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    In this release of insider information: Nokia will release a new push-button phone with KaiOS; Samsung will "pump" the Galaxy Watch smartwatch with useful features; the expected characteristics of the flagship GeForce RTX 3080 Ti video card are published.

    Nokia will release a new push-button phone with KaiOS

    Nokia will release a new push-button phone with KaiOS

    According to insiders, Nokia is preparing to expand its assortment of push-button smartphones by adding Nokia 150 and Nokia 130 dialers with another model, the Nokia 125. Network informants claim that in the near future the company plans to introduce a new gadget, which will cost only about €20. For comparison, the cost of the Nokia 150 was €26, and Nokia 130 at the start of sales cost customers €19.

    The source does not provide technical characteristics of the new product, but assumes that it is a basic device with a minimal set of functions. Presumably, the new product will not even get KaiOS and will be designed exclusively for calls and sending text messages.

    The date of the announcement of the Nokia 125 by the manufacturer has not yet been announced.

    Samsung will "pump" the new Galaxy Watch smartwatch with useful features

    Samsung will "pump" the new Galaxy Watch smartwatch with useful featuresSamsung will "pump" the new Galaxy Watch smartwatch with useful features

    Already several leaks have confirmed the plans of South Korean Samsung to present the next generation of branded smartwatches in the Galaxy Watch, or Galaxy Watch Active line. In the documents of one of the Chinese regulators, references were made to two models of previously not presented gadgets with the code numbers SM-R840 and SM-R850, which may indicate the presence of two versions: with a case diameter of 40 and 44 or 42 and 46 millimeters.

    According to the documentation, the gadget will receive 8 GB of internal memory (twice as much as its predecessor) and a 330 mAh battery (versus 247 mAh for previous-generation models). The presentation of smart watches may take place in August, the expected price of the device is not reported.

    The expected characteristics of the flagship GeForce RTX 3080 Ti video card have been published

    The expected characteristics of the flagship GeForce RTX 3080 Ti video card have been published

    Another leak related to the GeForce RTX 3080 Ti video card revealed previously unknown details about the specifications of the upcoming new product. According to industry informants, a graphics adapter based on a 7-nm GPU GA100 chip can get up to 8192 CUDA cores. In addition, 256 RT cores, 1024 tensor cores, and a clock frequency of up to 1750 MHz are reported. At the same time, the source also provides characteristics of other models of the "three-thousandth" line.

    If the information turns out to be correct, a series of "green" video cards in the next generation will see a significant increase in performance, including in terms of RTX effects. The release of the senior representative of the series is rumored to take place in the fourth quarter of 2020. The possible cost of new products remains unknown.



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