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Juan Carlos is a senior editor for SlashGear, covering mobile and computing since 2013. He is an open-source contributor, a mobile app creator, and actively involved in the KDE Projects as a developer and documentation maintainer. He holds two degrees in Philosophy and Computer Science. Email

Samsung wants to have a 576MP smartphone camera in four years

Samsung wants to have a 576MP smartphone camera in four years

After CPU clock cycles, the mobile numbers game has seemingly shifted to pixel counts. While it has been repeatedly proven that higher doesn't always mean better, that hasn't stopped manufacturers from flaunting large figures, especially in marketing materials. It doesn't really hurt if you have dozens or even hundreds of megapixels if you can cram that many in a sensor, but Samsung might be taking things to the extreme in a few years. Not satisfied with its recently announced 200MP sensor, it apparently wants to have more than twice that much by 2025.

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Galaxy S22 Exynos 2200 US availability might be limited to one carrier

Galaxy S22 Exynos 2200 US availability might be limited to one carrier

There is plenty of positive pre-release talk about the Exynos 2200, especially its performance, but that might all be for naught when launch day arrives. That's because the availability of devices using this much-awaited AMD-powered mobile chipset could be severely limited to the point of being absent even in Samsung's hometown. That said, there are some markets and key players that seem to be negotiating with Samsung on the matter, and the US might eventually see an Exynos variant of the Galaxy S22, at least from a single network operator.

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WhatsApp Last Seen status can soon be hidden from specific contacts

WhatsApp Last Seen status can soon be hidden from specific contacts

Instant messaging services introduced the idea of online statuses, allowing users to know whether their intended recipients are even around to read their messages. That eventually evolved into "Last Seen" information that gives other people some insight into a private part of your life. Most messaging services simply let you turn Last Seen visibility on or off, but WhatsApp might be considering a way to give users finer control over who can see it and who can't.

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Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra to take on iPad Pro with Exynos 2200 chip

Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra to take on iPad Pro with Exynos 2200 chip

The Android tablet market has had its ups and downs, but Samsung remained steadfast in putting out slates on all market tiers, even when the going went tough. Perhaps spurred by the success of the iPad Pro line, Samsung has also started expanding its high-end tablets to include more size options and configurations. Next year, the manufacturer might push the envelope even further with a Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra that will blur the boundary between tablet and laptop.

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Galaxy A phones could all get OIS cameras next year

Galaxy A phones could all get OIS cameras next year

High-end smartphones are no longer making great leaps in terms of performance every year, giving some mid-range devices the opportunity to catch up. While some phones bearing Snapdragon 7 series chips and MediaTek Dimensity processors are able to meet the majority of the needs of users, there are some areas where these less-than-premium phones still fail to impress. Photography is one of those areas, with some cameras doing decent but not spectacular jobs. That could be changing next year for the Galaxy A line as Samsung seeks to expand its capabilities with that much-desired OIS feature.

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nubia RedMagic 6S Pro flaunts RGB cooling fan and transparent back

nubia RedMagic 6S Pro flaunts RGB cooling fan and transparent back

Almost all high-end smartphones are more than capable of handling the most demanding of mobile games. That even includes the new Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Galaxy Z Flip 3 foldables. That makes dedicated gaming smartphones almost superfluous unless you're the type of mobile gamer that loves to flaunt that identity through your phone's appearance. If you fit that bill, then nubia's new RedMagic 6S Pro might be for you, and, fortunately, its gaming looks are more than just skin deep.

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vivo iQOO 7 Legend Review

vivo iQOO 7 Legend Review

The big Chinese brands are making waves in the smartphone market, but not all consumers might be aware these have sub-brands catering to specific audiences. Xiaomi's Redmi has long targeted the affordable mid-range market while OPPO's realme tries to appeal to younger audiences. iQOO, by comparison, has its roots in Vivo and has been catering to mobile gamers since it launched two years ago. That objective is reflected in the latest iQOO 7 Legend, mixing performance with the aesthetic marks of a car brand best known for its sports cars.

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Huawei will skirt around US ban with 4G-only Snapdragon chips

Huawei will skirt around US ban with 4G-only Snapdragon chips

Despite its aggressive push in getting its own HarmonyOS and revamped EMUI skin to a large number of its current phones, Huawei may still be in trouble as far as making new devices go. It is crippled in its ability to buy the latest and greatest mobile processors from Qualcomm as well as making its own Kirin silicon. Huawei, however, is fond of finding loopholes and workarounds, and its latest strategy might be to simply drop 5G from the Snapdragon 778G and the upcoming Snapdragon 898 that it will be buying from Qualcomm.

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Galaxy Z Fold 3 teardown videos reveal water resistance secrets

Galaxy Z Fold 3 teardown videos reveal water resistance secrets

Compared to the Galaxy Z Fold 3, this year's foldable headliner almost looks like an incremental upgrade rather than a revolutionary one, at least if you don't consider the "optional" S Pen. The small improvements, however, add up to make the Galaxy Z Fold 3 one of the most durable phones in the market, despite its seemingly fragile design and display. One of the biggest upgrades is the IPX8 rating that sounds almost impossible for such a device. Fortunately, JerryRigEverything and iFixit have taken apart the $1,800 phone to reveal Samsung's hydrophobic secrets.

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Surface Go 3 might only have one notable upgrade

Surface Go 3 might only have one notable upgrade

Microsoft's annual Surface event is a few weeks away, and while it will probably focus on a shiny new Surface Laptop, some are probably hoping that the Surface Duo 2 will also make its debut there. There will probably be other Surface-branded products to be shown alongside Windows 11, but one that could end up slipping under the radar is a new Surface Go 3. Judging by what we've heard so far, it probably won't even cause heads to turn when it gets announced.

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Germany wants smartphones to get seven years of support

Germany wants smartphones to get seven years of support

The software update situation on Android has gotten better in the last year or two, with some manufacturers boasting at least three years of support. While that is definitely better than before, many users and some regulators think companies can do a lot better, almost to Apple levels. There are some efforts in the European Union to actually enforce longer periods of support for smartphones, but it seems that Germany really wants to go all out on that thrust by trying to push seven years as the legally required minimum for software updates and spare parts.

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OMG USB-C to Lightning cable is a keylogger in disguise

OMG USB-C to Lightning cable is a keylogger in disguise

Most of the hacking incidents and security vulnerabilities we often see published happen remotely, often through malware that has been installed without the user's knowledge. Local Privilege Escalations or LPEs are often rarer because they need physical access to a target computer or device. There is, however, a very specific class of security attacks that involve a little bit of both, like in the case of an innocent-looking USB cable that will actually let a hacker see everything you type on a keyboard connected to it.

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