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The Pixel 6’s older modem is holding it back
While the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro are excellent phones, both have been hit with bizarre glitches and setbacks that have detracted from an otherwise well-received launch. And now a new report confirms previously reported fears about Google’s phones: 5G performance lags behind other flagships.
According to a report from PCMag, the Pixel 6 Pro’s 5G performance fails to match that of the Samsung Galaxy S21. As we noted last month, the Pixel 6 uses Samsung’s Exynos 5123b modem, along with its custom Tensor processor. The problem is that Samsung’s model is from last year, and when looking at other phones that used the chip, it couldn’t match the 5G speed recorded by phones using this year’s Qualcomm X60 modem.
The latest report adds more concrete numbers to what we suspected. When testing on Verizon’s excellent, if finicky, millimeter-wave (mmWave) 5G network, PCMag pulled in speeds that broke 2Gbps on the Galaxy S21. The Pixel 6, by comparison, struggled to go above 1Gbps.
It was the same situation on T-Mobile and that carrier’s more extensive, but slower, mid-band 5G network. There, the S21 won in six out of the seven speed tests.
US consumers who buy the Pixel 6 Pro get a phone that supports mmWave in addition to all the frequency bands used by Verizon, T-Mobile and AT&T. But as PCMag notes, there’s not necessarily support for combinations of low- to midband 5G, which is how carriers are expanding their 5G coverage in the near term. That could put the Pixel 6 Pro at more of a disadvantage going forward.
PCMag’s testing on Net Monitor and Ookla Speedtest found the Pixel 6 Pro would throw out bad signal numbers. When using Net Monitor, which measures signal samples every second, the Galaxy S21 did a much better job of detecting and capturing 4G LTE. Granted, for whatever reason, the Pixel 6 Pro stuck to 5G, and could not capture 4G signal strength properly. The Pixel 6 did report better signal strength on T-Mobile’s 5G network over the S21.
Either way, this means when choosing between the Google Pixel 6 Pro vs the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra, 5G performance might be another reason for some to consider Samsung over Google. Not only that, while the Pixel 6 launched with Android 12, Samsung is rolling out its Android 12 with One UI 4 (Samsung’s skin over Android) right now making it a more attractive option, though it might be better to wait a few months for the Samsung Galaxy S22 launch, as that phone will ship with Android 12 and doubtlessly feature improvements over this year’s S21.
Imad Khan is news editor at Tom’s Guide, helping direct the day’s breaking coverage. Prior to working at the site, Imad was a full-time freelancer, with bylines at the New York Times, the Washington Post and ESPN. Outside of work, you can find him sitting blankly in front of a Word document trying desperately to write the first pages of a new book.
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New Apple Exclusive Reveals Major iPhone 13 Featured Cancelled – Forbes
The iPhone 13 launch week has leaked and Apple fans have some very good reasons to upgrade. But now there is a major reason why you might not.
Renders of Apple’s iPhone 13 range based on multiple leaks
In the latest addition of his Power On newsletter, Bloomberg’s respected Apple insider Mark Gurman has now confirmed his earlier tip-off that Apple has scrapped its plans to reintroduce Touch ID on the iPhone 13 range. But he does also reveal Apple’s exciting long term plans.
“While Apple had tested in-screen Touch ID for the next flagship iPhones, it won’t make the cut this year,” Gurman explains. This follows rampant speculation for the last year that the tech would return alongside Face ID, given the latter’s problems with masks during the pandemic.
That said, Apple is unlikely to give up on Touch ID with the first iPhone 14 leaks claiming an in-display Touch ID will make it into next year’s model (along with several other major upgrades).
Moreover, Gurman also reveals Apple has radical plans for Face ID moving forward: “I believe Apple is all-in on Face ID for its higher-end iPhones and its long-term goal is to implement Face ID in the display itself,” he explains. This is part of Apple’s long term goal to eliminate the notch, which the company has at least managed to shrink in time for this year’s new iPhones.
Apple iPhone concept showing in-display Touch ID
And this is where things get exciting. The combination of Face ID and, ultimately, in-display Touch ID will give iPhone users dual biometric verification. Used in tandem (look at your iPhone while placing a finger on the display) this can provide military grade levels of security and it fits in with Apple’s plans to make your iPhone your primary form of ID. While iOS 15 will hold your driving licence, the company has revealed patents enabling an iPhone to replace your passport. Dual biometrics would be essential for this level of security and could fundamentally change how we see our smartphones.
More immediately, however, for those stung by the loss of Touch ID on the iPhone 13 there is still plenty to be excited about. Multiple sources have now revealed Apple’s new iPhones will have massive new cameras, larger batteries, faster charging, smaller notches, next gen WiFi and — on Pro models — globally upgraded 5G and ProMotion displays. They may also double their storage.
And the deal maker in all this could be pricing. Apple is understood to be freezing iPhone 13 prices, something that is tipped to deliver another sales supercycle following the runaway success of the iPhone 12. Just watch out because Apple has already warned that the biggest challenge is likely to be getting your hands on one.
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Save up 75% on Samsung smartphones, peripherals, appliances and more in the Samsung Week sales starting October 25 – My Everyday Tech
Samsung Malaysia will be launching a new sales event starting next week as a celebration of its 52nd anniversary by thanking fans and loyal customer’s continuous support of the brand.
Samsung Malaysia will be offering a wide variety of items from lifestyle companions of smartphones and monitors down to the household musts such as washing machines, TV, and soundbar. The campaign will start from October 25 and lasts until November 7 exclusively on Samsung Online Store.
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Additionally, the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip3 5G promotion is still available where all orders will be honored with an extra RM350 Samsung e-voucher and 1-Year plan of Samsung Care+ while the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 5G gets the same treatment but with a raised figure of Samsung e-voucher at RM500.
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Which iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max Color Is Best for You? – MUO – MakeUseOf
Confused about which color to choose for your new iPhone 13 Pro or Pro Max? Here’s what will likely suit you.
Whenever you’re purchasing a new iPhone, picking the color that suits you best is the fun part. Released in September 2021, Apple’s iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max come in 4 colors: Graphite, Silver, Gold, and Sierra Blue.
Let’s look into each of them and see which iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max color is best for you.
Graphite can be viewed as the equivalent to the standard “black” color available in every iPhone lineup. Its deep tone aptly references the carbon mineral after which it’s named. Graphite is quite similar to Space Gray from the previous Pro models.
One thing to note is that, although the Pro models have matte backs, fingerprint smudges will inevitably be rather visible due to the dark color of Graphite. However, this can be solved by cleaning your Apple device.
If you seek timelessness and want to pair your iPhone with many different cases, Graphite is an excellent choice.
Silver is another popular color. While it’s technically called Silver, the device’s actual color looks closer to white.
For this iPhone color, in particular, some people are concerned that the bright stainless steel lining the device’s sides will fall victim to ugly scratches and fingerprint smudges. However, if you have a good case to protect your iPhone, this shouldn’t be a big problem.
Clean yet luxurious, Silver is a light-toned alternative to Graphite.
Gold encapsulates chic and sophistication. Since 2013, Apple has often provided Gold as a color option for its flagship iPhone.
Gold is similarly elegant as Graphite and Silver, but certainly more eye-catching. Fingerprint smudges will also be less visible due to the color's gentle, pearly tone.
Into classics but don’t like the usual monotone shades? The color gold is your new best friend.
Sierra Blue is a brand-new color introduced for the iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max. It’s much lighter compared to the Pacific Blue of the iPhone 12 Pro series. If Pacific Blue subtly refers to the deep ocean, Sierra Blue is reminiscent of the breathy, foggy hue of a cold mountain sky.
Trendy and refreshing, you can only find Sierra Blue on the iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max so far. If you're excited about all things new and unique, go for Sierra Blue.
If you love classics, Graphite or Silver will certainly be the best color for you. For an added bit of charm, Gold is an awesome alternative. If the cool tints of Sierra Blue immediately attract your attention, it’s a great color to pick as well.
Torn between the iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max? We’ve weighed up all the similarities and differences between these two models to help you decide.
Denise is a freelance writer. Her first Apple gadget was the iPhone 6, which she happily adored for 7 years. Visit her website for her portfolio and blog, where she also writes about business and social causes.
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