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Hands-on with the ZTE Axon 20 5G and its disappearing camera
by João Carrasqueira
In December, ZTE launched the world's first commercially available smartphone with an under-display camera in markets around the world. The ZTE Axon 20 5G, as it's called, is a mid-range phone, but has the peculiarity of having a 32MP selfie camera hidden behind a small portion of the screen, and now we have our own review unit to take a look at. ZTE talks a lot about how it achieved this, using a combination of high-transparency materials, a special pixel matrix, AI algorithms, and more.
The display itself is a 6.92-inch panel with fairly minimal bezels all around, since there's no camera, earpiece, or ambient light sensor on the bezel - it's all under the display. That panel has a resolution of 2460x1080 and a 90Hz refresh rate.
In terms of internal specs, the Axon 20 5G comes with a Snapdragon 765G chipset that allows the phone to have 5G support, 8GB of RAM, and 128GB of internal storage. It also has a 4,220mAh battery to power the device, and that charges at 30W, which should get you up to 60% in 30 minutes or back to a full battery in 55 minutes.
The ZTE Axon 20 5G is available in markets around the world for $449/€449/£419. While ZTE lists the price in U.S. dollars on its global website, it apparently can't deliver the phone to North America. You can check out our hands-on video below.
By Steven P.
Connect to your PC remotely with Chrome Remote Desktop from any device
by Steven Parker
Although Microsoft already has native support for Remote Desktop baked into Windows, their app forces the desktop on the client to resize all of the windows to "fit" on the device connecting to it, meaning when you come back to login on the desktop that you connected to remotely, all of the open apps will now be tiny windows on the screen, which is not great.
Fortunately, Google has a free Remote Desktop app that lets you connect to a PC from any supported Android or iOS device and even through the web browser. It does require you to have the Chrome browser installed because it is a web app extension.
Install the Chrome Remote Desktop Extension on the computer you want to connect to remotely Then go to https://remotedesktop.google.com/access/ to add the computer You will be prompted to give the computer a name and (at least) a six digit PIN Gallery: Setup Chrome Remote Desktop
Once you have completed the above steps you will need to install the client on the device you will use to connect to your desktop.
Install the Chrome Remote Desktop app on the device you will use to connect to the remote PC.
Install for Android devices | Install for iOS devices Once the app is installed, tap on the hamburger menu and ensure you are signed in to the same account that the remote desktop is signed into Chrome with, tap the account to switch to it A list of your remote PCs will appear Tap on the remote desktop you want to access and enter the PIN
When you connect, you will see the remote PC desktop in the orientation for your device, so portrait for a phone and tablet, you can switch to landscape view and pinch to zoom in or out to make it easier to control the remote PC. In addition, there is a top navigation bar that auto hides and lets you bring up a virtual keyboard, capture the mouse cursor as well as context menu options to send Ctrl-Alt-Del, resize the desktop to fit.
Gallery: Mobile device access
An added bonus is that this method to connect does not resize any opened windows on the PC, and it also does not lock your PC when a user is connected to it remotely, so anyone can watch along which also makes it perfect for remote assistance.
You can also opt to give someone a one-time access code to grant them access to provide Remote Assistance. However, this method only appears to be possible directly through the web browser at https://remotedesktop.google.com/support that lets you generate a code, or connect to a PC with a code.
Let us know what remote solution you use for your computers in the comments below!
By Jay Bonggolto
U.S. carriers offering the Galaxy S21 5G series with discounts or for free with trade-in
by Jay Bonggolto
Shortly after the launch of Samsung's Galaxy S21 series, the major network carriers in the U.S. have announced their respective offerings. These deals either slashed the phones' prices or offer them for free with eligible trade-in.
For its part, T-Mobile announced today that the 5G versions of the latest smartphones will be available to its customers for free if they trade in an eligible device. For a qualified trade-in, T-Mobile will offer the Galaxy S21 5G phones for free with 24 monthly bill credits. Customers won't have to add a line or port in a number to avail of this deal.
In case customers don't have an eligible device to trade, they can still get a free S21 5G handset with 24 monthly bill credits if they purchase one and add a line. Alternatively, they can get up to $800 off any other eligible phone if they don't want to pick up a free S21 device.
The free phone offering is also available to T-Mobile for Business customers with 24 monthly bill credits when they add a line on Magenta Business Plus accounts. On top of that, they can get $100 for every activated line. In addition, the new Galaxy Buds Pro is available to purchase via T-Mobile stores today.
Verizon, on the other hand, has also launched additional promotions for the S21 5G series. If you switch to its network, you can get the 128GB variant of the S21+ 5G for free or get $1,000 off any Galaxy S21 device with select trade-in and eligible unlimited plans. For existing customers, Verizon is offering a $600 discount on a Galaxy S21 handset with qualified trade-in on select unlimited plans.
Even without trading in, you can just buy any S21 model in order to get another S21 phone for free or get $1,000 off another phone in the series with select unlimited plans when you add a new line. Your S21 purchase can also get you a Galaxy Watch 3 at a starting price of $199.99.
When you open a Visa Card account with Verizon upon checkout, you can get $100 Verizon Dollars with your S21 purchase. Additionally, there's up to $100 in credit over 24 months when you pay your bills using the Verizon Visa Card.
Meanwhile, AT&T is offering up to $800 off any S21 5G device for new and existing customers when they trade in an eligible handset and pay for a 30-month installment plan. Customers can also save 50% on the Galaxy Buds Pro for a limited period if they purchase a device.
Samsung's latest 5G handsets will be up for grabs on January 29. Pre-orders kick off today via T-Mobile, Verizon, and AT&T.
By Abhay V
A near-final build of Windows 10X has leaked to the web
by Abhay Venkatesh
A near-final build of Windows 10X has leaked on to the web, giving those interested in going through the tricky process of installing it a glimpse at Microsoft’s latest OS – a competitor to Google’s lightweight Chrome OS. The initial release is expected to be aimed only at single screened PCs and is reportedly set to launch this spring.
Windows 10X was first showed off back in October 2019 and was aimed at dual-screened devices like the Surface Neo. However, with the Neo delayed indefinitely, the Redmond giant repurposed the OS for single-screened devices. Additionally, while the OS was expected to debut with support for Win32 apps through a virtualization technology called VAIL, those plans reportedly changed, making Windows 10X an offering slated to debut on low-end devices due to its lightweight nature.
Microsoft is supposedly planning to add Win32 app support in the future and the OS is not expected to arrive on new form factors – such as dual-screened devices – till at least 2022. A report from The Verge suggests that the leaked build contains support for Win32 apps in a developer-only mode which cannot be accessed by general users. For now, the offering runs UWP apps from the Microsoft Store and Progressive Web Apps through the Chromium-based Edge browser.
With the development of the company’s lightweight OS now nearing completion, it will be interesting to see when the firm plans to unveil the offering officially. Rumors are making the rounds that the launch will be one without much fanfare. OEM partners are also expected to unveil low-power PCs running Windows 10X aimed at the education market and the like in the coming months.
Considering the risks and complexities associated with installing leaked builds, we will not be posting links to any resources for the build. Additionally, we always urge users to exercise caution and not install these builds on their main machines.
Samsung introduces the Galaxy S21 Ultra, the "ultimate smartphone experience"
by João Carrasqueira
As expected, Samsung took some time today to unveil the new Galaxy S21 lineup of smartphones, which includes the top-tier Galaxy S21 Ultra. Samsung calls it the "ultimate smartphone experience", and on paper, it looks to deliver on that.
The Galaxy S21 Ultra has a 6.8-inch Dynamic AMOLED 2X display at QHD+ (3200x1440) resolution and dynamic refresh rates between 10Hz and 120Hz. It delivers up to 1,500 nits of peak brightness and a 50% better contrast ratio compared to its predecessor. As all the rumors suggested, the phone does support the S Pen from existing Galaxy Note or Galaxy Tab devices, but you can also buy it separately. It's sold standalone or with a protective case that houses the pen and the phone.
The phone is covered in Corning Gorilla Glass Victus front and back, and it features a camera bump that Samsung calls Countour Cut Camera, which blends into the phone's metal frame. That camera bump houses a quad-camera setup, featuring an upgraded 108MP primary sensor, which combines nine pixels into one for a 12MP shot. It has a f/1.8 aperture and 0.8µm pixels, but that amounts to 2.4µm per pixel in the 12MP result. The new camera supports 12-bit HDR photos and promises 64 times richer colors and over three times more dynamic range.
You can also record 4K video at 60 frames per second with any of the cameras on the phone, which include a 12MP ultra-wide lens with f/2.2 aperture, and two 10MP telephoto cameras, one with 3x optical zoom and f/2.4 and one with 10x zoom and f/4.9 aperture. The cameras also have an improved night mode, and Samsung says this is its biggest leap in night photography yet. On the front, there's a 40MP selfie camera with phase detection auto-focus.
The Galaxy S21 Ultra also comes with Ultra-wideband (UWB) support, meaning you can use it to unlock certain car doors, for example. You can also use the AR finder to let other Galaxy users know you need help finding a lost item, as long as their smartphone also supports the feature. As far as networks go, the Galaxy S21 Ultra supports sub-6 and mmWave 5G as well as Wi-Fi 6E.
As far as performance goes, of course, the Galaxy S21 Ultra comes with the Snapdragon 888 chipset in North America or the Exynos 2100 in other select markets. Both are octa-core processors with clock speeds maxing out at either 2.9GHz or 2.8GHz. You also get either 12GB or 16GB of RAM and up to 512GB of internal storage. The battery is 5,000mAh and it can fast-charge up to 50% in 30 minutes. Samsung says it also increased the speed of wireless charging.
Pre-orders for the Galaxy S21 Ultra start today, and the phone starts at $1,199 for 12GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. The phone will be available at multiple retailers in Phantom Silver and Phantom Black, while Samsung itself will sell additional variants including Phantom Titanium, Phantom Navy, and Phantom Brown.