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5G iPhone 12 series might have hidden feature that allows Apple to match Huawei and Samsung

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Reverse wireless charging debuted on the Huawei Mate 20 Pro. It allows the owner of a phone to share some of his or her phone’s battery life with some poor unfortunate person whose phone, smartwatch, or wireless earbuds are low on power. The phone sharing its battery is placed front-side down and the backside is used as a wireless charging pad with the back of the recipient phone connected to the back of the phone giving up some of its battery life.
Samsung has a similar feature that it calls Wireless PowerShare. And while it is useful for those desperately in need of some juice, it is not so great for the donor phone. After all, the power being shared has to come from somewhere and the donor phone will see its remaining battery life decline.
Throughout last year, there was constant chatter about the possibility that Apple would include the feature on the iPhone 11 Pro series, but that was not to be the case. Tipster Sonny Dickson gave iPhone users a brief moment of hope when he was told by “reliable sources” that the hardware for reverse wireless charging might have been spotted indeed the iPhone 11 series but was software disabled. Thus, iPhone users who wanted the feature hoped that a software update would enable it. But as it turned out, what appeared to be a circuit board for reverse wireless charging was actually something else. The iPhone 11 Pro showed some signs of having a reverse wireless charging system, but it was not complete.

The FCC’s report for the iPhone 12 series show that it charges wirelessly using a Qi system with a “charging function at 360 kHz.” Apple never mentioned this when it unveiled its new phones and Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman tweeted that Apple might have a hidden reverse wireless charging feature that will work with the new AirPods through the MagSafe magnetic wireless charging system. The AirPods 3 and AirPods Pro 2 are expected to be released next year. The former could be available next March with the latter arriving during the second half of 2021.

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Next Galaxy Z Flip to sport 120Hz display and narrower frame says leakster

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Samsung already has two foldable clamshells in its lineup with the Galaxy Z Flip and Z Flip 5G and we’ve been hearing about a successor coming in Q2 of 2021. Now, leakster IceUniverse shared a couple of bits about the upcoming foldable which is referred to as the Galaxy Z Flip3.

IceUniverse Weibo post
IceUniverse Weibo post

According to his intel, the Z Flip3 will sport a 120Hz AMOLED display which would match Samsung’s Galaxy Z Fold2 and Galaxy Note20 Ultra flagships. The new Z Flip is also touted to feature a narrower frame which likely means less bezels around the panel.

Next Galaxy Z Flip to sport 120Hz display and narrower frame says leakster

The tipster also mentions a cheaper pricetag though we don’t get specific numbers here. Previous reports on the upcoming Z Flip model suggest it will feature stereo speakers and is expected to launch around March 2021, separate from the Galaxy S21 line. There’s also talk of a Galaxy Z Flip Lite model in the works as Samsung’s most affordable folding phone.

Source: https://www.gsmarena.com/next_galaxy_z_flip_to_sport_120hz_display_and_narrower_frame_says_leakster-news-46438.php

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Google Zork Chromebook with AMD Ryzen 3 3250C spotted on Google Play Console

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  • Google Zork Chromebook specifications have been spotted on Google Play Console
  • Key specs include AMD Ryzen 3 3250C, 4GB RAM, Radeon Vega 3 GPU, and Full HD display
  • There could be another variant with Ryzen 7 3700C processor, as per Geekbench

Google is said to be working on a new Chromebook with the codename ‘Zork’ and it was spotted on the Geekbench platform back in April revealing key information, including the Android operating system version and chipset powering it. Now, the same Google Zork Chromebook has appeared on the Google Play Console, 91mobiles has discovered. The listing reveals more specifications of the notebook and reiterates earlier leaked details. Google Zork Chromebook specs, as per the listing, include the AMD Ryzen 3 3250C paired with 4GB RAM, Radeon Vega 3 GPU, a Full HD display with 1,920 X 1,080 pixels resolution, and 160 screen density.

Google Zork

Though the Google Play Console listing shows the device will run Android 9 OS, we suspect it might run on Chrome OS considering Android devices aren’t powered by AMD processors. The HP Pro Chromebook c645 that was introduced recently comes with the same AMD Ryzen 3 3250C processor, thereby making way for more Chromebooks with AMD processors. The listing also includes a render of the notebook with a sizeable trackpad and a proper keyboard with a matte finish. However, it’s possible the image could be a placeholder for now and may not represent the actual design of Google Zork.

Google Zork Chromebook specifications on Geekbench previously also mentioned a variant with the AMD Ryzen 7 3700C processor variant that has 4 CPU cores and 8 threads. The chipset is paired with Radeon Vega Mobile GFX graphics module and a large 8GB of RAM. Since the Chromebook has started appearing on the web, we suspect the development is inching closer to the final stages and the launch could be around the corner. We hope to learn more information soon. Stick around.

Source: https://www.91mobiles.com/hub/google-zork-chromebook-specifications-on-google-play-console/

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LG Rollable looks LIGHT YEARS ahead of Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 thanks to OLED TV tech

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Foldable smartphones are big news in the mobile industry thanks to the likes of Samsung’s Galaxy Fold and Galaxy Z Flip. But LG is looking to go big or go home with its LG Rollable phone. Also known as LG Project B, it features – naturally enough – a rollable display. It leverages the tech behind the LG Rollable OLED TV to give a whole new twist on folding smartphones – or should we say rolling smartphones?

LG’s Explorer Project has already seen the LG Wing made its debut – a unique swivel handset that offer multi-screen functionality without folding – but its new Project B handset with a rollable screen is on another level entirely.

LG Project B rollable phone

(Image credit: LetsGoDigital)

LG has been working on a rollable display for a while, and we initially heard about its Project B smartphone last November, with its extendable screen, as opposed to flexible, foldable display like the Galaxy Z Fold 2, or Motorola Razr.

Now, LetsGoDigital reports, the company has been awarded a patent for a device with the retractable display.

At first glance, the handset looks like a standard smartphone, but the frame can be pulled out to both the left and the right to double the screen real estate. This is achieved thanks to an inner, flexible frame that slides out of the device’s metal housing.

LG Project B rollable phone

(Image credit: LetsGoDigita)

The design has some advantage over foldable phones on the market now, with the biggest one being the absence of a hinge or crease; a panel with a fold in it will see the crease put under strain, potentially affecting the structural integrity of the display.

What’s more, the rollable can adapt to how the smartphone is being used – in much the same way as the LG Wing. In landscape mode, for example, expanding the screen while playing a video or streaming music could reveal the controls so that your viewing remains uninterrupted. There’s also the option of multitasking with a split-screen mode.

LG is reportedly skipping straight over the foldable trend, and is looking to launch its rollable smartphone in March, 2021 according to Neowin. It’s possible that the handset will only be extendable on one side, as opposed to both as depicted in the patent, but it’s a radical concept and we’re intrigued to see a company bucking the foldable trend to try something new.

Source: https://www.t3.com/us/news/lg-rollable-smartphone-light-years-ahead-of-samsung-z-fold

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