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Apple Watch Series 5 out of stock, hints imminent Apple Watch 6 launch

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Apple has had a habit of taking things down before launching new things. It often takes the online Apple Store down for a while just before it makes new products available. Now it seems it is practically taking down the availability of the current-gen Apple Watch Series 5, a tactic manufacturers employ when a new model is about to launch. That is naturally adding fuel to the speculation that the Apple Watch 6 is coming sooner rather than later.

9to5Mac notes that this sudden dearth of Apple Watch 5 stocks isn’t really global but a vast majority of Apple’s websites have marked the smartwatch as unavailable. Europe seems to still be business as usual but Brazil’s shipping time has lengthened. Consumers in the US and China, however, will have to find one from (hopefully authorized) retailers.

That suggests the Apple Watch 6’s announcement is just around the corner but that has been the presumption anyway. The exact date of that announcement is what’s being debated at the moment, with Jon Prosser claiming the press release will come Tuesday morning while Mark Gurman of Bloomberg believes it will just be an announcement of an announcement. The actual iPhone 12 and Apple Watch event might be scheduled for later this month, instead.

To some extent, some might find it hard to get excited over the Apple Watch Series 6, with rumors pointing to just a few upgrades. That said, the blood oxygen level detection, while not as noteworthy has ECG or blood pressure monitoring, is also more available globally without the need for lengthy regulatory approval.

On the other hand, there is also a more recent rumor about an “Apple Watch SE” that will bring the price down to the masses. That’s still hot off the rumor mill with very little to go on but it could definitely make Apple Watch hopefuls keep on their toes in the coming days or even just hours.

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12 Best Uses For Old Laptops

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Have one (or several) old laptops lying around your home? What you actually have is a productivity master waiting to reach its full potential

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Realme’s Next Premium Tablet Looks To Have An Unusual Design

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Even though we still have six days before the Realme Pad X launches in China, some of the specs of the Realme Pad X have already been confirmed by Realme’s CMO Xu Qi Chase, GSMArena claims. We know that this mid-range tablet will get the Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 chipset. This also means that the Realme Pad X will become the first Realme tablet to feature 5G connectivity. While the CMO did not reveal the rest of the specs, there’s been rumors about the likelihood of the Realme Pad fetting a QHD+ display that could also support a 120 Hz refresh rate.

From the images, it is also evident that the Realme Pad X gets a single rear-facing camera that is situated on an unusually large camera bump. There is a smaller circle below the rear camera with a prominent “AI” logo. The tablet also skips an LED flash for low-light situations.

Designwise, the Realme Pad looks like a contemporary tablet with small bezels and flat sides. One of the invites also showcases the Realme Pad X being used with a stylus. It remains to be seen if this accessory will be part of the retail package or an optional extra. With the launch date for this product a week away, there is a good chance that we could have additional details about the Realme Pad X before the official launch.

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Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 Revealed As The Heart Of Your Next Android Flagship Phone

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Qualcomm’s latest flagship processor continues to be based on a 4nm manufacturing process — albeit this time from TSMC. This change has allowed Qualcomm to increase the GPU and CPU clock speeds by up to 7%. The result is that the Prime Cortex X2 is now clocked at 3.2 GHz (as opposed to 3 GHz on the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1). Similarly, the 3x Cortex A710 core now clocks at 2.8 GHz (compared to 2.5 GHz earlier).

Then we have the 4x Cortex A-510 efficiency cores that also see a jump from 1.8 GHz to 2 GHz. While Qualcomm is yet to reveal the clock speeds for the Adreno GPU on the Snapdragon 8+ Gen1, they already claim a 10% higher clock speed in the promotional materials.

The rest of the hardware on the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 is similar to that of its predecessor — and this includes the X65 integrated modem as well. The new chip continues to support 3200 MHz LPDDR5 RAM, and the ISP used is the same, with support for 200 MP resolution, 8K video capture, and 64 MP burst capture. In terms of encoding, the chip retains support for Dolby Vision, HDR10+, HDR10, and HLG. A glaring omission, this time around too, is the lack of support for the AV1 codec.

In simpler terms, apart from the faster performance on account of the supposedly better manufacturing process, the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 does not add anything over its predecessor in terms of additional features.

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