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Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL retain single rear camera, add wireless charging

No surprises here

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Google’s worst-kept secret has made its official appearance, and it brings features both new and old.

The Pixel 3 series directly succeeds last year’s Pixel 2 and 2 XL, and you can immediately tell that it’s an incremental upgrade. For one, both the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL retain the single rear 12.2-megapixel camera, believing that one is enough to beat the multi-cam setups of competitors. Of course, like the Pixel 2, the Pixel 3’s improvements are software-based.


One new feature is Top Shot, which uses machine learning to choose the best shot in a burst for you; Photobooth does something similar but for the front cameras; Super Res Zoom provides AI-powered zooming; and Night Sight improves nighttime shooting like no other.

On the front, however, are two 8-megapixel selfie shooters that enable wider group shots when needed. For the Pixel 3, they’re found within the top bezel as usual, but the Pixel 3 XL introduces a tall notch to accommodate the two modules while adding more screen real estate.

The screens themselves are the primary difference between the two models, as well as the battery capacities. The smaller Pixel 3 has a 5.5-inch 1080p P-OLED display and 2915mAh battery, while the larger variant goes for a 6.3-inch P-OLED display with higher 1440p resolution and 3430mAh battery.

Naturally, Android 9 Pie comes straight out of the box, but Google made sure to add some Pixel flavor here and there. For example, the camera app has a similar navigation system to the OS itself, so moving from one mode to another is faster and includes some haptic feedback.

Perhaps what’s more polarizing about the Pixel 3 pair is the use of glass for the entire back. It’s utilized here instead of metal to allow wireless charging. Don’t worry, the matte feel is still there, so it isn’t as slippery as traditional all-glass phones.

Interestingly, despite having a flagship-grade Snapdragon 845 processor and 64GB/128GB of non-expandable storage, the Pixel 3 pair come with only 4GB of memory. Not that it isn’t enough, but it’s half the amount of other premium phones in the market.

Other noteworthy features are the 40 percent louder front-facing stereo speakers, Active Edge to activate Google Assistant with a squeeze of the phone, IP67-rated water and dust resistance, and Titan Security for more secure data protection.

The Pixel 3 will retail starting at US$ 799, which is more than the Pixel 2’s US$ 649 from last year. As for the Pixel 3 XL, it’ll go for US$ 899. Those are for the 64GB storage variant; adding US$ 100 to either one delivers 128GB of storage.

Both will come in Clearly White, Just Black, and Not Pink.

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OnePlus 7T new design revealed, release date confirmed

Launching on September 26

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Ever since the leaks and renders of OnePlus 7T started making rounds on the internet, many have speculated that OnePlus will launch a successor to their recently released OnePlus 7 series. Today, OnePlus Founder and CEO Pete Lau shared on Twitter the first official look at the new design of the OnePlus 7T.

If we’re to go by rumors and previous releases, the world will see OnePlus unveil two new smartphones — the 7T and the 7T Pro.


Both the OnePlus 7T and the 7T Pro are expected to have triple rear cameras, a 90Hz display, and a Snapdragon 855+ processor under the hood. The OnePlus 7T is expected to be a major upgrade from the Oneplus 7 which seems like a repackaged OnePlus 6T. Meanwhile, the OnePlus 7T Pro is expected to be a minor upgrade from the OnePlus 7 Pro, with updates coming for the battery and the display only.

The company could also unveil a 5G model along with these two models. Also, they might launch their OnePlus TV to go along with the OnePlus 7T series.

Availability

The company also announced in its forum that it will be holding two launch dates. Global launch will be on September 26 in India and North America, while a UK launch is scheduled for October 10.

Pricing for both devices is unknown at the moment, but expect both devices to break the US$ 600 mark. Base storage configuration for the OnePlus 7T is expected to start at 128GB. Meanwhile, the OnePlus 7T Pro’s storage is expected to start at 256GB.

The launch of the 7T series means the OnePlus 7 series and even the OnePlus 6T could see massive price discounts. Those holding off from buying a new phone could consider these discounted models.

SEE ALSO: OnePlus 7T specs leak before launch

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Samsung might fuse the Galaxy S and the Galaxy Note into one series

Is the Galaxy One coming?

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Even if you’re not a Samsung fan, you’ll still recognize the brand’s two darling children — the Galaxy S and the Galaxy Note series. For the longest time, Samsung has divided every year in half. The long-standing Galaxy S dominates the first half. Meanwhile, the premium Galaxy Note series takes up the second half. Like yin and yang, both series coexist in perfect harmony, creating a wonderfully profitable year for Samsung.

Sometimes, however, the difference between either smartphone just isn’t clear. As technology gets better and better, the Galaxy S starts looking incredibly similar to the Galaxy Note. By far, the Galaxy Note’s biggest differentiator is just the S Pen. Everything else is more arbitrary.


Unsurprisingly, Samsung is having the same thoughts. According to a rumor shared by the renowned leakster Evan Blass (@evleaks), Samsung is considering a major rebranding strategy. Next year, the company might merge the Galaxy S and the Galaxy Note into one gigantic lineup. The potential strategy comes as a follow-up to the recent re-release of the Galaxy Fold.

Currently, Samsung is evaluating the demand for the new foldable form factor. If the Galaxy Fold performs remarkably well, the company has a much bigger reason to combine both its previous lines. In that scenario, the Galaxy Fold (and its successors) will take over the second half currently occupied by the Galaxy Note. The new combination, on the other hand, will have the same release schedule as the Galaxy S line.

As a rumor, the potential line does not have any substantial details yet. However, it will likely have the form factor of the Galaxy S line and the S Pen of the Galaxy Note. The line could potentially carry the name “Galaxy One,” rather than “S11.”

It’s still very early to tell what will happen to Samsung in the succeeding years. However, the substantial rumor speaks volumes for the future of both Samsung and the tech industry at large. Is the Galaxy S10 and the Note 10 the last of their lines?

SEE ALSO: It’s official! The Samsung Galaxy Fold is available globally

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This is the 2020 Land Rover Defender

More than capable on- and off-road

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Land Rover has introduced its new boxy 4×4. Sporting modern but still familiar looks, the 2020 Defender is still up to the task of conquering unpaved roads — while also promising a smoother and more comfortable ride.

The new Defender now looks meaner with its owl-like LED Daytime Running Lights while its large bumper gives the front fascia that appreciated bulk for a more rugged look.


Although a little bit curvier than before, its hood and panels remain thick and flat which has the older Defender’s DNA all over it.

The rear, of course, is where the spare tire is mounted. It also comes with stacked taillights and a skid plate on its bumper for added protection against bumps and dings.

Inside is a versatile cabin. The Defender 90 is a six-seater model while the Defender 110 is available in five-seat or five-plus-two-seat configurations. One of its interesting features is the front-row bench that you can fold and unfold to either accommodate a third person up front or use as cupholders.

It comes with a 10-inch touchscreen, Jaguar Land Rover’s Pivi Pro infotainment system, and onboard Wi-Fi.

The new Defender is available in a new mild-hybrid with turbo as well as petrol and diesel engines as alternatives. All are mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission.

To make off-roading a lot easier, it features the company’s ClearSight Ground View that shows the road or terrain under the vehicle. It also has the ClearSight RearView in case a large cargo is blocking your line of sight. These are the same ones we’ve played with on the Range Rover Evoque which proved really helpful.

Other notable features for the new Defender include a 900mm wading depth, Terrain Response 2 System, and a towing capacity enough to pull a trailer.

There will be different trim levels and accessory packs to choose from based on what kind of adventures you’re bringing the Defender to. The all-new 4×4 will be available in over 100 markets around the globe.

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