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.

Story of the day:

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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Hisense announces 2020 TV range with HDR10+, Dolby Vision and more

Today, Hisense announced an extensive new range, now on sale in the UK. The company’s flagship model is U8QF that comes with Quantum Dot Colour Technology, HDR 10+, and Dolby Vision. It delivers 1 billion colors for smoother gradients and vivid reds, greens, and blues.

It is touted to offer exceptional 4K clarity, with over 8 million pixels. It boasts Full Array Dimming Pro. Moreover, the device features Dolby Atmos through a built-in front-firing speaker specially tuned by JBL.

U8QF

It sports Hisense’s latest Smart TV OS, VIDAA U4, which is personalized, intuitive and smart. The OS allows the viewer to access all of their favorite entertainment from the likes of Netflix, Prime Video, YouTube, Rakuten TV and Freeview Play but presented in an all-new Launcher view. It is fully customizable and the new home design allows you to view and access a wide number of apps and smart services easily in a linear layout.

U7QF

The U7QF model will be made available in 65-inch 55-inch and 50-inch. Hisense’s U7Q ULED 4K HDR Smart TV comes complete with Quantum Dot Colour offering over 1 billion shades of vivid color, Dolby Atmos, HDR 10+, Dolby Vision and HLG. The U7QF also features the VIDAA U4 OS, and with Amazon Alexa built in.

A7500F

The Hisense A7500F and AE7400F bring 4K HDR and Dolby Vision to a range of screen sizes. They come with DTS Virtual: X, which automatically recognises dialogue and separates it from background noise for a clearer audio experience.

A5600F

The A7560F is available in 43-inch and 50-inch and it comes with an immersive sports mode that automatically adjusts picture and audio settings when viewing sports, reducing motion blur with MEMC technology for the viewer to see every net-breaking goal in ultimate clarity. There is a Game Mode as well, which has input lag of less than 20ms.

A7300F

The A7300F is available in 43-inch, 50-inch, 55-inch and 65-inch, whereas the A7100F will sell in 58-inch, 70-inch and 75-inch variants. They offer 4K resolution with UHD AI Upscaling, Sports Mode, Alexa built-in and Bluetooth connectivity. Moreover, the TVs feature a bezel-less design.

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Realme Smart TV launched in two screen sizes, price starts at Rs 12,999 (~$170)

Realme Smart TV has been launched in India alongside the Realme Watch and Realme Buds Air Neo. It comes in 43-inch Full HD and 32-inch HD Ready variants. Both of them feature Chroma Boost Picture Engine and sport a bezel-less design with bezels as thin as 8.7mm.

The Realme Smart TV comes with Netflix, YouTube, Prime Video and Live Channel. More apps can be downloaded through the Play Store since it runs Android 9.0. Moreover, the remote comes equipped with YouTube, Netflix, Prime Video and Google Assistant shortcut buttons.

Realme Smart TV

Realme Smart TV specifications

  • 43-inch (1920 × 1080 pixels) Full HD display with up to 400 nits peak brightness, 178-degree viewing angle, HDR 10
  • 32-inch (1366 × 768 pixels) HD display with 178-degree viewing angle
  • 1.1GHz Quad-Core Cortex A53 MediaTek processor with Mali-470 MP3 GPU
  • 1GB 2133MHz RAM, 8GB storage
  • 7 display modes: Standard, Vivid, Sport, Movie, Game, Energy Saving
  • Android TV 9.0 with Chromecast Built-in, Netflix, YouTube, Prime Video, Live channel
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n (2.4GHz), Bluetooth 5.0, 3 x HDMI (1 contain ARC), 2 x USB, SPDIF, DVB-T2, Ethernet
  • Supports H.264, H.263, MPEG1/2/4, etc.
  • 2 x 12W speakers + 2 x tweeter, Dolby Audio MS12B

The 32-inch Realme Smart TV costs Rs 12,999 while the 43-inch model is priced at Rs 21,999. It will be made available from Flipkart and realme.com starting from June 2nd.

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How to watch the Realme TV, Realme Watch, Realme Buds Air Neo launch event?

Realme is all set to launch its Realme TV, Realme Watch, and Realme Buds Air Neo in India today. The launch event is scheduled to commence at 12:30 PM IST.

You can watch the livestream of the launch event below:

Notably, Realme is already present in the audio segment with its Realme Buds Air. However, Realme Realme TV and Realme Watch will be its first devices in television and smartwatch segments respectively.

Realme will stream it via social media, including YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook.

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We keep on getting Memorial Day deals, now from Verizon and Best Buy

Best Buy

We will start this Memorial Day deals selection with everything available at Best Buy. You can find Refrigerators, washers, dryers, and more. You can save up to $500 on select Samsung Smart 4K TVs, or you can go for a 43-inch Samsung 7 Series UHD smart TV with HDR for $270.

Best Buy also gives you Apple deals, as you can save $50 on select MacBook Air models, $80 to $100 off select iPad models, and the most significant savings may be found with the MacBook Pro models since you can save up to $1,050.

OnePlus 8 vs iPhone 11

If you’re looking for a new iPhone, the iPhone 11 can be yours starting at $525, or you can pay monthly installments of $21.87 with qualified activations. The iPhone XS and XS Max are also on sale, so you can get one starting at $599.99 or pay $19.99 per month with qualified activation, after $300 savings. You can also save on several Apple Watch models and several Beats headphones.

best smartphones with Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 SoC.

You can also find the Samsung Galaxy S20 Series with $300 in savings and get a $50 Best Buy gift card with qualified activation, or you can save $200 on the Samsung Galaxy S10 or S10+ with the same $50 Best Buy gift card.

Verizon

Motorola RAZR

Moving over to Verizon, you can find up to $700 off on selected devices, and you can also find BOGO promotions depending on the phone you want. For example, you can get at least $100 off the Motorola edge+, and the Google Pixel 4. You can get a free LG V60 ThinQ 5G UW, savings that start at $500 on the Motorola Razer, and BOGO deals on the Samsung Galaxy S10e.

Red Pocket Mobile

iPhone se

Last but not least, you can also find Memorial Day deals over at Red Pocket Mobile, where you can get the iPhone SE with 64GB in storage plus six months of Unlimited Everything (8GB LTE) for $449. This combo usually goes for $537, meaning you save $130. Customers can also upgrade to 20GB LTE for $8.33 per month, which translates to a total discount of $140.

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Pocketnow Daily: Samsung Galaxy Note 20+ Leaks: Now We’re Talking! (video)

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We have a massive selection of Memorial Day deals for you

Deals. We have some memorial day deals for you guys and we’ll have some more on our website over the weekend if you want to check them out. Let’s start out with Amazon which has the Google Pixel 3a for $120 off. This leaves the 64GB variant for $279 and it gets better, the 3a XL is $160 off, leaving the 64GB variant for $319 shipped. The Marshall Kilburn 2 speaker is also $90 off, leaving it at $210 shipped. Finally, the second generation AirPods are $50 off, leaving those at $150 shipped with the wireless charging case. As always we have more deals in the description that you can check out.

 
 
 
 
 
 

Here’s your first official look at the VIVO X50 and X50 Pro

Oh so you thought the Galaxy S20 had a big camera hump? Well, vivo has been teasing their new X50 Pro which brings a gimbal like main camera. The company just released a new poster of the phone which shows the quad camera module with the huge main sensor. This main camera is a Samsung 50MP ISOCELL GN1 Sensor which comes with Dual Pixel PDAF tech for faster focusing, it basically rotates on it’s axis like a gimbal for better stabilization. The other cameras include a periscope, and most likely a wide angle and a macro camera. We’re expecting the vivo X50 lineup to launch on June 1.

ASUS ROG Phone III and ZenFone 7 to debut around July: Report

Back in February Qualcomm gave us a list of phones that would bring the Snapdragon 865 and, that list included two ASUS phones. It looks like both of those phones are ready to launch according to a new report from Taiwan which claims that the ROG Phone 3 and the ZenFone 7 will either in Q2 or early Q3 of 2020. Going by last year’s launch date, if they do launch in July or August they will be late by a couple of months when compared to their predecessors but, the market isn’t in the same state as it was last year. The company is currently targeting a 30-50% growth in sales for the ROG Phone 3. We’ll keep you posted in case we get more leaks.

Second-gen Moto Razr foldable phone could be launched in September

We all know how excited I was for the Moto RAZR last year, and we all know how that turned out. Well, according to Lenovo’s South African GM, the company is already working on a second generation device and it is supposed to come out in September. He actually mentioned the words “generation two” twice during a podcast while talking about the RAZR. Leaks will most likely start coming in soon and we hope it brings better specifications for the price tag, nostalgia can only go so far.

Apple may have started the production of the new AirPods Studio

A new DigiTimes report claims that we’ll be getting Apple’s AirPods Studio sooner rather than later. The report mentions the fact that Apple will be dropping the wired earphones from the iPhone 12’s box like we covered yesterday. It also mentions that Cupertino will resume regular shipments of the AirPods 2 in the second half of this year, which we wonder if it has anything to do with the move of production to Vietnam, but that does match the timing of the possible AirPods Studio. The company has apparently already started production for these and we could see an announcement at WWDC and they might cost $350.

Story of the day:

We may get a Periscope camera in the Samsung Galaxy Note 20+

The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 could’ve appeared in some hot looking renders

We recently got some sketches for the Galaxy Note 20′s design from Ice Universe. Now we got the first renders which were made based on that leaked design. The phone looks pretty similar to the Note 10 from the front with the very boxy design but it does bring some changes. The camera on this one has a larger hump, like the one on the S20 Ultra, the buttons are also on the right side and the S Pen was moved to the left. Like seriously, common sense changes. Now, these aren’t the official renders just yet but, this gives us a pretty good idea of what it might look like according to the sketches. Galaxy Club just found some new information and they claim that the Note 20+ will most likely bring a periscope camera. It isn’t clear if it will be the same one on the S20 Ultra and some other rumors claim that it won’t bring 100X zoom, but it pretty much explains the large camera hump for this phone as well.

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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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Is a new OnePlus TV coming soon?

OnePlus entered the smart TV arena last year with the launch of OnePlus TV Q1 and Q1 Pro. However, these TVs are only selling in India. The devices are hardly a year old and it looks like the company is set to launch their successor.

Peeps at 9To5Google spotted a new OnePlus TV and Remote on Bluetooth SIG (Special Interest Group).

The only information that was revealed is that TV with model number ‘55UA0A00’ could be powered by an updated processor and will feature a 55-inch panel. Moreover, the TV will come with an updated remote as well.

For reference, the current TVs are powered by the MediaTek MT5670 chipset.

There is no info on when OnePlus will release the updated device.

Via: 9To5Google

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Realme TV Blind Orders go live ahead of launch

Realme TV will be launching in India on May 25 alongside the Realme Watch. Ahead of the launch, the TV pre-orders have begun.

The company has begun taking blind orders for the device. The buyers will have to pay Rs 2,000 deposit to ensure a 100 percent chance to buy the Realme TV when it launches. The deposit can be paid on Realme‘s website before May 24. And, the balance amount has to be paid before May 31.

Moreover, Blind Order purchasers will get a Rs 500 coupon, which will reflect in their account on June 1. It can be used on anything you order from the company site, given that it is priced above Rs 5,000.

The TV is touted to feature a “premium bezel-less design”. It will come with Chroma boost picture engine and will support up to 400 nits of brightness. It will be powered by a 64-bit MediaTek processor with Mali-470 MP3 GPU and will come equipped with four 24W stereo speakers

Source: Realme

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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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Redmi TV X50, X55, X65 to launch alongside the Redmi 10X series

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The General Manager of Redmi, Lu Weibing has shared a teaser for the company’s upcoming TVs, the Redmi TV X50, X55, and X65. The lineup will all set to be launched alongside the Redmi 10X series on May 26.

The 50-inch model is called the Redmi TV X50, 55-inchmodel is called the Redmi TV X55, and 65-inch model is the Redmi TV X65. The post by Weibing does mention that they will be smart TVs.

Redmi TV

The teaser suggests that these TVs will have extremely thin bezels. Lu Weibing states that the TVs have “excellent performance in picture quality, appearance material, sound system, smart experience, etc.”

There is no more information available for the upcoming Redmi TV lineup.

Source: Weibo

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This is the Realme Smart TV with Dolby Audio, four 24W stereo speakers and more

Realme Smart TV is all set to be unveiled on May 25. However, ahead of the launch, its design and key specifications have been revealed by the dedicated microsite.

The TV is touted to feature a “premium bezel-less design”. It will come with Chroma boost picture engine and will support up to 400 nits of brightness. Realme says it is “20% brighter than average (in the same segment).

The Realme Smart TV will be powered by a 64-bit MediaTek processor with Mali-470 MP3 GPU. It will come equipped with four 24W stereo speakers, which is said to be the first-in-segment.

Realme Smart TV

Further, it will also support Dolby Audio. More details could be revealed on May 20.

Source: Realme

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Zoom was experiencing issues, as Google Meet is getting more users

Zoom is a video conferencing app that has become popular during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, this app has also had its shares of issues due to privacy concerns, and several reports say it was down this morning. This has helped other options, like Google Meet, to increase popularity.

Zoom confirmed on its Twitter page that it was having issues for a “limited subset of users” this morning. These issues included problems getting past the “Waiting Room,” audio and video problems, and more. The service set out to look for the causes of these problems and solved them soon enough.

On the other hand, we have Google Meet that has reached more than 50 million downloads. This has to be also by the need of having a more secure conferencing app, because the app became free, and you could also add the latest Zoom issues. Let’s remember that Google Meet used to be only open for GSuite users, but now anyone can access the service for free.

Source Tom’s Guide

Via Android Police

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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.

Source BGR

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