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Samsung will unveil its new Galaxy S11 next year, but ahead of its official reveal we're going to be slammed with news, leaks, and rumors. Today brings us news of a major part of that puzzle -- a massive battery in the Galaxy S11.
Currently the largest battery in Samsung's main families of Galaxy smartphones is the Galaxy Note 10+ which rocks a 4300mAh battery, while rumor has it the new Galaxy S11 will have a 4500mAh battery. Samsung uses a larger display on the Note 10+ which would chew down that battery fast, so battery life on the new Galaxy S11 (if the rumor of the 4500mAh battery is true) could be awesome.
Previous rumors saw Samsung possibly using a 5000mAh battery inside of the new Galaxy S11, which if true would be even better -- but a 4500mAh unit is big enough for a non-Note smartphone. Consider this: Samsung used a 3400mAh battery inside of the Galaxy S10, so a 4500mAh battery is a gigantic upgrade over that in the new Galaxy S11.
OPPO just announced a new pair of augmented reality glasses at its OPPO Innovation Day event, with David Imel on the ground at the event in China from Android Authority tweeting the news just now.
There's not much known outside of the surprise announcement, but Imel did report that both the new OPPO AR glasses and a new 5G CPE hub that is powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon X55 5G modem will be released in Q1 2020.
OPPO's new AR glasses will feature dual fisheye camers on the front, as well as an HD camera. On the side appears to be two buttons styled in green, which I actually really dig the style of. We don't know any specifications on what is inside the OPPO AR glasses powering it, or what type of resolution or display technology they're using. As I find this out I'll keep you all updated.
Anyone that knows me knows that I'm a refresh rate freak, with my addiction really beginning in the late 90s with Sony's flagship Trinitron G520 monitor -- all the way through to ASUS ROG Strix XG438Q offering 43-inch 4K 120Hz.
But it is Qualcomm that is impressing me, as they're completely dominating (and changing) the game when it comes to high refresh rate gaming smartphone world. The newly-announced Snapdragon 865 is the world's first to support 144Hz mobile displays, joining the current flock of 90/120Hz gaming smartphones on the market.
Qualcomm is working directly with PUBG Corp. for PUBG Mobile, getting it to run smoothly at 90FPS on Snapdragon 855 and Snapdragon 855+ powered phones. But the new Snapdragon 865 handles this, and more -- up to 120Hz and 144Hz now.
Qualcomm announced its next-gen Snapdragon 865 today at its annual Snapdragon Summit, and after Verizon and Motorola took the stage, XIaomi hit the stage with some big news of its own.
XIaomi took the time out of its Snapdragon Summit announcement to tell the world it has sold 427 million Qualcomm-powered smartphones. Hitting nearly half a billion devices is a huge milestone, with Xiaomi surely smiling ear-to-ear announcing the milestone in Maui, Hawaii.
The company also took the opportunity to announce its new Mi 10 smartphone, which is one of the first to be powered by Qualcomm's new Snapdragon 865 mobile platform. There's no details on Xiaomi's new Mi 10 just yet, but as they drop we'll report it. For now, just a tease.
Walmart has a gigantic incentive for an iPhone or Samsung Galaxy smartphone upgrade for Black Friday sales, offering up to $450 in eGift cards.
If you purchase and then activate an Apple iPhone XS or Samsung Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10+, or Galaxy Note 10+ you'll receive a $450 eGift card from Walmart. If you go for the slightly lower-end iPhone XS Max or iPhone XR you'll get a $400 eGift card, while the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11 Pro Max, and Samsung Galaxy S10e and Galaxy Note 9 will all see you with a $300 eGift card.
Walmart is running the deal between November 28 and December 1, so you'll only have a few days to make your decision. The Black Friday prices apply between those dates with the varying levels of eGift cards, are available in-store only, and require a new phone plan through either AT&T, Sprint, or Verizon.
When you are traveling, whether it is throughout and the airport, to a hotel room or everything else in-between, battery becomes a problem you have to overcome. The convenience public USB charging should be all good, right? Wrong.
According to a new warning issued out by LA County District Attorney's Office, travelers should avoid using public USB charging stations in airports, hotels and other locations as devices connected to these chargers could result in the device being hacked. The scam is called "juice jacking" and its when criminals place malware onto the charging station and its cables and the leave the cable there for an unsuspecting traveler to come by and juice up their phone.
While the charging is occurring for the traveler, the malware might "lock the device or export data and
passwords directly to the scammer." With the risk of having personal information scammed away from your device, the battery % you would have gained charging doesn't seem worth the cost. How do you overcome this new issue? Easy. Invest in reasonable portable chargers with a considerable amount of milliamp hours. Anker is a great brand, as well as Cygnet. A link to a great one can be found here.
Motorola has officially rebooted its infamous Razr smartphone after the initial teases, with the new 2019 handset dipped in the future and coated in magic -- the new Moto Razr has probably the best foldable display yet.
Samsung's revised Galaxy Fold and Huawei's new Mate X have their own unique take on the hinge design, making their respective foldable use questionable over time -- but Motorola has something special in store for the new 2019 Razr. Motorola has the 6.2-inch OLED display on the new Razr opening more like a book, a throwback to the foldable design of the original Razr, but without the physical keyboard.
The new Razr opens and closes just like the classic Razr did, except this time when it's closed its the size of a large smartphone -- but the foldable display is really something else. Inside, Motorola won't break any speed records with its use of Qualcomm's not-so-flagship Snapdragon 710 processor, no 5G connectivity, a modest 2510mAh battery, and Android 9.
Qualcomm will unveil its next-gen Snapdragon 865 (and I'm sure much more) at its annual Snapdragon Tech Summit in Maui, Hawaii in just a few weeks -- but ahead of the event, we have some details of the new Snapdragon 865 to share.
New rumors suggest that Qualcomm's new Snapdragon 865 will have quite a few upgrades, one of which will be the upgraded GPU in the new Adreno 650. Qualcomm's current, and already fast Snapdragon 855 and Snapdragon 855+ feature Adreno 640 GPUs, but the new Adreno 650 will have a GPU clock of 587MHz -- providing 17-20% more performance over the Snapdragon 855-powered Adreno 640.
Remember that's versus the Snapdragon 855 and not the tweaked Snapdragon 855+ that powers the ASUS ROG Phone II, so we should expect maybe 10-15% faster than the Snapdragon 855+ with Qualcomm's new Snapdragon 865.
Samsung launched its flagship Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10+ earlier this year, following it up with the larger and feature-packed Galaxy Note 10 and Galaxy Note 10+ but what about 2020 flagship phones?
Well, the new Galaxy S11 specs that are leaking out sound delicious -- with 5G connectivity, bigger batteries, a huge 108-megapixel camera, and more teased. Notorious leaker "evleaks" AKA Evan Blass has said that Samsung will launch 3 different Galaxy S11 smartphones in February 2020.
We should expect a 6.4-inch, 6.7-inch, and 6.9-inch Galaxy S11 spread of phones which are a decent bump over the 5.8-inch, 6.1-inch, and 6.4-inch offered by the Galaxy S10e, Galaxy S10, and Galaxy S10+ respectively. But what's inside, is what'll impress.
Oh, you thought Samsung would be the first with Google's latest Android 10 operating system on its Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10+, Galaxy Note 10, and Galaxy Note 10+ smartphones -- oh and we can't forget the Galaxy Fold, but nope -- ASUS is the first with its ZenFone 6.
ASUS has updated its interesting ZenFone 6 smartphone with Android 10 in its latest October 2019 security update for the ZenFone 6 smartphone. Android 10 will give the ASUS ZenFone 6 gesture controls like Google's newly-released Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL smartphones which come with Android 10 out of the box.
There's new themes and my personal favorite -- a system-wide dark mode, something I love on my Pixel 3 XL with Android 10, and miss dearly on my Samsung Galaxy S10+ 5G smartphone. The big interesting note here is that ASUS and not Samsung, were first with Android 10 on their smartphone.