Tech News #84 – October 9, 2020
1. Google Pixel 4a Launched In India.
Google Pixel 4a has been launched in India. The Google Pixel 4a runs on Android 10 with promised Android updates for 3 years and a bunch of Pixel-specific features including the new Google assistant design, live captions, and more.
The Google Pixel 4a features a 5.81″ FHD+ (1080 x 2340) OLED display and is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G octa-core processor coupled with 6GB LPDDR4x RAM and 128GB storage.
Pixel 4a has a single 12MP sensor and an 8MP selfie shooter on the front. It also comes with a decently sized 3140mAh battery with 18W fast charging support.
Google Pixel 4a is priced at Rs. 31,999, however, for a limited period, the company will offer the phone at a promotional price of Rs. 29,999. Pixel 4a will go on sale in India through Flipkart starting October 16.
2. Infinix Zero 8i Launched in Pakistan.
Infinix Zero 8i has been launched in Pakistan alongside the Infinix Zero 8. Infinix Zero 8i is a toned-down version of the Infinix Zero 8 which was launched in Indonesia in August.
The Infinix Zero 8i runs on Android 10 with XOS 7 skin on top. The phone features a 6.85″ FHD+ display with dual hole-punch cut outs and a 90Hz refresh rate. The phone is powered by the MediaTek Helio G90T octa-core processor paired with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage.
As for cameras, the smartphone comes with a quad rear camera setup which includes a 48MP primary sensor, an 8MP sensor with an ultra-wide lens, a 2MP tertiary sensor, and another AI sensor. On the front, there is a 16MP primary sensor and an 8MP sensor with an ultra-wide lens. The phone packs a 4500mAh battery.
Infinix Zero 8i is priced at PKR 34,999 (approximately Rs. 15,600). It is available in Black Diamond, Green Diamond, and Silver Diamond color options. Pre-orders are slated to begin on October 11 on Daraz.com, and the sale will begin on October 15.
3. AMD Ryzen 5000 Series Desktop CPUs Announced.
AMD finally announced their new 5000 series of desktop CPUs through an online event. The new CPUs are based on their updated ‘Zen 3’ architecture. The new processors are said to offer up to a 26 percent increase in performance in gaming and a 19 percent improvement in instructions per cycle compared to the current Ryzen 3000XT series.
Ryzen 9 5950X
The Ryzen 9 5950X features 16 cores and 32 threads with a base speed of 3.4GHz and boost speeds of 4.9GHz with 72MB of total cache memory. AMD claims the highest single-threaded performance of any “desktop gaming processor” in addition to having more cores for better multi-core performance across mainstream (non-workstation) desktop CPUs. It will be priced at $799 (approximately Rs. 58,760).
Ryzen 9 5900X
The 12-core, 24-thread Ryzen 9 5900X features a base speed of 3.7GHz and 4.8GHz boost speed. It has 70MB of cache memory and will cost $549 (approximately Rs. 40,370).
Ryzen 7 5800X
The Ryzen 7 5800X has 8-core, 16-thread with 36MB of cache memory, base and boost speeds of 3.8GHz and 4.7GHz respectively, and 36MB of cache memory in total. It is priced at $449 (approximately Rs. 33,020).
Ryzen 5 5600X
The 6-core, 12-thread Ryzen 5 5600X is rated for 3.7GHz and 4.6GHz base and boost speeds respectively, and features 35MB of cache memory. It is priced at $299 (approximately Rs. 21,990).
The Ryzen 9 and Ryzen 7 have 105W TDPs and will not come with a stock cooler, the Ryzen 5 5600X has a 65W rating and will come with AMD’s Wraith Stealth cooler in the box. According to AMD, the reason for not providing the stock cooler in their flagship processors is because enthusiasts might prefer their own higher-end heatsink or liquid-cooling thermal solution.
The Zen 3 architecture allows for a new unified 8-core CCX (core complex) design, reduced latency with direct L3 cache access, improved branch prediction, wider integer and floating point engines, and twice the amount of L3 cache per core.
Before closing the event, AMD CEO Dr. Lisa Su showed off AMD’s new Radeon RX 6000 ‘Big Navi’ Series GPU. The GPU was said to be running with a Ryzen 5900X CPU and was able to push out 60+ FPS in Borderlands 3 at 4K using the Badass quality preset.
All four CPUs will be available globally on November 5 and the GPU is due to be launched on October 28.
4. Motorola Revou And Motorola ZX2 Series Of Smart TVs Launched In India.
Motorola launched four new smart TVs in India, two in each series. Motorola Revou is a more premium series of TVs while the ZX2 targets the more budget category of TVs.
Coming to the specifications, all of the four smart TVs run on Android 10 for TV. The TVs are powered by a 1.5GHz CA53 quad-core processor, paired with 2GB of RAM and Mali-G52 GPU. Internal storage on the Motorola ZX2 range is at 16GB, whereas the more premium Motorola Revou range offers 32GB of onboard storage.
All of the TVs support Dolby Atmos, Dolby Audio, Dolby Studio Sound, Dolby Vision, and HDR 10 support. The TVs also have support for dual-band Wi-Fi and integrate a Response Time Compensation Engine for motion enhancement.
The 55″ model of the Revou series has two speakers and two tweeters with a total sound output of 50W. The 43″ model comes with two speakers with a total output of 24W. The Motorola Revou range of Smart TVs come with a spacematic stand that has a metal wire finish.
For the ZX2 series, both the models offer a total sound output of 40W and integrate two speakers and two tweeters. They come with a traditional convex stand and have side ports for easy accessibility.
The new Motorola Revou 55″ variant is priced at Rs. 40,999 and the 43″ variant is priced at Rs. 30,999. The Motorola ZX2 series is the affordable range with the 32″ variant being priced at Rs. 13,999 and the 40″ variant priced at Rs. 19,999. All of these Smart TVs will go on sale via Flipkart starting October 15.
1. Instagram’s latest update brings new features to Reels like saving audio clips, share audio pages via DM, and new sections like ‘For You’ and ‘Trending’.
2. Nokia 5.1 starts receiving the Android 10 update.
3. Saregama Carvaan Mini Bluetooth speaker for kids launched with pre-loaded rhymes. Priced at Rs. 2,990.
4. OnePlus Buds Z leaked to feature 10mm drivers with support for Dirac Audio Tuner and Dolby Atmos.
5. Zoom adds an option to buy add-ons in rupees.