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Samsung Galaxy S20+ rumor roundup: 120Hz display, ultrasonic fingerprint scanner

Launching on February 11

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It’s every Samsung user’s favorite time of the year. Every January, the grapevine inevitably ramps up the discussion surrounding the year’s upcoming Samsung flagships. For years, the Galaxy S series reveals its latest iteration around this time. January 2020 is no different.

Following a closed-door meeting during CES 2020, Samsung has confirmed the next flagship’s naming convention. Instead of the Galaxy S11, the flagship series will fast forward to the Galaxy S20 number scheme.

Since then, more details have followed. Here’s a short roundup of what we can expect from Samsung’s release this year.

120Hz display

Since last year, the smartphone market has quietly adopted a new trend in display technology: the 120Hz refresh rate. The new display adds in smoother screen animations and scrolling. According to a leak, Samsung’s flagship will allow users to choose between 60Hz and 120Hz. With a 120Hz refresh rate, the Galaxy S20 series will introduce the technology’s first introduction into the company’s phones.

Additionally, the Galaxy S20+ will have a 20:9 aspect ratio, outputting a 3200 x 1440 resolution. No word yet on the other Galaxy S20 smartphones.

Ultrasonic fingerprint scanner

By now, the under-screen fingerprint scanner is already a common feature among smartphones. This time, Samsung is improving the technology even further. Supposedly, the Galaxy S20+ will carry an improved ultrasonic fingerprint scanner, compared to its variant last year. Showcased by Qualcomm last year, the new scanner features a bigger area — almost half the entire screen! — in which you can unlock your phone.

Penta-lens camera

According to Ice Universe, the Galaxy S20+ will have four rear cameras: a 12-megapixel + 64-megapixel + 12-megapixel + ToF camera setup. Similarly, the higher-tier Galaxy S20 Ultra will have a remarkable 108-megapixel + 48-megapixel + 12-megapixel + ToF camera setup.

Similar design philosophy

Finally, a leak has revealed a quick glimpse of the Galaxy S20+. Based on the short video, the smartphone will sport a similar design to last year’s Galaxy S10 series. The front panel carries a peephole camera resting comfortably on the screen’s center. Meanwhile, the rear panel will have a multiple lens camera setup.

More distinctly, the smartphone will lose the headphone jack, marking the first jack-less Galaxy S smartphone. Instead, it will likely come with an AKG USB Type-C set of earphones.

Under the hood, the Galaxy S20+ will allegedly carry the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 chipset, 12GB of RAM, and 128GB of internal storage, and 4500mAh of battery.

Thankfully, the rumors will come to an end on February 11, Samsung’s confirmed date for this year’s first launches.

Spec sheet leak

The latest leak might be the biggest one yet revealing the names and exact specs of the three Samsung Galaxy S20 models that will be unpacked on February 11. A tweet by user @ishanagarwal24 leaves very little to the imagination in terms of what we should expect come launch day.

Pricing leak

The latest round of leaks show Euro pricing for all the Samsung Galaxy S20 series models. If previous models are of any basis, these should be right around the ball park of what we expect from Samsung flagships.


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We’ll update this article with every new leak and/or rumor on the Samsung Galaxy S20

India

Mi Watch Revolve launches with ultra long battery life, premium design

Huawei should be worried

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Today, Xiaomi unveiled a host of new products via its Smarter Living 2020 event in India. Last year, the brand announced a new air purifier, water purifier, smart lights, and more. Following the same trend, Xiaomi has expanded its Mi product lineup with a new wearable — the Mi Watch Revolve.

The Mi Watch Revolve is an affordable fitness tracker that looks extremely premium and measures 46mm. Available in two color options, the Mi Watch Revolve will go up against Huawei’s Watch GT 2e. Both the watches are quite similar on paper, and we’ll try our best to do a comparison article soon.

On the front, the watch has a 1.4-inch always-on AMOLED display with Gorilla Glass 3 protection. In terms of technology, the watch connects via Bluetooth 5.0 and can be used on Android as well as iOS. Onboard sensors include a heart rate sensor, a three-axis acceleration sensor, a gyroscope, a geomagnetic sensor, a baroreceptor, and an ambient light sensor.

To withstand regular usage, the watch gets 5ATM water resistance and a battery life of 1-2 weeks. The battery consumption vastly depends on your usage and Xiaomi is sure the watch will get you through a week with heavy usage.

Making the deal even sweeter, the watch can also measure your psychological data based on physical activity and heart rate monitoring. Thanks to Firstbeat Motion Algorithm, it can measure stress, heart rate variability monitoring, and VO2 Max (blood oxygen level).

It also gets the standard workout modes like running, cycling, trekking, treadmill, and more. Lastly, the user has an option to choose from 100+ watch faces and can receive notifications from a plethora of apps.

The Mi Watch Revolve is available in one size and costs INR 10,999 (US$ 150). It’ll be available in Chrome Silver and Midnight Black color options. It’s up for purchase via Mi.com, Amazon, Mi Home, and retail stores.

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Lenovo expands ThinkBook, ThinkVision lineup

Lenovo expands ThinkBook, ThinkVision lineup

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Lenovo has been rather busy recently updating their entire product portfolio. So this ThinkBook and ThinkVision refresh was absolutely inevitable and most definitely welcome.

We’re going to go through all the ThinkBooks and ThinkVisions real quick. Ready? Take a breath. Let’s go!

ThinkBook 13s Gen 2 i

This was co-engineered with Intel and meets the requirements of the Intel Evo platform. That’s true across hardware specifications and key experience targets for device responsiveness, instant wake, battery life and fast charge.

It has a high resolution 13.3-inch display with a new 16:10 aspect ratio that offers 90% screen-to-body ratio with ultra-narrow bezels and is available with optional touch.

You’re also getting Thunderbolt 4 port and optional PCIe Gen 4 storage.

We’ll be going on virtual meetings for the foreseeable future. Taking that into account, the ThinkBook 13s Gen 2 i features microphones that has three audio modes: private, shared, and environmental.

  • ThinkBook 13s Gen 2 i is expected to be available from October 2020, starting at $829
  • ThinkBook 13s Gen 2 AMD is expected to be available from October 2020, starting at $729.

ThinkBook 14s Yoga i

Need something flexible? Well, here you go. The popular Yoga form factor means this thing can bend and a different number of ways.

For performance, it’s powered by 11th Gen Intel Core processors. It also comes with the Lenovo Smart Pen to really help you let your creativity run wild.

It’s available in Mineral Grey with an Abyss Blue version added to the mix.

  • ThinkBook 14s Yoga is expected to be available from November 2020, starting at $879.

ThinkBook 14/15 Gen 2 i

If working smart is your think then it doesn’t get any smarter than this. It’s powered by 11th Gen Intel Core Processors (will also come in AMD variants) with flexible storage options: HDD + SSD or dual SSD.

Working remotely and need support? The service hot key helps users reach Lenovo support at the press of a button, automatically including device details such as serial number for a fast track support experience.

But here’s the kicker. It comes with ThinkBook wireless earbuds that can be stored within the laptop. The earbuds charge automatically when stored and connect to the laptop audio instantly when taken out. Double tapping toggles the mute function, and it has dual mics and environmental noise cancellation.

  • ThinkBook 15 Gen 2 i is expected to be available from October 2020, starting at $569.
  • ThinkBook 15p i is expected to be available from October 2020, starting at $939.
  • ThinkBook 14 Gen 2 i is expected to be available from October 2020, starting at $569.
  • ThinkPad E14 Gen 2 is expected to be available from November 2020, starting at $699.
  • ThinkPad E15 Gen 2 is expected to be available from November 2020, starting at $699.
  • ThinkBook 15 Gen 2 AMD is expected to be available from October 2020, starting at $549.
  • ThinkBook 14 Gen 2 AMD is expected to be available from October 2020, starting at $549.

ThinkVision T27hv-20

This single cable USB-C Hub monitor is designed to to meet the collaboration requirements of a hybrid working model. The 27-inch display features a 1080p IR/RGB webcam, noise cancelling microphones and integrated speakers that help users conference with confidence

It has Smart Guard that blurs the screen the moment you look or move away or detects someone peeking over your shoulder. Meanwhile, Smart Energy will turn off the screen when it senses that you have moved away from your desk, saving power and protecting data.

  • ThinkVision T27hv-20 is expected to be available from December 2020, starting at $549.
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Lenovo launches ThinkPad X1 Nano, pre-order for ThinkPad X1 Fold

Two ThinkPads that deserve your attention

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If the Yoga lineup is any indication, it’s that Lenovo has never been shy about experimenting with form factors. They doubled up on that when they unveiled the ThinkPad X1 Fold at CES 2020. Now, they’re following it up with the ThinkPad X1 Nano.

Here’s a refresher on the ThinkPad X1 Fold in case you forgot what it was.

So yeah, it’s a PC but not exactly. Lenovo is calling it a new device category. It starts at US$ 2,499 and is now available for pre-order.

ThinkPad X1 Nano

The ThinkPad X1 Nano is being billed as the lightest ThinkPad ever. At less than 1kg, it’s hard to argue against that claim. It promises a complete laptop package all while being ultra freaking light.

It comes with up to 11th Gen Intel Core i7 processors and Intel Iris X graphics. That combo promises 20% faster office productivity and over 2x faster gaming plus streaming.

It has Thunderbolt 4 for fast, single cable connection to power, monitors, storage, as well as other external devices.

It’s the first ThinkPad to feature an updated suite of AI and biometric ThinkShield security features. These include new voice recognition and human presence detection.

It has a 13-inch Dolby Vision 2K display with a 16:10 aspect ratio. It has 100% sRGB for clarity and color accuracy. It also comes in touch display options.

This notebook also has four speakers with Dolby Atmos support for immersive sound. It also has four 360-degree microphones to ensure you are loud and clear during virtual meetings.

The ThinkPad X1 Nano starts at US$ 1,399. It is expected to be available Q4 of 2020.

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