Last chance to pre-order your Samsung Galaxy S21 with huge discounts
More Android smartphones from OnePlus, Google and others are available for sale
B&H offers several MacBook Pro models, smart TVs, and more
Yes, the official news still starts with deals, but if you want to get your hands on these, you might want to run. Yes, today is the last few days for the pre-order deals for the Galaxy S21 series and everything else we got at Unpacked, although they got even cuter. The Galaxy S21 is currently on sale for just $ 75 if you have an eligible device that can be used to trade with $ 100 in instant balance. The Galaxy S21 + is available for trade-in for $ 200 and receives $ 150 instant credit as soon as you pre-order. Lastly, the Galaxy S21 Ultra is available for $ 400, and you get $ 200 in credit right away. And don’t worry, the 6 months of Spotify and 4 months of YouTube Premium are still available depending on the device you choose. And remember, we have deals on the award-winning UB Pro-Rouged case from SUPCASE. Use the promo code 10POCKETNOW on Amazon for a 10% discount or use the promo code POCKETNOW15 on SUPCASE.com to stay protected. And of course, your favorite trade-ins from last year are still there. The Z-Fold starts at $ 1000 and the Note 20 series starts at just $ 450. B&H is switching from Samsung and is currently offering the M1 MacBook Pro for $ 80 starting at $ 1219. They also got the OnePlus 8 for $ 330 off, so the entry-level model is only $ 460. Finally, the Google Pixel 3 XL is $ 500 off the original price, which means it starts at $ 500.
New rumors give us alleged specs and features of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8
Let’s get back to Samsung, but these aren’t actually offers. Let’s talk about the company’s tablet plans. If you are interested in Android tablets this is the way to go. We don’t have any information directly from Samsung, but it seems like time for a Galaxy Tab S8. According to a YouTube channel called TheGalox, the Galaxy Tab S8 series is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 888 SoC, 8 or 12 GB of RAM and up to 512 GB of onboard storage. According to reports, these tablets will get the same display configuration as the current Tab S7 with the same position of the fingerprint sensor. For those of you who are wondering, we’re talking about an 11-inch 120 Hz LCD panel for the smaller variant and a 12.4-inch 120 Hz AMOLED display for the plus variant. When it comes to the battery, these also stay the same as the Tab S8 receives an 8000 mAh pack and the plus increases to 1090 mAh. Fast charging is downgraded to 25W, however, which doesn’t really look great. Now we don’t know exactly how exactly these leaks are, but they’re not too far-fetched so it is possible that this is the real deal. Let’s see what we get in the end, as we should expect in the usual Galaxy Note launch, unless that changes.
The flagship of the Sony Xperia I III leaks an old design and a periscope zoom lens
Sony has been in the spotlight lately with the launch of the Xperia Pro in the US, but you have to admit, not necessarily for the best of reasons. However, it is time we got an update for the flagship Xperia 1. Now we have some new and pretty high quality renderers of the Xperia 1 III from OnLeaks. Sony’s signature design is similar to that of its predecessor with a 6.5-inch 4K OLED display on the front. There’s a triple camera array on the back, and while we don’t have much information on what two of the lenses can do, one is supposedly a periscope lens. This phone will supposedly support 5G, it will bring and receive a headphone jack, a microSD card slot. Sony also adds an extra shortcut button that can act as a shutter release for your camera. We don’t have much information on the internals yet, but we are expecting some flagship specs for this phone. We’ll see what we get, MWC is usually when we get the new ones but we know MWC has been postponed for obvious reasons.
Apple was the world’s leading smartphone provider in the fourth quarter of 2020, ranking second by HUAWEI
According to Apple, over a billion iPhones are currently in active use
And I know it still feels like 2020, but believe it or not, this is over. The quarterly results are in, and if you thought companies were having trouble, it’s actually the other way around. Apple ranked first, according to reports from IDC, Canalys and others, shipping over 81 million smartphones in the fourth quarter of 2020, representing a market share between 21% and 23.4%. In second place we get Samsung with 62 million shipments, while Xiaomi took third place. It looks pretty rough for Huawei, right? When it comes to the full year, Samsung leads the way with 255 million units, despite a 14% drop from last year. Apple took back second place with around 210 million iPhones. Huawei fell back to third place with 189 million units shipped. Despite the pandemic and lower sales, the company managed to generate sales of $ 211.5 billion, an increase of nearly 3%. Apple achieved record sales of $ 111.4 billion in the first quarter of 2021, a growth of 21%. Tim Cook also mentioned that there are currently over 1B iPhones active. We even hear that Apple has got the tablet market going again with its cheaper iPads. So let’s see how things change this quarter after we have new flagships from Samsung.
Facebook is planning an antitrust lawsuit against Apple as the war over iOS privacy updates intensifies
And finally, for the hottest, funniest news, let’s bring in the closest company that believes it can tell Apple what rules and restrictions they can apply in their own business. First we had Epic Games and now Facebook is suing Apple and oh man you won’t believe what for. This is an antitrust lawsuit alleging that Apple “abused its power in the smartphone industry by enforcing the App Store rules that it doesn’t have to follow.” Within that framework, they will most likely argue rules like Apple’s tax when someone makes an in-app payment, making it harder to compete for certain developers. However, we do know how that went at Epic Games. Facebook plans to build its case around iOS 14’s new app Tracking Transparency feature, which will allow users to choose whether or not to be tracked. Facebook claims this is unfair as it doesn’t show up in Apple’s own app, which gives them a competitive advantage. The funny thing is that Apple’s apps don’t track users or share their data for advertising purposes. So it sounds like Facebook is shooting itself right in the foot. Apparently, they also want to argue about not being able to set other apps as the default messaging app on your iPhone since they obviously want you to set Messenger as the default app. Facebook is even considering inviting other companies like Epic Games to the party after last summer. Despite all of this, and even some testimony from Mark Zuckerberg against Apple, this case could not go to court, largely due to opposition from some Facebook employees who are concerned they are playing the victim card, particularly due to their legal past.
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