Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite tipped to pack a premium processor chip

We’re expecting the Samsung Galaxy S10 smartphones to arrive at the end of February at the MWC industry event in Barcelona, and if rumors are to be believed, there are three different models on the way. New leaks over the weekend suggest the entry-level S10 Lite is still going to pack quite a punch.

According to seasoned tipster Ice Universe, who has a respectable record when it comes to revealing smartphone specs ahead of time, the S10 Lite will feature the same Snapdragon 855 or Exynos 9820 processor as the more expensive models.

If that’s true, it means you’ll still be getting a very powerful phone for your money, even if you opt for the Lite model. It would seem Samsung is going to make the savings on the S10 Lite in other areas like the screen and camera – perhaps following the example of the iPhone XR, which has the same chip as the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max.

Peak S10 rumor season

It’s just about peak rumor season now for the Samsung Galaxy S10 models, so more leaks and speculative predictions are likely between now and February. Thinner bezels than ever before are on the cards, with battery sizes up to 4,000mAh also rumored.

With the Galaxy S10 Lite specifically, it would appear it’s going to come sporting a 5.8-inch screen. The standard Galaxy S10 is being tipped to roll up with a 6.1-inch display, while the most expensive Galaxy S10 Plus will come with a 6.4-inch screen. We’ve already mentioned the internal chipsets, which will be Snapdragon or Exynos depending on the region.

Price-wise, the suggestion is the S10 Lite will roll up for a cost of around $650-$750 (that’s roughly £510-£590 or AU$915-AU$1,055). Within a couple of months we should have confirmation on all of these details – and of course we’ll bring you the news on launch day.

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Best Wear OS watch faces 2019: great looks for your smartwatch

Wear OS watches tend to feel quite similar. Unlike Android phones, they don’t have radically different interfaces that give models different personalities.

This makes the watch face you choose all the more important. It’s the root of your watch’s character. You’ll find thousands of watch faces on Google Play, but thanks to its limited discovery features, finding the gems can be awkward and time consuming.

That’s why we’re here to help, with a rundown of some of our favorites, all of which you’ll find below, along with links to their store page.

  • Best Wear OS watches

Invert (ustwo Watch Faces)

  • ustwo Watch Faces
  • Free

If you know ustwo, you’ve probably tried its games, like Monument Valley. However, ustwo is also a design studio, one that has devised some of the most interesting smartwatch faces available. Download its ‘Watch Faces’ app and you’ll find its most artistic and unusual designs.

This app was released at the tail end of 2014, but still contains many of Wear OS’s most interesting faces. The gang of 15 are so stylish and confident, it’s hard to pick just one. But Invert is one of the most accessible.

Purple and bright orange, the colors invert as the seconds hand ticks across the face. There’s no extra data and no complications, but ustwo is a master of distinctive style.

Stellar (ustwo Looks Android Wear Watch Faces)

  • ustwo Looks Android Wear Watch Faces
  • Free

ustwo deserves one more plug in this list, for its third collection of watch faces. These are the most conventional, but also offer the most customization.

Stellar is part of ustwo’s Looks app, which focuses on faces with space for Wear OS complications, the data widgets that let you choose which data fields end up on your watch. It’s an analog face, with three spots for complications.

There’s none of ustwo’s left-field design style here, but it’s eminently tasteful.

Rawmariner

  • Rawmariner
  • Free (optional $1/£1/AU$1.49 IAP)

This watch face has the look of a serious diver’s watch. But it doesn’t go in for fake metallic finishes you’ll find elsewhere, and avoids the uncanny valley effect of a face that tries and fails to look ‘real’.

You can try Rawmariner for free, but if you pay for the premium version you can customize the color and use the timer feature. Just tap on the watch face and the timer view pops up.

Folds (Facer Watch Faces)

  • Facer Watch Faces
  • Free

Facer is perhaps the best-known platform for smartwatch faces. You install it like a normal Wear OS watch face but can then use the Facer phone app to choose the actual design.

The Facer platform offers thousands of looks. Some are free, others cost a dollar or two. Folds is a good place to start if you want something less than completely conventional. It’s free to download and use, and arranges a bunch of info fields onto a series of virtual pieces of colored card.

You get the time, date, the battery life of your watch and phone, the date and weather. And somehow it doesn’t appear at all cramped. Magic.

Flight A3 Classic (Facer Watch Faces)

  • Facer Watch Faces
  • Free

Here’s another of our Facer favorites. Flight A3 Classic is one many roundly realistic-looking watch faces available from the Facer store.

You get a clear, bold face, the date and a second mini face inside that shows you the time in 24-hour style. Y’know, in case you live in a window-less house and have jet lag so bad you can no longer tell if it’s day or night.

Modern Times by Pluto

  • Modern Times by Pluto
  • Free

This is a good choice if you want to give your smartwatch a touch of Swatch-like analog charm. Modern Times by Pluto is a minimalist analog face with curvy hands and fonts, for a tasteful but friendly appearance.

There are extra data fields here, but while they look like Wear OS complications, they are actually custom parts. This lets them fit more perfectly into the watch face, but means you don’t get control over what bits of info are shown. However, many of you should be happy with the date, and the dual phone/watch battery indicator on offer.

Primary Basic

  • Primary Basic
  • Free

Here’s one of our favorite clean and simple watch faces. Primary Basic is a digital watch face that fits in the date and the battery life as well as the time. However, those extras are displayed in grey, letting the time take center stage.

The pleasantly rounded font isn’t retro and doesn’t try too hard to look deliberately styled. However, the characters’ curves and their position on-screen give Primary Basic an accomplished, professional appearance. This may not sound that important, but there are many amateurish Wear OS watch faces on Google Play.

Brownstone (Pujie Black)

  • Pujie Black
  • $1.99/£1.69/AU$2.89

Pujie Black is a smartwatch face platform, not just a single watch face. Wouldn’t know that from the name, would you?

It’s not free, but in the default package you get a bunch of faces, effectively for the price of one. Many styles are on board, but we settled on the no-nonsense Brownstone. It is a clean and simple analog face with spots for three Wear OS complications.

The potential of Pujie Black is immense, as it also lets you create your own faces.

Timr Face

  • Timr Face
  • Free

The key to making a watch face feel unusual, rather than just looking so, is the mechanic used for the passing of seconds. Timr has this nailed, with what looks like a ruler scrolling along the bottom to show the granular passage of time.

It’s quite handy too, if you need to frequently (but casually) see how long things take. You can also customize the color of the highlights, picking from 10 different shades.

Face-ify HD

  • Face-ify HD
  • Free

This is a watch face that seems inspired by comic books, with bold outlined fonts and punchy colors. There are no complications here unless you pay for the premium version, but even with the free one there’s a level of interaction.

A double tap on the clock can be used to start up the stopwatch, timer or alarm clock. One of our favorite parts here, though, is the look it uses for the always-on display. The monochrome version is, if anything, better looking than the standard colored-in one.

Cronosurf Wave

  • Cronosurf Wave
  • Free

Most chronograph-style watch faces only borrow the style of their ‘real’ watch inspirations. Add in slightly dodgy drop shadow effects and faux shiny parts, and they can seem almost embarrassingly try-hard.

Cronosurf Wave is not only one of the most authentic digital alternatives to big wrist timepieces visually, it is also one of the most ambitious Wear OS faces in terms of function. You can set timers, there are multiple night modes, and even one that shows your compass bearing, using the reading from your phone.

You’ll need to put a little effort into learning its functions, though, as Cronosurf Wave has its own UI style, rather than using generic complications.

Interactive Rich Watch Face

  • Interactive Rich Watch Face
  • $1.99/£1.49/AU$2.19

Most of our picks have either aimed for a traditional look or one with quite a minimal style. Interactive Rich Watch Face may prove to be more of an audience divider.

It has a hint of steampunk styling, or perhaps that of an old luxury car’s dashboard. If the default two-tone color scheme is a bit too rich, you can switch to a white, silver or black theme. Tap the center and the face shows you your daily steps and battery life as well as the date.

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Can anybody compete with Vodafone’s cheap fibre broadband deals?

Broadband can be a pretty competitive market, each supplier undercutting the other to get the title of best fibre broadband deal. But Vodafone has been holding on as one of our favourites recently offering fibre for an incredibly cheap price but the question probably on your mind is can any other broadband deal compete?

The deals in reference are Vodafone’s Superfast 1 and 2 packages which have received big price cuts recently knocking them down to some seriously cheap prices. The standout deal for us is Vodafone’s Superfast 1 package which you can now get for £20 a month. That’s average speeds of 35Mb for a very low price. 

But what other options are there? Well BT has always been a favourite of ours, mainly due to it’s big reward cards. Right now you can get BT Superfast Fibre for £29.99 with average speeds of 50Mb. While that is already a great deal, the £100 BT reward card you get with it really sells it. 

If you wanted something a bit extra with your fibre then Virgin has dropped the price of its Player Bundle. That’s superfast fibre speeds averaging 108Mb, over 70 TV channels and the ability to rewind and record TV, all for £32 a month. 

You can see all of the deals mentioned in full down below but if for whatever reason you’re needing something a little bit different then you can find all of the options available in the UK on our best broadband deals page.

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The Royale FlexPai will beat Samsung Galaxy X to ‘first foldable phone’ title

The world’s first foldable phone isn’t going to be the Samsung Galaxy X, instead it’s the FlexPai from Royale, and it’ll be officially launched on January 7 at CES 2019.

We already know a lot of the specs for the FlexPai as it was announced in China back in November 2018, but this is the first worldwide launch for the phone and we’ll be reporting live from Royale’s press conference to bring you everything you need to know about the futuristic device.

The Royale FlexPai is a phone-tablet hybrid, with a large 7.8-inch, 1920 x 1440 AMOLED display which can be folded in half to provide a 4-inch smartphone-like form factor. 

It won’t fold fully flat though, with a hinge bend in the screen creating a wedge shape when in ‘phone’ mode.

What we know so far

You’ll also get either 6GB or 8GB of RAM, 128GB or 256GB of storage, a flagship-tier Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset (although the exact model is yet to be confirmed), dual 20MP + 16MP rear cameras, fingerprint scanner and a 3,800mAh battery.

There’s currently no word on the Royale FlexPai release date or price, but we’re hoping these details will be revealed at the press conference on January 7.

Royale is currently selling a developer version of the FlexPai for $1,318 for the 128GB model, or an eye-watering $1,469 for 256GB of storage – and we expect the final consumer version to cost around the same.

We’re reporting live from CES 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada for the entire week, and we’ll be bringing you all the latest from the world’s biggest tech show, including a hands on: Royale FlexPai review.

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Nvidia GPUs built with Samsung’s 7nm process could come in 2020

Nvidia is reportedly courting phone maker-meets-processor manufacturer Samsung for a 2020 line of RTX desktop graphics cards built using Samsung’s 7-nanometer (nm) transistor process. 

This comes from Japan’s My Navi News, claiming access to Samsung sources and information. The processors will be developed using Samsung’s extreme ultraviolet lithography (EUV) process, which uses a plasma laser to drive silicon material into 7nm transistor structures. 

Samsung started producing 7nm processors using this method in October 2018, which Tom’s Hardware reports is ahead of its promised early 2019 launch schedule.

Nvidia’s latest graphics architecture, Turing, is built on Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company’s (TSMC) 12nm process, and the firm was reportedly slated to build its 7nm RTX graphics processors on TSMC’s matching silicon. The switch could be due to Samsung being further along in its EUV plans than TSMC and other competitors, like Intel.

Of course, ARM has several processors based on its 7nm chipset designs on the market already, particularly from Apple (A12X Bionic) and Qualcomm (Snapdragon 855 and 8cx).

With 7nm processors driving its graphics cards, Nvidia can either produce new cards with lower power consumption overall at the same performance level or – more likely – use the lower power draw of the 7nm process to pack in even more performance at the relatively same overall power draw of today’s cards.

Here’s to hoping Nvidia has more to say about 7nm processors during its CES 2019 keynote.

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Via Tom’s Hardware

The top 5 fitness trackers on sale in January 2019

New Year’s has arrived, and for many people, that means an annual resolution to get in shape. If you’d like to get more active, buying an activity tracker in 2019 can be very helpful in your new fitness journey.

By recording and tracking your activity, as well as monitoring your progress, a fitness tracker is a great tool to motivate yourself when you’re doing well or to keep you in check when falling behind on your goals.

We’ve rounded up our top five fitness trackers that will not only meet a variety of needs but are also currently on sale. Whether you’re looking for a basic activity tracker under $100 or a top-of-the-line smartwatch that can do it all, we’ve got you covered.

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