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Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ design confirmed via FCC photos

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The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 is arriving on the 7th of August in multiple variants and a myriad of leaks have already given away to the design of the phablet. From the digital renders for the Galaxy Note 10 and the Galaxy Note 10+, we have learned that the two models will come with expansive displays with almost no bezels. While Samsung had steered away from the notch trend – at least for its flagships, it is opting for a hole-punch cutout for the front camera on the Note 10 series to minimize the bezels even further. Now, we have evidence of the Galaxy Note 10+ visiting the FCC along with images in the listing to confirm that these leaks about Samsung’s changed design philosophy are true.

Recent leaks of the official images by tipster Ishan Agarwal also reveal the slick gradient finishes that the Galaxy Note 10/10+ will come in. Besides, there have been several speculative rumors or leaks for the protective tempered glasses and covers/cases for the smartphone. Although these are not the first live images of the Galaxy Note 10+ that we’re getting to see – YouTube Mr_TechTalkTV allegedly shared hands-on images of the phablet, the FCC listing definitely makes the case more reliable and trustworthy.

From the images, we can see the triple camera array along with an offset camera, probably a depth sensor, on the back of the Galaxy Note 10+. This corresponds to both – the digital renders divulged by @OnLeaks last month as well as the images shared by Ishan. There’s another sensor underneath the purported depth sensor but we’re not sure of its utility.

samsung galaxy note 10 10+
samsung galaxy note 10 10+

Evidently, Samsung is finally dropping the headphone jack from the Galaxy Note 10+ along with the infamousdedicated Bixby button. The power button and the volume rocker sit on the left of the smartphone and since there’s no physical fingerprint scanner, we expect an ultrasonic under-display fingerprint scanner, just like the Galaxy S10 series.

We can also very much see the hole-punch camera in the center – which was more-or-less confirmed by the official teaser for the Samsung Galaxy Unpacked event. The listing also shows an earpiece above this camera.

As typical to the Galaxy Note lineup, there’ll be an S-Pen, which charges wirelessly, just like the previous generations of the Note phablets. Furthermore, the dimensions proposed by OnLeaks (162.3 x 77.4 x 7.9mm) match the original dimensions of the smartphone as tested by the FCC. This adds to the credibility and reliability of the leaker.

In terms of connectivity, the Galaxy Note 10+ supports dual-band Wi-Fi, including support for Wi-Fi 6 aka 802.11ax alongside the previous 802.11a/g/b/n/ac standards. It comes with Bluetooth 5.0 as well as LTE but there’s no 5G on this model yet. There’s another variant which is listed on FCC but we’re still waiting for the details to populate so that we know better if it is the Note 10 or the 5G variant of the phablet.

Source: https://www.xda-developers.com/samsung-galaxy-note-10-fcc-photos/

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First Apple product with miniLED backlighting will be iPad Pro in Q4 – Kuo

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Following Monday’s miniLED report, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has a follow-up report out today stating that the first Apple product to use the technology will be a new iPad Pro in Q4 of this year.

Today’s report doesn’t get any more specific than that, but Kuo has previously predicted that the first model to get the improved backlighting system would be the 12.9-inch iPad Pro. Kuo at the time thought this would be launched in Q1 2021, but better-than-expected progress has accelerated that timescale …

Background

It had been expected that Apple would gradually transition iPads and MacBooks to OLED screens. Apple first debuted OLED in the Apple Watch before adopting it for flagship iPhones. All four of this year’s iPhone 12 models are expected to have OLED screens.

However, Kuo said a year ago that Apple now appeared to be favoring continuing to use IPS-LCD screens for its larger products, but with miniLED backlighting to improve the quality. By using very many more smaller LEDs for backlighting, it provides greater control over small sections of the screen. This offers many of the same benefits as OLED: higher contrast ratio, increased brightness, deeper blacks, and better power efficiency.

But an LCD screen with miniLED backlighting is actually better than OLED in a couple of respects: it’s less prone to burn-in and has a longer life.

MiniLED technology is expensive, but Monday’s report said that Apple was bringing on board a second supplier, and using competition between them to drive down costs. Kuo thus expected miniLED screens to make it into 30-40% of iPads and 20-30% of MacBooks at some point next year.

MiniLED iPad Pro in Q4

Today’s report says that the first miniLED display will likely be in an iPad Pro. In the context of the earlier report, the smart money would be on a new 12.9-inch iPad Pro in Q4, with the 11-inch one lagging somewhat behind. Apple may also see a staggered launch as a way of boosting sales of the more expensive larger model.

Kuo also expands on his earlier prediction of Apple negotiating lower prices. He now expects Apple’s miniLED chip costs to fall by 50% in 2021 and a further 35% in 2022. He says that miniLED has already progressed from the ‘technology development’ stage to ‘economy of scale.’

The analyst says the results of price competition have already been seen in the miniLED television market, with costs falling dramatically as a result. Kuo expects a combination of lower production costs, economies of scale and Chinese government subsidies to continue to drive down the cost to Apple.

Source: https://9to5mac.com/2020/09/23/ipad-pro-in-q4/

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The first HarmonyOS-powered phone from Huawei to arrive in 2021

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Huawei’s HarmonyOS was unveiled last year during the Huawei Developer Conference and there’s a report claiming that this year’s conference on September 10 will bring the HarmonyOS 2.0. Interestingly, the rumor cites Richard Yu himself, the company’s CEO. And the first phone with the in-house operating system will launch as early as next year.

The first HarmonyOS-powered phone from Huawei to arrive in 2021

A smartphone running the said OS already exists and will likely hit the market next year along with a number of new devices including PCs, tablets, smart wearables and other IoT products. In fact, the first smartwatch running HarmonyOS is expected to make a debut until the end of this year.

Source: https://www.gsmarena.com/the_first_harmonyospowered_phone_from_huawei_to_arrive_in_2021-news-45132.php

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iPhone XR will reportedly be replaced by iPhone 12s in Q2 2021

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Previously, conflicting information had emerged about iPhone XR’s future. We now seemingly know when it will be discontinued and which phone will replace it.

Leaker Komiya claims that after the introduction of the iPhone 12, Apple will stop selling the iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Max. They also say that the iPhone XR will be taken off the market by the end of the first quarter of 2021.
The tipster says Apple will launch a new model by the name of iPhone 12s in the second quarter of 2021.
As Tom’s Guide points out, Apple used to release S models in the past, but as modest annual upgrades.
If the new rumor has any substance to it, the iPhone 12s will be released a few months after the iPhone 12 goes on sale. Speaking of which, don’t expect the new models this month. A recent report has corroborated claims about an October release. Even the latest leak hints at the same.

The iPhone 12s will supposedly be LTE-only

Back to the iPhone 12s, it could be the rumored 4G-only iPhone 12. According to earlier forecasts, this variant will be announced in February 2021. This estimate is loosely in line with the alleged Q2 release time frame. After all, if the iPhone 12 launch date has been moved up, Apple might reschedule the release of the 4G model too.
Based on this assumption, the iPhone 12s will retail for $800. We expect it to have more in common with the iPhone 12 Pro than the standard iPhone 12.
Rosenblatt Securities analyst Jun Zhang had previously claimed that the LTE iPhone 12 won’t have a lot in common with the 5G models. He was also expecting Apple to launch two 4G-only models, but that seems unlikely at the moment.
All the 5G-ready iPhone 12 variants will probably feature the upcoming A14 Bionic chipset and OLED displays. The iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Max will likely come with a dual-camera system, and the Pro modes will have a triple camera setup with a LiDAR depth sensor.
Only the highest-end model is expected to offer mmWave 5G.

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