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TCL NXTPAPER is new tablet tech for the new normal

And other new devices perfect for the new normal!

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TCL is showing off their newest display technology — NXTPAPER — along with two new TCL tablets. The NXTPAPER display technology features a reflective screen to repurpose natural light. This is what makes it the world’s first “zero eye strain” display on larger screen devices. TCL is also introducing two new tablets to in their 10 Series: TCL 10 TABMAX and TCL 10 TABMID.

NXTPAPER Technology

TCL’s NXTPAPER Technology is an artistic combination of screen and paper. It is TCL’s culmination of two years of product research and design. They’ve even had to make 11 patents for eye protection testing in the process. This display technology promises to provide Full-HD definition with a paper-like immersive visual experience.

You get to experience everything in full color with no flicker, no stutter, and no harmful blue light. To achieve this, they combined a highly reflective screen to reuse natural light. This display technology reduces eye strain and has received eye protection certifications from the German Rhine laboratory, SGS laboratory, and German VDE.

When tested, TCL claims that the NXTPAPER performed better with contrast output and battery efficiency compared to a typical LCD panel. Not to mention, it somewhat lives up to its name by achieving all this while being slimmer and lighter. Designed with a larger format device in mind, TCL brought in their NXTPAPER technology to their tablets. With this technology, they hope to have stepped up in creating the ideal technology for learning and reading.

TCL 10 TABMAX

The TCL 10 TABMAX features another new display technology: NXTVISION. With this technology,  the display is able to deliver on stunning vibrant colors and rich details. The tablet has a 10.36-inch FHD+ display, 8.3mm narrow bezels, and a widescreen layout that allows you to unleash your full creative juices without holding back. With ultra-low latency, a natural in-hand feel, and elegant design, the TCL Stylus lets you write and draw like you would on paper.

The TCL 10 TABMAX comes with an 8-megapixel front-facing camera, a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera and a large 8000 mAh battery for your daily grind of work. The tablet also features a Kids Mode for parental surveillance if needed. It will be available across select regions globally in both 4G and Wi-Fi-only models making this tablet a great companion for work, study, and play anywhere.

The TCL 10 TABMAX is available in October for EUR 299 for the 4G variant and EUR 249 for the Wi-Fi only variant, respectively.

TCL 10 TABMID

The TCL 10 TABMID offers high-quality features for your daily grind of work and study in a lighter, sleeker design. Weighing in at a mere 325g, this tablet won’t be weighing you down wherever you take it. The TCL 10 TABMID has an 8-inch FHD IPS display decked out with NXTVISION too.

The TCL TABMID can power through movies, games, emails, and more with its 5500 mAh battery. The tablet features a one-touch fingerprint sensor for easy log-in and security, Kids Mode for parental surveillance, and a special-edition dark blue back cover. It offers a 5-megapixel front-facing camera and an 8megapixel rear-facing camera. Overall, the tablet looks to be a great all-around device for students and working adults amid the new normal.

The TCL TABMID offers both Wi-Fi and 4G connectivity and will be available in October for EUR 229.

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Apple is shrinking the notch this year

Is this the iPhone 13?

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Another year, another iPhone. Even if the year is just starting, we’re already in for a flurry of rumors for the next iPhone. Sometimes, however, those rumors can give as an acute case of déjà vu. Today, one of the earliest details about 2021’s iPhone 13 series once again hints that Apple is shrinking the notch this year, mimicking years-worth of speculation.

According to a report from DigiTimes, the next generation of iPhones will come with smaller notches. The company will finally be able to pack in its front-facing sensors into a smaller surface area, resulting in a new form factor.

Consumers have notably decried the controversial notch since its inception in the iPhone X. Though other brands have adopted the notch themselves, most have already moved past the trend with teardrop notches, punch hole cameras, or even under-display sensors. In comparison, Apple has furiously stood by its large notch. The iPhone 13 series might finally change Apple’s long-standing status quo.

If you’re in doubt, you have every reason to be. We’re still months and months away from any incredibly substantial leaks for the iPhone 13. However, if anything, DigiTimes has reported on the upcoming iPhone before, as well. A few weeks ago, the outlet revealed that the entire series will come with improved LiDAR sensors. There might be some truth to this year’s “smaller notch” rumors. But again, waiting (and taking everything with a grain of salt) is key.

SEE ALSO: Entire iPhone 13 series will get LiDAR scanners

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WhatsApp delays roll-out of new privacy policy until May

Signal and Telegram are trending instead

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WhatsApp rolled out a new privacy policy that clearly specifies how the instant messaging app will leverage your data for monetization. But the new privacy policy is on hold.

WhatsApp, owned by Facebook, has announced that it will delay enforcing its new privacy terms from February 8 to May 15. In the blog post, the company says that none of its privacy-focused features are changing.

“We’re also going to do a lot more to clear up the misinformation around how privacy and security works on WhatsApp. We’ll then go to people gradually to review the policy at their own pace before new business options are available on May 15,” the statement said.

It faced massive backlash as users are worried about their personal data. When the privacy policy changes went public last week, the response from the public was downright brutal. Alternative apps like Telegram and Signal started trending worldwide as users started joining it in hopes of ditching WhatsApp.

Even though WhatsApp is end-to-end encrypted, Facebook will still fetch some crucial information like your transactions, location, and other behavioral data from linked Instagram profile. And, we all know Facebook has a nasty reputation as far as personal data management is concerned. What makes it even more outrageous is that the policy is leave or take, and there’s no third option.

In the wording used, WhatsApp says the new privacy policy will change how it partners with Facebook to “offer integrations” and that businesses can use Facebook services to manage WhatsApp chats. It said that hat all private messages between friends and family members will remain end-to-end encrypted.

According to a CNBC report, India’s technology ministry also asked WhatsApp to withdraw planned changes to its privacy policy that has drawn widespread backlash.

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Huawei P50 Pro could come with a 120Hz display, 200x digital zoom

What about Harmony OS?

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Huawei may be barred from using Google Mobile Services, but it is far from giving up. The Chinese brand has pivoted to natively developed options and continues to work on its flagship P and Mate series. Going by the usual trend, the Huawei P50 series is expected to launch soon, and we already hear a lot of chatter about it.

According to @RODENT950 on Twitter, Huawei P50 Pro will have a 6.78-inch display with a 120Hz refresh rate. Another user on Weibo claims that the regular version of Huawei P50 will be using a 90Hz refresh rate screen, while the top-end option may come with a 120Hz panel.

Under the P50 Pro and P50 Pro+ hood will be the Kirin 9000 or Kirin 9000E chipset. Designed on a 5nm process, these are Huawei’s best-in-class and offer massive performance improvements. Furthermore, the phone will support 66W wired fast charging and 50W wireless charging.

Most importantly, the cameras are expected to get a major upgrade. The “space zoom” technology could go one step further by incorporating 200x digital zoom. Keep in mind, the recently launched Galaxy S21 Ultra has 100x digital zoom. So, Huawei’s offering makes a lot of difference, at least on paper. The P50 Pro+ will continue the race, as the phone will likely offer a massive 200x zoom from a derived 20x optical zoom setup.

While many reports said Huawei could ship the P50 series with Harmony OS, recent inputs suggest the brand shall continue with Android-based EMUI 11. In other aspects, the Huawei P50 series will come with 4 surround speakers and an upgraded vibration motor for haptics.

The phone is expected to launch in the coming months. The P50 series will consist of multiple options, and the details mentioned above are based on leaks, speculations, and unverifiable information. The end product could differ vastly.

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