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News on Smartphones, April 2022

April 2022: The Latest News on Smartphones


Apple to introduce a new telephoto camera with iPhone 15

According to industry sources, a big OIS and autofocus actuators supplier in South Korea has struck a deal with Apple. Some believe that the OIS modules maker is spending more than $155 million on building a new manufacturing facility. Given the size of the investment and the fact that Apple often asks its suppliers to build production lines just for its needs, that's a strong indication that the two companies are starting to work together. Jahwa is supplying OIS modules to Samsung as well.

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Latest CAD schematics show narrower side bezel on iPhone 14 Pro

The iPhone 14 Pro will have narrower bezels all-round, compared to the current generation. This is evidenced by a side-by-side look at CAD schematics of the rumored iPhone 14 Pro and the iPhone 13 Pro.

Full content and details (external sources): GSMArena

Apple MagSafe Battery Pack Gets New Firmware Update for Charging iPhones Faster

Apple has released a new update for the MagSafe Battery Pack, which brings an improvement to its charging performance. You will now be able to charge your iPhone handsets wirelessly with this battery pack at a speed of 7.5W compared to 5W prior to the update.

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2024 iPhones will have UD selfie camera and Face ID, analyst predicts

Current under-display cameras implementations lack satisfactory image quality and are far from being a good enough alternative to the conventional cutout approach. However, Ming-Chi Kuo says that Apple will bring the first iPhones with UD selfie cameras along with UD Face ID in 2024. 

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iPhone 14 Series Design Suggested Through Case Molds

iPhone 14 series design has been suggested through an image that has emerged online which appears to show the back aesthetics of the iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Pro, iPhone 14 Pro Max, and a new iPhone model that is rumored as the iPhone 14 Max. All new iPhone models appear to have a camera bump at the back. 

Full content and details (external sources): Gadgets



Samsung Galaxy M53 goes official: a budget A73 that keeps the 108MP camera

Samsung unveiled the Galaxy M53 5G, which is equipped with a 108 MP main camera and a large 6.7” 120 Hz Super AMOLED Plus display: the M53 is basically a budget version of the Galaxy A73 5G. The one important thing that separates the Galaxy M53 and A73 is the chipset.

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Samsung Galaxy S22 FE, Galaxy S23 May Not Feature MediaTek SoCs

Samsung won’t switch to MediaTek SoCs for the Galaxy S22 FE smartphone and the Galaxy S23 series for now, the smartphones are expected to arrive in the second half of 2022.

Full content and details (external sources): Gadgets

Green Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra arrives in India

The Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra launched in India in late February with only three colors to choose from: Phantom White, Phantom Black and Burgundy. Today a fourth colorway has arrived, Green.

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Samsung Exynos 1280 chipset officially announced

Samsung announced the Exynos 1280 chipset found in some of its recent Galaxy A midrangers. The chip is built on Samsung’s 5nm EUV process and features an eight-core CPU made up of two Cortex-A78 performance cores alongside six Cortex-A55 power-efficient cores. The GPU side is handled by the Arm Mali-G68 and you get both sub-6GHz and mmWave 5G connectivity.

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Samsung Galaxy Z Fold4 to bring 108MP main camera

Samsung's Galaxy Z Fold4 is expected to bring some major camera improvements and reliable tipster Dohyun Kim believes the foldable’s main camera will get upgraded to a 108MP sensor.

Full content and details (external sources): GSMArena



Huawei nova Y70 Plus arrives on May 1 with 6.75-inch display, 6,000 mAh battery

Huawei has a new phone on the way, the Huawei nova Y70 Plus. It has been semi-announced by the Chinese company for the South African market, where a teaser page is already up ahead of sales starting on May 1.

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Huawei Mate 50 to launch soon & Nova 10 series to launch in June this year

Huawei is working on the next Mate series flagship – Mate 50 in the second half of this year. A Weibo tipster revealed that the Mate 50 Pro version of the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipset will launch soon. Also, Huawei is preparing to debut the new mid-range smartphone lineup – Huawei Nova 10 series that will reportedly launch in June. The Weibo tipster also mentioned that Huawei Nova 10 will arrive with 4G support. In addition to this, he said the company may also reveal the 5G phone case that activates the 5G service on 4G smartphones.

Full content and details (external sources): HuaweiCentral, HuaweiCentral


Huawei Mate Xs 2 announced with SD888 4G and stylus support

Huawei believes there’s a market for outer folding phones and its newly announced Mate Xs 2 is its latest attempt. The OLED display unfolds to a 7.8-inch diagonal with a 2480 x 2200px resolution and a 120Hz refresh rate. When folded around the back, the screen shrinks to a more manageable 6.5-inches with a 2480 x 1176 px resolution.

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Oppo A57 5G unveiled with 90Hz HD+ LCD, Dimensity 810 and a 5,000mAh battery

The Oppo A57 5G has a new chipset, more RAM, an improved screen, a few other upgrades, and 5G. The new model is powered by the Dimensity 810, a 6 nm version of the 700 chip with slightly higher clock speeds. The base configuration now comes with 6 GB (up from 4 GB) and there is a new 8 GB option. Storage remains at 128 GB.

Full content and details (external sources): GSMArena

Oppo Reno7 Lite 5G gets official as a rebranded Reno7 Z 5G

Oppo unveiled the Reno7 Lite 5G for markets in Central and Eastern Europe. The Reno7 Lite 5G is actually just a Reno7 Z 5G by another name. Therefore, it sports the same specs. It runs ColorOS 12, and will be available in two color versions: Rainbow Spectrum and Cosmic Black.

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Oppo K10 China Variant with Dimensity 8000 SoC Spotted on TENAA

Oppo is expected to unveil the Oppo K10 series in China soon. The lineup is said to include the base variant and the Oppo K10 Pro. Unlike the global variant which was powered by a Snapdragon 680 SoC, the Chinese model is expected to be a premium offering with a MediaTek Dimensity 8000 SoC.

Full content and details (external sources): Gadgets

Oppo Reno 8 Might Be One of the First Smartphones to Feature Snapdragon 7 Gen 1 Soc

According to a notable tipster on Weibo, the Oppo Reno 8 could be the first to boast the Snapdragon 7 Gen 1 SoC. Furthermore, the tipster has spotted an Oppo phone with the model number PGAM10, which could be the base Oppo Reno 8 variant. The Oppo Reno 8 is tipped to sport a 6.55-inch OLED display with a refresh rate of 120Hz.

Full content and details (external sources): Gadgets

Oppo announces the Oppo K10 5G and the K10 Pro

Oppo is introducing the premium K10 5G and the K10 Pro which is built around a 6.62-inch FHD+ AMOLED panel with 120Hz refresh rate and is advertised to reach 800 nits regular and even 1,300 nits peak brightness. The display is protected by Gorilla Glass 5. The K10 5G is a more affordable option. The K10 5G swaps out the Snapdragon 888 SoC for the MediaTek-made Dimensity 8000 Max.

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Xiaomi Poco F4 GT unveiled with SD8 Gen1, 120Hz display and 120W charging

The Poco F4 GT model debuted recently. It returns to using a flagship chipset, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, while dialing up the charging speed. The powerful chipset is reined in by the LiquidCool 3.0 technology, which is made out of two vapor chambers for cooling. Also, the chambers are 170% larger than the ones inside the F3 GT.

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Xiaomi 12 Pro With Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 SoC Launched in India

Xiaomi 12 Pro was launched at the Xiaomi Next event in India. The new Xiaomi flagship features a 120Hz E5 AMOLED display, triple rear cameras, and Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 SoC. The Xiaomi 12 Pro also comes with up to 12GB of RAM, 120W fast wired and 50W fast wireless charging.

Full content and details (external sources): Gadgets

Redmi Note 12 Pro+, Redmi Note 12 Pro Specifications Spotted on TENAA

The Redmi Note 11 Pro launched in January 2022 and the Redmi Note 11 Pro+ 5G launched in March. Rumors have already started around the new Redmi Note 12 Pro series. The rumored flagship was spotted on the TENAA certification website, along with key specifications.

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Xiaomi 12 Lite full specs leak

Xiaomi has already released three members of its latest flagship family and this line is sure to grow in the future, with a much-rumored 12 Ultra and the Xiaomi 12 Lite. The previously leaked renders suggest a Xiaomi 12-like design, and a curved screen.

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Xiaomi Civi 1S With 32-Megapixel Selfie Camera, Snapdragon 778G+ SoC, Launched

Xiaomi Civi 1S was launched. It is packed with a 32-megapixel front-facing camera that includes features like 2x zoom and autofocus. There are also several beautification features like 4D Light Chasing Beauty and Native Beauty Portrait 2.0 technologies. The handset sports a 'Miracle Sunshine' design with a gradient diamond-textured finish giving the phone a unique look.

Full content and details (external sources): Gadgets

Redmi 10 Power With 6,000mAh Battery, 8GB RAM Launched in India

Redmi 10 Power was launched in India. It is powered by a Snapdragon 680 SoC under the hood, paired with 8GB of RAM. The handset sports a 6.7-inch IPS LCD panel with Gorilla Glass 3 protection and is equipped with a 50-megapixel dual rear camera setup. It packs a 6,000mAh battery and supports 18W fast charging.

Full content and details (external sources): Gadgets

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