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Walmart+ finally launched with very basic grocery perks

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The COVID-19 pandemic has delayed some plans and even scrapped others and, for a time, things didn’t seem to look good for Walmart’s subscription program. Nearly half a year delayed, grocery king has finally taken the veils off Walmart+ and it might not be all that it was rumored and expected to be. With only three exclusive features, many will probably call it dead on arrival but the company seems to believe its “ultimate life hack” has much more to offer.

It’s not that difficult to immediately compare Walmart+ to Amazon Prime, especially considering how the former was built up by rumors and leaks to rival the latter. The two, however, couldn’t be more different in terms of vision and focus. Not to mention the fact that Amazon Prime pretty much encompasses and empire that goes beyond just shopping.

In contrast, Walmart+ seems to keep its feet solidly on the in-store grocery experience, just with an additional online flair. One of its biggest perks, in fact, isn’t even new but a rebranded Delivery Unlimited, offering members unlimited free delivery of items across a wide range of categories with the same in-store prices.

Some Walmart customers, however, will probably still prefer to drive out to the nearest store, in which case Walmart+’s fuel discounts will help them save more to buy more. Scan & Go, which allows buyers to scan products with their phones as they put them in their cart and then scan the phone at checkout for wireless payment is probably perfectly timed during this pandemic.

At $98 per year, though, those three membership benefits seem almost too little, too late to take on Amazon at its own game. Walmart does promise that more perks are coming and hopefully soon, though it probably has fewer resources to bank on when it comes to services outside of its core grocery business. Then again, Walmart does have to make a delicate balancing act to ensure that Walmart+ doesn’t encroach too much on what is perceived to be its true competitive advantage: everyday low prices for anyone who simply walks into a Walmart store.

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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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