The Galaxy S21 series, featuring the S21, S21 Plus and S21 Ultra, plus new Galaxy SmartTags, and the new Galaxy Buds Pro.
It was a huge launch; Samsung spent nearly two hours running through its new products (more on at least one strange part below), and the new S21 smartphones, in particular, do look pretty great.
To jump straight in, you can read the Galaxy S21 series first impressions, but full reviews are some time away yet
What you need to know:
Points of note:
Galaxy Buds Pro
Samsung SmartTag and SmartTag Plus:
Black is really important?
Samsung also spent a full three minutes of its presentation talking about the latest innovation, with a chair-gripping Apple-style production voiceover sequence full of detail …about the latest color, black. Phantom Black, to be precise.
🔌 Samsung might gradually remove in-box chargers from all of its smartphone boxes, and, has taken us a bit further towards using our phones as car keys (Android Authority).
⛔ The Trump Administration has, last-minute, added Xiaomi to a blacklist for Chinese military connections, but the key detail here is that this prevents US companies investing in the Chinese firm from November 2021. This isn’t excluding the likes of Google and Qualcomm from offering services like Android, Google Mobile Services, and chipsets, as per the Huawei blacklisting. But it may force Qualcomm Ventures to divest its stake in Xiaomi, a Hong Kong listed entity (Reuters).
👉 Xiaomi, for its part, says it is not owned, controlled, or affiliated with the Chinese military (Android Authority).
📚 Today marks 20 years of Wikipedia! (BBC)
⌚ Google announced it had “completed” its Fitbit acquisition, although regulators haven’t yet fully approved the deal: “We’re confident the combination of Fitbit’s leading technology, product expertise and health and wellness innovation with the best of Google’s AI, software and hardware will drive more competition in wearables and make the next generation of devices better and more affordable,” wrote VP Rick Osterloh (blog.google).
🌌 So long EA exclusivity: Lucasfilm Games’ new partnerships in gaming mean the galaxy’s the limit: a new Star Wars title coming from Ubisoft and an Indiana Jones game from Bethesda are just the start (Wired).
📺 WandaVision is now out on Disney Plus: the first two episodes can be streamed, and it’s on a weekly release schedule, which may make it a little bit of a slow burn (Android Authority).
🛰 The megascale structures that humans could one day build (BBC).
💡 Philips makes a type of LED bulbs exclusively for Dubai, called Dubai Lamps. But why? Well, there’s a roaring debate: is that’s because Dubai asked Philips to make it better, longer-lasting LEDs, or does Dubai’s unique climate just need cooler LED filaments running at lower voltages. Join in if you like, starting with a good YouTube vid (r/videos).
The Jeff Bezos founded Blue Origin flew its 14th mission to space and back (liftoff in the link is just after 51:05), flying its new upgrades to its space tourism rocket New Shepard and broadcast live.
Tristan Rayner, Senior Editor.