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By Rich Woods
Samsung reportedly releasing an Exynos-powered Windows 10 PC this year
by Rich Woods
Samsung Galaxy Book2 Samsung is no stranger to making Windows on ARM PCs, releasing devices for the most recent two generations of Qualcomm's Snapdragon Compute Platforms. But while Windows on ARM is referred to by some as Windows on Snapdragon, that phrase might not be accurate soon, as Samsung might just be working on a laptop that uses its own processor.
The report comes out of ZDNet Korea (via SamMobile), and it claims that Samsung is going to release an Exynos-powered laptop this year. It's going to come with an Exynos 2200 chipset, and even more interestingly, an AMD GPU.
Samsung and AMD have both confirmed that they were working together on a new chipset. The going assumption and rumor was that that chipset was going to be for an upcoming version of the Galaxy Z Fold. As it turns out, the two firms have completely different ambitions in mind.
As it stands right now, the only officially supported ARM processors for Windows 10 are made by Qualcomm. The only other chip vendor that's making ARM processors for PCs, obviously, is Apple, which is transitioning its Mac lineup to its custom SoCs. Indeed, compared to just a few years ago, there's a ton of competition for Intel, which is the market incumbent. AMD's Ryzen processors are better than ever, and this is the first time in years that a new architecture is supported by Windows. It would seem that Samsung is set to become another competitor for Intel.
The new Exynos-powered PC is set to arrive this year, and according to the report, it should show up in the third quarter. It's unclear, however, if Samsung is going to push the same value proposition as other ARM chip-makers. Apple is boasting performance and battery life, while Qualcomm champions its integrated cellular connectivity and fanless designs. With an AMD GPU, it's possible that Samsung could go for power.
Samsung's Mobility Enhancer technology improves MIMO throughput by 30%
by João Carrasqueira
Cellular tower image via Shutterstock Samsung is improving the quality of its mobile networks thanks to a new solution it calls Mobility Enhancer, the company announced today. As the name implies, the focus of the technology is to improve the experience for users while they're on the move, which usually causes data speeds to get worse due to instability.
Mobility Enhancer is a software solution that Samsung is applying to its Massive MIMO radios, and it improves the beamforming technology in those radios to make them more accurate for moving users. Samsung tested the technology in a field trial and found that data throughput was up by as much as 30% for a walking user. JeongHo Park, VP and Head of the Advanced System Design lab at Samsung's network division, said:
Since it's a software solution, it's easier to upgrade than if it required new hardware, and Samsung says it will deliver software updates to its Massive MIMO radios around the world this year, so those performance improvements shouldn't be too far off. While the focus is naturally on 5G, the technology should benefit 4G users, too.
By Steven P.
Deal of the Day: Unlocked Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra 5G at $375 off
by Steven Parker
In today's Amazon Deal of the Day, you can save $375 off on the Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra 5G and $200 off on the non Ultra 5G variant. The Note20 series launched last summer and we reviewed the European Note20 Ultra 5G variant which you can read here. The factory unlocked phone normally costs $1299.99, but today you can grab the 128GB variant at 29% off.
Here's what we had to say about this phone in our review
The main problem we had with it was the price. Here's the full spec sheet:
Galaxy Note20 Ultra 5G
CPU Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+
Octa-core (1x3.0 GHz Kryo 585 & 3x2.42 GHz Kryo 585 & 4x1.8 GHz Kryo 585) GPU Adreno 650 Display 6.9 inches, 1440x3088, 525ppi, 120Hz FHD or 60Hz QHD, Dynamic AMOLED 2X Body 161.9x73.7x7.8mm (6.37x2.90x0.31in), 186g (6.56oz) Camera 108MP main + 12MP ultra-wide + 12MP telephoto, Front - 10MP Video 8K - 24fps, 4K - 60fps, HDR10+, Front - 4K - 60fps Aperture f/1.8 + f/2.0 + f/3.0, Front - F/2.2 Storage 256GB UFS 3.0 RAM 12GB Battery 4,500mAh, 25W fast charging 5G Sub6 + mmWave Color Mystic Bronze, Mystic Black, Mystic White OS Android 10 with OneUI 2.5 Price $924.99 In addition to this Mystic Black variant, a couple of other colors are available for the Note20 Ultra:
Galaxy Note20 Ultra 5G, 128GB Mystic Bronze at $375 off for $924.99 (list price $1299.99) Galaxy Note20 Ultra 5G, 128GB Mystic White at $375 off for $924.99 (list price $1299.99) Here are the specs for the Note20 5G:
Galaxy Note20 5G
6.7-inches flat FHD+ Super AMOLED Plus, Infinity-O Display (2400x1080), 393ppi, HDR10+ certified, 60Hz display
75.2 x 161.6 x 8.3mm, 194g
12MP, F1.8, 79 degrees,
Super Speed Dual Pixel AF, 1.8μm pixel, OIS
12MP, F2.2, 120 degrees, 1.4μm pixel
64MP, F2.0, 76 degrees, 0.8μm pixel, OIS, Telephoto: 3X hybrid optical zoom
Up to 8K at 24fps
10MP, F2.2, 80 degrees, 1.22μm pixel, dual pixel AF
7nm Snapdragon 865+ (U.S., 5G)
4,300mAh, 25W fast charging
Android 10 with One UI 2.5
LTE/5G (sub6 + mmWave)
Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.0, Type-C, NFC
Ultrasonic in-display fingerprint sensor
Samsung Pay (NFC payments)
Stereo speakers with Dolby Atmos
IP68 water and dust resistance
Galaxy Note20 5G, 128GB Mystic Bronze at $200 off for $799.99 (list price $999.99) Galaxy Note20 5G, 128GB Mystic Gray at $200 off for $799.99 (list price $999.99) Galaxy Note20 5G, 128GB Mystic Green at $200 off for $799.99 (list price $999.99) At the time of writing, neither Note20 variants have the larger 512GB model available to purchase. This deal is part of a wider sales promotion by Samsung on Amazon that you can check out here, some deals, like this one, are for today Feb 24 only, and others are flash deals or for the whole week.
This deal qualifies for free delivery and free returns even without Prime. You can also add a 3-Year Accident Protection plan for an additional $99.99.
Get the Galaxy Note20 Ultra 5G for $924.99 (list price $1299.99) at Amazon
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Google, Xiaomi, and OPPO are reportedly launching foldables this year
by João Carrasqueira
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 It's been a couple of years since we started seeing phones with foldable displays, but the only company that has really left an impression on most people is Samsung with its Z Fold and Z Flip lines. Huawei has made a few foldables by now, and yesterday it announced the Mate X2, but you don't get Google services with those.
If you've been waiting for other companies to introduce alternatives, a new report from The Elec (via SamMobile) may have some good news for you. According to the report, Samsung's display division has been developing foldable display panels - specifically the kind where the display bends inward, similar to Samsung's own phones - to sell to Google, Xiaomi, and OPPO.
All three of the companies have either shown off foldable prototypes of their own or been reported to be working on a phone with the form factor, so this seems to make sense. Rumors of a foldable Pixel device first popped up last summer, and today's report claims that Google is sourcing a 7.6-inch display from Samsung Display. There's no information on a potential external display, though it could be sourced from a different company.
OPPO, for its part, is reportedly getting a 7.7-inch display, but it comes with the interesting tidbit that it's more of a clamshell-type display, similar to that of the Galaxy Z Flip, albeit significantly bigger (the Z Flip has a 6.7-inch panel). Additionally, OPPO is looking for an external display that's between 1.5 and 2 inches in size, which would be between the display on the Z Flip and Motorola's razr in terms of size.
Finally, Xiaomi is sourcing an 8.03-inch foldable panel from Samsung and another display supplier, CSOT. An external 6.83-inch panel is also mentioned, so it's more like the Galaxy Z Fold2. Last year, Xiaomi had an external folding display prototype instead, and it even had two folds allowing the full display to be even bigger. It seems that inner displays are becoming more prevalent, likely due to them being more protected when not in use.
All of these phones are said to be releasing within the year, so we shouldn't have long to wait to learn about them, assuming plans don't fall through.
by Razvan Serea
CrystalDiskInfo is a HDD/SSD health monitoring utility. It displays basic HDD (also SSD and USB-HDD) information, monitors S.M.A.R.T. values and disk temperature. It will also display the S.M.A.R.T data as a list so you can see the specific issue that a hard drive may have. It provides a health rating based on your drive’s SMART status, plus will list its temperature, enabling you to see just how hot your drives are running. As various factors approach thresholds of danger, CrystalDiskInfo will alert you, letting you know it's time to make backups while you still can.
CrystalDiskInfo 8.11.2 changelog:
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Update language files (Simplified Chinese)
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