Pocketnow Daily: Google Pixel Fold Coming Soon? Steam Deck Announced & more!(video)

On today’s Pocketnow Daily, we talk about the upcoming Google Pixel Fold, new Microsoft 365 service, and more.

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Pocketnow Daily: iPhone 13 Series Camera Changes, Nintendo Switch Pro Date & more! (video)

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On today’s Pocketnow Daily, we talk about the camera and new features in the iPhone 13 lineup, AirPods 3 debut, and more.

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The LG G8X ThinQ, and other Android smartphones are on sale today

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The last deals post of the day features one of the last phones in the LG G lineup. the LG G8X ThinQ Dual Screen smartphone is currently getting a $100 discount over at B&H Photo Video, meaning you can get one for just $400. This device features a 6.4-inch OLED FHD display, a 6.4-inch OLED Display case, 6GB RAM, and 128GB of storage space, powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor. And don’t worry, even if LG killed off its smartphone business, they will continue to provide Android updates for a couple of years.

However, you can also grab a new Nokia 3.4 with half the storage space for $130 with $50 savings. You can score these savings at B&H on both its Blue and Charcoal color variants. This phone is also on sale at Amazon.com, but you will only see the $50 discount applied to the Charcoal color option, as the Blue variant is selling for $20 more.

 

Other deals will get you a pair of Samsung Galaxy Buds + for just $100 after getting a $50 discount on any one of its four different color variants. These wireless earbuds come with a wireless charging case that will help them give you up to 22 hours of battery life and up to 11 hours of non-stop playback. And since we’re talking audio, you may want to check out the latest deal on the Samson G-Tr5ack Pro USB Microphone that’s selling for $99 with $40 savings as part of B&H’s deals of the day.

You can also score a new Hori Nintendo Switch D-Pad Controller for just $20- with $5 savings, on its Pokemon: Black & Gold Pikachu edition, which looks totally cool. Or get a new PowerA Folio Case to keep your Nintendo Switch or Nintendo Switch Lite safe, and it will only cost you $18.75 after a $6.24 discount.

 

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Qualcomm is working on a Nintendo Switch-like console that runs Android 12: Report

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In October last year, it was reported that Qualcomm was working on a gaming smartphone in partnership with Asus, with both companies said to be considering a joint purchase of components. However, it appears that the gaming-centric device might not be a phone, but a Nintendo Switch-like gaming console that runs Android 12 with a custom launcher on top and access to the full suite of Google’s apps and services that you get on your bread-and-butter Android phone.

Full-HD+ display, TV-out support, detachable controllers, and 5G-ready

As per a report by Android Police that cites sources familiar with the matter, the Qualcomm device will have detachable controllers a la the Joycons on Nintendo’s handheld console. And just like the Nintendo Switch, Qualcomm’s Android-powered console will let you connect it with a TV and play games on a larger screen. As per XDA-Developers Editor-in-chief Mishaal Rahman, the device will feature a 6.5-inch FHD+ display and will support a fan as well. Oddly, it won’t let you make calls, or do your regular telephony stuff.

The gaming-centric gadget will reportedly be fitted with a 6,000mAh battery that supports the proprietary Quickcharge fast charging technology. By opting for a larger handheld console form factor, Qualcomm is getting rid of the cramped space issue in today’s thin and light phones which prove to be an issue when it comes to managing heat. The upcoming console will reportedly exploit the extra space it gets to make the SoC powering it run faster and more efficiently by evading the thermal throttling issue.

6,000mAh battery with fast charging support, but no camera or calling facility

Notably, Qualcomm’s handheld console is said to be missing out on cameras. The chipmaker is reportedly eyeing a Q1 2022 release for its gaming-centric device. 5G will be a part of the package as well, but Qualcomm will reportedly fit the older X55 5G modem inside the device, and not the more recent X60 modem. Coming to the pricing part, the company is said to be targeting an asking price of around $300, but there is no clarity if that includes the detachable controllers as well.

Qualcomm might use its upcoming handheld console as a reference device to showcase the potential of a new form factor. And now that platforms like Stadia, Microsoft’s xCloud, Amazon’s Luna, and NVIDIA GeForce Now have brought console games to mobile devices – and 5G is there to provide the necessary bandwidth – Qualcomm might be looking to make a statement here that a new class of Android-powered gaming devices should become mainstream. At this point, it is hard to comment on what lies ahead, and it is also plausible that the project might eventually end up in the trash can.

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Mario Day comes with savings on the Nintendo Switch and tons of games

We have great news for all of those gamers out there. We keep on getting great deals from Amazon.com, but we will focus exclusively on gaming deals this time. First, the Nintendo Switch gaming console with 32GB of internal storage is currently getting a $30.99 discount, meaning that you can get yours for $409. Now, this may seem more than what you would usually find it at other stores, but that’s because this console comes bundled with a pair of earphones, an LCD film to protect your display, a card case, a silicon case x 2pcs, a carry bag, a wiping cloth and more. You can even get the latest Nintendo Switch Mario Red and Blue Edition Console for $420 with the same accessories and $30 savings.

However, if you already have a Nintendo Switch, you can also consider getting a new PowerA Joy-Con Charging Dock to charge your controllers. You can get one for $19.88 after a $5.11 discount. A better alternative would be getting a PowerA Enhanced Wireless Controller for Nintendo Switch that currently sells for $40.24 with $9.75 savings. There are tons of options to choose from, and prices will also vary; some even start at $20.

 

Now, gaming consoles and accessories aren’t the only products on sale. You can also find s huge variety of games. We will start with the game deals for the Nintendo Switch, as we find the Super Mario Party selling the $39 with $21.11 savings, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe going for $40 after a $20 discount, and Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity for $49.94, down from its regular $60 price tag. There are more awesome titles like Kingdom Hearts Melody of Memory, Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate, and Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team Dx with up to $15 off.

 

For those PlayStation and Xbox gamers, we have also spotted savings on the latest Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, which is now available for $28 in its Standard Edition with $32 savings. Marvel’s Avengers is getting a $30 discount, which leaves it available for $30; yes, that’s 50 percent off. And finally, the Standard Edition of Just Dance 2021 is getting a $20.17 discount, so you can grab a copy for $29.82. There are many more games on sale for your PlayStation and your Xbox, so take your time and choose wisely.

 

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