Game monitors, Marshall Bluetooth speakers, and other accessories are available for sale
iPhone 11 Pro, OnePlus 8T, Galaxy S21, and more phones are on sale today
Are you looking for gaming peripherals? There are a lot of Razer deals out there right now
And yes, let’s end the week with deals like we end each week, and it actually starts with the ones you shouldn’t let go of. The Galaxy S21, S21 +, Ultra and every product we received from Unpacked can still be pre-ordered with huge savings. For example, if you get the Galaxy S21, it will be available for just $ 99 and the S21 + will be available for $ 299. When you have an eligible trade-in device and receive instant credits of $ 100 and $ 150 for accessories and 6 months of Spotify, respectively. In the case of the S21 Ultra, it’s available for just $ 499, with up to $ 200 in instant credit, a smart tag, and 4 months of YouTube Premium. I know it’s crazy If you want to protect your new Galaxy, SUPCASE is still our first choice for rugged cases. We leave links for Amazon and SUPCASE.com. Here you can use the code POCKETNOW15 to get a 15% discount. If you want older devices, the S20 FE is available for $ 350 while the Z Fold 2 is available for $ 1000 if you have a trade-in device. If you’re looking for an iPhone, Verizon is currently selling the 11 Pro for $ 400, so it’s $ 599 on an installment plan. The OnePlus 8T is available as a Buy One Get One Free offer for a 50% discount. So you can get two entry-level models for $ 1124. Finally, the Google Pixel 3 XL is available from B&H for just $ 300 if you want a great camera. We have more deals on Razer peripherals, LG smartphones and more.
Honor could launch smartphones with Google Mobile Services
Let’s get to Honor and a positive note for a change after all the mess 2020 was for her. Recently, Huawei announced the sale of the honorary brand due to “enormous pressure” from US sanctions. A new report from a Russian publication claims that Google Mobile Services may be making a comeback for Honor devices as it is no longer a Huawei subsidiary and the sanctions imposed on Huawei do not apply. The report claims that GMS could return to Honor smartphones this spring, and the company has reportedly been working on two new lineups with support for GMS. This means that on the new devices that are started by Honor, the Huawei App Gallery is no longer pre-installed, but older devices still have no access to GMS. They are currently preparing the Honor V40, which will be released on January 22nd, but it will most likely not support Google Services. It is supposed to bring MediaTek Dimensity 1000+, 8 GB RAM and 128 GB with Android 10 to Magic UI 4.0. We’ll see how this plays out as this is pretty big for other markets like Latin America after the return of Google Services.
LG’s smartphone business could be handed over to a Vietnamese manufacturer
The new rollable smartphone from LG could be canceled before the possible start
Rumors that the company is selling its mobile division have only worsened. In the last Pocketnow Daily we talked about how the company might sell or downsize its smartphone division due to losses over the years. A new report claims that LG Electronics may want to sell its smartphone business to Vietnamese conglomerate Vingroup Co. This company is actually an ODM for LG and has been making smartphones for them since 2018 and is the third largest manufacturer in Vietnam and OPPO after Samsung. This company has a market cap of $ 16.5 billion and supposedly wants LG’s business in the US as they own 12.9% of the market on this side of the pond. Moving on to another report, LG shared some teasers of their rollable smartphone at CES that would be out in September. However, the Korea Herald reports that LG may be pulling the plug on the rollable. The cause is that the Wing has sold fewer than 100,000 units since its inception, which is considered a financial failure. And now insiders doubt that the rollable could hit the market because of the high price. They claim that even if it surpassed the wing, it might not be enough to keep the entire division alive. We hope LG manages to turn things around as they don’t make the best smartphones, but they pioneered what we see today and now their more experimental phones are great to see too.
The iPhone 13 will again feature a smaller, improved camera for Pro models
I feel like we hear a lot of rumors every year about what we’re getting with the next iPhones, and half of them don’t happen, but this year everything seems so consistent. According to a new report from DigiTimes, a lot of the rumors we’ve heard of are going to happen. First of all, they mention that the notch will be shrinking thanks to a facial recognition redesign. However, they claim that it will only shrink vertically while maintaining the same width. The report adds that the smaller iPhones i.e. the 13 and 13 mini will be equipped with superior CMOS image sensors that we currently have on the 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max. These sensors are reportedly being supplied by Sony, and Apple will continue to use the same 7-element system we are currently receiving. Finally, the report also reiterates that the entire iPhone 13 family will bring image stabilization with sensor shifting, which is currently only available for the 12 Pro Max. So 2021 sounds like an S year for the iPhones again. The cause is that the Wing has sold fewer than 100,000 units since its inception, which is considered a financial failure. And now insiders doubt that the rollable could hit the market because of the high price. They claim that even if it surpassed the wing, it might not be enough to keep the entire division alive. We hope LG manages to turn things around as they don’t make the best smartphones, but they pioneered what we see today and now their more experimental phones are great to see too.
Samsung could be preparing to launch a cheaper 4G Galaxy S21
You know it’s funny, but I seriously thought the S21 was like this year’s S20 FE, but it seems like there’s a broader plan behind it. You see, last year when 5G wasn’t the norm, Samsung announced the S20 5G but kept an LTE model with the Exynos for regions where 5G isn’t really available yet. This year the company equipped all models with 5G modems with the Exynos 2100. Well, a 4G variant of the Galaxy S21 has just been certified by Bluetooth SIG with two different model numbers. This could mean two things. Either Samsung is already working on the Fan Edition for this smartphone, or this is just a cheaper variant of the phone without 5G support. In any case, this should be cheaper than the flagship model, but we don’t know if Samsung plans to downgrade the processors and other specs as they don’t add 5G. To summarize the specs, that means a 6.2-inch display, 8 GB of RAM, 128 GB of storage, and a similar camera array on the back. We know that it is pretty early for Samsung to work on the FE variant for this phone and that it may not be at all. Regardless, for those wondering if the $ 100 price difference between the S20 FE and the S21 is worth it, I’ll say it is.
Next MacBook Air: thinner, lighter, smaller, more powerful
The upcoming MacBook Pro could have a microSD card slot
Face recognition support on iMac isn’t coming soon
Finally, the hottest news today has to do with Apple. Let’s talk about Macs as we are currently expecting the next generation of Apple Silicon Macs. We actually have one report here for three separate statements. Let’s start with the upcoming MacBook Air as a new report from Mark Gurman claims that the next MacBook Air will be a high-end model, bringing Apple’s MagSafe charging technology and the next-generation Apple Silicon processor. He also claims that Apple is considering shrinking the laptop by shrinking the bezels in the display, but it will still be a 13-inch panel. Apparently, there are also some rumors about a 15-inch MacBook Air with 4 USB-C ports. After all. But that’s not safe at all. Since the MacBook Air has just been updated, we will most likely see the changes Gurman mentioned through 2022, hopefully with 16- and 32-core processors. For this year and the move to the MacBook Pro, Gurman claims the company plans to bring back the SD card slot, which makes a lot of sense given the way Apple appeals to content creators. The report also reiterates details we heard earlier, such as the fact that there will be a lighter panel with higher contrast and that the touch bar will be eliminated. After all, we’re expecting a big redesign for iMacs this year and one of the rumors was that with this new design we would get Face ID. Well, Gurman claims it won’t happen, at least not for the models that launched this year. So yeah, we should be expecting these iMacs and MacBook Pros by the middle of the year, and it looks like we’ll have to wait until 2022 for the high-end MacBook Air, which sounds very enticing given the rumors about Apple Silicon.
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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.