The seemingly unstoppable rise of high-end smartphones seemed to have ground to a halt or at least taken a breather as the entire world finds itself in a very different situation from just six months ago. While expensive smartphones continue to be announced, sales numbers indicate a slight shift in favor of less expensive options, even if they are of the mid-range kind. Perhaps unperturbed by global market trends, Qualcomm is reportedly pushing through its planned new features as well as a new price that consumers will end up shouldering in the long run.
Qualcomm’s Snapdragons are arguably the cream of the crop in mobile processors and, outside of Apple’s own A chips, it may not have much competition in terms of features and performance. It does, however, have competition in pricing as these chipsets are also easily some of the most expensive in the market. According to at least one source, it’s about to get even more expensive.
That source claims that prices for Qualcomm’s next premium silicon are about to almost double. The Snapdragon 875 chip alone will cost $130 compared to the $85 of the Snapdragon 865. Things get even worse when you consider that Qualcomm sells packages with both a Snapdragon SoC and a 5G modem inside. That cost will be $250 versus last year’s $160.
To be fair, those costs do come with more and better features but not all of them may be practical or even usable during a phone’s lifetime. One such feature is support for 100W fast charging, something Xiaomi and other Chinese OEMs have been playing around with. Those same companies, however, don’t envision such a 100-watt charging technology to be anywhere near ready for prime time.
In other words, the Snapdragon 875 is sure to have a boatload of features, some of which may not be of much use to consumers for the next two years or so. Yes, that even includes 5G. Given Qualcomm’s new strategy, however, manufacturers will have to pay the higher costs of those chips which, in turn, will get offloaded to consumers in the final retail price.
Motorola Moto X30 Pro Will Have An Unusual Camera System
This is just the tip of the iceberg for the Moto X30 Pro. The strangest thing about the model won’t be its unusually large camera sensor, especially since Xiaomi already claimed that crown. Instead, it will be the use of three focal lengths in the camera system that could mean the removal of one traditional part of that group.
Motorola’s Weibo account revealed that the Moto X30 Pro will have a 35mm focal point at its widest. This will be joined by a 50mm telephoto that could have a 2x magnification, as well as an 80mm longer telephoto option. If this is an accurate description, it would suggest that the phone will ditch the ultra-wide shooter in favor of two telephoto cameras when some of its peers opt to eschew telephoto cameras to make way for a macro alternative.
Whether this will give the Moto X30 Pro an actual advantage over other high-end phones this year remains to be seen, literally. It sounds almost like a mixed bag, at least in the camera department, though the rest of the rumored specs are on par for a 2022 flagship. The Moto X30 Pro, which could go by the name Motorola Frontier in global markets, is expected to run on a Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 processor, bear a 6.67-inch 144Hz OLED screen, and boast 125W super-fast charging for its modest 4,500mAh battery.
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How To Fix Amazon Prime Video Not Streaming In 4K
Not all Amazon Prime Video titles are available in 4K quality. Older movies and shows often do not support that format, and even some newer flicks will still be unavailable for a variety of reasons ranging from licensing to technical difficulties. As a result, your title of choice might look less-than-perfect, not due to a fault on Amazon’s end, but simply because that title may not support 4K in the first place.
Amazon has a list of titles available in 4K, so checking whether the one you’re trying to watch is, is fairly easy. You can see all the 4K offerings by heading over to the official Amazon website. The list is not very intuitive in the sense that you can’t check for specifics within the results as this is already a narrowed-down list. However, you can also simply type in the title of your movie or show into the search bar above to check whether it’s available on Prime Video and in 4K.
You can also search directly on Amazon Prime Video. Any variation of “4K,” “4K movies ultra HD,” “4K film,” or even something more specific like “4K romantic comedies” should produce a list of titles that you can watch right now. If you managed to locate your title on one of these lists and yet it still looks underwhelming, there may be other issues at hand.
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