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Meet the first 2021 Ford F-150 PowerBoost Hybrid – here’s why it’s special

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The 2021 F-150 may be Ford’s 14th generation of the pickup, but it’s also the first to offer a full hybrid option. The 2021 F-150 PowerBoost sees the F-Series embrace electrification for the first time, and the advantages are in more than just economy.

Ford’s system doesn’t stint on the gas engine. It’s a 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged V6, in fact, with horsepower and torque figures yet to be announced. The automaker combines it with a 10-speed modular hybrid transmission.

To that gearbox is mounted an electric motor, which contributes 35 kilowatts or 47 horsepower to the drivetrain. When the truck is slowing, the motor works as a generator, feeding power into a 1.5 kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery. That battery – liquid cooled – is packaged under the F-150, so as not to interfere with cabin or bed space.

In total, Ford says, it’s expecting the F-150 PowerBoost to offer the most torque and horsepower of any light-duty full-size pickup. Total range is to be confirmed, too, but Ford is estimating you’ll be able to go around 700 miles on a full tank of gas. As for towing, figure on at least 12,000 pounds.

It won’t just be kept for a select few trims, either. The 3.5-liter PowerBoost drivetrain will be offered on every trim level, from entry XL through to top-spec Limited. A 12V battery, meanwhile, will be used to power the engine starter, while a high to low voltage converter is responsible for handling low voltage loads.

Perhaps most interesting, though, is the Ford Pro Power Onboard system. It’s a generator built into the 2021 F-150, which can be used to power tools and other electronics using outlets in the cab and in the bed. Ford will offer it as an option on all of the 2021 trucks, but it’ll be most capable in the PowerBoost version.

The standard Pro Power Onboard system will offer 2.4 kW in the PowerBoost truck, and have two 120V 20-amp outlets. However there’ll be a second version, with a full 7.2 kW to play with, and not only four 120V outlets but a 240-volt 30-amp NEMA L14-30R outlet as well. That, Ford suggests, could be enough to drive a whole host of worksite kit, or make for a pretty epic tailgate party with an electric grill, TV, and more.

As well as offering power when the F-150 is parked up, Pro Power Onboard also works while it’s on the move, so it can be recharging tools while you’re driving between jobs.

What the F-150 PowerBoost is not, though, is a plug-in hybrid. Nor should you expect much in the way of electric-only range: Ford isn’t giving a figure for that, which certainly implies the hybrid system is intended to work with the gas engine running, not on its own.

Down the line, Ford has confirmed, there’ll be a fully-electric version of the F-150. Right now details about that truck are in short supply, however. All we really know is that – in keeping with what we’ve come to expect from EVs – there’ll be plenty of torque for hauling, and that Ford says to expect it sometime within the next two years.

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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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