Deals. If you’re interested in laptops, the Galaxy Book Flex which we just reviewed is currently $150 off on Amazon, leaving the Intel Core i7, 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage variant for $1200. The latest 13in MacBook Pro is also $200 off, leaving the Intel Core i5, 16GB of RAM and 1TB of storage variant for $1800 shipped. Finally, the Google Pixel 4 and 4 XL which we’ll talk about later are up to $60 off, so definitely check if they’re still there. We have more deals on Sony headphones and more.
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MediaTek to bring 5G to more Intel PCs by early 2021
MediaTek just announced their latest collaboration with Intel, and according to them, they’re planning to bring 5G to the next generation of PCs. Their new T700 5G modem supports sub-6 network architectures and will help deliver consistently faster and more reliable connectivity to new Intel-powered PCs which will apparently come out in early 2021. We still don’t know if we’re talking full blown high-spec PCs or more entry level devices but, on the press release the company said that a good partnership is based on execution so, we’ll see what we get next year.
Sony unveils WH-1000XM4 headphones with improved noise cancellation and dual device pairing
It’s no secret that Sony has made a huge dent in the market with their earbuds and headphones. Well, yesterday the company just announced their latest and greatest, the WH-1000MX4 headphones, we just hope they can keep working on their naming schemes. From a design perspective you shouldn’t be able to tell the difference between the Mark 3’s and, they actually bring the same 40mm Audio Drivers but, where you should tell a difference is in the Noise Cancelling. According to Sony, the new Bluetooth Audio Processing Chip can analyze ambient noise and make adjustments to the audio 700 times per second. It also brings other new features like new five different microphones for “Precise Voice Pickup”, and multi-point pairing to pair them with two devices simultaneously. They’re currently available for pre-orders on both Amazon and Best Buy for $350.
Richard Yu recently spoke on the CIT Tech Summit about the Mate 40 and their current situation in the trade war. The Mate 40 will be powered by the 5nm Kirin 1000 series which should be announced at IFA. The problem is that the US will be blocking TSMC from manufacturing any more SoCs for Huawei by mid-September. By then Huawei is expected to secure 15M chips for the Mate 40 and even if the company considers that that is enough for the time, they will need to look for a new supplier once they run out of phones. We expect for Mate 40 leaks to come in soon.
iPhone 12 lineup may not feature 120Hz displays after all
Yesterday we got some new leaks from Weibo showing some changes in the display panels that will make room for the 5G antennas. This panel in the picture apparently belongs to the 5.4in iPhone 12 and according to the tipster, this phone won’t bring the smaller notch that we were expecting, meaning it’ll probably only happen with the Pros. Ross Young also tweeted out that apparently we won’t be getting 120Hz displays as, there are no 120Hz driver ICs in these displays. According to a new report from Ming Chi Kuo, there are some new delays in the pipeline. Apparently supply chain is having some issues with the wide angle camera lenses and Apple will have to rely more on their second supplier. This is for the Non-Pro variants and if their second supplier is able to pull off enough supplies but if not, it may be affected by a few weeks.
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We know that we can’t trust Google with keeping official information secret. Right? Well… Google France just spilled the beans in an official blogpost where it says that the Pixel 4a 5G and the Pixel 5 will be available in France on October 8th. A couple of days ago, we covered some Pixel 5 display leaks from Ross Young but a few hours after we wrote the script he also said that we should expect these devices in 60 days and well, what better source to confirm it from than Google. As a matter of fact, the company has apparently discontinued the Pixel 4 and 4 XL, if you go to their store they are out of stock except in some very specific configurations. Google even contacted the Verge and said that they’ll be available on third party retailers like Amazon until supplies last. However, we did get some more leaks but they’re for the future. Last year Google confirmed that they were experimenting foldables but, we didn’t hear much after that. According to a leaked document from Google, we might be getting a foldable Pixel smartphone in Q4 of 2021. It’s codenamed “passport” and with this codename we’re not sure what kind of foldable we’re getting but, we have seen some patents of Google working on a clamshell foldable and well, Android is adding full support for foldables this year.