Samsung first showed off their 2020 TV lineup at CES 2020 in Las Vegas earlier this year. Now they’re ready for preorder or purchase.
Samsung 8K QLED Y20 model
Leading the pack is the 8K QLED Y20 model or the the Q950 and Q900. Both are 8K TVs equipped with MediaTek’s custom-made Wi-Fi 6 chip. It’s the only 8K TV worldwide supporting Wi-Fi 6 connectivity, and will offer consumers a more seamless entertainment experience with smoother streaming and gaming, as well as unconstrained internet access.
Similar to its 2019 lineup, Samsung’s 2020 QLED 8K TVs will also come equipped with the AI-deep learning processor that will automatically upscale non-8K content to near 8K.
The new and redesigned AI Quantum Processor 8K adds a neural network that restores fine details that would otherwise not be visible. This should create a beautiful, optimized picture with the rich, realistic colors of QLED.
Other improvements include the Object Tracking Sound OTS and OTS+. Speakers on the front, sides and back of the TV create an immersive, three-dimensional soundscape that tracks the movement of objects on screen, and adjusts the audio to make it sound like the action is happening all around you
Samsung TV Plus
Samsung is also introducing the Samsung TV Plus — it’s a video service that offers instant access to over 100 free channels across a broad range of genres.
There’s no subscription necessary; it’s all pre-installed, and there’s no additional devices required. It’s integrated into Samsung’s Smart TV platform – so as soon as you set up your TV, you can start watching.
Other features are as follows: Real Game Enhancer+ that offers multiple refresh rates for your gaming sessions.
Multi-View that lets users to watch streaming content, such as YouTube walkthroughs or other videos, and use social media while playing games – at the same time, on the same screen.
And Ambient Mode+ that offers more experiences geared towards users, designed to satisfy each individual’s needs and tastes.
The entire Samsung 2020 TV lineup are as follows:
Samsung’s full 2020 TV line can be found below:
- Q950TS: 65”, 75”, 85”
- Q900TS: 65”, 75”, 85”
- Q800T: 65”, 75”, 82”
- Q90T: 55”, 65”, 75”, 85”
- Q80T: 49”, 55”, 65”, 75”, 85”
- Q70T: 55”, 65”, 75”, 82”, 85”
- Q60T: 43”, 50”, 55”, 58”, 65”, 75”, 85”
As mentioned earlier, they can now be purchased or pre-ordered at Samsung US.
Qualcomm officially launches Snapdragon 8 Gen 1
Coming first late 2021
A few days ago, Qualcomm officially confirmed a coming name change for its ubiquitous Snapdragon chipset series. Of course, though Qualcomm already announced the change, the company did not reveal the new naming scheme. Now, the mystery is gone. Welcome, the new Snapdragon 8 Gen 1.
Sporting a new coat of paint, the chipset touts an improved 5G modem, the X65 5G. According to the company, the modem can reportedly reach 10Gbps in download speeds. It can also connect to the emerging Wi-Fi 6 standard, allowing up to 3.6Gbps in download speeds. The upper limit won’t mean much in today’s still-young 5G global network. However, it does mean much for the chipset’s longevity.
In the camera department, the chipset sports an 18-bit processor which can supposedly process 4,000 times more data than its predecessor. It can support up to three 36-megapixel cameras simultaneously. It can shoot up to 8K HDR footage at 30 frames per second, UHD footage at 120 frames per second, or slow-mo 720p videos at 960 frames per second.
Qualcomm didn’t specifically indicate how much the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 differs from the Snapdragon 888 in the performance department. However, it will once again focus on the future of AI. Features that use AI will reportedly get a boost going forward.
According to the company, the first smartphones with the chipset will launch sometime by the end of the year. As expected, more smartphones will come out next year in 2022.
Jack Dorsey steps down as Twitter CEO
Twitter’s Jack Dorsey has been as much of a staple for the social media network as Mark Zuckerberg has for Facebook. However, as followers of Apple and Microsoft can attest to, long-standing figureheads of tech can change in an instant. Twitter is suddenly undergoing just that sort of shakeup. In a surprise announcement, Dorsey has announced that he is stepping down as Twitter CEO.
On-brand for his eccentric personality, Dorsey tweeted out the internal email detailing his resignation from his post. According to the email, Dorsey now feels that it is time to transition the company from a “founder-led” system to something potentially greater. He, along with other members of the board, has already appointed successors for his position.
not sure anyone has heard but,
I resigned from Twitter pic.twitter.com/G5tUkSSxkl
— jack⚡️ (@jack) November 29, 2021
First, now-former Twitter CTO Parag Agrawal will serve as the company’s CEO effective immediately. Agarwal was formerly an engineer with Twitter but has since led the company through several key decisions beside Dorsey.
Secondly, Bret Taylor, a member of Twitter’s board, will eventually serve as the new chairman. Dorsey will still serve the rest of this term until around May. Between now and the end of his term, Dorsey will help both new leaders transition into their new positions.
Though Dorsey’s announcement has a sense of intensity, this isn’t the first time that the Twitter founder exited his position. Back in 2008, he left his post for a time before returning to helm the company again in 2015. Only time will tell whether this current resignation will stick and what role he will transition into now. Regardless, it’s a new era for Twitter.
Dimensity 9000 will reportedly cost double its predecessor
Same with Snapdragon, reportedly
The end of the year often means the latest generation of smartphone chipsets. Qualcomm and MediaTek, two of the world’s top chipset makers, launch the latest flagship series that will power the following year’s slate of smartphones. Qualcomm already teased a rebranding with their upcoming launch. Now, we have a few more details about MediaTek’s recently launched Dimensity 9000.
Recently, MediaTek launched its next flagship chipset series. The Dimensity 9000 promises impressive performance that can allegedly topple its predecessor’s performance, the Dimensity 1200. However, a promise like that can come with its drawbacks.
Via GizChina, the Dimensity 9000 will reportedly cost double of its predecessor. Though the report does not give actual specifics, it is likely that a more expensive price tag for the processor also comes with an increase in price for the flagship smartphones that it will come with. Next year’s smartphones might come a lot costlier because of the chipset.
If anything, the report also states that the upcoming Snapdragon flagship chipset will also have a higher price tag when it launches soon. As such, most flagships might indeed have higher price tags next year.
Both chipsets have not made their ways to an actual smartphone yet. However, the Snapdragon and Dimensity series do have the most ubiquitous brands for a chipset. If the report does come to pass, we might have to bid our wallets adieu next year.
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