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2022 Kia Sedona will make you think twice about choosing an SUV

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Kia recently unveiled the fourth-generation 2022 Sedona boasting a new fascia and SUV design cues. According to the South Korean automaker, the next-gen Sedona – also sold as the Carnival in other markets – is the brand’s newest ‘Grand Utility Vehicle.’

Make no mistake, the 2022 Sedona/Carnival is still pretty much a family minivan, but it’s a good-looking one at that. The newest Sedona features a shorter front overhang and a longer wheelbase than the outgoing model. Kia relocated the A-pillar further backward to give the new Sedona a longer hood. Coupled with an athletic silhouette characterized by bold character lines and bulbous wheel arches, the new Sedona is putting the fun back in minivans.

It’s no secret that minivans are now languishing behind SUVs in terms of sales volume, but it doesn’t mean the former is less capable than the latter. In fact, minivans are the most practical solution for growing families despite the lack of off-road attributes. And if you’re one of those who can’t choose between a minivan or SUV, Kia gave the new Sedona a mild sprinkling of SUV-inspired styling cues to make up your mind.

The 2022 Kia Sedona has an innovative ‘island roof’ design with a body-colored roof and blacked-out A and B pillars. Meanwhile, the new C-pillar design is lifted directly from the Sorento. It has a chromed fin that extends beneath the rear windows to the tailgate. Meanwhile, Kia installed a full-width light bar at the rear along with slimmer LED taillights.

At the front, the new Sedona’s fascia is clearly inspired by the Seltos and Telluride. But then again, the Sedona has a larger and wider tiger-nose grille along with a snazzy set of LED headlights and funky DRL’s, the latter of which wraps around the turn signals and extend downwards to create a unique lighting signature.

It all looks great, but whether the 2022 Kia Sedona is good enough to reconsider a minivan remains to be seen. Kia said the new Sedona will go on sale in South Korea by the third quarter of 2020. The first U.S. deliveries will arrive early next year.

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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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