Week 21 in review: Galaxy Note20 details surface, Xperia 1 II goes on sale

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Another week has come and gone, now it’s time to look back at the major events from it.

Last week Xiaomi detailed its MIUI 12 for global audiences. The OS will start seeding to devices at the end of June, starting with the Mi 9, Mi 9T, Mi 9T Pro, and the K20 and K20 Pro. MIUI 12 has stock Android 10 navigation gestures, new quick reply feature, floating windows and a new universal casting feature.

We learned that the Samsung Galaxy Note20 will likely have a 4,500mAh battery and a 108MP main camera. Reports claim that Samsung’s Fall flagship won’t adopt the 4x periscope camera of the Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G, but rather only its main 108MP camera.

The Galaxy Note20 also appeared in renders – both very crude and highly refined. The renders depict a squarish phone with tiny bezels, a centered punch-hole selfie camera and a triple or quad camera, depending on who you believe.

In more official news, Samsung unveiled the super-tough Galaxy S20 Tactical Edition – basically a Galaxy S20 with special software, tailored for the needs of operators in the federal government and Department of Defense, tucked inside a rugged case. The limited edition phone is due to arrive sometime in Q3.

MediaTek unveiled the new Dimensity 820 chipset with higher CPU clock speeds, an extra GPU core and support for dual SIM 5G. The chip will be a direct competitor to the upper-midrange Snapdragon 765G and 768G, and will also power the upcoming Redmi X10.

The Redmi 10X is expected to be the first phone with support for the aforementioned dual SIM 5G support and an AMOLED display with an always-on mode.

Not to be confused with the Redmi 10X, the Honor X10 5G debuted this week with a Kirin 820 chipset, a 4,300mAh battery, 40MP main camera and a notchless screen.

Speaking of Huawei, it’s recent $700 million order to TSMC for 5nm and 7nm chips was stopped in its tracks by the US Commerce Department, until TSMC gets a license to continue supplying Huawei.

Finally the Sony’s Xperia 1 II went on sale in Japan, while the the US and Europe saw pre-orders open at a rather high €1,199 price. The US listing was later pulled down, so the price might not have been correct.

Those were the key stories of last week. See you next one!

MIUI 12 goes global, coming to 47 devices starting next month
Beta testing starts next week.


Samsung announces Galaxy S20 Tactical Edition
The handset is coming sometime in Q3, but available through select IT channels. It isn’t intended for consumers.


YouTuber livestreams with Pixel 4a in hand, reveals dimensions and strong haptic motor
Related reports corroborated with Julio Lusson confirm there is no Active Edge on the Pixel 4a.


AnTuTu's new chart compares the true performance of Android chipsets
Only the CPU and GPU are considered, avoiding variation from the storage and screens that manufacturers use.


Samsung Galaxy Note20+ to have a 4,500mAh battery, 108MP camera
The Galaxy Note20+ will match the Galaxy S20+ in battery capacity and have the Ultra’s camera.


iQOO Z1 announced: Dimensity 1000+ SoC, 144Hz screen, and 48MP triple camera
It’s a Neo3 5G with Dimensity 1000+ under the hood.


Sony Xperia 1 II launches in Japan on May 22
Global launch still somewhere on the horizon, hopefully.


MediaTek Dimensity 820 unveiled: higher CPU clock speeds, extra GPU core and dual SIM 5G
It’s the same base hardware as the Dimensity 800, but the four Cortex-A76 cores run at 2.6GHz (up from 2.0GHz). Also, the GPU now has five cores.


Sony Xperia 1 II goes on pre-order in the US and Europe
There are no shipping dates just yet, though.


Dark Mode now available on Google App and Assistant
Available on both Android and iOS devices.


Huawei places a new $700 million order to TSMC, but US actions stop it
Companies using US equipment would require license to sell to Huawei.


Redmi 10X teasers promise flagship performance and cutting edge 5G
The new X-series phones will sit just below the K-series flagships, but will be just as enthusiastic about new tech.


Samsung Galaxy Note 20 alleged CAD renders leak with Galaxy S20 Ultra’s camera setup
Its dimensions make it about the same size as the Samsung Galaxy Note10+.


The Pixel 5 may have to settle for a Snapdragon 765, new evidence suggests
This has been rumored for months now, but an XDA member found concrete proof in a leaked Google Camera APK.


Honor X10 5G arrives with Kirin 820 SoC, notchless display, and 40MP triple camera
It features a notchless display and packs a 4,300 mAh battery.


Redmi 10X with Dimensity 820 benchmarked, edges out Snapdragon 765G phones
It was officially confirmed that the 10X will use the new 820 chip. It’s ahead of the Snapdragon 765G in performance (based on AnTuTu scores).


Samsung Galaxy Note20 design revealed by sketches
What appear to be case renders show a standard Samsung flagship design.


Stable EMUI 10.1 build now seeding to multiple Huawei devices
The update is China only for now, but is expected to make its way to international units soon.


Google Pixel 4a reportedly arriving on July 13 with no 4a XL variant
The midrange Pixel phone keeps getting delayed but hopefully not much longer.


Redmi 10X will be the first phone with dual SIM 5G support, will have Always On AMOLED screen
Why would you want two 5G connections? Xiaomi is teasing major advantages. Also, the AOD feature will be highly customizable.


LG Q61 announced with 6.5
The phone is going on sale on May 29.


Asus ROG Phone 3 hits Geekbench, Wi-Fi Alliance
The clock speeds and single-core/multi-core results check out.


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