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HMD Global, manufacturing under the Nokia brand, brought their phones to US carriers last year, forming a partnership with Cricket Wireless.Now, they are bringing 3 more phones to the Cricket roster, the Nokia C5 Endi, C2 Tava, and the C2 Tennen.Nokia C5 EndiThe C5 Endi, whose catchphrase is “Creativity at your command”, features:A 6.5″ HD+ display with a selfie notchA triple-camera rear module with a 13MP main sensor, a 5MP ultra-wide sensor, and a depth sensorAI Camera technology, such as scene detection, Recommended Shot, and Portrait modeA 4,000mAh battery with a 2-day battery lifeMediaTek Helio P22 processor backed by 3GB of RAM and 64GB of storageUnibody constructionThe Nokia C5 Endi will be available in Deep Midnight Blue at Cricket stores and the Cricket website for $169.99 starting June 5.Nokia C2 Tava and TennenThe C2 Tava and Tennen are more budget-minded, and both feature the following:A 5.45″ HD+ displayA dual-camera module with an 8MP auto-focusing sensor and an additonal 2MP sensorMediaTek Helio A22 Processor backed by 2GB of RAM and 32GB of storageA 3000mAh battery backed by Adaptive Battery technology to bring 2-day battery lifeA removable back coverThe C2 Tava will be available in Tempered Blue starting May 29 in Cricket stores and online for $109.99, while the Tennen is available in Steel for $69.99 at select retail stores starting June 15.
With the emergence and popularity of 5G, companies like Redmi and Realme lead the charge in making 5G phones more accessible (read: affordable) to the masses. While the Redmi 10X series might be otherwise considered just another 5G phone, what makes them stand out is their ability to hold dual-5G SIM slots. This is something no other phone in the market currently offers.Redmi 10X and Pro – twice the 5G, half the priceXiaomi this week unveiled a handful of new phones, with the Redmi 10X and the Redmi 10X Pro the stars of the show. We briefly talked about the rumored phone a few days ago, but this feature is a complete game changer!Most phones currently in the market only support 5G on the first SIM slot, if at all. The second SIM slot will operate on 4G or LTE and that means if you run out of data or lose reception on your first SIM, you receive slower speeds when switching to the second SIM.The unique selling point of the Redmi 10X series comes in its ability to host two 5G SIMS in the same phone. In the aforementioned scenario, even your secondary SIM (if 5G capable) can let you continue using 5G in case your primary SIM isn’t able to deliver it to you.This is a remarkable feature for a smartphone and it’s all made possible by a brand new processor. Made by MediaTek, the Dimesnsity 820 is a mid-range chip that set to take on premium CPU manufacturers like Exynos, Kirin, and even Snapdragon.Both phones have very similar specifications. They share the same display (6.57″ 1080p AMOLED with HDR 10), for instance, with in-display fingerprint sensor, standard 60Hz display with a super-fast touch response rate.Additionally, each has the same RAM and ROM, USB-C port, headphone jack, IR blaster, and 4,520 mAH battery. The Redmi 10X pro offers 33W fast-charging while the Redmi 10X has 22.5W fast-charging.The main differences in the phones come down to the cameras; however, the Redmi 10X Pro also offers NFC whereas the Redmi 10X does not.The Redmi 10X has a triple-camera setup: 48-megapixel main camera, 8-megapixel ultra-wide, 2-megapixel depth, and the front camera has 16-megapixels.The Redmi 10X Pro offers a quad-camera setup: 48-megapixel main camera, 8-megapixel ultra-wide, 8-megapixel 3x telephoto with 30x digital zoom, 5x hybrid zoom and Optical Image Stabilization, and topped off with a 5-megapixel macro camera. The front has a 20-megapixel camera.PricingRedmi 10X64GB/6GB – $220128GB/6GB – $250128GB/8GB – $290256GB/8GB – $330Redmi 10X Pro128GB/8GB – $320256GB/8GB – $360What are your thoughts on the new phones? Let us know in the comments section below.
Xiaomi this week announced new phones for its lineup, including the Redmi 10X series and a new addition to the Redmi K30 family of devices with the Redmi K30i.There is a lot that the Redmi K30i offers, but its highlights are that it’s 5G capable and offers a quad-camera setup and a 120Hz display. All of this for under $300.The Redmi K30i is 120Hz at its cheapestWith the release of the Redmi K30i, we have seen a new benchmark set in the smartphone market. The phone offers a Qualcomm Snapdragon 765 processor, capable of letting you use 5G. Paired with the massive refresh rate on the display, this phone is definitely a steal for its price.Here are the specifications of the Redmi K30i:Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G6.67″ FHD+ display (2400 x 1080), 120Hz refresh rateBack cameras: 48-MP Main camera, 8-MP ultra-wide, 5-MP Macro, 2-MP depth.Front cameras: 20-MP Main camera, 2-MP depth4,500 mAh with 30W fast-charging64GB + 6GB variant is the only one offeredThe phone is up for sale on the Chinese retail site, JD. It offers all of the above features for the low price of $270.The only real downside to the phone is how long it will take for the phone to come to international markets. The phone is set to launch in China on June 7th, with Xiaomi hush on details expanding to the West.You’d be hard-pressed to find a phone that checks the boxes this phone does (5G and 120Hz refresh), and especially at a quarter of the price of competitors.These phones are very popular in emerging markets, especially countries like Pakistan, India, Indonesia, etc.We have seen Xiaomi and Realme lead the way with phones that offer quad or triple camera setup, strong CPU’s, and high refresh rate displays at sub $500 prices.While not all the phones offered by the companies are immediately available to the West, its only a matter of time before they take on the US market and give other smartphone companies a run for their money.What are your thoughts on the Redmi K30i? Let us know in the comments section below!
Rich Communications Service(RCS), is a messaging protocol for Android users that enables read receipts, typing notifications, the ability to share higher-resolution photos and videos and more.T-Mobile introduced this back in 2015, calling it Advanced Messaging. Many other carriers have moved to do so as well, but the issue arises in carriers having RCS protocols that don’t play well with each other. Carriers moved to resolve this in October of 2019, forming the Cross-Carrier Messaging Initiative(CCMI) to standardize RCS.Now, the Un-carrier has made a first step in moving towards a universal standar. T-Mobile Android users can now use RCS features with Android users on other carriers through Google Messages, given their phones support RCS Universal Profile 1.0. If you are speaking to other T-Mobile customers, though, there is no need to get an additional app as you can use all RCS features in your phone’s native messaging app.For more information, you can read T-Mobile’s press release here.
Visible is a subsidiary of Verizon that offers unlimited talk, text, and 4G LTE data on Verizon’s network for just $40 a month. The reason service is so cheap as opposed to a plan from Verizon proper is two-fold. One, data speeds are capped, with between 5-12 Megabytes per second download speed and 2-5 Megabytes per second upload speed. Two, Visible is fully online and has no physical stores or call centers. From purchase to phone activation to paying your bill, everything is handled in their app.Recently, Visible introduced Party Pay, in which users can sign up together and all receive individual bills at discounted rates.Now, users who purchase a new Samsung or Google Pixel device will receive a free Nimble Charging Bundle until June 30th.The bundle consists of a 13,000 mAh(13,000 mAh will charge a single device about four times) portable charger with USB-C Power Delivery 3.0, 4 ports and made with recycled aluminum, a wireless stand with an extra charging port made with recycled plastic and help, and access to Nimble’s One-for-One Tech Recovery Project to allow users to recycle e-waste.Eligible phones are the Google Pixel 4, 4XL, 3, 3XL, as well the Samsung Galaxy S20, S20+, S20 Ultra, and S10e. When you purchase and activate one of these devices, you will receive a promo code for the bundle, worth $150, at Nimble’s website.You can read more about the promo here.
Google Accessibility enables people with disabilities to get the most out of their smartphone via free apps. The tech giant now offers three new apps that can help the elderly or other people with cognitive impairments better use their phones with less effort.Google Accessibility – 3 new apps added to the mixGoogle Accessibility, as the name implies, targets enabling its audiences with different handicaps. In their latest blog post, Google talks about their efforts to further help people with cognitive issues by making their routine more streamlined and accessible.Action Blocks Action Blocks is the latest app on the Google Play Store. You can create customized spaces on the screen that on a single tap carry out an action for you. All of this from your home screen.You can create a dedicated block to dial a loved one without accessing the dialer app, or adjust the lighting in the room to a specific setting, all from the Action Blocks app.Live Transcribe The Live Transcribe app has been improved to add more languages to its list which include Albanian, Burmese, Estonian, Macedonian, Mongolian, Punjabi, and Uzbek. In addition, it also brings brand new features targeted to a new audience.Your phone will vibrate when someone nearby says your name.You can now add custom names or terms for different objects or places that might not be in the dictionary.A revised search bar lets you search through past conversations more easily. To enable it, turn on ‘Saving Transcriptions’ in Settings. When enabled, transcriptions will be saved on your device for three days in local storage.Sound AmplifierThe Sound Amplifier app now enables people who are hard of hearing to experience their favorite content with minimal disturbance. Users can now connect their Bluetooth headphones and place their phone near the source of the sound e.g. a television, to get the audio transmitted to their headphones without taking up the volume.The app also works for boosting the volume and clearing up the audio of apps on the phone. Whether you’re listening to music or watching a video on YouTube.With all of these additions, Google’s commitment to accessibility is indeed a commendable effort. Especially with many elders staying indoors due to the Corona Virus, these new features are a welcome addition.
Realme on Monday announced its X50 Pro Play on Chinese social media site Weibo. The phone brings a lot of flagship-tier specs and features but for a low price of $400. The only catch here is that it’s currently exclusive to China, with plans to expand in Europe to follow.Realme X50 Pro Play – Irresistible hardware and priceThe Realme X50 Pro Play has just been announced, and to say it is loaded with a world of features would not do it justice. Even though the phone is a less-expensive option to the Realme X50 Pro, it brings a lot to the table, while keeping the price very affordable.In a market where a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 starts at above $600, Realme has proven yet again that competition in the market is indeed healthy.Here are the specs of the phone:CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 8656.44″ fullHD+ (2400 x 1080) Super AMOLED display, w/ 90Hz refresh rateAndroid 10 powered by the Realme UI6GB, 8GB, and 12GB RAM options4200mAh battery (65W SuperDart fast wired charging)Back cameras: 48-MP main camera, 8-MP ultrawide, 2-MP macro, 2-MP depth.Front camera: 16-MP main camera, 2-MP depthPhone color options: Black and SilverPricing6GB RAM + 128GB ROM = $3808GB RAM + 128GB ROM= $42012GB RAM + 128GB ROM = $460The inclusion of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 means that the phone has 5G capabilities, which makes it yet another great phone for the emerging 5G market that’s garnering across the world.In the past, Realme has shown itself to be a contender for releasing strong hardware at attractive prices. The Realme X50 Pro Play does have a lot going for it, and the only real problem with this phone would be its availability.A good majority of the hardware is found in flagship-tier phones, but competing brands like Redmi and Realme deliver premium hardware in a mid-tier price range. In the end, the only problem that comes is availability.The phone is set to launch in China first on June 1st. Soon after, Realme will expand the phone to Europe and other regions.What are your thoughts on the Realme X50 Pro Play? Let us know in the comments section below!
The Honor V6, briefly detailed on its website, seems eager to take on the iPad Pro. From the images shown so far, it looks like the Honor V6 will offer its own proprietary keyboard, it’s own version of the stylus aptly called the Smart-Pencil, and looks like an iPad Pro fully set up.Honor V6 – Taking on the Big AppleThe laptop and PC market is a heavily saturated marketplace. With many long-standing names in the market such as HP, Dell, Microsoft all powering workplaces with their own versions of laptops targeted for programmers, graphic designers, and more.This Space has recently seen some disruption with the help of the iPad Pro and the Magic Keyboard. When you combine the two, you get the versatility and utility of an iPad with the work output almost similar to that of a regular laptop.Here is a brief look at the overall specs:It seems that Honor has recognized that there is an opening in the market for an opportunity. The Honor V6 is leveraging that opportunity.Honor V610.4″ screen (2,000 x 1,200 resolution)Kirin 985 processor6GB RAM and 128GB storageAndroid 10 with Magic UI 3.1Back camera: 13MP main camera with LED flashFront camera: 8MP for selfies and video calls7,250 mAh battery w/ 22.5W fast chargingMagic-Pencil offers 4096 pressure-sensitive levelsColors: Green, Black, and Grey SilverKeyboard is sold separatelyAs a finished product, the Honor V6 does pair a striking resemblance to the current iPad Pro, Magic Keyboard and Apple Pencil 2 setup.While details on price and availability are still scarce, the product is only up for pre-registration on their website. It will also initially launch in China during June with roll-out in other countries to follow shortly after.What are your thoughts on the Honor V6? Let us know in the comments section below.
Carriers have felt an immense obligation to Americans during the current situation, and have taken many steps in line with the FCC’s Keep Americans Connected Pledge.Now, T-Mobile, newly merged with Sprint, has launched the Connecting Heroes program. This program pledges $7.7 billion dollars over the next 10 years towards keeping first responder agencies connected to critical wireless infrastructure.The two main pillars of this initiative are providing free unlimited plans to first responder agencies as well as ensuring that they have network priority. The plan includes free unlimited 5G access, 1 gigabyte of 4G LTE hotspot data that downgrades to 3G afterwards, Mobile without Borders, and 480p video streaming. Individuals can upgrade this plan for $15 to get 20 gigabytes of mobile hotspot, unlimited texting, international data connections, and free texting + unlimited in-flight Wi-Fi.For first responders to be eligible for this, the agency needs to create a business account and adhere to the criteria laid out on the Connecting Heroes Page. Ineligible first responders can sign up on an individual basis via the Magenta First Responder plans.T-Mobile wants to give thanks to other customers as well, though. Sprint + T-Mobile customers can get a free iPhone SE or a deep discount on a flagship from another brand with an eligible trade-in, with no need to add a line or anything else. This promotion lasts from Friday, May 22 to Monday, May 25.You can watch the announcement from CEO Mike Sievert below.
While Samsung has yet to address when they are going to host their next Unpacked event, leakers have done an apt job of revealing details about the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 and Note 20+ bit by bit over the last few weeks. Let’s take a look at everything we know about the phones so far until the official announcement or any confirmation from Samsung.Samsung Galaxy Note 20 and Note 20+ get an early UnpackedLet’s take a deep dive into the various aspects of the device, and see what we can look forward to with the new flagship devices.DisplayIn our initial coverage of the display, it was noted that the screen size has been bumped up from the original size boasted by the Note 10 and Note 10+.Here is a refresher on those specs:Samsung Galaxy Note 20:Resolution of 2345 x 1084 at 404 ppi, an aspect ratio of 19.5:9the phone will run on a 60Hz refresh rate with LTPS (Low-temperature polycrystalline silicon).Screen size will be 6.42″, with the Note 10 being 6.3″Samsung Galaxy Note 20+:Resolution of 3096x 1444 at 497 ppi, an aspect ratio of 19.3:9the phone will also feature 120Hz refresh rate with LTPO (Low-Temperature Polycrystalline Oxid) It helps reduce power consumption in OLED powered devices.Screen size will be 6.87″, with the Note 10+ being 6.8″Both phones will also see the return of the punch hole at the top-center of the phone.RAM and ROMIn a video interview between YouTuber Greggles TV and David Ross, the source for the display leaks, Ross stated that both phones will have a base RAM of 16 Gigabytes. While he didn’t have any comments on ROM we can safely assume that the phone could come in 128, 256, and 512 Gigabyte variants.BatteryContinuing from the above video interview, David Ross confirmed that the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 and Note 20+ will have a battery ranging between 4000 to 5000 mAh. The Samsung Galaxy Note 20+ will have a bigger battery capacity than the Samsung Galaxy Note 20.Fingerprint sensorDavid Ross also confirmed that the two phones would use the new phones will use Qualcomm’s second-gen 3D Sonic Max fingerprint reader technology, which enables two fingerprints to be read simultaneously on the display.The technology was in its prime at the time of the Galaxy S20, but it has made a lot of progress and can be implemented in the Note 20 series with ease.CamerasThis is where we have seen a great deal of new information come pouring in. While we can’t put a figure on the megapixels or the sensors being used in either phone, some leaked renders have shown the camera placement on the back.So far we only know the details of the main sensor, it will be exclusive to the Samsung Galaxy Note 20+ and use the new 108-megapixel HM1 sensor, but there will be an additional sensor to help in boosting the focus issue.Galaxy Note20 + will still use 108mp HM1, but add a new sensor to assist in focusing and completely solve the focusing problem.— Ice universe (@UniverseIce) May 19, 2020Max Weinbach also takes a guess at what each camera at the back could be:From the looks of it, it looks like wide, ultra wide, and periscope telephoto but also a flash and a mic but I have no idea what that big square is. Maybe that sensor @UniverseIce was talking about for autofocus assist?— Max Weinbach (@MaxWinebach) May 20, 2020Unfortunately, Space Zoom, a prominent feature of the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra, will not be a feature of the either Samsung Galaxy Note phone.Note20 series no longer retains 100X zoom function— Ice universe (@UniverseIce) May 19, 2020Just like the details on the back camera, there are currently no details on the front camera.The Look Here is a first render of what the phone could look like. Front and back.Galaxy Note20. pic.twitter.com/g9agV6U7NN— Ice universe (@UniverseIce) May 19, 2020In a follow-up tweet, Ice universe mentions that the bezels on the front won’t be that thick on the finished product, the bezels are just a rough design preview.Don't believe its bezel, just a rough design preview.— Ice universe (@UniverseIce) May 19, 2020How many phones will there beDavid Ross confirmed that the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 and the Samsung Galaxy Note 20+ are the only phones in the family of devices.The Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra is going to be the Samsung Galaxy Fold 20 that can be revealed before, during, or after the Note 20 series is revealed.With all that said and done, let us know what you think of the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 and Note 20+ so far. Have you seen enough to warrant a purchase? Or are you waiting for more? Let us know in the comments section below!
Huawei on Wednesday announced its Honor X10 5G smartphone. Key among the features are the Kirin chipset, plenty of RAM, a 90Hz refresh rate display, and a triple-camera setup. All for under $300.Huawei Honor X10 5G – a great all-rounder, with one catchThe Huawei Honor X10 5G has been revealed and it looks like a very promising phone on the surface.Let’s take a look at the specifications of the Huawei Honor X10 5G:6.63″ full HD+ LCD display (2400 x 1080) w/ 90Hz refresh rate, 2.5D curved glassKirin 820 processor with 5G support6GB/8GB of LPDDR4X RAM64GB/128GB storage with microSD expansion card slot (256GB)Android 10 with HONOR Magic UI 3.1.14,300mAh battery w/ fast-chargingUSB-C portBluetooth 5.1Power and lock button doubles as a fingerprint sensorBack cameras:40-megapixel (Sony IMX600 sensor) main camera8-megapixel ultra-wide camera2-megapixel macro cameraFront camera: 16-megapixel pop-up cameraColors: Black, Orange, Silver, BlueThe Huawei Honor X10 5G will come in the following variants and respective pricing:64GB + 6GB – $267128GB + 6GB – $309128GB + 8GB – $337The phone is expected to launch in China on May 26 and will release in Europe shortly after.The Huawei Honor X10 5G has some very solid specifications, particularly in the camera department. The added support for 5G bands means that it also makes this a great choice for an entry-level 5G phone.With the growth of 5G in countries like China, Europe, and North America, smartphone users will increasingly look for 5G modems in phones.What are your thoughts on the phone? Let us know in the comments section below!
Boost Mobile on Wednesday confirmed that the LG Stylo 6 is now available for purchase. The phone comes with a fair amount of attractive features, including a stylus pen for people who feel like doodling on the go. If you’re in the market for a phone that lets you have some fun on the move, the LG Stylo 6 is worth looking into.LG Stylo 6 is now available at Boost MobileThe LG Stylo 6 is the latest entry in LG’s Stylo series. The phone comes with a stylus pen included making drawing or doodling easier. It also helps that the phone comes at a truly attractive launch price, with an added discount.The combination of the two make this a phone you can’t say no to.The LG Stylo 6 is available on Boost Mobile’s website.It comes with a launch price of $179.99, discounted $40 from $219.99. Buyers can get a further 20% discount by using code MEMORIAL2020 at checkout, bringing the phone down to $143.99. The offer is only available for a limited time however; it expires on May 26th, can only be bought online, and is limited to available stock.If you read our previous coverage on the phone, it is a well-equipped processor, Android 10 out of the box, great cameras, and a beefy display, giving you all the room you need to draw when you want. The phone also has USB-C, capable of Quick-Charge.The only real downside to the phone would be its limited memory, at three gigabytes (3GB) you might have slight slowing down now and then, especially when multi-tasking. Otherwise, the phone is bound to serve you well.The LG Stylo 6 is a versatile phone, which can be a great asset for anyone who finds a good way to utilize the stylus pen frequently. It’s a good solution for people who are into art, need to mark up documents, or prefer to write things down on the go — and don’t have the budget for a premium stylus phone like the Samsung Note series.
TCL Communication on Tuesday launched its Alcatel 1SE and Alcatel 3X. Both phones are set to a near-global launch with North America currently left out of the loop.The phones offer a very competitive price-point and include a great variety of features for the price.The company has a good history of making some good budget-friendly phones at attractive prices, and these phones look like they’re going to continue that legacy.Breaking down the Alcatel 1SE and Alcatel 3XThe Alcatel 1SE and the Alcatel 3x are slated to launch in EU, Asia Pacific, Latin America,The Middle East and Africa. There are currently no plans to offer the phone in the United States.The Alcatel 1SE will be available in the aforementioned regions in May 2020; the Alcatel 3X will be available in June 2020.The Alcatel 1SE color options will be Power Gray and Agate Green, the color options for the Alcatel 3X will be Jewelry Black and Jewelry Green.The Alcatel 1SE will retail for €99 EUR/ 449 AED and the Alcatel 3X will retail for €149EUR/699 AED.Let’s get to the specifications of the phones.Alcatel 1SE6.22-inch 19:9 HD+ (1520×720) display, 87.18% screen to body ratio, 2.5D glassTriple rear camera – 13MP AI camera, 5MP superwide, 2MP depth; 5MP front-facing cameraOcta-core chipset3GB RAM/32GB ROM4,000mAh batteryAndroid 103.5mm headphone jack, FM radiomicroSD up to 32GBAlcatel 3X6.52-inch 20:9 HD+ (1600×720) display, 89.04% screen-to-body ratio, 2.5D screen glass, and tiny V-notch5,000mAh batteryOcta-core MT6762 processorFour rear cameras – 16MP AI main, 2MP macro, 2MP depth and 5MP super-wide; 8MP front-facing cameraOTG Reverse Charging4GB RAM/64GB ROMAndroid 10microSD up to 256GB3.5mm headphone jackBluetooth 5.0All in all, for their respective prices, these are some great entry-level phones. They offer modest specs bundled with Android 10. Ensuring optimal app compatibility with apps from the Google Play Store.If you are in the market for a new phone that’s feature-packed but also light on the wallet, these phones could be right up your alley.What are your thoughts on the new Alcatel phones? Let us know in the comments section below.
Samsung announced the Galaxy S20 and its Plus and Ultra variants at their Unpacked event in February, and the device was officially released March 6th, at a starting price of $1,000, $1,200, and $1,400 for the three different tiers.Now, Verizon has announced that the Galaxy S20 5G UW will be available for preorder starting May 21 and will officially launch on June 4.This device will include both Verizon’s 5G Ultra Wideband and lowband networks, though the 5G lowband network will not be available until later this year.The Galaxy S20 5G UW will be available for preorder for $41.66/month in a 24 Month plan in colors such as Cloud Pink, Cosmic Gray, and the Verizon-exclusive Cloud White. You can also get the following promotions:Buy one device and get up to $1,000 towards a second when you add a new Unlimited Line and put the device on a Verizon Device Payment PlanGet $150 off the total price in bill credits over the 24-month payment periodExisting Verizon premium Unlimited customers can save up to 50% plus an additional $350 savings when you upgrade to the Galaxy S20 and trade-in your current smartphoneWhen you purchase the Galaxy S20, you can get $150 off select Samsung Tablets and $100 off certain Samsung wearablesYou can read the full press release here and get a better overview of what the device offers here.
Amazon recently revamped its Fire HD 8 tablets to include better internal hardware, charging by USB-C cable, and even wireless charging. While there are a number of tablets that rival Amazon, chief among them was Walmarts Onn Tablets.The previous Onn Tablets were sold directly through Walmart and had the same specs as the prior Amazon tablets. Recently, it seems Walmart has quietly caught up with Amazon in the tablet race by matching its specs and price.New Walmart Onn Tablets do make for an enticing purchaseThe latest Walmart Onn tablets are definitely something worth considering if you’re in the market for a basic tablet. It has a few places where it outpaces the new Amazon Fire HD 8 and a few places where we can see noticeable cutbacks.The Walmart Onn tablets come in 8″ and a 10.1″ variant and are priced $99 and $129, respectively.Walmart Onn 8″8″ LCD Screen (1024 x 600)USB-C charging10 hours of battery life on a single charge5-megapixel camera on the front and back2GB RAMAndroid 102.0 octa-core processorWalmart apps pre-installed: Walmart Grocery, Vudu, Sam’s Club, Walmart eBook, and the Walmart app32GB internal storage (with microSD card slot)Walmart Onn 10.1 Pro10.1″ LCD Screen (1024 x 600)USB-C charging10 hours of battery life on a single charge5-megapixel camera on the front and back3GB RAMAndroid 102.0 octa-core processorWalmart apps pre-installed: Walmart Grocery, Vudu, Sam’s Club, Walmart eBook, and the Walmart app32GB internal storage (with microSD card slot)As you can see, the main difference between the two comes down to the bigger screen size and the addition of an extra gigabyte of RAM. Otherwise, both tablets have strikingly similar specifications.What really makes the tablets stand out is including Android 10 out of the box. By contrast, the Amazon Fire HD 8 comes with Android P. While wireless charging isn’t there, the strong reviews on both variants do paint both models in a very positive light. These are good tablets for basic home use or starter tablets for kids.
I’m new here, but as time passes you’ll come to realize how much I covet the headphone jack. Yes, Bluetooth audio is light years better than it was 10 years ago, hell even 5 years ago, but nothing beats a solid pair of wired headphones or IEM’s.After Apple had the “courage” to remove the headphone jack just about every other OEM as fallen in line. Ironically, they usually do it after having previously made fun of another brand for doing it.While pretty much every flagship phone maker has removed the headphone jack to sell its own Bluetooth headphones, LG has not only stood true to form and kept it on all models.In fact, LG actually often couples the 3.5mm jack with a DAC (Digital to Analog Converter) that rivals some of the best standalone DAC’s. The lone exception being the US version of the G6 which kept the Quad DAC in Korea and a handful of other Asian countries.From the looks of it, the forthcoming LG Velvet won’t be getting the Quad DAC. The image below, taken from a phone comparison on GSMArena, pits the Velvet (left), V60 (middle), and G8x (right).You’ll see that both the V60 and G8x have 32-bit/192kHz audio and 24-bit/192kHz audio recording, while the space under the Velvet is blank.left Velvet, middle V60, right G8xIf true, I’m sure LG does this to save on costs. I’m glad it’s moving to a different area to find the sweet spot because they actually make really good phones.The problem, as I see it, is LG has become synonymous with the Quad DAC, and it’s kind of expected when you see a headphone jack on its phones. A headphone jack on an LG phone without a Quad DAC would be kind of like if Google were to let an expert in computational photography leave.Your ThoughtsWhat are your thoughts on LG not including a Quad DAC? Do you care about the feature? Do you even know what one is? I’d love to hear your feedback in the comments below.
An exclusive tip given to Windows Central has helped them identify the finished specs of the upcoming Microsoft Surface Duo. A device similar to the Samsung Galaxy Fold in appearance could now nearly match it in hardware specifications.It seems that the Microsoft Surface Duo specs are strikingly similar to Samsung’s 2019 Galaxy Fold, but with a newer chipset out in the market.Microsoft Surface Duo specs – What’s old is now newThe Microsoft Surface Duo looks like a new entry in the foldable smartphone race. The phone will, however, utilize Microsoft’s Surface Pen, which is yet confirmed to ship with the device.Here is a rundown of the specs:Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor6GB RAM64GB/256GB ROM optionsTwo 5.6-inch AMOLED displays at a 4:3 aspect ratio, (1800×1350 at 401 ppi)11-megapixel camera (acts as back and front camera for photos and videos)3,460mAh batteryAndroid 10, but will receive Android 11 fairly fastFingerprint sensor, but the location is not mentioned (possibly side-mounted like the Fold)A USB-C slot for charging, no mention of fast charging or otherwise, but should support Quick Charge 3.0.The device will come with Microsoft apps pre-installed in the device. Popular apps like Outlook, The Microsoft Office Suite, and other Microsoft software will come readily installed in the device.With these many shortcuts, Microsoft could be poised to releasing the phone at a friendly budget that undercuts most other foldable phones in the market and gives them the opening they need. The device lacks NFC, wireless charging or 5G, so let’s see how that gamble fares for Microsoft.According to Windows Central’s tipster, the choice of Snapdragon 855 over 865 stems from Qualcomm making the inclusion of a 5G modem in 865 devices. As Microsoft had no space for the 5G modem in the Surface Duo, they had to roll back to the 855. The 855 is still a great processor and has very little to almost no differences between the 855 in 865 in real-world scenarios.An important aspect overlooked when talking about the foldable device is how it will tout a 360-degree hinge and have the dual-display setup make it stand out from other phones in the market.The Microsoft Surface Duo was first expected to launch in the Holiday season, but it’s now expected to ship out as early as June 2020. There is also a big question mark on the price of the phone, which has not yet been detailed. Perhaps when the phone is unfolded in the coming months, we will be able to fill in all the blanks.What are your thoughts on the Microsoft Surface Duo? Let us know in the comments section below!
To put it kindly, Huawei has had a complicated relationship with the United States government, culminating in their addition to the Entity List after the company had dealings with Iran, which is sanctioned by the US government.The US extended the Huawei ban earlier this week, but now the restrictions have been expanded.Now, the US Department of commerce has moved to further restrict “Products Designed and Produced with U.S. Technologies”. Since Huawei has been added to the Entity List, they have undermined those restrictions by continuing to use US technology in its production of semiconductors which go into their chipsets. Any silicon produced today is exempted from the new restrictions as long as they are delivered within the next 4 months.You can read the full announcement from the Department of Commerce here.This comes after Huawei has had to ship smartphones without Google apps such as Gmail, YouTube, or the Play Store.As a reaction to this news, China has said they will retaliate by increasing scrutiny on US companies such as Apple, Boeing, Cisco, and Boeing. This includes imposing restrictions and launching investigations, and in the case of Boeing, completely suspending airplane purchases.
A new entry in the Redmi series, a sub-brand of Xiaomi has surfaced on TENAA. The phone is said to have a 5G processor, but also has a neat triple camera setup, an in-display fingerprint sensor, an OLED display, and even a beefy 4420 mAh battery. Whether or not this will be cheaper than the Redmi K30 Pro series is still a glaring question.Mystery Redmi 5G Phone has a lot going for itA new Redmi 5G Phone has surfaced for certification on TENAA. The phone looks very impressive and even has a square camera block similar to that of the recently released Redmi Note 9 series.Image courtesy of Android AuthorityComing to some of the hardware on the phone, here is a rundown of what the phone has to offer:A mystery CPU – The quoted clock speed on TENAA doesn’t match any Snapdragon 7 series 5G Capable chips, or Mediateks 800 series chips. A Weibo leaker has stated that the phone could be powered by the unannounced Mediatek Dimesnity 820 chip.The phone has a 6.57″ FHD (~1080p) OLED display, that will bear a waterdrop notchIn-display fingerprint sensorwill come in varying ROM and RAM sizes, starting at 64GB to 256GB and 4GB to 8GB respectivelyA 4420 mAh battery but no details on fast charging or similar techTriple-camera setup: 48MP main camera with the other 2 lacking detailsFront camera: 16MP3.5mm headphone portIR BlasterWill ship with Android 10The new phone has only made a brief appearance and we are still not sure about the SoC used by the phone, or the other 2 cameras used by the device. Considering how much effort Redmi has put into their K series line recently with 5G, many people are speculating that this could be the first Redmi Note series with a 5G capable SoC in it.The phone is indeed very impressive, but with all of the specs we have seen so far, it will be difficult for this phone to retail less than the Redmi K30 5G. Let’s see if the phone surfaces in the future and what other hidden details it might hold.What are your thoughts on the mystery Redmi 5G Phone? Let us know in the comments section below!
Samsung just announced its A21s, a great phone with some compromises here and there, but a solid value for money. If you’re in the market for a new phone that looks very premium, but cautious about the price, you might consider it.The Samsung A21s seems like a solid phoneThe phone is potentially a successor to the Samsung Galaxy A20s, which offers the same screen size in LCD, a triple-camera setup, and an entry-level Snapdragon 450 SoC. The phone launched in October 2019 and did fairly well as it offered a very posh and expensive look for its price.Key Samsung A21s specs6.5-inch HD + displayOcta-core 2GHz processorRear camera48-megapixel main8-megapixel ultra-wide2-megapixel depth2-megapixel macroFront-facing 13-megapixel camera3GB RAM/32GB storage; 4GB/6GB RAM/64GB storage5,000mAh batteryRear fingerprint scannerBlack, white, blue, redThe phones price tag is the only mystery; however, the phone is set to launch on June 19 in select regions.While Samsung’s A-series are known for ranging from budget-friendly to costing in the midrange, this phone looks closer to costing in the mid-range market, particularly with an OLED display. The Samsung Galaxy A51 and A20s did particularly well for Samsung this year.While we don’t know the regions the phone will be available in yet, it is possible for it to be available in the South-East Asia region such as India, Pakistan, and such. Places where the Samsung Galaxy A and M series have found a lot of commercial success in these markets.What are your thoughts on the A21s. What do you expect its price to be? Let us know in the comments section below!
The Samsung Galaxy A51 has a great display and good build quality, but is severely hindered by sluggish performance.
When it comes to internet usage, video watching is one of the main interests of users. Most users are mainly inclined towards streaming videos so it matters a lot to know how much data is required for it. Of course, we do require a smooth internet connection to be able to stream our favorite content online.If video streaming is your preference then you must consider high-speed internet like Spectrum internet for instance, that do not offer data caps. This means you do not have to worry about any extra fee surprises in your bill that are bound to happen if you run out of your data limit. Most of the providers in the United States do impose data caps so it is very important to find out an internet plan that assures a no data cap policy. For that, let us first have a look at the data that is needed for various video streaming platforms.YouTubeJust like using any other app on your smartphone, YouTube being one of the popular platforms needs data too. It nearly takes 562.5 MB of data per hour. This holds valid when you stream at around 480p resolution. In case you want better resolution, then you might require 1.86 GB per hour for 720p. For 1080p you might require 3.04 GB. For watching videos in 4K, you will require a massive 15.98 GB of data per hour.NetflixWe all agree with the fact that how much we love Netflix as it has successfully evolved as one of the most popular video streaming services. For subscribers exceeding 130 million, the internet speed is not much of a problem. An hour of video streaming in standard definition would need around 1 GB of data. If you want to enjoy high-quality video streaming, you might need up to 3GB. For ultra-high-definition, you can require up to 7 GB of data per hour.The selection of accounts can help you decide a suitable resolution for your connection. If you want to save your data, you can check the settings option and click the save button when you want.Amazon Prime VideoAmazon Prime Video was launched by Amazon as a streaming service in 2011 and has ever gained popularity among the users. Nowadays it is seen as one of the biggest competitors for Netflix. This service provides up to three resolutions for the users. Among them include good, better, and best. The Good enables streaming videos at around 480p in standard definition and utilizes a data of 800 MB per hour. The Better option allows an HD stream with a data requirement of around 2 GB per hour. The Best option consumes nearly 6 GB of data per hour. You should also know that accessing Amazon Prime Video on your mobile app results in low data consumption as compared to the desktop app.HuluHulu is another important video streaming option that uses somewhat less data as compared to Netflix and Amazon Prime Video This makes Hulu as one of the most economical options available. You require around 680 MB per hour of data for the standard definition. If you switch to a 720p high definition setting, the data requirement may jump to 1.3 GB per hour. 1080p resolution can need data up to 2.7 GB per hour. You can also stream live TV if you are using Hulu’s $39.99 monthly plan.SpotifySpotify is one of the best-known music streaming platforms but not everyone knows that it also provides a video service in certain areas. The company does not disclose much about the data requirements of the video streaming service. However it only notifies that video streaming requires more data as compared to music streaming and is much like the ones needed for other video channels. Mostly the videos are in high definition and can consume up to 3 GB of data for an hour streaming.VimeoVimeo does not have any details regarding data usage. The standard definition content can need up to 353 MB of data per hour. As far as the HD videos are concerned, they need up to 2.75 GB per hour.StanMany of us might not have heard of Stan as it is accessible in Australia only. The app usually provides four-tier quality. The lowest standard definition setting can require up to 1.13 GB per hour while HD and 4K can require around 3 GB per hour and 7 GB per hour respectively.DirecTVThe DirecTV website also does not display clear information about the required bandwidth. In case if your provider puts a data limit, you can always reduce your video quality. The data consumption parallels to the aforementioned video streaming platforms.Sling TVSling TV is another one of the highest quality video streaming service that uses around 2 GB per hour of data for its highest quality option. The data required for medium quality is 540 MB per hour that further lowers to 360 MB per hour for low-quality streaming options.Summing UpYou need to be aware of the data consumption involved in the video streaming service you are using. This can save you from exceeding your data limit and paying any additional cost.EDITOR NOTE: This is a promoted post and should not be viewed as an editorial endorsement.
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