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Lilbits: Intel 4004 chip turns 50, MSI’s new mini PC, and Samsung is rolling out Android 12 (One UI 4)

Fifty years ago today, Intel released the first commercial single-chip microprocessor. Today’s chips are more than a little faster, but you’ve got to start somewhere. In other recent tech news from around the web, MSI gives us a first look at a previously unannounced mini PC, Samsung is starting to roll out Android 12 to […]

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Android 12L will bring better support for foldables and large-screen devices

Android 12 only began rolling out to Pixel phones last week, but Google is already preparing the next update – a version that’s optimized for foldables and large-screen devices. And you won’t have to wait until Android 13 is available next fall to get it. That’s because the next update will be called Android 12L, […]

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Lilbits: Samsung Galaxy Z Flip3 Bespoke Edition, Oppo’s in-house chips, and Hyper’s big new batteries

This week Google officially launched the first smartphones powered by its own Google Tensor processors, and Apple unveiled new MacBook Pro laptops powered by the company’s new M1 Pro and M1 Max chips. There seems to be a growing trend of device makers designing their own processors rather than using off-the-shelf chips from Intel, AMD, […]

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Leaked Android 12.1 build points to new features for foldables (and a bit more)

Google hasn’t released Android 12 yet, but it’s coming very soon. So what’s next? According to a report from xda-developers, Android 12.1. As the name suggests, this likely won’t be a major update, and Google probably won’t wait a full year to release it. Instead, it seems to be a smaller update with a number […]

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Faster Surface Duo 2 packs better cameras and a slick new notification display

The Surface Duo was an intriguing device, but it wasn’t without its shortcomings. At its Surface event today, Microsoft was ready to show off how it addressed them in the Surface Duo 2. Perhaps the biggest knock on the Surface Duo was its underwhelming cameras. This time around Microsoft opted for a more premium triple-lens […]

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Lilbits: 35W Alder Lake-T leaked, iOS 15 released, Android 12.1 is coming for foldables

Intel’s 12th-gen Core processors, code-named “Alder Lake” will combine high-performance CPU cores and high-efficiency cores in order to balance performance and power consumption. Details have a way of leaking though, and FanlessTech has posted a list of Alder Lake-T processors, which are expected to be 35-watt chips for low-power desktops. In other tech news from […]

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Lilbits: TCL’s foldable phone that wasn’t, Analogue Pocket Delayed (again) and the Cutest Console

The MINISFORUM Elitemini HX90 saga continues. After a couple of prominent YouTubers raised serious issues about the feature set and quality control of the little computer with a Ryzen 9 5900HX processor, MINISFORUM released a statement saying it accidentally sent those reviewers the wrong pre-release prototypes for testing. And in other recent tech news from […]

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LG’s new foldable display material is “hard as glass,” but “flexible as plastic”

LG doesn’t make smartphones anymore, but the Korean electronics company still makes smartphone displays, and the company has just unveiled some new technology that could be used in upcoming phones with foldable displays. According to LG Chem, the new “Real Folding Window” display technology can be used to make screen covers where the surface is as […]

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Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Galaxy Z Flip 3 are pretty much what you expect

Smartphones with foldable displays have been a thing for a few years at this point, and Samsung’s third-gen models are… entirely unsurprising upgrades over last year’s versions. That’s not just because details about the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 have been leaking for months. It’s also because these are very much evolutionary […]

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Lilbits: HomePod Mini’s hidden hardware, the future of LG smartphones (or lack thereof)

A week ago we learned that Apple’s first smart speaker would be discontinued. The company is shifting its focus from the original $299 Siri-powered smart speaker to the new $99 HomePod mini which may not offer the same audio quality, but which is a heck of a lot more affordable at a time when rivals […]

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Foldable smartphones, falling prices: Samsung Z Flip and Motorola Razr get $200 price cuts

Smartphones with foldable displays started to hit the streets last year, but the technology is still new and foldable phones are still expensive. But they’re a little less expensive this week with both the Samsung Galazy Z Flip 5G getting a permanent $200 price cut and the Motorola Razr 5G (2020) getting a temporary one that’s scheduled to […]