The official news today begin with the worldwide smartphone shipments for Q4 of 2021 which are interesting to say the least. Yes, the numbers are out and let’s just say we’re not too surprised by the results. Yes, Apple is still at the top, even if they dropped 1 percent year over year at 22% of the market share. Samsung managed to grow 3 percent while securing the number 2 spot and now they’re at 20 percent, which is crazy considering how many products they sell. At number 3 we have Xiaomi which kept the same 12 percent they had the year before and we have OPPO and Vivo to complete the top 5. According to the report, Apple’s sales were driven by a stellar performance of the iPhone 13, as they saw an unprecedented performance in markets like China. And yes, that’s even with all the supply issues they had at the end of the year. Canalys hasn’t released their other reports where we get to see what the best selling phones of the year were but, let’s see how this year ends up considering we’re still going through a chip shortage and now that foldables are becoming a bit more mainstream. Let us know in the comments how you feel about these results, cause I honestly didn’t expect the iPhone 13 to be this successful.
Let’s shift gears on to Samsung and don’t worry. It’s not about Galaxy S22 leaks. At this point I think those are already set in stone as we get closer to its potential launch date. Now the topic seems to be a tablet that’s been waiting for a refresh for quite a bit. I’m talking about the Galaxy Tab S8 that’ll reportedly come with the S22 Series and it’ll apparently bring some interesting changes. A few days ago we got some renders from WinFuture showing off the new design. Rumors claim that we’re getting 3 different models with the Tab S8, the Plus and an Ultra variant. All of them powered by the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 and with some pretty good specifications with the main differences often being the battery size. The Ultra seems to be the one stealing the headline, but not necessarily for good reasons as it seems it’ll bring a notch. Yes, Samsung is putting a slight one on their Tab S8 Ultra and in their typical fashion, it was just spotted in the company’s Bixby support page. This image was recovered by 91Mobiles and it shows the Tab S8 Ultra next to a Galaxy phone with Bixby working.. So yes, these should be coming very soon with the prices ranging from 680 Euros to 1060 for the Ultra variant.. Anyone remember that ad where Samsung was mocking Apple for the notch?
And come on, you know we had to talk about this cause it’s been a topic everywhere… Yesterday, Microsoft announced that they plan to acquire Activision Blizzard in a deal that would be valued at 68.7 Billion Dollars.. Yes, that’s Billion with a B. For those of you thinking, oh this is just them buying another Gaming Studio, not really.. This deal also includes studios like Treyarch, Raven Software, Sledgehammer games, King and more. Meaning Microsoft owns huge titles like Overwatch, Diablo, Call of Duty, Candy Crush, World of Warcraft and more.. This, along with their purchase of Bethesda last year, will allow Microsoft to become the third largest gaming company in the world by revenue, only behind Tencent and Sony. On a statement, they’re saying that “this will accelerate their plans for Cloud Gaming, allowing more people in more places to participate in the Xbox community.” Of course, they’re now allowed to add some major titles to Game Pass which has been crazy successful. And for those of you gaming on PC and other platforms, this doesn’t mean they’ll be exclusive to them, as they will continue to support others going forward. For those of you on the loop, Activision has gone through a ton of controversy lately and this might actually be positive for all of the players that feel that their games have been lackluster or not treated properly for the past few years, with Halo Infinite’s success serving as an example. Let us know what you guys think of this in the comments, do you think it’s positive, negative, or you don’t care?
Finally, for the hottest news today, let’s talk about Apple, Macs and the iPhone SE… Again. Starting with Macs, let’s talk about the company completing their transition into Apple Silicon. According to a new tweet from Dylan, this transition will end by Q4 of 2022, with the Mac Pro being the last device to be replaced. He claims that the processor on this machine would not be an extension from the M2, and instead it’ll be a further extension of the M1, even beyond the cores of the M1 Max. A previous report from Mark Gurman claimed that we can expect two dies in this machine, essentially forming a dual M1 Max design. Other rumors also point to a 3nm TSMC chip with up to 40 cores but, those are tipped until 2023. Moving on to the iPhone SE, we have another tweet from Ross Young that gives us an actual time frame for this phone. He claims that the iPhone SE 5G model is starting panel production this month, with the actual phone going into production this March. This means that the launch is likely for the 2nd half of April or early May, with shipments also going either in late April or Early May. And yes, it’ll still be the same design we currently get but, with a new processor and 5G capabilities.
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Best deals today: Ring home security systems, Samsung products, and more
Ring Alarm 8-piece kit
Amazon.com is currently letting you save up lots of money on Ring security products to help you keep your home or business safe. First up, we have the Ring Alarm 8-piece kit available for $188 after receiving a 25 percent discount that will get you $62 savings. This home smart security system with optional 24/7 professional monitoring works with Alexa, so you can ask your digital assistant to sound your alarms, disable them, or whatever you want.
The Ring Alarm 8-piece kit is perfect for houses with one or two bedrooms, as the kit includes one base station, one keypad, four contact sensors, one motion detector, and one range extender. This product will also send you mobile notifications when your system is triggered, and you also get the chance to change your Alarm modes and monitor all your Ring devices through the Ring app.
You can also be concerned about what happens outside your home. in that case, you should consider the Ring Floodlight Cam Wired Pro with Bird’s Eye View and 3D Motion Detection that sells for $200 after scoring a $50 discount that represents 20 percent savings. And if you want something even more affordable without smart functionality, you can also consider checking out the Solar Motion Sensor Outdoor Light that sells for $16; after the latest $12 discount that comes when you enter promo code TUSQ24T7.
Ring Alarm 8-piece kit
Keep your home safe with the Ring Alarm 8-piece kit that comes with one base station, one keypad, four contact sensors, one motion detector, one range extender, and tons of cool features.
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This year’s Samsung Galaxy S22 series is undoubtedly one of the coolest smartphones in the market, but its predecessor is also a nice option to consider for those interested in purchasing a Samsung device. For instance, you can get the Samsung Galaxy S21 unlocked for just $520. However, this price tag is only possible because these are refurbished models that may come with a couple of scratches and dents. But don’t worry. They’re fully functional and then come backed up by Woot’s 90-day warranty.
Remember that the Samsung Galaxy S21 comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 processor, 256GB storage, Adreno 660 graphics, an IP67 rating, and other great features. However, this deal will be gone at midnight or when these devices sell out.
You can also consider checking out the latest Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700, which are also available in refurbished condition for just $249, which translates to $130 savings, representing 34 percent savings. And the best part is that you can choose to get them either from eBay or Bose’s official website.
Samsung Galaxy S21
The Samsung Galaxy S21 looks almost identical to its successor, so it is still a cool option to consider for those who want to get their hands on a Samsung Galaxy phone.
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Next up, we have an amazing offer for those who want to take their media experience to the next level, as Samsung’s The Premier ultra-short throw 4K smart laser projector is now available for $2,998 after receiving a 14 percent discount that will get you more than $500 savings.
Samsung’s The Premiere Ultra Short Throw 4K Smart Laser Projector will give you amazing image quality that will take up the space of a 120-inch canvas that will help you enjoy cinematic picture quality from 4K UHD Ultra Bright Laser and 4K resolution with 2200 lumens. Plus, you will also enjoy all the goodies of a smart TV thanks to its Tyzen software and don’t worry, you can also connect your Fire TV Stick to it in case you want another way to take advantage of this amazing image quality.
And if you want something a bit more affordable, you can also consider the BenQ TK700 4K HDR 16ms Low Input Lag Gaming DLP Projector that sells for $1,299 after scoring a $200 discount. Or check out the latest deals available at Samsung.com, where you will find Samsung’s Class Neo QLED 4K Smart TV and the Frame on sale.
Samsung The Premiere
Samsung’s The Premiere Ultra Short Throw 4K Smart Laser Projector features laser technology to let you enjoy cinematic picture quality from 4K UHD Ultra Bright Laser and 4K resolution with 2200 lumens.
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Heading over to the gaming department, we have spotted some deals on a couple of graphic cards, starting with the ASUS ROG Strix NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti which is now available for $1,400 after receiving a 15 percent discount that translates to $250 savings. Or check out the more affordable ASUS TUF Gaming NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti that goes for $1,250 after a $300 discount that represents 19 percent savings.
The ASUS ROG Strix NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti features an Axial-tech dan design with three fans to help your PC keep its cool and to help your battle station deliver top performance all the time.
ASUS ROG Strix NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti
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The HORI Force Feedback Racing Wheel DLX features realistic force feedback, a security mount with a sturdy clamp system, a full-sized racing wheel, and pedals with metal paddle shifters optimized for authentic racing simulation and more.
HORI Force Feedback Racing Wheel
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HUAWEI Mate Xs 2: specs, price, features, and everything you need to know
HUAWEI unveiled its next-generation foldable device, the Mate Xs 2, recently. The new foldable from HUAWEI comes with a different form factor than the currently available foldables on the market — it comes with an outward folding display. The Mate Xs 2 packs a lot of features and is certainly a worthy competitor to the likes of Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 and OPPO Find N. For those looking for a new foldable device with a great screen, premium material, and pro-grade cameras, the HUAWEI Mate Xs 2 is an excellent option. Read along and learn everything about the new foldable from HUAWEI.
HUAWEI Mate Xs 2: Display and Design
Most of the foldables available in the market right now look the same. They feature a small cover screen on the outside with a foldable screen inside. The HUAWEI Mate Xs 2 is a breath of fresh air as it brings a form factor that is not seen very often in the foldable market. The Mate Xs 2 sports an outward folding display just like its predecessor — which our own Roland thinks is not a very a wise choice.
Talking about the display, the HUAWEI Mate Xs 2 features a 6.5-inch OLED display that can be unfolded into a 7.8-inch display. The display features a 2480×2200 pixels resolution and supports up to a 120Hz refresh rate. The pixel density is also very high at 424 PPI. HUAWEI says it has added an Anti-reflection Nano Optical Layer on top that keeps the view clear, even in direct sunlight. When unfolded, the Mate Xs 2 is only 5.4mm thick. It is also one of the lightest foldable available, coming in at only 255g.
One of the concerns of the foldables with an outward folding display is that the screen that folds towards the back of the phone is exposed. This raises a lot of concern as the screen can pick up a lot of scratches. HUAWEI has, however, addressed this concern and is bundling in a protective case in the box with the foldable that covers the ‘back side’ of the screen when it’s folded. When the screen is folded with the case on, you can use the Mate Xs 2 just like any normal Android smartphone. But when you want to use full-screen real estate, you can remove the case and unfold the display.
HUAWEI says that the Xs 2 features an all-new Falcon Wing Hinge. This new mechanism allows the foldable to achieve perfect alignment between the display and hinge, all while improving the durability of the device. The company claims that the Mate Xs 2 is 2.5 times better in terms of drop resistance and 2.8 times better in terms of impact resistance than the last generation Xs. The company says it has been possible thanks to the new hinge mechanism and the advanced MIM steel used to build it.
HUAWEI Mate Xs 2: Cameras
Moving onto the cameras, the Mate Xs 2 features a triple-camera setup on the back. This setup includes a 50MP primary camera, a 13MP ultra-wide angle lens with 120-degree FoV, and an 8MP telephoto lens with 3x optical zoom. The punch-hole cutout in the front houses the smartphone’s 10.7MP selfie camera. Like HUAWEI’s recent flagship smartphones, the Mate Xs 2 also supports HUAWEI XD Optics technology. HUAWEI says this technology enables the cameras to take in more light, all while improving the level of detail.
Thanks to the foldable featuring an outward folding display, you can use the main cameras of the foldable (in folded mode) to take accurate portrait selfies. The 8MP telephoto lens enables 3x optical zoom, so you can move closer to the object without losing any detail.
HUAWEI Mate Xs 2: Processor, Battery, and Software
Despite being a mid-2022 flagship foldable, the HUAWEI Mate Xs 2 is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 888 4G processor instead of the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1. The Snapdragon 888 is, still, a powerful octa-core chipset that features one ARM Cortex-X1 Kryo Prime core clocked at 2.84 GHz, three Cortex-A78 cores clocked at 2.42GHzm, and four Cortex-A55 cores clocked at 1.8GHz.
Though the Snapdragon 888 will be able to handle all the day-to-day tasks easily, the only downside of this chipset is that it doesn’t support 5G networks. HUAWEI has, however, tried to compensate for the lack of 5G by improving the Wi-Fi wireless connectivity. The Mate Xs 2 is the first smartphone to support tri-band Wi-Fi.
Backing the Mate Xs 2 is a big 4600 mAh battery cell that supports HUAWEI’s 66W SuperCharge technology. The company claims that HUAWEI Mate Xs 2 can be charged from 0-90% in just under 30 minutes. In addition, HUAWEI has added a Graphene Liquid Cooling System to keep the brain of the smartphone running cool. There’s no support for wireless charging, though.
The HUAWEI Mate Xs 2 runs on a specialized version of EMUI 12, which is based on Google’s latest Android 12 operating system. The icons, display, and text adjust automatically when you unfold the screen. Thanks to the big 7.8-inch display, you can also see up to 12 people at once during a video call on the Mate Xs 2. EMUI 12 also enables smart interactions such as split-screen, multi-window, and floating app windows. Like the other HUAWEI devices, no Google apps are present onboard.
HUAWEI Mate Xs 2: Price, Colors, and Availability
HUAWEI Mate Xs 2 was unveiled in China last month. The company has since confirmed that the device will be available in the international markets starting next month, i.e., June. However, unlike China, where the company launched three variants of the foldable, HUAWEI is bringing only one variant to the global markets.
In Europe, only the 8GB RAM and 512GB internal storage variant will be sold. It will retail at a steep price of €1999 (~£1,700). This is much lower than the price at which Mate X2 was introduced but still higher than the price of Samsung’s foldables (which are available at a price of ~£1,500). The foldable will be available in three colors: White, Black, and Violet.
|Variant||Price (China)||Price (GBP/EUR)|
What’s in the box?
HUAWEI is one of the few rare companies that still includes some essential accessories, tools, and guides in the box. In addition to the HUAWEI Mate Xs 2 itself, the box comes with a USB Type-C Cable, 66W fast charger, SIM ejection tool, quick start guide, an official case, and a protective film that is pre-applied on the foldable.
HUAWEI Mate Xs 2
Latest foldable from HUAWEI
Mate Xs 2 is the latest foldable from HUAWEI. It builds on the legacy that Mate X2 left, and comes with a big 7.8-inch outward-folding OLED display. Other features include a 4,600 mAh battery, 66W charging, 50MP camera sensor, and Android 12. Check out all the deals on the device using the links given below.
HUAWEI Mate Xs 2 Specs
|Category||HUAWEI Mate Xs 2|
|Display||– Unfolded: 7.8-inches (2480 x 2200 Pixels)
– Folded: 6.5-inches (2480 x 1176 Pixels)
|Display Features||Foldable OLED, 120Hz refresh rate, 424 PPI|
|Processor||Snapdragon 888 4G|
|Expandable Storage||Yes, up to 256 GB (Nano Memory)|
|Rear Cameras||– Primary: 50 MP, f/1.8, (wide), PDAF, Laser AF
– Telephoto: 8 MP, f/2.4, 3x optical zoom
– Ultra-wide: 13 MP, f/2.2, 120-degree FoV
|Front Camera||10.7 MP, f/2.2|
|Video Modes||4K @ 30 fps, 1080p HD @ 30/60/120/240/960 fps|
|Security||Pin, Pattern, Password, Fingerprint sensor (side-mounted)|
|Connectivity||Dual-SIM, LTE (No 5G), 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax, Bluetooth 5.2|
|Ports||USB-C 3.1 Gen 1, No 3.5mm Headphone Jack|
|Operating System||EMUI 12 (Android 12)|
|Colors||White, Black, Violet|
|Dimensions||– Unfolded: 156.5 x 139.3 x 5.4 mm
– Folded: 156.5 x 75.5 x 11.1 mm
|Release date||April 28, 2022|
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