Pocketnow Daily: Apple Event CONFIRMED! But, What Does Spring Loaded Mean? (video)

Get a new M1 Mac mini, a MacBook Air and more Apple products on sale today

The OnePlus Nord N10, and more Android devices are on sale today

The official news today begin with deals as you could expect, and don’t worry, we got rid of the obvious ones given how Apple is just about to refresh some of its lineups. Let’s start with the M1 MacBook Air which is now 100 dollars off, leaving the half a terabyte of storage variant for 1149 bucks. Moving on to B&H for a second, they have the OnePlus Nord N10 for 20 dollars off, leaving the entry level model for 280 bucks shipped. The Google Nest Audio is also getting the same discount leaving it at 80 dollars. Now for those of you interested in reminiscing over the most horrible notch in history, we have you covered. The Pixel 3 XL is 300 dollars off, leaving that for 500 bucks shipped.. Which yeah, might not necessarily scream new phone in so many ways. Finally, those Samsung Spring deals that I know you guys love are still available, leaving the S21 for 100 bucks, the S21+ for 300 and the Ultra for 500, if you have a device for trade-in. We also have more deals on the AirPods Pro that might get refreshed in a week, Logitech peripherals that are my favorite, Chromebooks and more in the description

NVIDIA and MediaTek join hands to bring RTX graphics to Chromebooks

Let’s move on to NVIDIA as, yes, we’re going through a chip shortage, and yet the company made a ton of announcements yesterday. Probably the most interesting one is that they will return to make ARM-based processors, which I know, is confusing since they make the chip for the Nintendo Switch. Anyways, this will be called the NVIDIA Grace but it’s not for everyone, unless you’re planning to buy an AI datacenters at some point. However, they also announced that they are partnering up with MediaTek, “to create a reference platform supporting Chromium, Linux and NVIDIA SDKs”. Basically by creating this SDK they might eventually bring GeForce RTX graphics to Chromebooks. MediaTek’s CEO mentions that this partnership will also bring GPU acceleration to the ARM-PC ecosystem, allowing for a boost to the gaming and content creation prowess of these machines while NVIDIA claims they want to create a “new class of notebooks powered by an ARM-based CPU and an NVIDIA RTX GPU. So yeah, we’ll keep you posted on any announcements they make in the future, as that combo is far more interesting on our book.

Samsung Galaxy S21 FE leaked renders reveal glastic back, flat display and more

Now, let’s shift the spotlight on to Samsung for a couple of segments this time, starting with the . You’ve gotta admit that the S20 FE that Samsung launched last year was probably one of their most successful products. I’m not saying it was the best one, but it was proof that just enough flagship features at an aggressive price can even give OnePlus a run for its money. We thought the S21 would fill in those shoes this year, but nope.. There’s gonna be an S21 Fan edition it seems. These new images come from OnLeaks, showing off the S21 FE in a “Pacific Blue”-like color variant if you know what I mean. It brings a glastic rear panel but it will reportedly still bring a metal frame. At the front you can expect a 6.4-inch Infinity O display which is slightly bigger than the regular S21. At the back we also have that same triple camera setup we got with the S21 but, it’ll most likely bring downgraded lenses to make the price tag go down. We don’t have much information on what specs we can expect but, the price tag will reportedly be somewhere around 700 bucks, which is why I say that S21 seemed to be it.. We’ll see.

Samsung might borrow game-changing camera tech from iPhone 12 Pro Max

Let’s keep talking about the Samsung but moving all the way up to the Galaxy S22 Ultra and its camera. Notice what time of year it is, and no Galaxy Note rumors.. Which definitely just reminds us that the next flagship is definitely a year away. Last year, Apple introduced sensor-shifting image stabilization with the iPhone 12 Pro Max, which is actually the in-body stabilization we currently have with mirrorless cameras like the A7SIII that I use for this video. Well, it looks like Samsung might adopt this exact technology as well. According to a new report from Galaxy Club, “Samsung is experimenting with the technology for one of their upcoming phones. Now of course, the report doesn’t explicitly mention the S22 Ultra but other than that, the only major candidate would be the Z Fold 3 if they end up skipping the Note, and the Z Fold has never been Ultra about cameras. If you don’t know how this technology works, it basically makes the whole sensor move around when the accelerometer detects shaky hand movements, which serves not just for video stabilization, but also for sharper photography when taking stills on the go. We’re not exactly sure if this is that whole possible partnership that Samsung is reportedly gonna do with Olympus, since their Micro Four Thirds cameras include this. Let’s see how it goes in the end as the S21 Ultra has already proven to be one of the best cameras of the year.

Story of the day:

Apple announces the date for its April event: What to expect?

And finally, and I’m going to be saying finally a lot in this segment, for the hottest news today let’s talk about Apple. Last night we had a leak from non other than Siri, where if you asked her when Apple’s next event was, she would tell you April 20th but there were no invites, and Apple’s website showed nothing. Well, now after tons of missed leaks and speculations, we have an official invite for an event happening at 10AM Pacific on April 20th with the caption “Spring Loaded”. And with the amount of products we’re expecting, it actually does sound loaded. Doing a little bit of a recap, we’re expecting AirTags to finally be released after almost 2 years of leaks. We should be getting new iPad Pros that feature mini-LED displays, along with an iPad mini that should be getting a larger display on a similar chassis. I would also really love for that iPad mini Pro to become a reality here by the way, but the rumors seem to make that far fetched. Other than that, another product that might not happen at this event is the third generation AirPods. They’re reportedly going into production until Q3, even if the black market already has the leaked design on sale. Finally, the redesigned iMac might also make an appearance here and that might also mean that we’re getting some new Apple Silicon chips, but with the chip shortage, who knows. Of course, we’re just speculating here but., what Apple products are you waiting for?
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NVIDIA and MediaTek join hands to bring RTX graphics to Chromebooks

NVIDIA made a slew of announcements today, with the most notable one being a return to making ARM-based processors starting with NVIDIA Grace for AI data centers. However, there was another ARM-related announcement that flew somewhat flew under the radar but could have a significant impact on a whole ecosystem of products – and specifically, Chromebooks. NVIDIA has joined hands with MediaTek to create SDKs that might eventually bring the power of GeForce RTX graphics to Chromebooks. 

“In PCs, NVIDIA is partnering with MediaTek, one of the world’s largest suppliers of Arm-based SoCs, to create a reference platform supporting Chromium, Linux and NVIDIA SDKs. The combination of NVIDIA RTX GPUs with high-performance, energy-efficient Arm Cortex processors will bring realistic ray-traced graphics and cutting-edge AI to a new class of laptops.”
MediaTek CEO Rick Tsai remarked that the partnership with NVIDIA will bring GPU acceleration to the ARM PC ecosystem, giving a boost to the gaming and content creation prowess of such machines. Interestingly, the joint development of SDKs only covers Chrome OS, Linux, and NVIDIA, but Windows is missing from the picture, despite a version of it running on ARM-based machines such as the Surface Pro X range that is powered by custom chips made by rival Qualcomm.

Are MediaTek-powered Chromebooks ready to take Stadia gaming experience to the next level?

Now, MediaTek’s chips can be found powering a healthy number of low-end Chromebooks which have recently exploded in popularity. While Chrome OS-powered machines are deemed fit for the education segment and browser-based work, the arrival of Stadia has turned them into viable gaming machines. A MediaTek chipset with NVIDIA’s graphics will definitely give a big boost to the gaming chops of Chromebooks and give Windows on ARM some stiff competition in the comparable price brackets.
NVIDIA makes it clear in the press release that the partnership with MediaTek aims to ‘create a new class of notebooks powered by an Arm-based CPU alongside an NVIDIA RTX GPU.’ However, there will still be some competition here. Samsung is reportedly going to equip a few of its upcoming laptops with an in-house Exynos SoC that has an AMD GPU onboard. A leaked benchmark of an upcoming Exynos SoC armed with an AMD GPU left Apple’s beastly A14 Bionic far behind when it comes to graphics processing.

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NVIDIA is back to making ARM-based CPUs, but only for data centers right now

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NVIDIA’s first go at making ARM-based processors didn’t go as well as the company had planned. Leaving the failure years behind, the company is now taking a second stab at making ARM-based processors, but instead of going against established names like Intel and AMD in the consumer electronics segment, the company is taking a safer route by targeting large-scale neural network systems for AI data centers – a domain where its GPUs already do the heavy lifting. Called NVIDIA Grace, the fruit of NVIDIA-ARM’s latest joint effort is expected to become commercially available in 2023.

NVIDIA Grace will be commercially available in 2023

To recall, NVIDIA purchased ARM from SoftBank in a deal valued at $40 billion in September last year. Coming back to NVIDIA Grace, the company says it will offer up to 30X aggregate bandwidth boost compared to today’s fastest servers and ‘up to 10x the performance of today’s fastest servers on the most complex AI and high-performance computing workloads.’ NVIDIA hasn’t namedropped Intel or any of its x86-based Xeon processors here – or AMD’s EPYC range for that matter-  but the targets are evident.

NVIDIA has gone much into detail about the underlying architecture and core specifics, except for outlining the key areas where it envisions the Grace processor to be used – natural language processing, recommender systems, and AI supercomputing. For now, the company only notes that its latest offering will combine energy-efficient cores with a low-power subsystem. Specifically, NVIDIA Grace will is touted to be the first server CPU to employ the LPDDR5x memory, which the company claims offers 2x bandwidth and 10x higher energy efficiency compared to the DDR4 standard.

NVIDIA is touting 30X aggregate bandwidth boost and 10x performance uptick

The latest NVIDIA offering employs the next-generation Arm Neoverse cores that are said to boost performance as well as energy efficiency. And when paired with NVIDIA’s own GPUs, Grace is said to employ the fourth-gen NVIDIA NVLink interface to offer bidirectional bandwidth of 900 GB/s. Coming to commercial deployment, CSCS and Los Alamos National Laboratory have confirmed plans of making supercomputers based on NVIDIA Grace supercomputers that are expected to go online in 2023.

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NVIDIA is throttling its RTX 3060 GPU to deter cryptominers and please gamers

The huge industry-wide semiconductor crisis has affected domains ranging from consumer electronics to automobiles. Among the worst hit was the gaming segment, triggering a massive shortage of new GPUs as well the next-gen consoles powered by them. And to further exacerbate the problem for gaming enthusiasts, cryptocurrency miners also called their dibs on the new wave of graphics cards. NVIDIA is trying to address the crypto-induced shortage by throttling its latest GPU – the GeForce RTX 3060 – to deter cryptominers from buying it and ensuring that gamers get their hands on it.

NVIDIA is reducing the hash rate of its GeForce RTX 360 GPU by half

The GeForce RTX 3060 will be up for grabs starting February 25, and before it could go on sale, the company has made the move. NVIDIA says that the RTX 3060 drivers will detect cryptocurrency mining algorithms and reduce the hash rate – which is essentially the cryptocurrency mining efficiency – by a margin of 50%. With its decision to halve the hash rate, NVIDIA says it is preserving GeForce RTX GPUs for gamers.

NVIDIA is launching CMP HX series of GPUs for miners

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However, NVIDIA is not alienating cryptocurrency miners. In fact, the company is catering to them with a new line of CMP HX GPUs that are tailormade for cryptomining. The graphics hardware giant has launched a total of four NVIDIA CMP HX series GPUs – 30HX, 40HX, 50HX, and 90HX – to address the demands of Ethereum miners.

CMP HX GPUs come with certain design tweaks to make them more efficient at cryptomining

The CMP HX GPUs come with a few design tweaks that make them an even better solution for mining cryptocurrency compared to the graphics cards made for consumer PCs. “For instance, CMP lacks display outputs, enabling improved airflow while mining so they can be more densely packed. CMPs also have a lower peak core voltage and frequency, which improves mining power efficiency,” NVIDIA said in its announcement.

The fully open, airflow-optimized bracket design of the new cryptomining GPUs ensures that multiple graphics cards can be controlled by a single CPU. The new NVIDIA CMP HX GPUs will be offered by the likes of Asus, EVGA, Gigabyte, MSI, and PC Partner among others.

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NVIDIA’s entry-level GeForce RTX 3060 graphics card goes on sale starting February 25

NVIDIA unveiled its latest entry-level desktop graphics card – the RTX 3060 – a month ago. Back then though, the company only revealed that it will be available in late February, without revealing a specific release date. That is finally changing. NVIDIA has today announced that the GeForce RTX 3060 graphics card will be up for grabs starting February 25. As per the company’s original launch announcement, the likes of Asus, EVGA, Gigabyte, MSI, PNY, and Zotac will offer its latest graphics solution. 

It will set you back by $329 in the US

At the moment, the official NVIDIA online shop has not listed the GeForce RTX 3060 GPU, but the slightly more powerful RTX 3060 Ti is already up for grabs starting at $399.99 for the Founder’s Edition. As for the vanilla GeForce RTX 3060 desktop graphics card, it will set you back by $329 in the US.

Image: NVIDIA

Based on the Ampere architecture, the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 desktop-class GPU comes equipped with 3,584 CUDA cores and has a base clock speed of 1.32GHz (and boost frequency of 1.78GHz). You get 12GB GDDR6 memory with a 192-bit memory interface. NVIDIA has armed it with the improved second-gen ray-tracing cores and the more efficient third-gen Tensor cores. 

3,584 CUDA cores, 12GB GDDR6 memory, and DirectX 12 Ultimate support

As far as features go, the GeForce RTX 3060 offers support for DirectX 12 Ultimate and a host of NVIDIA’s proprietary technology that includes DLSS (to boost frame rates and improve graphics), NVIDIA Reflex (for reducing input lag and making games more responsive), and NVIDIA Broadcast (an advanced suite of audio and video tools) to name a few. 

Taking about raw performance gains, the new NVIDIA offering is said to bring 2x boost at rester performance and 10x improvement in ray-tracing performance (compared to the GeForce GTX 1060 GPU). Plus, the new Resizeable BAR PCI Express technology allows the CPU to access the entire GPU memory at once for a higher performance boost while playing demanding games.

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NVIDIA’s entry-level GeForce RTX 3060 graphics card goes on sale starting February 25

NVIDIA unveiled its latest entry-level desktop graphics card – the RTX 3060 – a month ago. Back then though, the company only revealed that it will be available in late February, without revealing a specific release date. That is finally changing. NVIDIA has today announced that the GeForce RTX 3060 graphics card will be up for grabs starting February 25. As per the company’s original launch announcement, the likes of Asus, EVGA, Gigabyte, MSI, PNY, and Zotac will offer its latest graphics solution. 

It will set you back by $329 in the US

At the moment, the official NVIDIA online shop has not listed the GeForce RTX 3060 GPU, but the slightly more powerful RTX 3060 Ti is already up for grabs starting at $399.99 for the Founder’s Edition. As for the vanilla GeForce RTX 3060 desktop graphics card, it will set you back by $329 in the US.

Image: NVIDIA

Based on the Ampere architecture, the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 desktop-class GPU comes equipped with 3,584 CUDA cores and has a base clock speed of 1.32GHz (and boost frequency of 1.78GHz). You get 12GB GDDR6 memory with a 192-bit memory interface. NVIDIA has armed it with the improved second-gen ray-tracing cores and the more efficient third-gen Tensor cores. 

3,584 CUDA cores, 12GB GDDR6 memory, and DirectX 12 Ultimate support

As far as features go, the GeForce RTX 3060 offers support for DirectX 12 Ultimate and a host of NVIDIA’s proprietary technology that includes DLSS (to boost frame rates and improve graphics), NVIDIA Reflex (for reducing input lag and making games more responsive), and NVIDIA Broadcast (an advanced suite of audio and video tools) to name a few. 

Taking about raw performance gains, the new NVIDIA offering is said to bring 2x boost at rester performance and 10x improvement in ray-tracing performance (compared to the GeForce GTX 1060 GPU). Plus, the new Resizeable BAR PCI Express technology allows the CPU to access the entire GPU memory at once for a higher performance boost while playing demanding games.

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Pocketnow Daily: NEW Galaxy S21 Teaser & Exynos Updates: YES and NO! (video)

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.

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

NVIDIA has had a busy day at CES 2021 today. The company has just announced the RTX 30 series GPUs for laptops based on the Ampere architecture. The new mobile GPUs announced by NVIDIA include the GeForce RTX 3080, GeForce RTX 3070, and the GeForce RTX 3060. The first wave of laptops powered by the GeForce RTX 3080 and 3070 will hit the shelves starting January 26, while machines rocking the GeForce RTX 3060 GPU will make their way to the market next month. 

Higher efficiency, better performance and refined acoustics

Based on the 3rd Gen Max-Q technology, the new NVIDIA GeForce RTX 30 series GPUs for laptops are claimed to offer up to 2x ray-tracing throughput, thanks to the second-gen ray-tracing cores. Additionally, the 3rd gen tensor cores are also claimed to be 2x more capable compared to last-gen GPUs based on the Turing architecture. And thanks to support for the proprietary NVIDIA Reflex technology, the new laptop GPUs are said to further reduce latency and boost responsiveness. 

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The third-gen Max-Q design is claimed to offer general improvements in areas such as efficiency, performance,  battery, and even acoustics. With the RTX 30 series laptop graphics, NVIDIA is also introducing the Dynamic Boost 2.0 technology that relies on AI to adjust power uptake by the CPU, GPU, and GPU on a per-frame basis. This tech will be enabled by default on all laptops powered by the new NVIDIA mobile GPUs. 

Over 70 laptops with GeForce RTX 30 series GPU will debut this month

Another new tech debuting with the RTX 30 series GPUs for laptops is Whisper Mode 2.0 that is baked at the system level and dynamically adjusts settings (CPU, GPU, and game presets) as well as fan speed to offer the best audio output. Additionally, the Resizable BAR technology allows a laptop’s CPU to access the entire graphics memory of a GPU to boost performance (read: higher frame rates) while gaming. This feature will be available via driver updates. 

As for the laptops powered by NVIDIA’s new RTX 30 series mobile GPUs, some have already been announced such as the Razer Blade 15 Advanced, Alienware m15 R4 and m17 R4, Asus TUF Gaming Dash F15, MSI GS66, and the Lenovo Legion 7 among others. 

GeForce RTX 3060 – An entry-level RTX 30 series desktop GPU

Image: NVIDIA

In addition to RTX 30 series Max-Q graphics, NVIDIA has also unveiled the cheapest Ampere-based desktop GPU today – the GeForce RTX 3060. Priced at $329, it will be up for grabs next month and is being marketed as the entry-point into NVIDIA’s updated family of desktop graphics in the RTX 30 series. It is claimed to offer 2x boost at rester performance and 10x improvement in ray-tracing performance vis-a-vis the aging GeForce GTX 1060 GPU, one of the company’s most popular graphics cards. 

GeForce RTX 3060 desktop GPU will hit the shelves in February

It packs 12GB of GDDR6 memory, and comes with the usual set of enhancements such as Resizeable BAR, second-gen ray-tracing cores, 3rd-gen Tensor cores to make the most its DLSS technology, NVIDIA Reflex, and NVIDIA Broadcast to name a few. Following is a graphical representation of the performance boost offered by the new NVIDIA desktop-class GPU:

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Pocketnow Daily: Samsung Galaxy S21 Is Getting CHEAPER? (video)

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Samsung Galaxy Note 20 starting at $450, Apple deals event and more available today

And guess what? We’re beginning the month of December with deals, don’t act like you didn’t see it coming. Let’s start this off with the deals that are just too good to be true from Samsung. those Samsung deals we’ve been covering, they’re still live. So again, these are all trade-in deals but you can currently get the Galaxy Z Fold 2 for $1000, the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra for a crazy $599 and other cool products like the Z Flip 5G for just $300. And yeah, the Galaxy S line is also available, starting at $140 for the S20 FE and all the way up to $740 for the S20 Ultra so, yeah get the Note. Again, these are all trade-in deals, but the $100 credit is no longer available, so just keep that in mind. Now let’s talk iPhone 12 Pro Max on a similar approach as Verizon currently has a BOGO deal where of course, you have to get an installment plan but then you get the second one for free. Moving on, B&H has a huge Apple sale going on and the latest 12.9in iPad Pro is currently $300 off, leaving the entry level LTE model for $849. The 16in MacBook Pro is $300 off, that means that it starts at $2499. And guys, those Samsung deals where just some, we’ve got more in addition to Apple deals in the description and over at Pocketnow.com.

NVIDIA’s new GeForce RTX 3060 Ti GPU offers more power than the RTX 2080 Super for $399

Now let’s switch to to official news as Nvidia seriously keeps just showing off with their recent GPU launches. The company just announced a new GPU in their RTX 3000 family. So far the company already provided us with some crazy powerful GPU’s this year, but now it looks like they’re adding to the affordable side. This new GeForce RTX 3060 Ti is priced at $399 and it reportedly offers more power than the RTX 2080 Super which costs $699. They are advertising it as an affordable, latest-gen entry into the world of ray-traced gaming and it’s a decent option for 1440p gaming, kind of like the Xbox Series S. When it comes to specs, this thing brings enhanced ray-tracing cores and AI-processing Tensor cores that offer a 2x throughput. It has a base clock speed of 1.41GHz and it boosts up to 1.67GHz with 8GB of GDDR6 memory. It will be available for grabs tomorrow at again, $399. Why do I feel that someone I know added this to the script intentionally?

Samsung’s next earbuds are called Galaxy Buds Pro as per US FCC documents

Now let’s move on to Samsung as, if you think about it, the company has been launching true wireless earbuds along with each flagship announcement. Yes, not in the box, but with prices that make it just aggressive enough to feel that way. They’ve been doing for the past couple of years, starting with the Gear Icon X. Well, with the S21 season approaching, we have some new reports on what we should expect. According to SamMobile, Samsung will launch a successor to the Galaxy Buds+. These will bring two major improvements which are, Active Noise Cancellation and an Improved Ambient Move. They’re expected to bring the same type of in-ear design but off course, with ANC this time around. However, this was a report over the weekend, now we have a new report from MySmartPrice with new information. Apparently these were just certified by the FCC and they will be called the Galaxy Buds Pro. The name makes sense as we’re expecting the same design with ANC which is considered a Pro feature and they will now bring a squared case, kind of like the regular AirPods case. So yeah, we’ll keep you posted when more leaks come in as we’re getting close to January.

A new issue is now affecting iPhone 12’s LTE and 5G connectivity

Apple launched the iPhone 12 line a little over a month ago and keep in mind, this is Apple’s first 5G smartphone and it looks like the ride isn’t going too smooth. Over 500 users are claiming that they have some issues with their iPhone 12 dropping coverage unexpectedly. The main user who posted the claim says that he activated his phone on Saturday and on Sunday after a short drive, his phone had no reception and the No Service label to the point where the iPhone indicated that it was not activated. He then went to say that the only way to get the connection back was to toggle AirPlane Mode on and off. Just for some context he had the phone in 5G Auto on AT&T and once he switched to LTE the same thing happened, even after he reset the network settings. Apparently he even talked to Apple support and even with them installing two profiles on it, the issue kept happening. He posted this on Reddit where a ton of other users are having the same problem. And guys, me and Diego have actually been having this issue, not to the point where it says it’s not activated because their unlocked, but we do lose service completely until we restart our device. In all fairness, though, it’s only happened once to each of us, so we’ll keep you posted in case Apple posts a response.

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Samsung to lower the price barrier for Galaxy Series S21 series as the Note sunsets

And finally for the hottest news today, let’s bring back Samsung since all eyes on what the company is doing next with all the rumored dramatic changes. If you tuned into yesterday’s Pocketnow Daily, one of the things we talked about is how Samsung wants to replace the Note with the Z Fold, but doesn’t want to lower the price tag, but now this makes a little more sense. According to a new SamMobile report, Sammy will be lowering the Galaxy S21‘s price tag due to the Galaxy Note’s death. The report mentions that Samsung will drop the price of the Series by around $100 or more. This would mean that the regular S20 would start at either $899 or $849, the S21+ at $1099 or $1049 and the S21 Ultra dropping by the same margin. This would be a pretty big deal for Samsung as, the S20 Series didn’t sell too well thanks to that price tag. Going back a little bit on the Note, a new Reuters report further confirms that Samsung is not planning to debut a Galaxy Note this year and they will be shifting those resources to develop their foldables. It also mentions that the top model in the S Series, will bring a stylus, as well as the next Z Fold. This means you’ll be getting a cheaper Galaxy S21 Ultra with S-Pen support, and that actually sounds pretty sweet.

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NVIDIA’s new GeForce RTX 3060 Ti GPU offers more power than the RTX 2080 Super for $399

NVIDIA has today launched a new GPU in the RTX 3000 family and is calling it the GeForce RTX 3060 Ti. Notably, NVIDIA claims that it offers more power than the GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER (which costs $699) despite being priced significantly lower at $399. The card is primarily projected as an affordable, latest-gen entry point into the world of ray-traced games and appears to be a great option for 1440p gaming, somewhat like the Xbox Series S. It will be up for grabs starting tomorrow, December 2. NVIDIA is also offering a free one-year subscription of its cloud-based game streaming service, NVIDIA GeForce Now, with the purchase of its new card in select markets.

The GeForce 3060 Ti is based on the Ampere architecture that comes with enhanced ray-tracing cores and the AI-processing Tensor cores. NVIDIA says the new RT cores and the 3rd-generation tensor cores both offer a 2x throughput. Talking in numbers, the new GPU offers 4,864 CUDA cores with a base clock speed of 1.41GHz, while boost frequency goes up to 1.67GHz.  There is 8GB of GDDR6 memory, support for DLSS and Direct X12 Ultimate. 

Armed with support for the in-house Deep Learning Super Sampling (DLSSS) tech, the GeForce RTX 3060 Ti is claimed to deliver higher frame rates and paves the doors for more refined visuals. It also brings the proprietary Reflex tech to the table that boosts the responsiveness of games by minimizing input lag, while the NVIDIA Broadcast tech allows users to take advantage of virtual backgrounds, motion capture, and noise removal during video calls. 

With the arrival of its new GPU, the GeForce Experience tool has also received a few tweaks, as it now automatically creates overclocking profiles for an advanced GPU Tuning experience, while the updated in-game overlay now shows performance stats, temperatures, and latency metrics. The GeForce RTX 3060 Ti will be available in Founders Edition flavor from NVIDIA as well as custom boards provided by third-party partners such as Zotac, Asus, and MSI among others. 

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It’s happening: NVIDIA to acquire Arm for $40 billion

NVIDIA and SoftBank Group Corp. (SBG) have announced a definitive agreement under which NVIDIA will acquire Arm Limited from SoftBank for $40 billion. As part of NVIDIA, Arm will continue to operate its open-licensing model. It will operate as a division of NVIDIA and will remain headquartered in the UK. It will “continue to operate its open-licensing model while maintaining its global customer neutrality,” the company said. NVIDIA intends to retain the name and strong brand identity of Arm and expand its base in Cambridge. Arm’s intellectual property will remain registered in the U.K. 

To recall, SoftBank bought Arm for $31 billion four years ago. The undertakings are scheduled to complete in September 2021. Arm’s tech powers mobile device processors for several companies including Samsung, Apple, and Qualcomm. Moreover, Apple recently announced its switch to Arm-based chips for future Macs. On the other hand, Microsoft is making an Arm-based Surface and a version of Windows for Arm. Hence, the British company will likely only increase in value, as it has since SoftBank acquisition.

For reference, NVIDIA doesn’t do much in mobile hardware. However, it is the leading maker of GPUs, and manufactures Tegra line of mobile chipsets used in devices like the Nintendo Switch. The company is positioning the acquisition as setting up the next stage of AI computing.

Bloomberg reports that “Huang said Nvidia is spending a lot of money for the acquisition and has no incentive to do anything that would cause clients to walk away.” The proposed transaction is subject to customary closing conditions, including the receipt of regulatory approvals for the U.K., China, the European Union and the United States. Hence, the deal is likely to face intense regulatory scrutiny.

“Arm and NVIDIA share a vision and passion that ubiquitous, energy-efficient computing will help address the world’s most pressing issues from climate change to healthcare, from agriculture to education,” said Simon Segars, CEO of Arm.

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Fortnite gets ray-tracing and NVIDIA DLSS support to boost the visual appeal

Fortnite is currently at the centre of an ugly spat between Epic Games and Apple, which has resulted in the game getting kicked off the App Store. But there is finally some good news for players. Epic Games and NVIDIA have announced that Fortnite is getting support for real-time ray tracing and NVIDIA’s Deep Learning Super Sampling (DSLL) technology to boost the game’s visuals.

The hit battle royale game is getting support for ray-traced reflections, shadows, global illumination and ambient occlusion, all four of which collectively enhance the details in a frame and improve the visual experience of playing Fortnite. NVIDIA’s AI-driven DLSS technology will boost the frame rates and also helps enhance the output resolution.

Additionally, Fortnite is also one of the first games to support the new NVIDIA Reflex tech that helps reduce system latency and improves responsiveness. Moreover, a special map called RTX Treasure Run has also been introduced in the Creative mode to highlight the benefits of ray-tracing. All the aforementioned advancements are coming to Fortnite’s Chapter 4 of the second season which is now live for players with a ton of Marvel content.

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NVIDIA announces RTX 30 series GPUs based on Ampere architecture for next-gen gaming

NVIDIA has just launched its RTX 30 series GPUs based on the new Ampere architecture, which succeeds the Turing architecture on which the RTX 20 series was based. The company has introduced three new graphics cards – the beastly RTX 3090 for 8K gaming, the RTX 3080 which is positioned as the flagship for the masses and the RTX 3070 which is for the mainstream segment.

NVIDIA says the GeForce RTX 30 series GPUs pack second-gen ray-tracing cores, third-gen Tensor Cores and more capable multiprocessors that deliver faster frame rates and more detailed visuals in games. The new NVIDIA GPUs are the first to support up to 24GB of graphics memory and to utilize the faster GDDR6X VRAM modules. Other firsts include support for 8K gameplay and 4K gameplay at high refresh rate, HDMI 2.1 interface and support for AV1 codecs.

NVIDIA says the GeForce RTX 30 series GPUs employ dual axial flow through a cooling solution that features two fans, but it runs quieter than traditional dual axial coolers while delivering 2X better thermal output. The new second-gen ray-tracing cores are also claimed to twice more efficient, while the third-gen Tensor cores are also said to 2X more capable when it comes to AI-based workload.

Here’s how the three new GeForce RTX 30 series GPUs stack up against each other:

Source: NVIDIA

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NVIDIA teases a mysterious launch for August 31

NVIDIA took to Twitter to post a teaser for something that will be announced on August 31. The tweet posted from NVIDIA GeForce Twitter account simply says “#UltimateCountdown,” accompanied by a video of a star going supernova. Further, the account has updated its header image with another teaser that mentions “21 days. 21 years.”

The graphics card maker is likely to announce something big, as indicated by the supernova tease. Rumors have it that the company might be planning to launch its new Ampere graphics cards on September 9. Before that, it could be launching RTX 3000 Series cards including a GeForce RTX 3080 successor to the RTX 2080.

Moreover, Wccftech speculates that the teaser mention of 21 years might be related to the original GeForce 256 GPU. It’s been almost 21 years since the GeForce 256 launched back in 1999. Moreover, if you multiply 256 by 21 you get 5,376, which is a core count that was leaked recently, as noted by Wccftech.

Via: The Verge

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Pocketnow Daily: Google Pixel 4a: F I N A L L Y ! (video)

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The Google Pixel 4, Apple’s 11-inch iPad Pro and more devices are on sale today

Deals. Since it’s Pixel day, let’s start the week off with Pixel deals. The Pixel 4 is currently $45 off, leaving the 64GB variant at $754. However, if you go for the 4 XL, you can catch an $80 discount, leaving that at $820 shipped. B&H also has some deals on iPads, like in the case of the 11-inch variant which is $400, now the price is still kinda steep but you get the 1TB, Wi+Fi + Cellular variant for $1,099. Finally, the Garmin Fenix 5S is $62 off, leaving it at $438 shipped. We have more deals on AirPods, Thunderbolt docks and more.

Confirmed: Microsoft could acquire US arm of TikTok by September 15

We haven’t been covering the whole the US is banning Tik Tok situation because we thought it was way too political but, it has been trending on social media. Now, it looks like Microsoft wants a piece of the pie. On a new statement, Microsoft confirmed that they want to buy the US arm of Tik Tok and, this development comes after Satya Nadella talked to the US President. According to them, they are interested in doing the security review which the president asked for and they will also pursue discussions with Tik Tok’s parent company, ByteDance. These discussions should be completed by the week of September 15th and Microsoft would also allow other investors to pitch in. We’ll keep you posted.

Samsung could be interested in buying a small stake in ARM

Speaking of purchases, on Friday we covered how NVIDIA wants to acquire Arm, and now it looks like Samsung wants a small piece of that pie. According to an industry official, Samsung is considering buying a small stake in Arm, around 3 or 5%. Apparently Samsung’s goal is to reduce their royalty payments for producing chips based on their architecture. The problem is that, we’re not sure if even the NVIDIA deal will actually happen as it might bring some antitrust issues. We know that to some degree, Samsung, NVIDIA and Apple sort of compete in the same business which is why Samsung’s strategy works best. A small share of this assures regulators that there isn’t anti-competitive business going on and, they did a similar thing with ASML back in 2012. NVIDIA is apparently in advanced talks with Softbank so, we’ll see how this evolves.

Here’s your first look at the HUAWEI Mate 40 and its ginormous camera bump

Recently we started getting rumors of the Mate 40 series as we get closer to October. Now, we have some CAD renders from OnLeaks and, they look kinda funny. Now, remember this is not the Pro so no waterfall display, we get a regular curved display with a dual pill-shaped punch hole on the top left. Now, when you turn the phone around we get this huge stove, and I mean huge. It has three camera sensors, with no periscope lens and another sensor that kinda looks like Apple’s LiDAR solution. The leak also mentions that this is a 6.4in display but, we don’t have any more information on the internals just yet.

Check out the new real-life pictures of the Moto RAZR 5G

Last week we got some new pics of the upcoming RAZR from Evan Blass but, now we get some hands on images from Weibo. These aren’t exactly high-res but, we are available to see some new improvements. For starters, the chin is getting smaller and apparently the fingerprint sensor is gone. We’re also able to see the outside and, it looks like we’ll still be getting a single main camera but, according to the rumors this will be upgraded to a 48MP sensor and the selfie camera is also expected to jump up to 20MP. However, we can’t really see if the notch is changing due to the dark wallpaper. Some of the other leaked specs include the Snapdragon 765G, 8GB of RAM, 256GB of storage and a 2845 mAh battery with 18W charging.

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Google Pixel 4a is finally official and it costs a sweet $349

Google’s Pixel 4a 5G is coming this fall at $499, Pixel 5 will tag along too

Yes, it happened. Can I start saying finally again? The Google Pixel 4a was FINALLY announced. Let’s start by giving you the official specs, this phone brings a 5.81in FHD+ display, it’s powered by the Snapdragon 730G, 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. It brings a 3140 mAh battery with 18W fast charging and USB PD 2.0 standard. You’re getting a single 12.2MP shooter at the back, with both OIS and EIS stabilization and it supports features like HDR+, Dual Exposure controls, Portrait Mode, and even, Night Sight with astrophotography. Video Capture is kinda limited as it is capped at 1080p with a 30fps frame rate, and the selfie camera is an 8MP shooter at f/2.0 with no autofocus magic. It’s already available for pre-orders and it retails at $349, it will be available for purchase on August 20th. However, Google didn’t stop there, they leaked their own line up for the fall… They revealed that we’ll be getting the Pixel 4a 5G which will start at $499 and it will debut along the Pixel 5 which we still don’t know if that will be a flagship or not. They also gave us a teaser with both of the phones side to side with the text 5G behind them. Subscribe: http://bit.ly/pocketnowsub http://pocketnow.com Follow us: http://flipboard.com/@Pocketnow http://facebook.com/pocketnow http://twitter.com/pocketnow http://google.com/+pocketnow

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