Pocketnow Daily: Google Pixel 5a is CANCELLED! (but not everywhere) (video)

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Apple’s 16-inch and 13-inch MacBook Pro, and several monitors are also on sale

Fire TV Stick 4K, Sony Smart TVs and more items are on sale today

Let’s end the week like we always do, with deals. Starting with the M1 MacBook Pro which is currently 100 dollars off, leaving the entry level variant for 1199. If you’re looking for a more powerful variant, the 16-inch MacBook Pro is available for 300 dollars off on Amazon, leaving the 16 Gigs of RAM and 1TB of storage model for 2499. For those of you asking for more Windows Laptops, the Dell XPS 13 is available for 500 dollars off, leaving it at 2000 bucks shipped. Moving on to Verizon, they have the Galaxy Buds Pro in a bundle, where you get 2 for 325 bucks, meaning you save 75 dollars in the process. Finally, speaking of Samsung, yes their Spring deals are still going, so you can still get the S21 for 100 bucks, the S21+ for 200 and the Ultra for just 500, if you have a device to trade-in. We have more deals on Amazon Fire Sticks, more laptops and other products in the links below.


 

Xiaomi and OPPO are reportedly working on their own 5G chips

Now let’s talk about roadmaps and SoCs as it seems that Apple’s success story with Apple Silicone is something other companies want to replicate. Last week we had a report of Google working on their own SoC and now, it looks like Xiaomi and OPPO want to do the same. According to a new DigiTimes report, Chinese smartphone makers like Xiaomi and OPPO are working on launching their own 5G processors between late 2021 and early 2022. In case you didn’t know, the world is currently going through a chip shortage, which we’ll talk about later, causing products to be delayed so, we don’t exactly know how well this is going to work out for Xiaomi and OPPO. Sadly, all we know at the moment is that these chips would be sub-6GHz 5G compatible. So, we’ll see if they actually manage to launch these later this year due to the shortage going on. I honestly even wonder how all that is going to fair with Qualcomm partnerships, etc. We’ll keep you posted.

Fake AirPods 3 selling out there even before Apple could launch the real thing

 Probably, for the most hilarious news today let’s move the spotlight on to Apple and the upcoming AirPods as, it looks like someone said: If Apple won’t release these, I will! According to a Ming Chi Kuo report from March 14th, AirPods 3 are supposed to start mass production until Q3 of 2021 but, the reason we’re covering this is before you’re fooled by a new development. There’s some counterfeit AirPods 3 already on the market that have been shown on TikTok and Twitter, and they look exactly like those leaked images we got a couple of months ago. We know that Cupertino has an entire team based on taking down counterfeit products but, this is kinda funny considering that these aren’t even out yet and they just went on with the leaked design. It also kinda shows us how crazy the leaks have been this past year so yeah, Apple.. When’s that event coming? Cause clearly people are getting impatient.

iPhone 13 Pro will be 15-20% more battery efficient despite 120Hz panel: Report

Let’s keep talking Apple but on a more serious note this time, and about the iPhone 13’s display. A ton of leaks have evolved around these LTPO panels we’re expecting and today we have some more details on how these will happen. According to another report from DigiTimes, Apple’s suppliers for these displays will be Samsung and LG Display, with the transition from LTPS to LTPO being most likely completed in the first half of 2021. However, even with the transition ending early, their capacity might be lower than usual due to the added complexity so Apple might turn to BOE to handle the rest of these displays. And I know, BOE has failed multiple quality tests for Apple but, they are reportedly testing LTPO displays at an “Apple-Dedicated” section at one of their factories. So yes, we’re expecting these LTPO displays on both of the iPhone 13 Pro models, running Pro Motion 120Hz refresh rate. And by the way, this also allows for 15-20% less power consumption thanks to the A15 so, better display and better battery life so far sounds like a Win-win.

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Google Pixel 5a is the latest casualty of the global chip shortage

And finally, for the hottest news today let’s talk Google and the frenzy of Pixel leaks that has happened today, so bear with me here. Let’s start with that chip shortage we were talking about earlier on the show. According to a tweet from Jon Prosser this morning, the Google Pixel 5a has been cancelled due to chip shortage. And, the Pixel 4a and 4a 5G will continue to be sold through the rest of this year. This report was confirmed by Android Central when they spoke to one of their sources that claimed that Google Engineers would continue to focus on the Pixel 4a 5G for software testing for the future. Which made sense it’s pretty much the same expected hardware for the 5a. However, there was ANOTHER report from 9to5Google, citing a Google spokesperson that claims that the Pixel 5a 5G is not cancelled. And it will be available later this year in Japan and the US and will be announced in line when the last A-Series was introduced last year so, around October. So bottom line, the Pixel 5a won’t be coming at Google I/O and will only be available in the US and Japan. Oh and that Pixel Watch will reportedly come in October as well, with a pretty nice design according to Prosser.. But then what are we getting at Google I/O?

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Fire TV Stick 4K, Sony Smart TVs and more items are on sale today

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Give your regular TV a boost with a new Fire TV Stick 4K for just $40 after a $10 discount over at Amazon.com. This is Amazon’s most powerful streaming media stick that was launched back in 2018. It will deliver amazing quality, and it also supports your favorite streaming apps, such as Netflix, YouTube TV, Prime Video, Disney+, Apple TV+, and more.

You can also choose to get a new TV with some savings onboard. The Sony X80J 65 Inch TV: 4K Ultra HD LED Smart Google TV is currently selling on Amazon for $898, which lets you save $252 off its regular $1,150 price tag. You can also get it from Best Buy, but you will find it for $$900, which translates into $250 savings. However, you can also score a 65-inch Smart TV for less, as the Samsung 65-inch Class Crystal 4K UHD HDR Smart TV is currently selling for $748.

Now, there are more products that will help you enjoy your time at home. First, we have the Vankyo Leisure 3W Wireless Mini Projector that currently sells for $ with $ savings. It features 1080p resolution, which makes it perfect for a home theater and outdoor activities since it comes with advanced screen mirroring to cast whatever is on the display of your iOS or Android device.

And while you enjoy your favorite shows, you can clean your house with the Yeedi k700 Robot Vacuum that’s currently available for $190 with $160 savings. It features smart Navigation, it is also quiet, and it’s self-charging, so you won’t have to worry about a thing. It will do wonders to help you get rid of pet hairs and dust from your carpets and hard floors. Cook your favorite snacks with the Chefman TurboFry 3.6-Quart Air Fryer Oven currently selling for $50 with $10 savings. If you like to get things done, you can also consider getting a new DEWALT 20V MAX XR Cordless Drill Combo Kit that’s now selling for $289 after receiving a $130 discount.

 

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Amazon’s Fire TV Stick 4K, Fire TV Blaster and more are on sale today

It’s always nice to come by a couple of deals that will help you improve your home or your way of life. For those looking for an awesome media experience with Alexa support, we find the latest Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K streaming device with an Alexa Voice Remote for $40 with $10 savings. This little stick will allow you to stream your favorite content to your TV, and it also supports the best streaming services, such as Netflix, Disney+, Prime Video, and more.

You can also pair your new Fire TV Stick with a Fire TV Blaster, which is currently selling for $20. This item will add Alexa voice controls for power and volume on your TV and soundbar via compatible Fire TV and Echo devices, and the best part is that it lets you save $15. Since we’re already talking Amazon products, we must also mention the Fire 7 tablet, which is up for grabs for just $40 with $10 savings on its 16GB storage option.

 

Next up, we head over to the kitchen area, where we find the Chefman TurboFry Touch 8 Quart Air Fryer selling for $67.49 after a $32.50 discount. This is not necessarily a smart device but features a large viewing window, an advanced display, plus adjustable temperature control to help you start eating healthy. And you can also save on the Lavazza Expert Coffee Bundle Classy Plus All-In-One Machine that’s getting a 25 percent discount when you add the on-page coupon, meaning you can get one for $184.

Finally, you can find several deals on LIFX lighting options. The most affordable option comes as the LIFX Candle White to Warm E12, which can be yours for $25 after getting a $5 discount. This Smart LED Bulb is dimmable, and it is compatible with Alexa, the Google Assistant, and Apple’s HomeKit. We then have the LIFX Color A19 800 lumens selling for $30 and $4.99 savings, but if you want more brightness, you can choose the LIFX Color A19 1100 lumens getting a $10 discount, leaving them at just $40.

 

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

We start today’s deals with a vast selection of headphones to enjoy your favorite beats. We will start with one of the best over-ear headphones alternatives you can find in the market. The Sony WH-1000XM4 wireless overhead headphones, which usually sell for $350, are now selling for $278 after a $71.99 discount. You can get a pair in any of its three color options since they’re all going for the same price. You will get industry-leading noise canceling with Dual Noise Sensor technology, up to 30 hours battery life with quick charge, and touch sensors to pause, play or skip your favorite tunes.

Now, if you think that the Sony WH-1000XM4 may be too much for you, there are other options. The Sony WHXB900N are also on sale, and you can grab a pair for $148 in its Black or Blue color options. This will get you a $100 discount, noise-canceling technology, and up to 30 hours of battery life. Finally, the Sony WHCH710N are another option to consider, as you can now get them for just $98 after a massive $101.99 discount. These are the more affordable option, but they feature up to 35 hours, noise cancellation, quick charging, and more.

For those of you who don’t necessarily love the idea of having a pair of over-ear headphones on you all the time, there are some in-ear deals as well. We will start with the Apple AirPods Pro that are currently getting a $49 discount, leaving them for just about $200. The Sony WF-1000XM3 can also be yours for $178 with $52.99 savings, and finally, the Jabra Elite 75t can be yours for $150 after a $30 discount, or get the Jabra Elite 75t can be yours for $150 after a $30 discount, or get the Elite 65t for just $79 with $41 savings.

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Now, you can also score a new Fire TV Stick Lite with Alexa Voice Remote for just $22 after getting an $8 discount, and turn your regular TV into a smart device that will let your stream all of your favorite content and more. You can also grab the 4K version, which is available for $50, but no savings here. However, you can improve your experience with a Roku Smart Soundbar, 4K/HD/HDR Streaming Media Player that’s currently getting a $30 discount, leaving it at $150.

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Pocketnow Daily: OnePlus 8 Pro LEAKED: This Seems FAMILIAR?!(video)

On today's Pocketnow Daily, we talk about the possible leaks of the OnePlus 8 Pro, new Macs without an Intel processor and more

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Apple’s 15.4-inch MacBook Pro, gaming monitors and more on sale

These are some of the best deals available today. You can get up to $700 in Apple's 2019 15.4-inch MacBook Pro, monitors and more

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