Samsung Galaxy S21 series first impressions: Cheaper and better?

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Last year’s Samsung Galaxy S20 series was a bit of a shock to the system. With the smallest, cheapest Galaxy S20 starting at $999, it was clear Samsung had cemented the S series as a purely premium line. And with the introduction of the Galaxy S20 Ultra starting at $1,399, the company wasn’t backing down on its premium play. This is in contrast to Samsung’s 2019 lineup, which offered a more affordable model as an entryway into the Galaxy S series.

This year, Samsung is splitting the difference. The Samsung Galaxy S21 series is just as powerful as you’d expect,

Redmi 9 Power review: Budget battery beast

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It’s been a busy year or so for Xiaomi. The Redmi 9 Power is yet another competitor in India’s entry-level smartphone segment from the company’s sub-brand. The budget phone takes a keen focus on battery longevity — a feature that might not be the top-most priority for many users with the ongoing lockdowns.

However, it takes more than battery life to deliver a good smartphone. Does it eschew table stakes like a quality camera setup or build quality to max out battery life?

Let’s find out if Xiaomi’s latest has what it takes to compete in the ultra-competitive entry-level

After corporate blunders and setbacks, Intel ousts CEO Bob Swan

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Enlarge / Intel Chief Executive Officer Bob Swan during an Intel press event for CES 2020 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center on January 6, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Intel is replacing its chief executive Bob Swan after a series of manufacturing setbacks and competitive blunders that lost the veteran Silicon Valley company its crown as the top US chipmaker.

Swan, its former finance chief who held the top job for just over two years, will be succeeded on February 15 by former Intel veteran Pat Gelsinger, who is currently chief executive of VMware, the infrastructure software

Apple’s first major racial equity investments include a Detroit developer center and HBCU tech hub

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Apple is announcing the next big investments to come out of its $100 million commitment to racial equity and justice today: the launch of an Apple Developer Academy in Detroit; founding support for an Atlanta tech hub for historically Black colleges and universities; and new grants, scholarships, and investments for Black and brown students and entrepreneurs.

The Apple Developer Academy in Detroit will be the “first of its kind in the US,” Apple wrote in a press release, after previously partnering on a similar program in Italy. The academy is focused on “young Black entrepreneurs, creators, and coders” and

Bethesda, Lucasfilm tease new Indiana Jones video game

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Enlarge / Artist’s conception of the gaming public eyeing the prospect of another movie-licensed game with suspicion…

Bethesda will be publishing a new Indiana Jones game “with an original story” in collaboration with Wolfenstein: The New Order developers Machine Games, the publisher announced today via Twitter. Todd Howard, best known for his directing work on Skyrim and Fallout 4, will serve as executive producer for the title.

Bethesda said it will be “some time” before more details are available. For the time being, the company shared a 30-second teaser video featuring the opening notes of John Williams’ Raiders

Samsung announces Exynos chip expected to power the Galaxy S21 internationally

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Samsung has announced the Exynos 2100, the mobile processor that’s expected to power its upcoming Galaxy S21 flagship across much of the world outside the US. Like the Exynos 1080 announced last year, it’s built using a 5nm fabrication process, and it’s got an integrated 5G modem that can handle both Sub-6GHz and mmWave.

At the heart of the Exynos 2100 processor is an octa-core CPU which includes one Arm Cortex-X1 core clocked at 2.9GHz, three Cortex-A78 cores, and four power-efficient Cortex-A55 cores. This CPU is paired with an Arm Mali-G78 GPU, and a tri-core NPU (neural processing unit)

OnePlus Band review: Stick with the Xiaomi Mi Band 5

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Anyone following OnePlus knows that the company has bold ambitions to be a full-ecosystem player. Over the last year, it has expanded into mid-range smartphones with the OnePlus Nord. It aimed lower still with the cheaper Nord N10 and N100 months later. The company has also increased its range of audio products with the OnePlus Buds and OnePlus Buds Z. Predictably, next up is an entry into the fitness wearable category with the OnePlus Band.

On paper, the OnePlus Band is playing it safe with a predictable and somewhat unexciting set of features. So what exactly sets the OnePlus

Xiaomi Mi Q1 55-inch QLED 4K TV review: Excellent value

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Xiaomi flipped the script on the smart TV landscape in India when it launched the first Mi TV in 2018. While the company can take credit for democratizing 4K televisions in the country, its bigger achievement is championing smart televisions.

This focus on value and software differentiation in a market with little competition in the affordable mid-range segment has helped the company dominate the smart TV market within a span of just two years. In fact, Xiaomi has been the largest smart TV player in India for the last ten quarters.

Xiaomi has previously had 55-inch panels, with the original

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