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Today we find the Google Pixel 3a and more products on sale

Deals. Best Buy currently has the Google Pixel 3a for $230 for the 64GB variant, however, the Pixel 3a XL is just $270 for the 64GB variant as well. Amazon currently has the Beats Solo 3 with a slight $20 discount, leaving them at $179 shipped. The Galaxy Watch Active 2 is up to $75 off at both Amazon and B&H, which for those of you who always ask, yes that’s the watch I wear, and depending on the color variant you can get it for as low as $224. I say go silver as it’s easier to blend with 3rd party watch faces that age better. We also have more deals on Fender speakers, smart-thermostats and more in the links in the description.

Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy Watch Active stops by FCC, revealing some juicy details

And speaking of my smartwatch of choice, we have some new leaks for the upcoming Galaxy Watch which we’re expecting to see in August. It just went through a new certification from the FCC revealing some new specs. We have two new sketches, the new Galaxy Watch will bring a 45mm stainless steel case, and it should also come in titanium and aluminum. It brings GPS and LTE connectivity and it will allegedly simply be called Galaxy Watch. However, we also have a sketch for the Galaxy Watch 2 but it doesn’t show the full name either or much details about it. So yeah, we wonder what they mean with that 2.

OPPO could have Qualcomm, MediaTek and HiSilicon engineers working on its new chip

OPPO has been working on bringing their own SoC to the market for a while now. According to a new Nikkei Asian report, OPPO is aggressively recruiting engineers from well-known companies to work on their new SoC. The report claims that they are in contact with MediaTek, UniSoc and other inside sources say that they are also in talks with Qualcomm and Huawei’s HiSilicon. An OPPO representative said that they are investing heavily in R&D to strengthen and simplify supply chain. Obviously we won’t be getting this anytime soon and it might take a couple of years, got It’s interesting to see how OPPO keeps evolving, and we know how that impacts other popular brands like OnePlus.

Instagram will soon monetize IGTV videos for online video creators to earn money

It’s no secret that people have been earning money through Instagram for the longest time but not necessarily through Instagram. You mostly had to do sponsored content from third parties and well the company is finally ready to monetize content for their creators. The company is rolling out new tools to introduce ads and allow creators to sell badges through IGTV. When it comes to the ads, they’ll be built for mobile and last 15 seconds each, 55% of the ad revenue will go to the creators. The badges will be kind of like a Twitch subscription where a fan would purchase it, get a special badge in the comments and they will get access to certain different perks. Badges will begin testing next month in certain countries and ads should start rolling out as of right now with some specific creators. We have a full list in the links in the description.

Color options for the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 series may have been leaked

We’ve been getting a lot of leaks for the Galaxy Note 20 line-up as we get closer to August. Recently we got different CAD renders showing off the design and now we get some leaked color variants. According to an inside source, the regular Note 20 will come in gray, green, and copper color variants while the Note 20+ will come in black and copper flavors. It looks like Samsung is looking for more simplified colors when compared to the flashy color variants from the Note 10, the source also claims that it won’t be the same copper variant we got with the Note 9 and instead it will be more of a gold-ish hue. It’s also possible that these aren’t all the colors as Samsung always launches more after the fact.

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The iPhone 13 may come with a killer camera according to the latest leak

And finally the hottest news today have to do with the iPhone 12, or should I say iPhone 13. Not sure if you noticed but every time Apple makes a change in design, that becomes the major feature, and not really any bump in specs or functionality. Well, it seems that’ll be the case this year. Like sure, we’ve been hearing about different changes for the iPhone 12 like the removal of the Lightning Earbuds, the LiDAR sensor and more, but it seems like major changes will happen until the iPhone 13. We covered the going port-less theory a few days ago, and now, we have some new leaks, The same source claims that these leaks should be taken with a huge amount of salt but it looks like Apple is going for major camera improvements until next year. He claims that we’ll be getting a quad camera array that includes a 64MP main sensor. Yeah 1x optical zoom is no x, but it does seem to bring 6x digital from it. Then there’s a 40MP telephoto with up to 5x optical zoom in addition, and then a 64MP anamorphic lens for video capture, plus a 40MP ultra wide and the LiDAR sensor we’re expecting for the iPhone 12. Yeah that’s a lot of camera Subscribe: http://bit.ly/pocketnowsub http://pocketnow.com Follow us: http://flipboard.com/@Pocketnow http://facebook.com/pocketnow http://twitter.com/pocketnow http://google.com/+pocketnow

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Today we find the Google Pixel 3a and more products on sale

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We start today’s deals with the Google Pixel 3a that’s available at Best Buy from $230, in its unlocked variant with 64GB in storage. If you want the Google Pixel 3a XL, it’s also on sale for $270 with the same 64GB in storage.

You can also get a new Emerson Sensi Touch Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat with a touchscreen for $106.49 after a $62 discount. This smart device works with Alexa, so you will be able to control the temperature of your house or apartment with voice commands.

Beats Solo3 are currently $20 off in its Black color variant, so you can get a pair for $179. However, other color options have more significant discounts, so your savings depend on the color you choose.

You can get the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active2 from B&H and Amazon; it just depends on the color you want. The Black version is $229 after a $70 discount from B&H, while the Gold color option is available for $224.30 over at Amazon, which translates to a $75.69 discount.

Finally, the Fender Monterey Bluetooth speaker is down to $150 after a 36 percent price drop. This Bluetooth speaker usually sells for $235, so it would be a nice moment to get one, and you would be getting 120 watts of power.

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Pocketnow Daily: iPhone 12 Date: Better Late than NEVER? (video)

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Today’s deals include powerful gaming computers, the 12.9-inch iPad Pro and more

Deals. The Razer Blade 15 is currently $470 off, meaning you can get the 8th gen Intel Core i7, 16GB of RAM and 512GB of storage variant for $2130. B&H also has the 12.9in 2018 iPad Pro for $250 off, leaving the Wi-Fi only, 256GB of storage variant for $899. The Sony Xperia 1 is also $152 off, leaving that at $798 for the 128GB of storage configuration. We also have more deals on Acer Predator PCs, Samsung QLED TVs, Soundbars and more in the links in the description.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Samsung Money by Sofi will come to the US later this summer

Samsung just launched a new mobile money management system which pretty much competes with the Apple Card. It’s called Samsung Money by SoFi but unlike the Apple Card, it isn’t really a credit card. It’s actually more of a bank account or credit union where you get a MasterCard debit card that doesn’t show any of your information and it works with the Samsung Pay app. Your Samsung Money account will be FDIC insured for $1.5M and users benefit from Samsung’s “defense-grade” security from Samsung Knox. It’ll be available later this summer exclusively for US customers who own a Galaxy smartphone, Samsung promises a secure experience with no account fees.

The iPhone 11 is now the most popular smartphone in the world

We got some quarter results from Omdia and it just confirms that Apple made a big dent on the market with the iPhone 11. Last year the iPhone XR was the number 1 smartphone for Q1 with 13.6M units shipped, but this year the iPhone 11 surpassed it with 19.5M units, despite the pandemic. The phone that follows is the Samsung Galaxy A51 which sold 6.8M units and the iPhone XR is still in the top 5 with 4.7M units. Omdia still anticipates however, that smartphone sales will be down for the rest of the year due to the pandemic so numbers might change for Q2.

Google reveals Android 11 Beta Launch Show schedule on June 3. Here’s how to watch

Google is finally releasing the first Public Beta of Android 11 on June 3rd during their Beta Launch Show. If you want, you’ll be able to attend via YouTube through the Android Developers channel. The event will focus on the different announcements related to all the new features coming with Android 11, as well as Q&As with Google experts and more. We were also expecting to hear something about the Pixel 4a but with the recent delays that apparently won’t be the case. You can check for the events details in the links in our description. It’s not clear which devices will support the public beta on day one, but if you’re not using a Pixel, yeah that’s gonna be a tough one.

Samsung Galaxy Fold 2 could be launched in August, as it reportedly enters mass production

There’s been several rumors that we’ll finally be getting the Galaxy Fold’s successor with the Note 20 this year. Now we got a new report from a South Korean publication that claims that the Fold 2 has just entered mass production. This means we could start getting some official details as early as June. According to the Insiders, the Fold 2 will bring Samsung’s Ultra Thin Glass and it will cost less, despite upgrading to a 120Hz display. Recently we got some patents from Samsung which described how Samsung plans to make Foldables water resistant but it’s not clear if the Fold 2 will bring this feature. The company is expecting to sell 2.5-3M units this year, surpassing the original Fold.

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We may have to wait until November for the iPhone 12 series

It looks like we will have to wait for the iPhone 12 line-up after all this year. According to a new report, this year’s iPhones might be launched until November due to the pandemic. The report also predicts that Apple has 35M units in production for Q2 of 2020 which is 13% lower than what they had last year, but giving the time, we’re not sure if they’re talking about iPhone 12 production, which would be kind of early, or iPhone 11 production which is likely to take a dip. Regardless, we’re expecting 4 different iPhones, all 4 with OLED displays, 5G connectivity, a smaller notch and a boxier design which is reminiscent of the iPhone 4. We’re also hearing of different spec bumps like up to 6GB of RAM in the Pro models and the base storage at 128GB.

 

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Today’s deals include powerful gaming computers, the 12.9-inch iPad Pro and more

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We start today’s deals with the Razer Blade 15. This is the smallest gaming laptop, but that doesn’t mean it’s short of power. You get a 15.6-inch Full HD display with 144Hz refresh rate, 8th gen Intel Core i7 processor, 16GB RAM and 512GB of storage space for $2,130. This monster is usually found for $2,600, meaning you get $470 off.

The Acer Predator Orion 5000 gaming desktop is also on sale today. You can get this gaming computer with an 8th gen Intel Core i5 processor, 16GB RAM, and a 256GB storage space for $1,339, which has dropped its price by $260.

B&H is offering the 12.9-inch iPad Pro from late 2018 for $899 after a $250 discount. This Wi-Fi-only Space Gray variant comes with 256GB in storage.

The Sony Xperia 1 is also on sale. This device is now available for $798 after a $151.99 discount. This is a factory unlocked variant that will give you a 4K HDR OLED CinemaWide display and 128GB in storage space.

Next up, we have the 50-inch Samsung QLED Q60 series lets you save $50, meaning you can get it for just $600 or$33.34 a month for 18 months with Best Buy.

You can also get a soundbar to improve your audio experience, and we have found that the Bose Soundbar 500 with Alexa is $50 off, meaning you can get one for $500, or you can go for the LG 3.1-Channel 420W Soundbar with a wireless subwoofer that’s available for $350 after a $50 discount.

Finally, you can get a Nikon D7500 DSLR camera kit with 18-55mm and 70-300mm lenses for $1,197 after a $300 discount.

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Amazon and B&H Memorial Day deals are available today

Deals. If you’re still looking for Memorial Day deals, we got you. The 16-inch MacBook Pro is still $200 off for the Intel Core i7, 16GB of RAM and 512GB of storage variant, leaving it at $2200. The Surface Pro 7 is also $200, leaving it at $999 for the Intel Core i5 variant. The Samsung Galaxy A51 is $106 off, leaving it at $294. We have more deals on AirPods, iPads, more Samsung phones and more in the links in the description.

Sony Xperia 1 II finally comes to the US, pre-orders start on June 1 at an exorbitant $1,200

Sony announced their Xperia 1 II about three months ago and it’s finally making its way to the US. Sony has set pre-orders for this phone on June 1st with shipments beginning until July 24. It packs a 6.5in 4K OLED display with a 90Hz refresh rate, the Snapdragon 865, a 4000 mAh and three 12MP cameras. The only thing is that the phone will cost you $1199 for the unlocked variant. However, Sony is giving away the WF-1000MX3’s to sweeten the deal for you. You can check for more info in the links in our description.

“OnePlus Buds” could be the name of OnePlus’ TWS earphones

We’ve been hearing that OnePlus is working on some Truly Wireless Earbuds for a while now which have been tipped for a July launch. Now, the same source just shared a new sketch of the buds, which still looks like a combination of the regular AirPods with the Pixel Buds case. They’re reportedly going to be called the OnePlus Buds and they’re expected to have support for touch controls, the Google Assistant, and fast-pairing with OnePlus phones. We don’t have any more details but we’ll see them soon enough.

Apple might offer health monitoring capabilities on AirPods in the next few years

Speaking of earbuds, it looks like Apple wants to bring some health improvements to the AirPods in the next few years. According to two new DigiTimes reports, Apple has roped in ASE Technology to supply components to add ambient light sensors for health monitoring duties. These light sensors would pass light through your skin to check blood movement in the vessels to detect your heart rate and any other data. However, this would require a redesign for the AirPods and it will most likely come in the next 1-2 years.

Motorola RAZR successor’s specs allegedly leaked, arriving in September

Last week Lenovo’s South African GM leaked that Motorola is working on a second generation Moto RAZR and now, leaks naturally follow. We have some new leaked specs from XDA that include a Snapdragon 765G SoC which is certainly an upgrade from the 710 we got with the original RAZR. It also packs 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. It’ll bring a 2845 mAh battery as well as a 48MP main camera and a 20MP selfie shooter. It’s also expected to bring 5G, but only on sub 6GHz networks. This phone should come in September according to the leaks the GM shared.

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Galaxy Note 20+ leaked renders show a familiar design and ginormous camera bump

We have some new renders for the Galaxy Note 20 and they actually come from OnLeaks this time. They’re slightly different than the ones we got last week but retain some of the same elements. According to the leaks, this phone will bring a 6.9in AMOLED display with the centered punch hole. Now, at the back we have a huge camera hump that might even be bigger than the Galaxy S20 Ultra. We have three lenses that kind of remind us of the iPhone 11 line up because of the rings for each camera, as well as a ToF sensor. We’re also able to see the periscope zoom lens but it’s not clear if this one will have 100x capabilities like the S20 Ultra did. This leaks also retain the changes like moving the buttons to the right and the S Pen to the left of the phone. Subscribe: http://bit.ly/pocketnowsub http://pocketnow.com Follow us: http://flipboard.com/@Pocketnow http://facebook.com/pocketnow http://twitter.com/pocketnow http://google.com/+pocketnow

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Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 cleared for ECG monitoring in its home market

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Samsung has announced that it has received clearance for the ECG function in Samsung Health Monitor app by South Korea’s Ministry of Food and Drug Safety (MFDS). What this means is that the ECG sensor on the Galaxy Watch Active 2 can now be used for analyzing heart rhythm for abnormalities such as Atrial Fibrillation (AFib).

AFib is among the leading causes for strokes, and also increases the risk of complications such as blood clots and heart failure among others. However, it must be noted that the ECG monitoring feature is limited to the Galaxy Watch Active 2 via the Samsung Health Monitor app. However, it will likely be available on its successors too.

A month ago, the Samsung Health Monitor app too was cleared by MFDS for monitoring blood pressure, classifying it as a “Software as a Medical Device (SaMD)” product. Thanks to the nod from the regulatory body, the Galaxy Watch Active 2 could be marketed as a government-cleared, cuff-less device for monitoring blood pressure levels.

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We have a massive selection of Memorial Day deals for you

We will be posting Memorial Day deals through the weekend, so you may want to keep tuned to see if there’s any that may catch your fancy. We start today’s offers with the Google Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL for an all-time low from $279 for Memorial Day.

The regular Google Pixel 3a is available for $279 after a $120 discount. It comes with 64GB in storage, and this price is possible in its Just Black and Clearly White color variant. The Google Pixel 3a XL with the same 64GB in storage is getting a $160 discount, meaning you can get yours for $319. These are all factory unlocked devices so that you won’t have carrier restrictions.

Next up is the 35-inch ASUS ROG Strix curved gaming monitor with a $149 discount, which means you can get one for a little under $600. This monitor comes with a 100Hz refresh rate and Adaptive-Sync/free Sync for immersive, smooth gaming with DisplayPort, HDMI connectivity, and ASUS’ Aura Sync RGB lighting and LED lighting to make it stand out.

If you’re looking for a new Smart TV, the 55-inch Hisense 55H8G Quantum series Android 4K ULED Smart TV is available for $500 after a $100 discount. The 65-inch version is also $100 off, leaving it at $700, while the 75-inch model is $200 off, meaning you would have to pay $1,300 for yours.

The Marshall Kilburn II portable Bluetooth speaker is also on sale. You can find it for $210 after a 30 percent discount. This Bluetooth speaker usually goes for $300, but right now, you can get one and save $90.

Yes, we also find Apple deals today, as the latest AirPods with a wireless charging case are available for $150 after a $49 discount. If you still want to save more and you don’t really mind wireless charging, the latest AirPods with a regular charging case can be yours for $130 after a $29 discount.

If you want to track your workouts, the Fitbit Charge 3 is available for just $99. This translates to a $50 discount and its lowest price to date. However, you can only choose between the Rose Gold/Blue Grey and the Graphite/Black color variants.

iPhone XR

Finally, you can get a new iPhone XR and Free Unlimited Everything with the Memorial Day deals over at UNREAL Mobile.

The first deal gives you three months of service on any plan for the price of one, and these start at $5 a month. The second deal gets you a new iPhone XR for $549, and you also get three months free of 3GB Unlimited Everything, which has a $75 value. These plans renew at the regular 3-month bundle price listed in here.

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The Apple Watch Series 5, Fossil’s Gen 5 Carlyle HR smartwatch and more are on sale today

We start today’s deals with the Apple Watch Series 5 in its 40mm version with a silver aluminum case and white sports band that’s available for $299.99 after a $99 discount. This GPS only version can also be yours in its space gray version with a black sports band for the same price. The 44mm versions are also available for both color variants, but you would have to pay $330 for yours after getting the same $99 discount.

You can also find the Fossil Gen 5 Carlyle stainless steel smartwatch on sale today. It is available for $199 shipped after a $96 discount.

If you’re looking for a new smartphone, the Motorola G7 Power is available for $180 in its Marine blue variant, or you can go for the Deep Indigo version for $160. They come with 32GB in storage, a US valid warranty and these are unlocked devices, so you can use them in the network of your choice without a problem.

Last but not least, we have the Amazon Fire TV Cube for $80 after a $40 discount. This device will let you stream thousands of channels and apps, it will play UHD 4K video, and it supports HDR 10. You can also access services such as Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, YouTube, Hulu, HBO, and more with the help of Alexa.

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Pocketnow Daily: Google Pixel 5 Specs: Oh boy… (video)

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Several Apple products, gaming monitors and more, on sale today

Deals. Come on, we know you missed the Apple deals so we have some new ones for you. The latest 16in MacBook Pro is currently $300 off at B&H, leaving the 2.7GHz Intel Core i7, 16GB of RAM and 512GB of storage variant for $2099. The latest MacBook Air is also $100 off, leaving the 512GB of storage variant for $1200. For those of you gamers, the Razer Jungle Cat controller is also $15 off, leaving it at $85 shipped. We have deals on more Apple products, BenQ monitors and more in the links in the description.

iOS 13.5 brings Exposure Notification API, faster unlock experience while wearing a mask

Apple just started rolling out iOS 13.5 which brings some changes directly related to the pandemic. For starters, it brings the new notification exposure API they built with Google which is the foundation on which contact tracing apps will be developed. Other key features include Face ID now detecting that you’re wearing a mask and immediately asks for your password instead of it taking forever to realize, it also works with Apple Pay and other apps. We have the full list of changes in the description.

OnePlus might not launch another McLaren Edition phone in the future

Remember the phone with the coolest name ever? Yes, we’re talking about the OnePlus 7T Pro 5G McLaren Edition. It seems we won’t have another one to mock as, OnePlus is no longer listed in the official McLaren partners page. None of the companies has made a statement yet but it seems that their partnership has come to an end, meaning that we won’t see any McLaren branded phone from OnePlus soon. It could be a mistake or part of a strategy but, the logo still isn’t back on the site. We’ll keep you posted in case we have official statements. Let’s hope that if they do decide to work together again, the name becomes a bit less ridiculous.

We have new details about the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 launch event

Now as for some sad possible updates from the pandemic, well, Samsung usually hosts two major Unpacked Events each year for their flagship releases but. I’m actually shocked we still got the February Unpacked. Thing is, for obvious reasons this year will be different. According to a report from South Korea, Samsung has already taken their decision and this will be the first time ever that the company is releasing a flagship online. We get tons of silent releases online from Samsung but they will obviously have some sort of event for the Note’s Unpacked. The event is still slated for August but we don’t have any specific dates yet. Some other products we might get at this event include obviously the Galaxy Note 20, the Galaxy Fold 2 and some wearables.

Samsung Galaxy S21 could arrive with Chinese OLED displays

A couple of weeks ago we reported that Samsung could be ditching Samsung Display for the Galaxy S21 but, not entirely. According to some industry insiders, after a month of preliminary negotiations, Samsung just sent an official request for quotation to BOE which hints to the deal happening and also the fact that they are already working on the S21. Now, it isn’t clear if we’ll be getting a Galaxy S21 Ultra but, that one wouldn’t be using a BOE display because these orders are for 90Hz displays. They have also sent a quotation request to Samsung Display for 60Hz and 120Hz displays so, they aren’t leaving them completely. According to other insiders, Samsung is trying to get Samsung Display to lower the price on the panels and the threat of having BOE replace them might work.

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More rumors say that the Google Pixel 5 will have a mid-range processor

And finally, let’s call this the most interesting news today. I mean, Pixels have taken the spotlight for weeks now, though I wish they would sell as much as people care about the news. Thing is we’ve been getting several rumors that the Google Pixel 5 might not be a flagship. Yesterday we covered the fact that a Google survey showed that this phone might cost as low as $699. Now, XDA has found some new evidence in the Android 11 Developer Preview that hint to the Pixel 5 bringing the Snapdragon 765G processor. It isn’t clear if it will be the 765G or the new 768G but it is compatible to what they found in the new Google Camera APK for upcoming Pixel phones. The price tag also hints that this phone might not bring a Snapdragon 865 after all.

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Massive Apple Glass leak reveals $499 price, early design, LiDAR sensor, and more

Apple Glass (yes, that’s the name of Apple’s highly anticipated AR glasses) is coming sooner than expected, but the final product may not look as futuristic as the hundreds of concepts floating around on the internet. But there are still a few tricks that will attract buyers and might make the Apple Glass yet another groundbreaking product from the company.

The massive leak comes courtesy of serial Apple leakster Jon Prosser of the FrontPageTech fame, who has so far had a solid track record. Prosser notes that the Apple Glass might be unveiled in Q4 2020 or Q1 2021, and that Apple wants ‘physical’ media presence to unveil it as a ‘one more thing’ announcement.

Prosser claims all processing will happen on the iPhone linked to the Apple Glass, which not only cuts the cost, but also keeps them from becoming too bulky and looking weird. There will be a display in both the lenses and the UI is internally being called “Starboard.”

Users will be able to control the UI elements through gestures in front of the glasses that will be recognized with the help of a LiDAR sensor mounted on the right temple. The Apple Glass will also be able to scan custom Apple QR codes that were recently spotted in leaked iOS 14 files. Plus, the Apple Glass will also support wireless charging.

Prosser claims that from what he has seen in an early prototype video, the Apple Glass will look like a generic set of glasses with a plastic frame. But since it was a prototype, Apple might go with a more premium metal frame on the final product. But the most surprising part will be the price, which is set at $499 plus the cost of a prescription.

Yes, you can fit prescription lenses on the Apple Glass. And no, you won’t be able to customize them to look like sunglasses because there are some technical issues with displaying information on tinted glass.

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IFA 2020 will take place after all, here’s how

IFA 2020 physical event was canceled as Germany banned gatherings of more than 5,000 people due to the pandemic. However, the latest development is that the event will take place, and no, I don’t mean online, it will be a physical event, but with strict attendee limits.

During a livestream today, IFA Executive Director Jens Heithecker said that the Berlin authorities have limited the number of participants allowed at events to 5,000, but the event will allow a maximum of just 1,000 attendees to each section of the event per day.

The event will not be open to the public. Moreover, it won’t be a week-long affair and will be shortened to three days. IFA 2020 will take place in Berlin from 3 to 5 September within the restrictions imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Press conferences will be held at a central location rather than spread around different company booths. Further, only 800 journalists from around the world will be allowed to attend. Additionally, three parallel events will allow the trade show to go ahead.

If you want to attend online, there’s news for you too. There will be virtual opportunities to take part in the event for those not able to attend. It will be far less limited in terms of attendance.

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Netflix video quality will return to normal after COVID-19 measures

Video streaming services such as Netflix, YouTube, and Amazon were forced to reduce their bitrates in several European countries back in March as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This measure was taken to reduce the load on ISPs and to cope with the millions of users were consuming tons of content while in lockdown. However, it seems that streaming services are starting to return to their normal HD quality in some European countries.

According to the FlatpanelsHD, Netflix is starting to give its customers normal HD quality in several European countries. Users from Denmark, Norway, Germany, and more countries have been posting on forums that their streaming quality has been restored. A Netflix spokesperson said:

“Please note, we are working with ISPs to help increase capacity. In the last month alone, we have added four times the normal capacity. As conditions improve, we will lift these limitations.”

Now, we have to wait for other companies to start working as they did, while the world slowly returns to normal.

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Pocketnow Daily: Google Pixel 4a Tests: More Powerful than we thought? (video)

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Apple’s 27-inch iMac, Razer Blade Stealth 13 and more, on sale today

Deals. For those of you looking for a laptop, Amazon has the Razer Blade Stealth 13 Ultrabook for $400 off, leaving the Core i7, 16GB of RAM, and 512GB of SSD variant for $1400. B&H also has the early 2019 27in iMac for $400 depending on the variant, for example: the Core i9, 32GB of RAM and 512GB of SSD is available for $2999. We have more deals on Sennheiser headphones, Vizio TVs and more in the links in the description.

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President Trump extends US trade ban on HUAWEI for another year

It’s been a year since the whole Huawei trade war started which means, Huawei has been banned of working with US entities like Google for a year now. If you were expecting Google Play Services to come back to Huawei devices, you’re out of luck because President Trump just signed a new 1 year extension on the ban. This means that Huawei will have to “survive” without working with Google and other US companies until May 2021. We have the specifics of the extension in the link in the description.

LG Wing to arrive in H2 to redesign the Second Screen to a rotating design

We know that LG is reluctant to hop on the foldable trend so they have been making dual displays instead. A new report claims that the company is working on a phone codenamed ‘Wing’ which would have the secondary display in a swivel design for it to become a rotating display. The main display would be a 6.8in panel which will rotate to a T-Shape, revealing the secondary 4in display. Their current dual displays are focused on productivity while this one would be more focused on immersion, with capabilities like having you edit a picture in the main display while the controls are on the secondary display. This phone is expected to come out in the second half of 2020, probably at IFA.

The brains behind Pixel phones’ great camera performance has left Google

The Google Pixels are known for their cameras but, the brains behind these cameras just left the company. According to The Information, Marc Levoy who led the computational photography team which is responsible for things like Night sight and HDR+ left the company back in March. Yes this is the guy who was famous for saying that UltraWide is nice, but they believe Telephoto is better. Some other reports claim that executives like Rick Osterloh weren’t happy with the Google Pixel 4’s performance and sales, with it selling less than the Pixel 3 and 3a. Which might be another reason why many people have been leaving the company since January, like the GM and VP who responded directly to the CEO.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 won’t have a LTPO and 120Hz display after all

It seems that this year we’ll see more differences between the Note 20 and the larger Note 20+. We recently got some leaks for the Galaxy Note 20 and Note 20+ displays. Now, the same source claims that the Note 20+ will bring that 120Hz LTPO display but, the regular Note won’t and will stick to an LTPS 60Hz panel. In theory, you should still be able to get 120Hz with LTPS but, it will consume a lot of power so it might not make it to this phone. He also claims that the price for this regular Note 20 will be significantly cheaper, around Note 10 Lite territory.

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These are the results of the Google Pixel 4a’s performance and battery test

We have a full on hands on video of the Google Pixel 4a which just went through some benchmarks and tests. Now, this unit is clearly a pre-production unit as you can clearly tell it has some funky software and it won’t be what you will most likely get at retail. The benchmarks show that it is slightly less powerful than the Pixel 3 XL and it’s also less powerful than the regular Pixel 4. The video also shows a battery test for the 3080 mAh battery which show 5 and 7hrs of screen on-time which doesn’t really reflect real life. We’re expecting this phone to come out in a little less than a month.

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Realme to launch 8 new products on May 25

Realme has announced on its Weibo profile that it will be launching eight new products on May 25 in China. The event will be streamed online starting at 2PM local time (6AM UTC).

While the company hasn’t specified the products, the teaser poster includes a smartphone, a power bank and a truly wireless earbud.

Separately, Realme VP and CMO Xu Qi Chase has teased the launch of a new smartphone. A reliable Chinese tipster claims this smartphone will be called Realme X50 Pro Player Version. It could be Realme’s first gaming-centric smartphone.

We might see the launch of Realme X3, X3 SuperZoom and Realme TV on May 25. The three devices were recently spotted listed on the support page of company’s India website.

Source: Weibo

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Pocketnow Daily: POCO F2 Pro: They got the Price RIGHT, Here’s Why! (video)

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Today’s B&H deals include the Apple’s 13-inch MacBook Air and more

Deals. For those of you looking for MacBooks, B&H has the latest 16in MacBook Pro for $200 off, leaving the Intel Core i7, 16GB of RAM and 512GB of storage variant for $2199. The latest MacBook Air is also $200 off, which means you can get the Core i5 with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage for $900. Finally, B&H has the Sony A6500 mirrorless camera is $600 off, meaning you can get it for $900. We have more deals on LG monitors and more in the links in the description.

HUAWEI P30 Pro New Edition with Google Apps launched in Germany for EUR 749

Huawei just launched a new updated to the P30 Pro… yes, the P30. This new P30 Pro ‘New Edition‘ was just announced for the German market with the same design and specifications as last year’s P30 Pro. However, this one runs the latest Android 10-based EMUI with support for Google Apps. It’s currently up for pre-sale for €749 for the unlocked 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage variant and it includes a pair of Huawei Free Buds 3 and a Mini Speaker for free.

Nokia 9.3 PureView could feature 8K video recording, improved Pro and Night Modes

We’ve been getting a good amount of leaks of the upcoming Nokia 9.3 PureView. According to a new report, the 9.3 might be able to capture 8K video at 30fps. The problem is that the source claims that the feature is currently only available on a prototype variant and may not make it to the final product. However, Nokia’s imaging team said that they are hard at work on their Night Mode and Pro Modes. The phone is expected to bring a 64MP or 108MP main sensor and we’re expecting it sometime later this year.

A new, Samsung Galaxy Fold Lite may be coming for less than $1,100

According to a new tweet, Samsung might be working on a Lite and affordable variant of the Galaxy Fold. We’ve been hearing codenames for the longest time including Winner2 and Winner2 5G. According to the tipster, the regular Winner2 might correspond to a Galaxy Fold 2 Lite instead of the actual Galaxy Fold 2. The Fold Lite would aim to go on sale for $1099 by using a mix of components that includes components from 2018, 2019 and 2020 and it also won’t benefit from Samsung’s Ultra Thin Glass. This Fold would bring 256GB of storage and it may or may not bring the Snapdragon 865. It would be built out of aluminum and bring a considerably small cover display, kind of like the Z Flips.

Apple’s new AirPods Studio may include head and neck detention

We have a new report with positive rumors for the AirPods Studio. Apparently these will bring Head and Neck detection, similar to the AirPods and AirPods Pro Ear Detection, which pauses a song once you take one of them out. The Studios would know when you have them on your head and will pause whatever you’re playing if you move them over to your neck. Another sensor will also detect your left and right ear to immediately adjust the audio channels, so there is no wrong or right way to put them on. Once you pair them they will apparently also bring a customizable EQ as well. Other rumored features include ANC and those interchangeable bands we discussed yesterday.

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POCO F2 Pro with Snapdragon 865 SoC goes official for €499

After almost two years, the successor to the POCO F1 is finally here. The POCO F2 Pro was announced today and it’s not as bad as we thought. It brings a 6.67in Full HD+ display which achieves a 92.7% screen to body ratio. It’s powered by the Snapdragon 865, either 6GB of LPDDR4X RAM and 128GB of storage, or 8GB of LPDDR5 RAM and 256GB of storage along with a 4700 mAh battery. It brings a 64MP main sensor at the back, a 7MP ultra wide, a 2MP depth sensor and a 5MP macro lens. It brings an on-display fingerprint scanner, dual Sim capabilities, a headphone jack and more. It will be available in 4 different color variants starting at €499 and going up to €599 for the higher tier variant. It will roll out globally starting today. For comparison, if you try to buy an iPhone SE in Italy, it’ll start at the same €499 with other countries like Germany having it for €479 for an old design with no 5G support. Just like in India where the F2 Pro starts at Rs 40,740 while the SE will cost you Rs 42,500.

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