Peloton has launched two new exercise models, with the new Peloton Bike+ and new Tread offering a more full-featured cycling experience and a new entry-level treadmill. Rumored last week, the two new models join rather than replace the existing bike and treadmill, with the current Peloton Bike now getting a price cut too.
The Peloton Bike+ looks at first glance like more of the same, but the company says that its design was shaped by owner feedback. As before, the idea is straightforward: guided fitness sessions on a big, built-in display, with plenty of encouragement to crank up the tension settings.
However Bike+ now has a 23.8-inch rotating HD touchscreen, which can be swiveled 180-degrees left and right. It means that it’ll be easier to see when you’re not actually riding, and instead making use of Peloton’s other fitness sessions which include things like free weights and stretches. Previously, with the Bike’s display fixed in place, those sessions might typically be accessed via the mobile app for phone or tablet.
The other big change is a new four-speaker sound system, which Peloton says is higher-quality than before. There’s also Apple Gymkit integration, linking the Bike+ with an Apple Watch to record performance metrics, while the Auto-Follow digital resistance system can apparently remember your Target Metrics and then adjust pedal resistance according to the instructor guidance. That means less time twisting the knob and more time focusing on actually working out.
Peloton Bike+ will be $2,495 when it goes on sale on September 9. As usual, there’ll be a financing option and a 30-day home trial. As for the existing Peloton Bike, that’s getting a price cut to $1,895, or from $49/mo for 49 months. You’ll need Peloton All-Access Membership for both, of course, which is another $39/mo.
Existing Bike owners in the US can trade-in their bikes for a $700 rebate to put toward new hardware; they’ll also get a Yoga & Training set thrown in. Meanwhile, those who bought the existing Bike recently – and are either within the 30 day trial, or waiting on delivery – will get a $350 (plus tax) refund to reflect the new, lowered price.
New Peloton Tread
Where the new Bike+ goes higher, the new Peloton Tread targets a lower starting price. Announced in early 2018, the original treadmill offered atypical features like a slatted base which made for a more stable, natural running experience.
It left it expensive and large, though, two things the new Peloton Tread will address. It’s smaller – 68 inches long, 33 inches wide, and 62 inches high – and uses a belt rather than the slats, but the company says that because it has done away with the front shroud, the actual running area feels more expansive. There’s a 23.8-inch HD touchscreen with speakers mounted on the front, and that can tilt up and down 50-degrees.
The original treadmill – renamed Peloton Tread+ – will remain on sale at $4,295 in the US. This new entry-level Peloton Tread, meanwhile, will be $2,495 when it goes on sale early in 2021 in the US and Canada (or in the UK by the end of the year). It’ll be available with financing from $64/mo for 39 months, and require the same All-Access membership plan as the bikes do.
Realme’s Next Premium Tablet Looks To Have An Unusual Design
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.
Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 Revealed As The Heart Of Your Next Android Flagship Phone
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.
Why Black Holes Slow Down Time As You Get Closer To One
To understand why time slows down as an object gets closer to a black hole, it is necessary to understand what time dilation is. Live Science explains that Einstein — obsessed with space and time — was the first to realize that time was relative. After more than a decade of work, Einstein published his general theory of relativity in 1915, shocking the Newtonian establishment and revolutionizing science. Einstein argued that while the laws of physics are constant throughout the universe (via The Conversation), speed or motion, space, and time are not constant but relative. Relative to what? To the point of observation or observer.
Einstein often spoke about trains and how people on and off moving trains would perceive time and speed differently. He cited, for example, that a speeding train would move much faster for a person standing on the side of the track than for a person chasing the train on another train running parallel to it. This has fueled a range of wild experiments with clocks and atomic clocks, and the answers proved Einstein was right: time is not constant and it can dilate.
But to be scientifically accurate, time does not change because of where an observer may be; it changes due to changes in gravity. Scientists have proven these changes in time by measuring atomic clocks on top of buildings and on ground levels, or on orbiting satellites and on Earth. So, if gravity can change time, what would happen to time in the presence of the massive gravitational forces of a black hole?
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