Week 8 in review: Redmi K40 series, Narzo 30 Pro are here

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Let’s take a look back on the final week of February, which was a fairly busy one.

Samsung announced that going forward it will offer at least 4 years of security updates to all smartphones launched after 2019. That huge list includes the Z, S, Note, A, M, XCover and Tab series.

Xiaomi announced the Redmi K40 series. The Redmi K40, K40 Pro and K40 Pro+ all have 6.7-inch Samsung E4 AMOLED displays with 120Hz refresh rate and 360Hz touch sampling rate and all four have a 4,520mAh battery with 33W charging that will bring 100% charge in 52 minutes. The K40 has a Snapdragon 870, the K40 Pro and Pro+ have Snapdragon 888’s.

Xiaomi’s other Redmi line – the Redmi Note 10 is edging closer too. We saw the retail boxes of both the Redmi Note 10 and the Redmi Note 10 Pro. Both promise to have AMOLED displays, the Redmi Note 10 will have a 48MP main camera, while the Pro will bring a 64MP snapper.

Samsung enabled the ECG and blood pressure monitoring features on the Galaxy Watch Active2 and Galaxy Watch3 lines in 31 countries. You will need to download the Health Monitor app in order to get the features to work.

Speaking of Samsung, it announced its new 50MP ISOCELL GN2 camera sensor with new Dual Pixel Pro technology, an evolution of the PDAF autofocusing tech. ISOCELL GN2 sensor’s type size is 1/1.12”, which is the largest in a mass-market smartphone and has 1.4μm-sized pixels for “exceptionally detailed photographs in regular settings”. The Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra will premiere the new sensor.

While on the subject of camera sensors, Huawei could be the first to use Sony’s IMX800 sensor. It’s the first 1-inch sensor, developed for phones and it’s even bigger than Samsung’s ISOCELL GN2 sensor. Good times for mobile photography indeed.

We close the recap with Huawei. It announced its Mate X2 foldable phone with an in-folding design, much like the Galaxy Z Fold2. It has an 8-inch inner display with 2480x2200px resolution and squarish 8:7.1 aspect ratio. The outder screen is a 6.45-incher of a more conventional 21:9 aspect. Both displays are OLED and have 90Hz refresh rate. The Mate X2 also has a potent camera system with a 50MP RYYB main sensor, 12MP 3x tele camera, 8MP 10x periscope zoom camera and a 16MP ultrawide.

See you in March!

Samsung commits to 4 years of updates for its 2019 and later smartphones

The new policy includes the Z, S, Note, A, M, XCover and Tab series.


Xiaomi unveils Redmi K40 Pro+ with 108 MP camera and  S888 chipset, K40 Pro and K40 follow

The three phones have the same display – a 6.7″ Samsung E4 AMOLED with 120Hz refresh rate and 360Hz touch sampling rate.


Redmi Note 10 Pro official render and retail box leak

The Note 10 series seems to have taken some inspiration from the Mi 10 Ultra and decorated its main camera with a silver perimeter.


ECG and blood pressure monitoring finally live for Galaxy Watch Active2 and Galaxy Watch3

The rollout was announced last month, and is finally hitting 31 countries.


Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra to pioneer the 50MP Samsung GN2 sensor

Yet another Xiaomi smartphone will debut a Samsung sensor.


Redmi Note 10 retail box reveals AMOLED display, 48MP main camera

The Redmi Note 10 series is getting ever closer, while leaks are making it clearer.


Samsung Galaxy A52 5G confirmed to be water-resistant through new leaked render

Another day, another Galaxy A52 leak.


Google Pixel 5a leak shows a familiar design

The phone takes all of its design cues from the Pixel 4a 5G.


Huawei Mate X2 official unboxing video shows off the phone and its rich retail package

Yes, there’s a charger in the box – a 66W charger than can be used with laptops. There’s also a headset and even a cool protective case.


Samsung Galaxy M62 is the F62 for the rest of the world, launching on March 3

Why the company insists on selling the same handset under different names is beyond us.


Huawei Mate X2 announced with in-folding design, periscope camera

And it has a mid-range 3x telephoto lens as well. The two screens have 90 Hz refresh rate, the inner one is almost square, the outer one is 21:9.


The Framework Laptop is a modular notebook with easy to replace parts

Supports modular ports, storage, memory, networking along with replaceable display, keyboard, battery, and mainboard.


New report suggests Apple may replace iPad mini with larger iPhone

The larger iPhone may offer Apple Pencil input.


OnePlus 9E to bring 90Hz display and Snapdragon 690

Also on the menu: a 64MP primary cam and 8MP ultrawide as well as a 5,000 mAh battery.


Redmi K40 series to pack 4,520 mAh batteries, limited edition with Damascus steel pattern teased

The K40 lineup is set to debut on February 25.


Realme details

The GT 5G is coming on March 4 with Snapdragon 888 SoC and 64MP triple camera.


Samsung announces new 50MP ISOCELL GN2 camera sensor with Dual Pixel Pro

The green pixels are split diagonally to receive information on the top and bottom of the pixel as well.


Apple AirPods 3 leak in live image

They look quite similar to the AirPods Pro.


Oppo teases Reno5 F with entirely new design

The phone will be announced on March 22 in Kenya with 30W fast charging.


Huawei P50 series will be the first to use Sony's 1

The P40 series had 1/1.28″ sensors. Samsung just announced a 1/1.12″ sensor, this Sony sensor will be larger than both of them.


Realme unveils Narzo 30 Pro with 5G and 120Hz screen, Narzo 30A tags along

The 30 Pro is powered by a Dimensity 800U chipset that can reach speeds of up to 2.34 Gbps on a 5G network.


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