Ivan 24 October 2021
Week in review
This week was a big one. Four major events unfolded and brought a variety of devices. Apple kicked things off with the unveiling of its new M1 Pro and M1 Max processors, which power the new MacBook Pro 14 and 16. The M1 Pro has an 8-core CPU, while the M1 Max can offer a 32-core GPU.
The new MacBook Pro’s have mini-LED Liquid Retina XDR displays, three USB-C ports, a full-sized HDMI port, an SDXC card slot, and see the return of the MagSafe charging port.
The AirPods 3 are here with 3D audio, a new water-resistant design, up to 6 hours of playback and a price of $199/€199.
The Google Pixel 6 and 6 Pro arrived with a Tensor processor, new 50MP main cameras, a 4x periscope zoom on the 6 Pro and high-refresh displays – a 6.7-inch 120Hz 1440p on the Pixel 6 Pro and a 6.4-inch 90Hz 1080p on the Pixel 6. Both are available for purchase now for $599/€649 and $899/€899, respectively.
Samsung unveiled the Bespoke Edition Galaxy Z Flip3 and Galaxy Watch4 with the Bespoke Studio, which lets you choose the color of the Front, Back, and Frame of the phone and gives you 49 color combinations to choose from.
Huawei launched the nova 9 in Europe with a price of €499 – it features a Snapdragon 778G with 8GB of RAM, a 6.57-inch 120Hz OLED and a 4,300mAh battery.
That’s it for this week. See you here in a seven days!
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Looks like the Ultra model in the S22 series will offer a tangibly different look compared to the other two models.
Impressive new cameras and a super powerful custom-built Tensor chipset.
Edit: Target promo leaks, revealing customers who pre-order will get a free pair of Google Pixel Buds A-Series.
It’s coming on October 28.
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CPUs are 70% better, GPUs even more so.
Less and less intrigue ahead of tomorrow’s big Google event.
Features a new design, display, ports, and the M1 Pro and M1 Max chipsets.
The Dimensity will likely have a higher clock on its Cortex-A710 cores.
It will have a physical shutter button and will apparently excel in taking photos and videos.
This is supposed to make MIUI 12.5 even smoother.
It will be based on the iPhone XR and will have a side-mounted Touch ID.
It’s a mobile SoC with a lot of AI and ML stuff built in.
The Pixel 6 Pro is available only with 128GB storage in some places, often only in Black. In some countries it is completely out of stock.
Samsung is continuing the development of its Android 12 skin.
AT&T has the highest markup for buying the Pixel 6 phones outright while T-Mobile offers the highest trade-in value for select devices.
Users in select markets can customize the Z Flip3 with two frame colors and can pick between five colors for the top and bottom panel on the back.
You can order the new true wireless earbuds today.
The name change will be discussed during the company’s annual Connect conference on October 28.
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The T1 is powered by a Snapdragon 778G, the T1x comes with Dimensity 900.
These two support variable refresh rate and auto low latency mode, so they got an official recommendation from the Xbox team.
It was unveiled for the European market alongside the Watch GT 3 series and FreeBuds lipstick earphones.
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Apple Sold Over 40 Million iPhone 13 Models During the Holiday Season, Says Wedbush Analyst – MacRumors
Apple sold north of 40 million iPhone 13 models over the holiday period in a record number for the company, despite industry-wide chip shortages, according to Wedbush analyst Daniel Ives.
Last year, reports began emerging that demand for iPhone 13 models was slowing ahead of the holidays as delivery estimates for iPhone 13 models started to improve.
However in a new note to investors, seen by MacRumors, Ives said demand remained strong for the current iPhone cycle going into 2022, with demand outstripping supply be several million units in the December quarter, a positive sign for Apple as supply chain issues begin to resolve themselves in the first half of this year.
Based on our supply chain checks over the last few weeks, we believe demand is outstripping supply for Apple by roughly 12 million units in the December quarter which now will add to the tailwinds for Cupertino in the March and June quarters as the supply chain issues ease in 1H22.
According to Ives, China has been a major source of strength for Apple over the last 12 months and a key region for iPhone sales, particularly in relation to increased market share due to the “multi-year supercycle” afforded by the iPhone 12 and iPhone 13.
According to Ives, roughly 230 million of 975 million iPhone users worldwide haven’t upgraded in the last three and a half years, and the analyst believes Apple’s continuing smartphone sales will provide highly influential tailwinds as excitement builds for Apple’s much-anticipated mixed reality headset, which is expected to be announced in the summer.
Ives says the “linchpin” to Apple’s valuation re-rating remains its services business, taking in the likes of Apple Music, iCloud, Apple TV+, and Apple Fitness+, which Wedbush believes is now worth $1.5 trillion. On that basis, Wedbush predicts that despite reports of supply constraints, Apple’s chip shortages are a “transitory issue” and “nothing more than a speed bump” on the way to Apple becoming the first $3 trillion market cap company in 2022.
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Google Pixel 7 news and rumors: What Google’s next big phone could bring – BGR
The Google Pixel 6 represented a shift in direction for Google. The phone is the first to offer a Google-designed chip, in the new Tensor chip, plus it offers some incredible camera features, and more. But while Google has been building phones for a long time, the Pixel 6 is still a first-gen product in Google’s big new smartphone push. The Pixel 7, on the other hand, could be a truly amazing phone.
The Pixel 6 is still a relatively new phone, and as such, it will probably be a while before we see the Pixel 7. That said, we have already started hearing rumors about the upcoming device, and we’re pretty excited to see exactly how it turns out.
Want to learn more? Here’s everything we know about the upcoming Google Pixel 7 so far. Alternatively, if you’re more interested in the current-generation phones, check out our full Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro reviews.
The Google Pixel 6 boasts a radical new design, with a camera bar across the back of it, and that classic Pixel two-tone design in a number of stunning colors. We don’t necessarily expect the Pixel 7 to completely do away with that look, but it will still likely look a little different from the Pixel 6.
There aren’t any current rumors about the overall design of the Pixel 7 series, so it’s hard to tell exactly what it’ll look like. The Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro offer a few design differences — like the fact that the Pixel 6 Pro has a curved display. That was a controversial design choice, and it’s possible Google will return to a flat display for the pro model of the Pixel 7.
One of the biggest changes to the Pixel series with the Pixel 6 came in the form of the new Tensor chip. The new chip focuses on artificial intelligence, and helps give the Pixel 6 a super smooth feel, despite not being quite as fast as the latest Apple or Qualcomm chips in benchmarks. The Pixel 7 may take Tensor performance to the next level though. The new chip is said to have the model number GS201, and there’s no word yet on exactly what kind of improvements it will offer over the original Tensor chip.
The camera has been arguably the most important feature of the Pixel series for a long time now, and that’s only likely to continue with the Pixel 7. The Pixel 6 added some great smart features like Magic Eraser and Face Unblur. We have no idea what kinds of cool features could arrive with the Pixel 7, so we’ll have to wait and see.
When it comes to camera hardware, we’re also not sure what to expect on the back — but there are some rumors about what we’ll get on the front. The rumors suggest that Google will do away with a hole-punch cutout, in favor of an under-display camera. This technology would use a new reflector system to rotate being in display mode and camera mode, according to a patent filed by Google.
Pixel phones have long been released around the October time frame, and that’s unlikely to change for the Pixel 7. That said, given how far away from the release we are, it could still change.
When it comes to pricing, we expect the overall price to remain similar to the Pixel 6. As with the Pixel 6, Google will likely release two phones — a Pixel 7 and a Pixel 7 Pro. That means that the Pixel 7 could come at $599, and the Pixel 7 Pro at $899.
Christian de Looper has been passionate about consumer technology since childhood, but didn’t know writing about it could be a career until he started looking for online work during college. He was born in Canberra, Australia, and has lived in France, Minnesota, and now sunny Santa Cruz, California, where he test drives cars and puts every gadget he can get his hands on to the test.
Here’s what C-Band 5G is, and what Android phones can use it – 9to5Google
– Jan. 19th 2022 12:43 pm PT
Verizon and AT&T are starting to rollout out C-Band 5G coverage for their users in the US, bringing a whole new set of frequencies into the 5G game. So what is C-Band 5G and what Android phones are eligible for it?
In general, there are a couple of different variations of 5G. First, there’s the low-band variation, which is also referred to as sub6. Sub6 gets a much larger area of coverage but sacrifices speed in doing so. Even though low-band 5G is the slowest player in the 5G game, it’s still faster than 4G LTE. The other familiar version of 5G is mmWave. This standard sacrifices coverage for speed, reaching incredible speeds for 5G customers. Unfortunately, the caveat to this is sudden coverage loss and lack of connectivity indoors.
Verizon’s C-Band is finally rearing its head as the middle child between the two. Operating between 3.7GHz and 3.98GHz, C-Band is able to provide a much larger blanket of coverage while delivering faster speeds than low-band coverage. Not to mention, you can obtain a strong C-Band 5G signal even indoors with Verizon and AT&T.
The addition of this standard by these carriers is a welcome one, seeing as low-band 5G doesn’t seem to impress, and mmWave isn’t available for most of the US. Bridging the gap between the two, C-Band will be able to reach much more of the US while providing very fast speeds – generally anywhere from 500Mbps to 800Mbps, according to users on the Verizon subreddit.
As mentioned, the main two carriers taking on C-Band will be Verizon and AT&T. This, however, doesn’t mean that C-Band will be limited to these two giants. Smaller carriers like Visible, which relies on Verizon’s 5G network, will also be able to provide C-Band coverage to its users, according to MVNOReasearch (a Visible employee) on Reddit.
One major thing to note here is that C-Band 5G speeds will likely be capped at 200Mbps for Visible customers. This however doesn’t make the adoption of C-Band useless. Since C-Band will be able to cover a large amount of area, Visible customers will be able to take advantage of genuinely fast speeds in a larger, more reliable area.
As with any new frequency standard, it may take some time for devices to adopt C-Band. That being said, there are a few Android phones already out that will be able to take advantage of Verizon and AT&T’s C-Band 5G:
While the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro aren’t “currently certified” for Verizon’s C-Band 5G, the plan remains to bring the 5G spectrum to those Google-made devices. Verizon doesn’t currently have a timeline available.
Requirements to run C-Band are a little unclear as of right now, but we do know that the Samsung devices listed above run a Snapdragon X60 5G modem. On the other hand, the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro run a Samsung 5123b modem. In Verizon’s testing of its C-Band 5G network, a Snapdragon X65 chip was used. We hope to learn more about technical requirements as C-Band 5G on Android phones becomes widely available.
While the list isn’t massive by any means, it’s a good place to start. Going forward, Verizon has also said that phones it releases as of the addition of C-Band will have the capability to connect to this new standard. Verizon also expects to offer “over 20 compatible phones by the end of 2022.”
Both major carriers – Verizon and AT&T – are set to fire up C-Band on January 19, 2022. You may have to check with your carrier in order to ensure that C-Band 5G will be available to you under your current plan. For instance, Verizon is making C-Band available to users who are signed up for its Ultra Wideband plan, which includes the previous fastest speeds and coverage available. For AT&T, C-Band will be offered in the form of “5G Plus” and will be available in the majority of its unlimited plans.
Prior to the release and initiation of C-Band, the FAA had expressed concerns over the new standard. Though 5G is already safely in use in 40 other countries, according to Verizon, the FAA still feels it isn’t safe enough just yet to initiate around airports. Verizon and AT&T both feel the FAA was completely unprepared to handle this new 5G addition, given the time from development to deployment.
This has delayed C-Band’s release up until this point and may make it even longer before you find yourself using C-Band at local and major airports.
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