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2021 Audi Q5 offers new PHEV, 349hp SQ5 and high-tech OLED lights

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Audi has revealed the new 2021 Q5, the latest version of what’s arguably its most important model. Headed to the US later this year, the new Q5 tightens up the styling and brings a plug-in hybrid and a sporty 2021 SQ5 along with it, complete with lashings of extra tech inside.

The Q5 has become Audi’s volume seller, the crossover responsible for 1.6 million sales in its first generation. For the new 2021 Q5, Audi keeps the silhouette but adds some of the glitz from its other recent models.

So, the 18-inch 5-arm-star design wheels are standard now, while 19-inch 5-double-arm bi-color wheels or 20-inch 5-arm design wheels are optional. The Singleframe grille now has vertical chrome strips laced along it, and it’s flanked by new headlamps with long daytime running lights that replace the old orange side markers. LED headlamps are now standard, with matrix LED lights as an option.

At the rear it’s arguably even more striking, with digital OLED taillights. Each combining three OLED panels, of six segments in, the optional lights allow for three different rear-light signatures which buyers can choose from at the point of ordering. These have different designs for locking and unlocking the SUV, and use proximity detection to light up in a welcome pattern when someone nears.

The new Q5 is slightly longer than its predecessor, but height and width are unchanged. Inside, there’s an optional sliding rear bench, with cargo space in the trunk varying from 19.4 through to 54.7 cubic feet. A variable folding floor mat is standard, while a power tailgate is optional.

Leather seats and walnut wood inlays are standard, with contrast stitching and high-gloss black interior trim. There’ll be three models for the US market. The 2021 Q5 45 TFSI Quattro will have a 261 horsepower 2.0-liter inline-4 turbocharged gas engine, with 273 lb-ft of torque. Audi’s 12V mild-hybrid system is standard, responsible for running the belt alternator starter, though not actually contributing to engine power. A seven-speed S tronic transmission with quattro all-wheel drive is standard.

The 2021 Q5 PHEV 55 TFSI e quattro, meanwhile, is the hybrid version of the SUV. It has a 2.0-liter inline-4 turbo that’s paired with an electric motor sandwiched between the gas engine and the transmission. As a result, it gets 362 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque. A 14.1 kWh battery is responsible for driving the electric motor.

It gets 19-inch wheels as standard, along with the S line exterior package with a different grille. A Sport plus package adds adaptive air suspension, 20-inch 10-spoke-star wheels, front sport seats, S line leather/Dinamica, and brushed aluminum inlays. The Q5 PHEV can also be had in different colors, including Ultra Blue and District Green.

Finally, there’s the 2021 SQ5, with a 3.liter TFSI V6, 349 horsepower, and 369 lb-ft of torque. It comes with an eight-speed Tiptronic automatic transmission, as well as adaptive dampers as standard. Air suspension – with ride height and firmness adjustment – along with dynamic steering with a variable ratio are options.

It has the 20-inch wheels as standard, with platinum finish. A 21-inch 5-V-spoke-offset bi-color wheel is optional if you have the Black optic package; otherwise that comes with 20-inch 5-V-spoke-star design bi-color wheels. 21-inch 5-arm-polygon design wheels in silver are available.

The OLED taillights come as standard on the SQ5 Prestige trim, while quad hot pipes for the exhaust system are optional

All versions of the new Q5 get Audi’s MMI infotainment system, with a 10.1-inch 1540 x 720 touchscreen and MIB 3 software. Premium Plus trim gets the Audi virtual cockpit; all models get wireless Apple CarPlay and the integrated toll module. Audi has removed the rotary controller in the center console, figuring the touchscreen and steering wheel controls will be sufficient.

MIB 3 includes a number of new features. There’s a customizable homescreen UI, which can be configured with three widget blocks. Online voice processing promises improvements in command recognition, and there’s new live data for things like traffic flow – which is now shown per lane – plus parking space information complete with the probability of finding a space. Traffic Light Information now shows what speed to drive to make the next green light, in locations where traffic light data is available.

Audi is also leaning more heavily on the cloud. Driver profiles are now stored remotely, and so can be accessed from any compatible Audi model moving forward. There’ll also be support for post-purchase upgrades of things like navigation and the smartphone interface, either as a permanent feature or for either a one or 12 month period.

Lane departure warnings, front and rear parking sensors, Audi side assist with pre sense rear plus rear cross traffic alerts are all standard, too. Premium Plus cars get adaptive cruise control with active lane assist, plus the 360-degree camera. A Convenience package adds a heated steering wheel, while navigation and a head-up display are optional too.

The 2021 Q5 will be priced from $43,300 plus destination, while the 2021 Q5 PHEV will start at $51,900. Finally, the 2021 SQ5 will start at $52,900. Audi says the 2021 Q5 will arrive in US dealerships in Q4 2020.

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Today’s Wordle Answer #382 – July 6, 2022 Solution And Hints

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The answer to Wordle’s July 6, 2022, edition is the word fluff. When it comes to an etymological analysis, there isn’t much meat to the puzzle here. A close predecessor is the word floow (also spelled as flue), which refers to a wooly substance. There’s a Flemish term called vluwe and a French word velu meaning hairy or shaggy that are said to be earlier variants of the word. Some say that the world fluff is an imitative modification of the word floow, which describes the act of puffing a light substance. Another theory is that fluff came out from the merger of flue and puff.

There’s also a movie that was released in 2020 by the name “Fluff,” but you haven’t likely seen it unless names like John Pallotta, Wesley Green, Brian Anthony Wilson, and Gina Martino ring a bell. Fluff sandwich is also a delicacy in the New England region; it gets its name from the light filling that is predominantly marshmallow with jelly or peanut butter, and is colloquially referred to as the fluffernutter.

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Samsung’s Foldable Phones Could Get Much Cheaper In The Near Future

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During the restructuring of its smartphone branding scheme, Samsung adopted the A letter for its mid-range phones, reserving M for entry-level devices (spoiler: the three phone families now spell S, A, M). The Galaxy A series usually has some resemblance to flagship Galaxy S phones, particularly in design, but often skimps out on other hardware components like the processor, memory, and cameras. According to an insider source (via ETnews), Samsung will be using the same tactic to bring down its foldable prices to a more agreeable level.

The report doesn’t say which corners will allegedly be cut to reach that lower price point, though it does mention only having core functions installed. If there is one thing that Samsung can’t skimp on, however, it is the durability of the foldable phone and the materials it will use. If a cheap foldable phone with an already fragile display is easily damaged, it will only serve to scare potential buyers away rather than increase confidence in the product line.

Samsung will reportedly target a price of 1 million KRW, which is roughly $770 USD and therefore considerably cheaper than even the Galaxy Z Flip 3 model’s price tag. This won’t be happening anytime soon, though, as the pieces are unlikely to fall into place until 2024 — presumably when foldable displays themselves have become less expensive to make. Samsung’s timeline might also be influenced by Apple’s foldable plans, as the Korean company will most likely want to have its brand well-established in that market before the first foldable iPhone or iPad launch.

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This New HTC Tablet Is A Missed Opportunity

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The fact that the HTC A101 is an entry-level budget tablet is evident from the design itself. Take, for example, its massive bezels, making it seem a bit dated. The display used on this tablet measures 10.1-inches across and has a resolution of 1920 x 1200 pixels. While the HTC A101 gets a respectable 8GB of RAM, the processor used here is the UNISOC T618 chip. Designed by UNISOC, this SoC is an entry-level chipset that is based on a 12nm manufacturing process. Given its credentials, do not expect blazing fast performance on this tablet. The model features 128GB of onboard storage and packs the option to add a microSD card, as well.

The camera setup on the A101 includes a 12MP primary rear-facing camera and a 2MP ultrawide camera. HTC has also thrown in a decent 5MP front-facing camera. Powering the tablet is a 7,000 mAh battery that does not support fast charging. On the software side, this tablet will ship with Android 11 at launch. Clearly, the HTC A101 is an entry-level device that targets people who do not have a huge amount of money to splurge on a tablet. 

Unfortunately for HTC, the advent of fiercely competitive Chinese smartphone brands has blurred the lines between mid-tier and low-end devices. This means that consumers of late have been getting really good-looking, well-specced products for low prices. With the HTC A101 tablet, that doesn’t seem to be the case. Our perception of the product may change in case HTC decides to price the device competitively, but unfortunately, the company has yet to reveal this rather crucial piece of information.

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