Es ist endlich soweit. Samsung hat am 31. Juli ein neues High-End Tablet vorgestellt, das Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 heißt und der Nachfolger des Galaxy Tab S4 ist. Richtig, ein Galaxy Tab S5 wird es nicht geben, doch wird das Galaxy Tab S5e als Mittelklasse-Tablet weiterhin angeboten. Das Galaxy Tab S6 ist das hochwertigste Tablet von Samsung und es erscheint am 30. August in Deutschland. Die günstigste Version mit WLAN, 6GB RAM und 128GB Speicher kostet 749 Euro.
Auf den ersten Blick ähnelt das Galaxy Tab S6 sehr den Vorgängern. Vorne gibt es wieder keine physischen Buttons. Spannend ist aber, dass diesmal unter dem Display ein Fingerabdruckscanner sitzt. Dieses Feature kennen wir schon von einigen Smartphones und es ist das erste Mal, dass wir es in einem Tablet sehen. Sehr schön.
Das Gehäuse besteht aus Aluminium und ähnelt dem Galaxy Tab S5e. Es ist nur 5,7mm dünn und bringt 420g auf die Waage. Samsung bietet es in den Farben „Mountain Grey“, „Cloud Blue“ und „Rose Blush“ an – oder einfach: Hell Blau, Rosa und Grau.
Neu ist, dass auf der Rückseite zwei Kameras mit einer Auflösung von 13 und 5 Megapixel sitzen. Es ist eine Weitwinkelkamera und wie bei vielen Smartphones kann man dank der zweiten auch Aufnahmen mit einem unscharfen Hintergrund aufnehmen. Die Frontkamera bietet eine Auflösung von 8 Megapixel. An den Seiten sitzen wieder vier AKG Lautsprecher.
S Pen und Tastatur Cover kosten extra
Man kann das Galaxy Tab S6 wieder mit dem S Pen Stylus bedienen. Der deutschen Pressemitteilung entnehme ich allerdings, dass der Stift diesmal nicht inklusive ist. Zumindest wird ein separater Preis von 59,90 Euro genannt.
Der Stift unterstützt 4096 Druckstufen und wird per Bluetooth mit dem Tablet verbunden. Dadurch kann man mit dem Stylus nicht nur zeichnen und schreiben, sondern das Tab S6 mit dem S Pen auch fernsteuern. Beispielsweise um Multimediainhalte zu steuern oder Selfies aufzunehmen.
Spannend ist, dass der Stift wie beim iPad Pro per Induktion aufgeladen wird. Dafür gibt es auf der Rückseite eine Mulde, in die man den Stylus legt. Das sieht interessant aus.
Wie üblich sind wieder viele Software-Features für den S Pen vorinstalliert. Besonders spannend ist, dass man die Transparenz der Notizen-App anpassen und über andere Apps legen kann. So kann man beispielsweise mit dem Stift ein Bild abzeichnen.
Ein weiteres Zubehör ist das Samsung Book Cover Keyboard. Das ist eine Tastaturhülle, die zusammengeklappt die Vorder- und Rückseite schützt. In die Tastatur sind ein Touchpad und ein frei beweglicher Ständer eingebaut. Das Tastatur Cover kostet 179,90 Euro extra.
AMOLED Display und Snapdragon 855
Das Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 hat offenbar das gleiche 10,5 Zoll Super AMOLED Display des Vorgängers. Es bietet eine sehr hohe Auflösung von 2560 x 1600 Pixel und dürfte schön scharf aussehen. Darunter sitzt diesmal ein aktueller Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 SoC, dank dem das S6 das schnellste Android-Tablet auf dem Markt sein dürfte.
Käufer können zwischen einer Version mit 6GB RAM und 128GB Speicher, sowie zwischen 8GB RAM und 256GB internen Speicher wählen. Einen MicroSD-Kartenslot ist vorhanden. Außerdem unterstützt das Tablet WLAN ac, Bluetooth 5.0 und optional 4G LTE. Es gibt einen USB Typ C Port, jedoch keinen Kopfhöreranschluss.
Ab Werk ist Android 9 Pie inklusive der One UI vorinstalliert. Neben den neuen S Pen Features hat Samsung auch den DeX Desktopmodus verbessert. So kann man nun leichter zwischen DeX und der normalen Oberfläche wechseln.
Vorbestellungen starten am 15. August in Deutschland. Wie gesagt, die günstigste Version startet bei 749 Euro. Wer auch LTE, 6GB RAM und 256GB Speicher haben möchte, muss 899 Euro auf den Tisch legen. Der S Pen kostet 59,90 Euro und die Tastaturhülle 179,90 Euro. Wer ein einfaches Book Cover sucht, kann zusätzlich 69,90 Euro ausgeben.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6Das Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 ist ein Premium-Tablet mit einem 10,5 Zoll Super AMOLED Display und einem Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Prozessor. Es bietet zahlreiche Features wie vier Lautsprecher, einen Fingerabdruckleser unterm Display, einen S Pen Stift, sowie eine optionale Tastatur. Ab Werk ist Android 9 Pie mit der One UI und dem Samsung DeX Desktopmodus vorinstalliert.
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Today’s guest post comes from a fairly regular Pocketables contributor Nick Rojas.
It is fun to make predictions about the future of technology. While these predictions might not always come true, it is interesting to look at what technology may accomplish in the coming years.
As Steve Lohr says for The New York Times, “Silicon Valley veterans argue that people routinely overestimate what can be done with new technology in three years, yet underestimate what can be done in 10 years.” With that said, there are a few technologies that are likely to be in consumers hands by 2020.
Wearables for Health
Some health industry executives predict that by 2020 we will enable real-time diagnostics for cancer, the immune system, intestinal flora, and other conditions. These gadgets could come in the shape of wearables or stick on patches that would make healthcare more preventive rather than reactionary.
There are signs that this technology is already on the way. Back in 2014, Alistair Barr and Ron Winslow reported for Wall Street Journal, “Google had begun developing tiny magnetic particles that could search the body for biomarkers that indicate the presence of cancer and other diseases.” Patients would take these particles via a pill. This could make it easier to detect a heart attack or cancer.
It can be safely said that 4G has left a lot to be desired, but thankfully, 5G is just on the horizon. It is estimated that 5G will be codified in 2019 and deployed in 2020, meaning it is right around the corner. It is generally said that 5G will be faster and less energy intensive than 4G. This will mean better smartphones, faster running apps, longer lasting devices, and better in home devices. 5G capable smartphones will likely experience lower latency leading to faster load times and quick video downloads. 5G will help bring in new technology as well. For example, virtual reality will need the faster network to be used at its full potential. Sensors will be embedded in everything. Cars to watches will need the faster, low latency network to function properly.
Speaking of virtual reality, that technology is also in the not so distant future. Currently only a few consumers have access to quality virtual reality, but that should be changing soon. The technology to totally immerse a user in another world is expected to be massive as it becomes less exclusive with a lower price tag. Currently VR has some drawbacks, but enthusiasts are claiming that these drawbacks could be a non factor in the coming years. VR is even coming to mobile with more powerful phones, all that is required is a headset to snap your phone into.
Similarly to VR, AR is expected to become a part of our lives soon. The word holographic is thrown around when talking about AR and while experts say a holographic TV may be a reality, AR and holograms are very different. It is looking like AR, which shows imagines or video on top of what you see naturally, is the way we will watch shows and play video games in the near future.
Mobile wallets are being used by more and more apps since they are more secure than traditional payment methods. The newest mobile payment methods have the highest encryption in the payment realm. Because of this, it is estimated that by 2020, the payment space will reach $503 billion.
More and more banks are offering mobile banking giving people an alternative to digital payments. With this, more businesses are also accepting cryptocurrencies as payment. It is only a matter of time before mobile payments are larger than debit and credit cards.
The world of mobile gadgets and technology is advancing at a rapid pace. By 2020 the world of mobile technology could be remarkably different. With wearable devices that help detect illness before they show symptoms potentially saving lives healthcare could change for the better. 5G capabilities will lead to faster load times, better in home devices, and all while requiring less energy than 4G. Virtual reality and augmented reality are gaining speed as they become more accessible in the years to come. How we watch videos and play video games will likely be very different in 2020. Mobile wallets and banking is looking to out earn debit and credit cards in just a few years.
Guest author bio
Nick Rojas combines 20 years of experience working with and consulting for small to medium business and a passion for journalism to help readers grow. He writes about technology, marketing, and social media for the aspiring entrepreneur. When Nick is not sharing his expertise, he can be found spending time at the beach with his dog Presto. @NickARojas
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If you’ve got a VIZIO TV with Smartcast capabilities, there’s some good news for you as a software update is rolling out to TVs from the way back times of 2016.
Smartcast 3.0 will include support for Apple’s HomeKit and AIrPlay 2, which will make there be very little reason for you to discount VIZIO when considering a smart display purchase.
I’ll be checking it tonight with my daughter’s iPad and seeing how it behaves.
Here’s the press release:
Support for Apple AirPlay 2 and HomeKit Rolling Out
Now to VIZIO SmartCastTM TVs
VIZIO SmartCast 3.0 Provides Backwards Compatibility for TVs Dating Back to 2016, Bringing More Value by Allowing Users to Stream, Control and Share Content
IRVINE, Calif. (July 31, 2019) — VIZIO, Inc. announced today that support for Apple AirPlay 2 and HomeKit is beginning to roll out to VIZIO SmartCast TVs. The new compatibility feature will roll out via an over-the-air update for VIZIO SmartCast 3.0, the latest iteration of its easy-to-use smart TV experience1. With AirPlay 2, millions of VIZIO SmartCast users can now effortlessly play videos, music, photos and more directly from their iPhone, iPad and Mac to SmartCast TVs. HomeKit, Apple’s secure smart home platform, is also supported, enabling customers to easily control their SmartCast TVs using the Home app or by asking Siri. These new enhancements are beginning to roll out now and continue over the coming months to new and existing SmartCast TVs dating back to 2016.
“SmartCast 3.0 is full of added value for VIZIO customers. With both AirPlay 2 and HomeKit support, users can now share movies, TV shows, music and more from their favorite apps, including the Apple TV app, directly to SmartCast TVs, and enable TV controls through the Home app and Siri,” said Bill Baxter, Chief Technology Officer, VIZIO. “We are thrilled to offer an even more compelling value proposition to our users with a smart TV experience that supports all three major voice assistants. This broad range of compatibility enables VIZIO SmartCast to seamlessly integrate into any household with Siri, Google Assistant or Alexa – giving users more ways to sit back and enjoy the entertainment they love.”
With a simple tap of the AirPlay icon, users are able to stream 4K and Dolby VisionTM HDR movies and TV shows from the Apple TV app and other AirPlay-compatible video apps as well as music, photos and more directly from their iPhone, iPad and Mac to their SmartCast TVs2. Users can also mirror content such as web pages and presentations to their VIZIO SmartCast TVs. AirPlay 2 also features multi-room audio capabilities so VIZIO SmartCast users can enjoy a variety of content across their VIZIO SmartCast TV, HomePod or other AirPlay 2-compatible speakers at the same time, all in sync. From Apple Music, Apple Podcasts and library content to third-party compatible music services and podcasts, users have more audio streaming options than ever before.
HomeKit allows customers to easily and securely control smart home products using the Home app or by asking Siri on their Apple devices. VIZIO SmartCast TVs can be added to the Home app and included in scenes or automations like any other HomeKit accessory. Customers can also use iPhone and iPad to turn their SmartCast TV on or off from the Home app, change volume and switch inputs, and ask Siri from iPhone and iPad to play movies, TV shows or music with AirPlay 2.
VIZIO’s 2019 4K HDR smart TV collection, featuring VIZIO SmartCast 3.0 and its most captivating assortment of premium picture quality technologies to date, is now available at retailers nationwide such as Amazon, Best Buy, Costco, Sam’s Club, Target and Walmart. Pricing ranges from $259.99 MSRP for the all-new 40-inch V-Series to $3,499.99 MSRP for the flagship 75-inch P-Series Quantum X.
1The SmartCast 3.0 update is available only to eligible SmartCast TVs enabled with SmartCast Home™, VIZIO’s on-screen smart TV experience.
24K and Dolby Vision HDR available via select apps. iOS 12.3 or later or macOS 10.14.5 or later is required.
VIZIO’s mission is to deliver the ultimate entertainment experience through our community of connected consumers. Through our connected entertainment platform, VIZIO is transforming the way consumers discover and experience content. Since our founding in California in 2002, VIZIO has built an industry-leading brand of products, including televisions, sound bars and other devices. VIZIO is a leading HDTV company, and America’s #1 Sound Bar Brand1 in America. VIZIO product leadership is highlighted by a number of industry reviews and awards; the 2018 collection was the most awarded in company history. The 2018 VIZIO SmartCast E-, P-, and P-Series Quantum TVs earned Reviewed.com Editors’ Choice awards2. VIZIO’s 2018 P-Series earned Wirecutter, a New York Times company’s “Best LCD/LED TV,” and the P-Series Quantum earned their “Alternate Pick”3. The 2019 P-Series Quantum X has already received a Best of CES 2019 award from both CNET4 and Digital Trends5. The SB3621n-E8 sound bar still holds a 9.1 score and an Editor’s Choice from CNET6. They also described the SB36512 Home Theater Sound System with Dolby Atmos as “Excellent,” awarding it 4 out of 5 stars7. Wirecutter8 similarly named VIZIO’s SB46514 Home Theater Sound System with Dolby Atmos as the “Best Sound Bar,” while they named the SB3651 sound bar their “Best Budget Pick”.
For more information, please call 888-VIZIOCE or visit www.VIZIO.com.
© 2019 VIZIO, Inc. VIZIO, the V Logo, VIZIO SmartCast and other terms and phrases are trademarks or registered trademarks of VIZIO, Inc. All other trademarks and logos are property of their respective owners. All rights reserved.
1 Source: The NPD Group, Inc., U.S. Weekly Retail Tracking Service, Sound Bars, Based on Units, Feb. 4, 2018 – Apr. 6, 2019
2 Visit Reviewed.com for full reviews for the VIZIO SmartCast P-Series Quantum (published: July 25, 2018), VIZIO SmartCast P-Series (published: July 15, 2018) and VIZIO SmartCast E-Series (published: August 21, 2018)
3 Visit Wirecutter.com for the Best LCD/LED TV (published: August 31, 2018)
4 Visit cnet.com for the Best of CES 2019
5 Visit digitaltrends.com for the Best of CES 2019
6Visit CNET.com for the full VIZIO SB3621 review (published August 21, 2017)
7 Visit CNET.com for the full VIZIO SB36512 review (published April 5, 2019)
8 Visit Wirecutter.com for the full article (published September 11, 2018)
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The Acer Spin 5 is an $800 laptop/tablet hybrid computer priced for the midrange audience but with some of the spit and polish normally found on higher priced machines. It isn’t perfect but it is good. Will it meet your needs? Read on to find out.
The Spin 5 is designed to be used in three distinct modes – regular laptop mode, “tent” media mode, and tablet mode. It is hinged so that the screen will flip around to support the tent and tablet modes. The body is aluminum, lending a premium feel to the laptop that matches other more expensive devices. It’s quite solid with no creaking (looking at you Huawei Matebook X Pro) or bowing even when flipping around the screen to the different modes.
The Spin 5 has an island style keyboard that is responsive and feels quite good to type on. The key travel distance isn’t published but it feels great. The keyboard has an adjustable backlight (white only) which is great for typing at night.
There are stereo Realtek speakers above the keyboard that are Dolby certified. The speakers are crystal clear, even at high volume, but they suffer from a decided lack of punch in the bass department.
The screen is a 13.3″ 1920×1080 IPS LCD that has pretty large bezels. Some bezel is required, of course, for tablet mode but these are pretty large even still. Take a look at the Surface Pro line for a tablet-style PC with appropriate bezels. Otherwise, the screen is fantastic. It’s bright, appears to have good contrast, and is readable at basically any angle. There’s a single camera above the screen that’s useful for video calls but not much else.
There are plenty of ports on the Spin 5. It’s got a USB 3.1 USB-C port, three USB-A ports, a full HDMI port, an SD slot, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. The USB-C port is useful for charging and video out. There’s also a barrel charging port.
In general usage, the Spin 5 is excellent. It runs on an 8th gen Intel i5 8265U with 8 GB DDR4 RAM and a 256 GB SSD. The laptop ships with Windows 10 Home and, of course, is eligible for all the updates that Microsoft pushes out for the OS. Navigating around the OS, browsing the web, and using the out-of-box apps are all seamless activites. Apps open quickly and are quite responsive.
The Spin 5 is definitely not a gaming machine. There’s no discrete GPU – instead it relies on an Intel 620 integrated GPU with no dedicated graphics memory. It can handle simple games like League of Legends and can even play 3D games like Fortnite with adjusted settings but do not buy this machine to be a gaming laptop. 3DMark benchmarks bear this out as you can see below. Of course, it isn’t priced like a gaming laptop so that really shouldn’t be a consideration going in.
On the other hand, the Spin 5 is great for movie watching. The adjustable screen makes for a pleasant experience. My wife and I spent some time watching movies from Netflix and Google Play this way and were quite surprised at how good the experience was. The flexibility combined with the display quality really made it a fun machine to watch video on. If only the speakers were a little better it’d be a real video powerhouse.
The battery is a 3 cell 4,670 mAh affair that Acer clais can get up to 13 hours of battery life. Thirteen hours is a little ambitious but with general usage I get about 8 hours. That’s not class leading by any stretch but it is good enough to not have to constantly worry about having a charger nearby.
- The fingerprint reader is really fast. It’s position in the trackpad is convenient and helps avoid accidental readings.
- Speaking of the trackpad, it is just the right size – not too big, not too small. It is quite responsive and supports the Windows 10 gestures.
- As described above, there are plenty of ports for all sorts of interfaces.
- The keyboard is really fantastic. My fingers almost fly across the keys. It’s a really good typing experience.
- The storage device is a 256 GB PCIe SSD. It’s large enough for most users and it’s nice that it’s not a slow physical HDD.
- 8GB RAM is plenty for the use cases the Spin 5 is best suited for.
- I’m very pleased to see at least one USB-C 3.1 port. Frankly, I would prefer to trade one of the USB-A ports for another USB-C.
- The IPS display is excellent. It’s crisp and bright and has active stylus support.
- The 802.11 AC WiFi is very fast. The Spin 5 has the fastest WiFi download speeds I’ve seen on my network of any device. 350+ mb/s on a 400 mb/s cable network.
- Barrel chargers are so old-fashioned. It’s nice to have USB-C charging as an option but next time just drop the barrel charger and give us another USB-C port.
- The bezels are way too big, especially above and below the screen.
- Relying on Intel 620 integrated graphics really eliminates any chance of serious or semi-serious gaming on the Spin 5. It just can’t handle modern 3D games.
- I’d love to see the Spin 5 with a 3:2 screen. 16:9 screens on PCs were probably a mistake from the get-go and are certainly past their prime now. Use up all of the space in the lid with a larger, squarer screen.
- The speakers are too tinny to be taken seriously. They’re OK for occasional video watching but forget about listening to music on them.
The Acer Spin 5 is a laptop/tablet hybrid device that does almost everything well but excels when used as a traditional laptop. It looks great, performs well for most tasks that most users will throw at it, and costs a respectable $800. It isn’t perfect – the bezels are too big, the speakers are lacking, and the GPU is weak – but for the price it’s a fine machine. It’s ideal for students or general purpose users.
|CPU||Intel i5 8265U, 8th gen quad-core @ 1.6 GHz|
|RAM||8 GB DDR4 dual-channel|
|Internal Storage||256 GB PCIe SSD|
|OS||Windows 10 Home|
|Display||13.3 inches IPS LCD, 1920×1080, 165 PPI|
|Fingerprint Sensor||Yes, in touchpad|
|USB-C||1, USB 3.1|
|USB-A||1, USB 2.0
2, USB 3.0
|Speakers||2 Realtek Stereo|
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- The Evolutionary Roots of Human Decision Making (NCBI) — paper showing that we share cognitive biases with other primates. In one study, monkeys had a choice between one experimenter (the gains experimenter) who started by showing the monkey one piece of apple and sometimes added an extra piece of apple, and a second experimenter (the losses experimenter) who started by showing the monkey two pieces of apple and sometimes removed one. Monkeys showed an overwhelming preference for the gains experimenter over the losses experimenter—even though they received the same payoff from both. In this way, capuchins appear to avoid options that are framed as a loss, just as humans do.
- 6 Must Reads for Cutting Through Conflict and Tough Conversations (First Round Capital) — a summary of good (?) advice from books. Some I agree with, but others … having worked for narcissists and bean counters, find a new job. Don’t stay any longer than you have to with those jerks.
- ERNIE — Baidu’s open source continual pre-training framework for language understanding. Baidu says: Integrating both phrase information and named entity information enables the model to obtain better language representation compared to BERT. ERNIE is trained on multi-source data and knowledge collected from encyclopedia articles, news, and forum dialogues, which improves its performance in context-based knowledge reasoning. See also the ERNIE paper.
- First Programmable Memristor Computer (IEEE) — The new chip combines an array of 5,832 memristors with an OpenRISC processor. 486 specially-designed digital-to-analog converters, 162 analog-to-digital converters, and two mixed-signal interfaces act as translators between the memristors’ analog computations and the main processor.
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