Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5G revealed in leaked video ad – watch it here 1

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5G revealed in leaked video ad – watch it here

Samsung is preparing the Galaxy Z Flip 5G foldable phone for its Unpacked event next month, but you don’t have to wait until then to see it in all it’s glory.
Serial Twitter leaker Evan Blass has posted a promotional video for the forthcoming foldable, showing the Galaxy Z Flip 5G dancing around the screen in its various configurations.
Of course, the phone looks very much like the predecessor, with the addition of the 5G modem the most significant enhancement. There are also rumours Samsung could be fitting the phone with the new Snapdragon 865+ processor revealed this week.
— Evan Blass (@evleaks) July 10, 2020 Judging by the 15-second commercial above, it’s also looks as if Samsung will debut a new hue. This might be the so-called Mystic Bronze colouring we’ve seen in recent Galaxy Note 20 Ultra leaks.
Speaking of that handset, Samsung has now confirmed its Unpacked event will take place on August 5 and the Galaxy Note 20 is sure to take centre stage. The next-generation Note Ultra is expected to include a 120Hz display alongside that aforementioned Snapdragon 865+ processor, which promises improved gaming performance to go along with that high refresh rate.
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The chip also offers 10% faster graphics rendering, FastConnect 6900 compatibility to support Wi-Fi speeds of up to 3.6 Gbps and 144fps gameplay over a 5G connection. It’s also said the device will offer 45W fast charging and a triple-sensor Read More…

New iPad Pro 2021 (mini-LED): Features, specs and release date 2

New iPad Pro 2021 (mini-LED): Features, specs and release date

Apple has been heavily rumoured to launch another new iPad Pro either this year or early in 2021. Here’s everything we know about the new iPad Pro (mini-LED edition)
Even though the current version of the best tablet hasn’t been out very long, rumours are already spreading that Apple has another iteration of its top tablet coming soon – possibly with a new display tech onboard.
New iPad Pro release date
Apple tends to leave around a two-year gap between versions of its iPad Pro, so rumours circling that suggest we might already be seeing another Pro this year or early in 2021 certainly seem odd.
We only got the announcement of the iPad Pro 2020 in March after all, and it would seem odd for Apple to update a tablet that starts from £799 multiple times within a year.
However, the latest iPad Pro didn’t receive a huge internal – or external for that matter – update. Could Apple be saving all the good stuff for the next model?
The 2020 iPad Pro took most of the skills of its predecessor. The internal chip was only slightly faster for the graphics, the screen was the same and we didn’t notice any huge differences in battery life. Yes, we got the LiDAR sensing camera on the back – but even that has received minimal use so far.
With so few changes maybe it wouldn’t be so surprising after all for Apple to already have a true iPad Pro upgrade in the works.
Whether the new iPad Pro will arrive in 2020 or 2021 seems to be the subject of much speculation. Reliable anaRead More…

Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 Plus is a gaming beast – first phones confirmed 3

Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 Plus is a gaming beast – first phones confirmed

Qualcomm has announced its next generation Snapdragon 865 Plus mobile platform, the chipmaker’s fastest and most powerful SoC yet.
The new chipset offers CPU and GPU components that are both 10% more powerful than the Snapdragon 865 platform, which has already powered many of the year’s best Android smartphones.
Qualcomm says the gains on offer here will benefit elite gaming experiences primarily with the ASUS ROG Phone 3 and the and the forthcoming Lenovo Legion handsets among the 140 devices already confirmed to include the Snapdragon 865 Plus .
The key improvements over the current Snapdragon 865 are be surmised as follows:
Qualcomm Kryo 585 CPU Prime core clock speed at up to 3.1 GHz (10% increase)
Qualcomm Adreno 650 GPU offers 10% faster graphics rendering
Qualcomm FastConnect™ 6900 compatibility – boasting staggering Wi-Fi speeds for up to 3.6 Gbps.
Qualcomm also says that the 865 Plus offers updatable GPU drivers and desktop-forward rendering, 144fps gameplay over a 5G connection and True 10-bit HDR gaming which will offer more than a billion shades of colour.
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We can expect more phones running the devices to be announced in the next few months, including the flagship devices coming between now and the end of the year. A brand new platform will be announced in time for the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S30. That next-gen is likely to see the long-awaited integration of the X55 5G modem into the main chipset.
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Android 11 release date revealed as beta 2 drops for Pixel devices 4

Android 11 release date revealed as beta 2 drops for Pixel devices

On the day the Android 11 beta 2 made its way to select Pixel owners, the release date for the completed Android 11 operating system may have been leaked.
A new report cites a video from the Hey Google Smart Home Summit, which earmarks the Android 11 release date as September 8. The video features a slide that earmarks the date for the next-gen operating system, advising home device makers to prepare for the launch.
The date could be subject to change given the ongoing coronavirus-related issues. Last year Android 10 became available on September 3, so this date certainly makes plenty of sense. Android Pie was released on August 6 2018.
You can see the official Google video (via Android Police) below:
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Elsewhere Google launched the second beta for Android 11 on Wednesday for Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL, Pixel 3a, Pixel 3a XL, Pixel 4, and Pixel 4 XL. In terms of new features, 9to5Google has gone hands-on with the operating system update and has detailed some of the tools added in today’s update.
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There’s nothing groundbreaking here, but there are plenty of little nuggets for those keeping tabs on the development cycle. For example, media controls have been redesigned, while there’s a new ripple effect when hitting one of the playback controls. There’s a simplified actions menu within the recent interface too.
Screen recording now captures audio too, while there’s a new icon for the functionalRead More…

Samsung Galaxy S30 may be first without charger, joining iPhone 12 5

Samsung Galaxy S30 may be first without charger, joining iPhone 12

With Apple considering dropping the charger from the iPhone 12 box contents, new reports claim Samsung is planning to do the same in 2021.
A report from ETNews in Samsung’s South Korean homeland claims phones like the forthcoming Galaxy S30 might arrive without the traditional mains adapter (via The Verge).
“Details of the timing and method have not been confirmed, but Samsung is expected to exclude chargers starting with some models released next year,” the translated report says.
It would be a cost cutting measure, but also one that could win Samsung plaudits from environmentalists justifiably campaigning for big tech firms to cut back on electronic waste.
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The EU in particular has been pushing Apple to adopt the predominant USB-C standard in an attempt to reduce the staggering 51,000 tonnes of waste that goes into landfill every single year. There’s no indication Apple is planning is planning to do this just yet, but may be willing to compromise in other ways.
Given a large proportion of its user base will already have a number of compatible power bricks, it’s unlikely to be missed too much by users, if Samsung decides to go ahead with the reported plan.
Samsung could lower the cost of the phone slightly and make chargers available at an additional cost. This would be especially effective for those who want higher-end fast-charging power bricks.
Should both Apple and Samsung take this course, the rest of the industry is almost certain to Read More…

OnePlus 8 Pro camera update removes controversial 'X-ray vision' feature 6

OnePlus 8 Pro camera update removes controversial ‘X-ray vision’ feature

OnePlus has moved down to strike down the so-called ‘X-Ray Vision’ camera feature within the OnePlus 8 Pro that enabled users to see through certain objects.
The Photochrom feature, which allowed us to peer beyond the exterior of gadgets and view their internal components, is being adjusted in the new OxygenOS 10.5.10 update rolling out today in Europe.
The update will negate the potential for the feature to be abused (it was also able to peer through some thin clothing), but does lessen a somewhat unintentional benefit offered by the Photochrom feature. One of the best examples 🤯#OnePlus8Pro Color Filter Camera can see through some plastic
— Ben Geskin (@BenGeskin) May 13, 2020 OnePlus has see-sawed by disabling and re-enabling the feature but today’s update apparently cleans things up for good, while maintaining the Photochrom feature within the phone.
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An XDA Developers member has done some digging within the update and believes the fix involves the main camera sensor.
The site writes: “The fix utilises the main camera for the main viewfinder photograph but also layers information from the colour filter camera on top for the Photochrom effect. So if you do block the colour filter camera with your finger, you lose out on the Photochrom effect.” OnePlus 8 Pro – Color Filter Camera – See through plastic 😯
— Ben Geskin (@BenGeskin) May 13, Read More…

Apple Music causing epic iPhone battery drain when inactive – reports 7

Apple Music causing epic iPhone battery drain when inactive – reports

The Apple Music streaming app may be causing some iPhone users to suffer disproportionate battery life drain – even when the app is not in use.
Hundreds of complaints have sprung up on Apple’s support forums and Reddit, suggesting a potential issue with the latest versions of iOS 13. Some are reporting hours of unconscious background app activity is drinking down up to 95% of battery life even though they had not even opened the app.
The threads are littered with similar, albeit less extreme stories from users with iPhones running iOS 13.5.1, experiencing upwards of 50% drain when they are not using Apple Music.
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Another user, Mojo06, wrote: “I just purchased a new iPhone 11 a few days ago, and my battery is crashing so fast. I haven’t even used the Apple Music App yet and it says that it has been running in the background for over 18 hours and has used 95% of my battery. My phone is also getting very hot from this. I am concerned this will kill my battery on my new phone.”
u/ritty84 on Reddit MacRumors points out that this isn’t a new issue, but there has been a surge of new cases in the last week, according to the reports. That suggests its something within iOS 13.5.1, or a server-side change Apple has made, causing the issue.
Some users have managed to rectify the issue by force quitting the app, restarting the iPhone, turning off the background app refresh in settings and even turning off mobile data. SomeRead More…

Samsung Galaxy A51 and A71 are even better value with new S20 feature drop 8

Samsung Galaxy A51 and A71 are even better value with new S20 feature drop

Samsung has announced an update for the popular Galaxy A51 and A71 Android phones, which adds some features from the flagship Galaxy S20 series.
The best-selling mid-range handsets now have some of the popular camera features and sharing options, while adding more keyboard and gallery features.
Let’s start with the camera features, because that’s where the story is here. In a blog post, Samsung says it is adding ‘leading S20 features’ including the popular single take mode.
The company explains: “Single Take takes the burden of choosing a camera mode out of your hands by recording with several camera modes simultaneously. Just by tapping record with the Single Take feature, users can capture up to ten seconds of footage with a wide range of capture modes, including Live Focus, Smart Crop, video and AI filter. Users can then revisit the clips in the Gallery app and choose which capture style they like the best.”
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Elsewhere Galaxy A51 and A71 users will be able to enjoy advanced features like manual focus and shutter speed control, both of which trickle down from the Galaxy S20 series. There’s also the low-light Night Hyperlapse feature, while the My Filters tool makes it possible for users to create filters based upon images they’ve already taken. Samsung is also boosting the Gallery app with a Clean View tool that will “group up to 100 images shot consecutively into one bundle for easy viewing.”
Moving on, the Read More…

Huawei Mate 40: Everything we know about Huawei's next flagship 9

Huawei Mate 40: Everything we know about Huawei’s next flagship

It’s summer now, which means we’re getting closer to the rumoured Huawei Mate 40. The Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro successor is expected to launch this autumn and we’ve already heard a number of whispers about what might be in store for the flagship this year. Here’s everything we know about the Huawei Mate 40 so far.
We’re excited for this smartphone, as the Mate series is where Huawei tends to show off its latest and greatest technology. This year we’re expecting a brand new 5nm processor and even faster charging skills from the flagship phablet line.
The most pressing question for Huawei is whether we’ll see the return of Google apps this year. Last year, the Mate 30 shipped out with a limited version of the Android operating system and the lack of access to Google apps definitely put a dampener on the release. We’re excited to see what other features Huawei will offer to make up for Google’s absence. Read on for everything we know about the Huawei Mate 40 so far, including the release date, price, rumours and news.
Huawei Mate 40 release date – when will the Mate 40 launch?
Huawei has not officially announced a release date for the Mate 40, but we expect the phone to launch in October 2020.
The Huawei Mate 30 came out in September 2019, the Mate 20 in October 2018 and the Mate 10 in November 2017, so the Mate 40 following suit with an autumn release makes sense.
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Moto G 5G Plus vs iPhone SE 2 10

Moto G 5G Plus vs iPhone SE 2

Need a new phone but can’t afford to shell out £1000 for the latest Galaxy S20 Ultra or iPhone 11 Max Pro? Then you’ll likely be considering the new Moto G 5G Plus and iPhone SE 2 as potential options.
Every entry into Motorola’s Moto G line has always earned a place as one of, if not the best, affordable Android phone on the market each year. And from what we’ve seen so far this will likely continue with Motorola’s newest Moto G 5G Plus handset.
But on the other side of the fence, there’s Apple super swish, and surprisingly affordable iPhone SE 2. Though it’s small in size, the SE 2 is full of cutting edge tech and the cheapest new iPhone we’ve seen since the colourful iPhone 5C, making it a pretty sweet choice for any buyer.
Here to help make sure you get the phone that’s right for your specific needs we’ve broken down how the Moto G 5G Plus and iPhone SE 2 compare.
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Moto G 5G Plus vs iPhone SE 2: specs and features
Comparing iOS and Android handsets is always tricky from software perspective. For starters both offer access to different marketplaces and are completely different ecosystems. Then there’s the differing UIs and app offering.
But as a rule of thumb iOS is usually easier to navigate and a better option for people embedded in Apple’s wider ecosystem. Android is more open and better for people that want deeper customisation options and use competing services from Google, or third party OEMs, such as Samsung and MiRead More…