Week 3 in review: Snapdragon 870, Honor V40 and vivo X60 Pro+ official

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Hello, hello, let’s recap yet another week. Starting with a couple of chipset stories. Qualcomm and MediaTek both announced new products this week.

The 7nm Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 brought the fastest CPU core in the world with the 3.2GHz-capable Kryo 585. The Snapdragon 870 is built on the Snapdragon 865+ foundation and Motorola already confirmed its Edge S will premiere with the new chip on January 26.

MediaTek dropped the Dimensity 1100 and 1200 chipsets. Both are built on a 6nm process and both feature the new Cortex-A78 core. So far no phone has declared for the new chipsets and we expect the first ones to come out by the end of March.

We had a few phone announcements too this week. Honor unveiled its first phone since splitting up with Huawei. The Honor V40 for the Chinese market has a 50MP main camera, Dimensity 1000+ chipset, 8GB of RAM and a 6.72-inch AMOLED. The V40’s global variant, the Honor V40 View, is expected to support Google Mobile Services when it launches.

vivo introduced its best phone yet, albeit it’s limited to the Chinese market initially. The X60 Pro+ is decidedly great with a Snapdragon 888 chipset, new 50MP ISOCELL GN1 1/1.3″ sensor, 8MP 5x periscope, 32MP 2x telephoto and a 48MP ultrawide with second-generation gimbal stabilization.

The next Asus ROG Phone (tentatively named ROG Phone 5) featured in a hands-on video. The phone is styled very much like the previous two but for the addition of a tiny display on the rear that will reportedly show messages and notifications.

Okay, those were the top stories of the week. See you next one!

Qualcomm reclaims the clock speed title with the Snapdragon 870 5G chipset and its 3.2 GHz CPU

It is based on the S865, the plus version of which ran its prime core at 3.1 GHz. This also means that this is a 7 nm chip and uses an older architecture.


Sony Xperia 10 III leaks in official looking renders

You’ll be hard pressed to notice any big design differences compared to its predecessor.


Samsung recaps the history of Galaxy S cameras and how they improved over the years

The Galaxy S series are responsible for the introduction of ISOCELL sensors, improved image processing and creative camera modes.


Asus ROG Phone 5 stars in hands-on video

The next-gen ROG Phone will sport a small display on its back.


Some Galaxy S21 units only support NFC terminals for Samsung Pay, MST is getting phased out

This is a regional variation – e.g. S21 phones in the US lack MST, ones in the UK do have it. 


Xiaomi to bring Redmi Note 10, Redmi Note 10 Pro to India next month

The country will also see the Mi 11 and Mi 11 Lite soon.


2021 iPhones will have smaller notches, LiDAR and sensor-shift OIS

We’re expecting four iPhone 12S phones in the Fall.


The Honor V40 will reportedly be the first to arrive with Google Play Services since Huawei ban

Huawei recently sold its Honor smartphone brand off which dissociated it from the Chinese telecom giant.


Honor V40 5G is official with Dimensity 1000+, 50MP main camera

The phone comes with 50W wireless charging and 66W over the wire.


MediaTek unveils the Dimensity 1200 and 1100 - a pair of 6nm chipsets with Cortex-A78 CPU

The 1200 runs its Cortex-A78 core at 3.0 GHz, which promises a solid single-core performance upgrade over the Dimensity 1000+.


Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2 is now receiving Android 11 in the US

The update first went out last week in Germany, and now it’s crossed the big pond.


vivo X60 Pro+ unveiled: camera monster with 1/1.3

The phone also has two telephoto lenses – a 5x periscope and a 2x portrait lens. Also, new image processing algorithms to run on the S888 chipset.


Sony Xperia Pro is finally nearing launch almost one year after its unveiling

Firmware for the upcoming phone has started to hit Sony servers.


LG might pull out of smartphone business after all

The CEO Kwon Bong-seok sent an internal message, saying if the division folds, “employment will be maintained”.


Xiaomi Mi Note 10 Lite is now receiving Android 11

Sadly, the new update is based on MIUI 12 rather than the shiny new MIUI 12.5.


Motorola Edge S appears in live images and AnTuTu listing

The new Snapdragon 870 unsurprisingly edges out the SD 865 competition.


Disassembly video shows the Galaxy S21 internals haven't changed much since the S20

Well, the back is now made of plastic. At least the display is now easier to remove than on last year’s phone.


Motorola confirms Edge S is coming January 26 with new Snapdragon 870

The first device so far to be announced with the new chipset.


Indian government asks WhatsApp to withdraw new Privacy Policy

The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology says the changes are not fair and acceptable.


Oppo Reno5 Pro 5G starts global rollout with India, Enco X TWS earphones tag along

The phone costs INR35,990 ($490/€405), the earphones go for INR9,990 ($135/€110).


Next-gen ROG Phone appears in live image, 3C certification

The upcoming ROG Phone will sport 65W charging.


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