Samsung said to be providing Apple with OLED displays for 16-inch MacBook Pro, iPad Pros

A photo of an iPad showing a game developed by the Final Fantasy creator. Apple

Samsung is reportedly in talks with Apple to supply the latter with OLED displays. According to The Elec, Apple will feature the displays in its rumored 16-inch MacBook Pro and future iPad Pro models.

The Elec doesn’t have a track record of Apple rumors, so take the report with a big grain of salt. That said, the report claims that Samsung is using a Thin Film Encapsulation (TFE) method of production to create thinner OLED panels. Such a method can lead to thinner versions of the MacBook Pro and iPad Pro, though it also offers more space for something like a larger battery.

Samsung currently supplies Apple with OLED displays for the iPhone X, XS, and XS Max.

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If the report is true, the rumored 16-inch MacBook Pro will be the first Apple computer to feature an OLED display. The future iPad Pro models will also be the first in Apple’s series of tablets to make the switch from LCD to OLED.

According to leading Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, the machine will launch sometime this year with a new design. Kuo also said Apple will start to mass-produce two new iPad Pro models between Q4 2019 and Q1 2020.

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Realme 3 Pro vs Samsung Galaxy M30: The obvious choice

There have never been more options in the highly competitive $200-$250 price segment. In a clash between reigning smartphone stalwarts and sprightly upstarts, it is the consumers who end up winning.

Realme is one such upstart that has carved out a definite niche for itself by providing top-notch hardware, great cameras and an equally good software experience. In our Realme 3 Pro review, we found the phone to be a fairly competitive device that presents itself as an alternative to the popular Redmi Note 7 Pro.

However, Samsung too has been hitting it out of the park with their refreshed focus on the mid-range. The Samsung Galaxy M30 is one such phone that packs a gorgeous AMOLED display and a huge battery. Which one should you choose? We help you make a decision in our Realme 3 Pro vs Samsung Galaxy M30 comparison.

Design

Both phones employ a polycarbonate finish that is equal parts resistant to damage from drops and a bit of a scuff magnet. We’ve had the two phones around for a few weeks now and there are very clear and evident signs of scratches and scuffs. Keeping up with the latest design trends, both phones have a gradient-rich design that looks quite good. The Realme 3 Pro has a bit more flair to it. Between the more interesting color scheme and the gold trim around the camera module, the Realme 3 definitely has a more interesting look from the back.

Realme 3 Pro vs Galaxy M30 showing back of the phone

Flip the phones over and the Realme 3 Pro and Samsung Galaxy M30 look remarkably similar. Both devices have a waterdrop notch and large displays. To be fair, there is little room for differentiation here, as all smartphones move towards a homogeneous design with minimal bezels, small notches, and the smallest chin possible.

Realme 3 Pro vs Galaxy M30 front notches

Other differences are fairly minimal. Button layouts between the two phones differ, and the Realme 3 Pro sports a Micro-USB port, which is a definite downer. The two phones weigh approximately the same, which is an interesting point given the much larger battery capacity on the Galaxy M30.

Display

While the notch might have stylistic differences, the biggest differentiator between the Realme 3 Pro and the Samsung Galaxy M30 is the kind of screen used. The Realme 3 Pro has a 6.3-inch IPS LCD panel while the Galaxy M30 sports a 6.4-inch Super AMOLED display. The difference is stark and while the Realme 3 Pro’s screen looks quite good, the deep blacks and vibrant colors of the M30 can’t be beat.

Realme 3 Pro vs Galaxy M30 showing display

Viewing angles are generally great on both phones but the Super AMOLED panel on the M30 really takes the cake for being one of the most visually appealing displays at this price point. The Galaxy M30 allows you to adjust screen saturation levels and color profiles to suit your preferences. The Realme 3 Pro too lets you change the saturation levels, but the implementation just isn’t as effective. As an aside, both phones support the Widevine L1 DRM so you should have no trouble streaming high resolution content from Netflix and others.

Performance

Realme 3 Pro

  • Snapdragon 710
  • 4GB or 6GB RAM
  • 64GB or 128GB storage
  • micro SD expansion

Galaxy M30

  • Exynos 7904
  • 4GB or 6GB of RAM
  • 64GB or 128GB storage
  • micro SD expansion

As far as performance is concerned, there really is no comparison between the two phones. The Realme 3 Pro is, by far, a much more powerful device compared to the Galaxy M30. The Snapdragon 710 chipset used on the Realme 3 Pro ensures that it can handily keep up with any and all tasks you might throw at it. Be it heavy multitasking or just regular day-to-day use, there is enough power under the hood to ensure no slowdowns or noticeable lags.

The Galaxy M30’s Exynos 7904 chipset is a definite downgrade in comparison. Yes, you might not notice much of a difference in regular day-to-day tasks, but heavier apps and games will definitely take just a bit longer to start. Simply put, it is a slower processor and it shows once you start pushing the hardware.

Avoid the Galaxy M30 if gaming is a priority.

Graphics capabilities are where the two phones differ the most. Where the Adreno 616 GPU is able to crank out high frame rates at the maximum graphics setting in PUBG, the M30’s Mali G71 MP2 struggles at delivering a solid frame rate even at the medium graphics option. The M30 is one to avoid if gaming is a priority.

Realme 3 Pro AnTuTu
Screenshot of the Samsung Galaxy M30 AnTuTu benchmark results.

Benchmark scores validate our own tests and there is a huge difference between the Realme 3 Pro and Galaxy M30 in the AnTuTu benchmark.

Battery

A bigger battery or faster charging, that’s what you will have to choose between when deciding between the Realme 3 Pro and the Samsung Galaxy M30. A 4,000mAh battery is no slouch and the Realme 3 Pro can easily last you well over a day of use. Add to that VOOC 3.0 charging and you’ve got a phone that can be topped off from scratch in just about 70 minutes.

Bigger battery or faster charging, what do you prefer?

The Realme 3 Pro has great battery life but the Samsung Galaxy M30 manages to top that with an enormous 5,000mAh battery onboard. The phone comfortably manages two days of use. While not as fast as VOOC charging, the 15W fast charger included with the phone can top off the phone fairly quickly.

Camera

Realme 3 Pro vs Galaxy M30 close up of cameras

Realme 3 Pro

  • 16MP, f/1.7
  • 5MP depth sensor
  • 25MP front facing camera

Galaxy M30

  • 13MP, f/1.9
  • 5MP ultra wide camera
  • 5MP depth sensor
  • 16MP front facing camera

The Realme 3 Pro’s dual-camera array faces competition from a triple-camera combination on the Galaxy M30. It would be hard to call either phone as best in class, that crown goes to the Redmi Note 7 Pro, but they are both capable of capturing perfectly serviceable shots.

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Realme 3 Pro Outdoors

Out and about in bright daylight, the Realme 3 Pro has a cooler cast to the image and it gives the image a slight saturation boost that makes colors pop. The Galaxy M30 too doesn’t quite get the colors right but the warmer cast might make the images a bit more appealing to look at.

Galaxy M30 Outdoor Wide Angle

The one area where the Galaxy M30 definitely has the Realme 3 Pro beat is in the secondary wide-angle camera. Picture quality falls far short of excellent but the sheer flexibility can’t be beat. The ultra-wide camera offers a lot of opportunities to get creative with photography.

Galaxy M30 Realme 3 Pro Galaxy M30

Realme 3 Pro

The Realme 3 Pro’s HDR mode is a lot more effective at containing highlights and bringing out details from dark areas. The Galaxy M30, on the right, burns out the yellow petals. The Realme 3 Pro does a much better job here.

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Realme 3 Pro Indoors

In less than perfect lighting, noise levels go up on both phones. While I prefer the warmer color signature of the Galaxy M30, the image is noticeably softer compared to the one captured by the Realme 3 Pro. Noise levels are also higher than you would expect. In extreme low-light conditions, the Realme 3 Pro has a night mode built-in, that can produce a brighter but extremely noisy image.

The Realme 3 Pro can capture 4K video at 30FPS as well as super slow-motion 960fps video. The Galaxy M30 on the other hand maxes out at Full HD video recording. Recorded footage looks comparable on both phones, but the lack of any form of stabilization tends to make videos look shaky.

Software

Realme 3 Pro

  • Android Pie
  • Color OS 6
Samsung Galaxy M30

  • Android Oreo
  • Samsung Experience 9.5 UI

There are pros and cons to the software approach on both devices. The Samsung Galaxy M30 still runs on Android Oreo. With the upcoming release of Android Q, it is appalling to see a top-tier manufacturer ship a phone with such an old software build. That said, Samsung Experience 9.5 on the phone has been polished to a sheen and the user experience is incredible. Samsung has done a brilliant job of optimizing the software for the hardware and you will struggle to find slowdowns or jitters in the interface. There are ample features here to customize your entire phone usage experience.

Meanwhile, the Realme 3 Pro runs a newer build of Android. Color OS 6 runs on top of Android Pie and it too, gives you a lot of options to tweak the phone’s interface to your liking. Unfortunately, in our review, we observed that the software wasn’t quite polished enough. From the awkward translations to some less than optimal hard-coded options, the Realme 3 Pro’s software needs a bit more work.

Specs

  Realme 3 Pro Samsung Galaxy M30
Display 6.3-inch IPS LCD display
2340 x 1080 resolution
6.4 inches, 1080 x 2340 pixels (~394 ppi), ‘Infinity-V’ Super AMOLED
Processor 2.2GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 710
Adreno 616 GPU
Exynos 7904 (2 x Cortex A73 at 1.8GHz, 6 x Cortex A53 at 1.6GHz)
Mali-G71 MP2
RAM 4/6GB 4/6GB
Storage 64/128GB 64/128GB
Micro SD Expansion
Camera 16MP (IMX519) + 5MP dual rear cameras
25MP front-facing camera
Rear: 13MP, f/1.9, 5MP, f/2.2 Ultra Wide 120 degrees, 5MP, f/2.2 Depth Sensor
Battery 4,045mAh
VOOC 3.0 fast charging
5,000mAh, USB-C
15W Fast Charging
Software ColorOS 6.0
based on Android 9 Pie
Android 8.1.0, Samsung Experience 9.5
Dimensions 156.8 x 74.2 x 8.3mm
172grams
159 x 75.1 x 8.4 mm
174 grams
Price 13,999 rupees – 4GB RAM/64GB storage
15,999 rupees – 6GB RAM/64GB storage
16,999 rupees – 6GB RAM/128GB storage
14,990 rupees – 4GB RAM/64GB storage
17,990 rupees – 6GB RAM/128GB storage

Value for money

As more users upgrade from entry level smartphones to something with a bit more grunt, smartphone manufacturers are doing their best to offer the best possible hardware package in this segment. Both the Realme 3 Pro and the Samsung Galaxy M30 offer rather good value for money by targeting very different audiences.

It is clear that the Galaxy M30 is directed towards users who aren’t too demanding from their phones and need something that does the basics right. Couple that with great battery life and you’ve got a winner on hand. The Galaxy M30 is priced at 14,990 rupees (~$210) for the 4GB RAM and 64GB storage version, while you can step up to the 6GB RAM variant with 128GB of storage for 17,990 rupees (~$250).

The Realme 3 Pro is meant for gamers or users who demand more from their hardware. The software isn’t as polished and the battery isn’t as big, but the Realme 3 Pro’s Snapdragon 710 can run circles around the Exynos 7904 on the M30. The Realme 3 Pro starts at 13,999 rupees (~$200) for 4GB RAM and 64GB storage, and goes up to 16,999 (~$245) for 6GB RAM and 128GB storage.

A third alternative, of course, is the Redmi Note 7 Pro. A brilliant package, the phone combines a Snapdragon 675 chipset with a flagship level 48-megapixel camera that is capable of capturing truly brilliant photos. The base model of the Redmi Note 7 Pro with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage is priced at 13,999 rupees (~$196) while the higher-end option with 6GB RAM with 64GB of storage is available for 16,999 rupees (~$243).

Realme 3 Pro vs Samsung Galaxy M30: Our Verdict

Realme 3 Pro vs Galaxy M30 back and logos

Between the Realme 3 Pro vs Samsung Galaxy M30, we would opt for the Realme. For our money it offers better performance, a battery that lasts long enough and a camera that resolves a bit more detail. That’s not to say that the Galaxy M30 is a bad phone but the antiquated software build does not exude confidence and it remains to be seen how well the lower-end hardware holds up over years of use.

KaiOS gets $50m in funding, hits 100m phones shipped

Google Assistant on a KaiOS phone.

KaiOS has quickly become one of the most popular mobile platforms in the world, bringing smartphone-style features to cheap feature phones. The platform previously received a $22 million cash injection from Google last year, and it’s now received a $50 million round of funding.

The funding round, led by Cathay Innovation, includes Google and TCL as well, according to an emailed press statement. So what will the team do with its cash injection?

“With the Series B funding, Kai plans to expand into new markets, invest in product portfolio research and development, and expand its ecosystem by accelerating the growth of the KaiOS developer community; to further bridge the digital divide,” KaiOS Technologies explained in the statement.

Google is bringing more than just money to KaiOS though, as it’s also delivered Youtube, Google Assistant, and Google Maps. The company also announced earlier this year that it would be bringing Voice Typing to the platform.

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The platform-holder also revealed that its partners have shipped over 100 million KaiOS devices to date. That represents a substantial leap over its reported 85 million shipped figure back at MWC in February.

KaiOS phones recently arrived on the African continent too, thanks to devices like the MTN Smart S and Orange Sanza. We spent a week with the former device, finding it to have plenty of positives, but a very weak spec sheet too.

“In markets where $10 extra can mean the difference between eating for the week and not, a $17 phone with WhatsApp and other smart features might be a game-changer. As woefully compromised as it is in terms of specs, there’s really nothing like it in many markets,” we wrote in our KaiOS phone review.

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Laut BT Surround Sound System

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Jumpman lands in the latest Fortnite Item Shop Update

All the latest goodies from the shop to add to your collection!

The Fortnite Item Shop has updated once again, and players can now hop in and pick up some new gear, including brand new cosmetics, gliders, and other items.

Today’s update adds a brand new bundle into the game in the form of the Hang Time Bundle, giving players the option of grabbing two new outfits and a set of challenges to unlock a variety of styles for the skins that are all themed around the latest Jordan-themed update to Fortnite. Also added back into the shop was the Tomatohead outfit and its Axeroni and Night Slicer items.

Alongside the bevy of skins and pickaxes, players can also pick up some cheaper items to add to their arsenal. Today, the Jaeger and Brawler outfits are in the shop, alongside the Battle Axe and Hot Rod items. For emotes, the Squat Kick dance and a new emote, Buckets, is available.

Jumpman, jumpman

Hang Time Bundle

1,800 V-Bucks

Malicious intention

Malice

2,000 V-Bucks

Hot sprays

Heat

500 V-Bucks

Swing the flames

Burning Axe

1,200 V-Bucks

A new king

Tomatohead

1,500 V-Bucks

Slice up the loot

Axeroni

800 V-Bucks

Cut up

Night Slicer

800 V-Bucks

More, please

Extra Cheese

1,200 V-Bucks

A viking lord

Jaeger

1,500 V-Bucks

Fight it out

Brawler

1,200 V-Bucks

A trusty weapon

Battle Axe

800 V-Bucks

A new ride

Hot Rod

500 V-Bucks

Do the dance

Squat Kick

800 V-Bucks

Swish!

Buckets

200 V-Bucks

As is the case with every day, the Fortnite item shop updates every day at 8 pm EST, which means the clock is ticking on your ability to pick up any of these items.

Updated May 22, 2019: The store updated with all the latest goodies for you to enjoy!

Sony Mobile will be dropping (or reducing) operations in these markets

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Sony’s smartphone business has been in the doldrums for a while, as the likes of Huawei, Samsung, and Xiaomi streak ahead. The Japanese giant confirmed last year that it was investigating the possibility of downsizing operations in certain regions as a result. Now, these plans have indeed become a reality.

Sony held its investor relations day this week (h/t: Xperia Blog), and one of the slides in its presentation showed a list of markets that will be dropped or see reduced operations. More specifically, the affected markets include Africa, Australia, Canada, India, Latin America, the Middle East, South East Asia.

A list of Sony Mobile dropped markets. Sony Mobile

The slide also reveals Sony has way more defocused/dropped countries than focus markets. The company’s focus areas are Europe, Hong Kong, Japan, and Taiwan. Now, that doesn’t mean Sony will only be operating in these regions. After all, “defocused” likely means affected markets will receive reduced resources and/or fewer models.

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The news comes almost a year after Sony Mobile first confirmed it was “reviewing business feasibility” in the Middle East, Africa, and Turkey. The Japanese brand has made several changes since then, including the closure of a manufacturing plant. Other reported changes include slashing 2,000 jobs and merging its mobile division with other business units.

Sony’s latest flagship, the Xperia 1, seems like a step in the right direction for the firm though. The new device offers a Snapdragon 855 chipset, a 4K HDR OLED screen, and a versatile triple camera setup. But we’ll need to wait until June for the device to actually hit markets. What would it take for you to buy a Sony smartphone? Let us know in the comments!

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Save $90 on the HD Microscope Camera — now just $39

HD Microscope Camera

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Get Beefy with the latest Fortnite Item Shop Update

All the latest goodies from the shop to add to your collection!

The Fortnite Item Shop has updated once again, and players can now hop in and pick up some new gear, including brand new cosmetics, gliders, and other items.

Today’s update does away with all John Wick-themed items and brings back a series of older characters in the Skully and Beef Boss outfits. Alongside the outfits, the Skully Splitter harvesting tool and Patty Whacker and Flying Saucer items are also back, so players are able to complete the respective sets if they want.

Alongside the bevy of skins and pickaxes, players can also pick up some cheaper items to add to their arsenal. Today, the Archetype and Recon Specialist are back in the game, alongside the Fresh Cut harvesting tool and Marathon musical track. For emotes, the Fandangle and True Love emotes are back in the shop.

Protect your head

Skully

1,200 V-Bucks

A massive headache

Skully Splitter

800 V-Bucks

A big burger

Beef Boss

1,500 V-Bucks

Flip for treasure

Patty Whacker

1,200 V-Bucks

Soar in sauce

Flying Saucer

1,200 V-Bucks

A special fighter

Archetype

1,500 V-Bucks

Stay low

Recon Speciailst

1,200 V-Bucks

A clean fade

Fresh Cut

500 V-Bucks

A new tune

Marathon

200 V-Bucks

Do the dance

Fandangle

500 V-Bucks

Find the one

True Love

200 V-Bucks

As is the case with every day, the Fortnite item shop updates every day at 8 pm EST, which means the clock is ticking on your ability to pick up any of these items.

Updated May 21, 2019: The store updated with all the latest goodies for you to enjoy!

Entry level Redmi phone surfaces online, could be Redmi 7A

A Xiaomi phone believed to be the Redmi 7A. TENAA

The Redmi range is one of the most popular budget smartphone families in the world, and its cheapest devices usually offer a great price/performance ratio. Now, it looks like the Xiaomi sub-brand is readying another low-end device.

The new phone (model number M1903C3EC) might be the Redmi 7A, and it’s popped up on China’s TENAA website. A cursory glance at the spec sheet reveals its entry level trappings.

Xiaomi’s latest device serves up a 1.4Ghz octa-core chipset, 2GB to 4GB of RAM, 16GB to 64GB of expandable storage, a 3,900mAh battery, and a 5.45-inch HD+ (1,440 x 720) display.

Other notable features include a solitary 13MP rear camera, 5MP selfie snapper, and a 3.5mm headphone port.

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This device looks like a downgrade compared to the previously announced Redmi 7. Unlike the Redmi 7, this new phone lacks dual rear cameras, a fingerprint scanner, and has a lower CPU clock speed. All of this means we’re likely looking at the Redmi 7A.

As for pricing? Well, the Redmi 6A had a launch price of 599 yuan (~$87), so don’t be surprised if this new phone has a similar price tag. What do you think of this latest Xiaomi phone? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.

 

 

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