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Samsung Galaxy S21, S21 Plus new leak reveals everything from specifications to pricing – gizmochina

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While the rumor mill is quite confident that Samsung will announce the Galaxy S21 on Jan. 14, it is yet to officially confirm it. Recently, Winfuture.de had carried a detailed report to reveal the specifications of the Galaxy S21 Ultra. The publication has now published a new report to reveal the specifications and pricing of the Galaxy S21 and S21 Plus.

Samsung Galaxy S21 and Galaxy S21 Plus specifications (Expected)

The Galaxy S21 5G and Galaxy S21+ 5G are IP68 rated dustproof and water-resistant devices. The Galaxy S21 has a 6.2-inch display, whereas the Plus variant has a bigger 6.7-inch display. Both phones feature Dynamic AMOLED 2X screen that offers Full HD+ resolution of 1080 x 2400 pixels, 60 to 120Hz refresh rate, 1300nits brightness, ultrasonic in-screen fingerprint reader, and Gorilla Glass 7 protection. The S21 offers 52pi pixel density, while the S21+ supports only 394ppi. The Galaxy S21 will come with a plastic rear, while the S21+ will have a glass back.

The Galaxy S21 5G has a 4,000mAh battery and it measures 7.9mm in thickness and weighs 171 grams. On the other side, the Galaxy S21+ 5G has a larger 4,800mAh battery and it has a thickness of 7.8mm and weighs 202 grams. Both phones are preinstalled with One UI 3.1 based Android 11 OS. The retail package of the S21 duo will not feature a charger. These phones carry support for 25W fast charging, and they are also equipped with wireless charging and reverse wireless charging.

Samsung Galaxy S21 5G (left) and Galaxy S21 Plus 5G (right)

The Galaxy S21 and S21+ have a triple camera setup on their rear. The setup includes an OIS assisted 12-megapixel main lens with 1/1.76-inch sensor size, 1.8μm pixel size, and f/1.8 aperture. It is coupled with a 64-megapixel telephoto lens with OIS and a 12-megapixel ultrawide lens. The triple camera setup supports 3x hybrid zoom and up to 30fps 8K video shooting. On the front, the S21 duo has a 10-megapixel selfie camera.

Europe will receive the Exynos 2100 chipset variant of the Galaxy S21 and S21+. Some other markets including the U.S. will get their Snapdragon 888 variants. Both phones will come with 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB / 256 GB of internal storage. It seems that the S21 duo will not have a microSD card slot. Both phones offer other features such as dual SIM support, Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, USB-C, face recognition, and stereo speakers.

Samsung Galaxy S21 and Galaxy S21 Plus pricing and color variants (Expected)

The Galaxy S21 5G is expected to start at 849 euros in Europe and it could be available in gray, white, purple, and pink color editions. On the other side, the Galaxy S21+ 5G may start at 1,049 euros and it could be available in silver, black, and purple hues. Buyers will need to spend 50 euros to get the storage editions of both phones.

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Apple hires former BMW executive for car project

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Apple Inc has hired Ulrich Kranz, a former senior executive at BMW AG’s electric car division, to help its vehicle initiatives, Bloomberg News reported on Thursday, citing people familiar with the matter.

Kranz will report to Apple veteran Doug Field, who led development of Tesla Inc’s mass-market Model 3 and now runs Apple’s car project, the report said.

Apple did not immediately respond to Reuters request for comment.

The iPhone maker’s automotive efforts, known as Project Titan, have proceeded unevenly since 2014 when Apple first started designing its own vehicle from scratch.

In December, Apple said it was moving forward with its self-driving car technology and targeting to produce a passenger vehicle that could include its own breakthrough battery technology by 2024.

 

(Reporting by Mrinalika Roy in Bengaluru; Editing by Shinjini Ganguli)

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Amazon SideWalk in Canada

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Amazon is ready to initiate the sidewalk throughout the world including Canada. So many people are concerned about what exactly is a sidewalk and should you be concerned in any way?

Well to put it simply amazon sidewalk is a new way of communication where amazon creates a network by using its echo devices and other devices. What is going to happen is that these devices would be using your home’s internet connection and creating a small network for communication. Using the ring and echo devices this will be executed where they would be forming a bridge (as the company calls it) between the two devices. While these various bridges would be used to create networks.

Amazon said this is done for easier connections and simpler setups even when your wifi goes out. Which would allow you to use title trackers and find pets easily. You would not have to spend 500 dollars on those devices but rather just use this to get updated information on your belongings. This is going to get a lot of people hooked on the devices. Using your ring and echo devices without your own internet connection sounds pretty good but is there a hidden reason for amazon to become an ISP on its own well that is something only time will tell.

So now the question is should you be concerned about this?

Well if you own an amazon echo device you will have to ask Alexa to opt you out of it because this is going to come in as activated by default. This means that you will need to put in some effort to change this if for any reason you don’t want to be a part of this program.

There are tutorials online that would help you to opt-out of this by using your Alexa app on your phone.

Another concern is that this is not the first time a company has done something like this. Apple has enhanced the find my network in a similar manner with the introduction of air tags and have responsibility for finding phones, and things using other users devices that might not know that their device is being used in the process.

Well most common people that are using the internet nowadays are more concerned about the data that is being used by these huge corporations and who are they gathering and using the data for their personal and private benefits. Additionally are data sharing policies being used and met with proper standards. Creating a rule is one thing and following it is completely another.

What bodies are placing a check on whether the huge tech giants are following these steps or not? These are the big questions with few answers and to think that now the internet is being owned by one of these giants. I mean the real question everyone should be asking is how big can these giants become and what kind of influence they hold onto our lives in the future?

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Big tech supports global tax, but wants digital services levies axed

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U.S. tech giants could benefit from the agreement of the Group of Seven rich countries’ agreement to create a global minimum 15% corporate tax rate if the final deal also scraps increasingly popular digital services taxes, according to industry lobbyists.

The deal, reached Saturday, was designed to reduce companies’ incentives to shift profits to low-tax offshore havens and could bring hundreds of billions of dollars into government coffers.

The statement on the U.S. Treasury Department website touting the deal also discusses the “removal of all Digital Services Taxes, and other relevant similar measures, on all companies.”

Facebook Inc was quick to praise the deal, and Alphabet Inc’s Google followed suit: “We strongly support the work being done to update international tax rules. We hope countries continue to work together to ensure a balanced and durable agreement will be finalized soon,” said spokesman Jose Castaneda.

The industry wants levies like France’s 3% tax on certain online revenues removed. In 2019, France applied a 3% levy on digital services revenue earned in France by companies with revenues of more than 25 million euros there and 750 million euros worldwide. It suspended collection in early 2020 while negotiations were underway on international tax rules.

Levied on revenue rather than profit, the taxes have become an increasingly popular way for countries to balance their budgets, said Matthew Schruers, president of the Computer and Communications Industry Association. CCIA members include Facebook, Google and Twitter.

He noted that the communique over the weekend set expectations that digital services taxes will be repealed. “Companies are supportive of these global tax talks and the minimum tax is the price of tax certainty.”

Adam Kovacevich of the Chamber of Progress, whose partner companies include Amazon.com Inc, Facebook and Twitter Inc, agreed, saying that big companies had been targeted for the past five to 10 years by “discriminatory digital services taxes” and wanted a different system for taxing corporations.

NetChoice, which also has Facebook and Google among its members, had a different view.

“More taxes means higher costs for consumers and less R&D spending, at the same time the administration and Congress are clamoring for more R&D to compete with China,” President Steve DelBianco said in a statement.

DelBianco was unimpressed with the possibility of the deal scrapping digital services taxes. “That 15% tax is a floor — not a ceiling, and it’s not likely to stop European governments from enacting new digital taxes and taking antitrust action to hurt U.S. companies.”

(Reporting by Diane Bartz; additional reporting by Paresh Dave; editing by Jonathan Oatis)

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