April 25, 2024


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Week 20 in review: Poco F2 Pro is here, huge iPhone 12 leak, Pixel 4a tested

Welcome to your week’s recap. The past seven days brought us the Poco F2 Pro, the triumphant return of no-nonsense flagship phone. Based on the Redmi K30 Pro, the Poco F2 Pro is the cheapest Snapdragon 865 phone in just about every market, starting at just $500/€500 for a 6/128GB model. Pre-orders are now live, shipments begin on May 19.

A huge iPhone 12 leak showed what Apple’s upcoming lineup will look like, thanks to renders based on CAD schematics. The iPhone 12 and 12 Pro will adopt an iPad Pro-like design with flat sides and squarish edges. The iPhone 12 Pro will come in three sizes – 5.4-inch (which will be about the size of a 4.7-inch iPhone SE 2020), a 6.1-inch and a 6.7-inch. All three will use OLED panel and at least the 6.1-inch and 6.7-inch are expected to have faster 120Hz ProMotion refresh rate and smaller notches. The Pro iPhones will also get exclusive LiDAR and 3x telephoto cameras. The main camera is expected to stay 12MP, but Apple will increase the sensor size.

We also got a big Google Pixel 4a leak. The phone was benchmarked, its battery was testedtoo. The Snapdragon 730 posted expected scores in AnTuTu and Geekbench and didn’t have issues with modern games. Impressively the Pixel 4a’s 3,080mAh battery managed to achieve up to 7 hours of screen on time.

The next big story is about the Nokia 9.3 PureView. It’s expected to use its 108MP camera to record 8K video. The Nokia 9.3 PureView will also be capable of “ZEISS effects” and have Pro and Night mode shooting.

It turns out the OnePlus 8 Pro’s custom 5MP sensor designed for IR and color filter images can see under certain fabrics. Because the camera lacks an IR filter, it can, under specific conditions, see through specific fabrics.

Realme unveiled the Narzo 10 and Narzo 10A smartphones. The Narzo 10 is based on the Realme 6i, while the Narzo 10A shares most of its specs with the triple-camera version of the Realme C3, but has a new flashy back.

Realme will start selling Narzo 10 in That White and That Green on May 18 at noon local time for INR11,999 ($158/€146). The Narzo 10A, available in So Blue or So White, will cost INR8,499 ($112/€104) and will arrive for its first sale on May 22.

The US has extended its restrictions on US companies to work with Huawei for another year. This means Huawei is unlikely to regain access to Google Mobile Services and by extension apps like the Play Store, YouTube, Gmail and Maps at least until May of 2021. Huawei is working tirelessly to expand its Huawei Mobile Services support and create a worthy alternative.

Qualcomm unveiled the Snapdragon 768G, which is an overclocked variant of the popular Snapdragon 765G, sharing all of its internals, including the X52 5G modem.

Samsung unveiled the Galaxy A Quantum, which is a special version of the Galaxy A71 with a quantum cryptography aiming to offer unparalleled security. It’s a phone that is going to be selling in Samsung’s home market of South Korea.

We heard two reports last week about the Samsung Galaxy Note20 and Note20+’ displays. One stated that both would be 120Hz but the latter one claimed only the Galaxy Note20+ will have a 120Hz, while the Note20 will get a 60Hz panel. And there’s not going to be a Galaxy Note20 Ultra.

Check out the full list of our most read stories below and see you in seven days!.

Poco F2 Pro unveiled with S865 chipset, 6.67

Yes, it’s a rebadged Redmi K30 Pro, a companion to the Poco X2, which was based on the Redmi K30.

iPhone 12 leak: CAD-based renders show design, 120Hz screens and 3x zoom camera tipped

Details continue to change as Apple engineers try to figure out what works and what doesn’t. A 64MP camera apparently falls in the “doesn’t” column.

The Nokia 9.3 PureView will record 8K video and  have exclusive ZEISS effects

The 108MP camera and Snapdragon 865 chipset that this phone allegedly has should have no issues with 8K/30fps video.

OnePlus 8 Pro's color filter camera able to see through clothes, solid objects

Realme Narzo 10 and Realme Narzo 10A are finally official

They are the Realme 6i and triple-cam Realme C3 for the Indian market.

DxOMark scores the Samsung Galaxy S20+, ranks tenth in smartphone photography

It received a score of 118, slightly besting the iPhone 11 Pro Max, and Samsung Galaxy S10+ 5G.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 768G arrives with overclocked CPU and GPU, integrated 5G modem

The platform is an upgrade over the Snapdragon 765 series.

Redmi K30 5G Racing Edition goes official as first phone with Snapdragon 768G

Official sales start on May 14.

Huawei remains banned from doing business with US companies for another year

President Trump’s new executive order extends the original ban for another year which means: still no Google services.

Samsung Galaxy A Quantum announced with quantum encryption technology

It’s a rebadged Galaxy A71 5G with a quantum random number generator chipset.

Sony moves just 400,000 smartphones in Q1

The future of the Xperia line isn’t looking too bright.

Amazon’s new Fire HD 8 tablets bring faster chipsets and USB-C

All three are up for pre-order while official sales begin on June 3.

Analyst: the Galaxy Note20 and Note20+ will have 120Hz screens, there will be no Ultra

Analyst Ross Young even supplied additional info that hints at what Samsung is doing to improve battery life to support the 120Hz mode.

Google Pixel 4a to undercut iPhone SE starting price with double the storage

If Google can manage to sell it this cheaply, it might give iPhone SE buyers something else to consider.

Snapdragon 865 phones dominate AnTuTu April chart, Mi 10 Pro on top

We’re yet to see a phone pass the 600,000 threshold.

Huawei P30 Pro New Edition goes up for pre-order in Germany

It will ship from June 1 onwards.

Google Pixel 4a launch reportedly delayed until June

It was previously rumored to arrive on May 22.

Google Pixel 4a benchmarked and battery tested

The Snapdragon 730 and 6GB of RAM perform well, the 3,080mAh battery even better.

Samsung Galaxy Note20's display to be capped at 60Hz refresh rate, only Note20+ gets 120Hz

The info comes from Samsung itself, allegedly.

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