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Discounts and gifts for bugs: Google trying to trick people into buying new Pixel phones?

In case some of you have missed it, Google’s been… very generous lately.

The company offers some exceptional trade-in deals and gifts with your Pixel purchase, and that’s… wonderful. Who doesn’t like a bargain? That’s the same question I asked myself before shelling out $900 for a Pixel 6 Pro about ten months ago. The irresistible offer, which I wish I had resisted, included my Pixel 6 Pro and a pair of Bose 700 headphones, worth about €350 at the time. My cousin bought a Pixel 6, and as Google was running out of Bose 700s, they switched to Bose QC 35II, which were even pricier at the time, and added a €75 Google Store voucher, exceeding €400 in value and virtually selling the Pixel 6 for €200-250, down from its original €650 price at launch, in Europe. For the record, US buyers received a free pair of Pixel Buds A with the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro purchase. Even back then, though, I thought to myself: “Why so generous, Google?”. The Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro were already noticeably more affordable than flagship phones from Samsung and Appleand Google’s expensive gifts made it all seem almost too good to be true.

Because… it was too good to be true.

Google will pay you $200 and give you a Pixel 6A for your iPhone 13 Pro Max or $300 for an old iPhone 7, iPhone 8

The initial idea for this story was sitting in a document for many months, and the reason I decided it was a good time to bring up the topic was another “too good to be true” set of deals that Google made available.

This time the incredible deals concern the newly launched Google Pixel 6A. Let’s take a look at some trade-in deals across Europe and the US. As of now, Sundar Pichai & Co allow you to trade in your:

  • iPhone 7, iPhone 8 for up to $300 (US)
  • Galaxy S10 for $300 (US)
  • iPhone 4S for €90 (Europe)
  • iPhone SE 2016 for €150 (Europe)
  • Galaxy S9 for $175 (Europe)
  • iPhone 8 for €250 (Europe)

This by itself is unbelievable value, as a phone like the iPhone 4S is worth virtually nothing right now. The most impressive trade-in deals are for the old iPhone 7 and iPhone 8, though. These phones are over five years old at this point, and Google is ready to give you up to $300 if you were to switch to the Pixel 6A, bringing the price of the excellent mid-range phone down to just $150. But that’s not all…

When the Pixel 6A went up for pre-order in the US, UK, and Europe, Google gave out a pair of Pixel Buds A with it, worth 100 bucks. This offer is gone for now, but at the time, combined with some of the trade-in deals for old iPhones, this would’ve given you a Pixel 6A for practically $100, which is:

1. Hilarious
2. Almost suspiciously amazing

Did Google always know the Pixel 6 series was going to be problematic, and are the gifts trying to buy your happiness and patience?

All these suspiciously amazing deals bring me to the original question I had. Are Google’s incredibly generous deals and gifts a way to compensate for what the company knows to be buggy devices, or is Google just ready to sell some phones at a loss on the way to establishing itself as a serious player? Xiaomi is known to do the latter.Of course, we can’t know the answer to this question. However, I can give you two perfectly different perspectives on the fact that Google gave away so many gifts and good deals for the buggy Pixel 6 series:

The first one is my perspective as a Pixel 6 Pro owner who also happens to be a tech enthusiast. I think the pair of Bose 700 headphones I received absolutely doesn’t make up for the buggy phone I bought for €900, which stayed buggy for 10 whole months (things seem to be getting better with Android 13, but we’ll talk about that in a future story).

My cousin, on the other hand, who, as I mentioned, paid €650 for a Pixel 6 and a pair of the latest at the time Bose QC II, was more than willing to tolerate the totally broken fingerprint reader on his Pixel 6, which Google took about a month to fix. He loves his Bose headphones and uses them all the time, so whatever Google’s intention was, it seems like the gifts bought his happiness and patience. I told him he could return the phone, but he didn’t want to. Despite the inconsistent performance from the Pixel 6, he thought he was getting good value.

Pixel 7 series: Is it worth pre-ordering a potentially buggy phone in exchange for a pair of earphones and a good trade-in deal?

I know that’s a very personal and even a family-centric story, but I actually like the fact that I can work with practical examples here.

See, my mum and aunt happen to be using a Galaxy S9 and an iPhone 8 right now. Both of them want and frankly need a new phone at this point. My aunt says the iPhone 8’s poor battery life and low storage are getting harder to ignore, and my mum’s Galaxy S9 (which, as you can imagine, I have to use sometimes) is a laggy mess – no nicer way to put it.Of course, they aren’t up to date with the latest and greatest on smartphones, which means I had an important decision to make on behalf of them: Do I recommend a Pixel 6A, which they could effectively get for as low as €200 ( Galaxy S9 trade-in and the free Pixel Buds A) and €120 (iPhone 8 trade-in and the free Pixel Buds A), or do I make the wiser choice of not repeating a potential Pixel mistake again?

I chose the latter.

Now, will Google continue the trend of incredible gift bundles, trade-in deals, and buggy flagships? We won’t have to wait for too long to find out, as the Pixel 7 series has already passed through the FFC, meaning a launch is imminent.

The good news for now and Google’s only hope remains Android 13. As hinted above, I’ve installed the update on my Pixel 6 Pro, which now seems to be more stable than ever. I’ll give myself another week or so just to make sure how fixed the Pixel 6 Pro isand then I’ll tell you all about it in a new story. Until then, I would think twice about Google’s awesome deals.

Apple Employees Reportedly Petitioning Against Plan to Return to Office 3x Per Week

Apple employees are reportedly petitioning against the company’s plan to require workers to return to in-person work at the office three days a week starting next month.

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Earlier this month, Apple informed corporate employees that they must return to the office for three days a week starting early next month. The current plan will require staff to come to the office on Tuesday, Thursday, and a third day of the week that will vary by team.

According to a new report from the Financial Times, a growing number of employees at Apple are reportedly unhappy with the new plan, instead advocating for “location flexible work.” The report cites a petition formed by the group “Apple Together” that’s making its way around Apple and gaining signatures. Apple has been eager to get employees back to in-person work for some time. Apple’s CEO, Tim Cookhas defended Apple’s eagerness to return to the office to protect the “in-person collaboration that is so essential to our culture.”

Apple Together counters that a “uniform mandate from senior leadership” fails to respect the “many compelling reasons” why some employees are “happier and more productive” working outside of traditional office arrangements.

The group is demanding that Apple allows employees to work with their “immediate manager” to decide their working arrangements, and that they should not be subject to “high-level approvals” and “complex procedures” or have to provide private information.

The petition says that Apple “should encourage, not prohibit, flexible work” where employees can “feel comfortable to ‘think different’ together.” Apple’s current plan to have employees working in-person at the office three days a week starts on September 5.

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STMicro Q2 2022 Net Revenue up 28.3% YoY Driven by Increase in Semi Content, Automotive Demand

Net revenue grew 28.3% YoY as the company recorded decent growth in all product groups and subgroups. Gross margin of 47.4% came in above the norm due to favorable pricing and improved product mix.

STMicro recorded net revenues of $3.84 billion for Q2 2022, primarily driven by the strong demand from factory automation, robotics and industrial infrastructure and automotive sectors.

STMicro is teaming up with 20+ car makers in power train electrification using its silicon carbide (SiC) MOSFET. Automotive market continued to see strong demand in Q2, with the ongoing electrification and digitalization transformation across the supply chain and automotive industry.

STMicro Q2 2022 Net Revenue up 28.3% YoY Driven by Increase in Semi Content, Automotive Demand

  • Automotive: Strong demand was seen in Q2 across the automotive supply chain due to the ongoing electrification and digitalization of the industry. Between the automotive and industrial markets, STMicro has around 102 projects spread over 77 customers. Multiple wins have been recorded in silicon carbide (SiC), power module and other electrical vehicle-related applications for Tier 1 automotive manufacturers. The Volkswagen Trinity project is a collaborative effort between Volkswagen Group and STMicro that aims to address multiple applications with new zonal architectures by adding an MCU and system-on-chip.
  • Industry: This sector has seen a tremendous increase in semiconductor content due to the increase in digitalization, power management and efficiency in devices and systems. Design wins have been seen in intelligent power switches, MOSFETs and wireless charging solutions.
  • Consumer electronics and PCs: This segment has shown some signs of softening. STMicro is focusing on selected high-volume smartphone applications and multiple design wins for wireless charging solutions in smartphones and smartwatches. Some of the consumer application design wins include a pressure sensor for hard disks, time-of-flight senses for laptopsand MasterGaN family for high-power-density charging adapters.

Revenue segment

  • Automotive and Discrete Group (ADG) revenues increased 35.1% on growth in both automotive and power discrete. ADG has seen increased capability in manufacturing.
  • Analog, MEMS and Sensors group (AMS) revenues grew 11.3% on higher analog, MEMS and imaging product sales.
  • Microcontrollers and Digital ICs Group (MDG) revenues increased 39.5% on growth in both microcontrollers and RF communications.

Company forecast

  • Revenues: Q3 2022 net revenues will be around $4.24 billion at mid-point, growing 32.6% YoY and 10.5% QoQ. Also, for the full year of 2022, revenues are expected to be in the range of $15.9 billion-$16.2 billion, driven by the strong demand in ADG. ADG and MDG will register growth, but AMS will be affected by tight capacity.
  • Demand and supply: Strong customer demand and planned investments will increase capacity in 2022. Manufacturing capacity for some products is fully saturated by the strong demand from factory automation, robotics and industrial infrastructure and automotive sectors. Backlog visibility is now above 18 months and well above the company’s current and planned manufacturing capacity through 2023.
  • Capex and investment: : Capex in Q2 2022 was $809 million compared to $438 million in Q2 2021. For 2022, capex investment is expected to be in the range of $3.4 billion-$3.6 billion. Financial support from France for the 300-mm wafer fab in Crolles will result in a high-volume manufacturing plant ranging from 90nm to 28nm and covering embedded non-volatile memory, RF mixed signal and other technologies.

Key takeaways

  • In the long term, the 300-mm semiconductor manufacturing facility will be a major enabler for ST’s $20-billion-plus revenue ambition. The new fab in Italy will ramp up the production of SiC and GaN products in H1 2023.
  • High-volume applications such as smartphonescommunication equipment, computers and 5G infrastructure products have resulted in an increase in semiconductor content per device. In the long term, power-related semiconductor and analog content will further increase as more and more people are embracing EVs and 5G-related equipment.
  • STMicro continues to drive design wins for car electrification, and with the increase in the use of silicon carbide, the revenue target is expected to reach $1 billion by 2023.
  • STMicro’s major growth driver in 2023 will be the automotive segment through the company’s alliance with Volkswagen Group.

Public Health: Tech a formidable ally against TB

Tuberculosis (TB) is one of India’s foremost public health problems. As per World Health Organization (WHO) estimates, India has the highest burden of TB in the world. In 2021, the country witnessed a 19% upsurge in TB cases over the previous year. Despite having an aggressive TB control program in place, drug resistance has led to the country witnessing a sharp increase in the number of cases over the last decade.

According to recent estimates, 75% of drug-resistant TB (DR-TB) cases remain undiagnosed, with such patients actively transmitting the disease. Diagnosing DR-TB at an early stage is a major challenge, as it can take up to three months to detect it using existing approaches. This is where genome sequencing comes in, as it enables early and accurate diagnosis of such diseases and helps cut the costs of diagnosis and therapy.

HaystackAnalytics, a MedTech startup based out of Mumbai, is leveraging genomics for simplified analytics that doctors can use for better clinical outcomes.

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Through its Intel Startup Program, Intel collaborated with HaystackAnalytics to create the first edge computing device (aBox) for genomics-based Drug Susceptibility Testing (DST) for TB. Compared to traditional diagnostic techniques, it reduces testing time by up to 80%, cuts patient costs by up to 50% and does away with the need for molecular diagnostic labs to update infrastructure or reskill staff. Moreover, while current methods use 11 different tests to detect resistance to 13 drugs over a few months, genomics can provide a drug resistance profile for 18 antibiotics through one test in 10-15 days. Significantly, the aBox reduces the time needed for the analysis of the whole genome, which currently takes a few days, to less than 15 minutes.

A comprehensive one-test solution, the automated aBox is loaded with WTB Software, which provides antibiotic profiling for suspected DR-TB cases within 15 minutes. W-Suite is a genomic data analysis, inferencing, and clinical report generation platform intended to enable rapid and comprehensive clinical decisions, while substantially reducing the risk of mis-diagnosis. Moreover, the platform will also be able to use the genomic data to pre-empt disease outbreaks.

“At Intel, we are continuously working on technological innovations for the betterment of humanity. Through the Intel Startup Program, we help deep-tech startups with access to relevant technology platforms, mentoring and ecosystem connection for developing and scaling innovative solutions in key areas of healthcare, retail, industry 4.0, etc. HaystackAnalytics is one such startup. Through its innovation, it is boosting the fight against communicable diseases like tuberculosis. Their plug-and-play genome sequencing solution built on Intel platform allows diagnostic labs to deliver technology-centric diagnosis for general patient consumption at scale. It also promises a faster turnaround time for genomic analytics, at a significantly lower cost,” said Nivruti Rai, country head, Intel India and VP, Intel Foundry Services.

On the development of genome sequencing, she said, “About 20 years ago, the first reference human genome was sequenced using automated machines the size of phone booths. Today, it can be done with a small form factor device. Alongside the advancements in computing and storage, the cost of genome sequencing has come down rapidly and today it can be done for less than $100, as against a few million dollars in the early 2000s.”

Conventionally, the process of genome sequencing is long, taking anything from 72 hours to as long as 30 days. Co-developed with Intel, HaystackAnalytics’ unique computing hardware has brought the processing time down to less than 36 hours and has made the genomics data available to users. Powered by Intel Vtune Analyzer (software toolkit) and Intel-optimized genomic software packages, it has yielded a 25% performance improvement and enabled genomic analysis on an Intel Core processor, thus reducing the capex cost by 50%.

Anirvan Chatterjee, co-founder & CEO, HaystackAnalytics, said, “Intel has taken a leap in computing technology for genomics and been a game changer in the field. Their expertise in core memory and computing optimization, specifically for handling genomic data processing algorithms, has enabled us to develop the genomic analysis software and reduce the overall processing time by 80%. We have leveraged the Intel Startup Program to create a revolutionary new test, WID, with which we are able to take the entire genome sequencing workflow to hospital premises and provide a single test for all bacterial and fungal infections, along with detection of antimicrobial resistance. The aBox, in conjunction with Oxford Nanopore Sequencing and Haystack’s custom kit and software deployment, WID, is a culture-free test for diagnosing sepsis in less than 12 hours.”

Promising future

As per World Health Organization (WHO) estimates, India has the highest burden of TB in the world
In 2021, the country witnessed a 19% upsurge in TB cases over the previous year
By recent estimates, 75% of drug-resistant TB (DR-TB) cases remain undiagnosed and such patients actively transmit the disease
Intel collaborated with HaystackAnalytics to create the first edge computing device (aBox) for genomics-based Drug Susceptibility Testing (DST) for TB, which cuts testing time by up to 80% and patient costs by up to 50%

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Gurman: Apple Planning to Show Ads in Maps App Starting Next Year

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“I believe the engineering work is already underway to launch search ads in the Apple Maps app, and we should begin to see it be implemented sometime next year,” wrote Gurman, in the subscriber-only version of his “Power On” newsletter today.

Ads in the Apple Maps app would not be the traditional banner ads that you see on websites, but rather paid search results. For example, a fast food chain could pay Apple to appear near the top of the results when a user searches for “burgers” or “fries.” Many similar apps already offer search ads, including Google Maps, Waze, and Yelp.

Apple already displays search ads in the App Store, allowing developers to pay to promote their apps to users who search for relevant keywords. Apple is also planning to show ads in the App Store’s “Today” tab and in a new “You Might Also Like” section at the bottom of app listings, while banner ads are displayed in Apple’s News and Stocks apps.

Last week, Gurman said Apple is planning to significantly expand its advertising business over time. In his newsletter, he said that Apple’s advertising division is generating about $4 billion in revenue annually and that Apple’s advertising chief Todd Teresi wants to increase that figure to at least $10 billion per year over time.

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USDA Announces Another Phase of Assistance to Farmers Impacted by 2020, 2021 Disasters

The USDA announced another phase of assistance will be forthcoming to commodity and specialty crop producers impacted by natural disasters in 2020 and 2021.

More than 18,000 producers will soon receive new or updated pre-filled disaster applications to offset eligible crop losses. Approximately $6.4 billion has already been distributed to 165,000 producers through USDA’s Farm Service Agency’s (FSA) Emergency Relief Program (ERP).

FSA will begin mailing pre-filled applications in late August to producers who have potentially eligible losses and:

  • Received crop insurance indemnities for qualifying 2020 and 2021 disaster events after May 2, 2022.
  • Received crop insurance indemnities associated with Nursery, Supplemental Coverage Option (SCO), Stacked Income Protection Plan (STAX), Enhanced Coverage Option (ECO) and Margin Protection (MP) policies.
  • New primary policyholders not included in the initial insured producer Phase 1 mailing from May 25, 2022, because their claim records had not been filled.
  • Certain 2020 prevent plant losses related to qualifying 2020 disaster events that had only been recorded in crop insurance records as related to 2019 adverse weather events and, as such, were not previously provided in applications sent earlier this year.
  • New Substantial Beneficial Interest (SBI) records, including SBIs where tax identification numbers were corrected.

Producers are expected to receive assistance directly deposited into their bank account within three business days after they sign and return the pre-filled application to the FSA county office and the county office enters the application into the system.

Before applying any program payment factors or eligibility criteria, it is estimated that this next installment (phase) may generate about $756 million in assistance.

Emergency Relief Payments to Date
This emergency relief under ERP complements ERP assistance recently provided to more than 165,000 producers who had received crop insurance indemnities and Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) payments for qualifying losses. USDA has processed more than 255,000 applications for ERP, and to date, has made approximately $6.4 billion in payments to commodity and specialty crop producers to help offset eligible losses from qualifying 2020 and 2021 natural disasters. Also, earlier this year, staff processed more than 100,000 payments through the Emergency Livestock Relief Program (ELRP) and paid eligible producers more than $601.3 million for 2021 grazing losses within days of the program announcement.

Phase Two
The second phase of both ERP and ELRP will be aimed at filling gaps and providing assistance to producers who did not participate in or receive payments through the existing risk management programs that are being leveraged for phase one implementation. USDA will keep producers and stakeholders informed as program details are made available.

More Information
In addition, on Aug. 18, 2022, USDA published a technical correction to the
Notice of Funds Availability for ERP and ELRP to clarify how income from the sale of farm equipment and the provision of production inputs and services to farmers, ranchers, foresters, and farm operations are to be considered in the calculation of average adjusted gross farm income. Producers whose average adjusted gross farm income is at least 75% of the producer’s average Adjusted Gross Income can gain access to a higher payment limitation.

ERP and the previously announced ELRP are authorized by theExtending Government Funding and Delivering Emergency Assistance Actwhich President Biden signed into law in 2021. The law provided $10 billion to help agricultural producers impacted by wildfires, droughts, hurricanes, winter storms and other eligible disasters experienced during calendar years 2020 and 2021.

For more information on ERP and ELRP eligibility, program provisions for historically underserved producers as well as Frequently Asked Questions, producers can visit FSA’s Emergency Relief webpage. A new public-facing dashboardon the ERP webpage has information on ERP payments that can be sorted by crop type – specialty or non-specialty – specific commodities and state. FSA will update the dashboard every Monday.

Additional USDA disaster assistance information can be found onfarmers.govincluding theDisaster Assistance Discovery Tool ,Disaster-at-a-Glance fact sheetandFarm Loan Discovery Tool. For FSA and Natural Resources Conservation Service programs, producers should contact their localUSDA Service Center. For assistance with a crop insurance claim, producers and landowners should contact theircrop insurance agent.

Sources: USDANAFB

World’s fastest supercomputer debuts at ORNL

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Oak Ridge National Laboratory celebrated the debut of Frontier, the world's fastest supercomputer and the dawn of the exascale computing era, last Wednesday, Aug.  17, 2022. Standing in front of Frontier is retiring ORNL Director Thomas Zacharia.

Frontier’s record-setting performance was reportedly made possible through a public-private team.

US Deputy Secretary of Energy David Turk, US Department of Energy Office of Science Director Asmeret Asefaw Berhe and US Rep. Chuck Fleischmann, R-Third District, joined ORNL Director Thomas Zacharia, ORNL Site Office Director Johnny Moore and computing vendor partners Lisa Su, chair and chief executive officer of AMD, and Antonio Neri, president and CEO of HPE, to congratulate the public- private team on Wednesday.

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5 reasons to replace your old router

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Your router is responsible for sending Wi-Fi signals to your phone, laptop, smart TV, security cameras and more. It has a big job.

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Your router plays a crucial role in network security, too. It’s bad news should someone hack into your router. Tap or click for a free check to see if yours has been compromised.

There’s a limit to what your old router can do, no matter how well you take care of it. Do you need a new router? Read on to find out and get help choosing the right one for your home.

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Wireless router with three antennas and cable connected. Man using smartphone in background
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4 QUICK CYBERSECURITY STEPS EVERYONE MUST TAKE RIGHT NOW

1. Your old router is easier to hack

Your router may be doing a fine job keeping you connected to the internet, but is it keeping you safe? The latest security standard is WPA-3, released back in 2018. Any router that uses WPA-2 encryption needs to be replaced.

Run an encryption check on your router. Go to your router’s admin menu. Under the Wireless or Security menu, you’ll see the encryption status. Need help? Tap or click for the steps to do this on my site.

If your router is not WPA3 compatible, WPA2-PSK AES is the next most secure option. It’s also a sign you need to get a new router. I’ll tell you how to choose the best router below.

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2. You’re missing out

When buying a router, you might as well future-proof your network. More and more devices support Wi-Fi 6, but that doesn’t mean a thing if your router doesn’t.

Wi-Fi 6 significantly improves two critical categories: speed and range.

Homes with a lot of connected technology — phones, computers, smart TVs, printers, smart speakers, and smart home devices — put a definite strain on a network. Wi-Fi 6 routers can easily handle 50 devices or more.

There’s something even better than Wi-Fi 6, although not many devices can use it yet. Wi-Fi 6 uses the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz bands, while Wi-Fi 6e operates on the 6 GHz band. You’ll find this tech built into many mesh networks.

Location, location, location: Where to put your router for better speeds

3. Your signal is weak in certain spots

Your home should have a consistent, speedy network. A single router works fine for small spaces, but what about multiple rooms and floors?

Mesh networks are more popular and affordable than ever. Rather than relying on one router, a mesh network adds satellite modules around your home, blanketing the entire area with coverage.

These systems usually come in sets of two or more units that work together. As far as your gadgets are concerned, the Wi-Fi mesh is one big continuous network that eliminates poor coverage, dead spots, and buffering.

Internet out? Before you unplug everything, read this: The only way tech pros reboot their routers.

Home internet connection.  A wlan router on desk with notebook in background.

Home internet connection. A wlan router on desk with notebook in background.
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4. Your devices need more juice

How old is your router? Routers that only support 2.4 GHz frequencies are dinosaurs.

Single-band routers only use the 2.4 GHz band and one wireless signal.

Dual-band routers use 2.4 and 5 GHz bands to transmit two simultaneous wireless signals, providing better performance.

Tri-band routers typically have 2.4 and 5 GHz bands and an additional 5 or 6 GHz band to transmit three total wireless signals.

Single-band routers need to be replaced. A dual-band router that supports 2.4 and 5 GHz will do the job for homes with less than five connected devices. Get a tri-band router that supports three signals for homes with more than five connected devices.

5. How to choose a new router

I always get requests from folks looking for help choosing a router. It’s tough if you have no idea what to look for. There are pages for sale on Amazon with prices ranging from $20 to over $1,000.

Good news: My team and I did the hard work for you. Take our patented router quiz. Answer a few questions, and we will recommend the best router for your home that gives you the best security and fastest speeds. It only takes a minute or so.

The bottom line is this: Replacing the router is a must if your connection is spotty, isn’t equipped with the latest security standards, or is more than three years old.

Tap or click here to take our quick router-finder quiz. You’ll be glad you did!

NEW YORK, USA - MAY 01, 2020: Police officers performing their duties on the streets of Manhattan.  Amazon Ring: Amazon

NEW YORK, USA – MAY 01, 2020: Police officers performing their duties on the streets of Manhattan. Amazon Ring: Amazon
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price in India, specs, design

With the introduction of their most recent smartphone, the Vivo V25 Pro, Vivo has once more heightened competition in the sub-Rs 40,000 market. The MediaTek Dimensity 1300 SoC, which competes with the MediaTek Dimensity 8100 in the OnePlus 10R, powers this new Vivo phone. Both devices are priced under Rs 40,000, with each one offering a unique selling point. In this post, we’ll compare the specs, cost, and designs of the Vivo V25 Pro with the OnePlus 10R (review). So let’s get started without further ado.

Vivo V25 Pro vs OnePlus 10R: price in India

MODEL VARIANT PRICE
Vivo V25 Pro 8GB/128GB Rs 35,999
12GB/256GB Rs 39,999
OnePlus 10R 8GB/128GB Rs 38,999
12GB/256GB Rs 42,999

The Vivo V25 Pro is available in two memory configurations, including 8GB RAM and 128GB storage, and 12GB RAM and 256GB storage. Pricing for the base variant starts at Rs 35,999 and goes up to Rs 39,999 for the top-end model. The phone is available in two shades, Pure Black and Sailing Blue.

The OnePlus 10R is available in two storage options: 8GB RAM and 128GB storage priced at Rs 38,999, and 12GB RAM and 256GB storage at Rs 42,999. It is available in Sierra Black and Forrest Green color options.

Where to buy Vivo V25 Pro and OnePlus 10R?

In terms of availability, the Vivo V25 Pro is available on Flipkartwhile the OnePlus 10R is offered through Amazon in India. Both smartphone models are available for purchase through the respective brands’ e-stores and dedicated brand offline retail stores as well as other multi-chain retail outlets like Reliance Digital and Croma.

Vivo V25 Pro vs OnePlus 10R: specifications, features, and design

Design

The Vivo V25 Pro features a color-changing back design that has also been used on previous Vivo smartphones. The innovative three-step camera module with the Vivo logo underneath is what’s new. Due to the curved display on the device, Vivo also tapered the rear panel in an effort to provide a symmetrical device. The phone’s volume rockers and power button are located on the right side, and the speaker grill, SIM card tray, and USB Type C connector are located on the bottom.

Vivo V25 Pro 5G

The OnePlus 10R, on the other hand, has a boxy, flat-edged appearance. The bottom-right corner of the rear panel features the OnePlus logo, while the top features a triple camera arrangement with an LED flash nestled within a square island. It includes a volume rocker on the left and a power button on the right. A SIM slot, a speaker grill, and a USB Type-C connector are located at the bottom. Classic OnePlus Alert Slider, the company’s switch to change between Ring, Silent, and Vibrate, has also been abandoned in favor of a bigger battery.

Display

The Vivo V25 Pro flaunts a 6.56-inch Full HD+ AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate and 300Hz touch sampling rate. We get a curved panel here, that comes with HDR10+ certification and supports HDR streaming on all the leading OTT platforms. The panel here can only switch between the 60Hz or 120Hz refresh mode and does not support variable refresh rates compared to the OnePlus 10R.

In comparison, the OnePlus 10R is using a 6.7-inch E4 10-bit AMOLED display with a Full HD+ resolution. OnePlus refers to this panel as ‘Fluid Display,’ which means that the panel can dynamically switch between 60, 90, and 120Hz refresh rates. This panel also gets the HDR10+ certification and can play the HDR content on all major OTT platforms.

Processor, RAM, and Storage

The Dimensity 1300, MediaTek’s most recent upper mid-range processor, powers the Vivo V25 Pro. When compared to the previous generation chip, this new chip promises to produce superior thermal performance and boost overall efficiency by a small margin. The phone is available in two memory configurations: 8GB LPDDR4X RAM and 128GB UFS3.1 storage, and a 12GB RAM and 256GB storage option.

The OnePlus 10R, in contrast, comes in two RAM variants and is also powered by the MediaTek Dimensity 8100 SoC. The phone is available in two memory configurations: 8GB LPDDR5 RAM and 128GB UFS3.1 storage, & the top-end 12GB RAM and 256GB storage model.

Cameras

On the back, the Vivo V25 Pro features a triple camera setup. Vivo has used the same camera setup that was found on the vanilla V23 smartphone from last year. We get to see a 64MP main sensor with an f/1.89 aperture, OIS, and EIS capability, as well as an 8MP ultrawide angle lens and a 2MP macro sensor with a dual-LED flash. The 32MP camera on the phone is in charge of selfies.

OnePlus-10R

In contrast, the OnePlus 10R has a triple rear camera setup, which the company has now used on a number of handsets. We get to see the main 50MP Sony IMX766 sensor with OIS, along with an 8MP ultra-wide lens, and a 2MP macro sensor. A 16MP snapper on the front takes care of selfies and video calling needs.

Connectivity

In terms of connectivity, the Vivo v25 Pro comes with dual-band 4G and 5G support, dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.2, GPS, USB Type-C for data transfer, and an in-display fingerprint sensor for added security. It is powered by the latest Android 12 operating system with Vivo’s FunTouchOS skin on top.

The OnePlus 10R, on the other hand, includes 4G, 5G, Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.2, GPS, NFC, VC cooling, Dolby Atmos, and a USB Type-C connector. It also gets an in-display fingerprint sensor and face unlock setup for added security. It comes with the latest Android 12 build with OnePlus’s OxygenOS 12.1 custom skin on top.

Battery

The Vivo V25 Pro draws its power from a substantially large 4,830mAh battery that supports a 66W FlashCharge fast charging setup. On the hand, the OnePlus 10R gets its fuel from a 4,500mAh/5,000mAh battery that supports SuperVooC 150W/80W fast charging.

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