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These Ford Mustang Mach-E leaks clear up some key details

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Ford is almost ready to open the order books on the 2021 Mustang Mach-E, but even before that details on how much the EV’s options may set you back, plus which models will get the hands-free driving assistance prep package, have leaked. Although deliveries of the electric crossover aren’t expected to begin until later in the year, Ford has been taking reservations for the early cars since it unveiled the EV late in 2019.

Back then it confirmed the five different trims, and their starting prices. Not all will arrive at the same time, mind. The Mustang Mach-E First Edition and Premium trims will drop before the end of the year, while the Select and California Route 1 Edition will follow early in 2021. Finally, the Mustang Mach-E GT will bring up the rear in spring 2021.

Since then, of course, we’ve heard plenty about the car, both official and leaked. Most recently, Ford confirmed just how its new driver-assistance system, Active Drive Assist, would work. That will use a head- and gaze-monitoring camera ahead of the driver to make sure they’re paying attention to the road, and in return allow for hands-free driving on divided highways.

Ford will be staggering the release of that system, with Active Drive Assist not expected to go live until next year. However to avoid dissuading early-adopters, the Mustang Mach-E will be offered with a Co-Pilot360 Active 2.0 Prep Package, that includes the hardware for the system. What Ford hadn’t said was which models would get that as standard, and how much it would cost as an option otherwise.

Now, we know. Both an ordering guide, and a final price sheet, have emerged courtesy of the MachEForum, the documents provided to Ford dealerships in advance of official orders being taken from this coming Friday.

The Mustang Mach-E Premium, First Edition, California Route 1 Edition, and GT will all get the Prep Package as standard. The document also suggests that Active Drive Assist will arrive in Q3 2021 – so sometime between July and September – and confirms that it will require a separate payment in order to activate it.

The Mustang Mach-E Select, the most affordable version, will need the Technology Package in order to add the Prep Package. That will cost $2,600 on top of the $43,895 of the base Select RWD Standard Range (plus $1,100 destination). It’ll also include a 360-degree camera, Active Park Assist 2.0, a hands-free foot-operated tailgate, heated front seats and a heated steering wheel, memory functionality for the driver’s seat and power-folding side mirrors, and manual adjustment for the front passenger seat.

The other option for the Select trim will be the Appearance package, which will be $2,300; you’ll only be able to choose one or the other. It lacks the Co-Pilot360 Active 2.0 Prep Package, but has 19-inch Shadow Silver painted wheels and a black painted roof.

If you want the Ford Interior Protection Package, which includes front and rear floor mats, plus a cargo area protector, that will be $240 on all models. Conspicuous by its absence, at least for the moment, is an official Ford roof rack or hitch for a bike rack. Third-party providers are expected to fill that gap.

There’s also been a little shuffling to the final pricing, compared to the numbers Ford announced on day one. The Premium trim is now $50,000 rather than $50,600 (before destination), while the California Route 1 is also down $600 from that original price, at $51,800.

As for range, these documents also confirm the usable capacity from the Standard and Extended battery packs. Those are 75 kWh and 99 kWh batteries, respectively, but Ford – just like all other electric vehicle manufacturers – isn’t allowing the car to tap the entire capacity. That way, it has some overhead to counter natural degradation as repeated charge cycles take their toll.

Exactly how much each automaker sets aside as that electric security blanket, however, can vary considerably. Ford is being fairly conservative, it seems, looking at the usable capacity numbers. From the 75 kWh Standard battery, it’s allowing 68 kWh to be used; from the 99 kWh Extended battery, you’re looking at 88 kWh usable.

Official EPA range numbers for the Mustang Mach-E haven’t been released yet, so all we have to go on are Ford’s own estimates. It’s predicting 230 miles from the Select RWD and Premium RWD with the Standard battery, or as many as 300 miles from the California Route 1 RWD with the Extended battery.

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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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