HONOR has announced that it is rolling out a new firmware update for the HONOR MagicWatch 2 smartwatch. It brings 85 new workout modes and tracks upto 194 types of data for the users. The update will be available on both 42mm (4.2 cm) and 46mm (4.6 cm) variants.
The HONOR MagicWatch 2, with 85 customized workout modes covers 6 categories of sports: extreme, leisure, fitness, aquatics, ball games and winter sports and other fitness activities ranging from street dance to parkour, rock climbing to yoga, and ballet to boxing, breathing exercises, etc. covering a total of 100 activities now.
In the 15 professional workout modes, the smart fitness companion can record key data and collect upto 194 types of information for users to get the most out of their workout. The types of data includes trail (distance), average speed, maximum speed, duration, calories burnt, heart rate, stride frequency, cumulative elevation, maximum oxygen uptake, etc. in case of running, hiking and triathlon; and stroke recognition, stroke frequency, stroke count, SWOLF, average swimming pace, swimming laps, etc. in case of swimming.
How to update the HONOR MagicWatch 2
While the device should prompt you for the update, in case it does not users may follow the enclosed steps:
Ensure the ‘HUAWEI Health App’ on the smartphone is upgraded to version 10.0.5.310 or above.
Ensure the watch is connected to the smartphone and running
Vivo is allegedly working on a smartwatch. It could be named Vivo Watch. Two variants of the device were spotted at the 3C certification platform in the previous month. The listing suggests that the Vivo Watch could be launched in China soon. Now, the device has been spotted listed in the database of the Bluetooth SIG certification platform.
The latest listing confirms support for Bluetooth 5.0 on the Vivo Watch. It carries model number W2056. To recall, the 3C listing had revealed two model numbers namely, W2056 and W2052. It also revealed that the Vivo Watch might come with 5W charging.
At present, there is no official word on the launch of Vivo Watch. However, devices generally go official in a timeframe of around one month after appearing at Bluetooth SIG. Hence, it could go official by the end of next month.
Apple’s latest 13-inch MacBook Pro, and tons of Android phones are on sale today
Deals. The 4th of July is over but, the deals aren’t. The latest 13in MacBook Pro is available for $200 off on Amazon, leaving the 4 thunder-bolt 3 port, 16GB of RAM and 1TB of storage variant for $1800 shipped. The Galaxy S20 line is also being discounted, for example, the S20+ which I’ve been using is $200 off, leaving it at $999 shipped. The Ultra is also getting a $150 discount, leaving it at $1250 shipped. The Google Pixel 4 is also $80 off, leaving it at $719. We have more deals on the Pixel 3a, Nintendo Switch controllers and more in the links in the description.
Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 support page goes live, launch imminent
You could get your new Samsung Galaxy Note 20 on August 21
The leaks for Unpacked keep coming in as we get closer but, it looks like Samsung is ready for the event. The support pages for the Galaxy Watch 3 are ready on Samsung’s Indian website. The page reveals the model numbers which are similar to the Watch Active 2 and those were previously leaked. However, moving on to the Note, according to a new Korean report, the Note 20 will be available for purchase on August 21. The Unpacked Event is expected to happen on August 5th and if you take into account what happened last year, it got revealed on the 7th and spent a couple of weeks on pre-order so this timeline makes sense. This availability date is for the Korean market but, we assume it will be somewhat similar for us. The report also mentions that the S20 Lite, the LG Wing and a mystery device which we’ll mention in a couple of segments will be released in October.
Amazon slip-up reveals July 21 launch for OnePlus Nord
We’ve been praising OnePlus for their Nord marketing campaign but it looks like Amazon just spilled the beans on them. We’ve seen the design and the name leaked by OnePlus but, an Amazon India page just revealed that the OnePlus Nord will launch on July 21 and then the page was quickly pulled. The page showed a teaser of the device which said “Made to be experienced on July 21st” and it would take you to the OnePlus URL for this phone which… isn’t live yet. We’ll keep you posted as, we’re expecting to hear from OnePlus with the official launch date soon.
Here’s a size comparison of iPhone 12 models based on dummies for case makers
And that mystery device that was mentioned on the Korean report to launch in October is the iPhone 12. The timeline for this phone is very confusing but October sounds reasonable, even with the rumored delays. Now, we have some new dummy images and even a video of the new iPhones. These dummies certainly look better than the ones we got before and now we get them compared to older iPhones. He does mention in the video that these dummies are made for case makers so that’s why the cameras look like the ones on the 11 Pro and the 11, with no LiDAR sensor, as well as the same notch. We also have some pictures posted to the MacRumors forums where we can see the 5.4in iPhone 12 Pro compared to the old iPhone SE and an iPhone 7. It’s obviously bigger than the SE but it is slightly smaller than the iPhone 7 which has some people excited.
Samsung’s next foldable will reportedly be called Galaxy Z Fold 2
Let’s get back to Unpacked. We’re expecting the successor to the Galaxy Fold to be announced but apparently, the name is about to change. According to SamMobile, Samsung will dub the new Fold the “Galaxy Z Fold 2″. If you think about it, it kind of makes sense because Samsung apparently wants to unify all of their foldable products under the Z letter. According to them, the “Z” branding “intuitively communicates the idea of a foldable product while delivering a dynamic and youthful feel”. The Fold 2 is expected to bring new batteries which add up to 4365 mAh, a new UTG glass, the Snapdragon 865, along with the S20+’s camera array with that new design we covered a few weeks ago. Even though the naming makes sense, we’re just wondering why they didn’t unify their foldable products under the Fold name like the Note because, what else could portray the idea of a foldable product better than the word Fold?
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New leak reveals alleged renders of the Google Pixel 5
And, by this point you know the story, we’ve been waiting on the Pixel 4a for ages and naturally, Pixel 5 leaks are now starting to emerge. We have some new CAD renders that allegedly belong to the Google Pixel 5 and they kinda look like if the Pixel 4 and the 4a leaks had a baby which, makes sense. If you even think of it, they look a lot like the leaks of the Pixel 4A XL that was reportedly canceled. Now, the source claims that the phone is still in the works so these aren’t final CAD renders. The first thing you notice is that the whole radar module at the front is gone and it was replaced with the punch hole that we’re expecting for the 4a which means that the capacitive fingerprint scanner is back. An odd move at a time when fingerprint scanners are all on the display. Speaking of the back, it looks like we might be getting only two cameras again even though we have no word on that just yet. Also, remember that this phone might be more of a mid-ranger so, we’re expecting for it to bring a Snapdragon 765, and the display will be a 5.78in QHD OLED.
You can get your hands on a new 13-inch Apple MacBook Pro with 16GB RAM and 1TB storage for $1,799, after a $200 discount over at Amazon. This powerful laptop comes with a 2.0GHz Intel Core i5 processor and four Thunderbolt 3 USB-C ports. If 1TB is too much storage for you, the 512GB version is getting a $149 discount, leaving it at $1,650.
We are also getting some great discounts on Samsung Galaxy devices. The Samsung Galaxy S20 series is getting $150, $200, and $150 discounts in the Galaxy S20, S20+, and S20 Ultra variants, leaving them at $850, $999, and $1,250 respectively. The Samsung Galaxy S10 is currently available for $659 after a $100 discount.
Next, up, we have the Google Pixel 4, which is getting an $80 discount, leaving it at $719, or go for the Pixel 4 XL, which is currently available for $789 after a $110 discount. If you want to save even more, the Google Pixel 3a is currently available for $345, or go for the Pixel 3a XL which is selling for
If you’re looking for a keyboard for your Mac, the Logitech K750 wireless solar keyboard is available for $36.95 after a $23 discount, and it may be very convenient if you have your Mac close to a window.
We also have to include Best-Buy’s fourth of July sale, since you can find tons of discounts right now. The Samsung Galaxy S20 series is getting up to $350 off. Students get up to $100 off select models of the MacBook Air, save up to $100 on the iPad Pro, up to $500 on the iPhone XS and XS Max. The latest iPhone 11 is up to $230 off, and you can get a HomePod for $199.99 after a $100 discount, or a 15.4-inch MacBook Pro with 32GB RAM 1TB storage and an Intel Core i9 processor for $2,799.99 after a $700 discount. These deals will end tomorrow, so you still have some time to think about getting your new device.
JVC’s Android Auto/Apple CarPlay is also on sale today. Save $100 from its regular price, meaning you would only have to pay $379.99. You get an in-dash DC/DVD/DM receiver with built-in Bluetooth and a 6.8-inch display.
We get new discounts on Apple’s 11-inch iPad Pro and more
Deals. We have some more deals we left out yesterday on Amazon, especially on iPads. Starting off with the latest 2020 12.9in iPad Pro which is $250 off, leaving the 1TB of storage variant for $1300 shipped. B&H also has that same $250 discount on the 2018 variant but it actually comes bundled with the previous Magic Foleo Keyboard, leaving the 256GB of storage variant for $1200 shipped. B&H also has the 2018 11in iPad Pro for $100 off, leaving the entry level variant for $699. The Moto G8 Play is also $70 off, leaving it at $130 shipped. We also have more deals on headphones, TVs and more in the links in the description and make sure you check Pocketnow.com over the weekend for 4th of July deals.
Google is finally implementing 64-bit architecture for Chrome on Android
Yes, there is no denying that Chrome is the most popular web browser in the world.. I mean hey, it’s even got its own operating system. The problem is that it’s not necessarily the most up to the latest standards. 64-bit architecture on Android was announced pretty much half a decade ago and well, let’s just say it’s still something Google hasn’t really handled well. We know that Chrome has been stuck on 32-bit but it looks like they’re finally ready to move on. Android Police just spotted that the Chrome 85 and 86 dev build that they are listed as 64 bit apps. Thing is, there’s a catch:b it will only be available on devices running Android 10 and later. Google announced last year that they will be phasing all of their 32-bit apps by August 2021 and this just shows that they’re on track.
Samsung briefly listed the upcoming Galaxy Tab S7+ 5G on its official website
Like seriously, if there’s someone I trust when it comes to Samsung leaks, it’s Samsung. At this point we’re not really surprised when Samsung leak their own products through their European websites. This time, Samsung Germany listed the Galaxy Tab S7+ 5G on their website and as per usual, it was quickly pulled. Other than that this listing didn’t reveal much but we did get some leaked specs for the S7 line last month and they included a 12.4in AMOLED display, the S Pen will now be magnetically attached to the back and it will be aligned with the new dual camera module. On the front side, it looks kinda similar to the latest iPads and the selfie camera has been moved to the side so you can use it while the tablet is on landscape mode.
LG could give us the first rollable smartphone next year
LG has been reluctant to hop on the foldable phone trend and have opted to go for dual-displays instead. Now, it looks like the company is finally ready to join but in a different way. Last year we got some patents of a roll-able phone and according to a new Korean report, LG is working on bringing this device to the market in early 2021. It’s currently called Project B and the prototype is already under production, but get this.. They’re using a BOE display. The report also mentions that LG might release their phone as they have been losing money on their mobile division and some innovation might help them get out of this slump. We’re expecting LG to release this phone, a “horizontal device codenamed Wing” and a “traditional looking” flagship in Q1 of 2021.
Here’s an official sneak peek at the OnePlus Nord’s design
We’re expecting the OnePlus Nord to launch some time next week so naturally, the hype is ramping up. OnePlus just put out a new teaser on their Instagram account and we get to see the actual phone. The trailer focuses on the past and staying true to who you are, probably hinting to OnePlus going back to their roots with their “New Beginnings”. Then towards the end of the video you can see the phone going into a pocket but if you freeze it we can see the camera module which looks pretty much like the renders we got months ago. It has the OnePlus logo in the center and it comes in that Blue color variant we’ve been expecting. There’s another picture where you can see the front of the phone but we can’t really see the dual selfie cameras but we saw those a couple of days ago in the other teaser. Here’s the thing. Regardless of the teaser, can we just give props to OnePlus for this marketing campaign. It’s totally achieving the interest they’re look for.
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Apple wants to know what you do with “in the box” iPhone chargers
The iPhone 12 could feature Largan camera lenses
And finally, the hottest news today have to do with Apple. So Monday we talked about the lack of a Charger, and Tuesday we talked about the camera.. Today, we have a couple of confirmations, so let’s begin with the later. We have new Ming Chi Kuo report where he claims that the iPhone 12 will bring some new “high-end” 8-element lens arrays to improve image quality. These premium camera lenses will be supplied by company called Largan and will start shipping in a couple of weeks. Production has reportedly been delayed by 6 weeks, meaning we’ll see production reach its peak by September-November instead of the usual August-October. Anyways, as for the second topic, if you wanted any confirmation that Apple is removing the charger on the iPhone 12, wait no more. Apple is sending out surveys to people in Brazil on what they do with their older chargers,.. yeah you heard that right. Now, so far the survey has only been found in Brazil so it may be limited right now, or it might be a regional thing, but it asked what the user did with his previous iPhone 7 charger, asking if he recycled it, gave it to a family member or friend or if he still has it and uses it. Now, we’re not 100% sure if Apple will remove the charger this year but if this survey is real, it looks like it’s happening.
B&H has a huge selection of 11-inch iPad Pro models on sale. You can get yours starting at $699, and you get the late 2018 Wi-Fi only version with 64GB storage, which lets you save $100 from its regular price.
You can also get yourself a new Moto G8 Play for $130. This device is usually found for $199.99, but right now, you can save a little under $70 upon purchase. This is an unlocked device with 2GB RAM and 32GB in storage with a 13MP camera.
We then move into gamer territory, as the Razer Nari Ultimate gaming headset is getting an $80 discount, leaving it at just under $150. This wireless headset includes 7.1 surround sound, Chroma-RGB, a retractable microphone, and you can use it with your PC, PS4, and more. However, this price is only available with the Overwatch Lucio Edition, but you can still save $17 if you want the black version, which is currently selling for $182.99.
The Soundcore Liberty Air True Wireless Earphones are also on sale, in away. You can get yours for $42.99 after applying a coupon that will give you $30 off. This coupon can be applied to both its black and white color variants, so you choose which color suits you best.
There will be 9 distinct Galaxy Watch3 configurations:
– 45mm Black Titanium Bluetooth – 45mm Black Stainless Steel BT – 45mm Black SS LTE – 45mm Silver SS BT – 45mm Silver SS LTE – 41mm Silver SS BT – 41mm Silver SS LTE – 41mm Bronze/Gold SS BT – 41mm Bronze/Gold SS LTE
Evan Blass has recently posted a tweet listing every Samsung Galaxy Watch3 configuration. He claims that we will get nine options to chose from, with Black, Silver, and Bronze/Gold color options, in 45mm and 41mm versions. The prices should start at $400 for the Bluetooth only variants, and they could go up to $600 with LTE support. Rumors also suggest that we could get this new smartwatch before the next Galaxy Unpacked event, so we will have to wait until July 22 to see if this is true.
Apple’s latest MacBook Air and more devices are on sale today
The official news today begin with Deals, and this time no worries, they are not only about Apple. We have some nice deals to start off the month of July, let’s begin with the Pixel 4 which we just re-visited after Android 11 Public Beta. Make sure you watch that video, but yes it is $100 off, leaving the 64GB variant for $699 shipped. The 4XL is $107 off, leaving it at $791 shipped for the same amount of storage. The latest MacBook Air $100 off on Amazon as well, leaving it at $1200 shipped for the 512GB but if you go over to B&H you can find the 256GB variant for $899. We have more deals on Motorola phones, USB docking stations and more in the links in the description.
POCO M2 Pro is the next POCO phone launching in India on July 7
Recently there’s been some rumors on POCO releasing a new phone in the following weeks. Now, POCO took to Twitter to announce that they will be releasing a new phone called the POCO M2 Pro with the hashtag #FeelTheSurge. The announcement and launch will happen on July 7th at 12PM and the phone will be an exclusive for India. It will reportedly be a rebranded variant of the Redmi Note 9 as they have similar model numbers and it’ll be powered by the Snapdragon 7 Series. We’ll keep you posted next week once we get the device. You gotta admit that Poco has been doing some impressive stuff.
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5G’s TENAA listing reveals a new color option
It seems that Samsung won’t attend the next IFA 2020
We’re getting closer and closer to Unpacked and logically most of these devices are going through specifications. The Galaxy Z Flip 5G recently went through a TENAA certification which revealed some of the specs we covered earlier like the dual batteries that add up to 3204 mAh and the 15W fast charging. On this certification we can tell that the Z Flip 5G comes in a new gray color variant which wasn’t on the original Z Flip. We have some new renders from Twitter showing the color variant and it will apparently rock new AG Glass Tech for a matte finish. Moving on from that, we know that IFA will still happen this year but in an unorthodox way and it looks like Samsung won’t be attending. According to a South Korean publication, Sammy wants to avoid mass gatherings and complications due to the pandemic. There isn’t any official statement yet but if that is the case we should get it soon.
Qualcomm confirms the chipset used on the OnePlus Nord
OnePlus has done a great job at teasing their upcoming smartphone the OnePlus Nord which, still isn’t in my pocket, stop looking at me funny! However, one of the things that wasn’t clear from the leaks was the processo. Well, the company just tweeted out “You asked and we delivered” on their UK account and non other than Qualcomm quoted the tweet to say that they are excited to work with OnePlus on their New Beginnings which will be powered by the Snapdragon 765G processor. We’re still waiting on episode 2 of the documentary but, we’re expecting this phone to launch some time around early July and costing around $350.
iPhone 12 Pro might not offer a 120Hz display after all
iPhone 12 to arrive with nothing more than a thinner box and a cable
iPhone 12 lineup is facing mass production delays, again
We know, the iPhone 12’s time line has been a mess, one day we hear that it’s significantly delayed and the next we hear that it’s back on track and we will get it on time. Today is no different as we have a new Nikkei Asian report saying that there might even be months of delays when it comes to mass production but Apple is doing everything they can to shorten the postponement. Apparently some of the iPhone assembly could be delayed until early October so it wouldn’t be surprising if we got more delays down the road. Ming Chi Kuo also reported yesterday that the mmWave iPhones would be delayed due to some changes to the antenna package. On a separate note, a tipster on Twitter claims that the iPhone 12’s box will be “thinner and quite exquisite this year“, after you know, they get rid of the charger and the EarPods. Finally, DSSC’s Ross Young just put out a new 120Hz device list for the rest of this year and he says none of their contacts can confirm that the iPhone 12 will bring a 120Hz display so they are off the list. This doesn’t mean they are completely off the table but, it’s not a good sign.
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Samsung just accidentally leaked the Galaxy Note 20, and it looks stunning
And finally, the hottest news of the day have to do with the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 series. I mean, we’ve had concept renders, case leaks and stuff, though nothing really official, but you know we’ve been waiting for Samsung to spill the beans, as it wouldn’t be the first time.. And well, today is the day. Samsung Russia accidentally uploaded a picture of the Note 20 to their website showing off the new camera array, the new S Pen and the leaked copper color variant which will apparently be called “Mystic Bronze”. This time we get a triple camera array that still includes a periscope lens, it’s just not apart from the others like we got with the S20 Ultra. The 100X text is now gone along with the ToF sensor which will be replaced with laser autofocus. We weren’t able to see the display but we’re still expecting it to bring a centered punch hole with smaller bezels than the ones we got on last year’s Note.
Say goodbye to June with amazing deals on the 10.2-inch iPad and more
Deals. It’s the last day of June but you can bet it’s not our last day of deals. Let’s start off with the 10.2-inch iPad which is $50 off, leaving the entry level variant for $279 shipped. If you want extra storage, the 128GB variant is also $50 off, leaving it at $379. The Razer Blade 15 is also $300 off, leaving the Intel Core i7, 16GB of RAM and 512GB of SSD variant for $1700 shipped. The Galaxy Note 10 Lite is also $100 off, leaving it at $450 at B&H. We have more deals on Chromebooks, Galaxy Watches, Beats headphones and more in the links in the description.
Qualcomm announces Snapdragon Wear 4100 Platforms for wearables
Qualcomm just announced their new Snapdragon War 4100 and 4100+ platforms for the future of smartwatches. It’s built on a hybrid 12nm architecture, down from the 28nm from last year. This new architecture includes a higher performance SoC with improved CPU, GPU, Memory, Cellular Modem and camera sub systems. Basically the difference between the two is that the 4100+ is a big processor with the same small co-processor we saw on the 3100, while the 4100 is just a big processor. Some of the new features promised include Super-Fast Performance and Connectivity, a dedicated LTE mode, a Smarter Always On Display with far more colors. We have all of the specifics in the links in the description.
Microsoft might unveil the cheaper Xbox Series S console in August
It’s no secret that the PS5 made a bunch of headlines this month after they revealed the design but, we didn’t get a price tag and we’re assuming it’s going to be kinda hefty. Now, we’ve known that Microsoft will most likely have the upper hand when it comes to actual performance of the Series X but we’re also assuming that price tag will be heft as well. Apparently Microsoft is working on a more affordable console which is codenamed “Lockhart” and will reportedly debut as the Xbox Series “S”. The codename came from some leaked devkit documents but now a new report claims that this more affordable console will be announced in August. According to the leaks, this console will aim at 1080p and 1440p gaming instead of the 4K we’ll be getting from the Series X. It will bring the same CPU as the Series X but it will pack less usable RAM and a less powerful GPU. We’ll keep you posted.
Google acquires North, the maker of Focals smart glasses
Do you remember Google Glass? Well that didn’t turn out the way Google intended it to and now we’ve been getting a lot of rumors of Apple’s AR Glasses so Google decided to make a move. Mountain View just acquired North, the company behind the Focals 1.0 Smart Glasses. Neither of the two companies have disclosed the financial transaction but Rick Osterloh said in a blog post that North will be merged with Google’s team in Canada. The problem with this is that we won’t be getting the Focals 2.0 and this project is aimed at the long run so we’re not exactly sure about when we’ll get to see some hardware. Let’s just hope it’s Focals handling what’s coming up next and not Google. I mean.. Focals has succeeded, Google hasn’t.
OnePlus’ upcoming budget phone will officially debut as OnePlus Nord
It’s finally June 30 so OnePlus just launched the first episode of their documentary series and it actually reveals a lot of information. First off, the phone will be dubbed as the OnePlus Nord, the company even changed the Instagram account name to “OnePlus.Nord”. On this first episode, Pete Lau announced that this will be the company’s first product under the $500 mark in recent years. He also mentioned that it will be sold in India and Europe and only selected US consumers will be able to get it through a highly limited beta program after the release. We’re not sure if this is an early design but in one of the scenes we see a phone with a flat punch hole display and with dual selfie cameras, pretty much like the leaks. Pre-orders will also be available tomorrow, even if we haven’t really seen the phone. And no, stop looking at me funny, I don’t have the phone yet..
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iPhone 12 will allegedly record 4K videos at 240fps
Don’t expect to find BOE OLED panels in 5G iPhones soon
And finally for the hottest news today, let’s talk iPhone 12. We’ve got two separate leaks, one that’s expected, the other that still has me speechless, and I’m not talking about the lack of a charger, we discussed that yesterday. Let’s start with a follow-up with Apple and BOE displays, or should I say, the lack of a partnership. According to a new DigiTimes report, BOE failed to secure Apple’s validation for these displays. This doesn’t mean that they won’t supply displays at all, it just means that we might get BOE displays on some iPhones until Q4, after the phone is launched. Meanwhile, Samsung and LG will be handling all of the displays until Apple and BOE can iron out their issues. But alright, let me ask you this: Name one consumer grade camera that can film 4K at 240fps. Heck, name one that can film 4K at 120fps. Thing is, we can barely name a handful that can do 4K at 60fps even today. Well on an interesting note, earlier this weekend, EverythingApplePro posted a new video with leaks and predictions for the iPhone 12 line, one of them being an option to record 4K video at 240FPS, and today, according to a tipster on Twitter, there is evidence on the iOS 14 Beta filesystem that mentions this feature, allowing for 4K video at 240FPS native video. Like this is nuts. I still consider any iPhone after the XS to be a great B camera, or good enough for anyone to start a YouTube channel.
The last day of June and we are getting some awesome deals. We start today’s deal’s with Apple’s 10.2-inch iPad, which is getting a $50 discount on its Wi-Fi only variant with 32GB storage, meaning you can get yours for $279. If you want extra storage, you can get the 128GB variant that’s also getting a $50 discount, so you would have to pay $379.
If you’re looking for a new Chromebook, the HP 14-inch Chromebook with Touchscreen display, AMD Dual-core A4-9120 processor, 4GB RAM, and 32GB eMMC storage is available for $230 after a $50 discount on its Ink Blue or Gray color variants.
Next up is the unlocked version of the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Lite with 128GB in storage in any of its color options, which include Aura Black, Aura Glow, and Aura Red. It can be yours for $450 after a $100 discount over at B&H Photo Video.
If you want to spend less on a new smartphone, the Moto G7 Play is available for just $130 after a $70 discount. This device is also unlocked for you to use on your favorite network, and it includes 2GB RAM and 32GB storage space.
Finally, we have the Beats Solo3 headphones in black. These are currently available for $159 after a $40.95 discount. Any other color option is still selling for its regular $199.95 price tag, just so you know.
Polar has today launched a new smartwatch – the Polar Unite. Don’t get me wrong, it still borrows heavily from the Polar Ignite’s ancient form factor, but zests things up a little bit with more minimalist case design and a lot of colors to choose from, aside from being a few grams lighter. But the real kicker is its $150 price tag, which makes the Polar Unite more palatable.
You get a round IPS LCD (240×240 pixels) display and a 174 mAh Li-pol battery that is claimed to last up to 4 days with heart rate tracking enabled in watch mode, or up to 50 hours in training mode with active GPS. Talking about GPS though, it doesn’t have in-built GPS and offers GPS connectivity via your smartphone.
Polar’s new smartwatch brings FitSpark training guide that offers on-demand tailored workouts, sleep quality tracking, guided breathing exercises, continuous heart-rate monitoring, and more. On the aesthetics front, you can choose between a total of six silicone strap colors such as mint green, blue, white, and more, as well as leather and fiber bands in two sizes. It is already up for grabs from Polar’s official website.
Qualcomm has unveiled the new Snapdragon Wear 4100 platforms, Snapdragon Wear 4100+ and Snapdragon Wear 4100, designed for next-generation connected smartwatches. These are based on our ultra-low-power hybrid architecture.
The Snapdragon Wear 4100+ architecture includes:
A high-performance SoC with improved CPU, GPU, Memory, Cellular Modem, and camera sub-systems in 12nm low power process with dual dedicated DSPs for modem/location and sensors/audio
An AON ultra-low power co-processor for offloading a series of use cases including display, sensors, maps, and time
A stronger AON software interface to manage the interactions between the SOC and the co-processor.
Basically, Snapdragon Wear 4100+ is a big processor with the small co processor and the Wear 4100 is just a big processor.
Qualcomm says that the Snapdragon Wear 4100+ architecture is engineered to deliver significant improvements in performance, connectivity, smartness, and power. Key highlights of the platforms include:
Super-Fast Performance and Connectivity: The SoC comprises of quad-core A53 processors, Qualcomm Adreno 504 class graphics processing, faster LPDDR3 memory (750MHz), and dual ISPs with support for up to16 megapixel cameras. Snapdragon Wear 4100+ is designed to deliver more than 85% faster performance, compared to Snapdragon Wear 3100 platform, and enhances the overall user experience with faster app launches, concurrent use cases, smoother and responsive UX, and richer photo and video experiences.
The 4G LTE mode, based on 12nm process technology, has been significantly improved from our previous platform with a dedicated DSP, low power features such as eDRX ,platform-level power management, support for Cat 4/3/1 and single/dual antennas.
Smarter Always-On (AON) Co-Processor: Enhanced AON co-processor supports richer offloaded experiences. We have partitioned memory and performance to enable up to 64K colors (from 16 colors) and extend offload experiences to include continuous heart rate monitoring and sleep for health and wellness, faster tilt-to-make responsiveness, step counting, alarms, timers, and haptics for a more capable traditional watch mode.
Ultra-Low Power Platform: Low power optimizations include 12nm low power process technology, dual DSPs for optimal workload partitioning, support for dynamic clock andvoltage scaling, Qualcomm Sensor Assisted Positioning PDR Wearables 2.0, low power location tracking support, and an enhanced Bluetooth 5.0 architecture. These improvements are designed to deliver more than 25% power reductions across key use cases and bring extended battery life to the platform (compared to the previous platforms).
Richer, Enhanced Experiences: The hybrid platform approach brings rich, enhanced experiences across interactive, ambient, sports, and watch modes. In interactive mode, the platform supports additional immersive experiences with camera, voice assistant, and voice/video messaging. Further, in ambient mode, the increase in the number of colors from 16 to 64K and number kerning is designed to make readability crisper and offers more exciting design options. In sports mode, offloaded maps enhance the on-the-run experience. The traditional watch mode includes features such as heart rate, steps, alarms, reminders, and battery indicator, with minimal impact on performance or battery life.
Graphics and animations are now more dynamic. It comes with enhanced camera, video calls, and more. The company says the transition between the Ambient Mode to the normal mode will be more seamless.
Snapdragon Wear 4100 Platform SKUs and Availability
The Snapdragon Wear 4100 platforms come in two variants:
Snapdragon Wear 4100+ platform which includes the main SOC (SDM429w or SDA429w) and the AON Co-Processor (QCC1110), along with the companion chips including PMIC, RF for Modem/GPS and WiFi/BT, and RFFE
Snapdragon Wear 4100 platform which comprises of the main SOC along with the companion chips
The Snapdragon Wear 4100 platforms support both the Android Open Source Platform (AOSP) and the Wear OS by Google OS platform. Snapdragon Wear 4100+ and Snapdragon Wear 4100are available and shipping now.
Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 has been buzzing the rumor mill lately. The renders are coming in every other day showcasing its round dial and two physical buttons on the side. The latest leak claims that the device could be launched within the next four weeks.
Recently, tipster Evan Blass shared renders of the Galaxy Watch 3. Notably, one of the leaked render showcases “Wed 22” day and date on the watch face. The latest rumor is based on this. If it is to be believed then the Galaxy Watch 3 will be launched on July 22. Previously, it was tipped to be announced alongside the Galaxy Note 20 series in early August.
It could come equipped with stainless steel or titanium chassis. The device is rumored to feature a 1.4-inch Super AMOLED display and run Tizen OS 5.5 software. It could come with 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage. Further, it is likely to pack an electrocardiogram sensor and sleep tracking sensors.
Apple’s latest 16-inch MacBook Pro, Apple Watch Series 3 and more on sale today
Deals. Let’s start off today with the latest 16-inch MacBook Pro which is $300 off on Amazon, leaving the 2.3GHz Intel Core i9, 16GB of RAM and 1TB of storage variant for $2500. The Apple Watch Series 3 is $30 off, leaving the GPS only 38mm variant for $169 shipped. The Hisense H8 Quantum Series 4K TV is $50 off which leaves it at $350 shipped and, that’s actually a steal. I actually have one set for review as soon as I get back to NY. Finally the Razer Viper Ultralight Wired mouse which my son loves more than me is $30 off, leaving it at $50 shipped. We have more deals in the links in the description. And yeah, sad truth.
We could get up to 100W fast charging with the Snapdragon 875
Some new leaks for the Snapdragon 875 have just emerged, showing an interesting new feature. According to the tipster, the 875 will be capable of 100W fast charging. This will be advertised as a feature for gaming phones, allowing for a shorter down-time between gaming sessions. We’re expecting this SoC to be produced on a 5nm architecture and rocking the new Cortex X1 as its prime core and three Cortex A77 cores. On the meantime we’re expecting Qualcomm to launch an 865+ this July which we’ll talk about in a minute.
New Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 renders reveal its color variants
Samsung Galaxy Fold Lite launch reportedly delayed, could debut next year for $830
We’ve been covering a lot of leaks when it comes to the Samsung Galaxy Watch 3. From certifications, to specs to renders. Well, now we have some more renders from Evan Blass as well but, these look more like the official renders Samsung would use to show off the different color variants. According to Evan and the renders, we’ll be getting Black and Bronze variants while the Bronze kinda looks like a Rose Gold tone. There’s also been some rumors of a Galaxy Fold Lite which we were apparently going to get at Unpacked but, a new leak claims that it was postponed. According to a South Korean publication, the Fold Lite has been delayed until 2021 and it will reportedly cost around $830. It’s said to arrive with different components as the Fold and the outer display will reportedly be smaller than the Z Flip’s, if that’s even possible. It’ll only support LTE, bring 256GB of storage and Mirror Black and Purple variants.
OnePlus Buds in Black with a closed-fit design leaked
Along with the leaks for the OnePlus Nord, we’ve been getting leaks of some OnePlus TWS earbuds for the longest time. Most of them came in sketches and now we have a new one from the same source. The design hasn’t really changed much, they still kinda look like AirPods on the Pixel Buds case but these ones seem to have buttons on the side. This sketch emphasizes on a Black color variant with red accents which we hadn’t exactly seen before. We’re supposed to be getting these along with the OnePlus Nord and they should have Touch Controls, the Google Assistant and fast-pairing with OnePlus devices.
Samsung Galaxy Note 20 has fixed Galaxy S20 focusing issues
We have some new tweets from Ice Universe about what we should expect at Unpacked and now it’s getting way better. On the first tweet he mentions again that Samsung has completely fixed the S20 Ultra’s focusing problem but he also mentions that the QHD+ display at 120Hz is still not optimistic. Then on a more interesting tweet he claims that Samsung have eaten up the Snapdragon 865+ processors. He claims that the whole Note 20 Series, the Galaxy Fold 2, the Z Flip 5G and even the Tab S7 will be using the Snapdragon 865+ processors. If you remember last year, the 855+ was announced on July 15th so, we’ll keep you posted.
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Kuo reiterates Apple’s plans of a new 10.8-inch iPad in 2020, iPad Mini in 2021
[UPDATE] Apple to not include in-box charger and EarPods with iPhone 12 series?
Ming Chi Kuo is back and, we don’t really like what he has to say this time. Let’s start off with iPads, back in May Kuo said that Apple would be releasing two new iPads. Now, on his latest report he mentions them once again, a new 10.8-inch iPad for the second half of 2020 followed by an 8.5in iPad Mini in the first half of 2021. We don’t know if the 10.8in iPad will be a successor to the 10.2-inch iPad or the 10.5-inch but, both this one and the iPad Mini should bring that 20W charger we covered last week in the box. Speaking of that charger, Kuo claims that it might not make it to the iPhone 12’s box after all. The report says that Apple will remove the EarPods and the power adapter from the box, leaving only the USB-C to Lightning Cable. This means that you’ll either have to pony up $30 for the 18W or 20W or $20 for the 5. We’ve also been seeing some leaks of AirPower fully working so if that’s coming that might be the reason for this decision.