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April 26, 2021
☕ Good morning! A little low on sleep, but maximum on coffee today! Never fear, let's take a look at some early Samsung Unpacked details...
Samsung laptop leaks, new keyboard announced
Samsung Galaxy Unpacked April 2021 Invite
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The leaks ahead of the Samsung Unpacked event on April 28 have started, with WinFuture publishing an good look at the affordable Samsung Galaxy Book Go.

This will be a cheap-and-cheerful 14-inch device, but interesting as it’ll be running an Arm-based Qualcomm processor on Windows 10, starting at 349 USD.

Details:

  • The Samsung Galaxy Book Go should pack a Qualcomm Snapdragon 7c, with integrated LTE modem, with WinFuture tipping a 4GB RAM/128GB internal memory device.
  • That’s less RAM than most new smartphones, but it seems Samsung is aggressively targeting budget buyers.
  • There’s a fingerprint scanner, webcam and a microSD slot.
  • Battery life is said to be as long as 18 hours, though real-world testing may prove differently.
  • That $350 price looks aggressive for the US — the report lists European pricing at a comparatively higher €449., though that price includes sales taxes.

All in all, it’s probably not the device Samsung is expecting to blow our socks off at the Unpacked event on Wednesday. But affordability is key for many, especially in education, so I’ll be curious to see how well it reviews despite the modesty on show.

Official new Samsung keyboard:

Samsung Smart Keyboard Trio 500 new supplied
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  • In official Samsung news, it announced a new Bluetooth keyboard called the Smart Keyboard Trio 500.
  • Aiming at multitasking, the new keyboard apes the simple Logitech K380 (for Windows or Mac) style of connecting to multiple devices with just a button press, and adds new setups for shortcuts to, for example, launch apps, and has a dedicated DeX button. (No dedicated Bixby button, though.)
  • Although it could’ve been part of Unpacked, Samsung went ahead and announced it via a press release, though left out the price.
  • The K380, which is compact size, goes for about $30-$40 so Samsung has a job to do to release something as similar, somehow better, and not more expensive.
  • Availability is set for May. 

Bonus: While we’re here… Celebrate your achievements with the absolute audacity of a Samsung washing machine (Twitter).

Roundup

🔋 Samsung Galaxy S21 FE might stick with a 4,500mAh battery, no upgrade over S20 FE (Android Authority).

🆕 Motorola G20: Moto’s latest budget phone packs a 90Hz display, 5,000mAh battery (Android Authority).

⚡ Just how fast is modern wireless charging? (Android Authority).

👉 OnePlus 9T: 5 features we hope to see (Android Authority).

🥇 Video game industry wins first Oscar with documentary short Colette — it featured in the Oculus VR game Medal of Honor: Above and Beyond (The Verge).

🍎 Interview: Apple execs talk 2021 iPad Pro, stunting with the M1 and creating headroom (TechCrunch).

🔑 Apple should release iOS 14.5 today or tomorrow, which will also bring the long-awaiting App Tracking Transparency to apps, which is what Facebook has been viciously attacking for months. How it plays out should be interesting for Android users, too (9to5Mac).

🍏 Apple sued over iPhone warranty issues and water resistance claims. The lawsuit notes claimed water resistance is “insufficiently qualified by fine print disclaimers” (Apple Insider).

📶 The Pentagon gave a company control of 175 million previously military-reserved IPv4 addresses. Why now? Security testing, apparently (AP).

🔊 There’s a new podcast from Bloombergfocusing on telling the story of Tiktok: it’s part of the second season of Foundering (which initially covered WeWork). First two episodes are live via your usual podcast app of choice.

🤷‍♂️ For some reason, Elon Musk will host Saturday Night Live on May 8th (Engadget).

🚁 NASA’s Ingenuity Mars Helicopter flew faster and farther on successful third flight, zipping across about half a football field and back, and snapping full-color images mid-flight too (NASA).

🚀 NASA’s bold bet on Starship for the Moon may change spaceflight forever: “”It is transformational to degrees no one today can understand.” (Ars Technica).

🎬 “What movie are you surprised that hasn’t had a sequel yet?” (r/askreddit).

Monday Meme

Probably the most fun a certain section of the internet has had in real life happened on Saturday, April 24, when The Josh Fight finally went down. If those words don’t make any sense, here’s the TL;DR:

josh
  • A Facebook group message was sent in April last year where a number of people named “Josh Swain” were told to prepare for a battle in which the victor keeps the name, and everyone else has to change it.
  • The date was set for April 24th, 2021 at 12:00pm.
  • The battle coordinates were set in the middle of nowhere in Nebraska, but later revised to 40.858689, -96.784136, a park, by the original Josh Swain.
  • The battle was also opened up to anyone called Josh, with everyone invited to bring pool noodles to fight with.
  • It all gained a lot of attention with dedicated subreddits, TikToks, and so on.

The good news, via KnowYourMeme:

  • “In the end, a five-year-old boy, quickly nicknamed “Little Josh,” was declared ‘King Josh,’ and crowned with a cardboard Burger King crown in front of the cheering crowd of participants.”
  • Close to $12,000 was raised for charity (mightyraise.com).
  • Here’s the post-event appreciation post from the original Josh, too (r/joshswainebattle).

Cheers,

Tristan Rayner, Senior Editor

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