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A smartphone with very old hardware, but the ability to install more than 20 operating systems. PinePhone is already available for pre-order

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In a world where smartphones are becoming more and more similar to each other, operating systems are often almost perfect, and performance is enough for most common tasks, the release of Pine64’s PinePhone seems like an unusual event.

The PinePhone, introduced last year, is based on a very old and slow platform, offers an ancient camera, small battery and primitive design, but starts at $ 150.

The secret is simple – the device is probably unique in its capabilities relative to the operating system. The smartphone is running Linux. More specifically, we are talking about Manjaro Linux with the KDE Plasma shell. But the main feature is that the smartphone allows you to easily and quickly install a different OS. Of course, based on Linux, but still the choice is very large. At the moment there are more than 20 different operating systems, from Fedora to Sailfish OS. And it’s very easy to change the OS: just write it correctly to a memory card, insert it into your smartphone and reboot the device. True, many distributions may work with errors, some of the main functions of the device may be unavailable somewhere, but everything is gradually improving. And there is also a removable battery, although its capacity is only 3000 mAh.

As for the rest of the parameters, PinePhone has a 5.95-inch screen with a resolution of 1440 x 720 pixels, Allwinner A64 SoC, 2 or 3 GB of RAM, 16 or 32 GB of flash memory, as well as 5 and 2 megapixel cameras.

The company has now started accepting pre-orders. The base PinePhone Beta Edition Linux costs $ 150, while the Beta Edition With Convergence Package Linux costs $ 200. The latter is distinguished by a large amount of memory and a set.

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Three former Apple engineers helped disassemble the Apple Watch Series 7. The watch has more in common with the iPhone 13 than you might think

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Specialists of the popular iFixit resource, specializing in the repair of various electronics, disassembled the new Apple Watch Series 7 smartwatch and shared the results with the public.

Firstly, the watch scored 6 points on a 10-point scale of maintainability and generally positive reviews for its modular design, easy access to the screen and battery. Experts also praised Apple for keeping the Apple Watch Series 7 compatible with previous generations of bands, right up to the very first original Apple Watch.

Three former Apple engineers helped disassemble the Apple Watch Series 7. The watch has more in common with the iPhone 13 than you might think

IFixit notes that despite minimal external changes, there are several major updates to the Apple Watch Series 7.

Three former Apple engineers helped disassemble the Apple Watch Series 7. The watch has more in common with the iPhone 13 than you might think

As mentioned several times, the main difference between this device and the Series 6 is the enlarged display. Disassembling iFixit revealed that the watch uses an OLED panel with an integrated touchscreen (on-cell touch), this technology debuted in the iPhone 13.

Three former Apple engineers helped disassemble the Apple Watch Series 7. The watch has more in common with the iPhone 13 than you might think

According to experts, this is an unusual approach for Apple, which usually prefers to experiment with new screen technologies on watches, and then implement them on smartphones – as happened with OLED, variable refresh rate and the function of “always on” screen.

Three former Apple engineers helped disassemble the Apple Watch Series 7. The watch has more in common with the iPhone 13 than you might think

IFixit partnered with three former Apple engineers to disassemble the Apple Watch Series 7. As they noted, it was the new display that could cause delays in production and force the company to release the device later than it would like.

When Apple announced the Apple Watch Series 7 in September, it didn’t announce a specific release date. Former Apple engineers said this is usually indicative of delays, and the most likely cause is a manufacturing glitch caused by watch displays. They explained, “The screens have some of the most complex supply chains and assembly processes in the industry.”

The iFixit experts also found that the Apple Watch Series 7 has a larger battery compared to its predecessor. However, this did not lead to an increase in battery life, since the larger screen consumes more power.

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After the update, the experience will be like using a new smartphone. The head of Xiaomi spoke about the new firmware for the Xiaomi Mix Fold

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The development team announced the imminent release of a large update for the foldable smartphone Xiaomi Mix Fold, which will be released before the end of this month.

This update brings many new features and optimizations, fixes a large number of app bugs, dual screen connectivity issues, optimizes PC mode, adds MIUI + inter-screen collaboration, and other features.

Shortly after the official announcement, Xiaomi Group Vice President Chang Cheng revealed three main points of this update:

  • The basic interface has been greatly improved, it is smoother and more stable. The desktop has also been improved on the outer and inner screens
  • Many apps have been adapted and optimized for the foldable smartphone, including the PC mode everyone loves.
  • Now there are more than 4,000 apps on the list that support the big screen

Chang Cheng said that after the update, the experience will be the same as when using the new smartphone.

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Huawei P50 will still be released in Europe

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Yesterday, Huawei announced the global launch of the Huawei Nova 9 smartphone, which debuted in China a month ago. It also became known that Huawei will release the flagship smartphone Huawei P50 in overseas markets.

However, if Huawei Nova 9 goes on sale in Europe on November 2, then Huawei P50 will appear in this region only next year. It turns out that Huawei will release the flagship model of this series in Europe for the first time in two years. The previous model (Huawei P40) was released in the region in spring 2020.

The base model Huawei P50 uses a 6.5-inch OLED display with a resolution of 2700 x 1224 pixels with a refresh rate of 90 Hz. It is based on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 SoC, but lacks a 5G modem. The smartphone has 8 GB of RAM and a main camera, which includes image sensors with a resolution of 50, 13 and 12 megapixels. The battery capacity is 4100 mAh, there is support for 66 W fast charging.

It is not yet known whether Huawei P50 services will be preinstalled in the European version, but it is known for sure that Huawei nova 9 will not have them.

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