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Motorola Edge+: Key Specs of the new flagship from Motorola Leaked

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Motorola Edge+ will be the next flagship smartphone from Motorola, according to Mishaal Rahman of XDA Developers. He has put out a tweet that claims the phone will come with some top-end specifications like the Snapdragon 865 SoC and 12GB RAM.

90Hz Refresh Rate for the First Time in a Moto Device

The specifications of the Motorola Edge+ leaked by Rahman include a 6.67-inch full HD+ display offering a screen resolution of 2,340×1,080 pixels. More importantly, the screen refresh rate is likely to be 90Hz, the first time one is seeing a higher refresh rate in a Motorola smartphone. The processor, as mentioned above, will be the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 SoC and it will receive 12GB RAM support. The Android 10 OS will be the firmware out of the box.

The Motorola Edge+ is predicted to be fitted with a large 5,000mAh battery with 15W TurboPower fast charging support, though the expectation is that when the phone is released the charging support may be higher than this.

The details missing are the camera details and security features like the fingerprint sensor. It has been indicated that Verizon will be releasing the Motorola Edge+ in the US market, while it will be sold in the other markets too. It is also not known when the device will be launched in the market.

Two More Devices Rumored

Apart from the flagship Motorola Edge+, there are rumors that the company has lined up two more devices, the Motorola One Mid and the Moto G8 Power Lite.

The Motorola One Mid is part of the Motorola One series that the company has started releasing. The Motorola One Mid is expected to have a display size of 6.53-inches and a screen resolution of 2,340×1,080 pixels. These One series models are released with multiple options as far as the front screen design is concerned, including a popup selfie camera with no hole on the display. There is no clarity on which will be followed here. The processor is likely to be the Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 SoC and the battery 4,000mAh. There are no hints on the RAM and storage as well as the camera specs.

Another model being rumored is the Moto G8 Power Lite. The Moto G8 Power is fitted with a Snapdragon 665 processor and a 5,000mAh battery. As for the rear cameras, it is a quad camera setup. According to these leaks, the Moto G8 Power Lite will have specifications lower than these.

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Google’s I/O Conference Won’t Happen This Year; No Plans for an Online Event Either

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When Google announced early March that it is canceling its I/O Developers’ Conference slated for May 2020, many thought it may possibly hold an online event. That has also been ruled out since and the company has scrapped the event completely off the calendar. This information has come through the I/O website that Google operates. The statement from the company refers to the orders by the local Bay Area counties that there will have to be a “shelter by place” arrangement throughout those areas. This means that people are virtually confined to their homes and only those with unavoidable reasons can go out. Even if Google had wanted to hold an online I/O Conference that would have meant at least a few dozen of its executives involved in taking care of the arrangements etc.

Health and Safety Emphasized

Google has said it values the health and safety of its employees, developers as well as the members of the local community and keeping that in view the I/O conference is being canceled. The only alternative is for the stakeholders to use the community forums and other platforms to exchange information.

An important aspect is that the market would be wanting to hear about is what will happen to the progress on a few areas that would have been part of the I/O Conference if it had not been canceled. The release of the Google Pixel 4a and 4a XL is a prime example. The company might have shared the beta version of its next Android version, the Android 11 or R. Would the company post it for download and review of the developers? Many brands had taken to the online launching of their smartphones after the MWC 2020 got canceled. Will Google attempt something like that with the Google Pixel 4a and 4a XL? You will have to wait and see. So far, online businesses appear to be carrying on and deliveries of smartphones are also being made. If these are also stopped, then there is no point in launching a new product at this juncture.

Many Events Cancelled

Google has postponed its other event Cloud Next as well. Other events to be canceled/postponed include the WWDC, Apple’s annual developers’ conference. Developers’ conferences held by Microsoft and Facebook have also met a similar fate. These are unusual circumstances for everyone, the government, companies, and the general public.

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APK Teardown Reveals Google Pixel Phones May Bring 4K 60fps Video Recording Feature

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Though Google’s Pixel range of smartphones has been largely appreciated for their photography capabilities, users have been a bit disappointed that the video recording feature has not received much attention from Google. That grievance may disappear soon as a leaked Google Camera 7.4 APK file shows the company working on the 4K video recording feature with the speed being limited to 60 frames per second (fps). Experts rush to mention that this may not be feasible with the soon-to-be-released Google Pixel 4a as its processor is not equipped to handle it.

Detected Through an APK Teardown

APK files are internal tools used in the development of various software modules and codes are written into them. You don’t get access to all APK files. In this particular case, one of the researchers came across an APK file relating to the camera section of Google Pixel phones called Google Camera 7.4. This file was then analyzed to know what is in it. That is when this entry “camcorder.4k60fps” was noticed. This is how it has now come to public knowledge that there is this 4K video recording mode that will become part of the camera function in the Google Pixel phones. The 60fps entry requires no elaboration. The only question that remains is which Google Pixel device or model will start having this facility.

Google Pixel 4aSpeculation on the Device will Continue

This interesting development has aroused curiosity among those who follow the news and they want to know how soon they can start using a Google Pixel device to record 4K videos. There are only two or three possibilities and these are in the form of pure speculation. One is the feature will be included in future devices like the Google Pixel 5 or even the Google Pixel 4a XL as we don’t know yet the processor to be fitted on them. The Google Pixel 4a with its Qualcomm Snapdragon 730 SoC cannot handle it. The other is that Google may update some of the earlier models like the Google Pixel 3 and 3XL etc. for this feature. Some hints have been given that the Google Pixel 4 itself could be enabled with the 4K video recording feature through a Pixel Feature Drop.

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Google Pixel 4a – Leaked Images of Promo Show a Starting Price of $399

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Most of the rumors about the soon-to-be-launched Google Pixel 4a seem to be getting confirmed with each passing day. The latest to join the club is a series of images, which show billboards supposedly promoting the device. In terms of messaging, the billboards just say “The New Google Phone” and “starting at $399”. On top is the name of the model, Google Pixel 4a. So, you should be left with no confusion here. Interestingly, the predecessor device, the Google Pixel 3a retailed for the same price when it was launched in 2019.

Reiteration of the Specifications of Pixel 4a

As mentioned, the specifications of the Google Pixel 4a have been speculated upon in the past few days through leaks and now more confirmations have come in. The budget version of the latest flagship from the company, the Google Pixel 4 will have a 5.81-inch display with a punch-hole display. The screen resolution is expected to be 1080×2340 pixels. Among expectations that Google may join other brands in lifting the screen refresh rate, the company has retained it at 60Hz.

The processor is going to be a Qualcomm Snapdragon 730 SoC and it will get 4GB RAM support. The internal storage will be 64GB and Android 10, the operating system.

The camera specifications are also very moderate with a single 12MP shooter in the rear and the front camera lodged inside the punch hole will be 8MP. Google is switching to the punch hole for the first time with this device. The rear panel has a fingerprint display.

The budget model obviously will not include the Soli Project radar chip which was introduced in Google Pixel 4. It is a part of the Motion Sense technology used for making changes in the phone for adjusting the volume or changing a music track.

The battery has 3,080mAh capacity. A 3.5mm jack is part of the provisions on the device. While all these details about the Google Pixel 4a have been revealed, there’s nothing on the Google Pixel 4a XL that will also be released along with it.

Starting Price at $399

This is one new information that has come through the latest leaks. As pointed out, the billboards have promo ads indicating the Google Pixel 4a will have a starting price of $399. This means that Google does not plan to hike the price of the Google Pixel 4a over the predecessor, the Pixel 3a.

We await the official announcement of the Google Pixel 4a soon.

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