Samsung usually releases two Tab S slabs in a year and we're inching toward what would historically be the time for a "Lite" release. While we don't have any spec points to discuss at the moment, it's been figured that a mid-range tablet or even two are on their way, including the first in the category to connect to 5G.
Sometimes, the best deals you can get on a phone come from the carriers. It depends on the person's situation, but it's true. Verizon-owned Visible, though, has a pretty good deal on the OnePlus 8 whether you sign up for its service or not. Of course, there are strings attached to what you do with it afterwards.
The Samsung Galaxy S21 series — after months of leaks and rumors — has finally been announced. While there are a bunch of new features to be talked about, the one that stands out the most is the humbler pricing. Instead of the steep $1,000 tag that the S20 started with, the S21 starts at a relatively affordable price of $800. But, that's not the case in India; the S21 series is, in fact, more expensive than its predecessor here.
Qualcomm makes plenty of powerful chips for all kinds of smartphones, but its latest processor has got an eye out for budget phones in particular, hoping to bring them some substantial upgrades. A successor to last year's Snapdragon 460, the Snapdragon 480 claims not only big performance boosts, but is also the first 4-series chipset to offer 5G capabilities.
Last year, I said the Snapdragon 865 was the most important smartphone chip in years. I meant that, and stand by it, because it was the chip that introduced 5G to the (relatively unenthusiastic) masses and ensured that 5G would be a standard feature on most mainstream phones going forward. The Snapdragon 888 doesn't have that same wireless generational leap as its predecessor, but the architectural changes to Qualcomm's newest silicon actually do feel more significant this year. Let's break it down.
Starting with the CPU, Qualcomm is rejiggering its approach once again, featuring a new ARM Cortex-X1 "supercore" alongside 3 smaller mid-core and 4 small cores, making up what Qualcomm calls the Kryo 680.
The trade ban on Huawei by the United States finally took full effect in September, forcing Qualcomm, Samsung, Sony, LG, and other hardware suppliers to stop selling to Huawei. Qualcomm has been pushing for an exemption to sell chips to Huawei, and now the company has been granted a limited license to do just that.
Both the Pixel 5 and 4a 5G make it plenty clear that they have next-gen network capabilities, but they lack support for standalone 5G (SA) at this moment in time. While that’s not a big deal right now as most US carriers exclusively rely on the non-standalone tech (NSA), it could prompt some compatibility issues as carriers move to reduce their dependence on 4G LTE for fallbacks. Fortunately, we understand that the two pricier 2020 Pixel phones will get support for 5G SA through a software update next year.
Last week, speculation started swirling about a Verizon variant of the Nokia 8.3 5G. HMD Global, maker of Nokia-branded Android devices, later released a teaser about a special product launch. Now the phone is official, carrying the distinction of being the first Nokia flagship phone on a major US carrier since the Windows Phone days.
Support for the latest 5G network standards has percolated down from flagship phones in record time, and it's already appearing in even $400 smartphones. While it hasn't been as big of a game-changer as carriers would want us to believe, 5G is a highly marketed feature that customers are apparently paying attention to, so we're curious to know: Does your phone support 5G?