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Pixel 5 and 4a 5G dates and prices leak

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It has been a crazy year so far and it’s even crazier when Google’s Pixel phones are to be taken into account. The Pixel 4a launched belatedly, though it did enjoy a good amount of positive reviews, and the next premium Google phone seems to be a bit of a puzzle. It may still launch within the same timeframe next year but if these latest unofficial details are on the mark, consumers and fans might be raising some eyebrows on what Google’s strategy and plans for the Pixel phones truly are.

Just like the Nexus phones before them, the Google Pixel is expected to showcase the best that Android has to offer, at least from Google’s eyes. That usually means a Google-centric experience matched with high-end hardware and lots of AI-based features. That was true at least until the Pixel 4 last year as the Google Pixel 5 is expected to be a different beast.

That’s primarily because it will be powered by a Snapdragon 765G, not a high-end Snapdragon 8-series. While there’s 8GB of RAM, there’s only 128GB of storage which, of course, can’t be expanded. At least it will have a 90Hz screen refresh rate, but the 3,800 mAh battery may prove to be too modest.

A listing on Vodafone Germany reveals that the Pixel 5 should launch on September 25 with no Pixel 5 XL to be seen. That might be because there will also be a Pixel 4a 5G launched on the same day to stand-in when it comes to the larger size. That said, the larger phone is also expected to have even fewer features despite running on the same Snapdragon 765G.

Given all those details, the rumored 629 EUR ($745) price tag for the Pixel 5 might sound a bit too much, considering a more powerful Pixel 4 costs lower, sans 5G. It does make the Pixel 4a 5G’s 499 EUR ($590) look more practical if you’re willing to accept some compromises in the materials used, screen refresh rate, and size.

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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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