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THE ‘BRUSHED ONYX’ DELL XPS 15 2-IN-1 (9575) IS A MONOLITHIC BEAUTY WORTH THE EXTRA $50

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The XPS 15 2-in-1 9575 (see our full review) is one of the more fascinating laptops to be released this year. Taking the performance of the original XPS 15 (9560) and merging it with a 2-in-1 form factor yields a PC with more functionality but retains that 4K InfinityEdge display.

Tricky to order, but a gorgeous conversion

As mentioned in our review Dell has an all-black version of the 9575, but you can only order it online and one configuration. That setup brings the powerful Core i7-8705G with AMD Radeon graphics, 16GB of DDR4 RAM, and the striking 4K Ultra HD (3840 x 2160) InfinityEdge Anti-Reflective touch display. You still do get a choice for storage which runs from 256GB to 2TB options.

Choosing brushed onyx under the configuration versus the standard and familiar silver will tack on another $50 and a few days for manufacturing, but if you want something different, it’s worth it.

Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 brushed onyx tech specs

ProcessorIntel 8th Gen Core i7-8705G quad-core
Display size15.6-inch
UltraSharp 4K (3840×2160) touch display, 100% color gamut
400-nits, 1500:1 contrast ratio, anti-reflective 178° wide viewing angle
RAM16GB Dual Channel DDR4 at 2400MHz (On Board)
Discrete graphicsRadeon RX Vega M GL graphics with 4GB HBM2 RAM
Ports2x Thunderbolt 3 with PowerShare
2x USB-C 3.1 with PowerShare
microSD card reader
headset jack
Active penBluetooth 4.2
Multi-mode support including MPP (Microsoft Pen Protocol), Wacom AES1.0 and Wacom AES2.0
4,096 pressure levels
Storage256GB, 512GB, 1TB, or 2TB (PCIe)
WirelessKiller 1435 802.11ac [2×2] + Bluetooth 4.1
Intel 8265 802.11ac [2×2] wireless for vPro + Bluetooth 4.1
Miracast capable
BiometricWidescreen 720p webcam with four array digital microphones; Windows Hello compliant infrared camera; Far Field Cortana capable
Optional Windows Hello compliant fingerprint reader in power button
Battery75WHr (non-user-replaceable)
Weight4.3 lbs (1.97 kg)
Dimensions0.35 in to 0.63 in (9 mm to 16 mm) x 13.9 in (354 mm) x 9.3 in (235mm) (H x W x D)
Starting price$1,999.99
AvailabilityNow
Dell.com, Best Buy

The onyx color scheme involves three components including the top and bottom metal covers and the hinges, which go from silver to black to match. Its only on the sides can you see a sliver of silver, which gives a subtle dual-tone look.

Even the embossed Dell logo is now shiny black giving a muted appearance except when it catches some light to reflect. More details are found in the all-black hex screws on the bottom versus the matching silver ones found in the original color scheme.

As the name implies, the metal used is brushed versus the standard flat silver design giving the 9575 some texture. Being black, it also shows oils more than the silver, so you will need to wipe it down to keep it pristine occasionally.

Opening the onyx laptop reveals the same soft-touch carbon fiber design found with the silver option. Otherwise, everything else is the same between it and its silver XPS brethren.

Dell testing varying color options

Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 (9575) black

It’s not clear why Dell is only offering the XPS 15 2-in-1 (9575) in brushed onyx.

The current XPS 13 (9370) and regular XPS 15 9570 (updated for 2018) do not offer this possibility. The XPS 15 9570 was initially shown to press in black, but Frank Azor, VP General Manager of Alienware, Gaming & XPS at Dell has confirmed multiple times on Twitter that they scraped the choice for unspecified reasons.

Dell has been experimenting with different color schemes over the years first with gold, then rose gold for the XPS 13, then an outstanding white and gold version for this year.

Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 (9575) black

The company is interested in expanding color selection for consumers but it is taking a very conservative approach trying to balance demand with costs and production constraints. For instance, the brushed-onyx XPS 15 2-in-1 (9575) is not even advertised as an option on Dell’s site. You must choose the last SKU, which starts at $1,999.99, to even see the selection during configuration. That makes the choice more of a last-minute surprise for consumers. (You can also buy it direct at Best Buy as well).

Regardless of Dell’s quirks if you are up to getting the XPS 15 2-in-1 (9575) with an i7 processor and 4K display you should certainly consider brushed onyx. Dell did out a fantastic job with the design and while you can always put a decal over the silver model this black brushed metal look and feel is the way to go if you want something that bucks the familiar look of Dell’s XPS line.

 

 

 

 

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This is the cheapest 256GB smartphone that comes with 8GB RAM

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We have found memories of the Elephone Soldier, a rugged smartphone that sported a rather unique analogue compass and a price point that earned it some top marks in reviews around the world. 

Elephone now has a new flagship, the U3H, and although it may not have the same rugged credential as its sibling, it more than makes up for it elsewhere.

At $184.89 (about £142, AU$268) after using an exclusive couponat AliExpress, the Elephone U3H is the cheapest smartphone that combines 256GB storage with 8GB of system memory, as much as some flagship laptops on the market.

You can bag yourself an Elephone U3H for a rock-bottom price of just under $185, which includes free delivery and a $6 new user discount. This is an mid-range smartphone running Android 9.0 (upgradable to 10), with 8GB of RAM, a 48-megapixel camera, 256GB onboard storage and a massive 6.6-inch, 3.7-megapixel screen.

Elephone U3H

There’s also two rear cameras including a 48-megapixel one from Sony, the IMX586, a rather big 6.53-inch FHD+ display and a not-so-small 3,500mAh battery.

Add NFC and wireless charging and you get a device that, on paper, is difficult to beat if storage is what you’re after. It currently rocks Android 9.0 but the manufacturer has confirmed that it will get Android 10 in a few weeks.

As a disclaimer, buying from Chinese retailers like Aliexpress means that you may have to wait a long time to get your item, up to two months.

There’s also a slim chance of getting stung by extra charges and products from China may not be 100% compatible with local voltage or mobile network bands, with returns often a pain to complete.

Source:
https://www.techradar.com/in/news/this-is-the-cheapest-256gb-smartphone-that-comes-with-8gb-ram

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Lenovo launches world’s first 5G PC at CES

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Photo taken on Jan. 8, 2020 shows a Lenovo 5G personal computer at the 2020 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, the United States. China’s tech giant Lenovo has launched the world’s first 5G personal computer at the ongoing 2020 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, for the first time bringing 5G connectivity to a premium computing experience beyond smartphone technology. (Xinhua/Wu Xiaoling)

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Apple iPhone 12: Everything We Know So Far [Updated]

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Apple’s iPhone 12 is already subject to leak after leak after leak. As such, this article will roundup everything we know so far. There’s a lot to love and some disappointments as well. But, overall, Apple is heading for its most exciting iPhone upgrade in years. Here are the reasons why. 

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2020 iPhone 12 conceptBEN GESKIN

 Camera – the headline news for the iPhone 12 is Apple’s move to integrate a long-range 3D camera. This has now been leaked by multiple sources and it will enable the iPhone 12 to actively map its environment up to about 15 feet. It will be laser-based unlike the 25-50 centimetre range of the dot projector-based 3D mapping system used in Face ID on the front of current iPhones.

While a 3D camera may help photographs with things like Portrait mode (where depth measurement is a major factor), the big win is augmented reality (AR). Expect Apple to make a big deal of this come launch time. 

Apple iPhone 12 camera, iPhone 12 upgrade, iPhone 11 camera,
Long range Sony 3D camera mapping prototypeBLOOMBERG

Design – Perhaps the one area where the iPhone 12 may disappoint is how it looks. With more radical concepts (as above) seemingly off the radar, a far more basic design (almost identical to the iPhone X / XS / 11 Pro) has now been spotted. There is still time for this to change, but Apple looks set to make its biggest advances internally this year. 


Gordon’s Top Apple Daily Deals:

Display – While it may look the same, the new iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max family is understood to be tweaking its screen sizes with both bigger and smaller panels:

  • iPhone 12: 6.1-inch (same as iPhone 11)
  • iPhone 12 Pro: 5.4-inch (Vs 5.8-inch iPhone 11 Pro)
  • iPhone 12 Pro Max 5G: 6.7-inch (Vs 6.5-inch iPhone 11 Pro Max)

In addition to this, Apple is expected to introduce new 120Hz ProMotion displays. Jumping to a 90/120Hz panel is essential to keep up with rivals, many of which made the move in 2019 and Samsung will fit the Galaxy S11 with a 120Hz panel in 2020. Coincidentally, Apple will also adopt Samsung’s Y-OCTA display technology for slimmer panels and OLED may come to the entry-level iPhone 12. 

Adding to this, Japanese site MyDrivers is reports that Apple will source up to 45M OLED panels from China’s BOE as it reduces dependence on Samsung. Whether this results in good/bad iPhone editions as with Intel/Qualcomm modems in the past remains to be seen, but Apple’s strict quality controls usually avoid this.

Biometrics – Face ID is not expected to change much in the iPhone 12 other than slight performance tweaks and, perhaps, a fractionally smaller notch. But the return of Touch ID integrated into the display, is a major event which has been leaked time after time. While facial recognition and fingerprint sensors have their own pros and cons, the real value of its return is when used in conjunction with Face ID for extremely high level security. Hopefully, where and when will be user selectable. 

iPhone Touch ID, iPhone 12 Touch ID, iPhone 11 Face ID, iPhone fingerprint sensor,
Apple has been filing numerous patents for building Touch ID into iPhone displaysPATENTLYAPPLE

Apple AirPods Pro Vs AirPods: What’s The Difference?FORBES Gordon Kelly

01/04 Update: Performance – DigiTimes reports Apple has renewed its exclusive manufacturing deal with TSMC to be the sole supplier of its next-gen A14 iPhone chipset with production beginning as soon as Q2. DigiTimes says it will be the first A Series chip to be manufactured with a 5nm process (A12 / A13 were 7nm) which should both boost performance and increase efficiency. It could also increase Apple’s (already large) advantage over rivals with Qualcomm’s upcoming Snapdragon 865 flagship chipset for Android phones still using 7nm.

Connectivity / Networking – there is a lot of speculation that the Lightning port will be replaced by USB-C. This remains to be seen as talk is also building that Apple will move the iPhone to a port-less, wireless charging-only model in the next few years. As such, introducing USB-C for a short time would seem pointless. 

More certain, is the arrival of 5G. Apple will introduce 5G across the entire iPhone 12 range. It will deliver support for both mmWave and sub-6GHz bands and (given the still-limited nature of 5G networks around the world) the really good news is…

Pricing – official prices for the iPhone 12 range have yet to leak but word from Ming-Chi Kuo, one of the most accurate Apple insiders, is there will be no significant price penalty for the step-up to 5G. This would be a coup as 5G has added hundreds of dollars to 5G versions of rival phones up until this point. 

Release Date – there’s nothing on this at present, but Apple has a long tradition of launching new iPhones in September and (the early release of one new budget model, aside) I don’t expect that to change in 2020. 

Conclusion

Will the iPhone 12 be worth the wait? On paper, yes. This is one of Apple’s biggest upgrades in years. That said, the lack of external changes for a third generation may put some users off and the iPhone 11 range is already the most well-rounded smartphone line-up of 2019. It is also available with some major price savings right now

After incremental upgrades in 2019, Apple is going for it in 2020 and a big motivation is Samsung’s exciting Galaxy S11 plans. Here’s a similar roundup of Everything We Know So Far about the Galaxy S11

Yes, 2020 is shaping up to a great year for smartphone fans. 

Apple’s iPhone 12 is already subject to leak after leak after leak. As such, this article will roundup everything we know so far. There’s a lot to love and some disappointments as well. But, overall, Apple is heading for its most exciting iPhone upgrade in years. Here are the reasons why. 

Tip: this article will be regularly updated, so bookmark it (01/04 new updates below)

Apple iPhone 12, 5G iPhone, new iPhone upgrade, iPhone 12 release date, iPhone 11 upgrade,
2020 iPhone 12 conceptBEN GESKIN

Apple Sales Alert: AirPods Pro, iPad, iPhone, New MacBook Pro Best DealsFORBES Gordon Kelly

 Camera – the headline news for the iPhone 12 is Apple’s move to integrate a long-range 3D camera. This has now been leaked by multiple sources and it will enable the iPhone 12 to actively map its environment up to about 15 feet. It will be laser-based unlike the 25-50 centimetre range of the dot projector-based 3D mapping system used in Face ID on the front of current iPhones.

While a 3D camera may help photographs with things like Portrait mode (where depth measurement is a major factor), the big win is augmented reality (AR). Expect Apple to make a big deal of this come launch time. 

Apple iPhone 12 camera, iPhone 12 upgrade, iPhone 11 camera,
Long range Sony 3D camera mapping prototypeBLOOMBERG

Design – Perhaps the one area where the iPhone 12 may disappoint is how it looks. With more radical concepts (as above) seemingly off the radar, a far more basic design (almost identical to the iPhone X / XS / 11 Pro) has now been spotted. There is still time for this to change, but Apple looks set to make its biggest advances internally this year. 


Gordon’s Top Apple Daily Deals:

  • STAR DEAL – iPhone 11 or iPhone 11 Pro – save up to $800 with AT&T / $700 when you buy two iPhones on Verizon – Membership Wireless – shop deals now
  • iPhone 6S / iPhone 6S Plus – Unlocked – 32GB – Total Wireless or Straight Talk – $99 / $149.99 – Walmart – shop deals now
  • AirPods Pro – (typically $249.99) – Amazon: $249 (12/27 – out of stock) / B&H$249.99 (availability 6-10 weeks) / Best Buy: $249.99 / Staples: $249 (available in some stores) / Target: $249.99 / Walmart: $249 (out of stock)
  • AirPods with Charging Case – (typically $159.99) – Amazon:$139 / B&H: $144.95 12/27 – ( $5 price reduction) / Best Buy: $144.99  / Staples: $139 / Target: $144.99 / Walmart: $139
  • AirPods with Wireless Charging Case – (typically $199.99) – Amazon: $168.95 / B&H – $174.95 / Best Buy: $199.99 / Staples: $189 / Target: $169.99 / Walmart: $169 (out of stock)
  • 10.2-inch 2019 32GB iPad – (typically $329.99) – $319 (12/27 – back in stock) / Best Buy: $249.99 (out of stock) /Staples: $289 / Target: $249.99 / B&H: $299

Display – While it may look the same, the new iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max family is understood to be tweaking its screen sizes with both bigger and smaller panels:

  • iPhone 12: 6.1-inch (same as iPhone 11)
  • iPhone 12 Pro: 5.4-inch (Vs 5.8-inch iPhone 11 Pro)
  • iPhone 12 Pro Max 5G: 6.7-inch (Vs 6.5-inch iPhone 11 Pro Max)

In addition to this, Apple is expected to introduce new 120Hz ProMotion displays. Jumping to a 90/120Hz panel is essential to keep up with rivals, many of which made the move in 2019 and Samsung will fit the Galaxy S11 with a 120Hz panel in 2020. Coincidentally, Apple will also adopt Samsung’s Y-OCTA display technology for slimmer panels and OLED may come to the entry-level iPhone 12. 

Adding to this, Japanese site MyDrivers is reports that Apple will source up to 45M OLED panels from China’s BOE as it reduces dependence on Samsung. Whether this results in good/bad iPhone editions as with Intel/Qualcomm modems in the past remains to be seen, but Apple’s strict quality controls usually avoid this.

Biometrics – Face ID is not expected to change much in the iPhone 12 other than slight performance tweaks and, perhaps, a fractionally smaller notch. But the return of Touch ID integrated into the display, is a major event which has been leaked time after time. While facial recognition and fingerprint sensors have their own pros and cons, the real value of its return is when used in conjunction with Face ID for extremely high level security. Hopefully, where and when will be user selectable. 

iPhone Touch ID, iPhone 12 Touch ID, iPhone 11 Face ID, iPhone fingerprint sensor,
Apple has been filing numerous patents for building Touch ID into iPhone displaysPATENTLYAPPLE

Apple AirPods Pro Vs AirPods: What’s The Difference?FORBES Gordon Kelly

01/04 Update: Performance – DigiTimes reports Apple has renewed its exclusive manufacturing deal with TSMC to be the sole supplier of its next-gen A14 iPhone chipset with production beginning as soon as Q2. DigiTimes says it will be the first A Series chip to be manufactured with a 5nm process (A12 / A13 were 7nm) which should both boost performance and increase efficiency. It could also increase Apple’s (already large) advantage over rivals with Qualcomm’s upcoming Snapdragon 865 flagship chipset for Android phones still using 7nm.

Connectivity / Networking – there is a lot of speculation that the Lightning port will be replaced by USB-C. This remains to be seen as talk is also building that Apple will move the iPhone to a port-less, wireless charging-only model in the next few years. As such, introducing USB-C for a short time would seem pointless. 

More certain, is the arrival of 5G. Apple will introduce 5G across the entire iPhone 12 range. It will deliver support for both mmWave and sub-6GHz bands and (given the still-limited nature of 5G networks around the world) the really good news is…

Pricing – official prices for the iPhone 12 range have yet to leak but word from Ming-Chi Kuo, one of the most accurate Apple insiders, is there will be no significant price penalty for the step-up to 5G. This would be a coup as 5G has added hundreds of dollars to 5G versions of rival phones up until this point. 

Release Date – there’s nothing on this at present, but Apple has a long tradition of launching new iPhones in September and (the early release of one new budget model, aside) I don’t expect that to change in 2020. 

Conclusion

Will the iPhone 12 be worth the wait? On paper, yes. This is one of Apple’s biggest upgrades in years. That said, the lack of external changes for a third generation may put some users off and the iPhone 11 range is already the most well-rounded smartphone line-up of 2019. It is also available with some major price savings right now

After incremental upgrades in 2019, Apple is going for it in 2020 and a big motivation is Samsung’s exciting Galaxy S11 plans. Here’s a similar roundup of Everything We Know So Far about the Galaxy S11

Yes, 2020 is shaping up to a great year for smartphone fans. 

Source:
https://www.forbes.com/sites/gordonkelly/2020/01/04/apple-iphone-12-pro-max-release-date-design-camera-price-iphone-11-upgrade/#6c0a6beb1097

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