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Huawei P30 Pro vs. Galaxy S10 Plus: A race for top Android phone – CNET

If the Galaxy S10 Plus is the first great phone of 2019, then Huawei wants its new P30 Pro to be even better. Huawei’s ambitions are well-known. In January, the CEO of Huawei’s consumer business, Richard Yu, said the company plans to snatch Samsung’s coveted title as world’s largest smartphone brand by the end of 2020,…

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If the Galaxy S10 Plus is the first great phone of 2019, then Huawei wants its new P30 Pro to be even better. Huawei’s ambitions are well-known. In January, the CEO of Huawei’s consumer business, Richard Yu, said the company plans to snatch Samsung’s coveted title as world’s largest smartphone brand by the end of 2020, or “this year at the soonest.” That desire to displace Samsung as No. 1 means that the P30 Pro isn’t just any flagship phone. It’s a flagship phone with a mission.
Our job today is to see how the Huawei P30 Pro stacks up against the Galaxy S10 Plus. Keep in mind that while the entire Galaxy S10 family has been tested and reviewed (including the S10 Plus and Galaxy S10E), we’ve only had limited time with the P30 Pro, so we’ll be limited to educated guesswork until we can truly compare the two side by side.
In addition to the P30 Pro, Huawei also introduced the Huawei P30, which is a little smaller and has fewer frills. And now, let’s this comparison show on the road. (You’ll see a full specs match-up at the end.)

Screen size and resolution
Mate 30 Pro: 6.47-inch OLED; 2,340×1,080 pixelsGalaxy S10 Plus: 6.4-inch OLED; 3,040×1,440 pixels
The screen sizes are pretty similar, but it’s interesting to point out that the resolutions are not. The P30 Pro has a lower resolution covering a larger screen. That makes pixel density on the Galaxy S10 Plus higher — 522 ppi compared to 398 ppi. That’d be shocking if it weren’t for the fact that the S10 Plus uses a 2,280×1,080-pixel resolution right out of the box. It only gets sharper if you change it in the setting, and the majority of people don’t. If you’re one who would, then Samsung has the advantage here, in theory at least.

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In-screen fingerprint scanner: Ultrasonic versus optical
Both the P30 Pro and Galaxy S10 Plus have in-screen fingerprint readers that let you unlock the phone, but they use different technologies to get you in. Samsung is the first to embrace Qualcomm’s ultrasonic fingerprint sensor, which uses sound waves to unlock the phone (see the video for a fuller explanation). 
Huawei, meanwhile, takes the more traditional approach with an optical fingerprint sensor, an approach that basically takes a photo of your finger. Qualcomm says that method is slower and less secure, but I haven’t had a lot of luck accurately unlocking the S10 or S10 Plus on the first try. That said, other optical in-screen fingerprint scanners have also been touch and go, so it’s uncertain if the P30 Pro’s technique is faster. All will become clear after days of using it dozens of times a day.
The in-screen fingerprint reader uses an optical sensor.
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Headphone jack wars: How much do you really want one?
If using your wired headphones is important to you, then the P30 Pro is going to drop a notch in your estimation. Huawei blessed the regular P30 with the headphone jack, not the Pro variety, citing that the designers wanted to create more space for a larger battery. In contrast, all three Galaxy S10s have the port. We’ll see if next year’s phones hang on or follow the trend of nixing the jack.
Four rear cameras versus three
Last year’s Huawei P20 Pro wowed with three rear cameras on the back. What seemed extravagant and almost excessive a year ago, is practically the norm in 2019. Samsung’s Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus share three cameras on the back and two on the front. Huawei tops it with four, one of which is a 3D camera designed to improve portrait photos.
The P30 Pro phones have two unusual camera lenses on the back.
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Huawei P30 Pro: 

40-megapixel “SuperSpectrum” lens
20-megapixel ultra wide-angle lens  
8-megapixel 5x optical periscope zoom lens
Time-of-flight (TOF) sensor to measure distance
Front facing camera: 32 megapixels

Galaxy S10 Plus:

12-megapixel wide-angle lens
16-megapixel ultra-wide-angle lens
12-megapixel telephoto lens with 2x zoom
Front facing camera: 10 and 8 megapixels

Read now: Galaxy S10 Plus v. Huawei P30 Pro: Camera showdown
Huawei’s SuperSpectrum lens refers to its decision to swap the RGB (red, green, blue) pixels for RYB (red, yellow, blue). Green filters make images appear darker, Huawei says, which is why it opted for a brighter yellow pixel. It’s an interesting approach, and one whose effect we’ll have to keep an eye on in the whole spectrum of camera scenarios.
The P30 Pro has an impressive zoom range.
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While Huawei’s is claiming tighter zoom, try not to get overworked about megapixel count. Remember that more isn’t always better, and that how much light effectively enters the lens and how photos are processed has a lot of bearing on the image quality when all is said and done.
Dedicated camera night mode strikes back
Where Huawei does gain the upper hand is with the dedicated night mode for its camera. We’ve used this on previous phones including the Mate 20 and P20 devices. Although it takes about 5 seconds to process, the image you get even in an almost pitch-black bar is much clearer, brighter and  more detailed than what the Galaxy S10 Plus produces with no standalone night mode feature. 
The lack of a dedicated night mode wouldn’t keep me from buying the S10 Plus, but wanting those shots might push someone toward the P30 phones, or the unconfirmed Pixel 4 if they want to wait until October. Google’s Pixel 3 and Pixel 3XL also have a separate night mode called Night Sight, and the results are phenomenal.

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Price and sale date
The Huawei P30 Pro is on sale now, but you won’t find it in the US, where Huawei is feeling political heat. That gives Samsung the advantage there, where its three Galaxy S10 phones sell widely across carriers. However, the P30 Pro will sell in other locations globally.
Huawei’s P30 Pro pricing is neck and neck with the Galaxy S10 Plus in the UK, where both elite phones start at £899 for the 128GB version. In Australia, the Pro is AU$100 more than the Galaxy S10 Plus (AU$1,599 versus AU$1,499). If the P30 Pro were to sell in the US, the converted price is almost $200 more than Samsung’s phone.
At any rate, the two are more or less on par, with our early camera tests favoring Huawei’s low-light shots and zoom.
Specs: New Huawei P30 Pro vs Galaxy S10 Plus
Huawei P30 Pro versus Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus

Huawei P30 Pro

Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus

Display size, resolution

6.47-inch OLED; 2,340×1,080 pixels

6.4-inch AMOLED; 3,040×1,440 pixels

Pixel density

398ppi

522ppi

Dimensions (Inches)

6.2 x 2.9 x 0.3

6.20 x 2.92 x 0.31 in

Dimensions (Millimeters)

158 x 73.4 x 8.4mm

157.6 x 74.1 x 7.8 mm

Weight (Ounces, Grams)

6.8 oz; 192g

6.17 oz.; 175 g

Mobile software

Android 9.0 with EMIU 9.1

Android 9.0 with Samsung One UI

Camera

40-megapixel (standard), 20-megapixel (ultra wide), 8-megapixel 5X optical periscope zoom, TOF (time of flight) sensor

12-megapixel (wide-angle), 16-megapixel (ultra wide-angle), 12-megapixel (telephoto)

Front-facing camera

32-megapixel

10-megapixel, 8-megapixel

Video capture

4K

4K

Processor

Kirin 980 processor

Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 855

Storage

128GB, 256GB, 512GB

128GB, 512GB, 1TB

RAM

8GB

8GB, 12GB

Expandable storage

Up to 256GB with proprietary NM card

Up to 512GB

Battery

4,200mAh

4,100mAh

Fingerprint sensor

In-screen (optical)

In-screen

Connector

USB-C

USB-C

Headphone jack

No

Yes

Special features

Camera night mode, 40w Huawei SuperCharge, 15w wireless charging, reverse charging, IP68 water resistance

Wireless PowerShare; hole punch screen notch; water resistant (IP68); Fast Wireless Charging 2.0

Price off-contract (USD)

Converts to about $1,190 (128GB); $1,450 (512GB)

$1,000

Price (GBP)

£899 (128GB); £1,099 (512GB)

£899

Price (AUD)

AU$1,599

AU$1,499

Published March 26 at 9:22 a. m. PTUpdate, 1:45 p.m. PT: Added new linksUpdate, March 27, 7:38 a.m. PT: Added new video.Update, March 28 at 3 p.m. PT

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Apple Watch Series 6 vs. Fitbit Sense: Top smartwatches go head to head – CNET

The Apple Watch Series 6 and Fitbit Sense are top smartwatches that can help keep an eye on your fitness levels and act as a phone alternative on your wrist. Both also have an electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG — Apple uses ECG) app, track workouts, sleep and blood oxygen levels, but they’re different in the…

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The Apple Watch Series 6 and Fitbit Sense are top smartwatches that can help keep an eye on your fitness levels and act as a phone alternative on your wrist. Both also have an electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG — Apple uses ECG) app, track workouts, sleep and blood oxygen levels, but they’re different in the way they go about doing these things. To help you decide which is right for you, I’ve compared them on everything from fitness tracking to battery life and overall performance. If you have an Android phone, the Fitbit is your only option, but both work with iOS devices, making the decision trickier if you have an iPhone. After two weeks of wearing these watches, I can tell you that there is no one-size-fits-all option. If you want the best overall smartwatch, with seamless fitness tracking and safety features, get the $399 (£379, AU$599) Apple Watch. If you want the most robust sleep tracking, temperature sensor and the best battery life, get the $329 (£299, AU$499) Fitbit Sense.

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The latest Apple Watch has a robust set of fitness tracking features, an FDA-cleared ECG, blood oxygen tracking and all the responsiveness you could want from a smartwatch. It’s also the better option if you need built-in LTE to use your watch without your iPhone nearby.

Read the Apple Watch review.

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The Fitbit Sense also offers an FDA-cleared ECG, strong sleep tracking, a temperature sensor and a stress tracking sensor. Unlike the Apple Watch, it also works with Android, has plenty of third-party watch faces to choose from, and offers the better battery life of the two watches.

Read the Fitbit Sense review.

Both are comfortable to wear, with familiar designsThe Series 6 looks like every other Apple Watch that has come before it, with a square face available in two sizes (either 40 or 44mm) plus a digital crown and side button. The Sense looks like a higher-end Versa and comes in just one 40mm size with a stainless steel rim around the square face, but instead of a physical button, it has an indentation on the side that vibrates when pressed and can be used to control the screen. While the Fitbit is physically larger than the 40mm Apple Watch, the actual screen size is only a hair bigger than the Apple Watch because of the bezels. The Apple Watch also has bezels around the screen, although they’re slimmer than those on the Sense. Each watch has a color, always-on screen that’s easy to see in broad daylight, although I found the Apple Watch takes the edge for overall brightness when glancing down at my wrist during an outdoor workout.  The Sense has many more watch faces to choose from than the Apple Watch, including third-party ones. However, you can further customize some Apple Watch faces to include complications, which are similar to shortcuts: They can display information such as weather or calendar appointments at a glance. Both also have different colors and hardware finishes to choose from. Straps on both are easy to swap in and out with quick release buttons and you can change up the look with a wide variety of bands including leather, woven and silicone options.
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Fitbit has added sensors, but you may not need them Each watch can scan for potential signs of a heart condition called atrial fibrillation or aFib with their ECG apps. Place your finger on the digital crown for 30 seconds on the Apple Watch, while you place your index and thumb on the opposite corners of the Fitbit Sense for the same amount of time to take a reading.  You can share results from both with your doctor. See where the ECG is available around the world on the Apple Watch and on the Fitbit Sense. Each watch can also monitor for signs of high or low heart rate and notify you accordingly. ECG on the Fitbit Sense
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Both can also track SpO2, or blood oxygen saturation, while you sleep. Check levels in the Health app on your iPhone for the Apple Watch, or wait for the Fitbit to calculate your nightly average on the SpO2 watch-face about an hour after waking up. It’s also displayed in the sleep section within the Fitbit app as a graph, but will only show variations throughout the night and not exact percentages. The Apple Watch also lets you take a spot check of SpO2 and takes background readings throughout the day — the Fitbit doesn’t have an on-demand reading. Neither one of these watches are intended to be used as medical devices and may not be as accurate as a traditional pulse oximeter which is what doctors use to measure SpO2.  Fitbit’s watch has two additional sensors that the Apple Watch lacks: a temperature sensor that measures variations in skin temperature throughout the night, and an EDA or electrodermal activity sensor that uses sweat to determine stress levels. Changes in baseline temperature (like what’s monitored with the Sense) can indicate a number of different conditions like the onset of a fever or changes in menstrual cycle. 
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But as interesting as having all this data is, stress detection on the Sense in particular seems more like a work in progress than a fully fledged health feature at the moment. To take a measurement you first place your palm over the watch face for 2 minutes while the EDA sensor analyzes sweat levels. The watch then uses this metric, along with sleep, activity and heart rate variability data to calculate a stress score that can give you insight into how your body responds to stress. The problem is the Sense doesn’t give you any indication of what to do with a high or low stress management score, like getting more sleep or holding off on a strenuous workout. There are some guided meditations in the Fitbit app, but I’m not sure how effective they were at reducing my stress levels.  The daily Stress Management Score from the Fitbit Sense
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To access these guided meditations, as well as guided workouts, more nuanced health data sleep and temperature variations you will need to pay $10 a month for a Fitbit Premium account. Apple will soon roll out its $10 a month Fitness Plus service that offers workout classes to cast on your iPhone, iPad or Apple TV and sync directly to your Apple Watch. Both also offer native sleep tracking, but the Fitbit Sense has a lot more data about your sleep than the Apple Watch. Premium subscribers can get a breakdown of their sleep stages — like deep, REM and light — breathing rate, SpO2 and temperature variations culminating in a sleep score in the morning. The Apple Watch focuses more on establishing a healthy bedtime routine and mostly looks at duration of sleep which shows periods of awake time during the night as well as heart rate and SpO2 data. 

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The Apple Watch also has a fall detection feature that can call emergency services and contacts if you remain motionless after a hard fall. It also has noise level alerts, irregular heart rate alerts, VO2 max measurements and mobility metrics. And it’s also the only one that you can potentially give to kids or elderly relatives to keep an eye on their daily health data with Family Setup. Great fitness trackers, but HR is more accurate on the Apple Watch Each watch has a range of different exercises that it can track, on top of general metrics like steps and calories. The Apple Watch has over 40 different workouts to choose from while Fitbit has over 20 available that cover all the main options. Both watches also automatically detect certain workouts including walks and runs, so you get credit for your effort even if you forget to start a workout manually. They’re also water-resistant, allowing them to track swims. Both have built-in GPS so you can track the route of your outdoor workouts without bringing your phone, but the Sense takes around 10 seconds to acquire a signal outdoors while the Apple Watch is within 1 to 2 seconds. I did a 4-kilometer outdoor run on both and the distance and route were pretty much the same when I compared the Sense and Apple Watch results on a map. The Sense can show you what heart rate zone you’re in and encourage you to push harder (or back off).
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The Sense also shows you heart rate zones such as cardio, fat burn and peak, on the screen in real time. It can buzz as you enter different heart rate zones, which may be helpful if you’re trying to train at a particular intensity.  However, when I compared the heart rate tracking on the Apple Watch and Sense for an outdoor run against a chest strap, the standard for this type of metric during workouts, I noticed the Apple Watch kept up while the Sense often lagged behind by about 20 to 30 beats per minute. After around 10 to 15 minutes, the Sense caught up to the strap’s readings. After your workout, the watches break down your metrics in either the iPhone Fitness app (Apple Watch), or the Fitbit app (Sense). I love how clearly the Fitbit app presents your workout data, including splits and heart rate zones. The Apple Watch only gives you your range, splits and heart rate on a graph rather than breaking it down into zones.

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The Apple Watch has more smart features  While the Fitbit focuses on health tracking, the Apple Watch is the better package if you also want a designated smartwatch. You’ll get more third-party apps, much tighter integration with the iPhone and faster performance overall. On the Fitbit Sense, even minor tasks like changing watch faces or syncing apps can take 30 seconds or more to complete, whereas on the Apple Watch it’s almost instantaneous. Responding to notifications or text messages is easy on the Apple Watch: dictate, send a quick canned response, or scribble on the keyboard. You can also take calls from your wrist because the mic and speaker are decent quality. If you have an iPhone, the Sense won’t let you respond to notifications, but if you’re on Android you can either send a quick response or dictate a message. The same goes for phone calls — only Android users can make or answer calls from their wrist with the Sense as long as it’s in range of the phone. 
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The Apple Watch is the only one that has an LTE option for $100 more than the Wi-Fi only model (it costs $499 in the US) to take calls and stay connected without your phone nearby. Each has the option to use a voice assistant: Siri on the Apple Watch, or Alexa on the Fitbit Sense. Google Assistant support is coming at some stage on the Sense, although at the time of this review it hasn’t been activated on my watch. Put simply, Siri can do a lot more on the Apple Watch than Alexa on the Sense, like start a workout, send a text message or start a timer. Alexa is limited in what it can do, and it’s a lot slower, but it does let you control smart home devices if you have any. The Apple Watch also lets you control smart home devices with Siri. Finally, you can’t store your own music on the Fitbit Sense. Instead, you’re limited to downloading music for offline listening from Deezer or Pandora with a premium subscription. The Apple Watch on the other hand lets you store your own music (it has 32GB of storage) or download music from Apple Music for offline listening with a subscription. Battery life is a clear win for the Fitbit Sense With notifications from your phone, sleep tracking and the always-on display active, I was able to get a day and change out of the 40mm Apple Watch Series 6. You’ll need at least 30% battery remaining to track your sleep, so you’ll probably need to charge this watch every day to keep it topped up, unless you turn off the always-on display which can extend the battery life to almost two days. 
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The Fitbit Sense lasts two full days with notifications, always-on display and sleep tracking and  can extend it to almost 5 full days by turning off the always-on display. Each watch charges with a proprietary magnetic puck that snaps on to the back. The Apple Watch charger is forwards and backwards-compatible with earlier Apple Watches, while the Fitbit Sense charger is designed specifically for the watch (so you can’t use earlier Fitbit chargers from the Versa, for example, with the Sense). Both charge to 100% in about an hour and a half.  Which is the better smartwatch? The Apple Watch is the stronger overall smartwatch that blends fitness tracking with an ECG and SpO2 sensor, but only if you have an iPhone. The Fitbit Sense has a lot to offer for Android users, specifically if you want an ECG, robust sleep tracking and are intrigued by stress and temperature tracking.

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2021 Cadillac Escalade first drive review: American swagger – Roadshow

This is the Cadillac we’ve been waiting for. The Escalade has been transformed from merely ordinary into something truly outstanding. Sure, the brand’s recent crop of products has been OK, including the engaging CT4-V sedan and handsome XT6 crossover, but these vehicles still don’t quite hit the mark, let down by questionable powertrains and less-than-stellar interiors.…

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This is the Cadillac we’ve been waiting for. The Escalade has been transformed from merely ordinary into something truly outstanding. Sure, the brand’s recent crop of products has been OK, including the engaging CT4-V sedan and handsome XT6 crossover, but these vehicles still don’t quite hit the mark, let down by questionable powertrains and less-than-stellar interiors. But none of this applies to the new Escalade. No, it’s not tuned to handle like a sport sedan, but it still drives well for something so large. This imposing SUV is extremely luxurious, yet it isn’t the least but stuffy or old-fashioned. It offers segment-leading technology that avoids being intimidating or difficult to use. In short, Cadillac has at long last delivered a true luxury contender. No if, ands or buts, this is a flagship model to be proud of.Caddy’s caveat-free machine has the goods to square off with rivals from Germany, Japan and America to compete on equal terms, though you may not realize it at first glance. The new Escalade’s exterior is certainly recognizable — and handsome — but overall, it’s fairly sedate and unexpectedly demure, even in supersized ESV form, the model seen here. Inside, though, it’s a completely different story.It seems General Motors’ designers must’ve blown most of their budget creating this Cadillac’s inner sanctum. Showing how much thought the company has put into this vehicle, it’s available in something like nine different interior trim combinations, with unique colors, wood finishes and leather perforation patterns depending on the model. Platinum versions, which sit at the pinnacle of the Escalade range, feature buttery-soft semi-aniline cowhides in all three rows and loads of standard equipment. Quality is a high point, too. Poke at various trim pieces or bezels and nothing feels cheap or frail, everything is nicely finished and solidly built. About the only thing I don’t like is the silly electronic shifter, which looks like an old, brick-style cell phone. Also, it remains to be seen how premium lower-trim interiors will be, but if this top-shelf model is any indication, they should be pretty majestic, too.

The 2021 Escalade’s comportment is praiseworthy. Like its sister SUVs from Chevrolet and GMC, the addition of an independent rear suspension has, among other things, dramatically improved ride comfort in the second and third rows of seats. Adult passengers should have little to complain about, even if they’re sitting in steerage.Chances are, the first thing you’ll notice about the 2021 Cadillac Escalade’s cockpit won’t be the stitching or door handles, it’s the screens. Sprawling across the dashboard are three individual OLED panels which measure more than 38 inches across. Subtly curved and beautifully integrated into the overall design rather than tacked-on like an afterthought, these seemingly overlapping displays provide perfect blacks, low glare and, according to Cadillac, the largest color range in the automotive business. Seriously, this unprecedented amount of screen real estate makes for super impressive standard equipment, and these displays are far from just eye candy. Like GM’s other recent infotainment systems, the one in this vehicle is superb, booting up quickly, responding immediately to inputs and never stuttering or lagging. Pinch-to-zoom on the navigation map, for instance, is as responsive as the smartphone in your pocket or purse. For added convenience, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard, as is a wireless device charging pocket on the center console.

Those OLED screens… are amazing!
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Further satiating today’s tech-obsessed motorists, the new Escalade offers plenty of high-end goodies. Augmented-reality navigation is perhaps the coolest and it’s a feature that’s standard across the model range. When a route is active, the system overlays directional arrows on top of a video feed of where you’re driving, which is then piped to the center screen from a forward-facing camera. The closer you get to a turn, the larger and more animated the directional arrows get, making it nearly impossible to miss a navigational cue. This Cadillac can also be had with night vision. The latter isn’t particularly useful in most situations, but it can be handy for detecting animals or pedestrians in low-speed areas. Making this beast of an SUV just a little easier to park, the standard 360-degree camera system offers a dizzying array of different angles, which you can easily cycle through with just a few taps of your finger. The new Escalade can also be had with an awesome AKG sound system that makes even highly compressed music, like satellite radio, come alive around you, though it’d better be good considering it has no fewer than 36 speakers.

But what about Super Cruise, GM’s groundbreaking hands-free driving aid? Well, a newly enhanced version that can automatically change lanes will be offered on the Escalade before year’s end. Unfortunately, the model I’m testing here is not fitted with this headlining feature, though it does have regular adaptive cruise control, which is smoother and more responsive than some competing systems.Matching its primo interior, this Cadillac is also supremely quiet and smooth, even when ripping down the highway. On rare occasions, you can get a tiny, tiny bit of body-on-frame jiggle, but that’s really only on horrifying road surfaces. This vehicle’s steering is secure and its body remains firmly planted when navigating corners at speed. The available lane-keeping system seems ineffective, seemingly doing little to keep the Escalade on the straight and narrow.Augmented-reality navigation takes advantage of the Escalade’s forward-facing camera.
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Wind, tire and powertrain noise are all quieter than gossip behind your back. Matching that refinement, this vehicle’s ride quality is superb, too. Top-shelf Platinum models come with magnetic dampers and adaptive air suspension, the fanciest of three different setups offered on the Escalade. This combo delivers a ride that is both supple and controlled, far better than the Yukon Denali I tested recently, which, strangely enough, had the same suspension arrangement.All of GM’s new, full-size SUVs are huge, but the extended-length models like the Chevy Suburban and this Escalade ESV are positively gargantuan. While turning corners, I’m constantly looking to make sure I don’t cut things too close or clip any wayward pedestrians. If you’re not careful, you could practically take out a whole elementary-school class and not even realize it. Of course, parking can be a chore, too, aggravated by the Cadillac’s tall hood and limited rearward visibility.This luxury barge is hauled around by a smooth and snarly 6.2-liter small-block V8 that delivers 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque. It makes this Caddy plenty potent, although I still slightly prefer how the Lincoln Navigator’s 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 performs, slightly. The latter has a huge load of torque right in the middle of its operating range, whereas this naturally aspirated V8 needs to rev a bit to really get going. Rectifying this, before the year is out, a 3.0-liter diesel inline-six will be available in the Escalade, delivering 460 lb-ft of twist from an estimated 1,500 rpm.Who doesn’t love a good V8 engine? A diesel will also be available in this Cadillac before the year is done.
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No matter the engine, a 10-speed automatic transmission is standard fare and it’s very nicely calibrated. In testing, I have not experienced any shift harshness, annoying lags or other bad behavior, plus it’s responsive to drop gears when your right foot calls for a bit of extra speed. With four-wheel drive, the Escalade ESV stickers at 14 miles per gallon city, 19 highway and 16 mpg combined. In mixed driving, I’ve been averaging round 17.7, which isn’t that great, but at least it’s better than the EPA combined rating.When it’s time to slow things down, the Escalade’s brake pedal is a bit rubbery, but it’s easy to modulate and firm enough that it feels like you have generous stopping power in reserve. That’s important for a vehicle practically as heavy as the crawler that used to move the Space Shuttle around. Indeed, a four-wheel-drive Escalade ESV is no featherweight, clocking in at one full shopping bag shy of 6,000 pounds. Even so, this vehicle is still quite capable. My review unit’s maximum tow rating figures to be a stout 7,900 pounds, and when it comes to cargo hauling, the ESV is hard to beat. There’s 42.9 cubic feet of room in the way-back, but fold both the second- and third-row seats down and that figure balloons to 126.6 cubes, far more than you get in a Mercedes-Benz GLS or BMW X7; it’s even a good bit more generous than what the extended-length Navigator L provides, which maxes out at 120.2 cubic feet.It’s kind of like a big ol’ box on wheels.
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The 2021 Cadillac Escalade ESV’s base price is suitably rich, kicking off at about $80,500 delivered. The regular-length model is $3,000 cheaper. As you can guess, in Sport Platinum trim with four-wheel drive, this unit is far, far pricier. Including about six grand in options and $1,295 for destination fees, my tester rings up for $112,965. A princely sum, indeed.But you know something? I’m not even mad about that. Thanks to its driving refinement, abundant yet easy-to-use tech and opulent interior, this price tag seems totally fair. The 2021 Escalade is the nicest, most thoughtfully crafted Cadillac to come along in years. It is truly a flagship-worthy vehicle.

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