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The holographic Durrr Burger head found in Neo Tilted. Epic Games Fortnite season 9, week 4 challenges went live Thursday, and the theme for the week appears to be traveling and dancing. There are multiple locations to visit to complete the tasks and a few will require a little dance.  The Fortnite season 9, week…

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The holographic Durrr Burger head found in Neo Tilted.
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Fortnite season 9, week 4 challenges went live Thursday, and the theme for the week appears to be traveling and dancing. There are multiple locations to visit to complete the tasks and a few will require a little dance. 
The Fortnite season 9, week 4 challenges.
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Free challenges

Deal damage with Sniper Rifles to opponents (0/500)
Stage 1 of 3: Dance inside a holographic Tomato head (0/1)Stage 2 of 3: Dance inside a holographic Durrr Burger head (0/3)Stage 3 of 3: Dance on top of a giant Dumpling head (0/3)
Legendary weapon eliminations (0/7)

Battle Pass challenges

Destroy a Loot Carrier in different matches (0/3)
Stage 1 of 5: Land at Polar Peak (0/1)Stage 2 of 5: Land at Lazy Lagoon (0/1)Stage 3 of 5: Land at Salty Springs (0/1)Stage 4 of 5: Land at The Block (0/1)Stage 5 of 5: Land at Lonely Lodge (0/1)
Eliminate opponents in Haunted Hills or Dusty Divot (0/1)
Visit different locations in a single match (0/3)

Deal 500 damage with Sniper Rifles to opponents — 5 Battle Stars
The good thing about these sniper challenges is that sniper rifles do a lot of damage. Reaching the 500 mark will require several well-placed shots with the proper rifle. Once you find a sniper rifle and see enemies nearby, start building vertically to get a good angle for a clear shot. Keep repeating until you reach 500 damage. 
Dance inside a holographic Tomato head, Durrr Burger head and on top of a giant Dumpling head — 5 Battle Stars
Two of the three spots to dance for this challenge are brand new in Fortnite season 9. You can find the holographic Tomato head in Mega Mall. It’s easy to see when you’re there, but on the map, go straight to the second “L” of the location name. Build a ramp and when inside the holographic head, do a little dance and get out because there will likely be a lot of players hanging around that area.
Holographic Tomato head found in Mega Mall. 
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For the Durr Burger head, visit Neo Tilted just below the “TI” on the map. Try to visit this spot right at the start of the match since the Durr Burger is higher up, making it harder to reach.
The holographic Durrr Burger head found in Neo Tilted.
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The Giant Dumpling head is not in a new area, instead it’s at Lucky Landing. Like the Durr Burger head, stop down here at the beginning of a match to make things easier. 
The Giant Dumpling head in Lucky Landing.
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How to get 3 Legendary weapon eliminations — 10 Battle Stars
The trick with Legendary weapon eliminations is to actually find the Legendary weapons. It requires a special amount of luck to get them via a chest. Loot Carriers have a chance to drop them so keep an eye out for those. In the end, the best way to get a Legendary weapon is to survive the match long enough to get a supply drop, which is likely to contain one. Once you have that weapon, let loose on the first enemies you see. 
Where to destroy 3 Loot Carriers in different matches — 5 Battle Stars
Loot Carriers are new additions from the v9.10 update. These floating caches contain weapons once they’re shot down. Where the Loot Carriers will appear is random. Players will need to check their maps to see when the letters of a named location turned gold to indicate that Loot Carriers are there. For this challenge, keep an eye out for when the nearest location goes gold and head over, but make sure you have a weapon to shoot them down. 
Loot Carriers contains weapons and can only be found in certain locations.
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How to land in Polar Peak, Lazy Lagoon, Salty Springs, The Block and Lonely Lodge — 5 Battle Stars
This is definitely the easiest of the challenges for the week. Just make a plane to land in these spots in a match and earn those Battle Stars with little resistance. 
How to eliminate 3 opponents in Haunted Hills or Dusty Divot — 10 Battle Stars
Of the two locations, Dusty Divot is more ideal to eliminate opponents. The problem with Haunted Hills is its location, which is the northwest side of the map. Landing there would mean a rush to get a weapon and hopefully take down other opponents, but once the storm circle closes in, there are far fewer players hanging around. Dusty Divot, on the other hand, has plenty of people running through as most players tend to gravitate to the center throughout the match, especially when the storm closes in. Gear up in other locations, find a good vantage point and take out other players trying to run through the area.
Visit 5 Named Locations in a single match — 10 Battle Stars
If you last long enough in a match, you will likely visit five named locations. To quickly complete this challenge, start off in Junk Junction then visit Haunted Hills, The Block, Pleasant Park and Loot Lake. An alternative is to start at Frosty Flights, then go to Polar Peak, Shifty Shafts, Salty Springs and end at Dusty Divot.  
Fortbytes
New in Fortnite season 9 are Fortbytes, which are only available to Battle Pass owners. The collectibles are scattered across the island, but also unlockable by reaching certain tiers and gaining a designated amount of XP. Each Fortbyte will reveal a piece of an image teasing Fortnite season 10, and a new one appears every day.
Fortnite Season 9 Fortbyte Challenges
1: Awarded for gaining 175,000 XP
6: Accessible with Yay! Emote at an ice cream shop in the desert
7: Accessible by using the cuddle up emoticon inside a rocky umbrella
8: Found within Junk Junction
10: Awarded for gaining 60,000 XP
13: Found at a location hidden within loading screen number 2
16: Found in the desert house with too many chairs
17: Found inside a Wooden Fish Building
22: Accessible by using the Rox Spray in an underpass
24: Found within Fatal Field
25: Awarded at Battle Pass tier 40
31: Found at a meteor crater overlook
32: Accessible by wearing Kyo Pet Back Bling at the northernmost point
35: Awarded for gaining 225,000 XP
36: Accessible by Sentinel on a frozen island
39: Awarded for completing six challenges from Week 2
41: Accessible by using Tomatohead Emoticon inside the Durrr Burger restaurant
44: Awarded at Battle Pass tier 20
46: Awarded at Battle Pass tier 100
47: Found between a Reboot Van, pirate camp and a crashed battlebus
50: Accessible at night time inside mountain top castle ruins
55: Found within Haunted Hills
57: Awarded by finishing top 10 in squads, duos, or solo 25 times
64: Accessible by Rox on top of Stunt Mountain
66: Awarded by finishing top 10 in squads, duos or solo 75 times
71: Awarded for completing six challenges from Week 1
72: Found within Salty Spring
74: Found in a filing cabinet inside an assassin’s basement on the desert coast
77: Found within a trackside taco shop
79: Found within an arcade.
81: Accessible in daytime near a mountain top cactus wedge
82: Accessible by solving the pressure plate puzzle NW of the Block
84: Awarded at Battle Pass tier 60
85: Awarded for gaining 30,000 XP
87: Awarded by finishing top 10 in squads, duos or solo 50 times
88: Found somewhere within map location J3.
90: Awarded by finishing top 10 in squads, duos or solo 100 times
92: Accessible by using Rock Love Spray near a lavafall
96: Awarded at Battle Pass tier 80
99: Awarded for gaining 125,000 XP
Utopia Challenges
Like in previous seasons, Fortnite season 9 has a season-long set of tasks called Utopia Challenges, for Battle Pass owners. Tackling these special challenges requires the completion of all the weekly challenges throughout the season. The reward for all the work is the Utopia skin.
Fortnite season 9 Utopia Challenges
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When players finish the weekly challenges, they’ll receive a new loading screen that hints at a secret Battle Star. Completing the Fortnite season 9 week 1 challenges unlocks the loading screen below. The clue to where to find the secret Battle Star is on the side of the minigun that gives the coordinates I5, I6, J5 and J6. This is a spot just south of Lonely Lounge, right before the green plains turn into the desert. The hidden Battle Star will appear only if a player who completed all challenges is within close proximity.
Fortnite season 9 week 1 Utopia loading screen
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For Fortnite season 9 week 2, the unlocked loading screen doesn’t have a hint hidden in the image, but instead, it’s in the description of the screen. It says, “Last seen battling at Dino Park outhouse, these two can’t be stopped.” This’ll lead to the location of Fortbyte #13 and not a Battle Star for the week.
Fortnite season 9 week 2 Utopia loading screen
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Once a player’s done with week 3’s challenges, a new loading screen will show a new Doggo skin. The hint for the Battle Star is in the drawing on the small wall that the dogs are sitting on. It leads to a stack of cars in Junk Junction and the secret Battle Star will appear when players come near it.
Fortnite season 9 week 3 Utopia loading screen
Epic Games
The week 4 Utopia Challenge loading screen was found by data miners in the v9.10 update, but it won’t be solved until the Fortnite season 9 week 4 challenges are completed. 

Name: “Scimitar”Description: “Razor sharp and battle ready.”Rarity: Rare
Name: “Sandstorm”Description: “Timeless Warrior”Rarity: Rare
Male/Female Skins in this -> pic.twitter.com/FObkzhuiQr— Lucas7yoshi // Fortnite Leaks & News (@lucas7yoshi) May 22, 2019

Fortnite is available on PS4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, PC, and Android and iOS devices.
In the multiplayer online game, you parachute onto an island and use various weapons to eliminate opponents in a last-person-standing scenario. The massively popular game has attracted players with live events like virtual concerts and special limited-time game modes. Developer Epic Games is also hosting the Fortnite World Cup this summer. Online qualification for the esports competition began in April, and finals will take place in New York in July, with a prize pool of $30 million.
Originally published on May 30. Update, May 30: Adds Fortbyte and Utopia challenge list. May 31: Adds Fortbyte #88.

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Best Black Friday Ring doorbell deals: Save hundreds on Ring cameras, lights and more – CNET

This story is part of Holiday Gift Guide 2020, CNET’s gift picks with expert advice, reviews and recommendations for the latest tech gifts for you and your family. Black Friday is just a couple of days away, but tons of the best holiday discounts are already live — particularly for Amazon’s Ring home security products. From…

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This story is part of Holiday Gift Guide 2020, CNET’s gift picks with expert advice, reviews and recommendations for the latest tech gifts for you and your family.

Black Friday is just a couple of days away, but tons of the best holiday discounts are already live — particularly for Amazon’s Ring home security products. From video doorbells to lights and even home security kits, you can find solid discounts on all of them. (For the record, Walmart’s next big sale kicked off today, Nov. 25, and Best Buy launched its big sale on Nov. 22.) These are the best deals we’ve found so far, but before we jump into them, here are some things to note:Many of these deals are a return to Prime Day lows, but there are some new additions.It’s not impossible for there to be additional bundle and add-on deals, but we don’t expect these prices to go any lower between now and the end of the year.Some of these items are already back-ordered for two to three weeks, and those ship times will likely get longer. However, Amazon devices rarely go “out of stock” — the shipping dates will just keep getting pushed further back in most cases.Don’t see anything you want here? Don’t worry — more Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales are coming.  This story was posted earlier and is updated frequently. Pricing and availability were accurate at time of last publication, but may change without notice.

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The Ring offers live 1080p video, motion alerts and two-way voice communication and a feature called Pre-Roll (when someone or something trips the motion sensor, you can see what happened before that). This deal saves nearly 50% off the regular $250 retail price and throws in an Echo Show 5 ($90 list price) to boot.Note, the Ring Pro doesn’t have a rechargeable battery. If you can’t connect it to the existing doorbell wires at your front door, this isn’t the video doorbell for you.

Read our Ring Video Doorbell Pro review.

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The Ring Peephole Cam is perfect for apartment dwellers or people without hardwired doorbells. It’s super easy to install, and $70 is a super welcoming price. If you’re interested in video doorbells in general, this is a great place to start.

Read our Ring Peephole Cam review.

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Ring Alarm is a modular-style home security kit, and you can get various arrangements of the kit for great discounts. The five-piece with a free Echo Dot is the best deal, though, at 50% off the list price. You can also get the 14-piece set for an impressive $200.Amazon notes that stock is running low, and it looks like this deal will be delivered in December if you order now.

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Ring’s Floodlight Cam usually sells for $250, so finding the camera for under $200 — let alone with a free Echo Show 5 smart display thrown in — is a pleasant surprise. This package is perfect for jumpstarting your outdoor security system, whether to keep your house safe from burglars or just to spy on the raccoons who keep getting into your garbage.Like the five-piece alarm deal above, Amazon notes that stock is running low, and it looks like this deal will be delivered in December if you order now.

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Pixel 5 vs. iPhone 11: Which sub-$700 phone is better? – CNET

Available to buy now, Google’s Pixel 5 introduces many features that are new to the company’s phone brand, including 5G connectivity, an ultrawide-angle camera and a much larger, longer-lasting battery. The phone is currently on sale for $649, and it launched alongside the midtier Pixel 4A 5G, which costs $499 (£499, AU$799). Read more: Black Friday 2020 phone…

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Available to buy now, Google’s Pixel 5 introduces many features that are new to the company’s phone brand, including 5G connectivity, an ultrawide-angle camera and a much larger, longer-lasting battery. The phone is currently on sale for $649, and it launched alongside the midtier Pixel 4A 5G, which costs $499 (£499, AU$799). Read more: Black Friday 2020 phone dealsWhile the phone has notable updates compared with its predecessor, the Pixel 4, Google anticipates lower-than-usual Pixel 5 phone sales due to the coronavirus pandemic and is planning to produce only 800,000 units this year. It also faces stiff competition from one of the most popular phone-makers, Apple, and its iPhone 11. Though it’s been available since last September and Apple has already launched its sequel, the iPhone 12, the iPhone 11 is now cheaper. It starts at $599 (£599, AU$999) off contract, and is equipped with a fast processor and excellent cameras. It does not, however, have 5G. To see how these phones stack up, we took a closer look and compared them based on design, camera specs, hardware, software and other features. And for more info, check out CNET’s other comparisons, Pixel 5 vs. Pixel 4A 5G and Pixel 5 vs. iPhone 12.

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The Pixel 5 has a superb camera and a long-lasting battery, and is the obvious pick for anyone who wants to connect to a 5G network. It also starts with more internal storage (128GB) and its 90Hz display will keep the interface looking silky-smooth.

Read more about the Pixel 5’s new camera features.

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If you’re in the Apple and iOS ecosystem, the iPhone 11 is the more fitting candidate. You’ll also get an outstanding camera, especially for video recording, and a powerful A13 Bionic processor that outperformed the Pixel 5 in benchmark tests. And now that the iPhone 12 is out, it’s $100 cheaper than when it first launched.

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Design: Pixel 5’s natural aesthetics vs. iPhone 11’s glossy looks When Google designed the Pixel 5, it set out to give the phone a natural feel, reminiscent of a pebble. And with the phone’s matte texture, aluminum and glass encasing and soft, rounded corners, the Pixel 5 in green sports a minimalist, earthy look. It’s a direct contrast to the iPhone 11’s high-gloss, pop-art pastel-green design. Neither aesthetic is particularly better than the other, but those who want more options will appreciate the iPhone 11’s four other colors (yellow, purple, red and white) in addition to black and green. The iPhone 11 with iOS 14 widgets.
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On the back of the Pixel 5 is the fingerprint reader that unlocks the phone and permits digital payments. The iPhone 11 uses facial recognition sensors in the front-facing camera for user authorization. Both phones have a 6-inch display (if you want to be exact, the iPhone 11 has a 6.1-inch display), they don’t have headphone jacks and they’re rated IP68 for water resistance.  On paper, the Pixel 5’s screen is sharper than the iPhone 11’s in terms of having a higher resolution and pixel density. The Pixel 5 also has an OLED screen while the iPhone 11 has an LCD. OLED displays are typically more vibrant, with richer contrast and inkier blacks. But you’ll only notice these differences if you look at the devices side by side, and by itself you’ll likely have no problems with the iPhone 11’s screen. What is a bit more obvious, however, is the Pixel 5’s 90Hz display. Most phones, like the iPhone 11, refresh at 60 frames per second. But having a 90Hz display on the Pixel means that scrolling through webpages and text feels much springier, smoother and more responsive.

Camera: Pixel 5 and iPhone 11 both have dual rear cameras Tweaking a photo using the Pixel’s Portrait light tool.
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Both the Pixel 5 and the iPhone 11 have two rear cameras, optical image stabilization and special modes for low-light environments. The Pixel 5 has a standard and a wide-angle camera. The iPhone 11 has wide and ultrawide cameras, with the ultrawide camera having a slightly wider field of view than the Pixel 5 (120 degrees compared with 107 degrees).  Google added two new features to the Pixel 5’s camera. You can now enable dramatic, blurred portrait shots in Night Mode and you can adjust the lighting in your portraits too. While iPhones do have different lighting options for portraits, the feature in the Pixel works more like an editing tool than a broad filter effect. As for video, the Pixel 5 and iPhone 11 can record 4K video and supersmooth 1080p video at 240 frames per second. But the iPhone 11’s front-facing camera has more capabilities. It can capture 4K video and it can record slo-mo video (known as “slofies”) at 120fps. The highest video resolution on the Pixel 5’s front-facing shooter, on the other hand, is 1080p with no slo-mo options. Check out a few different shots below from the Pixel 4A 5G (which has the same camera as the Pixel 5) and the iPhone 11. Night Sight on the Pixel 4A 5G.
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Night Mode on the iPhone 11.
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The wide-angle lens on the Pixel 4A 5G.
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A wide-angle shot from the iPhone 11.
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A close-up image of a succulent on the Pixel 4A 5G.
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A close-up picture of some fruit with the iPhone 11.
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Pixel 5’s long battery life vs. iPhone 11’s superfast processor The Pixel 5 and Pixel 4A 5G are Google’s first 5G phones and are capable of connecting to the next-gen network, which promises to be much faster than 4G. The iPhone 11 doesn’t have 5G, but the iPhone 12 does. The Pixel 5 is equipped with the Snapdragon 765G chipset from Qualcomm, while the iPhone 11 features Apple’s A13 Bionic processor. Google’s choice of the 765G chipset is an interesting one, as it’s not as fast as the Pixel 4’s Snapdragon 855. But Google said it went with the 765G to keep costs down. We didn’t notice any speed issues or lag during our time with the Pixel 5, but on benchmark tests, it did get lower scores on 3DMark and Geekbench 5 than the iPhone 11 did when we tested it last year. 3DMark Slingshot Unlimited

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Longer bars indicate better performance

3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited

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Longer bars indicate better performance

Geekbench v.5.0 single-core

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Longer bars indicate better performance

Geekbench v.5.0 multicore

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Longer bars indicate better performance

The Pixel 5 has 128GB of internal memory and 8GB of RAM. The iPhone 11 has three memory tiers, and if you want 128GB you’ll have to pay more at $649 (£649, AU$1,079). In the US, though, the iPhone 11 at 128GB is still cheaper than the Pixel 5, thanks to Apple lowering the price. Apple also doesn’t disclose the amount of RAM its iPhones have, but regulatory filings report that the iPhone 11 has 4GB of RAM. The Pixel 5.
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Neither phone has external storage options, but Google and Apple encourage users to upload and back up their photos and videos on their respective cloud services. Apple’s iCloud gives you 5GB for free and it costs $10 a month for 2TB. Google Photos users have unlimited storage for photos and video at “high” quality. But if you want to upload lots of content of “original” quality, which has a higher resolution, Google’s One cloud service gives you the first 15GB for free. If you want more, it will also cost you $10 a month for 2TB. Lastly, the Pixel 5 has a 4,000-mAh battery, the highest capacity of any Pixel phone to date. Apple doesn’t list battery specs, but unofficial third-party teardowns show the iPhone 11 has a 3,110-mAh battery. Battery tests on the Pixel 5 for continuous video playback in Airplane mode clocked in at 21 hours, 11 minutes. This is an excellent time, and longer than the iPhone 11, which lasted 15 hours, 24 minutes. With streaming video it clocked in at 13 hours, 52 minutes. We haven’t tested streaming video on the Pixel 5 yet, so stay tuned when we get those numbers.  Like the Galaxy S20 phones, the Pixel 5 also has reverse wireless charging. That means the phone can charge accessories, like the Pixel Buds 2, without any cables or plugs.

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Software: Android 11 vs. iOS 14 Hold saves you from spending time listening to hold music.
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As always, when comparing phones from Apple and Google you’ll have to decide which OS works better for you: iOS or Android. Both phones have a dark mode and a digital search assistant (Siri and Google Assistant). And because the phones don’t have physical home buttons, their interfaces rely on swiping gestures to switch between apps. The Pixel 5 will run Android 11 out of the box. The latest mobile OS has useful features like Quick Control, chat bubbles, a native screen recorder and more. Hold For Me will also be previewed on the Pixel 5 and Pixel 4A 5G: When you’re put on hold, you can have Google Assistant do the waiting for you. This frees you from constantly needing to be near your phone or listening to crummy hold music. You’ll be alerted when the other line returns. The iPhone 11 has the latest iOS 14 software from Apple. It includes a more organized App Library, widgets to customize your home screen with, picture-in-picture and a native translation app.  Other features to consider: Both phones have dual-SIM: In addition to your regular nano-SIM, both phones use e-SIM technology that supports multiple phone numbers. This is useful if you want to keep your personal and work phone number on the same device. The iPhone 11 has Wi-Fi 6: Devices with Wi-Fi 6 speak that same Wi-Fi language to talk to each other, and compared with Wi-Fi 5, it’s faster and more battery-efficient. But Wi-Fi 6 was only certified in September 2019 and Wi-Fi 6 routers remain expensive. Instead of regarding it as an immediate benefit, think of Wi-Fi 6 as readying your phone for the future.  The iPhone 11 has a chip just for “spatial awareness”: Called U1, this new chip helps iPhones find other iPhones more precisely when they’re in close proximity. Apple says this improves AirDrop, but many believe the U1 chip is laying the groundwork for a long-rumored Apple Tile-like tracker. The iPhone 11.
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Pixel 5 and iPhone 11 specs

Google Pixel 5

iPhone 11

Display size, resolution

6-inch FHD+ OLED; 2,340×1,080 pixels

6.1-inch LCD; 1,792×828 pixels

Pixel density

432ppi

326ppi

Dimensions (inches)

5.7×2.8×0.3 in

5.94×2.98×0.33 in

Dimensions (millimeters)

144.7×70.4x8mm

150.9×75.7×8.3mm

Weight (ounces, grams)

5.33 oz; 151g

6.84 oz; 194g

Mobile software

Android 11

iOS 13

Camera

12.2-megapixel (standard), 16-megapixel (ultrawide)

12-megapixel (wide), 12-megapixel (ultrawide)

Front-facing camera

8-megapixel

12-megapixel

Video capture

4K

4K

Processor

Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G

Apple A13 Bionic

Storage

128GB

64GB, 128GB, 256GB

RAM

8GB

Not disclosed

Expandable storage

No

No

Battery

4,000 mAh

Not disclosed

Fingerprint sensor

Rear

None (Face ID)

Connector

USB-C

Lightning

Headphone jack

No

No

Special features

5G-enabled; water-resistant (IP68); 90Hz refresh rate display; dual-SIM capabilities (nano-SIM and e-SIM); reverse wireless charging; fast charging

Water-resistant (IP68); dual-SIM capabilities (nano-SIM and e-SIM); wireless charging

Price off-contract (USD)

$699

$599 (64GB), $649 (128GB), $749 (256GB)

Price (GBP)

£599

£599 (64GB), £649 (128GB), £749 (256GB)

Price (AUD)

AU$999

AU$999 (64GB), AU$1,079 (128GB), AU$1,249 (256GB)

*prices as of Oct. 14.

Apple iPhone 11Superfast and cheaper too

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Samsung Q80T series (2020) review: Premium design and picture, approachable price – CNET

In 2020, Samsung’s TV lineup seems skewed more than ever toward higher-end models: There are three series with 8K resolution, a bunch of lifestyle models such as The Frame, The Sero and even a crazy-expensive outdoor television called The Terrace. Among relatively “normal” TVs, the Q80T stands out. It’s not cheap, but it is the least expensive…

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In 2020, Samsung’s TV lineup seems skewed more than ever toward higher-end models: There are three series with 8K resolution, a bunch of lifestyle models such as The Frame, The Sero and even a crazy-expensive outdoor television called The Terrace. Among relatively “normal” TVs, the Q80T stands out. It’s not cheap, but it is the least expensive Samsung QLED TV to feature full-array local dimming, which gives it an excellent picture.

LikeExcellent overall image qualitySuperior stylingWide range of sizesNumerous features, voice options

Don’t LikeMore expensive than competing TVs with similar picture quality

The Q80T’s big brother, the Q90T, also has FALD and I expect it to perform even better, but once again there’s an issue with price. In the 55- and 65-inch sizes the Q90T costs basically the same as my favorite high-end TV for 2020, the OLED-powered LG CX, and in my experience the OLED will have a better picture overall. That puts the Q80T in roughly the same price-to-performance sweet spot as the Sony X900H, the Vizio P-Series and TCL 6-Series.I compared all four in my basement TV lab side-by-side and the Samsung Q80T was indeed excellent, but despite costing more than the other three, it didn’t put out a better picture. Instead its strength lies in design, with sleeker looks, an excellent remote and, yes, that Samsung nameplate. Like the others it’s also well-suited to pair with an Xbox Series X or PS5 thanks to variable refresh rate capability and 4K/120Hz input. 

If you have your heart set on a Samsung, you want a great picture and you don’t have money to burn, the Q80T is pretty sweet. But if you’re brand-agnostic, the Vizio and TCL are both better values.

Sleekness from the stand upWhen you pay a little extra for a Samsung you expect superior design, and the Q80T delivers. The most obvious upgrade is the stand: Samsung uses a central pedestal, which to my eye looks a lot sleeker than the two separate legs to either side that most new TVs employ. The base is a single slab of metal, flush against the tabletop. An angled chunk of metal and plastic supports the panel, creating a nice floaty effect.Black with a minimal frame around the image, the Q80T also has a textured backside and a cable management system that lets you channel power and HDMI from their ports through the stand, making for a cleaner look.

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Samsung’s clicker is also among my favorites, with minimal buttons and just the right feel in-hand. Channel and volume keys click up and down, Ambient mode gets its own button as does the mic for voice, and even the Netflix and Amazon app shortcut keys are nicer than on other remotes: They lack garish colors and instead just match the rest of the wand.Ambient mode is designed to show stuff on the screen when you’re not watching TV. It’s a cool feature if you don’t like the big black rectangle of an inert TV, and can display your photos, designer art, the weather, headlines and even adjust backgrounds to match your wall.
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Alexa and Google join BixbySamsung’s homebrew Bixby voice assistant is built into the Q80T, as you’d expect, but new for 2020 you can choose the overwhelmingly more-popular Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant instead. You can select between the three in the menus and whichever one you choose will be available when you press the mic button on the clicker. Alternately you can set the remote’s mic to listen for the “Alexa” or “Hey, Google” wake words, allowing you to issue commands hands-free (it worked well as long as I stayed relatively close to the remote). And like most TVs you can also pair the Q80T with separate Alexa or Google speakers. 
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Beyond voice, Samsung’s on-screen smart TV system is excellent, with quick responses and plenty of apps, and I’d take it over LG or Vizio’s systems. I still like Roku and Android TV (found on Sony TVs) better overall, however, because they have even more apps. Just like most TVs now (including Roku), Samsung has the Apple TV app and works with Apple’s AirPlay system.Full-fledged features and HDMI connectivityFull-array local dimming sets the Q80T apart from cheaper Samsung TVs. This technology, which improves LCD image quality significantly in our experience, boosts black levels and contrast by making certain areas of the picture dimmer or brighter in reaction to what’s on the screen. The step-up Q90T and the company’s 8K models have more dimming zones and brighter images than the Q80T, but Samsung doesn’t say exactly how many zones each has. Key features

Display technology

LED LCD

LED backlight

Full array with local dimming

Resolution

4K

HDR compatible

HDR10, HDR10+

Smart TV

Tizen

Remote

Standard voice

Like all of Samsung QLED TVs, as well as most higher-end TVs from Vizio and TCL, the Q80T’s LCD panel is augmented by a layer of quantum dots — microscopic nanocrystals that glow a specific wavelength (i.e. color) when given energy. The effect is better brightness and color compared to non-QD-equipped TVs. The Q80T uses a true 120Hz panel, which improves the TVs’ motion performance, but as usual the “Motion Rate 240” specification is made up (note that the 49- and 50-inch sizes are 60Hz/MR 120).The set supports high dynamic range content in the HDR10 and the HDR10 Plus formats. It lacks the Dolby Vision HDR support found on most competitors’ HDR TVs. I’ve seen no evidence that one HDR format is inherently “better” than the other, so I definitely don’t consider lack of Dolby Vision a deal-breaker on this TV — instead it’s just one more factor to consider.Gaming features are one of the Q80T’s strong points. It’s compatible with variable refresh rate, as well as the FreeSync and G-synch VRR formats, available from devices including select PCs, the Xbox Series X and PS5, although the latter doesn’t support VRR yet. The Q80T also accepts 4K/120Hz input on HDMI 4, which is conveniently marked with a little game controller icon. The TV supports Auto Game Mode too, which lets it automatically switch to game mode to reduce input lag when it detects you’re playing a game. (Note that the 49- and 50-inch sizes lack 4K/120Hz input and VRR.)
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4x HDMI inputs2x USB portsEthernet (LAN) portOptical digital audio outputRF (antenna) inputRemote (RS-232) port (EX-LINK)This list is mostly solid, unless you happen to own a legacy device that requires analog video (component or composite) or audio. The Q80T is one of the few TVs that doesn’t at least offer one analog input, audio or video.Picture quality comparisonsClick the image above for picture settings and HDR notes.
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The Q80T is an excellent performer overall, with good local dimming and contrast, excellent brightness, color and video processing. It fell short of the black levels and brightness of some less-expensive TVs, such as the Vizio P-Series and TCL 6 series, especially with HDR material, but showed less blooming and a slightly cleaner image, earning the same score of 8 (Excellent) in this category. I preferred the Vizio and TCL overall for image quality and liked the Sony X900H a bit less, but all four occupy the same general plane.Click the image above to see the picture settings used in the review and to read more about how this TV’s picture controls worked during calibration.

Dim lighting: I started with the excellent-looking Blu-ray of Parasite. In brighter scenes the Samsung generally matched the image quality of the others — all four were excellent overall. Differences emerged in darker scenes, for example during Park Dong-ik’s ride in the back of the car in Chapter 4. The TCL and the Vizio both showed darker, more realistic “black” in the shadows and letterbox bars, with less bleed from bright areas into dark, compared to the Sony and Samsung. The latter two were close, but the Samsung has a slight edge over the Sony. The differences weren’t drastic — all four TVs have very good black levels and contrast — but still visible side-by-side.Here’s where I mention an unusual thing Samsung did with settings, which I liked. The Brightness control handles backlight level but there’s an additional Shadow Detail slider under Gamma (where it should be) that controls exactly that (and does a lot of the same work as a standard Brightness/black level setting). According to my measurements it does what it claims: boosts brightness at low levels (5% to 20%) as you creep up. The default “0” setting is the most accurate but cranking it up did reveal more, yes, details like the car seat cushions and floor of Parks car became more visible.Bright lighting: These days TVs just seem to be getting brighter but the Q80T is an exception, measuring dimmer than many TVs at its level including the TCL, Vizio P and Sony, and even slightly dimmer than the Q70 from 2019. It’s still bright enough for just about any room, however, and has plenty of punch to make HDR look impactful.Light output in nits

TV

Brightest (SDR)

Accurate color (SDR)

Brightest (HDR)

Accurate color (HDR)

Hisense H9G

1,239

1,238

1,751

1,498

TCL 65R635

1,114

792

1,292

1,102

Sony XBR-65X900H

841

673

989

795

Vizio P65Q9-H1

768

629

1,305

1,084

Hisense 65R8F

717

717

770

770

Samsung QN65Q80T

664

503

1,243

672

Vizio M65Q7-H1

595

424

588

480

LG OLED65CX

377

290

690

634

Don’t let the high score in Dynamic fool you. Aside from being woefully inaccurate, it fluctuated quite a bit, starting out at over 1,200 nits but falling almost immediately to around 300. Most other TVs don’t show such dramatic fall-off, and none of the Q80T’s other modes did either. For the Accurate measurements in SDR I used the Natural picture mode in combination with the Warm color temperature setting (the default temperature for Natural is quite blue). I prefer Vizio and TCL’s approach of a dedicated, accurate bright-room picture mode.Unlike previous Samsung TVs I’ve tested the Q80T didn’t excel at handling ambient light. In a bright room all of the TVs in my lineup were better at reducing the brightness of reflections to preserve the fidelity of the image. The difference wasn’t massive but definitely noticeable in dark areas of program material.Color accuracy: The Samsung’s Filmmaker Mode and Movie modes are both accurate before calibration but I prefer the former because it disables most video processing by default (see below). After calibration, as expected, it was excellent. During Parasite, colors like the green lettuce and red kimchi in the cafeteria in Chapter 4, as well as the skin tones of the family as they eat, looked natural and well-balanced. Then again so did the other displays — it was difficult to see any real color differences even side-by-side with non-HDR colors. Video processing: As usual the Samsung aced my tests in this category, delivering true 1080p/24 film cadence with film-based sources and plenty of motion resolution (1,000 lines) with video-based sources. The TV achieved both results with a Picture Clarity setting of Custom with Blur Reduction at 10 and Judder Reduction at 0, so if I had this TV I’d “set it and forget it” right there. Note that Filmmaker Mode’s default setting is to turn Picture Clarity off, which results in less motion resolution, but you can adjust it to taste.You can also add more smoothing or soap opera effect by increasing Judder Reduction or choosing Auto instead of Custom. Meanwhile the LED Clear Motion option makes motion even sharper with the help of black frame insertion, at the expense of flicker and a dimmer image.Samsung continues its tradition of excellent input lag in game mode with a score just over 14 milliseconds with both 1080p and 4K HDR sources.Uniformity: With demanding, full-field test patterns the Q80T’s screen was quite uniform, with more-even lighting from edge to edge than the Vizio, whose sides looked slightly dark, and slightly less-even lighting than the TCL. With program material I saw the same minor issue on the Vizio while the others were very similar (note that uniformity can vary from sample to sample). From off-angle the Samsung was the best LCD TV I’ve tested, maintaining color fidelity, brightness and contrast better than the others. 

HDR and 4K video: With high dynamic range sources the differences between the four TVs became more apparent, and the Vizio and TCL looked slightly better than the Sony and the Samsung overall. The Q80T’s highlights appeared a bit dimmer than the others, including the Sony, while its black levels were lighter and less realistic than the TCL and Vizio, it’s contrast did beat the Sony’s.Watching the Spears and Munsil HDR benchmark’s test montage, the ferris wheel at night (4:51) was a good example, with a slightly gray-blue cast to the sky, and less pop in the lights on the Q80T. It still looked great, with plenty of punch and contrast I expect from HDR, but next to the TCL and Vizio it didn’t convey quite the same sense of realism — although it looked better overall then the Sony.Brighter scenes, like the closeups of flowers and insects (3:26), showed less of a difference but the Samsung still appeared very slightly dimmer than the TCL and Vizio, an impression backed up by spot measurements of my light meter. Colors were crisp and vibrant, however, and the orange of the monarch butterfly for example appeared a bit deeper and more saturated than the TCL, if not quite as powerful as the Vizio.  The Samsung and Sony had one advantage during the montage however: they were slightly cleaner than the TCL and Vizio in the first fade up from black to a bright sky. The latter two showed faint, subtle banding in the sky as the image brightened, while the two “S” TVs didn’t. Another advantage: The Q80T was the best among the three at controlling blooming, so stray illumination wasn’t an issue even in difficult mixed bright-and-dark scenes. One major reason, I suspect, was its less-aggressive brightness compared to the more blooming-prone TCL and Vizio.Switching over to Parasite in HDR, the Samsung’s image held up better than before thanks to its ability to control blooming and maintain black levels (at the expense of brightness). During the dark Chapter 4 car ride, for example, the Q80T’s black levels were darkest and it showed less stray illumination in the passing streetlights. On the other hand those lights and other bright spots were more brilliant on the TCL and Vizio, and both exposed more shadow detail than the Samsung — while the Sony had the best shadow detail and the worst contrast. I still ended up preferring the TCL and Vizio overall, but the Samsung was much closer.In brighter scenes where blooming is less visible the superior light output of the other TVs shined gave them more characteristic HDR punch, particularly in highlights like the sun as TK approaches the house in Chapter 3. The Samsung still looked brilliant, saturated and impressive, but the TCL and Vizio looked just a notch more-so in my side-by-side comparison.Geek Box

Test

Result

Score

Black luminance (0%)

0.003

Good

Peak white luminance (SDR)

664

Good

Avg. gamma (10-100%)

2.22

Good

Avg. grayscale error (10-100%)

0.64

Good

Dark gray error (30%)

0.90

Good

Bright gray error (80%)

1.37

Good

Avg. color checker error

2.70

Good

Avg. saturation sweeps error

2.01

Good

Avg. color error

1.29

Good

Red error

1.34

Good

Green error

0.59

Good

Blue error

1.13

Good

Cyan error

1.38

Good

Magenta error

1.61

Good

Yellow error

1.70

Good

1080p/24 Cadence (IAL)

Pass

Good

Motion resolution (max)

1000

Good

Motion resolution (dejudder off)

1000

Good

Input lag (Game mode)

20.77

Good

HDR10

Black luminance (0%)

0.005

Good

Peak white luminance (10% win)

1243

Good

Gamut % UHDA/P3 (CIE 1976)

91.85

Average

ColorMatch HDR error

5.52

Poor

Avg. color checker error

2.65

Good

Input lag (Game mode, 4K HDR)

20.37

Good

Samsung QN65Q80T CNET revie… by David KatzmaierPortrait Displays Calman calibration software was used in this review. 

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