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Samsung could skip this year’s Note flagship due to chipset shortage

Due to chipset shortage

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Samsung might skip the launch of a Galaxy Note-branded flagship this year due to acute chipset shortage. The company has launched a new Galaxy Note-branded phone every year in the last decade, but the streak could break in 2021.

The South Korean giant’s President and Co-CEO, DJ Koh, at Samsung’s 52nd regular shareholders meeting said that the S and Note series is positioned as a high-end offering in their portfolio, and launching two flagships in one year might be a challenge. According to Bloomberg, the company was quoted saying a “serious imbalance” in the global semiconductor supply chain.

The senior executive refers to the shortage of chipsets in the market, which is currently causing nightmares for the automobile industry. The ripple effect of the shortage is now reaching smartphones, and reports have suggested that Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 888 chip is also severely hit by the crisis.

Industry leaders like Continental AG, Renesas Electronics, and Innolux have warned that they’re struggling to keep up with the demand. Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the demand for gadgets, consoles, and computers has reached an all-time high as organizations shift to work-from-home mode.

“There’s a serious imbalance in supply and demand of chips in the IT sector globally,” said Koh, who oversees the company’s IT and mobile divisions.

“Despite the difficult environment, our business leaders are meeting partners overseas to solve these problems. It’s hard to say the shortage issue has been solved 100 percent.”

The CEO also said that the company does not plan on abandoning the Galaxy Note series and will likely release it next year. So, if a new Note isn’t coming this year, the Samsung Galaxy S21 series will be doing a lot of heavy-lifting for the company. It’s also safe to assume that the supply-chain crunch isn’t just affecting Samsung. All other phone makers, who rely on a similar global supply-chain, are also affected.

Many analysts have suggested that the crisis shall lose its steam in the coming months. However, this applies to an average chip that’s used in most IoT or smaller devices. Smartphone processors are much more complex, and the new flagship ones are the most difficult.

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PlayStation VR 2 could be 4K with gaze-tracking tech

Hope they have enough stocks…

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Excited for the PlayStation VR 2? A fresh leak regarding foveated virtual reality headset points to the next-gen accessory being a compelling head-mounted display — and far more impressive than the predecessor. Sony has been teasing the launch for quite some time and even left many breadcrumbs for enthusiasts.

However, the report today isn’t official. According to Upload VR, Sony recently shared more details of the next-gen PlayStation VR with the company’s partners. Topping the list of details is a 4,000 x 2,040-pixel resolution, which gives it a stunning total of 8.16 million pixels.

In terms of rendering, it will work smarter by utilizing foveated rendering. That means that anything in the users’ peripheral vision that isn’t being looked at directly will be rendered in lower quality. The new technology will help save computing resources, delivering a better experience.

A single USB-C connection to the front of the PS5 is expected to power the unit. Another welcome touch is inside-out tracking. Now that Sony is ditching the PS Move controllers, the headset’s onboard cameras will be used to track the position of the new orb-shaped controllers instead.

The accessory seems like a perfect companion for the PlayStation 5 and is well equipped to compete. Although, the supply of PlayStation 5 has been severely hit, and the Japanese giant is expecting delays to go well into 2022. The company hasn’t even given us a release date yet — we know only that we won’t be seeing it by the end of 2021.

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Intel launches 11th-Gen Tiger Lake-H chips, can beat Ryzen 5000

Promises up to 25 percent performance improvement

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Intel released its 11th-Gen Core H-series processors for laptops. Codenamed Tiger Lake-H, it’s an essential launch for the American chipmaker because it can take on AMD’s Ryzen 5000 series.

The company’s portfolio is divided across two segments — 10th-Gen Core H-series (Comet Lake-H) chips for hardcore performance and 11th-Gen Core Tiger Lake chips for on-the-go computing. The new Tiger Lake-H sits in the middle, capturing a wider chunk of the market by creating a balance.

Tiger Lake-H processors leverage Intel’s Willow Cove Core microarchitecture that’s based on a 10nm SuperFin production process. Its unique selling point is a turbo boost up to 5.0Ghz, and a few iterations support manual overclocking controls.

Intel says that the Core i9-11980HK beats AMD’s Ryzen 9 5900HX by anywhere from 11 to 26 percent. It has eight cores (16 threads) and runs at a 2.6 GHz base clock speed at 45W. It can go up to 3.3 GHz at 65W. Across all other processors, Tiger Lake-H promises a 19 percent higher performance per clock than the previous Comet Lake-H.

The company also claimed improved performance across apps, such as 18 percent better “video creation workflow” in Adobe After Effects. Five chips were announced — three 8-core, 16-thread chips, and a pair of 6-core, 12-thread Core i5s. All these chips use Intel’s UHD graphics.

Intel is also claiming it has the world’s fastest single-threaded mobile processor. However, these are just claims at the moment, and real-life performance will be reviewable only after laptop availability.

Following the usual trend, all major OEMs like Lenovo, ASUS, Dell, HP, Acer, MSI, and more shall soon refresh their product lineup to incorporate the new-gen chips.

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realme 8, realme 8 Pro: Price and availability in the Philippines

Dare to buy

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The latest in realme’s number series — the realme 8 and the realme 8 pro — have now arrived in the Philippines and like usual, they come with discounts at launch.

Before we dive into the pricing details, let’s first take a quick look at the two phones.

Both phones have a 6.4-inch AMOLED display with Full HD+ resolution and an in-display fingerprint scanner. The refresh rate is still 60Hz, but there’s support for always-on display. They run on realme UI 2.o based on Android 11 out-of-the-box.

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The pair has a super slim body and an infinite bold design with the AG-Crystal process. Essentially, the back is made of plastic. The rear of the phone has realme’s slogan “dare to leap” engraved and it’s massive.

The realme 8 Pro is powered by a Snapdragon 720G processor with up to 8GB RAM and 128GB internal storage. On the rear is a quad-camera setup consisting of a 108-megapixel primary camera, an 8-megapixel wide-angle lens, a 2-megapixel macro sensor, and a 2-megapixel portrait lens.

Backing these internals is a 4500mAh battery with 50W fast charging. realme claims it can charge the full battery in 47 minutes.

On the other hand, the realme 8 sports a MediaTek Helio G95 processor with up to 8GB RAM and 128GB internal storage. The rear gets a 64-megapixel primary camera, while the other three sensors are the same as the Pro variant. Both the phones have a 16-megapixel front camera for selfies. Backing these internals is a 5000mAh battery that supports 30W fast charging.

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Price and availability

The realme 8 Pro retails for PhP 16,990. | Buy from Lazada

Meanwhile, the realme 8 will set you back by PhP 13,990.| Buy from Lazada

There’s a PhP 1,000 worth of discount on Lazada starting May 12 at 12 midnight for both phones.

 

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