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Microsoft said the Surface Laptop 3 would be easy to open — and it actually is

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Earlier this month, Surface boss Panos Panay showed how you’d be able to get into the Surface Laptop 3 just by lifting off the top plate — and it turns out, it’s pretty much as easy as Panay made it seem, according to iFixit’s Surface Laptop 3 teardown.

Previous Surface Laptops weren’t easy to open up at all. You had to forcibly pry off the keyboard and top cover assembly to get to the internals — iFixit used a knife on the Surface Laptop — and when you finally got to those internals, it turned out that none of them were user-replaceable. They were so hard to work with that iFixit gave both the Surface Laptop and Surface Laptop 2 repairability scores of zero out of 10.

For the Surface Laptop 3, though, iFixit says you can loosen up the top cover assembly just by unscrewing four Torx Plus screws on the bottom of the laptop. Once you do, you can use a guitar pick or another soft prying tool (maybe even a fingernail?) to gently lift up the top cover, which is attached to the rest of the computer by magnets and a single flex cable.

However, once you’ve taken the cover off, you won’t be able to spec up the Surface Laptop 3 to your heart’s content, as the CPU and RAM are soldered to the motherboard. The only thing you can easily swap out is the M.2 2230 SSD, if you can actually find one.

Microsoft warns against swapping it, saying that a “skilled technician” should be the only ones to do so, but the only thing holding the SSD down is a single Torx Plus screw — so if you know what you’re doing, and you’re willing to risk voiding your warranty, it looks like you’ll be able to add some storage to the laptop on your own.

If you’re really crafty, you might be able to repair a broken keyboard, the headphone jack, or even the entire display, but the SSD looks to be the easiest to get to.

Source: https://www.theverge.com/2019/10/23/20929530/microsoft-surface-laptop-3-easy-open-up-repair-fix-ifixit-teardown

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Samsung Galaxy S20, Galaxy S20+ names officially confirmed

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Samsung is introducing a trio of Galaxy S flagships, and their S20 moniker was all but confirmed at this stage it’s always nice to get official backing. Today two of the phones with code names SM-G980F/DS and SM-G985F/DS have been certified for use in Thailand by the local NBTC organization with the names Galaxy S20 and Galaxy S20+.

Samsung Galaxy S20 and Samsung Galaxy S20+ certifications
Samsung Galaxy S20 and Samsung Galaxy S20+ certifications

 
Samsung Galaxy S20 and Samsung Galaxy S20+ certifications

The model numbers are in line with previous flagships, and the letter F in the end usually is used for the international units that are not carrier-locked. The DS add-on means Dual-SIM, but not all phones come with the ability to host two cards simultaneously.

Interestingly enough, one of the phones is actually named Galavy S20, but that’s clearly a typo. The devices are filed by Samsung Thailand, but the certification says they are manufactured in South Korea. Sadly, the NBTC does not reveal any actual specs, but we expect to see the Galaxy S20 and Galaxy S20+ with Infinity-O displays, 120 Hz refresh rate of the screen and redesigned camera setup.

Source:
https://www.gsmarena.com/samsung_galaxy_s20_galaxy_s20_monikers_confirmed_in_certification-news-41189.php

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Honor introduces MagicWatch 2 Limited Edition with striking designs

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We really liked Honor’s MagicWatch 2 when we got a chance to review it. Now the Huawei subsidiary decided to spice it up some more with the release of MagicWatch 2 Limited Edition. It has colorful bands, bezels, and themes, designed by “a number of rising stars in the world of art and graphic design”, as Honor puts it.

Ficus
Old Walls
One Day
Floral Horse

 
 
Ficus • Old Walls • One Day • Floral Horse

Up until now, there was a limited amount of watch faces in the Huawei Health app, but starting February 2020, 85 entirely new face designs will be available for download. Honor selected them from over 1,400 entries in the Honor Global Watch Face Design contest.

Shanghai Tang Cafe
Autumn Moon
Peach Blossom
Pencil Bryan

 
 
Shanghai Tang Cafe • Autumn Moon • Peach Blossom • Pencil Bryan

George Zhao, President of Honor, claimed the company is striving to be a fashion-forward technology brand. The MagicWatch 2 is supposed to “truly embody our bold, adventurous spirit with a range of stunning designs to suit every style and taste”.

The designs are quite interesting, but there is no word when they will be available – right now you can purchase the 46mm MagicWatch 2 in Charcoal Black for £160, or for £10 less if you go for the 42mm option.

Source:
https://www.gsmarena.com/honor_introduces_magicwatch_2_limited_edition_with_striking_designs-news-41143.php

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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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