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Instagram officially launches Reels in attempt to take on TikTok


Instagram has announced that it is bringing a feature called Reels that allows you to record and edit 15-second multi-clip videos with audio, effects, and new creative tools.

It is obviously an attempt to compete with TikTok, the widely popular (and controversial) social media platform, and is already arriving in 50 countries.

Instagram Reels is now found in the Instagram Camera (the button in the top left corner) where the whole interface was redesigned. There is a variety of tools for editing, including adding Audio, AR Effects, Timer and Countdown for all the fun dances you want to do.

Sharing Reels is done the same way Live videos or regular posts are shared – they go to a dedicated tab on the profile and can be seen and discovered by everyone, or, if your privacy settings are set to Private, only the people following you.

Once the reel is ready, it can be saved as a draft, have the cover image changed, pretty much all the post-edit features available as when posting a video.

Instagram officially launches Reels in attempt to take down TikTok

Watching Reels is simple as seeing a regular photo or video. A reel appears either in the Feed or in the Discover tab, and Instagram is tagging some as “Featured” to “help users discover original content that will entertain and inspire”.

Instagram is yet to issue a full list of countries where Reels is officially available, but aside from Brazil, where it was tested, it has also launched in the United States, the United Kingdom, India, Japan, Australia, France and Germany.


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Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra hands-on review



The Galaxy Note20 series is finally official. Samsung introduced the Note20 and Note20 Ultra last night and now we’re going hands-on with the ultimate S-Pen-packing Galaxy for 2020.

Similarly to the S20 family from the spring, the Ultra comes with exclusive all-out hardware not available on the vanilla model. In a somewhat bizarre turn of events that includes the 120Hz 1440p+ display, while the Note20 has a plain 60Hz 1080p panel. Earlier this year even the smaller S20 had the high refresh rate and the extra pixels.

The Galaxy Note20 Ultra retains exclusivity on some of the camera bits too. The periscope telephoto, is something you won’t be able to get on the Note20, though it’s a different module than the one on the S20 Ultra. For zooming in, the Note20 has the same 64MP non-telephoto telephoto that stirred some controversy on the S20 and S20+ for the way it was marketed.

The 108MP Nonacell primary cam is also an Ultra-only feature and this appears to have been carried over from the S20 Ultra. Same thing with the smaller Note’s 12MP main shooter that you can find on the S20 and S20+.

Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra hands-on review

Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra 5G specs

  • Body: 164.8×77.2×8.1mm, 208g; Glass front (Gorilla Glass Victus), glass back (Gorilla Glass Victus), stainless steel frame; IP68 dust/water resistant (up to 1.5m for 30 mins); Colors: Mystic Bronze, Mystic Black, Mystic White.
  • Display: 6.90″ Dynamic AMOLED, 1440x3088px resolution, 19.3:9 aspect ratio, 496ppi; HDR10+, Always-on display, 120Hz@FHD/60Hz@QHD refresh rate.
  • Chipset: Exynos 990 (7 nm+) – Global, Qualcomm SM8250 Snapdragon 865+ (7 nm+) – USA: Octa-core (2×2.73 GHz Mongoose M5 & 2×2.50 GHz Cortex-A76 & 4×2.0 GHz Cortex-A55) – Global, Octa-core (1×3.00 GHz Kryo 585 & 3×2.42 GHz Kryo 585 & 4×1.8 GHz Kryo 585) – USA; Mali-G77 MP11 – Global, Adreno 650 – USA.
  • Memory: 128GB 12GB RAM, 256GB 12GB RAM, 512GB 12GB RAM; UFS 3.1; microSDXC (uses shared SIM slot).
  • OS/Software: Android 10, One UI 2.1.
  • Rear camera: Wide (main): 108 MP, f/1.8, 26mm, 1/1.33″, 0.8µm, PDAF, Laser AF, OIS; Telephoto: 12 MP, f/3.0, 120mm periscope, 1.0µm, PDAF, OIS, 5x optical zoom, 50x hybrid zoom; Ultra wide angle: 12 MP, f/2.2, 13mm, 1/2.55″, 1.4µm; LED flash, auto-HDR, panorama.
  • Front camera: 10 MP, f/2.2, 26mm (wide), 1/3.2″, 1.22µm, Dual Pixel PDAF; Dual video call, Auto-HDR.
  • Video capture: Rear camera: 8K@24fps, 4K@30/60fps, 1080p@30/60/240fps, 720p@960fps, HDR10+, stereo sound rec., gyro-EIS & OIS; Front camera: 4K@30/60fps, 1080p@30fps.
  • Battery: 4500mAh; Fast charging 25W, USB Power Delivery 3.0, Fast Qi/PMA wireless charging, Reverse wireless charging 9W.
  • Misc: Fingerprint (under display, ultrasonic), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer; NFC; FM radio (Snapdragon model only; market/operator dependent); Samsung Wireless DeX (desktop experience support), ANT+, Bixby natural language commands and dictation; Samsung Pay (Visa, MasterCard certified); S Pen Stylus, 9ms latency (Bluetooth integration, accelerometer, gyro).

The Ultra is protected by the brand new Gorilla Glass Victus front and back and both phones get a stainless steel frame – that’s a first on a Samsung smartphone. Oddly enough, the Note20 comes with a plastic back – that one we hadn’t seen in a while on a high-end Samsung handset.

Both Notes get the S Pen too, at least this much is still guaranteed. It’s been moved to the left of the phone now, a major change from all previous generations. It comes with added gestures and it’s got improved latency for an even more pen-on-paper-like feel – on the Ultra, that is, the vanilla model doesn’t get that either.

Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra hands-on review

We’ll go over what’s new and what’s remained the same in a bit more detail on the next few pages, click along.

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Realme X3 Pro pops up on Geekbench with Snapdragon 855+


We’ve been hearing speculations about an incoming Realme X3 Pro but the company is still staying silent on the topic. Earlier this year a device with the model number RMX2121 was spotted on TENAA and leaksters suggested this is the phone; today a different device codenamed RMX2083 shined on Geekbench with Snapdragon 855+, raising the question which one is the real X3 Pro.

Alleged Realme X3 Pro on Geekbench

The Realme X3 and the Realme X3 Superzoom both arrived with the Snapdragon 855+, so why wouldn’t the company keep it consistent?

However, a third model number RMX2170 was also suggested to be the X3 Pro, raising the question which is the right one.

The Realme X3 had some good specs, while the Superzoom took the lineup to another level with 5x optical zoom in the telephoto camera, up to 12 GB RAM and a 32 MP selfie shooter.

If the Realme X3 Pro is going to try and become the king of the family, it better bring 65W charging to the scene, or why not even the 125W UltraDART standard, unveiled last month.

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Leaked document suggests Pixel 5a is coming next year, a foldabe phone is in the works


An internal document escaped from Google’s grasp and it hints at a possible folding Pixel. The document details every phone since the Pixel 2 and features four yet to be announced devices: Barbette, Raven, Oriole and Passport.

Barbette is possibly the rumored Pixel 5a – Google has so far officially confirmed only the Pixel 5 5G and 4a 5G. The Raven and Oriole should be the next generation Pixel 6 duo. Note that Google phones typically have code names based on fish species, but this document uses other code names, making it tough to crack.

This leaves the Passport, which is explicitly described as a foldable. It and the two Pixel 6 models are scheduled to launch in the last three months of next year, so we’re in for quite a wait.

A patent drawing of a foldable Google phone from 2019

It’s not clear which (if any) of these is the Pixel phone that will allegedly have a 6.67” 120 Hz display.

Google didn’t reveal when the the Pixel 5 5G and 4a 5G will become available, but this document claims that they will arrive in October (the company did say that the Pixel 4a 5G will cost $500, $150 more than the vanilla 4a).

The Pixel 5a will follow with a launch set for Q2 of 2021. It’s described as a “lower end mid year device”.


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Samsung Galaxy Note20 and Note20 Ultra India pricing revealed as pre-orders open


Samsung announced the Galaxy Note20 and Galaxy Note20 Ultra yesterday through a virtual event along with their US and European prices, and today we learn about the Note20 duo’s Indian pricing.

The Galaxy Note20 is priced at INR77,999 ($1,040/€880) in India, while the Note20 Ultra will set you back by INR104,999 ($1,400/€1,180). Both smartphones come with 256GB of internal storage, but the regular Note20 has 8GB RAM while the Note20 Ultra comes with 12GB RAM onboard and supports 5G networks.

The Note20 and Note20 Ultra are already up for pre-orders in India through Samsung’s online store. The Note20 is offered in Mystic Green color while the Note20 Ultra comes in Mystic Black shade. The Mystic Bronze color is common to both.

Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra

Samsung Galaxy Note20 • Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra

The Note20 pair comes with a Snapdragon 865+ SoC or the Exynos 990 chipset, depending on the region. Samsung hasn’t revealed which chipset the Indian units have under the hood on its official website, but chances are customers in the South Asian country will get the Exynos 990.

Alongside the Note20 and Note20 Ultra, Samsung also unveiled the Buds Live TWS earphones, Galaxy Watch3 smartwatch, Tab S7 series tablets and the Galaxy Z Fold2. These are already listed on Samsung India’s website, but their prices are currently unknown.

You can head this way to check out the detailed specs of the Note20 and Note20 Ultra, and over here for the full announcement coverage of the duo. You can also read our Unpacked event coverage wrap-up here.


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