The new devices don’t tell you a whole lot in the names: the TCL 20 Pro, 20L Plus, and 20L, but in that order, they run from mid-range to budget devices.
The highlight of the TCL 20 series is the TCL 20 Pro:
Those phones will be interesting to review. The TCL 20 Pro looks the hardest sell depending on the pricing, competing with a ton of good options in that price range.
Possibly getting more attention is TCL’s latest concept device: a phone, phablet, and tablet all at the same time. The 3-in-1 prototype adds a rollable element to a foldable. Think unfolding a Samsung Galaxy Z Fold, and then for an even bigger screen, it rolls out to expand further.
📲 More Android 12 features and tweaks just leaked: expect new emojis, new permissions, and the ability to trigger Assistant via the power button (Android Authority).
🔜 Samsung’s extra-thin Galaxy Book Pro laptops leak ahead of Unpacked (Android Authority).
📸 Google Photos prepares new search tools to help you find that exact pic you’re after (Android Authority).
👉 Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra review: More gimmick than gimme (Android Authority).
📺 LG’s rollable OLED R TV is available in the US, if you can afford one. No price, but it sounds like it’s around $90k (Engadget).
🍎 Australian cybersecurity firm unlocked iPhone for FBI after 2015 San Bernardino shooting, report says. Apple is suing the company (CNET).
⚡ Comparing the actual US grid to the one predicted 15 years ago: demand flat, carbon emissions 40 percent down (Ars Technica).
🦟 Interesting story about how the locust plague in Africa was stopped in 2020 using cheap, cheerful, but complex tech (NY Times).
🤖 Europe eyes strict rules for artificial intelligence: Some examples of AI it seeks to outlaw include, “systems determining access to or assigning people to educational institutes, recruitment algorithms, those that evaluate credit worthiness, those for making individual risk assessments, crime-predicting algorithms”. That seems good (BBC).
🔋 The Q4 E-Tron is Audi’s best shot yet at selling a lot of EVs (The Verge).
🛸 Navy acknowledges weird footage of unidentified objects flying around its ships is …real. Huh. (Gizmodo).
🚀 Blue Origin aces ‘astronaut rehearsal’ New Shepard test flight, nailing the landing (Space).
🌊🐎 “What is up with the seahorse? It looks like nature hit the random button during critter creation. Where did it evolve from? What other sea critters is it related to?” (r/askreddit).
Tomorrow marks 44 years since the Apple II and the Commodore PET 2001 were launched with the same chipset. But that’s not the interesting thing today — have a read of this tidbit from thisdayintechhistory.com:
Isn’t it something that this has remained Apple’s approach?
Tristan Rayner, Senior Editor.