While CES 2020 doesn’t officially kick off for another few days, companies are already rushing to unveil their CES announcements. Dell is the latest, unveiling its new XPS 13 laptop, as well as a new Alienware gaming monitor.
The 2020 Dell XPS 13 pushed the form factor further, squeezing a 6.8 percent larger 16:10 display that goes nearly edge-to-edge into the laptop. Dell calls the new display ‘InfinityEdge’ and boasts that it’s 25 percent brighter than before as well. Further, Dell says the new design offers up a 13.4-inch display in an 11-inch form factor.
On top of that, the new XPS 13 is Project Athena-certified. For the unfamiliar, Project Athena is an Intel-lead initiative to drive innovation in laptops. The program includes laptops that offer at least nine hours of battery life at a minimum brightness of 250 nits, can get up to four hours of power from a 30-minute charge and sport features like Wi-Fi 6 and Instant Resume, which lets computers wake up in under a second.
Further, some Project Athena laptops can detect when users are nearby and turn on or off accordingly.
Dell’s new XPS 13 also sports 10th Gen Intel Core 10nm mobile processors and comes with either Windows 10 or in a ‘Developer Edition’ with Ubuntu 18.04LTS. Dell also says it comes in more sustainable packaging with no foam, which makes it easier for users to recycle.
The 2020 XPS 13 will start at $999.99 USD (about $1,298.09 CAD) and will be available in Canada starting January 7th. The XPS 13 will also be available in the U.S., Sweden, U.K., Germany and France on the 7th before being available globally on February 4th.
On the monitor side, Dell announced its new Alienware 25 Gaming Monitor with a 99 percent sRGB colour coverage and a 240Hz refresh rate ISP panel. The monitor also has a one millisecond response time and comes in native FHD resolution. Finally, the Alienware 25 supports both AMD Radeon FreeSync and Nvidia’s G-Sync technology — both of which allow a monitor and GPU to synchronize refresh rates and framerates for smoother gameplay experience.
It will be available globally on March 11th and costs $499.99 USD (about $649.04 CAD).
Samsung has started rolling out the Galaxy Fold update it promised in mid-October that’ll give the device features found in its newer sibling. One of the Fold 2 features making its way to the older foldable is App Pair, which lets you group up to three apps together and launch them all at once from the Edge Panel. The apps will open in the split-screen layout of your choice — you can now also arrange windows horizontally if that’ll make the most sense for the apps you open.
The update also gives the first Fold the capability to connect to a smart TV and to turn it into a mobile-powered PC with a Samsung DeX dock. In addition, it brings several camera improvements to the older foldable, including “Auto Framing” that zooms the camera in and out to make sure you get the perfect shot with multiple people in the frame. Another feature called “Capture View Mode” takes advantage of the device’s dual screen setup by showing you five of the latest photos or videos on the left side and a preview of your next shot on the right.
Meanwhile, “Dual Preview” can show you a preview of the picture you’re taking on the device’s Cover and Main Screens. If you want to take a selfie with the rear camera, you can simply open up the camera app on the Cover Screen and activate “Rear Cam Selfie. The camera’s Pro Video Mode is also getting more capturing (21:9 ratio and 24fps video) and creative functions (histogram, focus peaking), while Single Take lets you capture up to 15 seconds of content. Finally, the update will allow the Galaxy Fold to share the password of the WiFi network it’s connected to directly to trusted Galaxy devices nearby.
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The torrent of Galaxy S21 series leaks that we’ve seen in the past few weeks almost certainly confirm that Samsung plans on releasing it early (mid-January 2021, by some estimates) this time around. Several leakers have emphasized that the devices will come with a flat display, with the notable exception of the Galaxy S21 Ultra, which will feature a ‘slightly’ curved screen, if a new leak is to be believed.
Twitter leaker @not_koh suggests that the Galaxy S21 Ultra’s display will be more or less identical to that of the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra with marginally better color accuracy and support for Dolby Vision. As foretold by several reports, the Galaxy S21 Ultra will be the first of its kind to support S Pen inputs. Whether or not it will ship with an S Pen out of the box remains to be seen. The screen might even be able to run at 1440p 120Hz, but that remains unconfirmed. Support for variable refresh rate operation is allegedly in the books, too. Another leaker weighs in stating that it will have a diagonal length of 6.8-inches. Both tipsters agree that the Galaxy S21 Ultra will cost around US$1,300.
Samsung appears to have taken a page or two from Huawei’s playbook while designing the Galaxy S21 Ultra’s cameras. The primary 108MP ISOCELL HM2 Bright sensor will be assisted by a 16MP ultra-wide-angle lens, a 10MP (2x optical zoom) telephoto lens, and a second 10MP (5x optical zoom) periscope telephoto lens. Unfortunately, we have to wait a bit longer for an under-display camera, as the Galaxy S21 will use the tried-and-tested hole-punch approach to house the 40MP selfie shooter. As is the case with new Samsung releases, the entire Galaxy S21 series will come with some new camera features such as the ability to capture 4K video at 60 FPS on all cameras, WDR support along with HDR, and more. The features will eventually make their way to older devices via the One UI 3.1 update.
Not much seems to have improved on the storage/memory front. The Galaxy S21 Ultra will come in three variants with 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB of storage coupled with 12/16GB of RAM. Much like its predecessor, the smartphone will come with a 5,000 mAh battery. The smartphone will come with a 25W charger out of the box and support fast charging up to 45W. Despite one report stating otherwise, Samsung doesn’t plan on bringing back the headphone jack with the Galaxy S21 series.
Prima facie, the Galaxy S21 Ultra seems like a marginal upgrade over its antecedent. Most of the specifications are identical across the board, with minimal improvements in the camera and battery department. However, the phone’s Exynos 2100 SoC promises to deliver a significant performance boost over last year’s Exynos 990. The leaker rounds things off by saying that that the upcoming Galaxy Z Fold series is where the real upgrades will be at.
If you haven’t heard of the AirPower charging mat, it was a product that Apple announced in 2017 along with the drastically redesigned iPhone X which would let you wirelessly charge AirPods, an Apple Watch, and the iPhone, wherever you placed them on the mat. Apple eventually announced it was abandoning the project, reportedly due to complications with overlapping charger coils overheating.
Apple shows off the AirPower charger during its September 2017 keynote
Some time passed after the initial cancellation and new reports from reliable Apple leaker @JonProsser claimed that the AirPower charging mat had re-entered development and even managed to get the Apple Watch to charge (which was a reported issue within the first round of development.
All AirPower prototyping / testing has been removed from the schedule for 2021.
Sources doubt that it’ll ever be picked back up again.
On Monday, the same leaker refutes his own reports stating that Apple has once again cancelled the AirPower mat. According to Prosser’s sources, they doubt that Apple will ever get the AirPower into development again. This would coincide with a shift in Apple’s recently announced MagSafe, which has created a new ecosystem for iPhones and accessories. MagSafe seems to be a lower-risk alternative to AirPower for Apple and besides, other third-party OEMs have already invented a similar three-product wireless charging pad without the overlapping coils.
The spirit of the AirPower mat unofficially lives on with the new 3-in-1 Wireless Charger with MagSafe made by Belkin. It has the magnetic mounts for the iPhone 12’s MagSafe with up to 15W wireless charging speeds and supports AirPods and an Apple Watch, all simultaneously. This Belkin charger retails for $150 in the US.
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