The Chinese telecomms regulator 3C has just cleared a phone called the Samsung SM-G9880. This phone is currently thought to be the Galaxy S11+, a potential 2020 ultra-flagship phone. If so, it will ship with a 25W charger and support 5G.
by Deirdre O Donnell, 2019/12/25
It’s nearly 2020, which means it’s traditionally time to start thinking about next-gen Samsung flagship phones in earnest. They are projected to be called the Galaxy S11 series, and, like its predecessors, comprise of base, ‘budget’ and ‘plus’ models. The latest leak on this subject suggests that the latter has passed through 3C testing in China, suggesting that its debut is seriously gathering steam at this point.
This new rumor is based on this device’s model number (SM-G9880) and its similarity to another thought to be associated with the Galaxy S11e (SM-G9810). These phones’ respective 3C certifications suggest that they have some specs in common. They will both come with the same charging brick, the Samsung EP-TA800, which is capable of a top charging rate of 25 watts (W).
This limit may come across as disappointing to some who may hope the Galaxy S11+ may support an improved standard compared to those of the S10s, particularly as this phone is also linked to a 5000mAh battery that could take ages to charge at standard speeds. However, it is still possible that the Plus variant will end up compatible with fast-charging bricks that the OEM sells separately.
The “Galaxy S11e” and “Galaxy S11+” devices certified in China also have something else in common: 5G support. This suggests that both kinds of Samsung flagship will have variants with this connectivity, or may come with it by default.
Here Are Your Free PS Plus Games For February 2021 – Forbes
As expected, Sony just announced the free PS Plus games for PS4 and PS5 before the end of the month today, which includes three titles, one we knew already, and the other two that are a bit of a surprise.
Here are your February 2021 free PS Plus games, which will be available from February 2 to March 3, except for Destruction AllStars, which is available until April 5 instead.
Destruction AllStars – This is the one we knew already since Sony announced that Destruction AllStars would be delayed from its initial fall launch window and instead be released first on PS Plus. It has the unique debut ability to show up for two months instead of one as Sony tries to make the car combat game into a new Rocket League, and you can give it a shot in just a few days.
Control Ultimate Edition – I did not see many people predicting this, but it’s a good one. Control is a truly fantastic game so to get it offered for free here, along with all its DLC, is excellent to see. There was some manner of controversy about cross-generation versions of the game a while ago, but now that’s been cleared up, and PlayStation players can cut through all that and get the best, most complete version for free this upcoming month.
Concrete Genie – I heard a few people predicting that this would be the smaller, indie game on the list besides Destruction AllStars and it looks like those predictions panned out to the letter. It’s a fun little game that has probably been missed by quite a few people so hopefully it will get the attention it deserves with a run on PS Plus here.
Given that I’ve already played Control, I am probably going to check out Destruction AllStars to see A) how much staying power it potentially has, boosted by two free months on PS Plus, B) whether it can help me scratch the Twisted Metal itch that’s been missing from my life for a long while, although minus all the deeply disturbing stuff from that game.
These games will launch in just under a week on February 2, so make sure you uh, don’t buy Control or anything by accident before then. I’ll probably post a reminder when they go live just so you don’t forget, as it’s a good selection this month. Stay tuned for more.
PS5 restock at Sony Direct: More consoles expected this week – Tom's Guide
If you’re searching for where to buy PS5, you might be in luck this week. It appears Sony is releasing PS5 restock on its own online store sporadically, so as long you’re sharp, your chance to score the elusive console could be coming soon.
Sony Direct had the PS5 in stock yesterday, but the units sold out in less than 30 minutes following a virtual queue. Today is a new day, and it’s beginning to seem like PS5 availability is catching up to the unprecedented demand. Of course you’ll still need to beat the scalpers, but the probability of you successfully checking out should be improving.
Be sure to check back in often for better odds during a PS5 restock. As soon as a Sony Direct queue goes live, you’ll want to get in line. Keep your browser sound on to hear a chime that indicates you’ve reached front of the queue, and make sure you already set up a Sony PSN account for speedy checkout.
Having a spot in the queue doesn’t guarantee you’ll get to add a PS5 to your cart — shoppers are selected for the front of the queue randomly — but don’t get discouraged if a restock from Sony Direct ends before you got yours.
Again, we’ve noticed the retailer has ramped up the frequency of PS5 restocks, so we could witness another drop or two by the end of this week. In the past, stock has become available on Tuesdays and Fridays.
As you probably know, Sony Direct isn’t the only way to buy a PS5. Plenty of online retailers have availability here and there. A PS5 stock insider believes millions more consoles will hit stores by April, so use the links below to check. Who knows? You could be the fortunate user who notices a PS5 restock before the masses.
BMW goes for more PHEVs in 3 Series & 5 Series – www.electrive.com
BMW is expanding its plug-in hybrid range for the 3 Series and 5 Series by two additional models each from March. The 320e and 520e will be added to the portfolio for the saloon and Touring versions of both model series. In Germany, prices will range between 47,450 and 55,900 euros before subsidies.
In the BMW 3 Series, there will thus be four PHEV models to choose from in future, three of which will also be optionally available with BMW xDrive all-wheel drive. The BMW 5 Series will then comprise five PHEV models, three of which will have all-wheel drive as standard or as an option.
The Munich-based company describes the new vehicles as future entry-level variants. What they have in common is the plug-in hybrid system with 150 kW system output and 350 Nm torque, which is made up of a 2.0-litre internal combustion engine with 120 kW and an electric motor.
The two engines transmit their drive torque via an 8-speed gearbox to the rear wheels or, in the all-wheel-drive variants, to all four wheels. The battery of all plug-in hybrid models in the new BMW 3 Series and new BMW 5 Series is stowed under the rear seat bench. It has a gross energy content of 12 kWh. In purely electric driving mode, the new PHEVs of both model series can reach a top speed of 140 km/h.
The following performance data and prices also apply to the individual models: The 320e sedan has an electric range of 48 to 57 kilometres according to WLTP, a top speed of 225 km/h and accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 7.6 seconds. The manufacturer puts fuel consumption at 1.8 to 1.3 litres/100 km (combined), electricity consumption at 18.1 to 16.1 kWh/100 km (combined) and CO2 emissions at 41 to 29 g/km (all figures according to WLTP). The sales price in Germany starts from 47,450 euros including VAT.
For the 320e Touring and 320e xDrive Touring, BMW quotes an electric range of 46 to 54 kilometres for the former and 41 to 51 kilometres for the latter. While the rear-wheel-drive model gets to 100 km/h in 7.9 seconds and can go up to 220 km/h, the analogous figures for the all-wheel-drive model are 8.2 seconds and 219 km/h. The combined fuel consumption is 1.9 to 1.4 litres/100 km (320e) or 2.2 to 1.5 litres/100 km (320e xDrive), the combined electricity consumption 18.6 to 16.7 kWh/100 km (320e) or 19.5 to 17.3 kWh/100 km (320e xDrive) and the combined CO2 emissions 44 to 32 g/km (320e) or 49 to 35 g/km (320e xDrive). In Germany, BMW is asking 49,000 euros for the former and 51,500 euros for the latter.
Let’s move on to the 520e sedan: it drives 46 to 55 kilometres purely electrically, sprints to 100 km/h in 7.9 seconds and reaches a speed of up to 225 km/h. According to the manufacturer, the combined fuel consumption of the 520e and the 520e xDrive is between 49 and 55 kilometres. According to the manufacturer, the combined fuel consumption is 1.8 to 1.3 litres/100 km, the combined electricity consumption 18.2 to 16.3 kWh/100 km and the combined CO2 emissions 41 to 30 g/km. The PHEV sedan is available for 53,700 euros.
That leaves the BMW 520e Touring, which, according to BMW, achieves 45 to 51 electric kilometres, completes the standard sprint in 8.2 seconds and reaches a top speed of 218 km/h. The model consumes 1.9 to 51 kWh/100 km. The model consumes 1.9 to 1.5 litres of fuel/100 km, 18.4 to 17.0 kWh of electricity/100 km and emits 43 to 34 g CO2/km. Cost in Germany: 55 900 euros.
All models come standard with two charging cables that can be used to power the battery at conventional household sockets, wallboxes or public charging stations. With a maximum charging power of 3.7 kW, the high-voltage battery can be charged from 0 to 80 per cent in 2.6 hours and from 0 to 100 per cent in 3.6 hours. Depending on the model, the boot capacity is 375 to 430 litres; in the Touring models, the storage space can be extended to up to 1,560 litres. The maximum permissible towing capacity is 1,500 kilograms for the BMW 3 Series models and 1,700 kilograms for the BMW 5 Series models.
In addition, the quartet qualifies for the 50 per cent reduction in company car taxation and meets the requirements for a combined subsidy of a total of 6,750 euros for the 320e variants and 5,625 euros for the 520e versions. In Germany, prices after subsidies thus start at 40,700 euros (320e) or 48,075 euros (520e).
BMW also provides customers with the so-called Live Cockpit Plus including Connected Package Professional as standard equipment – and thus access to digital services, some of which are specially designed for electric mobility. These include BMW eDrive Zone for emission-free driving in specially defined zones (“geo-fencing”) and BMW Points, a reward programme for intensive use of locally emission-free mobility. Points collected can then be converted into credit that can be redeemed when charging the high-voltage battery at public BMW Charging stations.
Also on board are modern assistance systems, including the “Active Pedestrian Protection” system, a specific shift programme for the 8-speed transmission including brake downshifts and automatic climate control (with extended features on the 520e models).
From March onwards, the BMW Group will offer a total of 15 BMW brand models and one Mini model with plug-in hybrid drive. By 2023, the Munich-based company aims to have 25 electrified vehicles in its portfolio. For the 2021 financial year, the Group is also aiming to increase sales of vehicles with electrified drive by around 50 per cent compared to 2020.
With reporting by Cora Werwitzke.
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