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Asus reveals flagship compact Zenfone 8 and cam-twisting Zenfone 8 Flip

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Asus might be better known for its laptops, but it has two new smartphones to show off – and they both offer something a little different from the norm. The Zenfone 8 packs flagship specs in a compact package, while the Zenfone 8 Flip sports the same nifty double-duty camera of the Zenfone 7.

The Zenfone 8 looks fairly standard as phones go, but it sports a 5.9-in, 2,400 x 1,800-pixel AMOLED screen, which is one of the smallest on the market at the moment. It beats the 5.4-in display of the iPhone 12 mini, but it’s more compact than most of the competition. Asus says it was aiming for “perfect pocketability”, and if you’ve been bemoaning the lack of choice when it comes to smaller Android phones, this should be a welcome arrival.

Other than the size, the Zenfone 8 is very much a flagship: it’s powered by the Snapdragon 888, the top-tier processor for Android phones this year, and that comes along with up to 16 GB of RAM and up to 256 GB of internal storage. There’s 5G support, and a 4,000-mAh capacity battery packed inside.

The rear camera on the Zenfone 8 is a dual-lens 64-MP + 12-MP snapper with an ultrawide mode but no telephoto zoom, and you get a single-lens 12-MP selfie camera around the front, housed in a punch hole notch. There are a few missing features compared with the very best handsets on the market, however, including wireless charging and waterproofing.

The Zenfone 8 Flip keeps the flip camera of last year's models
The Zenfone 8 Flip keeps the flip camera of last year’s models

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Also making its debut today is the Asus Zenfone 8 Flip, which is likely to attract most of the attention: it features the same flip camera that its Zenfone 7 predecessor had, so the rear camera flips up above the phone to act as a selfie camera when necessary. It’s a neat trick, and it means no need for a notch on the front display.

That display is a 6.67-in, 2,400 x 1,800-pixel AMOLED panel, so it’s substantially bigger than the one on the standard Zenfone 8. On the Flip handset there’s an extra 8-MP camera lens offering 3x optical zoom, which means quite a step up in terms of photo and video capabilities as well.

Rounding out the rest of the specs on the Zenfone 8 Flip, we’ve got a Snapdragon 888 processor, 8 GB of RAM, up to 256 GB of internal storage, and a battery with a 5,000-mAh capacity (which should help with that extra screen size). As on the standard model, you don’t get an IP rating for water protection or wireless charging.

Price-wise, these phones fit in the gap between the mid-range and the really high-end flagships – an increasingly crowded space. The Zenfone 8 costs €599 (about US$725) and up, while the ZenFone 8 Flip will set you back from €799 (about $965). At the moment, Asus says only the compact Zenfone 8 is going to be officially available in the US.

Product pages: Asus Zenfone 8, Asus Zenfone 8 Flip

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Samsung’s first 6G prototype demo taps into terahertz frequencies

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It may feel like 5G networks are only just finding their feet and becoming mainstream, but the march of technology rarely rests. The next iteration, 6G, is already in the works, and Samsung has now demonstrated its first 6G prototype 6G system in an over-the-air test, using terahertz (THz) frequencies.

As you’d expect, the main advantage of 6G is faster data rates and lower latencies. The peak data rate is expected to eventually be up to 50 times faster than 5G, pushing it into the range of terabits per second. Latency, meanwhile, is expected to drop to just one-tenth that of 5G, and together these advances should help the tech transmit much more data-intensive content, such as 8K resolution, VR and holographic video.

Currently, 5G communications operate at frequencies up to about 40 GHz, but 6G would push that beyond 100 GHz, tapping into the as-yet-unutilized THz spectrum. The new tech would also give a boost to bandwidth too, which for 5G tops out at around 400 MHz.

For the new test, researchers at Samsung and the University of California, Santa Barbara demonstrated a system with 140 GHz frequency and a bandwidth of 2 GHz. In doing so, they managed to transmit data at 6.2 Gbps over a distance of 15 m (49 ft).

That’s a decent step up from 5G’s speed record of 5.23 Gbps, and even that was with the help of some 4G frequencies in a mostly experimental setup. But still, it’s far short of what 6G could eventually be capable of – data transfer rates of up to 1 Tbps, which is 1,000 Gbps.

The different components of Samsung's new 6G prototype: radio frequency circuits (left), the phased-array module (center), and the antenna array (right)
The different components of Samsung’s new 6G prototype: radio frequency circuits (left), the phased-array module (center), and the antenna array (right)

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The system consists of a phased array transmitter with 16 channels, receiver modules, and a baseband unit that processes signals and helps direct the beam towards the receiver.

The new test may sound exciting, but don’t throw away your fancy new 5G phone just yet – 6G isn’t expected to be commercially available until about 2030.

The team demonstrated the new 6G device at the IEEE International Conference on Communications 2021.

Source: Samsung

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Samsung’s first 6G prototype demo taps into terahertz frequencies

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It may feel like 5G networks are only just finding their feet and becoming mainstream, but the march of technology rarely rests. The next iteration, 6G, is already in the works, and Samsung has now demonstrated its first 6G prototype 6G system in an over-the-air test, using terahertz (THz) frequencies.

As you’d expect, the main advantage of 6G is faster data rates and lower latencies. The peak data rate is expected to eventually be up to 50 times faster than 5G, pushing it into the range of terabits per second. Latency, meanwhile, is expected to drop to just one-tenth that of 5G, and together these advances should help the tech transmit much more data-intensive content, such as 8K resolution, VR and holographic video.

Currently, 5G communications operate at frequencies up to about 40 GHz, but 6G would push that beyond 100 GHz, tapping into the as-yet-unutilized THz spectrum. The new tech would also give a boost to bandwidth too, which for 5G tops out at around 400 MHz.

For the new test, researchers at Samsung and the University of California, Santa Barbara demonstrated a system with 140 GHz frequency and a bandwidth of 2 GHz. In doing so, they managed to transmit data at 6.2 Gbps over a distance of 15 m (49 ft).

That’s a decent step up from 5G’s speed record of 5.23 Gbps, and even that was with the help of some 4G frequencies in a mostly experimental setup. But still, it’s far short of what 6G could eventually be capable of – data transfer rates of up to 1 Tbps, which is 1,000 Gbps.

The different components of Samsung's new 6G prototype: radio frequency circuits (left), the phased-array module (center), and the antenna array (right)
The different components of Samsung’s new 6G prototype: radio frequency circuits (left), the phased-array module (center), and the antenna array (right)

Samsung

The system consists of a phased array transmitter with 16 channels, receiver modules, and a baseband unit that processes signals and helps direct the beam towards the receiver.

The new test may sound exciting, but don’t throw away your fancy new 5G phone just yet – 6G isn’t expected to be commercially available until about 2030.

The team demonstrated the new 6G device at the IEEE International Conference on Communications 2021.

Source: Samsung

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Samsung’s first 6G prototype demo taps into terahertz frequencies

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It may feel like 5G networks are only just finding their feet and becoming mainstream, but the march of technology rarely rests. The next iteration, 6G, is already in the works, and Samsung has now demonstrated its first 6G prototype 6G system in an over-the-air test, using terahertz (THz) frequencies.

As you’d expect, the main advantage of 6G is faster data rates and lower latencies. The peak data rate is expected to eventually be up to 50 times faster than 5G, pushing it into the range of terabits per second. Latency, meanwhile, is expected to drop to just one-tenth that of 5G, and together these advances should help the tech transmit much more data-intensive content, such as 8K resolution, VR and holographic video.

Currently, 5G communications operate at frequencies up to about 40 GHz, but 6G would push that beyond 100 GHz, tapping into the as-yet-unutilized THz spectrum. The new tech would also give a boost to bandwidth too, which for 5G tops out at around 400 MHz.

For the new test, researchers at Samsung and the University of California, Santa Barbara demonstrated a system with 140 GHz frequency and a bandwidth of 2 GHz. In doing so, they managed to transmit data at 6.2 Gbps over a distance of 15 m (49 ft).

That’s a decent step up from 5G’s speed record of 5.23 Gbps, and even that was with the help of some 4G frequencies in a mostly experimental setup. But still, it’s far short of what 6G could eventually be capable of – data transfer rates of up to 1 Tbps, which is 1,000 Gbps.

The different components of Samsung's new 6G prototype: radio frequency circuits (left), the phased-array module (center), and the antenna array (right)
The different components of Samsung’s new 6G prototype: radio frequency circuits (left), the phased-array module (center), and the antenna array (right)

Samsung

The system consists of a phased array transmitter with 16 channels, receiver modules, and a baseband unit that processes signals and helps direct the beam towards the receiver.

The new test may sound exciting, but don’t throw away your fancy new 5G phone just yet – 6G isn’t expected to be commercially available until about 2030.

The team demonstrated the new 6G device at the IEEE International Conference on Communications 2021.

Source: Samsung

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FedEx eyes a future of automated delivery through partnership with Nuro

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Over the past few years, Nuro has been taking some important steps toward a future of autonomous delivery through partnerships with some big names, and it’s just landed what might be its biggest fish yet. The startup has entered an agreement with logistics giant FedEx, which has committed to using the startup’s autonomous delivery vehicles in the long-term and at a “large scale.”

Since starting grocery delivery trials in Arizona with supermarket retailer Kroger back in 2018, Nuro has gone on to conduct similar trials with Domino’s, Walmart and CVS. In a significant milestone for the industry, it also recently earned the first ever autonomous vehicle exemption from the US Department of Transport for its R2 pod, which it began testing on the streets of Houston last year.

FedEx, too, has dipped its toes in the autonomous delivery pond. In 2019 it unveiled what it called the SameDay Bot, a prototype battery-electric delivery pod that rolls down sidewalks and roadsides to complete same-day, last-mile deliveries.

Nuro's autonomous R2 pod
Nuro’s autonomous R2 pod

Nuro

FedEx will task Nuro’s vehicles with a similar responsibility, adding them to its existing fleet of 200,000 vehicles and using them to carry out last-mile deliveries. The pair have already begun testing in Houston, and will soon begin to incorporate Nuro’s delivery bots in those tests and scale up from there, targeting specific use cases and markets.

Beyond that, the details are rather scarce around what vehicles will be used, and when FedEx customers might expect a Nuro pod to drop a package at the door. Nuro does expect its technology to make FedEx’s operations more efficient, however, increasing its capacity and opening up new methods of delivery.

Source: Nuro

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