Qualcomm has announced that it has teamed with over 30 OEMs to get its super-fast Snapdragon X55 modem inside of devices and your homes in 2020 and beyond, paving the way for non-5G devices to get super-fast speeds.
The new solution will see Qualcomm teaming with companies to get its 5G chip as well as Wi-Fi 6 tech to power Fixed Wireless Access (FWA) home gateways, where the Snapdragon X55 modem and Networking Pro 1200 platform will support sub 6-GHz networks and throw down the gauntlet for long-range communication with ridiculous speeds.
34 companies have signed up to use the Qualcomm Snapdragon X55 modem and RF system, with these products to make their way to market in 2020. They will be called 5G FWA CPE (because normal non-tech and non-up-to-date people will love saying that out aloud) and should replace normal wired cable modems but they will deliver when it comes to super-quick speeds.
We are hours away from the official unveiling of Google's new Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL smartphones, with leaked pricing pointing to the fact that Google will continue the same price points as the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL.
Google will kick off the Pixel 4 pricing at $799 according to the new leaks, while the larger Pixel 4 XL begins at $899. We should assume these are for the 64GB models, which I'm sure Google will offer 128GB (and hopefully beyond) models when they officially unveil the new Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL smartphones.
I'm hoping for 128GB and 256GB variants as shooting 4K video and snapping a bunch of photos all day on these beautiful new cameras chews up storage space. But in saying that, Google traditionally gives you unlimited storage for high-res photos and videos on Google Photos (which if you don't use, you really should because Google Photos is freaking awesome).
According to the listing (which has now been deleted), Google's Pixel 4 duo will use the powerful 7nm Snapdragon 855 SoC (the same found in Samsung's Galaxy S10 line) in tandem with 6GB of RAM, making for a 50% boost in system memory over the Pixel 3. Both models have dual 12MP and 16MP rear cameras that capture 4K video and will enable "studio-quality photos" wherever you go, Google says.
The main differences between the Pixel 4 and its XL model are battery and screen size/resolution. The Pixel 4 features a smaller 5.7-inch touchscreen with lower Full HD+ resolution (1920x1080p that bumps up depending on the aspect ratio) alongside a 2800mAh battery. The Pixel 4 XL sports a 6.3-inch screen with QHD+ (2560x1440p resolution that likewise increases based on the aspect ratio) and a much bigger 3700mAh battery.
PG&E is cutting power to hundreds of thousands of residents in California, in an effort to "prevent starting a wildfire with the windy and dry conditions projected in the weather forecast".
The power shutoffs could eventually hit millions of Californians, with 513,000 residents already without power after midnight on Wednesday. The power shutoffs could eventually extend to some of the most popular cities on California including Los Angeles, San Bernardino, and Riverside.
This move sees PG&E making the largest power shutdown for the company, ever -- with the company explaining its reasoning behind the power shutdown. Michael Lewis, PG&E's senior vice president of electric operations, explained: "The safety of our customers and the communities we serve is our most important responsibility, which is why PG&E has decided to turn power off to customers during this widespread, severe wind event. We understand the effects this event will have on our customers and appreciate the public's patience as we do what is necessary to keep our communities safe and reduce the risk of wildfire".
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Andy Rubin, one of the co-founders of Android has posted a picture online of a brand new mobile phone that's shape looks very much like a TV remote.
If you didn't know, Rubin created the company Essential which strives towards making technology simple and easily accessible for the user. According to their Twitter post, Essential have been currently working on the above phone which has been titled "ProjectGEM". Right off the bat we can definitely see that this a peculiar looking phone, especially considering that most, if not all the phones that are being released now days are getting bigger and wider.
Judging from Rubin's pictures, we can see the phone screen is about a thumbs and a bits worth in diameter, and would most likely measure from about the base of your palm to the top of your middle finger. UI wise, Rubin shows off Google Maps, weather, Uber and Calendar, all of which seem to be in working condition. Another thing that should be noted is the gloss finish for all of the colors, when looking at the device from different angles the colors change, quite an awesome touch.
OnePlus seem to be gearing up for the announcement of the new McLaren Edition of their new flagship OnePlus 7T Pro smartphone, with the CEO of OnePlus practically unveiling it on Twitter.
OnePlus CEO Pete Lau took to his personal Twitter account with a simple image, which is definitely teasing the new OnePlus 7T Pro McLaren Edition smartphone. The previous-gen McLaren Edition handset for the 6T last year saw it with the beefiest specs of the 6T family of smartphones, with a black-and-orange McLaren-infused design, and ridiculously-fast 30W charging.
But with fast-charging taking the fast lane these days with companies like Vivo offering 120W fast-charging, and Samsung's new Galaxy Note 10+ supporting 25W out of the box and up to 45W with a specific charger, OnePlus will want to one-up the competition with the 7T Pro McLaren Edition smartphone.
A new large-scale study has been released showcasing data towards smartphone typing speeds exponentially catching up with physical keyboard typing speeds.
Researchers from Aalto University, University of Cambridge and ETH Zurich conducted an analysis on the typing speeds of tens of thousands of phone and computer users. Anna Feit, a researcher at ETH Zurich, and one of the papers co-authors said "We were amazed to see that users typing with two thumbs achieved 38 words per minute on average, which is only about 25% slower than the typing speeds we observed in a similar large-scale study of physical keyboards."
The researchers also found that while typing on a physical keyboard is certainly still faster, the people who reach the 100 words-per-minute (wpm) mark was actually decreasing. Meaning that smartphone users are slowing bridging the gap between keyboard speed and smartphone speed. The study also found that of the 37,000 volunteers (who varied in age and demographic) that 74% of people type with two thumbs.
Nugget Noggin is a YouTuber that dives to the bottom of rivers to find lost, sunken treasure -- where his latest expedition involved finding an iPhone inside of a trashed waterproof case... and it still worked! Check out the video below:
Michael Bennett is "Nugget Noggin" who has videos on him diving into various rivers to find all sorts of goods, but his latest adventure to the bottom of the Edisto River in South Carolina saw him discovering a sunken iPhone, retrieving it, and returning it to its rightful owner.
Bennett was interviewed by local news outlet WDAM 7 where he said: "I came across something that looked kind of like a rope maybe attached to car keys, and when I pulled it up, I seen a phone inside of a waterproof case and I'm like, 'No way, this is unbelievable!"
Xiaomi is no stranger to pushing the edges (geddit?!) of smartphone displays, and now we're seeing 'waterfall' displays with beautiful edges -- and now Xiaomi is pushing over the edge with its new Mi Mix Alpha smartphone.
The company has used a "surround screen" on the Mi Mix Alpha that wraps literally around the entire phone, right around to the camera module on the back. Xiaomi seems to be going for, and achieving a look of holy-crap-the-entire-phone-looks-like-a-screen look... Xiaomi claims it has a 180% screen-to-body ratio.
Xiaomi taps Samsung's new 108-megapixel camera sensor, something the company collaborated on, as well as other high-resolution sensors from Samsung. When taking photos or videos, thanks to the surround screen you have a gigantic viewfinder to take those 108MP photos.
OPPO's upcoming Reno Ace flagship smartphone is shaping up to be one of the most exciting releases of the tail end of 2019, powered by Qualcomm's new Snapdragon 855+ processor and having a huge 65W fast charging ability.
The new Reno Ace has been teased again in a new post on Weibo, with a waterdrop-shaped cutout at the top of the display versus the shark fin pop-up camera OPPO used in the Reno 10x Zoom and Reno 2 smartphones. OPPO will be using a quad-camera rig on the Reno Ace, with a 48-megapixel primary sensor.
Inside, the Reno Ace will pack the Snapdragon 855+ from Qualcomm, a huge 12GB of RAM and 256GB of on-board storage. The key part of OPPO's new Reno Ace will be the 6.5-inch Full HD+ display with a super-slick 90Hz refresh rate.