Samsung Galaxy S21 series, Google Pixel 4a 5G, and more are on sale today
The latest iPad Pro, iPad Air, and more tablets are on sale today
There are countless offers for smart TVs and LG monitors
You know how to do it, new week new to me, but these Galaxy S21 series deals keep getting hotter with new perks. The Galaxy S21, S21 +, S21 Ultra, and all of the products announced last week are still available for pre-order, which gives you some nice perks when you do. In the case of the Galaxy S21, you can get it for just $ 99 with an additional $ 100 instant credit and a free smart tag. The S21 + for $ 299 with an additional $ 150 instant credit plus a smart tag, and the Galaxy S21 Ultra for $ 499 plus an additional $ 200 instant credit plus a smart tag. There is also a new benefit, now with 4 months of YouTube Premium and 6 months of Spotify Premium. If you are looking for the best rugged case you can buy for the S21, SUPCASE is our most recommended option. We’ll be sure to have links for your cases on both Amazon and SUPCASE.com so you can use code POCKETNOW15 to get 15% off. Guys and those other trade-in deals on devices like the Galaxy Z Fold 2 for just $ 999 plus others are still available. We’ll certainly link to it too. At Samsung, the Google Pixel 4a is currently $ 40 less, so you can get the entry-level version for $ 450. The new iPad Air costs $ 40 and the entry-level model costs $ 559. And the regular iPad costs $ 20 less, which is $ 530 for 128GB of storage. We have other offers for monitors, iPad professionals and other Samsung products.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G SoC Announced; OnePlus, OPPO, Motorola, Xiaomi will soon announce devices
Sticking to the official news, let’s move on to Qualcomm because this morning we have the company’s newest processor, a pretty interesting start. The company has just launched the Snapdragon 870 SoC, which is a continuation of the Snapdragon 865+, meaning that it is sort of a precursor to the 888 5G. This new SoC is based on a 7 nm process and is equipped with Qualcomm’s Kryo 585 CPU with a main clock rate of 3.2 GHz. When it comes to the GPU, you get the Adreno 650 GPU, which has both 5G flavors thanks to the Snapdragon X55 modem. For example, this SoC supports 4K displays at 60 Hz and QHD + at 144 Hz, 10-bit colors, HDR10 and HDR10 +. When it comes to the camera, it brings a Spectra 480 ISP that allows for up to 200 MP photo capture, supports 25 MP dual cameras, and even supports 8K video. This chip will power various devices from companies such as Motorola, OPPO, Xiaomi and OnePlus. I even wonder if this is the processor behind the OnePlus 9 Lite. So yeah, I’m not even sure if this is what the Snapdragon 765G was until 2020 by 2021, but who knows. Now expect products in the first quarter.
Asus ROG Phone 4 appears in a handy video that flaunts the secondary rear screen
The new ASUS ROG Phone 4 may come with a massive battery
Let’s keep the main focus on ASUS as you can’t deny the company’s interference in the gaming smartphone market and the ROG phone needs an update. In the past few weeks we’ve had a few bits and pieces about what to expect, but now we have some good information. Initially, ASUS posted a poster of the phone on Weibo, showing the phone’s silhouette over the Aries constellation. According to a tipster, the ASUS ROG Phone 4 now comes with a crazy 6000 mAh battery that supposedly supports charging speeds of 60 or 65 W. The phone recently went through Geekbench and found that it runs on the Snapdragon 888, 8GB of RAM, and Android 11. Finally, a Chinese tipster posted a picture of the actual device on Weibo, showing the back of the phone. It looks very ROG to say the least, as the camera module is similar to its predecessor and a gray color variant with some accents that most likely bring RGB lights. Judging by the poster and the constellation, we should expect this phone between March 21st and April 19th. Let’s see what we get. Still, I’m very curious to see what you think as I’ve seen a trend in the drop in tech lately. Note these RAM numbers.
Android 12 comes with a new feature that will improve storage management
We’re probably a couple of weeks away from the Android Developer Beta, so some of the features we’re supposed to be getting have started to leak and get some traction. A couple of weeks ago we received a tweet from XDA stating that Android 12 allows you to hibernate apps that you may not be using to free up space, much like iOS where it uninstalls the apps that you don’t after a while More actually use a NextBit invention for Android years ago. Now we have a screenshot of the Android open source code showing that we will get the feature. The system maintains the app hibernation to optimize memory and clears the cache for that app. When an app is put to sleep for a single user, it is put to sleep for the other users. Your data will stay in the app, however, so if you need it again, all you have to do is click on download and pick it up on the right where you left it. It’s not entirely clear how this will work as the developer preview has not yet been released, but it’s definitely nice to have, especially since the biggest complaint for the S21 is its lack of the SD card slot. We will keep you updated as soon as there are any more leaks as this is not necessarily what I would call new.
Apple is working on redesigned iMacs and a smaller Mac Pro with internal silicon
So let’s get to Apple and the upcoming Apple Silicon Macs to see what the company is doing, Intel in particular. According to a new report from Mark Gurman and Bloomberg, those redesigned MacBook Pros we talked about last week aren’t the only things we’re getting from Cupertino this year. According to the report, Apple plans to introduce two new iMacs to replace the Intel 21.5-inch and 27-inch models with Apple Silicon. Apparently it’s not just the internals that are changing, as Gurman claims we are finally losing the thick bezels in favor of a cleaner display, similar to the Pro Display XDR, and that goes for the curved back that will now be flat too. The report says this will be one of the biggest visual updates for any Apple product this year. But wait, there’s more. Apple reportedly wants to update the Mac Pro as well. This new model would keep the cheese grater design we received in 2019 and it will also keep an Intel processor. As one of the last machines to do this before Apple completes the transition, it will most likely just bring better internals. However, we may get a second and smaller model with an aluminum case that may be similar to the Power Mac G4 Cube. Finally, Cupertino is working on a cheaper monitor that is aimed at the average consumer but of course doesn’t offer the same brightness or contrast ratio as the Pro Display XDR. We just hope the stand won’t be sold separately in this case.
Apple is testing foldable screens and is considering an on-screen fingerprint sensor for iPhones
Finally, the hottest news today has to go this early in the year with the iPhone 13 and maybe even further. See Mark Gurman’s account of what to expect soon and what to expect in the future. So let’s start with what you may not see yet. According to him, Apple has already developed foldable screens for internal testing. Even if they make progress with this project, it seems it’s only limited to the screen phase, and they don’t have a prototype of an actual foldable iPhone yet. Mark claims that one of the options on the table is a 6.7-inch panel, so it sounds like it’s actually a clamshell rather than a tablet-like device. But if we move on to projects that we might get already this year, it looks like Cupertino is looking to bring back Touch ID, which makes sense globally given these times. Accordingly, Apple is testing fingerprint sensors in the display for the 2021 iPhones, a rumor that we have heard several times. However, this doesn’t mean that facial recognition will die, although the notch is getting smaller and smaller. We have reportedly been given both options to unlock your device. I mean if they can’t add it to the display we could at least get it into the power button. So far, it looks like the major improvements for the iPhone 13 will come from hardware changes like the smaller notch, the high refresh rate display, and now Touch ID.
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A former bilingual teacher who left the classroom to join the Pocketnow team as a news editor and content creator for the Spanish audience. An artist by nature who enjoys video games, guitars, action figures, cooking, painting, drawing, and good music.