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The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra. Photo: Samsung

Samsung unveiled its crop of new mobile devices Wednesday, including two versions of the Note 20 smartphone, an updated foldable device, two tablets and a watch.

Why it matters: The new devices aim to give Samsung an early start in the second half of the year, with products aimed at parents buying fresh gear for the back-to-(home)school season.

Details:

  • The Note 20 Ultra, which starts at $1,299, is Samsung's most powerful smartphone, featuring a 6.9-inch display, a new laser autofocus sensor, and support for both 5G wireless networks and ultra-wideband technology for easier sharing to nearby devices.
  • The standard Note 20 starts at $999 and has a 6.7-inch display. It has lower-resolution wide-angle and telephoto lenses than the Ultra version.
  • The Galaxy Tab S7 and Tab S7+ tablets aim to take on the iPad Pro at the high end of the tablet market. A 5G-equipped version is coming to AT&T this fall.
  • Galaxy Watch 3 will come in two sizes and in both Bluetooth-only and cellular options, with prices ranging from $399 to $479, depending on options.
  • Galaxy Buds Live are bean-shaped wireless earbuds that come in colors to match the new Galaxy Note devices and are priced at $169.

What's next: Preorders for the Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra begin Aug. 6, with the devices available starting Aug. 21. Samsung and the major U.S. wireless carriers are having a variety of promotions, including a buy one, get one deal from Verizon and AT&T's offer of up to $1,000 off the Galaxy Note with a qualifying trade-in and 30-month commitment.

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Ina Fried, author of Login
Oct 14, 2020 - Technology

Apple's iPhone 12 bets may take time to pay off

The iPhone 12 Pro features both 5G support as well as a lidar sensor. Photo: Apple

With the iPhone 12, unveiled Tuesday, Apple has made some big technology bets that should boost demand for 5G networks as well as help spur developers to create more advanced augmented reality applications. However, phone buyers will probably have to wait for a payoff.

Why it matters: Many tech advances start out as chicken-and-egg problems, with developers waiting for a market to emerge while consumers don't yet see the value in spending more. Apple has the rare ability to push past that block. Because of its size and comparatively focused product line, its support of new technologies like 5G and lidar can vault them into the mainstream.

McCarthy jokes about hitting Pelosi with gavel if he becomes Speaker, in new audio

Kevin McCarthy. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) can be heard saying "it would be hard not to hit" House Speaker Nancy Pelosi with the speaker's gavel if Republicans retake the House in 2022 and he becomes speaker, according to new audio posted to Twitter by a Main Street Nashville reporter.

Driving the news: McCarthy made the comments during a fundraising event in Tennessee, as he was handed an oversized gavel by members of the Tennessee congressional delegation, reports CNN.

Updated 4 hours ago - World

U.S. and U.K. blame Iran for drone strike on oil tanker

Britain's Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab. Photo: Sameer Al-DOUMY / AFP

Secretary of State Antony Blinken and British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said on Sunday that the United States and United Kingdom, respectively, now believe Iran was likely responsible for last week's drone strike on an oil tanker in the Arabian sea.

Why it matters: The United States and Britain now join Israel in accusing Tehran of being behind the July 29 attack off the coast of Oman. Iran has denied involvement.

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