Samsung’s latest smartphones are right here. The firm managed to carry on to 1 shock when it got here to its Galaxy S21 cellphone household — the pricing. Both the S21 and S21+ are roughly $200 cheaper than the telephones that got here earlier than them, and that’s an enormous deal for Android cellphone house owners planning to replace. We’ll break down the specs for every machine beneath, however the S21, S21+ and the S21 Ultra (yep, three new telephones) goal squarely on the iPhone 12 collection.
As we famous early yesterday, at $800 and $1,000, the Galaxy S21 and S21+ are the identical value because the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro. Depending in your cell OS choice, Samsung’s telephones may come out on prime in such a comparability. The S21 collection comes with extra storage on the most cost-effective configuration (128GB on the S21 versus 64GB on the iPhone 12), whereas each new telephones have 120Hz screens — a characteristic Apple is but to undertake in any of its telephones.
It’s not all excellent news, although. At a less expensive value, each the S21 and S21+ have lower-resolution screens than their predecessors. Something needed to go, it appears. If you’re prepared to spend extra, the highest tier S21 Ultra can flit between excessive decision and excessive refresh charges, alongside a four-camera imaging array on the again. It comes with a value to match these options: $1,200. All three telephones are up for preorder now.
— Mat Smith
The subsequent MacBook Pro could convey again the MagSafe connector
It may additionally lose the contact bar. Please, say it’s true.
Apple is planning a brand new design for the MacBook Pro that can mark the return of the MagSafe charger, in line with Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman and analyst Ming-chi Kuo (as reported by 9to5Mac). The laptop computer will are available 14- and 16-inch sizes and sure be revealed within the third quarter of 2021.
The laptops will characteristic Apple’s personal processors, and on some or all new fashions, Apple can also kill the Touch Bar, a characteristic customers haven’t precisely embraced. You can count on to see extra ports, too. This may embrace the return to MagSafe as an alternative of normal USB-C charging, however there isn’t any additional element on whether or not this could be a USB-C port with magnetic capabilities or one thing else solely.
The Galaxy S21 Ultra packs two telephoto lenses and helps the S Pen
Samsung is doubling down on its controversial “Space Zoom” characteristic.
Samsung’s S21 Ultra mannequin is the highest-specced model, with options like a 6.8-inch 120Hz AMOLED display and a quad-rear digital camera system that features twin telephoto lenses for 100x hybrid zoom. The new flagship will assist the corporate’s S Pen stylus, which is a primary for the S-series smartphones — and a characteristic usually reserved for the Galaxy Note collection. Samsung is making standalone S Pens for the S21 Ultra.
Unlike earlier flagships, the S21 Ultra’s display can assist refresh charges of 120Hz at each full HD and Quad HD resolutions, whereas it’s returning to its controversial (and infrequently ineffectual) Space Zoom characteristic. The firm desires to enhance the picture readability on zoomed-in pictures by introducing a brand new twin telephoto lens system to supply “greater clarity with every shot.” One of those affords 3x optical zoom whereas the opposite goes as much as 10x optical, and the cellphone will robotically swap between them relying on the vary you’re taking pictures at. The array is rounded out by a major 108-megapixel sensor and a 12-megapixel ultra-wide lens.
Inside, Qualcomm’s newest Snapdragon 888 chip (within the US… different territories get Samsung’s new Exynos 2100 chip) powers the S21 Ultra, and this implies loads of processing energy and 5G functionality. I imply, in fact. It’s 2021.
The Galaxy S21 and S21+ each price $200 lower than their predecessors
And characteristic a brand new look.
If you had been anticipating a flashy and costly replace to final 12 months’s fashions, that is not what the S21 collection is about. But there have been upgrades. Both telephones include the Snapdragon 888 processor, 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage to begin. Not solely are you able to count on Qualcomm’s first 5nm chip to make the S21 and S21+ quicker than Samsung’s 2020 flagships, nevertheless it additionally features a 5G modem.
Both the S21 and S21+ characteristic the identical dimension shows as their predecessors (6.2-inch on the S21 and 6.7-inch on the S21+), however Samsung has gone with much less pixel-dense Full HD+ panels. Both screens nonetheless assist a variable refresh price as much as 120Hz. There could possibly be battery-life positive factors from this, however I’ll wait and see in our evaluate.
Thoughts on the brand new digital camera module design? Evil robotic eye or eye-catching design flourish?
Google now owns Fitbit
Both corporations reiterated pledges to maintain consumer knowledge personal.
Google has accomplished its $2.1 billion buy of Fitbit greater than a 12 months after asserting the deal. Fitbit co-founder and CEO, James Park, reiterated that Fitbit would proceed to be device-agnostic, making merchandise that work with each iPhones and Android gadgets. Park added that “Fitbit users’ health and wellness data won’t be used for Google ads, and this data will be kept separate from other Google ad data.”
It’s not clear but precisely how Fitbit will change beneath Google’s possession. When the deal was first introduced, Google’s Rick Osterloh famous the deal was a chance for the corporate to fabricate “Made by Google” wearables, and feedback from each Osterloh and Park made it sound as if future gadgets would run Google’s personal Wear OS software program.