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MediaTek and Intel team up to bring 5G networking to laptops and PCs

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In April of this year, Intel cancelled its 5G-modem building plans. This week, it’s announcing that they’re back on the table—but this time, with system-on-chip vendor MediaTek building the hardware.

The partnership has Intel setting the 5G specifications, MediaTek developing the modem to match, and Intel optimizing and validating it afterwards. Intel will also lend its marketing and integration muscle to convince OEMs to use the new hardware and help them make sure it works well in final products. This also means Intel will be writing operating-system-level drivers for the modems.

The partnership looks like a sensible one for both parties: Intel has been struggling to get its own 10nm hardware out the door on time, so getting this hardware design task off its plate may relieve some pressure there, while still keeping the company in an emerging market. MediaTek, on the other hand, can definitely benefit from Intel’s software development expertise and deep integration with OEM vendors in the PC space.

Specifically, the companies will be adapting MediaTek’s existing Helio M70 5G modem for use in PC hardware. The M70 modem is already being built into MediaTek’s Dimensity family of ARM System-on-Chip (SoC) designs; the new partnership gives MediaTek a whole new platform to market to and gives Intel a foot back into the door in 5G. It also may represent a way for Intel to push back against ARM-based Windows hardware like Samsung’s Galaxy Book S, built on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8cx platform.

The Helios M70 is a 5G FR1 modem only—meaning sub-6GHz communication, which shares RF characteristics (and, in a broad sense, most performance characteristics) with existing 4G technology. 5G FR2, which operates in the millimeter-wave spectrum, is where the most jaw-dropping performance improvements come from—but it’s also where the most operational problems come from, since it requires a very clear line of sight from transmitter to receiver.

The Intel/MediaTek collaboration is a long-term project, and we expect to see the resulting hardware shipping some time in 2021.

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https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2019/11/mediatek-and-intel-team-up-to-bring-5g-networking-to-laptops-and-pcs/

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#5 Best Gadgets from CES 2020 That Will Blow Your Mind

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The thing about technology is that it never fails to disappoint it, and which CES, the world’s biggest tech show already happening in Las Vegas, we can’t help but appreciate how cool things technology can invent.

Renowned companies like Samsung, Lenovo, LG, Sony like every year has showcased the best of their products. While popular companies always have something to present, we also have companies who have showcased some really quirky products this year making us say, “Isn’t that just so cool?”

From the coolest laptops, phones, drones to foldable laptops, vertical TVs, there is something for everyone. In order to give you a quick update, we have curated a list of some exciting products that will hit the store in 2020. 

Samsung Galaxy Chromebook

If experience is something that pleases you Samsung’s Galaxy Chromebook might be the best Chrome OS machine to date. A rival to premium Google Pixelbook, this 2-in-1 device sets a higher standard in the mobile computing industry. The device has a 13.3 inch 4k AMOLED display and is powered by the latest 10th Gen Intel® Core™ i5 processor along with Intel® Wi-Fi 6. 

Expected Release and Price: 1st Quater of 2020 and will be approximately for INR 72,000.

Harman Kardon Citation Oasis

While the device resembles a lot to Amazon Echo Dot, the thing about Samsung’s Harman Kardon subsidiary is that they know how to set them apart. They have a built-in wireless charging which Echo Dot lack. Citation Oasis, a smart speaker has an LED clock, wireless charging and onboard Google AssistanSo with 8 hours of running time. To be honest, it does slow our two purposes. Some also believe that this would be the best smart clock out there. 

Expected Release and Price: INR 14,230

Suunto 7

Sunnota who are known for their sporty smartwatches presented a wearable that has smart features from Wear OS by Google. The device has a feature of an outdoor map of around 50+ km range letting you follow the location and a wrist-based control for music. The smartwatch also lets you track your heartbeat, has a built-in GPS, something that adventurous people would love. 

Expected Release and Price: 31 January 2020 and will be approximately for INR 34,260

LG Signature RX

When it comes to TV no one can beat LG. Every year the company overtakes its own invention. This year the developers have presented its first rollable TV. is set to hit the market for consumers later this year. The LG Signature RX’s marquee rolls up when your power it down. The AI processor directs your 4K picture behind the scenes and comes with the ability to develop with time. It does redefine your watching experience. However, if you are planning to buy it, the hefty price might make you think.

Expected Release and Price: Third quarter of 2020 and will be approximately for INR 42,89,220 ($60,000).

Welt Smart Belt Pro

A belt is a necessity! However, when it gets combined with technology it just adds more value to a must-have accessory. Welt Smart Belt Pro won the CES 2020 Innovation Awards for its new product and it is kind of a quirky invention. An update of the previous version and first of its kind, it comes with a prevent fall feature. The belt comes with its own app that lets you monitor things like waist size, eating pattern, sitting time measurement, step count and more.

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https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/344895

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Samsung’s knife-wielding robotic chef is all flash

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Last year, we asked whether Samsung was getting serious about robotics. A year later, we’re not any closer to answering the question. This year’s presser played out roughly the same as last on the robotics front — all flash and little productizing to show for it.

Samsung’s approach to robotics thus far appears to be the model of many other big electronics companies. It’s flirtation with a technology that brings some sense of showmanship to the stage and booth. There’s no better example than Bot Chef. I got a preview of the tech in Samsung’s booth this week, pitched as “an extra set of hands in the kitchen.”

You can’t fault the technology for not being ready for prime time, at this point, of course. That’s not really the point yet. The question, however, is how serious Samsung is about bringing a pair of robot arms to kitchens across the globe to sauté tofu and liberally apply Sriracha. I would love to say “very,” and that the different demos were things the company was actively pursuing delivering on these products.

The futuristic theme of last night’s keynote, however, implied that the company is offering up hypotheticals for what a future could look like — not what it will. Even Ballie, which seems a more realistic addition to the company’s smart home strategy is also still very much conceptual. As with last year’s robot demos, I wasn’t able to get an answer from the company about how much of the robot’s functions were autonomous and how much were choreographed. It’s a cool demo regardless. But is it a serious one?

At the end of the day, I hope Samsung is getting serious about the category. The company has tremendous resources and a lot of smart people. If it really takes the leap, it could be a key player in making robotics more mainstream among consumers. For now, however, I’m unconvinced.

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https://techcrunch.com/2020/01/07/samsungs-knife-wielding-robotic-chef-is-all-flash/

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Images of Huawei P40 Pro case show a penta camera on the back, flat screen on the front

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Last month we saw the Huawei P40 Pro in some renders by OnLeaks, but they were too dark to gather much beyond the outline of the rectangular camera island. Alleged renders for a protective case now offer a better look at the phone.

The camera hump shows five cameras, matching the rumors so far. The one in the top right appears to be a periscope cam (the P40 Pro is supposed to feature 10x optical zoom), though case renders are not usually reliable about such things. From a recent leak we know that the Huawei P40 will have a triple camera instead.

Huawei P40 Pro case renders
Huawei P40 Pro case renders
Huawei P40 Pro case renders

  
Huawei P40 Pro case renders

The front of the P40 Pro is quite interesting as well. Probably the first thing you notice is the dual punch hole selfie camera, similar to the nova 6 5G. But also have a close look at the screen – its sides are not nearly as rounded as the ultra-curved “Horizon Display” on the Mate 30 Pro.

You can even see traditional hardware keys on the side, rather than on-screen controls (we know not everyone was a fan). For what it’s worth, the OnLeaks renders also hint at a mostly flat display.

There’s no 3.5mm headphone jack, that’s probably reserved for the non-Pro model. The top side of the phone seems to house an IR blaster.

The Huawei P40 and P40 Pro will be unveiled at the end of March in Paris with the Kirin 990 chipset on board and likely no Google services.

Source:
https://www.gsmarena.com/images_of_huawei_p40_pro_case_show_a_penta_camera_on_the_back_flat_screen_on_the_front-news-40907.php

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