Welcome to another week’s recap. The biggest story of the fourth week of 2021 was the unveil of the Oppo A55 5G in China. Based around a Dimensity 700 chipset, 6.5-inch HD+ IPS LCD and a 5,000mAh battery. It costs CNY 1,599 (about $245/€200) in China and we expect it to launch globally soon.
Xiaomi closed off the week with something truly unbelievable. Mi Air Charge technology promises to be able to wirelessly charge a phone from a distance of “several meters”. Providing up to 5W to multiple devices while you’re using them, walking around or even when there are objects in the way. The smartphones need to be outfitted with a “miniaturized antenna array with built-in ‘beacon antenna’ and ‘receiving antenna array’.” The smartphone has 14 antennas to convert a millimeter wave signal that’s emitted by the charging pile. The signal is converted into electric energy through a rectifier circuit.
Huawei is reportedly in talks to sell off its P and Mate series to a consortium, backed by the Shanghai government. This comes after Huawei offloaded its Honor division. Huawei sold 50 million phones fewer in 2020, than it did in 2019.
Two phones leaked this week, showing periscope cameras. The Xiaomi Mi 11 Pro showed off a quad camera, including a 10x optical zoom via a periscope lens. We expect the Mi 11 Pro to add a 6.81-inch 1440p 120Hz OLED with 480Hz touch sampling rate and a Snapdragon 888 chipset.
The other phone that leaked was the Sony Xperia 1 III, which looks to include some sort of periscope of its own. Otherwise the Xperia 1 III looks to retain the flat and tall design and will likely go with an improved 6.5-inch 4K OLED panel on the front.
Those were the key stories of the week. The full list is below. See you next week!
The new smartwatch feature could let you check blood glucose levels without having to prick fingers.
Galaxy Watch3 and Watch Active2 users will soon be able to track their vitals directly from their wrists.
Component shortages have halted production, this could revive the two premium series the same way it helped Honor.
However, a leakster is pointing to an alternative design and saying that the 108 MP camera from the Mi 11 will be replaced with a 50 MP sensor.
The phone might arrive as a direct competitor to the iPhone 12 mini, but sources from Japan say otherwise.
The latest phones and Magsafe accessories should be at least six inches away from the heart implant.
The design is otherwise unchanged – all flat sides and 90° angles. Sony will keep the 3.5 mm jack and microSD slot that we enjoyed on the Mark II.
The iPhone 12 will be manufactured in India starting this quarter, Vietnam gets iPads and HomePod mini.
The suits follow those filed in Belgium and Spain last year and seek €60 per buyer of an iPhone 6 or 6s (including the Plus versions).