Your tech news digest, by way of the DGiT Daily newsletter, for Tuesday, April 21.Â
1. Microsoftâ€™s coming hardware leaks: Surface Book 3, Surface Go 2
The indications are pretty solid that Microsoft has new Surface hardware launching within a month. During May, say the leaks, weâ€™ll see a new Surface Book 3, and a new Surface Go 2.
- The Surface Go was the successor to the original 2-in-1. It was launched in August 2018, and was the cheapest Surface laptop product. It was $399 at launch and is around $350 now at the lowest spec, depending on your retail options.
- The Surface Book 2 (favored by my colleagues, and pictured above) was set up as Microsoftâ€™s high-end spec laptop, packed with performance specs. It came in 13.5-inch and 15-inch options, with dedicated graphics cards, latest Intel processors, and great battery life. The big Surface Book feature was the detachable-screen from the laptop body to offer massive tablet-hybrid.
Now the updated models look to be around the corner per leaks from Windows Central and WinFuture.
Surface Book 3: more power
- Indications are the new Surface Book 3 will feature Intelâ€™s latest 10th Gen processors, up to 32GB of RAM and 1TB of storage, plus dedicated GPU.
- Thereâ€™s even hints that 15-inch higher-end models will include Nvidiaâ€™s Quadro graphics chip line.
- Prices reported by WinFuture are not particularly cheap: starting at $1700 for the 13-inch i5 at 8GB/256GB, up to $2700 for 32GB/1TB.
- In the Pro 15-inch model, prices start at $2300 for a 10th-gen i7 chip with 16GB/256GB storage, up to $3400 for max specs.
- Itâ€™s not worth worrying about those prices too much given weâ€™re a little way away from launch. We donâ€™t know a huge number of other key specs, and Roland Quandt, the tech journo behind these leaks, notes more variants are swimming around so itâ€™s a touch uncertain.
- The Quadro options will have a lot of professionals looking at this as a key alternative in the space, but Thunderbolt 3 support may be a key feature or key miss, if itâ€™s not included.
Surface Go 2: Tinkering
- Over on the Surface Go 2, Windows Central reckons weâ€™ll see the same size device but with a larger 10.5-inch display, as bezels are thinned, meaning existing accessories will work.
- The specs and pricing leaks are more comprehensive for now, with a $399 price tag for the entry-level model getting you an Intel Pentium GOLD processor, with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage, and Wi-Fi 6 support.
- High-spec models will offer an Intel Core M3, with 8GB RAM, 128GB storage, and optional LTE connectivity.
- Microsoftâ€™s other mobility line in the Surface Pro X is playing with ARM-based CPUs for longevity and low-power/low-heat, while also offering thin, light hardware. But reviewers havenâ€™t been delighted with the expense and app compatibility.
- No pricing yet. More to come in this space!
2. Samsung wants to launch 600MP camera sensors. Yup, 600 megapixels. The first 1 gigapixel camera sensor before or after, say, 2023?Â (Android Authority).
3. Redmi readying one of the cheapest 5G phones yet (Android Authority).
4. Galaxy Fold 2 details leak: A massive improvement on the cards, especially the outside-facing smartphone display which was tiny. Not anymore! (Android Authority).
5. Appleâ€™s new iPad Pro keyboard accessory, the Magic Keyboard, does a good job of turning your iPad into a laptop. But it only gets a 7/10 from The Verge, for being heavy, thick, expensive, and not really helping make the most out of the iPad for its portability. Itâ€™s still an iPad, which is great! But not a laptop. Which is also ok, but a key distinction. And the thing is $299 or $349, for a keyboard dock.
7. Nvidiaâ€™s GeForce Now service says itâ€™s â€œfull steam aheadâ€� with 30 of the top 40 most-played games on Steam available on the service. But Xbox Game Studios, Codemasters, and Warner Bros have left, as more platforms emerge (The Verge).
8. The New Yorker adds co-op to its online crossword puzzles: Solve a crossword with a friend: I tried, it works! Youâ€™ll need a free account (The Verge).
9. More people watched the Michael Jordan docuseries The Last Dance than any other ESPN original content since 2004: 6.1M viewers, plus viewers on Netflix around the globe. Hereâ€™s how to watch The Last Dance if youâ€™ve missed Episodes 1 and 2, the rest being released each Sunday across the coming weeks (Android Authority).
10. Solar windows are getting closer, per Australian research: â€œTwo square metres of solar window will do the same job as a standard rooftop solar paneâ€� (CSIRO).
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