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Samsung Note10+ 5G appears in final render

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Samsung is set to hold its Unpacked event next week in New York city where we are expecting to hear about the Samsung Galaxy Note10, Note10+, hopefully a 5G varirant, and a new Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 smartwatch.

Just Wednesday, Samsung pulled the wraps off of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 with S-Pen remote, Snapdragon 855, and 8GB of RAM.

Also on Wednesday, Android Headlines released a convincing render of the Galaxy Note10+ 5G, but it isn’t like ones we’ve seen before. This one is a Verizon variant connected to 5G UWB+ and the date on the lockscreen says August 23. This is the same date that the Galaxy Note10+ is reportedly going to become available in South Korea.

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Source: Android Headlines

The color of the render is the rather beautiful “Prism White” that we saw on the Galaxy S10, but we wonder if it will have the same name with the Note10+. We also get a look at the sides of the phone, which strangely omit the power button on the right side. It seems with the Note10, Samsung is going to change the layout of the keys.

From what we can gather in the image, the power key has been relocated to the left side of the phone, just under the volume rocker. We can only assume that Samsung has built the Bixby shortcut into the power key, similar to how you access Siri on the iPhone X and above – by briefly holding the power key.

While the Galaxy S10 launched its 4G and S10 5G variants separately, the Note10 is expected to become available in both 4G and 5G variants at the same time, hopefully on August 23.

The Note10+ is expected to be powered by either a Snapdragon 855 or Exynos 9820 depending on the region. You’ll be able to get up to 12GB of RAM and 512GB of UFS 3.0 internal storage. Meanwhile, a 4,300 mAh battery will support a new 45W fast charging standard and possibly 20W charging via wireless.

There’s a triple camera setup, and an extra ToF camera, presumably only for the Note10+ 5G model. The main camera setup consists of a three aperture (f/1.5, f/1.8, and F/2.4) 12MP main camera, a 12Mp telephoto camera with f/2.1 lens, and an ultrawide 16MP camera with f/2.2 aperture. In the front is a single, centered hole-punch 10MP selfie camera.

The base model Note10 is expected to retail for €999 with the Note10+ is rumored to go for €1149 and an even higher premium is expected for the 5G variant.

Source: https://www.gsmarena.com/samsung_galaxy_note10_5g_appears_in_final_render_with_august_23_release_date-news-38444.php

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This tiny laptop makes the MacBook look positively gigantic

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The One-NetBook OneMix 1S is sure to divide opinions; as not everyone will consider a $499 Celeron-based laptop to be a good deal, but then this is no ordinary laptop. 

The OneMix 1S is probably the smallest devices on the market today, targeting a niche user base searching for extreme portability with as few compromises as possible.

The Celeron processor that powers it is slightly faster than the N4100 model that powers a lot of similar devices on the market today, and it also sports 8GB of RAM and a true PCIe 256GB SSD rather than the sluggish eMMC storage that powers many other entry level laptops. 

Miniaturized computing

Add to that a full HD, touch capable display that supports pen input, a large 6500mAh battery, a fingerprint reader, plenty of connectivity options and it is easy to see why this format is – like vinyl and tape for audio – seeing a resurgence.

Bear in mind that the keyboard may infuriate touch typers and given its lilliputian dimensions, a touchpad is out of question. On the other hand though you will be able to charge this laptop using a standard portable battery charger. 

Lastly, it might be a good idea to take a Type-C hub adaptor given that it doesn’t have an HDMI port should you want to use a big screen.

Source: https://www.techradar.com/news/this-tiny-laptop-makes-the-macbook-look-positively-gigantic

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Huawei is about to release an iPad Pro… errr MatePad Pro!

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The tablet market hasn’t been doing so well in recent years and not many companies dare to experiment with new products for the niche. That’s why it’s always exciting when we see someone daring to make a new top-tier tablet. It seems that this time around, it’ll be Huawei.

Some renders of a new Huawei tablet leaked around mid-October. These depicted a tablet with an all-around thin bezel, which looks a lot like Apple’s latest iPad Pro. Difference being that the Huawei tablet has a small punch-hole in the top-left corner. Back then, it was believed that the tablet would be named Huawei MediaPad M7. However, reliable leakster Evan Blass corrected that statement and claimed it’s the Huawei MatePad Pro.

Huawei is about to release an iPad Pro… errr MatePad Pro!

If the design and naming scheme wasn’t enough to send some Apple tingles down your body, we also have what appears to be a keyboard case and a dedicated stylus for the MatePad Pro, which look a lot like the iPad Pro’s Smart Keyboard and Apple Pencil. Hey, at least it comes in 4 different colors, including quirky orange and the newly-cool green.

Huawei is about to release an iPad Pro… errr MatePad Pro!

Specs? No idea so far. The pictures do depict a quad-speaker stereo setup for sound and a dual camera on the back. We would assume that it’ll be a top-tier device as it looks the part… and it’s a Pro, after all.

One might be worried that with Huawei being barred from using Google apps, this tablet might be limited to Asian markets only, or not worth a buy in the end. But fret not, it looks like Huawei is very close to regaining access to the Google framework! So, if it all works out, we might have a nice competitor for the Apple iPad Pro and Samsung Galaxy Tab S6. It will all boil down to what that stylus can do and how much the whole package costs!

Source: https://www.phonearena.com/news/huawei-matepad-pro-leaks_id120154

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Motorola Razr rumors: Everything known about the foldable phone so far

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The latest photo leak gives us a clear picture of the Motorola Razr foldable phone. Evan Blass, a well-known leaker of upcoming phones, shared images on his private Twitter account showing pictures of what is likely the Moto Razr folding phone. The images show what looks like a Moto Razr V3 but instead of a small screen and keypad, there is a long display that spans the entire phone and folds in half. When closed, images show the phone’s front screen being used to frame a selfie and replying to a text message. 

These new photos come just a month after Motorola verified that it would be launching a foldable phone by the end of 2019. This lines up with earlier rumors from Dutch site Let’s Go Digital that said the upcoming Moto Razr foldable phone would launch in the US “within the next few months” and in Europe in December. Hype and rumors that Motorola is revamping its iconic Razr flip phone have been circulating since January, and have continued throughout the year.

The foldable phone race has been one filled with delays with other phone makers like Samsung and Huawei postponingthe launches of their folding phones. Interestingly enough, the latest Moto Razr news comes on the same day that the Samsung Galaxy Fold went on sale in the US.

At the beginning of September, Bloomberg reported that Samsung is working on a second foldable phone to follow the Galaxy Fold, and like the upcoming Moto Razr, it will fold down into a pocketable size. It’s also speculated that the Motorola Razr won’t be as powerful and high-end as other foldable phones like the Galaxy Fold and Huawei Mate X, but there are a lot of reasons to be excited about a Moto Razr foldable phone.

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A leaked image of Motorola’s new foldable Razr.Evan Blass

A foldable screen would breathe new life into the classic phone’s form-factor. Instead of there being a small screen and physical dial pad like the original Razr, there will likely be a screen that covers the top and bottom halves of the phone and that can even fold closed. Another plus going for the Razr foldable phone is that it will be comparably less expensive than its $2,000 premium counterparts. For more info, read about CNET’s roundup of other foldable phones available now.

Motorola hasn’t formally launched the Razr foldable phone yet, and Motorola has not officially commented on the Razr’s folding design, price or availability. The company has repeatedly said that its policy is to “neither confirm nor deny rumors” about products.

But even as they keep mum about it, the Razr remains one of the most anticipated phones coming down the pipeline. Despite being released 15 years ago, the Razr still has name and brand recognition. Its clout is as much of a draw as its folding display will likely be.

Here’s everything we know at this point.

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A leaked photo showing the front display and camera on the Razr.Evan Blass

Razr patent indicates iconic design with foldable screen

As mentioned earlier, Motorola was reported in January to be reviving its Razr brand with a new device, according to The Wall Street Journal. Later, a patent filing discovered by tech blog site 91Mobiles included illustrations of what could be a new Razr phone.

The illustrations suggest a similar design to the original, but instead of the interior surface being divided by a hinge that separated the display and dial pad, the allegedly new Razr would be entirely display. The screen would apparently be flexible enough to fold in half and the curved bulge of the screen (when closed) would be hidden inside the phone’s body.

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Possible patent design filing for the “foldable” Motorola Razr phone.WIPO

If these markups turn out to be accurate, Motorola is taking a more practical approach than Samsung and Huawei. Instead of a phone opening out into a tablet, the Razr’s appealingly small size would mean it remains a pocketable phone. Small phone fans rejoice!

It was speculated that the company might announce the phone in April, but when the month came along, we instead just got more purported press this time in the form of images posted to the site /Leaks. The photos show a phone with a Motorola logo and a long, continuous display. Another image shows the phone folded at 90 degrees.

Midrange folding phone price

The same January story from The Wall Street Journal also reported that the phone will allegedly cost $1,500. That’s more expensive than most high-end smartphones like the iPhone XS Max or Galaxy Note 10 Plus.

However, with the Galaxy Fold and Huawei Mate X costing $1,980 and $2,600, respectively, the Moto Razr’s supposed price seems reasonable for a folding phone. This along with leaked specs could be a hint that the Razr is more of a midrange foldable phone instead of a premium one like the Fold and Mate X.

Another report by Let’s Go Digital points to the phone costing €1,500.

Razr foldable phone specs leaked

In March, the tech enthusiast site XDA Developers shared what were alleged specs and features for the Razr:

  • Main display: 6.2 inches; 2,142×876 pixels
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 710
  • RAM: 4GB or 6GB
  • Storage: 64GB or 128GB
  • Battery: 2,730mAh
  • Colors: White, Black or Gold

As a reminder, the display on the original Razr was just 2.2 inches. A new 6.2-inch display bodes well for people who prefer as much screen as possible packaged within a small body. The processor is a curious choice, too. Instead of a Snapdragon 855, Motorola may go with the Snapdragon 710, which is found on the mid-tier Galaxy A8 and Xiaomi Mi 8 SE. It will be interesting to see how Motorola optimizes features for the processor.

GALAXY FOLD SPECS VS. FOLDABLE MOTOROLA RAZR

Samsung Galaxy FoldMotorola Razr (leaked specs)
Display size, resolution7.3-inch QXGA+ Dynamic AMOLED; 4.6-inch Super AMOLED6.2-inch OLED (2,142×876 pixels); NA (800×600 pixels)
Mobile softwareAndroid 9.0 with Samsung One UIN/A, but likely Android Pie or Android Q
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 855Qualcomm Snapdragon 710
Storage512GB64GB, 128GB
RAM12GB4GB, 6GB
Battery4,380mAh2,730mAh
Camera12-megapixel (wide-angle), 16-megapixel (ultra wide-angle), 12-megapixel (telephoto)N/A
Front-facing cameraTwo 10-megapixel, 8-megapixel 3D depthN/A
Price off-contract (USD)$1,980$1,500

Razr may be packed with useful software features

One of the features leaked by XDA Developers was the Razr’s ability to use the main display as a trackpad when unfolded. This is similar to the One Button Nav found on some of Motorola phones like the Moto G5 Plus, which used the fingerprint reader as a mini trackpad instead of the screen itself.

Like the original Razr, there might be a display on the outer shell. This could offer more functionality especially with some of Motorola’s apps like Moto Display, Moto Camera and Moto Actions. Currently, Motorola uses a lightly skinned version of Android on its phones that include similar shortcuts. I really enjoy the company’s take on Android and I hope if a Razr phone materializes that it uses something similar.

Rumors also posit that Google Assistant will be a big part of the device and that there will be a specific feature to trigger it when the phone’s closed. This is especially probably important since folding phones like flip phones back in the day do require a different way to control and interact with them. Being able to access the phone when closed with just your voice could go a long way toward solving some UI issues.

Source: https://www.cnet.com/news/motorola-razr-rumors-everything-known-foldable-phone-before-2019-launch/

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