Pocketnow Daily: NEW MacBook Pro: Apple Experiments With Materials? (video)

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Galaxy S21 combos, Smart TVs, Chromebooks and more are also on sale

Sony headphones, Amazon’s Fire TV Stick and more are on sale today

Come on, say it with me, the official news today begin with deals. Yes, the Galaxy S21, S21+, the Ultra and every product we got at Unpacked is still available for pre-orders with huge savings but, you only have 2 days left to pre-order it. So, if you get the Galaxy S21, it is available for just $99 and the S21+ for $299, if you have an eligible device for trade-in and you also get $100 or $150 respectively in instant credit for accessories and 6 months of Spotify Premium. When it comes to the S21 Ultra, that one is available for just $499, with up to $200 in instant credit, a smart tag, and 4 months of YouTube Premium. Also, don’t forget that we have a 15% discount on the Award Winning UB from SUPCASE. Use promo code POCKETNOW15 on SUPCASE.com or promo code 10POCKETNOW on Amazon to get 10% off. Now for the old faithfulls that are still awesome deals, the Galaxy Z Flip is available for just $299, while the Z Fold 2 is still available for $1000 if you have an eligible device for trade-in. If you’re looking for some headphones, Sony’s WH-1000 XM4’s are currently $72 off, leaving them at $280. The AirPods Pro are also $49 off, leaving them at $200. Finally, if you want a Fire TV Stick Lite, it’s currently $8 off leaving it at just $22. We have more deals on other headphones, earbuds and more in the links below, and don’t forget we’ve partnered with SUPCASE to give away a Galaxy S21 and Galaxy S21 Ultra, so follow the first link in the description and enter promo code POCKETNOWGALAXY to enhance your chances to win.


 

Sony Xperia Pro finally comes to the US market with an eye-watering $2,500 price tag

Let’s stick to some official but crazy news, you’ll see why, like how much are you willing to spend on a smartphone? See, we know that a lot of you guys are fans of Sony phones as, they pack some pretty neat but pretty niche features. Well, the Sony Xperia Pro which was announced nearly a year ago is finally making its way to the US in all of the mainstream retailers, but sadly not for the mainstream audience. This is sort of a higher end variant of the Xperia 1 II, which brings a 6.5in 4K HDR OLED Display, in Sony’s typical 21:9 aspect ratio. For those of you who don’t know, what makes this phone so special is that it brings a dedicated HDMI port at the bottom, next to the USB C charging port. The reason that HDMI port is there is for you to plug in the phone to your camera and use it as a View Finder, in addition to take advantage of 5G to “allow you to livestream the footage being captured to platforms like YouTube and Twitch.” The reason why I say it’s crazy, well it packs the Snapdragon 865, 12GB of RAM, and 512GB of storage but it costs $2500. So yeah, $2500 for a “camera companion” that’s also your phone, for that price, a newer flagship and a dedicated monitor sounds like kind of a better deal. I highly recommend you watch Michael Fisher’s review which just went live for more of an idea of what you’re really buying into.

Samsung Galaxy S21 shipments may not be as great as its predecessors

Last year was a rocky year for everybody but, Samsung had a rough patch at the beginning of the year with the S20 Series where the pricing, the pandemic and a lot of factors contributed to that. This year, the company is being extremely aggressive with those pre-order deals, and a better price tag for much better phones but, it looks like they don’t want to get their hopes up too high. According to a new report, Samsung is estimating a total of 26M Galaxy S21 flagships sold by the end of 2021 which is on par with what the Galaxy S20 Series sold last year. For context, Sammy was originally expecting 35M units shipped last year but 26M is as far as they got. Now, apparently the main driver this year will be the regular Galaxy S21 with 10M units, and both the S21+ and S21 Ultra are expected to sell 8M units each. And of course, sales and shipped units are two different things but they are interconnected so even if the shipments are lower that doesn’t mean that they expect to sell less. We’ll see what ends up happening as Samsung’s new price tags and pre-order perks are kind of irresistible.

OnePlus camera could get Moon mode, Focus Peaking, Tilt-Shift and more features

OnePlus 9 series won’t feature a periscope camera

Moving on to OnePlus, we’re getting closer to the OnePlus 9 Series which is reportedly coming out sometime in late March. So far, we’re expecting 3 different phones, the 9, 9 Pro and the 9 Lite. For the 9 we’re expecting a 6.55in display with a flat design and 120Hz refresh rate, it’ll be powered by the Snapdragon 888 5G, running Android 11 out of the box. When it comes to the cameras, a new tweet from Max Jambor claims that the OnePlus 9 and 9 Pro will not bring a periscope lens like the one we get on phones like the S21 Ultra or P40 Pro. We also have some new screenshots of the Android 11 Open OS beta for the OnePlus 7T which shows several new camera features which could be coming with the 9 Series. First we got Tilt-Shift mode which allows you to make scenes appear much smaller than they actually are. Next up we have Stardust which let’s you point the camera at a bright source of light, like the sun and it let’s you see an actual star-shape and not just a dot. Finally, you also get Moon Mode, to capture night shots with the OnePlus 9 Series. Apparently other features that might make the cut include Hyperlapse and Focus Peaking. We’ll see how rumors evolve, like if we’ll be getting these on all 3 phones and other things so let’s see.

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Apple is experimenting with Titanium for making MacBooks and iPads

And finally, for the hottest news today, let’s move on to Macs as, well we’re expecting some major redesigns and upgrades to most of Cupertino’s line up, but now things seem to evolve even further. Focusing on the new MacBook Pros, Apple just filed a new patent titled “Titanium Parts having a blasted Surface Texture”. This patent explains that the anodized aluminum used in the current MacBooks and iPads is not as hard or durable as titanium, and well, science agrees. The problem with titanium is that it’s difficult to “etch”, so it is often described as aesthetically unattractive. If you remember, back in 2001, the PowerBook G4 which preceded the MacBook Pro actually had a titanium variant. Now, this patent provides a different solution by outlining a blasting, etching and chemical process to give a titanium enclosure a more attractive appearance. Apple is describing the surface as including “peaks separated by valleys” but don’t worry, the rest of the process will allow it to retain a high-gloss surface finish. Now, we know Titanium has made a comeback with Apple, as the Apple Watch Edition has a Titanium casing option. However, this new process could allow for titanium cases for other Apple Watches, iPads and even the iPhone. Last month Apple was granted another patent for a Matte Black MacBook Pro and, it looks like they are finding other ways to get rid of the anodized aluminum and make Macs more durable. Sadly, there are no rumors for this to come to the Macs we’re expecting this year but, we hope it eventually comes out.

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More Apple deals feature Apple’s latest 13-inch M1 MacBook Pro and more

We keep on getting deals, and this time we will only focus on Apple products. First, the latest M1 13-inch MacBook Pro is currently getting an $80 discount. This means that you can get one of the most powerful laptops in the market with 256GB SSD storage and 8GB RAM for $1,219. The best part is that you can get it on both its Space Gray and Silver color variants. If you want more storage space, you will have to settle for the Silver option, as it’s the only one with a $100 discount in its 512GB version, which leaves it up for grabs at $1,399.

Suppose you’re an Intel fan, and you don’t want Apple Silicon in your Mac. Well, we’ve also got you covered. Both the 13-inch and the 16-inch MacBook Pro with an Intel processor are on sale. The 13-inch model starts at $1,600 with a $199 discount that’s available when you clip-on the on-page coupon. This will get you the Space Gray color variant with an Intel Core i5 processor, 16GB RAM, and 512GB SSD storage, or get the Silver color option for $1 more. If you want more storage, you can get the 1TB version for $1800, as it will also save you $199.

Now, the 16-inch MacBook Pro with 16GB RAM, 512GB storage space, and a 2.6GHz Intel Core i7 processor is getting a $300 discount, which leaves it at $2,099.

The latest iPad Pros are also on sale. You can get the 12.9-inch model with 128GB storage with WiFi support for $949 after a $50 discount. More storage options are also on sale, as the 256GB version is getting a $100 discount, leaving it at $999, and the 512GB version is selling for $1,224 after a $75 discount. If you want the smaller 11-inch iPad Pro, you can also get one starting for $759.05 if you get the 128GB version in Silver. The 256GB version is available for $845, and the 512GB storage option is going for $1,040 after a $59 discount.

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Apple is experimenting with Titanium for making MacBooks and iPads

If you look at Apple’s hardware portfolio, it becomes pretty evident that anodized aluminum has been a favorite of the company for a long spell of time, with surgical-grade steel only recently making its way to the iPhone. While aluminum has its own set of advantages, Apple might be looking to diversify the choice of material on the table, and one of the options it is currently experimenting with is titanium. Now, titanium is stronger than aluminum, but it comes with its own set of manufacturing challenges that make it more expensive to work with.

Coming back to Apple, the company is trying out titanium for making enclosures of devices ranging from iPads and iPhones to Macs after giving the metallic sheet (or unibody block) a textured finish using a mix of blasting and etching. In Apple’s case, the company also seeks to give it a unique glossy finish, as per a patent filed before the USPTO that was first spotted by the folks over at PatentlyApple.

Titanium is stronger and can also hide weld lines better than aluminum

“According to some examples, it may be preferable to utilize a combination of an etching and blasting process while anodizing the titanium part. In particular, the anodized layer of an etched and blasted titanium part may be protected from chemical (e.g., fingerprint oils) and mechanical removal (e.g., rubbing against objects) due to the anodized layer being recessed and submerged within the valleys of the textured surface of the anodized part that has been etched and blasted,” Apple notes in the patent description.

While titanium is stronger than aluminum, and the etching process makes it a better option for hiding weld lines, it doesn’t mean the next MacBooks and iPads will ditch aluminum just yet in favor of titanium. However, if Apple manages to achieve the quality standards that the company strives to find, it is quite likely that some of Apple’s product might very well be made out of of titanium instead of aluminum in the foreseeable future.  

To recall, another patent filed by Apple mentions imparting light-absorbing features to the surface of a dyed anodized part. We aren’t sure if this anodized part is made out of titanium, but it sure makes a compelling case. This is the one that also raised speculations about a matte black MacBook in the making. But these are patents at the end of the day, so there is always a chance that the idea might never make it to a commercially available product. 

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One UI 3 update for Galaxy Tab S7/S7+ brings Second Screen feature for Windows PCs

Samsung has released its new One UI 3 update for the latest high-end tablets in its offering. The Galaxy Tab S7 (review) and Tab S7+ are receiving the new UI update with a slew of new features. Users of these tablets can now do even more with their devices and enhance their connected experiences. You can also enjoy the uninterrupted continuation of your Samsung Internet browsing and faster auto-sync of Samsung Notes across connected devices.

It will come in handy when you are browsing on your new Samsung smartphone, the Galaxy S21, and you want to continue what you are doing on a bigger display. For continuation, you need to click the ‘Recents’ button on your Galaxy Tab S7 or S7+, after browsing a webpage on your Galaxy S21 device. With a tap of the Samsung Internet icon on the menu’s bottom right, your most recently accessed page will load. The feature is limited to Samsung’s latest flagship. It supports the Samsung Notes app and Samsung Internet app with Galaxy smartphones and tablets that run One UI 3.1 or above.

Galaxy Tab S7 & S7+ Users Can Enjoy More Streamlined Galaxy Ecosystem Experiences with One UI 3 Update, Starting Today

There is a new Second Screen feature that lets you work on two screens simultaneously. You can use Second screen feature to connect your Galaxy Tab S7 or S7+ with your laptop through a range of different modes. Extend mode lets you connect to your Windows PC and work across two different apps on each screen. On the other hand, Duplicated mode lets you share the apps or documents you have open on your tablet directly to your laptop screen and instantly save any changes straight to your laptop.

The One UI 3 update for Galaxy Tab S7 and Tab S7+ also brings a streamlined Galaxy experience. You can use the Wireless Keyboard Sharing feature to connect your Samsung Book Cover Keyboard to your smartphone. Hence, you can use the tablet’s keyboard to type on your smartphone. Further,  if you get a call while you’re watching YouTube on your Tab S7 or S7+, your Galaxy Buds Pro will automatically switch to your smartphone.

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      iPads do have a challenger in the form of Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S series. The premium Android tablet range has its own share of advantages and selling points. For instance, they have an in-box S-Pen availability and gorgeous displays. The Galaxy Tab S7 is no different.

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    Pocketnow Daily: Samsung Exynos Processors On Track to BEAT Apple Silicon? (video)

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    Apple’s latest iPad Air, the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip and more are on sale

    Apple’s latest M1 Mac mini, Surface laptops and more are on sale today

    As expected, let’s begin the week with some deals as those don’t seem to bet slowing down at all. The Galaxy S21, S21+, the Ultra and every product we got at Unpacked is still available for pre-orders with huge savings but, you only have 3 days left to pre-order it. So, if you get the Galaxy S21, it is available for just $99 and the S21+ for $299, if you have an eligible device for trade-in and you also get $100 or $150 respectively in instant credit for accessories and 6 months of Spotify. When it comes to the S21 Ultra, that one is available for just $499, with up to $200 in instant credit, a smart tag, and 4 months of YouTube Premium. Yes, I know, they’re still going. If you’re looking to protect your new Galaxy, SUPCASE is still our number 1 choice for rugged cases and we’ll leave links for both Amazon and SUPCASE.com. Where you can use code POCKETNOW15 to get a 15% discount. If you want an older device that’s too good for the deals, the S20 FE is available for $425, while the Z Fold 2 is still available for $1000 if you have a device for trade-in. If you’re looking for a computer, the M1 Mac mini is currently $50 off, leaving the entry level variant for $650 at Amazon and B&H. The Surface Book 3 is $203 off at Amazon, leaving the Intel Core i5, and 8GB of RAM model for $1396. We have more deals on LG Monitors, other Samsung products and more.


    HUAWEI considers sellings its P and Mate flagship phone brands: Report

    Moving on to Huawei, the company has been doing some interesting moves in order for their US ban to continue affecting the successful mobile business they had. Recently the company sold their HONOR brand which, actually means that Honor can now launch phones with Google Mobile Services. Now, there’s a weird conflicting report from Reuters claiming that Huawei has been in talks to sell their P and Mate Series to a consortium of buyers. Apparently this is another government-backed consortium of investments firms from Shanghai and the talks have been going on for weeks, as Huawei is claimed to have started to internally explore the possibility of selling their brands as early as September. Now the conflicting twist is that Huawei themselves have refuted the report. They put out a statement saying that they have “learned of some rumors regarding the possible sale of their flagship brands, and they said that there is no merit to these rumors whatsoever. Huawei has no such plan”. The reason why we’re still covering this is because, something similar happened to Honor as it was tipped that the company was selling it, Huawei said it wasn’t, and we know how the story ended. So yeah, at the moment, the Mate and P Series are still huge in China but what the future holds is yet to be seen.

    Samsung and Apple’s upcoming smartwatches might allow blood glucose monitoring

    Let’s talk about Smart Watches for both Apple and Samsung as, it looks like both companies are looking to push new health-centric features in 2021. So far we’ve seen ECG, blood pressure measurements, blood oxygenation and more. Not all are entirely accurate, but they’re there. Now, it looks like the next big upgrade will be blood sugar or glucose measurement. According to an ETNews report, the Galaxy Watch Active 3 will employ a non-invasive technology to take your glucose level measurements, while using an optical sensor. When it comes to Cupertino, they will reportedly be using the same technology to offer this feature, and they have apparently filed the patents and they are doing testing for the accuracy and efficiency for the blood sugar monitor. This technology was showed off at CES by a Japanese company, and bringing it to the mainstream is good for everybody at the end of the day.

    Sony will revive the Xperia Compact phone in 2021, and here’s how it looks

    Now let’s talk compact smartphones. The iPhone 12 mini was an interesting experiment, but we’ve been hearing that they slowed down production to boost the Pros which have been doing far better. Now if you remember, Apple didn’t pioneer this market. It was Sony, and it seems the compact is making a comeback. We have some new renders from OnLeaks of an Xperia Compact. According to these renders, this phone brings a 5.5in display with a waterdrop notch and somewhat of a thick chin at the bottom. When it comes to the cameras, it’ll reportedly bring a dual module at the back with one of them being a 13MP sensor. Also, it’ll bring a dedicated camera shutter button, a headphone jack and the fingerprint sensor comes embedded in the power button. OnLeaks mentions that the phone will be a tad bigger than the iPhone 12 mini, even if the displays will be of almost the same size and it also looks like this is more of a mid-ranger when compared to the 12 mini. Imagine that, dedicated camera button and headphone jack on a mini phone.. Seriously how hard can that be?

    Apple’s new AirTags could be getting closer to launch

    Let’s keep talking about Apple and unreleased wearables, but this time with the ones we’re still waiting for, AirTags. We’ve been waiting for these Tile-like trackers for the longest time, with sources like Jon Prosser claiming that they are ready to go, but Apple has delayed them multiple times due to the pandemic. A couple of weeks ago, Evan Blass posted some pictures of the accessories that will be used to carry around the AirTags, like these Nomad leather keychains as well as a Glasses Holder, for you to be able to track your glasses. Now we have a new image from a tipster on Twitter, showing an AirTag holder allegedly made by Spigen which will be sold on Amazon. This is another keychain with a black design, and you can see the AirTag sticking out in the center. So again, AirTags are Apple’s upcoming trackers which will work like the Galaxy Smart Tags, and according to multiple sources like Ming Chi Kuo, they are set to launch but, we don’t really have a timeline as for when so we’ll just have to wait. It’s just interesting that what matters is not the bare airtag, but instead the accessories that would use them to become smarter.

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    Samsung’s Exynos SoC with AMD GPU conquers Apple’s A14 Bionic in leaked benchmarks

    And finally for the hottest news today let’s move on to Samsung and your favorite topic, their Exynos processors. I know, bad joke.. But bare with me, it seems this is about to change. A couple of weeks ago now we got the Galaxy S21 Series which comes with the Exynos 2100 in some regions. And in case you haven’t heard, Samsung abandoned their custom CPU cores to use ARM’s design, meaning that the Exynos 2100 can compete with the Snapdragon 888 when it comes to CPU prowess. Not necessarily the same story on graphics though, but that’s about to change. Samsung is partnering with AMD to power the next generation of Exynos chips and these may come sooner than expected to the market. A Korean publication allegedly has some benchmarks of Samsung’s unnamed new chips which should debut in 2022. Now, we should take these with a big grain of salt as, they didn’t provide any screenshots but, according to these numbers, the A14 Bionic should be scared. In the Manhattan benchmark it beat it by 60 frames at 181.8 fps, in the normal Aztec ruins it beat it by almost 60 frames again, and in high Aztec Ruins it still beat it by 28 fps. And we know, this is Apple’s processor for last year and we should expect some upgrades from the A15 but guys, this is Exynos we’re talking here. This could solve everyone’s problems with Exynos if AMD and Samsung execute it correctly.

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    Samsung might be working on two ‘Lite’ tablets to expand Galaxy Tab S7 range

    It is not only smartphones that get a ‘Lite’ or ‘Fan Edition’ treatment from Samsung, as the company has also launched its fair share of tablets with watered-down specs and a premium build in the past few years. As per a new report by SamMobile, the company might soon introduce two new tablets with the same appeal. It is quite likely that these upcoming tablets will draw inspiration from the Galaxy Tab S7 and the Tab S7+, and will make a few concessions in the hardware department to bring the asking price down. 

    “Samsung is apparently working on an upper new mid-range tablet that could eventually go on sale as the Galaxy Tab S7 Lite or even as the Galaxy Tab S8e. Details are scarce but according to our sources, the tablet should be launched in Wi-Fi, LTE, and 5G variants with model numbers SM-T730, SM-T735, and SM-T736B / SM-T736N, respectively,” says the SamMobile report. 

    Two Lite tablets, two screen sizes - just like the Galaxy Tab S7 duo

    The Galaxy Tab S7 Lite name actually makes a lot of sense, since the company gave the Galaxy Tab S6 flagship tablet the same treatment in the past and launched a more affordable version called Galaxy Tab S6 Lite, complete with a stylus in tow to take advantage of the screen real estate. Unfortunately, though, there are no details regarding the internal hardware of Samsung’s upcoming tablets, what they look like, and more importantly, how much they will cost.

    Galaxy Tab S7 Lite Plus / XL also in the making?

    There is another model in the pipeline that will come bearing the Plus (or XL) branding. However, there is some confusion about whether it will be called a Gallaxy Tab S7 Lite Plus, Galaxy Tab S7 Lite XL, or Galaxy Tab S8e. Now, the Galaxy Tab S8e name might sound a bit out of place, but Samsung has actually been through that naming scheme before when it launched the Galaxy Tab S5e back in February of 2019, and then applied it to its phone portfolio as well by introducing the Galaxy S10e

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    Pocketnow Daily: iPhone 13? More Like iPhone 12S! (New Leaks) (video)

    Samsung Galaxy S21 series, Google Pixel 4a 5G and more on sale today

    The latest iPad Pro, Apple’s 10.2-inch iPad and more devices are on sale today

    Great savings on Smart TVs from Samsung, LG, and more are also available today

    As expected, the official news begin with deals of things really do make a difference if you order early. As yes, the Galaxy S21, S21+, S21 Ultra and all the products announced last week are still available for pre-orders, giving you some great perks. In the case of the Galaxy S21, you can get it for as low as $99, the Galaxy S21+ for $299 and the Galaxy S21 Ultra for $499, all with either $100, $150 or $200 in store credit respectively, plus a smart tag, and then 4 months of YouTube Premium and 6 months of Spotify Premium. Talk about a way to sweeten the pot. Also, if you’re looking for the best rugged case money can buy for the S21 Series, SUPCASE is our go to! We’ll be sure to have links for their cases both on Amazon, and also SUPCASE.com for you to use code POCKETNOW15 to get a 15% discount. And yes, and those other trade-in deals for devices like the Galaxy Z Fold 2 at just $999 plus others are still available. Moving on to some Apple deals, the latest iPad is currently $30 off, leaving the entry level model for just $299. The iPad Pro is also $100 off, leaving entry level model for $999 on both Amazon and B&H. Finally, if you’re looking for a cheap gaming monitor, Amazon has Samsung’s 24in 144Hz monitor for $20 off, leaving it at $230. We have more deals on monitors, iPads, the Google Pixel and more.

    LG contemplates smartphone market exit

    Now, let’s talk about LG on more of a negative note sadly. We thought that the Explorer project meant more innovation for the future, but that’s if there is one. Last year the company was turning a lot of heads with the LG Wing, but it looks like it didn’t turn enough pockets. According to a report from the Korea Herald, “a change is coming”. According to them, LG is set to make a cold judgement, whether that is to sell, withdrawal or downsize their smartphone business. But don’t worry, regardless of the change in direction, the employment will be maintained. It is tipped that about 60% of their staff will be moved and reassigned into other business units within the company or their affiliates but, the future for the other 40% is not clear just yet. Now, this is not the first time we’ve heard this kind of rumors from LG as, the company has reportedly posted operating looses for 23 consecutive quarters which is, pretty crazy. On another note, a report from The Elec also claims that LG has stopped making LCD panels for iPhones as Apple is fully moving on to OLED and because they will reportedly move on from the smartphone market. At the moment, we’re expecting LG’s rollable smartphone which will reportedly bring a 7.4in display as part of their Explorer Project. Just not sure if consumers will want to adopt it if these rumors continue to evolve.

    Asus ROG Phone 4 appears in a hands-on video flaunting its secondary rear screen

    New ASUS ROG Phone 4 may arrive with a massive battery

    Let’s move the spotlight on to ASUS as you can’t deny the company’s disruption in the gaming smartphone market, and the ROG Phone is due for a refresh. Over the past couple of weeks we’ve been getting a couple of tidbits on what to expect but now we have some good information. First off, ASUS posted a poster of the phone on Weibo, showing the phone’s silhouette over the Aries constellation. Now, according to a tipster, the ASUS ROG Phone 4 will come in with a crazy, and I mean crazy 6000 mAh battery which will allegedly support 60 or 65W charging speeds. The phone recently went through Geekbench, revealing that it will be powered by the Snapdragon 888, 8GB of RAM and it will run Android 11 out of the box. Finally, a Chinese tipster posted an image of the actual device on to Weibo, showing off the back of the phone. It looks very ROG to say the least, with the camera module resembling its predecessor and a gray color variant with some accents for RGB lights, which were shown on a quick hands on video posted to YouTube. On that video you also get to see the phones display but it doesn’t really show anything. Judging by the poster and the constellation, we should expect this phone between March 21 and April 19 so, let’s see what we get. All that said, I’m seriously curious as to what you think, cause I have noticed a trend in drop in specs lately. Notice those RAM numbers.

    Samsung Galaxy Note 21 Ultra might feature an under-display camera

    Now let’s talk Samsung Galaxy Note 21 Ultra.. I know, the phone that still doesn’t have a codename. Last year we had a ton of polarizing rumors when it came to the future of this lineup, saying that it would be discontinued in favor of foldables but then Samsung cleared out the air and said that they wouldn’t be discontinuing any products. Well, we have a new trademark application spotted by LetsGoDigital, made by Samsung display for an Under the Display Camera and, it includes a smartphone. According to them, this is a hint of the Galaxy Note 21 Ultra bringing the technology and if you think about it, that should be Samsung’s next major release as, the Z Fold 3 isn’t exactly average consumer friendly for the price. The camera is listed as a “UPC” which was actually showcased by Samsung in a video, showing their Blade Bezel laptop back at CES with the display being just 1mm thick and weighing in at 130 grams, and we’re reportedly getting this technology for the Galaxy Note 21 Ultra. Now, there is a possibility and there have been some rumors that we could get this technology on the Z Fold 3 in the second half of 2021 but, that’s not clear yet. We’ll see what happens as, this is the first thing we hear about the upcoming Note and it’s kinda vague so, let’s see what we get.

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    Apple’s TouchID could return with the iPhone 13 lineup 

    iPhone 12 Pro Max’s sensor-shift stabilization might come to entire iPhone 13 family

    And finally for the hottest news today, let’s move on to the iPhone 13 as, rumors keep ramping up but, and it looks like this will be more of an S year than anything. First off, we have even more confirmation on yesterday’s rumors from trusted tipsters. Someone just tweeted “need Touch ID on the iPhone again” with LoveToDream quoting the tweet and saying it’ll “be back soon”. Jon Prosser also replied to the original tweet saying “you’re getting it”. It is still unknown exactly how Apple will be bringing Touch ID back now that the home button is completely gone from the flagship line up, but the company has reportedly been testing under-the-display sensors, probably from Qualcomm. Then again, you have the iPad Air solution by placing it in the power button but we’ll see. Let’s move on to the cameras as, Apple introduced “Sensor-shift stabilization” with the iPhone 12 Pro Max but it looks like they want to expand. According to a new report from DigiTimes, Apple’s next generation iPhones will all come with sensor-shift stabilization technology. Another report from ETNews claimed that at least 2 models would bring the technology, with LG InnoTek supplying these components. Following on the IBIS we see in professional cameras, here what’s being stabilized is the sensor and not the lens, for better results, which you can definitely notice when it comes to video. DigiTimes also claims that the LiDAR is expanding to other models and that mmWave 5G will expand to models outside of the US as well. So yeah, it looks like this is a refinement year for the iPhones.

     

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    The latest iPad Pro, Apple’s 10.2-inch iPad and more devices are on sale today

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    We start today’s deals with the latest models of the iPad Pro. You can get the 12.9-inch version with 256GB storage and WiFi connectivity for $999 with $100 savings, or get the 128GB storage version for $940 with $59 savings. The smaller 11-inch iPad Pro is also on sale, and you can get it from Amazon or B&H. The best option starts at $ 759 when you get the 128GB version from Amazon, or go to B&H and get the same tablet with 256HN storage for $849 with $50 savings, 256GB, but no LTE support in any of them. If you feel like you need LTE connectivity, you can also get the 128GB version for $899, and you still get to save $50.

      12.9-inch iPad Pro

        The 12.9-inch iPad Pro comes with an edge-to-edge Liquid Retina display with ProMotion, True Tone, and P3 wide color, FaceID, and a great camera

        11-inch iPad Pro

          Get the same features that come in the 12.9-inch model, but in a smaller package for you to express yourself.

        If you want more iPad options, the 10.2-inch iPad is also on sale, and you can save $30 when you get the 32GB version with WiFi support, or get the 128GB version for $395 with $34 savings; I personally went for this second option. Then you can also choose to grab an Android tablet, as the Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 is currently selling for $529 with $200.99 discounts in the Rose Blush and Cloud Blue color options.

          10.2-inch iPad

            Apple’s entry-level iPad comes with an A12 Bionic chip with Neural Engine, support for gen-1 Apple Pencil, and Smart Keyboard. It also features an 8MP back camera and a 1.2MP FaceTime HD front camera.

            Samsung Galaxy Tab S6- 10.5-inch 256GB

              The 2-in-1 that’s your all-in-one. Instantly transform your Android tablet into a PC desktop experience when you attach the keyboard with a built-in trackpad.

            There are also some interesting deals on Android smartphones. The Google Pixel 4a is still on sale over at Amazon.com, but now you can also get it from B&H with the same $459 price tag that translates into $40 savings. You get an unlocked device with 128GB storage space and 5G support. The Nokia 8.3 is also on sale, and you can get this dual-SIM unlocked phone with 128GB storage space for $500 with $200 savings, and you also get 5G support. Both devices also feature the Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, but the Nokia 8.3 features 8GB RAM, while the Pixel 4a 5G comes with 6GB RAM under the hood.

              Google Pixel 4a 5G

                Google’s latest Pixel 4a 5G comes with up to 48 hours of battery life, and you eill also get access to the latest OS and security updates

                Nokia 8.3

                  It’s PureView camera system delivers four different cameras, all sporting Zeiss optics. You get 64MP wide and 12MP ultra-wide cameras for capturing sweeping vistas and landscapes.

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                Pocketnow Daily: iPhone 13 Changes Leaked: GOOD Features RETURN! (video)

                Samsung Galaxy S21 series, Google Pixel 4a 5G and more on sale today

                The latest iPad Pro, the iPad Air and more tablets are on sale today

                There are tons of deals on Smart TVs, and LG monitors available

                You know the way it goes, new week new me but, those deals for the Galaxy S21 Series just keep getting hotter with new perks. The Galaxy S21, S21+, S21 Ultra and all the products announced last week are still available for pre-orders, giving you some nice perks if you do. In the case of the Galaxy S21, you can get it for as low as $99 with an extra $100 in instant credit and a free smart tag. The S21+ for $299 with an extra $150 in instant credit plus a smart tag, and then the Galaxy S21 Ultra for $499 plus an extra $200 in instant credit and a Smart Tag. Add to that a new perk, now with 4 months of YouTube Premium and 6 months of Spotify Premium. Also, if you’re looking for the best rugged case money can buy for the S21, SUPCASE is our most recommended option. We’ll be sure to have links for their cases both on Amazon, and also SUPCASE.com for you to use code POCKETNOW15 to get a 15% discount. Guys, and those other trade-in deals for devices like the Galaxy Z Fold 2 at just $999 plus others are still available. We’ll be sure to also link to that. Moving on from Samsung, the Google Pixel 4a is currently $40 off, so you can get the entry level variant for $450. The new iPad Air is $40 off, leaving the entry level model for $559. And the regular iPad is also $20 off, leaving it at $530 for the 128GB of storage. We have other deals on monitors, iPad Pros and more Samsung products.

                Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G SoC announced; OnePlus, OPPO, Motorola, Xiaomi to announce devices soon

                Let’s stick to the official news but moving on to Qualcomm, as this morning we got the companies latest processor which is, a pretty interesting launch. The company just launched the Snapdragon 870 SoC, which is a follow up on the Snapdragon 865+, meaning it’s kind of a prequel to the 888 5G. This new SoC is built on a 7nm process and it comes with Qualcomm’s Kryo 585 CPU with a prime clock speed of 3.2 GHz. When it comes to the GPU, you’re getting the Adreno 650 GPU and it also brings both flavors of 5G, thanks to the Snapdragon X55 modem. This SoC supports things like 4K displays at 60Hz and QHD+ at 144Hz, 10-bit color, HDR10 and HDR10+. When it comes to the camera, it brings a Spectra 480 ISP which allows for up 200MP photo capture, it supports 25MP dual cameras and even 8K video. This chip will power different devices from companies like Motorola, OPPO, Xiaomi, and OnePlus, it even makes me wonder if this is the processor behind the OnePlus 9 Lite. So yeah, not even sure if this is to 2021 what the Snapdragon 765G was to 2020, but who knows. Expect products right now in Q1.

                Asus ROG Phone 4 appears in a hands-on video flaunting its secondary rear screen

                New ASUS ROG Phone 4 may arrive with a massive battery

                Let’s move the spotlight on to ASUS as you can’t deny the company’s disruption in the gaming smartphone market, and the ROG Phone is due for a refresh. Over the past couple of weeks we’ve been getting a couple of tidbits on what to expect but now we have some good information. First off, ASUS posted a poster of the phone on Weibo, showing the phone’s silhouette over the Aries constellation. Now, according to a tipster, the ASUS ROG Phone 4 will come in with a crazy, and I mean crazy 6000 mAh battery which will allegedly support 60 or 65W charging speeds. The phone recently went through Geekbench, revealing that it will be powered by the Snapdragon 888, 8GB of RAM and it will run Android 11 out of the box. Finally, a Chinese tipster posted an image of the actual device on to Weibo, showing off the back of the phone. It looks very ROG to say the least, with the camera module resembling its predecessor and a gray color variant with some accents that’ll most likely bring RGB lights. Judging by the poster and the constellation, we should expect this phone between March 21 and April 19 so, let’s see what we get. All that said, I’m seriously curious as to what you think, cause I have noticed a trend in drop in specs lately. Notice those RAM numbers.

                Android 12 to arrive with new feature that will improve storage management

                We’re, probably a few weeks away from the Android Developer Beta so, some of the features we’re supposed to be getting have started to leak and get some traction. A couple of weeks ago we got a tweet from XDA saying that Android 12 might let you hibernate unused apps in order to free up space, kind of like what iOS does where it uninstalls the apps you don’t use after some time, which was actually a NextBit invention on Android years ago. Now we have a screenshot of the Android Open Source Code shows that we will be getting the feature. The system will manage the app’s hibernation state to optimize storage and it will clear the cache for this app. When an app is hibernated for a single user, it hibernates for the others but, your data will remain in the app so that once you need it again, you just have to press download and pick up right were you left it. It’s not exactly clear how this will work as, the developer preview isn’t out yet but, it’s definitely nice to have especially since the biggest complain for the S21 is that SD Card Slot missing. We’ll keep you posted as more leaks emerge as this one is not necessarily what I’d call new.

                Apple working on redesigned iMacs and a smaller Mac Pro with in-house silicon

                Let’s move on to Apple, and the upcoming Apple Silicon Macs as all eyes onto what the company is doing, especially Intels. According to a new report from Mark Gurman and Bloomberg, those redesigned MacBook Pros we talked about last week aren’t the only thing we’re getting from Cupertino this year. The report claims that Apple is planning to launch 2 new iMacs, to replace the Intel 21.5in and 27in models with Apple Silicon. Apparently the internals aren’t the only things changing, as Gurman claims that we are finally losing the thick bezels in favor of a cleaner display, kind of like what we get from the Pro Display XDR, and that also goes for the curved back which will now be flat. The report says that this will be one of the biggest visual updates to any Apple product this year. But wait, there’s more. Apple is reportedly looking to refresh the Mac Pro as well. This new model would retain the cheese grater design we got in 2019 and it will also retain an Intel processor, as one of the last machines to do so before Apple finishes the transition, it will most likely just bring better internals. However, we might be getting a second and smaller model which will feature an aluminum exterior that can resemble the Power Mac G4 Cube. Finally, Cupertino is working on a more affordable monitor, geared towards the average consumer but of course, it won’t bring the same level of brightness or contrast ratio as the Pro Display XDR. We just hope the stand isn’t sold separately on this one.

                Story of the day:

                Apple testing foldable screens, considers in-screen fingerprint sensor for iPhones

                And finally the hottest news today have to do again so early in the year with iPhone 13, and maybe even further. See Mark Gurman’s report digs into what we can expect soon, and what we can expect in the future, so let’s start with what you might not see yet. According to him Apple has already developed foldable screens for internal testing. Now, even if they are progressing with this project, apparently it is only limited to the screen stage, and they don’t really have a prototype of an actual folding iPhone just yet. Mark claims that one of the options on the table is a 6.7in panel, making it sound like this is actually a clamshell and not a tablet-like device. But moving on to projects we might get as soon as this year, it looks like Cupertino wants to bring back Touch ID which makes all the sense in the world considering these times. According to them, Apple is testing in-display fingerprint sensors for the 2021 iPhones, a rumor which we’ve heard multiple times. However, this doesn’t mean Face ID is dying, even though the notch is getting smaller we will reportedly be getting both ways to unlock your device. I mean if they can’t add it to the display we could at least get it in the power button. So far it looks like the major improvements for the iPhone 13 will come from hardware changes like the smaller notch, the high refresh rate display and now Touch ID.
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                The latest iPad Pro, the iPad Air and more tablets are on sale today

                We start today’s deals with the latest iPad Pro models, as both the 11-inch and the 12.9-inch versions are getting a $50 discount. You can get the smaller version for $849 in its WiFi-only variant with 256GB storage space in both its Silver and Space Gray color variants. The larger 12.9-inch version will cost you $949, but it will only feature 128GB storage space. If you want more storage space, you may want to consider the Space Gray version, as it’s currently selling for $1,029 with $70 savings, while the Silver variant can be yours for $1,045.

                  11-inch iPad Pro
                    the 11-inch iPad Pro comes with an edge-to-edge Liquid Retina display with ProMotion, True Tone, and P3 wide color, FaceID, a main camera with a 12MP Wide Camera, a 10MP Ultra Wide camera and a LiDAR scanner.
                    12.9-inch iPad Pro
                      Get the same features that come in the 11-inch model, but in a larger canvas for you to express yourself better

                    Samsung’s latest Galaxy tab is also on sale, and it can be yours for just $580. The Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 arrives with 128GB storage and WiFi connectivity, and you also get to save $70 upon purchase. The best part is that the discount is the same across its three color options, and remember that this tablet can also double up as a PC with DeX mode. If you want more power and more storage space, you can get the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7+ with 512GB and $130 savings, meaning that you can get yours for $900. And if you want to take special care of your new tablet, the Samsung Electronics Galaxy Tab S7 Book Cover is 50 percent off, meaning that you can grab one for just $35.

                      Samsung Galaxy Tab S7
                        Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Cover
                          The premium Book Cover folds easily to prop your Galaxy Tab S7 or S7+ up in the perfect position for table-top usage.

                        If you’re more interested in getting a new iPad, we’ve also found some interesting deals. The latest iPad Air model with 64GB storage space is currently getting a $40 discount, which leaves it at $559 in several color options. However, if you want the Space Gray variant, you will have to pay $589, but $10 savings is still better than nothing. If you want more storage space, you can also score $50 savings with you get the 256GB version, leaving it at $699 in most of its color variants.

                        You can also get the latest 10.2-inch iPad with LTE support and 128GB storage space in its Gold color option for just over $530 when you add an on-page coupon that will get you $19.89 savings.

                          Apple's latest iPad Air
                            Apple’s latest iPad Air comes with a stunning 10.9-inch Liquid Retina display with True Tone and P3 wide color. It is powered by a the A14 Bionic chip and it also features a 12MP main camera with a 7MP FaceTime HD front camera
                            Apple's 10.2-inch iPad
                              Apple’s entry-level iPad comes with an A12 Bionic chip with Neural Engine, support for gen-1 Apple Pencil, and Smart Keyboard. It also features an 8MP back camera and a 1.2MP FaceTime HD front camera.

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                            Best of CES 2021: socially distanced, but innovation nonetheless

                            Last year’s CES 2020 finally filled us with excitement as we’ve deemed it an extremely good show, and, arguably, one of its best iterations yet. This year’s CES 2021, however, due to the current events, was one of the strangest tech shows we’ve witnessed so far.

                            For the first time, the event didn’t take place at the Las Vegas Convention Center, and other locations scattered across the city’s major hotels, but it was more of an online, “socially distanced” event, with companies showing off their products and innovations via live streams. Thich has pretty much become the norm in 2020, and most probably for the remainder of 2021.

                            While some would argue for more convenience, it completely strips the media from any chance of in-person interaction with the products and the show floor, hence the lack of hands-on videos we all love and hate.

                            Thankfully, it didn’t stop companies from innovating, and we’re recognizing that innovation, and efforts, by awarding our annual “Best of CES” awards, to the companies and products we found most interesting and exciting on the virtual show floor.

                            Here are our Best of CES 2021 award winners, in no particular order.

                            HONOR Band 6

                            The HONOR Band 6, available in three colors (Meteorite Black, Sandstone Grey, and Coral Pink), offers a 1.47-inch AMOLED display with 194 x 364 resolution.

                            While being water-resistant for 5ATM, it sports a blood oxygen monitor (SpO2 monitor), heart rate sensor, sleep and stress monitor, as well as female cycle tracker. 

                            When it comes to working out, the fitness tracker offers 10 workout modes, and the battery life is rated by the manufacturer for up to 14 days with typical usage.

                            Earin A-3

                            Earin is not only the Sweden-based company that created the True Wireless in-ear headphone category, but it also boasts its employment of Scandinavian design in its products.

                            The Earin A-3 is, according to the manufacturer, the smallest earbud on the market, but the company somehow managed to cram a 14.3mm Dynamic Driver inside the units, which only measure 20mm x 17mm x 15.8mm and 3,5gr.

                            Those interested will be able to grab their own Earin A-3 in the first quarter of the year from Earin.com and Amazon, paying $199.

                            Roborock S7

                            Roborock is constantly innovating and improving its robot vacuum cleaners, with the recently announced S7 being the model which offers the most features.

                            Aside from vacuuming and mopping, the Roborock S7 now has a scrubbing function. Intensity can vary from 1,650 times/min to 3,000 times/min, and thanks to the sonic mopping technology, surface dirt gets disintegrated and broken up even when it’s tough and dried-on messes.

                            Additionally, the Roborock S7 can raise or lower its mop to avoid carpets, and will most likely feature a new docking station that will empty the dust bin. Be on the lookout for the S7 at the end of Q1, when you’ll pay $649 for it.

                            Samsung Galaxy Chromebook 2

                            The Galaxy Chromebook received a successor at almost half its price. It is not the usual successor that packs flagship upgrades. Instead, Samsung is focusing on delivering a Chromebook on a budget with its Galaxy Chromebook 2.

                            It features a 13.3-inch QLED FHD display. It is powered by the Intel Core i3-10110U Celeron 5205U processors, paired with Intel UHD graphics. You get plenty of storage options with 4GB or 8GB of RAM and 64GB or 128GB of internal storage. On the connectivity front, it has two USB Type-C ports and a MicroSD-Multi-media Card Reader. There is Wi-Fi 6 (Gig+) 802.11 ax 2×2 capability on board as well. It houses a 720P HD camera on the front and comes with stereo speakers.

                            The new model has Active Pen support, though the pen is sold separately. Samsung will be offering two configurations, starting at $549.99 (Intel Celeron 10th Generation), and $699.99 (Intel Core i3 10th Generation).

                            Samsung Neo QLED miniLED TV

                            Samsung introduced its miniLED TV in the Neo QLED range. It brings an all-new light source technology. With smaller LED lights, more lights can be packed in the same real estate.

                            Unlike other LED backlights, the Q900 eliminates lenses that capture and transmit light from the backlight. Instead,  each compact LED is designed to emit light on its own. It means that the brightness is more finely controlled as well.

                            It measures just 0.9mm in thickness and packs a Quantum Processor that uses AI to optimize 8K picture and industry-first Multi-Intelligence AI Upscaling and make sound correspond to onscreen movement with Virtual Object Tracking Sound.

                            LG Rollable concept

                            LG first teased its upcoming rollable phone packing a retractable slide-out display back in September last year. At CES 2021, the company gave us a glimpse of the device in action.

                            Touted to debut as LG Rollable, the device appears to employ a motorized mechanism that extends the panel outside or retracts it inside, depending on the use-case scenario. As per rumors, it is tipped to feature an OLED display.

                            You will not have to wait much longer as the company has already confirmed that it will be announcing its rollable phone – touted to be LG Slide – in the first quarter of 2021. It is rumored to cost somewhere around $2,359.

                            TCL Rollable concept innovation

                            TCL rollable AMOLED panel

                            TCL showcased a rollable AMOLED panel for phones that offers a different design take on this concept. The concept rollable AMOLED shows a phone whose display extends vertically upwards, instead of extending horizontally.

                            It can be directly compared to Samsung’s Galaxy Z Flip but instead of a foldable, TCL is offering a rollable. The company says its rollable AMOLED panel can go from 6.7-inch to a tablet-like 7.8-inch size. That said, there is no word when, or if, this concept will make it to the mass market.

                            TCL also showcased a 17-inch Printed OLED Scrolling Display that actually opens like a scroll. The company says it has created the panel using inkjet printing technology and that it can cover 100% of the color gamut. As per the company, it is currently focusing on commercializing its latest display innovations and that it can produce these panels at a lower cost compared to rivals. No details regarding the commercialization of this product have been revealed yet.

                            AMD Ryzen 5000 series chips

                            AMD Ryzen 5000

                            AMD released its Ryzen 5000 series mobile processors that target form factors ranging from high-end gaming laptops to ultrabooks and mass-market consumer laptops. 

                            The Ryzen 5000 H-series processors are targeted at gaming enthusiasts and creative professionals. There are 6-core and 8-core variants with a peak clock speed of 4.8GHz, base TDP of 35W (goes over 40W), and up to 20MB cache.

                            Further, the Ryzen 5000 U-series mobile processors are targeted at ultrabooks and mass-market laptops. These range from 4-core and 6-core to 8-core models with a uniform 15W TDP across the family, and up to 20MB cache. 

                            LG QNED MiniLED 99 Series 8K TV

                            30,000 tiny LEDs is an achievement that will definitely grant you a Pocketnow award while offering a great viewing experience for your customers. The LG QNED MiniLED 99 Series 8K TV is a Mini LED TV that offers great brightness and a contrast ratio of 1,000,000:1, thanks to up to 2,500 dimming zones and advanced local dimming zones.

                            With sizes up to 86 inches and operation up to 120Hz, the new model combines Quantum Dot, NanoCell, and Mini LED technologies into one.

                            HP P34hc 34-inch monitor for professionals

                            HP Curved monitor

                            HP launched a new curved-screen monitor, which features a 34-inch display. It supports up to a WQHD resolution of 3440 x 1440 pixels and has a 21:9 aspect ratio. The typical brightness can go up to 250 nits and it has a 3500:1 contrast ratio. 

                            The connectivity options include HDMI; USB-C; USB port; USB hub; Display Port. There is 1 USB Type-C™ (Alternative mode DisplayPort™ 1.2, power delivery up to 65 W); 1 HDMI 2.0 (with HDCP support); 1 DisplayPort™ 1.2 in (with HDCP support) and 4 USB-A 3.2 Gen 1. The VESA mount is 100 mm x 100 mm.

                            For environmental reasons, it features an arsenic-free display glass; Low halogen; Mercury-free display backlights; TCO Certified and TCO Certified Edge.

                            HP Elite Folio

                            HP Elite Folio

                            HP announced a convertible PC that features a pull-forward form factor to make it usable as a tablet and a laptop. It has a 13.5-inch display with an optional HP Sure View Reflect privacy panel and is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx Gen 2 5G compute platform and supports Wi-Fi 6 and optional 5G connectivity.

                            The laptop also gets an HP Elite Slim Active Pen with an integrated charging and storage cradle for quick access. You can push it up to 16GB of RAM and up to 512GB of storage. 

                            The HP Elite Folio has two USB Type-C ports, a 3.5mm audio jack, and a Nano-SIM slot. It will be available in February, and pricing will be revealed closer to launch.  

                            LG Gram 2021 series

                            LG Gram 2021

                            LG showcased its 2021 series of Gram laptops. The new lineup includes five laptops: LG Gram 17 (17Z90P), LG Gram 16 (16Z90P), LG Gram 14 (14Z90P), LG Gram 16 2-in-1 (16T90P), and LG Gram 14 2-in-1 (14T90P). 

                            Unlike the size, they have a common 16:10 display. The Gram 17, 16, and 14 have different display sizes and batteries, but the internal specs remain the same. They feature an IPS display with a 16:10 aspect ratio. They are powered by 11th-Gen Intel Core processors and options for Intel Iris Xe Graphics or Intel UHD Graphics. As for the memory, they have 8GB or 16GB of LPDDR4x RAM and M.2 Dual SSD slots for storage.

                            The LG Gram 16 2-in-1 (16T90P) and LG Gram 14 2-in-1 (14T90P) feature touch IPS display with Corning Gorilla Glass 6 protection and a 16:10 aspect ratio. The processor, RAM options, and storage remain the same. 

                            Lenovo Yoga AIO 7

                            lenovo yoga aio 7.JPG

                            The Lenovo Yoga AIO 7 features a rotating hinge, allowing users to switch between landscape and portrait mode effortlessly. Moreover, you can change the screen orientation remotely using a phone or tablet. 

                            It allows 20-degrees of tilt adjustment for maximum comfort in vertical movements. You get a 27-inch 4K display that covers 99% of the DCI-P3 and Adobe RGB color gamut. There is TUV Rheinland Blue Light certification and anti-flicker settings as well.

                            The Lenovo Yoga AIO 7 can be equipped with up to an AMD Ryzen 7 4800H Processor, paired with an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 GPU. Lenovo has equipped the device with up to 32GB of RAM and 1TB of SSD. It will make its way to the US market in February carrying a price tag of $1,599 for the base model. 

                            LG UltraWide Monitor

                            Part of a trio of updated products for 2021, the LG UltraWide Monitor is just one of the three offerings the Koreans announced at CES 2021, alongside the UltraGear and the UltraFine.

                            Built with multitasking in mind, the UltraWide has a curved 40-inch Nano IPS panel with a resolution of 5120 x 2160 pixels.

                            Offering a 98 percent (typical) coverage of the DCI-P3 color space and 135 percent of the sRGB color space, it is extremely accurate and HDR 10 compatibility guarantees great image output. With Thunderbolt 4 connectivity, you are guaranteed to get the best out of it regardless of what orientation you use it in, giving you the flexibility with full tilt, height, and swivel adjustability.

                            MSI Stealth 15M

                            MSI claims the Stealth 15M to be the thinnest gaming laptop in the world. It has a 15.6-inch 144Hz display. It is powered by the new 11th Gen Intel Core i7 11375H Tiger Lake processor.

                            It is the first laptop in the world to employ Intel’s latest H-series processor and weighs only 3.75lbs. 

                            You get the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Max-Q GPU alongside 16GB of RAM and up to 1TB NVMe SSD. This machine starts at $1,399.

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                            Apple testing foldable screens, considers in-screen fingerprint sensor for iPhones

                            Apple has long been rumored to be working on a foldable iPhone, but so far, any concrete evidence or a reputable report regarding those plans has yet to surface online. That changes now. Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman reports that Apple has developed prototype foldable screens for testing them internally. However, progress on the ambitious project is still limited to the screen stage, and the company doesn’t have a working prototype of a foldable iPhone yet.

                            READ MORE: Two foldable iPhone designs have allegedly passed internal durability tests

                            Apple doesn't have a working prototype of a foldable iPhone in its lab yet

                            Citing sources familiar with the latest developments, Gurman notes that Apple is discussing the screen size for its folding iPhone project, and one of the options on the table is a 6.7-inch panel. Going by the trend of book-style foldables such as the Galaxy Z Fold 2 that have a display ranging between 7-inch to 8-inches in size, it appears that Apple is experimenting with a clamshell form factor. Samsung already has launched two foldable devices with a similar approach – the Galaxy Z Flip and its 5G variant. However, talks about the exact form factor of a folding iPhone is still purely speculative at this stage.

                            Apple is considering in-screen fingerprint sensor, but won’t kill Face ID

                            The report also sheds some light on Apple’s 2021 iPhone plans. It appears that Apple won’t make any major internal changes to its upcoming smartphones, save for one. The company is reportedly testing in-display fingerprint sensors for the 2021 iPhone line-up, a feature that has popped up in rumors on multiple occasions in the past. However, the company won’t kill the Face ID system in favor of an in-display fingerprint sensor for authentication, as the former is crucial for some camera tricks as Animoji and Memoji.

                            READ MORE: Apple may be getting closer to deliver a new foldable iPhone

                            Face ID doesn't play ball with masks, but an in-screen fingerprint sensor works

                            To recall, Apple received some criticism following the debut of the iPhone 12 line-up, as Face ID is not of much use in times when wearing masks is mandatory and a life-saving habit. Many demanded a return of the physical fingerprint sensor, and Apple partially obliged – but instead of making its way to an iPhone, the company added a side-mounted fingerprint sensor to the 2020 iPad Air.

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                            Pocketnow Daily: Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra Price Cut and Last Minute Leaks! (video)

                            The Google Pixel 5, Apple’s iPad Air and more devices are on sale today

                            The official news today, as always begin with deals, and yes guys, we’re very close to Samsung’s Galaxy Unpacked so the Samsung deals are still going. First off, remember that you can already reserve the Galaxy S21, allowing you to get up to $700 in trade-in and $60 in credit for you to get some accessories to go with. Problem is, today is the last day so act quick. If you want a Galaxy S21 variant, make sure to checkout the first link in the description. Moving on but sticking to trade-ins, you can currently get the Galaxy S20 FE for a crazy $75, or the S20 Ultra for $600. The Z Fold 2 is available for $1000 and the Z Flip is still a crazy $100 but you need an eligible device to trade-in. Moving on, the Google Pixel 4 is currently $295 off it’s original price tag on Amazon, leaving it at $503 shipped. Speaking of Amazon, they have a huge sale on their smart speakers, the new Echo Dot is $20 off, meaning you can get it for $30 shipped. The Echo Show 5 is $45 off, leaving it at $45 shipped and the Echo Studio is still $30 off, so you can get it at $170 shipped. We have more deals on iPad Pros, True Wireless Earbuds and more in the links in the description.

                             

                            Roborock brings upgrades to S7 robot vacuum at CES 2021

                            MSI’s new wave of gaming laptops pack the power of NVIDIA RTX 30 series graphics

                            Alienware announces its thinnest laptops ever at CES 2021

                            HP P34hc is a 34-inch curved monitor for professionals and creators

                            Yes, CES 2021 is still going on and like yesterday, we’re compiling all of our favorite single launches from the past couple of days as the show is kind of winding down as we go further in the week. Let’s start with Alienware as they just announced their new laptops, the M15 and the M17 R4 which are the company’s thinnest laptops to date.. For gaming laptops of course. They deliver faster and a more powerful competitive edge as they are powered by NVIDIA’s RTX 30 Series, bringing other features as well like an optional 360Hz panel, which should come in handy for titles like Cyberpunk or Valorant. Speaking of powerful laptops, MSI just released 5 new laptops powered by the RTX 30 Series as well, rocking Intel’s brand new 11th Gen Core H Series processors. I guess we know where the 70 computers are coming from. MSI is packing some crazy features as well, including 300Hz displays, GDDR6 RAM and more. Roborock just announced their S7 robot vacuum, offering a 5200 mAh battery, as well as impressive numbers when it comes to suction and scrubs, all in the same clean design. Finally, HP has been having a busy year, a couple of days ago they launched a couple of laptops and now we get the P34HC which is a 34in curved monitor aimed at creators. It has a 21:9 aspect ratio at WQHD resolution, and it goes up to 250 nits. Of course, the show is still going on, we have a ton of more coverage on Pocketnow.com and the links to articles for all of these products in the links in the description.

                            New leak reveals OPPO Find X3 Pro in all its glory

                            Now let’s talk about the successor to my favorite display on a smartphone in 2020, the possible OPPO Find X3 Pro. A lot of leaks and rumors have been popping up for this series as of late but now, we have probably the biggest leak yet. Evan Blass is back at it again, posting some high resolution renders of the Find X3 Pro. We get to see the phone in 4 different color variants, including white, black, blue and something that resembles copper. Apparently the camera module is taking some cues from the iPhone 12 Pro when it comes to the design even though the hump is pretty Samsung I would say. It’s supposed to feature the main sensor, a wide angle lens, a telephoto and a macro lens, and according to older leaks we should expect 2 unannounced 50MP sensors from Sony. When it comes to the display, we’re expecting a 6.7in WQHD+ panel running adaptive 120Hz refresh rate. It’ll most likely be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, a 4500 mAh battery which will support 65W charging and 30W wireless charging. We’re supposed to be getting the Find X3 Pro some time around April or late March so, leaks should only intensify from here.

                            Apple’s Find My app gives yet another hint at the imminent arrival of AirTags

                            Let’s talk about Apple’s AirTags which have been heavily rumored and leaked over the past couple of months. All the way back in 2019, MacRumors recovered some screenshots of how the Find My app would work with these trackers. Well now, someone found a hidden “Items” tab in the Find My app that can be enabled in your iPhone or iPad if you type a specific link into Safari and it’ll take you to this tab in the Find My app. Once you type in the link and it redirects you, in the “Me” tab it tells you to “Keep Track of Your Everyday Items” like you’re keys, your bag and it even shows a bike. It also allows you to search for a lost item but, of course that won’t work at the moment because the Tags aren’t exactly out. If you haven’t been paying attention, AirTags will be Apple’s tile-like trackers, which have even been referenced by Apple in previous videos. According to famed leaker Jon Prosser who’s proven to rarely be wrong, these are ready to go but, we don’t know when Apple plans to announce them just yet and it looks like Samsung will be beating them to the punch tomorrow. Obviously your guess is as good as mine when it comes to why we’re waiting, but it seems March will be the closest ticket to launch.

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                            Samsung Galaxy S21 series may arrive with a significant price cut

                            Samsung Galaxy S21 family’s custom color options leaked in all their glory

                            And of course, the hottest news today have to do with Samsung as, we’re pretty much a few hours away from the Unpacked Event. Over the past couple of months we’ve gotten everything, from the specs, to the design, heck even the thin box. Well, since we’re a few hours away let’s start with a recap of everything that we know so far. We’re expecting 3 phones, the S21, S21+ and the Ultra, as well as the Galaxy Buds Pro, and the Galaxy Smart Tags. The S21 will reportedly pack a 6.2in display, while the S21+ goes up to 6.5in, both running at FHD+ and 120Hz. Both of them will be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 or the Exynos 2100, along with 8GB of RAM and up to 256GB of storage. For the cameras we’re expecting 2 12MP sensors for the main camera and the ultra wide, and a 64MP telephoto. Now, moving on to the Ultra this is a 6.8in QHD+ Display, running at 120Hz, powered by the Snapdragon 888 5G and the Exynos 2100 depending on the region. Here you start at 12GB of RAM, going up to 16GB and 128GB of storage, going up to 512GB. When it comes to the cameras you get a 108MP sensor, a 12MP ultra wide, 2 10MP telephotos for zoom at both 3x and 10x respectively, in addition to another sensor for laser autofocus. We’ve seen multiple renders for all of the phones but some new ones show us the color variants for the Ultra, including Black, Brown, Blue, Gray and the White one which is reminiscent of the Galaxy S10. Finally, let’s move on to a new development which comes from some sources in South Korea about the price tag. According to them, the S21 will start at around $900 when you do the conversion, the S21+ at $1099 and the S21 Ultra around $1299 or $1399. And yes, we know it still sounds expensive but it’s definitely a cut when compared to the S20 line.

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                            Samsung Galaxy and Google Pixel phones are on sale today

                            Apple’s latest M1 13-inch MacBook Pro, Razer Blade 15 and more laptops are on sale today

                            Headphones from Sony, Samsung, Apple and more are also on sale today

                            You already know, the official news today begin with deals, and again there’s no better time to buy Samsung products both old and new. You can still reserve a Galaxy S21 model and get up to $700 in trade-in and up to $60 in credit for accessories once you do, so make sure you check the first link in the description if you want a Galaxy S21. Sticking to Samsung and trade-in deals, the Z Flip is still a crazy $100, yes $100. The Z Fold 2 is still $1000 and you can get the Galaxy S20 Ultra for $600. We also have deals on the Note but again, you need an eligible device for trade-in. If you don’t have a device to trade-in we also have discounts for all of these on Amazon if you’re still looking for a great deal. Moving on, you can get a Google Pixel 4 for $295 off its original price tag, leaving it at $504 shipped. The M1 MacBook Pro is still $60 off, leaving the 256GB of SSD model for $1239. The Razer Blade 15 is also $300 off, this is the Intel Core i7, RTX 2060 model, leaving it at $1500. We have a ton of more deals on other laptops, AirPods, Sony Earbuds and headphones and more, in the links in the description.

                             

                            Intel announces 11th Gen Core H-series mobile processors for gaming laptops

                            Qualcomm’s second-gen ultrasonic fingerprint sensor is bigger and 50% faster

                            Fossil Gen 5 LTE costs $349 and let will let you take calls directly on the smartwatch

                            Jabra Elite 85t gets four new color options at CES 2021

                            Yes, CES is still happening but before we get into more specific launches, let’s talk about some of our favorite single out announcements. Beginning with Qualcomm as the company just launched the second generation to their ultrasonic fingerprint scanner. This new sensor is 77% larger than its predecessor and it works 50% faster, this improved sensor will reportedly debut with the S21, if history repeats itself. Intel just announced their 11th Gen Core H Series of mobile chips which power gaming laptops based on a 10nm process, supporting up to 5GHz clock speeds, PCIe Gen 4, Thunderbolt 4 and more features. But, 10nm huh Intel? The Jabra Elite 85Ts which are some of my favorite earbuds just got 4 new colorways, including Gold, Copper, Black and Grey in case you were waiting for some variety. Fossil just announced the Gen 5 LTE which brings a 45mm sleek design and it now allows you to take calls directly on the smartwatch which is pretty nice for $349. And guys, there’s so much more CES 2021 coverage on Pocketnow.com but, we have specific articles for each of these products and their details, in the links in the description.

                            AMD unleashes Zen 3-based Ryzen 5000 series mobile processors

                            NVIDIA unveils RTX 30 series laptop GPUs and GeForce RTX 3060 desktop graphics

                            Let’s keep talking about CES, we know that a lot of you guys like when we cover PC parts and well Nvidia and AMD are back at it again. Starting with AMD, they just unveiled their Ryzen 5000 Series of mobile processors, these are divided into 2 families, the H and the U Series. The H Series is targeted at gaming enthusiasts in both 6 and 8 core variants with peak clock speeds of 4.8GHz, interesting considering Intel is pushing 5GHz. When it comes to the U Series, these are aimed at ultra-books and the rest of mass market laptops, these range from 4 to 8 cores, with pretty much the same base specs as some of the H Series but only pushing up to 4.4GHz. AMD is looking at 23% higher single threaded performances and up to a 17% increase in multi-threaded performances. Moving on to Nvidia, the company just revealed the RTX 30 Series laptop GPUs and a RTX 3060 desktop GPU. These are based on their 3rd Gen Max Q technology, offering up to 2x ray tracing output, and the new tensor cores are claimed to be 2x more capable. Overall Nvidia is aiming at higher efficiency, better performance and refined acoustics here. Over 70 laptops with the RTX 30 Series will debut this month alone, so you can check out all of the specifics in the links below. For a minute there I was like – are we sure about that number or is it 7? But nope, 70 laptops.

                            HONOR announces MagicBook Pro, HONOR Band 6

                            Sticking to CES, let’s move on to Honor as, we know that the company went independent form Huawei a couple of months ago and they just announced their upcoming flagship products. First off we got the Honor MagicBook Pro which brings a 16.1in display with a 90% screen-to-body ratio. It’s powered by a 10th Gen Intel processor, along with 16GB of dual channel DDR4 RAM, and 512GB of PCIe NVMe SSD, when it comes to cooling it brings dual fans and dual heat pipes. It includes Bluetooth 5.0, an HDMI port, 3 USB A ports and a USB C port, as well as a headphone jack and a fingerprint sensor. It apparently charges up to 50% in just 30 minutes. Now, moving on to wearables we also got the Honor Band 6 which features a 1.47in AMOLED Display, supporting 10 workout modes and 14 days of battery life. It brings 5 ATM water resistance and it brings a heart rate monitor, oxygen monitor, sleep and stress monitor and even a female cycle tracker. It comes in three color variants including Meteorite Black, Sandstone Grey and Coral Pink. Sadly we didn’t get word on price tags yet but it should be on global markets very soon.

                            Is this the new design of the 2021 iPad Pro refresh?

                            Now let’s talk about Apple and particularly iPads as it does seem that Cupertino is planning an aggressive push here. Lately there’s been a ton of rumors on the upcoming iPads as, we’re expecting a refresh to the regular iPad and we’re supposed to get mini-LED displays on the Pros very soon. Now, we have some new CAD renders of both iPad Pro models coming from 91Mobiles and MySmartPrice. Starting with the bigger model, it looks like it’s bringing pretty much the same design language as the current model with the boxy design and the single USB-C port as well as the smart connector for the keyboard. The camera is still a dual module along with the LiDAR sensor. When it comes to the 11in version, it also looks like its predecessor which we got back in 2020 but, apparently it’s going to be a couple of millimeters thinner and shorter. The CAD renders also show that we might be getting a Touch ID sensor similar to the one on the iPad Air, and you can also notice it on the renders for the 12.9in iPad. We’re expecting these iPads some time this year, running on a variant of the A13 or A14 Bionic, along with a mini-LED display. It clearly seems that iPad sales are up given the pandemic if Apple plans to make a broader push and even bring a more aggressive price tag.

                            Story of the day:

                            Samsung Galaxy S21 retail box leak confirms the absence of a charger

                            Samsung unveils the 5nm-based Exynos 2100 flagship SoC that will power the Galaxy S21

                            And finally for the hottest news today, you guessed it. We’re literally a couple of days away from Samsung’s Unpacked but, there’s still a ton of leaks and information to Unpack here.. Let’s start with something official as Samsung just posted the full teaser for the S21 Series which is captioned “Welcome to the Everyday Epic”. It teases a lot of camera capabilities, mainly video, low light and zoom. It shows the silhouette of the device and some software tricks as well. Sticking to what’s official, the company just announced the Exynos 2100 which will power the S21 depending on your region. It is a 5G-ready chip based on a 5nm process and a tri-cluster core design allowing for a 30% increase in multi-core performance and 40% boost in graphics performance. It allows some crazy tricks like handling 6 cameras and 200MP resolution output, as well as handling 4K panels at up to 120Hz, or QHD+ at 144Hz but, we won’t bore you with specifics, we’ll have a specific link for this in the description. Back to the S21, we have some new posters showing off the design yet again, as well as teasing the 5G capabilities, the storage tiers and the camera. Now, the poster getting the most headlines is the one showing off the box and as you can see, it’s very thin. Meaning it’s pretty much official that we won’t be getting a charger or headphones this year. Go Green! And remember, you can already register for the S21 and get some perks, in the first link in the description. So yeah, with that teaser and all of the other posters, seriously what’s left?

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                            Is this the new design of the 2021 iPad Pro refresh?

                            Once again, we are talking about iPad rumors, but this time we won’t focus on the possibility of a relatively fast entry-level iPad refresh. This time we will see new CAD images that suggest the new design of the upcoming iPad Pro lineup that’s expected to arrive with a mini-LED display.

                            It seems that the guys over at MySmartPrice and 91mobile have images of what may be the new 2021 iPad Pro. Rumors claim that we will receive two new iPad Pro models with the same 11-inch and 12.9-inch versions, and the latest leaks suggest that we won’t see that many changes in the external design, other than maybe shaving a couple of millimeters off.

                            My SmartPrice claims that the 11-inch iPad Pro will arrive with the same thickness as the current version. However, Cupertino would “shave off some millimeters from the length and breadth.” Further, we may also see audio changes in this model, as Apple may change the internal speaker system, reduce the number of speaker grilles, and relocate them.

                            The CAD images provided by 91mobiles suggest that we will get the same squared-off edges in the 12.9-inch model, but we may also get thinner bezels around the screen. The back camera module will have a squared design that would feature a dual read setup with LED flash, a LiDAR sensor, and a microphone like its predecessor.

                            We are still waiting to receive information about the new iPad Pro’s internals since all we know is that it may arrive with the latest A14 Bionic chip and 5G support. Still, we will have to wait for the new iPad Pro models to launch to confirm most of the rumors we’ve received that also include new mini-LED displays that will give us brighter displays and improved battery life. And just in case you’re wondering, the new tablets are also expected to launch in the first quarter of 2021, with some saying that we should see them arrive in March, but these are still only rumors.

                            Source 1 MySmartPrice

                            Source 2 91Mobiles

                            Via GSM Arena

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