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Introducing Pixelbook Go, a Chromebook laptop for people on a budget

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Slim metal body, large touchpad, expansive 13.3-inch screen. Is it a MacBook Air? Or, a Surface Laptop? No, it’s a Google Pixelbook.

Next to Google’s newest Pixel 4 phonesPixel Buds earbuds and Nest products at Google’s fall hardware event, there’s also a new made-by-Google Chromebook in town. It isn’t a convertible tablet-hybrid or a snap-on-keyboard solution like last year’s Pixel Slate. It’s a laptop. Just a laptop. And maybe that’s a good thing?

The Pixelbook Go is designed to be a lighter, better and more affordable Chrome laptop than the really good but really expensive Pixelbook Google made two years ago. The Go has a larger screen (13.3 inches), but it’s lighter (2.4 pounds), shifting to a magnesium chassis. Google’s product team took me through what’s new, and why a more comfortable laptop experience was the most important goal this time around.

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The bottom of the Not Pink Pixelbook Go, and its grippy pattern.James Martin/CNET

Pixel design touches

Besides being lighter, the Pixelbook Go promises to be better for typing on: A new keyboard is designed to feel better than the already pretty good Pixelbook keys, and quieter. The touchpad’s larger, too. My eyes are immediately drawn to a funky, grippy pattern on the bottom of the Go, a signature design move that’s supposed to help the laptop stay put on tables and be more easily held. It’s a good-looking laptop. Much like the MacBook Air or the Microsoft Surface Laptop, it has a clean overall look.

The Pixel phonelike design of the Pixelbook Go is there too, especially in the colors. The black and “not pink” color variants match what Google’s Pixel 3 phone came in last year. The curved and softer feel seems to fit the look, as well.

This is definitely the Chromebook I’d like to do work on, I think. But I tried “living on” the Pixelbook earlier this year and really appreciated it, too. Chromebooks are already really good at doing what they do. The limitations come down to being committed to Chrome and Google Play, and price.

A faster charge

Fast-charging through USB-C should offer a 2-hour boost in 20 minutes, which is more like what I’d expect from a phone. After suffering through used-up laptop batteries and waiting for a recharge, this sounds like a welcome change. The larger battery should last longer than those of previous Pixelbooks, too, 12 hours on a full charge according to Google.

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The Pixelbook Go’s larger touchpad and quieter keyboard.James Martin/CNET

Standard specs, no microSD card slot

The Pixelbook Go may start at $649, but its tiered pricing and specs sound a lot like what Google did last year with the Pixel SlateIntel eighth-gen processor options include an M3, Core i5, and Core i7, with storage ranging from 64GB to 256GB and 8GB or 16GB of RAM. There’s a 4K display upgrade, too, which also costs extra.

The base specs of a Core M3 processor, 64GB of storage and 8GB of RAM sound OK, but there’s no microSD card slot, so storage space is fixed. I can live off 64GB on a Chromebook, but considering that these Chromebooks can access Android apps and the subscription Google Play Pass service, I’d prefer 128GB.

Google’s Titan-C security chip, similar to what was in last year’s Pixel Slate and a variant of the Titan M chip in last year’s Pixel 3 phone, puts this Chromebook in the same security landscape as other recent Google products.

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Pixelbook GoJames Martin/CNET

One more Chromebook in the Chromebook world

The Pixelbook Go will be sold alongside the older Pixelbook and last year’s Pixel Slate, which aren’t going anywhere, Google says. The Go is meant to be yet another option in Google’s device portfolio. The laptop is more affordable, starting at $650, but its price can rapidly ramp up based on configuration. The $649 model has an eighth-gen Intel Core M3 processor, 8GB of RAM and 64GB of nonexpandable storage. There’s a $1,399 model with 16GB of RAM, a 256GB SSD and a Core i7 processor. There’s also a 4K display option (the default display is 1,920×1,080 pixels). 

There are already plenty of less expensive Chromebooks out there already, though, many of which cost less and offer more flexibility and tablet transformation tricks. When I asked Google why the Pixelbook Go isn’t cheaper, the Pixelbook team indicated that OEMs already do a fine job of filling that need. The Pixelbook Go is trying to be a great midrange laptop. At a $700-range price, it better be.

Source: https://www.cnet.com/news/google-pixelbook-go-chromebook-laptop-people-on-budget/

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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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GALAXY S11 SPECS REVEALED BY ONE UI 2.0; EXYNOS 9830/SNAPDRAGON 865 AND LPDDR5 RAM IN TOW

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We’re reaching the end of 2019, and we can pretty much say that every expected flagship is out in the market. Now, it’s time to start looking at the next year. Thankfully, it’s hard to keep secrets nowadays, and smartphones start to leak several months before the release. Today, we have one of the first rumors about the Galaxy S11. It’s one of the flagships that will set standards in 2020, and now the alleged specifications have been exposed.

Well, it’s not a surprise to see a next year’s flagship coming with a chipset that will reign in the next year. That’s the case of the Galaxy S11, which will ship with the Snapdragon 865 to anyone’s surprise. In the South-Korean firm side of the coin, we’ll have the Exynos 9830. So while some markets will receive the SD powered variant, likely US and China, the rest of the world will have the Exynos counterpart.

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The Exynos 9830 exists. In the latest One UI 2.0 beta for the S10, Samsung added support for the Exynos 9830 along with the Snapdragon 865. These will, of course, be used in the S11.

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According to @MaxWinebach from XDA-Developers, evidence has been found about the Exynos 9830 in the latest One UI 2.0 beta. This chipset will likely come inside the Galaxy S11. In addition, after digging into the code, the developer also found a face unlock feature. This isn’t a new feature, of course, but confirms that we won’t be getting a pop-up camera in the S11. Samsung will be sticking with the punch-hole display, this time, however, it should be smaller.

The code also reveals LPDDR5 memory, UFS 3.0 storage and 5G support. However, it fails to specify the amount of RAM, although we believe that it will come with up to 12GB of LPDDR5 RAM. Moreover, it’s unclear if Samsung will release a single 5G smartphone or if an LTE-only option is also in development.

Source: https://www.gizchina.com/2019/10/28/galaxy-s11-specs-revealed/

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