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With Galaxy A42 5G and Tab A7 Samsung saved its most important reveals for last

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It’s been a busy fall for Samsung so far. Not only did we have the reveal of the Galaxy Note 20 in August, but earlier this week, the company fully detailed the Galaxy Z Fold 2 as well. Today, the company hosted a Life Unstoppable event to announce a bunch of additional products, and two standouts are the Galaxy A42 5G and the Galaxy Tab A7.

There aren’t a ton of details about the Galaxy A42 5G, but we do have some important details about it. The Galaxy A42 5G will continue Samsung’s trend of giving its mid-range Galaxy A line 5G capabilities. Samsung says that the phone will sport a 6.6-inch Super AMOLED display along with a quad camera array on the back.

Specifics about that camera weren’t revealed today, nor where details about any other specifications. Outside of saying that the phone will launch later this year, Samsung didn’t talk pricing or release details either, so it seems we’re left waiting for a lot more information on the Galaxy A42 5G.

Then we have the Galaxy Tab A7, which has a 10.4-inch 2000 x 1200 display according to Samsung’s announcement. Samsung says that the tablet can boast an 80% screen to body ratio, and it sounds like the company wants to position it as a media device, as it says that the Galaxy Tab A7 is “the ultimate on-the-go picture and sound entertainment experience.”

Unike the Galaxy A42 5G, Samsung shared more specifics about the Galaxy Tab A7, revealing that it will offer 3GB of RAM, either 32GB or 64GB of internal storage depending on your configuration, and use a 7,040mAh battery. Running the show will be an octa-core processor with four cores clocked at 2.0GHz and four clocked at 1.8GHz.

As it did with the Galaxy A42 5G, Samsung is keeping pricing information for the Galaxy Tab A7 under wraps for now, but it’s safe to assume that neither device will reach flagship-level prices. That could ultimately be a good thing for Samsung, because with the pandemic causing everyone to tighten the belt a little bit, it’s definitely hard for some to get excited about $1000+ phones. In any case, we’ll let you know when more is reveals, so stay tuned for that.

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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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Why Black Holes Slow Down Time As You Get Closer To One

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To understand why time slows down as an object gets closer to a black hole, it is necessary to understand what time dilation is. Live Science explains that Einstein — obsessed with space and time — was the first to realize that time was relative. After more than a decade of work, Einstein published his general theory of relativity in 1915, shocking the Newtonian establishment and revolutionizing science. Einstein argued that while the laws of physics are constant throughout the universe (via The Conversation), speed or motion, space, and time are not constant but relative. Relative to what? To the point of observation or observer.

Einstein often spoke about trains and how people on and off moving trains would perceive time and speed differently. He cited, for example, that a speeding train would move much faster for a person standing on the side of the track than for a person chasing the train on another train running parallel to it. This has fueled a range of wild experiments with clocks and atomic clocks, and the answers proved Einstein was right: time is not constant and it can dilate.

But to be scientifically accurate, time does not change because of where an observer may be; it changes due to changes in gravity. Scientists have proven these changes in time by measuring atomic clocks on top of buildings and on ground levels, or on orbiting satellites and on Earth. So, if gravity can change time, what would happen to time in the presence of the massive gravitational forces of a black hole?

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