Deirdre O Donnell (Senior Tech Writer)
Kurz nach meinem Abschluss in "biomedical sciences" startete ich als professioneller Schriftsteller und Redakteur. Im Laufe der Zeit entwickelte sich in mir allerdings ein großes Interesse an weiteren Aspekten der Technologie: Ich kann seither nicht genug über die neuesten Elektrogeräte, Gadgets und Innovationen lesen und schreiben. Zu meinen weiteren Interessen gehören Fotografie, Astronomie und Streaming. Oh, und vor allem Kaffee ;-)
Amazfit celebrates its 2021 third-quarter success with its Black Friday 2021 deals
Amazfit has risen to #3 in the smartwatch market for the latest complete quarter of 2021 (or 3Q2021). Accordingly, it has announced deals on a number of these wearables for today's Black Friday event in the US. They include the popular T-Rex series, as well as those of the GTR and GTS lines.
OPPO's Reno6 takes the DxOMark smartphone battery title from the iPhone 13 Pro Max
The OPPO Reno6 5G has risen to the #1 spot atop DxOMark's Global Battery Rankings. The Dimensity 900-powered phone has brushed other mobile devices, even the iPhone 13 Pro Max, aside to take its new leading position thanks to its rapid charging times and apparently class-leading efficiency.
The Polymega's next module will confer Nintendo N64 support on the interchangeable console
Polymega is an innovative 'all-in-one retro console' that converts to support various types of classic cartridges via a modular system. Now, its maker Playmaji has announced that the fifth and latest version of these allows the user to play N64 games with the device. The OEM asserts that there are few other options on the market to do so at present.
XGIMI puts its 4K and FHD Horizon-series projectors out there as Black Friday bargains
XGIMI asserts that it has an alternative to that new big TV purchase with coupons and deals on some of its Android-powered projectors instead. They include the high-end Horizon line, which has variants that support either FHD or 4K at over 2000 lumens of ANSI brightness. Their latest offers apply until the end of Cyber Weekend 2021.
Samsung announces a new semiconductor facility to be built in Texas
Samsung has confirmed that one of its latest factories is to be built in the US state of Texas. The OEM may invest a total of U$17 billion to complete this new facility, which should be capable of producing components for use in HPC, 5G and mobile devices once operational.
The Xiaomi "12X" will launch during the OEM's Snapdragon Gen1 event in December 2021
Xiaomi is rumored to have a 12X handset with a 'Mini'-sized display in the works, with a pre-existing Snapdragon 870 SoC. Despite this spec, it is now forecast to launch alongside flagships with a whole new generation of Qualcomm processors. This event is now thought to take place about a month from now.
The Redmi K50 smartphones will launch with a radical design overhaul over their predecessors
The Redmi K50 series of devices is currently expected to launch with high-end specs, the upcoming MediaTek Dimensity 9000 SoC included. Now, they are rumored to come in packages with considerably different looks compared to the K40s before them, some of the latest trends in Android smartphone design included.
More details on the Moto Edge X/30 Ultra's alleged 60MP selfie camera emerge in new Weibo posts
Initial tips concerning a "true" Motorola flagship to be called the Moto Edge X (or Edge 30 Ultra for international markets) based on the Snapdragon 8 Gen1 SoC also hinted at a particularly elaborate form of selfie camera. Now, the OEM asserts that this potentially groundbreaking, industry-first CMOS will be joined by a new, up-to-date rear camera from the same manufacturer.
OPPO is slated to launch new TWS earbuds as well as phones on November 25, 2021
OPPO has confirmed that it will debut the potentially innovative Reno7 series of Android smartphones tomorrow (November 25, 2021). Now, it is rumored to have new TWS earbuds to launch alongside them. Judging by their alleged product name, they may be cheaper versions of existing products, although they may still offer in-demand specs and features.
Tile is to become part of Life360 as part of a US$200+ million deal
The Life360 has announced that it will acquire Tile, buying the company out for just over $205 million. The acquisition has the potential to expand and streamline the location-tracking features involved in the services offered by both companies. For example, it might expand the current Tile network by about 10x.
The Italian anti-trust authority slaps Apple and Amazon with multi-million-euro fines
Italy's anti-competition watchdog AGCM has ruled against Apple and Amazon in a case concerning the sale of Beats-series products on the latter's website for the country. The authority has concluded that the 2 OEMs formulated sales agreements for the audio accessories that amounted to an anti-trust practice. The companies may now have to pay a combined ~US$236 million in penalties as a result.
Samsung Display's new website projects a future full of rollable, slidable or otherwise flexible OLED devices
Samsung Display's new micro-site contains a raft of teasers that might make sense of earlier leaks and rumors concerning the OEM's plans for its OLED technology and the devices based on it. They hint at an upcoming product line replete with foldable laptops, rollable TVs and collapsible tablets.
The Samsung Galaxy Watch4 series propels Wear OS to its best quarter in years
The overall share of Wear OS within the smartwatch market has never so much as cracked 5% in Counterpoint Research's reports on this space for the last 5 years. Now, thanks to the launch of the new Galaxy Watch4 series, things have changed considerably for the latest quarter of 2021. Google's platform is now nearly at 20%, although Apple remains the largest single OEM in the sector.
Android 10 is still the most widely-used version of its OS, although 11 is catching up
The latest stats on Android version adoption in 2021 are in, and the first of these OS updates to drop the dessert theme remains in the lead, still running on over a quarter of all devices studied thus far. Then again, Android 11's share has now grown to nearly match it. Pie is still hanging on in there to a potentially surprising degree, whereas other, older versions might now be on the way out.
An allegedly Snapdragon 8cx Gen3-based Lenovo device shows up on Geekbench
Qualcomm is currently thought to have a successor to the Snapdragon 8cx Gen2 chipset for PCs in development. Now, more evidence of possible progress with this SoC has emerged on Geekbench, in the form of a mystery Lenovo machine that has appeared on this database. Its performance seems to build on that of the processor's alleged initial outing on the same benchmark.
Samsung assures Galaxy S21 users of a fix for the phones' new Android 12 display issue
The Galaxy S21 series of smartphones are the first few Android devices to update to One UI 4, which is based on Android 12. Despite the shiny nature of this software upgrade, an increasing number of users have reported that their high-end displays have become much less stable after the OTA. This is due to a specific bug that will, according to Samsung, be addressed soon.
WhatsApp rolls reaction notifications on Android out via a new beta
Want to know if your WhatsApp message has attracted one of the platform's new Discord-esque reactions? Unfortunately, if you're on your Android device, you can't. However, the Facebook-owned service is now working on this, and is releasing it to its beta-channel users.
Microsoft's Surface Duo 2 undergoes the JerryRigEverything durabilty test
Microsoft has gone through with a launch for its second-gen dual-screen folding Android phablet. Now, the Surface Duo 2 has made it onto the popular YouTube channel JerryRigEverything. This video served to test its resistance to damage, although the host also took the time to point some other, unrelated potential weaknesses of the "foldable" device out.
iQOO is tipped to join the 100W Android smartphone brigade with its next Neo flagship
iQOO is a sub-brand of the OEM Vivo, known for its Neo line of premium mid-range smartphones. Now, a reliable leaker asserts that its next flagship is currently being designed to keep up with what might become one of 2022's hallmarks: the more widespread adoption of tech that supports charging at 100 watts (W) or more.
Honor's first-gen foldable is tipped to launch early next year, followed by its inaugural clamshell
Some recent leaks have been very clear in stating that the OEM Honor intends to launch a foldable phablet to rival the Galaxy Z Folds of this world. However, these rumors have been much more vague on the point of a launch date for this device. Now, a reliable tipster has gotten more specific on the subject, and now also asserts that Honor's also-forthcoming clamshell is also coming, albeit much later.
AMD's new RZ600 Wi-Fi 6E modules are based on MediaTek silicon
AMD has announced some new in-house Wi-Fi chips, developed in partnership with MediaTek. The RZ600 series of modules is based on the latter's latest technology for the connectivity standard, touted to support up-to-date wireless specs for PCs while saving power and optimizing speed.
OPPO Reno7: fresh leaks appear to confirm the launch of new smartphones with iPhone-inspired designs and new product names
OPPO is on the verge of adding new variants to its Reno series of premium mid-range smartphones, according to some recent leaks. Now, some Weibo users claim to have caught sight of a poster for this new range of Android devices in real life. The new leaks might also confirm their new look, as well as a possible launch date.
The Realme GT 2 Pro will launch with the Snapdragon 8 Gen1 SoC, Android 12 and much more
Realme instituted the GT series in 2021 to offer the best Android smartphone specs the brand could offer in speed-oriented packages. Now, it is slated to advance even further with its first Pro variant in 2022. This second-gen flagship is now slated to debut with a whole raft of top-end features that include the OEM's new top-end charging and camera technology.
Preliminary DDR7 specs put the next-gen RAM's top speed at 5 times that of standard DDR5
The bleeding edge of DRAM technology is now officially known as DDR5, rated for twice the data-transfer rates of its predecessor DDR4. However, its own next generation, DDR6, is now slated to launch with double these new speeds - or less than half those of DDR7 again. Both upcoming upgrades are said to be in the works at Samsung already.
MediaTek's Pentonic 2000 chipset is here to help deliver the 8K 120Hz TVs of the future
MediaTek has unveiled a new flagship SoC for the next generation of premium big-screen devices. The Pentonic 2000 can support resolutions of up to 8K and refresh rates of 120Hz. It can also allow OEMs to pack specs such as AV1 support, Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos into their upcoming top-end TVs.
OnePlus has an international version of the 9RT ready to debut in India
OnePlus launched the 9RT as a "flagship alternative" of sorts in 2021; however, it has been a Chinese-market exclusive to date. That is now slated to change, as a device that could be an international variant of the high-end phone has been spotted in new leaks, some of which seem to pertain to India specifically.
Volta teases "240W" and MagSafe power banks as its next upcoming products
Volta, an OEM specializing in high-speed power accessories for smart devices, has announced that one of its latest products is to be the BOLT power bank. It is touted to offer up to 6 different charging modes at a combined potential total of 240 watts (W). It may launch alongside a smaller power bank pitched at iPhone 12- or 13-series users.
Oukitel's first-gen tablet is a rugged Android device with a 10,000mAh battery
Oukitel is probably best known for its smartphones with ingress-protection ratings such as IP68/69K, a reinforced-style casing and large batteries for prolonged screen-on time. These features also apply to its latest product, the RT1 - however, this one has the OEM's largest display to date, at 10 inches. Oukitel will launch it for outdoor-life fans later in November 2021.
The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold4 will not upgrade to full S Pen support in 2022
Samsung made a concerted effort to make its Galaxy Z Fold3 more like a Note device, to the extent the new foldable even had its own kind of S Pen. However, its integration proved less than convincing, especially compared to a "normal" stylus-toting smartphone. Now, there are rumors that the next generation will get no better in this regard.
Samsung's Galaxy Tab A8 (2021) launch is all but confirmed in its latest leak
Samsung is projected to unveil a new cost-effective Android tablet, possibly before the end of 2021. Now, a new leak unambiguously confirms the product name allegedly linked to this device for the first time. It also serves to suggest the tablet might come in SKUs with and without standalone connectivity.
Honor schedules a launch for a photography-focused new smartphone in November 2021
An executive from Honor has confirmed that the OEM has set a date for the launch of its latest smartphone. Judging from its new teasers, this device is already being touted as a low-light specialist. They have also led to speculation that they pertain to the upcoming "60", and, thus, might debut alongside Pro and SE variants.
A new Lenovo Tab P12 Pro on Android 12L has its own Google-generated discount code
Google has announced that it will cover 10% of the price of Lenovo's latest high-end tablet - so long as the buyer uses Android 12L on their new device. This perk is mainly aimed at developers, although anyone could avail of it until its early 2022 expiry date. On the other hand, it may be something more worth thinking about after Black Friday 2021.
Samsung's "Galaxy A73 5G" turns up in new renders with a signature style and a potentially upgraded display
The Samsung Galaxy A73 is projected to launch with a display much like that of its predecessor - however, its refresh rate is also tipped to improve year-on-year. On the flip side, the upcoming mid-range Android smartphone is rumored to have a rear panel that is, again, a refined take on that of 2021's Galaxy A series. This upgrade, however iterative, might make a nice prospect in 2022.
Realme's Dizo sells 100,000 units of its Watch 2 in the first 40 days of its release
Dizo is a new brand recently started by Realme with a focus on a cost-effective tech-enhanced lifestyle. Now, it has announced that its second-gen Watch has amassed 100,000 orders in the 40 days since its release. The company asserts that this makes it the "fastest-selling" product in its category.
2022 Android flagships are tipped to upgrade to ~150W charging speeds thanks to new Qualcomm technology
A number of leaks have hinted at a steady influx of high-end phones with triple-digit wired charging speeds throughout 2022. Now, the latest tip involves a more concrete reason for this spec: an upcoming generation of top-end Qualcomm chipsets that can deliver this spec. Meanwhile, its source purports to downgrade charging rates for upcoming phones not associated with this technology.
OPPO will switch to a whole new rear camera design in the Reno 7 series
The OPPO Reno line of premium mid-range Android smartphones has become a little stale in terms of looks over the years. Now, further evidence of the OEM's intention to finally shake things up in this regard at the end of 2021 has emerged. It consists of a leak pointing to an eye-catching new rear camera module in the upcoming 7-seres' vanilla model.
Huawei launches the Watch GT Runner as its latest wearable
Huawei has made the new Runner variant of its Watch GT series. Its case, band and UI have been redesigned with athletic performance in mind. It incorporates a new antenna design for improved positioning, and is rated for up to 14 days' worth of battery life. It is up for pre-order in China from now.
Realme will release foldable and under-display camera phones by the end of 2022
Realme is already well-known for its increasingly popular smart and mobile devices, its Android smartphones included. Now, the brand is projected to break into next-gen form-factors such as foldable phablets as early as 2022. This new rumor is based on social-media posts, as well as an alleged schematic of a relevant device hinting at high-end specs to boot.
The new MacBook Pro's SD card reader is reported as dysfunctional in some units
Apple may have answered a multitude of MacBook Pro-user prayers by restoring the SD card slot to the latest versions of these PCs. However, a growing number of owners claim that the "new" port is running unusually slow compared to adapters or dongles. This issue has reportedly led to replacements for some affected consumers.
Huawei may license its smartphone designs to other companies to circumvent its US blacklisting
The sanctions imposed by the US administration that curb Huawei's smartphone business show no signs of going anywhere any time soon. Accordingly, the OEM has reportedly come up with a new way to adapt to the situation: licensing. This would involve farming its designs - such as the signature Mate-series camera ring - out in the fully-spec'ed forms consumers might want to see.
An Android user can now use their smartphone to get applications onto some of their TVs
Some Android TV users on Reddit have noticed that their big-screen devices are now appearing as connected devices when it comes to installing Google Play Store apps on their smartphones. This means the mobile devices can now be used to "tell" the TVs in question which apps to load as well as what content to display.
Nothing plans to release its ear (1) buds in a new colorway
Carl Pei's new start-up Nothing has but one product to its name so far: the ear (1) TWS earbuds. The active noise-cancelling (ANC)-enabled wearables have had only one SKU since their launch. Now, however, they are slated to release again in the form of a second option that may or may not go on sale soon.
The Realme Pad is released to Europe at just under US$300 for a Wi-Fi only model
Many Realme fans located in continental Europe may be glad to learn that the brand's first-gen tablet has finally launched in their market. On the other hand, only 1 of its SKUs is listed on its new official webpage thus far, and it will ship to a limited number of countries at present.
Honor registers what might be a new 60-series smartphone
Successors to the premium mid-range Honor 50 smartphone line are now rumored to launch before the end of 2021. Now, the OEM has started to certify devices that might turn out to be the mobile devices in question. They have the 50's speedy 66W charging speeds, as well as 5G.
Some of the latest Teslas to be delivered come with unexpected chip shortage-related defects
The latest round of customers to take delivery of their new Tesla Model Ys or 3s have started to complain of some odd and specific deficiencies within their electric cars. It seems they are missing the mobile-device charging specs with which they are marketed, and that this is due to...you guessed it...supply-chain issues.
MediaTek's next flagship processor will not be the Dimensity 2000
MediaTek is projected to launch a 2022 flagship mobile processor called the Dimensity 2000. However, according to an eminent leaker, this major upgrade is not to go by this name after all. This change in branding in question may hint at significant gains over the previous generation.
The Huawei MateBook E (2021) leaks onto the Microsoft Store ahead of its launch
Huawei has teased a new version of its MateBook E with strong overtones of the device being a Surface 8 Pro competitor on its launch. This may have been further underpinned by the reported release of a new app specifically for its new detachable keyboard dock onto the Chinese version of the Microsoft Store.
The new Samsung Galaxy A03 Core has a 5,000mAh battery and a Unisoc processor
Samsung has announced a device that is probably a contender for its cheapest smartphone of 2021. The Galaxy A03 Core, unlike others of similar names, has a large 5,000mAh battery. Then again, it also has a 4G/LTE-only SoC from Unisoc, along a RAM and internal storage prolife that is remarkably meager at this point.
The Motorola Moto Tab G70 appears as an upcoming Android tablet in a new leak
A new device called the Moto Tab G70 has reportedly appeared on the Google Play Console. According to this leak, it has a tablet-sized display driven by a new MediaTek Kompanio processor. Therefore, this Android 11-powered slate might launch soon.
Sotheby's announces support for ETH bids in real-time
Sotheby's will hold The Now Evening Auction, to include some works by Banksy, on November 18, 2021 in New York. The house has announced that it will accept bids in ether (ETH) during this event. This is not the first time it has done so, but will be the first time it will take bids in the cryptocurrency in real-time.
Motorola's "Moto Watch 100" appears in new leaked renders
Motorola's next smartwatch is projected to launch as the first of a new Moto Watch 100 series. This wearable has now surfaced in a new tip that is a close match for images allegedly leaked directly from the OEM earlier. Therefore, the new, supposedly well-priced, accessory might now stand a better chance of debuting soon.
Google's Pixel 6 Pro attracts more repairability-related approval in new teardown videos
The Pixel 6 Pro has now appeared in teardown videos from the popular YouTube channels iFixit and JerryRigEverything. The 2021 Google flagship phone has come in for some praise for the relative ease of removing and possibly replacing its display. Then again, it seems other disassembly-friendly measures the Mountain View giant has tried to make may have backfired.
Redmi will launch a Dimensity 2000-based smartphone in the near future
MediaTek is currently thought to produce a genuinely competitive premium-grade SoC called the Dimensity 2000 as its 2022 flagship mobile processor. Now, a Redmi executive has checked this silicon by name for the first time, thus adding considerable weight to the probability of its existence. The new social media post also suggests their brand has taken the processor up for the purposes of an upcoming phone.
The Galaxy A33 5G will launch without a headphone jack
The Galaxy A33 is projected to succeed the affordable-class A32 5G from 2021. According to the latest renders, the upcoming model may not change much in terms of design or specs in 2022. On the other hand, it is now slated to lose a feature that is usually a perk of budget Android smartphones.
The OnePlus 10 Pro will launch with 125W charging
A well-known leaker has posted a list of phones projected to upgrade to 125 watt (W) charging in 2022, and OnePlus' potentially upcoming flagship is on it. It is joined by others from sister brands such as Realme and OPPO. This new tip also purports to confirm the resurrection of one of the most innovative smartphone series of the last 10 years.
TCL's flagship 8K TV wins a CES 2022 award already
TCL announced a new line of 8K TVs, equipped with its in-house OD Zero technology, in 2021. Now, the OEM has announced that the flagship of this X9 line has won an CES 2022 Innovation Award, well in advance of the actual conference. One of its robot vacuum cleaners has also been recognized by the CTA committee already.
CTL partners with Parallels to offer a Chromebox that can run Windows apps out of the box
Chrome OS devices can be the path of least resistance to productivity on a budget or within space constraints. However, those potential advantages are not a lot of good to those who still need Windows apps such as those of MS Office for work. CTL may have solved this problem with a new SKU of its Chromebox CBx2 with Parallels Desktop.
Get 2 LG XBOOM speakers for the price of 1 over the Black Friday season
LG is offering a free pair of its flagship TONE Free TWS earbuds with qualifying OLED TVs during its Black Friday event in the US for the second year running. However, the OEM has also come up with a new promotion by which some audio products, some 2021 wireless speakers included, come with a free XBOOM Go PL5.
The Xiaomi 12 series will include a Mini version
The rumor mill has taken a more than slightly cryptic post from a famous Weibo leaker and run with it in the form of claims that it points to a variant of the possibly upcoming Xiaomi 12 flagship series with a much smaller screen size than normal. It is thought to be pitched at an audience who might be inclined to look for more of a flagship killer than a flagship.
Huawei teases the launch of the new Watch GT Runner on Weibo
Huawei has announced a launch for what it indicates is its first "professional" smartwatch via Chinese social media. This is apparently because the GT Runner will come with a UI, UX and specs geared toward running and the tracking of progress in this activity over time. It is now slated to line up for a start later in November 2021.
The Motorola "Moto G71" may launch soon following appearances in TENAA and 3C listings
Motorola is now thought to have a Moto G71 getting ready to join the new G51 on the market soon. Now, a device that might conform to this novel product name has been spotted as fresh entries in the databases of Chinese regulators. Therefore, the alleged Android smartphone might indeed launch soon.
OPPO will switch to a flat display in the Reno 7 Pro
OPPO has persisted in pushing curved displays in its upper-mid-tier Reno series of smartphones over the last few years, especially in the higher-end models. Now, an alleged in-the-wild image leak suggests that the OEM is finally ready to make a change with the successor to the Reno6 Pro. The tipster in question asserts that this device feels more like an iPhone as a result.
Samsung's 2022 Galaxy A-series will have a signature color palette across the board
2021 smartphones such as the Galaxy A12, A52 and A73 are now projected to attain successors with a fairly straightforward naming scheme in the coming year. Now, they are also expected to be uniform in their choices of rear panel finish, too. Then again, they might move on in terms of specs as well.
The Huawei Leqi Smart Electric Scooter is the first e-scooter to run HarmonyOS
Huawei has launched the first device in its new Leqi e-mobility series as an electric scooter powered by HarmonyOS. Its motor is rated for over 600 watts (W) of power for a range of up to 40 kilometer (km) per charge. The new die-cast aluminum urban vehicle goes for about US$390 in China.
Xiaomi sells 2 million wearables 30 minutes into Singles' Day
It's 11.11, and Xiaomi has been having a bumper sales event via its JD.com store in its native China. It claims to have taken only a half-hour during this event to sell 2 million of its fitness trackers and wearables. The OEM has also now revealed that its smartphones, the latest Mi 11-series units and the top-end Mix Fold included, are also doing well.
ZTE's Singles' Day sale includes its latest smartwatch for US$11 and more
The ZTE Watch Live started at US$40; however, it is priced at much less than that for today only. Besides that, the OEM offers the Axon 30 5G, one of the world's few under-display selfie camera bundled with various useful accessories at a promotional price for 2021's 11.11 event.
Nokia launches the X100, a budget 5G Android smartphone, through T-Mobile and Metro
The Nokia X100 is a phone with quad rear shooters enhanced with Zeiss lenses, NFC and a headphone jack. It is powered by the Snapdragon 480 SoC and, thus, will support the 5G bands of its new exclusive carrier, T-Mobile. It will also be available through its Metro pay-as-you-go arm from November 19, 2021.
Zhiyun's latest Crane M3 camera gimbal upgrades to its own OLED screen and LED light
The Crane M3 is a device designed to support and stabilize a DSLR such as the Sony a7 III in a user's hand or on a surface. It is also mechanical, which allows it to support modes such as pan, tilt, portrait or time-lapse on its own. They are controlled and chosen via this gimbal's series-first OLED touchscreen.
AMD previews the EPYC processors to come with the new 3D V-Cache upgrade and more
AMD's recent Accelerated Data Center Premiere Keynote has served to confirm the existence of next-gen products such as the server-grade processors known as EPYC Milan-X. These CPUs are much like those of the previously-unveiled third-gen series, except with 3D V-Cache technology. Their successors were also outlined in more detail.
AMD launches the next-gen supercomputer-ready Instinct MI200 accelerator series
AMD has now formally introduced the new Instinct line of accelerators, touting them as the first kind of GPU rated for exascale performance. This may render them equal to the demands of next-gen research-class computing. The new MI200 series may do so through an inaugural multi-die design, CDNA2 architecture and compatibility with EPYC processors for potential
Get one of the latest Amazfit GT-series watches at up to 13% off
Amazfit's US store is holding what it calls a "Black Friday-beating" sales event for Thanksgiving 2021. It involves up to 50% discounts on various smartwatches or fitness trackers from the increasingly popular Zepp Health brand. They include the new GTS 3, GTR 3 and GTR 3 Pro flagship wearables.
Moto Edge X: Lavish specs for the supposed Snapdragon 898-powered flagship emerge in a new leak
Motorola is now rumored to launch a smartphone with the impending next iteration of top-end Qualcomm processors. Now, more alleged details of this device have emerged. According to this new leak, it will be released to the global market as well as in China, and will have markedly high-end specs, particularly in the display department, in both instances.
Apple's iPhone 13-series stock woes are now slated to persist into 2022
Apple seems to be facing more difficulty than usual in getting its latest range of iPhones into customer hands than usual in 2021. The latest report on the subject indicates that the supply issues in question are likely to ease off - albeit not for several months from now. In the meantime, hopeful buyers are still likely to endure relatively lengthy waits until their new flagship gets to them.
The POCO M4 Pro is its brand's first-ever 50MP main camera smartphone
POCO has just made its last new smartphone of 2021 official. The M4 Pro 5G offers several upgrades over its predecessor in a package with styling to match the increasingly popular brand's esthetics. It starts at just under US$270, although its impending early-bird deals allow for its first round of orders to go for even less than that.
Next-gen Xiaomi flagships inch closer to a global launch with new Indian certifications
The recently-launched Redmi Note 11 Pro and Pro Plus now seems destined for a launch in India, thanks to reports that the devices have acquired approval from the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS). They are joined there by a third model number said to belong to the upcoming Xiaomi 12 series of flagships.
OPPO's Find X4 Pro will charge at a much faster rate compared to its predecessor
OPPO is already thought to have a 2022 flagship Android smartphone, which may or may not be called the Find X4, in the works. Now, a famous Weibo-based leaker asserts that it will get an upgrade in terms of battery technology as well as SoC over its alleged predecessor. Accordingly, its charging speed may exceed the current 65W limit by a good margin.
PNY's DDR5 memory acquires more detailed specs and release dates
PNY had revealed that the next generation of its XLR8 Gaming RAM would be DDR5. Now, it has announced that these MAKO and MAKO RGB sticks will be on the market shortly. They will be joined by Performance DDR5, which will support the 4,800MHz speed mentioned earlier.
A Google Pixel 6 Pro teardown video offers encouraging insights into the device's repairability
Newer iPhones come with software locks that prevent the use of the cameras should replacement parts be installed instead of factory originals. Now, there are rumors that Google has done the same with its 2021 flagship, the Pixel 6 Pro. A famous independent-repair blogger has investigated these claims using 2 new units of this phone.
Netflix is slated to pose the next big threat to Apple's App Store monopoly
Netflix has started to offer games as well as conventional content on Android. It is now also projected to do the same on iOS - however, there is an obstacle in the way of these alleged plans, and it is, of course, Apple's policy on mobile apps. On the other hand, this barrier may not be as immovable or implacable as it once was.
Realme patents what looks like an under-display camera phone
OEMs might ditch the punch-hole for smartphone selfie cameras in favor of under-display technology instead. Now, patent images allegedly created by Realme may indicate that this brand may join this rapidly-growing trend. Judging by the rest of its appearance, the resulting device may be destined for the middle or top tiers of its smartphone offerings.
Honor gears up to launch its first-gen foldable smartphone in Europe
Honor may be one of the next OEMs to launch a first-gen foldable Android phone. Now, these rumors have gained more weight with findings that the company has registered what might be a name for this device with the European Union's intellectual property office EUIPO. Then again, the contents of this leak contradicts the last on the subject.
The Samsung "Galaxy Tab A8 2021" tablet's super-budget specs emerge in a new leak
Samsung is rumored to launch a new version of the Galaxy Tab A8 before the end of 2021. Now, it has allegedly leaked onto Geekbench with specs to match the cost-effective looks of the potential tablet's most up-to-date renders. Should they prove accurate, it seems the slate derives its processing power from an unusual source.
GoPro is now sitting on over US$160 million in cash for the latest quarter of 2021
GoPro claims to have closed the third quarter of 2021 (3Q2021) with US$317 million in sales, or 13% more year-on-year (YoY). New subscription-based strategies are also still working out for the action-cam brand, with over 100% growth YoY in numbers and takings. However, cameras such as the HERO9 Black still drive the company's continuing success.
G.SKILL claims to push its DDR5 beyond its current top speed
DDR5 is the next-gen standard that is now emerging with the promise of ultra-fast DRAM to match equally cutting-edge platforms such as Alder Lake. Those 12th-gen Intel processors are currently rated to handle speeds of up to 6,666MHz (or DDR5-6666). Now, G.SKILL claims to have developed the next step in this evolution: DDR5-7000.
The Vonmählen High Six is an ultra-portable charging cable accessory that has made 350% of its Kickstarter campaign already
Vonmählen aims to solve the problem of having left the charging cable that has suddenly become vital at home while travelling or commuting with the High Six. It is a miniature, foldable cable that can become interchangeable between USB type-C, other forms of USB and the Lightning connector at one end, and has a keychain case to keep it handy at all times.
Ducati launches a new Pro-III electric scooter
Ducati is a classic name in motorbikes; however, it also now makes electric scooters. The latest of these is rated for up to 515 watts (W) of power, and, thus, speeds of up to 25 kilometers per hour (or 15.5 miles per hour). The OEM also claims that the Pro-III is its "most technically advanced scooter" it has produced, with NFC-powered security features and USB charging for smartphones.
The Pixel 6 Pro undergoes the JerryRigEverything durabilty test
The Pixel 6 Pro is Google's most convincing flagship smartphone for years. Does this also make it the Mountain View giant's most durable Android device of years? The YouTuber Zach Nelson puts the new device through his famous JerryRigEverything series of tests.
The Motorola Moto E30 debuts in low-key fashion in Europe
Motorola has stealthily launched a new Moto E-series smartphone in 2 European countries. The new E30 is one of the very few of its line to offer a 90Hz display, alongside triple rear cameras and Android 11 Go. It does so set at a price of under US$120 in its new markets.
An alleged price scheme for the upcoming OPPO Reno 7-series smartphones emerges in a new leak
OPPO is projected to launch 7th-gen Reno smartphones by the end of 2021. Now, a well-known Weibo tipster purports to outline how much each variant will cost on their allegedly imminent launch. Meanwhile, more potential details of what might be their flagship-grade counterpart have trickled out.
2022 will see at least two flagship smartphones that can charge at up to 200 watts
120 watts (W) is the highest rate at which a smartphone can charge in 2021. The latest word is that there are 2 devices in development capable of breaking this barrier that will launch the following year. They could thus go from 0 to 100% in 10 minutes or less thanks to their alleged upgrade.
Apple continues to rule the US smartphone market for the third quarter of 2021
Apple's iPhones all but dominated their market in the US in the third quarter of 2020 with a share of just under 40%. Now, they have maintained their #1 spot in the same quarter of 2021 (3Q2021), having grown their cut to just over 40%. Meanwhile, LG's absence this year has led to an increased presence for OnePlus and Motorola.
Asus releases the ROG Phone 5S gaming flagship smartphones to the European market
Asus refreshed its premium Android gaming smartphones of 2021 with the enhanced Snapdragon 888 Plus processor. Now, the resulting ROG Phone 5S series for the European market has been launched. It offers up to 18GB of RAM in a 6.78-inch display form factor with an innovative Matrix secondary display.
Nothing hints it has something else to launch soon
Carl Pei's new start-up Nothing geared up with bold claims of an entire ecosystem of unique products; however, it has launched just 1 pair of TWS earbuds thus far. Now, however, an executive at the company has teased launches for products to follow these accessories. There are not many details on any of them at present, although the company insists they will be "iconic".
Huawei will launch an e-ink tablet as well as the Mate X3 and Mate 50 in 2022
Huawei is now said to get back on track with its flagship mobile device releases in 2022, starting with the Mate 50 series of phablets. However, the OEM is also now thought to get into a new and less expected market: that for e-ink display devices. The first of these now allegedly has a product name and a model number, and may thus also launch in very late 2021 or early on in the next year.
The "world's first" iPhone with a type-C port is now up for auction - with more than one catch
The engineer Ken Pillonel hit the headlines - not to mention the YouTube views - in the course of showcasing an iPhone X modified to work with a USB type-C port rather than a Lightning port as normal. This answer to many tech fans' dreams is now available to buy in return for winning an ongoing eBay auction. However, its current bid level is just 1 of the caveats included in this listing.
Motorola debuts the Moto G51 with the new Snapdragon 480 Plus SoC
The Motorola Moto G51 is now official, and, furthermore, is the first device to launch with the Plus version of the Snapdragon 480 processor. The chipset is geared towards the budget end of the 5G market; nevertheless, its inaugural vehicle has a 120Hz display and 8GB of RAM. Unfortunately, it is also exclusive to a Chinese carrier thus far.
Nokia brings the T20 tablet to India
Nokia debuted a new tablet called the T20, which has been available in Europe thus far. Now, it has launched on Flipkart today (November 2, 2021). The 2K display device will start for just under US$210 in its new market.
The Yoga 16s 2022 is Lenovo's latest 16-inch Ryzen 5000-based laptop
Lenovo has now unveiled the Yoga 16s 2022 in full to its initial market of China. The PC offers multiple ports in a CNC-machined metallic body with multiple ports. It plays host to a Ryzen 7 5800H processor that will run Windows 11 out of the box, as well as RTX 3000-series graphics and a choice of high display refresh rates.
The Lenovo Yoga Pro 14s Carbon 2022 is a new OLED touchscreen laptop with an ultra-light-weight build
Despite part of its name, the Yoga Pro 14s Carbon 2022 has launched today (November 2, 2021). Lenovo has designed this new laptop to be as thin and light as possible, with a mass of just over 1 kilogram (kg). Nevertheless, it packs a powerful Ryzen 5000-series processor, which drives a 90Hz OLED display and runs Windows 11 out of the box.
Lenovo unleashes the Xiaoxin Pad Pro 12.6 on the Chinese market
The newest most premium tablet produced by Lenovo for the global market has a sub-13-inch E4 AMOLED display with a 2K resolution, quad JBL speakers and stylus support. Now, the OEM has also graced its Chinese fans with this collection of specs in the form of the Xiaoxin Pad Pro 12.6. It can be pre-ordered in its new market from now.
Samsung's final Galaxy S22 and S22 Plus designs are allegedly confirmed in a new leak
Samsung's alleged Galaxy S22 Ultra is thought to get a major overhaul in terms of its looks in early 2022. Now, the latest word on its possible vanilla and Plus counterparts corroborate others that suggest they will get considerably less of the same treatment. The phones' latest renders hint at how that may work out in real life.
The Xiaomi 11T Pro is headed to India, as per a new leak
The 11T Pro is one of Xiaomi's latest high-end phones, complete with a 120Hz AMOLED display and 120W charging. Now, a new variant of the device has allegedly turned up on a Google Play database. Its model number suggests it is destined for the Indian market.
Royole's next foldable device will get a new product name and a somewhat updated design
Royole was an early adopter of foldable phablet technology, although it may have been overtaken by other OEMs such as Samsung since then. Now, a new leak alleges that the company will be back in this market again with a new device that will depart from its FlexPai predecessors with a snappier new moniker. Then again, it may be less than next-gen in some aspects.
Asus will launch a new ROG Zephyrus Duo of a different size
The Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo is one of the most interesting 15.6-inch gaming laptops out there, thanks to its innovative dual-screen set-up. Now, a famous leaker claims that a possible successor or second variant for this machine is coming, with a different screen size this time around. It may or may not arrive alongside new TWS earbuds to match its branding.
Samsung releases One UI 4 betas for the Galaxy Z Fold3 and Flip3
The top-end Galaxy Z Fold3 phablet has become eligible for the latest version of Samsung's One UI, as has the Galaxy Z Flip3 clamshell foldable phone. Users of either high-end device in the OEM's native South Korea can now download their first betas of the latest 4.0 version of this software, which upgrades the devices to Android 12 and its newest features.
Potential pricing for the Lenovo Xiaoxin Pad Pro 12.6 emerges in a leak ahead of its launch
Lenovo will debut its new high-end tablet for its domestic market, China, in a few days from now. However, an online retail site claims to have it up for pre-orders for a price in US dollars ahead of this event. In more concrete pre-launch tips, the OEM has revealed that it will come with a custom magnetic keyboard dock.
LG releases its latest FHD CineBeam projector to the US market
The latest LG CineBeam LED projector has debuted at under $900 in the US market. The OEM asserts that it can be set up anywhere thanks to its compact form-factor and "4-Corner" keystone technology. It is thus rated for clear, vivid and accurate images of up to 120 inches in diagonal length.
The AGM Glory is a smartphone designed to survive at temperatures as low as -40°C
Most lithium-ion batteries, those found in mobile devices included, are incapable of working when exposed to temperatures of about -20 degrees Celsius (°C) or lower. However, the new AGM Glory series of rugged Android phones has a power-pack rated to function for a time at -40°C. They also have a 5G Qualcomm processor, 8GB of RAM, a 48MP main camera and more.
Honor consolidates its rise to the #3 spot in the Chinese smartphone market
Honor has held other companies such as Xiaomi off to retain the third-highest share of the Chinese smartphone market. The OEM is now third in this market; then again, the greatest year-on-year (YoY) gain in the country went to Apple for the latest quarter of 2021 (3Q2021). Despite this success, the market as a whole shrank by 5% YoY.
OPPO will launch the Reno 7 SE alongside the Reno 7 and 7 Pro later in 2021
OPPO has taken to launching Pro and Pro+ models alongside a vanilla variant when it comes to unveiling new Reno-series smartphones. Now, a new leak alleges that the OEM is going to shake this scheme up with their upcoming next generation. The line is said to get an SE edition for the first time.
Xiaomi discontinues the Mi 11 Ultra in India
Xiaomi has reportedly sold every unit of the super-premium Mi 11 Ultra it has for the Indian market. The Android flagship has only been on sale there for about 3 months, but is now reportedly not coming back now it is out of stock. It may be "replaced" by its own approximate successor in 2022.
Sony increases its revenue for its latest quarter by 13% compared to that in 2020
Sony has reported total revenues of ~2.4 trillion yen (~US$20.8 billion) for its latest fiscal quarter (the second of 2021, or 2FQ2021). Its gaming arm accounted for nearly 27% of these takings; however, nearly every other area of the company's business, even that of its smartphones, posted year-on-year (YoY) gains.
Samsung posts "record" revenues for the third quarter of 2021
Samsung has announced total revenues and operating profits that ran well into trillions of South Korean won (KRW, or billions of US dollars) for the third quarter of 2021 (3Q2021). The company attributes this success to its silicon production, as well as to the sale of devices such as the Galaxy Z Fold3 and Flip3.
The Pixel 6 Pro may face supply issues as Google sets up waitlist for many of its SKUs
Google's latest flagship phone has only been on the market for 10 days now, yet seems to be out of stock already. The OEM has had to replace its "Order" buttons with one that says "Join Waitlist" instead on its website for most of its color and storage options. Then again, it might still be available through carriers, in the US at least.
OnePlus teases its Black Friday deals on devices such as the 9-series flagships
OnePlus has revealed that it intends to stretch Black Friday across pretty much the whole of November in 2021. It will hold offer events on various days throughout the month, which may vary from market to market. Nevertheless, the OEM claims that attractive prices for all its phones will debut for the promotion.
Gigaset's latest phone is a Redmi Note 9 rival with a removable battery
Gigaset has launched its latest made-in-Germany phone as the GS5, a device that distinctly falls into the mid-range category, with a 4G/LTE-only MediaTek Helio-series processor and a V-notched FHD+ display. Then again, with its removable battery and sustainability-related appeal, it may be capable of standing out in its market.
G.SKILL's high-performance RAM kits go DDR5 in their latest generation
The Ripjaws S5 series is G.SKILL's newest RAM for "high-performance" rigs, and goes up to DDR5-6000 in terms of speed. The OEM asserts that their next-gen memory is made of internal circuits (ICs) "hand-screened" for stability and consistency. It has been launched as kits with dual 16GB modules.
Alphabet makes US$65 billion in revenue for the latest quarter of 2021
Google's parent company Alphabet has reported revenues of just over US$65 billion for the latest complete quarter of 2021 (3Q2021). This represented a 41% increase year-on-year (YoY); then again, only $18 billion remained as the search giant's profit - no less than 68% year-on-year.
POCO confirms the existence of the M4 Pro with a new launch announcement
POCO Global has just invited its fans to "power up" their "fun" with the M4 Pro 5G. This device (heretofore only the stuff of leaks) is now official, as its launch date. The possibly MediaTek Dimensity-based phone will do so before the end of 2021, suggesting it will also be available for sale within the same year.
Samsung will upgrade the Galaxy S22 Ultra's screen in a potentially important way
The next Galaxy S-series top-end model is slated to be a ground-breaking phone in a number of respects, even for its premium line. Now, an eminent leaker asserts that the South Korean giant has broken a specific record in developing a display for this flagship device. The feature in question is now projected to beat even the Galaxy Z Fold3 in these terms.
Honor launches the X30i and X30 Max as its new big-screen phones for the Chinese market
Honor has ostensibly targeted Singles' Day shoppers with its launch of the X30i and X30 Max. They might indeed appeal to those looking for a lot of display for not a lot of money; furthermore, the 2 new phones also offer new 5G-ready MediaTek Dimensity silicon and up to 8GB of RAM. They can be pre-ordered from today, although their general sale does indeed start on November 11, 2021.
The "POCO M4 Pro" appears on Geekbench with a MediaTek processor and more RAM than previously thought
The M4 Pro is now rumored as the next phone to launch from the Xiaomi brand POCO. This event is looking more and more likely in the face of new Geekbench listings for a device with a model number thought to conform to the device. They point to a mid-range MediaTek Dimensity processor and Android 11 for the upcoming smartphone.
OPPO unveils plans to debut ray-tracing on smartphones and a smart car system
OPPO has outlined some of its latest ambitions for the future of its company and its software at its latest Developers Conference, beginning today (October 27, 2021). They include plans to break into the areas of healthcare and smart car technology, as well as allusions to the potential of next-gen mobile AI and graphics.
Palm is back with the Buds Pro TWS earphones
The brand Palm may have helped propel hand-held personal tech to where it is today; however, it has all but faded into obscurity now. However, it has just revealed that it might be mounting a fightback against this with the launch of its latest products, the Buds Pro. They offer ANC with "studio-grade" sound and can be pre-ordered from now.
ARM teases an upcoming GPU in terms of performance gains over that of its 2021 flagship
The newest top-end mobile GPU unveiled by ARM is the Mali-G710, likely to form part of upcoming SoCs such as the Dimensity 2000. However, the chipset IP colossus has now hinted at its successor, rated to improve further on the potential gains of the G710. Then again, the company has yet to offer many metrics or indicators of its apparent relative superiority over current cutting-edge smartphone graphics.
Nokia will plant 50 trees for every XR20 sold
Nokia's new "Let's Plant Together" initiative involves a commitment to getting new trees planted for every X- and G-series smartphone sold. The HMD Global brand has announced the measure as a new augment to the sustainability of its smartphone business, which already involves long-term warranty and software support.
The Samsung Galaxy S21 FE launch is potentially back on as the phone's support pages reappear online
Samsung has been observed to have posted pages for a device called the SM-G990B/DS, a model number previously linked to the Galaxy S21 FE, a phone thought to have faced the axe due to supply constraints. Therefore, it seems the latest Fan Edition flagship smartphone variant is now back as an upcoming product.
The Xiaomi 12 series will come with some potentially welcome display refinements
Some recent leaks concerning Xiaomi's Mi 11-series successors have hinted that the OEM might not change these smartphones much in terms of their curved displays, a potential source of consternation among tech fans who prefer other panel types instead. However, a prominent leaker now suggests the situation might be less pronounced compared to earlier indications.
HTC launches new TWS earbuds with ANC and an IP5X certification
HTC has introduced its latest product as a pair of noise-cancelling TWS earbuds. In fact, the Taiwanese stalwart insists these accessories have dual noise cancellation: that of the often sought-after active variety (or ANC), as well as the environmental (ENC) kind, thus ensuring "clear communication in any environment". They also offer "worry-free" IP5X splash-resistance and up to 24 hours of battery life.
The Sony Xperia 10 III acquires a new, charger-less retail option
Sony has announced that its mid-range Xperia 10 III smartphone will be offered with the option of shipping with a charger or not. The new latter retail SKU will come with a price cut. It is only available in 1 market thus far, but may be a sign of things to come from this OEM.
LG wins the contract to make the periscope lenses for the iPhones of the future
Apple is projected to debut iPhones with powerful zoom thanks to the addition of periscope lenses to their rear camera humps. Now, a South Korean media outlet asserts that an LG subsidiary has been engaged to produce these new modules. This report might indicate when devices with the spec will be released.
The Galaxy A53 will come with a 120Hz display and a new colorway
Samsung is rumored to provide a successor to the Galaxy A52 5G in 2022. Now, a new leak suggests that it will reprise some of its forebear's better specs, and might launch at around the same time of year. It might, at least, break into new color options in 2022.
The next generation of Motorola smartwatches emerges in a new official leak
Motorola had confirmed plans to release new smartwatches under its branding with a new partner, currently known as CE Brands. Now, this company has dropped this wearable's final product name, as well as several strong hints as to its design and about how much it might cost. It is now to be followed up by 2 more of its new series on its launch.
Next-gen AirPods Pro will upgrade to a case with Apple Find My integration and more
Apple is projected to launch second-gen AirPods Pro in 2022. These TWS earbuds have allegedly been captured in new renders hinting that their charging case will come with new and heretofore-unseen features. Then again, their source may be less than 100% reliable in this case.
Xiaomi 12 Pro: A new leak hints at a polarizing design choice in the upcoming flagship
A new tip purports to offer more insight into what might prove a successor to a premium Xiaomi smartphone. It focuses on the new "12 Pro's" display, which will apparently split fans down the middle with the return of a certain display type often seen in high-end mobile devices. The render also hints that the Pro will not get much of a selfie-camera upgrade.
OPPO's latest patent might reveal its next-gen smartphone design language ahead of time
OPPO has claimed some new intellectual property that might dictate how smartphones such as those of the allegedly upcoming Reno 7 series might look. Accordingly, these devices might have 3 to 4 rear cameras with curving sides and displays with off-center punch-hole selfie cameras. Devices based on this updated design might be unveiled as early as November 2021.
TCL's first-gen 5G tablet is exclusive to Verizon in the US
TCL has launched the TAB Pro 5G slate to the North American market. It has a 10-inch display and an affordable-grade Qualcomm processor for its up-to-date connectivity. This will be accessed through Verizon's network, as the tablet will be sold through this carrier only on its release.
Amazfit releases its latest smartwatches for sale via Walmart
Walmart now has new listings for Amazfit smartwatches; however, they are not for the latest GTR/GTS 3 series, but for the popular health and fitness tech brand's latest "performance" wearables, the Bip U Pro included. They start at US$40 through the physical and online retailer from now.
An Apple Watch Series 7 teardown reveals what lies behind its screen's updated design
The popular teardown site iFixit has now released its disassembly walk-through for Apple's latest Watch, comparing it to the preceding series 6 as it went. The process revealed the design changes that contribute to the wearable's new super-slim bezels, as well as its ingress-protection ratings. Whether they add to its repairability is another matter, however.
Honor announces a launch for 2 new, yet oddly familiar-looking, phones
Honor has announced that it will release 2 new phones as a Chinese Singles' Day special, although they will launch on October 28 rather than November 11, 2021. The OEM skirts around the actual names of the new phones, although some leaks assert that they are the X30 Max and X30i. Both devices have very well-worn designs, although their internals might be up to date, at least.
OPPO has a 2021 launch date for its first-gen foldable
A reliable Weibo leaker now claims that OPPO will hold a "blockbuster" launch event before the end of 2021, and that its inaugural foldable smartphone is likely to be the star of this show. The device is painted as a bona fide rival for flagships such as the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 or Huawei Mate X2 based on its rumored specs.
Asus releases its final Android 12 release schedule for ZenFones and ROG Phones
The OEM Asus has outlined its timeline for the roll-out of its version of Android 12, and which devices are counted into this schedule. It contains some good news for owners of newer flagship devices from this company, if less so for those with older ROG Phone- or ZenFone-series smartphones.
Vivo launches a new 6.44-inch display phone while another allegedly waits in the wings
Vivo has made the latest member of its more affordable Y series of smartphones official. The Y71t has an FHD+ 6.44-inch AMOLED display and a Dimensity 810 SoC. However, it seems the next device to launch from this OEM with the same display size might be much higher-end, although the two might have the same battery capacity.
Samsung may lose the right to sell over 60 of its smartphones in Russia over a new patent dispute
Samsung Pay is the third most popular contactless digital payments system in use in Russia today. The South Korean giant's resultant market dominance is now under threat, however, as a Swiss company now asserts a relevant patent it owns is being infringed upon so that consumers can use it in the country. It is seeking a sales blockade that would mean Samsung would have to take a sizeable number of its handsets off Russian shelves soon.
SK Hynix announces state-of-the-art HBM3-based DRAM
SK Hynix has introduced its latest development as high bandwidth memory 3 (or HBM3) as "the world’s best-performing DRAM". It is rated for up to 78% greater data-processing rates compared to its predecessor, thanks to its maker's latest TSV technique. HBM3 also has a new maximum capacity per module, thanks to the latest manufacturing processes.
Motorola has at least one more affordable 4G/LTE phone to launch in 2021
Motorola has just launched the Moto G Pure for the Canadian and US markets. Now, a device that looks like it might be a higher-end variant of the same phone has leaked via the FCC and Wi-Fi Alliance. They indicate that the device is 4G/LTE-only; however, images allegedly linked to the same phone show scope for a more premium display than that of the G Pure, at least.
Lenovo announces a November 2021 launch event for the Xiaoxin Pad Pro 12.6 and maybe more
A Lenovo representative has announced that the OEM will hold a major product event for later in 2021. A new tablet, the Xiaoxin Pad Pro 12.6, is confirmed as one of the stars of this show. However, there may be others, and they may be new PCs of the Yoga line.
Signs of a Vivo Watch 2 with an AMOLED display and eSIM options emerge
Vivo launched its first-gen smartwatch in 2020. Now, a device that might prove to be its successor has been certified in China. It is rumored to uphold its series' trend of high-end specs such as a round AMOLED display, and add some of its own such as standalone connectivity.
Sony unveils the new alpha 7 IV full-frame camera
Sony has just announced that its latest camera is none other than the latest alpha 7 (or a7) full-frame unit. The OEM touts it as a true "hybrid" shooting machine, in that it has optimized the new device for stills as well as videos - and live-streams. Furthermore, the a7 IV boasts a raft of updated hardware updates, which include its rear-mounted touchscreen.
The OPPO K9s launches with the Snapdragon 778G processor, a 3.5mm jack and more
OPPO has made the latest addition to its 2021 K9 series official today (October 20, 2021). This new variant has a FHD+ 120Hz display, driven by one of the year's most prominent mid-range 5G processors with "7-layer" cooling. It starts at under US$250 for a 6GB RAM variant.
The iQOO Z5x is the world's latest Dimensity 900 smartphone with a 120Hz display and a 50MP main camera
iQOO has made its latest smartphone official today. This more affordable counterpart to the existing Z5 will stand out in its segment thanks to its processor and its rear camera system. The Dimensity 900 is not found on many other devices to date, not even in China; furthermore, the Z5x has only 2 rear cameras, although its main-sensor specs might yet cater to most user demands in 2021.
Samsung officially unpacks One UI 4 during its latest press event
Samsung has formally unveiled One UI 4 today. The OEM has indicated that this new interface is intended for use across all devices a given user might have from its brand, from its accessories to its mobile devices or PCs. Accordingly, it contains the latest versions of features such as SmartThings Find and Quick Share.
Samsung's Galaxy Unpacked 2 event amounts to not much more than new Galaxy Z Flip3 and Watch4 finish options
Samsung held what it called the "Galaxy Unpacked 2" livestream today (October 20, 2021). It served to make the new Bespoke Editions of the Galaxy Z Flip3 official. The Galaxy Watch4 and Buds2 also now have SKUs based on a collaboration with a new designer.
Google touts the Pixel 6 camera systems as the best ones smartphones have to offer
Google has announced the "most advanced smartphone camera" as part of its new Pixel 6 series. It introduces the latest modes and features developed for this historically competent line, Magic Eraser, Motion Mode, Real Tone and Face Unblur included. However, one or two are reserved for the higher-end Pro model.
Google announces new charging accessories for Pixel fans who might now really need them
The latest Google charging accessories can charge your new Pixel 6-series device at up to 30W, if not for free. The Pixel Stand 2 can go at up to 23 watts (W), whereas the latest wired charger from the Mountain View giant supports the USB-PD 20V/1.5A standard. However, neither are free, not even with a new phone.
Realme launches the Watch T1 alongside the Q3s and GT Neo2T
Realme has launched its latest smartphones, the GT Neo2T and Q3s, in China today (October 19, 2021) as teased earlier. However, they are accompanied by a slightly less expected product: the Watch T1. It is a round-faced smartwatch with eerily familiar specs, albeit with new and exclusive bands.
The Redmi Note 11 Pro Plus will launch soon with up to 120W charging
Redmi is projected to launch the Note 11 series of mid-range smartphones soon. It has been said to consist of vanilla and Pro variants, with up to 67W fast charging. However, prominent Chinese leakers now assert there is a third option that will ship with support for the fastest power brick available to its Xiaomi-owned brand.
Oukitel touts the new WP17 as its first "esthetic" rugged phone
Oukitel has launched its latest Android phone as WP17. The OEM defines it as its first phone with "esthetic design", which translates to a device with 'rugged' features, albeit one that looks more like a "normal" phone compared to most in this category. Nevertheless, it still has "work-" and "outdoor" functions, most notably a rear camera with night vision.
Sony announces a new alpha-series camera launch
Sony's Alpha division has just tweeted that a new camera is coming. This device, teased as the latest addition to the alpha series, will thus join the growing list of potentially major new devices to be launched this week (October 18-24, 2021). It is likely to come with the latest processor for its form-factor from the OEM, although further upgrades remain to be seen.
A white-hat hacker reportedly takes just 1 second to jailbreak an iPhone 13 Pro
A "white hat" has reportedly jailbroken an iPhone 13-series unit in what might be record time and to the highest level of access. Furthermore, this exploit was apparently done remotely, and allowed the hacker in question to access and delete photos and other files on the phone. This allegedly involved entry points found in numerous aspects of iOS 15.
Samsung, Qualcomm and Verizon claim to break the world record for 5G upload speeds
Verizon, Samsung and Qualcomm have collaborated on a project directed toward raising the limit for upload speeds over 5G. This was done using a combination of mmWave and other bands to produce a result estimated at over 700 megabits per second (Mb/s). This might reduce the time taken to upload 4K videos over the networks in question to just a few seconds.
The Apple Store is down ahead of a potentially major product announcement
There are now mere hours before Apple's Unleashed event, and the Cupertino giant's virtual store has gone offline. Its main page notes it is down for "updates". This may be as good a sign as any that long-awaited upgrades to product lines capable of flying off the shelves are on the way.
TaoTronics SoundLiberty Pro P10 ANC Hybrid Active Noise Cancelling TWS Earbuds hands-on and review
The spec of active noise cancellation (ANC) in truly wireless or TWS earbuds is getting more common. TaoTronics now claims to offer it in its SoundLiberty Pro P10 accessories. Can it possibly match up to headphones one might specfically buy to block unwanted sound?
The iQOO Z5x is coming with a mid-range Dimensity processor
iQOO has already launched the Z5; now, a new phone with a very similar name is coming. The brand has confirmed this device will launch in late 2021. It is destined for a MediaTek processor rather than the Qualcomm platform of the Z5; however, the upcoming variant will still have 5G.
The Honor 50 Lite is coming to Europe for just under US$350
The Honor 50 is a premium mid-range smartphone said to launch in Europe soon. Now, its maker is rumored to be preparing a 50 Lite to go along with it. It is said to have the exact same specs and looks as a device from Honor's former parent company Huawei - however, one version might have some crucial advantages over the other.
NuCurrent's latest form of NFC charging is rated for over 2x the power-delivery of the previous standard
NFC is a popular form of casual data transfer between compatible devices, and can also be used as a form of wireless charging as well. This is typically done using the NFC WLC standard, which allows for low-wattage power delivery over a specific frequency. Now, NuCurrent claims its latest development improves on those specs, for improved charging and data-transfer speeds.
OPPO announces a launch for a new mid-range version of the K9 Pro
OPPO has confirmed a launch for a new device for later in October 2021. It is quite like the Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra-inspired K9 Pro in its looks, although it is slated to have the premium mid-tier Snapdragon 778G platform rather than the MediaTek flagship of the Pro. However, the K9s is said to retain its high display refresh rate, although other compromises might have been made for a more affordable price.
More potential next-gen Moto G phones surface as FCC and Geekbench listings
Motorola is slated to have the next round of its Moto G-series smartphones in the works. These rumors started with the G31; now, signs of what might be its higher-end siblings have emerged. The FCC may have approved one already, while Geekbench purports to have tested another.
The Huawei Nova 9 series is coming to Europe for under US$600
Huawei's latest Nova-series phones are veritable unicorns in the smartphone industry, having launched in China with a 4G/LTE-only version of the Snapdragon 778G. Now, some new leaks allege that they are coming to Europe, bringing this chipset with them. However, it already seems it is lacking in areas besides connectivity.
Sony China collaborates with Meizu to provide a new version of Android to its customers
Sony's Chinese division is reportedly in talks with Meizu to port features of the latter's Android skin, Flyme OS, to mobile devices from the former in that country. This may sound strange as Sony already develops its own apps for its phones; however, it may perceive the region-specific change as a better way to appeal to that market.
The Soundcore Frames brings modularity to the world of audio glasses
Anker's popular personal audio brand Soundcore has gotten into the audio glasses game with its first-gen Frames. This modern-day pair of shades sets itself apart in that the user can remove the speaker-enabled components and attach them to an entirely new set of lenses. This makes the spectacles interchangeable in terms of style, although this does come at an additional cost.
The OnePlus Watch Harry Potter Edition seems set for launch, starting in India
OnePlus India has posted a new Tweet strongly hinting that a previously rumored new version of the OEM's first-gen smartwatch is coming to India. This "Harry Potter Edition" is currently projected to launch with the same specs as the original wearable, although it is now clear it will have a new band to go with its new theme.
Realme will launch the Q3s in October 2021
Realme has announced that it will hold a new product event on October 19, 2021. Now, it has confirmed the identity of 1 of the new devices to be unveiled on that date: the Q3s. This is currently slated to debut as a mid-ranger with a popular 5G processor.
Samsung's Q3 lead in the smartphone market emerges unscathed from an overall decline inflicted by 2021 supply-chain issues
Canalys has now released a report on the smartphone market for the latest complete quarter, the third of 2021 (3Q2021). The group has concluded that its shipments have fallen by 6% year-on-year (YoY), and that this reduction can be attributed to the ongoing chipset shortage. However, this did not stop Samsung from staying at the top of the charts, as it did in 3Q2020.
TCL presents the new Thunderbird Smart Glasses Pioneer Version
Thunderbird is an augmented reality (AR) -focused start-up supported by the display-centric OEM TCL. Now, the two brands have unveiled something apparently three years in the making: the new Smart Glasses Pioneer Version, with a groundbreaking color micro-LED display geared toward an optimal AR experience.
Genshin Impact updates with 120fps support - on iOS alone
miHoYo has announced a new chapter for its flagship game Genshin Impact, coming to iOS via a new update. This 2.2 iteration adds a number of new assets and stories - not to mention 120fps support for "some devices". Meanwhile, the same feature remains missing from the title's PC and console versions.
A Vivo X80-series phone will debut with a 50MP main camera and the Dimensity 2000 processor
A famous leaker has dropped hints of an upcoming successor to the Vivo X70 (or one of its variants) that will debut with MediaTek's also-rumored 2022 flagship SoC, the Dimensity 2000. The device is also slated to keep up with its forebears in its stack of camera specs, which include the OEM's latest form of image stabilization and more.
Fresh renders imagine the "new Galaxy Note" for 2022
A content creator has generated new, high-quality images and a video depicting an upcoming Samsung phone with a novel penta-lens rear camera array, a choice of rich colors and an integrated S Pen. This, then, may hint at how a true successor to the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra might look - then again, it is slated to have a different series name on its launch.
Motorola announces pricing and availability for the Moto E40 via Flipkart
The Motorola Moto E40 is now touted as one of the most powerful devices in its segment on its inaugural sales platform Flipkart. Now, the online store has confirmed the date on which customers can start to order the new phone in India, as well as exactly which price-range it purports to lead.
The first-gen OPPO foldable phablet will have a 2K display
The electronics OEM OPPO is currently projected to produce a rival for Samsung's Galaxy Z Fold3 that might launch in 2021. Now, a prominent leaker purports to flesh this rumor out with more concrete specs for this putative foldable-display device. Based on these claims, the company is shaping up to lead this emerging market on its first try.
Acer boosts its at-home entertainment and productivity portfolio with a new WQHD monitor and a 4K projector
Acer's new L811 laser-powered device is directed at those wishing to project their own 4K HDR10-compatible movies at home. For those who would prefer a monitor that could also support some image-editing work, there is the 27-inch CB273U IPS monitor. For more "serious" display needs, however, the OEM has now also announced pricing and availability for the Nitro XV272U KF.
The Predator GD711 is Acer's new up-to-4K projector for gamers
Acer has unveiled the Predator GD711 as its new "smart projector" for gaming. It is rated to throw HDR10 content at "high dynamic contrast" and a wide color gamut, at a brightness of up to 4,000 LED lumens. The projector is compatible with PCs or consoles, offering a high refresh rate on either platform.
Acer aims to cover the full gamut of Chromebook life with its new x14 and x15 range
Acer's latest Chrome OS devices have arrived with 14- or 15-inch FHD displays, each with up-to-date processors and features. The higher-tier 515s come with Spin and Enterprise variants, whereas the new 514 and Spin 314 set themselves apart with a new MediaTek Kompanio platform and an "environmentally friendly" OceanGlass touchpad respectively.
The "Realme Q3s" is spotted on Geekbench with a Snapdragon 778G processor
The Q3s is projected to join the Realme Q family of smartphones soon, bringing a mid-range 5G processor to this group. Now, the model number associated with this upcoming device has surfaced on Geekbench, possibly confirming that it will launch soon.
The Honor 50 series seems set for global markets with Google Mobile Services support
The smartphone OEM Honor has confirmed it has secured Google Mobile Services for its premium mid-range 50-series devices. This is as strong a hint as any that the 2021 handsets are headed for an international launch soon, bringing their 108MP main cameras and 100W charging with them.
Nokia launches the G300 as its cheapest 5G phone yet
Nokia has made the G300 official as a smartphone with a sizeable display and a generous battery. However, those specs are tempered by a distinctly budget-tier 5G processor and low-res triple cameras. It will be released via the TracFone Wireless and Straight Talk networks in the US later in October 2021.
Lenovo details the Yoga 16s 2022's processor and graphics ahead of its launch
Lenovo has already hinted that the 16s 2022 will define the offerings involved in the next round of Yoga PCs, in the Chinese market at the least. Now, it has revealed some potentially crucial internal specs for this upcoming convertible. It will have a Ryzen 5000 platform with NVIDIA RTX 3000-series graphics.
The GTS 3 is Amazfit's latest square-faced smartwatch
Amazfit has now confirmed an upgrade for its line of GTS smartwatches as well as their round-faced counterparts. This new third-gen flagship has the same upgraded features as the GTR 3 and 3 Pro, albeit with a different screen type. It has 3 new colorways and may last for more than 10 days between charges.
Amazfit makes the GTR 3 and 3 Pro official
The GTR 3 and its new Pro version are now the latest round-faced flagship smartwatches from Amazfit. The OEM touts them as the wearables with the largest circular AMOLED displays in the industry. They also boast an expanded panel of sports modes, not to mention the brand's newest health-tracking sensors and panel of workout modes.
The Vivo NEX 2022 will be China's first Snapdragon 898-powered phone
Some rumors from earlier in the year suggested that Vivo would bring its cutting-edge, premium line of NEX Android smartphones back as of 2022. Now, a prolific leaker backs these claims up once again, with new assertions that the device slated to lead this comeback will also be the first flagship to launch with the upcoming Snapdragon 898 SoC in its native China.
The Amazfit GTR 3 Pro is inadvertently, if partially, unveiled by Amazon just before launch
Amazfit has announced that the GTR 3 will launch later today (October 11, 2021). The round-faced smartwatch is projected to do so alongside an inaugural Pro variant during this event. Now, the same device has appeared on Amazon's US site. The listing's link reveals its pricing and display size, although the page behind it does not open quite yet.
Apple pushes Watch Series 7 order fulfilment back by several weeks in some cases
Pre-orders for Apple's latest Watch have been open since October 8, 2021. The flagship wearable comes in a variety of case and band types, many of which began to exhibit shipping times dated November 2021 since their launch. In fact, one or two options are now completely unavailable for delivery.
Verizon's next streaming box will double as a soundbar
Verizon's Stream TV is your fairly standard streaming box with Android TV. However, leaks from some official bodies have reportedly revealed that its next generation will have a much more interesting form-factor. It will apparently combine the features of the current device with those of a speaker one might place under the TV in question.
Panasonic announces the Lumix BS1H full-frame cinema camera
The Lumix BS1H is Panasonic's latest cuboid-style digital cinema camera with a full-frame sensor. The OEM touts it as a particularly manageable entry into this level of videography, as it has crammed its up-to-date 6K specs into a particularly compact form-factor. It also supports a familiar range of outputs that include SD cards, HDMI and IP streaming.
Amazfit hypes the new Powerbuds Pro ahead of the GTR/GTS3 launch
Amazfit has already confirmed that it will launch the GTR 3 and GTS 3 flagship smartwatches during its next product event. Now, the popular fitness-tech brand has also revealed specs for their latest pair of TWS earbuds. The new Powerbuds variants have the brand's latest advanced health-tracking feature hinted at in earlier press conferences.
Realme will launch a Dimensity 1200-powered version of the GT Neo2 soon
The Neo2 is the latest member of the Realme GT series of Android smartphones. It is powered by the high-end Snapdragon 870 SoC. However, the OEM is now rumored to have a version of this same phone with a different processor from a different company in the works. It may be the same as the Neo2 in nearly every other respect.
Lenovo teases the upcoming Yoga 16s 2022 with more display specs
Lenovo is currently hinting that a machine called the Yoga 16s will launch sometime soon, in China at the least. Now, the OEM has hyped this PC again with some tantalizing new display details. They emphasize the laptop's relatively high brightness and refresh rate, along with support for HDR and touch controls.
The Black Shark 4S is a refreshed 2021 Android gaming smartphone flagship set to launch soon
Xiaomi's gaming phone brand Black Shark has announced that it will launch the refresh for its 2021 premium smartphone soon. Like its immediate predecessor, this upcoming 4S may be a triple rear camera device. However, it is being teased as an "evolved" version of the existing flagship.
The new Canon RF5.2mm f/2.8L lens sets the EOS R5 up for VR content recording
Canon has announced the RF5.2mm f/2.8L, created with the dual fish-eye lenses needed to convert a single DSLR into a VR content-creation machine. This new binocular accessory is compatible with the EOS R5, and confers 180-degree 3-dimensional stereoscopic recording in up to 8K on the flagship camera.
XPG claims to be first to overclock DDR5 RAM to over 8,000MT/s
XPG has announced that it is the first OEM to get its DDR5 RAM to reach a speed of over 8,000 megatransfers per second (MT/s). The company claims to have achieved this feat using memory with a default clock of 4,800MT/s. The RAM in question is to be launched later in 2021.
An end to the iPhone notch is heralded again in a new leak
Apple is currently tipped to drop the display notch in a future generation of iPhones previously. Now, an eminent leaker has given these rumors more weight, in a new post asserting that the Cupertino giant has a prototype that has not merely more screen-to-body ratio, but an enhanced refresh rate. This might be one of the best indication yet that a 13-series successor with a truly updated screen is on the way.
Nintendo releases the Switch OLED Model, which meets with almost immediate and inevitable stock delays
Today (October 8, 2021) is the day the OLED version of the Nintendo Switch goes to general release following pre-orders. However, this new display variant of the popular console is, of course, facing stock outages in many markets. Some platforms may have units for sale, but are declaring weeks-long delays before they can be delivered.
The Pantera Pico PC goes to InDemand having made nearly 5000% of its crowdfunding goal
XDO Tech's Pantera Pico PC may be one of the best-known mini-PCs of recent days, thanks to its highly successful Kickstarter campaign. This crowdfunding drive has now closed, having raised "over 4800%" of its original its availability has shifted to InDemand on Indiegogo, starting at ~US$160 on this platform.
Samsung has now sold over 1 million Galaxy Z Fold3 and Flip3 units in South Korea
Samsung released its latest premium foldable smartphones, the Galaxy Z Fold3 and Z Flip3, to their home market of South Korea in August 2021. Now, less than 2 months later, the OEM claims to have sold its first million of these units combined. Almost unsurprisingly, 1 type has profoundly outsold the other thus far.
The Honor 50 is coming to Europe in late 2021
The Honor 50 is a Snapdragon 778G-powered Android smartphone with a 120Hz AMOLED screen and a 108MP main camera. It is mainly only available in China to date; however, a prolific leaker now asserts that it will launch in Europe by the end of October 2021. Then again, it may do so at a higher price than many of its potential competitors.
The best attributes of the new Motorola Moto E40 are confirmed via an exclusive Flipkart preview
The Motorola Moto E40 has been hyped in potentia as its series' very first high-refresh-rate smartphone; now, a new "Coming Soon" page on Flipkart has revealed that this is indeed the case. It seems the retail platform will be one of the first to list the probably super-budget phone later in October 2021.
The Moto G Pure is Motorola's latest sub-US$200 phone for the US and Canadian markets
The heretofore-rumored Moto G Pure has emerged as a reality today (October 7, 2021). The new Android 11 smartphone is touted to deliver "more of what you love", although in truth it seems to offer a profoundly essential Motorola experience. This involves a typically tall display, a large-ish battery with very standard charging and a reasonable starting price.
Play Movies & TV on Android becomes Google TV
Google has announced that its Play Movies & TV app on Android is to be reborn as Google TV with an upcoming update. This will bring the app's interface in line with that of the Mountain View giant's latest "one-stop shop" smart-screen UI, complete with its new trend-based content carousel and watchlist.
Sony expands its neck-band speaker line with the new SRS-NS7
The SRS-NS7 is Sony's latest neck-band speaker. The Japanese giant touts this accessory as an alternative to headphones in a home-theater setting, with in-house speaker types and 360 Spatial Sound for immersive audio without the risk of headband fatigue. This latest offering also comes with a wireless transmitter for potentially reliable, low-latency connection to the TV in question.
Motorola's Moto E40 leaks onto a retail site, possibly confirming its looks and specs ahead of launch
Motorola is currently rumored to have what might be its 2021 flagship for the Moto E series of smartphones in the works. Now, this device has appeared in an e-tail listing online for the first time. The information on this page matches all previous tips concerning the smartphone, its possible unique selling point included.
Realme announces a European launch for the budget 120Hz 8i smartphone
The Realme 8i is a 4G/LTE-only smartphone; however, it is also the first device to launch with its MediaTek Helio-series chipset. The new SoC upgrades to a 120Hz refresh rate on the phone, thereby bringing this high-end spec to the budget category. Now, this prospect is on its way to Europe, set to launch during an event set for later in October 2021.
Asus releases the OLED version of the VivoBook 15 to the Indian market
Asus has announced that the VivoBook 15 OLED (or K513 OLED) is now available to Indian customers. It comes with a choice of 2 11th-gen Intel processors and either SSD or dual HDD/SSD storage. Its premium selling-point of a display is the FHD Pantone-validated panel with which it originally launched.
The "OnePlus 9RT" emerges on Geekbench with the Snapdragon 888 processor
OnePlus is currently believed to have a late-2021 flagship refresh called the 9RT nearly ready to go. A model number previously linked to this putative smartphone has just popped up again in a new leak. It has appeared on Geekbench this time, in a listing that suggests its premium specs include the Snapdragon 888 SoC.
Huawei treats the 3:2 display, Ryzen 5000-powered MateBook 16 to a global launch
Huawei introduced the MateBook 16 as its first-ever 16-inch 3:2 display laptop in May 2021. However, it has only been available on the Chinese market since then. Now, however, the up-to-Ryzen 7 5800H device is now officially coming to Europe soon.
XPG launches the Tiger Lake-H-based XENIA 15 KC laptop with RTX 3070 graphics, a 165Hz display and HDMI 2.1
Today (October 5, 2021), ADATA has made its latest 15.6-inch XPG XENIA-series laptop official. The 15 KC upgrades to an 11th-gen Intel processor and RTX 3000 graphics. Being an XPG, it gets first-party "high-performance" DDR4 RAM and SSD storage.
Facebook is hit by worldwide outages across many of its top apps
Facebook users are complaining of outages in their thousands. The social media giant reportedly developed these problems today (October 4, 2021), causing a loss of service on its main site, not to mention other popular apps such as Instagram and WhatsApp. A representative has acknowledged the apparently global issue.
Realme is about to unleash the GT Neo2 on the European market
Realme has only just debuted its second-gen Neo smartphone in its native China; now, a new leak asserts that the device is about to go international. The OEM is said to bring most of its RAM/storage configuration in all of its new colorways to Europe, although the exact date of this alleged event remains unknown.
OnePlus Buds Z2: a full specs leak points to some crucial upgrades in the OEM's next upcoming TWS earbuds
OnePlus is projected to launch second-gen versions of its more affordable Buds Z TWS earbuds soon. A new leak for these accessories hint at a considerable boost in total battery life, slated to reach up to 18 more hours between charges. However, this only applies when the Buds Z2s' new noise-cancelling feature is turned off.
Lenovo designs an Android handheld console, then decides against selling it
A tech blog claims to have uncovered evidence of a new portable gaming device developed by Lenovo. This putative answer to the Nintendo Switch or Sony PSP goes under the Legion brand and runs Android - or, rather, it would have, had the OEM not chosen to cancel it ahead of its launch. Should it have made it to the market in 2021, it may have worked as a cloud and streaming machine too.
Motorola's next Moto G will be a 50MP camera smartphone
Motorola is now thought to have a Moto G30 successor in the works. Now, this device has allegedly turned up in live-image form at the Taiwanese NCC regulator. They show that the pre-launch smartphone will have a potentially high-end main camera and a large battery.
The POCO M4 Pro is incoming with a MediaTek processor and faster charging
Xiaomi completed the global roll-out of the POCO M3 Pro in mid-2021. Now, a number of leaks suggest that a successor for this affordable 5G phone is incoming. The M4 Pro is said to have an SoC from the same OEM as its forebear, albeit with a new and upgraded charging rate.
Spending on mobile gaming grows by nearly 8% for the third quarter of 2021
Mobile app and game downloads combined declined slightly year-on-year in the third quarter of 2021 (3Q2021), as the pandemic-era boom in this area recedes. Nevertheless, the amount of money coming in on both the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store is still going up. The latest research indicates that TikTok is still #1 in terms of revenue.
SmallRig touts its new Fold P10 as a next-level accessory for 'pro-grade' smartphone videography
The company SmallRig has launched something that might be for those in need of something besides the typical tripod or gimbal for their mobile photography or videography. The Fold P10 is a collapsible smartphone clamp designed to support two-handed use during filming. It also has cold-shoe mounts for a larger-scale set-up with external lights or mics.
The Motorola "Moto G31" pops up in several new leaks
Motorola may be working on smartphones for the rest of 2021 or even 2022 already. This is indicated by some new leaks detected on several official databases. Most of them specify a novel model number from the OEM, although one lets a name to go with them slip.
Asus launches an Android 12 preview program for the ZenFone 8
Asus' ZenFone 8 is one of 2021's very few true compact Android flagships. It normally runs on ZenUI based on Android 11; however, the OEM has now officially announced it is working on a major upgrade for this software. Users who would like to get a sneak peek at this new interface are invited to enrol in its new beta program.
MediaTek is found to have taken its biggest share of the mobile SoC market ever for the second quarter of 2021
Counterpoint Research has announced the results of its analysis of the smartphone processor market during the second quarter of 2021 (2Q2021). They indicate that MediaTek "dominated" the space for those 3 months, taking a share of over 40% for the first time. On the other hand, Qualcomm did well out of the 5G baseband sector, thanks to iPhone sales.
MediaTek's new Filogic chipsets are slated to bring Wi-Fi 6 or 6E to next-gen mobile and smart devices
MediaTek has unveiled a new "high-performance" series dedicated to the latest standard of wireless connectivity. It now consists of the Filogic 830 and 630, the line's first examples of system-on-chips (SoCs) and network interface cards (NICs) respectively. They are slated to confer top-end Wi-Fi specs on devices such as PCs, smart TVs and peripherals.
Realme's "Q3s" is slated to launch with a mid-range 5G Snapdragon processor and 30W charging
Realme is now thought to have a new addition to its affordable-5G Q series of smartphones ready to go. Now, the latest tips purport to have a product name for this variant, as well as further display and charging specs. Should they prove accurate, they may indicate the price-point at which this late-2021 phone may launch.
Apple may have gone even further in blocking third-party repairs with the iPhone 13 series
2020's iPhone 12 had been found to be very independent repair-unfriendly by a prominent Australia-based vlogger. Now, a follow-up video asserts that this situation has gotten even worse in 2021. Replacing some components apparently causes more iPhone functions to break, some of the 13 series' newest features included.
More potential details of the first-gen Honor foldable surface in a new leak
The OEM Honor has been linked to the launch of its first-gen foldable phone in the past. Now, a Weibo tipster has reiterated these claims, and now also asserts the device in question might make it to launch in the final quarter of 2021. Then again, it now has a rumored product name that differs from that of earlier leaks.
Motorola launches a new tablet for the Indian market
Motorola's latest announcement is a rare one, as it is for a tablet rather than a phone. The new Moto Tab G20 is an 8-inch slate with an HD+ resolution and a budget-grade MediaTek processor. Nevertheless, its specs do not match those of another rumored tablet from the same brand.
Nokia will launch a new budget 5G phone soon
Nokia is linked to the launch of a number of new mobile devices soon. Now, a new leak suggests that one of them will be powered by a low-end Snapdragon processor, the specs of which also indicates this potentially upcoming handset will also be 5G. Therefore, it is now being painted as a more affordable version of another rumored smartphone.
OPPO pushes the launch of first-gen tablet back to 2022, leaves foldables and rollables on the table
OPPO has been rumored to launch its first ever tablet for some time. This device might have been projected to show up by the end of 2021; however, the latest word is that this event has been postponed until the following year. Meanwhile, the OEM has indicated that it is still committed to next-gen devices such as slideable or foldable phones.
OWC claims to offer dual 8K monitor support with a new Thunderbolt dock
OWC has announced a new kind of USB dock, rated to split 1 Thunderbolt feed between 2 monitors of (technically) up to 8K in resolution. It does so via the newer DisplayPort 1.4 standard, and is also rated to support HDR with compatible displays. OWC asserts that this new accessory can thus boost productivity, gaming or learning for a variety of users.
The WF-C500s are Sony's latest wireless earbuds with 360 Reality Audio and up to 20 hours of battery life
Sony has announced the WF-C500 as its latest affordable wireless earbuds. They feature many of the OEM's audio-enhancement properties and technologies, although active noise cancellation (ANC) is not among them. However, the new accessories do feature some official ingress-protection, fast-pairing and single-bud use.
The Sony WH-XB910N headphones are the latest peripherals with EXTRA BASS
The WH-XB910Ns are the latest wireless headphones from the audio giant Sony. They are also the newest accessories to bear the brand's EXTRA BASS trademark, rated for what it says on the tin. The new over-ears are also equipped with digital noise cancellation, 360 Reality Audio and voice assistant support.
Apple's upcoming OLED iPad is one of the latest victims of the global supply-chain crisis
Apple is now projected to upgrade some of its next-gen iPads with OLED displays. Now, a Korean publication has mentioned 2 specific sizes for the high-spec'd screens involved. However, one of the devices in question may have dropped out of development as the Cupertino giant cannot source the exact kind of OLED it wants for the putative tablet.
Huawei will launch a clamshell foldable phone by the end of 2021
Huawei is an OEM that has already made it into the foldable smartphone market. Its latest Mate X2 is the closest contemporary to Samsung's premium Galaxy Z Fold3. Now, the Chinese electronics giant is linked to a second device touted to compete with the Galaxy Z Flip3 instead, with a top-end chipset typically found only in the highest-end of Huawei flagship phones.
Lenovo teases the Xiaoxin Pad Pro 12.6 with yet more high-end display specs
Lenovo's latest tablet is one pitched at the OEM's own home market of China. Its latest teaser makes it look even more like the latest 12.6-inch slate released to the international market. This one is tipped to run different, region-specific software, although it is clear from its new teaser that it may retain major advantages from the Tab P12 Pro's display.
The new 240Hz-display Aquos zero6 launches as Sharp's lightest 5G phone
Sharp has brought its ultra-high display refresh rate to another new phone in 2021. At 146g, this Aquos zero6 is also now touted as the lightest mobile device with 5G in existence. It has launched alongside the sense6 5G, probably the more affordable option of the two, and touted as slimmer than its predecessor.
Micron brings its latest 10nm tech to next-gen low- and mid-range phones with new 1-alpha LPDDR4X RAM
Micron Technology released DRAM based on its latest 1-alpha (or 1α) 10 nanometer (nm) process for flagship-grade mobile devices earlier in 2021. Now, the resulting type of low-power DDR (LPDDR) is trickling down to lower-end smartphones. It is rated for increased memory density with reduced power consumption compared to its predecessor.
Samsung reveals pricing and full spec data for the Galaxy M52 5G in India
Samsung has launched its "meanest ever" 5G phone for the Indian market, the Galaxy M52, today (September 28, 2021). This event, held in conjunction with Amazon.in, has finally confirmed the device's 120Hz display size, RAM/storage configurations and pricing. The latter will be in effect from early October.
Redmi kick-starts the 9 series in India again with a new Activ version because why not
Xiaomi's Redmi 9 series is a head-scratcher, particularly as its members can be completely different from market to market. Now, the OEM has added to this confusion with the new India-specific 9 Activ variant. It has been unveiled alongside Sport versions of the 9A and 9i, which also might make one wonder why they exist in the first place.
The Amazfit GTR and GTS 3 smartwatches are set for launch later in 2021
The popular health and fitness tech brand Amazfit has confirmed the existence of third generations for its GTR and GTS flagship smartwatch lines. These potentially powerful and advanced wearables are now also set for launch during a global product event, scheduled for October 2021.
DxOMark posts its final scores for the iPhone 13 series' cameras
Apple touts the cameras in both the vanilla and Pro variants of the latest iPhone 13 series as better than ever before, thanks to new features such as Cinematic Mode. The notorious mobile-device testing group DxOMark has now revealed its test results for both camera systems in question. Are they in agreement with the Cupertino giant?
Nokia hints at the launch of a tablet during an upcoming launch event
Nokia has indicated it will hold a product launch event in October 2021. The HMD Global brand has also all but confirmed that it will serve to unveil a tablet. This device will, apparently, offer the same experience as one of the company's phones, just in a larger form-factor.
Xiaomi will fix the Mi 11's main esthetic defects in the upcoming 12
The Xiaomi Mi 11 still holds the title of first flagship to launch with the Snapdragon 888 processor. However, it was more underwhelming in how it looked, which also had practical fall-out in some areas, not the least of which were the strange effects of its display's design. A prodigious leaker now claims these issues are gone in its predecessor.
Honor announces the Tab V7, a new 10-inch Android 11 tablet with pen support and a new MediaTek processor
Honor has just expanded its new Tab V7 series with a second, vanilla variant. It looks much like its flagship counterpart, although it has a smaller, lower-end display and a more mid-range processor. Then again, it retains support for the new Magic Pencil 2, has quad speakers and runs the same new OS as the Tab V7 Pro.
Honor launches the MagicBook V 14 alongside the 16 and 16 Pro
Honor has made good on some earlier teasers with a launch for the new MagicBook 16 series, with an up-to-date Ryzen 7 platform and 144Hz displays. They have been joined with a less expected variant: the V 14. It will now join the first wave of laptops to ship with Windows 11, and will do so with a 2K display and Tiger Lake-H35 processors.
Xiaomi's latest noise-cancelling wearables are the world's first TWS earbuds to launch with LHDC 4.0
Xiaomi has introduced a new product called the True Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones 3 Pro today (September 27, 2021). This lengthy title covers a lot of what these new AirPod clones offer, although there is even more besides. They include IP55 ingress protection, up to 33 hours of use between charges and a new audio codec for "HiFi" sound.
The OPPO Watch Free is a new fitness wearable with payment support and an "eSports" mode
The Watch Free is OPPO's latest fitness tracker, and is equipped with an AMOLED display at a decent price. It supports up-to-date features such as over 100 sports modes and tracking for various health metrics. The new tracker-style wearable also offers something new the OEM calls its "eSports Mode".
The OPPO K9 Pro is a new mid-range smartphone with novel promotional offers
OPPO has debuted 3 new products today (September 26, 2021). The OEM has already spilled many details for the K9 Pro, as well as its new TV, already. However, some juicy tidbits remain to be unveiled, the smartphone's unexpected new co-branding promotions included.
Realme will launch its first-gen Air Purifier in India soon
TechLife is Realme's new brand that covers smart home lifestyle gadgets and appliances. It has announced a new product launch for its Indian audience, to be held in late September 2021. This event will bring TechLife's vacuum cleaners to the market, not to mention its Air Purifier.
Samsung's Galaxy Z Flip3 undergoes JerryRigEverything durability testing
Samsung's latest foldable flagship the Galaxy Z Fold3 has already visited the JerryRigEverything YouTube studio for a gruelling test of its integrity. Now, its clamshell counterpart has joined it in this famous series of durability vlogs. Can it uphold the OEM's claims of enhanced robustness in this generation?
Amazon will unveil a fully robotic version of the Echo Show 10 in September 2021
Amazon has announced that it will hold an event that may unveil some new products. This launch, scheduled for later in September 2021, might see a debut for a new, wall-mounted variant of the OEM's Echo smart-speaker line. Amazon is now also rumored to unveil a Home Robot, which may or may not elaborate on the Echo Show 10's abilities with added independent movement.
The iPhone 13 Pro Max is found to be able to use 30W USB-PD to charge to 100% in 86 minutes
Apple asserts that its new iPhone 13 series is an upgrade on the previous line-up in a number of ways. However, charging speeds and accessory compatibility were not among them. A Twitter user claims to have tested all 4 new iPhones out with 20W and 30W USB-Power Delivery 2.0 (USB-PD 2.0) bricks, and asserts that some variants can use both.
Moto E40: full specs and renders for the alleged Motorola budget flagship spill in a new leak
The Moto E40 has yet to be confirmed, and yet is currently thought to be ranked among the highest-end devices of its series on its launch. It is rumored to be the first of the line to have a 90Hz display. Its newest leak suggests it could stand out in other ways as well.
The next Realme Q-series phone's display will have some specs better than those of the GT Neo2
Now that Realme has launched its latest high-end phone, the GT Neo2, the OEM has indicated that it will turn its thoughts to a new addition of its more affordable Q series of Android devices. A reliable leaker alleges that its display will have a higher refresh rate compared to the new flagship-grade handset.
The Motorola Moto G Pure will launch with "2-day battery", a low-end MediaTek SoC and a ~US$300 price-point
Motorola has been said to have a new member of the Moto G series called the Pure nearly ready for launch. Now, new leaks purport to confirm this product name, as well as some pertinent specs for the device. They include a fairly generous "ultrawide" display, a MediaTek Helio processor and a battery rated to last up to 48 hours.
iPhone 13 Pro: a teardown channel purports to reveal its battery capacity in amp-hours
Apple is notoriously tight-lipped on the subject of its new iPhones' batteries and their exact specs. Now, however, this mystery is being gradually solved through online testing. The latest of these may reveal capacity for the Pro variant of the 13 series, while also providing a teardown for the device and a comparison with its direct predecessor.
The "Galaxy S22 Ultra with an S Pen" leak train is truly underway thanks to yet more alleged evidence
Samsung's next Galaxy S-series flagship is now distinctly touted to double as a Galaxy Note 20 Ultra successor thanks to a growing number of leaks pointing to vastly improved S Pen support in this upcoming model. Now, another correspondent has contributed to this rumor with a new allegation.
OPPO will launch a new wearable and a TV alongside the K9 Pro
OPPO is slated to debut the new K9 Pro smartphone later in September 2021. Now, it has emerged that the OEM will also premiere a new smart screen during the same event, not to mention a new wearable. They might emerge as mid-range examples of their respective categories.
The "Google Pixelbook 2" emerges in the form of renders with a trendy range of colors
A leaker has posted a set of allegedly official renders for a second-gen Pixelbook. This rumored new Chromebook is now portrayed as coming in 5 bright colorways that definitely suggests Google is trying to keep pace with Apple in this regard. On that note, the device is now again touted to come with an in-house chipset.
Xiaomi confirms a launch for the Watch Color 2 on the same day as the upcoming Civi series
Xiaomi has now affirmed that it has a second-gen round-faced smartwatch ready to launch, and that it will be called the Watch Color 2 in its native China. This potentially substantial upgrade compared to the original Color is now set to debut alongside the OEM's latest smartphone sub-brand soon.
RedMagic announces a US$20 discount on the new 6S Pro on its launch, but there’s a catch
RedMagic has confirmed that the 6S Pro, an Android gaming phone with the latest high-end specs and a ‘transparent’ rear panel option, is coming to international markets soon. There is a discount code to go with this event, although it is not free.
Huawei launches the Nova 9 series of HarmonyOS-powered smartphones
Huawei has unveiled the Nova 9 and its Pro variant in China today (September 23, 2021). They fall into the premium mid-range category with their Snapdragon 778G processors. However, they are practically unicorns in this sense as they are also 4G/LTE-only.
iQOO launches the Z5 as the world's latest Snapdragon 778G phone
iQOO has launched the latest addition to its mid-range Z series of Android smartphones today (September 23, 2021). This new model has been revealed as a triple rear camera device with a 64MP rear camera, a 120Hz display and a large battery, starting at under US$300 in China.
Brydge announces its latest Stone Pro Thunderbolt 4 dock alongside the SP+ Surface Pro 8 keyboard
Brydge is a well-known name in third-party keyboard docks for high-end tablets. As such, one of its latest products is for the freshly-launched Surface Pro 8. Alternatively, the new Stone Pro TB4 is compatible with it and any other device with at least 1 Thunderbolt 4 port.
JLab Audio's JBuds Frames are touted as a conversion kit to turn any pair of spectacles into smart glasses
Smart glasses is a category that includes pairs that incorporate a mic and speakers. The prospect might sound attractive, but might involve a pricey pair that could involve a prescription on top of that in some cases. Now, JLab Audio has developed a product slated to bring the same functions to any pre-existing glasses at a fraction of the typical price.
Motorola will launch a new TV alongside its first tablet in India
Motorola is touted to launch its first ever tablet in India soon. Now, it is also projected to unveil a new TV alongside it. It is likely to be a smart-home device much like its predecessors, and stands a good chance of a thin-bezel design and an LED display.
The Realme GT Neo2 is the first smartphone to launch with diamond-augmented thermal paste
The GT Neo2 is now official as Realme's latest 120Hz AMOLED display smartphone. The Android 11 device is by a powered by a high-end Snapdragon processor and up to 12GB of RAM. The OEM has packed this latest iteration of a gaming-focused series with heat-management options touted to include "diamond" thermal paste.
Home security goes binocular with the new Reolink Duo 2K camera
Reolink's latest home security camera has go-to specs such as spotlights, two-way audio, microSD card support and the option of truly-wireless battery power. However, it also has something new to this brand: dual lenses. They enable the device to guard a wide-angle field of view in up to 2K or color night vision.
Google ports its "chips" feature from Gmail for desktop to the Android app
Gmail has never had the ability to filter its searches on Android devices. Now, however, some users have noticed that is starting to change. The latest app update adds a considerably upgraded set of options to refine results in a more desktop-like experience. This may make the whole process much more streamlined and quicker in the near future.
The Motorola Moto E40 will launch with premium specs compared to the rest of its series
Motorola is slated to launch a new member of the E-series with a bigger number to its name than ever before. Now, a prominent leaker asserts that the same smartphone will also launch with the highest refresh rate of its line to date. The E40 is also now rumored to have triple rear cameras.
Lenovo teases a possibly imminent launch for the Yoga 16s 2022
Lenovo has released a new teaser for a laptop it calls the Yoga 16s 2022. The OEM does not say much more about the device, besides to hint that it might be ideal for creators. However, it is apparent from its new trailer that it runs Windows 11 and has a slim and light, thin-bezel design.
Samsung's Galaxy Z Fold might turn into a true next-gen Galaxy Note after all
Samsung has stuck with inward-folding displays in its latest flagships thus far. This has given rise to speculation that the form-factor exists to take the Galaxy Note line's place in the world over time. However, a new design and trademark leak may offer hope for the S Pen-toting series after all.
RAVPOWER 5,000mAh Magnetic Wireless Power Bank hands-on and review
The iPhone 13 series has just launched as the second generation of Apple flagship mobile devices with MagSafe charging. Therefore, prospective customers might be looking for new charging accessories compatible with this function. RAVPOWER makes a power bank is one released with claims of wireless-charging at faster rates than normal.
Google Pay support comes to new banks in nine different countries
Google seems determined to make its own Pay app the main equivalent of Apple Pay on Android. To this end, it has secured support for the often-contactless method from a number of additional banks in 9 countries worldwide. Most of them are located in Switzerland.
The Samsung Galaxy M52 misses its launch date, but is still on its way
Samsung's "most anticipated monster", the Galaxy M52 5G, was slated to have launched by now in its target market of India. This event has now been pushed back; in the meantime, the OEM has revealed that it is to be the slimmest of its series to date and will have a premium mid-range processor.
Huawei will launch a Nova 9 Pro along with the vanilla 9 in September 2021
Huawei has already confirmed that the Nova 9 will launch a few short days from today (September 20, 2021). Now, a new in-the-wild-type leak points to an additional Pro sibling for this device that will conceivably debut on the same date. The images may also show the OEM has secured a typical premium mid-range Qualcomm chipset, albeit one without a potentially important spec normally seen in phones with the processor.
Initial independent iPhone 13-series battery capacity findings hint at gains of up to 18.5% over the previous generation
A regulator has now added official battery ratings for each member of the new iPhone 13 flagship series to its database. These stats indicate that the devices have improved in terms of the important metric in question by at least 11% per variant compared to their respective predecessors. The results might make Apple's claims of increased screen-on time in this generation a reality.
Apple pushes iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max shipping dates back to October 2021
Apple launched the iPhone 13 line alongside assurances that it would ship all of its variants on the same day in September 2021. Now, it has emerged that this is no longer the case. The delay affects the Pro and Pro Max only, and applies to their larger storage SKUs.
Another leak points to a 2023 launch for the first-gen Apple foldable
Apple is currently rumored to wait until 2023 to launch its first-ever mobile device with a folding display. A new report from the South Korean media backs this timeline up. It also purports to drop further details about the development of this kind of iPhone - or, possibly, iPhones.
Surface Go 3: a new leak purports to reveal nearly every aspect of the upcoming Microsoft 2-in-1
Microsoft is projected to have a third-gen Surface Go ready for launch. This putative 2-in-1 has now leaked again, with virtually complete specs and a full set of renders this time. They paint the device as a very iterative update with Intel Amber Lake processors, although it might be more portable than its predecessor.
Motorola will launch a tablet during a prominent Indian retail market event
Motorola is an OEM not typically associated with tablets. Nevertheless, a leaker now asserts that it will launch just such a device during Flipkart's upcoming Big Billion Day Sale, scheduled to take place in October 2021. The company is thought to get help from its owner Lenovo in pulling this premiere off.
Fujifilm prepares to get in on the foldables game with its first device patent
A new device with a foldable main display has been patented by...Fujifilm. The iconic camera brand has indicated that it does indeed intend to move into this market with a first-gen product that looks most like the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3. On the other hand, it may not have the exact same use-cases as this new premium phablet.
Motorola announces an online event for new devices for the central European market
Motorola has announced that it intends to hold a virtual launch, held on its Czechian, Slovakia and Serbian Facebook pages. The OEM has yet to specify which devices will be revealed during these streams; however, some pages already up on its websites for one of these countries drops clues to one of them, at least.
Realme teases the GT Neo2 with high-end display specs and a novel finish ahead of its launch
Realme has already confirmed that the GT Neo2 is a smartphone that will launch later in 2021. Now, the OEM has elected to hype its upcoming device further with hints as to its display and its main attributes. It has also now showcased the new colorway it has developed for the phone, racing stripe and all.
The OPPO K9 Pro will launch within September 2021 as a new 64MP main-camera phone with a 120Hz display
OPPO is projected to launch a phone called the K9 Pro soon, with a rear panel possibly intended to remind one of a certain Xiaomi flagship. Now, its launch date may have been spoiled thanks to a new Chinese-market reservations page for this device. The new leak may confirm its name, design and some rear camera specs, so the OEM now does not have to.
The Samsung Galaxy S22 will be the 'Mini' of its series
A famous leaker now asserts that Samsung intends to take the vanilla model of its next generation of flagship smartphones coming and make it a "compact" variant of the line-up. The resulting "Galaxy S22 Mini" is slated to be small enough to fit inside the footprint of the new iPhone 13. This claim is based on alleged new information about the device's battery.
iQOO reveals its next premium mid-range phone will have a 5,000mAh battery and a 120Hz display
iQOO has confirmed that its next smartphone will be called the Z5 and will launch with a Snapdragon 778G 5G processor. Now, it has hyped the device yet more with mention of its generous battery capacity. This combination is also now slated to launch at the ~US$400 mark.
The Nokia G50 5G allegedly visits the FCC, sparking rumors of an imminent launch
Nokia is currently projected to launch a new 5G smartphone soon. Now, the appearance of a new device from this brand on the Federal Communications Commission have led to rumors this device is the G50 in question. Meanwhile, updated leaks concerning its screen size, other specs and price have emerged.
OPPO unveils ColorOS 12, detailing which devices will get it and when
OPPO has made its latest OS skin official. It is based on Android 12, yet exhibits a considerably re-upholstered new UI rather than Google's new Material You design. It has also announced a roadmap that outlines which smartphones are eligible for the upgrade and the approximate date of upgrade per device.
An unexpected "Motorola Moto E40" appears on Geekbench
Some recent leaks point to a new series of Motorola Moto E smartphones set to launch throughout the rest of 2021. They have been slated to be called the E20 and E30. Now, a new Geekbench-derived tip suggest there is also an E40 gearing up to join them.
Motorola launches the super-budget Moto E20 in select markets
Motorola has made its latest Moto E-series phone official, although it seems exclusive to a handful of markets such as Brazil and the Netherlands at present. The decided sub-US$200 phone comes with a Unisoc processor, minimal RAM and an interesting textured rear panel.
Hisense is even more certain than ever that laser TVs are the future
Hisense representatives have attended the 2021 Global Laser Display Industry Forum in Beijing, China to expound its success in making and selling laser TVs. The OEM now claims to have increased their shipping volumes even more in 2021 thus far. Therefore, it asserts that the display type is poised to take over the market.
Tile acquires new investment funding to the tune of US$40 million
The property-tracking tech-maker Tile must have taken a knock on the launch of Apple AirTags. However, the OEM still insists it is going strong, with robust revenue growth in 2021 and hundreds of thousands of paid subscriptions sold. Now, Tile has also announced that it has attained a major round of funding from an investment group.
OPPO will launch a Watch 2 ECG Edition soon
OPPO launched a first-gen premium smartwatch in 2020, then followed it up shortly afterward with a version certified to generate on-wrist electrocardiograms. This spec allowed the device to compete with the latest Apple Watches of the time. Now, a famous leaker asserts that an edition of the OPPO Watch 2 with the same ability is coming up.
The iQOO Z5 will launch later in September 2021
iQOO has confirmed that it will launch a smartphone called the Z5 later in September 2021. The brand has also indirectly revealed that it will be a premium mid-ranger, thanks to its SoC, RAM and storage specs. A new leak also suggests it will have an FHD+ display.
ESR keeps pace with Apple with its new iPhone 13-series compatible HaloLock cases
ESR is an OEM that lays claim to having the first MagSafe for iPhone third-party alternative that is also an in-car charger on Amazon. Now, it has announced that its customers can go ahead and upgrade to a new 13-series model thanks to the new range of cases that is compatible with the OEM's HaloLock system.
OWC brings the option of Thunderbolt or SSD speeds to the new iPad Mini with its latest hubs and portable drives
Now that the iPad Mini has moved on to USB type-C in its latest form, OWC strongly hints that one of its latest accessories is an ideal companion for the tablet, considering its new prospects. They include a hub that can expand a connected device's port count by 3 Thunderbolt 4 ports.
Xiaomi launches the Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team Edition of the Scooter Pro 2 in Europe
As part of its live-streamed product launch of today, (September 15, 2021) Xiaomi has announced when its electric Scooter Pro 2 will hit the German market in Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1-themed special edition form. It has many specs in common with the normal version, although the new branded theme boosts its price by quite a bit.
The Xiaomi TV Q1E 55-inch is Europe's latest 4K QLED TV
Xiaomi has released pricing and availability info for a new TV, the Q1E 55-inch, for the German market. The OEM claims that it has enhanced color accuracy thanks to its quantum dot-based LED panel. It also supports HDR10+ and Dolby Vision, and runs a reasonably up-to-date version of Android 10.
Realme's Dizo launches 2 new smartwatches via Flipkart
Dizo is Realme's latest sub-brand for 'ecosystem' devices, mostly lifestyle wearables thus far. To this end, a Watch 2 and Watch Pro under this new name have been unveiled. They offer large displays and health-tracking tech such as SpO2 monitors, although the Pro has more sports modes and a larger battery. They will sell in India via Flipkart from late September 2021.
The new Xiaomi Mesh System AX3000 is rated for wide-area Wi-Fi 6 coverage and support for over 250 devices at once
Xiaomi's latest mesh networking system comes in a pack of just 2 tower-like "nodes"; nevertheless, the OEM asserts this is all that is needed to allow the AX3000 to emit fast Wi-Fi 6 signals over an area of just over 370 square meters. It is based on a Qualcomm processor and also offers Gigabit ports.
The Canon EOS R3 launches as a mirrorless camera the user can control with their eye movements
Canon has launched the EOS R3 as the "most technologically advanced full-frame mirrorless camera" it has ever produced. This is because it integrates the AI-based person- and even eye-detection features that allow the user to direct focus on what they are looking at through the EVF. The R3's CMOS is also rated to pick out and track specific subject types such as eyes and animals.
Infinix launches the Zero X series as affordable smartphones with periscope zoom cameras
The Infinix Zero X, X Neo and X Pro have been announced with the 8MP periscope lens rated for powerful hybrid zoom normally reserved for high-end devices. However, with their 4G-only MediaTek silicon, these new products are not among them. Then again, the X and X Pro are also enhanced with display specs not normally associated with their chipset.
The VAVA Chroma launches as an ALPD 4.0-enhanced RGB short-throw laser projector via Indiegogo
VAVA asserts that its latest high-end 4K UHD laser projector can support a home-theater experience without the need for heavy curtains at any time of day. This is due to its 2,500-lumen brightness, not to mention the latest generation of clarity-enhancing ALPD technology. The Chroma has just debuted on Indiegogo, yet has already gone beyond its funding goal.
One of Huawei's latest products is a HarmonyOS-powered printer
Huawei has launched the PixLab X1, a laser printer with a futuristic look thanks to the "suspended" design of its upper lid. It is also hyper-modern in that its controls are in the form of a touchscreen and it can produce documents on smartphones via NFC. However, its most interesting aspect is that it is slated to run on the same HarmonyOS of this OEM's full mobile devices.
LG unleashes its UltraGear Gaming Speaker on the US market
LG is known for its UltraGear gaming-focused line of monitors; now, it has announced the speaker to match. The OEM claims to have devoted all its audio experience and prowess to optimize this new GP9 variant for communication as well as immersion during gameplay. Therefore, it offers an in-built mic in addition to a "Hi-Fi Quad" DAC and a battery rated for up to 6 hours of use per charge.
Realme confirms a launch for the GT Neo2 as rumors of a high-end branding collaboraton emerge
Realme has now officially acknowledged leaks pointing to the imminent release of a smartphone called the GT Neo 2 (or Neo2, as it turns out). The OEM has also posted a launch announcement for the same device. Meanwhile, a new leak hints at a collaboration between its brand and a high-end car marque.
The "Motorola Moto E30" pops up on Geekbench ahead of launch
Motorola is currently rumored to have 2 new affordable phones in the works: the Moto E20, a name that has now popped up in multiple leaks, and the Moto E30, of which there have been far fewer signs. However, a device of this exact name has now surfaced on a benchmarking site for the first time.
Apple is obliged to open access to third-party payment methods on apps in its Store
Epic Games has failed to convince a US court that Apple has broken the country's anti-competition laws. Nevertheless, the Cupertino giant has now officially lost its monopoly on purchases made within apps that run on its operating systems and are bought through its App Store. Therefore, Fortnite may indeed return to iOS soon.
Samsung patents next-gen TWS earbuds that also convert into potentially waterproof neck-buds
Samsung's Galaxy Buds series already offer a range of high-end TWS technology. Now, it has emerged that their next generation might come with something besides the usual charging case that keeps them completely untethered during use. It is a new accessory that defeats this purpose somewhat, although the potential use-cases possibly implied by the new design might make up for that.
The latest Sony soundbar comes with in-house features rated for room-filling quality audio
Sony's new A5000 supports Dolby Atmos and DTS:X, as do many premium soundbars these days. However, the OEM also seeks to set this product apart with its in-house Vertical Surround Engine, Sound Field Optimization and S-Force PRO Front Surround technology to help it create a convincing soundscape for any given space.
Huawei schedules a (probably) global launch event for October 2021
Huawei has started to extend invitations to a new event set to take place later in 2021. The OEM has divulged a location and host for this launch that strongly hints at an international debut for the product in question. Then again, the company has kept this device's identity a mystery for now.
OnePlus will launch second-gen Buds Z soon
The Buds Pro are currently the latest TWS earbuds sold by the brand OnePlus. However, according to a new leak, the Buds Z2 will take over in this respect before too long. They are slated to debut alongside a new flagship smartphone variant later in 2021.
Vimeo announces Dolby Vision support, albeit with quite some caveats
The popular online video platform Vimeo has announced that content created, shared and viewed through its medium now has the option of Dolby Vision integration. This may unleash the potential for enhanced detail with improved brightness for many creators. However, there is a catch: the upgrade is available for certain Apple devices only.
The OPPO K9 Pro is touted as a combination of Mi 11 Ultra looks and mid-range specs
Previous leaks have hinted at an upcoming OPPO smartphone with a new design intended to recall Xiaomi's Mi 11 Ultra in its camera hump. Now, the latest tips assert that this device will indeed launch soon as the K9 Pro. It is slated to arrive with an up-to-date MediaTek Dimensity SoC and an AMOLED display.
LG touts the XBOOM 360 speaker as a high-end home accessory rated for a 3D audio experience
LG has introduced a new addition to the XBOOM Bluetooth speaker series to the US market. The new 360 variant's design might make it an ideal fit for the high-tech home. The resulting "conical-cylindrical" form factor is rated for up to 120W of audio power, generated by dedicated drivers rated for a multi-dimensional sound-stage.
Galaxy S22 Ultra: a new tip purports to contradict previous camera-related leaks
The most recent leak concerning Samsung's next early-year flagship smartphone have painted a sobering picture for its camera upgrades relative to the existing S21 Ultra. However, the eminent leaker Ice Universe's latest word on this subject might turn these rumors on their head completely, putting some of the most cutting-edge upgrades back on the table for the putative 2022 device.
MediaTek's mid-range chipsets will upgrade to 5nm in 2022
MediaTek is currently believed to unveil an SoC based on an industry-leading 4 nanometer (nm) architecture in 2022. This would mean the OEM would skip the current top-end 5nm standard in the process. Now, the latest leak claims that it is destined for the Taiwanese chip-maker's sub-premium range next year instead.
The 120Hz Samsung Galaxy M52 5G is destined to launch in India soon
The well-known leaker Ishan Agarwal now asserts that a new Samsung device with an AMOLED display of 120Hz in refresh rate and a new, upper-mid-range 5G Snapdragon processor is gearing up for launch in India. However, the tip refers not to the Galaxy A52 or one of its variants, as one might think from reading these specs, but to the rumored M52 instead.
Facebook unveils its first-gen sunglasses in the form of Ray-Ban Stories
Not only has Facebook made its first ever pair of smart glasses official, it has also made them Ray-Bans thanks to a collaboration with this iconic brand. The new wearable device is equipped with speakers for calls and audio, not to mention the cameras necessary for point-of-view video or photos at will. The Stories spectacles are available in certain markets from now.
Amazon takes the Fire Stick 4K to the Max with Wi-Fi 6 and upgraded internals
Amazon has announced that the latest version of its Fire TV Stick is called the Max variant. The accessory still streams in 4K; however, its new MediaTek processor supports Wi-Fi 6 and is paired to more RAM in this generation. It is shipped with an updated remote that has the OEM's smart assistant built in.
The Xiaomi Mix 5 is slated to upgrade to an up-to-2K screen with an under-display camera
The Mi Mix 4 is Xiaomi's inaugural under-display camera flagship smartphone. This is an impressive breakthrough with which to launch; however, the device's all-new spec does come with the compromise of an FHD+ resolution. However, the latest rumors suggest that the OEM is already prepared to step up to 2K in its immediate successor.
The TCL 20 R offers 5G, a 90Hz display and triple rear cameras for well under US$300
TCL has announced the most budget variant of its latest 20 5G smartphone series. The new R model offers a 6.52-inch display driven by a 4,500mAh battery and runs on Android 11. Then again, the OEM has modulated its specs in order to launch it at an attractive price in Europe.
GeForce NOW will unleash Far Cry 6 support from the game's October 2021 launch
A Thursday at GeForce NOW means it's time for the streaming platform to reveal the latest additions to its library. However, despite the potentially welcome new arrivals involved this week, they may be overshadowed by another announcement that Ubisoft's most hotly-awaited upcoming releases will also become available on NVIDIA's service right from their launch.
OPPO brings its latest mid-range Reno6 5G smartphone to Europe
OPPO has announced new pricing and availability data for the Reno6 5G, a phone destined to stand out in the mid-range European market due to its MediaTek Dimensity 900 SoC. The device also offers an FHD+ AMOLED display, fast 65W charging and triple rear cameras.
OPPO teases the launch of ColorOS 12 as rumors of a Kodak-branded next-gen flagship emerge
The OEM OPPO has hinted that the next major upgrade to its version of Android, ColorOS 12, will be unveiled shortly. Meanwhile, a famous leaker has intimated that the same company will collaborate with the iconic photography brand Kodak to develop a smartphone that is also a homage to a classic camera.
Motorola showcases its latest "Space Charging" truly-wireless power supply system
Motorola has introduced its latest development in completely wireless method of keeping mobile-device powered as "Space Charging". The OEM has now condensed this next-gen technology into a desktop transmitter rated to send up to 5 watts (W) of power over an increased amount of open space to a compatible smartphone.
The Redmi K50 series is slated to come with IP68 ratings and triple-figure charging rates
The Redmi K50 range of smartphones is already rumored to arrive in the form of high-quality handsets based on the specs predicted for them thus far. Now, a prominent leaker asserts their OEM will compound them with builds rated for IP68 levels of ingress-protection. The tipster also now supports the prospect of upgraded charging tech in the upcoming devices.
The iQOO 8 Pro is coming to India, Snapdragon 888+ and all
The iQOO 8 Pro recently launched as the world's first E5 AMOLED display smartphone. Unfortunately for fans of advanced mobile tech, it only did so in its native China. Now, however, a new Geekbench leak hints its OEM may be arranging wider availability for this flagship device.
Chargeasap Flash Pro hands-on and review
The Flash Pro series of powerbanks has become another success story for its maker, Chargeasap. The OEM claims that it can handle normal charging for anything up to a MacBook on the go in the absence of a wall charger. Can its Pro variant uphold these claims in real life?
An increasing number of Pixel 3-series units reportedly turn into bricks "overnight" without warning
Reports of Pixel 3 or 3 XL device that enter a state in which they become irretrievably unresponsive out of nowhere in the exact same way are growing in number. Such complaints from their phones' users have arisen as early as December 2020, and have now accumulated in number. To date, there is no solution reported to work for all of them.
The HarmonyOS-powered Huawei Nova 9 gets an official launch teaser
Huawei has confirmed a new generation for its mid-range smartphone series in 2021. The device in question has popped up in a new teaser that also furnishes it with a launch date. The Nova 9's suspiciously familiar design is also revealed thanks to the new poster.
The RedMagic 6S Pro is the world's first Snapdragon 888+ phone with a physical RGB fan
RedMagic has made its 2021 flagship refresh official today (September 6, 2021). The 6S Pro may have the same basic build as its immediate predecessor; nevertheless, the OEM has crammed some new features a gaming-phone fan might enjoy into the updated device. They include an advanced ICE 7.0 cooling system, not to mention some potentially next-gen biometrics.
Asus launches the latest VivoBook line in Europe as laptops with high-end displays with reasonable prices
Asus has made the VivoBook Pro 14, Pro 14X, 15, and Pro 16X official in the European market. The new laptops have options on OLED screens and either Intel Tiger Lake or Ryzen 5000 processors. This, of course, also means Thunderbolt 4 in some SKUs, in a series offering up to RTX 3050 Ti cards in terms of graphics.
VESA unveils its new DisplayHDR True Black 600 standard for PC displays and monitors
The display quality authority VESA has announced the latest standard against which PC and display OEMs can pit their new devices. DisplayHDR True Black 600 is rated to call for even higher luminance than its predecessors, and is thus pitched as a new badge of excellence in panels made of material such as OLED.
Vivo X70: the premium smartphone series allegedly leaks in every way possible ahead of launch
The Vivo X70 flagship series only has a few days from today (September 5, 2021) until their debut in China. However, some last-minute leaks purport to reveal pretty much everything about the phones prior to this event. These details range from their screen sizes to what their new custom-designed V1 chipset looks like.
The new OnePlus 10 series will settle for an old design on the premium devices' launch
Fans of the brand OnePlus might be awaiting flagships projected to take their numerical series name into double digits for the first time in 2022. However, according to the latest word on these devices, they might fail to provide much novelty on their reveal in that year. They are now slated to emerge as iterative upgrades - in terms of looks, that is.
The RedMagic 6S Pro's looks leak out as further specs are revealed officially
The RedMagic 6S Pro can be expected to be an iterative upgrade over its immediate predecessor, based on the Snapdragon 888+ platform confirmed by its maker. Now, Chinese regulators may have revealed that this also probably applies to the phone's looks. Meanwhile, the OEM has teased the phone with more impressive claims.
The Huawei P60 series could be Snapdragon 898-powered phones
The flagship Huawei P50 series launched with options powered by the much lesser-spotted 4G/LTE-only version of the Snapdragon 888 processor. Now, a prominent leaker indicates that the OEM might secure an agreement with Qualcomm to release direct successors for these phones.
The Pantera Pico PC makes about 500% of its original goal on its first day of crowdfunding
XDO Tech has managed to generate quite a lot of enthusiasm for its Pantera Pico, a mini-PC into which the OEM has managed to cram 4 USB type A ports, active cooling and an HDMI port for a 4K/UHD output. Now, this hype has been converted into the ability to smash the original goal of its Kickstarter campaign nearly 5 times over by now.
The Redmi Buds 3 launch as the brand's new AirPod clones in September 2021
Redmi has released a teaser for new TWS earbuds that may be pitched at the back-to-school market. Unlike the AirDots 3 line, these Buds 3 have stems, as well as a new square charging case. Nevertheless, a famous leaker asserts the accessories might have something besides looks in common.
The Samsung Galaxy "M22" leaks via the FCC, Geekbench and its OEM's own website
Samsung is now projected to launch a successor to the Galaxy M21, thanks to a recent slew of leaks associated with a new model number suggesting this is indeed the case. It looks like the "M22" will turn out looking and performing much like a pre-existing 2021 smartphone; then again, this makes for potentially bargain pricing in the rumored device.
The latest FUJIFILM medium-format and mirrroless APS-C cameras come with a new processor and improved auto-focus
FUJIFILM's 2 latest mirrorless cameras are of 2 different types; however, they have a lot in common. The GFX 50S II and X-T30 II are second generations of their respective series, yet are both based on the same X-Processor 4 image processor. They are also touted as having improved auto-focus (AF), whereas the 50S II is the first of its line to come with in-body image stabilization (IBIS).
The Vivo X70 series will launch with a cutting-edge 2K E5 display
Vivo is currently hyping its upcoming late-2021 flagship smartphones with some tantalizing details ahead of their launch. It seems the latest of these is the inclusion of an E5 display, the latest generation of Samsung OLED displays for mobile devices. It is slated to have a QHD display in at least 1 X70 variant.
The new Jabra Elite 7 Pro TWS earbuds feature new voice-call enhancing technology along with adjustable ANC
Jabra has added not one but three new pairs to its Elite-series of TWS earbuds. Their new flagship, the 7 Pros, feature the OEM's MultiSensor Voice tech for "best-in-class call performance". The buds are joined by the 7 Actives and the 3s, geared towards steadfast fit during workouts and cost-effective audio quality respectively.
RED unveils its latest super-high-end - and super-expensive - 8K camera
The pro-grade videography brand RED has just announced what it calls its "most powerful and advanced cinema camera" yet. The V-Raptor ST incorporates an 8K VV sensor and can shoot at 120fps at its full resolution. It is compatible with third-party storage, and also with a five-figure USD price-tag.
The OnePlus Watch's latest update boosts its Spotify support and adds new watchfaces
OnePlus has released a new software update for its first-gen Watch. This new firmware adds Spotify playlist syncing to the wearable for the first time, as well as a real-time navigation display. The OEM has also prepared some new watchfaces for the device.
TCL sets a date for the launch of its 2021 8K mini-LED TVs
TCL has announced that it will debut its "Premium 2021 X Series Mini LED 8K TVs" in September 2021. This event will also see the launch of the OEM's latest projectors and products. TCL asserts that the new devices will revolutionize the smart home and home-theater experience.
RedMagic teases the upcoming 6s Pro gaming flagship phone with a new kind of cooling system and enhanced display specs
RedMagic has announced that it will unveil a refresh of its 2021 Android gaming flagship 6 range later in September 2021. For now, it is hyping this 6s Pro with previews of specs such as its touch-sampling rate. The OEM has also revealed that the phone will have a new, "aerospace-grade" thermal-management system.
Qualcomm's Snapdragon Sound acquires Bluetooth Lossless Audio technology
Snapdragon Sound is a Qualcomm's audio platform slated to feature in the next generation of audio peripherals from OEMs such as Xiaomi. Its maker has announced that it will support Lossless audio technology, rated to reproduce "CD-quality" audio at a high bitrate.
Samsung is slated to increase the production of displays for foldables by nearly 50% year-on-year
Samsung has already seen an uptick in the enthusiasm for foldable devices with the launch of its latest Galaxy Z Fold and Flip models. Now, its Display division is reportedly at the limits of its capacity to produce the requisite displays. Therefore, the OEM is now billed to nearly double the resources devoted to this process.
Nokia releases an Android 12 beta for the budget X20
Nokia has announced the recently-launched X20 smartphone can now upgrade to Android 12. This Beta 1 build is available as an OTA to members of the brand's developer preview program. Therefore, interested parties may now have a way of getting a sneak peek at what the HMD Global company has planned for the OS' next major upgrade.
The Nokia G50 5G will launch with a 6.38-inch display and free TWS earbuds
Nokia is said to launch a new 5G phone called the G50 soon. New rumored details for the device have emerged, its screen size and potential quality included. It is also projected to have triple rear cameras and a side-mounted fingerprint scanner.
Honor rises to become a top-3 smartphone OEM in China for July 2021
Honor has leap-frogged Xiaomi and Apple to become the third most successful mobile device OEM in its native China for the month of July 2021. This growth is most likely attributed to the sale of phones such as the mid-range 50 series.
The Xiaomi 12 Ultra is slated to launch with a triple 50MP camera system
Xiaomi is slated to launch a direct successor to the Mi 11 Ultra that might also have a 50MP main rear camera. Now, a reliable leaker claims that this "12 Ultra" will come with not just 1 but 3 sensors of this resolution. This, apparently, will give the potential flagship secondary functions such as ultrawide-angle shooting at a top-quality resolution.
The Dimensity 2000 is coming in 2021 with the next-gen specs to rival the Snapdragon 898
MediaTek is rumored to launch the Dimensity 2000 as its next-gen 5G flagship SoC. Now, the latest word on this chipset is that it might be announced prior to 2022 as a processor based on a 4 nanometer (nm) architecture, not to mention ARM v9. Therefore, it is now projected to offer a serious challenge to the likes of Qualcomm's own next top-end mobile processor.
Bose claims the latest QuietComfort 45 headphones come with world-beating ANC, 24-hour battery life and high-fidelity audio
Bose has launched the latest generation of its QuietComfort line of headphones. The OEM asserts that these new 45s live up to their name with a "lightweight" design, not to mention "world-class" Acoustic Noise Cancelling technology. The new Bluetooth 5.1 accessories will be released in September 2021.
The Fossil Gen 6 smartwatches debut with the Snapdragon Wear 4100 Plus SoC and blood-oxygen tracking
The Fossil Gen 6 smartwatches are the world's first wearables to rock the Plus version of the Snapdragon Wear 4100 platform, and are also the first of their brand to offer blood-oxygen measurements. They come in a variety of styles and materials, some of which are available to order in the US from now.
OPPO's first-gen foldable phone will have an LTPO display
A reliable leaker has recently asserted that the Android OEM OPPO is now close to launching its first ever foldable device. Now, the same tipster has elaborated further with a new claim that this phone's main display will integrate LTPO technology. It is also now said to launch with the latest version of Android.
The Honor X20 Max will launch with a 7.2-inch display, a Dimensity-series processor and more
A Weibo-based leaker has posted an in-the-wild image of a phone allegedly set to launch from the OEM Honor soon. It could be taken to be the pre-existing X20 - were it not for the apparent size of the device from the back. The tipster asserts that its display is 7 inches in diagonal length at least, and, thus, belongs to the rumored X20 Max.
Vivo confirms the X70 Pro Plus' design along with the flagship phone's launch date
Some recent leaks have hinted that the OEM Vivo would launch an X70 Pro Plus as the flagship of its upcoming premium Android smartphone line. Now, the company has posted a new domestic pre-order page that essentially confirms these details. It also reveals the device's launch date for the first time.
New renders hint at Huawei's potential to produce the rollable Mate-series phablets of the future
Huawei has signalled that it is ready to move on to premium devices with rollable displays, thanks to a new patent that locks its take on this next-gen type of display down. This new IP has been converted into new, high-quality renders that may show how next-gen Mate-series phablets based on this technology might look. The essential effect is somewhat reminiscent of the OEM's first-gen foldable.
RAVPOWER 120W 4-Port Desktop USB Charging Station Hands-on and Review
RAVPOWER has extended its range of high-wattage chargers with a new 120 watt (W) variant. This upgraded spec entails the potential of powering pretty much anything with a USB type-C port, some laptops included, through 2 of its 4 ports. Can its rated specs work out in real life?
One UI 4 allegedly draws near with the sighting of a Galaxy S21 Ultra on new software
Samsung had announced that One UI 4, an OS skin based on the upcoming Android 12 version, would become available in a preview form last month. Now, a Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra has been detected as running what could be this update on Geekbench 5. Therefore, the beta in question might be released soon.
Samsung's Galaxy Z Fold3 undergoes JerryRigEverything durability testing
Samsung's new flagship, the ~US$1,800 Galaxy Z Fold3, is one of relatively few phones on the market designed to bend in half - albeit in one direction only. Now, the popular YouTube channel JerryRigEverything reveals what happens when someone tries to fold the ultra-premium device in other ways.
Netflix runs a trial of its new mobile gaming service in the Polish market
Netflix has confirmed the existence of its new mobile gaming arm through the release of its first two compatible titles. Then again, they are only available to its subscribers in Poland and on Android thus far. Both of the games in question are from the Stranger Things franchise, and can be played without ads through their new portal.
Fossil teases a late August 2021 launch for the Gen 6 smartwatches
The Fossil Gen 6 wearables are smartwatches that have leaked extensively in terms of putative specs and design choices, although the OEM has been able to keep the date of their unveiling a mystery thus far. However, it has now released an email to its subscribers that drops heavy hints that the devices will make it to a launch before September 2021.
An analyst establishes that YouTube Music cannot be made to run on older Wear OS smartwatches
Google may have sparked some dissatisfaction by announcing YouTube Music for wearables, then confirming that it is compatible with smartwatches capable of running the latest Wear OS 3 version only. A mobile security analyst has tried what is probably one of the most effective work-arounds for this potential problem, but ultimately came up unsuccessful in this effort.
Apple announces a new program to replace faulty call speakers in the iPhone 12 or 12 Pro
Apple has acknowledged that some units from its latest flagship iPhone line have faults in which they cannot emit sound during calls. The OEM has accordingly set up a new service program by which users affected by these issues can send them to office centers to have certain components replaced. It applies to the 12 and 12 Pro variants only.
The premium Vivo NEX smartphones are back and will upgrade once a year
A Vivo executive is now quoted as saying that this Android OEM's former flagship NEX line is indeed to be brought back from the dead. It will apparently follow an annual product cycle, which will resume from the first half of 2022 onward. Nevertheless, leaks for the upcoming top-end X70 series continue apace.
The Motorola Moto E20 allegedly shows up on Geekbench with a Unisoc processor
Motorola is currently said to have a couple of new Moto E-series smartphones in the works. One of them may have found its way onto Geekbench, in a new leak that purports to confirm numerous rumored specs for the device. They include SoC and RAM profiles that are emphatically in the lowest of market tiers, especially for 2021.
Samsung hints at an imminent launch for the Galaxy A52s 5G in India
One of Samsung India's latest Twitter posts effectively confirm that it will bring "Awesome for Everyone" in India with the Galaxy A52s 5G. A new page on the OEM's official website suggests this launch is definitely on the cards and will be completed in the very near future, although it has yet to say when exactly.
Vivo confirms the upcoming flagship X70 smartphone series will come with a custom ISP
Vivo is slated to launch its next top-end mobile Android devices as the X70 series. Now, the OEM has confirmed that they will debut a chipset that the OEM has designed and developed in-house, called the V1. It will act as an image-signal processor (ISP) in the new phones. Meanwhile, the vanilla X70's appearance may have been spoiled in a new leak.
Frank Azor joins the board of the Eyesafe blue-light standards group
Eyesafe, a body that issues standards and certificates for low blue-light emissions in display products, has announced a new addition to its board of directors. Frank Azor finds it an honor to join Eyesafe in this capacity, and has noted its potential role in user health protection, particularly as screen-time has skyrocketed during the Covid-19 era.
Get up to US$900 off a Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED laptop before returning to school
Gigabyte has announced 2021 back-to-school deals on select hardware from its premium gaming brands and series, AORUS and Aero included. These discounts are mainly found on Newegg or Amazon, and may involve up to US$900 on certain OLED-display options in some cases.
Early signs of the upcoming Motorola Moto E20 and E30 surface online
Motorola is now said to have 2 new Moto E-series smartphones in the works. Two well-known leakers indicate that they will continue in the usually cost-effective vein of their predecessors, with modest specs and the Go version of Android 11. Then again, they might stand out with interesting rear-panel finishes and decently large screens.
Xiaomi's Indian Smarter Living 2022 conference unveils a new 2K home security camera, a Gigabit router and...some sneakers
Xiaomi's smart-tech event of today (August 26, 2021) was perhaps dominated by the launch of 2 new Mi Notebooks and the Mi TV 5X in India. However, there were one or two other appearances at this show, such as the new Mi Router 4A (Gigabit Edition) - not to mention the new Xiaomi Running Shoes.
The Xiaomi Mi Smart Band 6 launches in India
Xiaomi has finally made the Mi Band 6, or Mi Smart Band 6 rather, official in India. Many fitness-tracker fans might welcome its upgraded 1.56-inch AMOLED display, expanded workout mode line-up and blood oxygen sensor. It will be available to buy via the OEM's channels in the country soon.
Motorola unleashes the "new" Moto G50 5G on the Australian market
Motorola has made good on an interesting round of rumors with the launch of the Moto G50 5G. Unlike the pre-existing phone of the same name, this one has a MediaTek Dimensity-series SoC rather than a Qualcomm platform. It is available to buy from now - albeit only from Lenovo's division in Australia.
Samsung launches the Galaxy M32 5G in India
Samsung has launched its latest phone for the Indian market as one with quad rear cameras, a 5,000mAh battery and 12-band 5G support. The Galaxy M32 5G is powered by a MediaTek Dimensity processor, has up to 8GB of RAM and has (almost suspiciously) up-to-date mid-range Samsung looks. Its preview page on Amazon.in indicates that it will go live in September 2021.
Panasonic gets in on the neck-mounted speaker game with the SoundSlayer WIGSS
Panasonic has launched its take on what is often called the "wearable speaker" in 2021. Like some others on the market, the accessory is worn around the neck for "immersive" sound. The OEM is pitching this version - the SoundSlayer WIGSS or SC-GN01 - at gamers, with wired compatibility for consoles such as the PlayStation 5 or Nintendo Switch.
OPPO is finally ready to launch its first-ever foldable smartphone
OPPO is conspicuous in the absence of the mid-year flagship (or flagship refresh) launches in which other Android OEMs have come to indulge in 2021. However, according to a knowledgeable leaker, such devices from this company might be on the way after all. Some of them are slated to come in foldable, ColorOS 12-powered form, no less.
Xiaomi is tipped to launch the Mi Notebook Pro and Ultra in India soon
Xiaomi is now rumored to have new laptops to introduce to the Indian market. The Mi Notebook Pro and Ultra are slated to be 14- to 15.6-inch devices that go up to 3.2K in terms of display resolution. However, they may differ in terms of refresh rate and graphics solutions.
Huawei patents what might be the most extreme form of the waterfall display yet
The OEM Huawei has had a patent for a new kind of smartphone display approved by the US Patents and Trademarking Office (USPTO). It describes a device with a screen that goes all the way down to meet the rear panel. Therefore, the 2 "arc-shaped" pieces of panel that effectively form the sides of the phone act as its buttons, and, possibly, other controls depending on context.
Nokia hurriedly retracts a premature Instagram teaser for the upcoming G50 5G launch
An official Nokia Instagram account may have confirmed rumors that the OEM will debut a new 5G smartphone called the G50 soon. However, it seems the post was published in advance by accident, as it is no longer to be found on the website. Nevertheless, it might have (inadvertently) revealed that the device will have triple rear cameras and a notched display.
Lenovo confirms a Legion Phone 3 Pro is inbound, next-gen Qualcomm flagship SoC and all
Lenovo has released the Legion Phone Duel 2 (also known as the 2 Pro) as its flagship Android gaming phone for 2021. Now, the OEM has announced that a third generation of this line is indeed on the way, and will be powered by the true successor to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 on its launch.
OPPO will resurrect the innovative, spinning-camera N series of smartphones soon
OPPO is mostly known for more conventional smartphones such as the Find X3s and Renos of 2021. However, it also had more interesting units in its history, not the least of which were the N-series phones with main cameras that could twist around to face either the front or back of the device. According to an eminent Weibo leaker, they are now on their way back and might be here soon.
OPPO unveils a magnetic wireless version of its VOOC fast-charging tech
OPPO is currently at the Smart China Expo 2021 to launch new additions to its VOOC line of mobile-device chargers. They are (surprise, surprise) new magnetic wireless chargers for improved attachment to their compatible phones. This new MagVOOC series consists of a slim charging puck, a power bank and a new charging stand thus far.
Samsung moves over 900,000 Galaxy Z Fold3 and Flip3 units during their first week of South Korean preorders
Samsung has been taking pre-orders for its new Galaxy Z Fold3 and Flip3 premium smartphone in its native South Korea since August 17, 2021. The final stats for the 2 new flexible-display devices' first week of pre-orders are reportedly in. The pair have outdone both the Galaxy S21 and Galaxy Note 20 lines in this regard. The OEM has hailed the event as an "all-time high" in terms of interest in foldables.
The iQOO 8 flagship Android series is going global, albeit with some compromises
The iQOO 8 Pro has just launched in China to challenge the Xiaomi Mi Mix 4 with its Snapdragon 888+ SoC and brand-new, extremely premium E5 display. Now, the appearance of a new phone from its OEM on the Google Play Console has sparked rumors that it is about to get a global launch. However, it seems not to have the full-fat specs of this new Pro smartphone.
The Lenovo Tab P12 Pro is poised to launch in markets such as the US soon
Recent leaks have hinted that Lenovo is working on the Tab P12 Pro, a new tablet with high-end specs, especially when compared to its putative predecessor. Now, a device with its rumored model number has been approved by the FCC. This new certification suggests the device will have an ~11-inch display and a single rear camera.
Xiaomi teases the Mi TV 5X, a new smart screen with 40W speakers for the Indian market
Xiaomi India is currently teasing an event called "Smarter Living 2022", slated to launch a new product called the Mi TV 5X. This new flat-screen device has already been revealed to pack speakers rated to deliver 40 watts (W) of audio power. The OEM has also strongly hinted at a high-end, "immersive" experience in this new Mi TV.
Android 12 is now slated to replace Auto for Phone Screens with the Google Assistant
Google has reportedly developed an "Assistant Driving Mode", which will supplant Android Auto for Phone Screens with the introduction of the major 12 OS upgrade. Therefore, users with mobile devices that install this OS version will only ever find Auto on their cars' display going forward.
Nubia plans to launch the RedMagic 6S Pro flagship gaming smartphone soon
ZTE'S high-end Android gaming brand Nubia may be gearing up for its next launch event, despite having already released its flagship 6 and 6 Pro in 2021. This leak has given rise to speculation that this upcoming show is for a 6S, which would succeed an analogous iterative refresh from the previous year.
Samsung's Galaxy Watch4 series gets its first software update prior to even hitting the market yet
The Galaxy Watch4 and 4 Classic still have a few days to go before reaching their new owners. However, that has apparently not stopped them from receiving an OTA update already. This new firmware is rated to optimize stability and performance on the new wearables as they start to go to work tracking a user's health.
The Honor Magic Fold is on the way with a Galaxy Z Fold-like design, albeit a very different camera hump
According to recent leaks, the first foldable to be launched by the OEM Honor will be called the Magic Fold and might be here as soon as the last quarter of 2021. Now, a well-known tipster has posted what could be renders of this phone. They strongly suggest that it will look much like counterparts from Samsung or Huawei, but will have rear cameras similar to those of the brand's 50-series smartphones.
4G/LTE-only SoCs are slated to rise in price as their demand falls throughout the rest of 2021
The latest market research suggests that an important tipping point in the mobile processor market has arrived. It seems the cost-effectiveness of new 4G/LTE processors will start dropping soon, as manufacturers and chip-makers inevitably turn their focus on 5G-capable platforms instead. On the other hand, this kind of connectivity is still not widespread enough to kill its predecessor off completely.
Over half of users surveyed would update to Windows 11 right now if they could
The prospect of Windows 11 is strongly linked to mixed feelings at present. However, a study based on approximately 11,000 survey responses from participants who currently use the OS found that over 50% of this group would install the update without delay. Accordingly, 17% of the respondents are now in the Insiders program on the strength of Microsoft's latest launch.
The latest Asus Chrome OS tablet has a new MediaTek Kompanio SoC and a detachable keyboard cover
Asus has launched the Chromebook Detachable CZ1, a device with a processor from a series recently started by MediaTek with tablet-specific optimizations in mind. Its latest vehicle is also patently geared towards education with its robust construction and essentialist port selection. It also comes with a keyboard dock/cover that incorporates a stylus and a kickstand.
Volta previews the GIGA, a new compact USB type-C GaN charger set to launch via Indiegogo
The power-accessory OEM Volta has revealed that its next product is to be the GIGA, a charger of the ultra-compact gallium nitride- (GaN) based variety. There will be 2 variants of this product: one rated to charge at up to 130W and one for up to 200W. The company notes that it will be available as an Indiegogo campaign reward soon, at potentially substantial discounts over retail.
The latest Tronsmart Studio portable speaker has a metal chassis and a 5,000mAh battery
Tronsmart has announced the Studio 30W SoundPulse as its latest wireless speaker. It is rated to cover an open space of up to 10 meters in size with 2.1 channel sound for up to 15 hours per charge. Unlike most portable accessories of this type, it has a housing made of aluminum, yet is still IPX4-rated. It goes for ~US$70, or less with a coupon active at the time of writing.
Galaxy S21 FE: new 3D renders purport to confirm earlier design- and color-related leaks
Samsung had been rumored to launch the Galaxy S21 FE during its recent major Unpacked event; however, the OEM ultimately neglected to bring the long-awaited flagship variant to the show. However, a new leak may reassure prospective buyers that it is indeed on the way, in the form suggested by previous tips.
The Tesla Bot is unleashed as a futuristic solution for all the boring jobs of the future
Tesla has held a 2021 AI Day virtual conference, during which the company has apparently confirmed many predictions of a future in which jobs involving manual labor will no longer be a thing. This, according to Elon Musk, is because his company's Bot will take over from humans in doing them. This new machine may be one of the most convincing anthropomorphic automatons yet.
The Mi Mix 4 becomes the most expensive non-foldable Xiaomi phone to fix out of warranty
The Mi Mix 4 is Xiaomi's latest super-premium non-flexible smartphone. It is also the first of this category to rock an under-display selfie camera. Unfortunately, it now seems this upgrade has helped pushed its repair costs skyward, even compared to the Mi 11 Ultra with its higher-resolution display.
OnePlus updates the 8, 8 Pro and 8T with Buds Pro support and more
OnePlus' 2020 flagship 8-series have acquired new updates for their version of Android, OxygenOS 11. It upgrades the phones to compatibility with the OEM's latest TWS earbuds, the Buds Pro, now released to the European market. The OTA also adds the latest software tweaks developed for its brand, its new Bitmoji AOD feature included.
OPPO unveils technology for enhanced low-light, stabilization and continuous zoom in its next-gen smartphone cameras
OPPO's Future of Imaging conference of today (August, 19, 2021) introduced a number of new and potentially powerful camera upgrades that might start to appear in new smartphones over the next couple of years. The OEM claims they include advanced hardware-based stabilization, continuous zoom modules and a new RGBW matrix for next-gen sensors.
Google's latest update for smartwatches adds more Wear OS 3-esque functionality
Mobvoi, for one, has announced a fresh app update many more of its newer and higher-end wearables. This latest version of WearOS (2.0) expands the eligibility to use Pay (new interface and all) to users in more countries. The update also unlocks Messages on a watch's screen in full, as well as Tiles for apps such as Spotify.
OPPO switches to a Mi 11 Ultra-inspired look in an upcoming K-series smartphone
A new OPPO phone, most likely a new K-series variant, has leaked out via the Chinese regulator TENAA. Besides the fact it may become the latest Dimensity 1200-powered smartphone on its launch, it already stands out in that it has adopted the new "visor-cam" look for its triple rear shooters.
ZTE announces an international release for the Axon 30 as the second-gen UDC phone undergoes JerryRigEverything testing
ZTE has just announced pricing and availability for its second-gen under-display camera (UDC) smartphone, the Axon 30 5G, outside of its native China. Those interested in this cutting-edge hardware can also now learn how it might hold up to demanding use in the real world thanks to a new JerryRigEverything video.
Qualcomm releases the world's first 5G and AI-enabled drone reference platform
The Qualcomm Flight RB5 5G Platform has launched as the world's first reference build for 5G- and AI-capable drones. Its maker asserts that this emerging form of airborne IoT for industry and commerce makes for powerful, yet power-efficient and above all smart UAVs with mmWave connectivity. It is already on the market, although it does not come cheap.
The iQOO 8 Pro emerges as a flagship with Snapdragon 888+ power and a DisplayMate A+ rating
iQOO has launched the flagship 8 series as promised today (August 17, 2021). It offers a new Pro variant with the updated Snapdragon 888+ processor and a new E5 LTPO AMOLED display with a 2K resolution, 10-bit color and a 120Hz refresh rate. These specs also make it the world's latest DisplayMate A+-rated smartphone.
Motorola allegedly gears up to refresh the Moto G50 with a 5G MediaTek processor
Some recent leaks have pointed to the imminent release of the "Motorola Moto G50 5G" - which, as there is a device with this name and the requisite connectivity out there already, was a little confusing. A new tip purports to dispel this mystery with the explanation that there is indeed an upcoming second variant of this device, largely unchanged apart from its new SoC.
The Xiaomi Mi Watch 2 will debut as an early Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 5100 adopter
Xiaomi will allegedly resurrect the Mi CC line of smartphone soon. The all-but-abandoned series is slated to gain new variants with high display refresh rates and potentially premium-grade rear cameras. They are also now said to debut alongside a Mi Watch successor with a brand-new Qualcomm platform.
Signs of 2 new OnePlus "non-9T" phones show up online
A leaker claims to have found evidence of two new model numbers from OnePlus, that might thus hint at further launch events in the near future. It is possible that one of the devices in question may be planned for 2022, although one might show up sooner. Nevertheless, a reliable source persists in their assertion that it will not be a successor to 2020's 8T.
Motorola is about to launch a new phone called the Moto G Pure
Some new tips suggest that Motorola will launch a new Moto G-series phone with an interesting name soon. The unusual moniker has reportedly appeared in new regulatory material filed by the OEM with several official groups. These leaks also hint that it will be available in several markets, the US and Canada included.
The latest TWS earbuds from Klipsch have ANC, wireless charging and a McLaren-branded special edition
Klipsch has announced the T5 II Series True Wireless ANC Earphones, which come in Standard and McLaren Editions. They are rated for Dirac HD-tuned sound and for up to 21 hours of battery life with their USB type-C case. Their new racing-inspired special edition also comes with a "2X" wireless charging pad with NuCurrent technology.
Galaxy Z Slide: a new leak sparks rumors of a 2022 launch for Samsung's first-gen rollable-display phone
Some earlier tips may imply the prospect of an upcoming rollable phone from Samsung that will be called the Galaxy Z Slide. Now, its latest leak suggests that it might even be ready to take the Z Fold series' place at a 2022 Unpacked event. It also now has renders based on what might be a patent that outlines its design and next-gen screen-extending functions.
OPPO patents wearables that unlock through user vein-scanning
OPPO has had a new patent for potential next-gen wearables granted in its native China. It is intended to allow the accessories in question to authenticate the user by reading their veins rather than their fingerprints or faces. This form of biometric recognition could thus be added to a future Band or Watch from this OEM.
Realme will finally debut its first-gen laptop later in August 2021
Realme has confirmed that it will launch its first-ever ultrabook in a few days from today (August 15, 2021). This PC - to be called the Book Slim in some markets - is now also said to come with some additional features and accessories that might bring it up to the level of some rival OEMs such as Xiaomi and Huawei.
An "iQOO 8 Pro" rivals the Xiaomi Mi Mix 4 on Geekbench
The appearance of a new phone with the Snapdragon 888+ processor on Geekbench 5 has led to speculation that it is the upcoming iQOO 8 Pro surfacing in a new leak. Should this be the case, it might offer an insight into how this device might perform compared to its closest potential competitor, the Mi Mix 4, not to mention its immediate predecessor, the iQOO 7.
The latest figures show Sony still leads the CMOS image sensor market, although Samsung is catching up
A new market analysis report shows that Sony retained the greatest share of the CMOS image sensor market in 2020, while Samsung came in second. Then again, the latter OEM's actual sales were seen to rise compared to 2019, whereas those of Sony dropped slightly year-on-year. This was due to a formerly major player virtually dropping out of the smartphone market.
Speck announces Presidio Perfect-Clear Fold cases for the Galaxy Z Flip3 and Fold3
Samsung seems to believe foldable phones are the future; however, that future has come with the potential disadvantage of cases that come in 2 parts and do not cover their hinges. However, Speck has addressed this issue with its new Presidio Perfect-Clear Fold line for the Galaxy Z Fold3 and Flip3.
The Motorola Razr (on Verizon) finally upgrades to Android 11
Motorola released its first-ever foldable Razr in 2019. Now, in 2021, its units on the Verizon network in the US finally have the OTA that upgrade them to Android 11. It adds the ability to use chat bubbles and improved privacy-related permissions on the next-gen clamshell phone.
Xiaomi launches its latest 100W Mi Wireless Charging Stand
Xiaomi has announced its latest top-end Mi Wireless Charging Stand. It has the same premium build as its predecessor, although it upgrades to a maximum rate of 100 watts (W). The new accessory supports the Mi Mix 4, and comes with a 120W wall charger in the box.
TCL posts billion-dollar profits for the first half of 2021
TCL, a maker of display panels and products, has released its financial performance figures for the first half of 2021 (1H2021). It claims to have made approximately US$1.426 billion. About 71% of that figure was made by its screen technology specialist division CSOT. The OEM asserts that all aspects of its business has posted "significant" growth and has surpassed its estimates for the half-year.
ZTE's latest Android update unlocks 144Hz on the Axon 30 Pro
ZTE has released the latest version of its Android skin, MyOS, for its flagship Axon 30 smartphone series. It is rated for over 200 UX tweaks and memory expansion features, and also upgrades the series' Pro variant's display refresh rate to 144Hz: the same as that of the top-end Ultra version.
Panasonic upgrades the Toughbook 55 with Tiger Lake CPUs, more RAM and Wi-Fi 6
Panasonic has launched a new version of its rugged Toughbook 55 laptop with updated specs and I/O. They include 11th-gen Intel CPUs - which also of course makes one of its ports Thunderbolt 4. However, the PC is still fully compatible with the user-swappable xPAK modules that can customize a unit to a customer's specific professional or public service needs.
TCL's latest 5- and 6-series models are now Google TVs with Dolby Vision HDR and VRR
TCL has announced updates to its 2020 5- and 6-series big screens. They, like their predecessors, remain QLED and mini-LED respectively; however, they drop the Roku OS of yesteryear for the new Google TV software. It confers an up-to-date UI on the new devices, as well as the option of voice control for the first time.
Xiaomi reimburses those who pre-ordered the Mi 1 in full
Xiaomi has reportedly launched a program by which it is offering the original price of its first ever smartphone, the Mi 1, back to customers who can prove they ordered it during its initial reservation event. The unique promotion, which has already apparently cost the OEM millions of dollars, is being done in celebration of its tenth anniversary, and also possibly of the company's success thus far.
Oukitel teases its upcoming WP15 as the 5G smartphone with the biggest battery on the market
Oukitel touts its new WP15 as a "5G battery monster"; and well it might, as the phone has once again pushed the limits of mobile capacity with a 15,600mAh rating. It is also a rugged device, with IP68, IP69K and MIL-STD-810G ratings. It will be launched later in August 2021, but can be pre-ordered from now.
The Honor X20 is a new blend of premium and mid-range 5G smartphone specs
Honor's major product launch of today (August 12, 2021) has introduced a new mid-ranger alongside its flagship Android series for this year. The X20 has charging specs and some display properties in common with the new Magic3 devices, although its SoC is a new mid-range 5G MediaTek chipset.
The Honor Tab V7 Pro launches with a new MediaTek processor and up to 8GB of RAM
The MediaTek Kompanio 1300T is a new SoC that is exclusive to the new Honor Tab V7 Pro tablet on its launch. It drives a 2K display with a 120Hz refresh rate and a 16:10 aspect ratio. The new slate also challenges the iPad line with its own optional stylus and keyboard dock.
Motorola debuts the Moto G60S in Brazil
Recent leaks have pointed to the possibility of a new S variant for the Moto G60 to be launched in 2021. Now, Motorola has made good on these rumors by unleashing this phone on its first market: Brazil. It has a 120Hz FHD LCD display, 6GB of RAM and unusually fast charging for a phone from this OEM.
The Honor Magic3 flagship smartphone series: novel camera features in slightly familiar packages
Honor has launched its new Magic3, 3 Pro and 3 Pro+ top-end smartphones today (August 12, 2021). Their large central ring-style camera humps contain up to 5 lenses each, which also contain new 50MP sensors in some cases. The OEM claims they are capable of delivering cinema-grade videography as well as Snapdragon 888+ performance.
Samsung offers 'Pro' TWS features for the masses in the Galaxy Buds2
Samsung wrapped its latest Galaxy Unpacked show up with the latest generation of its Galaxy Buds. They offer many of the features found in their immediate Pro predecessors, as well as up to 20 hours of battery life and new colors. However, they also start for less than these high-end TWS peripherals.
Samsung confirms an upgrade to body-composition analysis in the Galaxy Watch4 series
Samsung has launched its latest high-end wearables, the Galaxy Watch4 series, today (August 11, 2021). These new smartwatches incorporate the cutting-edge sensors for health metrics that include blood pressure and advanced sleep tracking as might be expected from the OEM. However, they have something new as well: body-composition sensing that apparently rivals industry-standard equipment.
The Galaxy Z Flip3 is Samsung's latest clamshell foldable
The Galaxy Z Flip3 has been introduced today as Samsung's "other" foldable smartphone. The new device contains the potentially critical improvement over its forebear of a much-enlarged secondary display, which might allow the user to do things such as read messages and use its cameras without even opening the next-gen clamshell.
Samsung debuts the Galaxy Z Fold3 as its first-gen under-display camera flagship
The Galaxy Z Fold3 has finally become official as the headline act of Samsung's latest Unpacked event. The ultra-premium device has premiered as the first one from this OEM with an under-display camera (UDC) for its main 7.6-inch Dynamic AMOLED 2x display. It also offers upgrades such as the Snapdragon 888 processor.
The latest Cable Matters USB type-C/Thunderbolt 4 dual HDMI adapter is compatible with an 8K monitor
Cable Matters' latest USB type-C dongle is rated to connect an up-to-Thunderbolt 4/USB4 PC to an 8K monitor via HDMI 2.1. It has 2 variants: one with a DisplayPort and an 8K-capable HDMI port, and another with dual HDMIs for 1 8K monitor or 2 at 4K. Therefore, the OEM touts its new portable accessory as ideal for both remote work and gaming.
iQOO hypes its upcoming mid-2021 flagship phone's powerful dual main camera set-up
The smartphone brand iQOO's teasers for its premium 8 series have been painting it as a refresh of the existing 7 flagship with a newer SoC. However, it has now also revealed that the upcoming devices might have more to them besides that. This, according to the latest leaks, includes an upgrade to dual high-res rear shooters.
OnePlus is making a Harry Potter Edition of its Watch
A well-known leaker claims to have found out that OnePlus is making a new, special-edition version of its first-gen Watch. Unlike the gaming theme of the last, this one is apparently Harry Potter-themed. Then again, availability in only 1 market has been mentioned thus far.
Xiaomi presents a robot dog as its latest foray into advanced AI-powered technology
Xiaomi introduced a new Mi Mix, Mi Pad and Mi TVs during its August 2021 product event. However, the OEM also had something much less expected to unveil at the end of this show: an apparently fully-functional, well-spec'd robot dog. The company might even put this groundbreaking product on sale soon.
Xiaomi finds its new Sound with its latest smart speaker
The new Mi Mix 4 dominated its product launch today (August 10, 2021); however, this did not stop its maker introducing new ecosystem products to go along with it. The new Xiaomi Sound is a speaker that shares an audio partnership and new wireless technology with its potential phablet companion.
Xiaomi unveils new OLED versions of its premium and 6-series smart TVs
Xiaomi has updated its line of smart TVs today (August 10, 2021) with new OLED-enabled models. This comes with an ultra-high contrast ratio, HDR10+ and "True 10-bit" color on the new 6-series. For those in need of even more premium specs, the new Mi TV OLED 77 model has Harman Kardon-tuned speakers, high-wattage speakers and a new spec in common with the Mi Mix 4.
Samsung pitches the Galaxy S21 FE as a back-to-school-ready device in its latest leak
Samsung had added a new teaser for the Galaxy S21 Fan Edition (FE) to its official Instagram account, seemingly targeting students with the upcoming affordable flagship variant. The post led to speculation that the phone would launch during the OEM's upcoming Unpacked event after all. However, the post's ultimate fate has sent mixed signals.
Meizu certifies its first new phones since the start of 2021
Meizu was fairly early to the premium Snapdragon 888-powered smartphone in 2021, but has not released another mobile device since then. Now, however, a famous leaker has discovered the OEM is now working on 2 new products with 5G. They are also likely to have high-end specs at decent prices.
The OnePlus Nord N200 makes its JerryRigEverything durability test into a two-parter
The Nord N200 is one of the cheapest 5G phones sold by OnePlus in the United States. Accordingly, it is made of lower-end materials compared to the flagship of its series. However, it seems this does not necessarily mean the device will do worse in a famous online bend-test.
Realme Pad: new certifications hint at 2 different battery SKUs for the upcoming tablet
Realme has now reportedly registered new batteries with the TUV safety authority. The unusually high rated and typical capacities of the two new power-packs have resulted in speculation that they are destined for this OEM's upcoming first-gen tablet. Should this be the case, it seems the device might have different versions, one with slightly more battery life than the other.
New leaks raise, then dash, hopes of camera upgrades in the Samsung Galaxy A52s
Samsung is now believed to launch the Galaxy A52s soon. This apparently modified version of the A52 5G has been touted to come with tweaked camera specs as well as a newer SoC. However, the latest tip on the subject purports to debunk most of these rumors, asserting that the two phones will differ in just one respect.
The iQOO 8 series is slated to come with a BMW M Motorsport-themed variant
iQOO has now given numerous details on its upcoming 8-series flagship smartphones away prior to their launch. Now, their latest teasers have turned to how these devices will look from the back. Despite the good news for fans of the brand's BMW tie-in, a potentially disappointing debunking of an earlier tip has now also emerged.
The Honor Magic3 series is touted to support a "100x zoom" spec
Honor is slated to launch its latest flagship smartphones later in August 2021. Now, a new leak purports to show one of these devices in the wild. The photo in question shows the ring-like camera hump seen in earlier spoilers, although this one has a new detail: a legend that might point to powerful zoom capabilities in the sensor immediately below it.
Google registers a potential new Chromecast with the FCC
Google might have something to debut alongside its new Pixel 6 series in October 2021: a new Chromecast. The Mountain View giant has had a new device certified by the FCC, in a leak that reveals specs most likely associated with a streaming stick of some description. Then again, it makes upgrades over the current Ultra device, if any, hard to pick out.
The Motorola Edge 20 series is going to India
Motorola has just made its Edge 20 smartphones, which stand out among mid-range devices with 108MP main cameras across this new range, official in some markets that include Europe. Now, the OEM has strongly hinted that they are also headed to India some time soon.
OnePlus sows confusion with its new 9 Pro colorway
Recent Weibo posts showing a OnePlus 9 Pro in a new and heretofore unavailable color option have led to confusion on the point of whether the OEM actually intends to release the variant as a limited edition or not. The OEM has had to clarify its status in a new statement.
GoPro ends the second quarter of 2021 with US$250 million in takings
GoPro has announced that it has made no less than US$250 million in revenue for the second quarter of 2021 (or 2Q2021). The action-cam company has also reported it has amassed 211% more subscribers compared to 2Q2020. It has also made a net gain for this quarter, as opposed to the sizeable net loss posted for the same quarter of the last year.
Galaxy Z Fold3: famous tipsters drop the upcoming super-flagship's most comprehensive specs-related leak yet
Samsung is all but certain to unveil the next-gen Galaxy Z Fold on August 11, 2021. However, new leaks from well-known sources purport to spoil this event with full-scale specs for the ultra-premium device. They purport to outline the Z Fold3 in every detail, from its connectivity options to more specific display and camera resolutions.
RAVPOWER PD Pioneer 30,000mAh 2-Port Power Bank review
Power banks are handy accessories for phones, peripherals or possibly tablets, which may be why OEMs like RAVPOWER now also aims them at laptop users. This new device purports to contain the tech necessary to power an ultrabook at up to 90 watts (W) via USB type-C. Can it live up to these lofty claims?
The Realme GT Master Edition will launch in Europe soon, starting at ~US$415
Realme has already launched the GT Master and GT Master Exploration Editions in China, as "designer" variants of its current 2021 flagship. Now, a new leak claims that the phones are also going to launch in Europe soon. They will apparently start in the ~US$400 category for SKUs with 6GB of RAM.
Honor launches the Play 5T Pro smartphone along with its new Earbuds 2 Lite
Honor has launched 2 new products today (August 5, 2021): a new pair of TWS earbuds and a smartphone. The Play 5T Pro has a 6.6-inch display, driven by a MediaTek processor, and a larger battery compared to the existing Play 5. Similarly, the Earbuds 2 Lite are rated for up to 32 hours of use on a single charge, and for active noise cancellation (ANC).
Realme announces the sale of its 100 millionth smartphone worldwide
The latest market research indicates that the brand Realme has passed an important milestone: 100 million units sold worldwide. Furthermore, it has broken the record for the time taken to sell this many devices. Realme is now in the top 10 smartphone OEMs worldwide.
iQOO will debut a next-gen "E5" display in its mid-year Android flagship refresh
iQOO has confirmed that it will launch new, 8-series premium Android smartphones in mid-August 2021. It has also teased these phones with the announcement that they will launch with new, "E5" display panels with high pixel densities and 10-bit color. The 8 and possible 8 Pro are also said to come with a variable refresh rate and DC dimming.
Samsung releases the Galaxy Tab S7 FE to the US market
Samsung has announced that it is taking orders for its Galaxy S7 Tab Fan Edition (FE) in the US from today (August 5, 2021). The tablet will be available in its Wi-Fi and 5G variants, the former of which is offered in a variety of colors whereas the latter comes in just one. They start at US$529 for the non-cellular version.
The Lenovo Tab P12 Pro will be a significant upgrade over its predecessor
Lenovo is now slated to augment its Tab P-series tablet series with a new variant soon. This "P12 Pro" is painted as a device with a former flagship processor - which is a surprise as its predecessor has a mid-range SoC. It is also depicted as having more RAM and running Android 11.
OPPO makes its "next-gen under-screen camera" official
OPPO has just unveiled the latest generation of its under-display camera technology for smartphone screens. The OEM claims to have made great strides since the last time it showcased its developments in this trendy spec. They include a new pixel-matrix that help it blend effectively into the rest of a given panel.
Honor teases some Apple-esque accessories for its upcoming V7 Pro tablet
Some previous leaks have hinted that the Honor V7 Pro is coming for the iPad Pro in terms of design; now, its latest teaser suggests that it also wants to rival this premium slate with respect to its compatible add-ons. They consist of a suspiciously Magic-looking keyboard dock and a sleek new stylus.
Xiaomi launches the RedmiBook 15 Pro and its e-Learning Edition in India
Xiaomi has launched 2 new laptops for the Indian market, which it calls the RedmiBook 15 Pro and the e-Learning Edition of the same. Both of these machines have the same 19.9mm deep chassis with 15.6-inch FHD displays, finished in polycarbonate for mobility and affordability. However, the two variants have their own choices of 11th-gen Intel chipsets and SSDs.
Realme unveils its new MagDart line of charging accessories
Realme MagDart is now officially this OEM's answer to similar ecosystems such as Apple's MagSafe. Accordingly, it has been revealed to include products such as an ultra-slim wireless charger for phones such as the flagship GT, as well as a magnetic wallet and power-bank. They are joined by 4 additional products, all in the series' new pale-silver livery.
The Mi Mix 4 and Mi Pad 5 may be revealed during an upcoming speech from Xiaomi's CEO
Xiaomi's CEO, Lei Jun, is reportedly planning to address the OEM's fans during an upcoming August 2021 speech. This announcement has led to rumors that the executive will unveil 2 of the company's most hotly-awaited new devices during this event: the Mi Pad 5 and Mi Mix 4 smartphone. It is also possible that new members of the CC series could follow shortly.
Honor will launch flagship smartphones with penta-cam options
Honor has dropped another official teaser concerning its upcoming Magic3 smartphone series. This one includes heavy hints that one of its variants will have no less than 5 rear cameras. It is said to include individual high-resolution lenses, 3 64MP shooters included.
OPPO is not far from its first ever under-display camera smartphone launch
OPPO is one of a handful of OEMs that has confirmed it is working on under-display camera (UDC) technology for the screens of its next-gen smartphone brands. Now, some teasers emanating from the company's native China suggest it is just about to reveal its inaugural UDC device. It may have to compete with devices such as the Xiaomi Mi Mix 4 on its launch
Intel will double the speed of Thunderbolt 4 in its next-gen USB type-C technology
An Intel executive has reportedly uploaded a photo of a slide pointing to very interesting developments in data transfers over USB type-C by accident. The material allegedly points to speeds of up to 80 gigabits per second (Gb/s), which will, furthermore, be supported by physical-layer technology.
The Realme Pad will have a stylus slot and a gold color option
Realme is slated to launch its first-ever tablet soon. The latest renders depicting this device point to a gold SKU to join the plain gray option hinted at earlier. They also give a better look at what is most likely a silo for an on-board pen. This is the latest possible evidence that the Pad's touchscreen will be compatible with these accessories.
LG releases its latest TONE FREE TWS earbuds to the US market
The TONE FREE DFP8Ws (or FP8s) are the latest generation of LG TWS earbuds that come with their own UV-emitting charging case for an "auto-cleaning" feature. The OEM has announced pricing and availability for these allegedly bacteria-repelling accessories in the US. They will also soon be joined there by new FP9 and FP5 variants.
Nokia will launch 3 new phones and 1 new tablet soon
The famous leaker Evan Blass claims to confirm recent rumors of Nokia's plan to break into the tablet market soon. The tipster asserts that this putative T20 is one of the HMD Global brand's next four upcoming products. Blass also now notes that each one has its own code-name: for example, the alleged slate is also apparently called the "Riddler".
BOE unveils a 480Hz display as part of its new gaming-focused conference showcase
BOE has attended the ongoing China Digital Entertainment Expo and Conference to announce that it has 480Hz display panels ready to go for the coming years. It has also been joined by the OEM's new ADS Pro technology, a form of mini-LED rated for up to 2000 nits of peak brightness, as well as upgraded curved OLED screens.
The Dimensity 810 SoC will debut in a new(-ish) Realme phone
Realme is now tipped to launch a phone called the 8s soon. It is painted as a refresh for the pre-existing 8 5G, albeit with a heretofore-unheard of MediaTek Dimensity 810 processor. Therefore, it might still have up-to-date connectivity with a 90Hz display and a generous 5,000mAh battery.
The latest Comply foam ear-tip versions are compatible with the Pixel Buds A
The latest versions of the Comply Foam TrueGrip Pro Tips 2.0 are made for Google's latest Pixel Buds A. Therefore, these TWS accessories now have third-party add-ons geared at improved fit and comfort, due to their memory foam-based construction. The new Comply tips are also compatible with the original Pixel Buds, and are on sale from now.
New research challenges the theory that dark mode on OLED saves battery on a smartphone
AMOLED and UIs with dark modes have skyrocketed in popularity in the smartphone market over the years, mainly based on the idea that both are easier on battery life, particularly when combined. A new study published by Purdue University engineers question this rationale, albeit under certain conditions only.
OnePlus announces it was the fastest-growing smartphone brand in the US during the first half of 2021
OnePlus has released its shipment stats for the first half of 2021 (1H2021). The OEM claims that they have increased by 428% in the US, a greater amount of growth compared to all other brands in that market. This success is based on sales of the Nord N100 and N200 as well as the flagship 9 series.
The Honor Magic3 series will be the first smartphones to launch with Micron's latest, 176-layer type of UFS 3.1 internal storage
Micron has put its latest kind of flash storage for mobile devices into production. It has the OEM's state-of-the-art 176-layer NAND technology, as well as the most up-to-date UFS 3.1 read and write speeds. The brand Honor has lost no time in announcing that its upcoming Magic3 flagship series will debut with this spec.
The iQOO 8 is a flagship smartphone that will launch with a 2K LTPO VRR display and a Pro variant
iQOO is now slated to be the first brand to launch an Android phone based on the latest top-end Snapdragon 888+ chipset. New leaks now also assert that it - or possibly its Pro version - will come with a display with a 2K resolution and the up-to-date LTPO spec, not to mention the ability to automatically adjust its refresh rate between 1 and 120 hertz (Hz).
The Galaxy Z Flip3 is slated to come with some unique new first-party cases
Samsung is thought to launch a new Galaxy Z Flip clamshell-style foldable phone in August 2021. Now, a new leak suggests the OEM has put more thought into cases for this device compared to those of yesteryear. The tip purports to outline these accessories' color choices, designs and newly-developed attachments in some cases.
Motorola introduces the Edge 20 family of smartphones, starting at ~US$420
Motorola has unveiled the Edge 20 series' specs and design in full on its website. They are headed by the Snapdragon 870-powered Pro variant, which also features a 144Hz screen, 12GB of RAM and a 108MP main camera sensor. Then again, the 20 and 20 Lite also benefit from this sensor, albeit with varying levels of zoom and additional features.
Realme will unveil its new "440% faster" MagDart charging system in August 2021
Realme has been teasing its new MagDart line of products as a possible new competitor to Apple's MagSafe system for a short while. The OEM has now confirmed that this technology will be unveiled in full on August 3, 2021. Meanwhile, its latest posters assert that it is capable of "440%" greater speeds, although in comparison to what exactly remains unknown.
AMD touts the Radeon RX 6600 XT as the new go-to card for 1080p gaming
AMD has now officially introduced the RX 6600 XT. The new RDNA 2-based card has 8GB of GDDR6 128-bit memory, has 32 compute units (CUs) and a clock-speed that can go up to 2.6GHz as standard. Therefore, the OEM aims it squarely at 1080p performance - not to mention potentially reasonable estimated starting prices once it emerges via partners on August 11, 2021.
The first OnePlus 10 Pro renders show huge dual main Hasselblad-tuned rear cameras and more
The blog LetsGoDigital has published new renders reflecting its best guess at the specs and design of OnePlus' probable next-gen flagship, the 10 Pro. According to these images, the phone will follow the emerging trend of larger rear-camera lenses with potentially significant upgrades in terms of specs and functions. They are projected to be surrounded by further high-end materials and properties in this putative 10 Pro.
Nokia will launch the T20 tablet soon, starting at ~US$265
A new Nokia device has been spotted on a retailer's website, depicted as a 10.4-inch display tablet that will come in at least 1 colorway (blue). It also has 4G/LTE-capable options, although it may not be particularly high-end, having 4GB RAM SKUs. The new slate may launch in the UK and the EU for the equivalent of ~US$265.
Targus and Samsung collaborate on the new DeX-enabled Universal USB type-C Phone Dock
Targus has announced a new accessory to connect an Android phone with USB type-C to the peripherals necessary for a desktop-like experience. The OEM has also announced that the Universal USB-C Phone Dock supports Samsung's DeX. Users could have this interface up on a potentially 4K monitor with this new product.
The Realme Book is certified as a PC with 65W charging
Realme has confirmed that it will launch its first-gen PC soon, widely thought to be a MacBook clone since thanks to numerous leaks on the subject. Now, a new product from the OEM that is almost certainly this probable ultrabook has been approved by the regulator 3C. It suggests that the Book does indeed have a spec to match many of its Apple counterpart.
Kioxia launches new consumer-grade EXCERIA NVMe SSDs
Kioxia has introduced new EXCERIA-line M.2 2280 SSDs for desktops or laptops. The OEM asserts that the new PRO variant is for enthusiasts, whereas the G2 is more for the mainstream, mainly as they support PCIe Gen 4 and Gen 3 respectively. The 2 new drives also feature the proprietary "BiCS" flash memory and up to 2TB capacities.
The Motorola Edge 20 series' design is allegedly revealed in full thanks to new renders
Motorola is thought to release the Edge 20 series of premium mid- to mid-range phones in August 2021. Of these, the vanilla variant may have emerged in render form ahead of this event. Now, it is joined by its Lite and Pro siblings, in a leak that might confirm their updated looks and colorways in advance.
The Huawei P50 Pro 4G will be a quad-cam phone with a 40MP sensor just for monochrome shooting
The famed and often reliable leaker Ishan Agarwal has published new posts containing some intriguing full-spec claims for the possibly-imminent Huawei P50 Pro. They pertain to the phone's putative 4G/LTE-only variant, which apparently has quad rear cameras, 3 of which are high-res sensors with different and occasionally quite surprising functions.
Samsung will debut the Galaxy A52s in Europe soon, starting at ~US$530
Some new leaks point to a new version of the Galaxy A52 5G, slated to launch soon with tweaks slated to include an updated processor, at the least. It is thought to be destined for the European market, where it may come in at reasonable mid-range prices for SKUs with 128GB of internal storage.
Sony introduces the ZV-E10, a second-gen vlogger-camera with a lens mount
Sony has built on the success of the ZV-1 with a new E10 variant. Unlike its predecessor in vlogging- and streaming-friendly features, it has an APS-C sensor, as well as E-mount lens compatibility this time around. However, it retains the up-to-date BIONZ X image processor, standard 3.5mm input and flip-out screen of the first-gen "creator-cam".
Nothing makes its ear (1) buds official
Following an extensive series of teasers, the Carl Pei-run start-up Nothing has formally launched its inaugural ear (1) TWS earbuds, thereby also finally revealing the peripherals' design and specs for the first time. They are to become available in an initial limited batch on July 31, 2021, followed by a larger drop in August.
ZTE unleashes the second-gen under-display Axon 30 smartphone with confirmation of a global release
ZTE has unveiled the Axon 30, an Android phone that will stand out due to its under-display (or UDC) selfie camera, today (July 27, 2021). It will be available to the Chinese market initially, starting at ~US$338 from August 3 of this year. However, the OEM has also confirmed that it is coming to other countries in September.
iPhones with upgraded titanium frames are coming, but not until 2022
iPhones that finally upgrade to 120Hz displays are thought to debut in 2021. However, their successors might have even more compelling upgrades, a step up to the incorporation of titanium in the Pro models included. JP Morgan Chase is now reportedly solidly behind this idea, and believes it will contribute to a bumper year in revenue for Apple's mobile division.
The Realme Flash will be the first phone to debut with MagDart charging; premium specs in tow as well
Realme has just overtly teased a "newcomer": a smartphone with the simple, snappy name of Flash. Shortly afterward, GSMArena claimed to have been sent some teasers with a succinct explanation for this new moniker: it will launch with compatibility for the OEM's rumored new MagDart wireless charging system.
Forget 360Hz, 480Hz displays are on the way and may be available by 2023
An industry blog asserts that display panels capable of ultra-high 480Hz refresh rates are now in the works. They will allegedly come courtesy of AU Optronics (or AUO) and LG Display, and may go into production at these companies by 2022. Therefore, monitors that can blow the fastest 1080p models of today out of the water might be on the way.
The first true signs of a 5G BlackBerry emerge with a new waitlist announcement
The start-up OnwardMobility announced that it had secured the classic BlackBerry mobile device brand back in 2020, then unveiled plans to make such a phone with 5G. However, the company has gone very quiet on the subject since then. Now, however, it is back with an invitation to join a community that will apparently help the device's development with feedback and exclusive previews.
OPPO sets a surprising premium on a new Dimensity 700-powered phone
OPPO has just announced a refresh for its budget 5G smartphone, the A93. This new version has more or less the same specs as the old, except for the MediaTek Dimensity 700 SoC in place of the original's Qualcomm Snapdragon 480. Nevertheless, the newer A93s' starting price remains the same as that of its template.
An alleged Huawei P50 Pro dummy goes hands-on in the wild, possibly confirming 5 rear cameras in the upcoming flagship
A new video doing the rounds online shows its maker handling what is described as a "Huawei P50 Pro (dummy)". Presuming it is genuine, it may thus confirm numerous previous leaks for the phone, those pointing to an extra-large camera hump designed to house 5 lenses included - one of which is very clearly a periscope lens in this new clip.
Motorola announces a new product event, possibly for the new Edge 20 smartphones
Motorola has revealed the time and date of its next product launch via its official Weibo channel. A teaser released alongside this post strongly suggests that this event is for the Edge 20 series, a trio of smartphones slated to come with 108MP main cameras. Meanwhile, a Pro variant for this line has been confirmed through its certification with the Thai NBTC.
ZTE will launch new TWS earbuds alongside its upcoming Axon 30 smartphone
ZTE is scheduled to launch its new under-display camera phone, the Axon 30, on July 27, 2021. Now, the OEM has also just announced that 2 new pairs of TWS earbuds will join it on stage. The LiveBuds Pro sport the mics necessary for noise-reducing features, whereas the ZTE Buds might be more cost-effective.
OnePlus is slated to address its "throttling" issues in a future OxygenOS update
OnePlus has become linked to a controversy in which its 2021 line of flagship smartphones' version of Android (OxygenOS for the 9 series) was found to "throttle" a slew of popular and often necessary apps such as Chrome, yet unleash full performance in the presence of benchmarks. Now, the OEM has reportedly announced a solution in an upcoming software upgrades.
Lenovo announces US pricing and availability for the Ryzen 7 5800H-powered Legion 7
Lenovo debuted world-first 16-inch WQXGA (or QHD) laptop displays in its latest Legion 7 gaming machine. Its Ryzen 7 5800H-equipped SKUs are now available on the US market, starting at US$1,800. Its Intel counterpart (the Legion 7i Gen 6) has also now been released to the same OEM website.
Leaked MediaTek Dimensity 1300T specs point to a new Snapdragon 865-beating chipset with an imminent launch
MediaTek is now rumored to have a new 5G Dimensity chipset ready to go. More detailed specs for this putative 1300T are now allegedly out there, including a 6 nanometer (nm) architecture and an ARM Cortex-A78 core, a combination that might easily rival Qualcomm's Snapdragon 865 SoC, if not the newer 870. It is slated to launch tomorrow (July 26, 2021).
Nokia jumps back into the feature-phone market with the new 110 4G
The Nokia 110 4G is this HMD Global brand's latest button-phone, released to the Indian market today (July 24, 2021). As the name suggests, it has 4G/LTE connectivity despite its basic feature-device nature. Besides that, it won't strain many pockets in more ways than 1 with a 1.8-inch QVGA display and 128MB of RAM.
The Motorola Edge 20 will have a flat display and an updated triple rear camera hump: new leak
Motorola is rumored to debut a new Edge 20 smartphone series later in 2021. Now, the prolific leaker OnLeaks has presented what are described as renders of its vanilla variant. They account for the specs mentioned in earlier leaks, and also hint at 2 color options and a central punch-hole selfie camera for its non-curved screen.
New leaks purport to raise, then dash, hopes for an iPad Mini 6 with a mini-LED display
The media outlet DigiTimes has released a report alleging that Apple has ordered up-to-date mini-LED panels for the upcoming 2021 iPad Mini. This new display tech is also found in the latest and most premium iPad Pro, and might thus represent a significant upgrade for its more affordable counterpart. However, a second tip has lost little time in shooting this rumor down.
The Epic Games Store 2021 Summer Sale kicks off with up to 75% off some titles
Epic Games has announced that its store's Summer Sale 2021 event is now on. It contains deals such as 33% off Assassin’s Creed Valhalla or 20% off Days Gone. The platform has also released its usual choice of free games for the week, which currently include Defense Grid: The Awakening and Verdun.
No launch for the Galaxy S21 FE at the August 2021 Unpacked event
Samsung is projected to provide a successor for the well-regarded Galaxy S20 FE at some point in 2021. According to the latest rumors, this will not fall on August 11, the date chosen for the OEM's next upcoming major product event. Therefore, an actual debut for the potentially popular mid-ranger remains uncertain at this point.
The FTC adopts new and seemingly right to repair-friendly policies
The United States' Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has announced a crackdown on practices that make it harder for citizens or even organizations to fix electronics themselves or seek alternatives to first-party services. The Commission asserts that these new measures will benefit businesses and consumers alike.
The OnePlus 10 series might have 5,000mAh batteries
OPPO has unveiled its latest battery technology, which, as it claims, contains some significant performance and safety upgrades over the existing SuperVOOC 2.0 system. It is still rated for the same charging rate (65W), although its new structure might allow for greater capacity this time around. Therefore, the next-gen flagships from this OEM, not to mention its subsidiary OnePlus, could have larger batteries.
1TB 2021 iPhones may be back on the table, as is LiDAR for all variants
The idea of a new top-end 1TB SKU in the next-gen iPhone series has been raised and then shot down again in leaks emanating from market analysts trying to assess the new devices' specs and success ahead of their launch. However, the latest such tip asserts that this new option will indeed be announced by Apple during its upcoming product event.
The Honor V7 Pro tablet will launch with a purpose-made Dimensity 1300T SoC
Honor has announced that it will launch the V7 Pro soon, a tablet that, going by its new trailer, will debut with multiple high-end design trends. A famous leaker asserts that it will also do so with a new 5G Dimensity-series processor specifically made by MediaTek with its form-factor in mind. It is now rumored to launch later in July 2021.
MediaTek will launch the new Dimensity 1100U SoC soon
MediaTek launched the Dimensity 1100 chipset for upper mid-range to mid-range smartphones in early 2021. Now, a prolific leaker claims that the OEM will release a new processor for the next couple of tiers down, and that it will be called the Dimensity 1100U. It is apparently destined for budget phones that could yet launch in 2021.
The upcoming iQOO 8 will debut with 160W charging
iQOO is said to launch an Android phone based on the new Snapdragon 888+ chipset soon, and will thereby replace a flagship with the OEM's top 120W Flash Charge technology. Now, a report from the Chinese media claims that its immediate successor will be the one to debut an upgrade that could fill its battery even faster.
The ZTE Axon 30's cutting-edge display allegedly outdoes its predecessor in a new leak
ZTE has confirmed that the Axon 30 will be its second-gen under-display camera smartphone on its late July 2021 launch. Now, new in-the-wild videos purport to showcase this aspect of the device ahead of this event. The leaks suggest that the OEM has improved greatly on its headline feature compared to its forebear in the Axon 20.
Realme's upcoming MagDart wireless charging series' design is allegedly captured in new renders
Realme's application to trademark the term "MagDart" led to pretty instantaneous speculation that the OEM is preparing what amounts to an Apple MagSafe clone for release in the near future. A tech blog purports to confirm this rumor outright with "exclusive" renders showing the accessories in question. They show a potentially appreciable take on the more up-to-date end of the category in question.
Samsung refreshes the 6,000mAh Galaxy M21 for 2021 with some spec bumps and a new starting price
Samsung has upgraded the Galaxy M21 with the...Galaxy M21. This new version of the 2020 phone has most of the original's features, its massive 6,000mAh battery included. However, it also offers a new rear panel with an updated 48MP primary camera. It will be released to the Indian market on July 26, 2021.
Qualcomm seeks to strengthen its wearables arm with a new Ecosystem Accelerator Program
Qualcomm has announced that it will devote further investment and effort to its wearables business. This involves Ecosystem Accelerator Program, a new initiative to bring manufacturers, service providers, developers and vendors in order to improve innovation, collaboration and commercialization in the sector. Its provider claims that over 60 leading companies in the market have already signed up for it.
The OnePlus Nord 2 is rated to stay on for a "full day" after charging for 15 minutes
The OEM OnePlus has been dropping spec-rich spoilers for its upcoming Nord 2 mid-range smartphone ahead of its launch. The latest in this series of teasers reveals that its battery is equipped with the high-end Warp Charge 65 technology, estimated to re-fill the phone enough to face a new day after just 15 minutes of use.
The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 will stay cooler while gaming compared to the S21 Ultra: new leak
Samsung's 2021 Galaxy Z Fold flagship is projected to launch with the same Snapdragon 888 as its inflexible counterpart, the S21 Ultra, as sold in some regions. Now, a prominent leaker asserts that the former will cope better with heat generation during everyday tasks such as gaming compared to the former.
Nothing teases its ear (1) buds with a charging-case design reveal
The new tech start-up Nothing is slated to launch its inaugural product, the ear (1) TWS buds, on July 27, 2021. However, it has chosen to share some details on the peripherals' charging case ahead of this event. Not that there is much to see here, as the accessory is largely transparent.
Chargeasap seeks to entice techies who like to stay mobile once again with the new Flash Pro up-to-100W power bank series
Chargeasap has launched successors to its super-charged Flash power bank via Indiegogo. The OEM asserts that the new Pro series incorporates its forebear's best attributes, a 100W USB-C Power Delivery (USB-PD) 3.0 output suitable for MacBook Pros included, albeit with upgrades such as more type-C ports and a very Apple-specific variant this time around
iQOO will launch a new version of its 2021 flagship phone with the Snapdragon 888+ SoC
The iQOO smartphone brand is now linked to the launch of a phone called the 8. It is said to be a refresh of the current 7 flagship, powered by the Snapdragon 888's own updated Plus variant. It may launch with a 120Hz QHD+ display, 12 GB of RAM and Android 11.
The OPPO Watch 2 has an official launch date
OPPO's eponymous Watch is a high-end wearable that has options with on-device ECGs. Now, it officially has a second generation, slated to launch at the end of July 2021. It is slated to integrate the latest Snapdragon Wear 4100 SoC, which will help run a dual OS system designed to stretch screen-on time.
A Japan-based research group breaks the world internet speed record
Engineers from Japan's National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT) have reported a new world record for data-transmission speed over fiber-optic cables. They claim a rate of 319 terabits per second (Tb/s), as opposed to the former highest rate of 178 Tb/s. Most crucially, this achievement has been made over an appreciable length of cable and a potentially feasible tweak of conventional technology.
ZTE will launch the Axon 30 with a second-gen under-display camera on July 27, 2021
ZTE has announced a date for the Axon 30 product event. The show will unveil the OEM's second-gen under-display camera phone during this show. It is now slated to arrive with a 6.92-inch edge-to-edge FHD+ AMOLED display, a high-end Qualcomm processor and an updated design.
Sony launches its latest Glass Sound Speaker, the LSPX-S3
Sony has debuted the LSPX-S3 as the latest in its line of Glass Sound Speakers. Like its predecessors, it can blend "seamlessly" into any home's decor due to its ability to mimic a lamp with its candle-effect LEDs, visible through its transparent tweeter. This sleek wireless accessory has a recommended price of US$350.
LG releases its "unprecedented" rollable TV to the US market at an extensive price
The SIGNATURE OLED R is a first-gen rollable TV, and as such incorporates cutting-edge technology in order to come in a completely new, motor-powered form-factor. However, its novel features come at a sky-high price, as US customers who go to LG.com to order its single 65-inch SKU are about to find out.
The Honor Magic3 Pro will look like the Huawei Mate 40
Honor has effectively confirmed a new leak alleging that its upcoming flagship Magic3 Android smartphone series would turn out looking suspiciously like another pre-existing premium device. The tip also purports to spill major spec details for the 3 Pro, a QHD+ curved AMOLED display with HDR10+ and Gorilla Glass Victus, up to 16GB of RAM and 100W wired charging included.
Zepp Health plans to upgrade its Amazfit smartwatches with support for blood-pressure monitoring
Zepp Health has announced a new function for its popular Amazfit wearables at its 2021 Next Beat Future of Health conference, which it calls "Blood Pressure Measurement on the Wrist". It is based on an algorithm that estimates this metric using a given wearable's optical sensors.
Zepp Health unveils its new in-house dedicated OS and chipset for next-gen smartwatches
Zepp Health, formerly Huami, has now made its replacement for its current Amazfit OS official. It is rated to be much lighter, smoother and more battery-friendly than its predecessor. Consumers might find it on next-gen wearables powered by the new Huangshan 2s SoC, slated to be enhanced in terms of graphics and power efficiency.
Huawei will launch the P50 (and nothing else) at the end of July 2021
It has been thought that Huawei would launch a whole series of premium P50 mobile devices in mid- to late 2021. However, the latest word on this subject is that it will be launched in a much more restrained form on July 29, 2021. Then again, the phone in question might yet grab some interest in that it could launch with a lesser-spotted version of the high-end Snapdragon 888 SoC.
Realme trademarks what could be a MagSafe clone
Realme has registered the term MagDart with the EU's intellectual property office (EUIPO). This name seems to mimic that of Apple's new proprietary wireless charging system. Therefore, the Android OEM could be working on similar products, or magnetic accessories of some kind at least.
TSMC asserts it is still on track to hit 2021 sales targets despite silicon crisis
TSMC had projected that its sales would grow by about 20% year-on-year (YoY) in 2021, despite the ongoing chip-supply crisis. With its latest revenue and profit reports, the company still believes it will comfortably hit that target by the end of the year. It also now forecasts that the crisis will start to abate in 2022.
The Sony Xperia 1 III is slated to get a total of 1 major Android version updates
Sony launched its latest flagship smartphone as the Xperia 1 III at a starting price of US$1,300. Despite this, the OEM has reportedly advised that it is getting only 2 years of official software support. Therefore, it is getting only 1 major Android upgrade, which may, moreover, happen sooner rather than later.
Xiaomi sells over 1 million Redmi Power Banks in India
Xiaomi's sub-brand Redmi launched its Power Bank to the Indian market in February 2020. It has reportedly proven popular since, as its shipments in the country have now exceeded 1 million units. The accessory comes in 10,000mAh and 20,000mAh SKUs, and starts at ~US$11.
Honor announces a global launch date for the flagship Magic3 series
Honor has already officially announced that its 2021 flagship, the Magic3, will be powered by the latest Qualcomm flagship processor. Now, the OEM has revealed a specific date for this event. Furthermore, it is coming as a series (and, therefore, possibly with a Pro variant) in August 2021.
OnePlus officially reveals the Nord 2's design ahead of launch as its specs leak via Geekbench
OnePlus has confirmed that its latest Nord-series smartphone will launch in late July 2021. Now, it has released a trailer for the device that reveals its looks from the back. Meanwhile, a new Geekbench listing might confirm a 12GB RAM option in the new product.
MSI announces pricing and availability for its 2021 W-series mobile workstations
MSI's latest line of 15- and 17-inch professional-grade PCs have up to 4K displays, 11th-gen core i9 processors and RTX A5000 graphics. Some variants even have the largest-capacity batteries available to laptops. They now also have sales listings that start at US$1,500.
An alleged Realme GT Master Edition surfaces on Geekbench ahead of launch
Realme is slated to debut the Master Edition of its GT smartphone later in July 2021. Prior to this, a device that might have its model number has appeared on Geekbench. If so, the new leak confirms that it will have a new 5G Qualcomm SoC.
Mobvoi launches an AI-powered digital voice recorder
Mobvoi's latest product is a dedicated voice recorder pitched at a professional market. The OEM asserts that it is enhanced with "dual-mic" noise-cancelling for clarity in voice-capture during meetings. It is also equipped with a neural network for automatic transcript summary generation based on intelligently-chosen keywords.
ZTE launches its Watch Live internationally for US$40
The Watch Live is the OEM ZTE's first-gen health-focused wearable. It is an Apple Watch clone with a blood oxygen sensor, all-day heart rate tracking and an IP68 rating. Its maker has now released it to its global website for just under US$40.
Google incurs a US$590 million fine in a news media compensation row
France's competition authority has slapped Google with a €500 million (~US$590 million) fine, following complaints from the same nation's press agency that the Mountain View giant has been using its content for the News app without permission. Google's failure to strike a compensation deal to address these grievances has resulted in its new financial penalty.
Yamaha's latest on-ear headphones launch with ANC and 3D Sound Field technology
Yamaha claims to have drawn on decades of experience with enhancing 2-channel audio at the home-theater level to develop 3D Sound Field for its new YH-L700A headphones. It focuses on adapting to the wearer's head movements to keep sound immersion constant. The OEM also claims the new wired/wireless cans' has uniquely acute active noise cancellation (ANC) thanks to advanced mic placements.
Nokia will launch the XR20 as a rugged phone on July 27, 2021
Nokia has dropped official hints of a new and uniquely case-independent phone to launch in late July 2021. The teaser has led to speculation that the device in question is the XR20, a phone projected to come with a ruggedized chassis. It is also slated to come with a Snapdragon 480 chipset, 6GB of RAM and a headphone jack.
Edifier launches its first-gen Hi-Res-certified TWS earbuds through Indiegogo
Edifier asserts that its NeoBuds Pro are a world first, in that they are TWS earbuds with active noise cancellation (ANC) and an official Hi-Res certification for sound quality and immersion. The new accessories also have an exceptionally broad frequency range and have IP54 ingress protection.
Apple executes a stealth launch for the MagSafe Battery Pack
The MagSafe Battery Pack is now available to order from its maker's website. It is a new form of wireless power bank custom-made to snap onto the back of an iPhone 12-series unit using the devices' new proprietary magnetic charging system. However, this novelty and convenience comes with a typically Apple price-tag.
The OnePlus Nord 2 will be more expensive than its predecessor
OnePlus has confirmed it will launch a second generation of its popular mid-range Nord smartphone series in July 2021. It launched at ~US$375 for an 8GB RAM SKU in one of its main markets (India); now, however, a blog claims that a Nord 2 with the same spec will pass the $400 mark in the country.
The first-gen Honor foldable phone will have an 8-inch main display: new leak
Honor is thought to be one of a handful of OEMs that will get into the foldables game in 2021 or 2022. A well-regarded leaker now claims to confirm this is the case with some specific dimensions and details. The state-of-the-art device might have a primary display of about 8 inches in length covered with ultra-thin glass (UTG).
iQOO reaches 25 million smartphone sales worldwide
iQOO is a sub-brand of the OEM Vivo that specializes in Android smartphones that often focus on premium features at non-premium prices. It has announced that it has now shipped at least 25 million units globally, and is celebrating in one of its latest regional markets, India.
A Huawei engineer develops a self-riding bicycle
An engineer associated with the OEM Huawei has documented the design and creation of an electric bicycle. However, unlike the vast majority of these devices, this one is rated to propel and balance itself, thanks to a complex system of sensors and processing power, apparently modelled after similar breakthroughs in self-driving cars and satellite tech.
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 battery, charging and price details emerge in new leaks
Samsung is now all but certain to launch a 2021 flagship called the Galaxy Z Fold3 during its next major Unpacked event. The latest leaks associated with this premium flexible-display device purport to reveal its battery capacity ahead of its launch. A prominent tipster also claims to know its top charging rate, as well as its price in at least 1 market.
TAG Heuer announces a new Super Mario Limited Edition of its luxury Connected smartwatch
The TAG Heuer Connected is one of the most premium Wear OS smartwatches out there. Its latest, variant might be a big draw for some of its fans, with its re-designed Super Mario-themed case and colorway. On the other hand, it will go for even more than its vanilla counterpart.
Motorola will launch the Moto G60s in Europe for less than US$400
Motorola has launched the Moto G60, a mid-range phone with a 108MP main rear camera, in India. Now, a reliable leaker claims that the OEM has a second variant, the G60s, ready for a different market, Europe. Very little is known about this putative device, besides that it is projected to have more RAM than the G60.
OnePlus teases the Nord 2 with some oddly familiar-sounding display specs
OnePlus has already confirmed that the second-gen Nord smartphone will launch in late July 2021 with the MediaTek Dimensity 1200 SoC. Now, it has also revealed some display specs to build further hype for the device. Its 90Hz panel will be very like that of the Nord CE (and a number of other phones), albeit with an upgrade to HDR10+ in this case.
Lenovo leads a still-strong second-quarter PC market in 2021
The latest market research indicates that Lenovo was the top dog among PC OEMs in terms of shipments during the second quarter of 2021. HP and Dell came in second and third, whereas Apple and Acer were found to have a joint fourth place for the quarter. The market continued to grow as a whole, although some slowdowns compared to early 2021 and 2020 may now be starting to emerge.
New renders hint at a BlackBerry with an interesting take on the physical keyboard of the future
BlackBerry is now linked to a 5G smartphone that will also bring the brand's hallmark physical keyboard back in 2021. A designer has released renders of what might be a new spin on this concept: one that may be made of the same material as the rest of its display panel. Then again, it is still divided into discrete QWERTY squares, thus allowing for visible mode-switching and alternative uses.
SK Hynix' most advanced 10nm LPDDR4 DRAM for mobile devices is now in mass production
SK Hynix has announced that its latest, "10anm" DRAM modules is now nearly ready for inclusion in next-gen smartphones. It has the fastest transfer rate known to the LPDDR4 standard; furthermore, as the first of its kind to be made using the extreme ultraviolet (EUV) lithography technique, making it more economical in terms of silicon use.
Galaxy Unpacked: a famous leaker purports to spoil the Samsung event with an entire threadful of leaks
Samsung has yet to specify when its next Galaxy Unpacked event will take place or what will debut during the show. However, Evan Blass has released an entire salvo of tweets revealing pretty much every device to be showcased therein, in every new color per product. They include the Galaxy S21 FE, despite rumors that it will in fact miss the launch in question.
The Ulefone Power Armor 13 will combine a rugged build, Android 11 and a 13,200mAh battery
Ulefone has announced that it is rebooting its Power series of ultra-large-battery phones with the upcoming Armor 13 variant. It is slated to pack a number of potentially advantageous features, a 6.81-inch display, Android 11 and quad rear cameras included, all of which will be powered with the largest battery the OEM can offer. Pre-sales for this new rugged phone will start in late July 2021.
LG holds off on its plan to sell iPhones in South Korea
LG's choice to leave the Android smartphone market has left empty space on shelves within the OEM's flagship physical stores in its native South Korea. The company had intended to put it to potentially lucrative use by allowing Apple to stock iPhones there instead. However, those plans are now on hold due to backlash from the business community in the country.
Amazfit teases its new, heart rate-sensing TWS earbuds
Amazfit has announced that its next pair of TWS earbuds will be unveiled during its upcoming “Future of Health” event. The popular health-wearable brand claims that they will help the user improve their posture in addition to their cardiovascular health, thanks to various kinds of advanced sensors. Its owner may also unveil a new, custom chip and OS for smartwatches during the same show.
Samsung gears up for Galaxy Unpacked with a new Galaxy Z Fold3 certification
Samsung has long been rumored to introduce its 2021 flagship foldable as the Galaxy Z Fold3. Now, a telecomms regulator has inadvertently revealed these leaks to be true in approving it for sale in Thailand. Meanwhile, another tip purports to confirm the device runs on Android 11.
Acer makes just over US$1 billion in revenue over 1 month
Acer claimed to have had its best May for seven years in its financial report for that month. Now, it notes it has done the same in June 2021. The OEM made 30.02 billion new Taiwanese dollars (NTD, or US$1.07 billion) in that month. It attributed this success to the sales of its Chromebooks and gaming hardware.
The Asus ZenFone 8 is on its way to India
An Asus executive has confirmed that the OEM's new mini Android flagship, the ZenFone 8, is slated to debut in India. It is said to get a different name once in this market, but should still have the same specs and unusually compact footprint on its new launch.
OPPO will launch the Reno6 Z 5G smartphone soon
OPPO has already launched the latest series of its Reno smartphones, in vanilla and Pro flavors. However, it has often tacked on additional variants in the previous generations of this line. Now, new leaks suggest that it is gearing up to do so again in 2021, starting with one called the Z 5G.
The first-gen Realme Pad allegedly pops up in a live image leak
Realme is slated to launch its first-ever tablet, simply called the Pad of its brand, later in 2021. Photos posted to SlashLeaks allegedly reveal some details about its design and specs. They may reveal that it is a fairly generic-looking, if up-to-date, slate with a slim profile and a metallic unibody.
Get an 11th-gen Intel core i7-powered Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon (Gen 9) for 50% off its starting price
Lenovo US has declared today (July 9, 2021) a "second Black Friday", with generous discounts on a range of PCs and peripherals. They include the Core i7-1185G7-powered version of the ThinkPad X1 Carbon, which started at US$3,369, but can be had for $1,685 instead during this event. A ThinkPad P17 is also involved in this sale, although it is not the latest model.
Google will announce an upgrade to 5 years of software support for Pixel phones, starting with the 6 series
Google is now rumored to announce an upgraded program of software support alongside the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro. This, apparently, might involve up to 5 years' worth of updates. Should this truly be the case, it will most likely be a bid to equal Apple and its panel of iOS upgrades.
OPPO designs what might be its take on the Android gaming phone
OPPO has registered schematics for a new phone with the European Union's Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO). It looks a lot like one of the new Reno6 series - except for the new chassis that seems intended to come across as much more "gamer" than the existing variants. Therefore, the OEM might be preparing a rival for devices such as the Redmi K40 edition in the same vein.
A leaker finds signs of a Ryzen 7 5800H-powered Lenovo Legion 5 with Radeon RX 6600M graphics
Units of the Lenovo Legion 5 gaming laptop with the AMD Ryzen 7 5800H processor are out there already. They tend to have RTX 3000-series graphics; however, a reliable leaker has turned up a variant with the Radeon RX 6600M card instead. Therefore, these options might turn up on the market soon.
Nothing reveals its inaugural TWS earbuds' pricing ahead of their launch
Carl Pei's new start-up, Nothing, will finally put a product to its name later in July 2021. It has just let the starting price for this product, a pair of TWS earbuds called ear (1), slip prior to this event. Meanwhile, its founder might have divulged its lack of interest in making other devices such as smartphones in the future.
Xiaomi allegedly certifies a next-gen, 5G Mi Pad in China
A new Xiaomi device, described as "a tablet" by a reliable tipster, has reportedly been approved for sale in China by its Ministry for Industry and Information Technology (MIIT). This might be a sign that the rumored 2021 Mi Pad is set to launch soon. Its latest leak suggests it is powered by the 5g-capable Snapdragon 870 SoC.
Huawei's HiSilicon division signs a new agreement with a Chinese equipment-maker
HiSilicon is a group within Huawei responsible for the development of this OEM's in-house chipsets, the flagship Kirin mobile SoCs included. It has just signed a five-year deal with Shenzhen JT Automation Equipment, characterized as a collaboration on independent semiconductor processing. Therefore, the move could help Huawei circumvent the sanctions that prevent it working with US suppliers to help make its components.
OPPO is working on its answer to Xiaomi's Surge C1 chip
Xiaomi announced a resumption of its in-house mobile chipset project with the launch of the Surge C1, a custom image-signalling processor (ISP) found in the premium Mi Mix Fold. Now, a famous leaker asserts that OPPO is working on one of its own, with the aim of enhancing the camera performance of its own next-gen phones. The OEM has also patented its own wraparound-display phone, thereby copying another Xiaomi move.
The Samsung Galaxy Buds2 might have ANC after all: new leak
It is thought that Samsung will introduce new TWS earbuds called the Galaxy Buds2 alongside other products such as the Galaxy Z Fold3 later in 2021. These accessories have been painted as mid-tier devices due to their rumored lack of active noise cancellation. However, according to new evidence posted by a reliable leaker, this spec might be coming to the earphones after all.
No 200MP camera for the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra: new leak
Samsung is rumored to be working on a next-gen 200MP mobile image sensor for debut in the 2022 Galaxy S-line flagship. However, the reliable leaker Ice Universe seems all but certain this tip will not work out in reality. Instead, the "new Ultra" will get a possibly upgraded main sensor instead, albeit one that is still 108MP in resolution.
A Chinese-owned firm acquires the UK's largest semiconductor company
Nexperia, a maker of numerous component types (FETS and diodes) included, has reportedly bought Newport Wafer Fab, which pitches its silicon products at a range of industrial clients, for an estimated US$87 million. The rumored talks might result in an increased foothold in the semiconductor industry for Nexperia's China-based owner.
Get the OnePlus 9 for just US$550 for a (probably) limited time
OnePlus still sells the vanilla version of its 2021 flagship smartphone, the 9, for US$729 on its official United States website. However, Best Buy offers the same device (unlocked) for as little as $549.99 - so long as it is activated via the chain's website or physical stores on the same day on which it is ordered. Alternatively, it can be had for different discounted prices without this caveat.
"Huawei P50 4G/LTE" rumors gain speed with a new 3C certification from the OEM
Huawei is slated to launch a flagship P50 series later in July 2021. The OEM is said to have secured Snapdragon 888 processors for these smartphones - albeit 4G/LTE-only versions of these SoCs. Now, a notable leaker suspects that a just such a device has been approved by 3C officials.
Nokia will launch a new flagship 5G phone by November 11, 2021
Nokia has now missed multiple rumored deadlines for the launch of new Android flagship phones. However, a new report from a Chinese media outlet claims that a company executive has confirmed that one will coincide with a late 2021 festival day in that country. As it is often accompanied by major retail promos, this might make sense.
New renders imagine the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip3 as a Thom Browne special edition
Samsung often partners with the designer Thom Browne for limited-edition runs of the OEM's premium foldables. Now, a tech blog has combined its esthetics with what is thought to be known about the upcoming "Galaxy Z Flip3", combining the by-now classic tricolor stripe with the enlarged secondary display the clamshell is rumored to launch with.
LG updates the self-cleaning TONE FREE earbuds with Bluetooth 5.2 and up to 24 hours of battery life
LG's TONE FREE accessories stand out in the TWS earbud market with their "UVnano" charging case, rated to kill up to 99.9% of all in-ear bacteria while they charge. Their latest generation also re-introduce a Meridian Audio collaboration for sound clarity, active noise cancellation (ANC) and an AirPod-like design.
Realme GT Master Edition: new leaks point to custom-designed rear panels and a possible SoC downgrade for the upcoming phone
The GT Master Edition is rumored to launch as the world's first "Realme x Kodak" smartphone. It has also been slated to do so with the high-end Snapdragon 870 processor on board. However, the latest tips suggest the OEM has opted for a new mid-range 5G chipset in this device instead.
Qualcomm splits Snapdragon 895 orders between Samsung and TSMC
Qualcomm is said to be working on the successor to the Snapdragon 888 processor already, which is to be based on an advanced 4 nanometer (nm) process. Now, a famous leaker asserts that not only is this SoC's Plus variant also being planned with the same spec in mind, but that it will be made by a different supplier to the 895.
Hisense scores a world first by attaining a TÜV Rheinland Privacy by Design Certification for its smart TV OS
Hisense has announced that a version of its smart TV UI, VIDAA, is the world's first to pass the requirements for a TÜV Rheinland Privacy by Design Certification. This badge is based on European Telecommunication Standards Institute (ETSI) standards of resistance to malicious tactics such as DDoS attacks, remote user device control and data-theft.
Galaxy Unpacked, unleashed: Samsung sets an August 2021 date for the launch of its latest premium devices
The Galaxy Z Fold3 and Flip3 are just 2 of the most keenly awaited new Samsung devices rumored to launch in the third quarter of 2021. Now, the OEM has finally chosen a date for this event. It has confirmed earlier tips that the event will live-stream from official websites on August 11, 2021.
Realme will launch its first-ever button-phones soon under its new Dizo brand
Dizo is Realme's first spin-off under its new TechLife smart product ecosystem. This branding has been spotted on 2 new feature phones, rumored to be called the Star 500 and 300. With removable batteries to power their tiny screens, super-compact form-factors and dual-band 2G connectivity, they are likely to emerge as mobile phones of the extreme budget category.
Realme upgrades the sub-US$150 C15 (Qualcomm Edition) to Android 11
With its 6,000mAh battery and 6.5-inch screen, the Realme C15 might have seemed like enough of a bargain on its 2020 Indian launch. Now, however, one version of this phone (the one with a Snapdragon processor) has become even more worthwhile with a new and more up-to-date major software upgrade.
ZTE registers what might be its 2021 under-display camera phone, the Axon 30, with 3C
ZTE is rumored to launch a second-gen under-display camera smartphone later in 2021. Now, a new leak indicates that the OEM has certified a new device with the Chinese regulator 3C with reasonably high-end 55 watt (W) charging tech. This has led to speculation that the "Axon 30" will launch with this spec as well as its cutting-edge selfie camera.
Samsung releases the Galaxy S21 Ultra in a new color via Best Buy in the US
Samsung initially launched its early 2021 flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S21 Ultra, in a number of colors including Phantom Black and Phantom Gray. However, its latest option freshly released to the US market is a little less sober: Navy. This new shade is available on Best Buy's website as an unlocked or Verizon device.
A famous leaker shows what might have been with discarded Xiaomi Mi 11-series designs
Xiaomi's Mi 11 flagship smartphones have launched with fairly novel squircle-shaped rear camera modules of varying (and occasionally extreme) shapes that house large individual lenses. However, according to sketches apparently obtained from the OEM by Digital Chat Station, it could have gone a considerably different way with these premium devices.
TikTok unveils its plan to increase video length by up to 2 minutes each
TikTok has been marked since its launch by its limit of 60 seconds per portrait-oriented post. Now, however, it has announced that this hallmark property of its app is to get more flexible soon. The option to make 3-minute videos should start rolling out over the month of July 2021.
The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 reportedly surfaces on Geekbench 5 ahead of launch
Samsung is predicted to launch the Galaxy Z Fold3 as its next premium foldable smartphone in August 2021. Now, a new benchmarking leak allegedly confirms its super-flagship status, with specs including 12GB of RAM and Android 11 out of the box. Furthermore, it will be powered by the Snapdragon 888 processor.
Realme will partner with Kodak to launch the upcoming GT Master Edition smartphone
Smartphones "enhanced" with household names in the photography industry are fast becoming the order of the day in the Android world. Now, Realme is reportedly getting into this game in its own way: through a partnership with Kodak. The OEM is said to have a "GT Master Edition" that will come with its logo on its camera hump in the works.
Drone-phone: Vivo patents a mobile device with a tiny removable UAV
Racks of multiple cameras in the same smartphone just don't cut it any more...or so the OEM Vivo seems to believe, based on its latest patent. It depicts a mobile device with a cavity large enough to house its very own miniature drone. Therefore, consumers of the future might be able to buy their own cinematic set-up and Android in one.
LG updates the Q92 5G to Android 11
LG may not make smartphones anymore; however, it has pledged to support some of its existing models. Now, it has started to deliver on this promise with the Q92 5G mid-ranger. It now has an OTA to upgrade it to Android 11; then again, it only seems to be available in South Korea thus far.
Samsung announces a launch for the newly bargain-grade Galaxy F22 smartphone
Samsung is now teasing the Galaxy F22's release in India with a new launch trailer. This device is a re-brand of the budget Galaxy A22 (4G/LTE); however, the new version stands apart with a larger 6,000mAh battery. Otherwise, the 2 phones only differ in their rear panel options - and, of course, in the F22's new and more attractive prices.
Durabook announces a new version of its ultra-rugged U11 tablet with a detachable keyboard
The latest version of the 10th-gen Intel-powered Durabook U11 is rated for state-of-the-art security and resistance to the elements, as with its immediate forebears. However, this one is the first to convert to a 2-in-1 with its own detachable keyboard. The new IP65-rated full-size 88-key accessory might make the tablet even more amenable to extreme working conditions that might change often.
iPhone 12 unit sales crack 100 million in seven months
The latest report on iPhone sales has found that Apple shipped its 100th million unit of the latest 12 series by April 2021, 7 months after their launch. This is a feat the OEM has not achieved since the release of the 6 and 6 Plus in 2015. The iPhones 12 have also brought in 22% more revenue than their predecessors
Dell's latest webcam is a 4K UltraSharp model with automatic feed enhancements
Dell might indeed be justified in calling its latest webcam an "UltraSharp" as it has a 4K resolution. Furthermore, it supports Digital Overlap HDR, automatic refinements for visual properties such as white balance and noise reduction, as well as iPad Pro-like auto-framing abilities. However, this potential for streaming and collaboration comes at a price.
Nikon launches the Z fc, a new DX-format mirrorless camera with a retro design
The Nikon Z fc may be a brand-new mirrorless unit, yet it has been designed to evoke the classic FM2 film-camera design, leather accents, profusion of dials and all. On the other hand, it has an up-to-date flip-out rear touchscreen, not to mention a new 21MP CMOS sensor, compatible with the OEM's Z mount lenses.
Asus releases the ZenFone 8 to the US market
Asus' ZenFone 8 stands out among 2021 flagship Android smartphones with its unusually compact form-factor and stripped-back dual rear cameras. It is now available on the US market, through its OEM's own web-store in the country. It can be had for just under $600 at present, although this price may not be around forever.
The Huawei P50 allegedly appears in the wild confirming its double-barreled cameras and rear panel finish
The Huawei P50 series is rumored to launch as flagship phones with new and potentially advanced imaging modules. Now, a tipster purports to confirm these design-related details with live images of a "P50" rear panel in a new finish that provides a stark contrast with its 8-shaped camera housing.
Xiaomi unveils the Mi Notebook X Pro with an OLED screen, Tiger Lake-H35 chipsets and up to RTX 3050 Ti graphics
Xiaomi has launched its newest "extra-pro" laptop in China. The 15.6-inch Mi Notebook X Pro has an OLED display of a 3.5K (3456 x 2160) resolution, driven by Intel 11th-gen Core i5 or i7 processors and up to 4GB RTX 3050 Ti GPUs. Xiaomi has packed all of this into a CNC-machined chassis that starts at 7,999 yuan (~US$1,240).
Samsung Galaxy Buds2: a new leak purports to reveal the TWS earbuds' price ahead of launch
Samsung's next TWS earbuds are predicted to launch as the Galaxy Buds2. Now, a new leak may reveal their starting price ahead of their launch. The new alleged detail might put them squarely in the middle tier of their market.
LG gives some premium 2021 TVs more of a gaming edge with an update to Dolby Vision HDR
LG announced support for Dolby Vision at the launch of TVs such as the 2021 OLED C1- and G1-series. Now, the OEM has released the firmware that activates this spec on these devices. Moreover, the feature works with HDR at 4K/120Hz for certain gaming platforms, thus potentially elevating the experience on the systems in question.
Samsung will launch the Galaxy M52 5G with the Snapdragon 778G SoC soon
A new leak may point strongly to the launch of a new member for Samsung's popular Galaxy M series of smartphones soon. It is said to be called the "M52", thanks to a new Geekbench listing with a model number with a good chance of corresponding to this product name. Furthermore, it is now slated to launch with the up-to-date Snapdragon 778G 5G processor.
Nothing announces a launch date for its inaugural ear (1) TWS buds
Carl Pei's latest tech start-up Nothing has just set a date for the launch of its first-ever product. The ear (1) TWS earphones are now set to debut on July 27, 2021. The new OEM asserts that they will offer a "pure sound experience", although it has yet to drop any hints as to their pricing.
Honor confirms the Snapdragon 888+ SoC for the upcoming Magic3 flagship phone
Honor had earlier announced that its upcoming Magic3 would launch with a top-end Qualcomm processor. Now, however, it has changed its tune somewhat and will now reportedly equip the phone with the newer Snapdragon 888+ (or Plus) rather than the 888. This might afford the device a performance boost, although it might not do so much for its price.
The Apple Watch series 7 will drop the prospect of new health tech for a bigger battery
The next generation of Apple Watches has been predicted to support cutting-edge sensors for metrics such as blood glucose and body temperature. However, a new report indicates that none of these new features are on the cards. The new wearable might have more battery life, though, as well as an updated design with slimmer bezels for more screen real estate.
Lenovo finally announces international pricing and availability for the Yoga Tab 13
Lenovo has released a premium, Snapdragon 870 SoC-powered 16:10 2K-display tablet that can also act as a second screen via HDMI called the Yoga Pad Pro in China. Now, the OEM has confirmed that it will be re-branded as the Yoga Tab 13 for the global market. The device still has its quad JBL-tuned speakers, 8GB of RAM, 10,00mAh battery and useful kickstand.
The Lenovo Yoga Tab 11 is an interesting new mid-range prospect in the Android slate market
Lenovo has unveiled the premium Yoga Tab 13 at MWC 2021; now, it is time for its 11-inch counterpart to take the same stage. This device has many design features in common with the higher-end slate, although its 2K display is 15:9 rather than 16:10. On the other hand, this one has a Wi-Fi only option for the more budget-conscious consumer.
Lenovo aims for a touch of "first class" in the new sub-US$300 Tab P11 Plus
Lenovo has unveiled a new addition to its Tab P line at the latest Mobile World Congress. This Android 11 device has a 2K IPS-LCD display, quad speakers and a 7,700mAh battery. It will be available later in 2021 in 3 colors and a base 4GB RAM model for US$260.
The Motorola "Edge 20" series will have a Snapdragon 870-powered, 120Hz flagship
Prior leaks have pointed to upcoming Motorola smartphones with code-names such as Kyoto and Berlin, slated to form an "Edge 20" line on their launch. Now, a famous leaker purports to match each moniker with detailed specs. Accordingly, they are all slated to debut with 108MP main rear cameras, although they may differ greatly from there.
The Samsung Galaxy Buds2 will launch at MWC 2021 in a new color
Samsung is now touted to add a new color to its TWS earbud spectrum at the ongoing Mobile World Congress of 2021, according to an "exclusive" 91Mobiles leak. The blog claims that the "Galaxy Buds2" will be available in a relatively unique green finish: an update that might have been made in order to distract from the lack of any further upgrades in the upcoming wearables.
Vivo plans to release flagship foldable, rollable and slidable phones soon
Increasingly 'futuristic' mobile devices such as rollable and slidable phones are projected to join their slightly more familiar foldable counterparts on the market soon. A new leak of trademarking activity suggests that the OEM Vivo plans to get in on this game, using the trend to revive its premium sub-brand NEX in the process.
Samsung patents a phone with its own detachable fitness band
Increasingly flexible, well-fitting wearables may become more of an option in the future as the technology improves. Samsung may have this eventuality covered with a new patent that consists of a completely new kind of 2-in-1 device. It consists of a smartphone, the top of which comes off to form a smart band.
Apple reportedly unleashes its lawyers on various creators in a bid to stop leaks
Apple releases products that are often hotly anticipated, and are thus usually subject to a constant flow of pre-launch leaks in an almost inevitable fashion. Now, it seems the Cupertino giant has taken issue with all these spoilers, as it has reportedly engaged legal firms to target those who generate renders to get them to desist from this activity.
Xiaomi teases the Mi TV ES 2022 series with high-end features at more affordable price-points
How much TV quality can you buy for about 4,000 yuan (~US$620)? This is a question Xiaomi will meet with new and improved answers in 2022. At least, that is the message of a new teaser for a new line of Mi TVs, slated to bring specs such as local dimming to this general price-tier in the coming year.
LG plans to sell iPhones in its South Korean physical stores, against Samsung's wishes
The collapse of LG's smartphone business implies a future of glaring gaps on shelves in its signature "Best Shops" on the streets of the OEM's native country. The company might fill them with products that, surprisingly, come from a prime rival: Apple. However, Samsung has taken issue with this plan, claiming it contravenes a prior arrangement between it and its fellow South Korean giant.
TCL teases a new and cheap 5G phone for later in 2021
TCL is at MWC to hint at upcoming products as well as launch new ones. Going by the OEM's new teasers, they include a new and particularly affordable addition to the 20 5G smartphone series. In the meantime, the company has also introduced its latest childrens' smartwatch and 5G-powered fixed wireless access device.
TCL launches its first-gen USB type-C smart glasses
TCL has made its new NXTWEAR G smart glasses official. The new wearable has Sony OLED lenses equating to a 140-inch view, which can display content from a USB type-C-enabled mobile device or laptop or 2-in-1. The OEM claims it is compatible with over 100 of these, and will be available later in 2021.
Microsoft aims to level up in terms of the gaming experience on Windows 11
Microsoft has announced Windows 11, complete with a new UI and layout. The Redmond giant also asserts that some of these changes are pitched at gamers. This, naturally, involves Xbox Game Pass, as well as Auto HDR and the new Direct Storage API.
Microsoft confirms an upgrade for its Store alongside the Windows 11 update
Microsoft has made the next major upgrade to the Windows OS official today (June 24, 2021). The Redmond giant has also announced a new version of the Store app to go with it. It offers new revenue-sharing options for developers, as well as a new design and the ability to integrate Android apps.
Microsoft unveils Windows 11 with an "all-new", productivity-focused UI
Today, (June 24, 2021) Microsoft has debuted the next major upgrade to its main OS, Windows. This new 11 version does indeed come with a centered Start button and menu by default. The Redmond giant asserts that the new interface it headlines has been developed and designed to perfection, down to the last detail and icon graphic.
Honor applies to trademark what might be its first-gen foldable and much more in China
Honor has already confirmed that the Magic sub-brand will be updated with a flagship Android phone soon. A new leak suggests that the OEM also has a foldable phablet and clamshell in the works that will also launch under this name, not to mention new laptops, a router and accessories that might include a stylus.
Lenovo adds an upright mouse, a split keyboard and a number-pad to its wireless accessory arsenal
The Lenovo Go series of remote-work-focused accessories is expanding at MWC 2021 to include new and arguably thoughtful peripherals for those who have come to rely on PCs such as ultrabooks in professional capacities. They include new wireless mice, one of which is of the upright variety, and a handy cable-free numberpad. The OEM has also launched audio equipment under this new sub-brand.
The Lenovo Go Wireless Charging Kit aims to deliver easy USB type-C power for on-the-go working
Lenovo has expanded its Go series of remote-working tools with new power accessories, directed at use with freshly-launched ThinkPads in particular. They include a Wireless Charging Kit, designed to combine a laptop stand with up to 65 watts (W) of USB type-C power. There is also a new 10,000mAh power bank with Qi wireless charging from this line.
Lenovo adds a new mobile variant to its latest ThinkVision business-class monitor line-up
Lenovo is at the (virtual) 2021 Mobile World Congress with the latest additions to its enterprise-grade lines of devices. They include new ThinkVision monitors, which come in new, 15.6 portable and 23.8-inch fixed versions. The former is pitched as a portable extension for a new ThinkPad, whereas the latter might also go with Lenovo's new dedicated web-cam.
The iPhones 13 will launch without 1TB storage options for the Pros
Apple is projected to launch the iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max alongside their smaller siblings later in 2021. Earlier leaks have pointed to several upgrades over their predecessors for these devices, a new 1TB internal storage SKU included. However, the latest market analysis concludes that this new top-end option is not coming after all.
Nothing announces its plan to launch its first-gen TWS earbuds through Selfridges in the UK
Carl Pei's latest start-up Nothing has announced that it will release its first products, the "innovative" ear (1) TWS earbuds, in the summer of 2021. Now, it has also revealed that it has secured a partnership with the high-end department store Selfridges to do so via this chain's flagship London store in the UK.
The iPhone 12 Mini reaches an "early" end of life as Apple reportedly drops it from new production orders
According to the latest market research, Apple has all but given up on the iPhone 12 Mini, bringing its life cycle to a premature halt by ending its production in the second quarter of 2021. Nevertheless, the OEM is expected to order about 12% more new smartphones this year compared to 2020, as the market for these devices might improve going forward.
The RedMagic 6 contends for the 2021 gaming phone durability crown in a new bend-test video
The latest flagship Android phones of the "gaming" variety have not exactly covered themselves in glory in terms of robustness thus far. The RedMagic 6 is the latest to step forward in this arena with its debut on the JerryRigEverything YouTube channel. Can it improve on the Asus ROG Phone 5 and Lenovo Legion Phone 2 Pro's disastrous record?
Motorola will launch new phones including the Moto G60S and Edge 20 Lite soon
Motorola's 2021 smartphone line-up will expand to include 3 new models soon - according to the famous leaker Evan Blass, at least. The tipster claims these new units will include a new 20 Lite variant for the Edge series, as well as an S version of the recently-released G60. They will apparently be joined by the confusingly-named G50 5G.
Samsung confirms multiple leaks with the launch of the Galaxy M32
Samsung has just confirmed that it will start selling the Galaxy M32 via Amazon India from June 28, 2021. The new phone is now being promoted as a "Binge Monster", due to its FHD+ 90Hz Super AMOLED display. It also vindicates a slew of rumors by being a quad rear camera, 6,000mAh battery device.
Royole premieres the RoKit, the "world's first" devkit for foldable electronics
Ever wanted to make your own take on the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold? Now, thanks to the new Royole RoKit, you can (more or less)! This development kit consists of the same flexible screen and sensor array found in the OEM's flagship phablet, the FlexPai 2. Royole touts it as the best way to test or learn next-gen display applications, although it comes with this technology's high price.
DOOGEE packs a laser rangefinder into its latest Android 11 rugged phone
DOOGEE often pitches its phones at those looking for the most practicality and the most gadgetry at the same time. The new S97 Pro really goes for this kind of appeal with a rugged build that contains a laser rangefinder. The OEM claims that the Android 11-powered device's new USP allows the user to measure distance, area or volume within 40 meters of the space around them.
LG patents what might be the world's first expandable, edgeless TV
The South Korean OLED specialist LG has reportedly patented what could be called a sliding TV. Its display is stretched across a new kind of moving armature that allows it to expand outward horizontally when activated. This screen also bends backwards around the edges of its frame, making it appear bezel-less on either side.
New Galaxy Z Fold and Z Flip 3 rumors might imply hope for cheaper foldable flagships in 2021
The latest generation of Samsung's foldable flagships are projected to be announced in August 2021. The Z Fold3 and Z Flip3 are said to be right on track for this event, having now entered mass production. Interestingly, they are allegedly being manufactured in far higher volumes compared to their predecessors.
Carl Pei reveals that the inaugural Nothing TWS earbud launch has been postponed
OnePlus' co-founder Carl Pei has followed the launch of his new start-up Nothing with an announcement for that of its inaugural product, the ear (1) true-wireless stereo (TWS) devices, in June 2021. However, it seems the buds will now fail to make this vague deadline and will debut later in the same year instead.
Xiaomi's CEO claims that over 2 million Mi 6 units are still in use
The Mi 6 is Xiaomi's flagship Android smartphone from 2017, which means it is just over 4 years old now. However, according to the OEM's CEO, Lei Jun, just over 2 million users still have it in their hands. This, then, might be an impressive vindication of the device's design, hardware and longevity.
The Huawei Mate 50 is not cancelled after all: new leak
According to recent rumors circulating around China's tech media, Huawei may be obliged to skip updating its Mate series of premium phablets in 2021. However, the latest word is that this launch is back on. Then again, the 50 series' debuted might still come much later than usual.
Google is working on cloning Apple's Find My service
Google already provides a Find My Device service for Android. Now, a new leak suggests that it is working on making it more like Apple's version. The Mountain View giant is reportedly working on a new OS option that allows devices to join a network that locates missing possessions such as phones.
Vivo applies to trademark its first-gen tablet in Europe
The Android OEM Vivo has applied to trademark what is most likely the name for its first ever tablet with the European Union's intellectual property office (EUIPO). This may indicate that the device will be launched soon, probably in the same market. It is rumored to have a battery of about 8,000mAh in capacity.
Samsung will join the Mutual Transfer Alliance for a new kind of file-sharing
OnePlus, Meizu and Asus are just some of the members of the Mutual Transfer Alliance, a new group that allows its members access to a new, Bluetooth-independent method of localized file-swapping between devices. The option is getting increasingly popular, and may get even more so should Samsung take it up as a new leak suggests.
Samsung introduces the Galaxy Tabs S7 FE and A7 Lite to the Indian market
Samsung has expanded its mobile-device presence in India with the launch of 2 of its latest tablets in the country. The S7 FE and A7 Lite models of the OEM's Galaxy Tab line are promoted as battery champs, particularly the former with its 10,090mAh power-pack. They have been launched alongside their prices for their new markets, although their release comes later in June 2021.
ZTE will launch a second-gen under-display camera phone soon
The eminent leaker Digital Chat Station claims to have spotted a prototype for ZTE's second-gen under-display camera (UDC) Android smartphone. The device was allegedly snapped alongside a demo of Visionox' InV See Pro, this company's latest UDC panel apparently destined for ZTE's cutting-edge device.
Global OnePlus smartphones are slated to hang on to OxygenOS following OPPO merger
OnePlus has released its latest official beta OS versions for its 2020 flagship 8 series against a backdrop of news concerning its integration with its sister OEM OPPO. The announcement may have led to anxiety around losing the popular version of Android in question, OxygenOS. However, a company representative has reportedly confirmed it will keep going in the future - albeit outside China only.
TeamGroup announces an upgrade to DDR5 for its Elite U-DIMM desktop RAM
TeamGroup has launched the latest generation of its Elite series of desktop U-DIMM RAM sticks. The new 2x16GB modules are the OEM's inaugural DDR5 versions of these components. As such, they are rated for potential advantages such as a 4,800MHz top speed and increased stability.
The Samsung "Notebook 7 Force 2021" is cleared for launch by the FCC
Samsung has been linked to a 15-inch version of its Notebook 7 that runs on Tiger Lake silicon and RTX 3050-series graphics for a few months now. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has just registered a device with specs that line up with this description. It also has up to 32GB of RAM and up to 1TB of storage.
OnePlus updates the Nord CE 5G twice in the same day
OnePlus launched its new Nord CE 5G smartphone about a week ago now (on June 10, 2021). Nevertheless, reports of not 1 but 2 system updates in quick succession for the device have emerged. The first upgraded its security patch level, whereas the second had camera and general system tweaks.
Schenker brings Thunderbolt 4 to the XMG Core laptop line with its latest mid-year refreshes
Schenker has announced the release of the XMG Core 15 and 17 (M21) laptops. They may be refreshed versions of their early-2021 (or E21) counterparts; however, this involves an upgrade to 11th-gen Intel silicon, and, thus, Thunderbolt 4/USB4. The rest of their specs remain unchanged, their RTX 3060 graphics included.
Google brings end-to-end encryption for the Messages app out of beta
Google has been testing the ability to send texts, files and photos through its Messages service with end-to-end encryption for some time. Now, it has announced that it is to become available for the stable version of this app. The Mountain View giant claims that it results in messaged content that stays between 2 people in the same chat.
Honor confirms a launch for the Snapdragon 888-powered Magic 3 smartphone for later in 2021
Honor has launched its latest 50-series smartphones today (June 16, 2021) as premium mid-rangers, which might make some fans wonder where the flagship counterpart has got to. However, the brand's CEO also confirmed that this device, the Magic 3, is on its way. It is now slated to debut in the third quarter of 2021 with the top-end Snapdragon 888 processor.
Huawei will skip launching the Mate 50 series of phablets in 2021
Huawei usually launches premium mobile devices known as the Mate series in the third quarter of the year. However, according to the latest word from the Chinese media, an upgrade for the current 40 line will not be forthcoming this year, as the OEM may prefer to focus on the P50 series and existing customers instead.
Apple's iPads lead a sharply-growing first-quarter tablet market in 2021
The latest report from Counterpoint Research shows that the tablet market grew by 51% in the first quarter of 2021 (1Q2021) in terms of shipments. Apple, Samsung and Lenovo were leading brands in the space, whereas others such as Huawei and Amazon had dropped off somewhat.
Realme announces a global debut for its Watch 2 and 2 Pro, if not its laptop
Realme has released its Watch 2 and 2 Pro to the European market today (June 16, 2021), during an event also rumored to reveal the OEM's first-gen laptop. This did not transpire as anticipated, although the launch did show the brand is making further inroads on these ambitions, as well as those for the smart home market.
The Mini SE is DJI's cheapest, most compact 2021 drone yet
The DJI Mini SE has allegedly been spotted on a Walmart shelf, despite the fact the OEM has not even come close to announcing this new drone yet. According to its possible accidental release, it is a particularly light, compact UAV that may be a budget variant of the Mavic Mini. This is indicated mostly through its 2.7K camera spec.
Honor's 50-series smartphones make it onto Geekbench just ahead of their launch
Honor will launch its new 50-series smartphones on June 16, 2021, which means that some of its members seem to have just beaten this deadline to leak onto Geekbench 5. These new listings might prove that the OEM will introduce a Dimensity 900-powered SE variant alongside the vanilla and Pro Snapdragon 778G-based models.
Several Android OEMs are working on their next-gen Snapdragon-powered flagship phones already
Leaks concerning a successor to Qualcomm's current top-end mobile SoC, the Snapdragon 888, have only just started to emerge. Nevertheless, there are hints that phone manufacturers have been sent samples of this alleged "895" to test already. According to a reliable tipster, these OEMs have one thing in common: they are all Chinese.
Samsung Galaxy Watch 4: a new FCC leak confirms a 4G/LTE variant
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has approved 2 new Samsung devices, the SM-R880 and SM-R885, for sale. As they are thought to be 2 versions of the upcoming Galaxy Watch 4, this may put the flagship wearables closer to launch than ever. Furthermore, the regulator has confirmed that one of these products has 4G/LTE connectivity.
Lenovo releases the Ryzen 7 5800H- and RTX 3000-powered Legion 5 to the US market
Lenovo US now offers the new Legion 5 with AMD silicon via its webstore. The 165Hz 15-inch PC is available with the Ryzen 7 5800H processor and either RTX 3060 or 3070 graphics. The OEM touts it as "battle ready" for the thin and light gaming laptop arena.
Xiaomi teases the launch of the new Mi Watch Revolve Active in India
Xiaomi has announced that it will release a new smartwatch to the Indian market soon. This new wearable is called the Active version of the Mi Watch Revolve, and does not appear hugely different from that pre-existing smartwatch. Then again, it may have an updated UI, driven by a new "Watchful Living" philosophy.
The Beats Studio Buds will launch "imminently" and cost around US$150
Apple's next personal audio devices are projected to come from the Beats brand and to be called the Studio Buds. The prolific leaker Jon Prosser now asserts that these TWS earbuds will cost no more than US$150 and may launch very soon. They will apparently do so in the black, white or red SKUs hinted at in earlier renders.
Wacom's Intuos tablet achieves Works With Chromebook status
Wacom has announced that the entry-level, non-wireless version of its Intuos drawing tablet has joined the Works With Chromebook program. This means the device is certified to integrate "seamlessly" with Chrome OS PCs via USB type A. This might represent a useful new prospect for beginner artists and creators, not to mention remote educators.
Samsung will manufacture the Snapdragon 895 alongside the Exynos 2200, both of which will be 4nm
A new Twitter leak suggests that Samsung has won the contract to supply Qualcomm with the successor to its flagship mobile SoC, the Snapdragon 888. Should this be the case, the South Korean giant will make this chipset alongside its own next-gen top-end processor, the Exynos 2200, possibly using the same "4nm" process.
Alleged Pixel 6 and 6 Pro screen protector leaks uphold earlier renders hinting at the upcoming Google phones' new displays
Google is projected to return to offering an XL (even if it is rumored to be called the Pro now) variant with the upcoming Pixel 6 series. Now, a screen protector allegedly made for this phone has shown up on SlashLeaks, as has one for the vanilla 6. They seem to line up with earlier tips pointing to the devices' case designs.
Samsung will unleash the Galaxy M32 in June 2021 at a starting price of as little as ~US$205
The Galaxy M32 is a phone reportedly destined for the Indian market in 2021. The latest rumors state that Samsung will finally have this device ready to go in June of this year. It is expected to launch with quad rear cameras, a 6,000mAh battery and an FHD+ Super AMOLED display.
The OnePlus Nord 2 is actually a rebranded Realme X9 Pro
The smartphone brands Realme and OnePlus are rumored to be working on phones powered by the Dimensity 1200 SoC: the X9 Pro and the Nord 2 respectively. Now, a Weibo-based leaker insists that they are in fact one and the same, and will be marketed as the latter for international release. Meanwhile, a second X9 Pro with a different processor is slated to be a Chinese-market exclusive.
Razer's latest Opus wireless headphones drop THX branding for a reduced starting price
Razer has launched the new Opus X headphones via its own website. These new wireless accessories have emerged as a new mid-range variant of their series, compared to the original Opus cans. They support active noise cancellation (ANC) and a low-latency connection, yet lack the THX certification of their predecessors, not to mention a 3.5mm port for a wired mode.
The iPad Pro 12.9 (2021) follows its fragile predecessors into JerryRigEverything's bend test
The wow-factor of the new slim-bezel iPad Pro's design on its reveal may have quickly transmuted into anxiety when the popular YouTuber Zach Nelson found that its super-slim frame rendered it extremely susceptible to destruction should it encounter bending forces. Now, it is finally time to see how the latest, mini-LED iteration of this tablet holds up to the same kind of testing.
Realme hints at the launch of a first-gen tablet at its upcoming global event
Realme has set the international launch of its flagship smartphone, the GT, for June 15, 2021. Now, its latest teasers hint that it has an additional new product by the same name to debut alongside it. This prospect is presented alongside images that might show the profiles of not only its rumored first laptop, but a tablet as well.
OtterBox launches the Designed for Xbox Power Swap Controller Battery set
OtterBox has unveiled a new product aimed at the problem of controller drain while gaming on the Xbox Series X, S or One. It consists of the new Power Swap Controller Batteries, along with a charging cradle for the same. The OEM asserts that it is optimally designed to enable one-handed battery reloads without a break in play.
Android 12 is slated as having the most downloaded and installed beta in the OS' history
The next major upgrade to Android, simply known as 12, has started on its path to a final form with the launch of its second beta. The vice-president (VP) of engineering at the OS' team has released an interesting statistic to go with this new milestone: its immediate predecessors apparently attracted the most downloads and installs of any pre-stable Android version in its history.
Sony's Airpeak S1 drone lets Alpha-series cameras fly - at a sky-high price
Sony has finally made professional-grade drones for cameras like the Alpha 1 in-house for the first time. However, all the seamless compatibility, enhanced connectivity, speed and control over aerial footage implied with the launch of the Airpeak S1 comes at a near-five-figure cost. Furthermore, the new gimbal designed for the UAV does not even come in the box with it.
Galaxy S21 FE: a new Geekbench leak may confirm an 8GB RAM SKU for the upcoming smartphone
Some consumers all set to buy the rumored Samsung Galaxy S21 FE may have been put off by leaks pointing to only 6GB of RAM for the upcoming flagship variant. However, the same model number quoted in this leak has turned up on Geekbench again, but with 8GB of RAM this time. It also still has its top-end Snapdragon 888 SoC.
Apple's Beats Studio Buds pop by Taiwan's NCC ahead of their launch
Apple's 'other' personal audio brand, Beats, is projected to release its next product, a pair of TWS earphones, soon. Now, a new leak indicates that they have picked up NCC clearance for sale in Taiwan, suggesting they are not too far from launch at this stage. The new tip seems to confirm their updated design, as well as that of their charging case.
Honor 50: new leaks may confirm the phones' main specs, color options and performance
The Honor 50 and 50 Pro are Android smartphones subject to numerous leaks that purport to out their design and specs ahead of their launch. The latest of these comes from AnTuTu, and may offer an insight into their new SoC, the Snapdragon 778G, for the first time. It also indicates that the Pro variant will debut with a 120Hz display.
Samsung breaks pixel-size records with the new 50MP ISOCELL JN1 sensor
Samsung has delivered on an earlier teaser with the launch of the ISOCELL JN1 camera for mobile devices today (June 10, 2021). It packs the industry's smallest pixel size of 0.64 microns, which fits in well with its relatively tiny overall size. The OEM asserts that it is ready to become the main, wide, ultra-wide or telephoto camera of the mid-range to flagship phones of the immediate future.
Acer reports a return to seven-year highs with its May 2021 revenue
Acer has announced that its latest round of consolidated revenue (for May 2021) was its best for 7 seven years. These earnings, which totaled about US$895 million, grew by nearly 23% year-on-year (YoY). The OEM's gaming arm grew by 15.3% YoY, whereas its Chromebooks brought in 30.1% more revenue compared to May 2020.
A late-2021 flagship Xiaomi phone with an under-display camera, 120W charging and UWB is on the way
Currently, Xiaomi's most premium Android smartphones include the Mi 11 Ultra and Mi Mix Fold. However, the renowned leaker Digital Chat Station claims to have information on an impending successor that could blow even these super-flagships out of the water. It will apparently do so with cutting-edge tech such as ultrawide-band (UWB) and under-display technology.
Samsung's next-gen Galaxy Watches close in on a launch with a new 3C certification
Samsung is thought to introduce the Galaxy Watch 4 and Active 4 lines of smartwatches during its next major product event. Now, another domino in this rumored sequence might have fallen, in the form of 3C certification for new wearables from this OEM. It may confirm earlier leaks pointing to nearly unchanged charging specs for one new Active SKU.
Realme teases a product that looks very like the OEM's first-gen laptop
Realme CEO Madhav Sheth's latest tweet hints strongly at the imminent launch of this company's inaugural laptop. Judging from a possible product teaser included with this post, the machine is intended to be a MacBook clone, along the same lines as the Xiaomi Mi Notebook line. Realme's new take on this category is slated to launch by the end of June 2021.
Schenker launches the Vision 14, a light new 16:10 ultrabook with 3K display options and expandable RAM/storage
The Schenker Vision 14 is a new entrant into the ~14-inch, 16:10 display thin-and-light laptop market. This fresh option has magnesium alloy in its construction, as well as Tiger Lake CPUs and 3K/90Hz panels in some configurations. It can support up to 64GB of RAM, Thunderbolt 4, and has 2 slots for M.2 2280 SSDs.
The chip shortage looks poised to hit Tiger Lake-based PCs in the Thunderbolt 4/USB 4 ports next
The current silicon crisis is often perceived as bad news for CPU and GPU supplies worldwide. However, a new report highlights the point that its ramifications might be more widespread than that. It indicates that disrupted sales of a controller chip necessary for working USB 4/Thunderbolt 4 might lead to a lack of PCs with 11th-gen Intel processors next, or to OEMs resorting to releasing the same machines without this spec.
OnePlus' Dimensity 1200-powered phone will have a 50MP main sensor and a flat screen
OnePlus is projected to launch a smartphone with silicon from MediaTek, rather than Qualcomm as usual, later in 2021. Now, the notable tipster Digital Chat Station claims that this phone will have a high-end main camera sensor, as well as an increasingly popular flat display. It may or may not be available internationally on its launch.
Samsung hints that a new, affordable-class ISOCELL mobile image sensor will launch soon
Samsung has announced that its next new ISOCELL sensor for smartphone cameras is "for everyone", thereby suggesting a new, mid-range variant is slated to join this series soon. The OEM has invited its Twitter audience to "stay tuned" for more details to be released on June 10, 2021.
The Realme GT will be the cheapest Snapdragon 888 phone in Europe on its launch
Realme has officially announced that its flagship GT smartphone will finally get a global launch later in June 2021. However, the "price" section of this show may have been spoiled already thanks to an accidental leak of the OEM's EU product page for the device, showing that the phone will start at ~US$668 in the region.
iPadOS 15 enhances the UX on Apple tablets with new widgets and multi-tasking abilities
Apple's WWDC 2021 keynote has introduced the next big things in iPadOS. They include new cross-platform features such as the upgraded Maps, FaceTime and Messages app. However, others, such as fresh split-screen capabilities, better-fitting widgets and the new Shelf, are more tablet-specific.
Honor 50: new official leaks confirm the new smartphone's design ahead of launch
The Honor 50 and 50 Pro are slated to launch in mid-June 2021. Prior to this event, however, the OEM has seen fit to release new teasers that confirm prior design leaks for the phones. They appear to confirm the new kind of quad rear camera hump the devices will rock, as well as their color options.
Nubia confirms international pricing and availability for the new RedMagic 6R
The RedMagic 6R offers the top-end Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 processor in a more mid range-looking chassis than is usual from this gaming-focused smartphone brand. The 6.67-inch display device will be released via its global website on June 24, 2021, starting at just under US$500.
Microsoft is all set to convert the logos on next-gen Surface devices into cameras
Microsoft has patented a new and particularly futuristic take on its logo: one that integrates camera sensors. This concept, which might come as part of the OEM's hardware one day, uses emerging under-display technology to put a tiny lens behind each square of the iconic Windows-evoking symbol. The new leak hints that it might appear on either the front or rear of next-gen devices.
Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 4 battery specs emerge in new leaks
Samsung has reportedly certified a new battery with the group SGS Fimko, listed as intended for what looks like 2 variants of the same upcoming smartwatch. Their model numbers have become linked to the next-gen Galaxy Watch Active in earlier leaks. This latest one suggests that this model will get an upgrade in these terms, albeit not much of one.
AMD Raphael turns up in new renders with an unusual IHS design
AMD's Zen 4-based future processors are currently thought to have the code-name Raphael. It is also rumored to move on to a new LGA-based socket called AM5. Now, a new leak purports to show what one of them will look like from the other side, strange indented integrated heat spreader and all.
A new leak hints at a new time-lapsed astrophotography setting for Pixel phones
The Pixel line of smartphones has been defining itself through enhanced low-light photography since 2018. Now, a new leak hints that Google has something new to add to this Night Sight suite of features in 2021: Astro TimeLapse. It might be added through the next major update to the OEM's Camera app.
A new accessory to make the HomePod Mini wireless debuts via crowdfunding
Have you ever wanted to carry your HomePod Mini around with its audio still playing in the process? Now you might be able to, should Mission Accessories get its new Kickstarter campaign funded. It claims that its new Battery Base converts the little Apple smart speaker into a portable audio accessory. It is rated for up to 9 hours of use between charges, which it does via USB type-C.
Optoma claims its new FHDS130 SOLO LED Display is the ideal new install for the boardroom, classroom or AV enthusiast's room
Optoma has announced the FHDS130 SOLO LED Display as its latest addition to its line of large-scale products in the "pro-AV" category. The 130-inch screen is calibrated by the OEM out of the box, and is rated for clarity, brightness and sharpness. It also has a single-cable solution that might reduce installation time and complexity by a considerable margin.
Galaxy Z Fold3: new leaks hint at a foldable flagship with even more bulk compared to its predecessor
Samsung's Galaxy Z Fold2 sits at the bleeding edge of current consumer mobile tech thanks to its foldable display. However, this spec comes with a drawback: it is easily twice the depth of the average 'normal' smartphone when closed. Now, a display-focused leaker claims its impending upgrade will get no slimmer.
An upcoming potential Honor mid-range smartphone surfaces in new leaks
New rumors emanating from the Weibo social media platform hint at a phone called the X20, slated to be released by Honor after the launch of its premium 50 series. It may have a 120Hz 6.7-inch display, as well as 3 rear cameras in a vertical off-center housing.
Google announces its answer to App Tracking Transparency on iOS
Google has reportedly informed developers that it will introduce a new setting in Android that allows users to suspend Advertiser ID sharing across apps. The measure might boost privacy, although some app-makers might argue that it might also increase the risk of certain frauds, as well as revenue loss. Nonetheless, the changes are slated to start taking effect from late 2021.
LG Velvet 2 Pro: new leaks purport to show the keyless wonder the flagship phone could have been
The Velvet 2 Pro would have been LG's flagship smartphone for 2021 - had the OEM not chosen to pull out of the smartphone business prior to its planned launch. Now, the marketing material outlining this device's design and main features has allegedly leaked. They indicate that it had a completely button-less form-factor and a 64MP main camera.
Qualcomm SM8450: Lenovo confirms plans for phones based on the Snapdragon 888's successor already
Several specs for the SM8450, Qualcomm's purported next generation of flagship chipsets for mobile devices, have emerged quite recently. Not long afterward, a Lenovo executive has reportedly confirmed that the OEM will develop phones based on this SoC, to be sold under its brand as well as that of Motorola.
The US Administration imposes new sanctions on a list of 59 Chinese companies, Huawei included
The current US Government has announced a fresh panel of restrictions on a total of 59 companies that, as the administration believes, has links to China's ruling political party. These sanctions prevent the corporations on the list from securing investment from US entities. The measures come into effect from August 2, 2021.
Gigabyte secures TUV Rheinland Eyesafe certification for five current or upcoming gaming monitors
The Eyesafe display specialists have confirmed that Gigabyte monitors have achieved its TÜV Rheinland certification for user health and comfort. Four of these Aorus-brand models are on the market, whereas one still awaits a launch. Therefore, the OEM can say the displays are as low on blue-light emissions as they are high on gaming performance.
Samsung launches its cheapest 5G phone of 2021 so far, the Galaxy A22
Samsung has debuted the Galaxy A22 5G in the Dutch market, starting at €249 (~US$303) for a 4GB/128GB SKU. It has arrived alongside what is called its 4G/LTE variant, although the two phones have considerably different specs, starting with their displays. The A22 5G's is larger, although it has a 60Hz refresh rate compared to 90Hz in its 4G/LTE counterpart.
Google makes the Pixel Buds A official for US$99
Google has formally launched its latest TWS earbuds, albeit as effectively cut-down versions of its original Pixel Buds for $100 less than their original price. Therefore, the new A variants' design is much unchanged from their predecessors. They also retain features such as noise reduction and touch controls, but lose others, wireless charging included.
Samsung will launch a new, improved wireless charging pad soon
A Twitter-based leaker claims that Samsung has a new, AirPower-like wireless charger in the works. This pad is apparently thinner than its closest pre-existing counterpart, thanks to slimmer coil and thermal-management technology. The putative accessory is touted to power compatible devices at up to 25W.
The new 5G version of the Motorola Moto G Stylus might launch soon, as per new leaks
Recent leaks have pointed to a mysterious Motorola phone with the code-name of Denver, rumored to have a stylus and a new affordable-grade Qualcomm processor. Now, it has just surfaced again, on Geekbench and as a registered Bluetooth device this time. Both new tips may confirm that it will be called the Moto G Stylus 5G on its launch.
OnePlus will include smart tags in its next round of product launches
According to a new leak, OnePlus is about to join the growing number of smartphone OEMs with its own smart tag. The report asserts that the company has registered a relevant trademark, alongside others for pre-existing products. Therefore, a product to go with that name might launch soon.
Samsung might be closer than ever to launching its first-ever multi-folding tablet
Samsung has patented a device known as the "Galaxy Z Fold Tab" on the rumor mill. It seems to confirm that the OEM is planning to launch an inaugural tablet with 2 hinges and that can fold in a number of ways to give a number of modes. Some new renders might hint at how such a device might look and work in the real world.
Zepp/Amazfit rises to #4 in the smartwatch market for the first quarter of 2021
Zepp Health has announced that its increasingly popular brands Amazfit and Zepp broke into the top 4 of names in the smartwatch market in terms of shipments for the first quarter of 2021 (1Q2021). They sold nearly 69% more units compared to 1Q2020. Zepp Health brands were also #1 in several countries for the quarter.
Huawei launches the FreeBuds 4 as comfort-focused, ANC TWS earbuds
Huawei describes its latest FreeBuds 4 as high-sound-quality TWS earbuds with active noise cancellation (ANC). They are also pitched as particularly comfortable earphones, due to their light build and design. They are rated for up to 22 hours of battery life, counting their wireless-charging-enabled case.
Huawei officially unveils the Watch 3 and 3 Pro: new 4G/LTE-enabled wearables with premium materials and price-tags
Huawei has launched its latest smartwatches alongside its new MatePads. The 3 and 3 Pro have eSIM functions in addition to Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS and NFC. The OEM also claims 24/7 heart-rate and blood-oxygen tracking, as well as long battery life, for the new HarmonyOS-powered wearables.
RAVPOWER 15W Wireless Charger hands-on review
Apple introduced an updated form of wireless technology it calls MagSafe for the iPhone 12 series alongside these flagships. The new charger from this product ecosystem has spawned an array of third-party accessories along the same lines, RAVPOWER's new 15W pad included. Is it a worthwhile alternative to the Cupertino giant's by-now familiar white puck?
Honor 50: the OEM announces a launch date for the upcoming premium mid-range Androids
Honor has officially confirmed that its 50-series of smartphones will launch in mid-June 2021. The OEM is now hyping them as capable of "beautiful" images and videography, although it has yet to hint at the devices' looks. Then again, it is also known that they will launch with the new Snapdragon 778G processor.
The Redmi AirDots 3 Pro are slated for re-launch as the POCO Pop Buds soon
The Redmi AirDots 3 Pro have just launched on the Chinese market as its brand's latest ANC TWS earbuds; now, they seem poised to hit the global market, albeit under a different name - possibly even a different brand. They have been registered with the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) with not 1 but 2 alter egos, suggesting that they might be destined for different regions under one or both of them.
Huawei MatePad Pro 2: an apparently official poster hypes the tablet's design and new UI ahead of its launch
Huawei has reportedly hung physical posters teasing its second-gen MatePad Pro up around its domestic market ahead of its imminent launch. They depict a high-end slate with slim enough bezels, not to mention screen contents seemingly lining up with those from earlier HarmonyOS-related leaks. The device might also sell alongside a new keyboard dock and a compatible stylus.
LG's mobile device factory officially and finally shuts down
Today (May 31, 2021) is the last day on which LG's production lines for smartphones and tablets will be open. The OEM had previously announced that it would no longer be making these kinds of devices, and will now repurpose their former plant to make new home appliances instead. It might also now churn out new displays and camera components.
A ViewSonic ColorPro Professional Monitor scores a 2021 TIPA World Award
ViewSonic's ColorPro VP2768a has won one of the Technical Image Press Association's (TIPA) World Awards for 2021, in recognition of specs and features prized by photography experts. The monitor also already boasts Pantone validation and TÜV SÜD-certified color-blindness simulations; therefore, the OEM might now tout its performance yet further with this new title.
The first Motorola rugged phone might be here soon with a Snapdragon 662 processor and a large battery
Motorola had confirmed that it will partner with the Bullit Group to launch the brand's first ruggedized phone soon. A new leak purports to reveal some specs for this first-gen toughphone. It is now alleged to come with a 5,000mAh battery, which will sustain an aging Qualcomm processor.
The new Meizu Watch comes with eSIM support, SpO2 sensing and up to 36 days of battery life
Meizu has just announced a new smartwatch powered by the latest Snapdragon Wear 4100 platform for wearables. The OEM has packed it with a raft of health-monitoring features, heart-rate and blood-oxygen measurements included, not to mention 4G/LTE support. It can be pre-ordered from tomorrow (June 1, 2021) at a price equivalent to US$235.
Xiaomi unveils a new 200W fast-charging system for next-gen smartphones
Xiaomi has just showcased its latest standard for mobile-device charging, consisting of a power brick rated to charge at up to 200W. The OEM claims that it can power a compatible smartphone with a 4,000mAh battery from 0 to 100% in just 8 minutes. It has not stopped there, though, having also revealed its latest wireless charger that can apparently go at a blazing-fast 120W.
Lenovo thunders past US$60 billion in revenue for its 2020-21 fiscal year
Lenovo has posted takings of just over US$60 billion for its latest fiscal year (2020-2021). The electronics mainstay has also reported record net profits of $260 million, or 512% compared to 2019-20. The company attributes this growth to its place in the gaming PC, Chromebook, business and tablet markets.
Asus ROG Zephyrus M16: a retailer lists what appears to be an entry-level version of the new gaming laptop
A Czech webstore now offers what is claimed as the recently-launched Asus ROG Zephyrus M16; then again, the new listing contains specs that are considerable downgrades on what the OEM announced while debuting this machine. For example, this apparent M16 leak involves the Core i7-11800H processor, as opposed to the i9-11900H on official product pages.
Marvell launches the Bravera SC5 series of SSD controllers for next-gen datacenter-grade performance
Marvell has announced that its latest line of SSD controllers has upgraded to PCIe 5.0 and NVMe 1.4b support. These specs render the Bravera SC5 series compatible with up-to-date cloud-related demands, or so the OEM asserts. They are also rated to offer advanced security and response-time features.
New renders show a potential next-gen Mac Pro with a radically different size and decent connectivity
The next Mac Pro released by Apple is projected to drop considerably in volume should it ship with one of the OEM's in-house processors. Now, SvetApple has modelled how this PC might look in its latest high-quality renders. It shows a chassis much shorter than fans of the device might be used to, although there is still room for up to 8 USB type C ports, not to mention the classic handles.
The next AirPods Pro might ditch the classic stemmed design: new leak
A new Bloomberg report purports to spill the latest on the next generation of Apple's signature TWS earbuds and their availability. It asserts that the third generation of the base models will be out some time in 2021. The next Pro variants, on the other hand, will be the first to bring a new design to their series, although fans may have to wait until 2022 to see it.
Samsung registers what might be the Galaxy Buds 2 with the FCC
Samsung is rumored to launch next-gen wearables called the Galaxy Buds 2 at its next product event. Now, the OEM has submitted a pair of TWS earbuds that might match up with this leak with the FCC. They look a lot like their immediate predecessors and support Bluetooth Low Energy (LE).
The Ulefone Armor 11T is teased as the world's first Android 11 5G phone with thermal imaging
Ulefone has announced the Armor 11T as a ruggedized smartphone with the special feature of a thermal imaging camera which, as the OEM claims, is co-engineered with FLIR. The smartphone is also slated to ship with Android 11, which will run on the MediaTek Dimensity 800 5G processor.
The OPPO Watch 2 will pack the latest Snapdragon 4100 and a 2nd low-power co-processor
The OPPO Watch is probably one of the most Apple-like smartwatches with Wear OS out there. Now, some leaks hint strongly at a second generation powered by Qualcomm's most up-to-date platforms for wearables. Meanwhile, the company Ambiq seems to have already gone ahead and confirmed that it has provided a back-up SoC that conserves battery life on this device.
Samsung launches the Galaxy Tab A7 Lite in select European countries
The Galaxy Tab A7 Lite is a new Samsung tablet that definitely falls into the budget category. Despite this, it has both Wi-Fi and 4G/LTE-enabled variants. It will be available in certain European markets from June 2021 with an 8.7-inch HD+ TFT display, a 5,100mAh battery and a 3.5mm headphone jack.
Apple faces a new lawsuit over claims it stole another company's idea for on-Watch ECGs
The medical-grade wearables company AliveCor has decided to push for an anti-trust suit against Apple over the manner in which the Cupertino giant has taken over the market for smart watches or bands that support on-device electroechocardiography (ECG). It follows allegations that Apple Watches with this technology infringes on AliveCor's patents.
The PowerVision S1 combines a smartphone gimbal and a wireless power bank in one product
The PowerVision S1 will add to the increasingly popular trend of automatic, motorized magnetic gimbal accessories on its impending launch via Indiegogo. However, this one also incorporates its own power bank for pass-through wireless charging on the go. It also has a tripod folds down to fit in pockets or bags easily.
ROCCAT announces its latest wireless gaming headset, the Syn Pro Air
ROCCAT has introduced its new Syn Pro Air as its latest high-end gaming headset. It combines a range of potential advantages of its maker's association with Turtle Beach in its build, including a TruSpeak flip-up mic, the Superhuman Hearing sound setting and ProSpecs ear-cushions. The Syn Pro Air also supports Stellar Wireless connectivity and the AIMO RGB system.
A new leak seems to confirm 100W charging in Honor's next flagship smartphone
The mobile device OEM Honor is projected to launch an Android flagship with the Snapdragon 888 processor that can charge at up to 100 watts (W) in 2021. A Weibo user has posted what appears to be a power brick intended to support the latter. This accessory is rumored to come in the box with the upcoming phone.
GeForce NOW adds a total of 22 new games, including some brand-new Steam titles
NVIDIA's cloud-gaming service GeForce NOW has announced support for no less than 22 new games, including Biomutant, Maneater and Imagine Earth, which have also just launched on Steam. The platform is also starting to add DLC without the downloads, supporting major expansions for 3 titles thus far.
Nubia announces the RedMagic 6R, a new mid-range gaming phone with a flagship SoC
Nubia's premium Android gaming brand has launched a new variant for its 2021 smartphone series. This 6R has frankly near-mid-tier looks, yet still manages to pack the Snapdragon 888 processor and up to 12GB of RAM. It starts at ~US$425, although its top-end Buddha IP Limited Edition is closer to $630.
OPPO's latest Enco Free2 TWS earbuds with Dynaudio tuning and ANC
The Enco Free series are the more affordable of OPPO's TWS earbuds; nevertheless, the latest generation boasts active noise cancellation (ANC) for just under US$100. They also feature an IP54 ingress-protection, up to 30 hours of the future and input from the OEM's high-end audio partner Dynaudio.
OPPO debuts the MediaTek Dimensity 900 in the new Reno6
Today (May 27, 2021), OPPO has launched the Reno6 series of premium mid-range smartphones. It largely consists of refreshes for their immediate predecessors; then again, the OEM has introduced the new Dimensity 900 processor in the base 6. This phone also follows the emerging flat-edge trend among Android phones and starts at about US$440.
RAVPower PD Pioneer 40W 2-Port Fast Charger Hands-on Review
The RAVPower PC152 is one of the latest in a long line of third-party wall chargers directed at the standard power brick-less iPhone 12 user market. It is a 40-watt (W) adapter, albeit one rated for up to 30W from one of its two USB type C ports. How does it stack up against other similar products in this space?
Asus releases the ROG Phone 5 onto its US web-store
Asus touts the ROG Phone 5 as the most powerful Android gaming phone it has ever launched, due to its Snapdragon 888 processor and 144Hz FHD+ display. It is now available to buy in the United States, and is priced at $1,000 for its 16GB RAM/256 internal storage SKU.
Redmi launches the AirDots 3 Pro as its latest noise-cancelling TWS earbuds
Redmi's new AirDots 3 Pro are rated for a kind of noise-cancelling that apparently adapts to the ambient condition by themselves, using AI. The Bluetooth 5.2 accessories are rated for up to 28 hours of play-time with their new case, which is also capable of wireless charging. They start for under US$50 in China at present, although this price might increase after their initial promotional window.
OnePlus throws a free Stadia Premiere bundle in with new phones sold in France, Germany or the UK
OnePlus has announced a new promotion by which those who buy certain new smartphones in the UK, Germany or France can claim a new Stadia Premiere Edition from Google. The units included in this new deal are those of the new flagship 9 series, the 8 Pro, 8T or mid-range Nord. The OEM asserts that these combos will deliver "powerhouse gaming" for new customers.
Panasonic debuts the LUMIX GH5 Mark II, also teases the upcoming GH6
Panasonic has just introduced the "evolved", Mark II form of the Micro Four Thirds GH5 camera. The new up-to-4K/60fps/10-bit unit improves on its immediate forebear in a number of ways, an upgrade to USB type-C charging at a reduced starting price compared to the Mark I included. Then again, the OEM projects that the flagship GH6 will also be there to hold out for before the end of 2021.
Motorola releases the Made for US version of the Moto G30
Motorola has introduced the Moto G30 on the US market, by way of Amazon.com. This version of the phone comes with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage, as well as the 6.5-inch 90Hz display found in units from other regions. It is priced at US$300, but will not ship until July 2021.
Razer launches the Blackwidow V3 Mini Hyperspeed 65% gaming keyboard
Razer's latest keyboard is the Blackwidow V3 Mini HyperSpeed. It has a 65% form-factor, which translates to a 60% form-factor that retains arrow keys. The new board also features the OEM's HyperSpeed Wireless Technology, an aluminium frame and a choice of 2 switch types.
No, we are not getting into the smart car business, says Honor CEO
Honor's chief executive officer Zhao Ming has denied that his OEM will follow others into the emerging trend towards developing services for next-gen automobiles. Instead, the company intends to focus on strengthening its smartphone business following its split from Huawei. On that note, rumors that its upcoming launches will return to supporting Google apps out of the box are gaining traction.
Google will finally launch Fuchsia OS soon, albeit on just one smart home device
Fuchsia is the name of an in-house OS Google has reportedly had in the works for years. Now, it is finally due to see a roll-out on one of the OEM's more recent smart-home products. The Nest Hub is slated to start using this new system in an impending update.
Nothing's first pair of TWS earbuds gets closer to launch with approval for sale in India
Carl Pei's new start-up Nothing is slated to launch its inaugural product, a pair of TWS earbuds, at some point in June 2021. This event now seems closer than ever with a new leak. It consists of an alleged BIS certification for the company's first device
An alleged Huawei MatePad 2 Pro surfaces on Geekbench ahead of its launch
Huawei is projected to launch a second-generation MatePad Pro premium slate in June 2021. A device with what might be its model number has just shown up on Geekbench, possibly revealing its specs ahead of its launch. Interestingly, a second Huawei device that has appeared alongside it has what seems to be a Snapdragon 888 SoC and 8GB of RAM.
Xiaomi Mi 11 flagship shipments reach 3 million units worldwide
Xiaomi has announced some global Mi 11, 11 Pro and 11 Ultra sales stats for the first quarter of 2021. The OEM claims to have moved 3 million units of the flagships combined worldwide. The OEM also now claims that the 3 flagship-grade devices combined dominate their price-segment in the Chinese market.
Google unveils plans to open its inaugural physical Store soon
Google is a technology giant that has sold products exclusively through its official online stores throughout its history. However, it is now breaking that trend with an imminent brick-and-mortar equivalent, located near its New York headquarters. It is slated to open its doors in the real during the summer of 2021.
LG will bring out a new "Plate" series of panels soon, according to a new leak
LG has reportedly chosen a slightly odd moniker for its next generation of products. It has trademarked the term Plate, and has done so in various different iterations that suggest the new line is to be applied to a range of display panels. There are also hints of a "One Cord OLED", which may or may not be good news for fans of cable management everywhere.
The DOOGEE DG Band packs 5ATM water resistance, SpO2-metrics and Amazon Alexa support for under US$50
DOOGEE has launched the DG Band, a wearable of the traditional fitness tracker form-factor. It has a 1.05-inch LCD display, which can display data from its sensors for heart-rate, stress and blood-oxygen. It is also rated to track 14 different exercise types, and to last for up to 10 days between charges.
A device-repair YouTuber condemns the US-market version of the iPhone 12 as “almost impossible” to restore independently
The Australian phone-repair vlogger Hugh Jeffreys’ latest video features an iPhone 12 in need of a new display and rear panel. The YouTuber demonstrated that fixing these issues entailed quite a bit of effort, resorting to the use of fancy laser equipment at one point. Furthermore, this US variant has extra parts that makes its dissembly even trickier (and potentially more dangerous) than the average iPhone.
Samsung trademarks what could be the product name for its first-gen rollable phone
Samsung has just applied to trademark the words "Z Slide" with the EU's intellectual property office (EUIPO). Given the category this new potential product name falls into, it gives the profound impression of belonging to a device with a rollable or slide-out display. It may thus fuel rumors that the OEM is indeed nearly ready to launch just such a cutting-edge phablet.
OnePlus teases a new Y-series TV ahead of its May 2021 launch
OnePlus India has revealed that it will add a new member to its Y series of smart TVs soon. It has also already confirmed some of its specs ahead of its imminent launch, its 40-inch size, Dolby Audio support and 20W speakers included. It will debut via Flipkart on May 24, 2021.
The Kyocera Duraforce Ultra is tested for sapphire-enhanced durability in a new JerryRigEverything video
The Kyocera Duraforce Ultra is a 5G smartphone that has launched with claims of a profoundly rugged build topped off with a "Sapphire Shield" for its 5.45-inch display. The famous YouTube teardown channel JerryRigEverything has just released a video testing these claims with its usual battery of blades and Mohs hardness picks, not to mention more specialized equipment in this device's case. Can it live up to its lofty toughphone claims?
Huawei confirms a June 2, 2021 launch for HarmonyOS
Huawei has set a date for the launch of its first-party operating system, HarmonyOS, in its native China. The software may have originally been intended to replace Android on its smartphones, but may also ship with other new products such as the MatePad Pro 2 and Watch 3, which are also now expected to debut on the same day.
The Realme GT and Narzo 30 5G is coming to Europe via AliExpress
The GT is Realme's Snapdragon 888-powered flagship smartphone that launched early in 2021. Despite this, it has not made it far outside the Chinese market thus far. This situation will change soon however, with a release onto AliExpress' EU website. It will join the Narzo 30 5G on this platform in June of this year.
The Honor 50 series will come with the Snapdragon 778G processor
Rumors of the Honor 50 flagship smartphones' imminent launch has fueled speculation that these devices would be based on the top-end Snapdragon 888 SoC. However, the OEM has now officially announced that the series will go with the new 778G platform for premium mid-rangers instead, and that the new combination is set to launch in June 2021.
Belkin's new SOUNDFORM Connect can upgrade older speakers with Apple AirPlay 2
The SOUNDFORM Connect is a new Belkin audio adapter designed to bring any powered speaker with a 3.5mm or optical input into an Apple-heavy smart home set-up. The user can then control it via AirPlay 2 on their iPhone, iPad or TV. Therefore, a traditional speaker can become as responsive to voice-control and automation as shiny new high-tech models.
Realme launches the Watch 2 Pro with 2 more days of battery life and a larger display compared to the base model
The Realme Watch 2 Pro is a new smartwatch with a blood-oxygen sensor, 90 sports modes and sleep-tracking - as does its vanilla sibling. However, it has a bigger 1.75-inch display, as well as the in-built GPS the plain Watch 2 lacks. It also has exclusive new watch-faces, as well as a larger battery rated for up to 14 days of use between charges.
The Nubia Z30 Pro launches with triple 64MP rear cameras - and no under-display camera
Nubia's Z30 Pro is a new Snapdragon 888-powered flagship smartphone with a generous amount of high-end specs, including a 144Hz 6.67-inch FHD+ AMOLED display, quad rear cameras and 120W ultra-fast charging. Then again, it has also launched with a punch-hole selfie shooter, rather than the next-gen under-display alternative hinted at in earlier leaks.
CTL launches new FHD and QHD thin-bezel productivity-focused monitors
CTL, a company that normally caters to the needs of modern offices or schools in its devices, has announced a pair of monitors touted to match up to this reputation. The 24-inch FHD IP2381 has a VA IPS panel, whereas the IP2781 is an ADS QHD 27-inch display. They both have the same new minimalist stand and bezels, however.
Opera launches the mobile version of its GX "gaming" browser
Opera asserts that it has been inundated with requests for a mobile version of its gaming-focused browser since launching the PC-compatible original. Now, it has delivered with the launch of GX Mobile. It shares many features with the desktop variant, its customized navigation controls and esthetics included.
Unihertz puts its smallest physical-keyboard phone yet up for crowdfunding
Unihertz has announced the Titan Pocket, the OEM's latest in its line of QWERTY smartphones. With a display of just 3.1 inches in diagonal length, it is the most compact member of its series yet. Nevertheless, it runs Android 11, has NFC, Bluetooth, an infrared (IR) port and a campaign on Kickstarter that has already smashed its funding goal.
Apple teases its new one-handed mode of control for the Apple Watch
Apple has outlined plans for new dimensions of accessibility in its mobile devices, including a new SignTime service that allows people who use certain sign languages to better use the OEM's online support system. The updates also include a new way of using the Apple Watch with just one hand.
Qualcomm announces further upgrades for the Snapdragon X65 5G modem alongside the new 778G SoC
Qualcomm's 5G Summit has unveiled the Snapdragon 778G, the OEM's latest processor intended to bring next-gen connectivity to more phones in the near future. The company also unveiled heretofore-unheard-of capabilities for its upcoming X65 modem for 2022 devices.
The OPPO K9 might convert into a Realme phone in order to get a global launch
The OPPO K9 5G is a somewhat rare new smartphone in 2021, as it has launched with the lesser-spotted Snapdragon 768G processor. It has debuted as a "performance"-focused device in its OEM's native China; however, there are now signs that it may completely change its name - even its brand name - in order to become available outside that country.
EZVIZ launches its first pan/tilt outdoor Wi-Fi home security camera
EZVIZ introduces the C8C as its inaugural outdoor wireless home security camera capable of panning and tilting within its globe-shaped exterior glass shell. Its sensor is rated for FHD recording, as well as night vision in color and AI-powered intruder detection. The new IP65 surveillance accessory is available at Walmart with a special introductory price for its launch.
Android 12 Beta 1 rolls out to Pixel phones
Google has announced that the first non-development beta of Android 12 is available for Pixel phones, as of the new OS upgrade's introduction at I/O 2021. The OEM has also unveiled various new features now found in its own-brand phones' UI. It is now called Material You, and incorporates new privacy, performance and navigational tweaks.
Google debuts Wear OS 3.0, confirms new Samsung partnership and Fitbits that will run on the new software
Google I/O 2021 has kicked off with what the OEM calls "the biggest update to Wear OS" in this software's history. It has collaborated with Samsung and Fitbit to bake the better features of their wearable platforms into this upcoming version. It will be available to the next generations of both OEMs' watches, as well as those of other Android manufacturers.
Amazon Music HD drops in price to US$9.99 a month
The "high-fidelity" version of Amazon's music-streaming service has dropped in price by US$5 a month. This change means it now costs the same as the former price of the next tier down, Amazon Music Unlimited. In other words, customers with this service can now avail of lossless playback, or stick with their current service for a reduced rate.
Next-gen Pixel smartphones may have under-display cameras thanks to a new Google patent
Under-display camera technology is currently emerging as a replacement for punch-holes in smartphone displays. A blog has discovered a new Google patent for its take on this new kind of selfie camera, thereby strongly hinting that this potential upgrade is destined for the Pixel 7 or later.
Trust aims to please PS5 users with its new GXT 258W Fyru 4-in-1 USB mic
The Trust GXT 258W Fyru mic has a USB interface, thus making it compatible with PCs, Macs and other devices. However, given its styling, not to mention its LEDs for RGB, it is clearly intended to pair with the PS5, especially its white SKU. Then again, with its 4 choices of recording mode and decent sampling rate, the OEM asserts it is also ideal for streaming or collaboration.
OnePlus will bring its TVs to the European market soon
OnePlus' CEO, Pete Lau, has reportedly told several journalists that his company is planning to launch its smart screens in Europe soon. The OEM now has several TVs to its name, but has yet to sell any of them in that region. However, it now seems to believe that the time to start is at hand,
Huawei's upcoming FreeBuds 4 leak in new live images ahead of their launch
Huawei has confirmed that it will launch its latest ANC TWS earbuds, the FreeBuds 4, very soon. However, a new Weibo post may have spoiled their reveal with new hands-on images. They suggest that the accessories will resemble their predecessors, although they are expected to be improved in other ways.
iQOO announces an Android 12 beta-testing program for its 2021 flagship smartphone
Owners of the iQOO 7 are now being invited to join an official beta program for this phone's first-ever publicly-available build of Android 12. The Snapdragon 888-powered flagship is thus now touted as the first Chinese-market phone to reach this stage of testing. It may be able to use this OS' latest and most cutting-edge features as a result.
Xiaomi shares official POCO M3 Pro renders and specs ahead of its launch
POCO is scheduled to launch a Pro variant for its M3 smartphone on May 19, 2021. It is thought to be a highly re-styled version of a pre-existing Xiaomi 5G smartphone. The latest teasers from its brand seem to confirm this, indicating both devices have the same size of screen and battery - even if the "new POCO" has a different look.
Corsair teases its upcoming line of DDR5-based memory products
Corsair has announced that it will start switching to DDR5 in its next-gen modules. It hails the upcoming standard as a significant upgrade for memory, as well as for PCs in general, due to its increased bandwidth, maximal density per die and speed compared to its predecessor.
OPPO launches a new Mars Exploration Edition of the Find X3 Pro
OPPO has commemorated the recent touchdown of China's rover on Mars with a new edition of its 2021 Find X3 Pro flagship Android smartphone. It has 16GB of RAM, as well as a new color apparently inspired by outer space. It can be pre-ordered for the equivalent of ~US$1090 from now.
OnePlus releases the limited Cobalt Edition of its Watch in China
OnePlus introduced its inaugural smartwatch alongside the flagship 9-series smartphones in March 2021. The OEM also unveiled a special, limited edition of the same wearable with more premium materials, an exclusive cobalt alloy for its case included, at the same time. Now, the company has put this version on the market for the first time in its native China.
Nubia Z30 Pro: camera spec leaks emerge alongside official sample photos
The ZTE brand Nubia has confirmed that its Z series of flagship phones is back and is just about to launch in 2021. A combination of leaks and teasers appear to confirm an upgrade to an under-display selfie camera for this upcoming device. Meanwhile, rumors of a 64MP main shooter and a periscope lens might be backed up in its previews.
A "Samsung Store" leak re-ignites hopes for the Galaxy Note 21 series
A slew of leaks and rumors have purported to pronounce the Galaxy Note 21 series dead as of 2021. However, photos of what is claimed to be a piece of corporate art at a new physical Samsung store now dispute those claims. It incorporates the phablets' names alongside many of the OEM's pre-existing Android devices, suggesting they might be on the way after all
The Lenovo Go series of remote work-friendly accessories is here
Lenovo has announced its new Go series of peripherals and accessories designed for the modern professional who needs the right kit for their remote-working set-up. The first two products from this new line are a multi-device mouse and a dual-USB type C power bank compatible with 65W ultrabooks.
Apple decides to shrink next-gen Face ID chips by up to 50%
The latest leaks increasingly insist that the iPhone 13 series will be the one to finally launch with a smaller notch. A new report might help explain how the Cupertino giant plans to bring this about: by cutting a necessary Face ID-enabling component in half, or as close as it can get.
Ulefone hints at the launch of a new phone with an immense 13,200mAh battery
The affordable smartphone OEM Ulefone has released a new teaser for an upcoming device with an extra-large charge capacity. The company asserts that it will alleviate low-battery anxiety, and will thus be ideal for working or power users. The new product's price or availability has yet to be revealed.
Samsung announces that its laptop OLED panels are SGS-certified for gaming performance
Samsung has only just launched laptop-sized AMOLED displays in the Galaxy Book Pro line-up; now, the OEM has revealed another new party trick for these panels. They have attained an SGS certification that states they match up to this body's standards for use during gaming. They include certain levels of blur length and contrast ratio.
LG releases its latest soundbars to the US market
LG's new line of soundbars for 2021 includes units that support Dolby Atmos and DTS:X, as well as the latest developments resulting from the OEM's partnership with Meridian Audio. They start at US$179, although the most expensive goes for $1,000. Most are available from now, although one 3.1.2-channel unit is not available until June 2021.
Casio launches its most affordable connected fitness-tracking G-SHOCK watch yet
Casio's newest watch belongs to its iconic G-SHOCK line-up, combining analog and digital components into one fitness-focused accessory. However, it also has Bluetooth so as to transfer workout progress to a paired smartwatch via the series' Move app. It displays steps, running distance and other metrics tracked by the watch.
The Honor 50 Pro will launch with a 100W power brick
Honor has reportedly certified 2 new phones with the Chinese 3C authority. One has been approved in conjunction with a power adapter that can charge the device at up to 66W, whereas the other apparently has a brick that can do so at up to 100W. These high-end specs have led to talk that the devices are none other than the upcoming Honor 50 flagship series.
Galaxy A22: new renders might reveal color options in what might be Samsung's cheapest 5G phone of 2021
Samsung is currently projected to launch the Galaxy A22 smartphone in both 5G and 4G/LTE variants, which might make it a bargain in either market. The leaker Ishan Agarwal has posted new renders via 91Mobiles indicating both putative versions are to come with the same 4 colorways. However, they might differ in terms of other specs.
Xiaomi launches the FlipBuds Pro as its latest TWS earbuds with ANC
Xiaomi's FlipBuds Pro are the OEM's first TWS earbuds with triple-mic active noise cancellation. They also feature a dedicated audio chip from Qualcomm, Bluetooth 5.2 and up to 28 hours of battery life. These high-end specs do make them more expensive than their predecessors.
The first "official" Huawei P50 renders come with hints of new Leica-tuned camera technology
The prolific Huawei-focused leaker @RODENT950 has posted new images that look convincingly like genuine marketing material for the upcoming P50 flagship smartphones. They seem to confirm earlier rumors, albeit with arguably increased polish this time. Then again, they may point to a lack of periscope zoom in the devices' allegedly Leica-branded camera sensors.
Blackmagicdesign updates Da Vinci Resolve 17 with support for AV1 decoding in Windows
AV1 is a fast-emerging codec that is touted as lightweight enough in terms of resource demand to, for example, enable YouTube playback on mobile devices at 4K/60fps with ease. The latest version of the popular editing app Da Vinci Resolve (17.2) adds support for the codec in Windows, as well as a plethora of other new features and upgrades.
Xiaomi has US sanctions against it revoked thanks to a new ruling
The electronics giant Xiaomi had been banned from the US investment market following a blacklisting by the Trump administration, based on claims of the OEM's association with the Chinese military. However, Xiaomi has strongly denied this, and has now won legal action in order to reverse the action against it.
The Asus ZenFone 8 is Android's latest mini flagship smartphone
Numerous leaks have painted Asus' 2021 camera-centric flagship phone as the first "Mini" variant of its kind, and the Taiwanese OEM has not let these expectations down on its launch. The new device does indeed have an unusually small 5.9-inch 20:9 display. Then again, there is also the ZenFone 8 Flip, a third-gen motor-cam phone.
A new leak hints at active cooling in next-gen Samsung phones and tablets
Samsung has applied to trademark the term "Activate Fan Mode" in Europe. This possible new setting applies to smartphones and tablets, thus strongly suggesting these devices will start launching with physical fans soon. This would be a particularly advanced next step in mobile-device cooling, if so.
NVIDIA formally introduces new RTX Studio laptops from various OEMs
The latest form of NVIDIA's Studio standard for creator-grade laptops combine in-demand specs such as RTX 3000-series graphics, 1440p screens and device heights of as little as 16 millimeters in some cases. The company has also now officially announced the RTX 3050 and 3050 Ti platform for laptops, which are to be found in gaming machines as well as those for professionals soon.
Xiaomi launches the Mi 11 Ultra in Germany alongside the Redmi Note 10 5G
Xiaomi had hinted that it would debut its Mi 11 Ultra flagship Android phone in Europe on May 11, 2021, and has just delivered with a German launch event for this device. The 50MP camera monster has arrived in its new market alongside the region's first Redmi Note 10-series phones and the Mi P1 smart TVs.
Galaxy Z Fold3: a new leak purports to spill detailed camera specs for the upcoming foldable
The 2021 Samsung Galaxy Z Fold is a device with leaked renders that have generally hinted at triple rear cameras, not to mention an inaugural under-display selfie shooter, thus far. A leaker now claims to outline their actual resolutions, along with some other parameters for the upcoming super-flagship's photography prowess.
Samsung announces an inaugural DDR5 module with the CXL interface
Samsung has announced the "industry-first" development of DRAM that combines DDR5 memory with the compute express link (CXL) connection. The OEM believes this kind of interface, based on PCIe 5.0, is the next big thing in datacenter, machine-learning and cloud computing, particularly when it comes to scalability.
Nothing announces a name and a rough launch date for its first-gen TWS earbuds
Carl Pei's new tech start-up Nothing debuted in January 2021; now, it has revealed that it is ready to launch its first-ever product, a pair of TWS earbuds. The company has chosen to keep the design of these Ear 1 wearables under wraps for now, but does suggest they will stand out on the market. They are now slated to launch in June 2021, although pricing and availability remains a mystery.
The Lenovo Yoga Pad Pro 13, complete with signature in-built kickstand and 2K display, will be here soon
Lenovo has officially confirmed that the Yoga Pad Pro 13 will launch on May 24, 2021 in China. Moreover, the device's new teasers show it has a new take on its series' classic stand/hang-tab and barrel grip. It is said to pack an HDMI port, as well as dual USB type Cs.
Xiaomi will launch its next pair of noise-cancelling TWS earbuds on May 13, 2021
Xiaomi has announced that its next TWS earbuds will be the first to launch with a case inspired by the OEM's re-designed logo. Therefore, it will have apparently precisely-crafted curves to its edges, whereas its predecessors were more boxy. The wearables within are slated to have "Pro"-grade noise-cancelling technology and to launch very soon.
Honor will release its 50-series flagship smartphones in June 2021 with a new "Cartier Ring" rear camera design
The emergence of Honor as an independent electronics brand has led to speculation that it will release premium Snapdragon 888-based mobile devices in 2021. The latest leak on this subject asserts that it will become available in June of the same year. Meanwhile, a render of the 50 vanilla model with a new camera hump has emerged.
iPhones will switch to Apple-made 5G modems as early as 2023
The respected analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has reportedly noted that Apple plans to make iPhones with in-house 5G modem SoCs in the next few years. This would be a considerable blow to Qualcomm, the Cupertino giant's current source of chipsets necessary for up-to-date connectivity. It might mean the chip-maker would lose more of a grip on the 5G market.
Security researchers claim to find a severe vulnerability that may affect up to 30% of all Android phones worldwide
The Qualcomm mobile station modem (MSM) series is part of 3G to 5G connectivity for millions of Android phones worldwide. The Check Point security research group now claims that it can be exploited in a way that might allow a hacker to read a user's messages and even listen in on phonecalls. This flaw involves an interface found on up to 30% of all phones worldwide.
Redmi may have a new K40 Gaming Enhanced Edition variant in the works
Redmi recently launched a 'game-focused' version of its premium K40 smartphone with MediaTek's flagship Dimensity 1200 processor. Now, the prolific leaker Digital Chat Station claims the Xiaomi-owned brand will launch a device with the "next step down", the 1100, soon. Could it be a Gaming Enhanced Edition Lite?
TCL's latest display showcase includes a 4K×2K mini-LED panel for 17.3-inch laptops
TCL's latest press event served to unveil next-gen displays for the TVs, rollables or laptops of the near future. They include new 15.6- and 17.3-inch panels described as ultra-high-res with scope for ultra-thin bezels. The conference also unveiled the OEM's Star Obsidian Screen for 75-inch mini-LED 8K devices, as well as the latest version of its 17-inch scrolling display.
The OPPO Find X3 Pro will get Android 13 as well as 12
OPPO has just announced a new Android update schedule for high-end phones such as those of the new Find X3 flagship series. It involves major software upgrades over the first three years post-launch, as opposed to two under the previous scheme. Therefore, not only will the OEM's latest premium phones get Android 12, they will also definitely get this OS' successor as well.
96% of iOS users in the US turned app tracking off after the 14.5 update
The latest version of iOS (14.5) introduced App Tracking Transparency, a new set of dialog boxes that informs the user whenever an app wants to track their activity across the UI and that they can prevent this if they wish. According to new research, its uptake skyrocketed to 88% worldwide, and 96% in the US, within 1 week of the update's release.
Spigen announces new AirTag accessories in some signature styles and designs
Apple's AirTags might be the latest thing in personal possession-tracking, although customers might find it hard to actually secure said things with the little monolithic smart pucks out of the box. However, Spigen has stepped up to offer new holders with the keyrings and clips necessary to take such a tag anywhere.
Gigabyte announces its first ever Aorus pre-built PCs with RTX 3080 graphics
It's 2021, and, thus, a great time for Gigabyte to launch world-first pre-builds under its Aorus brand. The new Model X and Model S gaming PCs each have 10GB of GeForce RTX 3080 graphics, with "factory-tuned" Ryzen 5000 or Rocket Lake Core i9 platforms. The OEM claims to have crafted them "meticulously" out of first-party components, and are thus equipped to compete in the performance-focused rig space.
GoPro's financial performance goes from strength to strength in the first quarter of 2021
GoPro has reported that it made a total of US$204 million in revenue for the first quarter of 2021 (1Q2021), or 71% more than it did in 1Q2020. Of this, 40% (or $82 million) came from its website's sales, a 224% increase year-on-year (YoY). The action-cam company also celebrated selling its first millionth subscription in this quarter.
Sony unveils its latest Mobile ES in-car subwoofer and speakers
Sony has just added new variants of its Mobile Elevated Standard (ES) audio equipment for cars. They consist of 4 kinds of speaker and 1 subwoofer equipped with the latest generation of the OEM's MRC-reinforced diaphragms, combined with Separated Notch Edge Surround technology for increased clarity and an "audiophile-grade crossover" in certain units. They are available to pre-order from now.
Dell's firmware update driver has harbored severe security bugs for over a decade, according to researchers
Dell has issued numerous patches as part of its latest Security Advisory (DSA-2021-088) in response to findings of a "severe" CVE consisting of five different privilege-exploit bugs that have apparently been in effect for the last 12 years. Fortunately, they have never been acted upon, which, as they could have allowed unauthorized users to write data or manipulate memory.
Get 35% off the 1More True Wireless ANC buds
IMore's True Wireless ANCs were the world's first TWS earbuds to receive certification from the audio specialists THX. Therefore, they don't come cheap, and have a normal price of US$200. However, the OEM has announced they are down to $130 as part of its 2021 Summer Sale
Nubia's CEO officially announces a launch date for the Z30 Pro
ZTE's high-end brand Nubia has been rumored to have a successor to its Z20 flagship Android phone in the works. Now, the company's CEO, Ni Fei, has formally acknowledged a device of a corresponding name. It is now scheduled to launch on May 20, 2021, and may do so with a cutting-edge under-display camera.
Galaxy Z Flip: a new leak hints at a relatively low starting price for the upcoming 2021 foldable
The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5G launched with a US$1,449 price-tag. However, a leaker now asserts that this clamshell phone's successor will start at about $1,000 instead. This might get the buyer a device with a 6.7-inch foldable display, at least 8GB of RAM and an updated design with possible vast improvements for its secondary screen.
The Lenovo Tab M10 series is about to go 5G in 2021
A heretofore-unknown device called the Lenovo TB-X607Z has just appeared on Geekbench 4 with the Snapdragon 690 SoC and 4GB of RAM. According to a concurrent Google Play Console leak, it will be called the Tab M10 5G on launch. Therefore, this slate might be the first to bring next-gen connectivity to its line in 2021.
OPPO launches the new K9 TV series alongside a phone of the same name and more
OPPO's latest product event was a bumper update for its device ecosystem in general. Not only did it introduce the new K9 smartphone, but it also revealed the new TVs of the same name. The Enco Air TWS earbuds also debuted at the show, as did the Vitality Edition of the OPPO Band.
Sony will update the Alpha 7R camera series with a newer processor and more
Sony is now said to have an upgrade for the Alpha 7R IV in the works. This alleged fifth-gen model will still have a 61MP sensor and a 26MP APS-C crop; however, it is also projected to come with the BIONZ XR processor, improved PDAF and a potentially enhanced ISO range. Nevertheless, it is rumored to start at the same price as its predecessor.
The Samsung Galaxy A82 5G will have a quarterly security-patch upgrade schedule on its launch
Samsung launched the Galaxy Quantum 2 in its native South Korea recently, and is thought to rebrand it as the Galaxy A82 5G for the rest of the world. Despite its status as a new launch, a blog has dug up evidence that it will get just 4 new security patches per year. This may have something to do with its Snapdragon 855+ SoC.
UGREEN PowerDot 10,000-mAh USB-C PD 20W Power Bank hands-on review
UGREEN is well-known for wireless, mobile and general “dongle-life” accessories. However, it also offers power banks with up-to-date features and specs. The PowerDot 10,000-mAh USB-C PD 20W Power Bank is a recent example. How does it hold up in day-to-day life?
Huawei may plan a foray into the VR space, starting by patenting its own controller
Huawei has reportedly patented an in-house controller for virtual reality (VR) applications such as gaming. It is depicted as having a fairly standard form-factor, and possibly as coming in blue or black, in its new CNIPA documentation. Therefore, the OEM might be about to unveil products for this market.
Galaxy Z Flip3: new high-quality renders integrate the next-gen Samsung clamshell's latest leaks
The Galaxy Z Flip 5G is said to be succeeded by a device called the Z Flip3 in 2021. Its latest leak seems to confirm that it will still be a clamshell foldable smartphone, albeit one with a larger, potentially more useful secondary display. Its latest renders also show this putative feature alongside its main Dynamic AMOLED screen.
An alleged iPhone 13 Pro Max replica features on a prominent tech YouTube channel
Lewis Hilsenteger of the famous Unbox Therapy YouTube channel has been sent what is described as an authentic dummy unit of the hotly-anticipated iPhone 13 Pro Max. Should this be the case, the purported top-end device has not changed much compared to its predecessor - except that it might be slightly thicker, have larger rear cameras and rock the rumored smaller notch.
OnePlus 9: A leaker reveals what could have been through allegedly rejected colorways
The OnePlus 9 Pro is a 2021 flagship Android phone launched in 3 color choices, one of which evinced the brand's signature Sandstone Black. However, according to the reliable leaker Max J., the OEM once considered a very different new option: Matte White. It also apparently mulled other, glossy finishes for its latest premium devices that ended up never seeing the light of day.
Sony will partner with Discord for an upcoming PlayStation Network integration
The president and CEO of Sony's PlayStation division Jim Ryan has announced that users will soon be able to connect their Discord accounts via the social aspects of the console's Network. The OEM has also just bought a minority stake in the chat-app company, as a result of its current capital-raising drive. The exact nature of the new Sony/Discord integration is now slated to be revealed in the next few months.
Apple's AirTags might not stay as shiny as they look right now throughout their working lives
A new Apple AirTag teardown video reveals that each one is packed with drivers, coils and (of course) button batteries. However, and possibly more importantly, it may also show that their clearly keenly developed appearance might degrade quickly over time with use. On the other hand, they can theoretically be torn down for repair (should the user want to do so) at least.
ROCCAT's latest gaming keyboards feature RGB lighting, detachable palm rests and a button duplicator
ROCCAT has announced the Magma and Pyro as its latest gaming keyboard. They both feature their brand's AIMO lighting system, which shines uniquely through the Magma's semi-transparent top plate. That new unit has membrane keys, whereas the Pyro has mechanical switches and an aluminium top plate.
Asus will launch the ROG Flow X13 gaming convertible in India soon
With its up-to-Ryzen 9 5980HS processor and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 graphics, Asus has designed the ROG Flow X13 to bring gaming to the 2-in-1 category. Now, a new report asserts the OEM is about to introduce this machine to India on May 12, 2021. Whether the PC's matching XG Mobile eGPU will be joining it in its putative new market is less clear at this point.
The laptop market is now projected to top 62 million shipments in the second quarter of 2021
The market for laptops has arguably remained relatively unscathed in the pandemic era, largely thanks to the demand for educational or gaming machines still going strong in 2021. Now, new research indicates that shipments for these devices will total 62 million at least in this year's second quarter (2Q2021). Acer, Asus and HP are thought to be the biggest winners in the 3 months in question.
Samsung will combine continuous zoom, an under-display camera and AMD graphics in the Galaxy S22 Ultra
The prolific leaker Ice Universe has made new predictions concerning the Galaxy S22 series' Ultra variant. Not only does the tipster believe that it will introduce the mythical Samsung/AMD mobile GPU, it will also debut with a potential breakthrough in optical zoom for smartphones. The putative flagship may also drop the current central punch-hole selfie shooter for one that hides under the display.
Intel reportedly hints at multi-billion-dollar subsidies on planned EU and US factories
Intel had recently outlined plans to establish new plants in Europe, possibly in a bid to address the prevailing chipset-supply crisis. However, a new report suggest that the OEM expects something in return for the potential economic boost for the regions in question: namely, that European governments contribute up to €8 billion (US$9.7 billion) to the project in question.
Apple increases its out-of-warranty repair costs for the 12.9-inch iPad Pro (2021)
Apple has now released its latest iPad Pro for pre-order in the US, and asks at least US$1,099 for its 12.9-inch variant. Prospective buyers should be aware that they may now have to pay even more for repairs should their brand-new premium slate incur damage in a way the OEM deems to be out of warranty.
A potential Nubia Z30 passes through 3C testing with 120W fast charging
The ZTE brand Nubia has reportedly registered a new device called the NX667J. This new leak has led to speculation that it is a premium-grade phone called the Z30, not the least because it has been certified to use top-end 120 watt (W) charging. It might thus be combined with under-display camera technology in this potential upcoming flagship.
The Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra is now slated to become available on the European market in May 2021
The Mi 11 Ultra is Xiaomi's new, camera-heavy flagship Android smartphone. It debuted in China in March 2021, but is still not available in various regions, Europe included. Now, however, a corporate Facebook page may have let a date for the release of the hyper-premium device in the Dutch market slip.
Galaxy S21 FE: a new leak allegedly confirms the phone's existence ahead of its launch
The Galaxy S20 Fan Edition (or FE) is rumored to get a successor in 2021. Now, a Samsung store website has reportedly posted an ad for a device by a corresponding name by accident. According to this new potential tip, it also looks much like the rest of the S21 series.
The European Commission upholds Spotify's anti-trust complaint against Apple
The European Commission (EC) has issued a preliminary verdict as a result of its anti-trust investigation against Apple. It concerns the treatment of third-party music apps on its App Store. The Commission has ruled that the OEM leverages its "dominant position" in this market to subvert competition and consumer choice, particularly when it comes to payment methods and rates.
The Huawei Watch3 and 3 Pro will debut in May 2021, whereas the MatePad 2 Pro will launch in June
Huawei is currently said to have upgrades for its premium MatePad Pro and Watch in the works. A well-known leaker now asserts that they do in fact exist and will launch soon. The tipster also now claims that the Watch3 will have a Pro variant, which, according to other recent rumors, will not come cheap.
Next-gen Samsung Galaxy-series phones or watches could get tougher with "Armor Skin" and "Armor Layer" technology
Recent reports suggest that Samsung is developing an "Armor"-themed series of new design features for its next-gen mobile devices, the latest of which could be applied to rear panels, displays or both. These leaked marketing buzzwords have sparked speculation that they are intended to enhance durability in next-gen products, the Galaxy Z Flips and Folds of the future included.
OnePlus is now touted to launch the Nord N10 and N100 in India
The Nord N100 and N10 5G are OnePlus' foray into the low- and mid-tiers of the smartphone market. Despite this, it has yet to be released in all the regions where the OEM is active. A new leak hints they might be destined for a new launch in India, however.
The foldable Huawei Mate X2 faces the JerryRigEverything bend test
What happens when you bend a ~US$3,000 foldable phone the wrong way? Fans of the YouTube channel JerryRigEverything can now find out, as the Huawei Mate X2 has paid it a visit. Its new chassis endured various tests of its robustness in the process, ending with a possibly surprising end to the vlogger's famous test.
Samsung might announce "Pro-Shield" tech for "Armor Frame"-enhanced next-gen devices soon
Samsung is reportedly developing the new "Armor" frame for the smartphones of the immediate future. Now, a new tip suggests the OEM might combine it with another new feature called Pro-Shield. It is apparently destined for various device categories, and might thus benefit the potential tri-folding tablets hinted at in another new leak.
Qualcomm's latest quarterly net profit comes in at nearly US$1.8 billion
Qualcomm has now released its fiscal performance report for the second quarter of 2021 (2FQ2021). The OEM claims to have made a total of US$7.9 billion in terms of revenue, ~$1.8 billion of which is its net income. Most of this has come from its semiconductor-producing arm, which has posted a 137% growth in pre-tax earnings year-on-year (YoY).
Apple just might resurrect its Time Capsule at the 2021 iPad and iPad Mini event
Apple has yet to update the vanilla iPad, not to mention its Mini variant, despite having been repeatedly rumored to do so in 2021. Now, new registrations with the EEC authority may point to a launch for these tablets soon. In less expected news, they have been joined on this database by what look like a new accessory for the AirPort Time Capsule, Extreme and Express.
Galaxy Tab S7+ owners are still reporting the green tint bug, and that Samsung has done little about it
The Galaxy Tab S7+ (or Plus) is a 2020 premium Samsung device with an AMOLED display. Unfortunately, as such, it has reportedly run afoul of the "green tint" issue. Some customers claim to have faced this on-screen blemish for months, and that the OEM has yet to push a definitive solution of any kind as yet.
OnePlus posts a ~400% increase in its European sales for 2021's first quarter
OnePlus has released the results for its business in the European region for the first quarter of 2021 (1Q2021). The OEM asserts that sales in this market have increased by 388% compared to 1Q2020, leading to revenues of 286% more year-on-year (YoY). It also claims to be in the top 3 among smartphone brands in multiple countries of this zone.
Schenker offers RTX 3060 to 3080 graphics, dual Thunderbolt 4 ports and an up-to-300Hz display in the DTR 17 E21 laptop
Schenker's latest 17.3-inch laptop is the DTR 17 E21, powered by Intel Core i9-10900K to i9-11900K CPUs and up to 16GB of NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 graphics. The OEM has also packed it with anti-glare IPS panel options of 60 or 300 hertz (Hz) and 2 Thunderbolt 4/USB type-C 4.0 ports with G-SYNC and DisplayPort 1.4a functions.
Trust launches the 2K, dual-mic Taxon USB webcam
Trust has announced that its latest Taxon webcam has a QHD (2560x1440) sensor. It also features auto-focus for its high-res lens, as well as dual mics and a USB plug-and-play nature. It has been released to Amazon in the UK for £69.99 (~US$97), or £48.99 (~$68) for a limited time.
Samsung announces pricing and availability for the 5G-enabled Galaxy M42
Samsung has just launched the Galaxy M42 via Amazon in India. It is the first ever M-series phone to support 5G, and also offers quad rear cameras, a 5,000mAh battery and OneUI 3.1 based on Android 11. It will start at ~US$270 on its May 1, 2021 release.
The CTA confirms that CES is going back to Las Vegas in 2022
The Consumer Technology Association (CTA) had indicated that its flagship Consumer Electronics Show (CES) might be able to return to a live format in 2022. Now, the group has confirmed that this is indeed the case. Therefore, the conference will be held in its classic Las Vegas setting through January 5 to 8 of next year.
The next Nubia Z-series phone might lose a dual-screen design and gain an under-display camera
The Nubia Z20 stood out among Android flagship phones thanks to the 5.1-inch display built right into its rear panel. However, its maker has now shared renders that suggest its next generation will not reprise the feature. Then again, it may get a display with a selfie camera that can be concealed under its panel instead.
Xiaomi opens international pre-orders for the Black Shark 4
Xiaomi's premium gaming-phone brand Black Shark has announced that its 2021 vanilla flagship is now available to pre-order from its global web-site. Customers can get the Snapdragon 870-powered, up-to-120W-charging phone, which starts at US$499, with a case and a cooling accessory thrown in for a limited time.
The Huawei Mate X2: now on HarmonyOS, according to new reports
The Mate X2 foldable phablet has been slated as the first device to see a public roll-out of Huawei's new in-house software, HarmonyOS. According to some knowledgeable Weibo users, the OEM has now started this process off. It seems the new system is still a developmental build, but is being sent as an OTA to the general public nonetheless.
The latest iOS and watchOS updates finally add a mask-compatible unlocking option
Apple has released an update that allows a user to unlock their iPhone with their Apple Watch should they be wearing a mask at the time. This new iOS 14.5 setting requires the latest version of watchOS (7.4) to work. iPhones on the latest corresponding software upgrade can also now use App Tracking Transparency to allow or deny activity-tracking in a highly granular manner.
The new OPPO Band Vitality Edition is teased ahead of its imminent launch
OPPO has revealed that it will release a new version of its fitness tracker soon. This "Vitality Edition" has been hyped as supporting continuous sleep- and blood-oxygen tracking thus far. The OEM should outline its specs in full during its upcoming May 6, 2021 product event, which will also see the launch of the upcoming K9 phone and TV.
Redmi launches a Gaming Enhanced Edition of the K40 with customizations and options to match its new name
Today (April 27, 2021), Redmi has introduced the long-hyped new member of the flagship K40 series as its Gaming Enhanced Edition. It is equipped with the premium MediaTek Dimensity 1200 SoC, a thin-bezel FHD+ AMOLED display, retractable shoulder buttons and a 5065mAh battery. It can be pre-ordered for as little as 1999 yuan (~US$308), although its Bruce Lee-themed special edition maxes out at just above $430.
Razer launches the super-light Orochi V2 wireless mouse with up to 950 hours of battery life
Razer's latest wireless mouse has a renewed design that is, as the OEM claims, ideal for various grip or handling types used for gaming. It also features its brand's second-gen mechanical switches, as well as its 5G optical sensor. However, the Orochi V2's most eye-catching spec is probably its ultra-long battery life, even if Razer has settled on a slightly unexpected way to deliver it.
Honor's latest phone is the sub-US$150, Unisoc T610-powered Play 20
The newest addition to Honor's Play series of smartphones is a markedly low-end entrant, starting at just 899 yuan (~US$139). That is not the only unusual thing about it, however, as the OEM has settled on a lesser-spotted Unisoc platform to power the device. It runs Android 10 using the Play 20's large 5,000mAh battery.
ROCCAT debuts the Kone Pro Air gaming mouse with Stellar Wireless technology, a high-DPI sensor and USB type-C charging
The Pro Air is the first wireless mouse of ROCCAT's Kone line. It combines this series' Bionic Shell design and Titan optical switches with cable-free use, thanks to a battery that can fast-charge via USB type C. For those that prefer to stick with wires, however, it has a new Pro sibling with PhantomFlex technology and otherwise identical gaming-focused specs.
Xiaomi celebrates selling its millionth Mi Band 6
The Mi Band 6 launched as Xiaomi's latest fitness tracker in late March 2021, with a large AMOLED display, SpO2 tracking and even advanced sleep tracking. Now, the company's CEO, Lei Jun, has posted on Weibo to announce that 1 million units of this new wearable have shipped worldwide already.
The iQOO 7 series: affordable premium 2021 smartphones that have just gone international
The iQOO 7 launched as the cheapest phone with the top-end Snapdragon 888 SoC in its native China earlier in 2021. Now, it has finally scored a second regional debut, in India this time. It has been rebranded as the 7 Legend for its new market, and is accompanied by a new, even cheaper, variant that has a different Qualcomm chipset this time.
Huawei releases a 4G/LTE-only version of the Mate X2 foldable phone
Huawei launched its Mate X2 flagship in February 2021 with a new design and a sky-high price-tag, even for a foldable device. Its new refresh might be a slightly better deal, however. It has the exact same specs as before - except for its SoC, which is the Kirin 9000 without the usual 5G modem. Therefore, it might cost a little less on its release in China.
Sony launches its latest in-car AV receivers with large displays and HDMI connectivity
Sony has announced the XAV-AX150, XAV-AX8100 and XAV-AX5600 as its latest AV auto receivers. Sony asserts that they deliver clear, bass-heavy in-car audio thanks to the OEM's proprietary technologies. The new units also feature HDMI inputs for the first time, as well as Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and WebLink Cast.
Google reportedly leaks some Pixel 5a camera specs by accident
Google is projected to launch the Pixel 5a soon. A new and slightly dubious leak that may point to some of its camera features has emerged. It suggests that the phone has a possibly new ultra-wide sensor and has enhanced HDR capabilities.
The Xiaomi Mi Mix Fold might get a global launch, according to a new leak
It could be said that Xiaomi's Mi Mix Fold is the best flexible-display device on the 2021 market thus far. However, it debuted as a Chinese-market exclusive. Then again, the tipster Mukul Sharma has uncovered evidence that could point to its first international release soon.
Anker releases a new version of its Nano 20W to match the iPhone 12's new colorway
Apple seeks to maintain interest in its iPhone 12 and 12 Mini by adding a new color for the two flagship variants: purple. Now, the accessory OEM Anker has released new units of its PowerPort III Nano 20W (or Nano 20W) in a matching color. The power brick is 50% smaller than the first-party adapter for the iPhones that now ship without them.
Sony announces the new FE 14mm F1.8 G Master lens
Sony asserts that its latest lens is a particularly compact and versatile example of its G Master series. The new accessory has a large F1.8 aperture, and advanced optical components rated for enhanced resolution and reduced distortion. Therefore, the OEM asserts it is as suitable for ultra-wide photography as it is for low-light shots and bokeh shots.
ViewSonic wins a 2021 iF Design Award for the ColorPro Professional Monitor
The ViewSonic ColorPro Professional Monitor is a display with its own in-built click-wheel control that doubles as a calibration sensor. This feature, along with others such as a "minimalist" build, easy-attach shade hood and inbuilt ambient light, has won it an iF Design Award for 2021.
The Black Shark 4 is the latest 2021 gaming phone to face the JerryRigEverything durability test
Asus' ROG Phone 5 and Lenovo's Legion Phone Duel 2 recently featured on JerryRigEverything in order to undergo this YouTube channel's famous bend test - which they both proceeded to fail miserably. Now, another 2021 Android gaming flagship, Xiaomi's Black Shark 4, has come to see if it can beat its rivals in running the same gauntlet.
The Vive Air VR Headset wins a 2021 iF Design Award despite not even being on the market
The putative new Vive Air virtual reality (VR) headset has leaked out - and in a fairly unusual way, too. The global iF Design foundation has inadvertently revealed its features and looks in honoring the product with one of its 2021 awards. However, its maker, HTC, denies that it will launch any time soon.
Intel's first-quarter net income is down 41% year-on-year in 2021
Intel has announced its first financial report for 2021, which is for the first quarter of this year (1Q2021) that has just ended in March. It shows that the chip giant's net income is US$3.4 billion - 41% less compared to that of 1Q2020. Its earnings are also down by 1% year-on-year (YoY), even though its computing business is up by 8%.
The Motorola phone code-named "Denver" might launch soon thanks to FCC approval
Motorola is rumored to have what might be a 5G version of the Moto G Stylus (2021) in the works. It, like the rest of its series, allegedly goes by an internal code-name - Denver, in this case. The FCC has just registered a new device from its OEM, thereby possibly confirming its existence and impending launch.
A probable Asus ZenFone 8 leaks onto Geekbench ahead of its launch
Asus is projected to debut the successors to the ZenFone 7 series, the OEM's innovative flip-cam-enabled take on the premium Android smartphone, soon. A device with a model number that might correspond to one of these upcoming 2021 flagships has appeared on Geekbench 5, possibly confirming its processor as the Snapdragon 888.
The Realme Q3 Pro launches with a new 5G processor for just under US$280
Realme has launched the Q3 Pro as the brand's first ever phone with the new Dimensity 1100 SoC. It is joined by the vanilla Q3, powered by the Snapdragon 750G, and the Q3i, which has an older Dimensity 700 chipset. The latter starts at just 1000 yuan (~US$154).
New Samsung Galaxy S21 FE renders show a range of colors and an up-to-date design
Samsung is expected to launch a Galaxy S21 Fan Edition (or FE) later in 2021. This rumor is illustrated in new renders that suggest this putative affordable flagship variant will come with a rear panel much like that of the pre-existing S21 and may come in up to 5 different colors.
The first-gen RedMagic Watch is now available internationally
The RedMagic Watch is one of the latest options on the global wearables market. It has a 1.39-inch AMOLED display, a blood-oxygen sensor and 24-hour heart-rate monitoring. It also now has a US$99 price-tag on the brand's international website.
Grab a OnePlus 8 Pro for US$599
OnePlus is holding a Spring sale event on its US webstore from April 21 (today) to 27, 2021. It involves a limited-time offer on the 8 Pro, the OEM's 2020 flagship smartphone. It can be had for as little as US$599 during this promotion.
Samsung makes a new version of the Galaxy S20 FE 4G official
The popular Fan Edition (FE) variant of the Galaxy S20 series launched with 2 versions: one that is 4G-only with the Exynos 990 SoC and one with 5G and the Snapdragon 865. However, Samsung has now revealed that it will release the latter in 4G-only flavor. It might make a good deal for some consumers.
Discord drops its acquisition talks with Microsoft
The impending spectre of a Discord that had merged with Microsoft is now off the table, as the chat-service company has now reportedly lost interest in striking such a deal with the Redmond giant. According to the latest rumors, it has now re-visited the prospect of an initial public offering (IPO) instead.
Lenovo now offers an extended warranty for its 2021 Legion gaming phone
The Legion Phone Duel 2 (or 2 Pro) launched with one of the most innovative and landscape-oriented designs of any Android device in 2021 thus far. Unfortunately, this also made it one of the most fragile phones this year. The OEM has started to respond to customer concerns with extended warranties.
Apple Podcasts Subscriptions: a new marketplace for creators available from May 2021
Apple's Podcasts app will soon spawn a new wave of titles, to be published by new partner brands such as the Washington Post and Sony Music and also by independent creators. These new streams will require monthly or yearly fees, for which bonus or early-access content, as well as an ad-free experience, are thrown in. The new subscriptions are to be available in 170 countries from May 2021.
The Apple Card gets new Family services for credit- and payments-sharing
Apple Card Family is the latest form of financial service created by the Cupertino-based OEM. It allows 2 users to share the same credit-card as issued by the company, or for parents to share such a card with children above a certain age. Therefore, they can build credit or Daily Cash rewards up together on the same account over time.
Apple's TV 4K gets an A12 Bionic-powered upgrade with a new intuitive remote
Apple has finally updated its 4K TV box as part of its April 20, 2021 hardware event. This new model is powered by the same A12 Bionic processor found in ex-flagship iPhones. It can also balance the colors of the screen to which it is attached using one of the same smartphones, and comes with a new Siri-enabled remote with improved controls.
The Realme Q3 series is confirmed to launch on April 22, 2021
Realme has announced that the Q3 smartphone (or possibly smartphones) will debut on April 22, 2021. The line has also been confirmed to be the OEM's first to feature the new MediaTek Dimensity 1100 SoC. Their maker has also strongly hinted that the new Q-series devices will have 120Hz displays, even though it might start at the ~US$150 level.
The Galaxy Z Fold series will have an IP rating for the first time in 2021
According to a new leak, the Galaxy Z Fold3 has obtained an actual certification for ingress-protection. The new tip fails to mention the exact IPxx number in question; nevertheless, it will still be the first time a foldable phone has had such a spec. Meanwhile, the Z Fold3 is also now rumored to be lighter than its predecessor.
Turtle Beach announces a new, Arctic Camo version of its Recon 70 gaming headset
The multi-platform Recon 70 is the best headset option available for around US$40, according to its maker Turtle Beach at least. The company also offers a steadily-growing range of different colors and styles for the 70, the latest of which is a pale silver with camo earcups. This new Arctic Camo SKU is available from now.
Sony releases its 2021 BRAVIA XR TV line-up
Sony has announced pricing and availability for its 2021 TVs. They include the BRAVIA XR MASTER Series A90J, which, as the OEM asserts, integrates its best OLED panel to date. It also has new LED models with 4K and 8K options, including the 100-inch BRAVIA XR X92 now set at US$20,000.
A new Samsung trademark hints at improved durability in its next-gen smartphones
Samsung has reportedly applied to trademark the phrase "Armor Frame" in the EU, US and South Korea. Its new American IP application specifically indicates that it applies to smartphones, inviting speculation that it refers to a new engineering or design tweak for its upcoming flagships, particularly those of a foldable nature.
Facebook forces third-party versions of its Android app off the Play Store
Many Android phone owners use apps that mirror or "wrap" the mobile Facebook interface rather than use this company's app. However, the social media giant has started to deprive them of this option. It has already had the apps Simple Social and Swipe taken down from Google's Play Store.
Samsung announces an Indian launch for the Galaxy M42 through Amazon
Samsung will release the Galaxy M42 soon exclusively through Amazon India. This device is most likely the Indian-market rebrand of the pre-existing A42. The OEM has confirmed that this version still runs on the Snapdragon 750G processor, and is thus a 5G smartphone.
Android 12 might be able to auto-translate a user's apps to their chosen language
The Android OS should upgrade to its latest 12 version in just a few months. There are some preview builds around, the latest of which is now reported to have a new and powerful feature. It is a service that translates app contents to a phone's system language. Some pre-existing third-party apps are capable of this, although it seems Google may want to bake it into their new UI.
ViewSonic's portfolio of new remote work-ready monitors features a 34-inch 21:9 unit with an inbuilt USB type-C dock
ViewSonic asserts that its upcoming monitors address the needs of those who work at home. The OEM's new 24- and 27-inch models have inbuilt webcams and the ergonomic stands to keep them at comfortable eye levels. There is also a 34-inch ultra-wide flagship with a USB type-C docking station for charging and connectivity.
Sony announces new home theater-grade projectors with native 4K and a Dynamic HDR Enhancer
Sony has launched its latest 4K projectors aimed at the home cinema market. The two new SXRD units are rated for native 4K resolutions and have the same X1 processor found in many high-end BRAVIA TVs. The higher-end model has an ARC-F lens for image quality that goes right to the edge of the window it throws.
iQOO confirms that its newly expanded 7 flagship series will get an Indian launch
The iQOO 7 was the cheapest phone to launch with the top-end Snapdragon 888 SoC on its Chinese-market launch. Now, the OEM has announced that it will venture into its first international market soon. It will be joined by a "new" vanilla variant with a different processor in India later in April 2021.
The Enco Buds are to become OPPO's latest TWS accessories: new leak
OPPO will launch a new pair of audio devices called the Enco Buds soon, according to a new tip from the leaker Evan Blass. Their new alleged renders show a fairly standard TWS form-factor very similar to a product the OEM has already launched. However, the new versions apparently upgrade to Bluetooth 5.2.
The LG Rollable is coming and it has NFC, according to a new leak
LG has announced that it is out of the Android smartphone game; on the other hand, the cutting-edge Rollable mobile device is apparently being readied for launch. The latest step in this process is having it certified to use NFC, as the leaker Mukul Sharma has discovered.
Voice aims to "upgrade" to an NFT platform from the summer of 2021
Voice is an 'alternative' social media platform that claims to be about "real" users, their communities and their content. It has announced that it will "upgrade" itself with a new feature: the ability to issue NFTs for the digital artwork posted thereon. They will apparently be integrated with the EOSIO blockchain basis Voice has taken up to drive its tokenization model.
Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 Lite: also to be available in silver, according to new renders
The Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 Lite will launch soon with Android 11 out of the box - based on its latest leaks, that is. The latest tip relating to this possible budget slate indicates that it will debut in a silver colorway as well as the darker gray hinted at earlier. This option has a white front panel that may make its bezels more pronouced in real life.
The Realme Q3 is hyped as a super-affordable smartphone with a glow-in-the-dark finish
The Realme executive Chase Yu has strongly hinted at a brand-new style for the OEM's upcoming Q3, a phone that might start as low as ~US$153 (or 1000 yuan). That would be an impressive feat, as the device is also rumored to run on the upper-mid-range-at-worst Dimensity 1100 SoC and to have a 120Hz display.
Samsung will launch its first-gen tri-folding tablet in 2022
Samsung is slated to launch the next generations of the Z Fold and Z Flip flagship lines in the second half of 2021. However, the OEM is now said to have an even more interesting foldable in the works for the next year after that. This "Galaxy Z Fold Tab" might be capable of bending at two points and, thus, have the scope for more modes compared to its predecessors.
Xiaomi sells 30,000 Mi Mix Folds in less than 60 seconds
The Mi Mix Fold is Xiaomi's first-gen foldable phablet, and thus offers an 8-inch main display in a book-like form-factor. It has just been released for sale in China, which, according to the OEM, has been a complete success. Xiaomi claims to have sold all stock of the device for ~US$61 million in just 1 minute.
Redmi's gaming phone may have passed 3C testing with Mi 11-grade 67W fast charging
Redmi has affirmed that it will launch its first "gaming phone" in 2021 - perhaps even this month, should the latest rumors prove true. As if to give this idea more weight, a device with its alleged model number is now approved for sale by the Chinese regulator 3C. Its new certificate also suggests it might launch with the same charging tech as the Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra flagship.
The Motorola Moto G60's latest leak may confirm the phone's RAM and SoC specs ahead of its launch
Motorola will launch the Moto G60 soon. This phone is the OEM's 108MP mid-ranger for 2021 that will come with the Snapdragon 732G processor and a 120Hz screen. According to its latest tip, these specs will be joined by 6GB of RAM - or 4GB in the G40 Fusion. This secondary variant has a 64MP main sensor instead, but will be very similar to the G60 otherwise.
DJI launches the Air 2S drone with an ultra-large sensor and a lot of features
The Air 2S is the successor to the DJI Mavic Air 2, even if it has new and snappier branding. It also has a sensor of 1 inch in size, which outdoes its forebear by a good margin. The new CMOS supports up to 5.4K recording at up to 30fps, and allows for zooming while in flight. The DJI Air 2S starts for US$999 from now.
The ZTE Axon 30 Ultra launches with triple 64MP rear cameras and promises of international availability
ZTE has debuted its 2021 flagship smartphone series with a launch for the Axon 30 Pro and 30 Ultra in China. The latter is the one with the OEM's intensely-hyped "Trinity" rear camera system. It also has a 6.67-inch AMOLED display with a 144Hz refresh rate, and, of course, that Snapdragon 888 SoC.
TCL introduces its 3-in-1 concept device as the Fold 'n Roll
TCL has unveiled its latest flexible-display concept at its 2021 Display Your Greatness global product launch event. It combines folding and sliding technology into one chassis, meaning, as the OEM asserts, that it can be a smartphone, a phablet and a tablet in one. This new kind of convertible could well be part of the future of mobile tech.
TCL's 20 L series: the world's first smartphones with Circular Polarization Display technology
TCL has launched new smartphones at its latest press conference. They include the 20 Pro 5G, which offers this brand's NXTVISION 2.0 screen optimizations and the Snapdragon 750G processor. However, the 20 L and 20 L+ also have an interesting new feature to introduce: a new TÜV Rheinland-certified polarizing treatment designed to make their displays easier to use while wearing sunglasses.
Amazon launches second-gen Echo Buds with improved noise-cancellation and a cheaper starting price
Amazon has announced its Echo Buds (2nd gen). The company claims to have addressed multiple issues customers had with their predecessors: they are now rated for better audio quality, active noise cancellation and fit in the ear. They are not available for purchase yet, though, but can be ordered in May 2021.
Huawei's next tablet event clashes with Apple's April 20, 2021 show
Apple has just confirmed that its next Special Event will take place on April 20, 2021. Huawei has also gone ahead and scheduled a "new tablet debut" for the same day. This announcement, made through the OEM's official Japanese-language Twitter account, might lead to the unveiling of the MatePad Pro 2, a rumored iPad Pro competitor.
Keyed up: the upcoming first-gen 5G BlackBerry's looks are predicted in new renders
BlackBerry's latest owner, OnwardMobility, has committed to bringing the brand's signature physical keyboard back in a 5G phone soon. A tech blog has published work that imagines how such a phone might be designed in 2021. It combines triple rear cameras and a curved display with a new take on the classic feature.
The Redmi Note 10 5G may be coming to the US and India as a POCO re-brand
The Redmi Note 10 series is now available in India - on the other hand, it is missing its vanilla 5G variant. Now, there are signs that this Dimensity 700-powered phone is coming to the market after all, albeit under a different name. Xiaomi has attested that it will bear the POCO brand in India - and possibly in the US as well.
The LG Wing's price is slashed by over US$600 in India
The LG Wing is, as it turns out, one of this OEM's last ever high-end smartphones. It is also the only one around with an innovative "swivel-action" main display. It is currently on sale for 62% (or ~US$665) off its normal price via Flipkart in India: clearly, the retailer has noticed LG has left the smartphone market.
The TicWatch GTH is Mobvoi's first smartwatch to launch with a skin-temperature sensor
Mobvoi has announced the TicWatch GTH, a new affordable smartwatch. Unlike many other examples of this OEM's wearables, however, it has a square face with rounded edges. It is also its first device to be capable of measuring the user's temperature.
Canon will have the EOS R3, a new mirrorless camera, ready to launch at the Tokyo Olympics
A prolific camera-tech leaker claims that there is a new unit called the EOS R3 in the works at Canon. It will allegedly be mirrorless, yet be quite like the 1D series in terms of looks. Therefore, the putative new premium device might be best suited to high-speed, high-action subjects, which would make a rumored debut at the 2021 Olympic Games more plausible.
AMD, Intel, Qualcomm and more confirm their attendance at Computex 2021
The major Computex industry event is now confirmed to take place in 2021. It will do so in "hybrid" form this year, which means a blend of onsite and virtual presentations and resources. This entire show will run from May 31 to June 30, 2021, and is slated to see participation from prominent OEMs, AMD and Intel included.
Samsung's latest patent may put its first-gen foldable tablet closer than ever to launch
The US Patent and Trademarks Office (USPTO) has approved Samsung's patent for what is depicted as a "display device" that folds in half. It appears to be at least tablet-sized, and may thus be for the long-rumored Galaxy Tab Fold, or a very similar device. The document shows how Samsung intends to make a flexible display work on a larger scale.
Asus rolls out Android 11 for the ZenFone 7 series worldwide
The ZenFone 7 series is Asus' 2020 camera-focused flagship phone series. Despite this, the 2 devices are only just now receiving the OTA to update them to Android 11. This worldwide roll-out also upgrades their security patch level to March 5, 2021.
iPhone 12 Pro Mac: a new case brings one of Apple's most polarizing design choices to smartphones
Have you ever looked at your iPhone 12 Pro and thought it just wasn't 2019 Mac Pro enough? A new case means you can indeed apply the desktop's signature "cheesegrater" texture to the mobile device - provided you have a 3D printer, of course. Its designer has taken inspiration from alleged Apple IP that might make the idea a reality.
Galaxy A82: a new hands-on leak with the upcoming mid-range Samsung phone is devoid of flip-cam
A number of recent tips have pointed to the imminent launch of the Galaxy A82, although it might also be known as the Quantum2 in its maker Samsung's native South Korea. However, it now seems it will drop the distinctive flip-cam mechanism of its predecessor the A80 and become just another 2021 candy-bar device. Ice Universe claims to have hands-on images that confirm this rumor once and for all.
The TicWatch GTH allegedly leaks in full just days before its launch
According to its new teasers, the TicWatch GTH will be Mobvoi's first square-faced smartwatch. New, less official leaks purport to spill much more about the upcoming wearable, including its exact screen and battery size, not to mention its health-tracking features. The GTH is slated to launch on April 13, 2021.
An alleged Surface Neo prototype chassis shows up in a hands-on video
Microsoft originally started to pitch the dual-display Surface Neo in late 2019; however, it ultimately failed to make it to its projected real-life launch. Now, a leaker has posted a video that purports to reveal the design of the erstwhile "foldable tablet". It appears to show a device that might indeed have been a larger Duo in real life.
Mi Mix Fold: a motherboard repair could cost more than a new Mi 11 Pro
Xiaomi has only just released its inaugural foldable in its native China. It has also announced its potential out-of-warranty repair costs, which specify amounts for which a whole new conventional flagship could be bought instead in some cases. For example, a 16GB Mi Mix Fold official motherboard replacement costs more than a brand-new Mi 11 Pro right now.
Android 11 finally hits the LG Velvet 5G UW in the US
The Velvet 5G UW is the Verizon version of this LG premium mid-ranger. It was announced and released in 2020, and is now receiving the major software update that upgrades the phone to Android 11. It comes with new features such as conversation bubbles, Nearby Share and Focus Mode, and also raises the security patch level to that of March 2021.
Lenovo teases a Chinese launch for what might become the Yoga Tab 13 globally
A Weibo account associated with Lenovo has released teasers for a new tablet called the Yoga Pad Pro - which might prove to be the Chinese variant of a slate to be called the Yoga Tab 13 in international markets. It is to be accompanied by another 11-inch tablet, as well as what might be a Yoga Duet 7i refresh.
Redmi's first-gen gaming phone is now tipped to launch in mid- to late April 2021
The Xiaomi brand Redmi has indicated it will launch its first-ever Android phone for gaming in 2021. According to the leaker Digital Chat Station, it might be here sooner rather than later. The device is also now slated to launch in India as well as China, and to start at a markedly low ~US$300.
The contents of 500 million LinkedIn accounts is reportedly up for sale
A user of a "popular hacker forum" claims to have scraped the data from approximately 500 million LinkedIn accounts - personal information such as names, email addresses and phone numbers included - and now plans to sell it at auction. This individual has reportedly posted 0.4% of these files as proof of their theft.
Huawei debuts new V-series smart TVs with Devialet sound systems and 4K/120Hz screens
Huawei has launched new smart screens. They are also the inaugural models of a new series by the OEM, and are also the first with speaker arrays tuned by the high-end audio group Devialet. The devices run HarmonyOS out of the box and have 4K LCD panels with a TUV Rheinland low-blue-light certifications.
Microsoft debuts liquid cooling for datacenters at a US development facility
Microsoft has implemented what it calls the world's first liquid-cooling system for high-performance computing (HPC), at a datacenter located in Washington, US. This prototype rig type uses a custom-designed, electronics-safe dielectric fluid rather than water, which means the servers in question can be immersed in it directly. This, as the OEM asserts, confers various advantages over alternatives such as air-cooling.
OnePlus announces a Chinese launch for the 9R in April 2021
The OnePlus 9R was originally presented as a "gaming" alternative variant of the OEM's latest flagship Android smartphone series that was exclusive to India. However, the company has now announced that it is to be available in China as well. The Snapdragon 870-powered device will debut in its new market in mid-April 2021.
The iPhone 12 was the best-selling phone in January 2021
Counterpoint Research has just released its first top-10 list of the best-selling smartphones in 2021. It shows that Apple dominates these rankings with no less than 6 different iPhones. They include every variant of the 12 series, although some were better placed than others. Samsung and Xiaomi secured the remaining slots.
Galaxy Tab A7 Lite: Samsung's support website hints at an imminent launch for the new budget slate
Some recent leaks have pointed to the prospect of a Lite version of the Galaxy Tab A7. Now, the addition of a new device to the support sections of a number of national Samsung websites may suggest this slate is nearly here. According to Geekbench, it has 3GB of RAM and runs One UI based on Android 11.
Xiaomi is set to launch the Redmi Note 10s in various markets soon
The Redmi Note 10s' imminent global debut has effectively been confirmed through a new certification issued by the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG). The new document registers the phone by name, and also specifies multiple variants that might be destined for different regions. They may include India and the EU.
HTC insists it is not quite dead yet with plans for new 5G phones and extended reality equipment to launch in 2021
Not much has been heard of HTC since it launched its Desire 21 Pro in January 2021. However, the OEM reportedly intends to stay in the smartphone industry for at least the rest of this year, with new 5G devices ready to go from the second quarter (2Q2021). HTC may also consolidate its presence in the enterprise-grade virtual or augmented reality (VR or AR) sector with new hardware and services.
Eve Devices announces yet another Spectrum monitor shipping delay
Eve Devices announced its Spectrum as the world's first monitor with a QHD/240Hz option back in January 2021. Unfortunately, the OEM has also just stated that this SKU will not ship until July 9, 2021. Furthermore, the 4K/144Hz model that was to start shipping in April of this year has also been pushed back again.
Alleged live images of the Samsung Galaxy Quantum 2 (or A82) show a disappointing lack of swivel
The Samsung Galaxy A80 was a phone in which a sliding mechanism was integrated so that its main cameras could flip around to the front as needed. Recent leaks have pointed to a 2021 successor for this innovative device, even if it might be a South Korea exclusive called the Quantum 2. This device may have emerged in new live images that may confirm the swivel-cam is not making a comeback after all.
The Huawei Watch 3 will be a premium wearable that runs on HarmonyOS
Huawei is now thought to have a new smartwatch on the way. A Weibo-based leaker now asserts that it is to be called the Watch 3 and is not to be a 'sports' model. This source also believes that the OEM will install a "full" version HarmonyOS. The wearable might also support eSIMs and more third-party apps compared to its predecessors.
A rare mint copy of Super Mario Bros for the NES breaks records for games sold at auctions
An unboxed copy of the game Super Mario Bros for the legacy Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) console has reportedly sold at auction for US$660,000. This is the largest final asking price for a video game yet. The item in question was a 1986 release in rare condition and packaging.
OPPO has a concept phone with concealable ports and cameras in the works
A well-known leaker now claims that OPPO is working on a prototype mobile device with that ever-popular "port-less" design in mind. However, it seems the OEM has struck a unique balance between function and looks in this concept, as it does in fact have a USB port (albeit one a user might have trouble finding). It is also said to integrate electrochromic glass and under-display tech in order to deploy its cameras at need.
OPPO's Reno6 launch seems right on track thanks to new certifications
The OPPO Reno series are smartphones with a half-yearly release cycle and an increasing tendency toward premium specs. The latest leak suggests that some of them might launch with Snapdragon 870 and 888 processors. They are also likely to launch with 65W charging
Nokia is slated to ditch stock Android for its own new customized UI
Nokia has reportedly posted a new job listing for a UX designer. This position's remit will apparently involve producing an optimal user experience both for mobile devices and online. The OS in question is not mentioned; however, the call for applicants has led to speculation as to the future of this brand's smartphones.
Axon30 series: ZTE's latest flagship smartphones are confirmed to have triple 64MP cameras and an April 2021 launch date
ZTE has revealed that its Axon30 line of Snapdragon 888-powered Android flagships will launch on April 15, 2021. The OEM has also strongly hinted at a rear camera hump that will contain 3 sensors of 64MP in resolution, with an extra periscope zoom lens in higher-end variants. The devices might also have a 4,500mAh battery with a 55W charging speed.
The first-gen "Huawei Car" is on the way
Recent rumors of Huawei's planned entry into the electric vehicle market seem to have been given more weight today thanks to the well-known leaker @RODENT950. It seems that the first car developed in partnership with the OEM will launch on April 17, 2021. Then again, it may be that Huawei has only provided the smart system for this product, which is likely only to be available in China.
The Lenovo Legion 2 Pro's design is allegedly revealed in a new leak
The Legion 2 Pro is touted to become the world's first dual-fan gaming smartphone on its launch. New leaks might partially confirm this tip while spoiling its unique design in the process. These images show a mobile device with the back-lit logo one might expect from this upcoming Lenovo product, contained in a highly distinctive rear panel.
The Vivo NEX 5 is touted as an Android flagship with all the 2021 bells and whistles going
Under-display selfie camera; new 50MP Samsung main camera; up to 120W charging: the upcoming next-gen Vivo NEX is now slated to have it all. On the other hand, this phone might rock a constantly polarizing quad-curved display. It is also now said to launch in the next half of 2021.
OPPO patents a new kind of dual-display mobile device
OPPO has patented a new kind of phone or phablet with an optional secondary display to which it can attach using custom-designed hinges. Therefore, this detachable portion could act as a keyboard, or perhaps allow the entire product to imitate a Surface Duo at will. The OEM has also apparently patented a mobile gaming controller with in-built earphones.
Huawei MatePad Pro 2: new leaks may show how HarmonyOS will look as a tablet UI
The Huawei MatePad Pro 2 is currently touted as an upcoming rival to the iPad Pro or Samsung Galaxy Tab S7-series slates. According to a Weibo-based tipster, it might launch with HarmonyOS in China, at least. This new leak includes screenshots indicating that this UI will provide a "Dual Dock" when in tablet mode.
Lenovo confirms the return of the side-mounted pop-up selfie camera in the Legion 2 Pro
Lenovo avoided punch-holes or notches in the display of its first-gen Android gaming phone by developing an innovative pop-up selfie camera, hidden in one of this device's sides rather than in its top edge, instead. Now, the OEM has revealed this feature is making a comeback in its upcoming Legion 2 Pro flagship, leaving its 144Hz screen free of any interruptions.
The Nokia C20 is made official prior to its launch thanks to a new Bluetooth SIG leak
Nokia has been rumored to have a new C-series phone in the works, which may launch during the HMD Global brand's April 8, 2021 product event. Now, the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) has confirmed the device does indeed exist in the course of approving it to use the wireless technology. The C20's new certification also suggests it will be very cheap on its debut.
Samsung releases the Plus variant of the Galaxy SmartTag in the US
The Galaxy SmartTag is Samsung's recent answer to Tile-like devices. It was released in vanilla and Plus variants, although only the former has been available until now. The latter is now also on the market, although it is listed with only 1 retailer thus far.
The Samsung Galaxy F12 is to be unleashed on the Indian market soon
Various leaks, official ones included, point to the imminent debut of the Galaxy F12 in India soon. Samsung has just confirmed then with by announcing that the phone will launch in April 5, 2021. However, its specs might be less than unexpected in this new market.
No joke: the Xbox Series X mini-fridge is apparently on the way
The idea of a more portable refrigerator styled after the latest Xbox Series X console - one that you might be able to buy soon, moreover - sounds like the most April Fool’s Day thing ever. However, a Microsoft executive still states that it is real and will be available soon.
OnePlus updates the 9 and 9 Pro with camera improvements and March 2021 security patches
OnePlus has just launched the 9 series of flagship phones. Despite this, it has felt the need to push a software update to the 2 devices already with tweaks for their Hasselblad-branded cameras.
iPhone 13: new renders purport to confirm earlier design-related leaks
2021's iPhones are currently projected to turn out as more or less iterative upgrades over their predecessors; on the other hand, these changes might be significant for those with strong feelings about the notches that have dominated this series' displays for so many years. The latest leak, which might pertain to the new Pro model, reiterates existing tips that point to a smaller cut-out for the "13" variant's screen.
Lenovo reveals the Legion 2 Pro will have a 6.92-inch 144Hz display and a 5,500mAh battery
Lenovo is currently hyping the imminent launch of its second-gen gaming phone with some of its high-powered specs prior to this event. They include its generous FHD+ AMOLED display with its 144Hz refresh rate. It will be kept on with a 5,500mAh battery that will apparently charge at up to 90 watts (W).
Realme teases the launch of the Buds Air 2 Neo TWS earbuds
Realme has already debuted its Buds Air 2 - now, their Neo variants have also been revealed. Like their immediate forebears, they feature active noise cancellation (ANC) and 10mm drivers; however, they also have a different form-factor, as well as slightly different battery life specs.
LG wins a top US award for responsible recycling
The US' Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has conferred a Sustainable Materials Management (SMM) Electronics Challenge Award (Gold Tier) on the electronics giant LG. It has earned this accolade thanks to the recycling programs instituted by the OEM's division in this country. They are credited with keeping tons of old devices out of landfill and, thereby, preventing the concomitant carbon dioxide emissions.
Moto G60: a new render purports to show the alleged 108MP mid-ranger off for the first time
The Motorola Moto G60 has yet to be launched, yet is already being touted as a device in which a 108MP main camera trickles down into the middle tier of the smartphone market in 2021. A new leak appears to show this phone from all angles, possibly revealing its punch-hole display and 3.5mm headphone jack.
The Legendary Edition of the iQOO 7 is slated to launch in India soon
The premium smartphone brand iQOO has teased a new launch for a Qualcomm Snapdragon 888-powered device in India. A prominent leaker asserts that it is not merely the iQOO 7, but the BMW-themed Legendary version. It will cost ~US$545 at the most in its new market.
Huawei releases its 23.8-inch monitor to the UK market
The electronics giant Huawei launched its first PC display in 2020. This 23.8-inch peripheral has an FHD IPS panel, and is mostly directed at enterprise-grade customers. It is also now available in a new market: the UK.
Galaxy Z Flip 2021: new leaks purport to reveal the foldable's battery specs ahead of its launch
The projected 2021 upgrade to the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip hint that this upcoming clamshell foldable will have a improved display and design compared to its forebear. Then again, a new leak suggests it will also stick with the underwhelming battery capacity of yesteryear.
The Samsung Galaxy A82 allegedly appears in a new leak revealing its SoC, RAM and display specs
A device called the Samsung Galaxy A Quantum 2 - possibly the South Korean product name for the A82 - has appeared on the Google Play Console A82. According to its new leaks, it will launch with 6GB of RAM, an FHD+ screen and the former flagship Snapdragon 855 Plus processor.
The OPPO Reno6 series is tipped to launch with the new Dimensity 1200 processor
The OPPO Reno5 smartphones has been around for about 6 months now; therefore, going by this line's usual release cycle, it might nearly be time for a 6 series launch. New leaks suggest that they are indeed in the works, and will debut with similar premium mid-range specs, although at least 1 variant might get a newer SoC.
The FCC clears Lenovo's new Yoga Tab 13 for launch
Repeated leaks have pointed to the imminent arrival of a new member of the Lenovo Yoga Tab series. Now, the FCC has certified a device going by this device's alleged model number, indicating that it is destined for the US market, at least. It may launch there with the Snapdragon 870 processor, and, thus, as an Android slate.
Realme’s upcoming laptop, smart speaker and VR headset are to be Meow-themed
Some Realme fans might already be aware of Realmeow, this OEM’s recently-unveiled visor-rocking feline mascot. Now, some official-looking Twitter accounts allege that this character is to become much more to the brand. In fact, it is due to be rolled out as a smart assistant soon.
Realme launches the V13, an affordable new 5G phone that might also go international soon
The V13 is a new Realme phone launched on the Chinese market today. Admittedly, its processor - the MediaTek Dimensity 700 - has been seen before. It is joined by a 90Hz display and a 5000mAh battery in its latest vehicle, which, as rumor has it, might launch in other regions as the Realme 8 5G soon.
Arm unveils its latest v9 architecture as a solution for the AI- and security-focused future
The ubiquitous chip-design IP-holder Arm perceives the future as one in which processing demands will trend strongly towards AI and data-security needs while moving away from general computing. The company aims to meet it with its latest v9 architecture, packed with advanced support for pursuits such as machine learning (ML) and digital-signal processing (DSP).
The Realme GT Neo debuts with the Dimensity 1200 SoC, a 120Hz AMOLED display and a sub-US$300 starting price
The Realme GT Neo has launched as the world's first Dimensity 1200-powered phone. This new MediaTek flagship processor has debuted in a chassis with many potential advantages, including an FHD+ AMOLED screen with an up-to-date refresh rate, Wi-Fi 6 and UFS 3.1 storage. It starts at about US$275 for a 6GB RAM version, although a 12GB option is also available for a good price.
The Surge C1 is Xiaomi's return to the in-house chipset market
A select handful of mobile device OEMs design their own custom silicon, and Xiaomi has just re-joined these ranks with the new Surge C1. Unlike other first-party chipsets, this one is a new image signal processor designed specifically for the company's new flagship foldable device. It controls a cutting-edge liquid lens, as well as a multi-use sensor.
The ZTE S30 Pro is the world's latest 144Hz display smartphone
ZTE has launched its new S30 series of Android phones today (March 30, 2021). Its flagship is the Snapdragon 768G-powered Pro variant, which debuts with a 6.67-inch FHD+ AMOLED display that boasts HDR10+ support, 800 nits of brightness and a high-end 144Hz refresh rate. It is joined by the S30 and S30E, which also come with 5G processors.
Asus releases its ROG Flow X13 gaming convertible to the European market
Asus touts its new ROG Flow X13 as a Swiss army knife for consumers who are into content-creation as well as gaming, thanks to Ryzen 5000-series processors and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 graphics. Initial European pricing and availability for this interesting 2-in-1 has now been announced; however, the OEM has yet to mention a release for its optional, RTX 3080-toting ROG XG Mobile eGPU in this market.
The latest Radeon Software Adrenalin 2020 driver update adds support for DirectX ray-tracing and Outriders
AMD has released the latest version of its Adrenalin 2020 Edition driver for Radeon cards. It is hardly essential, yet may be useful for those wishing for the best experience in ray-tracing-heavy titles such as Cyberpunk 2077. It also adds support for some other games, including Outriders and Evil Genius 2: World Domination.
Samsung Galaxy S20 FE: a new variant with the Snapdragon 865 SoC, but without 5G, may be on the way
The FE is a popular and well-priced variant of Samsung's Galaxy S20 range. New leaks suggest that the OEM is not quite done with its release cycle yet, as it now has a 4G/LTE-only version of its Snapdragon 865-powered SKU ready to go. Should they prove true, it might represent a bargain for many consumers.
The OnePlus 9 series makes ~US$46 million in 10 seconds on its Chinese-market release
OnePlus has contributed to what is already an action-packed day for the mobile device market by releasing its new 9 flagship series in China. It has announced that the 2 phones combined raked in 300 million yuan (nearly US$46 million) in the first 10 seconds of this event. This performance outdoes that of the 8 series this time last year by a considerable margin.
Xiaomi touts the Mi AX9000 as the industry's next big thing in Wi-Fi 6 routers
Xiaomi's bumper launch of today (March 29, 2021) mainly focused on its new Mi 11-series Android phones. However, it also introduced a number of new products that could be used alongside them, one of which is the new Mi AX9000 router. Its new, gamer-geared design gives it 12 antennae in total, and integrates a top-end Qualcomm chipset for tri-band Wi-Fi 6 speeds and specs.
Xiaomi's latest wireless charging stand has a top speed of 80W
Xiaomi has unveiled a new generation of its wireless charging stand, with a ground-breaking top speed of 80 watts. This new accessory has also been designed to better blend into a user's home through its new design. As if that wasn't enough, the OEM has also cheekily debuted an AirPower-esque, multi-device wireless charging mat.
The Xiaomi Mi 11 Pro launches with a new 50MP main camera and without a charger in the box
Xiaomi has confirmed that the Mi 11 Pro will ship with a new Samsung ISOCELL GN2 sensor for a main camera. It will also do so in very slim and 2021 retail packaging, as it lacks a charger as standard. Then again, the OEM will offer deals on its new, cutting-edge power accessories to the 11 Pro's Chinese audience.
The Xiaomi Mi 11i launches as a new global Redmi K40 Pro Plus variant
Xiaomi has launched a new(-ish) variant of the Mi 11 series at its major international product event of today (March 29, 2021). It has a premium 6.67-inch FHD+ E4 AMOLED display, a 108MP main camera and the Snapdragon 888 processor. Then again, it also packs a 33W charging rate, which matches its mid-range starting price.
The 2021 Redmi gaming phone will launch with a flat display: new leak
Redmi is slated to launch its first dedicated Android gaming phone soon. It is already confirmed to debut with the new MediaTek Dimensity 1200 processor; now, it is also tipped to do so with a high-end flat AMOLED screen. The device may also have fast 65W charging, as well as shoulder buttons like those of the RedMagic or Black Shark lines.
An Android app calling itself "System Update" is unmasked as malware by a security company
According to the cybersecurity specialists Zimperium, a non-Google Play Store app masquerading as a system-update tool found online is in fact Android malware. Once installed on devices via side-loading, it apparently steals information ranging from SMS messages to clipboard data. It may also hijack phone cameras and mics to spy on unsuspecting users.
The upcoming Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus Lite has 4G/LTE and 5G variants
Recent leaks have pointed to upcoming, possibly more affordable, Samsung slates, one of which could be called the Galaxy Tab S7 Lite on its launch. However, the latest tip suggests that this device might in fact be the Lite version of the Tab S7 Plus instead. It has been touted as being 5G only up until now; however, there may now be scope for a 4G/LTE model as well.
A probable Xiaomi Mi 11 Pro makes it onto Geekbench just before its launch
The Xiaomi Mi 11's even more premium versions are slated to launch on March 29, 2021. Of these, the Pro had yet to be spotted in benchmarking leaks - until now. A device with its alleged model number has finally surfaced on Geekbench, possibly confirming 12GB of RAM along with the Snapdragon 888 SoC for this super-flagship Android phone.
Huawei's next smart TV will have speakers tuned by Devialet
According to some recent leaks, Huawei is about to launch a new series of TVs. The OEM is also now said to have partnered with the sound specialist Devialet for these putative 2021 smart screens' audio solutions. This collaboration has, apparently, results in inbuilt speakers that might make the user forget about an external set-up.
OnePlus 9 series: Verizon announces the phones' certification for its 5G network
The flagship OnePlus 9 series initially encountered a stumbling block on its launch in the US market: it was not compatible with Verizon's 5G service. However, the new Android phones now have a better shot at attracting those who use this carrier, thanks to a new certification to use its bands, as well as those of its pre-pay subsidiary Visible.
Ricoh's latest Theta 360-degree camera has more internal storage than ever before
The Ricoh Theta Z1 is this brand's latest miniature camera for 360-degree, spherical captures. It can achieve these in a single shot at a resolution of 6720x3360, and can also be used for all-around 4K/30fps video. Furthermore, it is the first of its series with an internal storage spec of 51GB, which may overcome the limitations of previous Theta models.
Huawei officially announces a release for HarmonyOS, starting with the Mate X2
Huawei has confirmed that its HarmonyOS will start to roll out from April 2021. This in-house OS is intended to replace EMUI, which is based on Android, on its mobile devices. This process will start with the Mate X2, the OEM's latest foldable flagship.
Xiaomi hints at a debut for its new in-house chipset at the Mi 11 Ultra launch event
Xiaomi is slated to launch the Ultra version of the Mi 11, not to mention the latest generation of the Mi Mix line, on March 29, 2021. It now seems that another kind of product might take the stage alongside them: a new Surge SoC. This in-house chipset might be intended to power the next generation of the OEM's connected ecosystem devices.
The Snapdragon 888-powered Vivo X60 Pro Plus launches in India
The worldwide availability of the innovative "gimbal-cam" Vivo X60 smartphone series looks more certain than ever with its debut in the Indian market. This time, the Snapdragon 870-powered X60 and X60 Pro are accompanied by their true flagship sibling, the Pro Plus. It will be available to order from April 2021 for a price of just under US$1000.
LG announces US pricing and availability for its 2021 4K OLED TVs
LG has announced that the release of its latest A1-, C1- and G1-series of 4K OLED TVs to the US market has begun. They start at US$1,299 for a 48-inch model, although the highest-end 83-inch C1 variant is $6,000. Most models are available from now, although the OEM is holding back on some until April to June 2021.
Samsung launches the Galaxy S20 FE 5G with the Snapdragon 865 SoC in India
Samsung has announced that sales of the Galaxy S20 Fan Edition (or FE) in the Indian market are about to begin. Then again, those wondering why as the OEM has already done so may be interested to know that it means the Snapdragon 865-powered version this time. It will be available from March 30, 2021, although consumers are advised to register their interest in the device now.
The Realme GT Neo will launch with a 120Hz display, a 4,500mAh battery, 65W charging and a 3.5mm jack
The Realme GT Neo is set to launch on March 31, 2021 as the mid-range version of the flagship GT. Then again, according to its latest leaks, it will do so with pretty much all the best aspects of its premium sibling, its 120Hz AMOLED panel and 3.5mm jack included. It will, however, pack the crucial difference of a MediaTek Dimensity 1200 SoC in place of a Snapdragon 888.
The prospect of a Microsoft/Discord merger escalates with serious speed
The idea of Discord being bought out by Microsoft in a billion-dollar deal has mostly been dismissed as clickbait fuel - until now. The Wall Street Journal has reported that the Redmond giant and chat-service stalwart are indeed in "advanced" talks concerning a potential acquisition. Therefore, the latter may not be merely trying to ramp up for a potential IPO after all.
The iQOO Z3 launches as one of the world's few Snapdragon 768G-powered phones
iQOO's latest phone is the Z3, and has launched with the Snapdragon 768G chipset that, despite its mid-range power, is not often seen in new products. Its new vehicle has a 6.58-inch FHD display that, while it has a 120Hz refresh rate, is also LCD. It starts at just ~US$260 for a 6GB RAM SKU.
An original Steve Jobs employment application sells at auction for well over US$200,000
A surprising piece of Steve Jobs memorabilia has changed hands for a six-figure USD sum at a London auction. Rather than being an original Apple 1 or anything like that, it consists of a printed sheet of paper, filled out by the iconic Apple executive by hand in 1973. If nothing else, the document underpins Jobs' interest in computing even way back then.
Xiaomi's vice-president warns of price hikes for its smartphones as the chip shortage reaches for their market
Xiaomi's vice-president, Wang Xiang, has reportedly intimated that the global chip-shortage may lead to increased starting prices for this OEM's mobile devices. The executive made comments to this general effect during the company's latest earnings conference call, which also reveals increased revenue and profits for the last quarter of 2020 (4Q2020).
Samsung is now tipped to launch a phone called the Galaxy F52 5G soon
The discovery of a device called the Samsung SM-E5260 on 3C has led to speculation that the OEM is working on a 5G phone called the Galaxy F52. Therefore, it might be part of a series that is normally exclusive to the Indian market. However, there are signs that, as with the F62, it may not be a completely new product.
Realme launches its 108MP "Camera Flagship", the 8 Pro
Realme has made its first ever 108MP camera phone official as of March 24, 2021. The high-end sensor is joined by specs that are not nearly so new to the brand in the 8 Pro, however. Its Snapdragon 720G SoC is joined by up to 8GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage, and is kept on with a 4,500mAh battery with slower charging compared to the 7 Pro.
Apple patents a round-faced version of its Watch...sort of
Apple was the OEM to kick off the square-faced wearable trend back in 2015. However, many consumers might still prefer it went with a circular display for the various generations of Watch instead. According to a new US patent, the Cupertino giant may have finally designed one - more or less. It seems this round smartwatch screen also extends along the band on both sides thanks to flexible-panel technology.
The Honor Band 6 global release is imminent, starting on AliExpress later in March 2021
The Honor Band 6 is available to buy from some online platforms, albeit as the Chinese variant with or without NFC. However, the new fitness tracker's global SKU is now slated to become available. This release will start with a listing on AliExpress from March 28, 2021, with those on the OEM's own regional stores to follow.
The Nokia C20 will launch alongside the new G and X lines in April 2021
The C20 is a smartphone now rumored to supplant the Nokia 1.4 in 2021. It is also touted to launch alongside other new devices from the HMD Global brand such as the G10 and X20 on April 8, 2021. Therefore, the event might unveil a considerable change in direction for this OEM's more affordable devices.
Amazfit releases the T-Rex Pro rugged smartwatch with a US$180 price-tag
Amazfit has finally launched the Pro version of its T-Rex outdoors-style smartwatch. Accordingly, it comes loaded with somewhat extreme resistance to heat and cold, not to mention 10ATM water-resistance. It is also now available on platforms that include Amazon for US$179.99.
The first-gen OnePlus Watch comes with a round display, "two-week" battery and a special Cobalt edition
OnePlus has formally introduced its inaugural smartwatch alongside its new 9-series flagships. The wearable has a round case made of "surgical-grade" stainless steel, or a special alloy in its limited-edition Cobalt version. The OEM claims its 402mAh battery can last for up to 2 weeks, and charges using its in-house Warp technology.
Lenovo asserts its new 100w, 300w and 500w machines are ready for any demands e-learning can throw at them
Lenovo introduces its third-gen 11.6-inch Windows machines for education as devices robust and versatile enough for any kind of learning situation the student might encounter. The 500w and 300w convertibles come in casings with the durability-focused designs schools might prefer to see, as does the 100w clamshell. The series incorporates the AMD 3015e platform, although there is the option of a Pentium chipset in the 500w.
The global, Snapdragon 870-powered versions of the Vivo X60 series is now official in Malaysia
Vivo's 2021 flagships have been unleashed as the X60 and X60 Pro 5G for the Malaysian market. As rumored, the phones are based on the Snapdragon 870 SoC in this country, and not the Exynos processor they have in China. The X60 Pro is graced with a main shooter with the OEM's Gimbal Stabilization 2.0, although both variants have Zeiss branding.
The Samsung Galaxy S21 series' US sales triple those of the S20 line
The latest market research indicates that Samsung sold 3 times more Galaxy S21 units in January 2021 compared to S20 phones for the same month of 2020 in the US. This may be due to the lower prices of the newer flagships in this market compared to their predecessors. The series' sales may have dropped off gradually since their launch; however, the release of the S21 FE could jump-start them again.
The 10,000mAh battery-toting DOOGEE S59 Pro is now available on Amazon
"Rugged" phones from OEMs such as DOOGEE are often sold via platforms such as AliExpress. However, this company has now announced that it is also now selling its S59 Pro on Amazon (in the US and the UK). This IP68/IP69K/MIL-STD-810G device has one of the largest batteries on the Android market, which powers on-board speakers rated for up to 2W of audio power.
The OnePlus 8T's OxygenOS Open Beta 2 update contains the March 2021 security patch
The OnePlus 8T will be superseded by the new flagship 9 series soon; however, its new official public Android betas might help keep it relevant for some time to come. The latest one contains a bunch of bug-fixes, and also upgrades the phone's security patch level to March 2021. It also adds one or two features, including a time-stamp for the stock camera app.
CTL launches a 4G/LTE-powered, remote learning award-winning Chromebook
CTL's latest Chromebook is powered by the Intel Celeron N4020 and has 4GB of RAM, as many of the OEM's devices do. However, the NL71CT-LTE also has standalone mobile data, so it need not be reliant on Wi-Fi for its often educational use-cases. This spec has helped win it one of Tech & Learning's Excellence Awards for Best Remote & Blended Learning Tools.
Lenovo's latest ThinkPad X1 Carbon and Yoga models are the first PCs with the new TÜV Rheinland Dynamic Privacy Filter certification
The display-standard specialist group TÜV Rheinland has announced its new Dynamic Privacy Filter certification, and that 2021's ThinkPads X1 Carbon and X1 Yoga are the first 2 devices to officially match up to it. The 2 business PCs have done so by passing a battery of tests on their ability to protect sensitive data under a variety of lighting conditions.
The Motorola Moto G20 is alleged to launch with a Unisoc processor and 4GB of RAM
Motorola is now rumored to have a phone called the Moto G20 in the works. It seems the OEM has made some unusual choices for this device, as its SoC comes not from Qualcomm, or even MediaTek, but from Unisoc instead. According to a new Geekbench leak, it is an octa-core chipset clocked at 2.0GHz.
The OnePlus Watch supports over 110 workout modes
OnePlus is due to launch its first-gen smartwatch along with its new flagship phones on March 23, 2021. The OEM's CEO, Pete Lau, has just confirmed that it has "more than 110 work-out modes", which, apparently, range from walking to weight-lifting. The wearable is also projected to have heart-rate and blood-oxygen sensors.
iQOO will launch a new mid-range 5G phone, the Z3, on March 25, 2021
March seems to be the month of Android flagships thus far; however, iQOO's latest launch announcement might be for a more affordable device. The Z3 is slated to debut with a mid-tier processor, although whether it will come from MediaTek or Qualcomm is not clear at this point. However, all rumors do agree it will have 5G, not to mention fast 55W charging.
The ROG Phone 5 might have failed its bend test due to its unique segmented board and dual battery design
Asus' new mobile-gaming flagship device, the ROG Phone 5, recently earned a shelving of shame following a catastrophic end to its round of JerryRigEverything's popular durability tests. This failure was thought to be due to a weak point caused by a secondary USB type C port found on one side; however, the ROG Phone 3 also had one, and proved much more robust. A teardown may reveal what else is going on with this new phone.
Huawei reportedly has a Kirin 9000L mobile SoC in the works
Huawei's supply chain issues have reportedly led to shortages of its bespoke high-end mobile CPUs for 2021. However, this has not stopped new rumors that it will soon have a new variant of its flagship Kirin 9000 SoC manufactured. Called the 9000L, it is painted as a throttled and cut-down version of the more premium processor.
The Motorola Moto G60 will have a 108MP main camera, a 120Hz display and a 6,000mAh battery
A previous link hinted at an upcoming Motorola phone that, despite having otherwise affordable-class specs, has a 108MP Samsung ISOCELL HM2 sensor. Now, a new tip asserts that it will be called the Moto G60 at launch, and has some other potential advantages, not the least of which is a large 6,000mAh battery.
SoftBank's new Japanese mmWave 5G service is driven by Qualcomm
SoftBank has announced that it has set up a new 5G service in Japan. It is based on mmWave technology as opposed to sub-6GHz, which, according to its owner, brings the potential for higher speeds at reduced costs for carriers. The new system is made using Qualcomm hardware, and will support phones with the same OEM's SoCs.
The Snapdragon 480-powered Nokia X20 is now rumored to launch soon
A device called the "HMD Global Nokia X20" has popped up on Geekbench 5, detected as running on a Snapdragon 480 processor. This SoC is aimed at affordable new 5G phones, suggesting that this putative X20 will fall into this tier on launch. Its new leak also suggests it has 6GB of RAM and runs Android 11.
GeForce NOW adds a new, premium monthly tier in addition to support for new games
NVIDIA's game-streaming service GeForce NOW has announced the end of one membership type and the beginning of another. At US$9.99, the new Priority subscription costs more, but is also slated to add more benefits such as RTX ON and DLSS support in compatible titles. However, those with the original Founder's membership have their pricing locked in.
Black Shark 4: Xiaomi's latest teaser includes a launch date for the next-gen gaming phone
Xiaomi's Black Shark premium gaming brand has announced that its new, Snapdragon 888-powered flagship is to launch on March 23, 2021 in China. The 4 is slated to have improved, "360-degree, 3D" cooling, triple rear cameras and the shoulder buttons from its 3 Pro forebear. The 2 phones are also likely to have very different designs.
ENACFIRE claims its new A9 TWS earbuds offer ANC and call quality on a budget
ENACFIRE has announced A9 TWS earbuds with active noise cancellation (ANC). This spec is delivered via "smart noise-detect mics" rated to cut out up to 80% of ambient noise while also providing a 'Transparency' mode. The buds also feature IPX7 ingress-protection, a quad-mic system for call quality and a launch price of US$40.
Motorola will release a mid-range 108MP camera phone in 2021
Motorola is now said to have a phone with the new 108MP Samsung ISOCELL HM2 sensor on-board. Furthermore, the device is rumored to be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 732 SoC and up to 6GB of RAM, which might bring the high-end camera spec to a very affordable tier in the near future. It might launch in India soon.
Realme GT Neo: Dimensity 1200 SoC and March 31, 2021 launch confirmed
Realme has officially announced that its first phone with the MediaTek Dimensity 1200 flagship processor will be the GT Neo, and that it will debut at the end of March 2021. The OEM has yet to tease any more of its specs, although it is possible it will launch with a curved screen and a 4,400mAh battery.
Redmi launches the up-to-65-inch Smart TV X series in India
The Redmi Smart TV X50, X55 and X65 have been unleashed onto the Indian market. Their 4K LED panels are enhanced with MEMC, HDR10+, HLG, and Dolby Vision. The series also features dual 15W speakers, and will start at INR 32,999 (~US$455) on their March 26, 2021 release.
Google halves the "Play Store tax" levied on about 99% of Android app developers
Google has announced that it is reducing the cut of revenue made on apps sold via the Play Store from 30% to 15%. The change applies to all developers who make US$1 million or less per year on the platform. According to the Mountain View giant, this move is intended to help Android app-makers grow at critical stages of their enterprises.
iPhone loyalty is at an "all-time high" in the US in 2021, whereas that for Samsung phones has dropped
A study conducted in the US in March 2021 has found that nearly 92% of all iPhone users polled would upgrade to another Apple smartphone, whereas only 74% of Samsung owners would do the same. This represents a drop of nearly 12% in loyalty to the Android brand compared to 2019, whereas that for iPhones has gone up by 1.4%.
OnePlus is reportedly switching from HydrogenOS to ColorOS in China
OxygenOS (OOS) is OnePlus' well-received Android-based ROM for the global units of its phones. It has a Chinese-market counterpart called HydrogenOS (H2OS). However, the OEM has reportedly informed its users that it is to be discontinued in favor of OPPO’s ColorOS instead.
Samsung makes its "Awesome" new Galaxy A52 and A72 smartphones official
Samsung's inaugural Galaxy Awesome Unpacked event has debuted the long-awaited Galaxy A52 and A72. The former has 4G/LTE and 5G variants, whereas the latter is 4G/LTE-only. Then again, it is the only one to have an FHD+ display, which is 6.7 inches in diagonal length. The 3 mid-rangers also have new quad rear camera humps and "Awesome" color options.
MSI unveils its latest, Intel 11th-gen- and RTX 3000-based gaming desktops
Today (March 16, 2021), MSI has confirmed that its esports-focused lines of desktops have been refreshed with Tiger Lake CPUs. Accordingly, the next-gen Aegis, Codex R, Infinite RS and Trident rigs will have 11th-gen platforms, with the PCIe Gen 4 support that entails in most cases, as well as RTX 3000-series cards, including the 3050.
RedMagic makes its new 6 mobile-gaming series official worldwide; pre-orders to start in April 2021
RedMagic has confirmed that its latest 6 and 6 Pro Android gaming flagship phones are to be released globally, bringing their new 165Hz AMOLED displays and Snapdragon 888 processors with them. However, it seems that the 6 Pro may not pack the ultra-fast 120W charging system it had when launched in China.
AMD launches its Ryzen PRO 5000 Mobile series, promising Cezanne-level upgrades for next-gen business laptops
AMD has now made its 2021 line of Ryzen PRO mobile processors official. The OEM claims they build on the considerable leap in productivity-focused performance made by their 4000-series predecessors. This includes gains of up to 65% over the Intel Core i7-1185G7 in certain benchmarks, as well as reduced app-opening latency and improved performance in some MS Office tasks.
The OnePlus 9 series can be purchased early through a German carrier
The hotly-anticipated OnePlus 9 series is still days from launch at this point (March 15, 2021). However, an electronics leaker claims that some consumers in Europe may be able to buy it early, albeit in blind box form. It apparently has a set price, although its contents can only be guessed at.
New Vivo leaks may raise hopes of a fresh Snapdragon 888-powered phone for international markets
The list of Android flagship phones with the latest Snapdragon 888 SoC is slowly yet steadily growing, although not all of them are available globally. New leaks suggest the Vivo X60 Pro Plus, one such premium device launched in partnership with Zeiss, will make it to international shores soon.
OnePlus announces an Open Beta Android update program for the 8T
OnePlus will replace the 8T as its newest flagship soon. However, the OEM has news for those who would prefer to stick with the phone: it is now part of the Open Beta project at the company. This channel of new Android updates might unlock access to new features before they hit the "normal" stable versions.
Moto G100: a new leak may confirm the upcoming phone is a global version of the Motorola Edge S
A blog has posted new renders of what is claimed to be the rumored Moto G100, quite possibly the 2021 flagship of this well-known smartphone series. Should this be the case, it looks exactly like the Edge S that has been released to the Chinese market. Therefore, the phones could share a high-end Snapdragon 870 chipset and 64MP quad rear cameras.
The OnePlus 9 Pro will debut with 50W wireless charging
OnePlus’ upcoming top-end smartphone is now known to have new rear cameras tuned by Hasselblad. A new tip asserts the OEM has not forgotten the rest of its premium aspects either: its wireless charging is allegedly boosted all the way to 50 watts (W). This would be a considerable improvement over the 30W spec in the 8 Pro.
Custom tile support is now slated to reach Wear OS development in the second quarter of 2021
Wear OS might be a no-brainer for consumers choosing a smartwatch to go with their Android phone - or rather, it should be. The wearables platform still has many potentially frustrating limitations, one of which is the inability to set tiles for non-Google or OEM apps. However, the Mountain View giant has announced a solution for this issue is now in alpha.
Realme GT: the new Snapdragon 888 flagship makes ~US$15 million on its first 10 seconds on the market
Realme's latest flagship is the GT 5G, a phone geared toward performance, speed and those who like the option of vegan leather finishes. The OEM has announced that its first open sale netted the company 100 million yuan (~US$15 million) within the first 10 seconds of its first open sale. Meanwhile, its upcoming Neo variant may have leaked with a curved display.
Rocket Lake-S: a new leak purports to confirm a 125W TDP i5 variant
Rocket Lake-S is a supposedly upcoming line of 11th-gen Intel CPUs with TDPs of up to 125W. A Chiphell user claims to have gotten hold of pre-release samples that indicate this top-end treatment extends to their Core i5 variants. This alleged i5-11600KF is joined by an "i5-11400F" in this new leak.
OPPO will launch its inaugural foldable phone in the next few months
OPPO has just launched its "conventional" Android flagship phones for 2021. However, the prolific leaker Digital Chat Station now asserts it has something much more "interesting" to debut in this year's impending second quarter (2Q2021). This, apparently, will be its first-gen foldable-display phone.
Asus will launch the ZenFone 8 Flip soon, according to a new leak
Google's ARCore has added a new device called the ZenFone 8 Flip to its certification database. Therefore, it seems a new generation of Asus' innovative swivel-cam flagship Android phones is on the way. It is thought to be accompanied by a Mini variant, although that one has failed to materialize in this new leak.
Get US$500 off a Lenovo Legion 7i gaming laptop with 10th-gen Intel silicon
The last weekend of Lenovo's Annual Sale in the US has arrived. It still has some decent deals, however, which include dropping the price of the Intel Core i7-10750H-powered Legion 7i to US$1,199. Alternatively, the Legion Tower 7i gaming desktop and IdeaPad Gaming 3i are also available at discounts.
Crysis Remastered finally acquires DLSS support for RTX 20- and 30-series graphics cards
Crytek has announced that DLSS can be switched on in Crysis Remastered with the game's latest update. Therefore, its performance while running on NVIDIA GeForce graphics cards with RTX may be boosted considerably. Then again, the new potential advantage is also affected by some initial bugs.
Nokia is working on a 108MP penta-cam phone with a 120Hz display and the Snapdragon 775 chipset
Nokia is now said to have a phone that integrates a high-end 108MP sensor into its signature penta-cam design in development. However, as it is also now supposed to have a mid-range Qualcomm 5G chipset, this may suggest an upgrade for the 8.3 5G rather than an outright flagship. Then again, the upcoming device is also rumored to have a premium 120Hz display.
The Motorola Moto G50 could debut in Europe soon with a 90Hz display, Android 11 and 5G for just under US$280
A Spanish electronics website has posted a new listing for the Moto G50, also known as the XT2137-1 - or the rumored Motorola "Ibiza", in other words. It confirms various other details from this device's earlier leaks, RAM and storage specs included. This new preliminary sales page may indicate that the European smartphone market might get a new budget 5G option soon.
Asus ROG Phone: a next generation allegedly surfaces right after the current 5 series' launch
The ROG Phone 5 has now descended on the Android gaming scene, with its super-powered Pro and Ultimate variants for good measure. However, a tech blog claims to have found what could be their successor on the Bluetooth SIG certification website already. Then again, the evidence of this unusually advanced leak is now nowhere to be found.
ZTE Axon 30 Pro: new leaks hint at a "Trinity" of high-end cameras for the upcoming flagship smartphone
ZTE has already confirmed that it will launch the Axon 30 Pro 5G as its 2021 flagship Android smartphone. Its latest teaser for this device introduces a new "Trinity" tag-line, which apparently refers to its rear cameras. Therefore, they might consist of a triple array made up of identical (or very similar) high-end sensors.
GeForce NOW adds streaming support for the GOG versions of four Witcher-series titles
Today (March 11, 2021) is a Thursday, which means it's time for new games in. the GeForce NOW library. This week, the streaming service has added 4 The Witcher-series games, which are, moreover, those of the GOG variety. Pascal's Wager (Definitive Edition) is another new entry on the cloud-gaming platform.
The Snapdragon 870-powered OPPO Find X3 is here, but it's also exclusive to the Chinese market
Today, (March 11, 2021) OPPO has unveiled its Find X3 Pro, X3 Neo and X3 Lite, complete with European pricing. This might leave some consumers wondering where the vanilla X3 went during all this. Well, it does exist, and has the same high-end display and cameras as the Pro, but is only available to pre-order in China.
Samsung announces a new Galaxy Awesome Unpacked event set for March 17, 2021
Samsung has never conducted an "Awesome" Unpacked Event before - however, it now seems that is going to change in 2021. The inaugural edition of this kind of launch will take place via YouTube on March 17. It is thought to introduce at least 1 new member of the Galaxy A series to the world.
Insta360 launches its 360 GO 2 micro-camera for action, blogging or perhaps more
Insta360's freshly-debuted GO 2 miniature camera is a considerable upgrade over its first generation, not the least in its design and function. Its case still doubles as a battery-pack, but can now also act as a remote control and a tripod. It also has more field-of-view options and storage, as well as a new FlowState stabilization clip mode.
The Moto G10 Power offers a 6,000mAh battery for less than US$140 to Indian customers
Motorola has launched the G10 Power, a 6,000mAh Android 11 smartphone, in India. Its 6.5-inch HD+ Max Vision display is driven by a Snapdragon 460 SoC, paired to 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. It will be available via Flipkart from March 16, 2021, and will start at INR 9,999 (~US$137) on that date.
Samsung's Galaxy A82 5G will launch soon, as confirmed by the Bluetooth SIG
Recent leaks have raised the possibility that Samsung is preparing a successor to its unusual flip-camera phone, the Galaxy A80. Now, a new addition to the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (Bluetooth SIG) database provides proof that this device exists. It is thus almost certain to launch soon, with 5G and other forms of high-end wireless connectivity to boot.
Nothing teases its first-gen TWS earbuds with a new concept design
Carl Pei asserts that his new Nothing brand can disrupt the consumer tech space with innovative, unique products. The company has just given the world the first hint of their design in its new Concept 1 TWS earbuds. However, they are also what they say on the tin, and apparently won't actually resemble Nothing's actual inaugural buds.
AMD announces a March 2021 launch date for the Zen 3-based server-grade EPYC processors
AMD has revealed that its third-gen line of processors for data-centers and similar professional use-cases, also commonly known as EPYC Milan, will launch on March 15, 2021. It is thought to offer multiple variants that go up to 64 cores, some of which have been seen on benchmarks tearing through their Intel competition and closest Threadripper analogs.
OnePlus hypes its new camera tech again as the Stellar Black version of the 9 Pro leaks out
OnePlus has now confirmed that its 9 series will launch in conjunction with Hasselblad. It has just posted a new YouTube clip starring a representative of this brand with new hints as to what their co-developed cameras can do. Meanwhile, the 9 Pro's rumored new Stellar Black option has been snapped itself and is now on Instagram.
The iQOO Z3 might be a phone that launches with the new Dimensity 1200 processor
iQOO has confirmed that it will launch its Snapdragon 870-powered Neo5 on March 16, 2021. However, new leaks suggest that it will have a second Android device to debut in the same month. The Z3 is thought to be the successor to the Z1, and, thus, to run on the new MediaTek Dimensity 1200 SoC.
The F19 Pro and Pro Plus 5G are the latest OPPO phones for the Indian market
OPPO has launched the F19 Pro and F19 Pro Plus, a new series of smartphones that seem to be exclusive to the Indian market. Accordingly, they are completely new devices rather than re-brands of some kind. They feature 6.43-inch FHD+ AMOLED displays, quad rear camera and a 5G MediaTek chipset in the higher-end model.
More than 5 million foldable or rollable phones are now projected to ship in 2021
The latest analysis of the flexible display market indicates that the sales of smartphones with foldable or rollable displays in 2021 are capable of far exceeding those of 2020. Their shipments are projected to grow to a total of 5.1 million, or 128% year-on-year (YoY), thanks to an influx of new models from new OEMs this year. Then again, most of these predictions may not pan out for at least 3 months.
Huawei P50 series: new leaks point to HarmonyOS out of the box and the Pro version's screen design
The P50 series is slated to be the next generation of Huawei's camera-oriented flagship smartphones. New leaks have suggested that the OEM is developing HarmonyOS 2.0 as their default ROM, which would be the first time it has shipped devices with this new OS. Meanwhile, a screen protector for the P50 Pro is also allegedly now out in the wild.
Vivo confirms the X60 series will go international, starting in Malaysia on March 22, 2021
Vivo has announced that it will debut the X60 premium smartphone series outside China for the first time on March 22, 2021. They will be powered by the Snapdragon 870 SoC, as opposed to the Exynos 1080 they launched with in their domestic market. Nevertheless, they may prove an interesting new entry to the global market.
SK Hynix reveals that it makes the new 18GB RAM chip found in the Asus ROG Phone 5
SK Hynix has just launched its latest LPDDR5 RAM product: a ground-breaking 18GB module for smartphones. The OEM claims that it has a superior data-transfer rate compared to existing memory chips of the same generation. This latest and greatest iteration is now in mass production, although it has already been deployed in the top-end SKUs of 1 upcoming device: the Asus ROG Phone 5.
An alleged Realme 8 Pro pops up on FCC and Geekbench
Realme has already effectively confirmed that the impending 8 Pro will launch with this brand's first 108MP main camera. Now, some new leaks may hint at what is to be found inside this device. They may include 8GB of RAM and the Snapdragon 720G processor.
2021 has already seen the highest Samsung Galaxy S-series sales in South Korea for four years
A new report has found that Samsung sold just under 600,000 units of the Galaxy S21 series in the first 4 weeks since its launch in this OEM's home country. The flagships have not done so well in this respect since the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus debuted in 2017. Furthermore, the Galaxy A31 was found to be the best-selling Android phone in South Korea for 2020.
The Nokia G10 is to be the first in a whole new line of smartphones from the brand
Nokia is rumored to have a new G-series of Android devices in the works, the first of which is to be the G10. That prefix has led to speculation that they will form a new "gaming" arm for the HMD Global brand, although nothing is certain yet. Then again, the G10 is also said to have been registered by Thai authorities as the TA-1334.
Amazfit offers a free strap with every GTS 2/2e or GTR2/2e sold via its own site
Amazfit is a popular wearables brand with its own e-store that serves several regions, the US included. It is currently running a promotion that offers a free second strap with every purchase of its latest GTS 2 and GTR 2 series of smartwatches. These bands normally cost about US$20, meaning this might be a good chance to get two in different colors for a limited time.
The Realme C21 is the most interesting-looking new ~US$122 phone around
Realme has launched the C21 in Malaysia with a unique rear panel that might make even those not looking for a budget phone take a second look. It houses a 5,000mAh battery that also allows the device to double as a power bank. Its opposite side offers a large enough 6.5-inch HD+ display.
OnePlus 9 series: a case-maker allegedly confirms product names for all three phones ahead of their launch
The accessories company Spigen has reportedly updated its OnePlus-compatible range with listings for the three devices thought to comprise an upcoming flagship series. According to this leak, they are the 9, 9 Pro - and 9E, despite recent tips that purport to change this name to 9R. However, it now seems this story has been subject to some changes.
Apple discontinues the Intel-powered iMac Pro, reviving rumors of an upcoming new version with a different platform
Apple has abruptly updated its current iMac Pro sales page to reflect the fact that apparently only its base model is in stock. This has led to speculation that a new version of this PC, perhaps even with an in-house chipset instead of the last remaining unit's 10-core Intel Xeon W-series processor, is on the way. However, the OEM might be wrapping its product cycle up for some other reason.
OPPO Find X3 Pro: a flagship with the best possible Samsung display yet cheaper than a Galaxy S21 Ultra, according to new leaks
OPPO has now confirmed that its premium Find X3 smartphone series will launch on March 11, 2021. Its flagship, the X3 Pro, is now rumored to have a display panel that combines the high-end E4 AMOLED and LTPO specs. However, it will allegedly also start for less than a Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra with the same amount of internal storage.
Xiaomi releases a Global version of the Mijia Mi Smart Projector 2 Pro to Banggood
The Mijia Mi Smart Projector 2 Pro is a relatively portable FHD projector launched by Xiaomi with the potential advantage of a time-of-flight (ToF) sensor for added focus capabilities in late 2020 in China. Now, it has a Global variant, which means it runs Android TV and is available on Banggood from now.
The 18GB Asus ROG Phone 5 may have already smashed Master Lu benchmarking records ahead of its launch
The official Weibo channel for the Master Lu benchmark claims to have seen its first 18GB RAM phone. Somewhat unsurprisingly, it is the ROG Phone 5, which has also surfaced on Geekbench with this ground-breaking spec. On this occasion, it has apparently shot right to the top of the rankings in this test.
Razer breaks into the smart glasses game with the first-gen Anzu frames
Razer is known for gaming audio peripherals; however, its new Anzu product is something else altogether. They are of the smart-glass type that incorporate personal speakers for the wearer's audio, which, as the OEM claims, will reach the user's head with reduced latency and increased immersion. They are available in Razer's store from now for US$199.99.
The new, 120W RedMagic 6 Pro is shown charging even faster than advertised
The RedMagic 6 Pro is Nubia's new mobile gaming flagship phone equipped with ultra-fast 120 watt (W) charging technology. The OEM markets this phone as capable of re-filling its 4500mAh battery to 0-50% in just 5 minutes, or all the way to 100% in 17 minutes. However, a vlogger claims his new 6 Pro can actually beat those times.
Apple, Huawei and Samsung retain their top rankings in the smartwatch market for 2020
The Apple Watch, Huawei Watch GT and Galaxy Watch lines helped their respective OEMs maintain their leading positions in the smartwatch space in 2020. This was a year in which the market showed relatively little growth, although its premium segment enjoyed a "significant" uptick.
Qualcomm unveils Snapdragon Sound, a re-vamp of its wireless audio tech for mobile devices
Qualcomm offers a range of products that support or serve mobile wireless audio, ranging from its aptX technology to the entire 8-series of mobile SoCs. Now, it has announced that this panel of technology has a new, unified platform: Snapdragon Sound. It will also act as a badge to signal to the consumer that its specs are present in a given product.
Razer's Sneki Snek gets to the next level in its tree-saving quest
Razer partnered with Conservation International for the Sneki Snek plushie, the sales of which go toward protecting forestry in various locations worldwide. The mascot has now achieved its initial goal of saving 100,000 trees in this manner, which means the OEM has new merch based on the character to launch at its upcoming RazerStore Live event.
The Realme GT 5G launches with a Snapdragon 888 SoC, 120Hz display and a 3.5mm jack
Realme has launched its first flagship device of 2021. The OEM asserts that the new GT 5G has been designed and equipped to get the most out of its Snapdragon 888 platform, from its "gaming" 120Hz E4 AMOLED display to its new stainless steel-augmented cooling system. It also does indeed come in finishes that include "racing-stripe" vegan leather, and starts at just under ~US$450 in China.
The Vivo S9 is the world's first Dimensity 1100-powered phone
Vivo has announced the S9 5G, alongside its more budget S9e 5G sibling. The main event here has the new, 6nm Dimensity 1100 SoC, which is now packaged in a distinctly iPhone 12-like design, complete with a notch for a dual selfie camera. It can be pre-ordered from now in China, starting at ~US$464 for an 8GB RAM base model.
The Lenovo Yoga Tab 13 is on the way in 2021, according to new leaks
The Lenovo Yoga Tabs are Android slates marked by unique rolling grips at one end that may also house speakers and USB type C ports. Now, it looks like the OEM has a new member of this series in the works. The "Yoga Tab 13" has appeared on Google and Geekbench databases with 8GB of RAM and Android 11.
The Meizu 18 Pro is the world's latest Snapdragon 888-, 50MP- and UFS 3.1-enhanced phone
Meizu has got the jump on the premium Android smartphone launch season with its new 18 and 18 Pro flagships. The OEM has revealed that the series offers specs such as 120Hz curved displays, 50MP main cameras and internal storage with top-end UFS 3.1 speeds. The new devices are up for pre-order in China from now.
The Realme 8 Pro will debut with the 108MP ISOCELL HM2 sensor
Realme has announced that it will launch its first 108MP camera phone in 2021. Not only that, but the top-end sensor in question is Samsung's latest CMOS of this resolution: the ISOCELL HM2. It has features such as 3x lossless zoom, nonapixel binning. The OEM has developed "Starry", tilt-shift and Neon Portrait modes for it in the 8 Pro.
Razer announces its first DevCon, scheduled for live-streaming in May 2021
Razer DevCon is a new event set to debut in 2021 via Twitch. It is slated to present discussions on the up-to-date innovation and technology that might most benefit the future of gaming across multiple platforms. Therefore, it might interest developers involved in mobile, console or PC ecosystems.
Samsung Galaxy S21 FE: New renders show how the "next Fan Edition" might look at its launch
Samsung is currently believed to have a successor to the Galaxy S20 FE in the works. This idea is captured in new high-quality images published by LetsGoDigital. They depict a device that looks more like its putative forebear than the S21 series, albeit with different colors and an updated processor.
Crypto mining's upcoming ban in Inner Mongolia may help explain Bitcoin's recent resurgence
Inner Mongolia is an autonomous region of China with an economy best known for cheap power. It has thus reportedly become a magnet for cryptocurrency miners. Apparently, the region does not appreciate this attention, having just outlawed the practice.
Oukitel launches the WP12 as the "world's first Android 11 rugged phone"
Oukitel has announced that its latest rugged phone is the first of its kind to ship with Android 11 out of the box. The device is also touted as "lightweight", which, given its MediaTek Helio A22 SoC and 4GB of RAM, might be meant in more ways than one. It will start at ~US$90 on its March 8, 2021 release.
Hisense asserts laser TVs are the future as it claims to triple their sales in 2020
Laser TVs are devices much more like ultra-short-throw projectors than conventional big screens. Therefore, they can deliver larger display sizes with less harmful blue light, which is what customers want these days - according to Hisense, at least. This OEM claims that it sold over three times more laser TVs in 2020 internationally compared to 2019.
Realme's first 108MP camera phone will be the Dimensity 1200-powered X9 Pro
The OEM Realme has been rumored to launch a Dimensity 1200-powered phone called the X9 Pro roughly since MediaTek released this early-2021 flagship processor. A new leak purports to spill many more details about the phone, including that it will be its maker's first phone with a 108MP main camera.
Apple might finally ditch the iPhone notch, but not until 2022
A new research note allegedly issued by the legendary analyst Ming-Chi Kuo states that the iPhones launched in 2022 will have punch-hole displays in place of the notches that have come to define these flagships. The third-gen SE is now also thought to launch in that year, and just might come with the same new kind of screen.
A "Mi 11 Pro with Dimensity 1000+" Geekbench leak is debunked by an eagle-eyed tipster
The discovery of a Xiaomi phone with a model number rumored to be that of the Mi 11 Pro on Geekbench might normally be welcome news. However, the report proved more alarming in this case, as it alleged the device had the MediaTek Dimensity 1000+ SoC instead of the expected Snapdragon 888. However, it has since been debunked by another popular name in tech leaks.
Carl Pei's Nothing now has an Indian division, to be headed by an ex-Samsung executive
Nothing is the name of Carl Pei's new tech start-up, his first since leaving OnePlus in 2020. It has been introduced as based in London; however, it also now has an Indian presence. It is to be led by Manu Sharma, formerly a Samsung executive. Pei projects that he will "play a pivotal role for our growth in India".
RedMagic 6: the gaming phones' 2021 looks leak out prior to their launch
The RedMagic line of Android phones are usually styled so as not to be mistaken for anything other than the mobile gaming powerhouses they are meant to be. Their latest 6 generation's design, officially outed by TENAA, is an evolution of the preceding 5S. They apparently come in some relatively sedate dark themes - except, of course, for the brand's rumored new foray into a vibrant pink-and-purple combo.
An intriguing leak points to a new Samsung budget phone called the Galaxy E02 coming in 2021
The tech blog MySmartPrice claims to have found a new page on Samsung India's support website for a device called the "SM-E025F/DS". A quick decoding of Samsung's model number convention does seem to suggest a new phone that, moreover, belongs to a whole new Galaxy E series. Then again, this leak has yet to be officially confirmed.
The Honor 40 is allegedly on the way, spearheading a 2021 comeback that may also involve tablets and foldables
Honor is a popular smartphone brand recently cut loose from the OEM Huawei in an ostensible bid to free it from that company's ongoing trade restrictions. Since then, Honor has completely rebuilt its business and is preparing to be a contender in 2021, according to the latest leaks. This will apparently involve lots of in-demand tech, the development of this brand's first foldable included.
The OPPO Find X3 series will launch on March 11, 2021
The OPPO Find X3 and X3 Pro are hotly-anticipated smartphones as they are touted to combine the highest-end of Android specs in 2021 with arguably iPhone-like looks. A Weibo tipster has uploaded what looks like an official poster from the OEM that contains their launch date information. Should this leak prove accurate, the event in question might also introduce Lite and Neo variants for the new line.
The Indian tablet market posts a return to growth for 2020
The market for tablets in India had shrunk for 4 years straight - until 2020. That year saw a resurgence in demand for that form-factor, as users felt they were necessary for learning or working from home. Therefore, it exhibited a year-on-year (YoY) growth of 14.7%, although Lenovo retained it status as its leading brand.
Huami officially changes its name to Zepp Health
Huami is a wearables OEM that has built a market leadership worldwide, mainly through the popularity of its Amazfit devices. Now, the company has announced that it will be known as Zepp Health from now on. This wholesale re-brand is intended to consolidate its position across all its businesses going forward
Xiaomi is touted to launch a new 120W GaN charger soon
The Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra is a super-flagship smartphone rumored to launch later in 2021. It is touted to improve on the existing Mi 11 in a number of ways, one of which is a step up to blazing fast 120W charging. A new leak suggests it might have a new, first-party gallium nitride (GaN) power brick with which to do so.
BOE has developed an ambi-folding mobile device display: new leak
Foldable-display phones are slowly becoming more prevalent; however, they are still at a point at which they can only do so in one way per device: inward or outward. However, a new leaked video suggests a concept device that can bend in both directions is out there now. This possible breakthrough in the technology has allegedly been achieved by the panel-maker BOE.
Vivo X60: a new leak hints at an international launch for the Zeiss-enhanced phones with the Snapdragon 870 SoC
The Vivo X60 and X60 Pro are premium mid-range smartphones that are only available in China at present. However, a new leak may suggest the OEM is preparing to bring them to additional markets. Furthermore, they may be new variants of the phones with the Snapdragon 870 SoC in place of their current Exynos 1080.
Huawei releases a new, 4G-only version of the P40 in China
The Huawei P40 flagship smartphone launched with the Kirin 990 5G chipset in 2020. This CPU also has a 4G/LTE-only variant, which features in new units of the P40 now on sale on JD.com. Otherwise, the device still has its 6.1-inch OLED display, 50MP main camera and 8GB of RAM.
Gigabyte launches the Aorus RTX 3060 Elite desktop card as NVIDIA unlocks Resizable BAR for its GPU
NVIDIA has just announced updates for the RTX 3060 that bring Resizable BAR to the new GPU, as promised earlier. It is compatible with a range of relevant chipsets, processors, motherboards and cards - the new Aorus GeForce RTX 3060 Elite 12G included. This card reprises the brand's RGB three-ring design, and is also touted as designed for durability and performance.
iQOO Neo5: March 2021 launch confirmed; new leak points to a Snapdragon 870 SoC for the phone
The smartphone brand iQOO has finally acknowledged the successor to its Neo3 flagship, following a slew of leaks hinting at its high-end specs. It will now launch on March 16, 2021 in China. There is now more evidence the allegedly Snapdragon 870-powered phone might be seen outside this country soon as well, thanks to a new Geekbench leak.
ESR presents its HaloLock Kickstand Wireless Charger as a potentially improved version of Apple MagSafe
Apple has re-worked the MagSafe brand as a new type of ultra-thin and (theoretically) extra-strong wireless charger that enables a user to hold up and use an iPhone 12 as normal while juicing it back up. Now, ESR has "re-imagined" this technology, mainly through the inclusion of a useful flip-out stand.
Realme will unveil its first 108MP camera at its upcoming Innovation Event in March 2021
Realme has confirmed that it will make a leap to phones with 108MP sensors in 2021. The phone most likely to be the first with this top-end spec is currently rumored to be one of the upcoming 8 series. Therefore, it might be unveiled at the OEM's Camera Innovation Event, set for March 2, 2021.
The Sony IMX 800 will be the world's largest mobile image sensor on its April 2021 launch
The leaker RODENT950 has made some heavy allusions to an image sensor which, despite being intended for mobile devices, is exactly 1 inch in size. This would make the alleged Sony IMX 800 unprecedentedly large for its category. It is predicted to launch in April 2021, and is touted to debut in the Huawei P50 flagship series.
Nubia teases a 165Hz refresh rate for the RedMagic 6 display; first-gen Watch launch is also confirmed
The RedMagic 6 series of Snapdragon 888-powered gaming devices is slated to launch on March 4, 2021. Now, its maker Nubia has strongly hinted at an upgrade to 165Hz displays for these phones. They are also now slated to get 400Hz touch-sampling rates, which adds up to a potentially severe headache for Asus' ROG Phone 5.
OPPO introduces another member of the Reno5 smartphone family with a newer chipset
OPPO has unexpectedly launched the Reno5 K 5G in China. This phone might sound familiar, as it is effectively a pre-existing device with a new SoC: the Snapdragon 750G. Therefore, it might be a more affordable variant, although it still packs all the best features of its series, 90Hz display and 65W charging included.
Realme launches the Narzo 30A, 30 Pro and Buds Air 2 to the Indian market
The next generation of Realme's affordable Narzo line is now official, along with its newest TWS earbuds. The 30 Pro is powered by the MediaTek Dimensity 800U SoC and has a 5,000mAh battery, whereas the 30A gets one of 6,000mAh, even if it has an older and 4G-only Helio G85 processor. It is available from now, whereas its more premium sibling will have a March 4, 2021 release.
Samsung confirms Malaysian launch for the Galaxy M62
Samsung has confirmed that the Galaxy M62 exists, and that it will be released for the first time on March 3, 2021. It will do so through Lazada in the Malaysian market. The OEM has revealed that it will have the same 7,000mAh battery as its rumored alternate form, the F62.
OPPO premieres a more in-depth trailer for its slidable phone's design and function at MWC Shanghai 2021
OPPO asserts that slidable-OLED phones like its X 2021 are the best things since foldables. The OEM has teased the device in more detail than ever before at the MWC Shanghai 2021, outlining the various techniques it has developed to ensure its durability and functionality.
ZTE's second-gen under-display selfie camera phone could have a 120Hz refresh rate, Face Unlock and more
ZTE has unveiled its second attempt at a display capable of hiding a front-facing camera at MWC Shanghai. The OEM claims to have doubled the pixel density in this new specialized screen tech, and to have enhanced it with new, heretofore unavailable features that include 3D facial recognition and augmented reality (AR) support.
Nothing unveils the Swedish group teenage engineering as a "Founding Partner"
Carl Pei's new start-up, Nothing, has announced that it has a new founding partner: teenage engineering. This Stockholm-based group has been involved in "craftsmanship" and industrial design for 10 years now, and is possibly best-known for its OP-1 synthesizer. Pei claims that its involvement in Nothing has resulted in a "product roadmap" that is "true to the company's vision".
HP announces the acquisition of HyperX
HP has just confirmed it has secured "a definitive agreement" to buy HyperX, heretofore best known as Kingston's gaming-accessories division. That company's co-founder and CEO, John Tu, calls the move "a brighter future for HyperX", while its new owner is "thrilled" to admit it to its "family".
OPPO is the latest OEM with an over-the-air charging technology demo
Remote (or over-the-air) charging is a futuristic technology that a handful of mobile device OEMs claim to have cracked in 2021 thus far. The latest of these is OPPO, a company that has released a video of its new breakthrough in conjunction with MWC Shanghai. It also features OPPO's slidable-display phone, shown charging without cables or pads of any kind.
The Xiaomi Mi Band 6 might launch soon, possibly in India and Indonesia to start with
Recent leaks have supplied possible evidence of a successor to the popular, affordable Mi Band 5. Now, a new tip asserts that the wearable has been registered with Indonesian and Indian authorities, suggesting it may debut soon in those markets, at least. It also seems to spill the 6's model number, if no additional specs for the putative fitness tracker.
Sony confirms next-gen VR system for PlayStation 5 - just not in 2021
A Sony executive has just confirmed that the PlayStation 5 (PS5) is getting its own virtual reality (VR) system after all. It will consist of a next-gen headset and controller, which will apparently be informed by everything the OEM has learned since debuting this form of gaming on the PS4. Furthermore, the controller may also be DualSense in nature.
Realme GT 5G: Racing Yellow colorway confirmed, not to mention its "stainless-steel" cooling system
Realme has officially teased its upcoming Snapdragon 888-powered phone, the GT 5G, at MWC Shanghai 2021. The event has seen its "Racing Yellow" variant set in stone, and also hints at a novel "Stainless Steel VC" cooling solution. The OEM has also unveiled its new, "Dual-platform, Dual-flagship strategy". It apparently entails a second premium series that is, unlike the new GT, camera-focused.
The Black Shark 4 and 4 Pro will upgrade to 120W charging in 2021
Black Shark is Xiaomi's line of high-end gaming phones that is thought to have vanilla and Pro variants coming in 2021. They have both been approved by the Chinese authority 3C, which reveals that both of them will have the OEM's top charging speed currently seen in the Mi 10 Ultra: 120 watts (W). Like this phone, the upcoming devices have been registered alongside a compatible power brick.
More details on Samsung's AR glasses leak out
More evidence of Samsung's foray into the augmented reality (AR) market has emerged, in the form of a new video that might be marketing material for its first-gen Glasses. They are apparently pitched at use-cases such as gaming and content consumption as well as virtual conferencing and presentations. They may also work as sunglasses and have a virtual DeX modes.
The LG W41 smartphone series is tipped to launch in India soon; full specs for all 3 devices leak
LG is rumored to launch successors to the affordable 2020 W31 and W31 Plus phones soon. The leaker Ishan Agarwal now claims to have spilled more detail on these phones, their new Pro variant included. It is predicted to have the most RAM, although it will have the same display and processor as its siblings.
Huawei launches the FreeBuds 4i: new TWS earbuds with ANC and 10mm drivers
Huawei has introduced its latest TWS earbuds alongside its new Mate X2 foldable. The accessories are definitely the more affordable of the two; nevertheless, they have high-end specs such as active noise cancellation (ANC), wearer detection and up to 10 hours of battery life. They have an AirPod-clone look, albeit with a new style of charging case and 3 color choices.
Huawei launches the Mate X2 with a new "Pinnacle Design", a secondary display and an astronomical price-tag
Huawei has announced the Mate X2 in China. This new foldable has been updated with an inward-folding design, much like its closest Samsung rival. However, the OEM has also set it apart with a new, space-saving design - on which a massive price-tag has been slapped, even for its premium category.
Motorola launches the Moto E7 Power in India
The Moto E7 Power is the latest Motorola phone unleashed on the Indian market. However, it is slightly hard to see where it gets its new product name, as it has the same 5,000mAh battery as the E7 Plus. It also has the same MediaTek Helio G25 SoC as the E7, and will have 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage in its new market.
AMD crowd-sources evidence for the fast-emerging 500-series chipset USB issue
AMD's official Reddit account has posted requesting reports from users about an increasingly well-publicized issue in which USB devices installed in or attached to 500-series chipset motherboards disconnect randomly and without warning. It seems to be fairly constant across this range and across board manufacturers.
iQOO Neo5: more details on the Snapdragon 870 phone reportedly emerge prior to its launch
The iQOO Neo5 has been touted as something of a flagship killer, as it has been rumored to launch with 88W charging and a punch-hole display in addition to its Snapdragon 870 SoC. Then again, its newest leaks hint that those specs might not be quite that great, although it will still have the same near-premium processor, not to mention a decently fast charging brick in the box.
LG reportedly patents a new kind of rollable phone with a secondary display
Recent rumors suggest that LG's Rollable phone project is dead in the water. However, that has apparently not stopped the OEM filing a new patent based on the concept with the Chinese intellectual property office (CNIPA). It appears to show a rolling-screen device with an additional display mounted on its rear panel for (you probably guessed it) selfies.
Xiaomi's Mi 11 Lite 5G may debut soon as it is cleared for launch in Singapore
Xiaomi is expected to launch a Lite version of its Mi 11 flagship smartphone soon. It is also rumored to have 4G and 5G variants, both of which have reportedly been certified by the Singaporean regulator IMDA. Therefore, they may now not be too far from the market.
The Realme GT leaks again with a racing-stripe finish and the AnTuTu score to match
Realme has recently confirmed that its next flagship smartphone will be called the GT and will launch on March 3, 2021. Now, one of its executives has posted what is claimed as an AnTuTu benchmarking score for the device. It apparently shows that the GT's Snapdragon 888 SoC has boosted it just past the 770,000 mark in this test.
Huawei's 2021 smartphone production is estimated at 60% less compared to 2020 as rumors of a delayed P50 launch emerge
A Chinese news site claims that Huawei plans to make not much more than 80 million phones in 2021, as opposed to the ~189 million units it shipped in 2020. Meanwhile, other reports suggest it will also cut the P50 series' supply, and also possibly delay their unveiling until later in the year than usual.
ZTE will launch its second-gen under-display camera at MWC Shanghai 2021
ZTE's CEO, Ni Fei, has confirmed that his company will bring the next generation of its under-display camera to the upcoming MWC Shanghai event. This technology, which features in the OEM's Axon 20 5G, enables a selfie shooter to completely conceal itself underneath the display. Its upgraded form might allow for enhanced functionality, Face Unlock included.
Rollme's latest smartwatch boasts 4G/LTE, a bezel-free display and a relatively massive 1,600mAh battery
Rollme has just launched the Hero, its latest smartwatch with a completely bezel-free display. This is joined by a nano-SIM card slot for 4G/LTE connectivity in this wearable, not to mention up to 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. Not only that, but it boasts an unusually large 1,600mAh battery rated for up to 10 days on power-save mode.
Nubia schedules its RedMagic 6 launch ahead of that of the ROG Phone 5
Nubia has asserted that its upcoming RedMagic 6 gaming flagship phones will "race ahead" in 2021. To this end, it has just pre-empted Asus' ROG Phone 5 by announcing that this new series will debut on March 4, 2021 - right after Asus set its own event for March 10. The first launch is expected to usher in Snapdragon 888-powered devices with improved cooling, Tencent branding and up to 120W charging.
Realme hypes the launch of the Buds Air 2 with specs such as ANC and "diamond-class" drivers
Realme has announced that its second-gen Buds Air will launch in India on February 24, 2021. It has also confirmed multiple leaks about these TWS earbuds in teasing their specs prior to this event. They include the (expected) ANC, as well as the fact that they will have 10mm "Diamond class" drivers, improved battery life and a low-latency Gaming Mode.
ROG Phone 5: Asus posts a new RGB-themed countdown page for the 2021 gaming phone's launch
Having just confirmed that its flagship Android gaming phone would skip the 4 moniker and proceed directly to 5 in 2021, Asus has now made its debut official. It is to be unveiled on March 10, 2021, as is made very obvious with the timer now maintained on its website. The event to start when it runs down is expected to introduce a Snapdragon 888-powered device with up to 16GB of RAM and an active rear-facing LED display.
OPPO allegedly readies the Find X3 series for launch by registering its vanilla variant with TENAA
OPPO has reportedly finally obtained a certification for the Find X3 (or PEDM00) from the Chinese authorities, suggesting a launch announcement for its flagship series will follow shortly. Its new TENAA images show a phone quite like X3 Pro leaks to date, although it might have a different rear panel and camera arrangement.
Vivo launches a presence in 2 new European countries, promising forays into 4 more during 2021
The smartphone OEM Vivo has made its brand-new Romanian and Czech websites live, and has announced that it will also start to offer its products in 4 more European countries by the end of 2021. This would make the total number of countries from this region in which Vivo sells its products up to 12, which may thus get access to its flagship X60 series this year.
MWC 2021: the GSMA mulls re-introducing live attendance; MWC Shanghai to debut with a limited live audience
The GSMA has announced that it is currently considering running its flagship conference live and in Barcelona once again, albeit with up to 50,000 in-person attendees. Meanwhile, its Chinese counterpart, MWC Shanghai, is slated to begin on February 23, 2021 with 20,000 such attendees and in accordance with anti-Covid-19 health checks. Its success may determine whether MWC 2021 will return to something like "normality" this year.
Google Fi now offers the Motorola One 5G Ace on its network
Fi is Google's own MVNO that offers phones such as the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra and (naturally) the Pixel 5. Its latest phones are from Motorola, however. The 6.7-inch, Snapdragon 750G-powered and 5,000mAh One 5G Ace is now up to US$120 off its retail price through Google Fi. It is joined by the 2021 Moto G Power and Moto G Play on the network.
Huawei Mate X2: a new leak allegedly confirms the switch to an inward-folding design
A Weibo-based tipster has posted what is claimed as an official Huawei poster for the impending Mate X2 flagship foldable device. This phablet has long been rumored to ditch its predecessor's form-factor, in which its flexible screen is on its outer surface, for a more book-like effect similar to that developed by Samsung. The new leak appears to support this idea.
The OPPO Find X3 makes its way onto Geekbench with the Snapdragon 870 SoC and 8GB of RAM
OPPO is slated to launch its 2021 flagship Find X3 smartphone series, in accordance with a slew of leaks that have proceeded in the mystifying absence of a vanilla variant. However, it may have just emerged in a recent tip that suggests it will have the Snapdragon 870 processor rather than the 888. New Geekbench listings appear to confirm this.
It's official: the next Asus ROG Phone will be the 5
The Asus ROG Phone has arguably been the benchmark for Android gaming-focused powerhouses since the debut of its series in 2018. Therefore, it will see its fourth generation in 2021. Despite this, the OEM has confirmed rumors that it will be called the 5 rather than the 4.
Samsung will launch the Galaxy A52 and A72 in India by mid-March 2021
The Galaxy A52 and A72 are upcoming Samsung mid-range phones that might launch with 4G and 5G variants, 90Hz AMOLED displays and decently large batteries. They are also now tipped to have an Indian launch in March 2021. The latest leak also suggests the A52 will start at around US$412, whereas the A72 will do so at ~$547.
An apparent successor to the Asus PN50 mini PC turns up on a Scandinavian website pre-launch with the Ryzen 7 5700U
Asus launched the PN50 mini PC with Ryzen 4000 processors in 2020. Now, a device described as the bare-bones version of its successor, the PN51, has appeared on the website ProShop. According to this listing, its chassis has not changed in 2021, and thus still boasts a configurable port that can add anything from a DisplayPort to a second RJ-45 to the device.
Fitbit devices appear on the Google Store for the first time
Google made its acquisition of the health-tracking household name Fitbit official in January 2021. As if to provide more evidence of this, the Mountain View's online shop now lists products from this brand alongside those of Nest, which it has also absorbed. Therefore, consumers can now buy devices such as the Charge 4 through this Store.
Chrome OS devices outsold Apple Macs for the first time in 2020
The latest full-year analysis of the PC market show that devices that run ChromeOS gained more and more market share during 2020 compared to those running macOS. Windows remained the market leader, although its share did fall compared to 2019. These changes might be related to the overwhelming demand for home-learning and -working solutions that marked the year just gone.
Epic Games brings its "Free Fortnite" battle to European shores with a new EC antitrust complaint
Epic Games has stepped its dispute with Apple over developer remuneration by filing an official antitrust complaint with the European Commission (EC). It alleges that competition in the app-distribution and payment markets has been "completely eliminated" by Apple's practices of insisting that these activities are carried out through its App Store for all software intended for use on iOS.
Samsung India discounts the Galaxy M21 by INR 1,000 across the board
Samsung launched the Galaxy M21 as one of its battery- and camera-centric phones for the Indian market. The OEM has just dropped its 4 and 6GB RAM SKUs by INR 1,000 (~US$14) each in price. This may hint at a stock-clear to make way for a newer device: could it be the M12?
The foldable iPhone might come with Apple Pencil support
Apple is thought to have a foldable iPhone in the works. However, according to a new report, the market analyst group Omdia claims that its launch has been pushed back to 2023. Then again, it might share the feature of Apple Pencil compatibility with many iPads by that time.
The Realme Buds Air 2 leak out with a good chance of having ANC with a Transparency Mode
Realme is rumored to launch its second-gen Buds Air in India soon, in partnership with the Chainsmokers EDM group. These upcoming TWS earbuds have allegedly popped up on an OEM's app early, inadvertently revealing that they have active noise cancellation (ANC). They may also boast features such as Transparency and a Game Mode.
The Huawei P50 will launch with the Kirin 9000E processor, thereby becoming the new Lite variant
The famous leaker RODENT950 has asserted that Huawei has put the P50 flagship smartphone into mass production, thus hinting that it will launch soon. The OEM will also apparently condense this whole series into just 3 variants in 2021, with the base model effectively becoming a Lite variant as it will not have Huawei's full premium processor.
The OPPO Find X3 will launch as a Snapdragon 870-powered phone: new leak
Earlier leaks have seemed to confirm the existence of OPPO's upcoming Find X3 Pro, but not that of its vanilla variant. Now, a new SlashLeaks post alleges that, not only does the X3 exist after all, but that it will have the new Snapdragon 870 processor. If true, this might presage an interesting and different approach to a flagship launch by an established company.
Google announces plan to bring 100 or more new games to Stadia in 2021, Far Cry 6 included
Google has effectively given up on making first-party games for its streaming service Stadia. However, it has committed to bringing more titles from external studios to the platform in the course of 2021. They are slated to include Far Cry 6, FIFA 21 and Hello Engineer, although not all of those will form part of the first wave of these new games.
The iPhone 13 Pro is slated to boast an always-on feature for its 120Hz ProMotion display
The next Pro-grade iPhones are currently tipped to get LTPO displays. They are also rumored to finally upgrade to 120Hz refresh rates – and to always-on displays, according to the latest leak. The successors to the 12 series are also now believed to benefit from a new, possibly textured matte finish.
India’s Supreme Court admonishes WhatsApp over user privacy
Smartphone selfie cameras will upgrade to 100MP or more soon: new leak
Currently, the highest-res smartphone image sensor in existence is one of 108MP. Obviously, it is used as a marquee feature on the back of devices like the new Xiaomi Mi 11. However, should the prolific leaker Digital Chat Station be believed, it might migrate to the front of upcoming models soon.
The Lenovo Tab P11 Pro becomes available in India for ~US$620
Lenovo offers a balance between high-end materials and mid-range internals in the Tab P11 Pro. Nevertheless, the OEM asserts that the user can get their work or gaming done on this 11.5-inch Android tablet in the manner suggested by its suffix. It has now been released on platforms such as Amazon.in and Flipkart for INR 44,999.
Samsung Quick Share will also be a Windows 10 app soon
Samsung and Microsoft's efforts to form a joint Android/Windows ecosystem to rival that of Apple's has reached a potentially critical stage. The OEMs are working to bring Quick Share (an AirDrop counterpart found on Galaxy-series smartphones) to PCs. Samsung's Free service is also to arrive on Windows 10 soon, as is a new app called "O".
Qualcomm makes its objections to NVIDIA's acquisition of ARM public
NVIDIA secured an agreement to buy the often-essential chip-design company ARM for ~US$40 billion in late 2020. However, regulators are still scrutinizing it and its ramifications for the tech industry prior to approving it. Now, Qualcomm has sent an official notice of concern over the same with these bodies.
The allegedly MediaTek Dimensity 1100-powered Vivo S9 shows up in a newly leaked poster
Vivo is currently rumored to be working on what might be the world's first phone with the new Dimensity 1100 processor. It is said to be called the S9, a product name that has surfaced in what might be pre-launch marketing material posted to SlashLeaks. The device looks somewhat like its OEM's flagships, although it might have different specs.
A wild new Comet Lake Core i3 refresh reportedly appears on the Malaysian market
According to a photo posted to Reddit, Intel has released a heretofore-unheard of new version of a Comet Lake processor in Malaysia. This "i3-10105F" would on the face of it be a refresh of the i3-10100F, which is in turn a renewed i3-9100F. Then again, there are no official database entries to verify this new alleged leak at present.
HBO Go will upgrade to HBO Max in 39 markets by June 2020; more to follow later
HBO Max is an upcoming streaming service from the TV studio in question, but also offers content from partners that range from DC to New Line. It will replace the existing Go product in many Latin and South America in June 2021, migrating its existing users to the new platform as it does. A similar transition is planned for European customers, although this lacks a concrete roll-out schedule at present.
Nokia releases the 6300 4G button-phone in the US for $70
US consumers looking for an ultra-cheap, ultra-simple phone with some modern features such as 4G/LTE and Google Assistant now have a new option, courtesy of Nokia. It now sells its 6300 comeback at a price of US$69.99. This buys all that the world's most prominent "alternative" mobile system KaiOS has to offer, as well as a 3.5mm headphone jack.
There are now 100 million Apple Watch users on Earth: new report
The market research group Above Avalon has studied the fortunes of the Apple Watch series up to 2020, and has put the number of its adopters at 100 million. This would make it the OEM's fourth biggest product, with iPhones, iPads and Macs the only lines to sell better than these wearables. Should this trend continue, they may in fact be able to overtake the PCs by 2022.
A new stress-test video may highlight performance differences between the global and Chinese-market versions of the Xiaomi Mi 11
Xiaomi has now launched its new flagship phone the Mi 11 internationally, having done so in its native China earlier in the year. The YouTuber Frankie Tech has pitted units from both releases against each other in an exhaustive AnTuTu benchmarking test. He has concluded that the 'Chinese' version of the phone held up better in terms of scores, even if it did heat up more in the process.
Google Search's dark theme seems to be nearly ready for prime time
The long-awaited dark theme for the Google Search webpage on Windows or macOS is reportedly now in A/B testing. This means some users may have already seen this update, which consists of an automatic color-scheme change in accordance with the system theme. This can help address preparing for the shock of that ever-present bright page that clashes with an otherwise eye-friendly UI.
The LG Gram 2021 laptops are released to the US market
LG introduced the latest, Tiger Lake-powered versions of its ultra-thin and light Gram laptops at CES 2021. Now, they have started to become available to order via the OEM's US website. The SKUs that can be purchased now are some of their 14-, 16- and 17-inch variants, with their new 2-in-1 siblings to follow in March 2021.
Nintendo releases the Switch Super Mario Special Edition to the US and China
The ever-popular Nintendo Switch now has a Super Mario-themed edition. It is essentially the same as a normal SKU of this device, although it has a new red-and-blue colorway and is bundled with an appropriately-themed new carrying case, as well as JoyCon grips and straps in matching colors. It starts at US$299 on Best Buy.
Microsoft will launch the Surface Duo in Europe without its current US discount
Microsoft has reportedly set a date of February 18, 2021 for the launch of the Surface Duo in some European countries, as well as in Canada. However, it seems the dual-screen Android device will very much revert to its original price on its new international debut. Meanwhile, its price is now down by as much as US$450 in stores where it is sold.
The Samsung Galaxy A52 5G has a premium IP rating: new leak
The Galaxy A52 leaks are coming thick and fast, which may mean this phone series is nearly ready for launch now. Its latest tip concerns its ingress-protection rating, which, apparently, should be nearly as good as that of an S21-series flagship. It may match other high-end camera and display specs in this upcoming mid-ranger's 5G variant.
Motorola rugged phones are on the horizon following a new partnership with Bullitt Group
Ever looked at the ruggedized devices of today, but wished you could buy one with a brand that has been around since the beginning of mobile phones instead? If so, the new Motorola-branded options coming up might be for you. They are not to be made by Lenovo, however, but by the UK firm Bullitt, which is also responsible for the CAT and Land Rover phones.
iQOO might launch 3 new phones in India by April 2021, possibly starting with its Snapdragon 888 flagship
A leaker called @Gadgetsdata on Twitter claims that iQOO is planning to launch a "flagship" in the third or fourth week of March 2021 in India. This phone might be the new, AnTuTu-mashing 7, and is now slated to lead 2 additional phones into this new market. One of them could be the rumored Snapdragon 870-toting Neo5.
The Moto E6i launches as the phone with probably the most underwhelming specs of 2021 so far
Motorola has released the Moto E6i to the Brazilian market. This phone has just 2GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage, something that one would have thought would be left behind at this stage. It also has a Unisoc SoC, an HD+ display and a microUSB port. On the plus side, it is an Android Go device, at least.
Huawei will unveil the Mate X2 in late February 2021
Huawei has officially announced that it will launch its next flagship foldable device on February 22, 2021. It is to be called the Mate X2, something also finally confirmed by the OEM via its Weibo channel. Its leaks suggest that it will have more of a Galaxy Fold look to it this time around, albeit with a different camera arrangement.
OnePlus patents a selfie camera small enough to fit in a modern smartphone's bezel
The race to the perfectly edge-to-edge mobile device screen has most recently culminated in the under-display selfie camera. However, it now seems OnePlus has developed an alternative: a super-slim bezel that incorporates a front-facing shooter. It may be able to maximize display real estate without resorting to punch-holes or other similar tech.
The Xiaomi Mi 11 flies through JerryRigEverything durability testing
The Xiaomi Mi 11 is the OEM's latest, Snapdragon 888-powered device. It has made its way onto the JerryRigEverything YouTube channel for its traditional bend-test. It ran this gauntlet with little bother, and with unusually high levels of praise for its low starting price and high-res main camera.
Realme gets a new phone through TENAA testing, could be a Narzo 30 series device
A new device from Realme has leaked via the regulator TENAA, suggesting that it will launch soon. Based on its model number (RMX3161), it is now thought that it will be the Narzo 30 (or, possibly the 30 Pro). The OEM is hyping the new phone already as a "fan-powered" product.
Samsung slashes the prices of all its most expensive phones by about US$200
Samsung has only just launched the Galaxy S21 flagship phone series. Nevertheless, it has discounted these 3 devices by at least US$100 on Amazon and Best Buy. The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is also now down by $200 or more, while the Galaxy Z Fold2 is up to $250 cheaper.
The POCO X3 Pro might launch in India soon following its BIS approval
Recently, the approval of a new POCO phone by the FCC led to speculation that it will be the Pro version of the X3 on its launch. Now, the same device has been certified by the Indian BIS authority, as well as SIRIM of Malaysia. Therefore, it might also debut in these markets soon.
JLab Audio launches the Talk series of USB microphones for streaming or recording
JLab Audio is known for its personal audio devices; however, it claims to have translated its expertise in that market to the plug-and-play USB-connected mic. There are three of these new products: the Talk GO, Talk and Talk Pro. They all have a 24-bit rate, although the recording sampling rate rises from 96k to 192k in the Pro.
Carl Pei confirms TWS earbuds as the first product from Nothing
OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei recently unveiled his new company as being called Nothing, which, as he also had no new devices to launch at that time, was pretty apt. Now, however, Pei has confirmed that the new OEM will roll its products out soon, with true-wireless stereo (TWS) earbuds to start.
RedMagic is set to launch its first Watch alongside its 2021 gaming phone series
RedMagic is a brand based on Android gaming phones with the specs and design required for players in this arena. However, it is now slated to branch into smartwatches in 2021, something confirmed by a new FCC listing. It is a round-faced wearable with an AMOLED display and heart-rate monitor.
Acer's latest financial figures are among its best for eight years
Acer has released its latest consolidated financial report, which covers January 2021. It includes revenues that are its highest "for the same period" since 2013. This performance is based on solid year-on-year (YoY) growth for the OEM's gaming, creator-PC and Chromebook sectors.
GoPro subscriber numbers shoot to 761,000 for the whole of 2020
GoPro has announced its first full-year financial report since it switched to an online retail and subscription-based business model. The customers in question are now just over 760,000 in number, beating the company's most ambitious goal for the year. This may suggest that the action-cam's brand new strategy works, although that is not the full story of GoPro's 2020.
Nubia announces its new 65W charging brick as Samsung plays catch-up with one of its own
Nubia is the latest smartphone OEM to slap its name on a power brick with fancy specs: gallium nitride-based charging with a 65 watt (W) rate and multiple ports in this case. However, it seems Samsung is hot on its heels by certifying a 65W accessory of its own. Could it be meant for the Galaxy Z Fold3?
Realme's alleged 2021 flagship appears in "GT" form on an official Chinese website
The Realme RMX2202 is a phone said to be the brand's 2021 flagship smartphone powered by the Snapdragon 888 processor. Therefore, it might prove a mighty rival for Xiaomi's freshly-launched Mi 11. It has popped up on a database run by China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT), suggesting it will launch soon.
OPPO's Find X3 Pro moniker is confirmed for the first time in a new leak
An OPPO device that is almost certainly powerful enough to be its 2021 flagship smartphone has appeared in several leaks. This has led to speculation that it will be the Find X3 Pro on its launch, although the OEM has yet to validate this. However, Google's ARCore support website has gotten there first.
Samsung might launch the next Galaxy Z Fold and Z Flip in July 2021
The latest leaks suggest that Samsung might call its next premium foldables the Galaxy Z Fold3 and Z Flip3, and confer rear cameras like those of the S21 Ultra and S21 respectively on them. Now, according to the prolific leaker IceUniverse, they might launch in the second half of 2021.
A dubious new leak points to an impending Xiaomi Mi 11 Pro Plus model
Xiaomi will launch the global edition of the Mi 11 flagship smartphone on February 8, 2021. However, this event is overshadowed by rumors of this device's Pro version. Now, a new leak claims that an even more premium Pro+ is also on the way - however, is it confused with the Mi 10 Ultra's successor?
The Galaxy A12 will launch in India soon, according to a new leak
The Galaxy A12 is a 2021 budget smartphone with quad rear cameras and a 5,000mAh battery. According to a tech blog, it will be available in India in what could be the next few days. Then again, its maker Samsung may be planning an unveiling for a compelling new mid-ranger in the same time-frame.
The OnePlus 7 Pro and 7T Pro get Always-on Displays via their latest betas
OnePlus has announced the roll-out of OxygenOS 11 Open Beta 2 for the OnePlus 7 and 7T series. This advance preview of the latest software for these flagships is the one that introduces Always-on ambient displays, albeit only for their Pro variants. It might also improve the behavior of features such as dynamic wallpapers and automatic brightness.
Optoma announces a world-first 7,000 ANSI lumen short-throw projector
Optoma claims that its new DuraCore ProScene laser projector is rated to throw images with a brightness of 7,000 lumens. It is also short-throw, which means it can has use-cases up to and including whole-room, 24/7 immersive effects. The ZU720TST also weighs only 28 pounds, which could allow one person to mount it, even to a ceiling.
Telegram is the most downloaded mobile app for January 2021 as WhatsApp slips to fifth
Telegram was #9 on SensorTower's list of most downloaded (non-game) mobile app in December 2020. Fast forward one month, however, and it had jumped up to #1. WhatsApp and Instagram were #3 and #4 at the end of 2020, but fell to #5 and #6 respectively at the start of 2021.
Samsung promises more details on the Galaxy F62 on February 8, 2021
The Galaxy F62 is the rumored re-brand of the Galaxy M62 smartphone said to be exclusive to India. Samsung has reportedly unveiled its marketing campaign for this device on Flipkart. It seeks to hold consumer attention until February 8, 2021, whereupon the phone might either be launched or leaked officially in more detail.
The iQOO Neo5 is portrayed as a Snapdragon 870 device in new leaks
Vivo's premium sub-brand iQOO is now rumored to have a new headliner for its Neo smartphone series ready to launch in March 2021. With its alleged Snapdragon 870 processor and up to 88W charging speed, it is also now depicted as a potential flagship killer - especially if it emerges with the bargain prices that have become a hallmark of its predecessors.
POCO India celebrates selling 1 million X-series phones, holds 1st anniversary sale
POCO's Indian division has announced that it has now sold 1 million units from its X series. It is also marking its first anniversary of "independence" from its original parent Xiaomi with a sale on Flipkart. This event involves deals such as 25% off a new C3, and runs until February 7, 2021.
Eve posts a Spectrum monitor update assuring the inclusion of fan-requested features and VRR
Eve Devices originally pitched the Spectrum as the ideal display for enthusiasts - then pushed its delivery date back until well into 2021. However, it is still posting updates to its community website as a sign it is working on getting the product to the shipping stage. The latest one claims it is crossing things off a long list of desired features, which include VRR and an inbuilt frame-rate counter.
Galaxy Tab S7/S7 Plus: Samsung adds new 512GB and Phantom Navy options
The Galaxy Tab S7 and S7+ (or Plus) are 2020 premium tablets launched by Samsung in the same "Mystic" color options as their nearest phone equivalent, the Note 20 Ultra. Now, however, the OEM also offers the slates in its newer S21-series Phantom Navy shade. They will also reportedly have a new 512GB internal storage top end soon.
Xiaomi certifies a new, 67W fast-charging power brick for mobile devices
Xiaomi launched a 65-watt (W) power brick in late 2020. Now, it has submitted a newer one rated for slightly faster 67W charging to the TUV safety-testing authority. This has led to speculation that it is intended to accompany the global version of the new Mi 11 flagship phone on its February 8, 2021 launch.
Apple agrees to pay South Korea US$89 million to end a legal dispute with the country
Apple has accepted a ruling from South Korea's national Fair Trade Commission that it has abused its dominance of the smartphone market in that country to skew conditions in its favor when it came to selling and supporting iPhones through carriers. Therefore, Apple has "volunteered" to fund facilities and education for small business in the IT sector.
The latest Android TV update makes it look more like Google TV
Google launched a new smart screen interface in 2020, which it may intend to roll out across all devices that run its UI going forward. A new software update may bring that to fruition, with a new look for Android TVs that bring features like that found on the new Chromecast dongle.
The latest OPPO Find X3 Pro leak seems to confirm its design and rear camera set-up
The OPPO Find X3 Pro is an upcoming 2021 flagship phone depicted as having iPhone-esque rear cameras set in a smooth, probably glass, casing. These esthetics have surfaced again in what the leaker Evan Blass has presented as real live images of the device. Blass has also supplied new levels of details on its sensors and their specs.
Lenovo posts a specs-ref for the new Legion 5 Pro ahead of its release
Lenovo announced that the Legion 5 Pro will be updated in 2021 with Ryzen 5000 silicon, RTX 30-series graphics and a 16:10 display. A Google-cached product specs reference let slip by the company ahead of its March release seems to confirm this, as well as how much RAM and storage space the machine can support.
Apple Car dreams might be closer to reality with a new investment in Kia Motors
Apple is currently rumored to be involved in the design of its own-brand electric cars to rival other brands such as Tesla. This might now be bolstered with reports that the Cupertino giant has invested ~US$3.6 billion in Kia, a subsidiary of Hyundai known to be involved in the production of those kinds of automobiles.
Samsung strengthens the Galaxy Buds Pros' ability to switch between ANC and Ambient mode
Samsung marketed the latest generation of their Galaxy Buds with a number of new modes, an Ambient Sound mode being most prominent among them. It is a form of ANC with environmental awareness mixed in. The TWS earbuds' latest updates should improve the hand-off between these two modes.
Sony sold 4.5 times more PlayStation 5 consoles than phones in the last quarter of 2020
Sony has released its financial performance report for October to December 2020. They show that the company shipped approximately 4.5 million PS5 units during that time, compared to about 1 million phones. It also posted 208% greater operating profits year-on-year (YoY), even though there were also 2% less sales for this quarter.
Fresh Huawei Mate X2 renders hint at a clean new foldable experience
Huawei is rumored to launch a new foldable phablet called the Mate X2 soon. According to a new render, it will be a considerable departure from its predecessor in that it will have a design quite like that of its probable main rival, the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2. Then again, it might manage to avoid the multiple central punch-holes seen in that device.
Vivo's MediaTek Dimensity 1100-powered phone is slated to launch in March 2021
The Dimensity 1100 is an SoC MediaTek has introduced as a one-step-down option from its new flagship, the 1200. The OEM Vivo is rumored to be one of the first, if not the first, to produce a phone based on it. According to a new leak, it is called the S9 and will debut on March 6, 2021.
Apple might launch in-display Touch ID with the 2021 iPhones
Flagship iPhones have been unlockable through Face ID only since 2017. Now, however, there are hints that Apple might bring its only real alternative, Touch ID, back in 2021. It will apparently be an in-display version for the first time, with the company leaving the Home button in the dust with the putative new technology.
New leaked images allegedly show the RTX 3060 Ti's GPU
The RTX 3060 is said to launch soon based on an Ampere chip variant called the GA106-300. A GPU leaks site claims to confirm its existence with a new live image showing this silicon, alongside the latest news on its supposed specs. They are said to include 12GB of RAM and fewer CUDA cores than it conceivably could.
The Samsung Galaxy A52 is captured in 3D and "Awesome" color ahead of its launch
The Galaxy A52 is a keenly-anticipated Samsung mid-ranger as it is projected to come with quad rear cameras and 4G/5G variants. Its launch has been set in stone as it has now been listed on the TENAA regulatory database. Meanwhile, the leaker Evan Blass now asserts that it will come in 4 "Awesome" colors.
OPPO Find X3 Pro: a new SlashLeaks post purports to confirm many important specs of the upcoming flagship phone
The OPPO Find X3 Pro has allegedly been spotted tearing up benchmarks prior to its March 2021 launch. Its latest leak allegedly comes directly from a cloud-testing website belonging to its OEM. It seems to affirm the screen resolution, SoC, RAM and OS associated with this premium phone.
A supposed POCO X3 Pro is cleared by the FCC for launch
The brand POCO has certified a new device with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and a number of other regulators. There is some evidence that this phone will be revealed as the Pro version of the X3 on its launch. To date, most of its specs remain a mystery, however, although its leaks point to NFC support, at least.
MediaTek scores an order from Apple for new audio components
MediaTek has posted an arguable win by securing a contract with Apple to supply it with components for next-gen audio accessories. Then again, these products are not future AirPods, but those of the Beats series instead. This would be the first incidence of this product line not being made with completely in-house hardware.
Huawei will launch the Mate X2 soon, according to a new leak
The Mate X2's launch has been anticipated for some time, even with its maker Huawei's trade-war woes. A new post from a Weibo-based leaker assures the public that the device will debut "soon", with the 5nm chipset, design and features one might expect from a 2021 premium foldable phone.
The POCO M3 is to launch in India "with 6GB RAM only" on February 2, 2021
The POCO M3 is the global version of the impressively successful Redmi Note 9 4G/LTE that launched in China in 2020. Now, it is finally coming to India, and in its 6GB RAM flavor no less, whereas it sells as a 4GB phone in some other markets. It will launch via Flipkart in February 2020.
New renders depict the Galaxy Z Fold3 as a bendable S21 Ultra
The next generation of Samsung's flexible premium phablet is likely to be called the Galaxy Z Fold3. The leaker Ben Geskin has produced new images to show how this device might look according to the latest leaks and rumors. They point to it having rear cameras like those of the Galaxy S21 Ultra, although the rest is much unchanged compared to 2020.
The stable Android 11 update finally hits the LG Velvet in South Korea
LG had nominated only 1 phone to upgrade to Android 11 in 2021: the 2020 sort-of-mid-ranger Velvet. This has at least allowed it to get the device's new UI out of beta and into a stable channel, according to a user on Reddit at least. However, the update only seems to be available in South Korea at the moment.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 series is an iterative, Snapdragon 888-powered upgrade over the S7s
A YouTube-based tipster has asserted that successors to the premium Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 and S7+ slates are on the way. However, it seems they will be not much more than Snapdragon 888-powered versions of those 2020 models. Then again, their prices are now not expected to change either.
iOS 14.4 contains a new anti-independent repair message along with security upgrades
The latest version of iOS (14.4) is now available as a stable update. Installing it causes a new kind of "important hardware message" to pop up should an iPhone detect that its rear camera module has been unofficially replaced. Apple has also noted that the software includes patches for potentially actionable vulnerabilities.
Samsung confirms it will develop slideable and rollable displays in 2021
Samsung's Display division recently held its earnings call for the last quarter of 2020 (4Q2020), which apparently involved profits that grew nearly 800% year-on-year and revenues equivalent to about US$8.9 billion. It also announced that it would indeed get into emerging panel types, including rollable ones, so as to stay competitive in 2021 and beyond.
MediaTek announces the inclusion of its hardware in the Wi-Fi Alliance's latest testing array
The Wi-Fi Alliance has only just begun to validate hardware with the newest 6E wireless-data standard. This is good news for MediaTek, which has had its latest access point and client-side wireless solutions picked up for use in this official body's new test bed. Therefore, the company might now find it easier to pitch these components to OEMs who make routers, broadband equipment or PCs.
ZTE's Axon 30 Pro will launch with a 200MP main camera from Samsung: new leaks
The tipster WHYLAB now claims that the newly-hyped ZTE Axon 30 Pro will launch with a new image sensor called the S5KGND. This, apparently, is Samsung's rumored new 200MP sensor, possibly the most powerful of 2021. It is projected to support 16K recording, dual pixel-binning modes and dual native ISO.
Xiaomi goes to Washington over its US Administration blacklisting
Xiaomi has lodged a complaint with a US court against the same country's government for placing it on an investment blacklist earlier in 2021. The company asserts that the action against it is unwarranted, as it is based on an association with the Chinese military which (according to Xiaomi) does not in fact exist. This, in turn, has apparently affected its ability to do business in the electronics market as usual.
Chromebook and tablet shipments break records in 2020
The latest market research report from Canalys shows that the PC market enjoyed success not seen in years during 2020. It posted shipment volumes not seen since 2015, hitting 143.7 million units (a 35% year-on-year (YoY) increase) in the last quarter (4Q2020). Tablet and Chromebook shipments also saw record increases, with the latter doubling in number compared to 2019.
Apple has a notchless next-gen iPhone prototype
The leaker @MauriQHD has posted claims that Apple has finally produced an edge-to-edge iPhone display. Unfortunately, it is also apparently a prototype, and may not be intended for the upcoming 13 (or possibly 12s) series. In other rumors, the Cupertino giant might see fit to "invent" 1TB internal storage options in 2021.
The "Meizu 18" turns up on YouTube with an under-display selfie camera
Meizu is expected to launch smartphones with the Snapdragon 888 flagship-grade processor soon. A new leak purports to show one of them (possibly the 18, 18 Pro or 18 Max) with a completely edge-to-edge screen. This suggests it will join the currently very exclusive under-display camera club in 2021.
Motorola claims to have its own version of Xiaomi's Mi Air Charge in the works
Xiaomi has just gone public with its working prototype of groundbreaking over-the-air (or remote) wireless charging. However, it seems Motorola is hot on its heels with its own take on this "Mi Air Charge". A YouTube demonstration appears to show it working with 2 modified smartphones placed at 0.8 and 1 meter away from a single transmitter.
The Snapdragon 888 version of the Galaxy S21 Ultra proves slower, but possibly more stable, than the Xiaomi Mi 11 in a new video
Earlier, the YouTuber Frankie Tech tested the Xiaomi Mi 11 and iQOO 7 - the only phones with the latest Snapdragon 888 processor at the time - in terms of their AnTuTu benchmarking performance, and found that both phones seemed to overheat in response. Now, the vlogger has pitted the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra against the Mi 11 in the same way, with interesting results.
Realme will launch its first laptop in mid-2021: new leak
Realme is mostly known for its phones and audio devices; however, like Xiaomi and Huawei before it, it is now rumored to get into the laptop game as well. According to a well-known leaker, the first of these new products will debut in June 2021. Meanwhile, the OEM has teased a new initiative called TechLife, which will launch in February.
Vivo might be the first OEM to launch a Dimensity 1100-powered phone
MediaTek invented a whole new tier of its high-end mobile chipsets with the introduction of the Dimensity 1100 alongside its outright flagship counterpart the 1200. A new leak indicates that Vivo has a device with this new premium-ish mid-range processor in the works. It is to have 12GB of RAM and an FHD+ display.
ZTE teases a Pro-grade 2021 successor for its under-display camera phone
The OEM ZTE had a landmark 2020 in that it was first to launch a smartphone with a cutting-edge under-display selfie camera. Now, it has confirmed the existence of a phone with a name that not only sounds like a next generation for the Axon 20, but is a Pro variant as well. It is being hyped as a device with industry-leading cameras.
Lenovo US announces an "employee-discount" sale on Legion laptops, more
Lenovo's US webstore has begun what it calls a "You Pay What We Pay" event, which apparently entails the same kinds of discounts only normally available to the OEM's staff members. They include up to US$800 off an Intel 10th-gen Legion 7i laptop, as well as deals on gaming mice and headsets.
Micron announces that its latest "1-alpha" DRAM is ready to ship
Micron has launched its latest form of DRAM, which is also now in volume production. It is based on the company's 1-alpha (1α, or fourth-generation) 10 nanometer (nm) node, and also incorporates 176-layer NAND for the first time. Micron asserts that has up to 40% more memory cells, and is up to 15% more power-efficient, than its predecessor.
Meizu is the latest OEM rumored to ship 2021 flagship phones without chargers
The tipster Digital Chat Station claims to have found new premium phones from Meizu on the 3C regulatory website. One might be called the 18 and support 30-watt (W) charging, while the other might be a 40W 18 Pro. However, despite these specs, it is said that the company will follow Apple and Samsung's example in leaving the necessary power bricks out of their retail boxes.
Here goes Nothing: Carl Pei introduces his second start-up with a total absence of new products
Today (27 January 2021), OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei launched his first company formed since leaving that OEM in 2020, and it's...Nothing. This new brand-name apparently applies to new and innovative tech Pei and his team plan to build from the ground up with no reference to what has gone before. However, there is still no word on what forms these products are to take yet.
Apple updates its safety information to warn users with pacemakers about the potential increased risks of using MagSafe
Apple has updated some product safety material found in the Support section of its website to clarify the potential of its new MagSafe feature to interfere with pacemakers. It notes that, while the extra magnetism involved should not make the technology more dangerous than the average wireless-charging device or accessory, a user with a medical device should keep it a certain distance away from the relevant devices.
OPPO patents its answer to the Samsung Galaxy SmartTag or Apple AirTag
Wireless smart tags for possession-tracking seem to be one of the major trends for mobile device OEMs in 2021. According to a new patent application discovered on the CNIPA database, OPPO may be the next to jump onto this bandwagon. Its new Bluetooth tag looks much like that of Samsung's, although there are no indications as yet that the two would work in the exact same way.
DOOGEE updates its rugged S88 series with more RAM and a new main camera
The DOOGEE S88 Pro stood out among toughphones with its 10,000mAh battery and the "robot-eye" LEDs in its rear panel. The new S88 Plus retains these, but also comes with 8GB of RAM, as opposed to 6GB in its predecessor. It also packs reverse wireless charging so as to share its giant capacity in an emergency, and has a special introductory price for its launch on AliExpress.
The Samsung Galaxy Watch3 and Active2 are cleared to activate their ECG functions in 31 new markets
The Samsung Health Monitor app has finally acquired the CE mark of approval in Europe. This means that the Galaxy Watch3 can finally use its electrocardiogram (ECG) and blood-pressure monitoring features, as can the Galaxy Watch Active2, across the European Economic Area (EEA). This is also true of the UK, UAE, Chilean and Indonesian markets.
The Samsung Exynos platform for Tesla self-driving cars is to upgrade to 5nm: new report
Samsung has partnered with Tesla to supply its cars with processors for their "auto-pilot" functions in the past, although the silicon in question has come from 14 nanometer (nm) process nodes. However, a Korean news outlet now asserts that these automotive SoCs are to evolve all the way to 5nm soon. They might control in-car entertainment as well as self-driving abilities in the future.
Blackview announces that the BL8000 rugged phone will have the MediaTek Dimensity 1200
Blackview touted its Dimensity 800-powered BL6000 Pro as the "toughest 5G phone in the world" on its launch. Now, it has an upcoming successor, the BL8000, which upgrades to the Dimensity 1200 - MediaTek's new flagship SoC. This could make the impending device a very powerful rugged phone indeed.
Motorola's "Ibiza" may launch soon as a phone with Android 11 and Wi-Fi 5
Motorola seems to be carrying on with its new 2021 trend of resort island-based code-names for its upcoming budget phones. The latest of these is apparently the "Ibiza", a device rumored to launch with the new Snapdragon 480 SoC for budget 5G phones. It may also have been registered with the Wi-Fi Alliance, suggesting it will be here soon.
The OnePlus 9 series' cameras will be capable of Moon Mode, Tilt-Shift, Hyperlapse and more
XDA contributors claim to have found code in the latest version of the OnePlus camera app for new features that are likely to launch alongside the upcoming 9 flagship series. They include distinctly pro-sounding abilities including Focus Peaking and Tilt-Shift. It seems the OEM is also going trendy with other features such as Moon Mode and Starburst.
Google Search may become unavailable in Australia over journalism compensation row
Millions of people search for news on Google or Facebook; therefore, those tech behemoths should pay media outlets for their content. At least, this is the Australian government's position in a dispute with the companies in question. Google has responded by threatening to deprive the country of its Search service.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.4 (2021) is on the way, according to a new leak
The tech blog MySmartPrice claims to have been sent exclusive renders of a new Galaxy Tab A-series slate. It is purported to be the next generation of it 8.4-inch variant, and to be slimmer and more portable compared to its predecessor. Otherwise, it seems to be largely unchanged, down to its 3.5mm jack.
Android 12 might include an answer to the iPhone's Back Tap feature
The betas for Android's next major update may not be too far away at this point. This version is the one now rumored to implement a feature in which a phone can respond to double-taps on its rear panel to open shortcuts. Android 12 is also said to add App Pairs, a new form of split-screen mode, as well as more effective third-party app-market access.
The Redmi Watch will launch in India, as per its BIS certification
The Redmi Watch - or Mi Watch Lite for global markets - has been spotted on the BIS regulatory documentation, hinting that it will launch in India soon. It is slated to be the Redmi-branded version as it has been registered under that name. By any name, it has a 1.4-inch square face, 5ATM water resistance and up to 9 hours of battery life.
A new Motorola Edge S leak puts the smartphone's launch date at January 26, 2021
The Motorola Edge S might be the first Android device to launch with the new Snapdragon 870 SoC. According to a new allegedly official poster, this event is scheduled for later in January 2021. It also seems to confirm its quad rear cameras and color options.
The Samsung Galaxy A52 is cleared for an imminent launch with new certifications
The Galaxy A52 is an upcoming Samsung phone, the release of which is all but confirmed through new Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) and Wi-Fi Alliance certifications. Then again, its additional specs, the Snapdragon 750G SoC included, have not been revealed in these new leaks.
The OPPO Find X3 Lite shows up in a new leak, hinting at a 65W charger in the box for the upcoming phone
OPPO is rumored to have a Lite version of its Find X3 2021 flagship smartphone in the works that is in fact a re-badged Reno5 5G. This idea has been given more weight by a new photo of what a prominent leaker asserts is this device's retail box. It shows a handset with very Reno-like rear cameras, presented on top of a large charging brick.
The apparently neon green Realme Buds Q2 are cleared for launch by the FCC
The Realme Buds Q are TWS earbuds that launched for about US$30 in 2020. Now, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has inadvertently confirmed that their second generation is likely to launch soon. They have been registered as Bluetooth devices with black and fluorescent green colorways.
OnePlus Watch: a new certification hints at 2 very different versions of the same upcoming wearable
The OnePlus Watch is coming to India, according to a new regulatory certification posted by a well-known tipster. It has been presumed that this wearable would have a round face; however, the new registration specifies 2 variants with different model numbers. Therefore, a square-faced option from OnePlus might be back on the cards.
Apple loses LG as a supplier for LCD iPhone displays
The days of LCD-only iPhones are numbered; however, a handful of these models are still in production. However, it now seems they will have to do without screens from LG for the rest of their manufacturing runs. The company has dropped Apple as a customer for mobile LCD panels, leaving it scrambling for other suppliers to complete new SE (2020) units.
Galaxy Z Flip 3: new renders show the foldable phone with an updated rear camera hump and secondary screen
Samsung is currently expected to launch up to 4 new foldable devices this year, 1 of which will be a next-gen Galaxy Z Flip. Fresh renders of this clamshell phone have popped up with the same main camera module as the Galaxy S21 or S21+. Should this rumor be correct, it could launch with triple rear cameras and more space for a front-facing display.
Realme Watch 2: FCC confirms square 1.4-inch display, SpO2 sensor and IP68 rating for the upcoming wearable
Realme's first-ever smartwatch was an Apple Watch clone, whereas its second had a round face and a Pro variant. A new FCC registration reveals the OEM has gone back to a square face for its next wearable. It has an on-trend blood oxygen monitor, as well as "dynamic" heart-rate tracking and IP68 ingress-protection.
The RedMagic 6 gaming-phone series is slated to have a 120W-charging Pro version
Nubia has hyped its 2021 flagship-grade gaming phone with a new spec: ultra-fast 120-watt (W) charging. A new leak suggests that there will be 2 variants of the device, only 1 of which will have the new technology. The putative Snapdragon 888-powered series is also now rumored to have other exciting features such as color-changing glass rear panels.
Qualcomm, Ericsson and Telstra claim the new world record for mmWave 5G download speeds
Qualcomm, in conjunction with its partners Telstra and Ericsson, has reported a new high in 5G download speeds. They have achieved 5 gigabits per second (Gb/s) at Australia's 5G Innovation Centre, using commercial Telstra infrastructure and up-to-date mmWave hardware. They include the new X60 mobile modem and third-gen QTM535 antenna.
OnePlus and OPPO are to share R&D teams in the future
A Chinese news outlet has recently broken the story that OPPO and OnePlus - two heretofore independent brands under the BBK Electronics umbrella - will "merge" their research and development efforts. This leak, which might mean the 2 OEMs start producing much more similar products soon, has been confirmed to some extent by OnePlus.
Samsung has a new Pro series of Galaxy Books in the works
Samsung has certified a new line of products with the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG). They are called the Galaxy Book Pro and Galaxy Book Pro 360. By the sound of it, they are new PCs of the laptop or convertible form-factor.
The OPPO Find X3 Pro might launch with a 4,400mAh battery, 65W charging and ColorOS 11.2
The OPPO CPH2173 is an upcoming device that has been spotted in several leaks over the last few weeks. Based on its alleged specs, it is likely to be a Find X3-series flagship. It has now been certified by the FCC and 3C authorities, showing that it has a dual-cell 2200mAh battery and what seems to be a new version of ColorOS.
The 870 EVO is Samsung's newest SATA SSD for personal storage
Samsung has announced the latest in its EVO series of SSDs. The OEM is pitching the 870 at users with network-attached servers (NASs) as well as consumer PCs. It is rated for top SATA read and write speeds and for 30% performance improvements over its predecessor.
The mysterious "Capri Plus" phone is identified as the Motorola Moto G30 in a new leak
Motorola has been linked to a new series of budget phones code-named "Capri" and "Capri Plus" as of late. The latter of these - also known as the XT-2129 - has been approved for launch by the Thai regulator NBTC. It has also let its product name slip: Moto G30. Therefore, this may be a G10 replacement, although its specs speak against that idea.
Carl Pei announces his new brand's launch date, holds an M1 MacBook Air giveaway to celebrate
Carl Pei is well known as the co-founder of the successful smartphone brand OnePlus. However, he has since left this company with plans to start another. It will launch on January 27, 2021; in the meantime, Pei has tweeted that he is giving 10 MacBook Airs with the new M1 chipset away, presumably to drive hype for his own new products.
A Xiaomi Mi 11 vs. iQOO 7 benchmarking video may be an early hint of overheating issues with the Snapdragon 888 SoC
The Snapdragon 888 is Qualcomm's latest flagship-grade mobile processor, and as such is only available in a tiny handful of phones to date. The first 2 of these, the iQOO 7 and Xiaomi Mi 11, have already exhibited thermal-management problems while in the hands of a reviewer. Hopefully, this is not a sign of things to come for the rest of 2021.
An initial Samsung Galaxy S21 teardown hints at the future of reparability for its new flagship series
The first Galaxy S21 disassembly video has arrived on YouTube, courtesy of the channel P3K. It suggests that repairing this base-model smartphone might not be too difficult, even though Samsung makes it look that way with its new rear panel. The device's thermal management system is also on show in this post.
Vivo will launch its first tablet alongside the X60 Pro+
The X60 Pro+ is a Snapdragon 888-powered variant of Vivo's latest flagship smartphone series. The OEM has confirmed that it will debut tomorrow (January 21, 2021) in China. A tech blog in the same country now claims that its first-ever tablet might be unveiled alongside it.
Apple offers yet more free TV+ access to existing customers
Apple's TV+ is its answer to other streaming platforms such as Netflix. One year's worth of free access to the service was bundled with compatible hardware bought at its September 2019 launch. That offer was then extended so as to end in February 2021 - however, the OEM has now prolonged it again until July.
A South Korean high court finds Samsung's acting head Lee Jae-yong guilty of corruption
The High Court of Seoul, South Korea has sentenced Lee Jae-yong, who had held a key role at the electronics giant Samsung, to 2.5 years in jail. The court has ruled that the executive has been involved in leveraging political influence to lock down power within the company. Its decision will reportedly be appealed at a later date.
The OPPO Band is set for an international launch due to a new leak
The OPPO Band is a 2020 fitness tracker with a blood-oxygen sensor that launched in China for about US$31. Now, it has reportedly acquired an EEC certification, which suggests that it may go on sale in Russia soon. Therefore, this could this be the first of further global releases for the device.
The unusually-styled F150 B2021 8000mAh toughphone premieres for US$110
Not many rugged phones come in main colors other than black or have horizontally-oriented quad rear cameras. However, the F150 B2021 offers both. Its OEM has set it at a regular price of US200; however, it is down to $110 for its debut on Banggood or AliExpress.
MediaTek's Dimensity 2000 is now slated to launch in 2022, based on Cortex X2 and A79 cores
MediaTek's next Dimensity 1200 premium SoC may launch on January 20, 2021). However, its successor might be even bigger news. A leaker claims that this chipset, thought to be the OEM's first 5 nanometer (nm) product, will integrate next-gen Cortex X2 cores. It may be joined by A79 cores, while its GPU might be the Mali-G79.
The Huawei P50's rear panel allegedly surfaces in a new leak
Huawei is slated to launch its flagship P50 smartphone series in early 2021. According to a new leak, its vanilla model will have 5 rather different rear cameras, arranged in a new slim housing. It has been worked up into high-end renders that also show quad-curved displays and singular punch-hole selfie shooter.
Samsung updates the Galaxy Watch Active 2 with SmartThings Find and Group Walking challenge support
The Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 has a new firmware update that brings part of the OEM's virtual group-workout initiative to the wearable. It also now supports SmartThings Find, which might help an owner recover a missing unit, as well as Samsung's hand-washing app.
Honor announces the postponement of the V40 launch, again
Honor had set the date of its event to unveil its upcoming flagship phones, the V40 series, on January 18, 2021. However, this has now been pushed back until January 22. In the meantime, it has released posters confirming the appearance of at least 1 of these phones and set up a new online store in its native China.
Smartwatches may be able to help diagnose Covid-19, research finds
Can smartwatches help to diagnose cases of Covid-19? According to a couple of new studies, they can. The research applies to the Apple Watch and other wearables associated with heart-rate monitoring, as they might record the variations in this metric that might indicate the presence of the virus, even in asymptomatic patients.
Google is pushing Android TV hardware-makers to adopt the AV1 codec in 2021
AV1 is a video codec rated to enhance file compression compared to its current alternatives. Google has become its a major proponent, to the extent that it is now reportedly insisting that manufacturers need to have it enabled in devices with compatible SoCs if they want to use the Android 10 for TV interface.
Realme gets a start on debuting its 2021 budget phones and accessories
Realme is a brand that has built its appeal on affordable mobile and personal audio devices. Initial leaks suggest it is going to keep this going in 2021 with the launch of the C21 smartphone and the Buds Wireless 2 Neo. They are slated to be the successor to the cost-effective C11 and to be neckbuds rather than TWS earbuds respectively.
Samsung Galaxy M62: not a new tablet after all, according to the FCC
A recent leak may have generated confusion, if also some potential enthusiasm, at the prospect of the first in a new line of Samsung Galaxy M-series tablets. However, the device in question has now undergone testing at the Federal Communication Commission (FCC), which apparently reveals it is actually just another smartphone. Nevertheless, it is still touted to launch with an internal storage upgrade.
OPPO hints at a March 2021 launch for the Find X3 flagship series; intros Snapdragon 480-based A93 5G
OPPO may have set a rough date for the launch of its 2021 premium smartphone series, likely to be called the Find X3 and X3 Pro. At the opposite end of its mobile-device spectrum, the A93 5G has debuted with Qualcomm's latest 5G-for-the-masses SoC. It offers decent specs, including 8GB of RAM and a headphone jack, for about US$310 in China.
A Best Buy leak may reveal US pricing for the RTX 3070-powered HP Omen 15
NVIDIA has all but confirmed that the 2021 HP Omen 15 gaming laptop will be powered by RTX 3000-series graphics. According to a clearly premature sales listing on bestbuy.com, they will comprise the RTX 3070 Max-Q hinted at in previous tips. Its latest leak puts its starting price at US$1600.
Samsung provides a deep dive for the Galaxy S21 Ultra's new 108MP camera sensor
The Galaxy S21 Ultra launched with a new 108MP main shooter, even though the OEM did not introduce it by name exactly during the show. However, it is apparent that it is called the ISOCELL HM3, the first of its kind to debut with nine-pixel binning and a 0.8 micron pixel size. Samsung asserts that it can enhance dynamic range, clarity and detail compared to its predecessors.
The iQOO 7 racks up ~US$30.9 million for its first day on the market
The iQOO 7 is the world's second Snapdragon 888-based phone in the world, although it is only available to order in China at present. These sales kicked off today (January 15, 2021), an event its OEM now claims made it 200 million yuan (~US$30.86 million). Its new OS update also upgrades its touch-sampling rate to no less than 1000Hz.
The Windows 10X desktop leaks in a new video "demo"
A recent video from WindowsCentral's YouTube channel purports to demo the Windows 10X interface. The latest word on this version of the OS is that it will first arrive on devices that are single-screen, touchscreen-oriented or both. Its new leak seems to bear that impression out in detail.
Samsung offers the future of recovering missing treasures with new Galaxy SmartTags
The Galaxy SmartTag is a new consumer-grade electronic tracker from Samsung. It has a versatile array of use-cases, from potentially protecting bags from theft to finding lost pets. It is rated for up to 6 months of use per charge, and for ultra-wide-band (UWB) technology, which helps with its AR Tracking feature.
Samsung's Galaxy Buds Pro launch with an updated build, intelligent ANC and auto-device switching
Samsung has added Pro variants to its Galaxy Buds series of TWS earbuds. They are rated for upgraded active noise cancellation (ANC), voice-call quality and 360° Audio. They can also switch automatically between different mobile devices from their OEM depending on what the user is doing with either one.
The Galaxy S21 Ultra is Samsung's latest truly premium device with a price to match
Samsung has made the Galaxy S21 Ultra official, alongside its smaller S21 and S21+ siblings. Its heretofore well-leaked specs is housed in a fresh case design with a metallic rear camera housing and an otherwise matte finish. The OEM also confirms its newly-acquired S Pen compatibility, new 108MP main shooter and Knox Vault security features.
HTC launches the Desire 21 Pro 5G with a questionable price for its specs
With its Snapdragon 690 SoC and 90 hertz (Hz) FHD IPS display, the HTC Desire 21 Pro 5G has stepped into the ring with the OnePlus Nord N10. However, while that phone is destined for multiple markets, its new rival has only debuted in its native Taiwan to date. Its price there works out much higher compared to its competition, however.
XMG announces "re-designed" 15-17 inch NEO and PRO gaming laptops with Ryzen 5000 processors and RTX 3000 graphics
XMG has announced that the 2021 iterations of its PRO and NEO 15/17 laptops will have new, slim cases in addition to new specs. The NEO 15 and 17 also boasts fresh Ryzen 9 5900HX or 7 5800H AMD platforms, while the PROs stick with a Core i7 processor so as to be among the first on the market to combine RTX 3000 graphics with Thunderbolt 3.
The RT-AX68U is the first Asus Wi-Fi 6 router to feature the new Instant Guard security app
Asus has debuted its new Instant Guard facility in the new RT-AX68U Wi-Fi 6 home router. The device also sprouts 3x3 MIMO antennae for speeds of up to 2.7 gigabits per second (Gb/s). It also supports the OEM's AiMesh software, so as to integrate into and proliferate any such network it finds itself in.
Asus is confident its new ExpertCenter D7/D5 series is a dependable new option for business customers
Asus is clearly pitching its new ExpertCenter D700 and D500 machines at the IT professionals who would maintain them as well as the employers that would buy them. Their cases can go down to 9 liters (L) in size, and are made to US MIL-STD-810G durability standards. Furthermore, they have a tool-less design and have legacy serial and parallel ports.
Qualcomm announces the acquisition of chip start-up NUVIA
Qualcomm has revealed that it has bought the CPU-design team NUVIA for approximately US$1.4 billion. The OEM asserts that the move will make it more competitive in the future, and will enhance the development of Snapdragon mobile chipsets, as well as platforms for AI-powered vehicles, XR and infrastructure. Its hardware partners, including Microsoft and Samsung, have welcomed the acquisition.
Nubia makes the launch of the RedMagic 6, a 2021 gaming phone with 120W charging and 4500mAh battery, official
Nubia has confirmed that its RedMagic series of premium Android gaming smartphones will get a new generation in 2021. This new device's first teaser reveals that its 4500mAh will be capable of charging by up to 120 watts (W). It is also likely to launch with the top-end Snapdragon 888 processor.
The Motorola "Nio" phone will ship with a 5000mAh battery and a 20W power brick: new leak
Motorola is said to have a new premium phone in the works with the code-name "Nio". It also has a rumored model number (XT2125), which has shown up on the Federal Communications Commission, (FCC) website. This new leak may thus confirm the device will launch soon with a 20 watt (W) power brick and a 5000mAh battery.
TCL introduces new smart glasses, TWS earbuds and a Bluetooth pet-tracker
TCL's new product launches are mainly display-centric; however, it has also announced the expansion of its smart device ecosystem at CES 2021. They include the new Wearable Display, a name the OEM has seen fit to give its first pair of smart glasses. They are joined here by other devices such as the hybrid ANC-enhanced MOVEAUDIO S600 earbuds, the MOVETRACK PetTracker and the LINKHUB 4G/LTE Outdoor CPE.
Acer refreshes the Predator Helios 300 with RTX 3080 graphics and a 240Hz display
The latest iteration of the 15.6-inch Acer Predator Helios 300 could easily be mistaken for the last. However, the OEM asserts that it is rated for even smoother gameplay thanks to its new GPU and display option. Can these new specs help it blow the cobwebs of 2020 away?
TCL announces its new form of OD Zero mini-LED alongside upcoming Google TVs at CES 2021
TCL's latest generation of mini-LED panel is called OD Zero, ostensibly as the OEM claims to have reduced the distance between the backlight and diffuser layers in these panels to "zero millimeters". This could improve on luminance and color-depth for the devices based on it, not to mention their form-factor. TCL has also announced that its 2021 smart TVs will launch with Google's new UI.
LG introduces its 2021 OLED, NanoCell and QNED line-up of TVs
LG asserts that it has brought the "ultimate" slew of updates to its premium TV offerings to CES 2021. The OEM has even invented a new sub-category for this year: QNED, a combination of its mini-LED and Quantum NanoCell Color technologies. As for the OLEDs, the 48-inch C1 has already won a Best of Innovation Award at the show.
TCL CSOT shows off its rollable OLED and AMOLED displays
TCL's display-development subsidiary CSOT has prepared 2 of its flexible prototypes that can function when paired to rollers for display at CES 2021. One is the extendable AMOLED panel that may have been seen as part of a concept smartphone before. The other is a 17-inch piece of OLED that may show what the OEM can offer the makers of devices such as transparent TVs.
TCL announces its latest tablets, one of which features the new NXTPAPER panel type
TCL has just launched its first ever NXTPAPER tablet at CES 2021. It is built around the OEM's recently-developed e-ink competitor, and is slated to deliver a "paper-like" viewing experience. It is joined at the virtual show by the new TAB 10s slate.
The HP Elite Wireless Earbuds are a new option for work video calls
HP asserts that its new Elite-series earbuds are an enterprise-grade way of introducing wireless audio into your professional online conferencing set-up. They are rated for both passive and active noise cancellation (PNC and ANC), streamlined device-switching and fast case charging via USB type C.
Samsung will make 200MP the new normal for smartphone cameras in 2021: new leak
108MP is the highest resolution available to mobile devices at the moment, featuring most recently in the freshly-launched Xiaomi Mi 11. However, the respected leaker Ice Universe asserts that Samsung has new 200MP ISOCELL-line sensors ready to go "soon". Therefore, OEMs may aim to include this tech in their flagships in the course of 2021.
Sony launches new wireless speakers with 360 Reality Audio
Sony has announced new SRS-series wireless speakers. The RA5000 and RA3000 have been designed with "room-filling sound" in mind, which entails a novel design meant to distribute sound horizontally in all directions, at least. They can also calibrate this output with respect to the room they are placed in and its dimensions.
The Samsung Galaxy S21 series is to launch in India with pre-order bundles including a free case and Galaxy SmartTag
Samsung has announced that it will launch the Galaxy S21 flagship series on January 14, 2021 in India. However, interested consumers in this market can now "pre-reserve" one of these phones ahead of this date with a special "VIP Pass". Doing so reportedly gets the buyer a free case worth the equivalent of ~US$52.
The iPhone 13 series will be thicker with updated notches and camera humps: new leak
Mac Otakara is quick on the draw in 2021 with its Apple rumors. The latest concerns the next generation of iPhones and how they will look. These devices will apparently still have a notch, although it will shrink somewhat in this new generation. They may also turn out not to be as slim as the 12 series, although this might well be no bad thing.
The Asus TUF Dash F15 laptop series with Tiger Lake-H 35 processors is on the way, according to a new leak
Videocardz now asserts that the first of a new series of Asus TUF machines called the Dash F15 will launch soon. This may be backed up with an image of this laptop from the SafetyKorea regulator. It is said to have a choice of Core i5 or i7 Tiger Lake-H 35 platforms, paired with either RTX 3060 or 3070 graphics.
Lenovo introduces its new enterprise-grade ThinkReality A3 smart glasses
Lenovo has made an ambitious leap into the business end of AR glasses with the new ThinkReality A3s. Their lenses are 1080p displays for their potential mixed-reality (MR) or heads-up display content. They also have dual RGB cameras to orient this view, and come in smartphone- or laptop-tethered USB type C variants.
The ultra-budget Samsung Galaxy A02s is headed for the US: new leak
Samsung has made the Galaxy A02s - a potential 2021 cost-effectiveness champ - official, but has yet to release it to any market. A new leak has led to speculation that the US will be first among them. The OEM has certified a number of A02s variants that could correspond to various carriers in the country.