News ticker: Apple AirTag 2, Samsung Exynos 1480, Google Pixel Buds Pro

The Apple AirTag 2 isn't coming until 2025, the Samsung Exynos 1480 comes to Geekbench and the Google Pixel Buds Pro are coming in new colors.
Google Pixel Buds Pro porcelain

Apple AirTag 2 won’t come until 2025

A few months ago, well-known analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicted that mass production of the Apple AirTag 2 would begin in the fourth quarter of 2024. Kuo has now thought twice. He now assumes that mass production will not start until 2025, without going into more detail about the reasons.

Details about the Apple AirTag 2 are still scarce. According to Kuo, the second-generation AirTag will work better with the Apple Vision Pro headset, among other things, as part of a spatial computing ecosystem. Additionally, the object tracker is also expected to get a new U2 chipset, among other upgrades.

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Samsung Exynos 1480: New chipset appears in Geekbench test

Samsung’s upcoming mid-range chipset with AMD graphics, the Exynos 1480 (model code S5E8845), has appeared in an initial Geekbench test. The successor to the Exynos 1380 had eight processor cores based on the ARMv8 architecture. These include four performance cores running at 2.75 GHz and four efficiency cores running at 2.05 GHz. The performance corresponded to the upper mid-range with 882 single-core and 2,808 multi-core points.

There’s also a new Xclipse 530 GPU, which is built on the AMD RDNA 2 platform, just like Samsung’s 2022 flagship chip, the Exynos 2200. The Exynos 2200 ran in the European versions of the Samsung Galaxy S22, S22+ and S22 Ultra. The Exynos 1480 is rumored to power the upcoming Samsung Galaxy A55 as well as other Galaxy A-series models in 2024.

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Google Pixel Buds Pro now also in blue and porcelain

Google didn’t just introduce the Pixel 8, Pixel 8 Pro and the Pixel Watch 2 this month. The Californians also presented two new colors for the Pixel Buds Pro. We get cream-colored porcelain and a light blue, which matches the new Pixel smartphones.

Other than that, the Google Pixel Buds Pro are unchanged in terms of specs and price. According to the manufacturer, they cost $199 or €229 and are now available in a total of six colors: Coral, Fog, Charcoal, Lemongrass, Blue and Porcelain. However, in our Google Pixel Buds Pro price comparison you can get the headphones significantly cheaper.

The Google Pixel Buds Pro feature active noise cancellation, Google Assistant, and multi-point connectivity for seamless switching between multiple devices. The battery life including the charging case is up to 31 hours.

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