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While it’s similar to the older Razr 5G, it comes with a range of design tweaks and hardware upgrades – one of which you can’t find on any other folding phone. Here’s all the information you need to know about the Motorola Razr 2023 including release date, price and specs.
Launched in China on 15 August
Announced for UK and Europe on 25 October
UK and European availability still unclear
The Razr 2023 was announced for the Chinese market back in August. It wasn’t until 25 October that Motorola announced the phone will be coming to the UK and some European countries.
But Motorola has been annoyingly quiet about an official European release date. A month on from the announcement at the end of November, and the phone is still not available to buy, and the UK listing page says ‘Sign up to stay up to date on motorola razr 2023 availability.’How much does the Motorola Razr 2023 cost?
In the UK, the 256GB version of the phone will cost £949.99. The same version will sell in Europe for €1,199.
This means, as expected, the phone is a lot cheaper than its predecessor which cost $1,399/£1,399. It’s a much more palatable price point that should convince more people to buy their first foldable. It’s also cheaper in some regions than the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4, which starts at $999/£999.What are the Motorola Razr 2023 specs?
Updated square design with no chin
6.7in OLED 144Hz screen
2.7in front screen
50Mp main camera
Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1
Up to 12GB RAM and 512GB storage
Now the phone has been officially announced, we have all the specs and other details you need.
Starting with the screens, the internal one is 6.7in P-OLED as rumours suggested. This means the iconic chin design (available in black or white) is no more in order to fit the larger display. It’s a 10-bit panel with HDR10+ support, DC dimming and 144Hz refresh rate; that’s higher than the predicted 120Hz and makes it the highest refresh rate on any foldable to date.
A gapless folding design minimised the crease and the internal teardrop shape when the phone is closed has a radius of 3.3mm.
The Razr’s hinge design means it can be held open in different positions with the screen split in two for different tasks. This also allows the cameras to be used while the phone is resting on a flat surface in ‘tripod’ mode.
Turning to the outer screen, this is seemingly still 2.7in (although not the rumoured 3in) and offers nine widgets for different tasks and, of course, can be used for taking selfies.
For said selfies, you’ll be able to use the 50Mp main camera which has OIS. It’s got a 1/1.55in sensor with 1.0µm pixels (2.0µm with 4-in-1 binning). There’s also a 13Mp ultrawide with a 121 degree view and autofocus, meaning it can handle macro shots at a distance of 2.8cm.
Open the Razr 2023 up and there’s a punch-hole 32Mp camera available.
Moving to internal specs and after mid-range chips Motorola has opted for the top-of-the-line Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 to power the phone alone with 8GB or 12GB of RAM.
Then there is either 128GB, 256GB or 512GB of storage (availablility seems to be region dependent) with only the 512GB version pairing with 12GB of RAM.
When it comes to the battery, we’re happy to report that it’s been increased to 3500mAh (up from 2800mAh) and charging is also faster at 33W.
In terms of connectivity, you get Dual-SIM, 5G, Wi-Fi 6E, Bluetooth 5.2, GPS, NFC and a USB-C port. Once again, there is a side-mounted fingerprint scanner.
Finally, software comes in the form of Android 12, with Motorola’s MyUI 4.0 skin. This supports Ready For 3.5, meaning users can connect it to an external display for a desktop experience.
Also check out our guide to the best phones coming in 2023 and best phones to see which models are worthy of your attention.
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Now there are growing signs that these phones will also be making their way to new markets, and potentially under a different name. Here’s all you need to know about what’s going down in Reno.When was the Oppo Reno 7 released?
Oppo made the Reno 7 range available to Chinese customers on 3 December 2023, later revealing variants of the Reno 7 and Reno 7 Pro in India on 4 February, with a local on-sale date of 17 February.
In India, the phones are on sale both directly and through a partnership with online retailer Flipkart.
As for other markets, the Oppo Reno 6 range only recently made its way to select parts of Europe – arriving in September 2023 – leading some to believe that it could be some time before we get our hands on Reno 7 devices in the West.
That said, Twitter user Sudhanshu Ambhore did spot that the Reno 7 5G has been listed for EU certification with a secondary name of ‘Find X5 Lite’ interlinking with rumours that Oppo is skipping the number four and jumping straight to five for its newest Find X devices.
Separately, it’s also unlikely that the phones will ever be made available in North America, due to the company’s lack of presence in the market and the absence of any formal partnerships with US mobile carriers, at present.How much does the Oppo Reno 7 cost?
There’s no word on pricing beyond China and India at the time of writing, but we do now have the details of how much customers in those regions are being expected to pay. Across the various models and configurations, here’s how they line up.
Oppo Reno 7 series Chinese pricing:
Reno 7 SE 8GB/128GB – CNY
2,199 (approx. £259/€305/$345)
Reno 7 SE 8GB/256GB –
2,399 (approx. £282/€332/$377)
Reno 7 8GB/128GB –
2,699 (approx. £318/€374/$424)
Reno 7 8GB/256GB –
2,999 (approx. £353/€415/$470)
Reno 7 12GB/256GB –
3,299 (approx. £388/€457/$518)
Reno 7 Pro 8GB/256GB –
3,699 (approx. £435/€512/$580)
Reno 7 Pro 12GB/256GB –
3,999 (approx. £470/€554/$628)
Oppo Reno 7 series Indian pricing:
Reno 7 8GB/256GB –
,990 (approx. £375/€445/$510)
Reno 7 Pro 12GB/256GB –
,990 (approx. £475/€560/$640)
It’s important to note that the Indian Reno 7 sports a few spec differences to its Chinese equivalent and, at launch, Oppo is offering up both phones at a discount of ₹28,998 and ₹39,999 for the 7 and 7 Pro, respectively.
Regional taxes, shipping and customs charges could well bolster these prices outside of these initial regions, but the above listing at least provide a ballpark figure.What features does the Oppo Reno 7 offer?
In China, the Reno 7 range consists of three different models: the Reno 7, Reno 7 SE and Reno 7 Pro. The SE is the cheapest of the bunch but shares many features with both the standard Reno 7 and the top-tier Reno 7 Pro.
All support 5G, have triple rear camera arrays, under-display fingerprint sensors and 4500mAh batteries, with fast-charging support (although with different speeds). The SE misses out on a few things though – such as WiFi 6 and features lower camera specs than its siblings. All three models are quite similar though, as you can see from the technical specifications below:
Reno 7 SEReno 7Reno 7 ProDisplay6.43in AMOLED, 90Hz, 2400×1080 resolution6.43in AMOLED, 90Hz, 2400×1080 resolution6.55in AMOLED, 90Hz, HDR10+, 2400×1080 resolutionProcessorMediaTek MT6877 Dimensity 900 5GQualcomm Snapdragon 778G 5GMediaTek Dimensity 1200 Max 5GMemory8GB8GB/12GB8GB/12GBStorage128GB/256GB128GB/256GB256GBRear Cameras48Mp f/1.7 (Wide), 2Mp f/2.4 (Macro), 2Mp f/2.4 9 (Depth)64Mp F/1.7 (Wide), 8Mp f/2.2 (Ultrawide), 2Mp f/2.4 (Macro)64Mp f/1.8 (Wide), 8Mp f/2.2 (Ultrawide), 2Mp F/2.4 (Macro)Front Camera16Mp f/2.4 (Wide)32Mp f/2.4 (Wide)32Mp f/2.4 (Wide)Video Recording4K@30fps, 1080p@30/60fps4K@30fps, 1080p@30/60fps4K@30fps, 1080p@30/60/120fpsBiometric SecurityUnder-display fingerprint sensorUnder-display fingerprint sensorUnder-display fingerprint sensorWi-FiWi-Fi 5Wi-Fi 6Wi-Fi 6LTE5G5G5GBluetooth18.104.22.168Battery4500mAh, Fast Charging (33W), Reverse charging4500mAh, Fast Charging (60W), Reverse charging4500mAh, Fast Charging (65W), Reverse chargingSIMDual (Nano)Dual (Nano)Dual (Nano)Dimensions160.2 x 73.2 x 7.5 mm156.8 x 72.1 x 7.6 mm158.2 x 73.2 x 7.5 mmWeight171g185g180g
One of the key differences between the Chinese and Indian variants of the standard Oppo Reno 7 are the silicon on which it runs. In India, the Reno 7 sports a MediaTek Dimensity 900 chip – an attribute that leaked ahead of the phone’s launch, when test benchmarking results appeared on Geekbench’s database.
MySmartPrice also identified the phone’s presence running through various international certification bodies – including the FCC, BIS, EMVCo, IMDA and SIRIM – ahead of its Indian launch.
The move from Snapdragon (the Chinese model sports a 778G chipset) to MediaTek on the base Reno 7 adds a little thickness to the Indian model (7.8mm, rather than 7.6mm), however, the phone also comes in 12 grams lighter, at 173g. It also comes with 65W SuperVOOC charging, as opposed to the Chinese model’s 60W fast charging support.
Beyond these differences, both Indian models match their Chinese counterparts spec for spec, with the only other main differentiation being the single SKU of each model and Indian consumers are being offered up: 8GB RAM and 256GB of storage on the Reno 7, 12GB RAM and 256GB storage on the Reno 7 Pro.
We’ll update this article with more details about release dates and pricing as the Reno 7 line makes its way to new markets, globally. In the meantime, you can read our roundups of the best midrange phones and best Chinese phones for more insight.
The Google Pixel 3 and 3XL may have been a sales disappointment for Google but that forced them to launch a new mid-range Pixel 3a series to attract more consumers. It may have been a desperate attempt to further smartphone sales, however, it showed us that Google still cares about its hardware division. And we could see that translate into the Pixel 4 series.
If you’ve been looking to read about everything that’s leaked, rumored or even officially known about the Pixel 4 lineup, well, you’ve landed at the right place. Read on:Google Pixel 4 Release Date
The first Google Pixel was unveiled back in October 2023 and well, Google has adhered to this launch schedule for the Pixel 2 and Pixel 3 lineup that followed. Hence, we can without a doubt say that Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL should also go official in the first week of October. I don’t think Google would like to coincide its launch with the iPhone 11 in September.
Google Pixel 4 appears to be listed to go on sale in the third week of October, which lines with the usual launch date in the first week of the month. So, even though Google is yet again teasing us by officially leaking its upcoming flagship (taking a quick jab at the leak culture) but the devices won’t arrive until later this year.Google Pixel 4 Price
Phone makers have been ramping up the price of its flagship devices, with some of them now even asking for $1000 (roughly around Rs 70,000) for the premium factor and extra features added into the mix.
The regular Pixel 3 was priced at $799 for the 4GB/64GB variant whereas the Pixel 3 XL started retailing at $899. Google is desperate to sell more smartphones and it should be looking to aggressively price its upcoming Pixel 4 lineup. However, it isn’t necessary that Google will take this route (which it should, to tackle OnePlus) instead we can expect the prices of Pixel 4 lineup to easily go upwards of $1000 this time around, with a new Pixel 4a line-up next year to counter the budget flagships.Google Pixel 4 News, Leaks and Rumors
Google Pixel 4 has been in the news for quite some time now. The initial sighting for the Pixel 4 can be traced back to April when codenames for both variants surfaced in a commit to AOSP (Android Open Source Project). The Pixel 4, for sure, is codenamed as Coral whereas the codename for Pixel 4 XL is flame. I hope you are aware that Google codenames its smartphones after aquatic creatures and the tradition continues.
The codenames were followed by renders of the Pixel 4, with dual rear cameras and a punch-hole display with dual cameras – similar to that on the Galaxy S10 Plus. Well, a number of tipsters ran away with this design and you can check out the render below. However, OnLeaks later released renders for what the Pixel 4 would actually look like, giving everyone a first look at the square camera block and the absence of a massive, hideous notch.
Plus, a new leak of the Pixel 4 and the Pixel 4XL completely shows off the new design and the different colors the device will come in.
While I didn’t really like the square camera block on the rear at first, it has started to grow on me over the past few days. The more I look at it and contemplate whether I will like it or not, the more I seem to be okay with it. We’ll have to wait for the Pixel 4 to land in our offices to deliver a final word.
Google Pixel 4 Design: Teaser and Photos
We already know what the Pixel 4 is going to look on the rear, however, the rumor mill doesn’t really have a ton of info on the front. The tipster who took a quick peek at the device’s front says that there’s still a substantial top bezel housing a pair of cameras – similar to that on Pixel 3.
They didn’t talk about the bottom bezel, but it’s speculated that Google could be doing away with dual front-facing speakers. We’ll probably still have stereo speakers onboard, however, I’m more excited to see the display stretched to the very bottom on the front.
We have recently also heard that Pixel 4 will be thicker than its predecessor, where the dimensions of the Pixel 4 should be roughly 147.0 x 68.9 x 8.2mm whereas that of the Pixel 4 XL should roughly be 160.4 x 75.2 x 8.2mm. The thickness bumps up to 9.3mm when you take into account the camera block.Google Pixel 4 Fingerprint or Face Unlock
The absence of a physical fingerprint sensor, however, could also mean that Google is looking to follow in the footsteps of Apple and is confident enough in their FaceID-like technology to completely eliminate the fingerprint sensor from Pixel 4. This is a huge possibility as the company is rumored to have been working on a “more secure facial authentication feature” for quite some time.
Google Pixel 4 Display
Talking about the display, a recent leak suggests that Pixel 4 will pack a screen size between 5.6-inch and 5.8-inch, which is just slightly bigger than the 5.5-inch screen you will find on the Pixel 3. Its elder sibling Pixel 4 XL, however, is expected to feature a screen size between 6.2-inch and 6.4-inch, which is exactly the same as Pixel 3 XL.
The displays would still be Quad-HD+ OLED panels, with a taller aspect ratio and I hope, enhanced vibrancy. There have also been reports that Google is working on Apple-like True Tone auto white balance feature. This means the display on the Pixel 4 would adapt to the surrounding’s lighting conditions and hints for the same have been spotted within the Settings app in Android Q.
Google Pixel 4 Cameras
Pixel phones are known to the masses simply because of their cameras, or should I say camera. Google has stuck with a single rear camera since the OG Pixel days, utilizing its software (AI and machine learning) prowess to deliver excellent photo quality. It’s often dubbed to have the best camera on a smartphone – surprising people with its single rear snapper.
But, as you would’ve obviously noticed in the render above that is now about to change and Google will finally upgrade to a multi-camera setup with the Pixel 4 lineup. The square camera module, which was first adopted by the Huawei Mate 20 Pro, could become a trend in the second half this year as the next iPhone (possibly iPhone 11) is rumored to also feature a square block. However, we’re more interested in the sensors these devices would have on offer.
The official render shows that Pixel 4 will include a dual rear-camera setup, along with a third sensor and an LED flash, sitting in the square block. The rumor mill has no word on the sensors, but we expect the second sensor to be an ultra-wide angle sensor to match the Pixel 3’s dual-camera selfie setup. The new lens will also give Google a chance to explore new camera features in the process. It could be a telephoto (with 3x optical zoom) lens or a monochrome lens as well, so let’s wait for more leaks to pour in. We still have a good four months to go until the launch.
As for the third sensor, it is rumored to be a TOF (time of flight) sensor that will enable Google to gather additional depth data to further enhance its portrait photos. Google is pretty focused on its AR efforts as well, so we expect the TOF sensor to be used for 3D mapping as well – similar to what Huawei did with the Mate 20 Pro. It might be able to hand you the power to scan anything around you, create a 3D model that you can then place in the real-world back again as an AR model. Doesn’t this sound cool?
Google Pixel 4 Specifications
Being the flagship lineup, there’s no debating that the Pixel 4 will be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 chipset. It’s an octa-core chip based on the 7nm node architecture and can be found in most Android flagships launched in 2023. This will be replacing the Snapdragon 845 SoC on the Pixel 3 lineup.
This is no biggie though. Geekbench scores for the Pixel 4 were leaked a long time ago, however, they’re not as high as one may expect. The Pixel 4 prototype has a single-core score of 3,296 and a multi-core score of 9,235. The numbers are pretty good for a Snapdragon 855-powered device running an internal Android Q build but we expect the final figures to be higher, for sure.
The storage options will most likely see a minor change, with 64GB no longer being the base variant. We expect Google to offer a 6GB+128GB and 6GB+256GB variant for the Pixel 4 lineup this time around.
Google Pixel 4 Hand Gestures
With Pixel 2, Google debuted the Active Edge feature which allows users to squeeze the sides of their smartphone to activate Google Assistant. It was carried forward to Pixel 3, but I’m not too sure if a lot of people actually use the feature to call upon the Assistant. Well, if you thought that was crazy then get ready one of the most interesting features that’s speculated to debut on the Pixel 4 lineup – touchless hand gestures.
Pixel 4 could integrate Google’s Project Soli radar chip as per a number of reports, including a sighting about the same in Android Q Beta by XDA. The Project Soli-based feature requires an “Aware” sensor, which we expect to be a codename for this chip in development stage. We’re unsure whether it’s the final name of the feature or not.
Could it be similar to gestures on the LG G8 ThinQ, we cannot say, but it used the TOF sensor and the gestures were finicky, so I believe the uber-sensitive radar chip will be much better.
Google Pixel 4 Software
Do we even need to talk about the software? Google Pixel 4 lineup will be one of the first few devices to be running the latest version of Android, i.e Android Q right at launch and that too in its purest form. We still don’t know the dessert which Google will pick to name the latest Android release, but its flagship devices will run the same out-of-the-box.
In addition, Google’s phones always come baked with some Pixel-exclusive features and you can expect the Pixel 4 lineup to arrive with some in tow as well. The Android Q beta program is currently underway and we have seen a lot of new features including iPhone-like navigation gestures, dark mode, better security and privacy options, and a lot more.
There were, however, some features which were spotted in the first Android Q beta, like native screen recorder and desktop mode but they’ve been removed in the existing beta updates. We speculate that Google could introduce them as Pixel exclusive features and offer a full-fledged screen recorder, as well as a Samsung Dex-like desktop experience to Pixel 4 users.
Google Pixel 4 Battery & Charging
As for those curious about wireless charging, Pixel 3 and 3 XL were the first devices to include a glass design and wireless charging to Google’s flagship. We can see the same being available on the Pixel 4 lineup as well, complete with Pixel Stand support and few new tricks in tow.
Google Pixel 4 IP Rating
Google’s Pixel devices have had some form of IP rating from the start, climbing up from IP53 rating on the original Pixels to IP68 on the Pixel 3 lineup. Well, since Google offers dust and water protection on its existing flagships, this means we can expect to see an IP68 rating for the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL as well. You’ll be able to dunk the Pixel 4 devices into the water without any hesitation, so don’t worry about it.
Google Pixel 4 Colors
Google has stuck with a dual-tone finish and pastel color theme for the Pixel lineup over the past three years, but that’s going to change with the Pixel 4. The official render that the company has shared with us reveals a more common glass build over the dual-tone glass design of the Pixel 3. However, that’s for the good and I’d like for Google to give a glossy matte finish to the back, like the Oppo Reno, so it doesn’t scratch or wear out so easily – like our Pixel 3 XL did.
As for the color scheme, well, Google is not going to be experimental and stick with the tried and tested white and black color variants for sure. However, it adds a new color to their Pixel lineups with each iteration, like the Not Pink Pixel 3 or the Purple-ish Pixel 3a. Even the Stadia controller comes in a pastel green ‘Wasabi’ color and well, according to a new leak, the Pixel 4 will come in a similar mint green color variant.
Google Pixel 4 Stadia Support
What started out as Project Stream with just one game title, Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey available to test, has now graduated to Google Stadia. Google’s cloud gaming service is slated to officially become available sometime in November, just a month after Pixel 4’s launch, so I think Google should make Stadia exclusive to its Pixel 4 flagship (and other ChromeOS devices it unveils at their event) for a few weeks before making it accessible widely.
Google could also use this opportunity to make its Stadia controller reach more users simply by bundling it with the Pixel 4 at launch, giving users an extra discount on the controller when they buy the device.
The strategy would be similar to what Samsung did with the Fortnite partnership in an attempt to sell more Galaxy Note 9 devices at launch. Google needs to pull off a stunt similar to this more than anything because we all know that Pixel 3 sales have been a major disappointment. And the hype around cloud gaming could push users to pick up these flagship devices in heaps – of course, also if there’s no hideous notch up top.Google Pixel 4 vs Google Pixel 3
Pixel 4 is also expected to move past its two-tone rear finish and offer a uniform glass design, which I’m totally in favor of. Yes, the lineup will lose its signature touch and it would look like any other glass smartphone. However, I expect Google to keep it neat, minimal and classy.
Also, another important change that we will see in Pixel 4 is the absence of a massive ‘bathtub’ notch, which many people found hideous. Google is expected to go with the slightly bigger top bezel alternative, but an almost negligible bottom chin, which could mean no front-facing stereo speakers. Slightly bigger screens would be in tow as well.
The internals will obviously witness an upgrade. The Pixel 4 series will be powered by Snapdragon 855 and sport more RAM, hopefully, to address your widespread memory management issues that have cropped with each release in the past. We’ll see bigger batteries onboard as well as compared to the Pixel 3 lineup.Google Pixel 4 vs Pixel 4 XL
This means Pixel 4 series could finally be going back to its OG roots and offering users a similar design and build, features and more in both the variants. They’ll have a difference in screen and battery sizes, but that should be pretty much it.
SEE ALSO: Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Launch Reportedly Set for August 7Google Pixel 4: Everything We Know So Far
Plenty of new functionality was added in September’s 22H2 update, before File Explorer tabs finally arrived in a subsequent October 2023 update. Another set of new features were then released in February 2023 and June 2023.
These ‘Moment’ updates are seemingly the way forward for Microsoft, but it’s not doing away with big feature updates entirely.
Version 23H2 is coming later this year, and we already know at least some of its main new features. Here’s everything you need to know.
With the introduction of Windows 11, Microsoft announced that it was shifting to annual feature updates rather than the half-year approach of Windows 10. That was put into doubt following July 2023 rumours from Windows Central, that suggested it’d be replaced with more frequent “Moment” updates throughout the year.
However, it looks like both are true. New features are being added every few months, but as Microsoft confirmed in a February 2023 blog post, “Windows 11 will continue to have an annual feature update cadence”.
As Windows Latest reports, it looks like Microsoft has subtly confirmed the existence of the 23H2 update in May 2023 preview builds. This so-called ‘Evaluation Copy’ apparently expires on 15 September 2023, so is that when the 23H2 could arrive?
It’s certainly possible, although that specific date might not be accurate. Microsoft confirmed in a July 2023 article that 23H2 will be released in “the fourth quarter of 2023”.
That could be any time between September and December, but Windows Central suggested at the end of last year that it’d be one of the first two months.
And in that same July 2023 article, Microsoft described 23H2 as an “enablement package”. If you’re already running version 22H2, the process will supposedly be “simple”.
Does that mean it won’t take as long as usual to arrive on all devices? Potentially, but that hasn’t been confirmed.
You can test many 23H2 features ahead of time via the Windows Insider Program, but there’s no need to sign up for the recently introduced Canary Channel, which is very experimental and may include potential Windows 12 features.Will all existing Windows 11 devices be compatible with version 23H2?
Yes, provided you’re running version 22H2. In the same July 2023 article mentioned above, Microsoft confirmed that “you don’t need to worry about application or device compatibility between the versions”.
Even if you’re running an older version of Windows 11, you’ll just need to install 22H2 first.
Microsoft introduced sweeping new hardware requirements when Windows 11 launched, but that won’t be repeated for the 23H2 update.Confirmed upcoming features
The 23H2 update isn’t expected for a few months, but that hasn’t stopped Microsoft from revealing many upcoming features. These aren’t confirmed to arrive in 23H2, but Windows Central thinks they will:
Windows AI Copilot – powerful virtual AI assistant based on ChatGPT and Bing Chat. Can be used to analyse images and text, answer specific contextual questions and control on-device settings
Dynamic Lighting – built-in tools for controlling RGB lighting on devices and accessories
Ability to hide the date and time on the Taskbar
New support for formats including 7-zip, RAR, gz, and others
New AI features in the Microsoft Store – AI-generated app keywords and review summaries, hub for selected AI apps
Backup and restore apps – will reinstall any apps you’ve installed from the Microsoft Store when restoring a backup. Unclear if any apps downloaded from elsewhere will be included
Copilot is arguably the most exciting of these, and Windows Latest has been provided access to an early version. Author Mayank Parmar emphasises that “the final version looks much better”, but it’s a useful indicator of what to expect:
The sidebar offers quick access to the Bing Chat interface that many of us will now be familiar with. But rather than just generating new information, it’ll be possible to control almost any Windows 11 setting via Copilot. There will also be a range of integrations with Microsoft 365 apps.
Windows Latest has also gone hands-on with a new volume mixer, which it says is coming in version 23H2. It looks more like Windows 10 than the current Windows 11 design, but will allow you to easily change the volume of any open apps. It’ll be available via the Quick Settings menu, or by using a new Windows Key + Ctrl + V shortcut.
The article goes on to say that several new options will be added to the main Settings app. These include updated “Recommended settings” cards in various sections, including for “Cloud storage” and “Account recover”.
As our sister site PCWorld reports, these features are also coming to Windows 11 soon. Some may arrive in the 23H2 update, although these aren’t confirmed:
Ability to pin specific apps to a dedicated space on the Widgets panel
Bluetooth LE (Low Energy) support for reduced power consumption while connected
Notifications in Start menu if account-related action required
Ability to turn off presence sensor (on supported devices), which turns screen on you’re in front of it and off when you leave
Isolation of older Win32 apps, allowing them to run independently of the rest of Windows 11 and preventing unauthorised access to processes
In April 2023, Microsoft also began publicly testing a new Gallery feature within File Explorer. This will make it easier to view photos and videos from within the app, making it look similar to the separate Photos app:
A few other features have already been confirmed, albeit not specifically for the 23H2 update:
The big one is a revamped File Explorer. Microsoft already added tabs in an October 2023 update, but this looks to be taking things to the next level.
Its updated design will include a redesigned header that’s in keeping with many web browsers, with an address and search bar alongside key navigation buttons. There’s also a new ‘Gallery’ feature which specifically designed for viewing photos, with timeline functionality allowing you to quickly find content from years ago.
The classic Paint app is also finally getting a dark mode, with the feature currently in testing with members of the Windows Insider Program. And the Widgets board will also allow you to disable the MSN news feed, offering a “widgets only” option.
A July 2023 Insider Preview Build includes an update to emojis that would give them more of a 3D effect. But it’s only in the experimental Canary Channel initially, so unlikely to make it into the 23H2 update.Potential upcoming features
In an earlier Windows Central video, Zac Bowden and Daniel Rubino discuss what 23H2 update might entail. Despite the big caveat that this could all change, there are some useful insights worth knowing about – both are reliable journalists with a strong track record for Windows news.
Despite Windows 10’s dedicated tablet mode being dropped for Windows 11, Microsoft is continuing to make the OS more suited to touch input. Bowden anticipates there’ll be more to come, with the potential for a separate tablet user interface (UI) to be reintroduced in version 23H2. Windows Latest‘s Mayank Parmar agrees, suggesting a tablet-friendly taskbar could arrive in 2023.
Bowden also believes version 23H2 might be when we’ll finally see a system-wide dark mode. This was originally intended for the first release of Windows 11 in 2023, but there’s no suggestion it’ll arrive this year either.
A May 2023 Windows Central article suggests that a future update will allow you to pin widgets to the desktop. The Widgets panel was introduced alongside Windows 11 in 2023, before being opened up to third-party apps a year later. This seems like the logical next step, although it’s actually similar to the Windows Desktop Gadgets feature in Windows 7. It’s not clear exactly when the feature will arrive, but the 23H2 update is a possibility.
An earlier Windows Latest article discusses another potential 23H2 feature. As Microsoft subtly revealed at its April 2023 event, the option for app folders on the Windows 11 desktop looks to be on the way. With no appearance in the the 22H2 update, it could arrive at some point in 2023 instead.
Some features won’t be included in version 23H2 as they’ve already been released. The June 2023 update included several pieces of new functionality alongside the usual monthly security patches.
There was nothing groundbreaking, but highlights included seconds in the clock on the taskbar, the option for larger widgets and a revamped Accounts page in Settings – the latter now includes all connected OneDrive accounts.
AI looks set to be a huge part of Windows for years to come, with a potential Windows 12 in 2024 expected to feature it heavily. There are plenty of ways artificial intelligence could upgrade Windows,, and we might see some new features in the 23H2 update, too.Related articles
HTC kickstarted the year 2023 with the launch of the all new HTC U11-series smartphones back in January. But, it was pretty clear that neither the HTC U Ultra nor the HTC U Play was the company’s next flagship handset. Sure, the HTC U Ultra is a premium device with relatively high-end specs. But it just isn’t the flagship HTC wants to sell in 2023.
Which exactly brings us to the HTC U11. Also known as the HTC Ocean, the smartphone has been the talk of the town for a while now. Besides the fact that it will be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset, the U11 seems to have tons of interesting features up its sleeves.
Here’s everything you need to know about the device under one roof!
It was earlier rumored that the HTC U11 will be unveiled sometime in April with the sales beginning in May. But now, we have an official confirmation from the company itself. The smartphone will be launched on 16th of May which means we are only a few weeks away from the official launch of HTC’s next flagship.
Read: HTC U11 is company’s 2023 flagship, not HTC 11
HTC U11 Specs
The design has always been HTC’s forte. HTC 10, for instance, stands testimony to that fact. Although it has been criticized severely for “poor usage of space” design-wise, aesthetically speaking, even the HTC U Ultra looks pretty good.
The HTC U11, however, seems to take the company’s design game to the next level. Going by the recent rumors, the U11 will have sensors placed underneath the metal frame on either side particularly at the bottom of the device. These sensors are said to let you interact with the smartphone thereby providing additional functionality.
Users will apparently be able to swipe or squeeze the edges of the phone to enable certain gestures. Furthermore, word has it that there will be short as well as long squeezes to evoke different functionalities.
The Taiwanese tech giant is betting big on the Edge Sense (that’s what the company’s calling the tech mentioned above). The home button which also doubles as the fingerprint scanner was also believed to be jettisoned earlier. However, the latest rumors, as well as the video renders say otherwise.
The HTC U11, as per the rumors, will offer dual-SIM support as well. Further, it is believed to come with IP57 certification which means the smartphone will be dust and water resistant up to an extent. An IP68 or even the IP67 rating (for that matter) wouldn’t have hurt, though.
The smartphone will weigh around 169g and measure 153.9 x 75.9 x 7.9mm in terms of dimensions.
Although an almost bezel-free display is the current trend among flagship handsets, the company seems to be sticking to the same design language as seen on the HTC U Ultra. So, don’t expect to see the U11 display’s aspect ratio to be anywhere close to that of the LG G6 or even the Galaxy S8.
The HTC U11 is said to feature a 5.5-inch display with a resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels (QHD) which translates to a pixel density of 534 PPI. There will be a layer of 3D Gorilla Glass 5 running over the display to protect it from wear and tear.
As is the case with all the other flagships, the HTC U11 is tipped to be powered by the octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset teamed up with Adreno 540 GPU to take care of graphics.
It goes without saying that the Snapdragon 835 SoC is currently one of the best chipsets in the industry. It is manufactured on the 10nm node process and is claimed to be faster and more power efficient than its predecessors. Also, the chipset is capable of handling Gigabit download speeds.
In short, with the Snapdragon 835 SoC under-the-hood, the HTC U11 will be one of the most powerful handsets of the company when it launches on May 16.
RAM and Storage
If the recent rumors are anything to go by, the HTC U11 may come in two storage variants depending on the region.
First up, there will be a 4GB RAM variant paired with 64GB of storage space and the other with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage space. It is also possible that the company may reveal two variants with same amounts of RAM but with different storage space.
For instance, there can be an HTC U11 variant with 4GB of RAM and two storage options. Or, only a 6GB RAM variant in 64GB and 128GB storage options. Either way, the smartphone will allow you to expand the storage further up to 2TB via a microSD card.
Also, the 6GB variant is tipped to be limited only to the Chinese market. We hope that’s not the case.
Read: Alleged HTC U11 images leaked / HTC U11 specs and benchmarks are out!
According to the reports, the HTC U11 will come pre-loaded with the Android 7.1 Nougat out-of-the-box.
There will, of course, be a layer of HTC’s own Sense 9 UI atop. You can also expect to see some customizations for the Edge Sense since the company is betting big on this feature.
If you look at flagship smartphones these days, almost all of them have similar specs, and of course, all of them offer top-notch performance. The only thing that differentiates one from the other is its camera performance (in addition to price).
In addition, it is rumored to feature four microphones to record sound with the good audio quality for videos. It is also believed to feature two different audio recording modes namely 3D Audio and Hi-Res Recording mode. While the former is aimed to add the surround sound effect to audio, the latter is believed to bring support for a full range lossless audio recording.
In terms of the megapixel count, the HTC U11 is tipped to feature a 12MP (f/1.7) Sony IMX362 rear camera along with a 16MP (f/2.0) sensor on the front for selfies and video calls. The rear camera can record videos up to 4K at 30fps while the front camera is limited to 1080p at 30fps.
According to the recent leaks, the HTC U11 will feature a 3,000mAh battery under-the-hood. It will also come with support for Quick Charge 3.0 if reports are believed to be true.
For a phone this big and powerful, the said battery capacity seems to be a little on the lower side of the spectrum. We would like to see the HTC U11 with bigger battery capacity.
HTC is said to include support for the company’s BoomSound technology. BTW, did we mention that the U11 will sport dual speakers one at the top and bottom each for stereo sound effect? Also, the smartphone will include HTC’s Sonic technology to configure a personalized audio profile much like the one seen on the HTC U Ultra.
There will also be something called Sense Link which allows you to copy and past data from the phone to computer, check notifications on the computer (PC/Laptop) and a few other similar features. You’ll have to install the HTC Sense Link PC client on your computer for the said features to work, though.
HTC U11 Price (expected)
As of now, there’s no word on the pricing details of the smartphone. However, given the fact that the HTC U11 is the company’s next flagship handset, expect an exorbitant price tag. Perhaps, even bigger than the HTC U Ultra.
For the unaware, the unlocked version of HTC U Ultra ships at $749. Going by its price, the HTC U11 will at least set you back by $800.
But again, we are guesstimating here. So, take the information with the proverbial pinch of salt.
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Last Updated on September 16, 2023
When Minecraft was thrust onto the scene many moons ago in its alpha and beta forms, it almost instantly resonated with both the older and younger generations alike. Now, a number of years later, it hasn’t dipped in popularity, becoming more and more accessible due to its launch on a variety of platforms. Mojang saw to capitalize on its polarity and has created a whole new Minecraft experience for fans to enjoy; Minecraft: Dungeons.
What is Minecraft: Dungeons?
If you’re unsure on what Minecraft: Dungeons actually is, no, it’s not a DLC for the traditional Minecraft game that everyone knows and loves, it’s a whole new experience that is a rather radical departure from the gameplay mechanics of the original.
As alluded to by the actual name of the game, Minecraft: Dungeons is essentially a dungeon crawling experience similar to that of Diablo and Torchlight 2. You’ll be thrown into a variety of different underground environments to battle it out against a variety of enemies in an effort to secure that sweet loot.
Minecraft: Dungeons Release Date
After it was announced that Minecraft: Dungeons was to miss its initial release date of April 2023, many fans wondered when Minecraft: Dungeons will be released. Thankfully Mojang has confirmed that it will be launching on May 26th for all available hardware.
You’ll be able to pick Minecraft: Dungeons up on a variety of platforms including Nintendo Switch, Playstation 4, Windows, and Xbox One. For those who are Xbox Game Pass subscribers, you’ll get this completely free of charge, another great addition to the ever-expanding Game Pass library.
However, if you don’t have a Game Pass subscription, you can secure Minecraft: Dungeons in two forms – Standard Edition and Hero Edition. The Standard Edition retails at $19.99 and The Hero Edition comes in at $29.99. For the extra $10, you’ll receive a Hero Pass which includes Hero Cape, two-player skins, and a chicken pet. You’ll also have access to two upcoming DLC packs when they are released in the near future.
There has been no word on whether Minecraft Dungeon’s will take the leap into next-gen, but it’s safe to assume that you’ll be able to play it on the Xbox Series X due to the backward compatibility nature of the console and Game Pass subscriptions being passed over.
Are there classes in Minecraft Dungeons?
This is a slightly tricky answer as Minecraft: Dungeons offers up a slightly different take on the traditional class system found in the vast majority of dungeon crawlers on the market. This switch sees you not selecting a class like mage, ranger, or warrior and instead, using items known as artifacts to mold your character to your requested playstyle. These artifacts come in many forms, and in addition, slotting enchantments into acquired weapons, allowing poison clouds amongst a variety of other powerful attributes, further refining your ‘class’.
The short answer is yes. You’ll be able to crawl those blocky dungeons either in up to four-player couch co-op or online over the multiplayer service on the platform of your choice. You might have expected a much larger pool with the online capabilities of today but due to the dungeon nature of the game, it doesn’t offer the wide-open, infinite terrain the original Minecraft possessed, limiting the room.
What mobs will you fight in Minecraft: Dungeons?
How does loot work in Minecraft Dungeons?
Similar to the vast majority of dungeon crawlers, Minecraft: Dungeons uses a drop based loot system in which when you kill an enemy, there’s a chance they’ll drop weapons and armor. Moreover, you’ll get the chance to unlock a few chests along the way, usually offering some of the better loot on show.
Looking more closely at the loot we can see that it certainly isn’t one dimensional. Yes, you can get basic bows, swords, and more but you can fully customize them with the aforementioned enchantments. Additionally, loot drops can sometimes come in the form of named weapons and armor which are unique drops that already come pre-enchanted and have special stats.
We’re very excited to get our hands on Minecraft: Dungeons and get looting! If there is any more information that drops before the release date we’ll be sure to keep you in the loop!
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