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Qualcomm Snapdragon Tech Summit
The official news starts again today with Qualcomm, yes we are still in Hawaii as this is the last day of the Snapdragon Tech Summit so let’s go over the hottest things we got this week! Starting with games, yesterday we heard about the Snapdragon G3x Gen 1, a new platform purposely designed to create a new category of dedicated gaming devices that will meet the most demanding expectations of gamers. And I’m a little bit sad that the Razer development kit we saw won’t be available to the public as it’s a pretty great design that works great. The Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3 is also the first 5nm PC platform that brings extreme performance to PCs and some big leaps in energy efficiency. The new Adreno GPU also offers a 60% upgrade over the previous generation, which means you can play at up to Full HD at 120 fps, all on thin and light laptops that last 50% longer than the rest of PCs on the market. On top of that, it brings the new X65 5G modem which enables some insane speeds, as well as Qualcomm’s Secure Processing unit, a new ISP, and more. Finally, we also got the new Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 which is much more than just a name change. Qualcomm is focused on camera, AI, gaming and connectivity. The new ISP promises 4000x more data collection thanks to Snapdragon Sight, which enables 4K bokeh video, crazy night mode improvements, and even 8K HDR video recording. When it comes to AI, the 7th generation engine offers better face recognition, improved natural language processing, and enables super-resolution games. Snapdragon Elite Gaming and the new Adreno GPU offer a 30 percent increase in graphics and at the same time 25% higher energy efficiency. Finally, for connectivity, the Snapdragon X65 modem enables the world’s first 10 Gigabit 5G modem solution, giving us better Wi-Fi 6E speeds and Snapdragon sound over Bluetooth. And that was just a brief summary of everything we received. Click the first link in the description to find out more.
Let’s stick with the official news, but let’s switch to nothing that has managed to stay very subtle in the spotlight this year, and yesterday they announced some interesting things. For starters, they announced that the Nothing Ear (1) we received earlier this year is now a carbon neutral product after working with internationally recognized third-party suppliers to assess and measure the carbon footprint of these earbuds neutralize. Another interesting thing is that they are now accepting cryptocurrency as a payment method. You can now buy their products with Bitcoin, Ethereum and other major cryptocurrencies, but only in selected countries. Check out the link in the description to see if yours made the cut. But finally, and probably the most exciting announcement, the ears (1) are getting a new black colorway that is described as “moody and elegant” and honestly looks very hot. The case also gets a smoky black finish, but the transparency is retained. These are available for the same $ 99 price as the regular variants and will be available on December 4th. My test device is already waiting for me, so please let me know if you have any questions. So yeah, loads of cool little updates from Nothing, but when is the next product coming?
Let’s get to Google and, for the first time in a while, wearables! It’s been a couple of months since we talked about the Pixel Watch, but it looks like we’re finally getting close to it. We have a new report from Business Insider, also confirmed by the Verge, that this watch is being edited by Google’s Pixel hardware team instead of Fitbit. Apparently it’s not yet clear if Google will actually name it the “Pixel Watch”, but what we can expect is a round watch with no “physical bezel” while using its proprietary watch straps. This goes along with some renderings we saw from Jon Prosser a few months ago where he also mentioned that this watch is codenamed Rohan. When it comes to the sensors, we supposedly get a heart rate monitor and essentials like counting steps, but we expect Google to add some of the features we’ve seen on Fitbits over the past few years. The Verge expects this watch to be more expensive than a Fitbit and aims to compete more directly with the Apple Watch, which means it will be around $ 350. It’s also tested where people who work at Google who aren’t necessarily on the direct Watch team rock it and give feedback. we’ll see if it happens.
For the hottest news today, let’s talk about Apple and iPhones again! And no, that’s not the iPhone 14. It seems that the iPhone 13 series is still making the news, and it’s not doing it in a good way. I’ll be linking to the playlist of all the videos we’ve made on these phones, but it looks like things won’t be going so well for Apple this year. We have a new report from Bloomberg claiming that Cupertino is having issues with the production of the iPhone 13. Remember, they had already reduced their orders from 90 to 80 million units, but they plan to reduce them even further. Apparently, they previously told manufacturers that demand for these phones could pick up again in the next year, but now they are telling their partners that it may not actually happen. According to the report, Apple doesn’t expect customers to wait for the long delivery times they face due to the chip shortage that is finally becoming a problem for them. And sure, the supply should improve until next year, but the problem is that the situation could stay that way long enough until Apple can’t make as many iPhones as planned, which affects their sales . In fact, due to the expected surge in demand and the small number of units, they started running ads for the holiday season sooner than other years.