Week 43 in review: Huawei Mate 40 family is here, iPhone 12 struggles with 5G

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Welcome to your weeks recap and it begins with Huawei’s big Mate 40 series unveil. Huawei had four phones to introduce – the Mate 40, Mate 40 Pro, Mate 40 Pro+ and Mate 40 Pro RS Porsche Design and they are looking impressive.

The new phones all have OLED displays, 5nm Kirin chipsets and multiple cameras on the rear. The Mate 40 Pro and Pro+ are among the best cameraphones to get right now with a main 50MP f/1.9 camera, a new 20MP ultrawide with autofocus and either a 5x periscope zoom (on the Pro) or a 3x zoom camera and 10x periscope zoom (on the Pro+).

Huawei told us the prices, but nothing about the availability. The Mate 40 is €900 for 8/128GB, the Mate 40 Pro is €1,200 for 8/256GB, the Mate 40 Pro+ costs €1,400 with 12/256GB and the RS Porsche Design is a whopping €2,300 with 12/512GB.

Moving onto the Galaxy S21 series – we saw the first renders of the Galaxy S21 and S21 Ultra with cameras that are nearly flush with the rear panel. Another Galaxy S21-related story says that the Galaxy S21 and S21+ will have flat displays, while the S21 Ultra will be curved.

Apple’s iPhone 12 and 12 Pro got into the hands of early reviewers and we got some of the first bits of information about the pair of new devices. A battery test revealed that the new iPhones lost 20% more battery while on 5G, than on LTE. At first the new iPhones won’t support 5G in dual SIM mode, but Apple has said that the option is coming through an update.

According to renowned Apple insider Ming-Chi Kuo Apple has received 7 to 9 million iPhone 12/12 Pro pre-orders during launch week, compared to 10-12 million of the iPhone 11 models.

We also found out the battery capacity of the iPhone 12 – 2,815mAh – and the iPhone 12 Pro Max – 3,687mAh.

Those were the highlights of the week. See you next one!

First Samsung Galaxy S21 and S21 Ultra images show redesigned camera bumps

New 3C certifications also revealed the next S-series phone will stick to 25W charging.


French iPhone 12 comes in two boxes to accommodate EarPods

A large box contains the wired earbuds and the new standard iPhone box.


Huawei Mate 40 Pro, Pro+ and RS unveiled with 5nm chipsets, amazing camera setups

And periscope cams on all three – with 5x zoom on the Pro and 10x on the Pro+ and the RS. All three are powered by the Kirin 9000 5G chipset.


iPhone 12 teardown reveals Qualcomm X55 5G modem and 2,815 mAh battery

The iPhone 12 and 12 Pro will begin arriving to customers on Friday, but we’re already getting a look inside one of them.


iPhone 12 and 12 Pro get 20% shorter battery life when on 5G

And Samsung’s Galaxy S20 and S20+ last longer on 5G than iPhone 12 and 12 Pro.


HTC Desire 20+ unveiled with Snapdragon 720G, quad cameras and 5,000mAh battery

It’s exclusive to Taiwan for now.


iPhone 12 Pro Max confirmed to pack 3,687 mAh battery

That’s 282 mAh less than the outgoing iPhone 11 Pro Max.


Huawei's Kirin 9000 to sport a 24-core GPU

Initial benchmark scores are quite impressive and Huawei’s Mate 40 is arriving this week.


Motorola smartphone with 6,000 mAh battery and 20W charging certified

It was spotted on FCC, EEC, and TUV Rheinland Japan.


iPhone 12's Ceramic Shield costs the same $279 to replace as iPhone 11 Pro's glass

The iPhone 12’s screen replacement is $80 more than iPhone 11, though.


MagSafe Charger found to work on Galaxy Z Fold2, Pixel 5

The Galaxy Z Fold2 and Pixel 5 both attach and work well enough with Apple’s new wireless charger.


iPhone 12 series doesn't support 5G in dual SIM mode

You’ll have to choose between 5G on one SIM or dual SIM functionality at 4G LTE speeds.


Xiaomi commits to reducing the plastic used in its packaging by 60%, is keeping the charger

This green initiative will kick off in Europe with the release of the Mi 10T Lite.


Kuo: iPhone 12 and 12 Pro pre-orders total 7-9 million, with 2 million ordered on the first day

For comparison, all three iPhone 11 models managed 10-12 million pre-orders during launch week last year.


Galaxy S21 series screen details revealed by popular leakster

Flat bezels on the S21 and S21+, curved on the S21 Ultra.


Huawei Mate 40 brings 6.5-inch OLED, triple camera and Kirin 9000E

You get just three cameras, Kirin 9000E chipset, less-curved glass.


Some Google Pixel 5 owners report gap between the screen and frame

The issue raises concerns over the phone’s official water resistance rating.


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