Huawei’s next big thing may have leaked if renders posted by leaker @OnLeaks and rumor site 91Mobiles prove to be the real deal. The renders are quite dark but show off the screen and edges of both the Huawei P40 and the Huawei P40 Pro. There is not much new information to gather from the renders, but they may prove Huawei is advancing its curve aesthetic, bending the screen slightly over the top and bottom of the device as well as the sides.
There are no obvious camera cutouts to be seen, so it is possible Huawei is moving forward with a subscreen selfie camera like the one we recently saw demonstrated by Oppo. Or it could just be that the renders opted not to show every nook and cranny of the phones, just the overall design appeal.
Otherwise we see the standard set of ports and dust traps. There is no headphone jack, but there is a USB-C port, a card slot, and a speaker grill, in addition to some visible microphone holes. The phone opts for a larger camera component on the back than the Huawei P30 Pro, and it will be interesting to see how Huawei expands its already impressive photo shooting capabilities. Our reviewer loved the last phone and raved about its zoom capabilities.
One of the best smartphones of 2019
With an exquisite design backed by one of the best cameras you’ll find today, the P30 Pro is a stellar phone in 2019. The primary 40MP camera takes outstanding photos, but it’s the zoom lens that makes the phone particularly enticing: there are no other devices that take such detailed photos at 5x zoom. Put it all together and you get a knockout.
Apple Watch Series 6 ongoing review: SpO2 tracking and brighter screen – CNET
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The Apple Watch Series 6 continues to evolve as Apple’s personal health hub on your wrist. The new watch has an FDA-cleared ECG app, a family mode to keep track of loved ones and cardio fitness alerts. It can also measure blood oxygen levels.
But as the smartwatch landscape becomes saturated with competitors including Samsung’s Galaxy Watch 3 and the new , which promise health features including an ECG, plus a cheaper in the mix, the $399 (£379, AU$599) Series 6 faces more competition than ever.
I’ve only spent a day with the Apple Watch Series 6, but already there are a few things that make it stand out.
Blood oxygen levels while you sleep, or on-demand
The biggest upgrade to the Series 6 is a new Blood Oxygen app that measures oxygen saturation in the blood, also known as SpO2. One of the first things I noticed on the watch — aside from the bright red frame — was the new sensors on the back: Eight tiny dots lined up in a circle, where the previous models only had one big one in the center. These are the red and infrared sensors that measure the color of your blood and determine the percentage of oxygen in it.
There are two ways the Apple Watch Series 6 measures oxygen saturation: on demand through the app, or intermittently in the background as you go about your day (or night). During the setup process you’re asked whether or not you want to activate this feature on the Watch, which I did, but you can always go back and disable it in the settings. The first thing I did after strapping it on was tap on the Blood Oxygen app. The watch gives you a few tips on how to get the best result, and requires you to rest your arm on a table or flat surface. Then the 15-second countdown begins and you’re done. It was straightforward and painless. I got a 95% on my first read, which was lower than what I’m used to. Anything above 90% is considered a healthy range, but higher is better in this case.
I tested it a few more times and noticed I got slightly different results (a few percentage points off) depending on whether or not I was completely silent during the test, where I had the watch positioned on my wrist and how tight the watch was. I tested alongside my own pulse oximeter (the gold standard for this metric) and the Apple Watch was off by about one or two points every time, which is expected. The pulse oximeter shines the light through the tip of the finger and where it’s picked up on the other end, while the Apple Watch does it on the wrist and measures the light that bounces back, so there are many other factors that can affect your results.
I panic-bought a pulse oximeter back in March when thepandemic was just ramping up in the US . I heard the horror stories of people dying overnight because they went to bed not knowing their blood oxygen levels were dangerously low and didn’t get to a hospital in time. I still keep it in my bedside table and use it as a safety check whenever I’m feeling ill or out of breath. To be clear, you should always check with a doctor if you’re feeling out of breath, even if your levels seem to be normal.
Apple makes it clear that this feature isn’t intended to replace a medical device, and shouldn’t be used to make any kind of diagnosis. Instead it’s meant to provide a more general look at what’s going on in your body over a longer period of time than what you’d get from a single read with a traditional pulse oximeter.
My results didn’t mean much on their own, but I’d be curious to know what they’d look like once I’ve accumulated enough data in the Health app — or at the very least gotten a full night’s rest under my belt — to see if I notice any trends. Significant dips in oxygen levels during sleep could help flag bigger issues such as sleep apnea or asthma.
Apple currently has three different SpO2-related studies underway, including one related to asthma and another for detecting early signs of respiratory illnesses such as COVID-19.
I hope down the line Apple is able to use all this data to improve accuracy and provide some kind of alert system in the Apple Watch for SpO2 similar to what it already does with the high, low and irregular heart rhythm notifications. Maybe then I’d sleep easy knowing someone’s watching out for me and wouldn’t feel the need to break out my little pulse oximeter every time I feel so much as a tickle in my throat.
As of now, with the Series 5 discontinued, the Series 6 is also the only watch you can get from, which Apple calls ECG, that debuted on the Series 4 in 2018.
New colors, brighter screen
Aside from the sensors on the back, the Apple Watch Series 6 could pass for a Series 5. They have the same body and similar always-on display. It wasn’t until I put them side by side that I noticed a difference. While the screen on the Series 5 dims when not in use, the Series 6 almost looks like it’s still on, which is especially helpful when you’re outdoors. Apple says it’s 2.5 times brighter and it shows.
It’s also the first Apple Watch to add to the traditional silver, space gray and gold finishes. Mine came in a Product Red aluminum frame, but it’s also available in blue. The aluminum version will now come in blue and Product Red, while the stainless steel will get a new gold finish.
I like the red, but I think I’d still stick to a more neutral tone for the frame and spice it up with the watch band instead.
Claspless bands and Memoji watch faces
Apple also announced a new type of silicone band with no clasps or buckles called.
It looks and feels similar to the silicone sports band, but with no overlapping parts. I set up my watch with a black size 4 strap that Apple provided and just slipped in on my wrist like a hair tie. The material feels stretchy and slightly smooth to the touch. I thought it felt a bit tight at first, but I barely felt it on my wrist after a few hours. It is important to get your size right though, because the size down for me would’ve been way too small.
This will require you to measure your wrist before you buy it. And for this you’ll need a measuring tape, which I personally don’t always have on hand. It’s also expensive for a band that I’d worry would stretch a bit over time. It’s $49 on its own, the same price as the silicone sports bands.
I’ll have to report back on the stretching once I’ve used it for a while. I do think it would be a good alternative for kids, which Apple is now targeting with its new Family Setup, because it’s less cumbersome to put on and take off.
The new Family Setup feature allows you to set up a second Apple Watch that doesn’t need its own iPhone. You can program location alerts from the parent’s iPhone, designate which contacts they can communicate with and limit use during certain hours with the School Time mode.
There are also new ways to customize the watch face with a new Animoji andthat you can create directly on the watch, which I did. I don’t know how long I’ll keep it on as my main screen, but I can see this being popular with kids too.
Faster processor, but only slightly better battery
The other key upgrade to the Apple Watch Series 6 is the faster processor: Apple’s S6 chip is based on the A13 Bionic chip found in the. Aside from being faster to launch apps, the new processor makes the Watch more efficient at extending battery life during runs. In my 10 hours of use, the Apple Watch had no problem loading apps, displaying messages and showing stats in real time. But the Series 5 already felt fast to me, and so far I haven’t noticed a huge change in my day-to-day use.
I was hoping the faster processor would have a bigger impact on battery life, especially as Apple rolls out sleep tracking on the Apple Watch. You’ll need at least a 30% charge at the end of the day for the new. Sadly it still has the same 18-hour battery life as the Series 5, although that’s according to Apple: I haven’t worn it long enough to test the battery life for myself yet. What it does improve upon is on charge time. It now charged to 100% in 1.5 hours compared to the 2 hours needed by its predecessors. But you’ll have to provide your own wall charger, because Apple isn’t including them in the box anymore. You just get the cable with the magnetic puck.
Bye, bye Force Touch on WatchOS 7
Theeliminated Force Touch on the Apple Watch across the board, so instead of applying more pressure on the watch face, you now have to long-press to prompt an action. You still get the same haptic feedback that you would with Force Touch, but it didn’t seem quite as satisfying. It also means you have to relearn certain actions like switching from grid view to list view for your app screen. If you long press on the app page, they all start to jiggle like on the iPhone to rearrange or delete. The list view option has moved to the Settings.
Real-time elevation and cardio fitness alerts
The entire Apple Watch line will also get new fitness features with WatchOS 7, including dance tracking and core training, but only the Series 6 and Apple Watch SE include a new always-on altimeter that provides real-time elevation monitoring you can use during an outdoor workout.
The Apple Watch also uses the Vo2 max reading (maximum oxygen consumption during exercise) to monitor cardio fitness levels. It will eventually let you know when your levels are too low with a new notification feature that’s launching later this year. According to Apple, this metric can be an important indicator of overall health.
Fitness Plus with the Apple Watch at its core
iPad and Apple TV. You can choose from a variety of different programs to stream on your device of choice and sync with the Apple Watch. The Apple Watch will automatically start the correct workout for you and display your stats on the screen, so you can follow along without having to glance at your phone. Instructors will use the Apple Watch as a training tool to push you during a workout.brings guided workouts to the Apple Watch, iPhone,
Sadly I wasn’t able to test this out on the watch yet, because it’s not launching until later this year. The Fitness Plus subscription will cost $9.99 (£9.99, AU$14.99) a month, or $80 (£80, AU$120) a year.
New hands-on video of the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE leaves nothing to the imagination – Pocketnow
The new Fan Edition version of the S20 is scheduled to be announced on the next Galaxy Unpacked For Every Fan event on September 23, but recent leaks and rumors have told us just about everything we would want to know about this new device. Just yesterday, we saw some hands-on pictures of the phone, but now we get a complete video that shows us every detail of the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S20 FE.
The Samsung Galaxy S20 FE is just days away from its official launch, but we basically know everything there is to know about the device. Now, we have a new video of the Galaxy S20 FE at YouTube channel JimmyisPromo. He walks us through every important detail of the device, and he also takes the time to compare the Galaxy S20 FE to the regular Galaxy S20 and the Galaxy S20 Ultra.
This video comes to confirm tons of the rumors which have been related to the Galaxy S20 FE. First, he claims that this will be an aggressively priced device that may arrive with a $699 or $750 price tag, depending on the storage space you want to get. He also shows us every single side of the phone, pointing out that it will not feature a headphone jack. On the positive side, he mentions that the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE will include a similar camera to the one found in the vanilla Galaxy S20 that is a couple of hundred bucks more expensive than this version. Just don’t expect to find a ToF camera sensor in this device.
Now, we are still waiting for information regarding availability for the 5G and the 4G versions of the device, as we know that the 5G variant will be the version to include a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor. In contrast, the LTE-only version will be stuck with Exynos processors.
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 review: The best foldable yet, but expensive – Business Insider – Business Insider
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- Samsung’s Galaxy Z Fold 2 feels like the most polished foldable device I’ve used yet.
- It offers a large, vibrant tablet-sized screen that can now stay propped open halfway, offering more viewing angles than its predecessor.
- It’s also said to be more durable than the original Galaxy Fold, which broke for some reviewers after just two days of use.
- But, at $1,999.99, the Galaxy Z Fold 2 is still too expensive for the benefits it provides, and it still feels awkward to use in phone mode given its size and thickness.
Samsung may have just launched its first foldable smartphone last September, but it’s already on its fourth model.
The Galaxy Z Fold 2, which launched on September 18 for $1,999.99, represents the culmination of Samsung’s efforts so far. It’s a design that largely maintains the same look as its troubled predecessor, but with some of the flourishes of its more compact Galaxy Z Flip.
At twice the price of a premium smartphone, it’s hard to recommend that anyone actually buy the Galaxy Z Fold 2. But, if you do, you likely won’t be disappointed — and that’s not something I could have said about the original Galaxy Fold or Microsoft’s Surface Duo.
The Galaxy Z Fold 2, as expensive as it is, doesn’t ask you to make too many sacrifices to get the benefits of having a tablet and a smartphone in one device.
But, of course, it’s not perfect. The device’s biggest drawback, other than its price, is that it can still feel awkward as a smartphone replacement.
As I wrote when I reviewed the Microsoft Surface Duo, devices that seek to replace your smartphone and your tablet need to provide an equally good alternative to both. Samsung’s Galaxy Z Fold 2 does that better than its predecessor and Microsoft’s Surface Duo, but still takes some getting used to.
Here’s a longer look at what it’s been like to use the Galaxy Z Fold 2.
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 specifications
- Display size and resolution: 7.6 inches with 2,208 x 1,768 resolution (Main screen); 6.2 inches with 2,260 x 816 resolution (Cover screen)
- Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+
- Main cameras: 12-megapixel ultra-wide, 12-megapixel wide-angle camera, 12-megapixel telephoto camera
- Front camera: 10-megapixel
- Cover camera: 10-megapixel
- Battery capacity: 4,500 mAh dual battery
- Memory: 12GB of RAM
- Storage: 256GB or 512GB
- Biometric authentication: Fingerprint sensor and facial recognition
Design and display
The Galaxy Z Fold 2’s design is similar to that of the original Fold, but with many improvements. Among the biggest of those upgrades is its more flexible and reinforced hinge.
Samsung had to delay the original Galaxy Fold’s launch after a small number of reviewers found that their device broke after just two days of use. In some cases, damage was caused by debris entering the hinge, while in other cases users accidentally removed a protective layer from the screen.
Samsung seemingly made improvements on both accounts. The company has implemented a new vacuum-inspired sweeper hinge to keep debris out. Upon unboxing the device, I also noticed that there was a label clearly informing users not to remove the phone’s screen protector film and providing other tips for maintaining the device.
There’s no IP rating on the Galaxy Z Fold 2, however, so be careful not to drop it in the sink.
From the back, the Galaxy Z Fold 2 looks similar to the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra: it comes in the same Mystic Bronze color as the Note 20 Ultra and has a similar-looking triple camera module.
The Galaxy Z Fold 2 feels sleek and light as a tablet; when opened, it measures just 6.9 millimeters thin, making it only slightly thicker than the 6.1-millimeter iPad Air. Its roomy 7.6-inch screen also feels much more immersive now that Samsung has gotten rid of the notch in favor of its hole punch-shaped camera cutout, which has become a staple of its other devices as well.
But, when closed, it feels a bit thick and clunky. The Galaxy Z Fold 2 essentially looks like two smartphones stacked on top of one another when shut. It’s a bit cumbersome, but not unwieldy; it’s still compact enough to use with one hand or take a quick photo. That gives it an advantage over the Surface Duo, which felt too wide to use comfortably in phone mode unless I was gripping it with both hands.
The Galaxy Z Fold also gained another major upgrade compared to its predecessor: its larger cover screen. The front screen on the new Galaxy Z Fold measures 6.2 inches, making it the same size as the Galaxy S20. That’s a big improvement from the original Galaxy Fold’s minuscule 4.6-inch display, which felt too cramped to use for anything other than checking the time.
I often find myself using the Galaxy Z Fold 2’s cover screen when I want to send a quick text message or briefly check my email. While I appreciate the increase in size, the cover screen is still much skinnier than that of your average smartphone, so it still feels a little small to type on.
As to be expected from a device that’s mostly screen, the Galaxy Z Fold 2’s inner display resolution of 2,208 x 1,768 pixels boasts rich colors, sharp detail, and deep contrast. Although the crease is noticeable, it feels much more subtle on the Galaxy Z Fold 2 compared to the original Galaxy Fold.
The Galaxy Z Fold 2’s tablet-sized display wouldn’t be of much use if apps weren’t optimized to take advantage of it.
Like the original Fold, the Galaxy Z Fold 2 is capable of running up to three apps on screen at a time. Apps can be dragged-and-dropped in place on screen, and you can also pair two apps together so that they launch simultaneously — a feature Microsoft’s Surface Duo also offers.
But, I am often more impressed with the way the Galaxy Z Fold 2 performs when running single apps. The Galaxy Z Fold’s gigantic screen is perfect for times when you simply want a larger screen for watching Netflix, reading an important work email, or catching up on the news.
That’s much more valuable to me than cramming two apps alongside one another, although the ability to do so is certainly a useful perk. The crease in the middle of the display is also far less noticeable than it was on the original Fold, making it even more useful as a tablet.
That’s another benefit that the Galaxy Z Fold 2 offers over the Surface Duo. Microsoft’s foldable phones consist of two separate screens, not one screen that folds, so using it as a tablet can be difficult.
The Galaxy Z Fold 2 also inherits one of the Galaxy Z Flip’s best features: Flex Mode. This enables apps to reorient properly to fit the screen when your phone is propped open halfway. The best use case for this in my experience has been the camera app.
When in Flex mode, the Galaxy Z Fold 2 displays the camera’s viewfinder on the top half of the screen and the camera controls on the bottom. That makes it easy to use your phone as a tripod without requiring any accessories. Flex Mode also works with YouTube, as shown in the image above.
The Galaxy Z Fold 2 has a triple-camera setup that consists of a 12-megapixel ultra-wide camera, a 12-megapixel standard camera, and a 12-megapixel telephoto camera. There’s also a 10-megapixel selfie camera on the cover display, and another 10-megapixel camera near the top of the screen upon opening the device.
That means the experience of capturing photo and video on the Galaxy Z Fold 2 doesn’t feel much different than snapping pictures on a regular smartphone. The Surface Duo, by comparison, requires that you fold the displays all the way back and physically turn the phone around to snap photos.
The Galaxy Z Fold also has the camera quality you’d expect from a high-end smartphone, unlike the Surface Duo which took images that looked less sharp with poorer lighting by comparison.
The quality of the images taken on the Galaxy Z Fold 2 were on par with those shot on the iPhone 11 Pro, offering crisp detail and rich colors. The iPhone, however, was better at taking photos in low-light environments.
Take a look at some of the photo samples below:
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2
Apple iPhone 11 Pro
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 (Low light)
Apple iPhone 11 Pro (Low light)
Battery life and speakers
The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 offers plenty of battery life to get you through a full day. After using it for about 10 hours throughout the work day, the Galaxy Z Fold 2 had 66% of its battery left.
It’s important to remember that battery life will always vary depending on how you use your device. During my time with the Galaxy Z Fold 2, I’ve been primarily using it for checking email, reading the news, streaming Netflix, and listening to music.
One of the unexpected benefits of the Galaxy Z Fold 2’s large size is its booming speakers. The Galaxy Z Fold 2’s speakers are louder than that of any phone I’ve heard in recent memory, and make the iPhone 11 Pro Max’s speakers sound shallow and less crisp in comparison. That’s important for a device like the Galaxy Z Fold 2, which was likely designed with entertainment in mind.
The bottom line
The Galaxy Z Fold 2 is one of the most promising foldable phone’s we’ve seen yet. It improves on the original in important ways, particularly when it comes to durability and the size of its cover display.
But, at $1,999.99, the Galaxy Z Fold 2 is a luxury device. It’s twice as expensive as high-end phones like the $1,000 Galaxy S20 and iPhone 11 Pro. And, the fact that Samsung is on its fourth foldable device in a year should be enough to give anyone a little pause before committing.
The Galaxy Z Fold 2 doesn’t ask you to make any big compromises to get the benefits of a 2-in-1 device, like the Surface Duo does. But, its unconventional size still takes some getting used to when it comes to replacing your phone. It also doesn’t have an IP rating, meaning its not as durable when it comes to water and dust resistance compared to less expensive traditional smartphones.
Regardless, the Galaxy Z Fold 2 convinced me that foldable phones can offer a lot of benefits for those who want a larger screen in a mobile device. But, for now, it’s probably more cost effective and practical to just buy a tablet in addition to your smartphone.
Pros: Vibrant, tablet-sized screen; Good camera; Long battery life; Excellent speakers
Cons: Twice as expensive as regular high-end phones; No IP rating for water and dust resistance; Design can make it feel awkward in phone mode
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