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Qualcomm’s Nuvia ARM chips to challenge Apple M-series won’t arrive until late 2023

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Qualcomm’s Nuvia ARM CPUs will not ship in devices until late 2023. The president and CEO of Qualcomm, Christian Amon, detailed the timeline for the processors in a recent earnings call (via Tom’s Hardware). It was already known that the processors would arrive at some point in 2023, but we now have a more specific timeframe.

Nuvia is noteworthy because the company was founded by the same people that built Apple’s A-series chips. That processor lineup eventually evolved into the M-series CPUs that are in the latest iPads, MacBooks, and Macs. Qualcomm acquired Nuvia for $1.4 billion in order to advance its ARM-based CPU efforts.

Processors designed by the Nuvia team will ship to OEMs and partners in the second half of 2022, but they won’t make their way to purchasable devices until late 2023. That gap gives manufacturers a chance to refine designs and ensure that the new chips work with other hardware.

From Windows Central

vivo S15 Pro appears in TENAA and 3C listings alongside mysterious new phone

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Two upcoming vivo phones appeared across several listings over in China. There’s the vivo V2203A which is believed to be the S15 Pro and the mysterious vivo V2207A which both popped up on TENAA alongside some preliminary specs.

The S15 Pro (V2203A) listing confirms a 6.62-inch display rumored to be a 90 or 120Hz AMOLED alongside a 4,400 mAh battery and 66W charging. The software side is covered by Android 12 presumably with OriginOS on top. The dimensions of the phone come in at 161.9 x 74.31 x 7.99mm.

The second device in the listing – vivo V2207A has a larger 6.56-inch display and a dual cell 2,190 mAh battery which should boast a similar 4,400 mAh total capacity. Its listed charging speed is higher, coming in at 80W as confirmed by a separate listing on 3C agency database.

Vivo V2207A’s listed dimensions are 158.9 x 73.52 x 8.5mm. Based on recent rumors, vivo S15 Pro should launch with MediaTek’s Dimensity 8100 chipset and a 50MP main cam with OIS. More information about the vivoV2207A will likely emerge in the coming weeks and we’ll make sure to update you accordingly.

From Gsmarena

DxOMark: OnePlus 10 Pro’s cameras score poorly, place it behind the Mi 10 Pro

DxOMark: OnePlus 10 Pro's cameras score poorly, gets behind the Mi 10 Pro
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DxOMark published its review of the OnePlus 10 Pro’s camera and it appears to be in line with most of the reviews out there. The conclusion is that the handset has some considerable issues that keep it from matching its rivala. As a result, the handset takes 27th place in DxOMark’s global ranking, right behind the likes of Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro, Mi 11 Pro, vivo X60 Pro+ and Apple iPhone 12 Pro. All are more than year-old flagships.

From Gsamrena

New iPhone 14 pill-and-hole design leaks answer a big camera question

iPhone 14 Pro 3D Renders
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Apple isn’t going for a dual design approach just for the sake of differentiating the iPhone 14 Pros from the non-Pro models. Apple wants to make a perfect all-screen iPhone, and the pill-and-notch approach gets us closer to that. But there’s no question the notch removal might be enough to convince some people to purchase a more expensive iPhone 14 Pro version than a regular model.

While we’re some four months away from the iPhone 14 launch, the pill-and-hole design seems guaranteed. It surfaced in rumors months ago. And it’s appearing in every iPhone 14 rumor right now.

Initially, reports said that Face ID will go under the screen. The iPhone 14 Pro will feature a hole-punch display. But then, more reports emerged detailing the pill-and-hole approach. But those reports did not seem to agree on the selfie camera placement.

Logic dictates that the FaceTime camera occupies the circular cutout. The pill would house the Face ID components. But placing the camera in the circular opening means it’ll be off-center. Then again, the front camera in current iPhones doesn’t have a central position either.

From BGR

Intel CEO confirms Arc Alchemist cards will launch by June

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Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger confirmed this week that Arc Alchemist desktop graphics cards will launch in Q2 2022.

“AXG [Accelerated Computing Systems and Graphics Group] is on track,” Gelsinger said. “And we launched the mobile SKUs. We’ll have the desktop SKUs coming in Q2. And we’ll have more SKUs as we go through the year as well. We’ll be filling out the product line.”

Back in February, Intel announced that “AXG expects to ship more than 4 million discrete GPUs in 2022” in an investor press kit before confirming that their launch would be delayed until May or June of this year.

From Techradar

iQOO Neo6 SE camera revealed

iQOO Neo6 SE camera revealed
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After having previously revealed the phone’s chipset, battery capacity, charging speed, and storage amount, today it was time for the company to address the elephant in the room: cameras. It hadn’t talked about this before, but now we know that the Neo6 SE’s main rear shooter will be a 64 MP unit with OIS.

That seems, on paper at least, identical to the Neo6, which is already launched. So perhaps the main difference between these two will be the SoC used? The Neo6 SE has the Snapdragon 870, while the Neo6 goes with a Snapdragon 8 Gen 1. Based on previous rumors, the displays seem to be identical too, so we’re anxious to find out what other differences there might be – if any. Stay tuned for iQOO’s next teaser, then.

From Gsmarena

AirTags finally get that anti-stalking firmware update

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AirTags are finally more discoverable – and that’s a good thing.

Apple is rolling out firmware update 1.0.301 to AirTags that will make them louder and easier to locate.

You will need iOS version 14.5 or later to download and use this feature. If you have version 14.5 or are up to date, the firmware update should have already occurred as it downloads automatically. 

You can check if you have the right firmware by going to the Items tab in the Find My app. Tapping on AirTag will let you know if you have the new firmware. If you don’t have the AirTag change, you’ll probably get it later as Apple says the firmware update will be sent out again periodically.

Just make sure the AirTags are within 33 feet of your iPhone, which is the maximum Bluetooth signal range for the device.

From Techradar

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip4’s battery size leaks

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip3
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Last November, we heard the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip4 arriving this year will have the same battery capacity as the Galaxy Z Flip3. But, a new report by Dutch publication GalaxyClub claims the Galaxy Z Flip4 will pack a slightly larger battery.

The publication says that the Galaxy Z Flip4 (SM-F721) will come with two batteries, having model codes EB-BF721ABY and EB-BF722ABY. The former is referred to by Samsung internally as a “sub battery” and is the larger of the two with a rated capacity of 2,400 mAh, while the latter is the main battery having a rated capacity of 903 mAh.

This takes the total rated capacity to 3,303 mAh, which is 103 mAh more than the Galaxy Z Flip3’s total rated capacity, meaning the Flip4’s typical battery size will be about 3,400 mAh (Flip3 is 3,300 mAh).

That’s not too big of an improvement, and it remains to be seen how much extra battery life Samsung will manage to offer over the Galaxy Z Flip3, which scored an endurance rating of 69 hours in our battery tests.

We are still a few months away from the Galaxy Z Flip4’s unveiling, but you can expect to hear more about it in the lead-up to the official announcement.

From Gsmarena

Latest Pixel Watch leaks hint at battery life and cellular connectivity

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It’s been a busy few days for leaks around the Google Pixel Watch, and it doesn’t look like the drips of advance information are going to stop anytime soon: new rumors point to the battery capacity and cellular connectivity options on the upcoming wearable.

This is all according to sources speaking to 9to5Google, and the first tidbit of speculation is that the Pixel Watch will come with a 300mAh battery built in. For comparison purposes with other Wear OS watches, the 40mm Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 has a 247mAh battery, while the 42mm Fossil Gen 6 has a 300mAh battery.

Both those watches run Wear OS, as the Pixel Watch is expected to do, and both watches offer about 24 hours of battery life (depending of course on how much you use them). It therefore looks as though the Pixel Watch will last about a day between charges too.

From Techradar

India to launch open e-commerce network to take on Amazon, Walmart

An employee of Amazon walks through a turnstile gate inside an Amazon Fulfillment Centre (BLR7) on the outskirts of Bengaluru
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 India will on Friday launch an open network for digital commerce (ONDC) as the government tries to end the dominance of U.S. companies Amazon.com and Walmart in the fast-growing e-commerce market, a government document showed.

The launch of the platform comes after India’s antitrust body on Thursday raided domestic sellers of Amazon and some of Walmart’s Flipkart following accusations of competition law violations. The companies did not respond to request for comment on the raids.

Indian retailers, key supporters of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, have long contended that Amazon and Flipkart’s platforms benefit a few big sellers, via predatory pricing, though the companies say they comply with all Indian laws.

The government’s so-called ONDC platform will allow buyers and sellers to connect and transact with each other online, no matter what other application they use. It will be soft-launched on Friday before being expanded, the trade ministry told Reuters.

The government document said that two large multinational players controlled more than half of the country’s e-commerce trade, limiting access to the market, giving preferential treatment to some sellers and squeezing supplier margins. It did not name the companies.

Amazon and Flipkart did not immediately respond to requests for comment on ONDC.

The document said India’s ONDC plan aimed to onboard 30 million sellers and 10 million merchants online. The plan is to cover at least 100 cities and towns by August.

It would focus on apps in local languages for both buyers and sellers, with a special emphasis on small merchants and rural consumers, the document said about the project.

The government said it had already received support from retailers and venture capital firms. Lenders such as the State Bank of India, ICICI Bank and Bank of Baroda have already committed total investments of 2.55 billion rupees ($33.26 million) into ONDC.

A Reuters investigation last year, based on Amazon internal documents, showed the company had given preferential treatment for years to a small group of sellers on its platform and used them to bypass Indian laws. Amazon denies any wrongdoing.

From Reuters

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