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Apple’s HomePod smart speaker is official with big focus on audio quality

At today's WWDC, Apple's "one last thing" announcement had to do with the much-rumored smart speaker. It's finally official now, and it's called HomePod. Like the name implies, Apple's positioning of the HomePod seems to be all about the music, thus trying to avoid pitting its virtual assistant features directly against competitors such as Amazon Echo and Google Home. The HomePod is less than 7" tall. It has a seven tweeter array on the bottom, and a 4" Apple-designed woofer up top with auto bass EQ. Six microphones are always listening for the "Hey Siri" trigger phrase which activates the...

Sony Xperia XA1 Ultra and Nokia 8 getting new updates

Sony has started pushing out a new update to its Xperia XA1 Ultra smartphone. It's a security update that bumps the build number from 42.0.A.4.153 to 42.0.A.4.167, and delivers the Android January security patch. There's no information on what other changes (if any) are included in the update. Android OS version stays at 7.0 Nougat as well. Moving on, the Nokia 8 has also started getting the January patch. The update - which also includes fixes for Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities - weighs in at around 97MB and is currently hitting units in Europe. Via 1 2

Galaxy A42 can be Samsung’s cheapest 5G smartphone

The Galaxy A51 and Galaxy A71 are the initial A-series smartphones from Samsung to arrive with 5G capabilities. The A51 5G is presently the most affordable 5G phone from the South Korean brand. More members in the A-series are coming to come with 5G support in the future. A fresh report on Sammobile claims that the Galaxy A42 5G arriving in 2021 may be the cheapest 5G smartphone from Samsung.

The Galaxy A42 5G is said to have a model number of SM-A426B. The smartphone is heading to come in the 4G version like well. To be precise, the SM-A426B model number belongs to the global edition of the Galaxy A42 5G. The Galaxy A42 5G could come with an inner storage of 128 GB. The Galaxy A41 that went official announced this year arrived with 64 GB of original memory. The cameraphone can be out there in colour edition as gray, black, and white. The other details of the phone are under wraps. In related news, Samsung is gearing up to launch multiple products in the coming months. The company might announce Galaxy Watch 3 smartwatch and Galaxy Buds Live in July. Some rumors claim that individuals products may perhaps go official on July 22. The up coming month may Additionally see the arrival of the Galaxy Tab S7 series of flagship tablets. On Aug. 5, Samsung is heading to announce the Galaxy Fold 2 foldable smartphone, Galaxy Note 20 series and Galaxy Z Flip 5G. As of this writing, Samsung is still to release an formal confirmation on the arrival of individuals products.

Samsung profit keeps rising in Q2 2017 thanks to the chip business

Samsung reported a record-breaking profit in Q2 2017. It registered KRW61 trillion or about $54.7 billion revenue. The operating profit stood at KRW14.07 trillion ($12.6 billion), which is a staggering 72% increase year-over-year. The expectations are Q3 numbers to be even bigger because of OLED panels shipments to Apple for the new iPhone. Chip business was the top earner among Samsung's businesses for Q2 2017 with $7.2 billion operating profits(KRW8 trillion) out of KRW17.58 trillion revenue, or about $15.7 billion. The number will keep growing in the July-September period...

Two Exynos chipsets leak: 9610 with Cortex-A73 and Mali-G72, plus a China-focused 7872

Samsung could be working on the first Exynos 9xxx series chipset. Rather than a flagship-grade chip, this is a mid-ranger aimed at the Snapdragon 660. Then there's the Exynos 7872, which is something of a Snapdragon 650 alternative. Exynos 9610 Dubbed Exynos 9610, this chip will be made on the established 14nm LPP process (which was used in the Exynos 8890 for the Galaxy S7). It will have an octa-core processor based on ARM's Cortex-A73 and A53 (four of each). For one reason or another, Samsung didn't use its custom Mongoose cores for this one (the S660 does use Qualcomm's Kryo...