Week 4 in review: Oppo A55 5G is here, Xperia 1 III renders leak

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!

Oppo A55 5G arrives with Dimensity 700, 5,000mAh battery

The device comes with 6/128 GB memory and a CNY1,599 ($245) price tag.

James Bond film No Time to Die further delayed to reshoot Nokia product placements

The film has been delayed to almost two years after its original debut date.

Xiaomi introduces Mi Air Charge, wireless charging from across the room

The company’s new technology would let you charge a device while you’re using it or walking around.

Blood sugar monitoring is expected to arrive to Apple and Samsung’s next smartwatches

The new smartwatch feature could let you check blood glucose levels without having to prick fingers.

Samsung brings ECG and blood pressure measurements to Galaxy Watches across 31 countries

Galaxy Watch3 and Watch Active2 users will soon be able to track their vitals directly from their wrists.

Huawei reportedly considers the sale of the flagship P and Mate series

Component shortages have halted production, this could revive the two premium series the same way it helped Honor.

Xiaomi Mi 11 Pro poster leaks, showing a beefier camera with 10x periscope

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.

New Sony Xperia Compact is on its way, first renders leak

The phone might arrive as a direct competitor to the iPhone 12 mini, but sources from Japan say otherwise.

Sony Xperia Pro finally on sale as a $2,500 US exclusive

The phone is meant to double as a 4K HDR external monitor for your professional Sony camera.

DxOMark: Sony Xperia 1 II's camera comparable to a two-year-old flagship

Not the best performance from a camera-centric flagship phone.

Samsung Galaxy A72 4G launch imminent as its support page goes live on official website

It will be powered by the Snapdragon 720G SoC.

Samsung Display details new energy-efficient OLED used in the Galaxy S21 Ultra

It consume 16% less power and comes with improved brightness too.

The iPhone 12 magnets might interfere with pacemakers, Apple warns

The latest phones and Magsafe accessories should be at least six inches away from the heart implant.

First Sony Xperia 1 III renders show a periscope camera, slimmer bezels

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.

Apple to move production from China to India and Vietnam

The iPhone 12 will be manufactured in India starting this quarter, Vietnam gets iPads and HomePod mini.

Apple is facing two new lawsuits over throttling iPhones in Italy and Portugal

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). 

Xiaomi to launch a Mi 10 refresh with Snapdragon 870 SoC

It’s rumored to cost around CNY3,500 in China.

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