What’s New Weekly Tech Update Week 24-30 August

A lot has happened in a small patch of time.

Leak: OnePlus is making a $200 phone with triple cameras, 6,000mAh battery

  • OnePlus is apparently prepping an entry-level smartphone codenamed Clover.
  • It will reportedly run on the Snapdragon 460 with a large battery.
  • The phone might be priced around $200.

OnePlus is not just targeting the mid-range smartphone segment anymore. Android Central reports that it’s descending even lower on the price ladder with a new entry-level smartphone codenamed “Clover.”

According to the outlet, an “insider source” has confirmed that the launch of the OnePlus Clover is imminent. The phone is reportedly powered by the Snapdragon 460 chipset and features a sizeable battery.

What’s interesting is that the OnePlus Clover is tipped to have a 6.52-inch 720p IPS LCD display. It’s likely this is a 60Hz panel because that’s the maximum listed refresh rate the Snapdragon 460 can push. However, this refresh rate is at FHD+ resolution, so it’s possible the Snapdragon 460 can support a higher refresh rate for 720p screens. Either way, we hope OnePlus isn’t going back on its promise of 90Hz displays for all future phones.

What else could OnePlus Clover offer?

In the camera department, the new OnePlus phone will reportedly feature triple rear shooters. These are said to be a 13MP primary camera and two 2MP lenses.

There’s 4GB of RAM onboard paired with 64GB of internal storage. The phone will also feature a microSD slot for expandable storage, a rear fingerprint sensor, and a 3.5mm headphone jack.

The biggest highlight of the OnePlus Clover would be its large 6,000mAh battery with 18W charging. Android Central claims that the phone might be able to last two days on a single charge.

In terms of pricing, the OnePlus Clover is positioned “in the vicinity of $200.” That price will make it the cheapest OnePlus phone in the market. And unlike the OnePlus Nord, the Clover is said to also launch in the US.

What else could OnePlus Clover offer?

That’s all we know about OnePlus’ new entry-level smartphone for now. The company is clearly diverging from its original strategy of making “Never Settle” flagships and entering a space that’s already dominated by the likes of Xiaomi. It’ll be interesting to see where OnePlus goes from here and if it can upturn the budget smartphone market as it did the flagship space when it first launched.


MediaTek’s Helio G95 comes with slightly overclocked GPU, same core specs as G90T

MediaTek’s Helio G95 comes with slightly overclocked GPU, same core specs as G90T

Over a year ago, MediaTek announced its G90 series gaming chipsets with the G90 and G90T. Now the company is unveiling the line’s new top dog called G95 – an overclocked version of the G90T with 5% better GPU performance. It still only supports 4G connectivity and has the same CPU layout, RAM and connectivity as the Helio G90T.

The G95 is fabricated on TSMC’s 12nm process and comes with two Cortex-A76 cores clocked at 2.05GHz alongside six Cortex-A55 cores working at 2.0GHz. The Mali G76 MC4 GPU is now clocked at 900MHz which provides the aforementioned performance boost. In terms of memory, we’re looking at up to 10GB LPDDR4x RAM while storage taps out at UFS 2.1 speeds.







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TSMC 12nm






TSMC 12nm
CPU, big cores2 x Cortex-A76 @ 2.05GHz2 x Cortex-A76 @ 2.05GHz
CPU, small cores6 x Cortex-A55 @ 2.0GHz6 x Cortex-A55 @ 2.0GHz
GPUMali-G57 MC4 @ 800MHzMali-G76 MC4 @ 900MHz
RAMLPDDR4x, up to 10GBLPDDR4x, up to 10GB
StorageUFS 2.1UFS 2.1
Display1080p+, 90Hz1080p+, 90Hz
4GDual SIMDual SIM
Local wirelessWi-Fi 5, Bluetooth 5.0Wi-Fi 5, Bluetooth 5.0

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The new G95 supports FHD+ panels of up to 90Hz refresh rate as well as up to 64MP camera sensors and 4K 30FPS video recordings. In terms of connectivity, we’re looking at Dual 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 5 and Bluetooth 5.0. There’s also support for Wi-Fi and LTE concurrency as well as GPS, Glonass, Beidou and Galileo GNSS.

The Helio G95 is expected to debut on the Realme 7 series which is due to launch on September 3. We’ll also see it on more midrange gaming phones in the coming months.


Alleged pricing for Galaxy S20 FE 5G in Canada leaks

The Samsung Galaxy S20 FE leaked in a 360-degree video last week. The Galaxy S20 FE isn’t exactly a rebranded S20, it’s meant to be a successor to the Galaxy S10 Lite. It was previously reported that the Galaxy S20 FE would arrive in six different color options and in both 4G and 5G variants. The latest report from DealNTech shows leaked pricing for the S20 FE 5G in Canadian Dollars.


MSI launches its first PSUs and hints at thirsty Nvidia Ampere compatibility

These new power supplies are “prepared for the highest of requirements,” MSI says.

It seems everyone and their uncle is cranking out power supply units these days, except for MSI. Until now, that is. MSI finally enters the PSU fray with its new MPG GF series consisting of three introductory models, each one arriving “prepared for the highest of requirements.”

“Notably, the MPG GF series can support all the way to the latest Nvidia graphics cards,” MSI states.

I would certainly hope so, considering that the latest Nvidia GPUs have been on the market for quite some time now. However, the timing of MSI’s launch suggests it is looking ahead to Nvidia’s next-gen GPUs, which are expected to be unveiled during a “GeForce Special Event” scheduled for September 1.

To that end, the folks at WCCFTech claim MSI is planning to bundle a 12-pin Micro-Fit 3.0 power adapter with its PSUs, with pictures to prove it. In case you missed it, Nvidia recently confirmed its next-gen Founders Edition cards will sport a “compact electrical design, with a new 12-pin power connector that allows more space for components and cooling, and is compatible with 8-pin connectors in existing power supplies with an included adapter.”


ASUS Republic of Gamers Announces Swift 360 Hz PG259QNR

ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) today announced ROG Swift 360 Hz PG259QNR, the world’s fastest esports gaming monitor with refresh rates of up to 360 Hz.

 This 24-inch monitor features Fast IPS panel technology, as well as built-in NVIDIA GSYNC® and Reflex Latency Analyzer technologies. PG259QNR also includes the ROG Desk Mount Kit. PG259QNR will be available in Q4 2020, while ROG Swift 360 Hz PG259QN — a similar model without the Reflex Latency Analyzer and the ROG Desk Mount Kit — will be available this month.

NVIDIA Reflex Latency Analyzer

ROG Swift 360 Hz PG259QNR features NVIDIA G-SYNC technology and the NVIDIA Reflex Latency Analyzer, a revolutionary integrated system-latency measurement tool. PC performance for competitive gaming is about responsiveness — how quickly the display updates after mouse clicks or movements. The Reflex Latency Analyzer detects clicks coming from the mouse and then measures the time it takes for the resulting pixels (such as a gun muzzle flash) to change on screen. This type of measurement has been virtually impossible for gamers to do before now, requiring over $7000 worth of specialized highspeed cameras and equipment. Reflex Latency Analyzer provides a much more complete and accurate understanding of mouse, PC, and display performance. With Reflex Latency Analyzer, gamers can now start a match with confidence, knowing their system is operating exactly as it should be.

The astounding 360 Hz refresh rate offered by PG259QNR delivers up to 50% more frames per second than 240 Hz gaming monitors, giving gamers an edge over the competition. The 24.5-inch FHD (1920 x 1080) display features Fast IPS panel technology for a superfast 1 ms grayto-gray (GTG) response time, thanks to liquid crystal elements in the display that turn on and off up to four times faster than those in conventional IPS panels.

PG259QNR can also be clamped to the edge of almost any flat work surface via the ROG Desk Mount Kit. The stock adjustable mounting arm of the monitor drops right into the desk mount, making more room for a keyboard and mouse so gamers can sit closer to the screen. The esports-friendly design of PG259QNR allows gamers to focus on the onscreen action. The monitor keeps distractions to a minimum, thanks to a special non-reflective bottom bezel helps reduce onscreen reflections, as well as a new indicator light on the underside of the bezel that’s out of the player’s line of sight. A space-saving V-shaped stand allows gamers to free up more space for their gaming setup.


DJI Osmo Mobile 4 With Magnetic Mount, Gesture Control Launched

DJI Osmo Mobile 4 With Magnetic Mount, Gesture Control Launched

DJI Osmo Mobile 4 (OM 4) has been officially announced as the next iteration of the company’s motorised smartphone video stabiliser series. It follows the same design as the last generation Osmo but adds a few new features such as a magnetic mount that allows you to more easily mount your phone. It boasts of features like ActiveTrack 3.0 and gesture control. DJI says the Osmo Mobile 4 can last up to 15 hours on a single charge. It can charge your phone while you’re using it with the help of the USB port on the gimbal.

DJI Osmo Mobile 4 price

The DJI OM 4 is priced at $149 (roughly Rs. 11,000) and can be purchased from DJI’s online store, BestBuy, and Moment. As of now, there is no information on international availability.

DJI Osmo Mobile 4 specifications, features

The DJI Osmo Mobile 4 or OM 4 uses Bluetooth v5.0 to connect to your phone. It comes with a 2,450mAh battery that the company claims can last up to 15 hours. It takes about 2.5 hours to completely charge the OM 4 with a 10W charger, using the Type-C port. There is also a USB Type-A port that can be used to charge your phone. In terms of dimensions, the OM 4 is 276×119.6×103.6mm in its unfolded state and 163×99.5×46.5mm in its folded state. It weighs 390 grams and can support phones up to 290 grams with thickness ranging between 6.9 to 10mm and width ranging between 67 to 84mm.

Talking about mechanical range, the OM 4 supports -161.2-degree to 171.95-degree pan, -136.7-degree to 198-degree roll, and -106.54-degree to 235.5-degree tilt.

The OM 4 has a sleek magnetic phone clamp and a magnetic ring holder which means all you have to do is place your phone in the clamp or the ring holder. This makes it easier to detach the phone if need be. The Dynamic Zoom feature can be used to warp the footage while gesture controls can be used to take a photo or start recording a video. ActiveTrack 3.0 follows your subject and produces a stabilised video. It has improved recognition accuracy for children and pets. The CloneMe Pro feature lets you create panoramas with multiple clones of yourself in a single shot.


Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro hands-on photos leak, show huge 108 MP cam

A cache of images and info on the Xiaomi Mi 10T has leaked from a couple of sources. They all paint a picture of a supercharged flagship that will be available globally (unlike the Mi 10 Ultra). There are at least two models, Mi 10T and Mi 10T Pro, and there could be more.

Hands on photos with the Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro show a massive lens for the 108 MP sensor. The layout is similar to the vivo X50 Pro, so this might feature an advanced stabilization system of some sort.

Alleged Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro hands-on photos

A config file shows that the Mi 10T Pro (code name Apollo Pro) will have a 108 MP triple camera on both the global and the Indian versions. The base Mi 10T will have a 64 MP triple cam instead.

Apollo and Apollo Pro:

And they are triple cameras indeed, even though it looks like there’s a fourth module. Here’s a rendering that gives a much clearer view of the back.

We don’t get to see the front in these images, which is a shame as reports indicate that the display will boast a 144 Hz refresh rate. It will be an LCD, so the fingerprint reader will be mounted on the side (you can see it in the render above).

These two phones will be powered by Snapdragon 865 chipsets with the Pro model likely getting the S865+. A Geekbench score sheet shows that the vanilla Xiaomi Mi 10T will have 8 GB of RAM.

The battery will have 5,000 mAh capacity and most likely fast charging, but there’s no info on that yet. Finally, there should be a single punch hole camera on the front.

Gauguin and Gauguin Pro: both with 64 MP triple cams globally (and 108 MP in China)

PS. there’s a second config file, which shows yet another device, code name Gauguin. It will have a Pro version as well, both launching globally and in India. They will have 64 MP triple cams everywhere but China, where they will be packing an 108 MP sensor instead.


Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070, GeForce RTX 3080, GeForce RTX 3090 ‘Ampere’ GPUs Launched, India Prices Revealed

Nvidia has unveiled the first of its next generation of GPUs, the GeForce RTX 30 series, promising the greatest ever generational performance leap for gaming GPUs in the company’s history. Based on the new Ampere architecture, the GeForce RTX 3070, GeForce RTX 3080 and GeForce RTX 3090 introduce Nvidia’s second-gen RTX ray tracing cores, GDDR6X memory, and even faster AI processing. The new GPU family is said to offer nearly twice the performance and power efficiency of the GeForce RTX 20 series. Along with the hardware, Nvidia has also introduced three new software features for competitive gamers, streamers, and animators.

Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070, GeForce RTX 3080, GeForce RTX 3090 'Ampere' GPUs Launched, India Prices Revealed

Nvidia will be selling its own Founders Edition graphics cards, while partners including Asus, Gigabyte, Zotac, MSI, Galax, Palit, PNY, EVGA, Gainward, and Innovision 3D. will also offer custom-designed cards with their own coolers and software enhancements. In India, the GeForce RTX 3070 will be priced at Rs. 51,000 ($499 in the USA); the GeForce RTX 3080 will cost Rs. 71,000 ($699 in the USA), and the new flagship GeForce RTX 3090 will sell for a whopping Rs. 1,52,000 ($1,499 in the USA).

Starting with the most affordable model, Nvidia claims that the new GeForce RTX 3070 is 60 percent faster on average than the GeForce RTX 2070, and is suitable for 1440p as well as 4K gaming. That makes it faster than the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti but costs less than half as much. Graphics cards will have 8GB of GDDR6 memory. It will go on sale starting from September 24.

The GeForce RTX 3080 is billed as the “ultimate gaming GPU” and is twice as fast as the GeForce RTX 2080 and will be matched with 10GB of 19Gbps GDDR6X RAM. Nvidia claims that buyers can expect 60fps consistently at 4K, and it will become available September 17.

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The new flagship is the GeForce RTX 3090, or “big ferocious GPU”, as Nvidia is calling it. This model features a triple-slot cooler with a new dual-axial airflow design that positions one fan on the front and another on the rear, which the company says makes it 10x quieter and up to 30 degrees C cooler than current designs. It will have 24GB of GDDR6X RAM and is said to be up to 50 percent faster than the current Titan RTX. Gamers will be able to experience 8K game visuals at 60fps, but this GPU is targeted more at AI developers and massive-scale content creators. Cards will go on sale in October this year.

Nvidia recently disclosed details of a new 12-pin PCIe power connector that will be used for the new GeForce RTX 30 series graphics cards. An adapter will be included with each card. These GPUs are also the first to support hardware AV1 decode which should help conserve bandwidth for streamers, and HDMI 2.1 which supports 8K displays. A new RTX IO framework takes advantage of PCIe 4.0 and fast SSDs to load games and assets directly from storage, making the process much quicker. The GPUs are fabricated on a custom 8nm process.

In terms of software features, Nvidia is introducing Reflex, which will allow game developers to integrate a “Reflex Mode” into games which will optimise and measure PC latency to help gamers target and track opponents. Games that are set to support this include Apex Legends, CoD: Warzone, Fortnite, and Valorant. Hardware OEMs including Asus, Acer, Alienware and MSI will also soon launch 360Hz G-Sync eSports monitors with built-in latency analysers. Nvidia Broadcast is aimed at streamers, and includes AI-powered noise reduction, background blurring or removal, and auto framing.

Nvidia Omniverse Machinima 

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Nvidia Omniverse Machinima will allow creators to use supported games and game assets to create animation sequences including physics and particle simulations. AI can also be used to create motion capture characters with a webcam, and animate mouth shapes based on actual audio. Early access is opening soon.

Gamers who buy a GeForce RTX 3070, GeForce RTX 3080, or GeForce RTX 3090 graphics card or pre-built PC with one of these will get a free digital copy of Watch Dogs: Legion and a one-year GeForce Now cloud gaming service subscription.

Nvidia also announced that Fortnite will now support RTX ray tracing and AI-powered DLSS upsampling, as well as the new Reflex latency reduction optimisations. The new RTX Treasure Run creative mode map has been designed to highlight ray-traced reflections.

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