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Samsung the new smartphones are here. The company managed to keep one surprise when it came to its Galaxy S21 family of phones: the price. The S21 and S21 + cost around $ 200 cheaper than the phones that came before them, and that’s a big deal for Android phone owners who are considering updating. We will detail the specifications of each device below, but the S21, S21 + and the S21 Ultra (yes, three new phones) are aimed squarely at the iPhone 12 series.

As we noted early yesterday, at $ 800 and $ 1,000, the Galaxy S21 and S21 + are priced the same as the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro. Depending on your mobile operating system preferences, Samsung’s phones could come out on top in such a comparison. The S21 series offers more storage at the cheapest configuration (128GB on the S21 versus 64GB on the iPhone 12), while both new phones have 120Hz displays – a feature Apple doesn’t have. yet adopted in any of its phones.

It’s not all good news, however. At a cheaper price, the S21 and S21 + have lower resolution screens than their predecessors. Something had to go, it seemed. If you’re willing to spend more, the top-of-the-line S21 Ultra can switch between high resolution and high refresh rates, alongside a quad-camera imaging array on the rear. It comes with a price tag that matches these features: $ 1,200. All three phones are in pre-order now.

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He could also lose the touch bar. Please say it’s true.

16-inch MacBook Pro

Apple is considering a new design for the MacBook Pro that will mark the return of the MagSafe charger, according to Bloomberg Mark Gurman and analyst Ming-chi Kuo (as reported by 9to5Mac). The laptop will be available in 14 and 16 inch sizes and will likely be revealed in the third quarter of 2021.

Laptops will be fitted with Apple’s own processors, and on some or all newer models Apple may also kill the Touch bar, a feature that users haven’t exactly embraced. You can also expect to see more ports. This could include going back to MagSafe instead of standard USB-C charging, but there are no further details on whether it would be a USB-C port with magnetic capabilities or something else.
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Samsung doubles its controversial “Space Zoom” feature.

Samsung Galaxy S21 reveals

Samsung’s S21 Ultra is the top-performing version, with features like a 6.8-inch 120Hz AMOLED display and a four-rear camera system that includes dual telephoto lenses for 100x hybrid zoom. The new flagship will support the company’s S Pen stylus, which is a first for S-series smartphones – and a feature normally reserved for the Galaxy Note series. Samsung makes stand-alone S pens for the S21 Ultra.

Unlike previous flagships, the S21 Ultra’s display can support 120Hz refresh rates at Full HD and Quad HD resolutions, while reverting to its controversial (and often ineffective) spatial zoom feature. The company wants to improve image clarity in enlarged photos by introducing a new dual telephoto system to deliver “greater clarity with every shot.” One of them offers 3x optical zoom while the other goes up to 10x optical, and the phone automatically switches between them depending on the shooting range. The matrix is ​​complemented by a 108-megapixel main sensor and a 12-megapixel ultra-wide lens.

Inside, Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 888 chip (in the US … other territories get Samsung’s new Exynos 2100 chip) powers the S21 Ultra, which means a lot of processing power and 5G capability. I mean, sure. We are in 2021.
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And present a new look.

Samsung Galaxy S21 reveals

If you expected a flashy and expensive update to last year’s models, that’s not the point of the S21 series. But there have been improvements. Both phones come with the Snapdragon 888 processor, 8GB of RAM, and 128GB of storage to start with. You can not only expect Qualcomm’s first 5nm chip to make the S21 and S21 + faster than Samsung 2020 flagships, but it also includes a 5G modem.

The S21 and S21 + both feature screens of the same size as their predecessors (6.2 inches on the S21 and 6.7 inches on the S21 +), but Samsung has opted for less dense Full HD + panels in pixels. Both displays still support a variable refresh rate up to 120Hz. There might be some battery life gains, but I’ll wait and see in our review.

Thoughts on the design of the new camera module? An evil robot eye or eye-catching design flourish?
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Both companies reiterated their commitment to keep user data private.

Fitbit

Google has finalized $ 2.1 billion purchase of Fitbit more than a year later announce the transaction. Fitbit Co-Founder and CEO, James Park, reiterated that Fitbit would continue to be device independent, creating products that are compatible with iPhones and Android devices. Park added that “data on the health and well-being of Fitbit users will not be used for Google ads, and this data will be kept separate from other Google advertising data.”

It is not yet clear exactly how Fitbit will change under Google ownership. When the deal was first announced, Google’s Rick Osterloh noted that the deal was an opportunity for the company to make wearable “Made by Google” devices, and Osterloh and Park’s comments gave the impression that future devices would run Google’s own Wear OS software.
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