Your tech news digest, by way of theÂ DGiT Daily tech newsletter, for Monday, July 27.
1. Mid-range heats up
OnePlus Nord reviews dropped this morning, and the focus is on compromises: is it worth saving that $200 from the OnePlus 8, or should you just get a flagship with all the bells and whistles? (That is, assuming you can get it, given itâ€™s not yet slated for US release.)
Common themes are emerging â€“ hereâ€™s what weâ€™ve picked up from around the review scene:
- Great design that feels flagship, killer 90Hz display that almost keeps up with the OnePlus 8 in terms of smoothness, well-rounded offering.
- Itâ€™s powerful enough plus it has 5G connectivity, although without the mmWave 5G connectivity that isnâ€™t hugely available, yet.
- The value here for a dependable Android smartphone is huge. Again, if it comes to the US.
- And while the six cameras are good enough sometimes those six cameras feel excessive, given that great photos canâ€™t be taken with any of them.
- Was six better than just one or two really good ones?
- That last point feels important. The iPhone SE 2020 takes good photos but never amazing photos and the Nord does better (in comparisons I saw thus far).
- The Pixel 4 easily beats the Nord in the shots I saw, but at the price, thatâ€™s the kind of compromise OnePlus is betting plenty of people will make, while those who really want a great camera will keep looking out for cameras that push the limits of smartphone photography, and wallets.
- Good news too: The OnePlus Nord beats the 7T Pro at sustained performance (Android Authority) by keeping things cool.
The best mid-rangers are wildly different:Â
- With the Pixel 4a added into the mid-range mix in the next few weeks, thereâ€™s going to be around three or four hot contenders in the mid-range mix.
- If everything goes right, the Pixel 4a should have a brilliant camera. But can it match the competition, or will it just be a Pixel 3A 2020?
- The price point here really matters. Will the 5G model be the better option, should it appear?
- One interesting point weâ€™re kicking around on Slack about mid-range phones is that for these better brands, there isnâ€™t really a right way or wrong way to offer an affordable mid-range phone.
- The iPhone SE 2020 has most power, IP rating, and wireless charging, but misses 5G, bigger 90Hz display, and multiple cameras.
- The Pixel 4a should have the same 765G processor as the Nord, but thatâ€™s likely where comparisons will finish.
- In this battle, shopping around is much more interesting than looking at flagships, given you can more clearly decide what matters to you.
2.Â Your Best of Android Readerâ€™s Choice winner (after 45,000 votes) is the OnePlus 8 Pro (Android Authority).
3.Â Lenovo Flex 5G review: Insane Windows laptop battery life, at a $1500 cost (Android Authority).
4. We asked, you told us: 2019 was the worst year in smartphone history (Android Authority).
5. ASUS ROG Phone 3 has a hidden 160 Hz screen mode (Android Authority).
6. Apple now sells a $129 Thunderbolt 3 Pro cable. The weird thing? Itâ€™s not cheap but thereâ€™s no competing option that offers the same for less (The Verge). USB-C is quite the mess.
7. Massive Nintendo leak reveals early Mario, Zelda, and PokÃ©mon secrets. This is all about classic games that never were, well worth a look (Polygon).
8. â€œIntelâ€™s decision to consider outsourcing manufacturing heralds the end of an era in which the company, and the US, dominated the semiconductor industry.â€� (Bloomberg). Mark Cuban chimed in, too (Twitter).
9. 20 years ago, Steve Jobs built the â€˜Coolest Computer Ever.â€™ It bombed (Wired).
10. Roundup of the many trailers unveiled this weekend during [email protected] (Ars Technica).
11. Apple eyes new streaming strategy after Tom Hanks drama breaks records (Fast Company).
12.Â The North Poles of Jupiterâ€™s moon Ganymede probed, for the first time ever (nasa.gov).
13. Hereâ€™s a list of 50 authors with 50 sci-fi stories shorter than novels (blogspot). Plus discussion here (HN).
14. â€œWhy do mountains have peaks instead of having â€œflat topsâ€�?â€� (r/askscience).
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