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Samsung Galaxy A51 shown-off in new render images with four cameras

Samsung Galaxy A51 has made an appearance yet again, this time courtesy of new render images. Samsung has been hard at it, populating its budget and mid-range series with phones this year. The company’s Galaxy A-series phones debuted in February earlier this year, and Galaxy A50s followed the A50 in September. Just a week back, we reported about a possible successor to the Galaxy A50 and A50s, and the new information falls in line with the leaks and rumors around Galaxy A51.
Source: PriceBaba
In a series of renders published by PriceBaba in collaboration with OnLeaks, the Galaxy A51 breaks cover with a quad-camera setup and a punch-hole screen on the front. The report also notes that Samsung has started mass-producing the Galaxy A51 at its facility in Greater Noida, India and the phone could hit the shelves early-2020.
Samsung Galaxy A51 to sport a 48MP quad-camera setup
Samsung Galaxy A51 leaked specifications & features
Source: PriceBaba
Samsung Galaxy A51 is expected to feature a punch-hole notch design for the selfie camera positioned at the top-center. The phone has a 6.5-inch Super AMOLED screen, and it’s sleek profile measures 8.5mm at its thickest point (camera bump).Since the Galaxy A50s has an in-display fingerprint sensor, we expect the A51 to follow suit.From the renders, we can make out that the Galaxy A51 has a quad-camera setup on the back assisted by an LED flash, housed in a rounded rectangle module. The primary camera is said to use a 48MP sensor, followed by a 12MP wide-angle lens, 12MP telephoto camera with 2x optical zoom, and a 5MP depth sensor.The Galaxy A51 is expected to be powered by the homegrown Exynos 9611 chipset paired with 4GB RAM and 64GB/128GB storage. The phone runs Samsung OneUI 2.0 based on Android 10 out-of-the-box.It has a 4,000mAh battery, which we hope supports fast charging as with previous models.
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MediaTek MT6885 5G chipset to be unveiled on November 26

Earlier this year, MediaTek confirmed that it was working on a 5G chipset for mid-range smartphones. The much-awaited, internally called the MT6885, will be unveiled on November 26 at the company’s annual summit.Back in July, when MediaTek unveiled the Helio G90 series of gaming chipsets, the company also confirmed that it was working on a 5G chipset for later this year, and will be its flagship chipset when it comes to the market. Additional details weren’t provided back then, but now the manufacturer has confirmed that the 5G SoC will be detailed on November 26 at the MediaTek summit. Some preliminary specifications were also shared. 

Everything you need to know about the MediaTek MT6885
The MT6885Z will be MediaTek’s most powerful chipset to date and will be 5G capable thanks to the Helio M70 modem. It is positioned to be one of the more affordable 5G chipsets when it comes early next year, which will be a boon for affordable flagships. A non-5G variant of the chip is also expected for markets such as India. Theoretical download speeds of 4.7Gbps (sub-6) can be achieved, and both non-standalone (NSA) and standalone (SA) 5G architectures will be supported.It will be built on a 7nm FinFET manufacturing process, bringing better efficiency to the mix. The MediaTek 5G SoC will also sport the new ARM Cortex-A77 cores, which will do all the heavy lifting for the more demanding tasks. That will be supported by the new Mali-G77 GPU for high-quality streaming and gaming. A new AI architecture, called the APU 3.0, will also be present.The other major leap comes with imaging, as the MT6885 can support 4K video encoding and decoding (recording and playback) at 60fps, and can support image sensors with resolutions as high as 80MP. The chipset is already in mass production and will ship to OEMs in the first quarter of 2020. Xiaomi is said to be one of the first adopters of the MediaTek 5G SoC, just like it was for the Helio G90T chipset globally. The Redmi K30 series is rumored to be the first device to feature the MT6885 processor package and is expected to be unveiled in early 2020 as an affordable 5G flagship. 
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Sony Xperia 3 photos leak, and it may be the company’s 2020 flagship phone

Sony’s phone strategy is currently a little confusing, with the introduction of the flagship Xperia 1 in February this year and the slightly less flagship Xperia 5 in September, as it seems the next phone from the company will be called the Xperia 3.Spotted in leaked photos from Chinese website CNMO, the phone is expected to come with the Xperia 3 branding as well as sporting a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 chipset.That’s a chipset that has yet to be unveiled by Qualcomm, but it’s expected to be the next-gen model we see Qualcomm launch in December, and it’s likely to feature in phones such as the Samsung Galaxy S11 and OnePlus 8.
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The leak also suggests that Sony will be offering two versions of the phone – one with 5G support, and the other without. You can expect to spend a touch extra on the 5G variant of the phone, if 5G models from other companies are anything to go by.The leaked photos of the Xperia 3 don’t show much change in the design of the phone from the Xperia 1. There’s a slight camera bump, which looks to be in a circular housing, but it’s difficult to tell from the shot of the phone on its side.

The Sony Xperia 3 also seems to sport a fingerpint sensor on the side of the phone, but again that’s difficult to confirm from the above shot.Take all of this with a big pinch of salt though as the information and even the images could easily be fake.The Xperia brand’s naming structure is now confusing to say the least. The Xperia 1 is called such as it’s the top-end phone in the company’s series, followed by the Xperia 5 as its next most high-tech phone and then the Xperia 10 as its mid-range choice.If the company opts for the Xperia 3 name, will that mean it’s a follow-up to the Xperia 1 or does it mean it will sit somewhere between the Xperia 1 and Xperia 5? We’re unlikely to know for certain until MWC 2020 next February when Sony is expected to unveil its next flagship.
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The world’s cheapest 1TB SSD is Teamgroup’s GX1

With Black Friday a couple of weeks from now, the race to the most affordable SSD is heating up with Teamgroup taking the lead and the crown at least for now. For the next 48 hours, Newegg is selling the GX1 for $79.99, down from $98.99, the cheapest ever in the 0.96TB/1TB category.It is not a 1TB model like Pioneer’s, Inland Professional or Teamgroup’s other value SSD, the GX2. These three have a cheaper per TB cost at $81.99, undercutting the GX1 by $1.33 (or 1.6%). Every little helps.Like most drives within this price bracket, this is a SATA3 DRAM-less 2.5-inch internal drive that uses 3D NAND Flash memory with SLC caching and Wear-leveling technology and ECC function.
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Teangroup quotes speeds of 530MBps and 480MBps on read and write respectively, which makes it a below average SSD but still far, far faster than most, if not all, hard drives.It has an endurance of more than 240TB written and a mean time before failure of one million hours. You can only buy five of these drives at a time. Note that they come with three year warranty.
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Indian Railways is proposing to implement facial recognition to identify criminals

Indian Railways plans to introduce facial recognition at train stations, and use it with existing criminal databases to identify criminals at scale.The Railway Protection Force (RPF), which takes care of security around national transport, has proposed to link the Facial Recognition Systems (FRS) with criminal databases from the Crime and Criminal Tracking Network and Systems (CCTNS) to identify criminals who may be using the railways.This would be a complete overhaul of the security standards at railway stations and should help nab criminals thanks to a smart, AI-backed facial recognition system. This system keeps improving as it learns about 1 lakh new faces every day. It should be able to recognize people even if the database has a ten-year-old photo of the person. 
However, Internet Freedom activists explained how there is no privacy protection law in place in India, which renders this entire proposal illegal. “There is no legal authority or framework for any such projects which are being tested as well as already deployed in India. Such a legislative framework is necessary as per the Supreme Court’s right to privacy judgment. Even certain airports which are testing and have deployed facial recognition software under specific rules of the Airports Authority of India Act lack legislative framework and are hence questionable,” said Apar Gupta, executive director of the Internet Freedom Foundation.This security plan was drafted after the 26/11 terrorist attacks in Mumbai, which targeted the city’s iconic Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus. Thousands of patrons use railways daily in India, and a security haul of this stature will be a “huge security breakthrough, in terms of preventive policing,” an RPF official added.RPF’s director-general Arun Kumar explained how they started their pilot run at the Bangalore station and was successful after five months of testing. The contactless, non-invasive FRS covered more than 2,00,000 passengers each day, even through constraints such as sunglasses, hoodies, rush-hour crowds, etc. 
Initially, the system was tested around 6-7 years ago, but it was not very efficient, there was a fair bit of delay in the recognition, and many false alarms were raised. The systems were not accustomed to handling the kind of throughput Indian rail stations would require. The following period was used to fine-tune the system for local conditions. Once Bangalore station is covered, they will look to nearby stations such as Yeshwantpur. The next wave will include metros such as Delhi and Mumbai, before expanding to the suburban rail network of Mumbai, Chennai, and Kolkata.The system is also being trained to recognize suspicious behavior to stay a step ahead of the miscreants. These include people that look visibly worried, have shady movement patterns, people traveling long-distance routes without luggage, etc.(Via- Hindustan Times)
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There’s no cheaper smartphone with 128GB storage out there

When we reviewed the Elephone Soldier earlier this year, we gave it a very solid 4.5/5, marking it out as one of the best rugged phones around today.That was back when it had a price tag of $189.99 (about £148/AU$276), but now online retailer Gearbest has marked the device as 63% off, meaning it can now be yours for just $99.99 (about £77/AU$145).Aside from just a low price, this means that the Elephone Solider is now the cheapest smartphone with 128GB of storage on board.
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Asides from its storage, you’re also getting a 10-core CPU and a display capable of displaying more pixels than most laptops. Along with this, you’re getting an IP68 certificate and an analog, physical compass just in case you get lost in the woods, without a working phone.To further cement its credentials as Bear Grylls’ unofficial smartphone, it also has a dedicated flashlight, a hook-up design and an SOS button. There’s no Swiss army knife sadly, however we’re still yet to discover the purpose of the mysterious Pogo connectors at the back.There are negatives though; it doesn’t do NFC, it uses Android 8.0 and it carries a MicroUSB port, and no Type-C connectors here sadly.But if you can’t wait till Black Friday 2019, then this is probably the best value rugged smartphone you can get on the market today.
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Interview: Intel’s Steve Long on Project Athena and the future of computing

The introduction of the Core series of processors was a new chapter in Intel’s history. Year after year, following a ‘tick-tock model’, Intel defined the benchmarks on how fast and efficient processors should be. But the last few years have taken some of that shine off- not only has Intel struggled to move to a smaller manufacturing process below 14nm but ARM-based processors that drive almost every single smartphone out there have become the most sought-after piece of silicon.Steve Long, Vice President & General Manager of Intel’s Sales and Marketing Group was recently in the UAE to promote the Intel Innovation Center in Dubai and TechRadar Middle East managed to get some time with him during his visit. 
Why has it taken Intel so much time to move to a manufacturing process below 14nm technology?
Driving innovation is our first and foremost priority, independent of processor technology. The focus should be on what you are bringing out and how you are making a difference, and how people use technology. Gone are the days where it was about the bits and bytes of it, now it’s about what people can do with it.
Are you saying that Moore’s Law is dead?
It is absolutely not. It’s alive and well. We continue to bring and drive innovation, and push things forward. We are ramping our 10th gen processors on 10nm technology. The 10nm is important as it allows us to bring new capabilities and differentiate our capabilities around better integration and graphics improvements. The new technology allows us to bring AI and deep learning inside the CPU where we can actually improve the user experience.
When can we expect these 10nm processors for desktops?
This is not what I would want to talk about right now but here’s what you should think about – what we do at Intel is we ramp technologies, and our 10th gen processor which we just announced will be the fastest ramp that we have ever executed. Over the next 3-4 months, you will see it will surpass any ramp. We have a phenomenal product in the works that’s coming out next year.
Can you talk a little about Project Athena?
Ultrabooks set a wave of innovation around thin and light form factors, and setting a certain level of expectations from a user delivery that lead us to where thin and light are pretty much mainstream. I think we are at the cusp of the next wave of innovation with Project Athena. With Project Athena, we went out and studied how people actually use technology. This is years of making- we are studying what we call a new class of consumers. We categorize them as ‘mobile go-getter’, somebody who is used to using multiple devices. They are used to a phone first experience but then go to the PC to get things done. And they have a higher expectation of what they want out of the PC.For Project Athena we studied how these mobile go-getters actually use technology, and we drove an experience-first innovation. We saw that they expect their device to be always ready, they come to the device and they want to focus, and they want their device to be adaptable. Those are the three things that a user wants out of it. There’s a ton we can talk about the engineering and technologies that makes those things possible. We are working with hundreds of ecosystem partners on creating components that can enable those three kind of things that the user cares about. 
Does the recently announced dual screen Microsoft Surface Neo fall under Project Athena? 
Our vision of devices continue to evolve and foldable form factors will absolutely and eventually fit into a category of Project Athena. Neo is the first foldable device which is powered by Intel, which we spent years co-engineering with Microsoft on that product. It doesn’t categorize as experiences that we are measuring for Project Athena, but it will eventually fit into the Project Athena form factors as we go forward.
Microsoft’s Surface launch event showcased hardware based around your competitors. Does that worry you?
Competition brings out the best in everyone- it’s better for consumers. We are excited to compete with products that we have, with Microsoft and with all of the OEM partners. The Surface group, the devices that we have, and the form factor and the experience they are trying to drive, and their vision for the Surface products is one where Intel will continue to participate in. Their data center, Azure, are co-built together using our artificial intelligence, which is based on some of the capabilities of Intel technologies, so it’s still a great partnership and we are excited about what we can do with them.
AMD is finally coming back and giving Intel some competition. How do you see that playing out in the next 2-3 years?
Like I said, we continue to push the innovation envelop across the global scale and our differentiation is at a platform level. Very few companies can integrate different technologies and bring them to a market in a way that you can aggregate memory differentiation, you can aggregate Wi-Fi 6 where we have features that users care about. And when you look at the aggregate of all the different technologies that come together in a platform, we believe we are well positioned to continue to compete and take things forward. And we are going to take on markets – we are going to go after graphics, and take our game in places where we haven’t been before. We are very excited about what’s coming out. You are going to see us by the end of next year or the beginning of the following year getting into the discrete (graphics) side as well.
We’d like to thank Intel and Steve Long for allocating their time to TechRadar and are excited to see the products that Intel releases over the next couple of years. 

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