed rate. To recap, there’s three different tiers, the Individual plan which includes, Apple Music, Apple TV+, Arcade and 50GB of iCloud for $14.95 a month. The Family plan includes the same but with 200GB of storage for $19.95. Finally, you get the Premier plan which includes all the services mentioned before, Apple Fitness+, Apple News+ and 2TB of iCloud storage for $29.95 and like the family plan, you can share it with up to six family members. Well, enough with the recap, Apple One is now official in the US and over 100 different countries though, services like Apple Fitness+ are still in the works and they will launch later this year. You also get other benefits which will be detailed in the links in the description. If you sign up today you get a month of free trial, but this doesn’t drag your existing services, and also, I might not go the premier route if I were you cause buying an Apple Watch will give you 3 months for free.

LG could give us a new flagship and a phone with rollable display as soon as March

Even if the LG Wing isn’t the best phone ever, the company has somewhat been on the spotlight as of late because, and mainly by launching non-2020 phones. They also made it very explicit that the Wing is only part of their Explorer Project and we should be getting more phones in the future, and they even teased a rollable phone. Well, according to a new report, LG is working on two projects at the moment, Rainbow and Project B. Rainbow will be a classic flagship, part of the V Series and we should expect it in Q1 of 2021. Project B will most likely be that rolling phone and the report claims that we should expect it in March. The Elec claims that LG is expecting 26M smartphones this year, and around 30M for next year and honestly, that’s not too bad for LG as, we know that their least successful department is smartphones. Apparently they want to shift more phone lines to ODMs, to around 70% which is a crazy increase from 2018’s 10%. We’ll see as, we’re excited to get more phones like the Wing, it makes the job a little more fun, though yes, that Wing kinda needs work.

Apple reports 2020 Mac record sales, thanks to the MacBook Pro

Let’s talk about sales numbers and Apple for a second as, Cupertino had their fourth quarter earnings call yesterday for the 2020 fiscal year. And, we’ll be focusing on Macs for this segment as, we’re getting close to Apple Silicon Macs. According to them, Apple thrived during the pandemic with both Macs and iPads doing great numbers, in part thanks to the whole work and study at home situation. During the call, they claimed that outside of iPhones, their products grew a combined 30% last quarter, with a lot of the success coming through the MacBook Pro, as they launched the new 16in last year, and a new 13in model as well. Overall, Mac revenue hit an all-time high at 28.6B. We’ll see how it affects them once Apple Silicon comes into play cause such dramatic transitions don’t always go well.

Story of the day:

Is this the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 or the Galaxy Note 21?

And finally the hottest news today have to do with Samsung and its roadmap for 2021. It’s a mix up of things so bare with me as it’ll all make sense at the end. If you remember, a couple of days ago, we covered a new patent for the Galaxy Z Fold line that showed a pop up camera but now. Today we have probably the patent we’ve been begging for since this Z Fold came to existence. See, there’s been speculation for years about how Samsung might get rid of the Note line to merge it with the S, but all we’ve ever wanted was that Z Fold form factor to have an S Pen. Well, this new patent which was filed back in April shows a Galaxy Z Fold with a fully working S Pen, or maybe that they’ll keep the Note name and it’ll fold? The slot for the stylus would go on the bottom right side and technically it should interact with the phone like it does with the Note. Really, the biggest problem here would be how it would interact with the crease and of course, how that plastic protective layer would handle scratches as resistive touchscreens never aged well. Samsung is reportedly looking into AES technology which allows the foldable screen to not require a digitizer for the stylus to work, but now we question if it’ll work like the Note. The patent was approved this week and, we’re basically still a whole year away from the Z Fold 3 or the Galaxy Note 21 for that matter, things should get interesting over time.
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Is this the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 or the Galaxy Note 21?

We have been getting tons of Samsung leaks in the last couple of days. Most of these leaks and rumors usually mention the new Samsung Galaxy S21, with its possible launch in January. However, the latest leak is about the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3. Said leak makes us believe that Samsung has already figured out a way to give stylus support to its next foldable device. It also shows us a new design feature that we usually find in the Samsung Galaxy Note series.

It seems that Samsung has taken one more step towards creating the ultimate multitasking mobile device. The company could’ve already decided on the design of the next Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3, or that’s what we can assume after seeing the latest smartphone/tablet patent filed at the World Intellectual Property Organization, as the new foldable could finally arrive with an S Pen.

The leaks show us where Samsung is planning on placing the S Pen in the Z Fold 3, and yes, this is exactly where you would find the stylus in a Samsung Galaxy Note. Unfortunately, we can’t see the placement of the buttons or other details in the device, including the punch hole placement for the selfie camera.

However, rumors claim that we could also see an under-display selfie camera in this device. Reports also claim that Samsung would change to Active Electrostatic Solution technology for the upcoming foldable, meaning that the screen won’t require a digitizer to work, which could also mean that we may get more features in the next S Pen.

These changes will also be more expensive than the Electromagnetic Resonance technology that’s currently found in the Galaxy Note, but we may not have to worry that much about that since rumors also suggest that Samsung is planning on keeping the same price tags on its upcoming devices. This patent was filed back in April, and it got approved this week, which means that Samsung has been working on giving us an S Pen in its foldable devices for quite a while. It may finally arrive with the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3, which is expected to arrive sometime in the second half of 2021.

Source Lets Go Digital

Via GSM Arena

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Pocketnow Daily: Samsung Galaxy S21: NO Charger Already? (video)

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, gaming laptops and more on sale today

 The official news today begin with deals. As we have Samsung Galaxy Note 20, gaming laptops and more devices on sale.

UK carriers to be banned from selling locked phones

Let’s move the spotlight to Europe because, there’s something interesting going on with the carriers in the UK. It’s been the common practice that carriers have been selling locked phones to prevent you from switching out on them easily for the longest time but, apparently that will no longer be a thing. From December 2021, the UK Regulator Ofcom is banning the sale of locked phones by network operators. This information comes from a new BBC report where they mention that this rule will affect carriers like BT and EE along with their subsidiaries like Vodafone. Other carriers like O2 that don’t sell locked phones will not be affected. According to Ofcom, this allows consumers to switch out carriers in a more easier way, once they find a better deal than what they currently have. I don’t know about you, but if you’re paying for a phone, how does having it locked to a carrier make sense?

New OnePlus Watch delayed indefinitely?

Now let’s move on to OnePlus, as we do have to admit that the company has been fairly busy, launching a lot more products than it did before. That said, we do know that the launches have also included a fair bit of drama. . They got the OnePlus Buds shipment seized, Carl Pei also left the company which was a huge deal, and then the rumored OnePlus Watch was delayed. Well, let’s talk about the Watch. Max J just revealed that the device was slated to release sometime this month but was postponed indefinitely… again. Max speculates that this might be a delay due to mass production or software development. Again, the delay is for an indefinite period of time but, we do hope that they are able to figure things out. That said, if it looks like the Oppo Watch, which means that it looks like the Apple Watch, then we might understand what they mean with Indefinite.

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 to include a pop-up camera?

Now let’s talk Samsung but, this time with the Z Fold, and don’t worry we’ll get to what you want to hear. We have some new patents for a Galaxy Z Fold with a pop up camera. This patent application was files back in April and, it’s kind of weird but it actually makes sense. See, instead of this being like the OnePlus 7 Pro’s conventional pop up camera, a whole piece of the frame would lift from the side of the phone, housing a triple camera module that also has other sensors, probably for facial recognition. Anyone remember the Oppo Find X? I say it makes sense because, it will work better, whether you have the phone open or closed. You can also tell that this isn’t an old patent as, it brings the newer design we got with the Z Fold 2, with the smaller bezels and the larger outer display, basically it just gets rid of the punch holes. Sadly, this is another reason to step further away from some sort of water resistance so, I’m not the biggest fan of it but, it does make sense, and I also feel like it could be a smaller module but hey.

Apple could’ve confirmed a 2020 16-inch MacBook Pro with Boot Camp update

Now before we get to the hottest news, we do have something pretty important in-between to do with the Mac and Apple Silicon. Apple will reportedly be hosting an event for these Macs next months, and now we get some new information on what they’re working on. First off, we got a new report from China, that mentions the different processors Apple has in the pipeline. The report mentions that along with the A14x that we get on iPads and on the MacBook, Apple is working on an A14T which is codenamed Mt. Jade. This A14T would be their first desktop CPU which would come on a new iMac, along with their custom GPU which is codenamed Lifuka. According to Ming Chi Kuo, this iMac should be a 24in model with a redesigned chassis, which will either launch this year in Q4 or in early 2021. On another note, Apple released an update for Boot Camp last week, where they say that the update fixes a stability issue that happens on heavy CPU load for the 16in MacBook Pro (both 2019 and 2020 models). The curious thing is that, there is no 2020 model yet, I mean I just bought one and it’s 2019. Of course, it could be a mistake but, it looks like this is one of the things we could be getting on that November 17th Event, and hey Apple did say we might still see some Intel Macs coming.

Story of the day:

Samsung to reportedly follow Apple in excluding in-box accessories from Galaxy S21

And finally the hottest news today have to do with Samsung, or should we say what Samsung is doing about Apple’s new strategies. Exactly 12 days ago, on October 15th, I stood here and I asked you guys how long did you think Samsung would go on without removing chargers from their box? We speculated a year, maybe two, but it looks like it’s already happening, yeah you heard that right. And first for context, the Galaxy Note 20 already doesn’t bring the AKG earphones in the box if you live in the US, you can get them for free but, most of the people won’t even know that. Well, according to a SamMobile report, multiple Korean news outlets are reporting that Samsung is already considering ditching both the earphones and the charger from the Galaxy S21′s box, and that move would apply to the whole line up. This would help achieve a more affordable price tag for the line up and of course, because it makes sense for their business. The question is if it’s gonna be more affordable for the consumer, cause Apple made the iPhone 12 a lot more expensive than its predecessor. Funny part is, anyone remember Samsung bragging about this on social media?
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Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 to include a pop-up camera?

Samsung may have some exciting changes planned for its next foldable. A World Intellectual Property Office application was published some days ago, and it contains images suggesting that the new Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 may arrive with a new pop-up camera system.

It seems that Samsung is or was planning on including a pop-up camera in its foldable phones. The company filed an application at the WIPO back in April, where we can clearly see a device featuring a pop-up mechanism inside one of the sides of the foldable phone, which could mean that the next Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 may arrive without an Infinity-O selfie camera. However, it could also mean that this design was planned for the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold but got scratched before it became the phone’s final design.

This last possibility may seem more accurate since the phone’s sketches look almost identical to the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2, except for the lack of the punch hole selfie camera. What’s curious is how the device would seemingly allow you to activate this pop-up mechanism even when the phone was closed, meaning that it could also, eventually, replace the main rear-facing camera.

Now, Samsung may have decided to pass on this design since this would give an already pricey device more expensive moving parts, which would also increase the overall price tag of the device. Let’s also remember that rumors suggest that Samsung is already working on giving us a device with an under-display selfie camera, which would make this mechanism unnecessary in the end. We have also seen rumors claiming that Samsung may also change the technology used in its Galaxy Z Fold displays to finally give us a foldable device with stylus support, as well as a more durable folding Ultra-Thin Glass display.

Source SamMobile

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Apple’s 16-inch MacBook Pro, the latest 10.2-inch iPad and more on sale today

The official news today begin with deals, and actually good ones if you’re in the market for some expensive Apple products. Let’s start today with the 16in MacBook Pro which is currently $400 off, leaving the Intel Core i9, 16GB of RAM, 1TB of storage variant for $2399. If you want the silver variant which I’m rocking, that one has a $350 discount. The new 10.2in iPad is $30 off, leaving the entry level variant for $299 but if you want more storage, the 128GB variant is available for $395. Finally, the Jabra Elite 75T that I currently use for working out are $30 off, leaving them at $150 shipped. We have more deals on BenQ monitors, Nintendo Switch accessories, SSD s and more.

Fossil Gen 5E offers Snapdragon 3100 and Wear OS smarts at a more affordable price point

Sticking to the official news, let’s talk about smartwatches, but not necessarily what we thought we’d receive. I mean, Google sort of invested in Fossil a while back, and we were hoping to see some light on that, but all we got is Fossil to announce the brand new Gen 5E. It brings a lot of the same hardware as the regular Gen 5 but it manages to bring down the price tag. It’s powered by the new Snapdragon Wear 3100 SoC, 1GB of RAM, 4GB of storage and one-day battery life. It runs on Google’s Wear OS and offers NFC. Variants bring a 1.19in AMOLED Display and it comes ion 42mm and 44mm sizes. It has a weird “tethered” GPS, meaning it uses the GPS from your phone instead of it’s own sensor so, if you’re into running, this one’s not for you… which hey the WearOS algorithm for running is something I wouldn’t recommend anyway. Thing is it’ll begin shipping on the week of November 3rd and it starts for $249.

The new Qualcomm Snapdragon 875 could be getting closer to launch

This year is finally winding down when it comes to dates, but not when it comes to announcements. One of the things we usually get by the end of the year is Qualcomm’s latest processor and this year won’t be no exception. The company just sent out press invitations for their 2020 Tech Summit which will happen on a digital format. The event will start on December 1st and end the next day. There’s no mention just yet on what we’re getting but, we are expecting the Snapdragon 875 SoC which will reportedly be built on a 5nm process. There’s also some rumors of different lite variants for this SoC, to help lower down the price tag for upcoming flagships. Thing is yes, no Maui trip this year.. Cause I guess we have to make way for the alien landing at some point.

OnePlus 8T 5G to feature an ultra-wide-angle selfie camera?

Now let’s talk OnePlus as you know things are just gearing up to their announcement. We’re less than 10 days away from OnePlus’ Ultra event for the 8T and well, the company keeps giving us bits and pieces of what to expect. This time they tweeted out “Strike a Pose with the 8T’s Ultra Wide Angle Camera” along with a 5 second teaser. It sort of implies that this is the selfie camera, but we doubt it’ll be the case. We will be getting the same punch hole design we got on the 8 Series but not a secondary one. Let’s see what improvements they bring to the standard Ultra Wide. The 8T is tipped to bring a 6.5in display running at 120Hz, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, 8GB of RAM, 128GB of storage and a 4500 mAh battery. The rumored price tag so far is $699 so, we’ll keep you posted as the event will be happening on October 14th.

Under display camera could skip the Samsung Galaxy S21, to arrive in the next Z Fold 3

Now let’s talk Samsung and what the company has in store when it comes to innovation. Last we’ve heard, not much if Samsung mobile is planning to work with other companies that are not Samsung for Displays. Anyways, last year Samsung introduced different types displays like the Infinity O which is the one we’re currently getting on their smartphones but, we know that their main goal is to put the camera under the display to give you a truly bezel-less experience. Well, according to a new report from the Elec, Samsung was aiming to put this technology on the Z Fold 2 but, that obviously didn’t happen. And, they claim that due to low production yield of the technology, they won’t be able to put it on the Galaxy S21 but, we would still get it next year. The report claims that the technology would be ready for the second half of 2021 and that the Galaxy Z Fold 3 will be the first device to bring it. Samsung is currently working on a better solution for the under the display camera that won’t compromise as much image quality than what current solutions do. Let’s just hope the S21 brings Samsung panels, though.

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iPad Air 4 benchmark listing reveals 4GB RAM and impressive performance gain

And finally the hottest news today have to do with Apple, the A14 Bionic, and more details on the new iPad Air. On the first report we have the iPad Air going through some benchmarks and revealing specs. Apparently it’ll bring 4GBs of RAM, running on iOS 14 and the A14 that’ll power it will be a 6-core processor. On a second note, and staying on the iPad topic for a little while, Apple’s VP of Marketing went on iJustine and Jenna’s Same Brain podcast to talk about the new iPad. On it, he mentioned that the Touch ID sensor on the power button was an incredible feat of engineering which is, kinda hilarious, considering how late they are to the power button trend. Still, more was said about the chip, which was then matched with some other benchmarks that emerged on it. He said that when comparing it to the A12Z, the 12Z is optimized for pro workflows and experiences that may be more graphic intensive, but the A14 offers more all-around capabilities. If you look at the separate benchmarks, and to sum it up and not bore you with details: it’s significantly faster than the A13 Bionic, and it still does better than the A12Z in both single core and multicore. Surely not the 40% Apple mentioned cause that’s an A12 Bionic comparison, but still a really big boost. The iPad Air will be available later this month with a starting price of $599.
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Under display camera could skip the Samsung Galaxy S21, to arrive in the next Z Fold 3

We are still waiting for a flagship device to launch with an under-display selfie camera. Earlier this year, we saw some rumors suggesting that the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S21 may be one of the first devices to include this feature. However, the latest leak suggests that the first Samsung device to equip an under-display camera will not be the part of the Galaxy S series.

It seems that the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S21 or Galaxy S30 won’t feature an under-display camera due to the low production yield of the technology. A report from Korea’s TheElec claims that Samsung was first aiming to deliver an under-display selfie camera with the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2. However, things haven’t gone according to Samsung’s plans, and it would’ve also been forced to desist on this idea. Now, plans would be focused on delivering this new technology with the new Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3.

The report suggests that Samsung will be ready with under displays camera in the second half of 2021, which would set the Galaxy Z Fold 3 as the better option. This is in case that we don’t get another iteration of the Samsung Galaxy Note series, as rumors say that the Samsung Galaxy S21 will also feature S-Pen support.

The Galaxy S21 Ultra is also expected to come with an Exynos 2100 processor, the same battery size as the one in the Galaxy S20 Ultra, but with added 65W fast charging support. It would also come with major camera improvements, as it is believed that we will get a new Bright HM2 108MP camera as the main shooter, joined by 64MP, 48MP, and 32MP sensors in the back panel, while the regular selfie camera would come with a 40MP shooter. Unfortunately, we have been told not to expect Time of Flight sensors in this series either, but we may see these sensors make their way back to Samsung devices very soon.

Source GSM Arena

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Samsung is reportedly working on three new foldable devices already

Samsung has so far two launched foldable devices this year – the Galaxy Z Fold 2 and the Galaxy Z Flip 5G. Now, a new SamMobile report claims that Samsung is already working on three new foldable phones that will span across different budget segments and might employ varying screen hardware and form factor as well.

The three new devices Samsung is currently spending its time and money on, are the Galaxy Z Fold 3, Galaxy Z Fold Lite, and the Galaxy Z Fold S. Starting with the Galaxy Z Fold 3, it will reportedly offer S Pen support (finally!). And since that requires adding a digitizer below the Ultra Thin Glass (UTG) layer, the production cost will be higher, which means the Galaxy Z Fold 3 might well be the priciest device Samsung has ever sold.

As for the Galaxy Z Fold Lite, it will go with a cheaper display solution called Colorless Polyimide (CPI), which is more cost-friendly compared to the UTG layer. As for the Galaxy Z Fold S, it might fold both inward as well outward, possibly introducing a new design for Samsung foldables. However, these are extremely early and first-of-its-kind leaks, so do process them with a healthy dose of skepticism.

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