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Samsung Galaxy Note 10 teases a really tiny selfie camera

Confirms launch for August 7

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The next Samsung launch is just around the corner. As always, Samsung will launch the upcoming Galaxy Note sequel in August. Based on an official invite, the South Korean company is booking an August 7th date for this year’s iteration. In around a month, the Galaxy Note 10 is finally dropping.

Unsurprisingly, Samsung has included a few juicy tidbits in its official invite. Besides the launch date, the invite previews the iconic S Pen and the phone’s front-facing camera. The short 16-second video features the stylus drawing the selfie camera.

On the surface, the S Pen doesn’t offer anything revolutionary. At the very least, the stylus’ slanted angle presumably doubles down on its tilt support. Of course, that’s hardly worth writing home to.

On the other hand, the front-facing camera offers more cud to chew on. Previously, the Galaxy Note 9 included a slight bezel — homey housing for the standard selfie camera. This time, Samsung is shrinking the standard even further. In the video, the tiny camera measures just as big as the S Pen’s minuscule stylus tip. The Galaxy Note 10’s punch hole camera is tinier by comparison.

The newer design is reminiscent of Samsung’s Infinity-O display. Late last year, Samsung introduced the new design philosophy — utilizing an inconspicuous peep hole for the camera, rather than an unsightly notch. Since then, they brought it to other devices like the Galaxy S10 series. If the invite is anything to go on, Samsung is updating this design even further by making the hole less visible.

Of course, size isn’t everything. The teaser also positions the camera at the center. This potentially hints at a new center alignment for the front-facing camera. Formerly, it nestled comfortably on the top-right corner, offering a few radical designs for wallpapers. A centered camera, however, is remarkably traditional. Despite being old-fashioned, it does offer some subtle symmetry to the design,

Though welcome, a less conspicuous notch should offer more than just appearances. Unfortunately, we don’t know much about its performance or its other sensors just yet. Thankfully, August 7th is just an arm’s reach away. What do you want to see from the Galaxy Note 10 by then?

SEE ALSO: Leaked renders of Samsung Galaxy Note 10 show no headphone jack

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Xiaomi Mi 11: Price and availability in the Philippines

The flagship for everyone?

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One of the first smartphones to sport the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 chipset officially arrives in the Philippines as Xiaomi launches the Mi 11.

Teased and leaked almost incessantly, the device was first launched in China in late December and released globally early in February 2021.

What are you getting with the Mi 11? First off, it has a sizable 6.81-inch AMOLED screen, outputting images in 1440p and 120Hz. The screen is reportedly a new 10-bit panel with up to 8192 brightness levels and 480Hz touch input rate.

Much like most flagships released so far, this phone has support for 5G — a feature that will likely be norm this year and beyond.

It comes with a triple rear camera setup: 108-megapixel main + 13-megapixel ultra-wide + 5-megapixel telemacro. Xiaomi put a bunch of AI video features for you to play with like Parallel World, Freeze Frame video, and more. The front panel has a top-left punch-hole camera, Xiaomi did not explicitly showcase the front-facing selfie camera’s specs.

It will come with MiUI12 out of the box —  possibly the least bloatware-infested version of the said Android skin.

Xiaomi isn’t including an 18W charger. Instead, it comes with a 55W charger which can juice up the 4,600mAh battery from 0 to 100 percent in 45 minutes.

Pricing and availability

The Xiaomi Mi 11 comes in 8GB+256GB variant with enhanced LPDDR5 3200MHz RAM + UFS 3.1 storage. It will retail at PhP 36,990 starting from March 13, and will be available at Xiaomi official stores on Lazada and Shopee, and offline at Authorized Mi Stores and other official retailers in Philippines.

Mi 11 will come in two color options: Midnight Gray and Horizon Blue. Mi Fans who order during the pre-order period starting March 5 will get additional Xiaomi freebies.

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Future MacBook Pro models will have an HDMI port again

One less dongle to carry

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Just a few weeks ago, rumors started spreading that future MacBook Pro models will likely have an SD card reader. It seems like Apple is not  stopping there, as famed tipster Ming-Chi Kuo predicts that future models will feature an HDMI port once again.

The change will be a significant one for Apple. All MacBook Pro models today only feature the USB-C port, so a dongle is necessary for connecting to other devices and peripherals. The inclusion of an HDMI port will also eliminate the need for dongles and will appease power users who require the port for their workflow. HDMI ports are still present on many devices especially on displays, which in some cases only have one or two of these ports.

Aside from the inclusion of an HDMI port, Kuo also predicts that the new MacBook Pro models will be a major redesign, featuring flat edges like those found in the latest iPhone and iPad models. The divisive Touch Bar is also going away on the new models, as per Kuo’s predictions.

Other rumors point to Apple resurrecting the MagSafe connector which is present on older models. However, it is unclear how the company plans to reintroduce the connector. Others are speculating a novel mechanism for wireless charging on the new models should Apple reintroduce MagSafe.

These new MacBook Pro models will come with either a 14-inch or 16-inch display. Both models will also likely sport a much beefier processor than the M1. Apple is expected to launch the new MacBook Pro in the second half of 2021.

h/t: MacRumors

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LG opens up webOS, third-party makers can now use the platform

Android TV has competition

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LG has announced that its proprietary operating system, webOS, will now be available for third parties. TV’s manufactured by other brands such as RCA, Ayonz, and Konka will soon ship with WebOS pre-installed.

The South Korean tech giant has announced that the webOS TV platform ecosystem will be licensed to other brands. More than 20 TV manufacturers from around the world have “committed to the webOS partnership, including brands such as RCA, Ayonz and Konka with more partners expected to join in the future”.

Speaking more over the development, Park Hyoung-sei, president of the LG said the platform is one of the easiest ways to access millions of hours of movies and TV shows.

The announcement is considered a milestone because Google’s Android TV has dominated this segment for the longest time. Sony is among the most popular ones to leverage Android TV via its Bravia lineup. In fact, Xiaomi and a plethora of TV makers actually use Android TV underneath their own skin like PatchWall.

LG had kept the OS exclusive for its smart TVs, but the comparatively smaller ecosystem limits it from reaching its full potential. With more partners, the number of TVs with WebOS shall increase, in turn, attracting developers to the platform.

Unfortunately, LG isn’t offering webOS 6.0 to other TV brands, and the licensing is based on the older webOS 5.0 release. Hopefully, this shall change in the coming future with rising interest from more companies.

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