New Pixel 6 Leak Reveals Much Faster Wired Charging Speeds

Google Pixel 6 Rumors: Leaked Faster Charging, New Camera, More

Other Pixel 6 rumors include mention of a new 50-MP main camera, and the use of not one but two ARM Cortex X1 cores in Google’s new Tensor chip, which represents a notable departure from the single X1 core used in current mobile chips like Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 888. 

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But what might be the juiciest rumor comes in an update from @Evleaks, who claims that a “trusted” source says that Google’s foldable Pixel—codenamed Passport—will indeed launch sometime this year. The source claims Google has been working on Passport for more than two years, and with new updates coming in Android 12.1 expected to include improved software for foldable phones, suddenly the idea of a foldable Pixel in 2021 doesn’t seem quite so outlandish.

Regardless, after Google CEO Sundar Pichai promised “significant product updates” prior to Google I/O, between a recent major update to its line of Nest cams, the Pixel 6, and potentially a foldable Pixel on the way, Google seems like fully set on backing up Pichai’s big talk with a range of new devices scheduled for release between now and the end of the year.

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Microsoft Will Take the Wraps Off Windows 11 Hardware On Sept. 22

Microsoft Announces Hardware Event Sept. 22

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Microsoft could also use its September event to announce the Surface Book 4. Windows Central reported that it might not get the Surface Book moniker, however. Instead, Microsoft could rebrand it as the Surface Laptop Pro. The company could also update its Surface Pro lineup to showcase Windows 11.

Invitations have been sent out to the press, and Gizmodo will be covering the event right here. Be sure to join us on Sept. 22 to see everything Microsoft announces.

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Asus Just Made Its Blazing Fast Gamer Phone Even More Extreme

For gamers, the SD888+’s slightly higher clock speeds should work well in tandem with its faster 360Hz touch sample rate (up from 300Hz on the previous model) to deliver a more responsive reaction for touch controls, which is nice if you’re really trying to eke out every last drop of performance.

That said, with a starting price of just under 30,000 New Taiwan Dollars (about $1,075) for the base ROG Phone 5s and going up to 37,990 NTD (about $1,365), for the ROG Phone 5s Pro, Asus’ new phone definitely ain’t cheap. Though with even the base model offering 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage and going up to a whopping 18GB of RAM and 512GB of storage for the top-spec model, it’s not hard to see where all that money goes. (Though the benefits of having that much RAM in a phone are still up for debate.)

But what might be the most delightful part of the ROG Phone 5s Pro is its new rear-mounted OLED display, which now features six pre-configured animations for things like signaling an incoming call, launching a game, or even simply plugging in an add-on or accessory. Is it a bit much? Sure, but on a device like this, an over-the-top rear screen feels right at home. And if you’re not happy with Asus’ pre-installed animations, you can always create some of your own.

Elsewhere, most of the ROG Phone 5s’ specs have stayed the same, including its massive 6,000 mAh battery, huge 6.73-inch AMOLED display, triple rear cameras (64-MP main, 13-MP ultra-wide, and 5-MP macro), onboard DAC, and dual USB-C ports. Notably, Asus didn’t mess with the previous model’s built-in touch buttons either, so you’ll still be able to game with precision without needing to hook up an external gamepad.

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ROG Phone 5s fan add-on

In case you’re concerned with thermal throttling, Asus also makes a fan add-on to help cool the back of the ROG Phone 5s.
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Unfortunately, the placement of the ROG Phone 5s’ rear screen means there isn’t a great way to add wireless charging, which means you’ll still have to rely on the phone’s relative speedy 65-watt wired charging instead.

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But perhaps the biggest heartbreaker is that while the ROG Phone 5s is set to go on sale in Asus’ home territory of Taiwan, Asus doesn’t have any official plans to sell the ROG Phones 5s overseas at this time. That means if you want what might be the new fastest Android phone on the planet, you’re probably going to have to rely on third-party importers to get one.

Fitbit Charge 5 Leaks Reveal New Color Touchscreen

Fitbit Charge 5 Leaks Reveal New Color Touchscreen

The Charge line has mostly stuck to iterative updates over the years, and as one of the company’s most popular products, Fitbit’s adopted an “if it ain’t broke” strategy. One interesting point will be battery life. Fitbit’s multi-day battery life helps set its gadgets apart in a world increasingly dominated by premium smartwatches that can barely last longer than a day. However, color touchscreens are much more power-hungry compared to monochrome screens. It wasn’t an issue on the Luxe, but then again, the Luxe didn’t have built-in GPS either.

It makes sense that Fitbit would focus more on its trackers this year. Not only did it come out guns blazing last year, but it’s also not likely to make much headway on the premium smartwatch front until next year. While CEO James Park said at Google I/O that the company would be working on a Wear OS 3 smartwatch, Google recently noted that the new platform wouldn’t be coming to non-Samsung watches until mid-2022 at the earliest. That would also give Qualcomm time to shape the hell up and deliver wearable chips that actually use tech from this decade.

We won’t have to wait too long to find out more about the Charge 5. Fitbit generally keeps to a spring-fall launch cadence, and it usually holds a launch event sometime around the end of August.

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Google’s More Affordable Pixel 5a Leaked Just Weeks Ahead of Launch

Google’s Pixel 5a Gets Leaked Ahead of Launch Later This Month

Other specs are rumored to include a Qualcomm Snapdragon 765 chip (which should mean the Pixel 5a will come with 5G connectivity), 6GB of RAM, and a decently large 4,650 mAh battery. Though sadly, unlike the Pixel 5, it seems the Pixel 5a won’t come with support for wireless charging.

Notably, the Pixel 5a is also expected to feature the same cameras used on last year’s Pixel 5, while also supporting an IP67 rating for dust and water resistance and a dedicated 3.5mm audio jack. As for the Pixel 5a’s design, based on recent renders, it seems Google is sticking with a very minimalist approach, with the Pixel 5a featuring a simple matte black body, rear fingerprint sensor, and a punch-hole selfie cam in the top left corner—which is basically the same as last year’s Pixel 4a 5G.

It’s also important to note that while Google has yet to reveal pricing for the Pixel 6, with Google’s upcoming flagship not only getting a fresh new design, a new custom-built SoC, an in-screen fingerprint reader, and improved cameras, it’s clear Google is positioning the Pixel 6 as a high-end premium device. And if the Pixel 6 comes out with a price tag of around $800 or more, that could make the Pixel 5a a more important alternative for anyone looking for an affordable mid-range alternative.

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Even though Prosser’s track record of leaks has been somewhat spotty this year (especially when it comes to his Apple leaks), he says that due to the nature of his source, he is “confident” that the details above will be what we get on the final device. Either way, with Prosser saying the Pixel 5a is due out on August 26, we should know a lot more before the end of the month.