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Nissan Ariya crossover EV debuts July 15 with a big question

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Nissan’s all-electric Ariya crossover will make its debut in mid-July, it’s been confirmed, with the striking EV offering a more stylish and practical alternative to the Leaf hatchback. Previewed last year in the form of the Ariya concept, the new crossover comes as Nissan shoulders pressure to reinvent its line-up with an eye on both electrification and emotion.

That will involve cutting 20-percent of Nissan’s current products worldwide, the automaker confirmed back in May, and shuttering at least two plants. Nissan will also produce fewer cars in total, focusing on four key categories.

The bread & butter will be the C-Segment and D-Segment, with models like the Altima, Murano, Rogue, and Pathfinder. Nissan will also prioritize its sportier models, like the GT-R and the newly-teased Z cars. Finally, there’ll be electrified vehicles, of which the Ariya crossover EV will be the first big announcement.

While Nissan will mix both pure-electric and hybrid cars under that electrified banner, the Ariya will be BEV only. Expectations are unusually clear, thanks to a surprisingly production-ready concept car at the Tokyo Motor Show 2019. At the time it was seen as an indication that Nissan wanted to bring the Ariya to market sooner rather than later, and now that appears to have been confirmed.

Nissan will unveil the production Ariya on July 15, the company’s board announced at its annual shareholder meeting. That proved to be a contentious event, with shareholders vocal in their criticism, Automotive News reports, even if they were present in much reduced numbers.

The Ariya is expected to use Nissan’s e-4ORCE all-wheel drive electric powertrain, an upgrade to what’s in the current Leaf EV. It will combine not only the instantaneous torque offered by electric motors but use two such motors for the first time in the automaker’s vehicles.

One motor will drive each axle, and then Nissan will use regenerative braking and individual braking at each wheel to move torque front to back, and left to right. That’s no great leap for the EV industry in general, but it’s a degree of precision that Nissan electric vehicles haven’t offered until now. For the Ariya, it should mean both a more engaging driving experience and more ability in uncertain road conditions.

The other big news is that the Ariya will feature ProPilot 2.0, Nissan’s hands-off highway driving assistance. That uses attention monitoring – much in the same way that Cadillac Super Cruise does, and Ford’s new Active Drive Assist system will – to ensure that the person at the wheel is still paying attention to the road conditions. It also only works on divided highways, though unlike Ford’s system it’s able to do automatic lane changing, albeit demanding a light touch on the wheel while that happens.

So far Nissan has only announced plans for ProPilot 2.0 deployment in Japan. The Ariya, however, will launch first in Japan, but follow on in the US, Europe, and China, execs from the automaker confirmed. It’s uncertain whether it’ll bring the hands-off driver assistance tech with it.

The electric crossover is to be one of eight fully electric vehicles that Nissan intends to launch.

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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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